21 Jan 2019

Watch, Warn, Plant and Pray

Extreme Weather

In the US: Intense storms slammed much of California for three days this week. Torrential rainfall and fierce winds contributed to six deaths. A blizzard affected the higher elevations.

Winter Storm Harper is wreaking havoc: Heavy snow moved into the Plains and Midwest this weekend. One person died in a weather-related crash and there have been many car accidents. The storm will intensify as it heads into the northeast Sunday with heavy snow, sleet and ice. 40 inches is possible in northern New England, and close to 30 inches in central and northern New York State and northern Pennsylvania. Other areas on the East Coast will see lots of rain. A blast of Arctic air will cause temperatures to dip into the single digits and below zero with strong winds in places.

In the Middle East: A freezing cold snap also brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East. Strong winds whipped up dust throughout Israel. Torrential rain and hail stranded cars and turned streets into rivers of mud. Three people were rescued in a flash flood where an IDF soldier was killed. (Nahal Hilazon creek is generally dry, but it has been flooding often over the last month.) Jerusalem had its first snowstorm in years. Snow and heavy rains battered Syria and parts of Lebanon. In Egypt’s capital, an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky.

Australia: An extreme heatwave has affected the country since last Saturday with at least five of its 10 warmest days on record. This has caused wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions. There were daily national temperature highs of 40 C (104 F). Record-breaking heat in the country’s north two months ago wiped out almost one-third of the Australia’s spectacled flying foxes (also called spectacled fruit bats). They were unable to survive in temperatures which exceeded 42C (107.6 F).

Earthquakes in Diverse Places

In the US, earthquakes are rare on the East Coast. On Tuesday, a 4.7 earthquake occurred off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, that could be felt within 800 miles of its occurrence. Several earthquakes have occurred in Tennessee in the past several weeks, including this week. Tennessee experiences more seismic activity than other states in the East, but the 4.4 quake in December was atypically intense for the area; it was the strongest one to hit the area in over 45 years and could be felt all the way in North Georgia and portions of the Carolinas.

In Oklahoma, a 4.4 earthquake rattled Garfield County on Monday, and a 3.4 occurred in California in the city of Piedmont that was quick but strong due to being shallow.

Alaska is experiencing endless aftershocks seven weeks after its 7.0 earthquake. So far there have been over 7,800 aftershocks.

A 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu on Wednesday.

A 6.2 earthquake struck off the coasts of Papua, New Guinea on Thursday.

A 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico on Friday.

A 5.0 earthquake rattled Tokyo, Japan on Friday.

Japan’s Mount Shindake volcano erupted on Saturday, rattling buildings like an earthquake.

A recent study shows that Nepal may still face the threat of much stronger earthquakes, 8.0 or more, because part of the Himalayan fault is still under stress even after the catastrophic quake in 2015.

In New Zealand, scientists are developing an emergency response plan to prepare for the rupture of the country’s largest fault. The response plan is vital in making sure people are ready and resilient for a future earthquake and tsunami event. Research over the past few years suggests the likelihood of a rupture may be higher than initially understood.

In Russia, a mountain in Siberia collapsed, and the 525 foot-high mound of rockfall blocked the Bureya River and left several villages at risk of flooding, along with other repercussions. Putin sent in the army to investigate and try to clear the massive rockfall.

Apostasy in the Churches

LGBT activists are no doubt rejoicing over getting their way in a small, rural farming community in California. Pastor Justin Hoke posted on the church sign at Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church, “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.” LGBT activists swarmed the church claiming the sign was hateful. Later, they vandalized the sign. A church elder asked Pastor Hoke to resign following claims of a potential mass exodus of church members. The church refused to stand behind the man of God or the Bible’s teachings.

Persecution of Christians

During a segment discussing Second Lady Karen Pence teaching art at a Christian school, CNN host John King actually questioned whether Mrs. Pence should be receiving taxpayer-funded Secret Service protection or government-funded housing because of her religious beliefs.

At least 245 million Christians are facing “extreme persecution” this year, up 14% from 215 million at the beginning of 2018.

The Iranian regime declares the country to be a Shia Islamic State and is constantly expanding its influence. Hardliners within the regime are vehemently opposed to Christianity, and create severe problems for Christians, particularly converts from Islam. There are spies waiting to turn believers in, and the police often engage in surveillance with anyone suspected of Christian activity—phone tapping, setting up security cameras, and following them on the streets.

In recent weeks, Islamists have carried out a spate of attacks against four churches that were in the midst of seeking official recognition from the state to carry out worship services.

Persecution of the Jews

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is training volunteers to promote boycotts of Israel and engage in anti-Semitic rhetoric, with funding from several Western governments and the EU, as well as support from the UN.

In Malaysia, a mostly Muslim country, Israeli athletes are banned from participating in events hosted by the World Para Swimming Championships in July. Malaysia’s cabinet decided last week that Israelis will not be allowed to enter the country for any event.

In Israel, Aliyah and Integration Minister Yoav Galant visited Judea and Samaria and said, “I came here to tell the Israeli public, and especially the residents of Judea and Samaria, that we will not allow the establishment of more than one state west of the Jordan River.” Galant added, “Anyone who tries to harm Israel’s security will bear the responsibility. We will reach every terrorist; he will end his life in prison or a cemetery; there is no third option.”

Spread of Islam and its Terrorism

In Syria, four Americans were among several people killed on Wednesday by a suicide blast that struck near a U.S.-led coalition patrol. ISIS claimed responsibility.

In the US: Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming, Georgia, has been arrested after a year-long sting operation. He is accused of plotting a mass terror event to destroy the White House and other government buildings in Washington, D.C., plus a synagogue. Taheb told an informant “jihad was the best deed in Islam and the peak of Islam,” adding “it is not complicated at all to do jihad today.” Taheb said he planned to travel to ‘hijra,’ a term said to refer to ISIS territory.

In Kenya, Al-Shabaab Muslim terrorists attacked a five-star hotel in Nairobi. Sixteen Kenyans and three unidentified people of African origin were killed, along with a British and an American businessman. (The American was a survivor of the 9/11 terror attacks). Twenty-eight others were hospitalized. Their excuse for this attack is the US declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Their intention is to target Western and Zionist interests worldwide in support of Muslims in “Palestine” – their imagined state. The attack happened three years to the day after Al-Shabaab terrorists targeted a Kenyan military base in neighboring Somalia, killing dozens of soldiers.

Islam’s agenda has help from the globalist liberal left:

An article in the Atlantic (a liberal site) from last year points out the influence of ISIS recruitment networks in the US. While the ISIS presence in America is often characterized by so-called lone wolves,… stories like that of Zulfi Hoxha (top ISIS leader from New Jersey) are a reminder of the existence and importance of jihadist recruitment networks in the US. ISIS’ American commanders may be limited in number—but the trajectory of the group shows that small numbers can wreak great damage.

ALL European countries have signed international human rights conventions that leave them with the same dilemma that Denmark is having regarding criminal “asylum seekers.” These consist of criminals of various sorts, including those who have been sentenced to be deported but can’t be either under the rules or because of countries refusing to take them back, those considered a security threat, and “foreign warriors.” The Danish government plans to send them to the island of Lindholm. It houses a research center for contagious animal diseases and, interestingly, the ferry the “asylum seekers” will be able to take to the mainland during the day is named “Virus.”

In the UK, members of the Muslim pedophile grooming gang responsible for trafficking children for sex (who have since been sentenced) received over $1 million in legal aid to help them defend criminal charges and fight deportation.

Global Government Agenda of the Liberal Left

The United States birth rate remains well below the replacement level needed as white American births plummet in all 50 states and the District of Colombia. This fits right in with globalist plans.

The G20 “Candy Nations” flag sculptures that have been making the global rounds made their way to New York, where they were erected on the World Trade Center grounds, a stone’s throw away from the 9/11 memorial. This included the flag sculpture of Saudi Arabia emblazoned with its Islamic conquest sword and the words in Arabic meaning, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.” 15 of the 19 terrorists of 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. Due to complaints, it’s been moved several miles away to the JFK airport AirTrain system. The artist is moving all of them to keep them together, because she imagines that G20 is all about “peace, unity and love among mankind.”

California’s new Democrat governor, Gavin Newsom, proposed his first budget for the state, and it includes a tax on drinking water!

New York City’s socialist-leaning, big government promoting Mayor De Blasio introduced a plan this week that would allow the government to seize private property from what he considers “bad landlords” who try to force tenants out. What is hypocritical of the mayor is that the city itself runs some of the worst housing via the NYC Housing Authority. State Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis, daughter of Cuban refugees who fled Castro’s Cuba in 1959, said this is what happened to her family; she had her home taken, and her grandfather had his gas station taken. “This is extreme even for Mayor de Blasio, because we know that he has socialist leanings, but this is straight communism,” she said.

The up-and-coming Democratic Party’s Green New Deal would force the economy to run on 100% renewable energy. This multi-trillion-dollar plan (which would cost 3,600 times the price of a border wall) would provide taxpayer-funded incentives for wind and solar, while shuttering American coal, oil, and steel independence.

In France, a senior politician, Luc Ferry, says police should use “shoot-to-kill” tactics against Yellow Vest protesters (who are protesting the higher fuel taxes and high taxes on electricity, etc., imposed by the globalists that are ruining lives). The Yellow Vests were out again protesting this weekend.

Macron’s European army goal: All French 16-year-olds will wear a uniform under a national service scheme that will start trials in June. Macron said, “Each young French person will experience military life, even briefly, to allow our democracy to be more united and increase the resilience of our society.”

From Zero Hedge: Norway is readying its  ‘Big Brother’ GPS-based taxation on per kilometers driven. Norwegians trust the government way too much, because they believe that this system will eliminate the need for road tax, fuel tax, toll roads and reduce the cost of car insurance.

In Zimbabwe, the government just increased fuel taxes by 130%. Thousands are protesting the price increase, along with increasing levels of poverty, poor state of the economy and declining standards of living. The government crackdown that followed has resulted in hundreds of arrests and multiple deaths. The government blames a number of things, but none of which is the fact that Zimbabwe signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Yet, Zimbabwe’s president and his ministers charter jets and buy new cars while urging citizens to travel by bicycle to save money.

Traitors

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to file an indictment for bribery against Prime Minister Netanyahu. Bibi’s lawyers said, “It is ridiculous that neither money nor envelopes but a handful of unhostile articles in a sea of hostile articles against the prime minister on an internet site are considered bribery.”

Former Democrat congressman and failed Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke questioned the relevance of the United States Constitution in a recent interview with the Washington Post.

Recently-arrested for extortion, Democrat Chicago Alderman Edward Burke, a very powerful city councilman and a leading anti-gun rights advocate, possessed 23 guns in his City Hall offices. He was legally allowed, but it’s ironic nonetheless. The Burke trial parallels the corruption trial of Democrat California senator Leland Yee, a gun control advocate who was convicted of weapons trafficking. We’re left to wonder the true motivation for Yee’s pushing for gun control and also what a power-hungry, corrupt Chicago politician intended to do with his stash of firearms.

Latest reports offer only more proof of the FBI’s dishonesty and corruption. The bogus Russian collusion claim against Trump was and is all about vengeance because their equally corrupt candidate didn’t win the presidency, and their partner in corruption, Comey, was fired. They abused their power, defied the law, ignored or perverted facts, and debased the integrity of a heretofore-respected law enforcement agency.

Border Disorder

Ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border have been finding Muslim prayer rugs on their properties in recent months, according to one rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by cartels who move the individuals.

In Mexico, a fuel pipeline that had been illegally tapped erupted in a massive explosion Friday, resulting in at least 66 deaths. At least 76 were injured and 85 are missing. The rampant rise in fuel thefts is due to ruthless criminal organizations, which have used bribery and violence to co-opt officials at all levels of government, including workers at the state-owned energy company. The criminal groups have also cultivated widespread support among local residents, some of whom have found lucrative employment with the gangs and many of whom are happy to pay the far lower prices for black-market fuel.

Mexicans are lashing out as the new Honduran caravan (now 2,000 in number) heads its way, intending to end up at the US border. The number is expected to increase to 4,000. One commenter said there might be work for people who actually want to work, but not for those just looking for entitlements. Another warned, “Please don’t trust these manipulative agitators who are encouraging you to risk everything for nothing.”

In the US, another round of troops is heading to the southern border. The Pentagon announced that troops will continue to assist the border patrol with security through Sept 30.

From Israel’s Arutz Sheva: Trump is right. There is a border crisis, bad enough, but even worse is the hate crisis that has consumed, sickened and poisoned the Democratic Party, and that is even worse. Worse because they are already IN the country. That, plus hating Trump is the only agenda that motivates them.

About 30 Democrat congress members, who claim to be concerned for federal workers who haven’t had a paycheck, went to Puerto Rico with their families and lobbyists to whoop it up together instead of working to end the partial government shutdown. Of course they saw a special performance of the Broadway show “Hamilton” – which is far-left propaganda. Nancy Pelosi has done the most traveling during the shutdown, and was about to take off again. But the president stopped her from using military transport at taxpayer expense.

An immigration loophole allows MS-13 gang members to go free. If the Trump administration had its way, Ramon Arevalo Lopez and Oscar Canales Molina would have been either in detention or deported. Instead, they were out on the streets — thanks to judges’ orders — where, according to police, they and another illegal immigrant delivered an MS-13 gang beat-down to two high school students in New York.

Orwellian Society

India’s government has authorized 10 federal government agencies to intercept and monitor information from any computer.

Germany attack on homeschooling: The European Court of Human Rights upheld the ruling against homeschooling children. If parents don’t go along with the ruling, the government can remove children from the home, and even use police battering-ram assaults on the home to ensure that happens. This happened to a family several years ago, and a court battle has been ongoing till now.

Lawlessness will Abound

At a Tallahassee, Florida school, two 5th graders have been charged with plotting to kill another student. Thanks to one student reporting this out of a number who knew, the child’s life was saved. The intended victim had not come forward, though he’d been threatened and heard about the plot, and had been told by these students to meet in a secret place after school. Police confiscated a backpack with a pipe wrench, knife, glove, etc. Parents, please tell your children to report threats. And as always, pray for the children unceasingly.

A team of retired detectives and a gang expert believe the deaths of at least 100 college-aged men across America ever since the late 90s are victims of the Smiley-Face Killers, an alleged organized gang of serial killers that communicates on the dark web, with cells in dozens of cities across the US. An additional 250 cases might be connected, but they can’t prove it, they say. The drowned men were all young, athletic and academic achievers, all reportedly found dead after a night out drinking. Some had the date rape drug in their systems. A graffiti of a smiley face was reportedly found near the bodies, and nine of them were drawn with horns. A smiley face was found spray-painted on an underpass near where one of the bodies was discovered.

In Texas, a pro-life activist, Ryan Roberts, was assaulted by a man outside an abortion clinic. The man first threatened to kill Roberts and his whole family. Ryan told the man the reason he was there to dissuade women from aborting their babies is because he was saved from being aborted. As the man was driving away, the young man said, “Jesus loves you.” That’s when the man stopped and brutally punched him several times in the face.

The mayor of Gdansk, Poland, died a day after he was stabbed at a charity concert. The man who stabbed him blames him for his prison sentence for armed robbery.

Days of Noah and Lot Returned

Sex trafficking is big business globally. And, sadly, children in the care of social services and foster care have been sex trafficked. In 2017 in the US for example, an estimated 1 out of 7 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims. 88% of them were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran. There’s no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.

A family dubbed Britain’s “first transgender family” has announced they’re encouraging the “transition into a girl” of their 5-year-old son, Jayden. The boy’s so-called “stepfather” is a 27-year-old biological female who now identifies as a male. As reported by The Daily Wire in February, parents actually lost custody of their 17-year-old for refusing to encourage a “gender transition.”

In Louisiana, citing free speech, the ACLU won its lawsuit against the Lafayette Public Library. Now Drag Queen Storytime will be allowed to continue. The ACLU calls those against this debauchery “extremists.” Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis said, “Now if the library allowed a Christian group to have Bible readings for kids from Genesis 1-2, Matthew 19, and Romans 1 where God defines true marriage as one man and one woman and there’s only two genders, male and female—would the ACLU defend this as free speech?

Planned Parenthood is required by law to report child sexual abuse, but it routinely covers up these crimes. In this #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth, watch as a Planned Parenthood manager aids a child sex trafficking ring at this link.

Planned Parenthood launched a new billboard campaign last week in the US heartland (in Iowa) that attempts to make the killing of unborn babies seem normal. The first set of its “Say Abortion” billboards went up Friday in Des Moines, displaying messages such as, “I had an abortion, and I’m not apologizing.”

Time Magazine published an op-ed encouraging readers to set aside money for their future abortions and telling women that an “emergency abortion fund” should be a staple of their savings plan.

An abortion activist Danielle Campoamor, who says she owns her abortion proudly, called an unborn child “fetal tissue” over and over in a tweet. She also said, “Talking to abortion providers is always the highlight of my day & reason #466,875 why I love my job.”  Campoamor is often featured in Teen Vogue.

A ruling by Judge Haywood Gilliam in California, a nominee of pro-abortion Obama, partially blocked the Trump administration from providing wider religious exemptions to groups that don’t want to include birth control drugs and devices that may cause abortions in their employee healthcare plans.

Shaving supply company Gillette is getting into the “let’s emasculate men” act, challenging men to “shave their toxic masculinity.” And it’s backfiring on them; people have had enough!
From American Thinker: “The guy at the ad agency’ is actually philosophically unpleasant feminist woman Kim Gehrig… Gillette didn’t learn a lesson from “Dodge, the NFL, Target, Lynx, Nike, PepsiCo, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. They all suffered as a consequence of catering to P.C. prejudices… The greatest ultimate harm caused by Gehrig’s Gillette advertising maliciousness may be this: irresponsible,”woke” parents bludgeoning their young sons with her message that just being a boy is unhealthy – a wrong for which they should forever hang their heads. Poor kids.”

Pestilence/Disease

Physicians are seeing an increase in patients with a cough-causing virus that is lasting a month and even longer.

In Oregon, Clark County has declared a public health emergency due to a measles outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, 18 of them children. The County Council Chair declared the emergency Friday, the same day that the list of sites linked to the outbreak included a Jan. 11 Trail Blazers game at Portland’s Moda Center attended by 19,000 people.

The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has reached 600 confirmed cases in five months.

Drugs

For the first time ever, opioids killed more than car crashes in the US last year. According to the CBP government website, illicit fentanyl is smuggled across the border to reach the US. Yet Democrats still won’t fund the border wall. Fentanyl added to drugs has proven to be deadly.

Man Playing gods

CERN: Scientists behind the world’s largest atom smasher intend to build an even bigger one, in hopes of unlocking more secrets of matter and the universe.

Progressing Toward the “Peace” Covenant with Many?

The shifting of attitudes in the Arab world toward Israel has a lot to do with Iran being a common enemy. Recently, a group of Iraqis decided to establish a “virtual embassy” in Israel via Facebook. “Continuous dialogue will inevitably lead to peace!” reads the lead post on the page “The Virtual Embassy of Iraq in Israel.”

Wars and Rumors of Wars

The US Air Force is putting China on notice by deploying three nuclear-capable B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Hawaii for training in the Pacific, along with 200 support personnel airmen.

For the first time, the US will acquire a “full weapons system” from Israel to defend its troops in battlefields abroad.

The US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale said the US will step up efforts to counter Iran’s “dangerous activities” around the region, including the financing and activities of proxy organizations such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

President Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria. In a phone call with Erdogan afterward, Erdogan says he’ll create a safe zone for Kurds. We can only assume that he means he’ll continue fighting the Kurds in Syria but will allegedly try not to harm Kurdish citizens. We shouldn’t hold our breaths on that one.

Israel’s PM Netanyahu admitted that Israel did hit Iranian arms warehouses at the Damascus International Airport several days ago, succeeding “impressively in stopping Iran’s military buildup in Syria…”

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says Iran will keep military forces in Syria despite PM Netanyahu’s threat that Israeli forces would continue to attack Iranians in Syria unless they quickly get out of there.

Israel: One of the recommendations that appeared in INSS’s Strategic Assessment for Israel 2018-2019 is that Israel needs to prepare for the possibility that its battle to keep Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria may have to be expanded to Lebanon or to Iran directly.

Israel’s IDF ended Operation Northern Shield after it discovered a 6th cross-border attack tunnel belonging to Hezbollah – the largest one discovered that stretched from Lebanon into northern Israel.

In Iraq: The deputy parliament speaker Hassan Karim al-Kaabi is fuming after the revelation that 15 Iraqi dignitaries made groundbreaking trips to Israel and visited with government officials. Iraq does not recognize Israel, and is technically in a state of war with the country. Kaabi is calling for an investigation in what he calls crossing a red line.

The US reportedly said it would not intervene if Israel were to bomb Shiite militias in Iraq.

Iran’s atomic chief claims the country can enrich uranium up to 20% within four days, a comment aimed at showing Iran could quickly expand its nuclear enrichment program if its nuclear deal with world powers collapses.

Israel Defense Force infantry troops are to get a revolutionary “smart” gun sight named Dagger. It gives them ability to hit moving targets precisely; it allows soldiers to hit a target on the first shot, regardless of their skill as a marksman, and reduces the chances of innocent civilians being hit.

This is week 43 of the Hamas riots. Over 10,000 protestors clashed with Israel’s IDF forces on the Gaza border at five separate locations.

The so-called “Palestinian” split looks set to worsen in the coming months. M. Abbas is poised to take multiple measures against the Gaza Strip to squeeze its Islamist rulers, Hamas. A cornered Hamas could renew violence against Israel, which has taken its own measures against Hamas. The Gazan citizens will suffer and likely blame Israel instead of the real culprit, Hamas. May it cause them to look to the only One who can save their eternal souls.

The Russian Navy will deploy 30 underwater nuclear drones designed to create a tsunami wave up to 1,600 ft. tall and wipe out enemy vessels and marine bases, which would then contaminate the area with radioactive isotopes.

China’s President Xi made it clear that a war with Taiwan is inevitable. He claims there is only one China and has called on the military to be prepared to fight “bloody battles” for every “single inch” of (what it claims as) its territory.

Watch, Warn, Plant and Pray

I wrote an article entitled “Watch, Warn, Plant and Pray” that should be posted on raptureready.com. It speaks of Tu B’Shvat (the New Year of the Trees) that begins on January 20 at sundown in Israel as well as the supermoon total eclipse of January 20. As we look up to watch the eclipse, let us remember to watch and pray for Israel and all those in the world who have not yet accepted Christ as Savior in this, the “fig tree generation.” This new year is shaping up to be interesting, to say the least, for Israel and the world.

 

14 Jan 2019

Creation Groans; the People Moan; We Need Millstones! Earth’s Pole Rezones?

Weather Concerns

US: Winter Storm Gia is spreading snow and ice from the plains and Midwest to the East Coast this weekend. Many hundreds have been stranded on interstates, and there have been hundreds of vehicle accidents. As of this writing, five people have been killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri.

As for next weekend: There are concerns for a more far-reaching Arctic blast and winter storm unfolding this coming Friday and into the weekend. Meteorologists will provide more details in the coming days, but latest indications point toward a storm sweeping snow and ice from the central Plains to a large swath of the Northeast. If the storm tracks far enough to the south, the Carolinas could be dealt with another round of disruptive wintry weather as rain soaks the rest of the South. “Business, schools and travel will all be impacted from this storm.” In its wake, temperatures can be held below zero F for two entire days in the far northern Plains around next Friday to Saturday.

Europe: The death toll has now climbed to 21 from weather-related incidents this week as snow buried countries across Europe, along with strong winds and below zero temperatures. Arctic conditions are expected to last several more days.

Creation Groaning

Earth’s magnetic pole is on the move faster these days, supposedly. According to the science journal Nature, something strange is going on deep down below. It’s causing the magnetic North Pole to ‘skitter’ away from Canada, towards Siberia. According to Answers in Genesis, Earth’s magnetic decay is further proof of a young Earth.

A rare January tornado touched down in Ohio on Tuesday with 100 mph winds. It is very uncommon for tornadoes to occur in this part of the country during January. A building was damaged and trees were knocked down. There have only been six January tornadoes in the past 60 years in this state.

Volcanoes; Earthquakes in Diverse Places

In Papua, New Guinea, A series of tremors triggered a warning system on Monday, and the volcano began erupting shortly after, pummeling villages on a remote island with volcanic rock.

The Stromboli volcano off the coast of Sicily dramatically increased its activity this week, strong enough to be visible on satellite imagery.

In Indonesia, satellite radar observations this week showed that the Anak Krakatoa volcano is continuing to evolve. Further eruptions are remodeling the remnant structure.

Earthquake activity has been high this week with a number of them over 6.0 striking in the ocean in diverse places. The 6.8 in Brazil struck in the Amazon rainforest. What was unusual about the 3.7 earthquake in Mississippi is that it was the strongest earthquake to occur in the state since 1967.

Days of Noah and Lot Returned

DC Comics plans to release a superhero comic book that co-stars Jesus as an incompetent who gets kicked out of heaven.

A website called TransKids sells gender transition books; stand-up-to-pee devices for girls who identify as boys; “silicone penises” called “packers” in small and extra small varieties for preteen girls who identify as boys; and Tuck Buddies underwear for boys who identify as girls, with extra padding and coverage in the front.

On Monday, 10-year-old Canadian boy “drag kid” Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden who goes by “Queen Lactacia” was featured in a Huck Magazine piece highlighting the life of a so-called “child drag queen.” Also, if the photo that did get included isn’t shocking enough, in one of the photo shots that didn’t make the magazine, young Nemis, in full drag makeup and a black dress, poses for a photo with Season 7 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Violet Chachki in which “Violet” is wearing nothing but a pair of heels and a small piece of fabric covering his genitals.

In Britain, lawyers for a Jewish father, Shraga Stern, have written to the education minister warning that guidelines to force schools to actively promote same-sex marriage and trangenderism breaches religious freedom provisions under European human rights law. Stern said that parents and legal guardians should be the ones to teach children about sex and relationships, and at the proper time.

In a new book, dozens of trans-regretters are disproving the social-agenda claim that a man is a woman if that’s what he says he feels like. They describe how they’ve been harmed by this experiment of cross-sex hormones and surgical procedures, not just physically but emotionally.

For the first time in its history, the American Psychological Association (APA) released guidelines concerning men and boys, saying that “traditional masculinity” is “harmful.” Seems the lunatics are running the asylum these days. “Destroy masculinity in order to destroy discrimination and depression. Feminize men, and indoctrinate boys. That’s the conclusion of the supposedly scientific American Psychological Association.”

Jennifer Wexton, the new congresswoman from Virginia hung a transgender pride flag outside her office in Washington.

Child porn mastermind, Christian Maire, was just killed by other prisoners less than a month after starting his prison term, and one of his cohorts was injured. Many criminals despise child molesters. He handpicked members to join his group of 9 who shared skills, including computer expertise and advanced college degrees. Their sexual interest was in girls, from infants to teens. “They were handpicked to be the best of the best at targeting children.” They sought young girls with serious emotional problems and coerced them to perform sex acts on webcam. Their child porn online library was so vast it would take 50 days of binge watching to view it all. For 5 years they operated and ruined the lives of many. Maire’s attorney called his death a horrible tragedy. Matthew 18:6 disagrees with that assessment.

In Germany, Berlin’s Schwules Museum opened a new exhibition called “Rainbow Arcade” to celebrate the history of LGBTQ culture and stories in video gaming. The exhibition which runs until May 13 is themed around the rainbow and directs visitors through the exhibits by color.

A second young, gay black man has been killed by a drug overdose in the West Hollywood apartment of prominent Democrat donor, Ed Buck, who is also gay. Buck has a fetish for shooting crystal meth into black men he picks up off the street for sexual hookups. Not all were on drugs before meeting Buck. Had the warnings been heeded after the first death and an investigation done, the second one wouldn’t have happened.

In Ireland, the pro-abortion side wants to silence debate on abortion through censorship zones, similar to those in the UK. These zones prevent peaceful witness close to abortion centers, as well as prohibiting the offer of practical and emotional support and the offer of an alternative to abortion.

Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen finally admitted what Planned Parenthood has seemingly tried for years to deny: the main mission of the organization is to perform abortions.

New York Gov. Cuomo vowed not to sign a state budget that doesn’t include looser abortion laws.

Actor Christian Bale thanked Satan during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. And of course he railed against Republican leaders.

“Ye Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me”

In Mecca, a plague of locusts of biblical proportions invaded Islam’s most “holy” site this week, covering it inside and out, also filling the air and landing on worshipers. One particularly searing video showed a cloud of flying pests descending their way over the wall.

In Eastern India, a calf was just born with only one eye in the middle of its forehead and no muzzle (causing difficulty breathing). Instead of putting it out of its misery, they’re worshiping it as a god.

In Hmong, Vietnam, several Christians were beaten and also arrested after refusing to renounce Christ and worship a Buddha statue. Vietnam has banned the Protestant Christian faith. In 2018, over 100 believers were expelled from Yen Bai province and Lao Cai province for refusing to renounce their faith in Christ.

In China, in yet another crackdown on Christianity, Chinese officials entered a church and demanded the removal of the first Commandment, which says “You shall have no other gods before me.” When church officials protested, the response was that President Xi Jinping “opposes this statement.”

In the US, a heathenry religion is being practiced by a group of sailors aboard the US aircraft carrier John C. Stennis. They hold services rooted in Norse paganism aboard the carrier.

“Starbucks addicts” has taken on a whole new meaning. This company with its false deity (Jeremiah 7:18) “Queen of Heaven” logo implemented its social justice warrior “Third Place Policy” several months ago, which means employees are to consider anyone entering the establishment a customer whether they make a purchase or not. Now, customers can drink their expensive swill while watching junkies come inside and shoot up in the bathrooms. Blood gets spurted on the walls, and they leave their used syringes and empty drug baggies on the counters and floor. Some employees have been exposed to AIDs and Hepatitis. So, Starbucks is installing Needle-disposable boxes. The boxes will be installed in various locations as needed.

One World Religion Forming

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Egypt’s President Sisi inaugurated a cathedral and a mosque on Coptic Christmas Eve (a day after a terrorist bomb blast near a church in this country that targets non-Muslims). He said regarding Islam and Christianity, “We are one and we will continue to be one.” The pope gave his blessing. [Coptics are similar to Catholics, and the RCC catechism #841 gives Muslims “first place” (besides themselves) in professing to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.] President Trump praised Sisi for “moving his country to a more inclusive future.” Sec. of State Pompeo visited the new cathedral and also the mosque. He said they were “big, gorgeous, beautiful buildings where the Lord is clearly at work.”

Apostasy/False Prophets/Doctrines of Demons

A phony faith healer from Brazil who goes by his stage name, John of God, is going to trial for rape and sexual assault allegations. He became a “celebrity” after being “discovered” and promoted by Oprah in 2010.

Reformation Charlotte has obtained the audio of the Worship Director of the Presbyterian (PCA) South City Church in St. Louis preaching a “transgender Jesus” in 2015. More recently, the church has invited a transgender rights activist in a lesbian relationship to teach the members of their church and anyone else who wants to join how to “celebrate the lives of transgender people….” “Mainstream” churches are sliding down the slippery slope.

Contrary to the claim by Pope Francis and some clergy that the sexual abuse problems in the Catholic Church stem from “clericalism” — excessive deference to priests and bishops — German Cardinal Walter Brandmuller said the fundamental problem is homosexuality in the priesthood. He stressed that it’s a statistical fact that 80% of the abuse cases over the decades involved gay priests sexually abusing boys, ages 11 to 17.

Pestilence/Disease

In the US, cases of measles have reached a 20-year high in several New York counties amid an outbreak that threatens to reach epidemic proportions, experts say. Cases are said to be surging in Oregon and Washington State as well. Europe has the same problem.

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas returned to a Florida port a day early after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.

A pioneering cancer expert died suddenly yesterday after a routine inoculation for yellow fever. Martin Gore, 67, suffered total organ failure soon after having the shot recommended for travelers to parts of Africa, Caribbean and South and Central America. His death highlights the increased risks associated with the vaccine for the growing number of older travelers.

In Britain, sexually transmitted diseases are soaring while their resistance to antibiotics is increasing.

Drugs

new study by Penn Medicine and Penn Vet has uncovered a 41% increase in opioids prescribed for pets over a 10-year period, but only a 13% increase in the number of pet hospital visits. So who’s really using these meds?

Persecution of Jews and Israel

The majority of Democrat senators eyeing a 2020 presidential bid have, as of this writing, either opposed or refused to support legislation that would criminalize boycotting Israel.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland’s ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel.

The New York Times has shown that it is anti-Israel in its constant promotion of “Palestinian” propaganda.

A “Palestinian” woman approached Israel’s border patrol with a knife and refused to respond to orders to halt. She still refused when they fired a warning shot. Police then shot her in her lower extremities to force her to stop. Her injuries were not life threatening. Also, IDF soldiers shot and wounded a terrorist in Hevron after he lunged at troops while brandishing a knife.

Islam’s Global Agenda and the Deceived Ones Who Fall For It

Newly-elected foul-mouthed Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (Dem-MI) gave a radical speech and declared the ‘war cry of Allah’ at a reception for terror-tied CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) on Thursday. Tlaib spoke for 7 minutes, and not once did she say the word “American.” Tlaib did however, say the words “Muslim,” “Islam” and “Palestinian” several times. The only time she said “The United States” was when she trashed President Trump.

Known Jew-hater Linda Sarsour viciously attacked opponents of so-called “Palestine” on a panel at the 2018 Islamic Society of North America convention in Houston. She told the Muslim crowd not to “humanize” oppressors of “Palestine.”

Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian praised Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan in her weekly column while attacking President Trump. We now have liberal leaders openly defending this infamous anti-Semite and notorious racist.

In Sweden, if you criticize on social media the chaos and violence that Islamic migration has brought into the country, you will go to jail.

Push For One-World Government

Pope Francis again called for solidarity toward globalism and spoke against nationalism.

France’s Prime Minister Philippe announced plans to punish those who hold unsanctioned protests which are now in their eighth weekend. He said 80,000 members of the security forces would be deployed. It’s too bad Europe didn’t wake up sooner to the global government agenda.

Macron’s government has proposed new rules against protests that are tougher than the norms that Russia’s Vlad Putin’s regime uses to suppress political opposition.

Traitors and the Marxist, Socialist, Communist Agenda

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman should register as a foreign agent for his work on behalf of the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp., according to a complaint filed with the Justice Department by the Campaign Legal Center. Lieberman filed as a lobbyist last month for the company, which is facing scrutiny over alleged national security threats its products pose to the U.S.

Former Law Enforcement Officer, Roscoe Davis, unveiled a number or tweets over the weekend tying the attack in Benghazi to the Clinton Foundation. The coverup was to protect the Clinton Foundation which reportedly had made millions gun running; and General Flynn was allegedly attacked because he knew too much.

In just a few short days after taking back control of the House, some Democrats have already called for impeachment of President Trump, abolition of the Electoral College, and proposed a tax rate as high as 70% for the wealthy taxpayers.

Tax expert Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, noted that the US Democrat Party is proposing higher personal and business tax rates than Communist China.

A Boston mayor’s office will force doctors to identify and document patients who own guns. Joseph Stalin’s firearms registration and confiscation was a tremendous success for the Socialist state.  Under the Tsar, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. That all changed when Stalin and the communists took control.  Stalin was able to control, starve, punish and imprison a defenseless people… after he took their guns.

The newest faces of the Democrat Party are making fools of themselves and even embarrassing Democrat leaders. “The thing that is concerning to me,” observes Abe Hamilton of the American Family Association, “is we literally now have a major national political party that has openly become a Socialist party. That should be concerning to all Americans because that is where we are.”

Heather MacDonald, political commentator and journalist, etc., pointed out that colleges and universities in the US today are breeding grounds for planting the seeds for civil war. Students for decades have been trained by Marxists in the administration and faculty, and the Democrat leaders flooding the House of Representatives and everywhere else are also Marxist-Socialist-Communists who want to destroy the nation.

As the liberal media continues to shovel propaganda down the throats of the American people, a rapidly growing number of citizens (the younger ones) prefer socialism over capitalism. Politicians calling themselves “Democratic socialists” have made very visible gains in the past year. These young people have not been taught the real history of socialism; otherwise, they would be appalled by its consequences.

Baseball; no longer an American pastime? Major League Baseball is selling out to the evil Castro regime’s policies in order to move itself up again in popularity. Then again, maybe they just don’t see anything wrong with those totalitarian policies. They must be blind like so many today. You can read more about that here.

Vatican News celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the evil and murderous Castro regime this week on their webpage. The credible estimates of the Castro regime’s death toll run from 35,000 to 141,000, with a median of 73,000. The Vatican’s acknowledgement was deleted after appalled viewers complained.

Communism anyone? Cuba’s government is censoring text messages in an attempt to suppress opposition to its new proposed constitution.

According to the co-founder of the French Green Party, Yves Cochet (who is also an elected member of the European Parliament), benefits for native European families should be removed in order to encourage them to have less children and make room for more Muslim migrants,  and also have less effect on “climate change.”

Border Disorder in the Push for the New World Order

In an article by Patrick Buchanan, he said, “In the long run, history will validate Donald Trump’s stand on a border wall to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States. Why? Because mass migration from the global South, not climate change, is the real existential crisis of the West…Trump should declare a national emergency, shift funds out of the Pentagon, build his wall, open the government and charge Democrats with finding excuses not to secure our border because they have a demographic and ideological interest in changing the face of the nation.

“For the larger the share of the U.S. population that requires welfare, the greater the need for more social workers, and the more voters there will be to vote to further grow the liberal welfare state…The Democratic Party is hostile to white men, because the smaller the share of the U.S. population that white men become, the sooner that Democrats inherit the national estate.”

A tunnel that Mexican authorities suspect was used to transfer drugs and people across the US border was discovered this week near Arizona, the third such tunnel found in the past month.

Demand Justice, founded by former members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and associated with a “social welfare organization” financed by George Soros, is raising money for a court fight against President Trump’s proposed border wall.

The Left is accusing President Trump of manufacturing a crisis. They know they’re lying (using projection), but they believe that if a lie is told often enough people will believe it. Read the article at this link.

Mark Morgan who served as Border Patrol chief under Obama, defended President Trump against those accusing him of manufacturing this crisis (in their usual game of projection). Morgan stated. “Every single day…we worked…human trafficking cases…drug cases and…gang cases.” He continued, “…127 border patrol agents have died. They didn’t die playing monopoly.”

California’s new Democrat governor is promising the most populous state will be a “sanctuary to all who seek it.” Only, as we’ve seen, it is no sanctuary, especially for the citizens who have to wade through urine and feces and used syringe needles to walk around.

A new migrant caravan is supposedly preparing to leave Honduras on January 15, to head for the US, possibly twice the size of the previous one.

Rise of the Kings of the East

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife arrived in Beijing for a several-day visit at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China activated its “ship killer” Dong-Feng missiles as a threat after a US Navy ship passed by disputed Islands.

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Syria says Israeli airstrikes hit a warehouse at Damascus airport on Saturday.

The Israeli air force hit several targets in the Gaza Strip after terrorists fired a rocket into Israel.

The leader of the “Palestinian’ Islamic Jihad (Iran’s proxy in Gaza), said in an interview on Iranian TV that there’s a plan among multiple Islamic forces to join together in a multi-front attack on Israel.

Senior Iranian officials say terror groups Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza (sponsored by the Islamic Republic in Iran) have been so thoroughly armed that they can “annihilate” Israel in any future conflict.

Russia’s Defense Ministry outlined draft legislation that would allow Russian forces to shoot down civilian passenger planes that happen to enter the country’s airspace.

Russia and Iran are planning joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea “in the near future.”

Russia’s Vlad Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan will meet for planning this month regarding Syria.

Turkey’s president strongly rejected US calls for his country to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Other Prayer Concerns

Several police officers have been killed this week in the US and abroad. The gunman on a bicycle who shot and killed the officer in California while she was responding to a traffic accident also shot at other first responders before fleeing.

In France, two firefighters and a civilian were killed and dozens more were injured after a gas leak caused an explosion at a bakery in Paris on Saturday.

Several Rapture Ready writers are dealing with concerning health issues or have lost a loved one over the holidays. A couple of them have mentioned health concerns in their articles, and God knows who the others are.