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I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.

--Abraham Lincoln

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork" (Psalm 19:1).

Revival
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Art Sadlier
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As we look out at the Body of Christ today, we see that in general, the church is at low tide spiritually. I am not speaking about or to that which is counterfeit or spurious. I wish to address the true body of Christ. We stand in need of revival.

I believe this has occupied the hearts and minds of pastors and their people for much of the church age. I believe this is especially true in the present hour. I also believe that since the 1950’s many of God’s people have looked in the wrong direction for revival. Many have failed to recognize the true need of the church and the essence of what revival is and what it produces.

The church growth movement was a quest for revival, but it was totally misdirected and misguided. It was a substitute for true revival. Instead of building the church, it destroyed the church. It sought to win the world by becoming like the world and joining with the world. It borrowed the principles of the world in order to grow the church. It adopted the things of the world to bring the people into the church, all the while thinking numbers were equated with revival. They use the music of the world and they use the Lord’s music in a worldly way. They developed a ‘night club’ atmosphere through the worship team and various forms of entertainment.

The result was ultimately, that the world came into the church and took it over. Instead of the church winning the world, the world won the church.

That is the history of the destruction of the evangelical church. It is not to that group that I wish to speak, that group represents Laodicea, and the remedy for God’s people in Laodicea is to come out of her.

If we are, honest we must admit that much of the true body of Christ; stands today, desperately in need of revival.

I, among many others, have sought to identify how to bring this revival about. I have recognized that I do not have the answer; we must find it in the Word of God. There are many key things found in God’s Word that need to happen in order to have revival. Soul searching and repentance is certainly one key factor. In every generation there are specific areas of failure that need to be recognized and faced in order to have the blessing of God that brings revival.

We need to get back to God’s program for the church. It is not enough to recognize the failure of the Evangelical/Laodicean church around us. We need to see where we also have left the track that God has laid out for the body of Christ.

As I look back on past days, and remember the church in revival, there is one thing that stands out in my mind. The teaching of the Word of God has been the single most powerful means of revival. The essence of the vitality of the church is, and always has been, the changed lives of its people, lives changed by the Word of God.

The first change; is the change brought about by the preaching of the gospel. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)  That is the transformation of salvation.

But that is only the beginning of the Christian life. The great purpose of the Christian life is to be transformed into the image of Christ. That is a life-long, on-going transformation; that is a continuous process. I suggest that is a continuous revival. The church may have a time of repentance, a time when spiritual tides run high, and that is a time of revival. That revival will not sustain itself; there must be a continuous revival. That continuous revival is fuelled by the on going process of the sheep being transformed into the image of Christ on a daily basis. Their lives will be transformed as they are fed by the Word of God.

I thank God for those faithful pastors who day after day, week after week spend long hours in the Word on their knees before God, (at least figuratively) in order to feed the sheep. How many times without number, we have heard and seen the testimonies of believers, who have given testimony to the transformation which came at salvation and to the ongoing transformation that has taken place in their lives.

I believe that right here in that ongoing transformation, we have the key to ongoing revival in the church. The ongoing transformation, the ongoing process of being conformed to the image of Christ is the key to continuous revival in the life of the individual and the life of the church.

What is the major factor in this process? I believe the New Testament clearly and fully answers this question.

When Jesus gave Peter his commission in John 21, He said to Peter three times, “feed my sheep.” Jesus said to Peter in so many words, Peter if you love me follow me and feed my sheep. Peter said to the elders or pastors in 1 Peter 5:2, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;” The shepherd’s calling is to feed the sheep, if he does that he will fulfil his calling, if he fails to do that he fails in his calling, and he has been disobedient to the Lord. You will lead the sheep properly, when you feed them properly. You can’t lead them if you do not feed them.

Pastor; don’t let your deacons, or anyone else distract you from your high calling of feeding the sheep and feeding them well. Don’t let anyone rob you of your time spent quietly alone in God’s presence feeding yourself on the Word. Pastor; don’t prepare sermons to preach, preach out of what God gives you in your time alone with Him in His Word. Some years ago I had the opportunity to sit down with the great bible teacher Clarence Didden. In the process, I asked him the question, “if you were to give a young preacher one piece of advice, what would that advice be?” He thought for a moment, then he said, “I would tell him not to study to preach, rather to preach out of that which God gives him in his study of the Word.”

Healthy, well fed sheep will grow and win others to the Lord and the church will experience continual revival. Hungry, poorly fed sheep will wander away and cause confusion and bring defeat into their own lives and the life of the church.

It is an awesome thing to be called to pastor, to be called to be a shepherd, to be called to feed the Lord’s sheep. If you can’t or won’t do it, you would be wise to get out of the ministry.

The book of Ezekiel is written to Israel; however its principles are applicable to the church and the pastor. In Ezekiel 34:2 Ezekiel said to the shepherds of Israel, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?” That is a serious warning to pastors.

In verse 8 we read, “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock.” In verse 10 we have a stronger rebuke to unfaithful shepherds, “Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves anymore; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

The challenge to the sheep is to pray for your shepherd, encourage him and support him. The greatest challenge to the sheep is to sit under his ministry with a prepared heart and grow as you are fed.

In Ephesians 5: 12-13 we see the whole matter of the church in continuous revival summarized. Though there are other gifts, Paul is speaking to pastor/teachers in these verses. Though others, doubtless have the gift of teaching, Paul is here speaking to pastors. “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” That is the fruit of faithful, effective feeding of the sheep. If the saints are well fed they will carry on the work of the ministry and the church will be in continuous revival.

A revival of repentance and renewed commitment is of tremendous importance, yet it is no substitute for a continuous revival carried forth by the effective teaching of God’s which effectively feeds the sheep.

O Wretched Man That I Am! - Romans 7:24
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F. B. Meyer
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This chapter is very full of the personal pronoun. Me and I are the pivot around which its argument revolves. The strenuous efforts which the soul makes, not so much to justify as to sanctify itself, to realize its ideal, to walk worthy of the Lord, are well-pleasing, and are described by a master hand.

Is there one of us who has not read these words repeatedly, and in desperation? They have been so exactly true. We have longed with passionate sincerity that a new man might arise in us to free us from our old man, and make us the men we fain would be. We have been conscious of a subtle force mastering our struggles, like the serpents overcoming Laocoon and his sons; we have realized that a corrupting carcase was bound to our backs, as to the Roman criminals of old, filling the air with miasma, and poisoning our life. We have cried bitterly, O wretched man, who shall deliver?

The key to the plaintive moan of this chapter consists in this. It is the result of the endeavor to live a holy life apart from the power of the indwelling Saviour, and independently of the grace of the Holy Spirit. All such efforts are sure to end in wretchedness. We can no more sanctify ourselves than we can justify. Deliverance from the power of sin is the gift of God's grace, as forgiveness is. And it is only when we have come to the very end of all our strivings and resolvings, and have abandoned ourselves to the Saviour, that He should do in us and for us what we cannot do for ourselves, that we are led to cry, "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord."

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Trump Says He ‘Hit 3M Hard’ After Reports Company Is Selling Masks to Other Countries Instead of US
President Donald Trump said that he “hit 3M hard” after it was reported that the U.S. mask manufacturer prioritized foreign countries who outbid the U.S. for the critical N95 protective masks to fight the coronavirus. the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, told Tucker Carlson that he discovered 3M was favoring foreign buyers and had refused to sell him the masks for healthcare workers on the frontlines in Florida.

4.9-magnitude earthquake rocks Anza, felt across San Diego
A strong 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck Riverside County Friday night, but was felt throughout San Diego, according to United States Geological Survey data. The jolt was followed by a series of five aftershocks in a span of about twelve minutes, the strongest registering about 3.6 in magnitude.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Irondro developing an eye
On April 3, 2020, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite provided a visible image of Irondro that showed the storm had taken on a classic appearance of an organized tropical cyclone. Bands of thunderstorms were spiraling into a low-level center and MODIS imagery showed what appeared to be a developing cloud-filled eye.

Apr. 03, 2020 – NASA-NOAA Satellite Catches Tropical Cyclone Harold Develop Near Solomon Islands
NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and provided forecasters with a visible image of newly formed Tropical Cyclone Harold. Harold formed near the Solomon Islands and now threatens Vanuatu, which has already issued some warnings.

“Defying Islamist Protests: Middle East Scholar Speaks at U.S. Army War College”
On a 500-acre campus in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Middle East scholar Raymond Ibrahim was finally allowed to give his speech before a packed, mostly civilian audience at the U.S. Army War College’s Heritage and Education Center. Based on his book, Sword and Scimitar — Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West, Ibrahim covered the 7th century origins of Islam, its conflict with Christianity during the hundreds of years that followed, and revisionist attempts to deny Islam’s history of violent warfare and supremacism.

Coronavirus: Google Releases Location Data To Help Authorities Check Lock-downs
Alphabet’s Google division has on Thursday published data for 131 countries that shows whether people are obeying self-isolating and quarantine rules. The ‘Community Mobility Reports’ from the search engine giant showed whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, Reuters reported.

East Africa locust swarms gather as coronavirus curbs delay pesticides
Coronavirus-linked flight restrictions are hampering efforts to wipe out locust swarms on the verge of devastating crops in eastern Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. The curbs have delayed deliveries of pesticides and, at the current rate of spraying, stocks in Kenya will run out within four days, Cyril Ferrand, FAO’s head of resilience for Eastern Africa, told Reuters on Thursday.

After ignoring warnings, Israeli ultra-Orthodox hit by virus
Early this week, the streets of the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak were bustling with shoppers as ultra-Orthodox residents, obeying their religious leaders, ignored pleas to stay home in the face of the coronavirus threat. By Friday, Bnei Brak had become the country’s worst hot spot and now resembles a ghost town. The military will soon be sending troops in to assist local authorities.

US accused of ‘piracy’ over mask ‘confiscation’
The US has been accused of redirecting 200,000 Germany-bound masks for its own use, in a move condemned as “modern piracy”. The local government in Berlin said the shipment of US-made masks was “confiscated” in Bangkok. The FFP2 masks, which were ordered by Berlin’s police force, did not reach their destination, it said.

Holiest cities in Islam under 24-hour curfew
Saudi Arabia has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. The cities had already been under 15-hour curfews, and the stay-at-home order has now been extended around the clock. Residents are only allowed out to buy food and for medical necessity.

Michael Atkinson: Trump fires intelligence chief involved in impeachment
US President Donald Trump has fired a senior official who first alerted Congress to a whistleblower complaint that led to his impeachment trial. Mr Trump said he no longer had confidence in Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community. Democrats said the president was settling scores during a national emergency caused by the coronavirus.

U.S. attorney general orders release of more federal inmates due to coronavirus pandemic
U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared on Friday that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is facing emergency conditions due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, paving the way for the agency to begin releasing more inmates out of custody and into home confinement. Barr said…priority for releasing…inmates…should be given first to those housed in federal prisons that have been hardest hit by COVID-19…

IMF praises Ukraine’s decisions on land reform, banking law
The International Monetary Fund welcomes the Ukraine’s initial parliament’s adoption of legislation to strengthen the bank resolution framework and looks forward to its final approval, IMF Resident Representative in Ukraine said on Saturday. Last week Ukraine took some steps to qualify for an $8 billion loan deal from the IMF.

Earthquake shakes Lebanon and Syria
A small earthquake in the eastern Mediterranean was felt across parts of Lebanon and Syria on Friday. “Residents in Beirut, Zgharta, Batroun, Tripoli and Akkar felt an earthquake that lasted for several seconds,” Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said. The earthquake measured 4.7 on the Richter Scale at a depth of 20 kilometres, some 65 kilometres from the coastal city of Latakia…

BREAKING: Earthquake Strikes Southern California
This story is developing. An earthquake has struck Southern California. Per LA Times, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake was reported Friday evening at 6:53 p.m. Pacific time eight miles from Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Americans Must Now Accept The Hard, Cold Reality That The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Intentionally Being Used To Collapse The U.S. Economy
This article you are reading is the 7,629th article I have written since Now The End Begins came online 10 years ago, and it is perhaps the hardest one I’ve ever had to write, so I want you to pay close attention to what I have to say. It is going to present to you a very, very hard truth to swallow, but it is truth nonetheless.

WHOA! Dr. Fauci in 2017: President Trump Will Be Challenged By a “Surprise Global Disease Outbreak” (VIDEO)
Come again? Back in 2017 at forum on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University Dr. Fauci made an interesting statement. Fauci told the audience the Trump administration will not only be challenged by ongoing global health threats such as influenza and HIV, but also a surprise disease outbreak.

BROKEN MODELS: The CDC Doctors Screwed Up Bigly! SNS Comfort in NY Harbor Sits Idle with 3 Patients — USNS Mercy in LA has Only 15 Patients
The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort docked in in New York City on Monday, March 30, 2020. The ship was expected to bolster a besieged New York City health care system by treating non-coronavirus patients while hospitals treat people with COVID-19.

Bill Gates is spending billions to produce 7 potential coronavirus vaccines
Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said his foundation is funding the construction of factories that will manufacture seven promising coronavirus vaccines.

Tropical Cyclone “Harold” leaves 28 missing in Solomon Islands, set to make landfall over Vanuatu
Tropical Cyclone “Harold” remains active over the Solomon Sea after it made landfall over the San Cristobal Island on April 2, 2020. Following this, about 28 people aboard a ferry went missing due to rough seas. Harold is the 8th named storm of the 2019/20 South Pacific tropical cyclone season.

Rare ozone hole opens over the Arctic, likely the largest in history
A huge ozone hole has opened this year over the Arctic. While ozone holes normally form in the Antarctic zone every year because winter temperatures drop to extremely low values, allowing high-altitude clouds to develop– the Arctic has more varying temperatures and is not usually set for ozone depletion​.

Severe floods hit parts of eastern Spain after 4 months’ worth of rain in 24 hours
Torrential rains led to flash flooding in the coastal parts of Valencia, Spain, on Tuesday, March 31 into April 1, 2020. Up to 147 mm (5.8 inches) of rain fell in the region– four times the average rainfall for this time of the year, which is 34 to 39 mm (1.3 to 1.5 inches). Castellon was also hit bad after recording up to 150 mm (5.9 inches) of rain– its highest daily rainfall since 1976.

This Year As We Celebrate The Death, Burial And Resurrection Of Jesus The Passover Lamb, There Will Be 7,777,777,777 Souls Alive On Earth
In this breakout crazy 2020 year of eye-popping, breakout crazy end times events, let me add one more to our ever-growing list of end times excitement. The global population will reach exactly 7 billion, 777 million, 777 thousand, 777 souls on planet Earth sometime between the day that Jesus went to the cross, Wednesday, and the day He was risen from the dead, Sunday. Think about that. And it all started with the Passover, which for us this year begins Wednesday April 8th, which is also the day Jesus went to the cross. Wow.

Bill Gates funds birth control microchip that lasts 16 years inside the body and can be turned on or off with remote control
Helped along by one of the world’s most notable billionaires, a U.S. firm is developing a tiny implant that acts as a contraceptive for 16 years — and can be turned on or off using a remote control.

Zombie apocalypse: The coronavirus is now known to alter brain function and make some victims AGGRESSIVE and disoriented (NOT satire)
Not only does it infect the nervous system and utterly destroy some people’s senses of smell and taste, we now know that it alters brain function by destroying brain tissue.

China Has Sent Faulty Coronavirus Medical Supplies to at Least Four Major Countries
According to a new report from DailyCaller, China has sent faulty coronavirus medical supplies to at least four major companies.

All 6 early-infected states are Democratic – coincidence?
President Trump is the “right” leader for this time. And that is exactly why the left is trying to convince us otherwise.

Report: China Continues Attacks on Christians During Pandemic
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has continued its crackdown on Christian house churches as the world reels under the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, according to a report Wednesday from Bitter Winter.

Urgent notes – China poised to attack America during peak financial / social chaos, prepare for global warfare and economic decimation
I need to urgently get this message out, and there’s no time to write it up properly. Notes only, please excuse any typos:

China U.S.ing Crisis to Further Dangerous Agenda
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LAWRENCE A. FRANKLIN/GATESTONE INSTITUTE
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The coronavirus may be strengthening the determination of China's government. So far, it has been trying to guarantee absolute loyalty from its populace through surveillance technology and turning China into a spookily Orwellian society. Any hope that the West may have harbored in the past about China evolving into a member of the liberal-democratic international order, should by now be considered dead, expired, extinct.

China has not only been stealing intellectual property from the West for years, as US President Donald J. Trump has long observed; it has also behaved abysmally during the coronavirus crisis in Wuhan -- and maybe also before.

It is still not known if this coronavirus originated in one of China's "wet markets", which have probably caused other diseases, or in a bio-weapons laboratory -- and we may never know. What we do know is that when the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control offered to help, China ignored them.

It is also still not known if the coronavirus, as some have suggested, may have been a clever "war by other means" to roadside President Trump, his undesired trade deals, his upcoming re-election campaign -- and possibly even the US and the rest of the planet -- to advance China's alleged plan to take over the world.

The other possibility, of course, is that this coronavirus outbreak really was just an accident, fortuitous for China, and not part of a plan for expansion.

We may never know that, either. What we do know, once again, is that China, for years, has not played it straight about most things (for instance, here and here); that it lied about this epidemic not only to the West but to its own people as well; that it even lied about what country was responsible for the virus, and that even the medical equipment and testing kits it sold to Spain for nearly half a billion dollars, and to Turkey, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands turned out to be defective.

Worse, China's wet markets, which were to have been closed, have apparently been reopening.

It is probably long overdue to cease fantasizing about the transformation of China's totalitarian regime. The West also needs to beware of abetting Beijing's building of what US Vice President Mike Pence referred to in October 2018 as "an unparalleled surveillance state," as some Western technology and security companies have been doing, possibly inadvertently.

Take the American biotechnology product-development firm, Thermo Fisher Scientific, for instance, which announced in March that it would stop selling its DNA-processing equipment in China's Xinjiang province, after discovering that it was being used to collect biometric data on the region's residents for what appear to be nefarious surveillance purposes.

Other Chinese companies such as Hikvision and Dahua -- appear eager to cooperate with the communist Chinese regime's effort to establish total control within (and eventually beyond) China's borders, by providing its security services with advanced facial-recognition and other high-tech capabilities. These systems enable Chinese police to create a reliable, around-the-clock monitoring system for the entire country.

Beijing justifies the move by claiming that it is merely an efficient way to fight crime -- and to suppress Falun Gong cults. Nanchang police said, for example, that its use of special facial-recognition glasses enabled the identification and apprehension of a wanted criminal in a crowd of 60,000 attending a rock concert.

Yet, the regime appears to be driven by a desire to develop portfolios on "key individuals" deemed by Beijing to oppose and pose a threat to communist rule. The same surveillance systems being used to catch criminals are also now being employed in an endeavor called "key population management".

Beijing is already operating the initial stage of its "Golden Shield" plan to cross-reference and integrate all local and national records of every Chinese citizen. In addition, the regime uses a system of sensors on the Internet -- through a "Great Firewall" -- to filter out material it considers "objectionable." Through this barrier, Chinese citizens are denied access to Google, Facebook and other sites.

The most pernicious of the Chinese regime's surveillance techniques is the "Social Credit System," through which each citizen is assigned a score based on his or her behavior. Although it is not yet fully operational, the system is slated to be complete and in place during 2020.

As reported earlier, according to the system, a citizen can increase his or her score in a number of ways, such as by reading Xi's speeches, viewing propaganda films and participating in Communist Party-sponsored events.

Activities that lower a citizen's scores include littering, jaywalking and demonstrating against the government.

Low scores can result in penalties, such as the denial of a person's right to ride fast trains, take domestic flights in China, or obtain a passport to travel abroad. Low scores also affect a person's children's university or job opportunities.

This "Social Credit System" also incentivizes citizens to improve their own score by serving as informants against others.

China's drive for controlling its citizenry potentially poses a grave global threat: societies run by authoritarians, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, are likely to exploit the same monitoring technologies Beijing employs to perpetuate their own monopolies on political power.

Even democratic societies could be seduced by the allure of surveillance techniques, purportedly to "protect national security," while simultaneously demolishing individual liberty. China is a threat to all of us.

China U.S.ing Crisis to Further Dangerous Agenda
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LAWRENCE A. FRANKLIN/GATESTONE INSTITUTE
Categories: Warning

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The coronavirus may be strengthening the determination of China's government. So far, it has been trying to guarantee absolute loyalty from its populace through surveillance technology and turning China into a spookily Orwellian society. Any hope that the West may have harbored in the past about China evolving into a member of the liberal-democratic international order, should by now be considered dead, expired, extinct.

China has not only been stealing intellectual property from the West for years, as US President Donald J. Trump has long observed; it has also behaved abysmally during the coronavirus crisis in Wuhan -- and maybe also before.

It is still not known if this coronavirus originated in one of China's "wet markets", which have probably caused other diseases, or in a bio-weapons laboratory -- and we may never know. What we do know is that when the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control offered to help, China ignored them.

It is also still not known if the coronavirus, as some have suggested, may have been a clever "war by other means" to roadside President Trump, his undesired trade deals, his upcoming re-election campaign -- and possibly even the US and the rest of the planet -- to advance China's alleged plan to take over the world.

The other possibility, of course, is that this coronavirus outbreak really was just an accident, fortuitous for China, and not part of a plan for expansion.

We may never know that, either. What we do know, once again, is that China, for years, has not played it straight about most things (for instance, here and here); that it lied about this epidemic not only to the West but to its own people as well; that it even lied about what country was responsible for the virus, and that even the medical equipment and testing kits it sold to Spain for nearly half a billion dollars, and to Turkey, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands turned out to be defective.

Worse, China's wet markets, which were to have been closed, have apparently been reopening.

It is probably long overdue to cease fantasizing about the transformation of China's totalitarian regime. The West also needs to beware of abetting Beijing's building of what US Vice President Mike Pence referred to in October 2018 as "an unparalleled surveillance state," as some Western technology and security companies have been doing, possibly inadvertently.

Take the American biotechnology product-development firm, Thermo Fisher Scientific, for instance, which announced in March that it would stop selling its DNA-processing equipment in China's Xinjiang province, after discovering that it was being used to collect biometric data on the region's residents for what appear to be nefarious surveillance purposes.

Other Chinese companies such as Hikvision and Dahua -- appear eager to cooperate with the communist Chinese regime's effort to establish total control within (and eventually beyond) China's borders, by providing its security services with advanced facial-recognition and other high-tech capabilities. These systems enable Chinese police to create a reliable, around-the-clock monitoring system for the entire country.

Beijing justifies the move by claiming that it is merely an efficient way to fight crime -- and to suppress Falun Gong cults. Nanchang police said, for example, that its use of special facial-recognition glasses enabled the identification and apprehension of a wanted criminal in a crowd of 60,000 attending a rock concert.

Yet, the regime appears to be driven by a desire to develop portfolios on "key individuals" deemed by Beijing to oppose and pose a threat to communist rule. The same surveillance systems being used to catch criminals are also now being employed in an endeavor called "key population management".

Beijing is already operating the initial stage of its "Golden Shield" plan to cross-reference and integrate all local and national records of every Chinese citizen. In addition, the regime uses a system of sensors on the Internet -- through a "Great Firewall" -- to filter out material it considers "objectionable." Through this barrier, Chinese citizens are denied access to Google, Facebook and other sites.

The most pernicious of the Chinese regime's surveillance techniques is the "Social Credit System," through which each citizen is assigned a score based on his or her behavior. Although it is not yet fully operational, the system is slated to be complete and in place during 2020.

As reported earlier, according to the system, a citizen can increase his or her score in a number of ways, such as by reading Xi's speeches, viewing propaganda films and participating in Communist Party-sponsored events.

Activities that lower a citizen's scores include littering, jaywalking and demonstrating against the government.

Low scores can result in penalties, such as the denial of a person's right to ride fast trains, take domestic flights in China, or obtain a passport to travel abroad. Low scores also affect a person's children's university or job opportunities.

This "Social Credit System" also incentivizes citizens to improve their own score by serving as informants against others.

China's drive for controlling its citizenry potentially poses a grave global threat: societies run by authoritarians, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, are likely to exploit the same monitoring technologies Beijing employs to perpetuate their own monopolies on political power.

Even democratic societies could be seduced by the allure of surveillance techniques, purportedly to "protect national security," while simultaneously demolishing individual liberty. China is a threat to all of us.

Alarming Trend of Western Quakes Continues As 6.5 Hits Idaho
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MICHAEL SNYDER/END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM
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Why has the western United States suddenly been shaking so violently over the past several weeks?  On Tuesday, the constant barrage of headlines about the coronavirus pandemic was interrupted by an enormous earthquake that hit central Idaho. 

Of course Idaho is not exactly known for earthquakes, and so this was quite a surprise.  In fact, the largest quake in Idaho history was the magnitude 6.9 Borah Peak earthquake in 1983. 

So when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake stuck not too far from Boise on Tuesday, it really stunned a whole lot of people.  And according to the Spokesman-Review, this quake could be felt as far away as Calgary...

An earthquake hit southern Idaho on Tuesday afternoon, with shakes felt as far as Calgary, Canada, Boise and Spokane.

The United States Geological Survey measured a 6.5-magnitude earthquake at a depth of 10 miles just before 5 p.m. The center of the quake took place about 45 miles west of Challis, Idaho.

This is an event that those living up in the Northwest will remember for a long time to come.  There was a tremendous amount of shaking all over the region, and according to at least one report some people actually "ran outside yelling"...

An entry in Volcano Discovery said: "Sustained moderate shaking for several minutes, Rumbling sound heard, people ran outside yelling. Knickknacks fell off shelf.

"Items suspended from ceiling/beams still slightly swaying 10 minutes later."

All the way over in Helena, Montana someone described the shaking like being "on a small ship at sea during a storm", and a restaurant owner in Stanley, Idaho reported that "the water next to me is still vibrating"...

Brett Woolley, a restaurant owner in Stanley, said he heard earthquake coming before he felt it.

"I heard the roar, and at first it sounded like the wind but then the roar was tremendous," Woolley said about 10 minutes after the earthquake. "The whole house was rattling, and I started to panic. I'm sitting here perfectly still and the water next to me is still vibrating."

The epicenter of this earthquake was approximately 78 miles from Boise and approximately 330 miles from Yellowstone.

Needless to say, any major seismic event anywhere near Yellowstone is a cause for concern.

And of course this quake comes less than two weeks after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit near Salt Lake City on March 18th...

An earthquake struck near Salt Lake City Wednesday morning, shutting down a major air traffic

hub, damaging a spire atop a temple and frightening millions of people already on edge from the coronavirus pandemic.

Though there were no reports of injuries and no damage was immediately reported in areas along the Utah-Idaho border, there was damage scattered in the Salt Lake City area -- with the earthquake showering bricks onto sidewalks and releasing a chemical plume outside the city.

In fact, that quake caused so much shaking that it actually knocked the trumpet out of the grasp of the statue of the angel Moroni...

The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Utah Wednesday morning also dislodged a symbolic part of Salt Lake City's iconic Mormon temple: the trumpet of an angel statue atop its highest spire.

The temple is the spiritual focal point for the 16 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Following that dramatic seismic event, there have been hundreds of aftershocks.

And remember, this is not a part of the country that is known for lots of quakes.

According to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, there had already been 658 aftershocks from that event as of Monday morning...

More than 600 earthquakes have hit across Utah and surrounding areas after a 5.7-magnitude quake struck near Salt Lake City about two weeks ago, according to University of Utah Seismograph Stations.

As of Monday morning, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, or UUSS, recorded 658 earthquakes as part of a series of aftershocks.

Of course there will be plenty of aftershocks following the quake that just hit Idaho as well.

As I write this article, there have already been five aftershocks greater than magnitude 3.0 that have hit the region.  By the time you read this article, that number may be substantially higher.

With all of this shaking going on in Idaho and Utah, many on the west coast may be wondering if they are next.

According to CalTech, there have been more than 1,100 earthquakes in California and Nevada over the last 7 days.  A couple of magnitude 5 quakes struck off the coast of northern California during March, and that certainly rattled some nerves, but everyone understands that something far, far larger is eventually coming.

For years, scientists have been telling us that "the Big One" is way overdue and that we are not prepared for it.

And for years I have been warning people about what will eventually happen if they remain on the California coastline.

We live at a time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken.  The crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and this latest earthquake in Idaho is yet another example.

In Luke 21:11, Jesus told us the following about what things would be like in the last days...

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

You may have noticed that a "pestilence" is rapidly spreading across the face of the globe right now.

And at the same time, enormous earthquakes keep popping off like firecrackers with frightening regularity.

Unfortunately, most Americans don't understand the bigger picture, and what we have experienced so far is just the beginning...


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