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October thru December, 2020

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Oct. 24, 2020

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spoke with Gary Kah and Leo Hohmann.  They talked about how President Trump has put the brakes on a global government for almost four years.

Eventually though, according to the Bible, there will be a global government in place.  It will be ruled by the notorious Antichrist or “the beast out of the sea” (Revelation 13:1-10), who will have authority for 42 months over every tribe, people, language and nation (13:5,7).

There are many in the world who would like to return to a unified “Tower of Babel” state of affairs (Genesis 11:1-9).  God did not like that and there were consequences for it, as there will be for a future global government.  Interestingly, today is the 75th anniversary of the date (October 24, 1945) when the United Nations officially began its operations.

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

Back to Babel — Audio | Video
Oct. 23, 2020
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first treatment for COVID-19.  The antiviral drug is Veklury (remdesivir), which is not a vaccine.

It can be used in adult patients or in pediatric patients who are 12 years of age and older.  However, it only should be administered to patients who are hospitalized or are in a healthcare facility.

There are potential side-effects with the used of Veklury, including the following:

  • increased levels of liver enzymes, which may be a sign of liver injury
  • allergic reactions, which may include changes in blood pressure and heart rate, low blood oxygen level, fever, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling (e.g., lips, around eyes, under the skin), rash, nausea, sweating or shivering

FDA Approves First
Treatment for COVID-19

Oct. 22, 2020
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The second and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will take place tonight at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.  The moderator of the debate will be Kristen Welker of NBC News.  It is reported that she will focus on these topics:

  • fighting COVID-19
  • American families
  • race in America
  • climate change
  • national security
  • leadership

The debate is scheduled to run from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT (= 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT).  It will be shown live on every major network and cable news channel, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN.  The debate also can be streamed live on YouTube via CBS News (like CNET, a property of Viacom CBS) and other services like C-SPAN.

How to watch the final
presidential debate

Oct. 21, 2020
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I have added an interesting 15-minute video to the Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology of the Human Eye section of my website.  It is a recent video that came out last week.  The video, by “The History Guy” Lance Geiger, is called Glasses: A Brief History of Vision Correction:

In case the video does not play, it can be viewed here:


Within the first couple of minutes or so, he notes how a lot of close-up work, like reading, can result in vision problems like myopia (nearsightedness).  This is true, and “nearpoint stress” is the cause of this.  Later he talks about ancient methods of removing “cataracts” in the eyes.  More details about these topics can be found in the nearpoint stress and cataract sections on this page: The Crystalline Lens.

He talks about the early onset of “lenses” and “glasses” and their “optics.”  My information about these topics are this page: Eyeglasses & Optics.

He also talks a bit about “visual acuity” and the “Snellen chart” that measures visual acuity.  My information about these topics are this page: Visual Acuity.

The definition of many terms used in the video can be found in the “glossary” section of my eye site: Glossary of Ocular Terms.

Even for those who feel that they do not have any problems with their vision or their eyes, I recommend having a comprehensive eye examination performed by an eye doctor.  Even if an exam shows that a person has normal vision and no pathological issues, it always is a good idea to have a baseline to compare to future eye examinations, in case some things change over time.

Oct. 20, 2020
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Orionid meteor showerThe Orionid meteor shower, or Orionids, can best be seen annually in late October and/or early November.  Several meteors usually can be seen each night for about a week.

This year, the peak hours for this meteor shower are tonight and into the early hours of tomorrow morning.  The moon will be a waxing crescent, so the small amount of moonlight coming from the lunar sliver will not flood the sky with too much light.

The meteors will appear to originate from the direction of the Orion constellation, in which the star Betelgeuse is located.  Spectators should be facing the southeast if they are in the Northern Hemisphere or the northeast if they are in the Southern Hemisphere.  They can expect to see about 10-20 meteors an hour.

Orionids, one of the best meteor
showers of the year, peaks tonight

Oct. 19, 2020
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For various reasons this year, food supplies have gone down and food prices have gone 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 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 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?

Oct. 18, 2020

It is important to have a firm belief in God and a strong love for Him.  By doing so, it is more likely that He will shield us from harm and, ultimately, to cause good things to happen in our lives.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Oct. 17, 2020

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell and Michele Bachmann completed a 2-week series.  They warned how progressives plan to do more leftist destruction in 100 days, after the November election, than they have done in 100 years.  This will be more likely to happen if Donald Trump wins another term as president.

They talked, in depth, about how believers are pushing back against the darkness.  Christians are proud of righteous efforts to counter evil.  Two recent examples of this, both in Washington, DC, occurred on the same day: Sep. 26:

Prayer March 2020
The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance

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

A Republic – If You Can Keep It — Audio | Video
Oct. 16, 2020
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Governor Newsom tweetPresident Trump had denied federal aid for the damage caused by numerous wildfires in California this year.  However, after an earnest appeal by Governor Newsom today, Trump approved a Major Disaster Declaration request.

The federal funding will help the state with debris removal, as well as emergency protective measures undertaken as a result of the wildfires.  In a tweet, Newsom indicated that he was grateful for Trump’s quick response.

In abrupt reversal, Trump will now grant
federal wildfire aid to California, governor says

The fires referenced in the request included the following:

  • Creek Fire, the largest wildfire in the state's history, which has burned 341,722 acres across Fresno and Madera counties
  • Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County, which burned 115,796 acres
  • El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County
  • Valley Fire in San Diego County
  • Oak Fire in Mendocino County
  • Slater Fire in Siskiyou County
  • SQF Complex Fire in Tulare County

Oct. 15, 2020
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The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, originally scheduled to take place tonight, was canceled several days after President Trump tested positive for coronavirus.  He was treated for the virus and released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Since then, the president has tested negative for COVID-19, according to his physician Sean Conley.

Then the debate was changed to a virtual format.  The Commission on Presidential Debates felt that this was necessary because of the possibility that Trump could be contagious at the time of the debate.  However, Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate.

Last week, ABC announced that a town hall event with Joe Biden will take place in Philadelphia, while NBC announced a town hall event with Donald Trump in Miami.  Both town halls will be tonight, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Since both events will be held live and on different channels, viewers will not be able to see them at the same time.  Most people who watch one event live will not take the time to watch a recording of the other event later.

Donald Trump, Joe Biden to hold competing
town halls Thursday instead of a debate

In other news, today is the final day to complete the 2020 U.S. census.

2020 Census: The last day to complete
census is today. What you need to know

For those who have not yet filled out a census questionaire, they can go to the following page, click the “Start Questionaire” button and continue from there:

Welcome to the 2020 Census
Oct. 14, 2020
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A New York Post report today has sparked a deluge of other reports about information retrieved from a laptop computer that belonged to Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden.  Evidently, the computer was left at a computer repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware, in April 2019, and never was picked up.

Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden
introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad

Oct. 13, 2020
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Health officials say that getting a flu shot will help cut back on the “twindemic” this winter.  This is a combination of COVID virus and flu virus infections.

For those with Medicare Part B medical insurance, one flu shot per person per season is covered.  Information about getting the flu shot can be found at the Medicare website:

Flu Shots
Oct. 12, 2020
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This is the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Amy Coney Barrett.  She was President Trump’s nominee on Sep. 27 to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, deceased, on the Supreme Court.  The hearings are scheduled to run four days this week.

In her Opening Statement, she said how her family’s service and faith and her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, influenced her opportunity to be nominated to the Supreme Court.  Barrett, who clerked for Scalia, said that it was his “reasoning” that shaped her and that his “judicial philosophy was straightforward: A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were.”  Scalia taught her more than just law, and he was “devoted to his family, resolute in his beliefs, and fearless of criticism.

Barrett also praised the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Barrett said, “I have been nominated to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat, but no one will ever take her place.  I will be forever grateful for the path she marked and the life she led.

Amy Coney Barrett to tell senators:
Courts 'should not try' to make policy
    Senate kicks off Amy Coney Barrett's
Supreme Court confirmation hearings

Oct. 11, 2020

There are people all over the world who feel like they are drowning in countless difficulties and adversities.  The Lord has encouraging words for them:

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Oct. 10, 2020

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell and Michele Bachmann discussed how the Left plans to try every tactic imaginable, using chaos and confusion, to defeat Donald Trump and members of the Right in Congress.  They want to re-make America or “re-imagine” the nation as a globalist paradise.

This nation seems to be distancing itself more and more from God and His laws.  Chaos and confusion have become rampant throughout the nation in 2020.  All of this seems to be a foreshadowing of the end-time lawlessness and defiance predicted in the Bible.


30-second slideshow

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

Countering Chaos and Confusion — Audio | Video
Oct. 9, 2020
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In July, federal district court Judge Theodore Chuang issued a decision temporariy suspending enforcement of an FDA restriction.  The restriction, which had been in effect for 20 years, was on abortion pills that could be taken during the first 10 weeks of a pregnancy.  It required that, rather than receiving the prescribed pills by mail, patients must visit their health care providers to be able to sign a form and pick up the medication.

Dr. Chuang ruled that, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, patients should not be forced to make unnecessary trips to their doctors to sign for and receive the abortion pills.  He said that it posed “a substantial obstacle to women seeking an abortion.

An appeals court refused to lift Dr. Chang’s injunction.  So the Trump administration, seeking to reinstate the 20-year-old policy, asked the Supreme Court to step in and hear the case, which it did.  Last night, the Supreme Court made a temporary ruling upholding the appeals court ruling and Chang’s injunction.  In the 6-2 decision, Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas cast the dissenting votes.

The justices did tell the government to make its case in more detail before a federal trial court, a process that could take six weeks and would extend beyond Election Day.  It hinted that during the review process, “relevant circumstances” could change.  That is, an easing of the COVID-19 risks could allow the original FDA restriction on abortion pills to be reinstated.

Supreme Court Punts On Abortion Pills,
Allowing Them To Be Mailed — For Now

Oct. 8, 2020
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Hurricane Delta Hurricane Delta
The U.S. Gulf Coast already has been whacked by hurricanes in August and September.  Now another one is on its way.

Lousiana has been warned to prepare for Hurricane Delta, which today is a Category 2 storm in the gulf, although at one point it was a Category 4.  Today may be the last opportunity to board up homes and businesses and to evacuate before the hurricane’s expected arrival tomorrow.

This has been a very active and even record-breaking hurricane season.  Delta will be the 10th named storm to strike the U.S.  It also is the 26th tropical cyclone, 25th named storm, 9th hurricane, and 3rd major hurricane.

In late August, Hurricane Laura caused substantial damage in southwestern Louisiana.  The area around Lake Charles has been under a mandatory evacuation since last night, since it appears that Hurricane Delta is headed toward that same area.

There still are about 5,600 people in New Orleans hotels several weeks after Hurricane Laura hit because their homes are too damaged to occupy.  Unfortunately, Hurricane Delta is expected to make that situation even worse.

Louisiana told to brace for
‘sad reality’ of Hurricane Delta

Oct. 7, 2020
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The first vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris Biden will take place tonight in Salt Lake City, UT.  The moderator of the debate will be Susan Page, bureau chief of USA Today Washington.  It is reported that she will focus on these topics:

  • the Supreme Court
  • COVID-19
  • the current economy
  • race and violence in cities across the country
  • the Trump and Biden records
  • the integrity of the election

The debate is scheduled to run from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT (= 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT).  It will be shown live on every major network and cable news channel, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN.  The debate also can be streamed live on YouTube via CBS News (like CNET, a property of Viacom CBS) and other services like C-SPAN.

How to watch the vice presidential debate
between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence

Oct. 6, 2020
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After being away for three days, President Trump has returned to the White House.  He had been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, after testing positive for coronavirus last week.

Trump had a swift decrease in infection and symptoms after being treated with the steroid dexamethazone, an “antibody cocktail” and the antiviral drug remdesivir.  He also shows no signs of neurological impairment.  A medical team and infectious disease experts will be working to ensure that Trump’s office space at the White House is safe.

Trump makes dramatic
return to White House

Oct. 5, 2020
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Glass fire in California Glass fire in California
A record was set this past weekend by wildfires in California.  More than 4 million acres of land have been burned this year.  This area is larger than the state of Connecticut, and it is more than double the previous record for the most land burned in the state a single year.

Yesterday, Cal Fire said that there have been more than 8,200 wildfires in the state since the beginning of this year.  Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said “The 4 million mark is unfathomable. It boggles the mind, and it takes your breath away.

Five of the six largest fires in state history have erupted since mid-August.  These fires have caused the majority of the damage this year.  Some of the most devastating blazes have been caused by lightning strikes.  Unfortunately, the 2020 fire season in CA is not yet over.

California wildfires reach devastating
milestone, scorching more than 4 million acres

Oct. 4, 2020

In these troubled and difficult times, we need to pray and look for the goodness of God.  In the long run, those who know and love Him will be rewarded for their faith, which is one of the many gifts of the Holy Spirit.

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Oct. 3, 2020

This is the first full day of the week-long Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot.  It also is a special Sabbath when no regular work is to be done (Leviticus 23:33-35).

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Sukkot in JerusalemAll native-born Israelites are to construct and to dwell in booths or “sukkot” (which is the plural of booth or “sukkah”) for a week.  This is a reminder to them of the temporary tabernacles in which their Israelite ancestors lived for 40 years after leaving ancient Egypt (Leviticus 23:42,43).

Jesus, whose birth was in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1), most likely was born in a sukkah during Sukkot, not in a stable in December.  The word “tabernacle,” used as a verb, means “to take up temporary residence, especially to inhabit a physical body” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the Only Begotten, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

The words in that verse translated as “made his dwelling” among us are more accurately translated as “tabernacled” among us.  So Jesus tabernacled with mankind for a few decades while He was here the first time.

Being a Jew, Jesus celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles and even taught in the temple courts during the days of this feast (John 7:1-44).  In the future Messianic era, during the Millennium, Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah will return to tabernacle with us again.  Representatives from the nations of the world will go to Jerusalem, where King Yeshua will be sitting on His throne, to observe the Feast of Tabernacles—essentially, a giant birthday celebration for Jesus:

At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the LORD.  No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. (Jeremiah 3:17)

The LORD will be king over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. ... Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:9,16)

More information can be found here: Do you think that Jesus was born on December 25 of the Gregorian calendar, or could He have been born at a time that aligned with the Hebraic calendar of feasts and festivals?

Oct. 2, 2020
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President Donald Trump announced early today that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.  Both of them have reported having mild symptoms and have begun the quarantine process.

Vice-president Mike Pence and second lady Karen tested negative for COVID-19 today.  Joe Biden and his wife Jill, as well as Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, also have tested negative for the virus.

Trump experiencing 'mild symptoms'
after testing positive for Covid-19

Oct. 1, 2020
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Every Oct. 1, often referred to as “Shocktober 1st,” 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:

Be Prepared: Household Earthquake Safety Tips
and Helpful Home Modifications to Consider

Interestingly, last evening there was a swarm of over 80 small earthquakes that shook a portion of Southern California, near the Mexico border.  The largest temblor was a magnitude 4.9.  There also have been some small aftershocks in that area today, but no damage or injuries have been reported.

The quakes were in the Brawley seismic zone, where small faults connect the large Imperial fault with the giant San Andreas fault.  However, seismologists feel the risk that the San Andreas fault will be affected is very low.  Hopefully, that is true.

Swarm of more than 80 small earthquakes rattles
Southern California; no damage or injuries reported

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