Things in this World are about to get Really Crazy!
Things in this world are about to get really crazy! As the world is plunged into darkness everything is being turned upside down, inside out, and being setup for the Great Re-set!
We already see the world in crisis, as the Chinese Coronavirus has effected every corner of the globe, something that we haven’t seen since the Tower of Babel! The world is at odds with God and the things of God.
Big tech has been growing larger and larger, seeing themselves as too big to fail, while the Left imposes stricter measures upon the people why they themselves are not under the same restrictions. A bit of hypocrisy going on, or perhaps a totalitarian power grab?
The coronavirus has and is being used as a tool, a tool to usher in a new world order. It shouldn’t be any surprise to those that read and study bible prophecy, for these things will come to pass! Yet, to see it happening with such great speed and force upon us is another thing altogether.
Just what changes might we see happening in the near future? Well, we already see people being quarantined in place, but now we hear talk of “quarantine camps” or “detention centers” around the world such as China, Germany and in New York, for people that may be contaminated with the virus or a threat of spreading it. So we can see how “fear” plays a major role in draconian measures taken against us regarding the virus. And if this begins in one place in the world then it’s only a matter of time before it spreads throughout the world!
In this aerial photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, workers build a large centralized quarantine facility capable of holding several thousand people in Shijiazhuang in northern China’s Hebei Province, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Jin Liangkuai/AP)
I’ve spoken in the recent past about “Covid-19 Checkpoints”, that I believed at some point in time there will be road checkpoints stopping people and checking their records, papers, or apps to verify that they have been inoculated with the Covid vaccine. Well, say it isn’t so! There have been numerous Covid-19 checkpoints popping up all around the country, checking to see if people have been vaccinated, if not then they are not allowed to pass or enter a specific region, it’s happening folks, right before our very eyes! This is only the beginning, it’s going to get much worse I believe.
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Col. Lou Caputo directs a driver wanting to continue down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway near Key Largo, Fla., Friday, March 27, 2020. The Keys have been temporarily closed to visitors and non-residents since March 22, because of the coronavirus crisis. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
Checkpoints for the coronavirus is not isolated to one specific area or region of the world, no, it’s happening worldwide! Sure, it’s been happening for many, many months now, however now it’s going to be to check for vaccinations as well, and perhaps even for quarantining people in detention camps? Everything begins in small increments, then it grows into bigger things, this is how it works.
Papers please! This is what’s coming and it’s right around the corner, the need for all people to have a vaccination record at the ready in order to travel, shop, dine, or visit the doctor, etc. We already see apps for phones that have the ability to record our vaccinations and other health information, it’s yet another means to track people!
Censoring of conservative voices is not only on the horizon but has already begun and it’s not over! There is a big push by the Left to censor those that have an opposing view, opinion or even thought. They (the Left) already control the MSM and social media, not to mention Big Tech, but they won’t stop until they have complete control! They don’t want free speech, not unless it agrees with them.
There is also talk among the Left to re-educate those on the Right, those that have supported President Trump, and even more specifically those that are Christians. This my friends is a purge, somehow getting rid of those that oppose them, think it’s far-fetched, well think again! It’s already happened in the past, when totalitarian leaders purged their societies of people with opposing mindsets, and it’s still happening today in places like China and North Korea.
Where is this all leading to? Why all of the supposed FEMA camps in the nation? Is it that far-fetched to believe that they could be used as “re-education” camps? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t just discard it as conspiracy theory, it’s happened before and it’s still happening in the world!
The Left has a mission, an agenda, and just because Joe Biden has been sworn in as POTUS does not mean that they are finished fighting or that they are no longer angry, of course they are and they still will continue to fight as long as there are people in this nation that oppose them and have a voice!
Unity to the Left does not mean the same thing to them as it does to the Right. Unity to the Left means that you will agree with us one way or another! Unity to the Right means that we will try to get along even though we have differences of thought and opinion.
It’s about control my friends, control of and by the Elite, and the Elite are now in power! Their plan is total control, not only here in America but the entire world! This is the beginning of a new era, a time when the Left will institute their plans via a world crisis, via the Great Reset!
The Left will use a “crisis” at all costs and with no end in sight. If you believe that the coronavirus pandemic is close to being over then I suggest that you think again! They will use it until it’s bludgeoned to death. They will use it until they believe that they have total control of the masses, until their plan has been pushed far enough along that it cannot be changed or altered by those opposing it.
The Covid-19 vaccine is another story altogether, yet it is part and parcel to their plan. I truly believe that it is being used as a tool to control the masses, to depopulate the earth, and just perhaps as a way for mass sterilization. I for one do not believe that it will stop the virus (a virus that has been blown way out of proportion), nor do I believe that it will keep us safe from anything, in fact I believe that just the opposite is true! I believe that it just may make us much more vulnerable to not only the coronavirus but to other viruses, illnesses, and injuries as well. And I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it just may alter our very DNA. Who knows for sure? But I do know that once you inject yourself with it there is no return, what’s done is done, once it goes in your body you cannot retrieve it! The FDA themselves have stated in black and white what some of the adverse side effects may be. I copied the following chart directly from the FDA’s website (just in case they ever decide to remove it):
This is the link that I found to get there:
Keep in mind that this is only a “Draft working list”, meaning that there could be even more adverse side effects then those listed! Did you notice that one side effect is death! And another is pregnancy and birth outcomes!
How many people even know about this? Not many I presume, yet they are so willing to just take the vaccine because they are told to do so, told that it is for their own good, and they go along with it without even doing any research first!
And this is where we now stand in the world, being told what to do, what is good for us, what we need to do, and how we are to be doing it! Nothing about our own choice, about us making our own decisions, or what we ourselves deem what may be best for our own families. And with the Left it’s not about us making our own decisions but about the government making them for us, all of them!
If you speak out against what is really going on then you are to be silenced, shunned, and perhaps even detained! I’m already beginning to see people taking that attitude towards me for not getting the Covid-19 vaccine, as if I am a leper, as if I don’t care what happens to anyone else, when nothing could be further from the truth!
The Left believes that they are winning the war, that what they are doing is weakening and degrading those on the Right, especially Christians. But, I believe that they are in grave error, that what they have actually done is strengthen the resolve of conservatives and believers, at least a significant portion of us. What they have done and are in the process of doing has shown us just who we really are, what we stand for, and strengthened our faith in God! This is a time of testing, the testing of our faith, the weeding out of those that are faithful to God and those that only say they are, and God is taking notice! He is watching us and seeing how we act, how we will respond, and seeing if we really trust Him or not. Will we compromise or stand true to His word? Will we seek answers from the world or from God? Do we bow down to government or to God?
The year 2020 was bad for most of us, and I am glad that it’s over with, however, I believe that the year 2021 will be much worse! Hang on to your hats folks and buckle your seat belts, we’re in for a wild ride!
And whatever happens this year or the next we must remember that God’s plan is falling into place, that He is always in control. This is all bible prophecy coming to pass, and the more of these things that we see happening the closer we get to the coming of our King to come and take us home! Amen.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!
I see this new cloud site as a MASSIVE Christmas Present for all of MarketHive, because as Tom has pointed out this cloud is MarketHive's cloud. (Please correct me if I have misunderstood the fundamentals of this change) We're not going to be at the mercy of some giant global Trillion dollar company, but instead have total control over our servers, the updates, upgrades, and do forth. I have only built and maintained a tiny network of about a dozen pc's. But due to the nature of what we did, we were constantly transferring very large data files across the network. The headaches of running that tiny network were huge, so I have IMMENSE respect for the engineering, coding, etc. team, with Doug as the face and guiding rudder for the team. I am therefore incredibly grateful for the long hours the team is putting in on this new cloud configuration, implementation, etc. At Christmas time we all tend to reflect more on our blessings, but I have seen an incredible work ethic from Tom & Doug – even when they have been sick!
It is clear that they both don't just 'work' on MarketHive, but rather it lives through them. They are the heartbeat of MarketHive and they are constantly driving it forward with everything they have. They are 1,000% devoted to bringing MarketHive from birth to official launch, to when MarketHive grows up and is a full grown adult company.
I hope that every member of MarketHive is able to see everything as I do, because when you are able to look at things through the correct point of view it completely changes how everything looks and is. Far too often members of companies like MarketHive see hurdles as a major crisis that will destroy the company and the business opportunity that we are all a part of. Members tend to forget that MarketHive is only in "Beta" mode. MarketHive is steadily building, preparing, creating, programming, designing and everything else that goes into bringing MarketHive to where it needs to be in order to get to it's 110% ready to launch point in time.
Let's all be supportive of the MarketHive team, and at least while still in Beta see how we can help continue to move MarketHive forward. I'm hoping that everyone will see our membership whether free or upgraded for all that it already is (in Beta), and all it will become in the near future.
I vote that instead of instantly becoming upset when the site is offline for a few minutes, that we start exercising patience. Let's be patient after we notify them of an issue with the site, and give them the time to troubleshoot the problem and determine how best to fix it. I have experienced my share of troubleshooting to understand how difficult it is to troubleshoot problems, and equally difficult to find the solution. Doug and the team are on call nearly 24/7 to do that troubleshooting, and I'm saying that we need to treat them as the professionals that they are and to treat them with the respect they deserve.
Just to be crystal clear, everything in this comment is my own opinion, I was not asked to post it,but rather as I have been reflecting on the trials and blessings in my life I came to realize that I needed to share my perspective with everyone in the hope that it will change the way everyone interacts with the MarketHive team.
The road to SCOTUS is not an easy one. It will take a coordinated effort between each of the major legal actions, include Lin Wood and Sidney Powell’s.
The real trick, and best result is to have success in the federal appellate courts, which would be appealed by the Biden camp. It’s better to hit SCOTUS with the latest lower court ruling in your favor. It’s not necessary, but it’s better.
Ultimately, what all of the players involved are doing – and why it seems so maddeningly slow – is attempting to line up the different cases so that they hit the appellate courts in a certain order, so that they hit SCOTUS in a certain order, and very close together.
Now, appellate court victories will ease this necessity up a bit. However, the final play, and the one that everybody has been game planning is to get the cases into and through the appellate courts in the right order, and close enough together, so that the SCOTUS requirement that accepting a case must have the margin of victory available to change the election in that state.
Likewise, multiple cases hitting at the same time from different states, all edging the same thing, is meant to open the door to a second premise behind margin of victory – that the fraud was both widespread and coordinated to the point that the entire election can be constitutionally changed.
The second play is the hit SCOTUS with at least one lower court victory. That means that, at long last, a court finally allowed actual evidence to be heard.
By the way – show of hands:
How many of you knew that none of the state courts have as of yet actually heard any of the evidence that MSM claims does not exist?
How many of you know that it’s not because the Trump team hasn’t been ready and willing?
How many of you know that it’s because the lower courts have not allowed it?
Amazing how MSM had omitted that little gem. However, the Trump team could do a better job communicating this as well.
That’s getting ready to change.
First up is Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada. While each is in a slightly different point of the evidentiary process due to the particular cases being litigated, they will be the first that can actually let the evidence hit the light of day.
Regardless of the evidentiary outcomes, these cases are headed for SCOTUS, by either the Trump or Biden team. It’s just a matter or whether or not they get accepted. A Trump victory in Nevada very nearly assured a hearing by the full SCOTUS, given that Biden would appeal, and that initial filing goes through Justice Kagen.
Heading into SCOTUS with a lower court victory on the heels of several other cases that have very clear constitutional violations – and enough collective votes to overturn the election make it a tough sell for SCOTUS not to accept the additional cases.
The other “best” option is for the largest constitutional case with the largest vote total in dispute to come before SCOTUS first. Off the top of my head I believe that is still Pennsylvania, though that’s just going from memory. If Pennsylvania has enough votes in play, and SCOTUS has several other cases pending for consideration to accept, it may just open the door to all of them.
What we must remember is that ultimately, the sole determining factor in the outcome of this election is whether or not the Lord is ready for the prophetic preparation to occur that each man would lend themselves to. Certainly, the Lord can move any one of us to do things completely against our nature. However, the biblical pattern is to use men as they are to achieve His purposes.
Whoever emerges victorious will enter the Oval Office and serve the single most prophetic term of service of any head of state since 70AD.
That’s saying something given Trueman in 1948, and Trump’s first term which currently holds the distinction of being the most prophetic since 70AD.
One thing that needs to be kept in mind – not all prophetic fulfillment will be visible to the general public. Indeed, the Book of Daniel makes it clear that there will be a lot of fraud and deception occurring behind the scenes with regards to Israel.
From my own personal perspective, this has been a wild ride. Unlike 2016 where I was allowed to know the outcome nearly a year in advance to strengthen my understanding of the message I was meant to speak, this time around I’m not permitted to know, also for the benefit of the message I am meant to speak.
Mainly, that it no longer matters who is in the White House. It’s no longer about us as a nation. It’s now about Israel alone, and the prophetic preparation for the soon return of the Lord and the advent of the tribulation.
Literally, every time I see or hear something regarding either Biden or Trump, and something that has clear prophetic potential, it’s as if the Lord shows me a path for that particular candidate to be the next President.
Then I will see the same thing for the other candidate, and the Lord will show me the prophetic path forward for him.
That said, here are the two general statements I now know I can make:
If more time and support is needed for Israel and the Abraham Accords to move forward and become further cemented, then it will be President Trump in the White House again. Here’s the kicker with that possibility – that additional time of preparation can come now as a course of what is already in motion…
Or it can come at a later date after the next scenario occurs.
If it is now time for the behind the scenes dealings to begin with the person who will ultimately become the Antichrist, then Biden will be victorious. Bear in mind that this does not mean that everything is ready to go at the end of a Biden term. Rather, it may mean that a very public warming up to Iran, Turkey, Syria and Libya – especially Iran, will force the hands of the Accord members, and prepare the way for a second round of the Trump Doctrine, which will undoubtedly include a heavy emphasis on arms sales.
Most notably the F35, and not just to UAE.
Frankly, every time I think I see one of these scenarios taking the lead, the Lord let’s the others come roaring back into first place. All of that ultimately leads me to the same place:
There is nothing that can stop any of this. As a nation we were the last brick to fall. Our time is up. At best, we get one more round of sanity and the Lord restores President Trump. At worst, the President has fulfilled his prophetic purpose, and set the nations of the Accords on the path to genuine economic interdependence, and security reliance on each other – which is crucial to the rise of the king of the East spoken of in Daniel chapter 11.
Perhaps we will get the middle ground scenario where we get Biden for the next four, followed by a return to Trump for what can best be described as a final four, if it plays out that way.
To be clear, I am NOT date setting. Rather, I am speaking to the times and seasons we are in, and the very strong sense that things will move very fast now prophetically. We are no longer in the days of the signs before the signs.
We are in the actual days where the actual pieces are now being moved into place. Remember, the Book of Revelation details many things that happen very quickly after verse 4:1. These are things which already have their core elements in place prior to the sounding of the last trump.
Ironically, unlike 2016, I’m actually permitted to get actively involved in the election process – beyond just voting that is. To say it’s been interesting is an understatement.
At any rate, we shall know soon enough what the next piece of the puzzle is.
Oh yeah, one last thing…
Keep your eyes on Obama. He is FAR from out of the picture.
In the name of our most blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
August 15, 2020
New media journalist Millie Weaver arrested and jailed until at least Monday
Video Backup Here: https://vimeo.com/448138273
Millie Weaver, widely known as Millennial Millie, a 29-year old conservative new media video and print journalist with a large following online, was arrested at her home in Ohio on Friday morning. Police officers apparently from a local SWAT team took Weaver to the Portage County Jail in Ravenna, Ohio where she is being held without bail until at least Monday for a “tentative status hearing.” A short video captured on her cell phone as she was being taken away was posted online.
Millie Weaver is one of my favorite independent journalists. She’s also a young mom. I was shocked to see this heavy-handed arrest. With her friends’ permission, I have set up a GoFundMe — please join me in chipping in.
Go Fund Me for Millie
— Ezra Levant ???? (@ezralevant) August 14, 2020
The news of Weaver’s arrest was immediately taken note of on social media as the Twitter hashtags #freemillie and #freemillieweaver quickly trended. Talk show host and licensed investigator Doug Hagmann, on whose program Weaver was a guest on July 3, obtained a copy of Weaver’s custody record, which is public information, with additional background from his sources which he cited in an article:
According to the information I obtained through my investigative inquiries (and partially detailed in the video of her arrest), she was indicted by a grand jury seated in Ohio. The indictment was sealed until served. The nature of her alleged offenses appears to be “process crimes” (e.g. Obstruction of Justice, Tampering with Evidence). [emphasis original]
In an article Friday at activist post, Spiro Skouras wrote that he also “contacted the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and they confirmed Millie Weaver is in their custody. They also confirmed that she was served a secret indictment. “
Millie Weaver in a screen shot from her new documentary Shadow Gate
The plot, if not the confusion, in this case thickens in light of the fact that Weaver was set to release an 82-minute independent documentary, Shadow Gate, which, as they say, is ripped from the headlines. The two-minute trailer, which Weaver tweeted a link to on August 11, teases the film’s relevance to current events:
The ObamaGate scandal only scratches the surface. . . Both parties are equally guilty in what should turn out to be an even bigger scandal. Shadow Gate the tactical and operational role the shadow government played behind the scenes carrying out the coup against President Trump.
On the page at her Website with the film’s trailer, Weave wrote:
The material presented in this documentary should concern people of all political affiliations given elected officials are not the shadow government. This is about real players [whose] names never come up but should. Corrupt carrier politicians are definitely part of the beltway swamp, even aspects of the deep state, but they are not the shadow government. Two whistleblowers, who worked extensively within the Shadow Government as contractors have come forward with revelations that may be the biggest whistleblowing event to date.
One of the whistleblower sources in the film, who uses the name Tore, uploaded a full copy of the documentary following Weaver’s arrest on Friday. In its first 14 hours online, the film had over 468,000 views. As of this writing, it is still on YouTube and is propagating virally elsewhere on the Internet.
After viewing the complete documentary one time on Friday evening, I can attest to its compelling – and complex – content. It is a professional piece of film making, with state of the art production values. The interlocks it documents among Deep State players both known and obscure are riveting. Several viewings (a transcript would help) would be required to fully absorb and confirm the myriad details in the incredibly fast-moving presentation.
Weaver, originally from California, is married with two children, ages four and nine months. Some reports have said that her husband has also been taken into custody. Weaver started her journalistic career in 2012 at Infowars, where she quickly became one of the channel’s most popular reporters. Recently, she has gone out on her own as an independent journalist while continuing to contribute articles and video reports to Infowars. Weaver’s own YouTube channel has over 420,00 subscribers and her Twitter account has 180,00 followers.
This story is in its early stages and has the potential of being huge in the days ahead. Stay tuned for developments.
Time is speeding up in these Last Days!
21 For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again.
22 If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.
23 At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it.…
Commentary By: Gordon King
The world is becoming a darker place as the clock continues to speed up, even today as I write this post the clock has changed, it has moved not only in seconds but in hours ahead of time (day light savings). This is how fast time is now moving, by leaps and bounds, heading faster and faster towards the rapture of the church, the Tribulation period, and the Great Day of the Lord!
‘ “For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
3 You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
On the day that I do this,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
4 “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
With the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” ‘
What is soon coming upon the world will be the darkest hours for mankind, they will be years full of fear, anxiety, hatred, and confusion. They will bring with them an evil which we have never before seen on earth! Yet, they will last for only a little while, but that little while will seem to last for an eternity to those dwelling in the world.
In that day the Lord will rain down His wrath upon the wicked, He shall pay retribution for those rebelling against Him. The Lord is a patient God, yet His patience will not last forever, and there is soon coming a time when He will exact His righteous vengeance upon those who continue to rebel. It shall be a time like no other, a time when man will plead to die but cannot, a time when man will attempt to hide from God but cannot! A time when man will seek the wicked and evil even though he knows that he is in rebellion and will endure God’s mighty wrath, not desiring to change his ways, succumbing to the sway of the evil one.
This is what the world is now facing, not only the intense wrath of God upon a wicked world, but also the wrath of Satan against all of mankind! Satan is a deceiver and an imposter, he is an imitator of what is holy and righteous, yet twists the truth into lies and false doctrines. He changes what God has ordained, and he attempts to change the hearts of men by his wicked schemes.
So now here we are, just minutes away, in the last hour, actually I believe the last remaining minutes of life as we know it. Times are not only moving at break neck speeds they are actually changing! Right before our very eyes we can see the spiritual world hard at work in our physical dimension. It can be a very scary reality if we are not grounded in the word of God, if we have not placed our faith, our trust, and our life in the hands of an Almighty God, Jesus Christ!
Know this, that if you are a born again child of the living God of the universe, Jesus Christ, then you have nothing to fear, however, if you have never been saved, if you are of this world, then you have much to fear! For the good Lord is quickly coming with a vengeance! Our time is short, but so is Satan’s and he knows it. He will exact terrible atrocities upon the world and those living in it.
After God’s wrath has been poured out upon the world then He shall come riding victoriously on a white horse with His army of saints, putting an end to the wickedness and evil in the world. He will come to rule with a rod of iron for a thousand years! He shall turn swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. The lion shall lie with the lamb, and the Lamb of God will come in as a roaring Lion!
This is where we now stand, at the precipice of time, a time of great decision, a time like no other in the history of mankind. This is no time to sleep, no time to be weary, but rather a time to be wide awake, a time to discern and be aware of what is now happening in the world and to the world!
And while Satan and his evil minions attempt to bring us down with them, we can stand firm in our faith and beliefs of Jesus Christ, knowing that He is with us always, that He will never forsake us, and that we have already won the victory! Although we have many battles to fight along the way, our Lord and His mighty angels stand at our side, they go out before us, they stand to our left, and they stand to our right, they are above us and behind us, and they stand perched upon the hills overlooking us!
Know just where you are in time, know where you are going, and know just who you serve! The only way out of all of this mess is by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior! It’s the only way out!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!
This is why you stand for the National Anthem
Why do Americans stand for the U.S. flag and the national anthem? In the midst of the NFL controversy over players who take a knee instead of standing for the national anthem, let us remember the many reasons why many of us stand for the flag and how it all began.
Americans have stood for the U.S. flag since June 14, 1777, the day the Continental Congress declared “that the flag of the (thirteen) United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Thirty-seven years later in Aug. 1814, the White House and U.S. Capitol lay in ashes after the British military burned the public buildings in Washington D.C. In the immediate aftermath, many Americans understandably feared that the Union Jack, the British flag, would soon fly over all of America again.
Hence, three weeks after the sacking of Washington, Francis Scott Key, a Maryland attorney who politically oppose the current president, was so moved at seeing the U.S. flag flying victoriously at the end of the battle for Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, that he wrote lyrics for The Star-Spangled Banner, the song we now call the national anthem.
1. We stand for the flag today, not to please ourselves but to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
The more than 1.2 million Americans who have died because of war. We stand for soldiers who initially inspired our national anthem, such as William Williams, a runaway slave who later died after having his leg blown off as part of the 38th U.S. Infantry at the Battle of Fort McHenry. We also stand for more recent heroes, such as Robert Kelly, the son of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a marine lieutenant who died in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010.
“I believe every American, when the national anthem is played, should cover their hearts and think about all the men and women who have been maimed and killed. Every American should stand and think for three lousy minutes," John Kelly declared in response to the NFL controversy.
2. We stand for the flag not to focus on what divides us but on what unites us, which is being an American.
“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles,” George Washington, our first president, declared in his farewell address in 1796.
The same is true today. More than being a New Yorker or a Texan or being a Steelers fan or Rams fan, the name “American” deserves our highest respect and pride. Standing for the flag and anthem at a sports game or other public gatherings, symbolically shows that we are all Americans, no matter our race or religion, no matter our preferred sports team, and no matter our political differences. Standing is the ultimate salute to sportsmanship.
3. We stand for the flag not to pledge allegiance to a president, but to honor the reality that we have an elected president and not a lifetime king.
By standing, we honor the fact that our country has had 45 presidents. Our flag reflects our system of government, divided by 50 states, the stars on the flag, but united under a federal government. The national anthem controversy in the NFL started during the term of our previous president and continues during our current president’s term.
4. We stand not because of past or present pain caused by injustice, but to salute the principle of justice.
This is one of the three definitions for the color blue that Congress gave us in 1782. “The colors of . . . those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red (signifies) hardiness and valor and blue . . . signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.”
Patriotism is not pride in the pain of our nation’s past. Rather, patriotism is pride in the principles that paved the way for change, whether that change was trading royalty for representation in 1776 or exchanging enslavement for emancipation in 1863.
From John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King, Jr., many Americans have stood for justice for a more perfect union. “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men—yes, black men as well as white men—would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” King declared in his 1968 “I Have a Dream” speech. King tapped the principles created by our founders and applied them to make “justice a reality for all of God’s children.”
5. We stand for the flag not for our generation but to set an example for the next generation.
“If we do not advocate a love of country to our children and the generations to come, then why would our children grow up to fight for their countries, the founding principles and moral truths?” Melania Trump asked in a recent speech to the United Nations. Passing along patriotism is crucial to the future survival of America. The color of white in the flag symbolizes the purity and innocence of our children.
When we stand for the flag and anthem, we are standing for our hopes for our children’s future, that they will embrace the principles of patriotism and live out its moral truths of justice, perseverance and courage. We stand for the flag and anthem so they can stand for the flag and anthem.
BY JANE HAMPTON COOK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 09/29/17 01:00 PM EDT
Jane Hampton Cook is the author of “America’s Star-Spangled Story” and “The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812.” She is a former White House webmaster for President George W. Bush.
Some today believe that there are good lies and bad lies. Here is the truth about lying.
Ours is not a truthful society. Leaders in government, business, education and religion knowingly lie numerous times each day. They are not alone in the practice. Most people admit that they lie often. Straying from the truth is an accepted way of living. Many think there are good—meaning little white—and bad lies. Some would never consider lying in a court of law but feel no remorse at giving false information on a job application. Some people believe that lying is necessary to keep things running smoothly—international relations, businesses, marriages and friendships.
What is the truth about lying? Is there good and bad lying? Do “little white lies” help or hurt people? Can stretching the truth and distorting the facts cause considerable damage to individuals and whole nations? The plain truth is revealing.
Recently, Americans suffered through a bitter election. A slim majority of Americans who participated in the election voted for Mr. Bush. These consider the result a positive thing. They are happy. However, a large number of Americans are disappointed by the results and think that the president’s second term will mean assured disaster. After the campaign, it is clear that the United States is bitterly divided. What is the reason? Of course, the full answer to the question is a complex one. Yet, a part of the answer squarely involves abuse of the Ninth Commandment.
During the campaign, respected news sources reported that both political parties strayed far from the truth about issues in print ads and in commercials on radio, tv and the Internet. In addition, both candidates are known to have distorted, twisted and warped facts about each other in speeches in front of millions of Americans.
The Washington Post reported on May 31, 2004, “This campaign is persistent and methodical, and it often revs up on Monday mornings with the strategically timed release of ads [about Senator Kerry] …. Sometimes the charges ring true. … But often they distort Kerry’s record and words to undermine the candidate ….” The same was true on the other side: “Kerry, too, has made his own misleading statements and exaggerations” (ibid.).
On Election Day, the members of the news media who had pointed fingers at the candidates significantly contributed to the problem by broadcasting distorted voter exit polls. Media watchers believe that there was a real attempt to throw the election. Let’s be honest. The American public was subjected to outright lying by the highest officials in government and the media.
What are the fruits of the election? A fog of distrust blankets the nation. This is a very dangerous situation. Yet the problem with lying is much bigger than just within America.
Our world is constantly being flooded with all kinds of untruths. Self-deception, spiritual hypocrisy and false religious instruction are reaching pandemic proportions. Bible prophecy shows that this world is quickly heading into its worst crisis ever. It is an event so terrifying that Jesus Christ warned His disciples about the soon-coming Great Tribulation nearly 2,000 years ago. He said that religious deception would be the leading cause of the crisis at the close of man’s rule on Earth (Matthew 24:4-5). As individuals, we must be sure that we fully understand the critical importance of the Ninth Commandment.
Ninth Commandment Stated
With incredible power, God spoke from Mount Sinai, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16). This is the fifth of the commandments related to preserving loving relationships among mankind. Remember, the first four commandments show us how to love God; the last six explain how to love other humans. Besides preserving the family structure, marriage, human life and other human beings’ possessions, with the Ninth Commandment, God seeks to guard what is next most important to any human: his reputation. This commandment forbids all lying, which includes the sins of slander and gossip. A thief takes physical things that are easily replaced; however, a man’s reputation taken by lies, slander or gossip is often never restored.
God gave mankind the Ninth Commandment to show us that all men, women and children must control their tongues.
The human tongue is a tiny organ, yet it wields incredible power. The Apostle James wrote, “Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member …” (James 3:4-5). Here the tongue is compared to the rudderof a large ship. Though it is the smallest part of the vessel, it has the power to direct its course. All too often, the power unleashed by the human tongue is a destructive one. James continued, “Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell” (verses 5-6).
When we deeply meditate on these verses, we realize that there has been untold human suffering and damage caused by people who carelessly lie, slander or gossip about another human being. Yet all parties are damaged by such actions. Who can ever trust a liar, slanderer or gossip? The Proverbs state, “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18). Why? “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21). Lying causes great harm to all involved.
What human being today is in full control of his or her tongue? Notice James’s answer: “For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:7-8). All humans sin with the tongue. The point is that unless God, through His Word and His Holy Spirit, is leading and guiding us, we simply cannot control our tongues properly. God expects us to build the righteous spiritual character that will enable us to use our tongues for the good of others.
The Damage of False Testimony
The simple application of this commandment is to not give false testimony in a legal setting. To lie in a court of law is called perjury. Serious penalties, including substantial fines and jail time, are imposed in many countries for committing such an act. It is right to do so. Why? All justice is based on truth. The sad fact is, many commit the crime of perjury every day. Some government leaders, educators, business people, men and women think nothing of lying on a witness stand. What makes their sin even more shocking is the fact that they attempt to deceive the judge and jury by swearing to tell the truth—putting their right hand on the Bible and invoking the name of God. Such poor conduct is a monstrous lie in itself. It says much about the lack of real morals in our society.
Surely we can understand what an outrage this is to the great God, whose word is truth(John 17:17).
The crime of perjury runs rampant through all levels of our society—from the very top to the bottom. We should not forget that a recent president lied openly to Senate and congressional committees. Yet, he was not removed from office. Think about the message this sad fact sent to the rest of the world. Are we a nation that okays lies, deception and hypocrisy?
The damage caused by false testimony is enormous. No one trusts a known enemy. Our criminal lying shows us that we cannot even trust our elected officials, friends, spouses, business partners and work associates. Anyone who is familiar with our legal system knows that there is no such thing as a simple, inexpensive trial. Countless hours and millions of dollars are wasted checking out the truthfulness of witnesses. Why? People cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
Consider also the personal damage to people that regularly takes place because of false testimony. Bitter divorce and custody disputes can leave husband, wife and children scarred for life. Some will manufacture the worst false accusations to get custody, money and possessions. Because of lying, innocent people have been wrongly executed. The one striking example here is Jesus Christ. He was executed because of false witnesses (Mark 14:56-63).
Let’s admit it. Breaking God’s Ninth Commandment has cultivated attitudes of suspicion, hopelessness and uselessness in society. We are paying a high price for our casual and continual lying.
Stop Living a Lie
To stop lying, we must understand why human beings lie. Study little children. Why do they lie? Generally, little children lie to avoid punishment or to appear better than their peers. With adults it is not any different. The root cause of this horrible sin is vanity.
King Solomon recognized this simple fact. He wrote, “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Every sin has its root in vanity.
Men and women lie because they are more concerned with the self than anything else. What is best for another human being is rarely considered. Many fear to speak the truth because they are obsessed with what others think about them. Yet, few people are concerned by what Almighty God thinks. This is especially true in the spheres of higher education and religion. The Apostle John said this about the religious leaders of his day: “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43).
The two most difficult things for a human being to do are to admit error, and to face failure. Men will stubbornly believe and teach lies when they cannot agree with the truth. The best example here is the theory of evolution. Those steeped in higher education and science cannot accept the reality and authority of a Creator God, so they have invented a lie to explain a fantastically designed creation without a Creator. The supposed facts of evolution do not add up—and will never add up—yet the theory is taught as fact on a daily basis. Our world is suffering greatly because of this widely promulgated lie. It is the underlying foundation of our modern education system, therefore it has adversely affected our views on political science, international relations, economics, medicine, psychology, sociology, marriage, family and child rearing. We must recognize that any system of beliefs built upon a false premise will ultimately lead to failure.
There are those in higher education and science who recognize the theory of evolution for what it is, but they will not speak out against it because they do not want to be made to look foolish in front of their peers. They fear being made fun of. How tragic! Why should any well-educated person be ashamed to admit a faith in God? Isn’t it far more ridiculous to profess a faith in a mindless, chancy, mathematically impossible alternate theory of creation? Doesn’t believing something one knows is false just because others do expose the ultimate hypocrisy? Isn’t it time we replace vanity with some courageous leadership? Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Matthew 5:11).
Lying may appear to be the best route to take in the short run. However, real lasting benefits can only come by recognizing and telling the truth.
The Father of Lies
Why do human beings so easily succumb to such a disgraceful habit?
It is not intellectually fashionable to believe that Satan the devil exists. He does. Our lying society is a major proof of this fact. Satan the devil is the author of all lying and deception.
John the apostle records Jesus Christ’s own words revealing the truth about Satan. Upbraiding the religious leaders of His day, Christ said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). Here Christ shows that it was Satan who lied to our first parents, who told them they had an immortal soul—essentially murdering them. God had told them that if they rebelled against Him and walked the opposite way of His government, they surely would die (Genesis 2:16-17). Satan appealed to Eve’s vanity, and she disobeyed God. Adam willingly followed his wife. They believed and followed a liar. They and the rest of mankind have suffered since.
Satan is a powerful angelic being that broadcasts—all over the Earth—a spirit of disobedience, which includes lying and deception (Ephesians 2:2). It is Satan who tempts all humans to lie.
In addition, through the agency of human instruments, he deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9). With full control of certain men’s minds, he has successfully suppressed the truth of God (Romans 1:18). God promises to unleash His righteous wrath on all men who suppress the truth. There are men and women in religious circles today who knowingly do just that. Our world is full of religious deception. Just like Adam and Eve, millions embrace false doctrines—teachings not found in the Bible—and still call themselves religious.
To be a Christian, an individual must believe what Christ says and strive to live as He lived. Jesus Christ and the original apostles including Paul, preached the gospel, or good news, of the coming Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15; Acts 28:31). Few churches preach that gospel. Jesus Christ and the original 120 disciples, including the apostles, kept a Saturday Sabbath and God’s holy days—discussed in detail in our July 2004 issue. Which churches keep these days?
Concerning religious deception, Jesus Christ warned, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before” (Matthew 24:24-25). The point is, you could be living a religious lie—the most dangerous kind of lying. You must prove what your Bible says and then follow the Church that teaches those doctrines. Doing anything less will lead you and your family into assured spiritual disaster.
Living the Truth
The positive spiritual application of the Ninth Commandment requires that we live and speak the truth in all areas of our lives. God and Jesus Christ are the truth! Describing the Father, Jesus Christ said, “[T]hy word is truth.” He also said this about Himself: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). God’s goal for human life is to reproduce Himself into potentially billions of other God beings who are the truth and speak the truth. We are to become just like God. The Ninth Commandment demands then that we come to acknowledge the truth of the Bible first of all. Do you know and believe your Bible?
To do so, you must come to the place where you recognize that there is an Almighty God who rules the universe. His ways are the only right and true ways to live. Then you must acknowledge and obey the truth when it is revealed to you. This means you become converted to the true God and His ways. To live any other way is to live a lie. It is the worst kind of slavery. Jesus Christ promised: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). It is vitally important that we base our whole life on the truth.
In our personal lives, we must make sure that our words are always true. If we remain in the habit of lying to others and to ourselves, we will destroy our character and pervert and twist our own minds. Keeping our minds free of lies opens up an incredible clarity of thinking—the kind of thinking that cultivates deeper understanding of all truth.
Paul taught, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25). When we speak, let it always be the truth. However, this does not mean that we always have to reveal all that we know. In speaking the truth, we must always use wisdom, tact and especially love. God’s ministers are required to always speak the truth in love (verse 15). Sometimes the truth does hurt temporarily, but in the long run it is the best healing agent we could desire.
All men are only as good as their word. If we are habitual liars, none can trust us. What is worse, we cannot be helped spiritually. Who can help a liar? The clearest example of what we mean here is Satan the devil. Not even God can help him—his mind is permanently twisted.
Satan’s character is diametrically opposite that of God. If we choose to live as Satan lives, we will suffer a fearful fate. John records in Revelation: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). All humans who embrace the way of lying are in danger of being thrown into the lake of fire, which represents the ultimate punishment—eternal death.
Remember, there are no good lies in God’s sight. Half-truths, distortions and deceptions are condemned throughout the Bible. Let’s all learn to live and speak the truth and thereby inherit the glorious Kingdom of God. This is the wonderful and uplifting message of the Ninth Commandment, you shall not bear false witness.
BY DENNIS LEAP
I want you to stop for just a minute and look at this picture.
This is NOT a political post. This is simply a post that I hope you can find in your heart to think about. Put your hatred and pettiness aside.
I was moved to tears today just thinking about the weight that he must be carrying. I have a child and a wife, a wonderful business partner and great personel and Markethive a social platform of 1000s of people all depending on me to lead and carry us all through.. Even so, my anxiety level at times is out the roof and I feel like the weight of the world is on me. I know when he signed up for this role, he was willing to take on whatever, but the magnitude of what we’re experiencing has got to be paralyzing. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t but can you imagine? I sat and wondered how he must be dealing with it all. When it’s quiet and his head finally hits a pillow after he’s been on his feet all day, press conference after press conference…
does he cry?
Is he even able to sleep?
Is he scared?
Can he shut his mind off?
When I look at our President, I want to see him the way God sees him and I want the Lord to use him for His glory!
Whether he’s making you proud or not, I’m urging you to look at this photo and ask the Lord to soften your heart to him, lift him up in prayer. He needs them. He’s carrying the weight of the world!
I love this man with great respect and passion. I pray for him always. I wish I had had a Dad like him.