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All across America there are amazing Conservatives rising up in elections, from Arizona to liberal strongholds like Washington. They are debating the issues well and are like rising stars in the murky midnight of our world. But all their patriotism and bold words and moral stands are like Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie at the Alamo. California has become a state at war with all American parents whose children want sex operations, saying that they will be a sanctuary state for all who come, and schools are bound and determined to usher in family friendly drag queen shows while teaching children that they can choose what sex they want to be. There are parents standing up for truth in meetings, and pastors who are speaking out against the sin of this new Sodom and Gomorrah. Violence is rampant in our streets and spreading like a contagious disease. Ethnicity is rising against ethnicity, and long buried grudges have reemerged with more vitriol than before. There are threats of nuclear war, economic collapse, and whispers of a new digital currency to replace all currencies of the world. Meanwhile illegals longing for the promised freedom and benefits of America are running into hell on earth here and along the way, for too many of the children are likely being sold into sex slavery while others may be utilized for human sacrifices. And though there are would-be terrorists mixed among them, the greatest terror is that which they have found here among those they thought would save them. And now according to the CDC the vaccine is to be required for all children if they want to continue attending school. There is a foul wind blowing through America, and in all nations of this earth. For while the American immune system is on high alert fighting off the overwhelming infection plaguing it from all around, the world is also reeling with war, famine, sex trafficking, slavery, and intensified persecution of Christians and even other minorities.
Along with cruel lock downs in China, upheaval and displacement in Ukraine, threat of conscription and nuclear war in Russia, increasing tyranny and euthanasia in Canada, the immanent economic collapse of the UK, and the increasing persecution of Conservatives and the immoral aim to destroy the God-given sex and minds and lives of children in the United States, there is a little known story unfolding on the continent of Africa. Yes, there is one thing after another these days, and the world is indeed in great upheaval in nation after nation after nation. The why of it all is that we are living in the last of the Last Days wherein the world is being handed over to the “new world order”, a modern day Nebuchadnezzar. Yes, handed over. As for now, that which is unfolding in a nation of Africa is little known by Christians, but ought to be known and ought to be added to our ever-expanding prayer list.
Have you heard of Tigray?
As for myself, I had never heard of Tigray. First of all it is a state in the northern most region of Ethiopia. A small group of militiamen founded the Tigray People’s Liberation Front which fought off a Marxist government years ago and established a new government. Along with this, they have been harboring Eritreans in refugee camps who were fleeing slavery and merciless imprisonment. But, now, since handing over power to their present leader, they are fighting for their lives. “Since early November 2020, the Ethiopian government and Tigray fighters have been exchanging fire in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and has left more than 400,000 people facing famine, according to a recent UN estimate.” (https://www.dw.com/en/who-are-the-tigray-fighters-and-why-is-ethiopia-at-war-with-them/a-59736874). “A region of six million inhabitants, Tigray, a secessionist state in northern Ethiopia, has been ravaged since November 2020 by a bloody civil war. While the humanitarian disaster is being denounced by various NGOs, they speak less of the annihilation of a whole section of Christian civilization…Lord David Alton, a Catholic involved in several charities, does not have words strong enough to describe the situation: “one part of the people is massacred, the rest are starved, and their heritage is plundered in order to erase an entire culture,” writes the British parliamentarian, in a tweet of February 11.” (https://florida.sspx.org/en/news-events/news/tigray-christianity-may-be-erased-71675) Almost all of them are Christians.
It seems that there are so many leaks in the dyke that all the sandbagging that can be done would not be enough to stem the tide. It seems that there are so many holes in the ship that having sealed one a thousand others open up wider. It seems that the moment one point along the wall is secured, yet another hundred breaches are made.
Like the 276 battling the sea in Acts 27, so is this world right now. Paul along with several other prisoners and sailors and soldiers set sail for Rome, but ran into stormy winds that resisted them nearly the entire way, until the storm blew them far beyond where they had wanted to go. The ship was out of their control. At one point, for 2 weeks they bounced about up and down, north and south, and at one point even with no sun and no stars. They did not even know where they were. Desperate to survive they threw most everything on the ship overboard, including things they’d hoped to make money on like wheat, but all to no avail. At last the Apostle Paul, who had unsuccessfully warned them early on not to sail, stood up and encouraged them with a word of the Lord that the ship would go down but all their lives would be spared.
The ship would go down? Talk about a bad word and a good word bundled into one.
This also happened to Judah back in the days of Daniel and Jeremiah. God told His people in captivity in Babylon to settle down, to plant crops, have children, live their lives, for He desired to bless them. He also told those left behind in Judah to submit to Nebuchadnezzar, that Nebuchadnezzar was His man, and they were to pay tribute to him that they might be blessed. God said point blank in Jeremiah 27, “5‘I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me. 6And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant; and the beasts of the field I have also given him to serve him… 8And it shall be, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and which will not put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation I will punish,’ says the Lord, ‘with the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.” These nations under God’s judgment included Judah, Edom, Moab, Tyre, Sidon, and Ammon (Egypt also, though not mentioned in this passage).
The judgment hangs heavy upon this world, and the ship of each nation is sinking fast because they have forsake God. Thus, the four judgments of God as listed in Deuteronomy 28, Leviticus 26, Jeremiah 15 and Ezekiel 14 are unfolding right now around the world: famine, war, beasts, and pestilence. This is all in preparation for the coming of the modern Nebuchadnezzer of the new world order Babylon: the anti-christ.
But before all that, “…we’re going to see in our time a significant turning to God in a season of crisis. And I’m thankful for that. Without the crisis they would not have turned to the word of God. Without the famine the people of Elijah’s day would not have gone to the top of Mount Carmel. Without the people of Egypt oppressing the Israelites they would not have cried out to God, and when Moses showed up they would not have listened; they would not have believed that God had sent him. God’s mercy will pull out ever carpet of security that’s underneath the people about to perish so that we will consider our ways. And I personally am really thankful for that. I’m an optimist. It’s not about saving the ship and losing the people. Let the ship go down if it needs to go down if the people’s hearts are going to turn.” (Pastor Conlon’s sermon “As the Ship Sinks…”)
Indeed, yes, let the ship go down. Let all the ships go down that the people might cry out, that the people might wake up, that the people might be saved! And the ship is going down. But, instead of bailing water and attempting to patch one of a thousand holes, may we be like Paul and Abraham and do what counts. For, if we like Paul and Abraham do our part as children of God, many more will be spared before the ship sinks into the frigid waters. Sincerely and seriously, more will be spared if we get the old time Holy Ghost fire rekindled in us from the top of our heads to the core of our hearts. For no matter the hardship, no matter the darkness, no matter the storm, God has bestowed upon us as the Church of Jesus Christ an incredible gift – the gift of time. Time to reach those in the highways and byways. Time to preach boldly the unadulterated word of God. Time to reach the children who’ve never heard the Gospel a second in their life. Time to speak to our neighbors. Time to warn our family. Time to lay hands on the sick and they’ll recover. Time to rebuke addictions and send demons fleeing at the name of Jesus. Time to lift up the name of Jesus in our workplace without timidity or reservation. Time to stand for the cause of Christ. Time to die to “myself” today. Time to take up “my” cross now. Time to get my mind off of this world. Time to quit saving money and stocking up on food and going on vacations and instead lay up treasures in heaven. Time to invest our time, talent and treasure into eternity, into souls, into the things of God and the hopes of heaven.
In the words of Pastor Carter Conlon former pastor of Times Square Church and former co-pastor with Dave Wilkerson, “This is the moment for the Church of Jesus Christ to rise up again!!! This is the moment for the people of God. No more living on the edge of society! No more being intermixed and having no testimony. This is the moment to be separated to the things of God! This is the time of a great awakening in our generation! And it is time for you and I; it’s time for us to go in; it’s time for us to rise up! We are the Church of the living God! We are God’s plan for redemption in the earth! We are the ambassadors of the cross of Jesus Christ! We bear in these earthen vessels the Spirit of the living God!!!! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!!! Glory, glory, glory! Glory to the name of Jesus!…I am done with the tepid testimony of Christ. I am done with the mixture in my heart, and I am done with it in yours. We are going into the city, and we are going to make a difference…we are going to open our mouths and not be silent anymore!”
This is it. This is what it is all about. Its’ no longer about running for public office, and I wonder if it ever was. This is not about overturning Roe v Wade. This is not about taking back America or Britain or Australia or China or Russia or Ethiopia or any other nation on this earth. This is not about social media wars or Youtube bans or Facebook jail or Twitter prohibitions. This is not about going to court over free speech or moral issues. Those are just more holes in the boat and the dyke which cannot be shored up. These battles keep us scattered and running and fragmented and breathless and ineffective. Though they are noble battles of the past they are not where our focus as ambassadors of Christ ought to be in the final seconds of human history. Our time for that is gone with the wind. For the ship is not going to be saved, and Judah and the nations are judged and found wanting and are going to go into captivity – and Nebuchadnezzar is advancing. Though we may naturally resist this, this is God’s design. God is sovereign in the writing of the ending of this story.
And we, oh Bride of Christ, have a part to play in this closing act. And it is time to stand. It is time to get up. It is time to arise! For God is calling out to you, “Where are the Pentecostals, full of fire and Spirit and faith? And why are you sitting coldly and idly by while the world freezes without your fire?…Give them fire and give them food, and stop having the appearance of Pentecostals while you deny the power that you should walk in…[for] what will people see in you and in the Church in the days ahead if you have no fire? Where are the Pentecostals, full of fire and Spirit and faith? Because I need you full.” “I need you to work…you must work now… I have anointed you and I will lead you and I will guard you… The setting sun is soon, and the work this side for the Bride will end. Go into the highways and the byways quickly; knock on every door. For I am coming soon.” (from two dreams of Coverstone listed below).
The time is short, Bride of Christ. The time is now. Don’t miss it!
Jesus is coming soon. Let’s be ready.
With great urgency,
Holy Light Ministries
IMPORTANT LINKS AND SOURCES:
“If Sodom Had Miracles,” October 9, 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9xspxqoius
Summary: Carter Conlon relates the passage of Matthew 11:23-24 which reads, “23And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.””
If miracles had been in Sodom they could have repented and been spared. Sodom, a city wherein all the men young and old of every age went out with the intention to rape the angels who had come to Lot’s house. That very Sodom, so depraved and so filthy, could have been remained until Jesus’ day if miracles had been demonstrated in their midst. Think of that!
In that story of Abraham and Lot and Sodom, Jesus came down in a “theophany” pre-incarnate appearance to speak with Abraham in Genesis 18. And Jesus was again present in Capernaum relating the story of that previous time. This is disclosed in verse 22 wherein it states that the LORD is the one speaking with Abraham. How incredible is that?!
As for Capernaum, it had been home base for Jesus. Peter was called from there as was Matthew. The centurion’s servant was healed by just a word of Jesus, and Peter’s mother-in-law was healed. It was a place where the friends of a particular man was lowered down through the roof and was forgiven and healed. The woman with the issue of blood was healed there, and a 12 year old girl was raised from the dead there.
Conlon feels that Jesus was waiting for Abraham to say, ‘will you spare the city if I go in?’ He believes that Abraham should have gone down, for if he had, the city would have been spared. Though the story does not relate this, Conlon believes this could be the case.
Thus, if we as Christians let God’s passion be the passion of our hearts, and if we boldly go forth and shine God’s light into the heart of the darkness God will honor it. If we will boldly lay our hands on others to be healed and believe God for miracles, it will revolutionize a city.
We are sent to the oppressed, the tormented, to tell them that there is God who loves them, that this is the moment of you freedom, there is a sovereign plan for your life.
Mark 16:15-18, “15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
This is our mission. In the name of Christ we have power over the darkness and this world. We can speak with new tongues, given abilities to speak what we would not naturally speak, to speak mysteries that people’s hearts will be strangely warmed to the things of God. We have been given power over all the power of the enemy, over scorpions and serpents. If any deadly thing is spoken, raises its voice against us, it will not take us down. We will be where the sick are, and believe that God will deliver them and heal them.
“This is the moment for the Church of Jesus Christ to rise up again!!! This is the moment for the people of God. No more living on the edge of society! No more being intermixed and having no testimony. This is the moment to be separated to the things of God! This is the time of a great awakening in our generation! And it is time for you and I, it’s time for us to go in, it’s time for us to rise up! We are the Church of the living God! We are God’s plan for redemption in the earth! We are the ambassadors of the cross of Jesus Christ! We bear in these earthen vessels the Spirit of the living God!!!! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!!! Glory, glory, glory! Glory to the name of Jesus!…
I am done with the tepid testimony of Christ. I am done with the mixture in my heart, and I am done with it in yours. We are going into the city, and we are going to make a difference…we are going to open our mouths and not be silent anymore!…
I do not know what the future of New York is going to be, but I know that the trajectory is dark. But look who’s here. Look who we’ve got in this house…the potential here is astronomical – if – if we will go…
I’m in. I’ll go.”
“As the Ship Sinks, Tell Me What To Do,” August 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPQZIgW3vFY
Summary: Carter Conlon speaks on the passage of Acts 27 about Paul’s shipwreck. Paul had warned them not to sail, but they continued anyway, trusting the captain over Paul. But, the storm persisted for over two weeks. Finally, Paul told them that an angel had appeared to him and had told him that the ship would go down but every person on board would be spared.
Conlon applies this story to America and the American church, saying that America is not far from hopeless for she is on the edge of immanent economic collapse, the word of God is considered hate speech, the ways of God are seen as bigoted, we are near a social meltdown with increased violence in the streets, and we are so near hope turning into despair.
That being said, he goes on (at about the 12 minutes mark) that after a long abstinence the church will awaken and preachers that people had not wanted to listen to will suddenly be sought, and there will be “a significant turning to God.” However, Conlon goes on to say, “This doesn’t mean the ship is going to be saved. But we’re going to see in our time a significant turning to God in a season of crisis. And I’m thankful for that. Without the crisis they would not have turned to the word of God. Without the famine the people of Elijah’s day would not have gone to the top of Mount Carmel. Without the people of Egypt oppressing the Israelites they would not have cried out to God, and when Moses showed up they would not have listened; they would not have believed that God had sent him. God’s mercy will pull out ever carpet of security that’s underneath the people about to perish that so we will consider our ways. And I personally am really thankful for that. I’m an optimist. It’s not about saving the ship and losing the people. Let the ship go down if it needs to go down if the people’s hearts are going to turn.”
“Get Out While You Can and Take Others with You,” October 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBEJHBaV5WI&list=PLW8JhAzepVMqWXzvYTiWm9sf2xzf1tSao&index=34
Note: Pastor Dana expresses that he feels that this is a “now” dream. Though he had it a year ago and felt it was a “now” dream or then and not for a year from then or two years from then, it is more for right now 2022 into 2023 than it was for 2021. Indeed, speaking for Holy Light Ministries, this dream is for right now.
Summary: The dream opens in front of a hospital with severe storms happening all around. People were rushing into the hospital with bags of food and luggage. Ambulance pulled up, and people jumped out with groceries. A man walked in with a paper bag that said “day old bread”. Lighting was striking the ground. No rain yet. Dana Coverstone entered the doors with everyone, and everyone was frantic. Panic was tangible. No one communicated. Dana went up the staircase instead of the elevator.
Hospital room out the window of which were looming storm clouds. Thunder shook the building. On the bed was the “church”. She was praying and sobbing over the church not being ready. She was afraid of what she saw. She slid down the wall and began to shake. The thunder shook the building.
The man appeared and told her to work. But she was still overwhelmed. He said, “I need you to work”. Then He got down near her and said as He took her face into his hands, “you must work now” with emphasis on the word “now”. He then repeated that as he poured oil over her head. And she said, “Lord, how can I do this?” And He said, “I have anointed you and I will lead you and I will guard you.”
At that point, Coverstone who was an observer in the dream saw smoke rising up at his feet. It was then that the Lord said, “Get out while you can, and take who you can with you.” He repeated this to her. Then, He helped her get up, and then disappeared.
She was on the 5th floor. She began to pound on the doors. People yelled for her to leave them alone. She kept going on down to the next floor. Her hair caught on fire at one point. But she kept banging on doors. Some hesitantly came out. When they came, she said you beat on these doors too.
Few people responded. There were only 6. Finally 45-50 people exited with her. They were moving quickly, frantically, running as fast as they could, begging people to get out. Sweating.
The building got hit by lightning, and the building shook. Ceiling tiles fell along with steel beams down upon the people, but they helped each other. Even with the beams on them they cried out for others to come out and get out of the building.
Finally, they all had exited. The clouds were evil. Demonic sneers were upon the clouds looking down upon the small group. Everything was shaking, but it was not an earthquake.
You could see into the building and people were oblivious, reading, watching tv. There were a few others beating on the windows for them to come back and get them out. But, the group did not go back in, but wept and sobbed and cried over those who would not come out.
7 more came out as the building shook, and embraced those outside.
A severely loud thunder clap struck, and the hospital collapsed like the twin towers. And when the dust settled the 60 people were gone. They had vanished. And standing where they had been was the man who said,
“The setting sun is soon, and the work this side for the Bride will end. Go into the highways and the byways quickly; knock on every door. For I am coming soon.”
“The Desert Road Dream,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eVcvPVOAoY&list=PLW8JhAzepVMqWXzvYTiWm9sf2xzf1tSao&index=36
Summary: Coverstone sees a desert landscape at night. The road he was on was wet and slippery and difficult to walk upon causing him to have to be “slow and purposeful” because he did not want to fall, but all around him was arid desert with mesas and plateaus. He saw 4 billboards each with a different digital scene with videos playing. There were two on each side of the road. Each had a slanted roof. There was drizzling rain that never hit the ground, but just bounced off of the roof. Wolves howled in the background.
The first billboard on the video to his left, he saw grocery store with armed guards out front with people waiting in line to get in. They were then checked out when they exited. 5 went in, then after 5 went out 5 more would go in. The guards documented what they were coming out with in their bags and recorded it in a bright orange notebook. People were in coats and hats – so it was cold.
The second billboard’s video (on his right) he saw portrayed people in a green van with blue letters outlined in white that read Coroner. They pulled up to a house marked with a red X and the number 2 on the door. 2 to 3 inches of snow was on the ground and ice on the windows. The van had a sticker on the front window that read “Minnesota Wisconsin Response Team”.
4 people got out of the van in heavy coats and gloves taped to their coats and wooly hats. They brought out 2 people who were blue and in fetal positions. They appeared to be frozen solid.
The third billboard on his left showed a reporter saying that the east and west coast were under the management of FEMA because of inclement weather patterns that had shut down interstate roads. People were advised to stay home. Gas stations were shut down by executive order. And marshal law was declared in cities with over 45,000 people. There was no rioting or looting. There was a rain/sleet mix coming down. Extreme weather patterns were everywhere.
The fourth billboard showed a small church with a small group of people huddled together, praying. The man walked in and asked loudly, “Where is the fire?” The ten people turned around and covered their faces in shame, and turned away from Him. He then said, “Look at me and stand.” And they did so. And with His right hand in the air He said, “Where are the Pentecostals, full of fire and Spirit and faith? And why are you sitting coldly and idly by while the world freezes without your fire?” And then he said, “Give them fire and give them food, and stop having the appearance of Pentecostals while you deny the power that you should walk in.”
He then opened His right hand and fire appeared and then went to their heads. Some of the fire spread from their heads to their hearts because of an oil sheen, and it roared out of their hearts loudly, a great noise, a rushing wind. 5 with hearts ablaze headed to the door and out onto the streets. The other 5 did not have the oil, and so the fire did not spread to their hearts, and they did not go out into the streets.
Then Coverstone was back on the road where the wolves were closer and howling still. Directly in front of him was a billboard engulfed in flame. The entire scene was on fire and it lit up the sides of the road. And he saw the red eyes of the wolves just beyond the road. The wolves were held back by the flames, but they growled. He was not afraid.
The man walked through the fiery billboard toward Coverstone and said. “What will people see in you and in the Church in the days ahead if you have no fire? Where are the Pentecostals, full of fire and Spirit and faith? Because I need you full.”
“U.S. Diplomacy Failing at Critical Moment in Ethiopian War,” September 27, 2022, https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/09/27/us-diplomacy-failing-at-critical-moment-in-ethiopia-war%EF%BF%BC/
Quote: “The war waged by the Ethiopian Federal Government and Eritrea against Tigray is set for a decision by force of arms. Despite the media’s preoccupation with the conflict in Ukraine, it’s the bloodiest war in the world today, with thousands of soldiers and civilians dying each day in combat and from starvation and disease. How it ends will have reverberations throughout Africa and the Red Sea arena for decades…
In a September 20 press briefing, Mike Hammer, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, spoke of “strategic partnership” with Ethiopia, without making it clear whether that was past, present, or future. How he depicted the conflict and the issues in dispute would have been comforting to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and discouraging to the Tigrayan authorities…
As the recent Report of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia makes clear, the Ethiopian Government is committing crimes against humanity targeting the people of Tigray, including systematic use of starvation as a weapon of war. The experts’ report applies the same standards to both sides, finding that all parties violated the laws of war, but only the federal government forces did so “as part of a widespread attack directed against the civilian population” — in other words, a crime against humanity (Paragraph 98). They added “persecution on ethnic grounds” and starvation crimes to the list of abuses attributable to the government…
“In Tigray, Christianity May Be Erased,” February 18, 2022, https://florida.sspx.org/en/news-events/news/tigray-christianity-may-be-erased-71675
Quote: “A region of six million inhabitants, Tigray, a secessionist state in northern Ethiopia, has been ravaged since November 2020 by a bloody civil war. While the humanitarian disaster is being denounced by various NGOs, they speak less of the annihilation of a whole section of Christian civilization…Lord David Alton, a Catholic involved in several charities, does not have words strong enough to describe the situation: “one part of the people is massacred, the rest are starved, and their heritage is plundered in order to erase an entire culture,” writes the British parliamentarian, in a tweet of February 11.”
“Tigray is still in Crisis,” December 3, 2021, https://www.christianitytoday.com/better-samaritan/2021/december/tigray-is-still-in-crisis-here-are-6-ways-to-respond.html
Quote: “After months of phone and internet blackout, bank closures, and tight restriction of the flow of humanitarian aid, the horrific suffering in Tigray has increased even further due to air strikes on Tigray’s capital city Mekelle as well as drone and ground military offensives on other parts of Tigray. Under siege, Tigray’s humanitarian need continues to grow astronomically. A fuel shortage in Tigray has resulted in inadequate transportation and aid trucks are stuck in Tigray without fuel. Millions now face starvation, including hundreds of thousands of children. Tens of thousands of Tigrayan and Eritrean refugees live in camps in Ethiopia and Sudan. Almost all Tigrayans carry the burden of lost, abused, and/or unjustly imprisoned loved ones…
…almost all Tigrayans are orthodox Christians…
Maezer Semay, an Eritrean 24/7 satellite TV ministry based in Dallas, Texas, for example, last week launched a half hour shortwave ministry, broadcasting messages of hope in Christ to the millions living in rural areas of Tigray and Eritrea with no other connection to the outside world. Devout orthodox believers have been invited to participate in the programming. Pray that the Spirit will empower all believers in Tigray and Eritrea to overcome evil with God’s love in the midst of the most severe daily trials.
“Ethiopia is at War with Itself. ” November 5, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/03/africa/ethiopia-tigray-explainer-2-intl/index.html
Quote: “When Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, he was lauded as a regional peacemaker. Now, he is presiding over a protracted civil war that by many accounts bears the hallmarks of genocide…In November 2020, Abiy ordered a military offensive in the northern Tigray region and promised that the conflict would be resolved quickly. One year on, the fighting has left thousands dead, displaced more than 2 million people from their homes, fueled famine and given rise to a wave of atrocities. Ethiopia was struggling with significant economic, ethnic and political challenges long before a feud between Abiy and the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), bubbled over into unrest…
In 2018, Abiy was appointed by the ruling class to quell tensions and bring change, without upending the old political order. But almost as soon as he became prime minister, Abiy announced the rearrangement of the ruling coalition that the TPLF had founded…
Tensions boiled over in September 2020, when the Tigrayans defied Abiy by going ahead with regional parliamentary elections that he had delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Abiy called the vote illegal and lawmakers cut funding to the TPLF leadership, setting off a tit-for-tat series of escalations between the regional and the federal government…
For months at the start of the conflict, Abiy denied that civilians were being harmed or that soldiers from Eritrea had joined the fight. But reports from international observers, human rights groups and CNN proved both of those claims wrong. Thousands of people have died in the fighting, by many estimates, with reports of razed refugee camps, looting, sexual violence, massacres and extrajudicial killings. Many more have fled to Sudan, in what the United Nations has called the worst exodus of refugees from Ethiopia seen in two decades. They describe a disastrous conflict that’s given rise to ethnic violence. Ethiopia’s government has severely restricted access to journalists, and a state-enforced communications blackout concealed events in the region, making it challenging to gauge the extent of the crisis or verify survivors’ accounts. But evidence of atrocities began to leak out earlier this year…
Separate investigations by CNN and Amnesty International in February uncovered evidence of massacres carried out by Eritrean forces in the Tigrayan towns of Dengelat and Axum late last year. Another CNN investigation published in June revealed new details of a massacre committed by Ethiopian soldiers in the Tigrayan town of Mahibere Dego in January. The report identified one the perpetrators of the massacre, geolocated human remains to the site of the attack. In an exclusive report from Tigray in April, CNN captured Eritrean troops – some disguising themselves in old Ethiopian military uniforms – operating with total impunity in central Tigray, manning checkpoints and blocking vital humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a month after Abiy pledged to the international community that they would leave. All actors in the conflict have been accused of carrying out atrocities, but Eritrean forces have been linked to some of the most gruesome. In addition to perpetrating mass killings and rape, Eritrean soldiers have also been found blocking and looting food relief in multiple parts of Tigray…
The conflict, which erupted during the autumn harvest season following the worst invasion of desert locusts in Ethiopia in decades, plunged Tigray even further into severe food insecurity. In September, the UN said that a “de facto humanitarian aid blockade” was limiting its ability to access more than 5 million people in Tigray – or 90% of the population – in need of humanitarian aid, including 400,000 people facing famine conditions.”
“Origins of Tigray People’s Liberation Front,” https://www.jstor.org/stable/3518491
“Who are the Tigray Fighters, and why is Ethiopia at War with them?” https://www.dw.com/en/who-are-the-tigray-fighters-and-why-is-ethiopia-at-war-with-them/a-59736874
Quote: “In the mid-1970s, a small group of militiamen founded the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). With a left-wing nationalist ideology, they vowed to fight for the rights of Tigrayans, a relatively small ethnic group that account for just 5% of the population and had long been marginalized by the central government.Throughout the 1980s the TPLF emerged as a formidable challenger to Ethiopia’s then Marxist military dictatorship. The group eventually led an alliance of militia organizations, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), that overthrew the Soviet Union-backed regime in 1991.The alliance then began to run Ethiopia under a federal system, with TPLF holding sway over the other groups and dominating politics for nearly three decades…
The EPRDF government led the country through periodic drought and famine, and the 1998-2000 border war with northern neighbor Eritrea. Human rights deteriorated during this time, with opposition groups complaining of persecution and corruption, which fed into growing public discontent…In early 2018…The EPRDF selected Abiy Ahmed…and he was soon elected prime minister. Abiy, a non-Tigrayan politician with little ties to the TPLF, enjoyed widespread popularity. He unseated many Tigrayan officials, charged some with corruption and introduced a set of political reforms which sidelined the TPLF. In late 2019, Abiy disbanded the EPRDF coalition government and moved to create the new Prosperity Party (PP). Refusing to join the group, the TPLF moved back to its stronghold…
After the 2020 general election was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the TPLF and some other opposition leaders accused Abiy of delaying the vote to stay in power. Despite the delay, officials in the Tigray region went ahead with regional elections in September 2020. A month later, the federal government began withholding funds from the regional administration.In early November 2020, TPLF forces were accused of having attacked and looted federal military bases in the region. Abiy kicked off a military campaign in the Tigray region, known as Operation Law enforcement, and promised to swiftly defeat the TPLF fighters.”
“Ethiopia Orthodox Church,” May 1, 2020, https://www.gorebet.com/ethiopia-orthodox-church/
“The Kingdom of Aksum,” https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/kingdom-aksum
Quote: “A major empire of the ancient world, the kingdom of Aksum arose in Ethiopia during the first century C.E. This wealthy African civilization thrived for centuries, controlling a large territorial state and access to vast trade routes linking the Roman Empire to the Middle East and India. Aksum, the capital city, was a metropolis with a peak population as high as 20,000. Aksum was also noteworthy for its elaborate monuments and written script, as well as for introducing the Christian religion to the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Aksum was situated in the highlands of northern Ethiopia, in a region called Tigray, near present-day Eritrea…
Aksum had become Christianized in the fourth century C.E. and became the first sub-Saharan African state to embrace the new Semitic religion. A figure named Frumentius is given credit for spreading the gospel to Ethiopia.”
“Eritrean Nationals Involved in Slave Trade and Death,” July 18, 2012, http://www.ehrea.org/sel.php
Quote: “Eritreans leaving their country for safety is increasing at an alarming rate. The condition of those who already left home to lead a normal life than what they had In Eritrea is equally appalling. It is estimated that there are about 2,000 of them hold as hostages by the Bedouin in Sinai. Moreover, the refugee camps in Ethiopia are crowding and some over capacity to accommodate more refugees than what is allowable by the UNHCR standard. Inside the supposedly shelter camps, human smugglers continued with their sinister schemes to entice refugees leave the camps for relatively better living condition existing in the Sudan, Israel and by extension Europe and America. It is no more secret, that the Sudan has become a hunting ground to snatch unsuspecting young people for sale to the highest bidder. The authorities are helpless and/or unwilling to put an end to the illegal activities of the human smugglers, the majority of whom are Eritreans. The conditions in mainland Egypt if not comparable to the Sinai is still dangerous where refugees are shot point blank and thrown to dungeons for months without due process of law. Israel, considered the land and honey by some and a bridge to Europe and the USA by many is as cruel as the Siberian winter. The refugees have no homes to sleep, no job to remind them of their man-womanhood, and no respect whatsoever for their humanity. They live under a constant threat of imprisonment and worst deportation to hell-hole Eritrea where they left never to return. There are many blames to go around but for now ICER [International Commission on Eritrean Refugees] wants to limit its accusation to the Eritreans actively engaged in human trafficking…”
“’It’s Just Slavery’: Eritrean Conscripts Wait in Vain for Freedom,” October 11, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/oct/11/its-just-slavery-eritrean-conscripts-wait-in-vain-for-freedom
Quote: “In Eritrea, one of the most isolated and repressive countries in the world, young people have no future…National service [slavery] usually lasts between five and 10 years, but can last for up to 20. Conscripts often work 72-hour weeks in extremely harsh conditions with inadequate food and low pay. No one is legally entitled to take leave, which depends on the whim of commanding officers. Some conscripts have reported going for years without being allowed to visit home. If a conscript fails to return after taking leave, their parent may be jailed until they do.
Eritrean teenagers spend the last year of high school in a military camp before going straight into military service. If they get good enough grades, they might attend college and be given a civilian role. But the only way out is to leave the country…Every month, thousands of young people…sneak out of the country, ending up in Libya, Sudan, Europe, or dying along the way. Visitors to refugee camps on the Ethiopian side say more Eritreans have been crossing…”
“Ethiopia and Eritrean History,” July 18, 2018, https://medium.com/firewatch-solutions/ethiopia-eritrea-history-785d0a1bcea6
Quote: “After many years of hostility between Ethiopia and Eritrea, on July 9th, 2018, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement bringing in a new era of improved relations for the two countries.”
“China Imposes New Covid-19 Lockdowns as Cases Triple Ahead of Communist Party Congress,” October 10, 2022, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-covid-19-lockdown-cases-triple-before-communist-party-congress/
“Chinese Cities Rush to Lockdown in Show of Loyalty to Xi’s ‘0 Covid’ Strategy,” September 5, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/05/china/china-covid-lockdown-74-cities-intl-hnk/index.html
Quote: “More than 70 Chinese cities have been placed under full or partial Covid lockdowns since late August, impacting more than 300 million people, as local authorities rush to stamp out infections at all cost in the final countdown to leader Xi Jinping’s expected third term. Since August 20, at least 74 cities with a combined population of 313 million have imposed lockdowns that cover entire cities, districts or multiple neighborhoods…”
“China Enacts Law Banning Most Online Christian Content,” March 11, 2022, https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2022/03/11/china-enacts-law-banning-majority-online-christian-content/
Quote: “Without express government permission, no organization or individual “shall preach on the Internet, carry out religious education and training, publish sermon content, forward or link to related content, organize and conduct religious activities on the Internet, or live broadcast or post recorded videos of religious rituals,” the CCP declared at the time.The new measures went into force on March 1 and the effects are already being felt by Christians throughout China, reported Open Doors, which monitors Christian persecution around the globe…Everything that is posted “has to fit within the social harmony, the progress of society. These things are pretty typical within the communist regime. It especially restricts the house churches,” stated Kurt Rovenstine of the Bibles for China group…During the long lockdowns imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, Chinese Christians got used to conducting meetings and worship services online, but these practices will now be severely curtailed.
Over the last two years, “online church meetings have become the new normal,” Open Doors noted, citing an anonymous Chinese Christian. “This new law now brings the church’s extensive use of the internet for evangelism and spiritual nourishment to a halt. Consequently, Christians will be cut off from access to online spiritual resources.”…Open Doors noted that Christian persecution has been intensifying by the year in China under the rule of CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping. In just four years, China has leapt from number 43 on the group World Watch List to number 17, a ranking that reflects tightening restrictions on Christian practice in the country.”
“Russians Closing Protestant Churches in Ukraine,” October 14, 2022, https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/14-october/news/world/russians-closing-protestant-churches-in-ukraine
Quote: “PROTESTANT churches in occupied areas of Ukraine have reportedly been closed by pro-Russian forces.Release International, which campaigns against the persecution of Christians, and a partner organisation, Voice of the Martyrs Korea, report that three Evangelical Protestant churches in Melitopol have been shut down in the past month, together with a Baptist church in Mariupol in the south-east of the country.In the village of Chkalovo, on the coast of the Azov Sea, witnesses report that Russian soldiers who entered a Baptist church during an evening service and ordered it to be closed said: “We have only one faith: Orthodoxy.””
“Lost in Ukraine and SCOTUS: 5 Urgent Christian Persecution Situations,” May 6, 2022, https://religionnews.com/2022/05/06/lost-in-ukraine-and-scotus-five-urgent-christian-persecution-situations/
Quote: “The North Korean government recently stepped up its suppression of the Bible and increased its raids on small gatherings of Christians. Those who profess to be followers of Jesus or carry a Bible are regularly beaten and jailed…A newly published report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom states that North Korea tortures and executes Christians and that the country’s citizens are denied the right to religious freedom from birth. Our silence makes their suffering possible.”
“…new AI-powered surveillance software, a serious escalation in the Chinese technology-driven blueprint of persecution. Dozens of Chinese firms are working on programs to monitor the behavior of everyday people… This information is used to target, censor and punish Christians and other religious minorities who are perceived as threats to the state.Worse, China is actively exporting its blueprint to emerging authoritarian states. If you thought Russia was the only totalitarian threat the world is facing, think again.”
“…in Eritrea, gatherings of believers are raided, with believers sent to prison and subjected to inhumane conditions. Some pastors are facing solitary confinement of more than 10 years.”
“Today, more Christians are killed for their faith in Nigeria than in any other country — and their attackers are expanding their territory further into sub-Saharan Africa.”
“At No. 10 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List, the world’s largest democracy has become one of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians in a few short years. An extremist strain of Hindu nationalism is emerging, fueling a change in attitudes across India… 64% of Hindus surveyed say it’s important to be Hindu to be “truly Indian.” The result is that Indians have become more accepting of systematic oppression of Christians and other religious minorities…While Article 25 of India’s Constitution promises freedom of religion and conscience, the situation for Christians and religious minorities in the country is deteriorating considerably.”
“The UK’s Growing Economic Crisis, explained,” October 1, 2022, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2022/10/1/23378515/uk-financial-crisis-pound-truss
“Financial Crash Warning: UK Hurtling Towards ‘Cataclysmic’ Collapse ‘worse than 2008’,” August 13, 2022, https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1653457/financial-crash-warning-uk-hurtling-towards-cataclysmic-collapse-worse-2008
“California Becomes the First Sanctuary State for Transgender Youth Seeking Medical Care,” October 18, 2022, https://www.kqed.org/news/11929233/california-becomes-first-sanctuary-state-for-transgender-youth-seeking-medical-care
Quote: “California is the first state in the nation to create a sanctuary for transgender youth seeking gender-affirming medical care. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law in September that ensures transgender kids from elsewhere can safely access hormones or puberty blockers here. The legislation also shields families from child abuse investigations or from being criminally prosecuted for seeking gender-affirming care…“We are going to provide them with refuge and we’re not going to send them back and we’re not going to honor subpoenas,” said Sen. Wiener. “And our law enforcement is not going to enforce the laws of Texas and Alabama criminalizing these families.””
“California School Board Bashed by Mom as ‘Groomers, Activist Pimps’ Over Invite to Halloween Party Featuring Drag Queen Show,” October 13, 2022, https://nypost.com/2022/10/13/drag-queen-halloween-party-invite-by-cali-school-board-hit/
“Over $200K Being Spent on Drag Queen Shows at NYC Schools, Records Show,” June 11, 2022, https://nypost.com/2022/06/11/over-200k-being-spent-on-drag-queen-shows-at-nyc-schools/
Quote: “New York is showering taxpayer funds on a group that sends drag queens into city schools — often without parental knowledge or consent — even as parents in other states protest increasingly aggressive efforts to expose kids to gender-bending performers.Last month alone, Drag Story Hour NYC — a nonprofit whose outrageously cross-dressed performers interact with kids as young as 3 — earned $46,000 from city contracts for appearances at public schools, street festivals, and libraries, city records show. Since January, the group has organized 49 drag programs in 34 public elementary, middle, and high schools, it boasted on its website, with appearances in all five boroughs.”
“Alabama Middle School Teacher Doubles as Drag Queen in Free Time…” October 12, 2022, https://www.foxnews.com/us/alabama-middle-school-teacher-doubles-drag-queen-free-time-children-everybody-loves-big-bone
Pentagon: Just FYI,We Have a Nuclear Armed Submarine in the Arabian Sea,” October 21, 2022, https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7gxp4/pentagon-just-fyi-we-have-a-nuclear-armed-submarine-in-the-arabian-sea
“Human Trafficking in America Among the Worst in the World,” 2019, https://www.foxnews.com/us/human-trafficking-in-america-among-worst-in-world-report
Quote: “The United States is again ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking. According to a recently released report by the State Department, the top three nations of origin for victims of human trafficking in 2018 were the United States, Mexico and the Philippines…“We have a major issue here in the United States” Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), said in an interview with Fox News. “The United States is the No. 1 consumer of sex worldwide. So we are driving the demand as a society.””
“Russ Dizdar on Satanic Ritual Abuse: “I know of kids that are in cages and tortured,” July 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkSAv6XBbek
“Russ Dizdar: Bohemian Grove,” 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQpHOQR3Bp8
Note from below the video: “Russ Dizdar goes into detail about the evil place known as bohemian grove. And exposes it’s secrets and the people behind it.”
“Children on the Move, Smuggling and Trafficking,” May 2019, https://www.unodc.org/e4j/en/tip-and-som/module-12/key-issues/children-on-the-move–smuggling-and-trafficking.html
Quote: According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,“All smuggling of children, and a significant proportion of child trafficking, occurs in the context of child migration. Children, including those who are alone and those accompanied by family members, comprise an increasing percentage of irregular migrants globally. While cross-border movements of children are difficult to measure, data from numerous organizations and governments illustrates the scale of the issue…As observed by the 2018 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons (p. 13), “[t]he trafficking of children – particularly girls – remains a key concern”. Like smuggling of children, the true scale of trafficking in children is not known. Nonetheless, the proportion of victims of trafficking who are children is substantial: 30 per cent of detected victims are children…Children on the move are especially vulnerable to being placed in situations of trafficking. This is particularly the case when children are travelling without a parent or legal guardian, even if they are in the company of other migrants. They may be extorted for smuggling fees, forced to work to pay off debts in transit countries, and may be sexually and physically harassed, abused or exploited. Trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is particularly common…”
“US – Mexico Boarder Encounters of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Jumps to 267,000 Since Biden Took Office,” September 26, 2022, https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-mexico-border-encounters-unaccompanied-migrant-children-jumps-267000-since-biden-took-office
“CDC Could Add COVID Vaccine Requirement for Children To Immunization List with ‘No Clinical Data’: Dr. Makary,” October 19, 2022, https://www.foxnews.com/media/cdc-could-add-covid-vaccine-requirement-children-immunization-list-no-clinical-data-dr-makary
Quote: “The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is expected to announce later this week that the COVID-19 vaccine will be added to the list of required childhood vaccines…If the CDC’s ACIP puts the COVID-19 vaccine on the child immunization schedule, children could be required to get it in order to attend school.”
“Canada’s New Euthanasia Laws Carry Upsetting Nazi-Era Echoes, warns experts,” August 15, 2022, https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2022/08/15/canadas-new-euthanasia-laws-carry-upsetting-nazi-era-echoes-warns-expert/
Quote: “Canada’s extremely liberal euthanasia laws, which, next year, are set to be extended to include people suffering from mental health conditions and potentially minors, have been slammed for being reminiscent of the way the Nazis dealt with people with disabilities by a leading academic in the field.In an article published by the Associated Press last week, Tim Stainton director of the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship at the University of British Columbia said the country’s uniquely permissive euthanasia laws were, “probably the biggest existential threat to disabled people since the Nazis’ program in Germany in the 1930s.”’”
“The Canadian Government is Euthanizing People Who Have Nothing Wrong with Them,” May 2, 2022, https://spectator.org/the-canadian-government-is-euthanizing-people-who-have-nothing-wrong-with-them/
Quote: “In March of 2021, the Canadian Parliament passed the world’s most liberal euthanasia law. The law scrapped the previous requirement that a person’s death be foreseeable. No longer would assisted suicide hurry death along. Now, it would prescribe death to people with decades left to live so long as their disease was deemed “grievous and irremediable.”
“Canada: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide to Be Permitted on the Grounds of Mental Illness,” May 24, 2022, https://righttolife.org.uk/news/canada-euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide-to-be-permitted-on-the-grounds-of-mental-illness
Quote: “The Canadian Government is planning to allow assisted suicide and euthanasia on the grounds of mental illness alone and has calculated that these deaths would save the taxpayer money.In 2021, the Canadian Parliament removed the requirement that the death of an individual seeking assisted suicide or euthanasia must be “reasonably foreseeable”. From 2023, the Canadian Government is planning to expand the legislation further for those who are suffering from a mental health condition alone.The legislation will come into force after the two-year sunset clause ends in March 2023. The assisted suicide and euthanasia laws will be expanded to competent adults whose sole underlying condition is a mental illness.”
“Lockdown – Dr. Simone Gold,” October 5, 2022, https://rumble.com/v1mp1q2-lockdown-dr.-simone-gold-daystar-tv.html
Summary below video: “In her first sit-down interview since her release from prison, Dr. Simone Gold talks about what actually happened on January 6, why her conviction was so shocking, and how her views on COVID treatment protocols may have been why she was targeted by federal authorities.”
“New Information Raises Questions About FBI Raid on Catholic Father of 7,” September 25, 2022, https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/252385/mark-houck-fbi-arrest-abortion-clinic
Quote: “Mark Houck, the founder and co-president of The King’s Men, a men’s ministry, faces federal assault charges stemming from an altercation with a Planned Parenthood escort outside a Philadelphia abortion clinic nearly a year ago.Houck, who regularly prays the rosary outside the clinic, maintains he was defending his 12-year-old son from the escort’s verbal harassment, a family spokesman, Brian Middleton, told CNA on Sunday. The man fell when Houck pushed him away, Middleton said…When both the city police and the district attorney declined to file charges against Houck, the escort filed a private criminal complaint in Philadelphia municipal court, Middleton said. The case was dismissed in July when the man repeatedly didn’t show up in court, Middleton said…Sept. 23, federal law enforcement officials arrived outside the Houcks’ home in Kintnersville in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, around 7 a.m.“A SWAT team of about 25 came to my house with about 15 vehicles and started pounding on our door,” Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie Houck, told CNA on Friday, just hours after her husband’s arrest.“They said they were going to break in if he didn’t open it. And then they had about five guns pointed at my husband, myself, and basically at my kids,” she added. “They were pointing their weapons,” Middleton said. “They came in as if they were expecting some kind of confrontation.””