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Suicide rates in the US have risen steeply

I was both discouraged and shocked to hear of the latest statistics regarding suicide.  I often hear interviews on this subject on the radio and other media also covers this subject as well; depression is also a front-burner discussion topic.  Both are on the rise across all age groups, especially those who are under 40 years of age.  We are seeing a tragic increase in mental illness in our nation.  But this is what happens when you have a breakdown of marriage and the family unit, when the Commandments of God are cast aside or ignored mental depression flourishes.

The rate of U.S. teens and young adults dying of suicide has reached its highest level in nearly two decades, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Between 2009 and 2017, rates of depression among kids ages 14 to 17 increased by more than 60%, the study found. The increases were nearly as steep among those ages 12 to 13 (47%) and 18 to 21 (46%), and rates generally doubled among those ages 20 to 21.

With more than 6,200 suicides among people aged 15 to 24, suicide ranked as the second-leading cause of death for people in that age group, following behind are deaths from chance motor vehicle accidents.

For youths, using social media in a way that reduces face-to-face interactions could be particularly detrimental to mental health, said Victor Schwartz, chief medical officer at suicide prevention nonprofit The Jed Foundation.  Personal friendships that are long lasting are increasingly difficult to find.  Social media is shallow, fast and lacks that eye to eye, face to face contact. We reap what we sow—casual sex, live-in relationships, rampant divorce—these behaviors are destroying our people’s mental health—and our children, teens and young people are suffering the most from this pandemonium.

Hebrews 12:4—states that Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.  The only hope of turning our National depression crisis around fast is to quickly, and vigorously, restore our Nation’s respect for God’s divinely created covenant relationship called marriage.

Large number of Christian men addicted to Porn

A new study by the Barna Group shows that 64 percent of Christian men and 15 percent of Christian women admitted to viewing pornography at least once a month, compared to 65 percent of men and 30 percent of women who identified as non-Christian and said they watched porn at the same rate. The statistics for middle-aged Christian men (ages 31 to 49) are disturbing: 77 percent looked at pornography while at work in the past three months. 64 percent view pornography at least monthly. 18 percent admit being addicted to pornography (and another 8 percent think they may be). 55 percent of married Christian men look at pornography at least monthly. Matthew 5:28: But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Exodus 20:17:  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife ….” Viewing images of people leads to a type of wrongful desire.

Big victory for Israel

03 25 2019a
“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” tweeted President Donald Trump, a reference to the strategic mountains, on Israel’s northern border, which it captured from Syria in the Six-Day War in 1967.

“I’ve been thinking about doing that for a long time, it’s been a very hard decision for every president, no president has done it,” Mr. Trump later told the Fox Business Network, referring to his Golan statement. “For years other presidents have campaigned, they said they’d do it. This is sovereignty, this is security, this is about regional security.”

Mr. Netanyahu then penned on Twitter. “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump!”
03 25 2019b
Israeli tank on the Golan Heights

Mr. Netanyahu has often pressed for the U.S. to accept Israel’s sovereignty over Israel-controlled parts of the Golan Heights, which Israel grabbed from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967, and then commandeered the territory in 1981 despite international censure. He said it was vital in part since Iran would seek to use Syria as a base to assault Israel.

“President Trump has just made history,” Mr. Netanyahu asserted. “He did it again, first he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. embassy here, then he pulled out of the disastrous Iran treaty and imposed sanctions but now he did something of equal historic importance.”

Mr. Netanyahu is facing elections in less than three weeks, and he might lose. Harassed by scandals and the prospect of prosecution for financial transgressions, Mr. Netanyahu is in political trouble, and President Trump’s tweet about the Golan may be just what Mr. Bibi Netanyahu needs to firm up his support with Israel’s brash right-wing, which admires President Trump.

The prophetic significance of the news story is that once again Israel again stirred up hatred within the Islamic world. Soon many nations in the Arab world will agree to attack Israel, see the prophecy in Psalm 83. The timing of the prophecy is according to God’s design. Now we will watch to see Syria’s reaction to Israel’s Golan Heights ownership.

President Assad of Syria is among one of the basest of men who continues to rule in the Middle East (Daniel 4:17); that whole region will only become more exhausting as we move forward into 2019. –Steven LeBlanc

Anti-Semitism in Europe

01 18 2019

A Ukrainian journalist working with a TV channel owned by Ukrainian president Poroshenko was caught making a Nazi salute while on a trip to Vienna, Austria.  She is a veteran of far-right militant group Azov.

By Nation update


Is home to Europe’s largest population of Jews (353,000).  The Jewish community in France — which has suffered a number of notorious deadly attacks in recent years — emerges to have been especially traumatized: almost 80 per cent of French Jews told pollsters that anti-Semitism in the country had “increased a lot”, the highest proportion in Europe. Between 5,000 to 7,000 Jews leave France every year, mostly go to Israel, as they are afraid of rising anti-Jewish hatred that is infecting this European country they once loved.



Home to 116,000 Jews, where 44 per cent of Jews said they had thought about emigrating, up from 25 per cent five years ago. Berlin, which is both Germany’s capital and one of its 16 federal states, registered almost twice as many anti-Semitic offenses as Bavaria, second in the national statistics.


The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

The current climate has shaken Britain’s roughly 290,000-strong Jewish community. Though Britain is one of the securest places for Jews in Europe, there were 1400 anti-Semitic incidents in 2018. On the political front, the Labour Party, which has long been considered a natural home for British Jews, has been entangled for more than two years in a bitter quarrel over the extent of anti-Semitism within its ranks.  Britain’s three leading Jewish newspapers — Jewish ChronicleJewish News and Jewish Telegraph — take the unprecedented step of speaking as one by publishing the same front page…attacking Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn, who long-served on his party’s backbenches in Parliament, has a history of associating with fringe left-wing groups whose support for the Palestinian cause often bleeds into anti-Semitism.  Almost 40 percent of British Jews would “seriously consider emigrating” if Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister, according to a poll conducted for The Jewish Chronicle published in Britain.



Is home to 50,000 Jews.  A wave of anti-Semitism has swept over Ukraine. Recently, a far-right leader publicly called for cleansing Ukraine of zhidi (a slur equivalent to “kike”); a Holocaust memorial in Ternopil was bombed; hundreds marched through the city of Lviv, , in honor of an SS unit, complete with Nazi salutes; “Death to Zhidi” graffiti was scrawled in two cities; a revered rabbi’s tomb was vandalized; and hundreds rocked out at a neo-Nazi concert clad in swastikas and throwing up Nazi salutes.



Home to 33,000 Jews. According to the Centre for Research on Prejudice, the percentage of Poles who believe Jews kidnap Christian children has risen from 11 to 25 per cent in just ten years. The number who believe Jews “strive to rule the world” stands at 43 per cent.

Poland’s far right groups have grown in popularity. The largest demonstration of anti-immigrant and fascist attitudes coalesced in November of last year, on the country’s official Independence Day. The celebration, which has become an annual rallying point for Poland’s far-right groups, saw more than 60,000 demonstrators march through Warsaw calling for “White Europe.” People threw red smoke bombs or carried banners with white supremacist symbols or phrases like “Clean blood.” Others chanted “Pure Poland, white Poland!” and “Refugees get out!”. These groups are often anti-Jewish as well.



Home to 30,200 Jews. Barcelona Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Leave Spain: ‘This Place Is Lost’ Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen says Spain is Europe’s ‘hub of Islamist terror’ and that he’s been encouraging congregants to buy property in Israel.



Sweden is home to approximately 19,000 Jews. Sweden has a dark and complex historical relationship with anti-Semitism. In Gothenburg last year, hundreds of neo-Nazis marched marched on Yom Kippur to celebrate their hateful ideology. Allan Stutzinsky, chairman of the Gothenburg Jewish community states, “We have anti-Semitism here again like in the 1930s”. We thought Europe had learned its lesson, but that’s apparently not the case.”. Part of the problem, is that Sweden was never de-Nazified after World War II — it was officially neutral but in practice collaborated with Nazi Germany. Sweden’s 3rd largest city, Malmo, where there are so few Jews left that the Jewish kindergarten there now has mostly non-Jewish children.



Belgium is home to 29,000 Jews. Soccer fans in Belgium chanted about burning Jews during a match in the city of Bruges, Belgian media reported.


Jews Leaving Europe—why is this significant?

Jews leaving Europe tells us that Anti-Jewish hatred is on the rise, this is a significant geopolitical and prophetic ‘canary in the coal mine’.  Satan hates the Jews and we know prophetically Jewish persecution will increase dramatically before Christ returns.  Remember Jewish persecution suddenly ramped up in the 1930s in Europe thus foreshadowing the beginning of World War 2.

Jerusalem, of course, is the epicenter of Jewish meaning.  Soon the world will become obsessed with Jerusalem and the Jews, and armies will attack this pivotal city.  Satan hates Jerusalem and the Jews, so his efforts to destroy the Jewish people and the Jews of Europe, and the State of Israel will gain momentum in the months and years ahead of us.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it …” (Zechariah 12:2-3).  Jerusalem was foretold to be the center of controversy and war in the end time—“a cup of drunkenness” and “a very heavy stone for all peoples.”—Steven LeBlanc

P.S.  Note this shocking fact:  In America, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims its study of 1,350 adults found two-thirds of American millennials could not identify Auschwitz, while 22% said they hadn’t heard of the Holocaust or weren’t sure whether they had or not.

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