For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing .
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Published on: November 13, 2021 by RRadmin7
God Is Frustrating the Democratic Agenda
When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, there was a massive surge of traffic to RR. People were wondering if the Antichrist had just been elected to office, and many Christians thought they were in big trouble.
Because the nation was in the middle of a recession, the American people blamed the Republicans for the economic downturn and voted for the party that was not in control. The Democratic Party gained a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, so they could pass any law they wanted.
Despite all the concern on the part of conservatives, the Democrats could hardly get anything done. During the first term, the only major bill that Congress passed was Obama Care. Angered voters gave control of Congress back to the Republicans in the 2010 mid-term election.
Near the end of Obama’s second term, he was able to do tremendous damage to the nation, even though both houses were controlled by the Republicans. Obama made things worse by packing the federal government with radical leftists and issuing a flood of executive orders.
When Biden was elected to office, I had great concern that the Democrats would quickly pass a series of laws that would turn the nation to the left. Biden’s first months in office are starting to look much like Obama’s first term. They have the potential votes, but they can’t get organized to pass the bills.
I had thought that the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework packages had been passed in August when the Senate passed it. Since we’ve already spent trillions on stimulus checks, I was all for a bill to fix roads and bridges. The nation’s infrastructure system recently earned a C- score from the American Society of Civil Engineers earlier this year.
About a month after the Senate vote, I discovered that the House Progressive Caucus was holding the Infrastructure hostage until the House voted on a bill they were promoting.
Build Back Better Act is a pork bill that gives welfare for kids, money for green energy projects, and adds to our national problem with soaring drug costs by telling drug companies to just send the bill to Uncle Sam. This bill also would raise taxes on large corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
Things were looking bad for Nancy Pelosi, where she couldn’t even get her party members to vote for an Infrastructure bill. The Republicans could have remained united and let the Democrats crash and burn. Just as they’ve done many times in the past, 13 members broke ranks to allow the bill to pass.
Build Back Better Act may pass in the House, but it is unlikely to pass in the Senate because of one key vote. Since the Senate is tied 50-50, any bill needs all senators plus the Vice President’s tiebreaker vote to pass. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has balked at the idea of him voting for the bill. President Biden has promised that the $3.7 trillion price tag will be paid with tax increases, but Manchin knows that will never take place. The rich will always find ways to hide their wealth.
It seems clear to me that God is frustrating the Democratic Agenda by creating legislative log jams. There is still harm taking place that Biden is inflicting on America. Oddly enough, Obama did the same thing that Biden is doing. He apologizes to the world for the Trump years.
When Biden went to the UN climate summit in Glasgow, he apologized to the summit participants for Trump previously pulling out of the Paris Accord. When Biden called out China’s President Xi for skipping the summit, Beijing mocked Biden for being “powerless” and weak.
State-run English language Global Times mockingly called out the “noble” apology as, in reality, exposing the deep disunity of American politics, leading to a permanent state of gridlock as well as constant flip-flopping on the world stage.
The report said the Chinese public “cannot wait until 2024 when the Republican Party, or even Donald Trump himself, apologizes for Biden’s apology.”
Global Times included the following commentary focused on the constant “discord” in the US:
Most people believe this was hardly an apology but a slap in the face of his predecessor, a move to pin all the blame on Trump. This is not about how sorry Biden is. He was making a show and bringing US political infighting to the global arena.
America has become so hollowed out by years of reckless spending and political leaders that have no vision, our nation could implode at any moment. It is my hope that we make it to the rapture before the collapse takes place.
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev 3:10).
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Lawlessness Leads to Tyranny
If I were to describe the level of lawlessness that we are now seeing in America to a year 2000 audience, they would likely think that was crazy. We don’t just have high crime in our major cities; we are losing the ability to have a functioning society.
In my youth, drugs, gangs, and robbery were the top concerns. Some people didn’t need to worry that much about crime because most of that stuff took place in the bad part of town. Today shoplifting is at such an epidemic level, we may soon see retailers and drug stores become as rare as record and book stores.
I’ve written before about stores closing because thieves are legally allowed to just walk in, fill their bags up with goods, and walk out the front door. On average, thieves are stealing more than 100 million dollars worth of merchandise from our retailers every single day. Since most retailers only make a profit at around 2-3%, they can’t stay in business with this level of theft.
This crisis wasn’t the result of a bad economy. Liberal city leaders rolled back laws that punished shoplifters. In many cities, as long as you only steal a certain dollar amount, you will not be charged with a felony. The few people who are arrested are normally released after being booked, and they never see a day before a judge.
Gangs of professional looters will sweep in on a target and snatch items that can be easily sold on the street. It’s not just the high-end designer clothing that is being targeted. In Connecticut, a group of thieves stole vast quantities of laundry detergent from a store.
The store workers just stood around and watched the crime take place. In a video that someone posted to Twitter, you can hear an employee warning another not to intervene because he will get fired. If the store goes out of business, he’ll still get fired. There was a time when a person would be made employee of the month for stopping the most amount of theft.
I found one news item that said Target had to close several of its bathrooms because people were taking merchandise into the bathroom, taking the item out of its container, and flushing the cardboard or plastic down the toilet. It’s a huge expense to clean out the plumbing. To combat the problem, Target installed mobile baths outside their stores and said they were remodeling the ones inside the store.
If you thought that leaders in these liberal cities would be embarrassed by the looting they’ve triggered, you would be wrong. The people of San Francisco don’t understand the pitfalls of changing the rules that allow people to steal $950 worth of goods at any one time.
The drugstore chain Walgreens recently said it would be closing an additional five stores in the city, bringing the number of shuttered locations to 22 in the past five years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The company has cited “organized retail crime” for the closings. Instead of crying for a crackdown on crime, the news has been met with intense skepticism.
The Chronicle published a story that, citing data from the city’s Police Department, pointed out how one store set to close “had only seven reported shoplifting incidents this year and a total of 23 since 2018.” While it is important to note that not all incidents are reported to police, the five stores being shut down “had fewer than two recorded shoplifting incidents a month on average since 2018.”
San Francisco’s own leaders have openly questioned the company’s claims. “They are saying [retail theft is] the primary reason, but I also think when a place is not generating revenue, and when they’re saturated — S.F. has a lot of Walgreens locations all over the city — so I do think that there are other factors that come into play,” Mayor London Breed said last week.
Walgreens obviously has a financial reason for closing those 22 stores. If it were me, I would close all my stores in San Francisco just because I would not want to support the most leftist city in America. Walgreens is a corporation that has a financial responsibility to make money for its shareholders. If it’s in a location that is losing money, it needs to stop the bleeding.
In addition to retail theft, there has been an alarming rise in the number of “follow-home robberies.” Apparently, criminals are specifically targeting highly vulnerable people. Once a sufficient target has been identified, the crooks follow the target all the way home before robbing the individual.
In some cases, professional criminals are not just satisfied with robbing people. In Las Vegas, an 82-year-old woman was buried in her backyard, and then the criminals took over her home and her finances.
“After finding her, the decision was made between several people that they were going to dismember her body and bury her,” Metro homicide Lt. Ray Spencer told KLAS-TV. “And then basically drain her finances and sell off her belongings, fraudulently.”
Lucille Payne’s neighbors said that her house appeared empty for years, but the police did not become suspicious of her home until they received a tip this April.
Finding Payne’s body did not take long as “she was not buried very deeply,” Spencer told the news station. “An officer started to move the dirt and found her arm inside a very shallow grave in the backyard,” he said.
In Seattle, the downtown area has become so dangerous that city employees are now being escorted by security guards once they leave work.
King County’s new ‘walking bus’ will debut on November 15, and see council workers based in Downtown Seattle and nearby Pioneer Square escorted to a nearby train station and ferry terminal each evening before being left to continue their commute home.
As our nation reaches the point where it becomes dysfunctional, people will reach the point where they support a vital backlash against crime. Shoplifters may be executed on the spot. When drug crime got bad in the Philippines, the people voted in a president that gave the police freedom to kill drug traffickers on the spot.
The world will soon surrender to a man that will save international problems. Of course, he will be the antichrist, the man who will plunge the planet into World War III. The lawlessness we now see is a clear indicator that the rapture is very near.
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mat. 24:37).
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Inflation Is Starting to Bite Hard
The government and liberal media have done an amazing job of managing a person’s perception of inflation. As prices soar higher and higher, we are told all is well and there is nothing to worry about. And so far, the public has remained calm about inflation.
For several years we were warned that inflation was too low. They said our greatest fear should be deflation, which would somehow destroy the global economy. The Fed came up with a 2% target that they hoped to reach. When inflation went above the target range, we were told not to worry because the inflation is only “transitory” and prices would soon return to normal.
When the official inflation number came out last month that showed a 6.2% rise, it became clear that inflation is getting out of control. The left is starting to look like Kevin Bacon’s “All is well” character from Animal House.
Cargill CEO David MacLennan has changed his mind about “transitory” inflation and now believes it will be more persistent with higher food prices in 2022. He blamed elevated food prices on snarled supply chains, labor shortages, and adverse weather conditions, among other things.
There is clearly some type of demonic delusion at work that is blocking people’s ability to understand financial reality. A New York Times writer faced some brutal backlash after she mocked the “inflation hysterics” that she said were actually favoring the poor. Sarah Jeong, a member of the New York Times editorial board, tweeted that inflation was actually hurting rich people and not poor people as regularly reported in the media.
“All the stuff you see about inflation in the news is driven by rich people flipping their [explitive] because their parasitic assets aren’t doing as well as they’d like, and they’re scared that unemployment benefits + stimmy checks + 15 minimum wage + labor shortage is why,” Jeong said, adding the acronym for “just my thoughts.”
Several people known for their understanding of economics blasted her:
“This is idiotic. Asset prices have risen sharply. Inflation is squeezing at the middle of the income spectrum; wage growth is outpacing inflation at the bottom, and people at the top are enjoying asset price spikes,” replied Josh Barro of the Business Insider.
“This is absolutely idiotic gobbledygook. Those most worried about inflation are those whose wages have been eaten up by inflation. The rich, who have their money in assets like stocks and real estate, are making bank,” responded Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire.
“I am once again begging non-econ pundits to talk to econ people before saying this stuff. Stocks are way up. Real estate is way up. Crypto is way up. Every financial asset is way up. REAL WAGES ARE DOWN,” replied Noah Smith, former Bloomberg Opinion Columnist.
“My grocery bill has gone up 25%, which is fine! I can afford it! But not everyone can. I don’t [care] about myself. But it’s a big deal if people can’t afford to buy milk, bread, ground beef, applesauce and yogurt for their kids and have to make choices,” responded writer Emily Zanotti.
The price of several basic food commodities has outpaced the reported inflation rate. Many of them are input costs for various other products. The grains are used in animal feed, which is why meat prices have risen sharply. Here is a list of some of the price increases for items over the past 12 months:
The largest factor in driving up inflation is the creation of money and debt. Over the past year and a half, the amount of currency in circulation has increased by 40%. Despite all the talk about tapering, the Fed is still adding $120 billion each month. Congress just added a $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending bill, and it’s working on passing another bill with a $1.7 trillion price tag.
A big factor that is preventing the public from being alarmed over inflation is the stimulus money. The amount of money in checking and savings accounts went from $1.2 trillion to $3.6 trillion. During the Pandemic, people who own stocks saw a $5.6 trillion rise in the value of their holdings.
What will pop the bubble is people finally realizing that inflation is destroying the value of their money. That 6.2% inflation rate number is false. Economists that use the exact calculations used during the 1970s say the real rate of inflation is over 10%. If you had $20,000 in your savings account this same time last year, inflation just stole $2,000 from you.
I’m sure a lot of Christians would react to inflation by saying, “I don’t need to worry about inflation because Jesus is coming soon.” I take the nearness of the rapture into consideration for all adversities. When Jesus said we should “watch” because we don’t know the timing of the rapture, it implied that we should be mindful of anything that leads up to the end times. Since economic hardship is the mother’s milk of prophetic progress, we need to take steps that could buy us time for a monetary meltdown that could come before the tribulation hour.
“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:13).
Diving into the Cultural Cesspool
Billy Graham once told of being invited to a banquet at which celebrities from Hollywood and other segments of society would attend. The evangelist said a certain person was speaking and told an off-color joke. Billy said he, himself, smiled while all the other guests were laughing uproariously with delight over the joke.
At that moment, Graham said, he looked directly across the large banquet table from where he sat. His eyes immediately met the beautiful, famous, violet eyes of a friend. It was those of Elizabeth Taylor, one of the legends of Hollywood history.
They were staring almost sleepily at him. Her beautiful features were a mask of disappointment as she almost imperceptibly shook her head negatively, showing her disapproval.
“You shouldn’t be condoning by your smiles such ungodly conversation,” was her meaning.
Billy said he never forgot that lesson: that the believer is under constant surveillance by the world around us. It was a lesson well-learned, taught by a person, although his friend, who was by all accounts caught up in a wicked, show-business.
We sometimes—at least yours truly does—get frustrated and even angry when the media types, whether in news or entertainment, attack a minister or other Christian for one perceived misstep or another. As a matter of fact, there doesn’t even have to be a true misstep. The media people will just make up things while supposedly reporting the story.
Yet those within their own ranks who do truly wicked things, more often than not –unless there is a political purpose in condemning those acts—refuse to report the incident. Those among their own ranks are given passes, with no reportorial consequences.
We know that it is Satan and his minions, both human and supernatural, who are at the heart of fomenting such unfair, hypocritical vitriol against those who claim the name of Christ.
But is it really unfair?
The very fact that there is such a hypocritical stance in being held to a different set of standards offers proof of the fallen state–the depravity of man.
The world is becoming an increasingly stench-laden cesspool. The difference between good and evil, between the godly and ungodly, is painfully discernable. The good seems to be losing–the wickedness seems to be winning.
It is by “witness” that we present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have no choice in this time of growing corruption at every level of human activity but to be in this cesspool environment.
We cannot be effective witnesses if we close off our ears, eyes, words, and actions from all that is going on around us—i.e., we must be in the world, but not of the world. It is our commission to go unto the entire world with the Good News–the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This was why Billy Graham told the true story of his own failure–or perceived failure—by Miss Taylor. Perhaps the greatest evangelist of modern times, Billy was not wrong in being among those hedonist banquet goers. He was wrong, he thought, by appearing to not condemn the speaker’s dirty joke.
His friend, Liz Taylor, was holding him to a different standard–a much higher standard. And, Graham concluded, this was not unfair. Christians being held to a higher standard by the lost of this world proves they are convicted of their sin. They might cast their condemning mockery in our direction, but all it proves is that they are without excuse. They know the difference between godliness and ungodliness.
By all accounts, Elizabeth Taylor truly loved her friend and admired his always adhering to Bible truth. She was rightfully disappointed when she saw him smile–out of the awkwardness of the moment, no doubt, but smile he did, nonetheless.
Now this takes us to the point that brings out another failure of recent days within the community of believers. And, to me, it is an egregious failure because it opened the great cause of Christ to media mockery of every sort.
Everyone knows of the chant that went viral and remains at the forefront of the political world. “Let’s go Brandon,” is the chant, produced by a reporter interviewing a race driver after his victory. The background chant that was heard in her interview with the driver was one I won’t put here, but most readers know its verbiage. It was invective against the present occupant of the White House.
The unedited version–the one the reporter quickly changed to avoid embarrassment of her network—is now heard at many college football games and in other venues. A word that not long ago would never be spoken –or rarely so—in so-called mixed company, now is used brazenly among many of the fairer sex, as well as by the male population.
For me to even state such shows the generation of which I’m a part. There seem to be no guardrails, and it is troubling to me.
Now we hear the congregation of a church with a national and international audience chanting the so-called cleaned-up version of the original chant. The media has played it incessantly. The media, which is itself proving every news cycle to be as wicked as any part of this debased culture, is pointing to the fact that this church, representing the Christian community that claims God’s message that you must be saved, is using the same ungodly language as found on the streets that church claims as sinful.
This is a fair accusation. The media in this case is right in condemning the hypocrisy.
To have allowed the congregation to get the chant started was bad enough, in my view. But to let them continue, while broadcasting before a national and international audience, was a horrendous thing.
We are to be in the world. We have no choice. But to be of the world is something to be avoided at all cost.
The church body in question has done the equivalent of diving headlong into the cultural cesspool. I hope there is repentance forthcoming for this body of believers and its pastor, both of whom have been followed and respected across America and throughout the world.