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The Rapture and the Thief in the Night – “Complete Movie” | Prophecy Update Videos
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The Rapture and the Thief in the Night – Complete Movie | Prophecy Update Vi We must all face the facts and realize that all of us have friends and family members that are going to miss the rapture. In our new video, “The Rapture and the Thief in the Night,” we give a step by step explanation of what has happened, why it happened, what to expect next, and what they must do and what they must not do! Prayerfully our friends and family members will watch this video before the Rapture and not miss it, but some will certainly be Left Behind! Every believer needs to watch this video and share it with their unsaved friends, and family members. This video explains why the Rapture is the Blessed Hope of every believer and how this event is different from the Second Coming. It also explains what a person is to do if they miss the Rapture, and the events of the Tribulation, the Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast. It is an excellent witnessing tool that will prayerfully keep many from missing the Rapture, at the same time it’s also, a valuable guide for those Left Behind.
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WE PREACH THE BLESSED HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IN JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR
Rev. 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Prov. 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Is. 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God
Jer. 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD
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Sin, Salvation, And Rewards
QUESTION: My question is related to eternal security. In one of your responses, I read that when we are saved, it’s for eternity and there is no way we can be “unsaved”. However, several passages in the Bible warn against falling off or having to “work out our salvation” (Philippians 2:12), or “save ourselves through continuing in the doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:16), or loosing the reward (2 John 1:8), even the book of Revelations mentions “taking away the part from the book of life” (Revelations 22:19).
These passages and many others show that one may loose his reward if he falls off. As a saved person, I will still sin because of my human nature. However in 1 John 3:9, the apostle says that whoever is born of God does not sin and cannot sin. This is a bit confusing too. Suppose after I am saved, I sin and die before confessing my sins committed before I die, what will happen? Will I loose my reward?
ANSWER: You’ve asked a very complex question, but let me try to summarise it in my answer.
First of all, remember this principle. Salvation is a free gift, while rewards are something you earn. So if a passage is exhorting us to work, it can’t be speaking about salvation because there’s no work we can do to earn it or keep it. It’s unfortunate that the translators used the word “work” in Philippians 2:12 because the idea is more one of making a deal or coming to a resolution, like working out a problem with someone. The very next verse shows who is really working. “It is God who works in you to will and act according to His good purpose.” Earlier in the same letter Paul had written that “He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion.” (Phil 1:6). Besides, the clearest passages on salvation all tell us we’re saved because of what we believe, not because of how we behave (John 3:16, John 6:28-29, John 6:40, Romans 10:9, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:4-7)
In 1 Timothy 4:16 Paul was admonishing Timothy the Pastor to make sure he always taught sound doctrine because his followers depended on Him for the truth that would lead them to salvation, too.
The best argument for making sure you fully understand context of a passage is the is the one you cite using 1 John 3:9. If anyone born of God cannot sin, then who among us is saved? We all continue to sin. Armed with the clear promise of guaranteed salvation from Ephes. 1:13-14 and 2 Cor. 1:21-22, and knowing that God’s word cannot contradict itself, we have to conclude that John was dealing with a specific sin, not a general condition. And he was. His letter was a warning against the sin of gnosticism. No one who is born again can believe in it. And if he was speaking against all sin in general, he wouldn’t have included our remedy for sin in 1 John 1:9, because people who aren’t sinners don’t need reassurance that confession brings forgiveness.
Turning Away From My sins?
QUESTION: It seems that throughout my entire life, I’ve heard numerous preachers say “You need to repent and turn away from your sins” whenever they are referring to asking for salvation. To me, this is impossible. If I could “turn away” from my sins with my own power, why would I need a Savior? I don’t like the fact that I sin daily, but I cannot quit doing it. Can you please clarify for me (and others) if “turning away” from our sins is a requirement for salvation? If so, I’m in trouble!
ANSWER: The Bible is clear that the single requirement for salvation is to believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again. John 3:16 and about a dozen other clear verses confirm this The Greek word translated repent means to change one’s mind, not ones behaviour. Before we can be saved we have to change our minds about our fallen condition and recognise our need for a saviour. After we’re saved the Holy Spirit will begin guiding our behaviour so we sin less often and derive less pleasure from doing it, but until we’re perfected we’ll never completely stop sinning. It’s part of our nature (Romans 7:15-20).
Do Not Judge
QUESTION: I was speaking with a friend who said that Christians cannot lose their salvation, but a true Christian won’t continue to sin. I know that Christians should try to live a good life, and be guided by the Holy Spirit to live for God, and I want with all my heart to make the right choices but it seems more times then not, I end up failing.
ANSWER: I’ve answered questions like this numerous times but it bears repeating. No one has ever been able to completely stop sinning upon becoming a believer, no matter how hard we try. Even Paul said he couldn’t do it . But he said when he did sin God didn’t count it against him but against the sin nature that still lived within Him (Romans 7:18-20). Sins are violations of God’s law, but Paul said we have been given a righteousness from God apart from the Law. It comes through faith to all who believe (Romans 3:21-22). This righteousness allows God to see us as if we don’t sin at all. He sees us as if we’re a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) as righteous as He is (2 Cor. 5:21) That’s because by His one sacrifice for sin, Jesus has made us perfect forever (Hebr. 10:14). As soon as we confess our sins, He forgives us and purifies us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)
After we’re saved we receive the Holy Spirit who advises us on proper Christian behaviour. Out of gratitude for the free gift of salvation we should follow the Holy Spirit’s advice as best as we can. After the rapture we’ll be rewarded for doing so. But your friend it right, our salvation cannot be lost due to post salvation behaviour. Jesus Himself promised this (John 10:27-30).
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Zech. 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
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Rev. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine
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2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
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Matt. 24:9 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.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
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MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 37-38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALLY, GODLY: – AND BECOMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
But before that we have to go through the Birth Pangs, leading up to the Tribulation of Mankind; and I feel that the beginning of Matthew 24 explains that time very well.
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
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https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Tyler Durden
A US airbase just north of the Iraqi capital has come under more major rocket fire a mere days after an initial attack killed one British and two American soldiers. A US defense official has told Reuters that three American troops were wounded in the attack.
Iraqi security officials separately confirmed Saturday a barrage of some 33 rockets were fired on the base, also injuring multiple Iraqi national forces – some critically – in the early morning hours. And US coalition statements indicated at least 25 107mm rockets hit the base before 11 am, according to the AP.
Unusually this latest attack came during the daylight hours and also followed major US airstrikes Thursday night which targeted at least 5 Kataib Hezbollah locations across southern Iraq. It appears that Iraqi Shia militias are attempting to draw ‘red lines’ — and feel emboldened to respond to the earlier American airstrikes given growing Iraqi government anger at Washington.
The Pentagon had immediately blamed the large Iran-backed militia for killing US troops in the initial Wednesday assault.
Many analysts and pundits fear this is the start of yet another tit-for-tat between the US and Iran and its proxies leading to significant military escalation, similar to the series of events which paved the way for the US killing by drone of IRGC Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani on January 3rd. Since then, the two have been on a war footing, despite things cooling a bit of late as the region and the world grapples with the pressing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
Interestingly, all of this is a source of soaring tensions between uneasy allies Baghdad and Washington, given Iraq’s government immediately condemned the Thursday Pentagon ‘retaliation’ attack on Kataib Hezbollah, which it said killed five Iraqi security force members and a civilian.
Meanwhile, top US forces general in the region, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, brushed Baghdad’s condemnation aside, essentially saying it was Iraqi forces’ fault for being there. But many officers in the Iraqi Army essentially see Khatib Hezbollah as a de facto extension of national forces.
“These locations that we struck are clear locations of terrorist bases,” McKenzie said Friday. When asked about Iraq’s fierce response, he said, “If Iraqi military forces are there, I would say it’s probably not a good idea to position yourself with Khatib Hezbollah in the wake of a strike that killed Americans and Coalition members.”
But assuming it is Iran-backed Iraqi militias behind this newest Saturday morning rocket volley on Camp Taji, it appears Khatib Hezbollah or its Shia allies in the Iraqi military didn’t get the message.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Tom Luongo
[Remember: Big (or perceived) Crisis = Big Change]
I think it’s safe to say the new crisis just killed the Schengen Treaty. That ridiculous document which guaranteed freedom of movement across the European Union finally hit something it couldn’t bully, COVID-19.
Regardless of whether you believe the pandemic is real or not, the reaction to it is real and is having real consequence far beyond the latest print of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
The lockdown of Italy isn’t a temporary thing. Oh, the suspension of free movement is temporary, but it portends something far bigger.
It’s the beginning of the real political balkanization that’s coming to the European Union over the next few years. Old enmities and prejudices have not been stamped out under the boot heel of oppressive legislation coming from a bunch of disconnected technocrats in Brussels.
THEY HAVE ONLY BEEN SUPPRESSED.
Because when there are existential threats there’s no time or desire to virtue signal about how we’re all one big happy dysfunctional family.
For decades Germany refused to lighten up on its fiscal inflexibility believing, rightly, that it shouldn’t subsidize profligacy in places like Italy, Spain and Greece if it didn’t want to.
At the same time, however, Germany transmitted those rules to the single currency regime of the euro. That was the price they forced on the rest of Europe.
Now Germans face the existential threat of COVID-19 imported into Europe mostly through Wuhan textiles workers in Milan’s leather shops/ Their leaders will force them to accept looser spending rules.
And do you think this will engender an outpouring of love and affection towards Italians?
Chancellor Angela Merkel has signaled for months she would spend more to satisfy the rising Greens on Germany’s political left.
Her finance minister, Olaf Scholz, unleashed the full force of Germany’s sovereign wealth fund to offer unlimited support to German businesses facing troubles because of this virus.
This is as good a cover story for the gargantuan holes in the balance sheets of zombie German banks as they were likely ever going to get folks.
ECB President Christine Lagarde was brought in to ram through the political changes needed to loosen Germany’s tie. She knew the only way the EU would survive the growing crisis within its non-functional sovereign debt market was to print money to the high heavens.
Or allow the union to break up. But, there is no Door #2 in Europe. All doors lead to Brussels.
So in the midst of this mess comes COVID-19 and the uncoordinated and inept response to it from the political center of Europe to date. Only now are they coming to the conclusion they need to restrict travel, after sitting on their hands for a few weeks while Italians died by the hundreds.
And do you think that’s engendering waves of love and affection among Italians towards Germans?
If you do then you don’t know Italians… at all.
And this is your signal that this is the beginning of the real crisis. Because while COVID-19 may have been the catalyst for the breakdown of capital markets, capital markets were simply waiting for that spark to occur.
Any other type of spark, a bank failure from a run of bad loans, could have been handled and absorbed. There was no Credit Anstalt the central planners weren’t prepared for.
Will Trump spend money he doesn’t actually have? Yes. So what?
That money will go into a logistical pipeline that far outstrips Europe’s to combat a disease over a smaller population spread across larger distances. That limits the damage to the U.S. It ensures political stability that the EU cannot hope to compete with for the trust of spooked capital.
Add the global economy grinding to a halt. We’ll see the crisis emerge in Europe to feed a widening gyre of debt servicing that will look like a global bank run on dollar liquidity.
It will force fundamental reform of the euro and the ECB. They are necessary for the EU to survive this crisis in anything close to its current form.
While this crisis is tailor-made to shove the federalization of Europe down the throats of what’s left of the German middle class, I don’t think it succeeds.
Until Germany is willing to bail out Italian banks, there is no solution to this.
And while I think Merkel is willing to fall on her sword to get this done, It may still not work.
How convenient it is that Merkel’s CDU just cancelled their April 22nd leadership vote because of this crisis. This forestalls any possibility of Merkel losing control of her party until after Germany begins its EU Commission Presidency.
Whatever she has planned she has to do soon. Her political capital is just about spent.
There will be no change of leadership during a crisis like this. She’s almost done completing the sell out of Germany to the EU begun by Helmut Kohl.
Just in time for the whole experiment to come crashing down.
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https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Tyler Durden
An Israeli broadcaster has aired dramatic video in an eerie dystopian sign of where things are possibly headed in terms of securing quarantined zones in urban areas, and at a moment various governments around the world are militarizing their Covid-19 outbreak response planning. Security forces in Tel Aviv are seen in full protective gear surrounding and then subduing to the ground a man who had allegedly violated his home quarantine and made his way to a nearby train station.
“Israel Police stated that a man, 47, was found on Bograshov St. in Tel Aviv after refusing to stay in quarantine,” according to The Jerusalem Post. “He had been involved in an attack on security guards at the city’s Hahagana train station.”
Dystopian scene of a man in Tel Aviv being arrested for violating his coronavirus quarantine. pic.twitter.com/miEf8XzSDC
— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) March 14, 2020
This just as Tel Aviv announced the closures of all restaurants, pubs, threaters and public gathering places – essentially placing the country on lock down. “We are at war with an enemy: the coronavirus,” the prime minister said, “an invisible enemy.”
Once these “emergency measures” are implemented, they will never ever be repealed.https://t.co/cu5EDpQglY
— Jack Murphy (@JackMurphyRGR) March 14, 2020
With ‘wartime’ tactics and rhetoric increasingly being deployed by government leaders in countries where the outbreak is spreading, and military checkpoints and quarantines being set up, further with talk of putting “the collective interest above all” — get ready for more insane Orwellian scenes like the above to possibly come to a neighborhood near you.
[Note – below is just a brief (non-political) snippet from this article. Dr. Faust makes an interesting point regarding the ‘data’ coming from a cruise ship – which in some ways is like a controlled study – only I would imagine its an older age group which would give us more cases and more severe cases than the general population, however it is a controlled group we can review…The real question is — why the panic? Still, we have only a handful of deaths in the U.S., mostly from a nursing care facility for the elderly. Why aren’t we panicking about the flu that has caused 10,000+ deaths this year? Just questions a curious mind wants to ask. Its a legitimate question…Why? The original article by Dr Faust is in the bottom link below – this is a reasonable review of good, controlled data – as opposed to media pundits who may have an english degree and who have never analyzed medical data in their lives…But as with everything else these days, people will probably ignore good, reasonable data. Such is life these days…One more point while I’m on a roll here….The vast majority of articles from the MSM, when referencing how bad this virus is, references the reaction being taken but not the actual data. ]
In an unusually sober and rational article on Covid-19, published in Slate, Dr. Jeremy Samuel Faust used an ingenious method for calculating the true fatality rate by examining data taken from the “natural laboratory” of the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, which had been quarantined off the coast of Japan with 3,711 miserable passengers on board. Of that number, 705 passengers tested positive for COVID-19, while six passengers — all of them over the age of 70 years old — eventually died from the illness. That put the fatality rate at just 0.85 percent.
Did Dr. Faust’s analysis calm the hysteria that has taken much of the world by storm? Are you kidding? In fact, it has only gotten worse, and the reason could very well be connected to the political firestorm that has engulfed the country since 2016.
Although just a handful of Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus, the public is behaving as though Godzilla had just stomped ashore, threatening to wreak death and destruction from sea to shining sea. Not only has Wall Street suffered record losses, events across the country that require the attendance of disease-carrying humans have been duly cancelled. The hysteria is not confined to the US sanatorium; a number of countries are experiencing food and supply shortages due to panic buying.
There are many compelling reasons to conclude that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is not nearly as deadly as is currently feared. But COVID-19 panic has set in nonetheless. You can’t find hand sanitizer in stores, and N95 face masks are being sold online for exorbitant prices, never mind that neither is the best way to protect against the virus (yes, just wash your hands). The public is behaving as if this epidemic is the next Spanish flu, which is frankly understandable given that initial reports have staked COVID-19 mortality at about 2–3 percent, quite similar to the 1918 pandemic that killed tens of millions of people.
Allow me to be the bearer of good news. These frightening numbers are unlikely to hold. The true case fatality rate, known as CFR, of this virus is likely to be far lower than current reports suggest. Even some lower estimates, such as the 1 percent death rate recently mentioned by the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, likely substantially overstate the case.
We shouldn’t be surprised that the numbers are inflated. In past epidemics, initial CFRs were floridly exaggerated. For example, in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic some early estimates were 10 times greater than the eventual CFR, of 1.28 percent. Epidemiologists think and quibble in terms of numerators and denominators—which patients were included when fractional estimates were calculated, which weren’t, were those decisions valid—and the results change a lot as a result. We are already seeing this. In the early days of the crisis in Wuhan, China, the CFR was more than 4 percent. As the virus spread to other parts of Hubei, the number fell to 2 percent. As it spread through China, the reported CFR dropped further, to 0.2 to 0.4 percent. As testing begins to include more asymptomatic and mild cases, more realistic numbers are starting to surface. New reports from the World Health Organization that estimate the global death rate of COVID-19 to be 3.4 percent, higher than previously believed, is not cause for further panic. This number is subject to the same usual forces that we would normally expect to inaccurately embellish death rate statistics early in an epidemic. If anything, it underscores just how early we are in this.
But the most straightforward and compelling evidence that the true case fatality rate of SARS-CoV-2 is well under 1 percent comes not from statistical trends and methodological massage, but from data from the Diamond Princess cruise outbreak and subsequent quarantine off the coast of Japan.
A quarantined boat is an ideal—if unfortunate—natural laboratory to study a virus. Many variables normally impossible to control are controlled. We know that all but one patient boarded the boat without the virus. We know that the other passengers were healthy enough to travel. We know their whereabouts and exposures. While the numbers coming out of China are scary, we don’t know how many of those patients were already ill for other reasons. How many were already hospitalized for another life-threatening illness and then caught the virus? How many were completely healthy, caught the virus, and developed a critical illness? In the real world, we just don’t know.
Here’s the problem with looking at mortality numbers in a general setting: In China, 9 million people die per year, which comes out to 25,000 people every single day, or around 1.5 million people over the past two months alone. A significant fraction of these deaths results from diseases like emphysema/COPD, lower respiratory infections, and cancers of the lung and airway whose symptoms are clinically indistinguishable from the nonspecific symptoms seen in severe COVID-19 cases.
And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the death rate from COVID-19 in China spiked precisely among the same age groups in which these chronic diseases first become common. During the peak of the outbreak in China in January and early February, around 25 patients per day were dying with SARS-CoV-2. Most were older patients in whom the chronic diseases listed above are prevalent.
Most deaths occurred in Hubei province, an area in which lung cancer and emphysema/COPD are significantly higher than national averages in China, a country where half of all men smoke. How were doctors supposed to sort out which of those 25 out of 25,000 daily deaths were solely due to coronavirus, and which were more complicated? What we need to know is how many excess deaths this virus causes.
This is where the Diamond Princess data provides important insight. Of the 3,711 people on board, at least 705 have tested positive for the virus (which, considering the confines, conditions, and how contagious this virus appears to be, is surprisingly low). Of those, more than half are asymptomatic, while very few asymptomatic people were detected in China. This alone suggests a halving of the virus’s true fatality rate.
On the Diamond Princess, six deaths have occurred among the passengers, constituting a case fatality rate of 0.85 percent.
Unlike the data from China and elsewhere, where sorting out why a patient died is extremely difficult, we can assume that these are excess fatalities—they wouldn’t have occurred but for SARS-CoV-2. The most important insight is that all six fatalities occurred in patients who are more than 70 years old. Not a single Diamond Princess patient under age 70 has died. If the numbers from reports out of China had held, the expected number of deaths in those under 70 should have been around four.
This all suggests that COVID-19 is a relatively benign disease for most young people, and a potentially devastating one for the old and chronically ill, albeit not nearly as risky as reported.
Given the low mortality rate among younger patients with coronavirus—zero in children 10 or younger among hundreds of cases in China, and 0.2-0.4 percent in most healthy nongeriatric adults (and this is still before accounting for what is likely to be a high number of undetected asymptomatic cases)—we need to divert our focus away from worrying about preventing systemic spread among healthy people—which is likely either inevitable, or out of our control—and commit most if not all of our resources toward protecting those truly at risk of developing critical illness and even death: everyone over 70, and people who are already at higher risk from this kind of virus.
This still largely comes down to hygiene and isolation. But in particular, we need to focus on the right people and the right places. Nursing homes, not schools. Hospitals, not planes. We need to up the hygienic and isolation ante primarily around the subset of people who can’t simply contract SARS-CoV-2 and ride it out the way healthy people should be able to.
Yes, this disease is real. And, yes, there truly do appear to be vulnerable patients among us, those far more likely to develop critical illness from it. And that relatively small subset, if infected in high numbers, could add up to a tragically high number of fatalities if we fail to adequately protect them.
The good news is that we have huge advantages to leverage: We already know all of this and have learned it remarkably quickly. We know how this virus spreads. We know how long people are contagious. We know who the most vulnerable patients are likely to be, and where they are.
Healthy people who are hoarding food, masks, and hand sanitizer may feel like they are doing the right thing. But, all good intentions aside, these actions probably represent misdirected anxieties. When such efforts are not directly in service of protecting the right people, not only do they miss the point of everything we have learned so far, they may actually unwittingly be squandering what have suddenly become precious and limited resources.
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QUARANTINES AND THE ECONOMY
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Gail Tverberg
Politicians and health organizations like to show that they are “doing something.” Because of the strange nature of COVID-19, however, doing something is mostly a time-shifting exercise: With quarantines and other containment efforts, there will be fewer cases now, but this will be mostly or entirely offset by more cases later. Whether time-shifting reduces deaths and eases hospital care depends upon whether medical advances are sufficiently great during the time gained to improve outcomes.
We tend to lose sight of the fact that an economy cannot simply be shut down for a period and then start up again at close to its former level of production. China seems to have seriously overdone its use of quarantines. It seems likely that its economy can never fully recover. The permanent loss of a significant part of China’s productive output seems likely to send the world economy into a tailspin, regardless of what other economies do.
Before undertaking containment efforts of any kind, decision-makers need to look carefully at several issues:
Laying-off workers, even for a short time, severely adversely affects the economy.
The expected length of delay in cases made possible by quarantines is likely to be very short, sometimes lasting not much longer than the quarantines themselves.
We seem to need a very rapid improvement in our ability to treat COVID-19 cases for containment efforts to make sense, if we cannot stamp out the disease completely.
Because of these issues, it is very easy to overdo quarantines and other containment efforts.
In the sections below, I explain some parts of this problem.
COLORADO WOMAN IN ITALY ISSUES STARK WARNING TO AMERICA
https://endtimeheadlines.org/2020/03/colorado-woman-in-italy-issues-stark-warning-to-america/ – Mar 14, 2020
(ETH) – A Colorado resident living in Garda, Italy, has just come out with a warning to America that we all should be heeding regarding the current status of the coronavirus situation in Italy and what may be coming to America soon. Shannon Unks’ is giving a warning to her Colorado residents: “Don’t do anything- don’t go to the cinemas, stay home, shut it down.” As of Friday afternoon, there was one death and 77 cases of coronavirus in Colorado.
Via Skype, Unks told CBS4 she hoped her warning of what is happening in Italy would resonate with U.S. and Colorado residents and prompt them to follow the advice of medical authorities and dramatically change their daily living patterns for the near term. “What you need to do is stay home. Do not look at these two weeks as a vacation. You need to stay home,” urged Unks.
She and her family live in the picturesque town of Garda, not far from Verona. But outside of China, Italy is the country hardest hit by COVID-19 with 1,016 deaths and more than 17,000 infections. Garda is “locked down,” said Unks, with residents prohibited from going out unless it is to buy groceries or other essentials like medications. MORE:
‘BIBLICAL FLOODS’ IN EGYPT AND ISRAEL
Storms and floods of biblical proportions have engulfed Egypt, Israel and the Middle East for the second day in a row on Friday.
The rare and unusually powerful surface cyclone and frontal system hit the Middle East on Thursday afternoon, delivering torrential rain, destructive winds, and sandstorms and killing at least 21.
Apocalyptic flooding engulfs Egypt, Israel and Middle East in March 2020. Pict: Egypt Today
Thunderstorms packing heavy rains, lightnings and sandstorms caused widespread flooding across Egypt on Thursday and Friday, killing at least 21 people.
The apocalyptic storms interrupted daily life in much of the country, including the capital Cairo.
Most of the victims were in rural areas and slums. At least six children died either from electrocution or when their houses collapsed and buried them.
The satellite imagery from March 13, 3030 of this rare cyclone features an impressive frontal system and huge sandstorms engulfing northern Saudi Arabia:
The Egyptian government advised Egyptians to stay home and declared a state of emergency until Saturday, shutting down schools, government offices, Luxor International Airport, Nile River cruises and three seaports (Alexandria, Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada).
The floods also forced the country’s railway authorities to suspend train service nationwide.
Late on Thursday, Cairo’s Water Authority announced it had suspended water service to the entire megacity because heavy rain had overwhelmed the vast sewage system. By Friday morning water had returned to some parts of the city.
Power outages were also reported in several parts of the country, including parts of Cairo.
Authorities in neighbouring Israel have issued flooding and strong wind warnings (over 100 km/h or 62 mph).
FREAK BIBLICAL WEATHER SPARKS APOCALYPTIC WARNINGS AS SANDSTORM BLOCKS SUN IN MIDDLE EAST
https://endtimeheadlines.org/2020/03/freak-biblical-weather-sparks-apocalyptic-warnings-as-sandstorm-blocks-sun-in-middle-east/ – Mar 14, 2020
(Express) – A freak sandstorm has swept across the Middle East, sparking what some are claiming to be a “biblical event” and an “apocalyptic warning,” as the extreme weather engulfed Egypt before heading towards Israel. A huge sandstorm that can even be seen from space has swept across the Middle East this week, sparking apocalyptic fears among residents.
The sandstorm appeared to block out the sun in parts of Egypt on Friday, where extreme widespread flooding has already killed at least five people. Egypt declared a state of emergency on Thursday ahead of the devastating floods and sandstorms, which was tied to a “rare intense cyclone”.
Weather maps show a huge sandstorm heading towards the Sinai peninsula and Israel, following Egypt. This could see huge amounts of Saharan dust wreak havoc in northern Saudi Arabia and Israel. The cyclone system is moving across the entire Middle East, unleashing gusts of 130km/h. Mud rain flooding will also move into Turkey and Jordan and the eastern Mediterranean. READ MORE:
EARTHQUAKE SWARM ON FISH LAKE VALLEY FAULT ZONE, NEVADA-CALIFORNIA BORDER
Earthquake swarm on Fish Lake Valley Fault Zone, Nevada prompts fear about a Big Quake in Las Vegas A swarm of 21 earthquakes is currently shaking the Fish Lake Valley Fault Zone near Goldfield in Nevada.
This earthquake series on the very active Fish Lake Valley – Furnace Creek – Death Valley fault system at the California-Nevada border could affect the Las Vegas and Clark County metro area, according to simulations.
The earthquake swarm has started on March 13, 2020, 12.39 p.m. local time (7:39 p.m. UTC) and ended March 13, 2020, 11.07 p.m. local time (6.07 a.m., March 14, 2020).
The strongest earthquakes of the series are:
Shakings from the M4.0 earthquake were reported by 8 people on the USGS homepage.
The biggest potential problem for Southern Nevada are the faults near the California-Nevada border in Death Valley.
The Death Valley fault system at the California-Nevada border is composed of the very active Fish Lake Valley Fault Zone, Furnace Creek Fault Zone and Death Valley fault Fault Zone.
If they link together, it’s about a magnitude 7.8.
And oddly, if it ruptures from north to south, then it funnels a lot of energy into the Las Vegas basin in a way similar to Mexico City, which is not a good outcome.
As shown in the simulation below, if the combination of 3 magnitude 6.8 to 7.3 rips toward Las Vegas, then the cities will experience strong to severe seismic shaking, with light to heavy potential damage.
On the other hand, if the faults rip away from Las Vegas, the shaking would be light to moderate with little potential for damage.
If Earthquake Early Warning could be implemented for Las Vegas, there could be one whole minute of warning before the most dangerous shaking hits Las Vegas. That is enough time to take cover, and shut down any vulnerable systems.
These different earthquake scenarios for Las Vegas were computed by the Nevada ShakeZoning facility at the University of Nevada, Reno. More earthquake news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.
Ever wonder what the last days of this age will look like? Well… look around.
Please don’t misunderstand. This is not the tribulation that Jesus, Daniel, and others in the Bible warned about. We who know Christ will be gone before that begins. But as we get closer to that time, we can see how those events are preparing to play out.
A Drudge Report headline on March 9th read, “Market Bloodbath.” Later in the day, the Drudge Headline said, “Italy Quarantines Entire Country.” The USA Today headline said, “Midwest farmers face a crisis. Hundreds are dying by suicide.” Later, the USA Today lead headline said, “Dow plummets 2,000 points, oil prices drop as global recession concerns mount.” The lead story in the Jerusalem Post said, “All travellers returning to Israel from abroad will enter isolation.”
People are ill at ease, frightened, skittish, worried. The financial unrest caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 is making matters worse. Then over the weekend, Russia and Saudi Arabia began an oil price war. Markets are down close to 20% from all time highs less than a month ago. That illustrates the volatility of a world in rebellion against God.
Despite our shortcomings and sin, I hear nothing about repentance or having sorrow for wickedness. In Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation of 1861, he wrote about God’s ongoing provision for the nation despite the terrible war. He said that these good things, “…are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
Lincoln went on to invite his fellow citizens “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience.”
Even in Thanksgiving, he spoke of humility and repentance before God.
In 1789, President George Washington also set aside a day of thanksgiving for all Americans. His proclamation said, “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
Washington said the day should “be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks.” But Washington did not stop with proclaiming thanks to God. He said it would also be a day to beseech God “to pardon our national and other transgressions.”
Those are a examples of the leadership that made America a nation where more people have lived in more freedom and with more prosperity than any nation in the history of the world. Yes, they were flawed leaders, but their ideals set in motion something extraordinary — something that has greatly blessed the whole earth.
First, they were thankful to God. Second, they were humble before God. Third, they were actively repentant.
Today is a totally different story. Today, public repentance would not be politically correct. To repent implies the existence sin, and the righteous expectations of God that we as a nation fail to meet.
It’s another preview of the tribulation. Revelation 9:21 is one of the most remarkable verses in all the Bible. Terrible calamities will have fallen on the earth by that time — calamities that are a direct result of human sin. But John, being given a vision of those future events, tells us, “They did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.”
But today, the church is still here. We can’t make the world repent, but we can provide an example of repentance and humility before God. We the Church can humble ourselves and pray. We can seek His face. We can turn from wickedness and sin. While we remain in this world, we are to be salt and light within it.
The Bible contains many vivid descriptions of something that did not exist until the middle of the 20th century — thermonuclear war. Led by the United States, the world just took a huge step toward that predicted nuclear apocalypse, the days of Antichrist, and “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” The deal with Iran is that bad.
When I began to study Bible prophecy over 60 years ago, I saw signs even then that we were approaching the end of the age. I knew that I might very well live to see days like this one — days when my own beloved country would help usher in and facilitate unthinkable evil. But knowing in advance doesn’t mitigate the pain of seeing it before my own eyes.
Even ten years is a blink of history’s eye. The other nations of the region will see ten years as the outermost deadline for building their own nuclear arsenals. Because they knew this was coming, several have already been at work on the project. But the existence of an actual agreement will spur them on.
Sunni nations like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, the UAE, and Qatar feel threatened by Iran. And it’s not just paranoia. Iran has been exporting their Shia Muslim revolution for decades now, and it’s beginning to really take hold. With Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and now Yemen largely under Iran’s control, Saudi Arabia is almost surrounded.
With President Bashar al-Assad now in Iran’s pocket, and Hezbollah dependant on them, Iran is already at Israel’s door. In May, Haaretz reported, “As-Safir, known for its pro-Hezbollah stance, revealed that the terrorist group has large amounts of forces stationed near the Israel-Lebanon border, as well as numerous tunnels, bunkers and surveillance equipment, in addition to tens of thousands of rockets.”
Who built those tens of thousands of rockets, and gave them to Hezbollah? IRAN.
Iran already partially controls the world’s two most vulnerable oil choke points — the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Aden. When Iranian oil is suddenly dumped into the world marketplace, we can expect oil prices to drop dramatically. But they already have the ability to choke off a huge part of the world’s oil supply of they choose. In a few months, you may be driving with $2-a-gallon gas. But in a few years, you may be taking out a second mortgage just to get a fill-up.
We need to see that the Iranian threat is not just to Israel, but to civilization itself across the globe.
The thermonuclear threat now looms large over the Middle East. But we shouldn’t be surprised. The Bible warned us. Zechariah 14:12 gives one of the more memorable prophecies. How would a person in the 6th century BC describe a nuclear blast’s effect on a human body? Like this. “Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.”
The Great Tribulation is obviously close. Christians can count on the LORD taking us out before the extreme trouble comes. Since in the Bible’s timetable, the Rapture comes before that, we should be looking up with renewed expectancy. We should be praying fervently, and witnessing with urgency. We need to be busy doing those things that matter most. We don’t have much time left. Thank God that before nuclear weapons destroy Israel, the LORD will miraculously save Israel from destruction.
The Advent Of The Laodicean Church
One thing that the so-called emerging church fails to understand is that when the Lord evaluates our relationship, He’s most interested in our attitude toward Him, not the results of our efforts on His behalf.
Commentary by Jack Kelley
The churches of Revelation 2 and 3 have often been described as a chronology of the Church age. The final one is the Church at Laodicea. Its emergence is another sign that the end is near. Let’s read about it.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (Rev. 3:15-17)
One thing the emerging (not emergent, that’s the name of one such organization) church with its social gospel fails to understand is that when the Lord evaluates our relationship, He’s most interested in our attitude toward Him, not our efforts on His behalf. He made that clear in his criticism of the Church in Ephesus way back at the beginning.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. (Rev. 2:2-4)
While some claim it’s to produce followers of Christ, not just believers in Him, the driving force behind the emerging church is really growth and prosperity. That’s why it’s so popular. So-called seekers don’t come through the doors of the church looking to become followers of Christ. They come to belong to something bigger than themselves, where they can be entertained and feel better about themselves by doing some good works without being made to feel guilty or having to commit to anything. If they wanted to be more like Jesus they’d have come to a place where they could focus on the Bible, and experience some intimate worship, the kind that makes our hearts break, the tears flow, and our knees bend.
When you ask its leaders how the movement is working they’ll quote statistics like “participation on an average weekend” as if the more people they bring through the doors, the more pleasing to God they must be. Then they’ll tell you how many ministries they’ve got going. Some even print current revenues in their bulletins, I guess to show how good sales are, like a business would. There is little or no discussion of baptisms or new believers, because that’s not the point. Preaching a gospel message with an altar call would actually be counter-productive to their strategy. More money in the offering requires more people in the pews. And that requires less gospel in the message.
The fact that all this money is mostly put to good use is laudable, but the Lord judges us by the motives of our hearts, not the works of our hands. He actually condemned the Church at Ephesus even though they were hard-working, faithful, and true. He condemned them because in their efforts to serve the King they left no time to work on their relationship with the King.
A comparison of the message to the Laodicean Church with the other end-times Church, the one at Philadelphia, also speaks volumes.
TO LAODICEA, HE SAID,
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”
TO PHILADELPHIA, IT WAS,
“I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”
Don’t kid yourself into thinking that the Lord needs us to help build His Kingdom. That would be like me saying I need my 3-year-old to help fix the leaking faucet. When they asked what work God required of them Jesus didn’t say “Do for the One He has sent,” He said, “Believe in the One He has sent.” (John 6:28-29) What you do after that is between you and the Lord, but unless you get first things first, nothing else matters. You’ll be lukewarm at best.
JESUS CHRIST RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH IS “IMMINENT”
Matt. 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Matt. 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Matt. 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be
DON’T WAIT FOR THE LAST MINUTE
We are currently in the “Birth Pangs” of the coming “7 year TRIBULATION” period, where all the Nations on Earth will be subject to God’s Wrath on an “UNGODLY” World. The Rapture of Jesus Christ Church is “TOTALLY” imminent; And what will follow after that will be massively more devastating that we are seeing right now (Read Revelation Ch 6 – 22) God is trying to get everyone’s attention to the coming Judgments; He does not want “ANYONE” to perish, but all to come to repentance. He loves us, but will not stand idly by and watch the World, (His Creation) turn to sin and debauchery). We are currently living in a fallen “Satanic” World where “EVIL”, is totally accepted, and God and his Love is being exponentially rejected. The time has come when God HAS TO intervene, and he is (The prophetic word listed in his Word the Bible is being fulfilled exponentially).
Rom. 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom. 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God
Eph. 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Col. 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
James 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Rev. 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev. 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Luke 21:25 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;
Luke 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
SO WON’T YOU ACCEPT JESUS NOW AND BE REMOVED FROM THAT EVENT (OF TRIBULATION) AND LIVE FOREVER WITH JESUS IN THE FAMILY OF GOD THIS WORLD IS IN “DISTRESS” AND IT WILL SOON BE IN TRIBULATION?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
SEEK THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WHILE HE STILL CAN BE FOUND – HE IS COMMING QUICKLY – IT IS A “FREE” GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
“WHAT IS THE PRAYER OF SALVATION?”
Many people ask, “Is there a prayer I can pray that will guarantee my salvation?” It is important to remember that salvation is not received by reciting a prayer or uttering certain words. The Bible nowhere records a person’s receiving salvation by a prayer. Saying a prayer is not the biblical way of salvation.
The biblical method of salvation is faith in Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Salvation is gained by faith (Ephesians 2:8), by receiving Jesus as Savior (John 1:12), and by fully trusting Jesus alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), not by reciting a prayer.
The biblical message of salvation is simple, clear, and amazing at the same time. We have all committed sin against God (
Romans 3:23). Other than Jesus Christ, there is no one who has lived an entire life without sinning (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Because of our sin, we have earned judgement from God—death (Romans 6:23). Because of our sin and its deserved punishment, there is nothing we can do on our own to make ourselves right with God. As a result of His love for us, God became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect life and always taught the truth. However, humanity rejected Jesus and put Him to death by crucifying Him. Though that horrible act killed the only truly innocent man, our salvation was obtained. Jesus died in our place. He took the burden and judgement of our sin upon Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was then resurrected (1 Corinthians 15), proving that His payment for sin was sufficient and that He had overcome sin and death. As a result of Jesus’ sacrifice, God offers us salvation as a gift. God calls us all to repent of our sins (Acts 17:30) and have faith in Christ as the full payment of our sins (1 John 2:2). Salvation is gained by receiving the gift God offers us, not by praying a certain prayer.
Now, that does not mean prayer cannot be involved in receiving salvation. If you understand the gospel, believe it to be true, and have accepted Jesus as your salvation, it is good and appropriate to express that faith to God in prayer. Communicating with God through prayer can be a way to progress from accepting facts about Jesus to fully trusting in Him as Savior. Prayer can be connected to the act of placing your faith in Jesus alone for salvation.
Again, though, it is crucially important that you do not base your salvation on having said a prayer. Reciting a prayer cannot save you! If you want to receive the salvation that is available through Jesus, place your faith in Him. Fully trust His death as the sufficient sacrifice for your sins. Completely rely on Him alone as your Savior. That is the biblical method of salvation. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, by all means, say a prayer to God. Tell God how thankful you are for Jesus. Offer praise to God for His love and sacrifice. Thank Jesus for dying for your sins and providing salvation for you. That is the biblical connection between salvation and prayer.
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