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Has Her Priorities Backwards , 17 People Shot in Chicago So on Monday the Arrogant Pompous Politician Is Canceling Thanksgiving…
We’re not sure what it’s going to take for Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot to realize that backing her city’s police department and enforcing the law, not avoiding it, is what’s going to make a difference in cleaning up her city.
Perhaps the following stat will be shocking enough for her to get a grip on exactly what is going on, though we don’t have any confidence that it will: 17 people were shot in Chicago on Monday alone this week. Four of those shootings resulted in fatalities.
There have been almost 100 expressway shootings this year in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago.
On October 10, 2020, Breitbart News reported 87 such shootings had occurred during the year. On November 11, 2020, NBC 5 reported the number had reached 99 total shooting incidents. And “there have been 12 days this year with at least two shootings.”
Illinois State Police indicate the 99 shooting incidents resulted in 62 being wounded, with six of those individuals succumbing to their wounds.
And while the shootings have occurred on various routes and highways, the Dan Ryan Expressway is leading the pack. Illinois State Police Col. David Byrd said, “So the Dan Ryan expressway which leads to I-57 … is where we see most of our shootings.”
The situation in Chicago echoes that of many other liberal run cities, where crime has run rampant since this summer’s “peaceful protests”, which consisted of property damage, assaults, looting and lighting cities on fire. As a response, clueless liberal politicians have allowed a “defund the police” narrative to take shape with many supporting the idea.
On Monday, the first fatality was found “in the 4700 block of West 59th Street” at 2AM when officers discovered a man who had crashed his vehicle also had a gunshot wound to his face.
Two other men were “each shot in the head while standing on a corner in the 3600 block of West Division Street” at 5:50PM on Monday. A fourth fatality occurred when a 20 year old man was “shot and fatally wounded” at about 7PM while sitting the back of a vehicle “in the 6700 block of North Newgard Avenue.”
40 other people were also shot over the weekend, with five of those resulting in fatalities, according to Breitbart. The crime spree has resulted in an exodus from the city.
One 30 year old nurse that lives in River North told the Chicago Tribune last month: “Not to make it all about us; the whole world is suffering. This is a minute factor in all of that, and we totally realize that. We are very lucky to have what we do have. But I do think that I’ve never had to think about my own safety in this way before.”
Resident Neil Spun, who has lived in Chicago for more than 30 years, said: “There have been riots before, and looting. It just seems to me now that the city isn’t doing anything about it. I don’t see this getting any better, and so I’d like to leave.”
And it’s not just in “quality of living” that Chicago is shining under Mayor Lightfoot – it’s also financially. Recall, we noted in late October that Chicago was on the verge of a credit downgrade, according to its Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett.
Lightfoot proposed the novel idea of implementing a property tax increase of $94 million and a refinance of the city’s $1.7 billion in outstanding bonds to try and alleviate some of the financial distress. Because we’re sure citizens of Chicago are in a major rush to fork over more money to a city government that has enabled protests and riots that turned the city into chaos over the summer.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot got right to the point. She informed her fellow Chicagoans on Thursday that Thanksgiving this year is cancelled.
Following a spike in coronavirus cases, Lightfoot is enacting a new Stay-at-Home Advisory for Chicago that will go into effect on Monday at 6:00 a.m. It orders citizens to do the following:
The mayor’s order, which will last for 30 days, will enforce a 10-person limit on weddings, birthday parties, funerals and some social events. The guidelines come after state officials reported 12,702 new COVID cases on Thursday, a new record.
Critics responded to Lightfoot by calling her a “tyrant,” with others noting that she has been much more understanding of protesters and rioters.
Over in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced new restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms, and private social gatherings. Indoor gatherings are now limited to 10 people, and restaurants are mandated to close by 10 p.m. New Yorkers responded to those draconian measures the same as many Chicagoans.
Sadly, it’s a war of the left’s choosing. I wonder if the conservatives even have the stomach for what is about to happen in this country.
It might sound melodramatic to say “millions will die”, but if conservatives will not acquiesce to the illegitimate will of the minority and submit to globalism, Satanism and despotism, this is exactly what’s going to happen.
It would be a severe departure from logic to think that Soros led forces are not ready to execute plans that have been formulated several months in advance.
The Democratic Socialist Party and its Deep State puppeteers know their views are outside the mainstream. They know that they’re outnumbered. They know that America is waking up to this menace and they know that despite controlling entertainment, news and business and being aligned more closely with the Communist Chinese than the American government, they know that their vehicle of change (ie Democratic Party) is nearly on life support.
Watchmen does not confuse truth with consensus The Watchmen does not confuse God’s word with the word of those in power…
The role of a watchman: Gives insight into the world at the end of this age. They see the dark gathering clouds on the world’s horizon that spell the end of Satan’s reign as the god of this world and author of all its evil. This leads them to mount the “walls” of society and shout a warning to any who will hear. To say: “God is sovereign. He will bring a time of judgment on the world to prove that He alone is God. All other gods erected by people to hide His truth will be destroyed.”
A national affliction
Today America and Great Britain stand at a crossroads. For more than 200 years they have dominated the world in virtually every arena. As Great Britain retreated from its empire after World War II, America was there to take its place and continue the legacy set by the English through their peak years.
But America’s dominant power is under siege from many sectors. Its will to stay the course in Iraq is being tested, its military machine strained under the pressure of the extended fighting. Though it is the primary engine for the world’s economy, a weakened dollar and a trade balance deficit are both troubling indicators of a major crisis ahead.
God warns us through the message of the prophets that sins will demand a day of reckoning. People cannot continue worshipping the false gods of materialism and self, blindly stumbling along in their own righteousness, and expect their affluent standard of living to continue.
God’s Word confirms there will be an accounting; the lesson of history is that any people who corrupt their moral core will eventually fade from power. God calls on America and Great Britain to wake up, acknowledge their sins, and repent before national calamity descends on them.
“Do this and live”
Amos the prophet walked into the city of Samaria, capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, and boldly told the king and city leaders to repent or face captivity at the hands of the Assyrians. He pointed to neighboring states that had fallen and said, “You are no better than they were.”
He rebuked those who did not want to hear a “message of doom.” To those who stocked their homes with the finest luxury goods and gourmet foods, trusting that affluence was a sign of God’s blessing, he said, “Don’t trust in materialism.” The citizenry, at all levels, looked only to their comfort and ease and did not grieve “for the affliction of Joseph” (Amos 6:6).
Those who “grieve” and “sigh and cry” over societal sins are called to a unique role. They are part of God’s elect, called to the duty of proclaiming the announcement of the Kingdom of God. That message includes the good news of Jesus Christ’s return to restore all things (see Acts 3:19-21). The message also contains a warning to repent and receive God’s blessing or ignore the warning and face the judgment of God. It is a double-edged message—plain-spoken, yet full of hope.
Fulfilling this role requires courage, perseverance, and a love for the people addressed. One of the best examples of this was the prophet, Jeremiah. Jeremiah spent more than 40 years in the role of a watchman to the nation of Judah, urging people to heed his warnings and return to the ways of God.
Notice this passage: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk-in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’ ” (Jeremiah 6:16).
God’s main message throughout the Bible is to return to His paths, His teachings, as the solution for the suffering and pain of human life. “Do this and live,” He says.
Jeremiah and others like him have stood in the role of a watchman. “Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’ Therefore hear, you nations … Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people —the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My words nor My law, but rejected it” (Jeremiah 6:17-19).
Examining the concept of watching in the New Testament helps to complete the picture of this role. The Greek word Gregorio, translated as “watch,” means to keep awake, to watch, and to take heed. Through neglect or laziness, we could let down and be overcome with sin, or a sudden calamity could overwhelm us spiritually.
Notice in Mark 13:32-37, in Jesus’ prophecy of the end time, that He urges His disciples three times to “watch” during the times leading to His second coming. The emphasis is on a personal watch through prayer to know the times.
By prayer and righteous living, we stay tuned to Jesus Christ. Through this way of life one can discern the moral climate of the times and avoid being tossed around with every shifting ideology of modern culture. Walking in God’s laws and instruction insulates us from the course of the world and its deceptions.
Revelation 16 describes a massive end-time deception perpetrated by Satan and demons that work through the human instruments called “the Beast” and “the False Prophet” (Revelation 16:13). Their influence gathers the leaders of the earth “to the battle of that great day of God Almighty . . . to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon” (Revelation 16:14-16).
In our fascination over these otherworldly figures, we can easily skip over Christ’s charge: “Behold, I am coming as a thief”—suddenly and unexpectedly. “Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walks naked and they see his shame” (Revelation 16:15, emphasis added throughout).
Jesus pronounces a blessing for those who, during mankind’s darkest moment, watch. That is, they are living prudently and properly. The natural by-product of this close relationship with God is being alert to religious deception. Those who frame their life around the coming Kingdom of God will watch and keep themselves from the wiles of the devil.
This is the end result of fulfilling the role of a watchman within the Body of Christ—to be found standing in the faith, blessed of God at the dawn of His Kingdom on this earth.
Our world is moving toward this time of the global cataclysm. Revelation 16 describes a future moment when people will be caught up in events engineered through the Beast and False Prophet. The former is a political leader of compelling personality and ability; and the other, a religious leader unlike any in modern times.Together they will convince armies to move toward Jerusalem to fight Jesus Christ at His coming.
Warning and hope
This is a time for the watchmen to mount the walls and sound a clear, unmistakable warning message of the dangers facing not just the English-speaking peoples but also the whole world. It is time to make known the hope of the coming Kingdom of God.
Isaiah’s message stands bright and clear today: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’ Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion” (Isaiah 52:7).
Come, take your place on the walls, work for the Kingdom and pray for its speedy arrival!
These special servants understand the dangers of the present world. They see the dark clouds gathering on the world’s horizon and are moved to proclaim a warning message to all who will hear.
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