Sep 7, 2020

The Police Are Switching to Soft Targets

The left’s war on law enforcement is driving our nation closer to the point of total civil disorder. For months, they have cheered violent rioters, called for the dismantling of police departments, and demanded the nation’s citizens bend their knees to their agenda. They portray law enforcement members as instigators of violence, and praise hoodlums as defenders of justice.

The Black Lives Matter crowd has become so hateful of the police that routine traffic stops often result in violence. A black guy was being ticketed for parking in front of a fire hydrant, and he began to punch two officers. The police officers didn’t draw their guns because they didn’t want to be the center of another media circus.

The recent FBI alert said, “…pact [was] made by People Nation Gang factions to ‘shoot on sight’ any police officer with a weapon drawn.” These animals are going to the homes of cops to taunt them and their family.

An aggressive mindset on the part of criminals has resulted in cops being shot at in record numbers. Two officers were shot, and the suspected gunman was wounded by police in Chicago. The event was ignored by nearly all major media outlets.

We are now seeing what I predicted six years ago. The police are backing away from the areas that are controlled by BLM and liberal mayors. We’ve come full circle from the days of the KKK. In the early part of the 20th century, the police didn’t go after the KKK because it could get you a conviction. Even in cases where several witnesses identified Klan members that publicly attacked black people, all white juries would refuse to find them guilty.

Since the police need to justify their reasons for still getting a paycheck, they are now going after soft targets. An easy one is people who stand out on social media. In June, Jake Paul was charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after a video showed him at a Scottsdale, Arizona, mall as it was being looted. In a Twitter post, Paul denied that he and anyone else he was with was engaged in looting or vandalism.

Jake Paul has propelled to fame as a brash social media villain. He has earned a fortune by living the life of a hedonist and filming his various stunts. Some of these include lighting fires in his backyard, filling pools with cereal, draining pools and lighting a fires in them, hosting parties on his roof, installing a trampoline on his roof, and making holes in the interior walls of the subject’s property.

When I read that FBI agents had executed a federal search warrant at Paul’s Calabasas, California, home, I could only think about how mixed up we have our priorities. Paul has had so much law enforcement focus on him that he said he is quitting YouTube. This is an announcement he has made in the past.

TikTok stars, Blake Gray and Bryce Hall, seem to have a division of the Los Angeles police focused on their web activity. They have been the subject of several low-level criminal complaints. LA city attorney Mike Feuer held a press conference to announce charges against the pair. Blake Gray and Bryce Hall were charged with misdemeanors after holding two large house parties in defiance of local health orders. The pair could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, according to Feuer.

I watched aerial footage of 30,000 BLM protesters gathered together, and there was zero health concern, but if Gray and Hall have a house party, it’s time to call out the riot squad. The police have become so timid that they go after two guys who just need to grow up.

The softest target I’m most worried about is the Body of Christ. Since the police have so much free time, they found the need to start criminalizing worshipers. The LA county police went after John MacArthur’s church, saying it didn’t have a right to hold worship services. The city even said that MacArthur was in violation of a court order and was being fined several thousand dollars per worship service. A judge said there was no court order, so the city had lied or did not know what it was talking about. What is clearly happening is that God-hating liberals are using the COVID-19 virus scare to target Christians.

It would be a stunning leap into a totalitarian state if we came to realize that a workable vaccine is decades away. Clearly, we are seeing a precursor to the tribulation hour with this move to outlaw Church services. Since Christians have become so weak in their faith, I fear an increasingly evil world will view them as easy prey.

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” (Matthew 24:9-10, KJV).

—Todd


The “Sudden Destruction” Prophetic Reference

It seems that every interview I’ve heard lately contains words along the lines of: “We just want peace in our neighborhood/city. We want to be safe when we go from our homes. We want security that is afforded by the police—not chaos and danger to our family, to our children.”

The cry for  ”peace and safety at this present hour might not be the same as we’ve traditionally thought as being centered around potential Mideast war threats or even world peace. The term has nonetheless leaped to the forefront of life in America (I realize I’m perhaps being too America-centric again in my analysis). However, it’s most relevant to examine in prophetic terms considering the many significant signs of these last days that have converged and are proliferating.

Each news cycle brings about worries as expressed in interviews with those who have just experienced threats from Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other violent anarchist organizations. Some of the threats are terrifying.

A number of such interviews came following the wrap-up of the Republican National Convention August 27. Many people, when they were leaving the White House grounds that evening after President Trump’s acceptance speech as his party’s nominee for president, were threatened by large mobs of rioters. Senator Rand Paul, for instance, told in several interviews how he, his wife, and a couple of friends were all but physically assaulted. As I understand, Paul has even begun legal movement to get the FBI involved in going after those who hurled the nastiest kind of invective—threats to kill—at himself and those with him.

Another Fox News pundit—a former police officer and secret service agent—said that he and his wife were also verbally assaulted and threatened when they left the grounds following the speech. The mob threatened to rape and kill them, according to the officer, as well as to do the same to others who were leaving at the same time.

Yet another man told in a studio interview that he and his neighborhood had to face-down a mob of threatening anarchists who shouted that they were out of the cities and now were intent on destroying “your communities and places you live.”

He called for increased “security” in the suburbs now, because the rioters promise to “disturb the peace” at every opportunity.

There is a call for “peace and safety” unlike at any time that I’ve known in the nation. As I mentioned previously, with the converging signals that this generation is nearing the end of the age, the cry almost certainly has dramatic prophetic overtones. I have no doubt that it is crucial to consider it as a key indicator of just how near we are to the end of this Church Age (Age of Grace).

As the title of this piece implies, we’re considering the time of “sudden destruction” that God’s prophetic Word indicates will mark the dénouement of this dispensation.

Let’s look at two key prophetic Scripture passages that explain my point.

The first is the apostle Paul’s warning in his letter to the Thessalonians:

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:2–3)

Recently, we posted my article, “Thief in the Night,” which, of course, is a reference to the Rapture of the Church. The “day of the Lord” comes with the disappearance of those millions of believers.

The Church Age or Age of Grace ends and the Day of the Lord begins, and prophecy unfolds all the way to the end of this period, which reaches its consummation with the remaking of the heavens and the earth following the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

The “thief-in-the-night” break-in upon the generation living on earth comes while there is a call for ”peace and safety.” Paul says that when this happens, “sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

The apostle distinguishes between “we and us” and “them and they” to specify the saved from the lost (those who will be left behind at the Rapture). The pronoun “them,” in this case, refers to those who don’t know Christ for salvation.

Those left behind will, Paul warns, face “sudden destruction,” and they won’t be able to escape it, as those who were taken in the Rapture.

The second passage we’ll examine validates what Paul has just written, I’m convinced. They are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself:

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17: 28–30)

Jesus, like Paul, said that it will be just like the time when Lot was taken out of Sodom to safety. Judgment followed that very day. “Sudden destruction” will occur when He is next revealed, and that will be at the Rapture.

A key indicator prevalent at that time of Christ’s call to His church, according to Paul, will be a great cry among earth dwellers for “peace and safety.”

–Terry

 

Aug 31, 2020

Donation Drive September to November

I have pushed back the quarterly donation drive back three weeks because I wanted to be sure the last donation drive of the year won’t conflict with the upcoming election. It is such a lose/lose proposition, expect trouble. If Trump is reelected, there is likely to be a record amount of rioting. If Biden wins, true believers in Jesus Christ will find themselves in an incredibly hostile world.

I think every end-time believing Christian needs to be mindful that the world has become so insane that it is facing imminent calamity. I would like to point out two examples that show how close we are to our nation exploding into chaos.

New Yorker writer James Altucher recently wrote why he believes “New York City is Dead Forever.” His same observation can be applied to a dozen other cities. Altucher said that the reaction to the COVID-19 virus has taught businesses that they don’t need massive buildings to house their workers. Most of them can work out of their homes or an office in a distant city.

Midtown Manhattan, the center of business in NYC, now looks like a ghost town. Even though people can go back to work, famous office buildings like the Time Life skyscraper are still 90% empty.

The businesses that need customers to survive are being wiped out in massive numbers. Nearly half of the restaurants in New York have closed for good. I saw a YouTube video of 5th Avenue that showed block after block of boarded up high-end retail stores. All major Broadway shows are closed until 2021, and it’s doubtful this industry could ever get back on its feet.

As people flee the city to escape the growing crime and lack of jobs, the city’s tax base is rapidly drying up. For 2020, NYC had a $9 billion deficit. The shortfalls in the coming years will be equally large. New York’s subway and bus system is staring down a $10 billion deficit in the short-term and is begging Congress for billions more after it burned through the last $4 billion it got from Washington. It’s now running a deficit of $200 million a week.

As bad as it is for main street America, things seem to be the exact opposite for Wall Street. While 20 million people are out of work, most indexes are at or near all-time record highs. The reason for this conflict of logic is that a handful of stocks have reached nosebleed valuations.

The value of Apple stock now stands at $2.15 trillion, which is equal to 11.2% of the total US GDP. On Friday the 21st, the rise in the price of Apple’s stock was the single reason why nearly all indexes were up that day:

87% of DJIA point gain came from Apple: (index +191pts vs AAPL’s contribution 167pts)
103% of S&P 500 increase (11.7 vs 12.0)
148% of Nasdaq Composite (46.9 vs 69.7)
105% of Nasdaq 100 (78.1 vs 81.8)

The smart-phone maker did not double in the last year because of rapid earnings growth. The company has been losing market share in key nations, and its net sales have been flat. Apple’s best strategy for a rising stock price is to simply increase the cost of an iPhone every year. The stock also rose because of stock buybacks, stock splits, and the ability of this cash-rich company to issue debt in the form of long-term bonds.

Apple might as well be considered a bargain when compared to Telsa’s stock price. During the peak of the Dot.com bubble, Cisco System’s had earnings per share of 128, with a market cap of $500 billion. Tesla Motors has an EPS of 1,360 on the same valuation of $500 billion. I would never have dreamed that a car company could rise 12-fold in a 12-month period.

Tesla stock is rising because there are more buyers than sellers. What is driving this action is that we live in a world gone completely mad. I think a spiritual mindset is the only way to make sense of how irrational things have become. Demonic blindness is why New York is such a mess and why stocks are at all-time high valuations.

The importance of Bible prophecy has already been shown with the Covid-19 pandemic, the California fires, the Midwest Derecho, and the race riots. Just to make 2020 all the more apocalyptic, I’m currently watching Louisiana getting absolutely chewed up by Hurricane Laura.

I am so grateful to everyone who has helped support Rapture Ready. Because we don’t know when the rapture is going to take place, it is wise for us to continue to plan for the future. But still, I’ve never had a greater feeling that our mission is about to come to a sudden glorious end.

There are three ways you can contribute to Rapture Ready: You can send a financial gift via our P.O. Box address, you can make a one-time donation, or there is a frequent option that allows you to make monthly donations. If you’re interested in signing up, find the input links on the Donation page. Donations can be sent to our P.O. Box at:

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—Todd


Geometric Progression in Prophecy

Computer technology that took Neil Armstrong and crew to the moon and back, it is reported, involved less computing power than that of the first desktop sold commercially.

This was a stunning revelation to me when I first heard it. When the moon mission was being planned, the technological wonders flashing upon some of the control monitors they showed us looked phenomenally complex.

They were, in fact, phenomenally complex at that primitive moment in the progression of the space program. Now, I’m told, the average teenager holds in his or her hand a device that can perform functions exponentially beyond those available to the launch scientists of Apollo 11.

The laptop I’m using to type this piece, I’m told, is as far advanced from the computer power available in the year my beloved wife and I were married—1969—as today’s Air Force One 747 is from the model T.

I’m not sure that’s true. I’m such a back number when it comes to such technology that I’ll just have to take the word of others who are savvy about such things.

One thing is sure, though. I can see the developments literally exploding around me and know that everything, including technology, is expanding in unbridled, geometric progression.

One recent report explains:

The fastest internet speed in the world has been clocked at an incredible 178 terabits per second (Tb/s)—fast enough to download the entire Netflix library in under a second. Engineers in the UK and Japan have developed new ways to modulate light before it’s beamed down optical fibers, allowing for much wider bandwidths than usual.

That new top speed is an insane feat. It’s 17,800 times faster than the current fastest internet connections available to consumers—10 Gb/s in parts of places like Japan, the US and New Zealand. Even NASA can’t compete, with its 400 Gb/s ESnet.

It also leaves other experimental devices in the dust, including a photonic chip developed in Australia that clocked a still-impressive 44 Tb/s just a few months ago, and beats the previous record holder—a Japanese team with 150 Tb/s—by almost 20 percent.

“While current state-of-the-art cloud data-centre interconnections are capable of transporting up to 35 terabits a second, we are working with new technologies that utilize more efficiently the existing infrastructure, making better use of optical fiber bandwidth and enabling a world record transmission rate of 178 terabits a second,” says Lidia Galdino, lead researcher on the study. (Michael Irving, “Internet Speed Record Shattered at 178 Terabits Per Second,” New Atlas, raptureready.com, August 22, 2020)

Precisely what this means, I haven’t a clue, being that back number I mentioned. However, this advancement, as I understand it, is capable of squeezing far more information through the fiber-optic systems than possible before advent of the technology. It’s not just a breakthrough, but a phenomenal game-changer in moving information, thus in all aspects of all other applications. It will allow technology to progress geometrically far beyond even what we have experienced to this point.

The prophet Daniel almost certainly prophesied this development along with predicting the swift movement of things to come.

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4)

Most who observe Bible prophecy today—at least in the Pre-Trib view—are in agreement. This is the time of the end about which the angel spoke to Daniel.

We are seeing an increase in knowledge within the physical and biological world—within the technological and societal spheres of human movement toward unknown destiny. That is, unknown to those who aren’t spiritually attuned to God’s prophetic truth.

That’s why it is vital for the nation’s pastors—those who deliver God’s whole Word—to include Bible prophecy in their study and delivery from the pulpits.

There is a geometrical progression that will mark a certain generation. The angel of the Lord clearly foretold through Daniel that it will take place at the end time.

We are at that profound moment, I and many others believe. It is incumbent upon pastors to teach prophetic truth. And it’s incumbent upon Christians to read, heed, and believe just how near Christ’s call to the Church is to this generation.

And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your head, for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)

***New TV program for Terry’s new book***

The second of four Skywatch TV programs for Terry’s new book “Antichrist and The Final Solution” will begin airing on networks across the nation today.

Here is the link to the program.

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–Terry