Yesterday was the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place for several days in Orlando, FL. Former President Donald Trump gave a 1½-hour speech last night. It was his first public appearance since leaving the White House about 5½ weeks ago.
Unlike previous vaccines, which require a second shot given a few weeks after the first one, the new one is a single shot vaccine. According to the FDA, the J&J vaccine had a 72% overall efficacy rate in U.S. tests. However, it had a 86% efficacy in protecting against severe disease.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Dr. Erwin Lutzer and Chad Thomas. They discussed how the secular left does not believe that America can be fixed; they feel that it must be destroyed and rebuilt on a secular Marxist foundation.
However, Marx saw the nuclear family as a unit of oppression. In his view, men oppressed their wives, parents oppressed their children, and God was the ultimate oppressor. Therefore, the family model needed to be destroyed. Those who agree with these things are committed Marxists. These ideals are taught in many U.S. universities today and have filtered out into the culture.
They further believe that there is no God but the government. The “cancel culture” is trying to cancel believers in the true God and in the reverent foundations of America. However, if most Americans come to embrace a godless agenda, the future will not be one of goodness but of destruction.
The Secular Democrats of America want the separation of church and state to be restored. They encourage the purging of social conservatives from all levels of government. They deem Christians as enemies of the State. The 28-page document, which they sent to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Harris, encourages that Christians be ostracized from society. Extremists in this organization want Christians to be sent to re-education camps.
Today is Purim, which began last evening at sunset. There always is a full moon during Purim.
Many communities observe Purim tomorrow as well.  It is a time celebrated by Jews everywhere in commemoration of being saved from extermination. This is a very interesting account of how God blessed a Jewish girl to the point of becoming Queen over the entire Medo-Persian Empire.
The annihilation of all the Jewish people had been decreed, and Queen Esther was in a position to prevent this from happening, even though she risked her life in doing so. It is a fascinating, true story, in case you would like to read about it in the Book of Esther. In that biblical account is written the mandate that every generation of Jews should celebrate Purim:
These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants. (Esther 9:28)
In other news, last evening there were retaliatory airstrikes in Syria approved by President Biden. The strikes inflicted serious damage on the infrastructure of a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhad. Multiple facilities were destroyed.
These airstrikes came after a series of rocket attacks over the past two weeks. Those occurred on the Green Zone in Baghdad, the Balad Air Base and the Erbil International Airport. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives debated H.R.5 – Equality Act. It would prohibit discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also would expand areas that already have gay and transgender discrimination protections.
This legislation was passed in the House in 2019, but it was voted down in the Senate. Today, the House voted on it and passed it again, and next it will go to the Senate. However, unless the Senate changes its filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes for passage, the legislation’s future is uncertain.
President Biden, who is a Catholic, supports the legislation. However, U.S. Catholic Bishops are in disagreement.
Soon after his inauguration, President Biden issued a 100-day pause on deportation of most undocumented immigrants who have entered the U.S. A few days later, U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, a federal judge, issued a temporary order halting enforcement of the temporary pause on deportations.
Now Judge Tipton has issued an order indefinitely banning the Biden administration from enforcing the 100-day moratorium on most deportations. The injunction, sought by the state of Texas, argued that the moratorium was unconstitutional, violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state.
The Texas ACLU intervened in the case on behalf of two immigration groups. It now is reviewing its options to challenge Tipton’s recent ruling.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has exceeded 500,000. This is according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has reported more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other nation. It has been more than 13 months since the U.S. confirmed its first case of the virus.
President Biden tweeted out the following message: “500,000 lives lost to COVID-19. It's an unfathomable number, but each one represents a family that will never again be whole. To those who have lost loved ones: I know no words can numb the pain, but I hope you find some solace in knowing the nation grieves with you.”
According to the CDC page of COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States, more than 44 million people in the U.S. have received their first COVID-19 vaccination. More than 19 million have received both vaccinations. The number of vaccinations is continuing to grow daily.
I have a good friend in Arkansas, a state that is on Central Standard Time (CST). He and I have this “thing” about various sequences of numbers containing a repeat of the numeral 2. Since today is 2/22 (or, in many parts of the world, 22/2), I sent him the following image showing 2:22:22 P.M. CST:
I also sent him some photos, most of which we have exchanged in the past, with lots of numeral 2s in them:
The world wields power with blunt force. However, God usually hides His power in suffering, weakness and humility.
The first half of the Gospel of Mark focuses on Jesus and His amazing power. However, this picture of Jesus is incomplete and somewhat misleading.
During His years on Earth, Jesus primarily used His miraculous power directly for people that He encountered in Israel. Mainly, He healed, helped, cleansed and taught them.
At the end of His mortal life, though, Jesus used His power most intensely and painfully through suffering. Ultimately, this power was for the people of the world as a whole rather than just for a select few. When Jesus expired on the cross, He released the Power of the Holy Spirit which had dwelled within Him from the time of His baptism (Mark 1:9-11).
On the 50th day following His crucifixion, the Holy Spirit came to those who were in Jerusalem on Shavuot. Ever since then, this wonderful Spirit of God has been available to dwell within everyone who has sincere faith in God.
On the Lutheran Hour program this morning (28½ minutes in length), Dr. Michael Zeigler focused on some of these topics. In the book of Mark, the initial picture of Jesus is blurry, which is due to the myopic vision or sin within His disciples and within us. The latter clear picture of Jesus reveals that, just as He would go humbly to the cross for us, each of us is to take up our cross and follow Him (Mark 8:34).
Zeigler noted how, when he was in third grade, an optometrist said that he had myopia (nearsightedness). Once he got his glasses and was able to see clearly, he realized that things had been blurry and distorted up to that point. I was in a similar situation myself when I was young, and my first eye exam later motivated me to become an optometric physician and later to create the Human Eye section of my website.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pastor Mike Gendron. For about 35 years, Pastor Gendron was a strong defender of his Catholic faith. After reading the Bible for the first time in 1982, he realized that his previous Catholic teaching contradicted the Bible in many ways. He realized that the Bible is the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God, and it became his supreme authority in all matters of faith.
They discussed how the coming one-world religion will be formed by a union of non-Christian religions and all professing Christians who never have been born-again (John 3:3,7). An increasing number of churches are degrading the message of God, trying to conform God’s Word to a politically correct world. They are laying the groundwork for a great worldwide delusion. This will lead to the coming of the Antichrst and the False Prophet, a world government and religion, and a time of unprecedented destruction.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope. He is a very unconventional pope. He stated last year that he is not the vicar of Christ. Many considered this to be “theological barbarism.” One of his messages is that all religions and all faiths lead to the same God, which is not true. This is preparing the way for a one-world religion, and the pope could be the head of that.
Interestingly, in the 12th Century, St. Malachy O’Morgair, the Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, had a prophetic vision of the 112 popes following Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144. In his list of descriptions of all 112 popes, the 112th and final pope is the present Pope Francis:
The U.S. State Department has indicated that it is ready to join talks with world powers and Iran to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. President Trump withdrew from the deal and also reimposed sanctions on Iran in 2018.
Last month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged that there are many issues which are problematic with the relationship between the U.S. and Iran. However, the U.S. has informed Israel that it is willing to accept an invitation from the European Union to attend a meeting of the participants in the original agreement, including Iran.
Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, has long voiced Israel’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. He has warned, should President Biden opt to rejoin the agreement, that Israel would consider a range of potential responses.
The Sicilian village of Pedara is continuing to clean up volcanic ash and big chunks of stones or lapillus. A municipality of the Metropolitan City of Catania, Pedara is 15 kilometers (a little over 9 miles) from Mount Etna, which had two eruptions earlier this week. Earth tremors occurred prior to the eruptions.
Etna is the most active volcano in Europe and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. During this week’s eruptions, ash was blasted 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) into the sky. Some of this ash will circle the globe. Also, from a distance, lava could be seen pouring down Etna’s slopes.
So far there have been no reports, in Pedara or in Catania, of injuries or deaths, nor of any significant damage. However, Catania’s international airport was closed temporarily for safety purposes. This is a frequent occurrence when Etna is in an active phase.
Radio talk show host and iconic media figure Rush Hudson Limbaugh III passed away early this morning in Palm Beach, Florida. He was 70 years old.
His radio talk show was the most-listened-to radio program in the United States. About 20 million listeners tuned in to his program each weekday. His present program began over 32 years ago, on August 1, 1988.
Rush had been battling stage 4 lung cancer for over a year. Having to rest after frequent treatments decreased the number of radio programs that he was able to host on the Excellence in Broadcasting (EIB) Network. There were several guests hosts who would substitute for Rush when he was unable to make it to the EIB studio.
Rush Limbaugh and Kathryn Rogers were married on February 5, 2010. At the beginning of today’s radio program, Kathryn was behind the EIB microphone. She sadly announced that Rush had died this morning. The remainder of the 3-hour show consisted of multiple portions of previous programs hosted by her husband, Rush.
Much of the U.S., from the Midwest to the southern border, has been blanketed by a major winter storm named Uri. It has caused an unusually large amount of snow, which is not stopping anytime soon. It also has brought extremely freezing temperatures, very slippery roads and highways, numerous auto accidents, and power outages for millions of people.
This is very unusual weather for the Southern Plains, including the huge state of Texas. Most of the state has not had weather this severe for over two decades. Some places have not had temperatures this low—single digits and below zero—in about 100 years.
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for the whole state of Texas. President Biden has approved this and has ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts.
The huge and severe storm also is hitting others southern states, as well as the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes. It will continue into the northeastern states. High amounts of heavy and damaging ice is expected in many areas. Unfortunately, this storm is being followed by another cross-country storm named Viola.
George Washington’s farewell address in 1796 was not delivered publicly. It first appeared in the Philadelphia Daily American Advertiser and then in papers around the country. For those with an interest in reading it, it is here:
Many have heard the tale that George Washington, as a young boy, chopped down a cherry tree and then told his father, “I cannot tell a lie. I did it with my little hatchet.” Most likely, this is a myth written about by Mason Locke Weems, one of Washington’s biographers.
This morning, I went to Walmart and to a couple of Dollar stores and got 79.59 oz. (4.97 lb.) of 50%-off Valentine’s candy. I wasn’t able to get most of my preferred candy, since a lot of Valentine candy already had been removed and replaced by Easter candy. That candy will be 50% off seven weeks from today.
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
Ocean waves can be seen crashing over a heart-shaped rock island off the coast of Sydney, Australia:
The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is over. There were not enough votes today to convict Trump on one article of impeachment for “Incitement of Insurrection,” which charged him with inciting the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
The vote was 57 for and 43 against conviction of impeachment. All fifty Democratic senators voted to convict Trump. Seven Republican senators voted for conviction: Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). However, at least 67 “yes” votes would have been required for a conviction verdict to be imposed.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with former White House correspondent Bill Koenig. They discussed how world events have been moving toward a one-world political order, a one-world financial order, a one-world currency, the mark of the beast, the future False Prophet and the world that the future Antichrist will operate in. A purging of righteousness is already taking place.
Koenig said, “I was there eight years with the Obama/Biden White House, and this is not the Joe Biden that we knew.” It could be that it won’t be too long before he is replaced by Kamala Harris. Also, actual unity in the U.S. will be difficult for many reasons, one of which is that over half of Americans polled believe that the most recent president election was fraudulent and that Biden and Harris did not actually win.
We have gotten an idea of how the one-world political order will play out by seeing what has happened with the COVID pandemic, with climate change beliefs, and the one-world financial order with central banks in the world trying to balance things and come up with a digital currency. If the pandemic gets worse in the Summer and Fall this year, it could lead to the culmination of end-time events taking place.
There was a 13-minute video of Jonathan Cahn’s recent prophetic message to Joe Biden. He warned that the “smiles of heaven are being removed” from the U.S. He noted how in the very first inaugural address, George Washington gave a firm waning: “The propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself has ordained.”
If America followed the ways of God, the blessings of God would remain upon it. But if America should depart from the ways of God, then His blessings will be removed from the land. America does appear to have fallen into that category. A house divided against itself cannot stand, and America has become a house divided against itself.
Today’s program, lasting 54 minutes, can be heard here:
When the Smiles of Heaven Are Removed — Audio | Video
During former President Trump’s time in office, about 450 miles of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico were built.
He also declared a national emergency at the border two years ago, in February 2019.
On President Biden’s first day of office over three weeks ago, he ordered a stop to any further construction of the border wall. Now, he also has rescinded Trump’s national emergency declaration at the border, feeling that it is “unwarranted.”
Also, under Trump, 3,600 troops were deployed to the border to help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Pentagon has announced that these troops will remain at the border until the end of the fiscal year this coming September.
The California Patriot Coalition/Recall Gavin Newsom 2020 is the official group behind the recall of Governor Newsom. A total of 1,497,000 valid signatures must be collected before March 17 to force a Special Recall election.
As of today, the Recall Gavin site indicates that more than 1.4 million petitions already have been signed. Their goal is 1.8 to 2.0 signatures by March 10.
President Biden appears to oppose efforts to recall Newsom. Anne Dunsmore or Rescue California 2021 says this is an indication that Newsom knows he’s in trouble and has had to ask for Biden’s support.
In the Senate yesterday, a debate took place to determine the constitutionality of former president Trump’s impeachment trial. The debate was between the impeachment managers and Trump’s counsel.
A majority of senators voted that the trial is constitutional. The vote was 56-44. Along with all 50 Democratic senators, these six Republican senators were included in the “yes” vote: Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
Today and tomorrow, the trial will proceed with up to 16 hours per side to present their case. Neither side can go over two days in presenting their case, and each day’s presentation cannot exceed eight hours.
After the presentations are over, senators will have a total of four hours to question both sides. Then there will be four hours divided equally between the parties for arguments on whether the Senate will consider motions to subpoena witnesses and documents, if requested by the managers.
The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump will begin in the Senate this afternoon. The initial arguments will be on the constitutionality, or lack thereof, of convicting a president who no longer is in office.
A certain number of hours, for several days, is designated for asking questions, having arguments and issuing subpoenas for witnesses and documents. The trial probably will extend into next week. Trump will not be present to testify at the trial.
At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pastors Nathan Jones. They discussed some connections between digital technology and Bible prophecy. Jones feels that it is a precursor to the “mark of the beast” system, which will control how people think.
The rise of Big Tech may be setting the stage for scenes right out of the Book of Revelation. Smartphones have radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from social interactions to mental health. Where there are cell towers, there are teens living their lives on their smartphones. The internet and social media are addictive and cause pleasurable spikes of dopamine in the brain.
Digital technology keeps us informed and enables us to be connected with family members and friends. However, it also includes clip baiters, identity thieves and cyber bullies. An increasing number of people, including youngsters, are becoming more attached to electronics and detached from reality, which can become unsafe.
Electronic devices allow people to be tracked and followed without their being aware of it. All of their data is being stored in huge data centers, and this data can be used against them in the future. Also, microchips that are similar to credit card chips are being inserted into people’s hands. The chips include all of people’s important data and information about them.
Ultimately, this is setting the stage for control by a New World Order and the Antichrist, who is likened to a “beast” and who will have authority over the world for 42 months or 3½ years (Revelation 13:5-8). People will be forced to receive a mark on their right hands or foreheads, without which they cannot buy or sell (13:16-18).
Super Bowl LV (55) took place this evening in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Buccaneers were the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The final score was Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 9. It was the second Super Bowl win for the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers previously won the Super Bowl in 2003, defeating the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs were the winners of Super Bowl LIV (54) in 2020.
This was the tenth time that Tom Brady has played in a Super Bowl, and this was his seventh Super Bowl win. Both of these are records for an individual player.
The U.S. Senate spent many hours yesterday debating a highly expensive COVID relief bill proposed by President Biden. Two votes ended up being 50-50 ties.
Then Vice President Kamala Harris, who also is the Senate president, came into the chamber. Normally, she does not attend Senate sessions unless a tie-breaking vote is required.
She cast two tie-breaking votes in favor of a budget resolution. The $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal was passed through a special budget maneuver known as “reconciliation.” This allowed Senate filibuster rules, requiring a vote of at least 60 senators for passage, to be bypassed. It cannot be done for bills that do not have a direct fiscal impact.
However, this does not mean that the proposal, known as the American Rescue Plan, has become law. There will be a final vote on the proposal in the coming weeks. It is possible, but not certain, that the final vote will require another tie-breaking vote by Harris.
At this point, Newsom’s recall is uncertain. Organizers looking for a recall special election to remove Gov. Newsom would would need to collect about 1.5 million qualified signatures by March 17. So far, there are about 1.3 million signatures.
The U.S. Senate is equally divided politically: 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. As long as this is the case, any tie votes would be broken by Vice President Harris, a Democrat.
Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have agreed to a new power-sharing agreement for Democrats to control the agenda in the Senate. The deal has been approved unanimously by Senate members. The new power-sharing agreement is modeled after the organizing resolution from 2001, which was the last time there was a 50/50 Senate.
McConnell wanted written assurances from Schumer that Democrats would not do away with the legislative filibuster, requiring 60 votes for most major legislation to advance. However, he retracted his demand after two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), said they would not vote to get rid of the filibuster provision.
SpaceX launched another Starship prototype rocket, SN9, yesterday afternoon. It took off from the gulf coast of Texas, near Boca Chica.
It appeared to be a flawless liftoff. When it reached its target altitude of 10 kilometers (about 6.2 miles), it performed a complex horizontal flip, as it would do during an operational re-entry into Earth’s atmorphere.
However, as it descended, it did not slow down enough or get vertical for the landing. Evidently, one of its Raptor thrusters failed to reignite.
Almost 6½ minutes after taking off, it crashed and exploded in a massive fireball. That also is what happened to its predecessor, the SN8 prototype, almost two months ago on Dec. 9.
SpaceX principal integration engineer, John Insprucker, said that “we’ve just got to work on that landing a little bit.” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said that Starship should start launching people to Mars by 2026 and even could do so by 2024 “if we get lucky.”
On the other hand, the southwest USA has had one of the mildest winters ever. Southern California has had warm and even hot weather for weeks. However, winter typically is the rainy season, and there has not been much rain since last winter.
This has increased the extreme drought to an exceptional drought in the state, which is not a good thing by any means. Maybe if winter lasts six more weeks, there will be a greater chance of rain...hope so.
Incidentally, I like the marmot (not a groundhog) in Austria in today’s background on the Bing.com browser. I wonder if he’s looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow behind him.
I began making entries in the Ted’s Remarks section of my website on Feb. 1, 2006. It sure has been a LONG 15 years.
I started this section of my website way back then mainly so I could reference and keep track of events that I have found interesting and/or noteworthy over the years. Other information about this can be found here:
A large chunk of one of my favorite coastal highways in California was washed out a few days ago. This happened on Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, about 15 miles south of Big Sur. It is on a mountainous stretch of the state’s central coast.
This road collapse was caused by a winter storm that brought heavy rain and snow to that area. A debris flow from the hillside above the roadway flowed across Hwy 1 and eroded the road, causing a segment of it to slide into the ocean.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pastors Tom Hughes and Mark Henry. They discussed how it seems that Christians in America are on the verge of being severely persecuted, just as the Jews were in Germany decades ago and still are in many places. Churches and pastors in various places already have been fined exorbitant amounts. Churches have been threatened to be shut down and pastors threatened to be jailed.
The Secular Democrats of America network prepared a lengthy document exclusively for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to “provide recommendations that will not only reverse the damage done by the Trump administration but boldly restore a vision of constitutional secularism and respect in the land for religious and intellectual pluralism.” This 28-page document can be viewed here:
There are recommendations advising that Christians be stripped of their First Amendment right of free speech in advocating things such as sanctity of life, marriage, education, family, etc. It evidently is an attempt to secularize America. This all seems to be a fulfillment of what the Bible describes as what will happen in the last days of this age.
A variant strain of coronavirus was discovered in South Africa in October 2020. Since then, it has been detected in at least 30 other countries.
Now this strain has been discovered in the U.S., specifically two cases in South Carolina. It is suspected that there probably are more undetected cases in the state.
Other mutant COVID strains, from the U.K. and Brazil, also were detected in the U.S. a few weeks ago. These variants are much more contagious than the original coronavirus. However, as of yet there is no evidence that they cause more severe symptoms and illness.
There have been FBI warnings of alleged planned protests over the next few weeks in Washington, DC. Whether or not these actually will take place is unknown.
John Whitley, the acting Secretary of the Army, recently said, “What I can tell you in terms of what they’re briefing us is there are several upcoming events — we don’t know what they are — over the next several weeks, and they’re concerned that there could be situations where there are lawful protests, First Amendment-protected protests, that could either be used by malicious actors or other problems that could emerge.” Therefore, at least 5,000 National Guard troops are expected to remain on duty in the nation’s capital at least until March.
Today is the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the concentration camp where over one million European Jews died or were killed by Nazis. This is only a fraction of over six million Jews who died or were killed in all of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Yesterday evening, the article of impeachment against former President Trump was brought to the U.S. Senate by Democratic members of the House of Representatives. This afternoon, senators will be sworn in as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will preside over the trial. Normally, Chief Justice John Roberts would preside; however, this case is an exception because, as of Jan. 20, Trump no longer holds office.
It is unlikely that Trump will be convicted in the trial, since it would require a two-thirds Senate vote for a conviction ruling to take place. The Senate trial is not expected to begin until the week of Feb. 8.
The NFC champions are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defeating the Green Bay Packers 31 to 26. The AFC champions are the Kansas City Chiefs, defeating the Buffalo Bills 38 to 24.
The Buccaneers will meet the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV (55) on Sunday, February 7. The game will take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Bucs will be the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
In other news, this is National Sanctity of Human Life Day. It was designated by President Reagan to be the Sunday nearest Jan. 22 each year. That was the date in 1973 on which the Roe v. Wade decision was made by the U.S. Supreme Court, legalizing abortion.
In the Bible, King David understood that God formed him in his mother’s womb. So he recognized the importance of a human embryo, which is the beginning of a human person.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13,14)
It generally is thought that identical twins share exactly the same genetic DNA. However, studies in the past have shown that these twins often have genetic differences.
A recent study, done by scientists in Iceland, did an even more in-depth analysis than previous studies. It looked at the DNA of parents, spouses and children of identical twins. It was found that genetic mutations can occur in two different kinds of cells: those present in just one twin and those inherited by that twin’s children.
Also, it was found that there can be mutations before the developing embryo of a pair of twins splits into two separate embryos. Some of the information helps explain why one twin and his/her descendants can be more prone to certain conditions, such as cancer, than the other twin and his/her descendants.
It is an extremely complex issue, but very useful information has been discovered. No doubt, a great deal more studying of identical twins and their genetic makeup will continue to be done.
More than 25,000 members of the National Guard were brought to Washington, DC, late last week. They reinforced security around the U.S. Capitol building for days prior to the inauguration of Joe Biden as president on Jan. 20.
The day following the inauguration, with Congress in session, it was reported that the Capitol Police requested that all the troops evacuate the Capitol grounds and be relocated to a parking garage. They were sent to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage.
This created a very cramped and uncomfortable situation for the guardsmen. There were automobile exhaust fumes in the air, oil slicks on the floor and limited restroom facilities. Also, at least 100 of them reportedly have been tested for COVID-19.
There was bipartisan outrage from congressional lawmakers that this had happened. They complained that this was unacceptable and that the National Guard troops should have free access to the Capitol complex again.
Finally, very late last night the garage was cleared, and they were allowed to gain access to the Capitol again. More than 15,000 National Guard troops now are preparing to return to their home states. About 10,600 will remain in Washington, DC, through the end of the month, to help local law enforcement.
After Joe Biden’s inauguration as president yesterday, he signed 15 executive orders and 2 executive actions. Some of them reversed decisions made by Donald Trump during his time in office. More executive orders are expected to be signed by Biden.
The executive orders and actions signed yesterday were included in these categories:
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania released farewell speeches today. His speech is under 20 minutes in length, and her speech is just under 7 minutes in length. Tomorrow morning, they are planning to leave Washington, DC, and return to Mar-a-Lago, FL.
He was born Michael King, Jr. In 1934, his father, Michael King, Sr., visited sites in Berlin associated with the Protestant reformation leader, Martin Luther. After that, he began referring to himself as Martin Luther King, Sr., and his son as Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1957, when Michael King, Jr., was 28 years old, his birth certificate was changed to read “Martin Luther King, Jr.”
MLK, Jr., was a strong Christian. At age 5, he memorized and sang humns and stated verses from the Bible. One of his main messages as an adult was that people should be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.
This is two days before presidential inauguration day, and much of the District of Columbia is closed down. I suspect that if King were alive today, he would be very worried and distraught at all that has been happening in this country, especially since election day 2020. I believe that he would be praying for a spiritual healing in our nation and that God’s good and perfect will would be done.
It was windy and hot in Southern California this past weekend. The fire danger was elevated to critical levels, and some fires did start over the past few days in Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside Counties. That is very unusual, as this typically is not a dry fire season.
There have been some record high temperatures (for those dates) in So. CA recently. Some of them are 10-20° above normal. Strong Santa Ana Winds are beginning to blow in from the east. Later today and tomorrow, wind gusts are expected to reach 80-100 mph.
High winds can cause powerlines to go down, resulting in live wires sparking blazes. Therefore, it is possible that power will be cut to some areas of So. CA.
In Anaheim, the most populous city in Orange County, there was almost a record-high temperature yesterday at 1:00 p.m. of 88°. Today at 1:00 p.m., it was 78°, with an expected high of 80°. So although it has cooled off several degrees from the weekend, it still is warm.
The weather will change later in the week and this coming weekend, with temperatures getting somewhat cooler. This will occur as colder air from western Canada and the interior Northwest move southward. Hopefully, there will be some rain showers in So. CA, providing some relief from drought and fire concerns.
Police and National Guard troops are being sent to all 50 U.S. state capitals, as well as into Washington, DC. They are bracing for attacks after the FBI warned of “armed protests” ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Capitol buildings are being closed and, in some cases, boarded up.
This weekend in Sacramento, California, National Guard troops have been deployed throughout the downtown area. Armed soldiers have been stationed on streets around the Capitol building, as well as around other government buildings.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell and Michele Bachmann discussed the political “storm” that seems to be coming upon the United States. Bachmann was at the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection that happened there on Jan. 6. She was in Congress from 2007 to 2015. She had been asked to speak at the rally that day, but she declined to do so. She joined others to go there as prayer warriors.
Before any of the violence occurred, Bachmann was in the House Chamber to pray there. Then she was on her way out of the Capitol to go have a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. However, uninvited intruders were entering, and she was told that she could not leave the building. She described what happened after that was similar to a coup in a Communist country, which basically is a planned unlawful and hostile takeover of a government.
She believes that the vast majority of the agitators at the U.S Capitol were the same as those who were in the riots in 2020, in cities like Minneapolis, Portland and Kenosha. They wanted to look and sound like Trump supporters; but Bachmann is convinced that, for the most part, they were not. She feels that the majority of them were Antifa instigators and agitators, some of whom had begun congregating at the Capitol 20 minutes before Trump even began his speech. For the most part, it seemed to have been a case of identity theft but was being falsely portrayed by much of the media.
This divided nation seems to be distancing itself more and more from God and His laws. Chaos and confusion became rampant throughout the nation in 2020, and earlier this month it took place in Washington, DC. All of this seems to be a foreshadowing of the end-time lawlessness and defiance predicted in the Bible.
COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed to many places across the U.S. However, they are not yet readily available to everyone in the public.
Scammers have been deceiving people by saying that they can get the vaccine in ways that are not legitimate. They are doing this to obtain people’s personal information and money.
People can receive this illicit information in various ways, such as by phone calls, emails, texts, online advertisements, and from other unsolicited and unknown sources. Here are eight things that vaccine scammers try to get people to do:
Pay for priority access
Schedule appointments through Eventbrite and other platforms
Pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine
Set up a virus test or antibody test before getting the vaccine
Pay to get their names put on waiting lists
Pay to get vaccine doses mailed to them
Respond to emails, text messages and phone calls from fake vaccine centers and insurance companies
Click on online ads for vaccine doses from unofficial sources
With the COVID pandemic continuing and problems in the world accelerating, food supplies are going down and food prices are going up in many places. Many feel that things are not going to get better anytime soon; in fact, they very well may continue to get worse, indefinitely.
Therefore, it is a advisable to consider stocking up on food supplies, especially with shelf lives of several years. Here are lists of suggested foods, as well as non-food items, that it would be advisable to purchase in case their availability is significantly decreased or even depleted:
It is possible that we are almost halfway through the prophetic final 7 years of this age. If so, the final 3½ years—a very dreaded and horrific period of time—could begin in the Spring of this year: 2021. Although I am not absolutely adamant about this, I have written a very lengthy commentary that includes information about this topic.
Those who are not too knowledgeable about Bible prophecy might prefer to skip approximately the first half of the commentary. If so, first click on the link below. Near the top of that page, where it says “Click on a selection here,” find “sign in the sky: September 23, 2017” in the list, click on it to go to that section, and read the rest of the page from there:
The U.S. House of Representatives voted this afternoon to impeach President Donald Trump on one count of incitement of insurrection. He is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
Trump was accused of inciting the violence at the U.S. Capitol building a week ago today. Yet, Trump defenders pointed out what he said to his supporters: “I know that everyone here will be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices be heard.”
The vote in the House was 232 for and 197 against impeachment. In more detail, this included 222 Democrats & 10 Republicans voting for and 0 Democrats & 197 Republicans voting against impeachment, with 4 Republicans not casting a vote.
Now, it is up to the U.S. Senate to hold a trial. It would take a 2/3 (two-thirds) vote in the Senate to convict Trump on the impeachment charge. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet decided how he may vote. He has indicated that the Senate will not have time to conclude an impeachment trial before Trump’s term in office ends a week from today.
McConnell said that the conviction trial could begin as soon as the day before Inauguration Day, but it depends on when Speaker Pelosi sends the article of impeachment to the Senate. It would continue into President-elect Joe Biden’s term, and Trump could be convicted after he leaves office. If so, a majority of the Senate subsequently might vote to bar him from holding federal office in the future. There have been questions as to how much of what the Senate might do would be Constitutional.
The FBI is continuing an ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol building. Investigators have received over 100,000 pieces of digital evidence, which they have been looking through carefully.
So far, more than 70 people are facing charges, which include unlawful entry, disorderly conduct, theft, assault and weapons violations. It is expected that hundreds of alleged rioters will be facing criminal charges in the coming weeks.
Democrats in the U.S. House today introduced a resolution calling for Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove President Trump from office. They feel that he incited supporters, at his rally in Washington, DC, last week, to storm the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers were voting to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
There is virtually no chance that Pence will do this, though. Therefore, House representatives indicate that they are planning to take an impeachment vote two days from now.
Some Republicans have held the president responsible for encouraging a large number of people to march to the Capitol building. However, only a handful of Republicans have expressed support for removing him from office through impeachment or other means.
For an impeachment to occur, there would need to be a majority vote in the House to do it. If that happens, there also would need to be a a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate for a conviction and the president’s removal from office to take place. An impeachment might happen, but it is extremely unlikely that there will be a conviction.
Today is the 30th anniversary of my last day of work, in 1991. I had worked as an optometrist and optometric physician at FHP in Fountan Valley, CA, for 11¼ years. Then I left the eye-care profession to pursue other interests, although I have included an extensive section about the human eye at my website.
Officially, Jan. 11 was supposed to be my final workday. However, I called in “sick” that morning and went to Long Beach for a really enjoyable day. I just couldn’t wait one more day to gain my freedom, which I have enjoyed having every single day since then, thanks to God’s provisions for all of my needs.
Many of today’s “reformed” churches have rejected future prophetic topics in the Bible or, at a minimum, do not talk about it in their services or study groups. Also, many churches have gone the way of the Laodicean Church (Revelation 3:14-22), which was a “lukewarm” church that was a disappointment to God. Some churches have embraced the notion of replacement theology or supersessionism, which essentially is anti-Semitism.
It appears that we are approaching the end of the age, as described in Bible prophecy. If so, difficulties and problems in the lives of most people will increase, and great socioeconimc “storms” will be sweeping across the planet. It is important not to hold onto the ways of the world too tightly; the harder we do that, the harder it will be to let go and to focus on God and on the abundant realm of heaven, which is our ultimate home. Studying God’s Word in the Bible will help us to focus on Him and to be less distracted by the hardships to come.
The U.S. has been distributing COVID-19 vaccines. There is no doubt that scammers already are scheming to rip off as many people as they can.
For those with Medicare Part B medical insurance, this vaccine is covered. Therefore, if you are asked by anyone to share your Medicare Number or to pay for the vaccine, it almost certainly is a scam. Information about how to guard against this type of fraud can be found at the Medicare website:
Congress reconvened last night to continue certifying the Electoral College votes for the presidential election. The session lasted until just before dawn this morning.
After several hours of roll calls and debate, Vice President Pence announced the election winners: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. He stated that the final vote tally was Biden 306 and Trump 232. By doing this, Pence formalized his and Trump’s defeat.
The White House released a statement by Trump. Among other, things Trump said, “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.” Inauguration day is 2 weeks from yesterday.
In other news, the results of the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff race on Jan. 5 are final and were very close. Now there is a 50/50 Republican/Democratic tie in the U.S. Senate. That means that Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as president and presiding officer of the Senate, will break future tie votes in the Senate.
The Senate and House of Representatives convened at 1:00 p.m. ET in a joint session to count and certify the Electoral College votes for the Nov. 3 presidential election. Thirteen Republican senators, led by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), have planned to object to the election results.
Cruz objected to the counting of 11 votes from Arizona. House Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) joined Cruz in the objection.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters of President Trump had gathered in Washington, DC, to protest the November 2020 election results. While Congress was in session, numerous instigators entered the U.S. Capitol Building, and there was some engagement with police. Many of the Trump supporters who entered wanted to show peaceful objection to the certification of the Electoral College count, but it is unclear if they were connected to any of the violence.
A woman was fatally shot in the Capitol, and three others died in medical emergencies, according to police. Capitol police ordered lawmakers to lock themselves inside their rooms and offices. Congressional proceedings were halted. Presumably, they will resume after the protests are under control. So far, no one is allowed to enter or leave the Capitol building.
President Trump had urged any protesting to be totally peaceful. Later, he told the protesters to leave in peace and to go home. He ended his exhortation to the protesters with “I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace.”
The runoff election in Georgia, for both U.S. Senate seats, is taking place today. Voting runs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST. At least 3 million Georgians already have cast early votes in the election. The results of that state’s election may not be known tonight.
If either (or both) Perdue or Loeffler wins today, Republicans will maintain a majority in the Senate. If both Ossoff and Warnock win, there will be a 50/50 Republican/Democratic tie in the Senate. In the latter case, Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as president and presiding officer of the Senate, would break any tie votes in the Senate.
Nancy Pelosi has won a fourth term as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The margin of victory was narrow, since House Democrats lost several seats in the 2020 election.
Pelosi received 216 votes, while Kevin McCarthy received 209 votes. Three Democrats voted “present” and two Democrats voted for other Democrats. All Republicans voted for McCarthy, who will continue as House Minority Leader.
At Olive Tree Ministries yesterday, Jan Markell spent the first hour of a two-part series with Pastors Brandon Holthaus and Billy Crone. One thing they noted was how “plandemic” is a better term for the present COVID pandemic. They discussed numerous topics, including how they believe that many things today are paving the way for the global kingdom of the Antichrist.
Two examples are the agenda of the Great Reset and the World Economic Forum (WEF). The founder and executive chairman of the WEF is Klaus Schwab, who has said, “The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.”
Portions of a letter to President Trump, written by former Catholic Church Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, were read. Viganò disassotiates himself from Pope Francis and wants to end his days with a clean conscience. The letter was written on October 25, 2020. In the letter, among other important points, Viganò described how some of the purposes of a “Great Reset” are dictatorship, the death of liberty and promises of personal wealth. That 3½-page letter can be read here:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home was reportedly vandalized early New Years Day morning. Her home is in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. The vandalism was reported to city police around 3:00 a.m.
Specifically, there was spray-painted black graffiti on the home’s white garage door. The messages included the following:
In front of the garage door, there was red paint on the driveway, looking like blood. Sitting upright, appearing to be in the middle of a pool of blood, was the head of a pig. So far, no suspects have been named.
Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home also was vandalized. His home is in Louisville, TN.
Graffiti was sprayed on the front door and front wall of his home. Some of the graffiti said this:
WERES MY MONEY
MITCH KILLS POOR
Other messages included obsenities. No suspects have been named.
Below are links to my annual calendar and a list of 2021 holidays and observances that many like to download and tape to a wall nearby. That is what I do, with the calendar on one side and the holidays/observances on the other side of one piece of paper. Both are in DOCX, DOC and PDF formats.
This calendar is not meant to substitute for a 12-page calendar on which scheduled reminders can be written. I have mine on the wall behind my desk and frequently use it as a quick reference for future dates.
Click on one pair of images below and print out the two pages (either as DOCX or DOC files) on either side of one piece of paper. Just change my name, at the top of the calendar page, to your name before you print it.
Or else you could print out these two pages (PDF files), with no name on the calendar page. If you would like a calendar with your name on it in a PDF file, email me and I will try to send you one when I can find some free time.
If you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2021. Go to the following page, print out the pages in either DOC, PDF, or HTML format, and check off the passages as you read them:
Another option is a daily reading schedule that skips around the Bible. I now prefer reading it this way myself. Samaritan’s Purse has a yearly reading list, which I like, that does this. You can download and print it in any of these three formats:
So in case you’ve never read the Bible all the way through, do it! If you’ve done it before, do it again; you never can get too much of God’s written Word! I am in the process of doing it now, which I have done numerous times before.
You can read one of a number of Bible versions at BibleGateway.com. If you read it for an average of 15 minutes a night before bed, you will sleep better for a whole year.