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April thru June, 2021


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Apr. 17, 2021

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, D 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.

168 days of vitamins   Individual vitamins

This supply will last for 24 weeks (168 days, which also happens to be the same number of hours in a week).  Keeping them in the refrigerator enables them to keep their potency.


Apr. 16, 2021
Stock Market

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.

Israeli jets & helicopters strike
Gaza Strip in reprisal for rocket attack

Apr. 15, 2021
Stock Market

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.

Tax Day for individuals extended
to May 17; Treasury, IRS extend
filing and payment deadline
    IRS extends additional
tax deadlines for
individuals to May 17

The state tax deadlines also have been postponed for some states but not for all of them.

It's Tax Day — and Even Though the IRS Delayed
Deadline by a Month, Your State Taxes Might Be Due

Apr. 14, 2021
Stock Market

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.

J&J blood clots: What to
know about the potentially
dangerous condition
    Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine:
CDC and FDA recommend US pause use
of vaccine over blood clot concerns

Apr. 13, 2021
Stock Market

Daunte Wright and sonLast 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.

Dozens arrested after riots break out in
second night of unrest in Minneapolis suburb

         
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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.


Apr. 12, 2021
Stock Market

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.

Iranian official: Problem
at nuke site ‘strongly
suspected to be sabatoge’
    Iran Vows Revenge Against Israel
as Attack Inflicts 9 Months of
Damage on Iran's Nuclear Program

Apr. 11, 2021

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.

         

         

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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 3˝ 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 3˝ 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
Apr. 10, 2021

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.

Iran military vows response
to attack on ship in Red Sea

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.

Monitor claims 3 pro-Iran fighters
killed in alleged Israeli strike in Syria

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.


Apr. 9, 2021
Stock Market

Queen Elizabeth and Prince PhilipPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away today.  He was 99 years old, only 2 months and a day short of what would have been his 100th birthday on June 10.

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.

Duke of Edinburgh,
Prince Philip, dies aged 99
    World Reacts to Death
of Britain’s Prince Philip

Apr. 8, 2021
Stock Market

Second Amendment to the U.S. ConstitutionIn 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.”

Biden announces slate of gun control
actions, claims 'public health crisis'

Apr. 7, 2021
Stock Market

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.

Biden demands full vaccine eligibility
nationwide by April 19: 'No more confusing rules'

Apr. 6, 2021
Stock Market

Southwest heat waveAn 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.

Sweltering heat continues
to bake Southwest

Apr. 5, 2021
Stock Market

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.

 
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Apr. 4, 2021

He is not here. He has risen! Luke 24:6This 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.

Today also is the first day of a 50-day count, the counting of the Omer, culminating on Shavuot, Feast of Weeks, or Feast of Harvest.  For Christians, that is the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).  This year, that is on June 9.

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:


Apr. 3, 2021

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Dr. Ed Hinson at The King is Coming.  They talked about some things to come that are prominent happenings predicted in the Bible.

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.

         

         

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Personally, I agree with most of the points made by Jan Markell and Ed Hinson.  This includes their views on the Millennium and the New Heaven and New Earth (see old and new Creations).

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:

  • Is the Pre-tribulation view of the Rapture the correct view?
  • 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
    Apr. 2, 2021
    Stock Market

    Israel and IranIn 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.

    Israel advises citizens to avoid
    UAE, citing Iranian threat
        With Netanyahu vulnerable, Israel
    again ignored by Washington on Iran

    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.


    Apr. 1, 2021
    Stock Market

    Happy April Fool’s Day.  Don’t play too many pranks unless you like to get pranked back. 

           
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