The Pre-tribulation Rapture Myth

This study will look at what the Word of God says about the rapture (catching up of the saints), as too many people speculate about the meaning of verses, while the Bible is very straight-forward about the sequence of events.

The 70th week of Daniel was fulfilled on time, after the 69th week, when Messiah confirmed the Everlasting New Covenant with His blood sacrifice. He and His disciples offered the Gospel to the Jews for 7 years, after which it was also offered to the Gentiles.  So it can’t be a future 7-year tribulation period, which invalidates the concept of a pre-tribulation rapture.  To read a Bible study that proves this, click on
70 Weeks Of Daniel Deception

In Matthew 28:18-20, Messiah said He would be with us unto the end of the world, not just until a pre-trib rapture.

And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

In John 6:40, 44 and 54, Messiah repeatedly tells us that He will raise up the dead at the last day.

And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

1 Thessalonians 5:2 says that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night to those who are in spiritual darkness. 

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”

Then verses 4-6 say “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”

If we are abiding in Messiah’s light, then we won’t be caught by surprise.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says that the dead shall rise at the last trumpet

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

The followers of Messiah who are alive when Jesus returns, will be changed AFTER the dead rise, at the END.

Revelation 11:15, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.”

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 tells us the rapture won’t be secret and that we’ll be ‘caught up’ after the dead rise first.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

This is the same ‘not so secret’ event as Matthew 24:29-31, where the dead rise first, then the alive saints.

In John 16:33, Messiah told us we would have tribulation, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Paul tells us in I Thessalonians 5:9, to be sober in waiting for the return of Messiah, but we will not face His wrath.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”

So the Bible is telling us that people in the end of time will go through tribulation and will face the beast system. At the end, the dead will rise and then the living elect will be caught up in the air to meet Messiah.

Then His wrath will be poured out on the Earth to judge those who have rejected Him.

Messiah will come for His bride on the Feast of the Trumpets.

God gave the Israelites seven feasts to celebrate, all which pointed to the promised Messiah. Messiah has fulfilled four of the feasts, such as when He died as the Passover lamb, in exact detail at the precise time.

The next feast to be fulfilled is the Feast of Trumpets, which represents Jesus return for His bride.

Knowing that Messiah is exact in His fulfillment of prophecy, and knowing that the Feast of Trumpets represents Jesus return for His bride, we know the context of Jesus return.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed
1 Corinthians 15:51-52

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Is it not logical that Messiah will return during the Feast of Trumpets?

10 days after the Feast of Trumpets is the Feast of Atonement, when Christ will judge His Church.

15 days after the Feast of Trumpets is the Feast of Tabernacles, when we will celebrate the wedding feast.

So you can clearly see that the judgment and wedding feast occur shortly after Messiah returns to gather His bride, not seven years beforehand.

To read more about the seven feasts and how they point to Jesus second coming, click on No One Knows The Day And Hour Of Jesus Return

The “Marriage Supper of the Lamb” is at the end, not 7 years before Messiah returns on His white horse. 

Revelation 19:8-9 says that the bride is not ready until Revelation 19 and we are at the END of tribulation!

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

Then two sentences later in verse 11 we find the “Second Coming of Messiah”,

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”

As you can see, anyone who teaches that believers will be raptured, and will be at the wedding feast with Jesus, while everyone on Earth is enduring seven years of tribulation, is teaching contrary to the Word of Elohim.

Followers of Messiah have faced tribulation for the last 2,000 years, as it is part of our purification and testing.

Messiah’s disciples were persecuted and killed. Stephen the Apostle was stoned. Paul was beaten, stoned and persecuted. Millions of Christians have died at the hands of the Jews, the Romans and the Roman Catholic Church.  Today, many Christians in other countries are being persecuted and killed for their faith.

Why would Elohim treat us any differently?  Do we think that we are better than those who died for their faith?

Messiah told us in Revelation 3:14-16 that we are the Church of Laodicea, and He said that we are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.  And because we are ‘lukewarm’, He will spit us out of His mouth, unless we repent of our ways.

Do you understand how effective Satan’s pre-tribulation rapture myth has been?

It has caused us to not prepare for hardship, as the financial system collapses.
You need to be prepared, so that during times of tribulation, you can protect yourself and your family.  If you don’t, then every day will be spent trying to survive, instead of being spent helping those around you.  When the world is suffering in the last days, people will be more desperate than ever for the Good News of Messiah .

It has caused us to not be prepared spiritually and unable to discern the truth about Satan’s end time plans.

You need to be alert, so that you’re not deceived by false prophets who tell you that the rapture has happened, or that the Messiah has come. You need to be strong with the full armor of Elohim protecting you.

Satan will make the world desperate for a savior who can provide for them and give them peace.

With the pending financial collapse; worldwide shortages of food and water; increases in wars and violence; and then the appearance of a false messiah…  the world will be ripe to accept the mark of the beast.

Revelation 12:12,17 says “woe to the ones dwelling on the Earth, because the devil came down to you having great anger, knowing that he has a little time!”, “he is enraged and will make war with those having the testimony of Christ.”

You need be prepared to give an answer for your faith, so that you don’t submit to the beast system and deny Messiah.

Antichrist is not just one man in the end, but a system that has been working since the time of Messiah.

Satan’s deception has caused Christians to look only to an end-time antichrist, instead of looking to all the institutions that have been antichrist for thousands of years, and are working against Christians, such as Babylonian Judaism and the Jesuits who control the Roman Catholic Church.

To read a Bible study about the ‘Little Horn of Daniel’ and the ‘Beast of Revelation’, click on The Beasts of Daniel and Revelation

Truth be told, nowhere in the Bible does it say there will be a 7 year tribulation

If you doubt that, ask your pastor where in the Bible it says that there will be a 7-year tribulation.

There will be great tribulation to be sure, but the pre-tribulation rapture myth is built around the concept of a 7-year tribulation, a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, that is not supported by the Bible.

Click here to see how a 70th Week of Daniel Antichrist and 7 Year Tribulation are NOT Biblical

Click here to learn that the 70th Week Of Daniel Prince is NOT an End Times Antichrist

Click here to see why an End Times Fulfillment of the 70th Week of Daniel is Illogical

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The Pre-tribulation Rapture Myth

Ukraine: Heading East. Donbass residents taking refuge in Russia | RT Documentary

Southeastern Ukraine has been a war zone for the last eight years. Government forces have been shelling their people because of differences concerning language, political affiliations, and their country’s future. Not everyone was happy with this pro-Western sentiment. The southeastern part of Ukraine has always felt closer to Russia. Some of its residents are ethnically Russian or have relatives in Russia.

Most Ukrainians speak Russian, and it’s the predominant language in some regions. Attempts to ban it only adds fuel to the fire. Ukraine’s neo-Nazis took advantage of the situation and began to wipe out the Russian-speaking population. Crimea was the first Ukrainian region to express discontent and voted to return to Russia. Later, the people of Donbass also stood up to protect their land. However, the Ukrainian government was unable to cope with the situation. It continually shelled the country’s southeastern part for the next eight years while simultaneously seeking closer integration with the West.

In the late February of 2022, Russian forces and volunteers helped Donbass refugees to leave their destroyed homes and have a chance at a new life. Russia took in 2,500,000 people.

When His Girlfriend Said It Was Too Late for an Abortion, He Punched Her in the Stomach to Kill Her Baby

A Georgia teenager is facing assault charges after he allegedly punched and choked his pregnant girlfriend when she told him she would not have an abortion.

The report in the Gainesville Times adds to growing concerns about just how frequently women are pressured or forced to abort their unborn babies by abusers.

According to the report, police said Koa Barker, 17, of Gainesville, assaulted his pregnant girlfriend on Saturday after he told her that he did not want the baby.

Barker allegedly punched the 18-year-old woman twice in the stomach, choked her, slapped her, shoved her and told her he “wanted to kill her,” police told the newspaper.

The girlfriend said she had told Barker it was “too late for an abortion,” according to police. She said she is 15 weeks pregnant.

The news outlet did not report any details about the condition of the pregnant young woman and her unborn baby.

Police said Barker is in jail, facing charges of battery to an unborn child, misdemeanor battery, aggravated assault, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Mothers frequently are forced or coerced to abort their unborn babies, and sometimes their decisions to protect their babies’ lives lead to abuse. A new BBC survey found 15 percent of women of childbearing age in the UK felt pressured to have abortions that they did not want.

Often the pressure comes from an intimate partner. Another new study from Lifeway Research this year found that 42 percent of men whose partners had abortions said they either “strongly urged” or “suggested” that she have an abortion. In 2009, research by the Elliot Institute found 64 percent of post-abortive women said they felt pressured to have an abortion, often from a spouse or partner.

Another 2014 study found that forced abortions are common among sex trafficking victims. In “The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities,” researchers found that 55 percent of sex trafficking victims had at least one abortion, with more than half saying they were forced to abort one or more unborn babies.

Studies also have found high rates of violent abuse among women seeking abortions and pregnant women. Often, abuse also is connected to a mother’s refusal to abort her unborn child.

LifeNews has been keeping track of reports of forced and coerced abortions as well as abuse when women refuse to abort their unborn babies. They include:

Scotland – When She Refused Abortion, Her Boyfriend Threatened to Kill Their Unborn Baby With a Coat Hanger

India – Doctors, Family Members Forced Woman to Have Abortion, Killed Her 5-Month-Old Unborn Baby

Washington, D.C. – Washington D.C. Assistant Police Chief Was Told to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion or be Fired

Kentucky – Man Charged with Murdering His Pregnant Wife and Injuring Her Unborn Baby

England – Nurse Fired, Jailed for Helping Man Force Girlfriend to Abort Unborn Baby with Abortion Pills

Ohio – Doctor Pleads Guilty after Attempting to Murder Unborn Son after Wife Refused an Abortion (Canton Repository)

New York – Woman Says R. Kelly Forced Her to Get an Abortion Against Her Will

Brazil – Pregnant Woman Set on Fire, Killed After She Refused Boyfriend’s Demand to Get Abortion

Michigan – Man Convicted of Assaulting His Pregnant Girlfriend, Trying to Abort Her Baby

India – 15-Year-Old Girl Brutally Raped and Then Forced to Have Abortion

Canada – Man accused of killing toddler tried to force abortion on mother, court records show (CBC)

Minnesota – Man Charged for Allegedly Kicking Pregnant Woman in Stomach after She Refused an Abortion (Star Tribune)

Michigan – Man Charged With Raping Teen, Choking Her Until She Blacked Out Because She Refused Abortion

India – Parents Force Their Daughter to Have an Abortion Because Her Husband Was From the Wrong Caste

India – Abortion Pills Kill Woman 5 Months Pregnant After Partner Forced Her to Take Them

Brazil – Man Kills His Girlfriend’s Unborn Baby By Putting Abortion Pills in Her Vagina During Sex

Pakistan – 14-Year-Old Girl Dies After Rapist Allegedly Forced Her to Have Abortion

Tennessee – Man Kills His Pregnant Girlfriend and Her Baby After She Refuses to Have Abortion

England – Man Threatens to Slit His Baby’s Throat if His Ex-Girlfriend Didn’t Have Abortion

England – Husband Orders His Wife to Kill Their Unborn Baby in an Abortion

India – Police: Former Officer Rapes Teen Girl, Then Forces Her to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion

Florida – Jeffrey Epstein Rape Victim Says She Was Pressured to Have Abortion

California – U.S. Swim Coach Accused of Sexual Abuse, Pressuring Girl into Abortion

Pennsylvania – Man Allegedly Used Abortion Pills to Hide Sexual Abuse of Daughter and Stepdaughter When They Got Pregnant

India – Woman’s Parents Allegedly Strangle Her to Death After She Refuses to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion

Philippines – Police Officer Charged with Raping Intern, Forcing Her to Abort Her Unborn Child

Uganda – Man Stabs 18 Year-Old Girlfriend to Death After She Refuses to Have Abortion

India – Teacher Rapes 13-Year-Old Student, Then Forces Her to Have Abortion

England – Pastor Raped Multiple Women and Children From His Congregation, Forced Them to Have Abortions

Wales – Man Accused of Brutally Strangling His Pregnant Girlfriend, Demanding She Get an Abortion

Texas – Man Jailed for Life After Killing His Pregnant Girlfriend Because She Wouldn’t Abort Their Baby

California – Man Reportedly Forced His Girlfriend at Gunpoint at Take Drugs to Kill Her Baby in Abortion

Wisconsin – Man Allegedly Slipped Abortion Drugs into Pregnant Girlfriend’s Drink

England – Man Allegedly Tries to Force Girlfriend to Abort Their Disabled Baby: “It Would be Cruel to Have a Baby Like That”

Indiana – Teen Kills Pregnant Girlfriend After She Waited Too Long to Get Abortion: “I Took Action, I Took Her Life”

Tennessee – Man Kills Girlfriend and 4-Month Old Baby, She Refused to Abort So He Could Escape Child Support

New York – Attacker Kills Woman 5 Months Pregnant, New York’s New Abortion Law Says Her Baby Isn’t a Human Being

Utah – Man Reportedly Killed His Pregnant Ex-Girlfriend Because She Refused to Have Abortion

Virginia – Doctor Convicted of Spiking Pregnant Girlfriend’s Drink with Abortion Drugs

Hawaii – Man Stabs His Girlfriend More Than Two Dozen Times Because She Refused an Abortion

California – Man Hired Hitman to Kill His Girlfriend and Unborn Son Because She Refused Abortion

Florida – Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Tricking Pregnant Girlfriend into Taking Abortion Drugs

Norway – Man Convicted of Killing Unborn Baby after Slipping Abortion Drugs into Girlfriend’s Drink

Indiana – Man Charged with Attempted Feticide for Allegedly Spiking Girlfriend’s Drink with Abortion Herbs

New York – Man Convicted of Attempted Murder after Secretly Giving Girlfriend Abortion Drugs

Pennsylvania – Abortion Doc Allegedly Tried to Force His Girlfriend to Abort Their Baby, Then Beat Her When She Refused

Colorado – Man Uses a Skewer to Force His Girlfriend to Abort After She Refuses Demand to Have an Abortion

Indiana – Man Tries to Force Pregnant Girlfriend to Have Abortion By Poisoning Her Drink

England – Man Jailed for Tying Up His Girlfriend, Forcing Abortion Drugs Into Her Vagina

Russia presents new evidence on Ukraine biolabs, comments on links to Biden and US

The Russian military has presented documents showing Ukraine’s interest in using drones to deliver weaponized pathogens developed in US-funded biolabs. Names of US officials involved in the biolabs projects, and the role the current US president’s son played in the program, were also made public during the special briefing on Thursday.

One of the key pieces of evidence was a letter from the Ukrainian company Motor Sich to the  Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar Makina – makers of the Bayraktar TB2 and Akinci UAVs – dated December 15, 2021. The Ukrainians specifically asked if the drones could carry 20 liters of aerosolized payload to a range of 300 kilometers – putting them in range of a dozen major Russian cities and almost all of Belarus. 

“We are talking about the development by the Kiev regime of technical means of delivery and use of biological weapons with the possibility of their use against the Russian Federation,” said Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, commander of the Russian Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Forces.RT

©  Russian Ministry of Defense

Kirillov also referenced a US patent (No. 8,967,029) for a mechanism to deploy aerosolized pathogens from a drone. The US response to a 2018 Russian inquiry about this patent did not deny its existence, but claimed that it technically did not violate Washington’s obligations under the treaties banning chemical and biological weapons, he pointed out.

Kirillov showed signed contracts between US government agencies – Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Pentagon, the Department of State – and the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, as well as the specific facilities inside Ukraine. The Pentagon spent more than $30 million for biological research at just one Ukrainian facility, the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health, according to the Russian military.

READ MORE: Russia makes new allegations about US-funded biolabs in Ukraine

DTRA official Robert Pope was “one of the key figures” in the program, and “the author of the idea of creating a central depository of especially dangerous microorganisms in Kiev,” Kirillov said. The Pentagon’s biological projects in Ukraine were coordinated by Joanna Wintrol, head of the DTRA office in Kiev, until she left in August 2020. She directly supervised projects UP-4, UP-6, and UP-8 to study deadly pathogens, including anthrax, the Congo-Crimean fever, and leptospirosis, according to Kirillov.

The US agency’s point of contact was Ukraine’s Health Minister (2016-2019) Ulyana Suprun, herself a US citizen, Kirillov noted, while a major go-between was the private contractor Black and Veatch, whose Kiev office was headed by Lance Lippencott. Another Pentagon contractor, Metabiota, also had a role in the project.

Kirillov said that Hunter Biden – son of the current US President Joe Biden – played “an important role in creating a financial opportunity to work with pathogens on the territory of Ukraine,” pointing to several emails between him and executives of Metabiota and Black and Veatch. In particular, he described the Metabiota VP as “a confidant of Hunter Biden,” based on  their correspondence. According to the general, the “Western media” has confirmed the authenticity of these emails – presumably a reference to materials published last week by the British newspaper the Daily Mail.RT

©  Russian Ministry of Defense

Even Kiev was concerned about the biolabs, according to a memo Kirillov showed. A 2017 letter from the Kherson department of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) said that DTRA and Black and Veach intend to “establish control over the functioning of microbiological laboratories in Ukraine conducting research on pathogens of particularly dangerous infections that can be used to create or modernize new types of biological weapons.”

Pointing to a June 2019 document from the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Kirillov wondered why it insisted on secrecy and required that “serious” incidents “including the death of the subjects” had to be reported to the US bioethics authorities within 24 hours – when other documents about that specific program only reference standard blood sampling work.

READ MORE: Russia presents new evidence from US-funded Ukraine biolabs

“We do not exclude that the official research program is only the ‘visible part of the iceberg’, while in practice, volunteers were infected with the Congo–Crimean fever virus, hantaviruses and the causative agent of leptospirosis,” the general said, accusing the US of “a dismissive attitude towards the citizens of Ukraine,” and treating them as guinea pigs for biological and medical experimentation.

The US has long claimed that allegations about Pentagon-funded biolaboratories in Ukraine were “Russian disinformation.” Earlier this month, however, US diplomat Victoria Nuland testified before the Senate that “biological research laboratories in Ukraine” did exist, and that Washington was working with Kiev “to ensure that the materials of biological research do not fall into the hands of Russian forces.”

According to Kirillov, all pathogenic biomaterials stored in Ukraine were “transported by military transport aircraft to the United States via Odessa,” in early February 2022. On February 24, as Russian troops entered Ukraine, the ministry of health in Kiev ordered the remaining strains to be destroyed, the general said.

Kirillov said that the Russian intervention halted activities at five Ukrainian biolabs that had been working with anthrax, tularemia, brucellosis, cholera, leptospirosis, and African swine fever.

Russia Still Awaiting OSCE’s Response on Cars Handed Over to Neo-Nazi Azov Battalion – Envoy

VIENNA (Sputnik) – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has not yet explained how its armoured vehicles ended up in the hands of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi battalion Azov in Mariupol last month, Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

“For example, there is still no answer to the question why the mission did not report that its marked armoured vehicles were handed over to the neo-Nazi armed group Azov in late February in Mariupol. Everyone is stubbornly silent about the circumstances that are well known,” Lukashevich told the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.

He noted that on 20 March, after the SMM was completely evacuated from Mariupol, one of the marked OSCE vehicles was spotted not in the parking lot near the mission office, but three miles away, where it had evidently been used in hostilities, given the nature of the damages.

“Such approach has jeopardized the efforts of the entire OSCE to promote a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine,” Lukashevich added.

According to Lukashevich, the OSCE SMM also did not notice the progressing Russophobia and the aggressive promotion of nationalism by the government in Kiev.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian forces.—envoy-1094367710.html

Florida, 20 other states sue Biden administration to drop federal mask mandates

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — Helmed by its firebrand Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida is leading 20 other states in suing the Biden administration over its on-going mandate requiring Americans to wear masks on commercial airplanes and other forms of public transportation.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed the lawsuit against the federal government Tuesday, representing Florida along with 20 other states that want to see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mask mandate ended for public transportation. 

The lawsuit alleges that the mandate, which is enforced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), violates both the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

“Faced with a government that displays outright disdain for the limits on its power — especially when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic — Plaintiffs seek vacatur of that mask mandate and a permanent injunction against its enforcement,” the 30-page lawsuit reads in part.

The public transportation mask mandate, which has been in place for some 14 months, was due to expire in March 2022 but was extended by Biden administration officials until at least April 18.

“We’ve been very clear that we want people to be able to make their own decisions. We don’t believe in COVID theater,” said Gov. DeSantis during a press conference at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, adding that “forcing people to wear masks on airplanes” isn’t “something that’s grounded in any science.”

Noting that Florida is a popular destination for tourists, DeSantis suggested that “more people would want to fly if they did not have to” wear masks to travel.

According to the lawsuit, which argues the CDC mask rule is “unlawful,” states are being forced to “expend resources to enforce the mandate” or risk criminal and civil penalties.

The filing also asserts that “the mandate harms Plaintiffs’ sovereign interests,” since many states “have laws or policies prohibiting or discouraging mask requirements in contexts where the mask mandate applies,” i.e. states which have banned mask mandates in schools must still enforce masking on school buses under the CDC mandate. 

“Third, the mask mandate harms the Plaintiffs’ quasi-sovereign interests in the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens,” the lawsuit adds. “Forced masking— especially for toddlers—causes a variety of negative health consequences, including psychological harms, reduced oxygenation, reduced sanitation, and delayed speech development.”

The states named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are: Florida, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.