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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

An End Times author said he believes an asteroid will strike the Earth in 2029 and spread a virus that will lead to the rise of the Antichrist.

Thomas Horn, author of The Wormwood Prophecy, told Jim Bakker on the Jim Bakker Show that he believes it is “more likely than not” that the seven years of Great Tribulation could start in 2025, The Christian Post reports.

He said an asteroid named Apophis by NASA will hit Earth on April 13, 2029.

“I believe that Apophis is carrying an alien micro-organism on it in which a virus is being sustained and I believe it’s going to make coronavirus look like a walk in the park,” he said on the show.

In March, NASA released a statement about Apophis, saying there is “no risk” of the asteroid impacting Earth for “at least a century.”

“Thanks to additional observations of the near-Earth object (NEO), the risk of an impact in 2029 was later ruled out, as was the potential impact risk posed by another close approach in 2036. Until this month, however, a small chance of impact in 2068 still remained.”

Horn said he believes NASA is part of a “cover-up” about the asteroid.

He said the asteroid is Wormwood, the “great star” described in Revelation 8.

Horn added that the asteroid will be “a global trigger event” that “leads to the Mark of the Beast” and then the rising of the Antichrist.

Horn isn’t Bakker’s first guest in recent weeks to discuss conspiracy theories.

Last week, Bakker interviewed Steve Quayle, an author who writes on aliens and fallen angels, who warned about “aliens, demons, trans-dimensional beings, and diseases that are designed to initiate cannibalism in human beings and turn them into literal zombies.”

Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch said he worries that the Jim Bakker Show is becoming “decidedly stranger.”

“While televangelist Jim Bakker’s daily television program has always been a repository for misinformation, baseless conspiracy theories, and End Times fearmongering, his show has gotten decidedly stranger in recent days,” wrote Mantyla.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Newly released police bodycam footage shows a 13-year-old appearing to drop a handgun and begin to raise his hands just as a Chicago police officer fatally shoots him.

Footage from Officer Eric Stillman’s body camera captures the moments just before the shooting of Adam Toledo, who was Latino, the Associated Press reports.

The shooting happened on March 29 at about 3 a.m. after police responded to reports of shots fired in the area.

Toledo ran from police down an alley.

“Police! Stop! Stop right (expletive) now!” The officer says in the video.

Toledo slows down and stops near an opening in a fence.

“Hands! Hands! Show me your (expletive) hands!” Stillman says.

Toledo turns toward Stillman and seemingly begins to raise his hands, and the officer yells, “Drop it!” Stillman then fires one shot into Toledo’s chest.

Stillman approaches Toledo and tells him to “stay awake.” He begins administering CPR.

The video also shows a flashlight shining on a handgun on the ground near Toledo.

Stillman’s attorney, Tim Grace, said Stillman was right to fire his weapon.

“The juvenile offender had the gun in his right hand ... looked at the officer which could be interpreted as attempting to acquire a target and began to turn to face the officer attempting to swing the gun in his direction,” Grace wrote. “At this point, the officer was faced with a life-threatening and deadly force situation. All prior attempts to deescalate and gain compliance with all of the officer’s lawful orders had failed.”

An attorney for Toledo’s family, however, said Toledo tossed the gun.

“He complied,” she said. “He turned around.”

The release of the body cam footage comes with the ongoing trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with the murder of George Floyd.

Last year, Chauvin arrested Floyd and pressed his knee into the man’s neck, killing him. 

Chauvin’s trial continues Monday with closing arguments.

The nation is also reacting to the recent killing of Daunte Wright, also a Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop.

Authorities have said Wright was accidentally shot when the officer meant to Tase him.

On Thursday night, small groups of protestors gathered and marched in response to the body cam footage.

“We live in a city that is traumatized by a long history of police violence and misconduct,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “So, while we don’t have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable why so many of our residents are feeling that all too familiar surge of outrage and pain. It is even clearer that trust between our community and law enforcement is far from healed and remains badly broken.”


Christian Leaders, Pastors Speak Out following the Shooting Death of Daunte Wright

At Least Eight Dead in Mass Shooting at Indianapolis FedEx Facility

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Christian leaders and pastors across the nation shared their reactions online to the fatal police shooting of a 20-year-old Black man in Minnesota.

The comments come after the fatal shooting, which happened over the weekend.

Authorities said this week that officer Kim Potter accidentally discharged her weapon and killed Daunte Wright. Police have said she was trying to Tase him.

Police bodycam footage shows the officer trying to arrest Wright.

"I'll Tase you! I'll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!" The officer says in the video footage.

Wright broke free and ran to get inside his car. The officer fired a single shot, and the car sped away.

"Holy (expletive)! I shot him," the officer says.

Wright died of the gunshot wound to his chest, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said.

Potter has resigned, and so has Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. Additionally, on Wednesday, Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

A call for justice

Just days after the shooting, Christian leaders have issued their reactions online, with some calling the shooting another example of "systemic" failure.

Christian rapper Lecrae posted online: "There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. I see a wholistic problem, not simply an isolated event. If we don't work on our whole system, its brokenness will continue to ruin families."

Lecrae responds to the death of Daunte Wright

"The term is 'excessive force,'" said Sam Collier, author and pastor of Hillsong Atlanta. "Because of the fear of black people, law enforcement officers overreact and kill us unnecessarily. THIS IS A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED AND CHANGED," he asserted.

"I would also be remiss if I did not address my black brothers and sisters and my future kids," he added. "It grieves me to even have to say this: As my father told me. Please... don't give any officer a reason to overreact. Don't resist arrest, don't stir the pot. Don't agitate the situation; it will never end in our favor because the system is broken. Praying for a day in which this post isn't needed. #JusticeforDaunteWright.”

Christian author and teacher Christine Caine reposted Collier's post, only adding, "Sometimes, we simply need to listen."

Christine Caine reacts to Daunte Wrights death

Pastor Judah Smith of Churchhome, posted on Instagram that he was "praying for the Wright family."

Wright had a 1-year-old son.

"Why and how is it that WE are the ones who always get accidentally shot???" wrote author and pastor DeVon Franklin. "My prayers go out to Daunte Wright's family and to his son, who now has to grow up without a father. It's just devastating... can't even find the words... #justicefordauntewright."

DeVon Franklin reacts to the death of Daunte Wright

A family's grief

Wright's mother and other family members have also spoken to reporters about her son.

Mother Katie Wright said her son called her after being pulled over to get insurance information to give to the officer. She said the officer asked him to get out of the car.

"Then the police officer asked him to hang up the phone," Katie Wright said. "Three or four seconds went by. I tried calling back to back to back because I didn't know what was going on."

Eventually, the passenger in the car with Wright was able to FaceTime with his mother.

"And she was crying and screaming and said that they shot him," she said. "And then she pointed the phone towards the driver's seat, and my son was laying there, unresponsive. That was the last time that I seen my son," she said.

"That's the last time I heard from my son. And I've had no explanation since then."

Wright's aunt, Naisha Wright, told reporters that her nephew was loved.

"This is no broken home," she said. "This is 23 years of love."

"How do we put life back together after this?" Naisha Wright asked. "My mother shouldn't have to be burying her grandchild. My brother and my sister shouldn't be burying their son."

Support from others

Wright's family has said they do not believe Wright was accidentally shot.

"I can't accept that ... mistake," Wright's father, Aubrey Wright, said. "That doesn't even sound right. You know, this officer has been on the force for 26-plus years. I can't accept that."

Protestors have continued to gather at the Brooklyn Center Police Department for several nights following the shooting.

Acting city manager Reggie Edwards said in an emergency city council meeting Thursday that "95 percent of protestors are protesting peacefully." He said arrests have been declining throughout the week.

Wednesday night, however, a spokesperson with Operation Safety Net said some protestors threw objects at police, while some protestors told reporters that police have been forceful in trying to control the crowds.

"Don't tell me that you're scared of me when I don't have no armor, weapons in my hand," a 19-year-old protestor told local media. "You should have shot me in the mouth because that's the only thing it's going to take for me to shut up."

The shooting happened just days after the trial in the death of George Floyd began. Floyd was killed after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as he tried to restrain Floyd during an arrest last year.

The former officer, Derek Chauvin, is currently on trial for murder.

This week, Floyd's family met with the Wright family in Minneapolis.

"They thought it was important that they give comfort to Daunte Wright's mother" and family, said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Wright family.

Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, told the Wright family, "we will stand in support with you."

"The world is traumatized, watching another African American man being slayed," Philonise Floyd said.

"I woke up in the morning with this on my mind. I don't want to see another victim," he said.

"It's a time for change, and that time is now."

Chauvin's trial

Meanwhile, the prosecution and the defense have rested their cases in the murder trial of Chauvin. Closing arguments are expected to take place on Monday.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death. If convicted of the most serious charge, as a first-time offender, he could face 10 1/2 years to 15 years in prison.

The jury will be sequestered during deliberations.

If I were you, I would plan for long (deliberations) and hope for short," the judge told jurors this week.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.