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Dec. 27, 2011

I was watching God’s Learning Channel tonight.  It is the last evening of Hanukkah, and all eight candles of the menorah were lit.  Soon thereafter, I lit mine, too, and also recited the Hanukkah Blessings.

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Later, I enjoyed some of the things that Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries had to say.  He often points out things in the Bible that I hadn’t thought of before.

One thing he talked about tonight was Yeshua/Jesus with the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-42).  He was saying how most Christians think she was a “loose woman” because she had had five husbands.  But back then, such a woman probably would have been stoned; so that is not why she had gone through five husbands.

Most likely, she was barren, so five husbands divorced her because she could not have their children.  So she was an extremely forsaken woman because all of her husbands had dumped her, and also Jews would not talk to her.  Most people where she lived probably treated her like she was insignificant because she was unable to bear children.  She probably even felt forsaken by God.

In fact, though, God greatly blessed her by letting her be the one whom Yeshua conversed with that day and convinced her that He was the Messiah.  When she went to tell others about Him, they probably would not have even listened to her if she were a loose woman.  But they did listen to her and came out to see Yeshua, and many believed in Him because of her.

That story makes more sense to me now.  It’s a perfect example of how Yahweh/God often uses the lowliest ones who have no hope to do the greatest things.

Dec. 25, 2011

It is Christmas Day.  For me, it is just like any other day, since this is not Jesus’ birthday.  He was born in the Fall of the year, during Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles.  That is when He came to tabernacle with us.  Very likely, though, He was conceived during Hanukkah (see Dec. 20)—perhaps on Christmas Day, which is the fifth day of Hanukkah this year.

However, the following is important to think about every day of the year:  The greatest gift you can give anyone is the message of everlasting life.  Whosoever believes in Yeshua/Jesus, shall not perish for eternity but will have everlasting life!  Believing in Jesus is the only way to be saved, since it was Jesus who was sacrificed for our sins and who was raised from the dead.

The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:8-10)
There are no other ways to be saved, no other roads back to God, and no other plans of salvation.  This is God’s one and only plan to reconcile his fallen creation back to Himself.  This is the only way you can escape an eternity apart from the God who created you in His own image.  It is through His grace and by faith in Jesus Christ!

Dec. 20, 2011

Hanukkah candles in the menorahHanukkah, the Feast of Dedication or the Festival of Lights, began tonight at sunset.  Read my Dec. 1, 2010 entry for more information about this Jewish holiday, during which candles are lit and Hanukkah Blessings are read each night for eight nights.  I wish I knew Hebrew so I could pronounce all the words in the blessings correctly.

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On TV, we saw the lighting of the national menorah, which took place in Washington, DC.  I think I’d rather watch that than the lighting of the national Christmas tree.  Happy Hanukkah!

Dec. 18, 2011

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, deceasedKim Jong Un, son of Kim Jong-ilNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-il, a cold war-era leader in modern times, has died of an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) at the age of 69.  His third son, Kim Jong Un, is his heir apparent.

After I heard the news of Kim Jong-il’s death, it didn't take long for Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead! and Kim Witch to go through my head.  My humor is a little warped sometimes. 

Here is some “astonishing information” about this amazing man:

Mind-boggling 'facts' about Kim Jong-il

I wonder how many of the North Korean “mourners” in the following videos were sincere and how many were told to put on a “convincing” show of grief and sorrow:

North Koreans weeping hysterically over the death of Kim Jong-il

North Koreans in Pyongyang mourn death of leader Kim Jong-il

Dec. 15, 2011

I was craving vegetables, so I made chicken and vegetable soup.  I definitely don’t like to cook everyday, and I don’t mind eating the same thing over and over again; so I made a huge batch of it.  I froze about half of it, and it all should last for at least a couple of weeks.

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It took awhile to cut up all of the vegetables.  I used onions, garlic, potatoes, cabbage, pumpkin, green beans, celery, zucchini, broccoli (flowers and stems), carrots, lentils, and black beans.  At the end, I added a large can of diced tomatoes.  The gallon jar full of soup was about 1/3 of the total amount.

Someone left a small pumpkin here recently, and I did not want it to go to waste.  So I chopped up half of it and put it in the soup.  Then I sliced up the other half and baked the pieces in the oven.  I also roasted the seeds, which I love to munch for a snack.

Dec. 10, 2011

I was up before dawn today snapping photos of the lunar eclipse.  Although it was a total eclipse, the totality was not visible in mainland USA.  I think only Hawaii was able to view it.

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It was interesting how the visible portion of the full moon got smaller and smaller as it was setting.  The eclipse was total after the moon dropped below the western horizon, which was after the sun rose in the east.  I didn’t wait for sunrise; I went back to bed.

Dec. 8, 2011

I had dialogues with a couple of people last year about “black eyes” (see Apr. 22 and June 15, 2010).  Recently, someone emailed me insisting that Arnold Schwarzenegger has black eyes.  I don’t buy it.

Black Eyes 3

I changed the name of the person who emailed me to protect his identity.

Dec. 7, 2011

Attack Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941Today was the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  It’s hard to believe that this “date which will live in infamy,” as President Roosevelt referred to it, was that long ago.  That single incident, beginning at 7:55 a.m. local time, plunged the USA into World War II.

Veterans who were there on that fateful day have met there again, each year, on this anniversary.  At the end of this year, however, the Pearl Harbors Survivors Association will disband.

Pearl Harbor Survivors Group Says It Will Disband

Sadly, one veteran of the Navy, Frank Curre, passed away today at the age of 88.  He had survived the attack on Pearl Harbor when he was 18.

Dec. 4, 2011

Tim Tebow kneeling to prayThe Broncos, led by Tim Tebow (whom I featured on Feb. 7, 2010), won an amazing victory over the Vikings today: 35-32.  This was their fifth straight win.  See more here.

Good for Tim Tebow.  Some people don’t like his “Tebowing” (kneeling and praying in public), even though it has caught on with many people all over the world who are doing it.  The guy who wrote the following article doesn’t like it too much.  (You can read people’s comments about the article here: Comments).

Is "Tebowing" an attack on Christianity?

He also explains how “Tebowing” also can involve mocking the act of kneeling and praying.  Many people seem to be offended by it.  Of course, I’m sure that Tim Tebow couldn’t care less what anybody else thinks.  He just continues living his faith, including through the Tim Tebow Foundation, helping to bring physical and spiritual healing to the world’s poorest children.

Nov. 30, 2011

U.S. Stock Market DOW: November 30, 2011The U.S. stock market Dow made a giant leap today of 490.05 points.  It was the ninth largest single day increase ever.

The main reason for this huge upward bump was a result of six central banks globally lowering the cost of emergency dollar funding for financial companies.  The move was led by the U.S. Federal Reserve and also included the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, and the Swiss National Bank.  This was in response to Europe’s escalating debt crisis.

World Banks Coordinate to Solve
Euro Crisis, Markets Respond

On some level, it is amusing to see people become ecstatically euphoric over such a steep rise in the stock market.  I think some actually believe that it is the beginning of an upward trend that will wipe out market gigantic losses, which have occurred over the past three years.

Quite the contrary is true, though.  The debt crisis in Europe is extremely severe, and it is not going away.  Many European nations are on an endless path of spending and subsidizing; they simply are not going to stop.

All today’s move did was to make it easier for failing nations to borrow money.  Essentially, it is like providing drugs to drug addicts at a reduced price, bringing a brief burst of exhilaration.  In the long run, though, all this will do is to escalate the debt problem even faster—all the way up to an apocalyptic global economic collapse.  This is inevitable.

Nov. 24, 2011

For all of those who celebrate Thanksgiving today, be sure that you thank God/Yahweh for His multitude of blessings and gifts.  President Washington acknowledged the Providence of Almighty God in his General Thanksgiving Proclamation.

Of course, giving thanks to God should be done everyday of the year, not just today.  Thanksgiving should be merely an annual reminder that everything we have comes from Him, including our eternal salvation.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.  This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.  The poor will see and be glad—you who seek God, may your hearts live! (Psalm 69:30-32)

The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD.  Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.  “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation:  The law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations.  My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations.  The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.” (Isaiah 51:3-5)

We also should thank God for His chosen nation, Israel.  Without His covenant with Israel, the whole world would be lost.  But those who believe in the true God, Yahweh, have been “grafted in” to Israel and, as a result, will receive eternal salvation (see God’s Covenant: with Israel or the Church?).

Peace on EarthMost of the world longs for peace and for the absence of war.  Fortunately, God has promised that this will happen when the Messiah (Yeshua/Jesus) comes and sits as King in Jerusalem (Zion), with His Law going out from there and throughout the entire world.

In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.  Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”  The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.  They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. (Micah 4:1-3)

As the world grows darker with chaos, anarchy, threatening economic collapse, and war among the nations, we can look forward to the “light at the end of the tunnel,” when Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) will return to rule and reignOnly then will there be worldwide peace and no more war, and for this we can be genuinely thankful!

Nov. 20, 2011

Christians are taught that God is the Source of mercy, grace, and judgment.  What do these mean?  The following simple descriptions should convey the implications of these words:

  • God’s mercy: not giving us what we do deserve.
  • God’s grace: giving us what we do not deserve.
  • God’s judgment: giving us what we do deserve.

“Thank you, Father, for your wonderful mercy and undeserved grace.  Keep us in obedience to Your Word to keep Your judgment from falling upon us.  Amen.”

Nov. 17, 2011

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, alleged White House shooterOscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested today for shooting two bullets at the White House six days ago.  He also called President Obama “the anti-Christ.”

A couple of months ago, Hernandez made an audition video for the Oprah Winfrey show.  In the final minute of this 20-minute segment, he stated, “It’s not just a coincidence that I look like Jesus.  I am the modern-day Jesus Christ that you all have been waiting for.”  His ramblings are so bizarre and obtuse that he may not be found competent to stand trial.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez Audition

Now, would Jesus shoot up the White House with an AK-47?  Hmmm, I sort of doubt it.

Nov. 16, 2011

Very early this morning, San Diego police and deputies ordered numerous occupiers of the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) movement to pick up their things and leave.  There were 10 arrests.  The occupiers had returned to the area after being cleared out on Oct. 28, when 51 were arrested.

Police clear Occupy San Diego camp, arrest 10

Protesters say they are speaking out against joblessness, poverty, and political corruption.  They have vowed to stay in the downtown area until their “demands” are met.  Fat chance.  One protestor even announced a moment of silence for solidarity with “the guy who shot at the White House” (that is, alleged shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez):

Occupy San Diego Moment of Silence/Solidarity for W.H. Shooter!?

Arrests were made for illegal lodging, public drunkenness, and resisting police.  Protesters also had been chanting and banging drums very loudly, thus disturbing the peace.  Freedom of speech does not protect lawlessness.

I’m glad I don’t live anywhere near Civic Center Plaza.  I might have gotten out of bed this morning and aided the police.

Nov. 13, 2011

Back on Oct. 12, I promoted one of my favorite Thai restaurants, Taste of Thai, here in San Diego.  Today, I went to another favorite Thai place, Thai Time II.  I always order the red curry vegetarian lunch special for $4.95, at both places.

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I can’t really say I like the food better at one place than at the other; they taste virtually the same to me.  More importantly, they both will make my red curry almost as hot and spicy as I like.  Since I like to save money, though, I suppose I would have to give the edge to Taste of Thai, since they give a 10% discount if you pay in cash, which I always do.

Nov. 12, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of ItalyThe Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, resigned today.  It was only three days after the Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, did the same.  Both nations are in the midst of crippling debt crises.

The 75-year-old Berlusconi has dominated Italian politics for 17 years.  During that time, he has been the target of numerous charges of sexual misconduct and political corruption.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigns

Presently, the Italian debt is €1.9 trillion ($2.6 trillion).  It is expected that Berlusconi will be replaced by Mario Monti, an economist and a former European commissioner.

Greece and Italy have turned into two very wobbly dominoes that threaten the economic stability not only of Europe but of the world.  If these dominoes fall, which ultimately appears to be inevitable, many others most likely will follow.

Nov. 11, 2011

To all the vets out there:  Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your faithfulness.  Many of you have paid an extremely high price for my freedom, and I appreciate that.

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If you are an American, remember Veterans Day.  Fly your flag if you have one, and thank a veteran.

A friend and I went to our favorite seafood buffet: the Asia Buffet in Buena Park, CA.  We did not eat anything before we got there, around 1:00 pm, so that we’d have a big appetite.  Although I am not a big guy, nor am I overweight, I really can “pack it in” at buffets.

The lunch price, $8.48, is very reasonable at this place.  That includes unlimited hot jasmine tea, if you want it (we did).  It is pretty big inside, and when we got there it was packed with people.  Yet, we got seated within 5 minutes.


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I ate everything that you see in the food photos above.  Those magnified critters are a shrimp and a squid.  There’s not much that I won’t eat.

Nov. 8, 2011

Statements by Presidents Nicolas Sarcozy and Barack ObamaRecently, at the G20 Summit in Cannes, France, President Sarkozy and President Obama were speaking privately.  However, the conversation wasn’t so private after all, as a microphone near them had been left on.  This information was made public today.

Sarkozy: Netanyahu’s a liar.
Obama: I have to deal with him every day.

A day after the faux pas, Mr. Sarkozy made some positive comments about Israel.  Maybe this was an attempt at damage control.  So far, no comment about any of this has been made by the Netanyahu administration.

Nov. 6, 2011

Benjie likes hymns!  C'mon!It is not too often that I place a link to a video on this page.  This morning we were watching church on TV.  The pastor played the following video on tithing, which gave us a few laughs:

The Skinny on Tithing 

I thought it was amusing when The Manipulator guy with the black hat, waving a $100 bill, said, “Benjie likes hymns!  C’mon!”

Actually, the video isn’t all that hilarious on its own.  To me, the funniest thing is that the pastor showed it to his church congregation.

By the way, the presidential election is one year from today.  This doesn’t have anything to do with the tithing video, other than that the debates between Barack Obama and whoever runs against him ought to be worth a few laughs.  However, I certainly am not looking forward to the countless election ads on TV and all the “give me money” and “vote for me” phone calls.  Ugh.

Nov. 5, 2011

My cousin and I attended Beth Hallel Messianic Congregation in Birmingham, AL, this morning.  Several people greeted us and were very friendly.  There even was a long table of breakfast food, along with hot coffee and tea.

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It was a Torah service, and the passage that was studied was in Deuteronomy 5.  It starts out with a statement to the Israelites by Moses:  “Hear, O Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today.  Learn them and be sure to follow them.” (5:1)

“Hear, O Israel,” in Hebrew, is Sh’ma Yisrael.  This phrase was not to be taken lightly.  They were to listen intently, with all of their mind and heart, to the decrees and laws of God that they were hearing.  Then they were to obey them wholeheartedly and unconditionally.  That is, they were to actively hear and actively obey God’s Word.

Gentile believers in Yeshua/Jesus have been grafted into the “olive tree” of Israel, by the grace of God.  Therefore, we are to hear and to obey the commands of God just as the ancient Israelites were told to do.  We do not obey these commands to earn eternal salvation, as this is obtained only by Yeshua’s shed blood.  Obedience to God keeps His blessings being poured out upon us and enriches our lives.  And who couldn’t want that?

Nov. 4, 2011

Over the past few days, there have been reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak of Israel have been asking other officials in their government to consider strongly the possibility of a military strike on Iran.  Apparently, they have received information that Iran is going to move its nuclear production facility to another more secure location.  Therefore, if there is any chance to set back Iran in producing a nuclear weapon with an effective strike, it must be soon.

Israel Closer than Ever
to Military Action in Iran

Today, Israeli President Shimon Peres reminded the nations of the world that a nuclear Iran would be everyone’s problem, not just Israel’s.  In my opinion, it sounds like he is hinting that the USA consider joining Israel in making a strike on Iran.  Imagine the ramifications of that.

George Papandreou, Prime Minister of GreeceIn other news, a confidence vote was taken today in the Greek parliament for Prime Minister George Papandreou.  Although he won the motion of confidence by a vote of 153 to 145, this is merely a tiny “bandaid” placed on Greece’s very serious debt crisis, which eventually could have devastating consequences in Europe and globally.

Greece is in a financial mess.  Being a socialist nation is not helping matters and probably is a fundamental cause of their problems.  For months, many of the wide swings in global stock markets, including in the USA, have been caused by what has been happening in Greece.

Hopes that Greece will be successfully “bailed out” of its debt crisis have sent markets up, while fears that Greece is going to default on its debts have caused markets to plunge.  Without a doubt, these wild swings of stock market pendulums will continue and, I strongly feel, will have catastrophic consequences.

A tire blowout causes a car traveling at a high rate of speed to weave, uncontrollably, to the right and to the left.  If the car is going too fast when the blowout occurs, the car eventually will end up crashing, no matter what the driver does.  If there are other cars around, a major pile-up is virtually inevitable.

Likewise, Greece’s debt predicament is too advanced for anyone to gain control of it.  Eventually, the rest of Europe, primarily Germany, will not be able to “bail out” Greece anymore.  It is possible that China and/or the USA will try, but that will be a futile and foolish effort.  Furthermore, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and France are in the midst of their own severe debt crises.

If Greece’s economy crashes, and other European nations follow suit, there probably will be a domino effect all over the world.  This would cause an unprecedented and cataclysmic crash of the economy of most of the world’s nations.  The result will be sky-high inflation, bank failures, currency devaluations, and unemployment rates, which will rival and most likely surpass those of the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Actually, I will be astonished if this does not happen within a year.

Offhand, aside from this scenario, I cannot think of anything that is more apt to thrust this world into utter chaos and anarchy, where much of it already is heading, especially over the past year.  It would seem that a natural outcome of this would be a global clamor for one leader—perhaps the Antichrist—to intervene and stop the “avalanche” before it is too late.  Of course, the world will not see real trouble and tribulation until after that man comes on the scene.

Oct. 31, 2011

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:

God’s Covenant: with
Israel or the Church?

I also wonder how many Christians know the following things about Jesus (Yeshua or Yahshua in Hebrew):

  • He was a Jew who lived strictly by the Law of the Torah.
  • He came to fulfill the Torah Law, not to abolish it.
  • He observed all of the Hebraic/Jewish feasts, festivals, and holy days in both the Spring and the Fall.
  • He died on Passover.
  • He lay in a tomb during the first part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
  • 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.

Oct. 30, 2011

When I left San Diego on Oct. 19, hardly any of the leaves had changed color.  Here in Alabama, many of the trees are completely changed, although it does seem like there are more green trees than there usually are at this time of year.

I walked around town and took photos of the changing foliage, along with some Halloween decorations.  People here seem to be more cognizant of Halloween than most places I’ve been.

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Even with all of these decorations, and although Halloween is of zero significance to me, I still like this one from last year the best: Cell Phone Witch.

Oct. 28, 2011

I am different from most other people in lots of ways.  Like I eat raw oats and fruit virtually every single day, and I never get tired of it.  I also like weird things like broccoli stalks as a snack.  Not only do I like the taste, but I like the crunchy texture.

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My cousins bought a big batch of candy.  Since Halloween is coming up, it’s a good excuse to have candy around, although they plan to turn off the lights early on Halloween night to discourage trick-or-treaters, which is fine with me.

I normally do not eat much candy.  However, my favorites are Butterfinger and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, since they both have chocolate + peanut butter.  I haven’t eaten a broccoli stalk along with some candy yet...maybe I should try that. 

Oct. 26, 2011

I’ve been visiting cousins in Alabama for a week.  I always eat too much when I come here because everything is so good.  One night we had spicy shrimp and grits, which were very tasty, although a little rich for me.

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I made a pan of meat and vegetable lasagna, which turned out great.  Then I made a batch of chewy brownies, and my cousin made the chocolate frosting.  The frosting recipe was on the side of a can of Hershey’s cocoa.  I don’t know which we liked better, the lasagna or the brownies.

Oct. 24, 2011

Almonds and Peach SeedIn the photo on the right, can you tell which three are almonds?  You can click on the photo to see them all close-up.  I had to take several shots, in the right lighting, to get them in reasonable focus.

OK, the three on the right are various types of almonds.  Do you know what the first one on the far left is?  It is a peach seed.  It’s a little flatter than the almonds.  To me, it actually tastes like a very strong almond, sort of like almond extract.

Actually, almonds are not nuts; they are drupes.  Peaches are also drupes, along with nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries.  In fact, all of them are so closely related that they are part of the same genus: prunus.

I really like almonds, peaches, nectarines, and cherries.  I also like plums and apricots, although not quite as much as the others.  Oh, and a peach and a nectarine are not different fruits; they are the same thing, except a peach has a fuzzy skin, while a nectarine has a smooth skin.

All of that made me hungry.  I’m going to go eat a peach and some almonds.  Yum. 

Oct. 22, 2011

In case you hadn’t heard, the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on November 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. EST.  All TV and radio transmissions in the USA will be interrupted at that time for the test.

Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test

This article makes it sound somewhat more ominous:

Did You Know Feds Will Temporarily Cut Off
All TV and Radio Broadcasts on Nov. 9?

Personally, I don’t like the sound of this at all.

Oct. 21, 2011

Harold CampingI have been reminded by someone that this is the day on which Harold Camping, of Family Radio, has been maintaining that the end of the world would take place.  Obviously, if you are reading this, it has not happened, nor do I believe there is any chance whatsoever that it will happen today.  Here is a very lengthy “special message” that came out yesterday on the Family Radio website:


There actually are a few things in that message with which I agree, such as that we should pray for others and for ourselves.  However, I disagree with the majority of the message.  In fact, I will make the following firm statements about some of the points stated in Camping’s recent message:

  • May 21, 2011, was not the beginning of the five months of Judgment Day.
  • The Bible does not declare that it was God’s plan to save 200 million people out of all those that would ever live upon the earth.
  • Just prior to May 21, 2011, of this year God did not finish the work of applying the redemption Christ had purchased for His people before the foundation of the world.
  • Just prior to May 21, 2011, the Lord did not save all of those whose names were written in the Lamb’s book of life.
  • On May 21, 2011, God did not shut the door to heaven, and it was not the last day for a sinner to get right with God.
  • The Great Tribulation did not begin on May 21, 1988.

In addition, Harold Camping’s main spokesman, Tom Evans, recorded a lengthy message (49 minutes) on Oct. 16, and I have solid disputes with most of it.  Here are things that Camping and his followers believe will happen today but with which I adamantly disagree:

  • This creation will pass away quietly, like a whisper.  (Yet, 2 Peter 3:10 reads, “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”)
  • The unsaved will not suffer; they will fall asleep, will not wake up, and will rest forever.  (Yet, Revelation 14:9-11 reads, “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.  He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.  There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”)
  • There will be no cataclysmic earthquakes.  (Yet, Revelation 6:12,14 reads, “There was a great earthquake ... and every mountain and island was removed from its place.”  And Revelation 16:18-20 reads, “Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake.  No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.  The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. ... Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.”)
  • Believers will find themselves in the New Jerusalem.  (The New Jerusalem will not appear until after the Millennium is over, this present heavens and earth have passed away, and a new heaven and earth have come into existence, according to Revelation 20:7,11: “When the thousand years are over.... Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it.  Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away....  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God....”)
  • Everyone will not see Christ when He appears in the clouds.  (Yet, Revelation 1:7 reads, “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him....”)

The spokesman admitted that he “wants to believe” that the things Harold Camping have said are true.  This is a hallmark sign of people who have been deluded and deceived: they want to believe certain things that are unscriptural.  Today, they will find out that what they want to believe is irrelevant.

I have made other comments about Harold Camping and his erroneous predictions on May 21, 2011, and on July 2, 2010.  I hope this is the last time he will make predictions about the alleged timing of the Rapture and Judgment Day.  Somehow, though, I sense that this will not be the end of it. 

Oct. 20, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi (aka Moamer Kadhafi), the autocratic ruler of Libya for 42 years, has been killed, according to Al Jazeera sources.

Gaddafi killed as Libya's revolt takes hometown

This ends an era of brutal dictatorship in Libya.  I am not convinced that a better government is on the horizon for Libya, though.  If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over, Libya could go “from the frying pan into the fire.”

Oct. 18, 2011

Galid Shalit, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud BarakIn Israel today, Galid Shalit was welcomed back by cheering crowds.  He is an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier who has been held hostage in the Gaza Strip for more than five years, after being kidnapped by Hamas militants on June 25, 2006.  Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak met with Shalit at Israel Air Force base in Tel Nof shortly after his arrival.

The release of Shalit was not without controversy, though.  Shalit, now 25, was traded for 1,027 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners in Israel, many serving sentences for deadly terror attacks against Israeli citizens.  The deal had been contested by Israelis who had lost family members in the attacks perpetrated by these convicted terrorists.  To be sure, it was an extremely lopsided exchange.

Also, Hamas leaders have said that they would continue attempting to kidnap Israeli soldiers, using them as bargaining chips for future swaps.  Furthermore, many of the Palestinian prisoners who were released have refused to sign pledges agreeing not to return to armed resistance against Israel.  In my opinion, these things do not bode well for Israel’s security in the long run.

Oct. 15, 2011

Rainbow TorpedoI hung out with some good friends today.  At one point, I saw a rainbow on the floor.  It was caused by a prism hanging outside the window, and the sun was shining through it.  It kept jiggling around as a breeze outside was moving the prism, so it wasn’t easy to capture a clear photograph of it.

PrismLater, I saw the rainbow on a cabinet door and took a shot of it there.  I call one shot, at the right, “Rainbow Torpedo”; it looks like it is being shot out of the white light at the right of the photo.  As everyone should know, a rainbow of colors originates from white light, which is composed of all colors.

In a little while, I walked into the kitchen and saw the rainbow on a friend.  Then, awhile later, I saw it on another friend.  We began to think that all of this might be something more than just a coincidence.  Of course, I do not believe in mere coincidences anyway, since I believe that God has ordained everything to happen, exactly as it does, from before the foundation of the world.

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In any case, I believe that a rainbow is symbolic of Jesus.  Almost a couple of decades ago, when I wrote the (free) book that I have at my website, I included this section: rainbow symbolic of Jesus.  Jesus also is the great Healer.

Well, my first friend has terrible cancer (lymphoma) that keeps returning with a vengeance.  I wonder if the rainbow’s appearance on him could signify that he is going to be healed.  I hope so.  If you read this, please pray that this miracle will happen for him.

Oct. 13, 2011

Full Moon on SukkotToday is the first full day of the week-long celebration of Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-43).  It actually began yesterday at sunset, and there also is a full moon.  It is God’s seventh and final festival of the year.  Both the first day and the seventh day are Sabbaths of rest.  Most likely, it is sometime during this week-long feast that Yeshua (Jesus) was born, rather than in December at “Christmas.”

Sukkot (the singular is sukkah) means “booths.”  After the ancient Israelites left Egypt, they lived in the wilderness, inside booths or tents, for 40 years.  Since then, during this time each year, they have constructed temporary booths—consisting of four sides and a roof of leaves or palm branches—in which to dwell for a week, reminding them of how their ancestors lived in the desert.

During a future festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), a few days after Yeshua’s second advent back to earth on Yom Kippur (to destroy Israel’s enemies and then to rule and reign over the world), this is what will take place:

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.  If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain.  If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain.  The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the LORD's house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar.  Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them.  And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 14:16-21)
People from all over the world will go to worship Yeshua in Jerusalem, where His throne will be.  And this will continue throughout the Millennium.

Oct. 12, 2011

On the way to the airport before dawn today, I took some photos of the setting moon and then of the rising sun (in the opposite direction).  None of them turned out very well, since I was in a rush and these were quick “snapshots.”

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I flew back into San Diego this morning and did some things I needed to get done during the day.  I had been craving spicy Thai food while I was away, so I went to Taste of Thai restaurant for their red curry veggie lunch special.  They’re one of the few Thai places that will prepare my food “ped mak mak” (as hot as the cooks can make it) when I order it.

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It’s a great deal—all for $4.80, including tax, if you pay in cash.  The four porcelain bowls contain red and green hot Thai peppers, jalapeño peppers, hot red sauce, and hot chili powder.  I put all of those all over my food.  At that point, it’s almost hot enough.  I can’t wait to go back.

Sukkot began at sunset, so I went to Seaport Village to relax and get a few shots.


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I thought it was kind of funny how many flying objects (helicopter, plane, and birds) were around to shoot at the time.

Oct. 8, 2011

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32), began at sunset last night and continues to sunset today.  It is traditional to fast for 25 hours, which I am doing.

During His first advent to earth, Jesus was the ultimate Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) who took away the sin of the world (John 1:29).  His second advent to earth, as the Rider on a white horse, will be on a Yom Kippur.  So let’s consider Passover vs. Yom Kippur.

Both Passover and Yom Kippur are important Hebraic holy days.  Both involve blood sacrifices for the atonement of sin.  So, then, why didn’t Jesus die on Yom Kippur, and why won’t He return again on Passover instead?  This is something that I have heard questioned before.  Here is an email I received with a similar question, along with my response:

Oct. 5, 2011

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, centerOn Sep. 23, in New York, Mahmoud Abbas submitted a formal bid before the U.N. General Assembly for Palestinian statehood.  So far, a vote has not been taken.

Today, there was a Palestinian request for membership in UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.  A vote is expected to be taken sometime from October 25 to November 10.

Palestinians near UNESCO membership

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said that the Palestinian request for membership to UNESCO is a “rejection of the path of negotiations.”  U.S. Secretary of State Clinton said that “the decision about status must be made in the United Nations and not in auxiliary groups.”

Yesterday, the Palestinian Authority did win partnership status from the Council of Europe, the European Union's main human rights body.  Should UNESCO recognize Palestinian membership, the U.S. may cut off the funding it provides to UNESCO.  It seems likely that this would cripple UNESCO, since the U.S contribution makes up 22 percent of UNESCO’s entire budget.

Oct. 1, 2011

There is disagreement among those who believe in God about how long it took Him to create the universe, including the earth and everything on it.  Most of the dispute revolves around the meaning of the Hebrew word yôm = “day” in Genesis 1.  Here is an email I received, along with my response:

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