16 May 2022

The Supreme Court Ponders Reversing a Key Abortion Ruling

A riot-grade security fence has been set up around the Supreme Court. Someone leaked a document that showed how various justices would vote in a major ruling on Roe v. Wade. It appeared that 6 of them would vote to strike down the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal.

Roe vs. Wade should be overturned because abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution. We had many federal and state laws that said you can’t murder an unborn child, and nine men had the ability to void the rule of law. Justice Byron White dissented from the Court’s decision. White’s dissent, which was issued with Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, argued that the Court had no basis for deciding between the competing values of pregnant women and unborn children.

The supporters of abortion are a very strange group. Most of them are never going to have an abortion, but they are cheerleaders for other people to take the life of an unborn child. If there was a greater focus on planning and contraception, there would be far fewer abortions. Any child that a woman cannot care for or simply doesn’t want can be put up for adoption.

I think it is highly unlikely that Roe vs. Wade will be struck down. The Justices may have shown how they may vote in this straw poll, but when it comes to the final ruling, at least two of them will change their minds. Pressure groups, the liberal media, or Satan himself will work to make Roe vs. Wade the standard for why abortion is still legal.

I was very pleased to read that Justice Clarence Thomas had stated that government institutions can’t be “bullied” into giving people the outcome they want, multiple news outlets reported. Why it matters: Thomas didn’t directly address the leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, but he acknowledged that recent events at the Supreme Court might be one symptom of a judiciary that he views as threatened by people who are unwilling to “live with the outcomes we don’t agree with,” per the Washington Post.

Most of the leftist members of the Supreme Court have a voting record so faithful to the democratic agenda that they don’t even need to show up for oral arguments. It doesn’t matter if a law or a previous ruling was poorly written or based on false statements; they’ll vote left like a political machine.

Soon after being elected to the U.S. Senate, Joe Biden was pulled aside by a Democratic colleague who wanted to know how he was going to vote on abortion. Biden explained that while he was personally opposed to abortion and would resist federal funding for the procedure, he didn’t want to impose his view on others by overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Today, you’re not allowed to have a personal opposition to abortion. Biden chants the abortion talking point that appears on his teleprompter.

One of the clearest indications that the Supreme Court is a cult of personality that rose up around the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: she died in 2020, and several items she once owned are now selling for big bucks. In one action, all of the auctioned items sold for well above their pre-auction estimates. A mink coat owned by Ginsburg with an estimated value of $500 to $1,000 sold for $16,000. A medal given to Ginsburg by the National Women’s Hall of Fame had an estimated value of $1,000 to $2,000. It sold for $30,000. In a January auction, items from Ginsburg’s library were sold. The auction house estimated the items would sell for a total of around $60,000. Every item sold well above its estimate, earning a total of $2.4 million.

Ginsburg was seen as a hero by the left because she was a key vote to support the abortion cause. She had many health problems in her final years, and every time she got sick, the liberal media noted how vital her vote was to abortion. Some believed that, in the lead-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Ginsburg was waiting for candidate Hillary Clinton to beat candidate Donald Trump before retiring because Clinton would nominate a more liberal successor for her than Obama would.

It is interesting that there is no record of Ginsburg’s reaction to events. Once Trump won, her only option was to live long enough to make it through Trump’s presidency with a new president installed. She died four months too early as Amy Coney Barrett became her replacement.

I think many people need to question their own moral foundation when they place abortion on the same level as their most sacred beliefs. You aren’t protecting a basic right; you are in league with the angel of death.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

–Todd


Re-Thinking Rapture Issue

The “what” in the old and trite saying, “what goes around comes around,” has again come around, and I must try to face the matters involved. I must do so honestly and with Holy Spirit insight–the source of inspiration I always strive to enlist in any writing endeavor.

A controversy of sorts has again arisen. It involves the question of what the word apostasia means in the Apostle Paul’s prophecy in 2 Thessalonians 2. I say it has again come around because I formerly held that the word apostasia meant a spiritual departure, or “falling away.” A decade or more ago, I come to believe that apostasia means a spacial departure—a removal from one place to the other.

Just recently, I have again been confronted by strong evidence that the word apostasia means “spiritual departure—a defection from the faith.” Lee Brainard’s book, The Correct Translation from the Greek Text of 2 Thessalonians 2:2–3, brought around again the question that divides highly credentialed theologians and neophytes such as myself. His is a tremendously resourced and documented study. Here is a link to his interview about his book with Mondo Gonzales, host of Prophecy Watchers TV. The interview is enlightening and quite fascinating: https://youtu.be/foieU6RkgeE

To look at a bit of context, the following is from my introduction to our book, The Departure: God’s Next Catastrophic Intervention into Earth’s History.

The ascended Jesus, through John the prophet, speaking to the true Church—the believers who will be alive at the time of His coming for them ( John 14: 1-3)—said the following:

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (Revelation 3:10)

Paul prophesied the following about this very same time of God’s future “testing” the world of rebellious earth-dwellers—the time of God’s wrath. He was writing to believers—the Church.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (1 Thessalonians 5:9–11)

“The Departure” is the meaning of the Greek noun apostasia, which Paul used in his second letter to the Thessalonians.

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:1–4)

The “falling away” term of this passage in KJV is taken from the Greek noun apostasia. Extensive studies in the Scriptures confirm for the authors of this book that this word in almost every case means  a”departure from”—a physical departure.

The Thessalonians were worried that the “day of Christ” had already come, as some were telling them, and that they and their dead loved ones who had been believers had missed Paul’s prophesied departure—the harpazo (the Greek term) or the “snatching away” that Paul had  prophesied in an earlier letter to them (read 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18).

Paul was assuring them—and, by prophecy, all believers of the Church Age—that the “day of Christ” had not come. They would, Paul assured, be gathered unto the Lord before the Tribulation and the revealing of the son of perdition, Antichrist, took place. There would first be “the Departure.”

Every spiritual weather indicator points to the Tribulation storm that is about to break upon a judgment-deserving world. Millions of believers in Jesus Christ as the one and only Savior will vanish in the twinkling of an eye—an atomos of time that can’t be divided.

Each author of this book believes the Departure is about to take place. Consider carefully their words herein given. These are true spiritual meteorologists—and, in my opinion (yours truly excepted),they are true prophets of God in this latter-day sense. Look up. Lift up your head. Your redemption is drawing near. If you belong to Him, you are about to make one giant leap!

So, with my book on the subject of 2 Thessalonians long ago set in type and on bookshelves, can I now change to accept that the word apostasia (the “falling away” in KJV) means “a departure from the Christian faith” rather than a “departure of believers—the Rapture”?

Well…yes, I can—but I won’t do so, at least not for now. There are too many things to check out and compare. And frankly, I don’t think I’ll ever have the time to go in-depth as the scholars and others I’ve looked to for understanding have done—and then compare that to the tremendous research Lee has done on his recent work.

The main thing that’s been brought to my attention by very dear friends who hold that 2 Thessalonians 2:2–3 is a spiritual rather than a spatial departure based upon the Greek term apostasia involves, they worry, whether Christians can know who Antichrist will be before the Rapture—i.e., this ability of whether to know Antichrist before the Rapture, they believe, is based upon the interpretation of apostasia.

They believe that possibly being able to recognize Antichrist wouldn’t change the Rapture from being a pre-Tribulation event. The Tribulation doesn’t start until the “prince that shall come” signs the covenant of false peace with Israel and many other nation-state entities. Therefore, there is a time when Christians can and should recognize that “man of sin” before they are raptured.

Those with this concern worry that if Christians see the Antichrist come to the prophetic stage, they will begin to believe we will go through the Tribulation. The pre-Trib Rapture would then be seen as wrong. The ramifications will be terrible, with suicides and other harmful actions and reactions. But if they see in the word apostasia that it is a spiritual, not a physical or spatial departure, they will understand that Antichrist isn’t necessarily “revealed” after the Rapture of the Church. There is still room, in their view, then, for the Church to recognize Antichrist. As a matter of fact, my friends believe the Antichrist is recognizable even now.

His identity isn’t the point of this commentary, so I’ll not divulge it here.

My own view hasn’t changed. I continue to believe it’s a physical departure. But I am willing to change if further investigation, with the Holy Spirit as guide, affirms that apostasia means a spiritual departure.

If it means a spiritual departure, we have certainly been witness to that for years. True, it is getting much more apparent in these truly wicked times. Either way, our Lord is about to call us to be with Himself as given in Revelation 4:1.

You will not want to miss that call by the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is the way you can be certain that you hear Him in that glorious moment!

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)

—Terry

9 May 2022

Global Supply Chain Crisis Bigger than 2020

Last year the world suffered a huge supply chain meltdown over the COVID-19 virus. Events have now conspired to create a supply chain snag for the later part of 2022 that will easily surpass the mess that occurred in 2020.

China is in lockdown over fresh COVID-19 outbreaks, and we also have the supply breakdowns from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It’s still not clear what will be the impact of the war in central Europe. Russia and Ukraine have been major exports of several key commodities.

The is no way Ukraine is going to produce various crops while fighting a war. With its southern ports locked up, the country can’t even export grain from previous years. Right after the invasion, wheat got up $13 per bushel, and it has leveled off at around $11 per bushel. This still leaves the price of wheat nearly double what it was at the beginning of the year.

The war has resulted in the loss of many key commodities. Russia and Ukraine account for about 80% of the global sunflower oil market, 25% of the production of coal, 30% of the petroleum supply, and 20% of iron ore.

Because food is vital to a nation’s stability, many counties have banned the export of several products. Indonesia banned the export of palm oil, which amounts to 30% of global cooking oil demand. The Indonesian government made this move to lower the cost of palm oil for the domestic market. With local farmers unable to export their palm oil to a global market, they have no incentive to increase their production. The export ban could backfire as some local marketers are showing a shortage of cooking oil.

The biggest supply problem is Europe’s dependency on Russian natural gas. Germany gets 40% of its gas supply from Russia. If the war had taken place 20 years ago, Germany would be in a far better place. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany became fixated on closing all of its nuclear plants.

At a peak in the early 2000s, nuclear power generated 40% percent of German electricity. Today only 20% of electricity comes from nuclear. The current plan is to close all nuclear plants by 2025.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine seemed initially to prompt a rethinking of Berlin’s nuclear policy, with Green economics minister Robert Habeck saying he would not stand in the way on ideological grounds of any decision to keep nuclear power plants running for longer.

The CEO of Eon, Germany’s largest electrical utility, has ruled out extending the life of its nuclear power plants in Germany, even as Europe’s largest economy prepares for the rationing of energy supplies and to wean itself off Russian hydrocarbons.

“There is no future for nuclear in Germany, period,” said chief executive Leo Birnbaum. “It is too emotional. There will be no change in legislation and opinion.” The company has three remaining nuclear sites in the country, near Munich.

China’s COVID-19 lockdown is just pure insanity. Media outlets around the world, from the Chinese Ministry of Propaganda to the New York Times, were quick to declare that China had “won” the pandemic, having decisively defeated the virus and demonstrated the virtues of unbridled autocracy. Xi Jinping was set to use China’s apparent COVID success as a central argument for enshrining himself at the upcoming Communist Party Congress in October 2022 as emperor for life.

Beijing’s zero-COVID policy has resulted in the shutdown of huge portions of the Chinese economy. In Shanghai, hundreds of factories have been closed, and all shipping traffic is on hold. At Shanghai’s port, 344 ships are dead in the water. Shipping something from a warehouse in China to one in the United States now takes 74 days longer than usual.

Authorities are now enforcing a full or partial lockdown in at least 27 cities across the country, with these restrictions affecting up to 180 million people. This level of monetary restraint could be economic suicide for the nation.

Another reason why the supply chains are becoming unstable is that we are using exchanges to over-manage various commodities. One recent example is nickel. Last month, shortly after the war in Ukraine began, nickel futures on the London Metal Exchange popped by 250%, jumping from about $29,000 to $100,000 per metric ton in a matter of days. The LME halted trading for a week and retroactively canceled about 9,000 trades worth nearly $4 billion.

The metal is chiefly used in alloys; about 68% of the world’s production is used in stainless steel. We can create all the paper nickel we want, but when steelmakers need the physical metal, the monetary games come to an end.

Over the past 12 years, I have become very fascinated by the endless parade of financial panics that have come our way. Each one seems to have the power to destroy our economy, but none have been able to trigger a crash. Because the rapture will occur during a time of “think not” tranquility, I think we have an explanation for why we have a historic ability to avoid a major recession. If we manage to traverse the Supply Chain Crisis of 2022 without harm, it will be one more indication that the forthcoming rapture is holding up the global economy.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44).

–Todd


Awaiting the Ultimate Crisis

The incessant push to produce the platform from which Satan’s Antichrist will be launched becomes clearer every day.

With apologies for the lengthy excerpt, I think that its information is important to help us understand what is planned. And, make no mistake: It is a part of the “Reset” we’ve heard so much about.

Without ever saying so, or even intimating the fact, it involves movement almost identical to the China dictatorship’s social credit score system that, of course, has locked the Chinese people into a permanent governmental slave state.

Some of America’s most well-known politicians are now urging Europe to adopt this system aimed at bringing all speech in America, and apparently the Western world, under the new Biden-produced agency, the Disinformation Governance Board (DGB). They are setting the stage for bringing Europe into compliance next with locking down anti-free speech.

The following, I hope, will explain further.

Under pressure applied by both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the European Union is working to expand online censorship to an extreme Orwellian level, as well as strictly regulate speech during what authorities deem to be times of crisis (we always seem to be in the middle of a “crisis”), and remove online anonymity by forcing the public to have a digital identity…

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both lobbied for the EU to back the censorship bill known as the “Digital Services Act” on Thursday, April 21st, 2022:

For too long, tech platforms have amplified disinformation and extremism with no accountability. The EU is poised to do something about it.

“I urge our transatlantic allies to push the Digital Services Act across the finish line and bolster global democracy before it’s too late.”

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 21, 2022…

Under the plan pushed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, cash in people’s pockets would be superseded by a new “Britcoin” digital currency. It is being framed as “giving the economy a boost in times of financial crisis”…

The UK Government has been working in tandem with other world leaders and the EU to introduce a social credit system and digital identity right under your nose.

In January 2022 the Department of Health and Social Care, currently led by Sajid Javid, launched a new app that allegedly “helps people to make positive changes to their diet and physical activity.”

The pilot scheme has seen users wear wrist-worn devices that can generate personalised health recommendations, such as increasing their step count, eating more fruit and vegetables, and decreasing portion sizes.

Users allegedly collect points for behaviours deemed healthy by the Government, which unlock “rewards.” The Government says these rewards include “gym passes, clothes or food vouchers, discounts for shops, and cinema or theme park tickets”…

Now Italy is about to launch the same scheme.

On 28 March Matteo Lepore, Mayor of Bologna, and Massimo Bugani, councillor for the digital agenda and civic use of data, announced the City’s digital innovation plan 2022-2024.

“We will start with a pilot project for the city: at the center is the virtuous citizen, the one who, for example, separates waste well or does not waste energy, or uses public transport and does not take fines, or is still active with the Bologna Welcome Card. The Municipality says to these people ‘we will assign you a score’, as part of a circular reward with economic benefits to individual users.”…

National Identity Number registration involves the recording of an individual’s demographic data and capturing their fingerprints, photo, and digital signature. The number is required for all transactions requiring identity verification, such as opening a bank account, applying for a driver’s licence, voting, obtaining health insurance, and filing tax returns.

This is in essence a war, and many of you may not even realise you are in it. All the evidence is there, it just needs piecing together. There is a coordinated effort worldwide to bring in a digital identity and social credit system right under your nose. (“Governments worldwide are working in Lockstep to bring in Digital I.D. & Social Credit System as EU agrees to expand online censorship with ‘Digital Services Act’,” by The Exposé, April 29, 2022)

We remember what Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s chief of staff, once said about never wasting a crisis—meaning the Democrat Party would always use a crisis to advance a political agenda. It looks like his boss and one-time Secretary of State under Mr. Obama, still look at crises in the same way.

They will get their crisis, I am of the studied opinion, when Jesus Christ steps onto the clouds of glory and shouts for all believers to join Him for the wondrous journey back to the Heavenly Father’s house.

Those left behind will face things much worse than the Chinese digital social credit system. They will eventually be forced to take Antichrist’s version of mandatory injections, or tattoos, or whatever he deems. Either those tragic souls will take the mark or starve—or even have their heads removed. All of this awaits the ultimate crisis—the Rapture of the Church.

But you don’t have to be in that massive throng of the left behind. God has provided the way to escape—both the coming crisis that is the Tribulation and the lake of fire that awaits all unbelievers. Here is that Way of escape.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)

—Terry