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In answer to a deluge of questions pouring into from around the world Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah” addresses those questions with a message where he states that he believes “A great shaking is coming to America and the world.” Cahn believes this will include economic and financial collapse and the 7 year Shemitah cycle indicates the “fall.”
Cahn clearly states that God does not run on a human-created time line, so while he points out dates, he says they are simply time frames to “be aware of,” and that it is his belief that “judgment is preceeded by an act of desecration” and points to the ruling of the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marraige earlier this summer as the ultimate act of desecration, in what he calls an “ominous, tetonic, seismic, cultural changing event.”
Cahn maintains the nine Harbingers he discusses in his book, signs of a nation heading for judgment, have all been fulfilled and have continued to manifest as “America has been racing to judgment.”
The message you will hear in the video below is powerful and profound.
Isaiah 2:217-21 – And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
As world events appear to be spinning out of control, there is something else spinning at record-breaking speed at a laboratory in Switzerland that has biblical prophecy watchers taking note.
CERN, also called the European Organization for Nuclear Research, at its complex near Geneva, restarted its Large Hadron Collider in June for the first time in 27 months and is scheduled to perform a controversial experiment in September, around the same time of the end of the biblical Shemitah on Sept. 13 and the start of Yom Kippur on Sept. 23.
CERN was founded in 1954 and has played a role in plenty of groundbreaking experiments, including the early research that led to the creation of the Internet. CERN scientists have said their latest work involves trying to open up a black hole, or “hidden extra dimensions,” which some see as a potential portal to the underworld.
“Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it,” said Sergio Bertolucci, the director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, at a press briefing in November 2009.
The date Sept. 23 has become ubiquitous among the writings of many prophecy watchers. They don’t know what, if anything, will happen on that date but they question why it keeps popping up everywhere: in movies and concerts, on the pope’s appointment calendar, in the statements of politicians and the calculations of a famous mathematician from the 18th century.
The date Sept. 23 has become ubiquitous among the writings of many prophecy watchers. They don’t know what, if anything, will happen on that date but they question why it keeps popping up everywhere: in movies and concerts, on the pope’s appointment calendar, in the statements of politicians and the calculations of a famous mathematician from the 18th century.
Sir Isaac Newton, the English scientist and devout Christian, had a burning desire to study end-times prophecies of Christ’s return. He had a particular interest in Daniel’s prophecies, and he put together calculations that point to Sept. 23, 2015, as a key date.
Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” said he’s been aware of Newton’s formula, based on Daniel 9:25, since 2008 and believes it has merit worth studying.
You take 49 prophetic years or 17,640 days from the time when the Jewish people are restored to Jerusalem, which occurred on June 7, 1967, and you arrive at Sept. 23, 2015.
“The Isaac Newton days going from 1967 to Yom Kippur 2015 which leads us into 2016 came from my original teachings back in 2008 that everyone is talking about,” Biltz said. “This lines up with the end of the biblical Shemitah and possible proclaiming of the year of Jubilee.”
Factor in the strange embedding of “Sept. 23, 2015,” into dozens of Hollywood movies and music videos dating back to the 1980s, and you have the recipe for a fast-growing Internet conspiracy theory with questions frequently asked about possible Illuminati influence.
Here comes the pope, but will ‘chaos’ follow?
Then you have the scheduled arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on Sept. 23 and a first-ever address to a joint session of Congress the next day. Francis is the 266th pope who will be meeting with Antichrist NWO 666 President Obozo The 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown on the 266th day of the year, leading one Internet preacher to wonder if “something is being birthed” on that day, since 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth.
Back on May 21, 2014, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius issued a cryptic statement while standing beside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington. He said, “We have 500 days to avoid climate chaos.” Going 500 days out from May 21, 2014, brings you to Sept. 23, 2015.
The Jade Helm military exercises taking place through mid-September also have given rise to conspiracy theories. Is the government preparing for some major future event that will bring chaos to America?
All of this activity will be topped off by more signs in the heavens, with the fourth and last in a rare tetrad of “blood moons” set to occur Sept. 28 on the biblical Feast of Tabernacles. The Shemitah year comes to a climax on the Hebrew calendar date of Elul 29, which is Sept. 13 on the Gregorian calendar.
Counting off ‘sevens’ and the road to war
Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” addresses Isaac Newton’s calculations in the last chapter of his best-selling book.
He calls it the “mystery of the Seventh Shemitah” or the “Super Shemitah.”
“Every seven years was the Shemitah or Sabbath year. Every seventh Shemitah ushered in a super Shemitah we call the Jubilee. The hallmark of the Jubilee was restoration,” Cahn told WND.
During the Jubilee, God commanded every Israelite to return to their ancestral home. If you had lost your father’s land, in the year of Jubilee it would be restored.
“End-time prophecy is based on the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, their restoration to their long lost ancestral home – that’s a prophetic Jubilee,” Cahn said. “So could this ancient mystery actually reveal when end-time events are to happen?”
Cahn thinks so.
While records for the Jubilee don’t exist, it is known that the Jubilee year must follow the year of the Shemitah. Cahn notes that 1917-18 was a Shemitah year.
“It was in that time that the Ottoman Empire collapsed in the Middle East, and the land of Israel fell into the hands of the British Empire,” Cahn said. “The Empire issued the Balfour Declaration which declared that the land of Israel would be a Jewish homeland. For the first time in 2,000 years the land of Israel was given back to the Jewish people. They were restored. Their ancestral land was given back to them – a prophetic end-time Jubilee – and it actually took place in the exact time parameters ordained by the mystery of the Shemitah.”
Going forward in time from the restoration of the land in 1917 to the next Seventh Shemitah brings you to the Shemitah of 1965-66. Thus the year after the Seventh Shemitah, the Jubilee, would be September 1966 to September 1967.
That was a big year on the prophetic calendar as it brought the Six Day War.
“On June 7, 1967, Israeli soldiers enter the gates of Jerusalem and the Holy City is restored to the Jewish people – they return to their ancestral possession. And it happens again in the year following the Shemitah and seven Shemitahs after the restoration of the land.”
Counting seven Shemitahs from 1967 leads to the Shemitah of 2015. The period of the Jubilee would thus begin in September 2015 and run through September 2016.
“Does anything have to happen during this time? No,” Cahn said. “The pattern could stop after the restoration of Jerusalem. But if it did continue, what might we expect? In each of the last two cycles, it has meant a critical war, a war in the Middle East, a war in the land of Israel, and a war that results in a prophetic end-time restoration.”
Cahn says he also finds it fascinating that Isaac Newton’s interpretation of Daniel 9 would end up having us count 7 x 7 years from June 7, 1967, into the future.
“June 7, 1967, represented the last prophetic restoration and Jubilee. Seven times seven is the equation used to bring one to the next Jubilee,” he said.
Counting prophetic years of 360 days, it brings you to Sept. 23, 2015, which is Yom Kippur, the day when the Jubilee begins.
“So Newton’s ‘riddle’ brings us from one Jubilee to the next – and not just to the year but to the exact day, to a once in 50 years day, that could usher in the next prophetic Jubilee,” Cahn said.
Mankind returning to Tower of Babel
Paul McGuire, a Bible prophecy expert, speaker and author of eight books including “Mass Awakening” and a new release “The Babylon Code,” due out in September, believes the key to cracking the code of end-times prophecy is found in Genesis 10-11 with Nimrod building the Tower of Babel. He believes this same “man can be god” philosophy was handed down by the ruling elites from one civilization to another, making its way to Egypt, Greece, Rome and America and Europe today.
Those who doubt these secretive elite groups had any influence over America need only look at the dollar bill, McGuire said.
“The Tower was built in Ziggurat form, so the tower was really a pyramid structure,” McGuire told WND.
“That unfinished pyramid at the top of the dollar bill, that capstone with the eye of the god Horus, this is Freemasonry symbolism. ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum’ is the New World Order,” he said. “So what our book exposes is there has been in existence, since the beginning of the flood, a group of people that have had access to supernatural powers.”
He said the pyramid is also an organizational hierarchy for earthly power: the elite would be at the top with knowledge of what’s really going on in the world, while the presidents, generals and CEOs are considered managerial elite.
“So going back to CERN, these scientists have been indoctrinated in humanism, scientific materialism and they don’t believe in a supernatural world, but the ones at the very top, they know what the real purpose of the CERN collider is for and they are trying to open a star gate just like Babel in a sense,” McGuire said. “Sir Arthur Clarke said ‘science is magic’ and he wasn’t trying to be cute. He said, at the highest level of science, the really illumined scientists are fully aware that magic and science are one in the same.”
Movie Director Stanley Kubrick, who created “Eyes Wide Shut” and “2001 Space Odyssey,” was trying to communicate these messages to the masses, McGuire said.
“He was a good Mason. And there appears to be within these secret societies a conflict, some have a more noble aim and others are evil. But Kubrick believed mankind did not go through a long slow evolving but that man encountered an interface at critical junctures and man’s progress is rapid and accelerating and we take quantum leaps versus the slow and deliberate process.
“But at the end of his project he’s trying to depict in ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ the evil nature of those at the top, the scientific elites.”
The idea that a scientific elite should rule the world was also planted in Plato’s “Republic,” in which 10 god kings ruled mythical Atlantis.
The German Nazis were also steeped in the occult and used mind-control to deceive the masses. Nazi scientists such as Werner Von Braun were said to have been in contact with the spirit world, from which they received secrets on rocket technology that was decades ahead of anything seen in the industrialized world. He was brought to America under “Operation Paperclip” to help start NASA after World War II.
The mascot for CERN today is a statue of the Hindu god Shiva, a cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy the universe so it can be recreated by the god Brahma. Shiva was called Apollyon in Greece.
“Occult magic, science and technology are used to rule the world, and this was the thesis of Aldus Huxley’s ‘Brave New World,’ as well,” McGuire told WND.
The conclusion of McGuire’s new book, “Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End Times Mystery,” co-authored with Troy Anderson, is that God’s people can’t fight the New World Order with mere human weapons. The regular conservative politics of the day will be rendered futile against demonic powers in high places, he said, which the Apostle Paul warned of in Ephesians 6.
“So you have a human Christian population trying to fight Luciferian power with human power. As long as they’re looking to humans to fight for them they’re going to lose,” McGuire said. “Donald Trump isn’t going to save us.”
McGuire sees the founding of America as having a dual purpose. Some meant it for good, others for evil, and there’s been a cosmic battle for the nation’s soul ever since.
“It’s a strange beginning, you have a very odd combination, both forces are at play in this,” McGuire said. “You do have Illuminati involved in the forming of America. But you also have Jonathan Edwards and the first great awakening. Edwards was not only spiritual but also intellectual. Edwards preached the sermon ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ that ignited the first Great Awakening and it released such power that it embedded itself in the Bill of Rights, these biblical principles of inalienable rights, that your rights come from God and not man, the abuse of power, etc. We need a biblical third great awakening.”
‘No man knows the day or the hour’
Carl Gallups, author of “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” has also studied the claims of Sir Isaac Newton and the various modern interpretations of his end-time prophecies.
Gallups said it’s crucial to remember that Jesus gave a stern warning that “no man knows the day or the hour” concerning His return.
“I have taken that admonishment seriously for the entire 30-plus years of my ministry. I do not ‘set dates,’ nor have I ever claimed to have infallible insight into eschatological matters,” he said.
But just as important, he says, is another admonishment given by Jesus concerning prophetic calculations.
“He clearly chastised the religious elite of His day for not knowing, at least, the signs of the prophetic ‘times’ in which they were living,” Gallups said. “Because of their shortcoming in this matter, they actually missed the foretold coming of Messiah. Accordingly, I believe it is supremely important that God’s people keep a sober eye upon contextual prophetic interpretations and the current world events that may well correspond to them.”
Like Cahn and others, Gallups sees more than just coincidence in the array of convergences leading up to the current Shemitah year and next year’s possible Jubilee.
This junction, in the mind of many Bible scholars, kicked off with the return of Israel and the subsequent recapturing of Jerusalem.
“These events were amazingly foretold by Newton as well, some 300 years before they happened,” Gallups said. “His predictions included statements about a ‘friendly kingdom’ that would arise in those days that would help these things to occur.”
Many, of course, see the United States, which did not emerge until after Newton’s death, as Newton’s “friendly kingdom.”
It has now been 67 years since Israel re-emerged on the world scene, and only 48 years since the recapturing of Jerusalem.
“We are certainly living in a very ‘young,’ but powerful age of prophetic convergence,” Gallups said. “Yet, since those two 2,500-year-old biblical predictions have come to pass, even more last days’ prophecies have continued to come like a flood.”
Among those predictions Gallups sees are the rise of Islam, the current boiling-point turmoil in the Middle East, terrorism and threats of terrorism sweeping the planet, fears of multiple nuclear holocausts, the growing rejection of Israel by the nations – which increasingly seems to include the United States, “and a Sodom and Gomorrah spirit spreading through the nations – now ardently proliferated by the largest ‘Christian’ nation the world has ever known.”
“Add to these things the fact that we now have an important Shemitah cycle and Super Shemitah cycle approaching this September, as well as the variously calculated predictions of Sir Isaac Newton that also seem to point to September of 2015 as an ominous ‘beginning’ to even more unfolding of last days’ prophetic occurances,” he said.
Gallups points to Cahn’s research as bringing many of these convergences to the public spotlight, as well as that of Joel Richardson, who wrote years ago of what is now actually happening in the Middle East, and especially the dramatic rise and threat of ISIS. In the midst of all this, Pastor Mark Blitz has shared with the world his original discoveries concerning the, perhaps prophetic, convergence of the blood moon phenomenon – also reaching a peak with the ending of this year and the beginning of 2016.
“These dramatically aligning factors alone, in my estimation, point to the soberness with which we must approach our mission of Kingdom work in the days in which we currently live,” Gallups said. “We must be mindful of the ‘signs of the times’ in which we are living.
Many will scoff at the claims of the unfolding of end-times prophecy as the Day of the Lord approaches. “But even their last days ridiculing was specifically predicted over 2,000 years ago,” Gallups notes. Most, who malign the word of God in such a manner, do not even realize that they (through their mocking spirit and words) are specifically mentioned in the very scriptures they malign! If there ever was a time to be right with our Creator through a biblically born-again relationship with Jesus Christ – it is now.”
Prophecy should not bring fear to Christians
Joel Richardson, a Bible teacher, documentary filmmaker and author of the New York Times-bestseller “The Islamic Antichrist,” along with “Mideast Beast” and “When A Jew Rules the World,” has his own unique perspective on the countdown to the Day of the Lord.
He takes a more cautious view.
“There are certainly some interesting convergences of seemingly significant dates, events and signs. Many are pointing to the completion of this seven-year cycle, known as the Shemitah, as it coincides with the completion of the final four of the lunar eclipses, which coincided with four biblical appointed holidays,” Richardson said. “But despite these convergences, I think we need to express caution. Even if we agree that this is pointing to something, what might it be? This is what no one can answer. And the danger is inspiring people to fear, to panic, to anxiety. This would certainly be a wrong application. If it inspires people to repent of sins in their lives, and to get right with God, then wonderful. But I am concerned with the level of fear that it is inspiring in a lot of people, including many Christians. But the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear.”
Richardson said he believes Cahn’s suggestion that America could be looking at the next phase of its divine chastisement is the most likely outcome of the Shemitah.
“After all, it was seven years to the day from September 11 that the great economic collapse of 2008 occurred. And now we are about to hit the next seven-year point,” he said. “So perhaps this is the next installment of God’s trumpet blast to this nation calling on us to repent. Perhaps.”
But he throws cold water on the theory that the Shemitah or even the Super Shemitah of 2016 could ring in the period the Bible calls the Great Tribulation.
“There are simply some things that must take place first. I fear that many who are declaring that we are there will do damage to the proclamation of Jesus’ return in the days ahead,” he said. “Peter the apostle said that in the last days, many scoffers would come, mocking the notion that Jesus’ return is close. Mockers will mock. But we as responsible Christians should not give legitimacy to the mockers by jumping the gun and wrongly declaring that ‘this is that,’ that we have entered the final seven-year period. If we do so, we will only be repeating the errors of the 1980s and the infamous book ’88 Reasons Why the Rapture will take place in 1988.’ The result is decades of cynicism and a rejection of any discussion of the return of Jesus. Yet His return is our hope!”
Before the final seven years can begin, the Antichrist must first arise, beginning as a leader of small significance, and growing in power until he uproots three other leaders, Richardson says. These things are detailed in Daniel Chapters 7, 8 and 11. After he does arise, and grows to the point of establishing a measure of political capital, he will enter into a covenant, or treaty of some kind with the leaders of Israel, Richardson believes, citing Daniel 9:27 as well as Isaiah 28:14-18; 10:20.
“Neither of these two critical signs – the rise of the Antichrist, or the covenant ‘with death’ can be said to be fulfilled or within months of being fulfilled. They could be just a few years off, but not months,” he said. “Despite all of the abiding sense of fear and anxiety, despite the words of many ‘prophets,’ if the signs on the ground do not line up with the words of the biblical prophets, then all of this expectation means little. I firmly believe that the final seven years before Jesus’ return is drawing close, but we are not there yet.”
^^^Really? Lol, give it a few months… maybe less.
Neutral Switzerland will officially lift on Thursday sanctions against Antichrist Iran that had been suspended since January 2014, the government announced on Wednesday, citing a deal last month between Tehran and six big powers to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
“The Federal Council (government) wishes today’s steps to be seen as a sign of its support for the implementation of the nuclear agreement and its interest in deepening bilateral relations with Antichrist Iran,” a statement said.
The deal that Antichrist Iran struck with Antichrist China, Putz Putin On The Ritz Russia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain aims to rein in Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from UN, EU and US sanctions that were crippling the Islamic republic’s economy.
The Swiss sanctions had banned trade in precious metals with Iranian state bodies and set requirements to report trade in Antichrist Iranian petrochemical products and the transport of Antichrist Iranian crude oil and petroleum products.
Switzerland will also introduce a new exemption clause that lets Berne implement UN Security Council resolutions on Antichrist Iran.
The government said Switzerland wished to “promote a broad political and economic exchange with Antichrist Iran” but would monitor implementation of the nuclear deal.
“Should implementation of the agreement fail, the Federal Council reserves the right to reintroduce the lifted measures,” it said.
On July 29, 2015, Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera captured images showing a dramatic outburst at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, registered by several of its instruments from their vantage point 186 km (115 miles) from the comet.
As forecasted, the comet reaches perihelion at 02:03 UTC on Thursday, August 13, 2015, the moment in its 6.5 year orbit when it is closest to the Sun. This period is scientifically very important, as the intensity of the sunlight increases and parts of the comet previously cast in years of darkness are flooded with sunlight. Although the comet’s general activity is expected to peak in the weeks following perihelion, much as the hottest days of summer usually come after the longest days, sudden and unpredictable outbursts can occur at any time – as already seen earlier in the mission.
As the comet was approaching perihelion, Rosetta has been observing growing activity. However, the outburst captured on July 29 was something that occurred earlier than the scientists had expected.
The event was first observed in an image taken at 13:24 UTC on July 29, 2015. There was no outburst in an image taken 18 minutes earlier and also it faded away in an image captured 18 minutes later. The camera team estimates the material in the jet to be traveling at 10 m/s at least, and perhaps much faster. “This is the brightest jet we’ve seen so far,” comments Carsten Güttler, OSIRIS team member at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany. “Usually, the jets are quite faint compared to the nucleus and we need to stretch the contrast of the images to make them visible – but this one is brighter than the nucleus.”
California will be hit by the biggest El Niño on record this winter, according to the latest forecast.
Dubbed the ‘Godzilla El Niño’ or ‘Bruce Lee El Niño’, the weather event looks set to bring more rain and tropical cyclones to the Pacific Southwest since records began in 1950. But analysts warn it still won’t be enough to atone for four years of record-breaking droughts. In fact, the dry and cracked land will be hard-pushed to withstand the three-month storm, meaning there will likely be an onslaught of mudslides and floods.
GODZILLA El Niño is ‘heading towards California this winter’: Forecast suggests mega-weather event could be biggest since records began and bring with it some epic rain (but not enough to end the drought)
Second persistent heat wave of the summer season has set more temperature records in parts of Europe, during last week. Poland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Belarus and Lithuania reported new all-time records, while the hot conditions are forecasted to last across most of the eastern Europe until early next week.
Over 11 000 people had been evacuated and 3 died, across the 39 municipalities of Buenos Aires province, until August 12, as severe rainfall and flooding hit the area, according to the local media.
Salto, in the north of Buenos Aires was affected the hardest, as flood waters rose to about 9.3 meters (31 feet) and forced around 700 people to evacuate the area. The province of Santa Fe, was also affected by the floods which caused the evacuation of another 300 people.
A state of emergency was declared across Calabria in southern Italy, after the violent storm outbreak caused flash floods across the area on August 12, 2015. Severe weather has caused the traffic shut-down in the affected areas, and building evacuation, as about 40 000 people have been affected by the event.
Calabria Governor, Mario Oliviero has declared a state of emergency across the region and asked for national assistance, after the strong rainstorm caused heavy flooding across parts of southern Italy.
With deadly Super Typhoon “Soudelor” – the strongest tropical cyclone this year – still fresh in our minds, two new tropical cyclones are forming in the Northwest Pacific Basin and are expected to become typhoons in the days ahead – Goni and Atsani.
CAIRO – A heatwave killed at least 61 people across Egypt from Sunday to Tuesday and caused nearly 600 people to be admitted to hospital, Egypt’s health ministry said on state news agency MENA on Wednesday.
Heatstroke killed 21 people on Tuesday and 40 people on Sunday and Monday, the health ministry was cited as saying.
Most of Tuesday’s victims were elderly, the ministry said.
The Navajo Nation and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared a state of emergency on Monday, August 10, after EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) officially confirmed that 11 356 235 liters (3 million gallons) of toxic mining sludge from a mine in southwest Colorado leaked into the Animas River. The contaminated wastewater flowed down the San Juan River toward Lake Powell in Utah, responsible for supplying the southwest with drinking water.
The yellow plume of water contaminated with heavy metals, including lead and arsenic has stretched across 161 km (100 miles) since the spill happened on August 5, and is actually three times bigger than the original amount of 3 785 411 liters (1 million gallons) estimated by EPA. The EPA supervised crew officials are being blamed for causing the spill of contaminated water, in an attempt to clean up the mine area.
Having admitted responsibility for the poisoning of Colorado’s Animus River, Mining.com reports The EPA has now been forced to admit that there was 3 milion gallons of toxic wastewater – triple their previous estimates. While EPA leadership held a press conference yesterday taking responsibility, it appears they are pointing the blame finger at the contractor, who they have now chosen to identify as Missouri-based Environmental Restoration which is one of the largest EPA emergency cleanup contractors. It is the main provider for the EPA’s emergency cleanup and rapid response needs in the region that covers Colorado, as well as in several other parts of the country – awarded $381 million in federal contracts since 2007. As the river slowly returns to normal (on the surface), The Navajo Nation, with many residents along the river, declared a state of emergency this week, vowing to hold the EPA fully responsible for its spill, and have demanded that the EPA provide the affected tribes with water until the river is once again usable.
The EPA Admits the Colorado River spill was three times bigger than expected…
when revenues are all spoonfed by the government no matter what, just how ‘careful’ are you going to be? As we noted yesterday, this disaster was entirely foreseeable.
Officials: Much of Pacific Ocean threatened by Fukushima releases, an area covering 1/3 of globe — US: “States in region understandably concerned for safety”… “Urgent need” to assess impact on food, water — IAEA begins testing around Pacific
New lows in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, and Thailand… but apart from that – Fed rate hikes and Yuan devaluation are irrelevant?
Just as we warned earlier – and Goldman subsequently confirmed – the Q2 “stack’em-high” surge in inventories (which has juiced hype hope that America is back, baby!) has consequences. The Atlanta Fed just released its latest forecast for Q3 GDP growth, lowering it to just 0.7%, citing an inventory drag of -2.2 percentage points. The Fed estimate is now 75% below the street’s consensus!!
As The Atlanta Fed explains…
The GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the third quarter of 2015 was 0.7 percent on August 13, down from 0.9 percent on August 6.
The previously reported nowcast of 1.0 percent for August 6 was revised down due to a minor adjustment in the method for nowcasting investment in computers and peripherals. Since a week ago, the nowcast for the contribution of inventory investment to third-quarter real GDP growth has declined from -1.8 percentage points to -2.2 percentage points. This decline more than offset an increase in the nowcast of the third-quarter growth rate in real consumer spending from 2.9 percent to 3.1 percent after the release of this morning’s retail sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Be careful what you wish for… or extrapolate.
Total business inventories for June rose 0.8% MoM – the biggest rise since Jan 2013. Great news for Q2 GDP as we stacked ’em high, but as sales lagged dramatically, the inventory-to-sales ratio hit a new post-crisis high at 1.37, flashing a very recessionary level going forward (dampening hype hope for Q3 GDP). Once again it was autos that saw the biggest relative jump in inventories (+1.4% MoM) relative to sales (-1.5%).
Inventories exploded in June…
With the sales ration flashing burght red recessioanry signals…
According to the latest report from Xinhua, following the series of enormous explosions at an industrial area in Tianjin, at least 44 people were dead including 12 firefighters, with at least 520 injured, 66 of which in critical condition.
“The fireball was huge, maybe as much as 100 metres tall,” said 27-year-old Huang Shiting, who lives close to the site. “I heard the first explosion and everyone went outside, then there was a series of more explosions, windows shattered and a lot of people who were inside were hurt and came running out, bleeding.”
AFP further reports that paramedics stretchered the wounded into the city’s hospitals as doctors bandaged up victims, many of them covered in blood after the impact of the explosion was felt for several kilometres, even being picked up by a Japanese weather satellite.
With at least 50 dead and over 700 injured, it is no exaggeration to say that the massive explosion in the Antichrist Communist Chinese port of Tianjin is a total disaster. As the following stunning drone’s eye views show heavily damaged homes, huge plumes of smoke, and completely burned-out cars cover this post-apocalyptic scene.
Day time secnes of disaster:
Another Yuan devaluation, PBOC propaganda, dismal European data, flat US retail sales and recessionary US inventory data… everything must be awesome!! But then again…
Summing up today: Sell bonds, sell emerging market stocks, sell gold, sell silver, sell US Dollars, sell crude oil, sell European bonds… and Sell VIX… BTFD In US Equities… but once the AAPL buybacks stopped… Sell Stocks too!!
On the day, stocks tanked after the “good” retail sales news but quickly rallied back helped by weak inventories data…things went very quiet for a few hours before the late day saw a wave of selling hit stocks…
Bonus Chart: Offshore Yuan suggests another 1% devaluation in the Yuan Fix tonight…
Two weeks ago, without knowing the details of the most recent market-rigging and frontrunning scandal involving “alternative” market veteran ITG’s dark pool POSIT, which issued a vague 8-K it would settle with the SEC for “irregularities”, we explained what we thought had happened:
ITG had an in house prop trading group, or “pilot”, which operated for nearly two years, whose only signal was client order flow, which it would frontrun, and make millions in profits. In other words, once again precisely what we have claimed since 2009. But oh yes, not everyone is guilty of such manipulation. Only Liquidnet… and Pipeline… and ITG… and countless other ATS and HFT firms for whom clients are better known as either “easy money” or muppets.
And yes, we get the “trading experiment” narrative: calling it “criminal market manipulation and order frontrunning scheme” just does not sound like something the Modern Markets Initiative would spend millions of dollars to get Congressmen to agree on.
It turns out we were spot on, the only thing we missed was the name of this market manipulation exercise. Now, thanks to the SEC, we know: “Project Omega” (or as it was also correctly dubbed here the “criminal frontrunning scheme”) is how ITG dubbed its secretive prop-trading desk whose only purpose was to frontrun clients.
Here are the details for all you suckers who still read the HFT apologists and believe the bullshit that all these algos do is provide liquidity, when in reality all the really do is frontrun your orders, assuring them of 6 years of trading without a single day’s loss (or in the case of Virtu, one trading day loss).
Between approximately April 2010 and July 2011, ITG violated the federal securities laws and regulations in multiple ways as a result of its operation of an undisclosed proprietary trading desk known within ITG as “Project Omega” (“Project Omega” or “Omega”). During the period of April to December 2010, Project Omega accessed live feeds of ITG customer and POSIT subscriber order and execution information and traded algorithmically based on that information in POSIT and in other market centers. In connection with one of its trading strategies, Project Omega identified and traded with sell-side subscribers in POSIT and ensured that those subscribers’ orders were configured in POSIT to trade “aggressively,” or in a manner that benefitted Omega by enabling it to earn the full “bid-ask spread” when taking the other side of their orders.
Project Omega, which operated as part of AlterNet, traded a total of approximately 1.3 billion shares, including approximately 262 million shares with subscribers in POSIT. ITG’s proprietary trading gross revenues resulting from Project Omega totaled approximately $2,081,304.
A quick point here: since ITG was quick to settle at a cost of $20 million, one can be absolutely certain that the true damages to clients, aka Project Omega revenues, were orders of magnitude higher, however since it wasn’t the SEC’s intention to disclose just how criminal HFTs are in general but just to put a black eye on ITG’s dark pool (as Goldman flexes its muscles and prepares for world algo domination by taking down its competition one by one), and since it is difficult to capture all the “externalities” and dollar benefit from rigging, the SEC was happy to only point out the absolutely bare minimum of damages which were probably the explicit documented loss by those traders who brough this case to the SEC’s attention in the first place. Everyone else will have to wait in line for the class action lawsuits to begin when laying out their damages.
But back to the SEC’s big picture “explanation” of what we have said for years:
While Project Omega was engaging in proprietary trading, including with ITG’s own customers, ITG was simultaneously promoting itself, and POSIT, as an independent “agency only” broker that did not have conflicts of interest with its customers and that protected the confidentiality of its customers’ trade information.
Project Omega was managed and overseen by an ITG senior executive who at the time served as the firm’s Head of Liquidity Management (the “Liquidity Executive”). The Liquidity Executive designed and directed Omega’s trading strategies even though they violated written policies set by ITG’s compliance department restricting Omega’s access to customer information.
ITG Inc. and AlterNet violated Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act by engaging in a course of business that operated as a fraud and by failing to disclose to ITG customers and POSIT subscribers, among other things, that: (i) ITG was operating a proprietary trading desk while at the same time promoting its brokerage services and POSIT by describing ITG as an independent “agency-only” broker; (ii) the proprietary trading desk, until December 2010, accessed live feeds of highly confidential order and execution information and used this information to inform its own trading decisions; and (iii) one of the proprietary trading desk’s strategies involved identifying sell-side subscribers with which the desk wanted to trade in POSIT, and ensuring that those subscribers’ orders were configured to trade “aggressively” in POSIT.
ITG Inc. violated Rule 301(b)(2) of Regulation ATS by failing to file an amendment on Form ATS at least 20 days before it launched Project Omega disclosing the commencement of its proprietary trading activities and that one of its primary trading strategies would involve accessing confidential information regarding subscribers’ identities and orders and trading algorithmically based on a live feed of highly confidential information regarding open orders bound for the POSIT dark pool.
And here are the details of Project Omega, ör as we called it in July for what it really was “the criminal market manipulation and order frontrunning scheme”:
During the period of late 2009 to early 2010, ITG explored initiatives to increase diversification and revenues for the firm, including launching a proprietary trading operation that would engage in algorithmic high frequency trading. Thereafter, on the recommendation of senior management, Group’s Board of Directors approved a proprietary trading desk that was limited in scope to inform whether ITG should launch a fully-scaled and disclosed proprietary trading operation. This initiative at ITG, which was managed by the Liquidity Executive, became known as Project Omega.
When he began managing Project Omega, the Liquidity Executive had overall product management responsibility for all of ITG’s electronic brokerage products, including its entire suite of trading algorithms, its smart order routers, and for the POSIT dark pool. Prior to becoming Head of Liquidity Management in 2009, for several years the Liquidity Executive had been the Head of Product Management for ITG’s algorithmic trading group. In that role, he was responsible for designing and building ITG’s entire suite of trading algorithms and managing a team of software developers who wrote the computer code for the algorithms.
As a reminder, it was Zero Hedge who broke, and subsequently BBG and WSJ confirmed, that the “Liquidity Executive”, aka criminal frontrunning mastermind, was none other than Hitesh Mittal, the same person who left ITG in 2011 and went on to become the head trader of the world’s 4th largest hedge fund, Cliff Asness’ (formerly of Goldman Sachs) mega quant fund, AQR Capital. It was this same “liquidity executive” who, after making hundreds of millions in HFT profits for AQR, was unceremoniously fired early this month. Per the WSJ:
Hitesh Mittal was terminated from his position as head of trading at AQR Capital Management LLC in a move related to an enforcement action the Securities and Exchange Commission brought against a former employer.
Mr. Mittal was head of trading at the $136 billion hedge fund since 2012. Brian Hurst, AQR’s former head of trading, resumed his role on July 31, AQR said in a statement. Mr. Mittal wasn’t formally named in the action, but his role in the project was reported by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News in recent weeks.
“AQR has ended its employment relationship with Hitesh Mittal,” the company said in a statement. “Mr. Mittal has been referenced in reports about an SEC investigation of ITG. This investigation reportedly relates to misconduct that occurred in 2010 and 2011 while he was employed at ITG.”
Mr. Mittal didn’t respond to attempts to reach him Wednesday.
His boss, Mr. Asness, did not respond to twitter inquiries if the reason he “loves High-Speed Trading”, as he admitted in a 2014 Bloomberg Op-Ed, is because of the criminal frontrunning profit it may have afforded him courtesy of the hiring of the “liquidity executive.”
And just so there is no confusion, ITG’s “prop trading” group was all HFT and algo-based.
None of the Omega team members had experience with proprietary trading. Instead, the Omega team consisted almost entirely of ITG employees with significant experience in ITG’s algorithmic trading group designing, building and/or writing computer code for ITG’s trading algorithms. Based on that experience, the Omega team had detailed knowledge regarding how ITG’s algorithms operated.
Not surprisingly, the whole criminal scheme was shrouded in secrecy:
From the start, and during the entire time it was in operation, Project Omega’s existence and trading activities were kept confidential and were not disclosed to ITG customers or POSIT subscribers or to the Commission.
Proprietary trading represented a significant departure from ITG’s core “agency-only” business model and public profile, and ITG had concerns that Project Omega or proprietary trading at ITG could result in reputational risk for the firm. If ITG decided to increase the scale of Omega’s proprietary trading activities, ITG planned to disclose its existence publicly and to customers at that time. However, before reaching that point, ITG decided that Project Omega and its proprietary trading activities were to be kept confidential.
Even within ITG, Project Omega was only to be discussed on a “need-to-know” basis, and even the customer-facing side of ITG was not informed of Omega’s existence.
The company was smart: it would only rip off sell siders, not the buyside, because as everyone knows the biggest idiots on Wall Street are on the sellside; buysiders tend to be at least modestly smarter on average.
Project Omega was subject to the limitation that its total open positions could not exceed $500,000 at any time. In addition, it was designed to trade only against the orders of sellside subscribers in POSIT, and not against buy-side subscribers. Based on these limitations, and that ITG initiated Project Omega to determine whether it could profitably engage in proprietary trading and/or market making on a larger scale, ITG considered Project Omega to be an “experiment.”
As new technology brings new weapons such as ‘cyber attacks’, the much feared ‘dirty bomb’ and other nasty ways to kill or disrupt our lives are we witnessing sabotage on a global scale mirroring the days leading up to the first world war?
In April the capitol cities of Holland, Turkey, Philippines and Washington DC and The White House all lost power in just over a week….Coincidence? Full story
Last September a strange streak of light in the San Francisco Bay Area sky was thought to be Russia or Antichrist Communist China testing a vulnerable and unsure US administration with a mock missile attack, more here.
As the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
(… to which George W. Bush famously added after flubbing the aphorism on live TV, “can’t fool me again!”)
For months, despite every shred of data pointing to a weaker economy, Antichrist Communist China’s currency has been strengthening.
This was really counterintuitive. When an economy is weak, its currency tends to suffer.
But that didn’t happen in Antichrist Communist China.
Even when Antichrist Communist China’s stock market suffered one of the biggest crashes in history a few weeks ago, the currency barely moved.
None of this made any sense.
Just look at Greece– problems in that single nation, one of the smallest economies in Europe, dragged down the currency used by 18 other nations in Europe to its lowest level in more than a decade.
But when problems broke in Antichrist Communist China, the renminbi actually got stronger. And party bosses insisted that they would not devalue their currency.
Fool me once.
Yesterday they showed the world what their promises really mean: nothing. And in a surprise announcement, they devalued the renminbi by roughly 2%.
2% might not sound like very much. But in currency markets, especially for a major one like Antichrist Communist China’s, 2% is a huge move.
Curiously, in the very same announcement, Antichrist Communist Chinese officials stated that they would not devalue the currency again, and that Tuesday’s move was a one-time thing.
Fool me twice.
Less than 24-hours later they did it again — a second devaluation that saw the renminbi tumble to as low as 6.57 per US dollar, a 6% decline in roughly 36 hours.
Again, this is a steep drop for a currency, and I expect that there’s more to come.
All of this raises an interesting question about the future of the US dollar.
Because if an economy as large and powerful as Antichrist Communist China’s has had to concede defeat, does this mean that “King Dollar” will rule forever?
Remember that the dollar’s strength is derived from its status as the primary global reserve currency.
Nearly every government, commercial bank, and central bank in the world holds US dollars in reserve, and the dollar is used as the primary currency in global trade.
Whether in Antichrist Saudi Arabia or South Africa, a barrel of oil is priced in Antichrist NWO US 666 Crypto Fascist dollars. Even jets manufactured in France and sold to European airlines are priced in US dollars.
But this status is by no means written in stone. The Antichrist NWO 666 US Crypto Fascist dollar is not the first global reserve currency, and it won’t be the last.
We can go back in time to the Byzantine solidus, or the Venetian gold ducat, or the Spanish dollar, or the British pound, and see that no reserve currency lasts forever.
Especially when its fundamentals are so poor.
The Antichrist NWO 666 US Crypto Fascist government is insolvent. Its major institutions and pension funds are insolvent. The central bank is borderline insolvent.
These are not any wild assertions; their own financial statements admit their insolvency.
Which means that there’s nothing underpinning the dollar’s reserve status except confidence.
And confidence is very fickle. Like a high school popularity contest, it wanes and it booms.
Right now that confidence is on an upswing, primarily because every other major option looks really bad.
The euro is acting out its Oedipal complex. Japan is a complete fiscal disaster spending over 25% of tax revenue just to pay interest. And Antichrist Communist China is rapidly deteriorating.
Sure there are some outliers like the Swiss franc that are in better shape. But the market for Switzerland’s currency is far too small to absorb trillions of dollars in global capital flows.
In the beauty pageant of major currencies, the US dollar is clearly the least ugly at the moment.
And I think anyone owning dollars should look at this as a gift.
Right now we have a tremendous opportunity to sell what’s expensive and buy what’s cheap.
The dollar hasn’t been this expensive in years. And many non-dollar assets haven’t been this cheap… ever.
Here in Turkey, the lira is at its lowest level in history. The South African rand is at its lowest level in history. We wrote about Indonesia’s rupiah on Monday.
I’m looking at real estate in Colombia at the moment where US dollar buyers can pick up high quality property for less than the cost of construction.
In Chile, the cheap exchange rate and slowing economy helped our fund to recently close on a farm at $4.3 million that cost $10 million less than two years ago.
In Australia there are a number of junior mining stocks that are trading for less than the amount of cash that they have in the bank.
There are countless deals like this all over the world… especially if you’re buying in US dollars.
It’s foolish to expect that any reserve currency will last forever.
And it’s even crazier to expect a reserve currency with such pitiful fundamentals as the US dollar to last forever.
But markets are not orderly and efficient. They are chaotic.
Which means that, on rare occasions, enormous opportunities present themselves to buy high quality assets on the cheap.
That opportunity is now.
Now in the space of one month, four enormous explosions have happened in Russia and China, one of the explosions in China was so huge the Chinese government had to seed the clouds to put the fire out!
Just today an apparent crack in an underwater pipeline in Moscow created a massive fire which sent a pillar of smoke hundreds of meters into the air. A massive fire erupted on the Moscow River in southeastern Moscow, not far from the site of an oil refinery on Tuesday, creating a gigantic column of smoke seen as far as Red Square, some 15 kilometers away. Rescue workers battled the flame for over an hour, a source in Moscow’s emergency services told RIA Novosti.
It is not clear what exactly caused the fire, although a representative of the Transneft oil pipeline company told RIA Novosti that an accident on its pipeline had occurred and it stopped pumping oil products through it. According to rescue workers, the oil fire began after a nearby grass fire reached the site of the spill. Some residents reported hearing an explosion prior to the fire, and rescue services told residents to stay indoors.
Russia and Nato are actively preparing for war with one another amid the greatest build up of military tension in Europe since the end of the Cold War, a new report says.
Rival exercises by the Russian armed forces and Nato have led to several near-miss incidents that could result in confrontation between the two sides, and leaders need to consider a new arms control treaty to avert the possibility of heightened tensions spilling into war.
The report by the European Leadership Network, a think tank, comes amid the most intense fighting for six months in eastern Ukraine and as Michael Fallon, the defence minister, pledged to expand a British army training mission to Ukraine.
“We do not suggest that the leadership of either side has made a decision to go to war or that a military conflict between the two is inevitable, but that the changed profile of exercises is a fact and it does play a role in sustaining the current climate of tensions in Europe,” the authors write.
The report outlines how both Nato and Russia have primed their forces to respond to an escalation since the Ukraine crisis erupted in early 2014. The preparations include major military exercises by both Russia and Nato that appear designed exclusively to respond to one another’s capabilities and potential war plans.
”Whilst spokespeople may maintain that these operations are targeted against only hypothetical opponents, the nature and scale of the operations indicate otherwise,” the report writers say.
In March 2015, Russian conducted “snap exercises” that saw 80,000 troops engaged in long-range deployments and simulate combat on a scale that made the United States or Nato the only possibly adversary.
Nato’s exercise “Allied Shield,” in June this year, saw 15,000 allied troops engaged in a series of mock operations including response to a Crimea-style infiltration of irregular forces. In both cases, the report writers find, the exercises focused on what the two sides perceive to be their most vulnerable areas, with and Nato moving to defend the Baltic States and Russia rushing reinforcements to the Arctic, its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, occupied Crimea, and Sakhalin island in the far east.
Allied Shield also included the first deployment of the Very High Readiness Taskforce, a rapid-reaction unit established at the Nato summit in Wales in 2014 in response to the annexation of Crimea.
The exercise, called ‘Noble Jump’, deployed 2,100 troops in a simulated a response to ‘unattibutable infiltration by an ally by irregular or special forces’ – essentially the scenario seen in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine since Early 2014.
The report recommends improvements in Nato-Russian communication to avert near misses and suggests working on a new arms treaty to restrict the use of conventional forces in Europe.
“If Russia or NATO decides at some point that they want to reduce tensions, showing restraint in terms of size or scenarios used for the exercises might be a good place to start,” the report writers conclude.
Lavrov calls the Saudis “fucking morons” under his breath at 41:05 in – should suffice as the Cliff’s Notes version.
The last time former Goldman employee and then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson bailed out the hedge fund known as Goldman Sachs, and its closest peers (but not its biggest fixed income competitor Lehman Brothers of course), even the traditionally confused American public pushed back on the structure of the bailout which converted the Goldman holding company into an FDIC-insured company, which led many to ask: just where are Goldman’s deposits?
The answer, of course, was nowhere, so perhaps in anticipation of the logical pushback against its second, upcoming bailout which would see the taxpayer-backed depositor insurance company once again provide trillions in cash to banks as well as the glorified hedge funds such as Goldman, the firm moments ago decided to do something it has never done before: become an actual bank with checking accounts and such.
It did so by announcing moments ago it would acquire GE’s Capital Bank’s online deposit platform, as in online checking accounts, including $8 billion in deposits and $8 billion in brokered CDs, thereby providing Goldman with a virtually costless source of $16 billion in funds. Costless, because under ZIRP, Goldman pays precisely zero interest for the unsecured liability also known as a deposit.
Of course, when the next systemic crash does come, anyone holding more than the FDIC insured maximum will be promptly bailed-in alongside all other unsecured creditors, which is why we doubt Goldman will have much success in gathering zero-cost depositor capital despite the bank’s desire for “greater funding diversification” (one may wonder why Goldman needs said diversification now… rhetorically).
Or perhaps we are wrong: just look at Greece – instead of taking every opportunity to empty out the local banks, the domestic savers who clearly have no idea that all the Greek government has done is to buy a few months of time, are once again eager to put their money in the same banks which just a few weeks ago refused to give money to its rightful owners.
Maybe Goldman is merely betting that when it comes to human stupidity, it truly is infinite. In which case, it probably made the right decision.
So is the 50%-plus YoY drop in oil prices about to ’cause’ contagion risk concerns for the world?
For the first time since March 2009, the front-month WTI crude futures contract has traded with a $41 handle.
As it draws ever nearer the 2009 lows, we are reminded of the ominous warnings that DoubleLine’s Jeff Gundlach issued in January. – “I hope it does not go to $40 because then something is very, very wrong with the world, not just the economy. The geopolitical consequences could be – to put it bluntly – terrifying.”
As I’ve said many times before, the best part about Antichrist NWO 666 Hillary 911 Clinton Clown running for President, is that she’s so unbelievably corrupt and shady, not a week goes by without a new scandal or embarrassment. It makes the insulting charade of U.S. elections at least somewhat comical.
In the latest gaffe, we learn (through her own emails), that she asked to borrow a book titled, Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.” Chapter Six of this book is titled, “The Email That Can Land You In Jail,” which includes a section titled: “How to Delete Something So It Stays Deleted.”
You can’t make this stuff up.
I know what some of you are going to argue. The Commonwealth of Kentucky is not telling preachers they can’t preach 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. They can do that in their churches all they want, no problem. But if they want to work in the prisons on behalf of the commonwealth, they have to agree not to go there. It’s not about the right to freedom of religion. It’s about your right to a gig with the commonwealth.
That’s your argument. And the fact that you believe it is really the best argument against the expansive scope of big government that I can possibly think of. First, here are the details from Todd Starnes:
Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.
“We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told me in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.”
The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister – ending 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
“We sincerely appreciate your years of service and dedication to the youth served by this facility,” wrote Superintendent Gene Wade in a letter to Wells. “However, due to your decision, based on your religious convictions, that you cannot comply with the requirements outlined in DJJ Policy 912, Section IV, Paragraph H, regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth, I must terminate your involvement as a religious
Wells said that every volunteer in their church received the letter – as did a Baptist church in a nearby community.
The Kentucky regulation clearly states that volunteers working with juveniles “shall not refer to juveniles by using derogatory language in a manner that conveys bias towards or hatred of the LGBTQI community. DJJ staff, volunteers, interns and contractors shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The goal of the left at the moment is establish that freedom of religion only applies inside the church building. You can say whatever you want at your services, but your freedom to practice it ends when you walk out those doors if what you say, think, believe or do conflicts with what secular leftists think is acceptable. (They’ll get around to attacking what happens inside the church building when they’re ready to start using the tax code for that purpose. Don’t worry. It’s coming.)
The mission of a church is to impact the world for Christ, not just to preach on Sunday. That involves going out into communities and finding people who have needs, and ministering to them. Needless to say, an awful lot of those people are caught up in systems run by government. They’re in the criminal justice system. They’re in the welfare system. That’s an obvious place where churches can find the folks who need help and minister to them.
If government is going to be responsible for taking care of every person in need, and government is going to demand fealty to a pro-gay agenda as a condition for offering spiritual assistance – you see the problem here, right? Obviously no one who is committed to the Word of God can agree to that. And just like that, people who have ministered to prisoners for more than a decade and have gained experience and expertise in the task are out the door.
I want to say the gay activists didn’t think through their plan to ban all speech that might be critical of them and what they do – didn’t think through unintended consequences like this. But I don’t think that’s true. I think they did think it through. They knew exactly what they were doing. And I don’t think this consequences was unintended at all. I think was the point.
Since all of this now happening in such a short period of time we also need to take a look at a recent story from the Washington Standard in which we’re given MORE proof that Christians are systematically being ‘purged’ from the US military.
Telling us that Bible-believing Christians have no place at all in Antichrist NWO 666 Barack Obozo The 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown’s military we have to ask, is this more proof that Obozo will soon use non-Christian military members to ’round up’ anyone who would stand against him and the plans he has for this ‘new America’? Below from the Washington Standard.:
If you are a Bible-believing Christian, there is no place for you in Antichrist NWO 666 Barack Obozo The 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown’s version of the U.S. military. Christian service members all over the nation are being disciplined for reading their Bibles, talking about their faith publicly and encouraging others to live a moral lifestyle. And just saying the name of “Jesus” at the wrong place or the wrong time while serving in the military is enough to spark a national controversy.
We live at a time when political correctness in America is wildly out of control, and thanks to Obozo the U.S. military has become one of the most politically correct institutions in our society. Things have gotten so bad that dozens of top officers that did not agree with Obozo’s views have been forced out of the military in recent years. The U.S. military is being transformed into an overtly anti-Christian institution, and for those of us that are Christians that is a very chilling development.
Since he has been in the White House, Antichrist NWO 666 Barack Obozo The 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown has consistently slammed Bible-believing Christians. Obviously he considers them to be among his chief political enemies, and he barely tries to hide his animosity for them. We saw another example of this just recently…
Consider what Obozo—who is on record saying “we are no longer a Christian nation,” and who never notes the Islamic identity of murderers or the Christian identity of their victims, and who ignored a recent UN session on Christian persecution—had to say about Christians at the Easter Prayer Breakfast: “On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.”
Hundreds of kidnapped Arab Christians have been ransomed, tortured, beheaded and killed over the past year, including a priest who was chopped into pieces, in attempts to raise funds for radical Antichrist Islamic terror groups and to strike fear into the hearts of Christians across the Antichrist Middle East and throughout the world.
“Christians have become a form [of] currency in this tragedy,” John Newton told The Christian Post. Newton is spokesman for Catholic relief agency Aid to the Church in Need. “I know of one priest who was kidnapped for two months … they asked for a ransom of $120,000, which the family managed to raise and deliver. … But hours later, the priest was killed and his body cut up, with pieces of him sent in a box to the family.”