Filmmaker joined migrant caravan in southern Mexico, shows US media to be totally unwilling to seek the truth

A filmmaker named Ami Horowitz traveled to Mexico and did what the U.S. media didn’t do: He witnessed the migrant caravan for himself and exposed the truth.

The caravan, consisting of thousands of Honduran illegal immigrants, has caught the attention of the media as it heads toward the United States.

However, much of the coverage consists of hand-waving from the left-wing establishment media, which claims the caravan consists of peaceful families just trying to escape violence.

After visiting with the caravan of migrants and seeing for himself, Horowitz came to a different conclusion.

“Despite the framing of the caravan as being full of women and children, the reality on the ground is quite different. Approximately 90 to 95 percent of the migrants are male,” Horowitz said in a Twitter video.

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The BBC has written that “The migrants, mostly from Honduras, say they are fleeing violence and poverty, and include women and children.”

That’s a grossly misleading statement for a caravan consisting of over 90 percent men.

The establishment media also continuously repeats the narrative that the caravan is made up of people seeking to escape violence.  “We do know that many migrants have said they are fleeing terrible gang violence, with some fearing for their lives,” The Guardian claimed last month.

However, Horowitz discovered that the migrants are actually seeking employment when they illegally enter the United States.

“The major narrative being pushed by the press has been that the migrants are leaving Honduras because they are facing extreme violence and that their lives are under constant threat,” Horowitz said.

To discover if this were true, the filmmaker asked several migrants, “Why are you coming to America?”  “To get a job,” one responded. “To work,” said another.

It’s clear that these migrants, who are mostly male, are economic migrants seeking American jobs. They aren’t “women and children” who are “fleeing violence.”

It’s completely absurd that the truth had to come from a filmmaker investigating the caravan for himself because the establishment media are too busy peddling lies and misinformation to find out the truth for themselves.

 

[From an article published by THE WESTERN JOURNAL / CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE]

 

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America now sees liberal media as an enemy of our country

Liberal media now top enemy of America

 

How the liberal mainstream media have devolved over the decades from being entities that once took pride in reporting news and informing readers and/or viewers of current events, to becoming the propaganda arm of the Democrat party and acting more like activists than journalists, can be clearly seen in how the public views them.  The new numbers from Zogby should make them take a good hard look at themselves in the mirror, but sadly they do not seem inclined to do that.

According to Gallup which has been polling trust in the media since 1972, in the late 70s Americans had a considerable amount of trust in the mainstream media, with 72 percent having “a great deal.”  (Remember Walter Cronkite?)

In 2018,  only 14 percent of Americans have a great deal of trust in the media.

The media talking heads can try to blame President Trump for the negative way America now sees the media, but the trust Americans have in the media as a whole has been decreasing for decades. The more biased they become over the years and the more they start pushing a political agenda, the more people take note and distrust them.  Now nearly 3/4 of Americans agree with the statement, “Mainstream media have played a major role in dividing Americans along racial, gender, and political lines.”

 

[From an article published by ALL NEWS PIPELINE]

 

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10,000 Chemicals in Food and Food Packaging: What Are These Substances Doing to Us and Our Children?

Our foods and packaging are killing us!

 

The majority of additives in U.S. foods are subjected to either INADEQUATE or NO regulatory oversight. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just issued a policy statement about the risks to children’s health of the more than 10,000 chemicals directly or indirectly added to food and “food contact materials” in the U.S., with three primary aims: (1) to review and highlight the significant health concerns associated with the chemicals in foods; (2) to formulate recommendations that pediatricians can share with families; and (3) to propose “urgently needed reforms” pertaining to regulation of food additives by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

Public health challenges related to the foods that American children eat are a not-infrequent topic of national conversation. With 38% of children either overweight or obese, the childhood obesity epidemic tends to top the list of concerns, along with related issues such as children’s fast food consumption and the damaging effects of junk food advertising.

According to a recent nationally representative survey, about 60% of the calories consumed by Americans come from “ultra-processed” foods and beverages—defined as products resulting from “several sequences of industrial processes” and including additives “used to imitate sensory properties of foods or to disguise unpalatable aspects of the final product.” Alarmingly, the survey showed that adolescents (10- to 19-year-olds) were among the biggest consumers of ultra-processed foods and that their intake of these foods increased from 2007 to 2012, rising to over two-thirds (68%) of total calories consumed.

Given that teens are relying on additive-filled processed foods for the bulk of their calories, it is noteworthy that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just issued a policy statement about the risks to children’s health of the more than 10,000 chemicals directly or indirectly added to food and “food contact materials” in the U.S. Published in July 2018 in Pediatrics, the AAP commentary has three primary aims: (1) to review and highlight the significant health concerns associated with the chemicals in foods; (2) to formulate recommendations that pediatricians can share with families; and (3) to propose “urgently needed reforms” pertaining to regulation of food additives by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The majority of additives in U.S. foods have undergone either inadequate or zero regulatory oversight.

The AAP authors focus on a subset of the many additives and chemicals that populate and contaminate the foods eaten by children. Artificial food colors (AFCs) are one of the three categories of chemicals added directly to foods that the researchers consider (along with nitrates and nitrites). AFCs are “synthesized from raw materials obtained from coal tar or petroleum by-products,” and some (called “lakes”) are bound to aluminum, a metal with known neurotoxic properties. A 2016 analysis of 810 products in a single grocery store highlighted the pervasive presence of AFCs in products marketed to children, finding AFCs in 43% of the products overall and in at least nine in ten candies, fruit-flavored snacks and drink mixes or powders. Produce was the only food category free of artificial coloring.

Numerous studies have linked AFCs to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), although investigators also have determined that AFCs “seem to affect children regardless of whether or not they have ADHD.” Other reactions documented in association with AFCs include immune reactivity and behavioral symptoms such as irritability, sleep problems, restlessness and aggression. Researchers have pointed out that AFCs can have an “aggregated” effect in settings such as classrooms where most of the children present are experiencing AFC-related “behavioral decrements.” Unfortunately, the daily intake of AFCs certified as acceptable by the FDA has increased more than five-fold since 1950, and the current FDA-endorsed daily amount (68 milligrams per person per day) is well in excess of the level (50 mg/person/day) shown to be associated with stronger negative effects.

The endocrine-disrupting effects of the additives found in food are of particular concern in early life, when developmental programming of organ systems is susceptible to permanent and lifelong disruption.

The AAP authors also seek to raise awareness about the many chemicals indirectly added to food, namely the “adhesives, dyes, coatings, paper, paperboard, plastic, and other polymers, which may contaminate food as part of packaging or manufacturing equipment.” Specifically, they discuss the biphenols that line metal cans; phthalates used in the manufacturing process as adhesives, lubricants and plasticizers; and packaging chemicals such as perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) and perchlorate. As a group, these chemicals have been associated with endocrine, neurodevelopmental and thyroid disruption; carcinogenicity; cardiotoxicity; immunosuppression; oxidative stress; and low birthweight.

The endocrine-disrupting effects of the additives found in food are of particular concern in early life, “when developmental programming of organ systems is susceptible to permanent and lifelong disruption.” Postnatally, infants and children are more vulnerable than adults because:

[Infants and children] have higher relative exposures… (because of greater dietary intake per pound), their metabolic (i.e., detoxification) systems are still developing, and key organ systems are undergoing substantial changes and maturation that are vulnerable to disruptions.

As if the chemicals listed in the commentary were not bad enough, the authors note in passing that a number of other substances not included in their analysis also “inadvertently enter the food and water supply” and can affect children’s health in significant ways. These include aflatoxins and other mycotoxins (implicated in growth impairment), dioxins (linked to low birthweight), polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs (linked to obesity), mercury and other metal neurotoxins and pesticides. (The authors do not tackle the thorny issue of genetically modified foods “because they involve a separate set of regulatory and biomedical issues.”)

Lax regulation and conflicts of interest

The AAP statement highlights a number of “critical weaknesses” in the FDA-led regulatory system that is supposed to be overseeing food additives. Examples of regulatory weaknesses include:

  • FDA reliance on guidelines that are inadequately protective for children, “given that they may receive higher relative doses than adults”
  • Inadequate FDA authority “to acquire data on chemicals on the market or reassess their safety for human health”
  • FDA failure to consider cumulative and synergistic effects of food additives in the context of other chemical exposures “despite their legal requirement to do so”
  • Short-sighted toxicological testing that fails to account for the influence of even low-dose exposures on “behavioral or other end points that may be more likely to be impaired by early life exposures”

The result of these regulatory loopholes is that there are substances in the food supply that are unknown to the FDA.

The AAP authors also observe that requirements for a designation of “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) “do not contain sufficient protections against conflict of interest.” The GRAS designation is governed by the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (amended in 1958), which states that substances defined as food additives are subject to FDA approval “unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use” [emphasis added]. In addition, as explained in a 2013 article titled “Secret ingredients: who knows what’s in your food?,” companies “have the authority to make their own GRAS determinations using a panel of qualified experts” and then have “the option—but not the requirement—of notifying the FDA….” The result of these regulatory loopholes is that “there are substances in the food supply that are unknown to the FDA.”

The AAP authors describe an evaluation of over 450 GRAS evaluations submitted to the FDA, all of which were carried out by experts affiliated with or beholden to the manufacturer, meaning that none were made by a neutral third party. Another analyst has reported that, in the manner of the fox guarding the henhouse, over 2,600 flavoring substances have been given GRAS status not by the FDA but by a trade organization (the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association).

A precautionary approach needed

Coming full circle back to the problem of adolescent overweight and obesity, it is important to note that some of the chemicals described in the AAP policy statement, such as phthalates, have confirmed biochemical links to obesity. Thus, there are many reasons to be concerned about teens’ overconsumption of highly processed and packaged foods.

Outside of the U.S., other countries are taking “a more precautionary approach,” such as in the European Union, which requires warning labels for food dyes. The AAP authors suggest that it is time to “come together” in the same way as other countries “to advocate for the protection of children’s health.” It is also past time to reform the regulatory process governing food additives. Without firm measures, the authors suggest that there is little to inspire public confidence in food safety.

 

[From an article published by GREEN MED INFO .com]

 

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RFK Jr. and Informed Consent Action Network win big suit against US government for egregious vaccine safety violations

Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is legally obligated to file a vaccine safety report (also noting adverse vaccine safety events) with Congress at least every two years…but has NEVER filed this report since the law requiring it was passed in 1986. DHHS still actively promotes vaccine usage (spending billions to increase vaccination rates) and defends against claims of damage from vaccine use, but it has completely abandoned its vaccine safety obligations.

 

Vaccine safety violations admitted by DHHS

Del Bigtree, founder of Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), teamed up with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to take on the U.S. government by filing suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for vaccine safety violations — and they won.

This is big news for all concerned with the topic of vaccine safety. It turns out the DHHS federal agency tasked with protecting the health of US citizens has been neglecting its vaccine safety obligations for over 30 years. The lawsuit brought by RFK Jr. is evidence that “vaccine safety” as we know it is nothing more than a sham.

Government agencies charged with protecting the public are not doing their part to ensure and improve the safety of immunizations, but will they be held accountable?

RFK Jr. and ICAN take on DHHS

As sources explain, a clause in the The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA) compels DHHS to take responsibility for improving vaccine safety and efficacy, and charges the agency with constant monitoring and improving of adverse event reporting. The Mandate for Safer Childhood Vaccines clause also tasks DHHS with providing a report on improvements made in these areas to Congress every two years.

RKF Jr. and ICAN reportedly suspected that DHHS was failing to meet this responsibility, and filed a Freedom of Informtation Act request to obtain the records of these biennial reports. For eight months, DHHS tried to blockade their request and refused to provide information. Ultimately, a lawsuit had to be filed.

As a document from ICAN reads:

ICAN was therefore forced to file a lawsuit to force HHS to either provide copies of its biennial vaccine safety reports to Congress or admit it never filed these reports. The result of the lawsuit is that HHS had to finally and shockingly admit that it never, not even once, submitted a single biennial report to Congress detailing the improvements in vaccine safety. This speaks volumes to the seriousness by which vaccine safety is treated at HHS and heightens the concern that HHS doesn’t have a clue as to the actual safety profile of the now 29 doses, and growing, of vaccines given by one year of age.

Despite being charged with the responsibility of investigating and improving vaccine safety DHHS has apparently failed to meet even the most basic aspects of this duty by failing to file a single report for the past thirty years. Three decades have passed since NCVIA was put into place, and DHHS has never so much as raised a finger towards vaccine safety — an issue which should be a top priority, especially given the fact that NCVIA erases industry responsibility regarding vaccine injuries.

So not only is the government granting Big Pharma carte blanche on the matter of vaccine injury, yet another agency charged with protecting the public from vaccines has completely dropped the ball.

ICAN reports further that DHHS hasn’t eschewed their vaccine responsibilities entirely: The organization has reportedly taken their obligation to promote vaccine uptake very seriously, spending billions and conducting regular reports on how to increase vaccination rates.

As ICAN states further:

Regrettably, HHS has chosen to focus on its obligation to increase vaccine uptake and defend against any claim vaccines cause harm in the National Injury Vaccine Compensation Program (aka, the Vaccine Court) to such a degree that it has abandoned its vaccine safety responsibilities. If HHS is not, as confirmed in Court this week, even fulfilling the simple task of filing a biennial report on vaccine safety improvements, there is little hope that HHS is actually tackling the much harder job of actually improving vaccine safety.

Will the DHHS finally be held accountable for their failure, or will the vaccine industry continue to spread its toxic injections without fear of government scrutiny?

 

[From an article published by VACCINES.NEWS]

 

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Planned Parenthood says illegal immigrants should have the right to have “anchor” babies, while it also says black Americans should have more abortions

Apparently Planned Parenthood cannot see the irony (and the stupidity) in its recent statement…but maybe PP is simply looking at a new source for its illegal sale of baby parts?

Planned Parenthood writes that it’s “despicable” and “egregious” for President Trump to deprive illegals of their ability to have “anchor” babies, which currently gain automatic citizenship simply for being born on U.S. soil.

President Trump wants to put an immediate end to this loophole – and rightfully so, seeing as how birthright citizenship is so widely abused. Many non-citizens will travel to the U.S. simply to have their babies within our borders, which grants these illicit children all the same rights and privileges afforded to legal American citizens.

“Eliminating #birthrightcitizenship would be incredibly harmful & is part of this administration’s radical, hateful agenda to stoke fear in our communities and contribute to many people’s already very real fear of deportation,” Planned Parenthood put on its Twitter account.

Since when does Planned Parenthood care about unborn children being deprived of birth?

The utter hypocrisy and blatant irony of such statements from an organization that exists primarily to murder unborn children did not go unnoticed. Many Twitter users were quick to point out the stupidity of Planned Parenthood, which apparently only cares about the lives of illegal aliens in the womb – and definitely not black lives in the womb, which are murdered at a rate higher than any other group.

“Planned Parenthood arguing FOR ‘Birthrights’? Let me check the irony meter,” wrote one Twitter user, along with a link to a GIF depicting an atomic bomb going off.

“What would you know about birthrights?” tweeted another Twitter user directly to Planned Parenthood.

“Seriously? Is this a parody account?” asked another. “Eliminating birthright citizenship (which you clearly don’t understand even the basics of) complaint by a group that ELIMINATES BIRTH. What’s your stance on dismembering those trying to emigrate from the womb? Open borders then? No?”

 

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These are all valid points, as was the one made by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch when she asked if this means that Planned Parenthood opposes birthright citizenship. Naturally, the abortion provider failed to respond to any of these tweets.

There are now more “anchor” babies being born in the U.S. than babies of real American citizens

To those who would maintain that birthright citizenship isn’t that big of a deal, consider the findings of a recent Congressional Budget Office report, which found that the total anchor baby population now exceeds the number of annual citizen births in the U.S. from actual American citizens.

It’s a very serious problem, in other words, and one that President Trump has promised to deal with – using an executive order, if necessary.

“It was always told to me that you needed a Constitutional amendment – guess what? You don’t,” the president stated during a recent interview with Axios.

“Number one, you don’t need that. Number two, you can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it with just an executive order. Now, how ridiculous – we are the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits? It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous – and it has to end,” the president added.

If President Trump follows through on this promise, which he is expected to do, there will be “immediate and far-reaching consequences,” according to Breitbart News. Among these consequences – or victories, depending on how you look at it – would be an immediate drop in the number of foreigners coming to the country simply to have babies and thereby gain automatic American citizenship.

 

[From an article by Ethan Huff published by DC CLOTHESLINE]

 

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“Strong delusion” certainly now apparent … calling evil good, and good evil

To anyone who is paying any attention at all to what’s going on these days, one thing jumps out with screaming clarity:

The world just keeps on getting worse and worse.

There’s no nice way to say it—there’s no use trying to sugarcoat it or massage it to make things seem better. With each passing day, we see society spinning increasingly out of control and plunging into greater depths of deception and depravity. Of course, biblically knowledgeable believers aren’t exactly reeling in shock at this because we were warned in advance.

The apostle Paul minces no words in characterizing the way the world would become in the last days; and although the points he mentions have always been true to some extent, it’s hard to deny they are intensifying in concert with the fulfillment of other end-time prophecies:

1But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, 4traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; 5holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also.  (2 Timothy 3:1–5)

And voilà…here we are, at the doorstep of the Rapture and the ensuing Tribulation, and what do we see? Here are a few choice items that stand out, in my opinion:

• We see a hedonistic, atheistic society that revels in arrogantly mocking God and His Word and mercilessly lampooning anyone who dares to express differing sentiments.

• We see an utterly apostate corporate church elevating the Quran to the level of God’s Word, and promoting the twin heresies that we all worship the same God and there are many equally valid ways to come to Him.

• We see the liberal left having a full-blown meltdown over the election of a conservative president who, while certainly not perfect, at least openly espouses Judeo-Christian values and strongly supports the nation of Israel.

• We see the United States continuing to cave in to the LGBT agenda, including the legalization of homosexual “marriage;” anyone who deigns to disagree is promptly pilloried as a homophobic bigot. Check that—make that an unchristian homophobic bigot.

So what do we see? We see Isaiah 5:20 in action, that’s what we see:

20Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  (Isaiah 5:20)

In other words, we see a world that is increasingly under the sway of delusion. Black is white. Up is down. Good is evil and evil is good.

Oh, and God is a mythical Magic Man in the Sky, Jesus never existed or was just a second-string prophet, the Bible is a collection of Bronze Age fairy tales, and the gospel is an absurd, politically incorrect fiction—and like I said, anyone who has the temerity to disagree is sure to be mocked and marginalized.

Speaking of delusions, there is a familiar passage of Scripture in the New Testament that states that God will cause a “strong delusion” to come upon men in the last days:  11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. (2 Thessalonians 2:11 AKJV)

Many Bible teachers and prophecy buffs today speculate about the nature of this delusion; but with the prophetic trigger finger many seem to have these days, it seems as if every time some form of deception grabs the headlines, there are those who holler “There ya go…strong delusion! That’s gotta be it!”  And with the sheer volume and degree of deception engulfing the world, there is certainly no shortage of things one can pin this delusion to.

For example, I’ve heard people teach that this delusion is the simple fact that the world today increasingly rejects the gospel, and refuses to avail themselves of the grace and mercy God expressed to man through Christ.

I’ve heard teachers I respect say that this delusion has to do with the Palestinian narrative, and that it’s the delusion that keeps the world supporting the poor, oppressed Palestinians who are simply trying to prevent the evil Zionists from illegally occupying “their” land.

I’ve even heard people opine that this delusion is what is currently afflicting the liberal left, and has sent them into a blind, seething rage over the election of Donald Trump. In other words, they suspect it’s actually what is known as Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS—and if the Kavanaugh hearings failed to erase any doubt in anyone’s mind that TDS is a real thing, then I don’t know what will.

Now, are all of these delusions? Oh, you bet they are. But are any of these the “strong delusion” of 2 Thessalonians 2:11?

I believe there are clues in Scripture that point us toward the precise nature of this delusion, and I believe those clues point straight to Satan’s man, the Antichrist.  I want to discuss one specific aspect of the Antichrist that I believe will be part and parcel of that strong delusion, and it concerns how the Antichrist will present himself to and be perceived by the world.

I trust you know me well enough by now to know that I am not given to the sort of glassy-eyed tinfoil-hattery that is so prevalent in certain excitable circles in the Church today (not to mention the world).  ‘Nuff said. As always, I want to state up front that these conclusions are my opinion, and are necessarily speculative in nature regardless of how much sense I think they make.

So, the Antichrist, fully empowered by Satan after the abomination of desolation, performs his lying signs and wonders, and then God sends a strong delusion upon mankind.

I believe one of the key points in determining the nature of the strong delusion of verse 11 is the question of why:

Why is God going to send this strong delusion?

If we go back and look at verses 10–12, we see that we are told the reason pretty much straight out:

10And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  (2 Thessalonians 2:10–12 AKJV / emphasis added)

“And for this cause…”

For what cause? The cause Paul just stated:

“Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

And the result?

“…they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned…”

So during the Tribulation, a large portion of mankind will still stubbornly refuse to believe the truth and be saved. Instead, they will take great pleasure in unrighteousness, and because of this God will send a strong delusion upon them so they will believe a lie and be damned.

And that leads us to the nature of the delusion. What’s the Big Lie? What will God cause them to believe? Again, let’s consider the reason for the delusion: Paul says it’s because they refused to receive the love of the truth. OK, what’s the truth? That’s easy:

6Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.  (John 14:6 AKJV / emphasis added)

The truth is the fact that Jesus is the Son of God who stepped out of heaven and came to earth to die so that sinful men could live if they had faith in Him. The truth is that Jesus was crucified for the remission of sin and raised on the third day to give eternal life to those who believe in faith. The truth is the fact that trusting in Jesus’ finished work of atonement is the one and only way to come to the Father and be saved and eternally reconciled to a holy God. The truth is the gospel.

The truth is Christ.

And because during the Tribulation mankind has utterly and completely rejected this truth in spite of seeing the mighty hand of God move in judgment, God deliberately influences them to believe a lie.

OK, but what’s the lie?

We know from the Bible that God is just—His justice is perfect, and must be satisfied to the fullest. That’s why Christ had to die—He had to satisfy His Father’s perfect justice on our behalf. As we read the Bible, we see instances where God executes justice in some situation and it’s just so…perfect. Often breathtakingly so. We see this often enough throughout Scripture that it’s no stretch to say that God has an unparalleled sense of poetic justice.

At the Rapture, every single person on earth who believes that Jesus is the Son of God—the biblical Messiah sent to earth by God to redeem sinful men—and has trusted in His finished work of atonement for their salvation will be removed, leaving behind billions of people the book of Revelation refers to as “those who dwell upon the earth.” Yes, legions of people will repent and believe during the Tribulation, but they are those who will have to endure to the end to be saved (Matt. 24:13) and are not part of the Church.

Now, as far as God’s poetic justice is concerned, I for one definitely see it coming into play here. God is basically saying:  “You stubbornly refuse to believe the truth and be saved? OK, fine. Have it your way: Believe this and be damned.”

Note that it is the False Prophet who “gives life” to the image of the beast in the temple and causes it to speak, and he will be the one who requires the world to worship the Antichrist on pain of death during the Great Tribulation: 15And he [the False Prophet] had power to give life to the image of the beast, [the Antichrist] that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelation 13:15 AKJV / [comments] added)

There are a number of parallels at work here. For example, this is the reverse image of the role of the Holy Spirit, who glorifies the Son and who draws men to the real Savior to give them life. Also, we know Christ was sent into the world by His Father to save mankind from their sin—their spiritual condition. The Antichrist will present himself as the world’s “savior,” sent to save us from the folly of our own foolish, selfish actions—our temporal condition: war, hunger, poverty, pollution, man-made climate change, intolerance, injustice, overpopulation, Obamacare, etc.

So, consider the situation:

On the one hand, you have Jesus Christ, the real
Savior who was sent to save men from their spiritual
condition and who performs true signs and wonders and
who causes those who do worship Him as God to live.

On the other hand, you have the Antichrist, the false
savior who was sent to save men from their temporal
condition and who performs lying signs and wonders and
who causes those who don’t worship him as God to die.

The irony is nothing short of exquisite.

So, if God wanted to express a dose of His special brand of poetic justice, it seems pretty clear to me what He would do:

I believe He would send a strong delusion that would cause the stiff-necked people dwelling on the earth who had refused to accept the grace and mercy He expressed to them through the real Messiah and be saved, to believe the lie that the Antichrist is that Messiah and to foolishly worship him and be damned.

I believe that’s the fundamental lie. I think God will take the lie that the Antichrist really is the Messiah, who has been sent to “save” the world and so should be worshiped appropriately, and cause the world to swallow it hook, line, and sinker. He’ll make ’em gobble it up and ask for seconds.

Talk about poetic justice…I can scarcely think of anything more poetic.

I believe this is why billions will eagerly follow him and happily take his mark and become part of his global system. I believe membership in the Antichrist’s system will not only include some type of chip implant that will allow the recipient to be part of the global economic system, but I believe it will also come complete with genetic modification that will hold out the tantalizing promise of several centuries of relatively disease-free life.

No? Science fiction, you say? Don’t look now, but that type of precision gene-modification technology already exists and is developing with lightning speed, and people are already pondering the dizzying possibilities: Biotechnology has advanced so rapidly over the past few years that scientists can now edit the genomes of plants and animals with ever-increasing precision. Using new techniques like CRISP/Cas9, researchers have already shown they can alter genes to create hornless cattle or mushrooms that don’t brown easily.

But the really big question—the stuff of sci-fi—is whether we’ll use genome-editing tools on people to wipe out heritable diseases or to enhance human capabilities. It’s no longer a question of whether we’ll be able to create “designer babies”: The technology is improving at a stunning pace. Instead, it’s a question of whether we should. It’s an ethics question, a policy question.   — Brad Plumer, from an article posted on Vox [Source]

Think of it: If people were told that if they took the mark they would not only be able to do business and make money, but also live several hundred years relatively free of disease, you think they’d go for it? Oh yeah. But just like everything else Satan offers, it’s just another inferior counterfeit:

Living for several hundred years in a disease-free body is an inferior counterfeit for living for eternity in a glorified body, wouldn’t you agree?

Although the Big Lie is primarily that the Antichrist is in fact the Messiah, the “savior” sent to save us from a man-made apocalypse, I believe there is another key aspect to Satan’s man that is also part of this strong delusion.

You may have noticed that up to this point I’ve tried to be careful to say that the Antichrist would only demand the worship that rightly belongs to God. I never said he would claim to actually be God, as in the God of the Bible. And the reason is simple: I don’t believe he will.

Let’s settle one thing. We have no need to speculate as to exactly who or what the Antichrist is in reality, because the Bible makes it quite clear: He is (a) a mortal man who is (b) empowered by Satan to perform miracles to deceive people. That’s the long and the short of it.

Superman(a) He’s the man of sin—not the superman of sin, not the demigod of sin, not the Pleiadian of sin, ad infinitum, ad nauseam (2 Thess. 2:3).

(b) He will come with Satan’s power to perform deceptive wonders (2 Thess. 2:9). He will have mighty, wondrous power, but it won’t be his own power (Dan. 8:24). That power will come from another source, namely Satan.

So the question isn’t who or what the Antichrist really is, because God’s Word tells us. The question is what he will claim to be, and what the world will be duped into perceiving him to be as part of the strong delusion.

For more, let’s take a trip back in time to a sleepy little town in the American Southwest.

On July 7, 1947, W.W. Brazel, a rancher who lived in the Roswell, New Mexico area, reported to Sheriff George Wilcox that a couple of weeks earlier he and his young son had stumbled across what appeared to be some type of wreckage on a sheep ranch a few miles outside of Roswell. According to Brazel, the wreckage included pieces of rubber, wood, tinfoil, paper, and tape (no metal). The sheriff called the RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field), and they sent intelligence officer Major Jesse Marcel out to have a look. Marcel jumped to the conclusion that Brazel had found the wreckage of a “flying saucer,” as he chose to describe it.

Reality check: OK, so let me get this straight: A highly advanced race of aliens flew scores of light years across the galaxy in a craft that was the product of technology beyond our comprehension…a craft that was made of rubber, wood, tinfoil, paper, and tape (no metal). Right. Now you know why the story required just a wee bit of embellishment.

Now, in all fairness to Major Marcel, there actually had been a bit of buzz in the Roswell area recently because a trusted local couple had reported seeing some kind of glowing disk fly over their house the previous week. So, it’s safe to say that Marcel had the notion of “flying disks” in the back of his mind when he went out to investigate the mysterious wreckage.

It seems Marcel put two and two together and got the idea into his head that this wreckage might actually be that of the reported “flying disk,” and said as much to his group commander, who said as much to the press officer on duty, who released a statement that said as much to the local newspaper that ​afternoon. The following day, on July 8, the headline in the Daily Record read:  RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region

What is not quite as well known, however, is that later the previous day the Army had reported that the wreckage was most likely from a crashed weather balloon, and Brazel said he was embarrassed to have gotten so excited over nothing. A retraction was printed in the paper the following day, and ordinarily that almost certainly would have been the end of ​it.

But that was one genie that was never going back into the bottle. The story began to circulate, and it was off to the races. The UFO/alien narrative was conceived and it wasn’t long before it began to take on a life of its own as a full-blown conspiracy theory, complete with alien bodies and damaged alien spacecraft being spirited off to a mysterious, top-secret Area 51 in Nevada.

Over the years, every jot and tittle of the original story—every scrap, every detail, every word of every interview with anybody who knew or had seen anything (not to mention some who knew or had seen nothing) was sliced, diced, puffed, spun, gussied up, dramatized, magnified, amplified, fancified, blow-dried, and put under a microscope until the desired narrative began to assume some semblance of plausibility. People become obsessed with the notion of aliens and were determined to find a way to make it all true.

Alien saying shhhhh!Then the narrative was topped off with a breathtaking (and conveniently non-falsifiable) tale of a massive government cover-up to desperately hide the truth that we were in fact being visited by aliens from outer space, and the mantra of UFO devotees became encapsulated in the tagline of the popular television series The X-Files:  The truth is out there.

(Yes, the truth is out there, and the truth is the cold, hard, simple fact that there are no aliens and never were.​ Sorry.)

Pie tins and swamp gas: So, does this mean that many thousands of people who have seen UFOs are all crazy? Are they all lying? Is every single photo or video of a purported UFO fake? Is every single report a hoax? Just pie tins and swamp gas? No. I am convinced some (not all, but some) of the UFO evidence is real and compelling. But if there are no aliens (and there aren’t), and people really are seeing something (and they are), then what exactly are people seeing? Here is my detailed response to this question, and the answer just might surprise you.

For years, devotees scoffed at the idea that the wreckage was that of a crashed weather balloon, but in fact the scoffers were right. It wasn’t. Several decades later, the Air Force (which was formed in September 1947, two months after the Roswell incident) finally revealed that the wreckage had been of a highly sensitive “tracking balloon,” the result of a then top-secret project ​that was intended to develop a special type of ​balloon that could be flown at extremely high altitudes over the Soviet Union to detect the detonation of nuclear devices.

Although the Soviets wouldn’t conduct their first successful test of a nuclear device until August 1949, by 1947 the U.S. was well aware the Soviets were aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons program and was determined to keep tabs on their progress. This is a big part of the reason that as soon as the dust settled from WWII, the Cold War blossomed into a hot topic.

Unfortunately, however, by the time the government got around to revealing that information, all it did was reinforce the widespread notion that the U.S. government was involved in a conspiracy to hide the truth that aliens had visited and were continuing to visit earth.

To its credit, Hollywood took notice. Prior to the incident in Roswell in July 1947, there had never been a single movie that featured the idea of aliens coming to earth. Not one. The closest any movie came was a German silent film made in 1920 called Algol: Tragedy of Power, which featured an alien who lived in the depths of a coal mine; but there is nothing about him actually coming to earth. The last movie made prior to Roswell that contained any mention of extraterrestrials at all was Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), and in that film our man Flash ventures into space to kick butt and take names—but not a single alien comes to earth.

But after Roswell? Oh, baby. Before you could say “pass the popcorn” the screenplays were pouring in, and within three years a new movie genre was off and running. In the seven years prior to Roswell, not one movie had been made dealing with extraterrestrials. Zero. In the seven years following Roswell, there were 31, including such classics as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953), and The War of the Worlds (1953), all three of which featured aliens invading earth ​(as did the majority of the rest), and their popularity at the box office showed Hollywood the public was hungry for more. The bottom line is clear:  After the summer of 1947, UFOs and aliens were here to stay.

Since then, the existence of extraterrestrials has come to be assumed as a virtual scientific fact, and the idea that at least one of those advanced alien races somewhere out there has not only visited earth but continues to do so is routinely accepted by many people today. For the majority of the world, the disclosure of alien contact isn’t a question of if, but when.

But what, you may be wondering, does any of this have to do with ​end-time prophecy or the Antichrist? Hold that thought.

Coincidentally enough, something else of significance was happening in 1947 besides somebody in the American Southwest mistakenly believing they had stumbled across the wreckage of an alien spacecraft.

For more, let’s take a trip back in time to a not-so-sleepy patch of scorched earth in the Middle East.

Eretz-Israel

I’d like to think everyone reading this is aware that Israel was re-established as a nation in 1948 in a stunning fulfillment of Bible prophecy—the super sign that launched the unfolding of the end-time scenario.

I’d also like to think you’re smart enough to realize that someone didn’t just wake up one morning in 1948 and suddenly announce out of the blue sky:  “Hey, I’ve got an idea! Why don’t we declare Israel as an independent nation today? Yeah, that’ll work.”

…and wow, nobody saw it coming! The full story of the events that led up to this monumental event are obviously beyond the scope of this article, but at the very least I want to communicate to you a general sense of what was happening around the time frame of the summer of 1947.

In the years leading up to WWII, the persecution of Jews was increasing in many European countries, and at the same time the countries of the world were closing their doors to Jewish immigration. As illegal immigration of Jews into Palestine increased, the British (who were in charge under the British Mandate) decided to close Palestine to Jewish immigration as well. Thus by the time WWII began, it was only half-jokingly observed that for Jews in Europe, the world was divided into places where they could not live and places where they could not enter.

During the Holocaust, a systematic effort was carried out to kill every Jew in Europe, resulting in the death of six million people of Jewish extraction. After the war, the British were confronted with increasing waves of illegal immigration of Jews they could scarcely contain, increasing anger from Arabs in Palestine as a result, and an increase of acts of terror carried out by Zionist insurgency groups in their effort to drive the British out.

To top it off, the U.S. Congress was highly critical of the heavy-handed British response to the bombing of the British Military Headquarters in Tel Aviv by radical Zionist insurgents in July of 1946, and as a result delayed loans to Britain that were sorely needed for the nation’s post-war recovery. Thus, by the end of 1946, the situation was clear:

The Jews wanted the Brits out.
The Arabs wanted the Brits out.
The Brits wanted the Brits out.

Although Britain had formally ruled Palestine under the British Mandate since 1923, Palestine had become an exceedingly hot potato, and the British were desperately looking for someone to toss it to. The Brits wanted out of Palestine, Mandate or no Mandate.

Enter the United Nations.

The world body known as the United Nations was only 18 months old when, on April 2, 1947, Britain requested that the “question of Palestine” be handed over to the fledgling General Assembly. Like any world body worth its salt, the UN promptly formed a committee: the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP). By July of that year, after traveling to Palestine and meeting with Jewish and Zionist delegations (the Arabs boycotted the whole thing), UNSCOP agreed with the proposal of the Orthodox Jewish (Haredi) party, who proposed that an independent Jewish state be established after a religious status quo agreement could be reached regarding such a future state.

UNSCOP proposed in their majority report to the UN that both independent Arab and Jewish states be created, with Jerusalem held under an International Trusteeship System. Finally, on November 29, 1947, the UN passed the now-famous Resolution 181, in which they adopted UNSCOP’s majority report with a few minor modifications. At the same time, Britain formalized their already widely known intention to terminate the British Mandate, and announced to the UN they would do so no later than August 1, 1948—and a short while later they moved that date up to May 15. True to their word, the last British troops left Haifa on May 14, 1948.

So, at 4:00 p.m. that same afternoon, with the British Mandate ready to officially expire in about eight hours, David Ben-Gurion convened a meeting of the Jewish People’s Council at the Tel Aviv Museum, in which he made his historic declaration:

Accordingly we, members of the People’s Council, representatives of the Jewish Community of Eretz-Israel and of the Zionist Movement, are here assembled on the day of the termination of the British Mandate over Eretz-Israel and, by virtue of our natural and historic right and on the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.

The super sign was fulfilled, and the curtain came up on the final act of end-time prophecy.

Putting the pieces together

OK, so what’s up with the Reader’s Digest history lesson?

First of all, understand that Satan cannot see the future. He is certainly not omniscient—only God can make that claim. Satan had no way of knowing for sure when the prophecy of Israel’s re-establishment as a nation would be fulfilled, so he had to pay close attention and keep his hand on the throttle. He knew that when that did occur, the clock would begin ticking on his (grand but futile) efforts to wipe out Israel and thus force the cancellation of the Second Coming, and that he would have no time to waste in making preparations for his grandiose plan.

Although it could be said that events were already moving in that direction, it was around July of 1947, when UNSCOP began to take a favorable view of the idea of establishing an independent Jewish state, that you might say that the handwriting was finally on the wall. Satan could see that the British had turned Palestine over to the UN and that they were ready to bail, and that the UN would be inclined to agree with its own committee’s report that was favorable to the formation of such a Jewish state.

Now, maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s extremely interesting that right about the same time that it was becoming clear that Israel would finally become a nation again for real, over on the other side of the world a U.S. military officer was jumping to the errant conclusion that some scattered debris consisting of rubber, wood, tinfoil, paper, and tape constituted “proof” that an alien spacecraft had crashed on a sheep ranch in New Mexico, thus igniting the rise of the UFO/alien narrative.

Incidentally, there is something that should be noted in relationship to the Roswell incident. In the summer of 1947, about the time Satan knew that Israel was going to become a nation again, and thus knew it was time to trigger his UFO/alien narrative, ask yourself:  Do you think Satan knew the wreckage of that top-secret tracking balloon was lying on the ground on a sheep in New Mexico?

You bet he did. He knew precisely when and where that thing crashed—and he saw his opening. Understand that so-called UFOs are a demonic phenomenon, and so they appear wherever, whenever, and in whatever form Satan chooses (if you doubt what I say, take the time to read the section of one of my previous articles I linked to above). Now ask yourself:  How difficult do you think it would be for Satan (who knew the military would have no choice but to disseminate disinformation to protect a top-secret project) to arrange for a “flying disk” to be seen by the just the right people in just the right location at just the right time to kick-start all the fuss in Roswell?

Are you kidding? A walk in the park…and oh my, how convenient.

Then again, maybe it’s all just a bizarre coincidence.

I think the answer is clear—it was all part of the plan, and this is how I would summarize things:

First of all, like many others, I believe the man who will become the Antichrist will be a rising leader on the world scene who talks big talk, appears to have all the answers, and swiftly rises to power through intrigue. At some point before or during this process we will be raptured, and as a result the world will be turned upside-down and shaken as a frightened and confused population desperately seeks answers.

At some point after the Rapture, he will confirm (or strengthen or implement) a treaty between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations that will divide the land of Israel, a treaty I believe will allow the Jews to fulfill their national dream of building their highly anticipated Third Temple. This treaty will start the clock on the seven-year Tribulation, and things will begin to pick up steam.

Since he will be the one who made it possible for them to build the Third Temple, the Antichrist will be hailed and embraced by the nation of Israel as their long-awaited Messiah. But at the midpoint of the Tribulation, possibly after being “resurrected” from a head wound, he will become fully empowered by Satan, enter the temple and commit the abomination of desolation by erecting his image in the Holy of Holies. The False Prophet will cause the image to speak, and he will compel the world to worship the Antichrist as God on pain of death.

Following the abomination of desolation, I believe that Satan is going to present his chosen leader the Antichrist to the world as someone who is in contact with and/or being supported by an alien race, presumably a benevolent one that has come to help us, and possibly defend us from some dire threat. That will explain his powers—I believe the Antichrist will appear to be one who has been imbued with these powers by that alien race to lead our battered planet and its beleaguered population into its long-awaited New Age and the next step up in human evolution.

And will the world fall for it? Yes, they will, thanks to the strong delusion God will send upon them, which will make the world believe the biggest lie from the biggest liar in the history of the universe. For most of the world, it will seem compellingly proper and perfectly sensible that they should worship their amazing new leader as God.

And worship him they will.

 

[From an article published by Greg Lauer on his website A LITTLE STRENGTH.com]

 

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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
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