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Jan. 18, 2021

Today is a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.  He would have been 82 years old on Jan. 15.

       
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He was born Michael King, Jr.  In 1934, his father, Michael King, Sr., visited sites in Berlin associated with the Protestant reformation leader, Martin Luther.  After that, he began referring to himself as Martin Luther King, Sr., and his son as Martin Luther King, Jr.  In 1957, when Michael King, Jr., was 28 years old, his birth certificate was changed to read “Martin Luther King, Jr.”

MLK, Jr., was a strong Christian.  At age 5, he memorized and sang humns and stated verses from the Bible.  One of his main messages as an adult was that people should be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.

This is two days before presidential inauguration day, and much of the District of Columbia is closed down.  I suspect that if King were alive today, he would be very worried and distraught at all that has been happening in this country, especially since election day 2020.  I believe that he would be praying for a spiritual healing in our nation and that God’s good and perfect will would be done.


Southern CA heating upIt was windy and hot in Southern California this past weekend.  The fire danger was elevated to critical levels, and some fires did start over the past few days in Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside Counties.  That is very unusual, as this typically is not a dry fire season.

There have been some record high temperatures (for those dates) in So. CA recently.  Some of them are 10-20° above normal.  Strong Santa Ana Winds are beginning to blow in from the east.  Later today and tomorrow, wind gusts are expected to reach 80-100 mph.

High winds can cause powerlines to go down, resulting in live wires sparking blazes.  Therefore, it is possible that power will be cut to some areas of So. CA.

In Anaheim, the most populous city in Orange County, there was almost a record-high temperature yesterday at 1:00 p.m. of 88°.  Today at 1:00 p.m., it was 78°, with an expected high of 80°.  So although it has cooled off several degrees from the weekend, it still is warm.

 

The weather will change later in the week and this coming weekend, with temperatures getting somewhat cooler.  This will occur as colder air from western Canada and the interior Northwest move southward.  Hopefully, there will be some rain showers in So. CA, providing some relief from drought and fire concerns.

Extreme Santa Ana wind
event predicted in California

Jan. 17, 2021

Police and National Guard troops are being sent to all 50 U.S. state capitals, as well as into Washington, DC.  They are bracing for attacks after the FBI warned of “armed protests” ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden.  Capitol buildings are being closed and, in some cases, boarded up.

This weekend in Sacramento, California, National Guard troops have been deployed throughout the downtown area.  Armed soldiers have been stationed on streets around the Capitol building, as well as around other government buildings.

State capitals nationwide
bracing for possible violence
in wake of attack on U.S. Capitol
    Guard troops deployed
throughout downtown Sacramento
in advance of expected violence

Jan. 16, 2021

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell and Michele Bachmann discussed the political “storm” that seems to be coming upon the United States.  Bachmann was at the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection that happened there on Jan. 6.  She was in Congress from 2007 to 2015.  She had been asked to speak at the rally that day, but she declined to do so.  She joined others to go there as prayer warriors.

Before any of the violence occurred, Bachmann was in the House Chamber to pray there.  Then she was on her way out of the Capitol to go have a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  However, uninvited intruders were entering, and she was told that she could not leave the building.  She described what happened after that was similar to a coup in a Communist country, which basically is a planned unlawful and hostile takeover of a government.

She believes that the vast majority of the agitators at the U.S Capitol were the same as those who were in the riots in 2020, in cities like Minneapolis, Portland and Kenosha.  They wanted to look and sound like Trump supporters; but Bachmann is convinced that, for the most part, they were not.  She feels that the majority of them were Antifa instigators and agitators, some of whom had begun congregating at the Capitol 20 minutes before Trump even began his speech.  For the most part, it seemed to have been a case of identity theft but was being falsely portrayed by much of the media.

This divided nation seems to be distancing itself more and more from God and His laws.  Chaos and confusion became rampant throughout the nation in 2020, and earlier this month it took place in Washington, DC.  All of this seems to be a foreshadowing of the end-time lawlessness and defiance predicted in the Bible.

         

         
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Today’s program, lasting 54 minutes, can be heard here:

Storm Warning — Audio | Video
Jan. 15, 2021
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Warning Scam AlertCOVID-19 vaccines are being distributed to many places across the U.S.  However, they are not yet readily available to everyone in the public.

Scammers have been deceiving people by saying that they can get the vaccine in ways that are not legitimate.  They are doing this to obtain people’s personal information and money.

People can receive this illicit information in various ways, such as by phone calls, emails, texts, online advertisements, and from other unsolicited and unknown sources.  Here are eight things that vaccine scammers try to get people to do:

  • Pay for priority access
  • Schedule appointments through Eventbrite and other platforms
  • Pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine
  • Set up a virus test or antibody test before getting the vaccine
  • Pay to get their names put on waiting lists
  • Pay to get vaccine doses mailed to them
  • Respond to emails, text messages and phone calls from fake vaccine centers and insurance companies
  • Click on online ads for vaccine doses from unofficial sources

8 coronavirus vaccine scams
that want to steal your money
and personal information
    Federal Agencies Warn of
Emerging Fraud Schemes
Related to COVID-19 Vaccines

Jan. 14, 2021
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With the COVID pandemic continuing and problems in the world accelerating, food supplies are going down and food prices are going up in many places.  Many feel that things are not going to get better anytime soon; in fact, they very well may continue to get worse, indefinitely.

Therefore, it is a advisable to consider stocking up on food supplies, especially with shelf lives of several years.  Here are lists of suggested foods, as well as non-food items, that it would be advisable to purchase in case their availability is significantly decreased or even depleted:

Adversity Preparation | • Adversity Supplies Basic Check List

There are numerous sites where dehydrated food can be ordered for days, weeks, months or years at a time:

Readywise | • Wise Company | • My Patriot Supply | • Ready Store | • Soylent

Here is an email response I wrote to someone a few years ago about making preparations for the prophesied time of tribulation:

What is your view on how or if we should make preparations for the coming tribulation?

It is possible that we are almost halfway through the prophetic final 7 years of this age.  If so, the final 3½ years—a very dreaded and horrific period of time—could begin in the Spring of this year: 2021.  Although I am not absolutely adamant about this, I have written a very lengthy commentary that includes information about this topic.

Those who are not too knowledgeable about Bible prophecy might prefer to skip approximately the first half of the commentary.  If so, first click on the link below.  Near the top of that page, where it says “Click on a selection here,” find “sign in the sky: September 23, 2017” in the list, click on it to go to that section, and read the rest of the page from there:

End of the Age: 2024?
Jan. 13, 2021
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President Trump impeached againThe U.S. House of Representatives voted this afternoon to impeach President Donald Trump on one count of incitement of insurrection.  He is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

Trump was accused of inciting the violence at the U.S. Capitol building a week ago today.  Yet, Trump defenders pointed out what he said to his supporters: “I know that everyone here will be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices be heard.

The vote in the House was 232 for and 197 against impeachment.  In more detail, this included 222 Democrats & 10 Republicans voting for and 0 Democrats & 197 Republicans voting against impeachment, with 4 Republicans not casting a vote.

Now, it is up to the U.S. Senate to hold a trial.  It would take a 2/3 (two-thirds) vote in the Senate to convict Trump on the impeachment charge.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet decided how he may vote.  He has indicated that the Senate will not have time to conclude an impeachment trial before Trump’s term in office ends a week from today.

McConnell said that the conviction trial could begin as soon as the day before Inauguration Day, but it depends on when Speaker Pelosi sends the article of impeachment to the Senate.  It would continue into President-elect Joe Biden’s term, and Trump could be convicted after he leaves office.  If so, a majority of the Senate subsequently might vote to bar him from holding federal office in the future.  There have been questions as to how much of what the Senate might do would be Constitutional.

House impeaches Trump
a second time a week
after Capitol riots
    Live Updates: Trump
faces Senate trial after
historic second impeachment

Jan. 12, 2021
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The FBI is continuing an ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol building.  Investigators have received over 100,000 pieces of digital evidence, which they have been looking through carefully.

So far, more than 70 people are facing charges, which include unlawful entry, disorderly conduct, theft, assault and weapons violations.  It is expected that hundreds of alleged rioters will be facing criminal charges in the coming weeks.

Federal prosecutors investigate
possible seditious conspiracy
charges in Capitol assault
    FBI, US attorney detail
massive probe in deadly
US Capitol riot

Jan. 11, 2021
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Democrats in the U.S. House today introduced a resolution calling for Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove President Trump from office.  They feel that he incited supporters, at his rally in Washington, DC, last week, to storm the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers were voting to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

There is virtually no chance that Pence will do this, though.  Therefore, House representatives indicate that they are planning to take an impeachment vote two days from now.

Some Republicans have held the president responsible for encouraging a large number of people to march to the Capitol building.  However, only a handful of Republicans have expressed support for removing him from office through impeachment or other means.

For an impeachment to occur, there would need to be a majority vote in the House to do it.  If that happens, there also would need to be a a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate for a conviction and the president’s removal from office to take place.  An impeachment might happen, but it is extremely unlikely that there will be a conviction.

House Plans Trump Impeachment
Vote for Wednesday

Jan. 10, 2021

Today is the 30th anniversary of my last day of work, in 1991.  I had worked as an optometrist and optometric physician at FHP in Fountan Valley, CA, for 11¼ years.  Then I left the eye-care profession to pursue other interests, although I have included an extensive section about the human eye at my website.

Officially, Jan. 11 was supposed to be my final workday.  However, I called in “sick” that morning and went to Long Beach for a really enjoyable day.  I just couldn’t wait one more day to gain my freedom, which I have enjoyed having every single day since then, thanks to God’s provisions for all of my needs. 


Jan. 9, 2021

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the second hour of a two-part series with Pastors Brandon Holthaus and Billy Crone.  They continued discussing how many of the World Economic Forum (WEF) policies seem to be paving the way for the global kingdom of the Antichrist.  The WEF did not create the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have used it to push forward their Great Reset agenda.

Many of today’s “reformed” churches have rejected future prophetic topics in the Bible or, at a minimum, do not talk about it in their services or study groups.  Also, many churches have gone the way of the Laodicean Church (Revelation 3:14-22), which was a “lukewarm” church that was a disappointment to God.  Some churches have embraced the notion of replacement theology or supersessionism, which essentially is anti-Semitism.

It appears that we are approaching the end of the age, as described in Bible prophecy.  If so, difficulties and problems in the lives of most people will increase, and great socioeconimc “storms” will be sweeping across the planet.  It is important not to hold onto the ways of the world too tightly; the harder we do that, the harder it will be to let go and to focus on God and on the abundant realm of heaven, which is our ultimate home.  Studying God’s Word in the Bible will help us to focus on Him and to be less distracted by the hardships to come.

         

         
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Today’s program, lasting 54 minutes, can be heard here:

Antichrist Kingdom Rising (Part 2) — Audio | Video
Jan. 8, 2021
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The U.S. has been distributing COVID-19 vaccines.  There is no doubt that scammers already are scheming to rip off as many people as they can.

For those with Medicare Part B medical insurance, this vaccine is covered.  Therefore, if you are asked by anyone to share your Medicare Number or to pay for the vaccine, it almost certainly is a scam.  Information about how to guard against this type of fraud can be found at the Medicare website:

Help fight Medicare fraud

Also, brief information about the COVID-19 vaccine and related things to know about can be found here:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine
Jan. 7, 2021
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Congress reconvened last night to continue certifying the Electoral College votes for the presidential election.  The session lasted until just before dawn this morning.

After several hours of roll calls and debate, Vice President Pence announced the election winners: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  He stated that the final vote tally was Biden 306 and Trump 232.  By doing this, Pence formalized his and Trump’s defeat.

The White House released a statement by Trump.  Among other, things Trump said, “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.”  Inauguration day is 2 weeks from yesterday.


In other news, the results of the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff race on Jan. 5 are final and were very close.  Now there is a 50/50 Republican/Democratic tie in the U.S. Senate.  That means that Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as president and presiding officer of the Senate, will break future tie votes in the Senate.

Georgia U.S. Senate election results

Jan. 6, 2021
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Washington D.C. protests Washington D.C. protests
The Senate and House of Representatives convened at 1:00 p.m. ET in a joint session to count and certify the Electoral College votes for the Nov. 3 presidential election.  Thirteen Republican senators, led by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), have planned to object to the election results.

Cruz objected to the counting of 11 votes from Arizona.  House Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) joined Cruz in the objection.

Sen. Ted Cruz leads GOP challenge to
Biden’s Electoral College certification

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of President Trump had gathered in Washington, DC, to protest the November 2020 election results.  While Congress was in session, numerous instigators entered the U.S. Capitol Building, and there was some engagement with police.  Many of the Trump supporters who entered wanted to show peaceful objection to the certification of the Electoral College count, but it is unclear if they were connected to any of the violence.

A woman was fatally shot in the Capitol, and three others died in medical emergencies, according to police.  Capitol police ordered lawmakers to lock themselves inside their rooms and offices.  Congressional proceedings were halted.  Presumably, they will resume after the protests are under control.  So far, no one is allowed to enter or leave the Capitol building.

President Trump had urged any protesting to be totally peaceful.  Later, he told the protesters to leave in peace and to go home.  He ended his exhortation to the protesters with “I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace.

Trump releases statement telling supporters
who stormed the Capitol to go home

Jan. 5, 2021
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The runoff election in Georgia, for both U.S. Senate seats, is taking place today.  Voting runs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.  At least 3 million Georgians already have cast early votes in the election.  The results of that state’s election may not be known tonight.

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are challenging the present Republican U.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.  The election today is necessary because none of the four candidates won more than 50% of the vote in the Nov. 3 election.

If either (or both) Perdue or Loeffler wins today, Republicans will maintain a majority in the Senate.  If both Ossoff and Warnock win, there will be a 50/50 Republican/Democratic tie in the Senate.  In the latter case, Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as president and presiding officer of the Senate, would break any tie votes in the Senate.

Again? Georgia Senate runoff
winners may not be known tonight
    Live Updates: Georgia
Senate Runoffs

Jan. 4, 2021
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Nancy Pelosi has won a fourth term as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The margin of victory was narrow, since House Democrats lost several seats in the 2020 election.

Pelosi received 216 votes, while Kevin McCarthy received 209 votes.  Three Democrats voted “present” and two Democrats voted for other Democrats.  All Republicans voted for McCarthy, who will continue as House Minority Leader.

Here are the five House Democrats
who did not vote for Pelosi to be speaker

Jan. 3, 2021

At Olive Tree Ministries yesterday, Jan Markell spent the first hour of a two-part series with Pastors Brandon Holthaus and Billy Crone.  One thing they noted was how “plandemic” is a better term for the present COVID pandemic.  They discussed numerous topics, including how they believe that many things today are paving the way for the global kingdom of the Antichrist.

Two examples are the agenda of the Great Reset and the World Economic Forum (WEF).  The founder and executive chairman of the WEF is Klaus Schwab, who has said, “The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.

Portions of a letter to President Trump, written by former Catholic Church Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, were read.  Viganò disassotiates himself from Pope Francis and wants to end his days with a clean conscience.  The letter was written on October 25, 2020.  In the letter, among other important points, Viganò described how some of the purposes of a “Great Reset” are dictatorship, the death of liberty and promises of personal wealth.  That 3½-page letter can be read here:

Open Letter to the President of the
United States of America Donald Trump

         

         
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Today’s program, lasting 54 minutes, can be heard here:

Antichrist Kingdom Rising (Part 1) — Audio | Video
Jan. 2, 2021

Graffiti on Nancy Pelosi's garage doorHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home was reportedly vandalized early New Years Day morning.  Her home is in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, CA.  The vandalism was reported to city police around 3:00 a.m.

Specifically, there was spray-painted black graffiti on the home’s white garage door.  The messages included the following:

In front of the garage door, there was red paint on the driveway, looking like blood.  Sitting upright, appearing to be in the middle of a pool of blood, was the head of a pig.  So far, no suspects have been named.

Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi's $5m
San Francisco home is VANDALIZED

Graffiti on front of Mitch McConnell's homeToday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home also was vandalized.  His home is in Louisville, TN. Graffiti was sprayed on the front door and front wall of his home.  Some of the graffiti said this:

  • WERES MY MONEY
  • MITCH KILLS POOR

Other messages included obsenities.  No suspects have been named.

Mitch McConnell's Louisville
home vandalized with graffiti

Jan. 1, 2021

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2021 is a good, favorable and prosperous year for you and yours.

A New Decade

       
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Below are links to my annual calendar and a list of 2021 holidays and observances that many like to download and tape to a wall nearby.  That is what I do, with the calendar on one side and the holidays/observances on the other side of one piece of paper.  Both are in DOCX, DOC and PDF formats.

This calendar is not meant to substitute for a 12-page calendar on which scheduled reminders can be written.  I have mine on the wall behind my desk and frequently use it as a quick reference for future dates.

Click on one pair of images below and print out the two pages (either as DOCX or DOC files) on either side of one piece of paper.  Just change my name, at the top of the calendar page, to your name before you print it.

DOCX

 
        DOC

 

Or else you could print out these two pages (PDF files), with no name on the calendar page.  If you would like a calendar with your name on it in a PDF file, email me and I will try to send you one when I can find some free time.

PDF

 


Know your BibleIf you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2021.  Go to the following page, print out the pages in either DOC, PDF, or HTML format, and check off the passages as you read them:

Chronological List of Bible Passages

Another option is a daily reading schedule that skips around the Bible.  I now prefer reading it this way myself.  Samaritan’s Purse has a yearly reading list, which I like, that does this.  You can download and print it in any of these three formats:

DOCX  |  DOC  |  PDF

The Bible is God’s Law and Instruction Manual for life.  Don’t worry if you are unable to understand everything you read; eventually, God will give us answers to everything we wonder about.  One of the main things you will come to understand is God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—see God’s Covenant: with Israel or the Church?

So in case you’ve never read the Bible all the way through, do it!  If you’ve done it before, do it again; you never can get too much of God’s written Word!  I am in the process of doing it now, which I have done numerous times before.

You can read one of a number of Bible versions at BibleGateway.com.  If you read it for an average of 15 minutes a night before bed, you will sleep better for a whole year. 

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