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    July 18, 2106

    The Meltdown of Law Enforcement

    You would have to go back to the 1960s to find a time of greater racial strife in America. The killing of two black men and five white police officers are signs that our nation is unraveling.

    The center of the unrest is the belief that the police are purposely choosing to murder blacks. The sight of white police officers killing blacks looks disturbing because the media coverage is driven by an agenda. When a black man shoots a white cop, the press is silent. When a black man is killed by a cop, it’s time for “Breaking News.”

    Anyone doubting the orchestration of events need only observe the media’s reaction to the Dallas shooting.

    In the ambush, five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded, making it the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001. The murders should have been a major embarrassment to the liberal media, Black Lives Matters, and the Obama Administration. Instead the tragedy was used to further their agendas.

    The press gave the standard coverage they would give to any major tragedy. Two short days later, they went right back to where they were before the Dallas attack. The Sunday nightly newscasts led with narratives like this: “Anger grows over the shooting of two black men.”

    I do not know how Obama can spend years as a racial strife arsonist, and then go down to Dallas and say, “We are not as divided as we seem.” He should have spoken only about the evil of the shooter and the need to appreciate the daily sacrifice of all police officers. He hijacked the memorial by going after gun-rights and repeatedly defending the protesters. This is a pattern he has established after each tragedy involving blacks or Muslims.

    This war on law enforcement has had a devastating impact on the morale of local police forces. In most inner cities, cops are quitting in droves while murder rates soar. Officers are abandoning the Baltimore police force, and not many are applying to take their place.

    At the beginning of 2015, Baltimore had 2,805 officers on its police force. By the end of the year, though, the force had shrunk to 2,634 officers—a drop of 6.1 percent. That decline has only accelerated in 2016, with the force dropping to just 2,445 in June, a decrease of 6.8 percent from January.

    With fewer police on the streets, there is obviously going to be more crime. Murders in Baltimore surged a staggering 63 percent in 2015, with 344 people killed. The city’s pace is somewhat slower this year, but still well above what it was just a few years ago.

    The city of Chicago has become infamous for its murder rate. During the Independence Day weekend, at least 64 people were shot. Before the holiday, the city officials tried to suppress the carnage by arresting 88 gang members. Homicides were up nearly 50 percent for the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year. Chicago is on pace to record well over 600 homicides for the year; a bleak yardstick that was last surpassed in 2003.

    A key factor that is fueling the soaring murder rate is the refusal of blacks to help solve crimes. A detective stated:

    From patrol to investigation, it’s almost an undoable job now. If I get out of my car, the guys get hostile right away and several people are taping (with cell phones). Bystanders tamper with crime scenes and aggressively interfere with investigations. Additional officers may be needed during an arrest to keep angry onlookers away. It’s very dangerous out there now.

    The black community views the police as so dangerous they have “the talk” with their children. The odds of a black person being killed by another black person are roughly 100 times higher than the odds of them being killed by a member of law enforcement. With rampant irrational behavior taking over, the odds will soon be 200, 400 or 1000 times higher.

    By ignoring these stats the left has been essentially seeking the legalization of black and black crime. These horrendous black crime stats rarely make it to the nightly news. Obama never talks about blacks killing other blacks, and the Black Lives Matter thugs would be pleased to have their communities as “no go zones” for cops.

    I could predict that crime is going to leapfrog higher in the coming months, but that would be like predicting the sun is going to rise tomorrow morning. It’s like trying to cure cancer by destroying a person’s immune system.

    Once people wake-up and realize there is too much crime, they will learn that President Obama does have a (diabolical) answer to the problem. In March 2015, a report, titled “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report,” was published. It urges the federal government to federalize police training and practices, via the use of federal lawsuits, grants and threats to cut federal aid.

    Already, more than 30 police jurisdictions have been forced to adopt federal rules. If we were to have rioting in numerous cities, there would be cries for the creation of a national police system which would lead to more federal government control and the loss of more of our freedoms.

    God is holding back total lawlessness. A key thing to understand is that the day will soon come when He lets go and every day will become a terrorist nightmare in real time from which no one can escape.

    “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

    The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12).

    --Todd


    Sea and Waves Roaring

    Jesus' Olivet Discourse prophecies continue to come alive while today's news flashes in lightning-like fashion across our television and computer monitor screens.

    We most often consider the terrorism and pyrotechnics of Middle Eastern madness. We talk about Russia and Iran (Persia) preparing to fulfill the Gog-Magog prophecies as given in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.

    Our efforts are often spent concentrating on what is happening with regard to the building one-world order in the areas of finance, religion and the many other ways such movement is manifesting.

    We think in terms of the proliferating things happening within Europe --about the upheaval that seems to be rearranging for the prophesied revived Roman Empire. We look at monetary economic dynamics that are driving the world toward a global fiscal order that will eventuate in the 666 marks and numbers system of Revelation 13: 16-18.

    Sometimes the natural order seems so disturbed that geophysical activity, such as earthquakes occurring simultaneously, floods raging and other phenomena erupting across the planet draws the attention of prophecy watchers. But, it is the creation called man that at present seems on the front-burner of prophetic progression --at least to this observer.

    The Lord gave, during His prophecies of things to come as the time of His return in the Second Advent nears, a quite interesting description of the human condition at the very end of the age. The description seems to have a dual reference or application.

    The particular prophecy of which I write is a foretelling by the Lord I believe we see developing at this very moment in time. It is building hourly in its virulence --in its evil, end times impact upon cultures and societies around the world. Here is Christ's prophecy.

    "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring." (Lk 21: 25)

    It is parts b and c of this prophecy that I wish us to examine. Jesus foretold that there will be “nations in distress with perplexity." The "sea and waves" will be "roaring."

    We have looked a number of times in these commentaries at the fact that nations across the world are in distress with perplexity. The financial upheaval going on has Europe to the point of near-dissolution. The "Brexit" is one such manifestation. The great turmoil in Greece and other EU countries make it clear that the western world is suffering a nervous breakdown of sorts. Our own nation is hard on the heels of the schizophrenia developing over there.

    The next part of Jesus' prophecy foretells that the "sea and waves roaring" will be a prime marker of the last of the last days. By the time the Tribulation is full-blown the disturbances will bring planet earth to the point of total destruction. Only Christ's return will quell the "roaring."

    “Sea and waves" can indicate the geophysical disturbances forecast for that era. But, it is the symbolic application that is much more the meaning in this case, I'm convinced.

    "Sea and waves" in this case are symbolic of the peoples of earth. Jesus was saying they will, as a result of the "distress and perplexity" be "roaring."

    Jesus indicated as given in Luke 21:28 that He will return (in the Rapture) when this indicator --and the others He gave as signals for His Second Coming at Armageddon-- "begin to come to pass.”

    John the revelator gave in the very first verse of the thirteenth chapter of Revelation the view of the Antichrist beast regime arising out of the "sea" of people that would be in tumult. It is the observation of a growing number of seasoned prophetic observers that the United States is now showing signs of being a part of this tumultuous “sea” of unrest that might soon bring history's most ferocious tyrant to power.

    The "Black Lives Matter" protests are doing much to ratchet up civil unrest within the nation. The nucleus of that disruptive organization, many say, is made up of rabble rousers who are career thugs, paid by the likes of George Soros, who has openly said he favors upsetting the order of things that communist-style socialism might be brought forth in America.

    Many more than just the "conspiracy nuts" are wondering increasingly whether the current unrest being fomented might be the prelude to this president calling for martial law even before the November presidential elections.

    The coup attempt in Turkey punctuates Jesus’ prophecy. That part of the world in particular is in great tumult, rearranging for fulfillment of things to come. The assaults on law and order –on the police in Baton Rouge that took the lives of officers and injured others is but the tip of the iceberg of the coming anarchy and chaos in our own nation as the end times play out.

    Whatsoever is the outcome of this up heaving sea of human unrest we see heating up toward the boiling point, we can see Jesus' prophecy for the end of days percolating in these troubled times. I believe that this means Christ's Call "Come up here!" is very near indeed.

    --Terry