The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has come out with a new mask-wearing policy for people who have received COVID-19 vaccinations. The CDC has announced that people no longer need to wear masks, indoors or outdoors, if they have been fully vaccinated. Exceptions include crowded indoor places where people are close together, like airplanes, buses and health care facilities.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, indicated that the vaccines have been extremely effective in protecting more than 90% of recipients from any COVID-19 symptoms, as well as serious disease and death, and in blocking most symptomatic cases. The implication is that the vast majority of people who have been vaccinated are safe to be around, so it is unnecessary for them to wear masks in public places.
However, some feel that this may cause unintended consequences. Many people who have not been vaccinated may see it as an opportunity not to wear masks. If asked, they simply can claim that they have been vaccinated, even when that is not the case.
Ultimately, this may make it necessary for all people who have been vaccinated to prove that they have been. Some states have embraced the notion of a digital or paper vaccine passport for people to verify that they have been immunized against the coronavirus.
However, some people do not always have their vaccine passports with them. Conceivably, then, this could result in the requirement for a “mark” to be embedded in people’s right hands or foreheads, proving that they have received COVID-19 vaccinations, or else they will be unable to buy or sell anything: Revelation 13:16,17.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting from dawn to sunset each day, is over. This year, it also was a month of increasing violence and destruction in Israel.
Today is the annual Islamic feast day, Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. There continued to be many deadly riots and attacks between Jews and Arabs at several places in Israel.
At least 1,750 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel this week, with about 90% of them being intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. The Israel military has responded with heavy bombardment of Gaza; in some cases, entire blocks of towers were brought down.
There have been many deaths on both sides. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) has ordered everyone within 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of the Gaza border to enter bomb shelters and remain there until further notice.
In the Gaza Strip, the Islamic terrorist group Hamas fired rockets at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv and also at the airport in Ramon. Their goal is to stop all air traffic to Israel, and many international airlines have cancelled their flights to Israel.
There have been a few reports of people, afraid of losing their lives from attacks, escaping out of East Jerusalem and other places in Israel. Where they have gone is unknown, but at some point that information may become known. If this is happening, it may be the fulfillment of Jesus’ earnest directive, to those in Judea (West Bank) and Jerusalem, to flee:
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those in Judea flee to mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. (Luke 21:20,21)
If so, we appear to be on the verge of entering the dreaded period of Great Tribulation. Jesus indicated that this would begin a time of tribulation worse than any time since the world began and never would be that bad again:
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21)
For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. (Mark 13:19)
It seems increasingly likely that the prophesied 70th Week of years, the final 7 years of this age, began in the Fall of 2017. If so, there are about 3½ years remaining before Jesus returns, in the Fall of 2024, to begin His millennial rule and reign over the whole world in perfect righteousness, justice, lawfulness, peace and love unequaled in human history.
A good friend found my website online in 2009. We have very similar views about most Bible topics. I last saw him when I visited Hawaii for two weeks, beginning on Aug. 25, 2019. He has been in Orange County visiting me and another friend for a few days.
The three of us drove south on Pacific Coast Highway, with a great view the whole way. It was a nice warm day with alternating clear and cloudy skies. The ocean was on one side, and lots of greenery was on the other side. Some of my photos, taken from the moving car, are a little blurry.
In Laguna Beach, we had lunch at GG’s Bistro. Then we headed further south to Dana Point. The beach was great, as always, and the whole day was fun. It was nice to be on the beach without having to wear a mask, for a change.
Colonial Pipeline company in Texas supplies the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. It transports gasoline and other fuel from Texas to the Northeast and supplies about 45% of the fuel that the East Coast uses for driving and flying.
A few days ago, a ransomware attack by computer hackers took place. The DarkSide, a professional criminal group based in Russia, invaded the company’s computer system, encrypted data and freezed operations. Then they demanded payment to release control back to Colonial Pipeline. The amount of money demanded was not disclosed.
The company is hoping to substantially resume operations by the end of the week. If it remains closed for awhile, thereby limiting fuel availability, gasoline and jet fuel prices will rise. The Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it temporarily was easing rules on the transport of fuel by trucks, allowing drivers in 18 states to work more hours.
On the other hand, Palestinians lament the day as the occasion of a seizure of land where they hope, one day, will be the capital city of the Palestinian State. The annexation of East Jerusalem has not been recognized by most of the international community.
Since the beginning of Ramadan last month, violence has escalated in East Jerusalem and other places in Israel. Israeli police imposed a 10,000-person limit on those praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque. This has resulted in regular Palestinian protests and serious violence since then, along with crackdowns by Israeli police.
Reports indicate that at least 331 Palestinians and 30 Israeli police officers were injured today alone. Also today, the militant Palestinian group, Hamas, fired at least 160 rockets from Gaza City deep into Israel. The rocket fire came after a 6:00 p.m. deadline, issued by Hamas to Israel, to withdraw police from the mosque compound, which did not happen.
Most of the missiles were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. Then the Israeli military responded with air strikes in the Gaza Strip. As of yet, there is no end in sight to all of the violence, and an even wider conflict may still happen.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with author Jeff Kinley. They talked about how Christians are enduring one global crisis after another. We are in the prophetic season of global change.
Thanks to the pandemic, we have entered rough waters and winds, now at gale force. It is imperative for us as Christians to comprehend the perilous times in which we live and to know that we live courageously going forward. Until we are removed, we will experience several aftershocks.
There has been a renewed call for a global convergence of world citizens for a one world government and a global leader. Ultimately, this is what will happen, as described in Revelation 13. Christians understand that this is not the right way to go, so Christianity must be dismantled.
The world will begin crying out for a time of peace and safety. The Antichrist will pretend to bring it, but this will be a great deception. It will require a surrendering of our God-given rights and liberties. Satan will be controlling this lying world leader, who will exercise his authority for 42 months (Revelation 13:5).
Today’s program, lasting 55 minutes, can be heard here:
Christians in An Era of Global Crisis — Audio | Video
I came over to Anaheim to visit my friend, JoAnne. I hadn’t seen her in quite awhile because I haven’t gotten out too much in over a year. We’ve known each other for decades and have a great brother/sister type of relationship. We also have the same crazy sense of humor and laugh a lot at silly things.
Neither of us has eaten very many sweets for awhile. After lunch recently, she suggested that we get some chocolate candy from See’s Candy (which she bought) and some ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery (which I bought). They’re both in Garden Grove. My portions definitely will last me quite awhile.
There continues to be increasing turbulent and unmanageable violence in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Earlier today, the last Friday of Ramadan, Palestinian gunmen fired on Israeli Border Police troops in the northern West Bank. Two of the gunmen were killed, and a third was critically injured. Military police said the three attackers were on their way to carry out a major terrorist attack on civilians inside Israel.
Tonight in East Jerusalem, after Palestinians threw rocks and bottles at Israeli police, the police went into the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. They attempted to disperse worshippers inside the mosque, using stun grenades and gas bombs.
In response, Palestinians threw chairs, shoes, rocks and bottles at the police. The police responded with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets. At least six officers were wounded.
Across Jerusalem, 205 Palestinians were wounded and 88 were hospitalized, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Most of the injuries were due to rubber-tipped bullets.
In two more days is Laylat al-Qadr, the most sacred day and night in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Many fear that the intensity of the violence and attacks in Israel could reach a crisis level on that day and night.
For two nights in a row, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have attacked two locations in Syria. Last night, the IDF carried out bombing attacks against Hezbollah outposts near Quneitra, located in the Syrian Golan Heights. No damage or injuries were reported.
The previous night, an airstrike targeted a site near Latakia and Tartus, along Syria’s Mediterranean coast. In that attack, a civilian was killed and six people were injured, including a child, according to Syrian media. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the attacks.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. However, this was not Mexico’s Independence Day.
Mexico’s independence from Spain was an armed conflict that lasted from 1808 to 1821. On September 16, 1810, Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidaldo y Costilla rang the church bell in Dolores, Mexico. That gave the call to arms that triggered the war of independence.
The massive surge of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants across the southern U.S. border is an ongoing and escalating crisis. This isn’t true only for the four border states (CA, AZ, NM and TX). Undocumented immigrants are leaving the border states and going to numerous other states as well, which is resulting in problematic and dangerous situations in countless cities in those states.
This also is adding to the difficulties of police, sheriffs and other law enforcement individuals across the nation. Moreover, this is happening when there already is a major increase in violence in many cities, counties and states.
Furthermore, the Department of Defense has announced that it is canceling further construction of the border wall in the border states. It seems doubtful that President Biden will declare this situation a national emergency, even though that is what it is.
In the West Bank town of Nablus yesterday, a drive-by shooting took place. The Palestinian driver shot and gravely wounded two Israeli teenagers, and a third was mildly injured.
In response, Israeli soldiers returned fire at the vehicle. The car was hit by at least two bullets, shattering the back windshield and hitting the trunk door.
Also, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian village of Jaloud. It was an apparent revenge attack for the wounding of the Israeli teenagers. Israeli and Palestinian civilians hurled rocks at each other, and a number of locations were ignited with fire.
Later, the Israeli militay entered the village of Beita, located in the northern West Bank. They were searching for the suspected attacker in the Nablus shooting. Palestinians hurled rocks and firebombs at the soldiers, who responded by opening fire. Five people were wounded.
In addition, at least 20 Palestinians were arrested overnight, including several in East Jerusalem. Ten of them were connected to the violence in Jaloud. It is looking increasingly likely that May will be an extremely violent month in Israel, especially in the West Bank (Judea) and in Jerusalem.
The 147th running of the 2021 Kentucky Derby took place yesterday afternoon. As always, it happened at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
The winning horse of the 1¼-mile (2.012-kilometer) race was Medina Spirit. He ran the race in a fraction over 2 minutes and 1 second. The horse’s rider was John Velazquez, and his trainer was Bob Baffert. The second-place horse was Mandaloun, and third place went to Hot Rod Charlie.
Although Media had a slim 12-to-1 odds of winning, he led the $3 million race from start to finish. John Velazquez is a 4-time Kentucky Derby winner. Bob Haffert is a record 7-time Derby winner, as well as a 2-time Triple Crown winner.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Dr. David Reagan of Lamb & Lion Ministries. They talked about how we clearly appear to be in the season of Christ’s return. There are signs in nature, society’s decline, world politics, advanced technology and Israel’s rebirth.
We are living on borrowed time. Just as there were signs of Jesus’ first coming, there are signs of His return. Some of these signs include things in nature, such as an increase in earthquakes, famines and pandemics. Others include things in human society, such as an increase in humanism, materialism and hedonism. Results of these societal flaws tend to be nihilism and despair.
In many places, violence and civil unrest are the new “normal.” In the U.S., from coast to coast, major cities are being transformed into war zones. There is a shocking deterioration of society as a whole. Politicians seem powerless to stop the carnage.
Dr. Reagan also talked about how many Christians feel that God has permanently rejected Israel and, instead, has embraced only the Church. That is, they feel that Christendom has “superseded” or “replaced” Israel as the chosen people of God. This point of view is known as “replacement theology” or “supersessionism,” both of which are fallacious and anti-Semitic.
Beginning at sunset yesterday evening, and continuing through today, is the Jewish religious holiday called Lag BaOmer (or Lag B’Omer). It takes place each year on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, following Passover.
Last night, about 100,000 people gathered at Mount Meron, located in northern Galilee in northern Israel, to celebrate the holiday. It was the largest public gathering in Israel since the COVID-19 pandemic began. A top Health Ministry official had urged Israelis not to travel to Mount Meron, worrying that the festivities could lead to a mass coronavirus contagion. Virtually no one wearing a mask was seen at the event.
Massive numbers of people were compressed together when suddenly a stampede broke out. The exact cause of the stampede is still uncertain. Police officials reported that dozens of people evidently had slipped on a walkway and down a flight of stairs on the people below them them, causing a crushing domino effect. Another report said that a roof may have collapsed.
Dozens of people who were crushed were killed or lost consciousness. Emergency services deployed six helicopters to evacuate the injured people. The event was shut down by police, and all the partipants were evacuated.
So far, Hebrew media reports put the death toll at 45 or higher. Paramedics were treating at least 150 injured people, and many were evacuated to hospitals. It appears to be one of the worst peacetime tragedies in Israel’s history. There will be a national day of mourning on Sunday, May 2.
One of the biggest incitements of division in the U.S. today is the frequent accusation of “systemic racism.” It often is a politically motivated and emotionally charged notion, insisting that racist policies and practices exist throughout the entire American society.
However, this simply is not the case. Unfortunately, an increasing number of people are being persuaded, propagandized and pressured into believing that it is.
Indeed, racism is present more in some places than in others, but it certainly does not exist everywhere. Where it does, it is important to enlighten people with the following concept, stated by Jesus:
Today is the 99th day of President Joe Biden’s term in office. Tonight, he gave an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Behind the president, for the first time in history, sat two females: Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The address was about 1 hour 5 minutes in length.
U.S. Senator Tim Scott, of South Carolina, gave a response to President Biden’s address to Congress. It lasted 14½ minutes.
The “American Rescue Plan” ($1.9trillion) was passed and enacted by Congress earlier this year. In Biden’s address, he proposed the “American Families Plan” ($1.8trillion) and the “American Jobs Plan” ($2.3trillion).
Today, the gigantic national debt is over $28.2trillion. If the latter two plans are passed and enacted by Congress, that will add an enormous $4.1trillion to the U.S. national debt. It will not be long before the national debt is pushed over the extreme and colossal amount of $30.0trillion. Unfortunately, immense hyperinflation and a major decline or complete collapse of the economy are inevitable, perhaps sooner rather than later.
Recently, at the U.S. Open of bowling, Anthony Neuer (age 18) converted the dreaded 7-10 split. That's only the 4th time ever and the last time since 1991 (30 years ago) that the conversion of that split has been seen on live TV. Although Neuer lost the match, he did get 3rd place and $12,000...not bad.
The most difficult spare I ever whacked down was the 4-6-7-10 (the big 4) split at a bowling tournament. I think I was 16 at the time. It was announced loudly to everyone, and I was instantly famous with the other kids. It made me want to become a pro-bowler, but of course that never happened.
I participated in league bowling and tournaments for decades, though. At Linbrook Bowl in Anaheim, my highest game score ever was 279, which is 21 points short of a perfect game of 300. I got all strikes except for one 9/spare...good but not best.
The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony took place last night at the Union Station in Los Angeles, although it usually is broadcast from the Dolby Theater. The ceremony originally was scheduled to take place on Feb. 28, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I did not watch the Oscars program myself. However, I will list a few of the Oscar winners below.
Best Picture: Nomadland
Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins in The Father
Best Actress: Frances McDormand in Nomadland
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah
Earlier this weekend, there was more violence in Jerusalem and attacks elsewhere in Israel. Tensions were soaring in East Jerusalem for two nights, where Palestinians were gathering in large numbers in observance of Ramadan. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan runs from April 12 to May 12 this year.
Israeli police barred Palestinians from entering some of the popular areas in Jerusalem. Palestinians hurled stones and water bottles at police, who responded by using water cannons and stun grenades to disperse the large crowds. Arrests of 44 people were made. The violence was the worst in years between Israeli police and Palestinians in the disputed Holy City.
Following the unrest in Jerusalem, 36 rockets were fired into Israel from inside the Gaza Strip. Although there were no fatalities, there was damage in several communities. This was the worst attack on Israel from Gaza in many months.
In response, the Israeli military struck several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Some of the targets were rocket launchers and underground infrastructure, but no casualties were reported.
The rockets were fired by two Gazan terror groups: Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades. However, Israel holds the militant Hamas organization responsible for all violence originating from Gaza. In a message to Israel, a spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade stated, “We will burn the occupation’s settlements for you, O Jerusalem. The greatest has yet to come.”
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Jill Martin Rische (daughter of Dr. Walter Martin) and Ken Mikle, a retired law enforcement officer and security director for Olive Tree Ministries.
Jan and Jill talked about how much of the world has has fallen for a troubling obsession: social media. Big tech tracks us, data mines us, addicts us and stalks us. This includes our children and grandchildren, many of whom turn to social media because they are struggling with severe depression, loneliness and anxiety. There are things that parents should consider before posting photos and information about their children online.
Also, Jan and Ken talked about today’s lawlessness, violence and anarchy and their connection to the Bible. In the U.S., violent riots are being called “peaceful protests.” These are being done mostly by anarchists who are being paid to produce chaos. An agenda is being pushed to defund the police and to dismantle our historic form of government, with the objective of replacing it with Marxism and/or Socialism and with Communism being the predominant goal. The stage is being set for the Antichrist’s ultimate condition of lawlessness. At some point, all of this will become part of the end-time beast system.
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R.51 – Washington, D.C. Admission Act. It is an effort to admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth (named after Frederick Douglass), as the 51st state of the United States. If admitted, it would not contain any federal buildings or monuments.
The House approved the legislation along party lines, with a vote of 216 Democrats to 208 Republicans. If passed in the Senate, the new state would have two members in the Senate and one representative in the House (most likely all Democrats).
However, due to the filibuster rule, there would need to be at least 60 votes in the Senate to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote. This is unlikely to happen, and it also is unlikely that there would be enough votes in the Senate to eliminate the filibuster.
Today is the 71st anniversary of “Earth Day.” It was founded, in 1970, by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin). In school at the time, I remember the first Earth Day well. We had a big rally, and then we were released from classes early and encouraged to clean up the school grounds. I picked up a few pieces of trash, threw them away, and went home.
Back then, “global cooling,” rather than “global warming,” was the concern. Not only was Senator Nelson an environmentalist, he also believed that population growth was ultimately detrimental to the environment. I recall how unsettling that view was to me, even back then.
No one rightfully can accuse me of being “environmentally unfriendly.” I bet that I am much more conscious about saving energy, and about not polluting the environment, than most people. For me, though, these things are a lifestyle; I am not out to “save the planet.” Here are just a few things that I do, on a small scale, to be “good to the environment” and to leave behind only a small “carbon footprint”:
filling up my car with gas no more often than once a month;
turning up my water heater only before a shower or before washing clothes, and only by the amount necessary to “get the job done,” and then turning it back down to the lowest setting when the heater turns off;
turning on lights only in the room I am in at the time, and off as soon as I leave the room, causing the average standard light bulb where I live to need to be replaced every 5+ years (and never using compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, because they contain mercury, are hazardous, and are ridiculously difficult to clean up if broken);
taking my own bag(s) to put groceries in, or telling store cashiers and baggers to place as many items as possible in one bag, to reduce the number of bags that I take home;
reusing things such as plastic and paper bags, aluminum foil, and paper (making it into notepads);
taking several months to go through one tube of toothpaste, even though I brush my teeth twice a day (and have not had a new cavity for over 30 years); and
making a roll of toilet paper last a few weeks (which is not difficult to do if one eats healthfully).
I think anybody who knows me reasonably well could predict how I view “Earth Day.” I feel that it has metastasized into a politically-correct monster. I also think that too many people have placed “Mother Earth” at the center of their collective universes and made “her” their primary “goddess.”
Furthermore, I believe it is highly likely that human history—and the earth as we know it—will be radically changed, just before and after the return of Jesus Christ back to earth to rule and reign. Soon thereafter, there no longer will be anything to be concerned about—environmentally, socially, financially, or economically. Everything will be under the Lord’s direct control and management (Zechariah 14:9).
Just prior to Jesus’ return, there will be a colossal, supernatural destruction of much of the earth’s surface (look at just the first three Trumpet Judgments: Revelation 8:6-11). This will render the present anxiety, apprehension, and hand-wringing about “long-term” environmental and global climate change (whether man-made or otherwise) to be pointless, if not senseless.
The Islamic Republic of Iran appears to be “on a fence” as to what it may do in the near future. On the one hand, with international talks continuing in Vienna, Iran is hoping that sanctions on them ultimately will be lifted. As such, they seem to be reluctant to do anything that will derail these negotiations.
On the other hand, Iran is outraged at attacks on its Natanz atomic facility and assassinations of some of its leaders and administrators. There have been retaliatory strikes on Israel, but so far these have fallen short of a direct and destructive military attack.
Also, a missile was fired from Syria into southern Israel. The distance was about 300 kilometers or 185 miles south of Damascus. In response, Israel attacked the missile launcher and air-defense systems in Syria.
Most likely, there was Iranian involvement. It probably was revenge for Israel’s attack on the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran on April 11.
Iran has militia members in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. Essentially, Israel is surrounded by armies whose primary desire is the destruction and desolation of Israel.
The Gog and Magog attack on Israel—prophesied to take place in Ezekiel 38 and 39—may or may not be near. Among the nations that will take part in this attack is Persia (Ezekiel 38:5), which is present-day Iran.
The jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 45, conducted their deliberations yesterday and today. That lasted about 10 hours and 20 minutes. This afternoon, the jury made its decisions, and the judge read the results publicly.
Chauvin had been accused of the murder of George Floyd, 46, whose death took place on May 25, 2020. There were three charges against Chauvin, with varying maximum sentences if conviction(s) took place:
second-degree unintentional murder (40-year maximum sentence),
third-degree murder (25-year maximum sentence), and
second-degree manslaughter (10-year maximum sentence).
He was found guilty on all three counts, and his bail was revoked. However, with no criminal history, there is a presumptive sentence of 12.5 years for each murder conviction and 4 years for the manslaughter conviction. The sentencing of Chauvin should take place in eight weeks.
For a couple of weeks, there have been ongoing talks in Vienna about the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Former President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the accord in May of 2018.
The U.S. is indirectly involved in the recent talks. With European mediation, the U.S. and Iran have been hearing each others views. It seems that there is a goal for both sides to return to compliance with the JCPOA.
Recently, it became known that Iran had increased its uranium enrichment from 20% to 60%, which is approaching weapons grade enrichment of 90%. Yet, the maximum purity of uranium allowed in the JCPOA is no more than 5%.
However, an attack on the Namatz centrifuge facility in Iran, on April 11, damaged or destroyed thousands centrifuges there. It may take about nine months for them to be returned to normal function. Iran has avowed revenge against Israel for the attack.
Israel’s diplomatic-security cabinet met yesterday, as tensions with Iran are escalating. It was the cabinet’s first meeting in over two months, since February 7.
During the meeting, there were discussions about the nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran. Officials raised concerns that the U.S. and other world powers would sign a deal with Iran within weeks. An official indicated that, in the long term, such a deal “will restrict Israel’s freedom of movement. It’s very troubling.”
At Olive Tree Ministries yesterday, Jan Markell spent the hour with Curtis Bowers. They talked about how Satan, along with the World Economic Forun, are blinding many on the political left as they rush to tyranny.
They discussed how the woke movement as entered the church, Christian colleges and even seminaries. Bowers concludes that if Vladimir Lenin were in the White House today, he would be doing what the current administration is doing.
A perfect world government will arrive only when Jesus returns to rule and reign, and the government will be upon His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). Until then, human efforts to craft a successful and effective world government will fail.
Today’s program, lasting 57 minutes with a commercial break, can be heard here:
I last organized my vitamins and supplements into individual compartments on Oct. 31. Each day, I have taken the following: a daily multiple; vitamins A, B complex, C, D3 and E; calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, fish oil, saw palmetto, glucosamine/chondroitin, glucosamine sulfate, iron, turmeric curcumin, probiotic acidophilus, olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, fish peptides, hyaluronic acid and biotin.
Last night in Israel, terrorists in Gaza launched a rocket attack on southern Israel. This was just a few hours after the close of the nation’s celebrations of its 73rd Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut).
No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave. However, Israel typically puts the blame on the militant Hamas group for any violence emanating from Gaza.
In response, not long after midnight, Israel bombed several locations inside the Palestinian enclave. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said that the bombing was in “response to the rocket fired from Gaza at Israel earlier tonight.”
Israel used fighter jets and helicopters to strike “a Hamas weapons manufacturing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel and a military post,” according to the IDF. Many times in the past, Prime Minister Netanyahu has warned that Israel will not hesitate to launch an offensive against those who attack Israel.
Normally, today would be the final day to file federal and state taxes in the U.S. However, last month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that people would have until May 17 to file their taxes.
In addition, May 17 is a new deadline for people to make IRA contributions and to file certain claims for refund. The postponement is because of difficulties due to the COVID pandemic.
The deferral date would have been May 15, except that date is on a Saturday this year, and May 16 is on a Sunday. So the new date is Monday, May 17. Yet today, April 15, still is the deadline for estimated tax payments, as it is every year.
It has been reported that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been connected to six cases of a “rare and severe” type of blood clot. Of 6.8 million doses of the vaccine given in the U.S., so far these six people are the only ones who have exhibited the blood clot problem.
Of the six who got the blood clots, a woman, 45, has died and another person currently is in critical condition. As such, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended that, for now, further dispensing of the J&J vaccine be put on hold.
Last night, for the second night in a row, there were protests and riots in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, MN. This followed the death of Daunte Wright, 20, caused by police officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department.
Evidently, Officer Potter meant to fire her taser at Daunte Wright after yelling, “I’ll tase you! I’ll tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” Instead, she accidentally grabbed her gun and fired one shot at Daunte. This can be seen in a short video.
Following the first night of protests and violence on Sunday, a 7:00 p.m. curfew was declared in Hennepin County for Monday night. However, hundreds demonstrators ignored the curfew and chanted protests outside of police headquarters. State troopers and Minnesota National Guard members joined police officers to patrol the streets in the metro-area until the curfew expired at 6:00 a.m. this morning.
About 40 people were arrested overnight in the Twin Cities for breaking curfew, fighting with police, attempted burglary and looting businesses. Some officers sustained minor injuries. Several of those arrested were cited, while others were booked into jail.
Today, Officer Potter resigned. Her letter to the city staff can be read here. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, who has said that the shooting was accidental, also has stepped down. A full and transparent investigation into the shooting is expected to be conducted.
A blackout occurred at the underground Natanz atomic facility in Iran yesterday. It appears to have been caused by a devastating cyberattack. There were no casualties or damage to the facility.
Iran is calling the incident “nuclear terrorism” and probable “sabotage.” Suspicion fell immediately on Israel.
Iran and Israel already are engaged in a shadow conflict across the wider Middle East. If Israel is responsible for the cyberattack, it further heightens tensions between the two nations.
Tehran is in the process of negotiating its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. These talks are taking place in Vienna, Austria. The Islamic Republic of Iran wants all international sanctions, including those imposed by the U.S., to be removed so the nation can work to increase its nuclear technology, which it insists is for peaceful purposes.
At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell’s guest was Pastor Jack Hibbs of Real Life Ministries in Chino, CA. They talked about how the World Economic Forum (WEC) feels that there is an urgent need to improve the state of the world, especially following the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, the WEC has started The Great Reset initiative.
This appears to be the beginning of a world economic reset. The stated goal is to make all nations equal. An increasing number of nations are calling for a one-world globalist system. Bible prophecy has predicted this, and now it is in the process of happening.
Many feel that some things in the U.S. are diametrically opposed to a one-world government, such as the Constitution and faith in God. There now is a push to “cancel” these and other things so that people will trust in a new governmental system. At some point, Satan’s “man in the shadows”—the Antichrist, a “mister fixit”—will arise out of the pandemic crisis and become a world leader.
In today’s video, from 10:07 to 11:07 (one minute), Pastor Hibbs talks about the prophetic period of 1,260 days (Revelation 11:3 and 12:6). He believes this time span is the first 3½ years of the final 7 years (the 70th Week). Generally, those who embrace the notion of a Pre-tribulation Rapture believe this. (I hold to a Pre-Wrath Rapture.)
I am convinced, instead, that the 1,260 days is the last 3½ years of the final 7 years. This is explained in my timing of the 1,260 days section.
Today’s program, lasting 55 minutes, can be heard here:
Curtain Closing: The Final Act of World History – Pastor Jack Hibbs — Audio | Video
For awhile, Israel and Iran have been blaming each other for attacks on each other’s merchant and cargo ships. Explosives have done significant damage on various vessels.
Most recently, there was an attack on an Iranian ship in the Red Sea. If Israel was behind the attack, it most likely was in response to recent attacks on Israeli-owned shipping vessels. An Iranian spokesman has said that after an investigation is completed, Iran intends to retaliate against the attacker.
There also have been attacks on locations in Syria. Most recently, there was an attack on a weapons depot near Damascus, for which Israel is being blamed. The site most likely has been used by Hezbollah and other Iran-backed groups.
There is a concern by many that tensions between Israel and Iran are ramping up significantly. It is possible that this will culminate in a biblically prophetic attack by Iran (which was ancient Persia), along with several of its allies, on Israel described in Ezekiel 38 and 39.
He was the husband of Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, for over 73 years. They were married on November 20, 1947. Now she is the first British monarch since Queen Victoria to reign as a widow.
This year, from February 16 to March 16, Prince Philip spent time in two hospitals for various health issues, including heart surgery. The day of his release was the last time he was seen publicly.
It was his wish to die peacefully in his own bed at home, Windsor Castle. That wish was fulfilled today. He will be buried in Frogmore Gardens on the grounds of Windsor Castle. According to The Telegram, this is where the queen walks her corgis.
In a public address today, President Biden said he feels that gun violence in the U.S. is a “public health crisis.” He announced a series of executive actions aimed at reducing violence. He also urged Congress to pass broader gun-control legislation.
The president’s executive actions direct the Justice Department to craft a rule addressing untraceable “ghost guns” and to publish an example of “red flag” legislation for states. He also called for a national red flag law.
Responsible gun owners believe strongly in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which was ratified in 1791. Many of them are concerned that governmental actions on this issue eventually may cause this constitutional amendment to be modified or even canceled, even though Biden stated, “Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment.”
President Biden has said that the U.S. is in a “life and death race” with the coronavirus pandemic. Cases and deaths continue to increase in many places.
Originally, every adult in the U.S. was going to be eligible for a vaccination on May 1. However, yesterday Biden announced from the White House that he was changing that date to April 19.
He also tried to allay fears about new strains that are driving an increase in COVID cases. “All these strains you’re hearing about. You should not worry,” he said. “They are more virulent. They are ... more dangerous, but the vaccines work on all of them.”
An early April heat wave has been passing through the Southwest U.S. for a few days. Record high temperatures have been hit in many areas. This does not mean all-time record highs; it means record highs for those specific dates.
The heatwave has been taking place over an extensive area in parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The two main reasons for the increased heat are a high pressure system and also a minimum amount of clouds in the sky, allowing the full sun to hit the ground.
Presently, much of this area has been experiencing an extreme to exceptional drought. Increased winds also are expected soon. Unfortunately, all of this will significantly increase the wildfire danger in many areas.
This morning, I went to Walmart and to a couple of Dollar stores and got 55.60 oz. (3.48 lb.) of 50%-off Easter candy. Similar to the day after Valentine’s Day at Walmart, almost all of the Easter candy already had been removed, although it had not been replaced with anything else. It was very unusual.
This is the Feast of Firstfruits or Resurrection Day. It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. Eventually, all who believe in His blood atonement for their sins will do the same.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
The majority of these resurrections, I believe, will take place at the main Rapture event. These glorified saints never will need to fear God’s severe judgment, and they will be exempt from His righteous wrath.
During the week of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, the Feast of Firstfruits fell on the date of Aviv 17 on the Hebraic calendar (as described in the prophecy fulfillment section of my Good Thursday commentary). It was the same date that Noah’s ark landed and rested on Mount Ararat (Genesis 8:4). On that day, Noah and his family were safe and secure from harm, with no further chance of sinking or drowning.
Someone looking at my Holy Week chart questioned me about this. Here is my response:
We are in desperate times, and a spirit of antichrist in the world (1 John 4:3) is intensifying. Dark days are approaching, and they will be followed by very apocalyptic times. A vast majority of pastors see signs of the end times in current events.
It seems that the Satanic Trinity, which counterfeits the Trinity of God, will be coming on the world scene soon. The Satanic Trinity will be composed of these three individuals:
Satan the Dragon (Revelation 12:7-17), who will be anti-God;
the Beast (Revelation 13:1-10), who will be anti-Christ; and
the False Prophet (Revelation 13:11-17), who will be anti-Spirit.
As world conditions grow worse, most people will panic and will be deceived by evil spirits and demonic beings (1 Timothy 4:1). They will give their allegiance and devotion to a world government and leader in hopes that they will make things better; however, things will become profoundly and horrendously worse.
Many will receive the “mark of the beast” in their right hand or forehead, without which people will be unable to buy or sell (Revelation 13:16,17). Unfortunately, this will lead to God’s wrath being poured out upon them.
Fortunately, uplifting things are ahead as well for those who continue to have a fervent and zealous belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. These include the Rapture, the Millennium, the New Heaven and New Earth and more.
I also leave open the possibility for a “Firstfruits” Rapture, of select believers, to happen near the middle of the final 7 years of this age (the 70th Week). If it were to take place, I would refer to it as a Mid-tribulation Rapture.
Today’s program, lasting 56 minutes, can be heard here:
When These Things Begin to Happen – Dr. Ed Hindson — Audio | Video
In Israel, the National Security Agency (NSA) has issued an advisory to its citizens against traveling to several countries in the Middle East. The countries on the travel advisory list include the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt as places to avoid.
The advisory warns of possible threats of attack by Israel’s arch-enemy, Iran. A statement from the NSA said, “We estimate that Iran will continue to operate in the near future to harm Israeli targets.”
For decades, Iran has called for the complete destruction of Israel. Israel considers Iran to be its top threat. Each of these nations has claimed attacks by the other nation for years.
In Washington, DC, the Biden administration does not appear to be nearly as supportive of Israel as the Trump administration was. This raises some fear that, potentially, the U.S. might not be as supportive of Israel in an attack by its enemies as it has been in the past.
Furthermore, following the recent Israeli election on March 23, Israel’s difficulties are increasing due to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s inability to put together a stable government. With possibly another election to take place before the end of the year—which would be the fifth election in less than three years—the continuance of Netanyahu’s leadership in Israel is in question.
There are many who feel that the Gog and Magog attack on Israel—prophesied to take place in Ezekiel 38 and 39—is near. Among the nations that will take part in this attack is Persia (Ezekiel 38:5), which is present-day Iran.