Farm attacks surge in South Africa
The bodies of Daniel and Hybrecht Brant were found six miles away from the body of their murdered daughter, Elizabeth. All three were kidnapped and murdered on July 26, when a gang broke into their farmstead in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The attackers stole little besides a laptop, two cell phones and some jewelry. The Brant home was left smeared with blood, an indication of the brutal motive for the attack: terrorism.
Farm attacks are increasingly common in South Africa. A July 2020 AfriForum report shows that farm attacks have increased almost fivefold in the past decade, from 115 attacks in 2010 to 552 attacks in 2019. In attacks where a specific crime was reported, the attackers tortured a victim 9 percent of the time by burning them with irons, pouring boiling water down their ears, piercing them with power tools, and other methods.
A direct correlation has been established between anti-white hate speech from South African politicians and farm attacks. This strongly indicates that torturing white farmers is part of a terror campaign to drive them off their land. The Brant family is among the most recent victims of a violent movement that has been developing since 1990, when the South African government lifted the ban on the African National Congress (ANC) and the Communist Party of South Africa.
While many hailed Nelson Mandela’s victory in the 1994 election as the beginning of a new golden age for South Africa, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned: “South Africa is the first of the Anglo-Saxon nations to give away its God-given birthright.” Late Trumpet columnist Ron Fraser wrote, “Disaster looms huge on the horizon of South Africa, as godless communism has its day bringing an ANC-dominated government to power with the apparent full endorsement of Western society.”
This analysis was based on Bible prophecy, and is recorded in our free e-book South Africa in Prophecy. South Africa gives a preview of the type of violence coming to the U.S. and Britain if people continue to reject biblical truth in favor of godless communism and false religion.
One in four Americans have missed a bill payment since COVID-19 lockdown
The United States economy may be headed toward even worse times as COVID-19 lockdowns affect people’s incomes and savings accounts. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, making it hard for many to pay their bills. A new OnePoll survey of 2,000 Americans finds that one in four have missed at least one bill payment since the pandemic began. This survey further found that one in three Americans have dipped into their savings accounts because of COVID-19.
In Deuteronomy 28, God specifically warned that debt problems are one of the many curses that come when a nation turns away from following His law.
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Supreme Court allows Nevada to lock down churches tighter than casinos
A ruling by the United States Supreme Court has denied Nevada its constitutionally mandated religious freedom. In a lawsuit, a Nevada church requested that religious gatherings be held to the same standards as casinos, gyms and restaurants, which can operate at 50 percent capacity. But on July 24, the court voted 5-to-4 to uphold the Nevada government’s ruling to limit religious services.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” The Supreme Court’s principal responsibility is to ensure that laws that are passed do not violate the Constitution, yet it has allowed the Nevada government to restrict exercise of religion in a draconian way, while allowing much freer exercise to places of entertainment.
In 2013, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote: “If the judges are not subject to constitutional law, they are subject to nothing and nobody! … What most people don’t see is that we are destroying the rule of law. … Again, history reveals that empires are destroyed if they fail to establish the rule of law. But the liberal culture often has contempt of history and our Founding Fathers. They foolishly rely on their own reasoning, which is not grounded in foundational law. … This process is sure to lead to anarchy!”