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News Item May 3, 2022

Barricades Erected at Supreme Court After Reported Leak of Draft Decision
Overturning Roe v. Wade; Hundreds of Protesters Start to Gather at Court

Barricades were quickly erected at the Supreme Court Monday night after Politico reported on a leaked draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. An hour after the Politico report was published a small group of protesters with candles had gathered outside the court. (TGP report here.) UPDATE at end: The crowd of protesters grew to several hundred around 10 p.m. EDT. A light police presence was observed.

News Item May 4, 2022

Dear Conservatives: We Just Won The Great Battle of the Culture War
Overturning Roe v Wade means we can take back America from the Left

Last night, the left-wing media outlet Politico did something that no media outlet has ever done: it published a draft of an upcoming Supreme Court decision before the Supreme Court could finish and announce it. The opinion itself is monumental: five conservative justices are seemingly in agreement that it’s time to strike down the 1973 ruling Roe vs. Wade — which made abortion legal across the country.  The publication of such a document has never happened in the history of the Supreme Court, and almost certainly is an attempt by the liberal wing of the Court to stop Roe vs Wade from being struck down by initiating a protest campaign by the abortion lobby ahead of the official ruling. Emerald Robinson  

What is God Doing Here? It's Not Obvious Yet!

I see this latest crisis (Roe vs Wade in the Supreme Court) as evidence of the Left Hand of God at work. These crises happen especially when God acts in judgment and/or changes the status quo.  The two-year global Covid lockdown is another example.

When Jesus acts from His left hand we usually see a disaster, an economic downturn, a famine. Big upheavals on earth happen when Jesus makes changes in His cosmic board membership! Or Executive Decisions! 

The Plagues of Egyp
t are a good example.

God is always acting for our long term good of course. He can’t act contrary to His own holy nature. There are No Accidents or Uncaused events. There is No Such Thing as Chance.
At the present time there is in place in the heavens a Divine Council of high angels (including Satan) with Jesus being the CEO. The existence of this ruling body is because of the Fall of Adam. God is now at work to restore man’s lost dominion! Only one of the Seven Churches gets it right: Philadelphia. 

God is holy! Jesus is the Man in Charge of everything -- we are safe as long as we trust and obey in everything. But not otherwise!

Please see Ray Stedman: The Blackholes of Life.

Revelation 1

12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me.
And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man,
clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
5 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,
and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, 
Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
18 “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.
And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.“
(Revelation 1:12-18)

We ought not to be all shook up at at cycles of judgment
coming down on the fallen world from God.
Everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

6 “For thus says the LORD of hosts:
‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;
‘and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, 
and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.
8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts.
9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts.
‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
(Haggai 2:6-9)

25 “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.
For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth,
much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, 
“Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”
27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken,
as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,
by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.“
(Hebrews 12:25-29)


20:  "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father,
when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” but when He says “all things are put under Him,” 
it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
28 Now when all things are made subject to Him,
then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.“
(1 Corinthians 15:20-28)


25 “Far be it from You to do such a thing as this,
to slay the righteous with the wicked,
so that the righteous should be as the wicked;
far be it from You!
Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
So the LORD said,
“If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city,
then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”
(Genesis 18:25-26)

Comments from Bryce Self

There will be rejoicing from many - not for saved lives, but for a political win. Just as when the Soviet Union collapsed. that was not a victory but a warning. The operation has been a success, too bad the patient is now dead. No sign of repentance here, in either the churches or the populace. Next step, escalation of judgement. But it’s not an escalator we’re on, it’s a death-spiral.

Isn’t it astonishing — the ineffable prudence and wisdom of God displayed in His judgments — that both in the instituting of such a law, but then again equally also in its (potential) repeal, His rod of punishment and command for repentance are displayed! In fact, since His judgments are progressive, we must recognize that the (possible) repeal and its consequences, constitute an even more severe infliction.

"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 'For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?” Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?' For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36)

At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it,but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it. (Jeremiah 18:7-10)

I’d say first off that Covid and Roe are apples and oranges. The first really is a global plague, but the second is USA-specific. So far as America is concerned, Covid seems to have been such a plague. But its scope is far wider, so cannot be seen a directed particularly against our country.

I think the perception that it is, results from our innate America narcissism, making it feel and appear as especially “ours” in some manner. Surely, this is in part because previously we have enjoyed the fewest restrictions, greatest freedoms, and most abundant luxuries of any people in the history of the world. Any restriction or restraint whatsoever seems intolerable and unconscionable to citizens of such a nation—even though at our most constrained, we remain among the ultra-privileged on the global scene. Many covet the freedoms we still have in what seem to us unbearable and oppressive straits. With no sign of repentance from sin in sight from either the churched or the unchurched of our country, we seem simply due for more and worse serial judgments on the trajectory outlined in Romans 1-2.

Aside from the apparently immanent demise of our country, the global scene seems not yet to be as bad as our local condition. Perhaps in part because things at large have never been as good as they are here? It’s surely a matter of perspective in some measure. But Covid, as I said, does seem to be among the “pestilences” Christ told us would characterize the course of this age—one of the "labor pains" growing more frequent, intense, and widespread as the End of the Age and the coming of the Kingdom of God approaches.

There is a valid parallel between the plagues of Egypt and the end of the Age — a connection made in the prophetic Scriptures themselves. What was then visited upon one land’s populace will in the end be extended to the entire human population of the globe (except for believers, we who dwell in the Land of Goshen.” Selah.). Israel herself failed to learn this lesson, and in AD 70 bore the severe  penalty that had been prophesied with lamentation by the Lord Jesus Himself. What Christ predicted to the Jewish leaders regarding Israel in Luke 17, He later (speaking to the disciples) extended in scope to all the nations of the earth in Luke 21 (parallel Matthew 24, “The Olivet Discourse”). This is a large part of what it meant for the Hebrews to be God’s Chosen People — and the lesson they are intended to be to all humanity as our natural priestly representative of the nations (Gentiles). If the Almighty would punish His Own so severely, then what shall we pagans expect unless we repent?
of course, the Book of Revelation outlines the final plagues of the wrath of God when they are to be poured out onto a rebellious and unbelieving mankind.

But even before that, things are slated to become quite precarious for mankind even before the Church is snatched away to escape the Great Tribulation (Daniel’s 70th Week). These will be days of great danger, peril, and deception as warned in every single book of the New Testament (except little Philemon). Since pestilences are among the “signs of the times” that we are told to expect more and worse of — then we will surely see added plagues that are more severe than Covid even before we leave the planet. Doubtless these will contribute to the rapid ascent to power of the man of lawlessness, and the final descent of the remainder of our race into the obdurate apostasy and solidarity in rebellion against God described in Psalm Two (among other places).

Psalm 34

A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.|

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
22 The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

Ray Stedman said years ago, “God is saving everything that can possibly be saved.
After that He will destroy everything that can not be saved.”

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Absolute Geocentricity


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