Jesus indicated that one (of many) signs of the end times or the end of the age grace would be that love for one another would grow cold. Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This can be interpreted that lawlessness and violence shall abound, including at the civil level.
‘Distress of Nations’ Luke 21:25
Increasing (5) Lawlessness, Violence, Rebellion, Protest or Anarchy, ‘Distress of Nations’; Shootings across US amid continued summer surge in gun violence
By Chandler Thornton, Kristina Sgueglia and Eric Levenson, CNN Updated 12:41 AM ET, Mon August 17, 2020
(CNN)Chicago and New York are among a number of cities that saw heightened levels of gun violence this weekend, continuing a trend of increased violence over the past few months.
In Chicago, nearly 30 people were shot and three people killed over the weekend, Chicago Police said Sunday morning.
Among those injured are a 12-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys in separate shooting incidents. One of the three people killed was an 18-year-old man.
Police said the 12-year-old boy was standing in a park with a group when he was shot in the leg around 8 p.m. (9 p.m. ET) Friday and transported to the hospital in fair condition. Police are still looking for the suspect.
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the arm late Saturday and the 18-year-old man killed on the 3500 block of W. Flournoy, police said. The 14-year-old told police he heard shots fired and felt pain and was transported to the hospital in fair condition. Police do not have details on any suspects.
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg Saturday after police say a group of people pulled up in a vehicle and fired shots at him. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.
In New York, over 40 people were shot in a 48-hour period as of Sunday morning, the New York Police Department said.
There were 20 victims as a result of 12 shooting incidents Friday, and 23 victims as a result of 20 shooting incidents Saturday, according to data released by the NYPD.
In the last week, New York reported 70 people injured in 55 shooting incidents, according to preliminary NYPD data. In that same span, 14 people were victims of homicides. In the same week of 2019, 26 people were injured in shooting incidents and seven were killed in homicides.
Increase in shootings across US
Chicago, New York and other American cities have seen sharp increases in gun violence since late spring. From May to June 2020, homicides in 20 major US cities increased by 37%, led by Chicago, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, according to new data from the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice think tank.
The increases coincide with the end of pandemic-related shutdowns, mass unemployment due to the pandemic, protests condemning police violence against Black people, and the summer, when crime annually increases.
Still, the incidents of gun violence are generally on par with crime statistics from earlier this decade and are well below the stunning highs of the 1990s.
NYPD data as of August 9 shows murders have increased 29% compared to this point last year, and shooting incidents have increased about 79% compared to this point last year.
Overall, though, total crime complaints in New York are down 3% from last year, led by sharp decreases in rape and grand larceny, NYPD data shows
Other cities with violence
In Philadelphia, five (5) people were shot Saturday night after police responded to a report of a person with a gun and discovered a gathering of about 200 people.
As police units arrived, several males began shooting at them, a news release from Philadelphia Police said. No police were injured and officers did not discharge their weapons. All five victims are in stable condition at local hospitals.
Police found 28 AR-15 rounds and nearly a dozen 40-caliber rounds at the scene, police said.
In New Haven, Connecticut, six (6) people were shot, including one fatally, late Saturday night, according to police.
The five injured victims remain hospitalized in stable condition, spokeswoman Sgt. Shayna Kendall told CNN.
Four people were shot and wounded in Detroit in separate incidents Saturday night and early Sunday, Detroit Police said. One of the victims is in critical condition and another is in serious condition.
A fifth (5) person was killed when a man intentionally rammed a car, police said, hitting a 58-year-old woman who was standing behind it. She died at a hospital.
Also in the Detroit area, Michigan State Police said they are investigating a possible freeway shooting that happened early Sunday. Two victims from that incident drove to a hospital and are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the state police said.
In Rochester, New York, five (5) people were injured in a shooting Saturday night, according to Rochester Police.
Officers responded around 11:30 p.m. Saturday and found a vehicle that “had been struck by gunfire,” according to a statement from Rochester Police.
Four men, between 20 and 30 years old, and one 32-year-old female were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot injuries, police said.
In South Bend, Indiana, a 9-year-old boy was shot and killed after a weapon discharged while juveniles were playing, according to a statement from the St Joseph’s County prosecutor’s office. Initial indications were that no adults were associated with the shooting, spokeswoman Jessica McBrier said.
In Cincinnati, police responded to several shootings with multiple victims overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning, ultimately resulting in four deaths, a news release said.
Police described the incidents preliminarily as separate incidents of gun violence.
“This amount of gun violence and the damage this has inflicted on our neighborhoods is unacceptable,” Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac said in a news release Sunday.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley decried the surge in violence and shootings in the city.
“The very sad reality is people are getting in trouble when they have nowhere to go and nothing to do,” he said.
CNN’s Anna Sturla, Alex Medeiros and Ganesh Setty contributed to this report.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.