The SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant is the newest COVID-19 strain. It first was identified last week by a team of researchers in South Africa. Alex Sigal, the leader of that research team, has said, “This is probably the most mutated virus we’d ever seen.”
The Omicron variant has over 50 mutations, with over 30 mutations in the spike protein. This enhances the virus’ ability to infect the body. Thus, there is considerable concern that it may be very contagious and could spread rapidly.
The new variant has spread to several countries in southern Africa, as well as to other countries in the world. Many nations, including the U.S., are barring travel from the southern Africa countries in an attempt to prevent its spread.
Following the emergence of the Omicron variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, along with some national leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, are seeking an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics.
The first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is the 25th day of the Hebraic month of Kislev. Most likely, this is when Jesus, the “light of the world” (John 8:12), was conceived within a virgin and, when born, would be called Immanunel or “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:30-35). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit of God (Matthew 1:18-20). This is a fundamental example of how someone becomes a person, not merely a clump of cells, at the moment of conception.
Speaking of the Messiah and Savior Jesus to come, God said this:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” This is what the LORD says—the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” (Isaiah 49:6,7)
Jesus, who was Jewish, observed Hanukkah = the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22,23). It commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. I feel that Jesus’ millennial Temple probably will be dedicated during Hanukkah after He returns to rule and reign over the whole world.
At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with apologist 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.
Jan and Mike discussed how Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope. He is apocalyptic, a uniter of religions, and is leading many down a wide road to destruction. His popularity reflects today’s death of discernment. They considered that the pope possibly may turn out to be the False Prophet, described as the second beast in Revelation 12:11-18.
Alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary have occurred all over the world. Gendron points out that this may be an example of one of the things that would occur just prior to the coming of the lawless one or Antichrist:
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.... (1 Thessalonians 2:9)
These supernatural apparations likely are an example of Satan disguising himself as an “angel of light” in an attempt to unite all the religions of the world. This message from one of the apparations has been approved by the Roman Catholic Church as a valid message from Mary:
You saw hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them, God wishes to establish devotion to my immaculate heart in the world. If people do what I ask, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. Only I can help you. My immaculate heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God. In the end, my immaculate heart will triumph.
It is likely that a message like this is a satanic attempt to divert people’s attention away from Christ to Mary as a Mediatrix of all graces, which is a Catholic belief. She is viewed by many Catholics as a “co-Savior” along with Jesus.
The apparitions of Mary very well could be the catalyst that will unite Islam and Roman Catholicism, since both religions esteem Mary as the most revered woman who has ever lived. In Islam’s holiest book, the Qur'an, the nineteenth chapter is Maryam and includes erroneous information about Mary and Jesus ('Iesa). Many Muslims have been flocking to apparation sites, especially in Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis even has indicated that Allah, the god of Islam, and God are one and the same, which they are not.
The coming one-world religion will be formed by a union of non-Christian religions and 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, the first Jesuit Pope, 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:
A couple of days ago, I was invited to a Thanksgiving gathering at the home of some close friends. There were 6 of us around the table eating an outstanding feast. As usual, I took some snapshots of the food, since I enjoy looking back a few weeks later and remembering what I ate.
Each year, there are certain weekdays when the stock market (New York Stock Exchange: NYSE) is closed all day. These are Stock Market Holidays. There also is at least one day a year on which the NYSE opens at the regular time in the morning (9:30 a.m. ET) but closes three hours early (1:00 p.m. ET).
In the latter case, the NYSE closes early the day after Thanksgiving of every year, which always is a Friday. That day is today, and the NYSE closed at 1:00 p.m. ET instead of at 4:00 p.m. ET. This year, it is the only day that the stock market has closed early after opening at the regular time.
It may be a good thing that the stock market closed three hours early today. This is because there were major losses in world markets and in major stock indices in the U.S., but three hours later the losses might have been worse.
A new COVID-19 variant, B.11.529, has been found to be spreading through six southern African countries, as well as in Hong Kong. It appears to be more transmissible than other variants and may be immune to COVID vaccines. The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting today to discuss the new variant, which they have named Omicron.
This is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. Our first president, George Washington, issued a General Thanksgiving Proclamation. Its focus is on the Almighty God, to whom we all should be thankful for both good and happy times, as well as bad and sad times.
In a prayer to the Lord, King David said the following:
Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we giveyouthanks, and praise your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:12-24)
In his instructions to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul wrote the following:
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; givethanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-24)
On this special day, the prominent phrase that Paul wrote is, “givethanks in all circumstances.” For many who are going through difficult and trying circumstances, this is not easy to do. Spiritual maturity enables us to understand that we should give thanks even for the thorny and challenging things in life.
It is hard for us to understand why we should bethankful for the terrible things that happen to us, and to others close to us, along this journey of life. We must realize, though, that we cannot understand the infinite Mind of God, nor can we comprehend His plans and purposes for our lives. It is in obedience and in faith that we thankGod for all things.
Today, let us remember that God is in charge and in control of all situations. He allows us to go through hard times to strengthen us and to cause us to depend on Him—rather than on ourselves or other people—even more. It is one of the greatest lessons we can learn before Jesus returns to rule and reign, when He will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Early this morning, there was an airstrike on sites belonging to Hezbollah in Homs, located in western Syria. According to Syrian media and reports, Israel is being named as the alleged aggressor.
The airstrikes were carried out from northeastern Beirut, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The report claimed that most of the missiles were shot down by Syrian air defenses.
In the strike, two civilians were killed, another was injured and six soldiers were wounded. SANA also reported that several missiles were shot down by Syrian forces.
A week ago, Syrian media reported that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attacked an empty building south of Damascus, Syria’s capital. According to the report, one missile in that attack was shot down. No casualties were reported.
A week before that, yet another alleged Israeli airstrike, targeting sites in the Homs area, was made. Two Syrian soldiers were injured, and material damage was done.
Israeli officials have expressed increasing concern about the expansion of surface-to-air missile systems, produced by Iran, in Syria. Also, Defense Minister Benny Gantz has noted that Iran used proxies across the region in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
So far, there has been no comment from the IDF about any of the recent attacks. This is in line with its policy of ambiguity regarding its specific activities in Syria.
Today, President Biden directed the release of 50 million barrels of oil from America’s strategic reserve. He indicated that this will “address the mismatch between demand exiting the pandemic and supply.” The oil will be released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, located in Texas and Louisiana.
The plan is being carried out in coordination with several other nations, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. It followed weeks of consultations with those nations.
This comes after many months of significant gas price hikes. As of today, in the U.S., the average price for a gallon of gasoline nationwide is $3.40, which is a record high. Many feel that the closing of two major oil pipelines by Biden—the Keystone XL pipeline in January and a Michigan pipeline earlier this month—have been major factors in the decreased availability of gasoline and the spiking of gasoline prices.
Many people do not believe in God because they’ve never seen Him. In their minds, “Seeing is believing.”
However, countless qualities, features and attributes of God can be seen in His Creation around us. Observing these and reading about Him in His Word, the Bible, have convinced many skeptics that, indeed, the eternal God does exist.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Stephen Briggs, the Director of Operations at Hatikvah Films. They talked about how there are blessings and curses put upon nations and individuals, based on Genesis 12:3.
Much of the program included portions of Stephen Briggs’ DVD: “America and the Israel Effect.” It is a history lesson showing the steps leading to Israel’s becoming a nation again in 1948.
There also are many examples of how good things have happened to nations that have blessed Israel, while bad things have happened to nations that have cursed Israel. It is concerning that the Biden administration generally has not had a positive view of Israel.
This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act that will cost nearly $2 trillion. It passed with a vote of 220 to 213. This happened almost two weeks after the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill was passed and later signed by President Biden.
Next month the Senate will take up the bill, where more changes are expected to be made for it to pass. If so, it will return to the House for another vote.
One week ago, on November 12, the three judges of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld their original decision to put on hold President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with over 100 workers. Among many comments, they said there were “grave statutory and constitutional” concerns with the mandate and called it “staggeringly overbroad.”
Two days ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suspended the enforcement of the vaccine mandate for large companies. However, Biden is still asking companies to voluntarily enforce a vaccine mandate, arguing that it ultimately will save them money and help operations. There still may be future developments in the vaccine mandate litigation.
There will be a full moon tonight, and many places on Earth will observe a very lengthy partial lunar eclipse. It will be the longest partial lunar eclipse in the past 580 years.
From the beginning visibility at the initial penumbral phase to the end of visibility at the final penumbral phase, the partial eclipse will last just over 6 hours. At the maximum portion of the eclipse, 97.4% of the moon will be in Earth’s shadow.
The penumbral phase of the eclipse will begin at 10:02 p.m. PST tonight or 1:02 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. The time of the maximum (97.4%) eclipse will be 1:02 a.m. PST or 4:02 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. The final penumbral phase will end at 4:03 a.m. PST or 7:03 a.m. EST tomorrow morning.
At least some portion of the partial eclipse will be visible in North, Central and South America, eastern Europe and Africa, western Asia, all of Australia and the Pacific islands. In just over two weeks, when there is a new moon, there will be a total eclipse of the sun that will be seen in Antarctica and in the southernmost portions of South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand on December 4.
Earlier this week, President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law. It was approved by the House of Representatives just over a week ago on Nov. 8.
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House plans to pass the more expensive Build Back Better Act this week. It is projected to be approximately a $1.75 trillion spending measure.
However, the Congressional Budget Office still is in the process of negotiating with lawmakers to finalize the contents of the massive bill. It is a very complex procedure, which could take much longer than expected, and there is no guarantee that it ultimately will pass in the House and the Senate.
The annual Leonid Meteor Shower is happening this week. It is one of the most famous of the annual meteor displays. It peaks tonight and into early tomorrow (Nov. 16-17).
The meteor shower can be seen by viewers from both hemispheres. However, with the moon approaching its full phase soon, the bright moonlight probably will cause fewer meteors than usual to be visible. The best chance of seeing the most meteors is tonight and tomorrow night.
California, the most populous state, has the highest gasoline prices in the nation. Yesterday, the national average was $3.413 per gallon.
Earlier this past weekend, California tied its own record-high average gasoline price of $4.671 per gallon, which was set in October 2012. Yesterday, it reached a new high average price of $4.676 per gallon state-wide.
On November 4, the Biden administration indicated that its COVID vaccine mandate rules would go into effect on January 4, 2022. They would apply to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors. Employees failing to comply with the rules could be fined $14,000 per infraction.
On November 6, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana listened to several arguments against the vaccine mandate. Then this court granted a temporary stay against the federal vaccine mandate.
On November 8, OSHA (who originally issued the mandate back in September) and Labor Department attorneys filed a brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In support of the vaccine mandate, they outlined reasons why they felt it should go into effect early next year, as planned.
Two nights ago, on November 12, the three judges of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld their original decision to put on hold President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private companies with over 100 workers. Among many statements, they called the mandate “staggeringly overbroad.”
White House officials had no immediate comment on the ruling. Most likely, arguments from both sides will continue.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pastor Billy Crone. They discussed how tyranny is rising as the World Economic Forum continues moving toward installing a global government. Jan and Billy agree that this is reality, not a conspiracy.
Governments have been using the COVID pandemic—which, in effect, is a “plandemic”—to get people used to having the government take care of our every need. They gradually are getting rid of the idea of national sovereignty so that people will develop a global mindset. Essentially, the pandemic has set the stage for the Great Reset globally.
The goal is for the global elite to own everything and to dictate the things that people do. Regular people will own nothing in an alleged “utopia” and will be happy about it. This will be descriptive of the Antichrist kingdom.
The push for globalism in the last 200 years could culminate in the very near future. All of this is outlined in the Bible, particularly in the book of Revelation.
A friend told me about an over-the-counter COVID-19 self test that he had tried. He said that it was relatively easy to perform, and he had tested negative.
I’ve never had any COVID symptoms but was curious about that self test. I assumed that I would test negative. I thought it might be a good idea to know how to do the test in case I happen to have symptoms in the future. I figured it would be easier to repeat the test again, since I’d already done it before.
I bought the over-the-counter BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 test at Walmart for $14.00 + tax. There are two tests per box. It does not need to be prescribed by a doctor, nor is it purchased at the pharmacy. It seems like it would be an appropriate test whether or not someone has received a COVID vaccinations, since many “breakthrough” cases have occurred in vaccinated people. A complete description of the test can be read here:
I performed the test yesterday. I read the instructions, thoroughly washed my hands, put on a pair of clean rubber gloves and removed all the necessary items from the box. After that, it took less than 15 minutes to complete the testing process. Then I waited 15 minutes to see the result.
The process included swabbing the inside of each nostril, using the same swab for both, about an inch up my nose. I rubbed the swab slowly around 5 big circles inside, which took about 15 seconds per nostril. It was uncomfortable but bearable.
After inserting the cotton tip of the swab into the bottom hole and up to the top hole of the card (where I already had put exactly 6 drops of the solution), I turned the swab around 3 times. Then I sealed the card closed, left the swab there and waited 15 minutes.
A light purple line appeared in the CONTROL window, as it was supposed to. However, no pink or purple line, not even a faint one, appeared in the SAMPLE window. Even after 10 more minutes, nothing had appeared in the SAMPLE window. So I’m convinced that I am COVID negative. I probably will not repeat the test in the next couple of days (as is suggested in the instructions) but only if and when I ever have COVID symptoms.
Today is the 103rd anniversary of Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day. World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Veterans Day is an official public holiday in the U.S.
Following the lengthy police chase described on Nov. 4, I have traveled a couple of times down the 55 Freeway and then down the 405 Freeway on my way to Irvine. When a friend was driving, I decided to take a few quick photos and display them here.
Most of the major 55 Freeway has 4 lanes (and 5 to 6 lanes in some places) going in each direction. The stolen big rig, traveling south (the direction I was going), stopped in one of the middle lanes.
It took several hours for the driver to get out of the truck and surrender to police. Then it took quite awhile for the damaged truck to be towed off. During all of that time, hundreds of unfortunate drivers were stopped and could not move their vehicles.
Some of the drivers may have been on their way to John Wayne Airport. If so, many of them may have arrived too late and missed their flights, which never is a good thing.
Last week, on November 4, the Biden administration announced that its COVID vaccine rules will take effect on January 4, 2022. The rules apply to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors. The rules mandate that employees who fall into those groups will need to receive the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated, either with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, no later than January 4.
On November 6, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana accepted arguments submitted by more than two dozen states against the vaccine mandate. After considering the arguments, the court indicated that the mandate had “grave statutory and constitutional” concerns. Then it granted a temporary stay against the federal vaccine mandate.
Yesterday, the federal government responded to the court’s mandate injunction. Attorneys for OSHA (who originally issued the mandate back in September) and the Labor Department filed a brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Among other things, it indicated that the court’s stay of the mandate could result in “hundreds” of deaths each day and that there is “considerable evidence” and legal precedents to support the federal mandate.
Arguments from both sides will continue. It is possible that the litigation will end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Earlier this weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. It was approved with a vote of 228 to 206, with 13 Republicans voting for it and 6 Democrats voting against it. President Biden probably will sign it into law sometime this week.
The bill had been passed in the Senate back in August 69 to 30. At that time, all 50 Democratic senators, along with 19 Republican senators, voted to pass it.
Daylight Saving Time ended today, and Standard Time began. In states that observe this change, all clocks should be set back one hour. Standard Time will continue until Sunday, March 13, when Daylight Saving Time will begin again and clocks in most states will be set ahead one hour.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pastor Brandon Holthaus. They talked about how the crisis of a virus has set the stage for the end game: a one-world system. It promotes globalism instead of nationalism.
As various crises continue to spread through the world, people will get nervous and anxious enough to look for and honor someone that they feel can bring order out of chaos. Ultimately, that person will be the Antichrist, who actually will bring disaster to the world.
Now efforts are being introduced, such as people’s social credit scores, where they cannot buy or sell without a proper score. Having a high ESG score probably will become part of this process as well.
Globalists are trying to reset the world to form their new world order. The rush to globalize by 2030 may have been pushed up to 2023. Christian believers will need to stand for righteousness during the coming darkness.
Today’s program, lasting 55 minutes, can be heard here:
The End Game – Pastor Brandon Holthaus — Audio | Video
Most of the United States will “fall back” to Standard Time early tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 2:00 a.m. I like the following clock because it is accurate to the second, plus it can be adjusted to any time zone: https://time.gov. Except for Hawaii and most of Arizona, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight.
Some people prefer Standard Time because they typically get up early and like it when the sun rises an hour earlier. Personally, I prefer Daylight Saving Time because I like the extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day. I wish Daylight Saving Time could continue year-round.
For some time, NASA (National Aeronautics Space Administration) has been planning a Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The ultimate purpose of the mission is to prevent an asteroid from making a hazardous and destructive impact on Earth at some point in the future.
The target of the DART mission is Didymos, a binary near-Earth asteroid. Didymos is composed of a primary body, about 780 meters across, and a smaller secondary body (or “moonlet”), about 160 meters across. The smaller asteroid is more typical of the size of asteroids that could pose the most significant threat to Earth. Presently, the Didymos asteroids do not pose any threat.
The plan is for the DART spacecraft to crash into the moonlet. That will change the speed of the moonlet in its orbit around the larger asteroid, and this is expected to change the orbital period of the moonlet by several minutes. This process will be observed and measured by telescopes on Earth.
DART’s scheduled launch date is this month on November 23. However, the spacecraft will not reach the Didymos moonlet until late September of 2022. After that, measurements of the effects of the impact will be made to help better prepare for the possibility of an actual asteroid threat in the future and the need to change the course of that asteroid.
Probably the lengthiest police chase I’ve ever heard of here in southern California began last night and ended this morning. It lasted over 12 hours.
A little after 8:00 p.m. last night, a 22-year-old male stole a big rig truck from Individual Food Service, a food service company in East Los Angeles. This immediately was reported to the police.
Officers chased the driver in helicopters and patrol vehicles as the semi-truck traveled through several cities in the San Fernando Valley. The chase continued into Ventura County, back down into Los Angeles County, and further southeast into Orange County.
Along the way, police placed at least five spike strips in front of the truck. Multiple tires were blown out with many, or maybe all, of the eighteen tires completely blown off. The wheels were rolling on the rims with sparks shooting out. However, somehow the thief kept driving into the night down the 5 Freeway.
Eventually, he came to the 55 Freeway and headed south into Santa Ana (the County Seat of Orange County). At about 3:00 a.m. this morning, the truck came to a stop in the middle lane of this major Orange County freeway. That began a prolonged standoff while the driver, Bryan Santana of Los Angeles, remained in the cab of the truck for about 5½ hours.
Hundreds of drivers were stranded on the freeway and were unable to move the entire time. That included during the considerable period of time that it took to tow the large disabled truck off of the freeway.
Finally, at about 8:35 a.m., police were able to convince the driver to come out of the truck peacefully. Santana was arrested and booked for stealing a vehicle and evading police. It seems quite appropriate now that Santana is in a SantaAna jail.
I’ve traveled on the 5 Fwy and 55 Fwy countless times over the decades and have been delayed by many traffic jams. I empathize with everyone who was stuck on the freeways last night and this morning and feel very fortunate that I was not among those who were.
Yesterday, in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. With over 99% of the votes counted, Youngkin is ahead 50.7% to 48.6%.
Republicans Winsome Sears and Jason Miyares were elected as Virginia’s lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively. Republicans also made major gains in the Virginia House of Delegates.
McAuliffe formally conceded the race this morning. He congratulated Youngkin and said he is “confident” in the long-term path of Virginia. He also pushed for a number of the liberal initiatives that he highlighted during the campaign.
The Atlanta Braves are the World Series champions after beating the Houston Astros tonight in game 6. The game lasted 9 innings. Had the Astros won the 6th game, the tie-breaking 7th game would have been played in Houston tomorrow night. The Braves last won the World Series in 1995. Congratulations Braves!
The 6th game’s final score was Braves 7, Astros 0. Here are the scores for the final game tonight and the runs, hits and errors for all of the innings:
In the series, the Braves won 4 games and the Astros won 2 games. Here are some stats and scores for the 6 games:
The best thing about Halloween is half-priced candy the next day. I purchased 81.8 ounces (5.11 pounds) of candy today. Some of it will be going to friends. I doubt that the texting witch will be eating any.
I wonder how many Christians believe that God’s “chosen people” no longer are the Israelites and the Jews but, exclusively, are the Church of Christian believers. I do not believe this at all. By no means has God abandoned Israel, and His everlasting promises to Israel will take place. I have written a lengthy commentary to explain all of this and more:
He rose from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits (which has been given the inappropriate name of “Easter”).
His Holy Spirit came to Jews at Pentecost, which also was at the Feast of Weeks (or Shavuot).
He will appear in the clouds to take believers to be with Him, at the Rapture, on the Feast of Trumpets (or Rosh HaShanah).
His second advent back to earth will be on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
He will require representatives from all the nations of the world to go to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (or Sukkot), each year, throughout the Millennium.
His birthday most likely is during the Feast of Tabernacles (late September to mid October), not on the Christianized day of “Christmas” (December 25).
Many Christians celebrate Hebraic/Jewish feasts, festivals, and holy days (see a calendar for the next few years). It is not because they have converted to Judaism or are “Jewish wannabes.” Rather, they have come to an understanding that they have been “grafted in” to Israel—with whom God’s original covenant was made—and without Israel, they would be lost. These and similar topics are taught, in numerous programs, on God’s Learning Channel. You can Watch It Live 24 hours a day. (Note: I do not endorse all teachings by every programmer.)
Oh, in case you’re wondering why I didn’t say anything about Halloween, it’s because I consider it to be one of many pagan holidays that, unfortunately, too many Christians celebrate. I am not one of them, although I do have a favorite Halloween photo that I took in Alabama exactly 11 years ago: witch text. The best thing about Halloween is half-priced candy the next day. I don’t think the texting witch will be eating any.
Twenty years ago, Amir Tsarfati happened to be in the twin towers in Manhattan the day before the 9/11/01 attack. The next day, while in New Jersey, he looked across the Hudson River and watched them fall. Prior to that, he had believed that an Islamic attack was going to come upon America. Then indeed, on 9/11, radical Islam made its violent terror attack. He feels that, most likely, it will not be the last.
In his presentation, Amir’s initial question was, “Is the ‘final jihad’ tied to the ‘last trumpet’?” Jihad is a struggle or fight against enemies of Islam, which fundamental Islamists consider to be those who do not worship Allah as their god. Ultimately, the world will have to face the Final Jihad.
However, at the last trumpet—the trumpet call of God—believers in Jesus will be changed into our imperishable and immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51-54). Then we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and we will be with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).
Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2005, officially has become the CEO and chairman of Meta, the new parent company name for Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. He bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.
He announced the rebrand to Meta yesterday at his company’s annual Connect conference. However, the process of transitioning to Meta began over six months ago.
Zuckerberg has said that the new name is part of his company’s long-term plan to create a “metaverse.” This will involve the development of a virtual-reality environment where users can socialize, work, learn, shop, play games and create art, among other things.
Over the past few weeks, Facebook has been hit with a barrage of criticism. This was due to leaked internal documents to the media by a former employee. Some feel that the timing of the transition to Meta is a way for Zuckerberg to distance himself and the company brand from the name Facebook.
However, according to Zuckerberg, the current cycle of bad news “had nothing to bear on this. Even though I think some people might want to make that connection, I think that’s sort of a ridiculous thing. If anything, I think that this is not the environment that you would want to introduce a new brand in.”
President Biden is on his way today to two global summits. The first will last for two days in Rome, Italy, and the second will last for two days in Glasgow, Scotland.
This morning, before his departure to Europe, Biden gave a public speech. He delivered remarks on his Build Back Better framework.
He talked about his revised economic agenda saying that it will “create millions of jobs, grow the economy, invest in our nation and our people” among other things. It is estimated by the White House that the plan will cost $1.75 trillion.
Almost a week ago, on Oct. 21, a fatal shooting took place on the set of the movie “Rust.” This happened on Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. Actor and producer Alec Baldwin fired what he evidently thought was an unloaded prop gun, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
The lead projectile, which went through Hutchins’ body, landed in Souza’s shoulder. It was retrieved and now is believed to be a live round.
Today, a press conference was held in Santa Fe. Sheriff Adan Mendoza and Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies responded to numerous questions about the incident.
The two teams in the 2021 World Series will be the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros. The first game will be played tonight in Houston at Minute Maid Park. It is scheduled to begin at 8:09 p.m. EDT.
An uncommon weather event came ashore in Washington, Oregon and northern California yesteday. It is known as a “bomb cyclone” that forms when a process called bombogenesis occurs.
This happens when a mid-latitude storm intensifies rapidly by dropping at least 24 millibars of atmospheric pressure over a 24-hour period. A normal 24-hour drop is around 10 to 15 millibars, so a 24 millibar drop is significant.
The swift drop in atmospheric pressure can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as over warm ocean waters. In this case, the fast-strengthening weather system has generated a bomb cyclone.
Atmospheric storms like this have category ratings, but they are not the same as hurricane ratings. This particular storm has a Category 5 rating, which is the highest possible.
This storm has been generating heavy rain, damaging winds, flooding and landslides. Cities like Sacramento and San Francisco have had record-breaking amounts of rain for the month of October. Hundreds of thousands of people along the coast lost electrical power.
Areas severely burned for months by wildfires have experienced major mudslides. Debris flows have been forcing road closures. As the storm moves east, heavy snow is hitting the Sierra Nevada mountain range, probably resulting in an early ski season.
I was in Marin County, north of San Francisco, for a few weeks last month. Much of that county has been soaked by the rain from the bomb cyclone. Kentfield received at least 10 inches of rain just yesterday.
I’m glad I am back down in Orange County again. There was a moderate amount of rain and wind, with totally gray skies, here in Anaheim today. Other than that, the storm has not had much of an effect here.
In one of the apostle Paul’s letters to Timothy, he described what the world would be like in the last days or at the end of the age. Other descriptions besides “perilous” are terrible, difficult, dreadful, hazardous and treacherous.
The main reason for this will be due to a turning away, by the people of the world in every nation, from the one true God and His lawful ways. Of course, not all will turn away from God, but there will be an increasing trend to do so.
The ways of God are righteousness, justice, lawfulness, peace and love. When most of the world turns away from God and His uprightness, the worst of times inevitably will result. Many Christians feel that they will be able to reverse this trend and bring goodness and purity back into the world. They believe that this is what it will take to motivate Jesus to return to a wonderful world that has turned back to God.
However, the primary reason why Jesus will return is because the world will become so evil, sinful and wicked that humanity would utterly destroy itself if He did not return and prevent that from happening. Fortunately, He will be the light at the end of that horrendously dark tunnel. He will bring the magnificent and glorious Kingdom of God to earth, for a thousand years, when He returns to rule and reign over the whole world.
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with author and associate pastor David Fiorazo. The ruling elites are establishing the Antichrist culture. Medical tyranny is leading to overall tyranny.
Historically, when government grows in power amd takes new ground, it almost never gives it back. Government is emboldened and is acting as god. The righteous are silenced, suppressed and shadow banned.
There is growing persecution of believers in the western world. It arises from discrimination of those who hold a biblical Christian world view. Even pastors are finding themselves in prison for their faith. It may be that vaccine passports, required for church attendance, are coming.
I’m visiting my friend JoAnne in Anaheim. In a couple of days, she’ll be leaving for North Carolina to visit a mutual friend for a week. I will be taking care of her 3 dogs while she’s gone, so they’re “transitioning” to me before she leaves.
We were craving hot spicy Thai food, so we went to Jumpa Thai restaurant in Garden Grove. Not only do we really like their tasty food, but we also like their reasonable lunch special price of $7.95. She got spicy basil with extra vegetables, and I got ped mak mak red curry chicken. As usual, the food and the service were excellent.
A good friend’s parents both died of Alzheimer’s disease in the past few years. Furthermore, all four of their parents suffered and died from Alzheimer’s. Understandably, my friend has been very concerned that she is more likely than not to develop this condition at some point.
I did a quick search about that topic today. I took screen shots of some information about Alzheimer’s and emailed them to her. Here are links to the three sets of information:
My friend is becoming increasingly convinced that she already has some early Alzheimer’s symptoms. She said that she definitely wants to make some permanent changes in her diet soon, including cutting out bacon, ham, white bread, white rice and sugar, as well as adding more fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
In the U.S. Senate today, a voting rights bill failed to pass for the third time this year. The legislation was a Democratic response against the passage of election security overhauls in Republican-led states.
The “Freedom to Vote Act” needed at least 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster, but it fell far short of that. The vote was 49 for and 51 against. It would have been a tie; however, in a procedural move, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) voted with all 50 Republicans. This will allow him, at some point, to submit this legislation again for a re-vote.
Republicans feel that the legislation would be an infringement on the right of states to dictate their own election laws. Today’s voting rights legislation would have established a federal election framework, created rules preventing partisan redistricting, and overhauled the campaign finance system.
During July and August, over 37,800 unaccompanied minors entered the U.S. from Mexico. For over two months, planeloads of underage migrants have been flown out of Texas. It evidently is an effort by the Biden administration to secretly resettle them into other states.
Last week, two planes landed at the Westchester County Airport north of New York City. Most of the passengers who deboarded the planes were children and teens, with a small portion appearing to be young men in their 20s. The passengers then piled into buses that drove away.
Later, some were seen meeting up with relatives or sponsors in New Jersey or being dropped off at a residential facility on Long Island. Other migrants have been flown to other states as well, including Connecticut and Florida, where they were released.
The majority of the flights have been at night. The clandestine nature of the whole operation raises questions about how the White House is dealing with a surge in unaccompanied minors and young adults crossing over the border with Mexico.
The process of flying immigrants to states outside of Texas may accelerate soon. It has been reported by Univision that, on the morning of October 23, at least 95,000 migrants are planning to begin marching north through Mexico to the United States. They are said to be a mix of Haitians and Central Americans.
This large influx of people is being called the “Caravana Madre” (mother caravan). Some are referring to it as “the mother of all caravans” because so many people are expected to be part of it. Some expect that, by the end of December, the number of migrants will exceed 145,000.
Colin Powell passed away today at the age of 84. His death was the result of complications from COVID-19. Although he had been full vaccinated against the virus, he also had mutiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, that most likely damaged his immune system and made it harder for his body to fight off infections.
Powell served as the 65th secretary of state during George W. Bush’s presidency from 2001 to 2005. He also served as the 16th national security advisor from 1987 to 1989 and the 12th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993 who led the first Gulf War. He earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice.
President Biden expressed his condolences and said that Powell “embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat.” Former President Bush was saddened by Powell’s death and said, “He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam. Many presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel and experience.”
I’ll never forget the 6.9 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. A great deal of damage was done to San Francisco and the Bay Area due to that sizeable quake.
The temblor interrupted the third game of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. Because of this, a great many people in the Bay Area were watching the game rather than driving on streets and freeways, and rush hour traffic was lighter than normal. Most likely, this resulted in a small fraction of the injuries and deaths than otherwise would have occurred, had the quake taken place on a typical weekday.
It was late afternoon that day, and I was sound asleep in a chair next to the swimming pool half a block away from my home in Irvine. At 5:04 p.m., I suddenly woke up but had no idea why. It felt like someone had shaken my chair, but no one was around and there were no unusual noises. I am an extremely light sleeper, though.
I got up, walked home, turned on the TV, and soon saw news about the large earthquake. To this day, I suspect that a small wave from the quake jarred me awake, even though I was located almost 350 miles southeast of the epicenter.
An earthquake alert system is available for those in California and Oregon. It doesn’t predict shaking before it happens, but it can warn people before the tremors reach them.
Personally, I agree with the majority of the points made by Jan Markell, Jeff Kinley and Todd Hampson. Among other things, I agree with their views on the Millennium and the New Heaven and New Earth (see old and new Creations).
Those who believe in a Pre-tribulation Rapture feel that the whole tribulation period will consist of the wrath of God. I am convinced that, during that period, only a portion of it—the Day of the Lord or day of vengeance—will comprise God’s wrath and will be preceded by the Pre-Wrath Rapture.
I definitely do believe in a main Rapture event, but I see it as a Pre-wrath Rapture rather than as a Pre-tribulation Rapture, with which I disagree:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that millions of Americans soon will receive an increase of 5.9% in their Social Security benefits, beginning in January 2022. This is the result of a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), the largest since 1983 when there was a 7.4% increase.
More than 64 million Social Security (SS) beneficiaries will receive a 5.9% COLA in their regular SS payments early next year. For about 8 million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries—mainly aged, blind and disabled people—the 5.9% increase will begin on December 30, 2021.
William Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series from 1966 to 1969. However, it was not until yesterday that he actually went up into space for the first time. At age 90, he is the oldest person ever to travel into space.
Shatner and three other passengers lifted off in Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule atop of a hydrogen-fueled rocket. The three other crew members were Chris Boshuizen, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries.
They traveled 65.8 miles into space and were gone 10 minutes and 17 seconds before returning and landing. A parachute floated the capsule back for the last portion of the descent.
Jeff Bezos, owner of Blue Origin, was on the ground to welcome back the space crew. Shatner had many things to tell Bezos, including, “What you have given me is the most profound experience. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”
Last evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the legislation necessary to extend the federal debt limit for almost two more months, until December 3. This legislation was passed by the Senate a few days ago on Oct. 8.
The borrowing limit was raised by $480 billion to $28.9 trillion. This will avoid the debt default that otherwise would have taken place on October 18. The House bill was passed by a vote of 219 to 206, with no Republican support. President Biden is expected to sign the bill soon.
The process of raising the federal debt ceiling before December 3 will be a very complex and difficult process in Congress to pass a more long-term debt limit. If it does not happen by then, the federal government will shut down until such legislation is passed. It also could have a negative effect on the economy and on the stock market.
Santee, California, is a city in San Diego County, a few miles northeast of downtown San Diego. It is considered to be a suburb of San Diego.
Yesterday, a little after noon, a twin-engine Cessna 340 plane plumeted and crashed into a Santee neighborhood. The plane, being flown to San Diego from Yuma, Arizona, was owned and probably being flown by Dr. Sugata Das. He is one of two people who are known to have died in the crash.
The plane crashed into a United Parcel Service (UPS) van. The UPS driver, Steve Krueger, also died.
There may have been other deaths that have not yet been determined. Others were injured, including in one of two homes that burned up after the crash, but their identities and details of their injuries have not yet been released.
An air traffic controller alerted the plane’s pilot that the aircraft was flying too low and urged him to fly the plane to a higher elevation. However, the pilot did not heed this warning and kept descending until the plane crashed.
This weekend, Southwest Airlines has had a huge amount of flight cancellations and delays. Massive numbers of customers have been extremely inconvenienced by this.
According to reports by Flight Aware on Saturday, 808 flights were canceled and 1,187 flights were delayed. So far today (Sunday), 1,018 flights have been canceled and 597 flights have been delayed.
Exact reasons for this are not certain. Southwest has blamed this on disruptive weather and on unexpected air traffic control issues. Others have suggested that pilots and crewmembers have been going on strike and/or not showing up for work, due to the airline’s recent mandate for its employees to take coronavirus vaccines.
However, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) has said that “our pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions.” In any case, it appears to be a problem that is going to continue and perhaps get worse.
When I got to my gate, I saw that my flight was delayed. I also saw very long lines of people waiting to talk to Southwest Airlines employees. I discovered that several flights had been delayed and canceled.
While I was there, the time of my flight’s departure changed several times. I felt very fortunate that it had not been canceled. Finally, it departed about 30 minutes late. The plane was supposed to land briefly at LAS (Las Vegas Airport) and then continue on to SNA.
However, at LAS, we were told to go into the airport and board a different plane at gate B11. That gate was quite a ways from the gate where we landed, and that plane also was delayed.
My friend picked me up well over an hour later than my original flight had been scheduled to land at SNA. However, I considered myself extremely blessed that neither of my flights was canceled.
Yesterday, the two main U.S. Senate leaders, Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell, agreed to take a vote on a short-term debt ceiling increase for the federal government. Last night, the vote was taken.
Before that vote could be taken, though, there first had to be at least a 60-vote threshold among senators to invoke cloture and end debate on the bill. With all 50 Democrats and 11 Republicans voting for cloture, the vote to raise the federal government’s borrowing limit was able to be taken.
The vote, raising the debt ceiling by about $480 billion, passed by a margin of 2 votes: 50 to 48. There was no “yes” vote by any Republican. Many Republicans, including Senator Graham (R-SC) and former President Trump, are extremely disappointed, feeling that the 11 Republicans voting to invoke cloture needlessly caved to the Democrats.
The House of Representatives, with a Democratic majority, is expected to pass this legislation sometime next week. The current national debt is about $28.4 trillion and would be permitted to rise to at least $28.8 trillion.
Once President Biden signs the bill, it will allow the U.S. to avoid defaulting on its massive debt until December 3. However, as that date approaches, there is little doubt that major arguments, problems and difficulties involved in passing a more long-term debt limit will arise again.
This morning, U.S. Senate majority leader Schumer (D-NY) and minority leader McConnell (R-KY) reached an agreement to vote on a short-term debt ceiling increase. A vote in the Senate to pass the bill temporarily would avoid the threat of a default on the national debt. If the bill is not passed by October 18, then a default will take place.
Passing this will allow the federal statutory debt limit to be raised by $480 billion through December 3. That is when the governmental funding is set to lapse if Congress does not approve new spending legislation. Democrats hope that almost two additional months will give them time to focus on finalizing and enacting most of President Biden’s domestic agenda.
On Oct. 3, early estimates of the Orange County coastal oil spill last weekend were at least 126,000 gallons. Estimates now have risen to at least 144,000 gallons of spilled heavy crude oil.
The cause of the spill of oil appears to be the snagging and dragging of an underwater pipeline by a cargo ship’s anchor. It is unknown yet which ship might be responsible for this.
This evidently caused the oil pipeline to rupture and leak oil into the ocean. The rupture occurred about 5 miles offshore at a depth of about 98 feet or 30 meters.
Oil has come ashore on miles of beaches from Huntington Beach to Corona del Mar. Many workers in white hazmat suits have been removing oil that was deposited along the shoreline. Most of the stretch of beaches could remain closed to the public, as well as to commercial and recreational fishing, for weeks or longer.
Phone numbers in the U.S. are 10 digits in length. They include the area code (3 digits), the prefix (3 digits), and the remainder of the number (4 digits). Typically, for phone numbers within one’s area code, it has been necessary only to dial or press the last 7 digits of the phone number. It never has been a requirement to dial the initial 3-digit area code.
Now, for people with 82 specific area codes, this process is changing. Many people with these area codes do not realize that since April 24, 2021, they also can include the area code when dialing other people with their same area code, and the calls will go through.
However, as of October 24, 2021, for people with those 82 area codes, it will be necessary to dial or press all 10 digits when calling someone within their own area code. The call will not go through if only the last 7 digits are dialed. It will not be necessary to include a “1” before the 10-digit number unless a person is calling someone in another area code, which always has been the case.
The Federal Communications Commision (FCC) has released a report explaining all of this, along with a list of the 82 area codes being affected. This number of area codes could increase over time. A region with a specific “area code” also is known as a “numbering plan area” or NPA.
I listened quite a bit to American Family Radio (https://afr.net) this weekend, as I often do. One program that I often find interesting is “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” with Dr. Frank Turek. Sunday’s program was a repeat of one of his programs from last week.
First he talked about how much he likes The Babylon Bee. It is a site that cleverly and humorously talks about Christian news, political information and things that happen in everyday life.
Frank addressed instances of “faith” in the Bible to help describe what faith means. These included many actions performed by Jesus and eyewitness testimonies verifying them. For example, Jesus had many interactions with people during the forty days following His resurrection from death, showing that indeed He had been raised to life again.
Frank also talked about the relationship between faith and reason and also the difference between knowledge and certainty. He addressed the question, “Do atheists just lack a belief in God, or do they have faith as well?” Frank believes that everyone has “faith,” depending on how that word is defined.
The podcast of this program can be heard below. It is a little over 48 minutes in length.
I last organized my vitamins and supplements into individual compartments on Apr. 17. Each day I take 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.
Every Oct. 1, often referred to as “Shocktober 1st” in southern California, I’m always reminded of the 5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987. It happened at 7:42 a.m., just as I was finishing breakfast before going to work.
My house in Irvine was about 40 miles from the epicenter, and it rocked for several seconds but did no damage to my property. The quake was felt throughout southern California and southern Nevada.
I was watching the morning news out of Los Angeles. A few minutes after the main shock, there was a small aftershock, which I did not feel.
I remember watching two of the news guys, Kent Shocknek and Christopher Nance. They got freaked out due to the shaking and the swaying lights, caused by the aftershock, and jumped under their desk. You can watch a short David Letterman video where he talked about it and then showed a video of what happened.
I also felt a 5.3 aftershock three days later. Then life went on as usual. Here is a video, under 5 minutes, showing damage from the initial quake on Oct. 1 and from the aftershock on Oct. 4: SoCal Whittier Narrows Earthquakes (1987).
Here is a page with a great deal of information about earthquakes, what to do to prepare for them, and what to do when they occur: