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May 17, 2022
Stock Market

blood moon happy face

In case you were unable to see a blood moon during the lunar eclipse a couple of nights ago, you can look at me.  I kind of look like a blood moon, so I hope this retroactively makes your recent lunar eclipse viewing a happier experience. 


May 16, 2022
Stock Market

Last night in Anaheim, my friend JoAnne and I viewed the lunar eclipse for a few hours.  It is about a mile west of Disneyland.

The eclipse had begun before the moon rose above the horizon.  More than half of the moon was in the earth’s shadow by the time we began to see it above the buildings on the other side of Brookhurst Boulevard.  I took some simple snapshots with my miniature camera.

In many places in the U.S., when viewing the total lunar eclipse, people saw a distinct “blood moon.”  This mainly was in locations not near cities.

However, we were looking at the moon moving up in the eastern to southeastern sky in Orange County, which is an extremely populous county with millions of city lights.  All of these bright lights caused the moon to be quite dim and faint during its total eclipse phase.

     

     

     

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May 15, 2022

Lunar eclipse May 15-16, 2022In the U.S., a full moon will be visible tonight and after midnight tomorrow morning.  It will be one of four supermoons this year, where the moon is closer to the earth than usual.  It also will be called the “flower” moon because of all the flowers blooming in North America this time of year.

There also will be a lunar eclipse tonight, which only can happen when there is a full moon.  The eclipse will begin at 7:27 p.m. PDT = 10:27 p.m. EDT.  The totality portion of the eclipse, appearing as a “blood moon” when the moon will have a coppery-red color, will begin at 8:29 p.m. PDT = 11:29 p.m. EDT.  Totality will last almost an hour and a half.

Partial and total phases of this lunar eclipse will be visible in various parts of the world.  Regions seeing at least some parts of the eclipse will be most of Europe and Africa; part of southwestern Asia; much of North, Central and South America; portions of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans; and much of Antarctica.

How to watch Sunday's
rare "super flower blood
moon" total lunar eclipse
    Moon goes blood red this
weekend: ‘Eclipse for
the Americas’

May 14, 2022

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Dr. J. B. Hixson.  They discussed his book “The Spirit of the Antichrist: The Gathering Cloud of Deception.”

As the world spins in turmoil, Markell and Hixson analyze just who the major players are.  The unbelieving world is marching behind a dark ruler as we watch the set-up for the Tribulation.  According to Psalm 2, God laughs at these players on the end-time chess board.

Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”  He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.  Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure. (Psalm 2:1-5)
         

         

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Today’s program, lasting 55 minutes, can be heard here:

The Cosmic Battle and the Gathering Cloud of Deception — Audio | Video
May 13, 2022
Stock Market

       
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Today is Friday the 13th.  It is the only Friday the 13th in 2022.  I consider it to be a lucky day rather than an ill-fated day.  I think all the contented kitty cats above would agree with me. 


May 12, 2022
Stock Market

It has been reported that the COVID deaths in the U.S. have reached a milestone number of 1 million.  This represents about one death for every 327 Americans.  President Biden ordered flags at the White House to be flown at half-staff in honor of Americans who have died during the two-year coronavirus pandemic.

Biden delivered remarks for the Global COVID-19 summit in Washington, D.C. today.  Included in his remarks were, “Today, we mark a tragic milestone: 1 million American lives lost to COVID-19.  One million empty chairs around the dinner table.  Each an irreplaceable loss.  Each leaving behind a family, a community and a nation forever changed because of this pandemic.  Jill and I pray for each of them.

COVID claims
1 million
U.S. lives
    Biden marks 1 million
U.S. COVID deaths:
'An irreplaceable loss'

May 11, 2022
Stock Market

A vote was taken in the U.S. Senate today pertaining to abortion rights.  To move the bill forward, at least 60 yes votes would have been necessary, due to the filibuster rule.

The vote turned out to be 51 votes against and 49 votes for the bill.  Democrat Joe Manchin joined all 50 Republicans in voting against the bill.

Senate test vote on
abortion bill flops
as Manchin votes ‘no’
    Senate Torpedoes
Abortion Access Bill
in Procedurel Vote

May 10, 2022
Stock Market

I listened quite a bit to American Family Radio (https://afr.net) this weekend, as I often do.  One program that I often find interesting is “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” with Dr. Frank Turek.  Sunday’s program was a repeat of one of his programs from a few days ago.

What explains the super extreme—even mad—positions we’ve seen people take publicly in recent years?  For example, how did we go from abortion being “safe, legal, and rare” to “shout your abortion” and laws even allowing the murder of babies 28 days AFTER they are born?  How did we go from “believe every woman” to “what’s a woman?” in just four years?  How did we go from considering gender dysphoria a mental condition to affirming 3-5 year-olds in it and shouting down anyone who makes common-sense distinctions about gender?

The answer has to do with the revenge of our own consciences.  Drawing on C.S. Lewis, Dr. J. Budziszewski, and the Apostle Paul, Frank reveals that the madness we see is rooted in our rebellion to our own consciences, and how our own psychology amps up our response to promote extreme positions.  Lewis, Budziszewski, and, of course, Paul, have very profound insights into this.  In the end, the only lasting solution to rebellion is repentance.

The podcast of this program can be heard below.  It is a little over 48 minutes in length.

Why Has the World Gone Mad? C.S. Lewis and Paul Tell Us” from May 6:

May 9, 2022
Stock Market

Yesterday, May 8, was the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II.  It is known as Victory in Europe Day.  The German Instrument of Surrender took place late in the evening, which was just after midnight in the Soviet Union republics on Victory Day (9 May).

There has been a general consensus by Western officials that Vladimir Putin might escalate his war on Ukraine today.  There was a grandiose military parade in Moscow’s Red Square, and Putin gave a speech.  It was expected that, during the speech, Putin would reveal new plans for the invasion of Ukraine which, so far, he has labeled a “special military operation.”

He did praise Russian veterans who fought in World War II, as well as Russian troops currently fighting in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas.  However, he made no official declaration of war on Ukraine, nor did he actually mention the country by name.

Putin did say to the Russian military, “You are fighting for our Motherland, its future, so that nobody forgets the lessions of World War II, so that there is no place in the world for torturers, death squads and Nazis.”  He added that “today ou are defending what your fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought for.

Putin in Victory Day
speech: Campaign in
Ukraine forced, necessary
    Putin's Victory Day speech made no mention
of wins in Ukraine because 'he has no victory
to celebrate,' US ambassador to UN says

May 8, 2022

For all of you moms out there:  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, and God bless you for doing all the great and wonderful things that you do for your families. 

       
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My mom is in heaven, and I look forward with great anticipation to seeing her again one day.  There could not have been a better mom for me than the one I had.


Rich Strike and Sonny LeonThe 148th running of the 2022 Kentucky Derby took place yesterday afternoon.  As always, it happened at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

The winning horse of the 1¼-mile (2.012-kilometer) race was Rich Strike.   The horse was an 80-1 long shot to win; he wasn’t even in the Derby until about 30 seconds before the deadline on Friday.  It was the second-biggest upset in the Derby’s long history.

Rich Strike ran the race in a fraction over 2 minutes and 2 seconds.  The horse’s rider was Sonny Leon, and his trainer was Eric Reed.  It was the first Derby for both of them.  The second-place horse was Epicenter, and third place went to Zandon.

Rich Strike's stunning Kentucky Derby win is
the ultimate palate cleanser for a troubled sport

May 7, 2022

I last organized my vitamins and supplements into individual compartments on Oct. 2, 2021.  A few months ago, I began taking my vitamins every other day and skipping the day in between.  I’m just trying something different.

As I was about to run out, I decided that I would cut back on the pills and capsules that I take, as well as continue taking them every other day.  I will be taking the following: a daily multiple; vitamins B-12 and C; biotin, probiotic acidophilus, echinacea goldenseal, black elderberry and glucosamine chondroitin.

I also will be taking a 750 mg capsule of olive leaf extract every morning, which I have done for over 2 years.  It contains Oleuropein, which kills more bad bacteria, viruses and fungi than anything I know.

   
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This supply will last for 12 weeks (84 days), since I will be taking them every other day.  Keeping them in the refrigerator enables them to keep their potency.


At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Stephen Briggs, the Director of Operations at Hatikvah Films.  They talked about how there are blessings and curses put upon nations and individuals, based on Genesis 12:3.

Much of the program included portions of Stephen Briggs’ DVD: “America and the Israel Effect.”  It is a history lesson showing the steps leading to Israel’s becoming a nation again in 1948.

There also are many examples of how good things have happened to nations that have blessed Israel, while bad things have happened to nations that have cursed Israel.  President Truman, a Democrat, was a key figure in the rebirth and establishment of Israel as a modern nation.  It is concerning that the Biden administration and many members of Congress generally have a negative view of Israel.

Today’s program, lasting 55 minutes, is a repeat of the Nov. 20, 2021 program.  It can be heard here:

Blessing or Cursing — Audio | Video
May 6, 2022
Stock Market

Yesterday, major stock market indices plunged substantially.  It was the biggest loss so far this year for several indices, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which plummeted 1,063.09 points and entered correction territory again.

This followed a substantial rally in many stock indices the previous day.  That was on the same day that the U.S. Federal Reserve announced an increase in the benchmark short-term interest rate by 0.5%, in an attempt to bring down the high inflation rate.

There are several reasons for the recent extreme stock market variability.  Today, the downward movement of the stock market continued, pushing the Dow further into correction territory.  It is unknown what that market will be doing in the near future, as there are numerous variables that could pull it in either direction.

Dow plunges more than
1,000 points, erasing
‘rally’ over Fed plans
    Dow drops almost 1,100
points as investors digest
Fed interest rate hike

May 5, 2022
Stock Market

       
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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  However, this was not Mexico’s Independence Day.

Mexico’s independence from Spain was an armed conflict that lasted from 1808 to 1821.  On September 16, 1810, Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidaldo y Costilla rang the church bell in Dolores, Mexico.  That gave the call to arms that triggered the war of independence.

Cinco De Mayo: How did the holiday become
more popular in the United States than Mexico?


Today is the National Day of Prayer in the USA.  Each year, it takes place on the first Thursday in May.

A law formalizing the annual observance of the National Day of Prayer was enacted in 1952.  As such, this is the 70th anniversary of this noteworthy day, on which the president is required by law (36 U.S.C. § 119) to sign a proclamation each year encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

For the past two years, due to the COVID pandemic, there were less gatherings of people on this day to pray.  Hopefully, there will be a notable increase of these gatherings this year.


May 4, 2022
Stock Market

The U.S. economy is experiencing the highest inflation since 1981.  In an attempt to bring down the inflation rate, the U.S. Federal Reserve has increased its benchmark short-term interest rate by 0.5%.  This is the largest interest rate increase since the year 2000.

Increasing interest rates cause borrowing money to be more expensive.  However, savings accounts and certificates of deposit should provide higher yields of interest.  There may be additional rate hikes made during further meetings in 2022.

Fed hikes rates by
half-point, biggest
jump in 22 years
    Fed raises interest rates by a half
point for first time in 20 years
as it ratchets up inflation fight

May 3, 2022
Stock Market

Politico news has obtained and reported a “leaked” Supreme Court draft opinion.  It shows that a majority of justices could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and.  This was the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision creating a constitutional right to abortion.

Also, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 decision that affirmed Roe v. Wade, could be overturned.  It was a decision that protected abortion services, although it allowed states to add some limitations.

The leak is an example of a rare breach of the Supreme Court’s secretive deliberation process.  The authenticity of the leaked opinion was confirmed yesterday by the court.  Chief Justice John Roberts has directed that that an investigation be made to discover the source of the leak.

The draft was written by Samuel Alito, one of the most conservative justices.  According to Politico, justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanah and Amy Coney Barrett—also conservative justices—have agreed with the opinion.  That could be enough for a 5 to 4 majority if the draft does not change before a final vote, expected to take place in late June or early July.

What Supreme Court’s leaked
decision on Roe v. Wade
means for abortion rights
    Chief Justice Roberts confirms
draft Roe v. Wade opinion,
orders leak investigation

May 2, 2022
Stock Market

There may not be entries on this page every day for awhile.

May 1, 2022

God's chart

Apr. 30, 2022

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pete Garcia at Rapture Forums.  His website is https://www.rev310.net.  They talked about future events that will rock the world.

We’re seeing the breakdown of Western civilization.  Satan effectively has been attacking the foundation and the pillars of Christianity.  The Christian world view now is being stipped away.  What we’re being left with is a New World Order that must, by necessity, destroy the Old World Order.

A Rapture event will happen at some point, removing many true Christians from around the world and taking them up to heaven.  Those left behind, following the disappearance of many believers in Christ, will be surrounded by Satan’s “Mystery Babylon” beast system (Revelation 17:5) led by the first beast (Revelation 13:1-8), the Antichrist.

         

         

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Today’s program, lasting 55 minutes, can be heard here:

The Disappearing — Audio | Video

Those who believe in a Pre-tribulation Rapture feel that the whole 7-year Tribulation period will consist of the wrath of God.  I am convinced that, during that period, only a portion of it—the Day of the Lord or God’s day of vengeance—will comprise God’s wrath and will be preceded by the Pre-Wrath Rapture.

I definitely do believe in a main Rapture event, but I see it as a Pre-wrath Rapture rather than as a Pre-tribulation Rapture, with which I disagree:

  • Is the Pre-tribulation view of the Rapture the correct view?
  • My views about the Rapture can be found in my two-part commentary here: The Rapture.  Some of my email responses to people’s Rapture questions can be found here: Rapture Questions & Responses.


    Apr. 29, 2022
    Stock Market

    Jupiter Venus conjunctionThe second New Moon of the month of April will take place tomorrow, April 30, at 4:28 p.m. EDT.  Having two new moons in the same month month is very uncommon.  The second one often is called a “Black Moon,” which also can be the third new moon in a season of four new moons.

    This New Moon will be causing a partial solar eclipse that will be seen in Antarctica and in much of South America.  About 64% of the sun will be darkened.

    At the same time, another rare cosmic event will be taking place.  Because there will be a new moon, it will be more easily seen in the dark night sky, assuming the sky is clear.

    In our solar system, planets Venus and Jupiter are about 430 million miles apart.  However, from our vantage point on earth this weekend, these two planets will appear to be significantly closer to each other than usual.

    At the most optimal time, Venus and Jupiter will appear to be almost touching each other.  This is referred to as a “conjunction” of these two planets.  The best viewing times will be in the very early morning hours of April 30 and May 1, just before sunrise.

    From the Northern Hemisphere, this planet conjunction can be seen when looking toward the southeast.  From the Southern Hemisphere, the conjunction can be seen when looking toward the east.  No telescope will be necessary to see the two planets as they begin to appear, very close together, above the horizon.

    Black Moon 2022
    guide: April’s rare
    second new moon
        Venus and Jupiter
    conjunction:
    Look now

    Apr. 28, 2022
    Stock Market

    Today (Nisan 27 on the Hebrew calendar) is Yom HaShoah, which began at sunset last evening.  It also is known as Holocaust Remembrance Day or Holocaust Day.

    This day commemorates the Holocaust, which was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million European Jews by the regime of Nazi Germany, along with its allies and collaborators.  It was an evolving process that took place throughout Europe from 1933 to 1945.

    In Israel, there are 161,400 Holocaust survivors living there.  The average age of those Holocaust survivors is 85.5.  There also are 31,500 over age 90 and more than 1,000 over age 100.

    What is Yom HaShoah and
    how do Jews honor those lost in
    history's single largest genocide?
        Ahead of annual memorial
    day, 161,400 Holocaust
    survivors living in Israel

    Apr. 27, 2022
    Stock Market

    There is a quick and easy way to check one’s internet speed in Mbps (Megabits per second).  Going to https://fast.com will show the internet speed, in a few seconds, in the middle of the screen.  Then, clicking on the “Show more info” button will provide additional information at the bottom.

    Fast internet speed
    Apr. 26, 2022
    Stock Market

    Earlier this month, the CDC stated that Title 42 expulsions no longer were necessary.  Then 22 states—led by Missouri, Arizona and Lousiana—brought a suit in Federal court to keep the border restrictions of the Title 42 program in place at least until May 23.  U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays in Louisiana has been overseeing the lawsuit.

    Yesterday, Judge Summerhays issued a temporary restraining order preventing Title 42 from being terminated before May 23.  Depending on the content of subsequent court orders, it is possible that Title 42 might not be ended on May 23.

    A number of Democrats in the House and Senate have joined with Republicans in urging the Biden administration to delay lifting the Title 42 policy beyond May 23.  They have expressed doubts that the Department of Homeland Security would be able to deal effectively with a spike in migrant arrivals over the southern border, which is likely to happen if Title 42 is ended.  As such, they are backing legislation that would block the termination of Title 42 on May 23.

    Judge to block U.S. border
    officials from winding
    down Title 42 policy
        Court blocks Biden from
    lifting Title 42 border
    restrictions on May 23

    Apr. 25, 2022
    Stock Market


    Apr. 24, 2022

    At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with Michele Bachmann at Regent University.  They suggested that the plan of the world’s globalists, the New World Order, will be a whole new way of life for us.  This is a wake-up call and storm warning.

    The Bible has told believers what’s ahead, so we should not be caught by surprise.  Another crisis is being planned as we head into the mid-term elections.

             

             

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    Today’s program, lasting 57 minutes, can be heard here:

    Storm Warning — Audio | Video
    Apr. 23, 2022

    More rockets were fired from Gaza last night and this morning.  That territory is ruled by the militant Islamic group, Hamas.  The rocket fire came amid near-daily clashes at the Al-Aqsa holy site over the past week.  Palestinians have hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli police, who have responded by firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades in return.

    The Palestinian militants fired two rockets late last night, with one landing in an open area inside Israel and the other falling inside of northern Gaza.  The second rocket caused injuries to two Gaza residents.  Early this morning, another rocket was fired from Gaza, but there was no report indicating where it landed.

    As a result, Israel said today that, beginning the next work week tomorrow, it would close its border crossing with Gaza to thousands of Gaza workers.  In recent months, Israel has granted work permits to about 12,000 Palestinians in Gaza and over 100,000 permits to Palestinians in the West Bank.  Now, for an unknown period of time, Gazans will not be allowed to cross into Israel.

    Israel shutters Gaza pedestrian
    crossing after three more
    rockets fired at south
        Israel closes crossing
    to Gazans after
    new rocket attacks

    Apr. 22, 2022
    Stock Market

    This past Sunday was the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead almost 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem.  Eventually, all who believe in His blood atonement for their sins will be resurrected as well.

    Listening to American Family Radio (https://afr.net), I heard a repeat of last week’s podcast of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” with Dr. Frank Turek.

    Turek initially stated, “If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then there is no hope.  We’re just gonna die and it’s gonna be over.  Is it really true that Jesus physically rose from the dead 1,989 years ago or thereabouts?  Because if He did, there is hope for humanity.  There’s hope for me, there’s hope for you, there’s hope for humanity.  If He didn’t, there isn’t.

    Turek’s guest was Justin Brierley, host of the Unbelievable show in the UK.  They discussed the evidence for God and the resurrection of Jesus.

    The podcast of this program can be heard below.  It is a little over 48 minutes in length.

    Is The Resurrection Unbelievable?” from April 14:

    Apr. 21, 2022
    Stock Market

    Earlier this week, the public transportation mask mandate was voided by U.S. District Judge Mizelle in Florida.  Yesterday, the CDC asked the Department of Justice to appeal this court decision.

    As a result, the Justice Department has filed an appeal to reverse the judge’s ruling.  For now, masks passengers have the choice to wear or not to wear masks on public transportation and in transportation hubs.  Time will tell if masks will continue not to be required or if the mask mandate will be reinstated.

    CDC asks DOJ
    to appeal
    mask ruling
        CDC asks DOJ to appeal
    ruling to bring back mask
    mandate on planes, trains

    Apr. 20, 2022
    Stock Market

    There have been various hostile activities in Jerusalem and Israel for several days.  This mainly has been due to the overlapping of the Jewish holy week following Passover with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

    Some of the aggression has taken place on the Temple Mount, also known as the Haram esh-Sharif or “the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem,” which is a holy site for both Jews and Muslims.  Over the weekend, Palestinians inside the al-Aqsa Mosque threw stones at Israeli police outside the mosque, causing the police to enter the mosque.  Scuffles inside resulted in numerous injuries and hundreds of arrests.

    On Monday, a rocket was fired by Palestinian militants into southern Israel.  Early the next day, Israeli fighter jets made airstrikes into the southern Gaza Strip.  A Hamas weapons manufacturing site was targeted.  Today, another rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.  Many Israelis are being reminded of the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis almost a year ago.

    This morning, Palestinian rioters inside of the al-Aqsa Mosque threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Jewish visitors outside.  One of bottles of fire fell on a rug or carpet outside the main entrance, igniting a fire.  The fire was extinguished, and Israeli police forces were depoloyed to secure the ascent of Jews to the Temple Mount.

    It has been reported that, beginning this Friday, non-Muslims will be barred from visiting the Temple Mount.  If so, this will be in effect until May 2, which is the final day of Ramadan.

    Rocket fired at
    Israel from Gaza as
    Mideast tensions mount
        Palestinians inside Al-Aqsa
    Mosque throw Molotov cocktails;
    right-wingers plan march
    Non-Muslims to be barred
    from visiting the Temple Mount
    during the end of Ramadan

    Apr. 19, 2022
    Stock Market

    As of yesterday, the CDC’s public transportation mask mandate no longer is in effect.  U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle voided the requirement for those traveling on planes and other public transit.  She said the mandate exceeded the authority of U.S. health officials.

    According to Judge Mizelle, “The court concludes that the mask mandate exceeds the CDC’s statutory authority and violates the procedures required for agency rulemaking under the APA.  Accordingly, the court vacates the mandate and remands it to the CDC.

    For months, airlines have been against the mask mandate.  They have argued that effective air filters on modern planes make transmission of the virus during a flight highly unlikely.

    The CDC still recommends that people continue to wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.  However, the TSA will not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and in transportation hubs at this time.  It is unknown yet if the Department of Justice will challenge the decision to void the mask mandate.

    Federal judge strikes down
    CDC mask mandate in airports,
    other transport hubs
        Judge strikes down
    CDC mask mandate
    for travel

    Apr. 18, 2022
    Stock Market

    This morning, I went to Walmart and got 54.7 oz. (3.42 lb.) of 50%-off Easter candy.  For the second year in a row, there was only a relatively small area of Easter candy available for purchase.  There was no dark chocolate candy, which is my favorite.

       
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    Apr. 17, 2022

    He is not here. He has risen! Luke 24:6This is the Feast of Firstfruits or Resurrection Day.  It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead.  Eventually, all who believe in His blood atonement for their sins will do the same.

    But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)

    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

    The majority of these resurrections, I believe, will take place at the main Rapture event.  These glorified saints never will need to fear God’s severe judgment, and they will be exempt from His righteous wrath.

    Today also is the first day of a 50-day count, the counting of the Omer, culminating on Shavuot, Feast of Weeks, or Feast of Harvest.  For Christians, that is the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).  This year, that is on June 5.

    During the week of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, the Feast of Firstfruits fell on the date of Aviv 17 on the Hebraic calendar (as described in the prophecy fulfillment section of my Good Thursday commentary).  It was the same date that Noah’s ark landed and rested on Mount Ararat (Genesis 8:4).  On that day, Noah and his family were safe and secure from harm, with no further chance of sinking or drowning.

    Someone looking at my Holy Week chart questioned me about this.  Here is my response:


    Apr. 16, 2022

           
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    Today is the first full day of Pesach or Passover, which began at sunset last evening.  There also was a full moon early this morning.  This day is a commemoration of the exodus of Israel out of Egypt, as described in Exodus 12:1-51.  It is followed by the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

    Just as lambs were slain on the first and subsequent Passovers, the Lamb of God, Yeshua/Jesus, also died on Passover.  His shed blood atoned for the sins of all who will accept His unique sacrifice on their behalf.  According to John the Baptist and the apostle Paul,

    The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

    For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7b)

    His death, of the righteous for the unrighteous, is the only thing that can bring us to God the Father.  According to the apostle Peter,

    Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18)

    There are clear links between the life, death, resurrection and future return of Yeshua/Jesus and the feasts and holy days of Israel.  (See more in Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 of my online book.)  More connections also can be found in my Good Thursday commentary.

    Indeed, Yeshua/Jesus our Passover Lamb was slain, and He lay in the tomb during the first few days and nights of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Fortunately for us, He did not remain there; He rose from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits = Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday).

    He is in heaven now waiting to return to earth, at which time He will sit on his throne in Jerusalem.  There, He will rule and reign as King over all the earth.  I hardly can wait.


    Apr. 15, 2022

    At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with Dr. Ed Hindson at The King is Coming.  Markell played a presentation given by Hindson at the Globalism Rising event at Regent University on March 29.  The event, hosted by Michele Bachmann, can be accessed at regent.edu/globalism.

    Hindson considered seven significant questions that herald Jesus’ coming:

    1. Is Israel back in the Land?
    2. Is the Middle East in Crisis?
    3. Does Global Economy already exist?
    4. Is there a rush to Globalism?
    5. Does Apostasy threaten the Church?
    6. Is Evil out of control?
    7. Do Weapons of Mass Destruction exist?

             

             

             

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    When These Things Begin to Happen Look Up — Audio | Video
    Apr. 14, 2022
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    Encouragement is fuel for the soul.

    In these difficult and turbulent times, feelings of discouragement are common.  However, God is a source of encouragement for those who believe in Him.

    It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; He will not leave or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

    For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

    But God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

    Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”  Your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33)

    Apr. 13, 2022
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    At the beginning of this month, President Biden and the CDC announced that the Title 42 expulsion program would be rescinded on May 23.  (See the Apr. 8 entry for more information.)  It is widely known that, if and when that happens, the daily average of 7,000 migrants presently crossing the border will spike upwards to as many as 18,000 migrants crossing the border per day.

    Members of the U.S. Congress are well aware of this.  Last week, a group of senators, both Democrats and Republicans, introduced a bill that would delay the end of the Title 42 border expulsions.

    A week ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that busloads of illegal migrants would begin being transported to Washington D.C.  The first bus of these migrants arrived there this morning.  It stopped in front of the building where Fox News, NBC News and C-SPAN are located.  This is a few blocks away from the U.S. Capitol.

    First bus of migrants arrives in
    Washington, D.C., from Texas under
    Abbott’s new controversial plan
        First migrant bus from
    Texas arrives in DC, drops
    them blocks from Capitol

    Apr. 12, 2022
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    Temple Mount in JerusalemSince Israel became a nation again in 1948, a Passover lamb sacrifice has not taken place on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  There have been attempts to do so, but they all have been stopped by the police.

    Since the Six-Day War in 1967, the Temple Mount officially has been under Israeli control.  Israeli Jews have had overall sovereignty over the mount; however, the mount has been under Islamic religious sovereignty.

    Jews have had limited access to the Temple Mount, basically with short visits in small groups.  Jews praying on the mount run a high risk of being violently attacked by angry Muslims.

    A Jewish movement, “Returning to the Mount,” has a primary goal of redeeming the Temple Mount back to complete Jewish control.  Recently they stated, “It is time to change the rules of the game. Neither Hamas nor Jordan will decide whether the offering of the sacrifices will be resumed – it depends solely on us. This coming Friday, Passover eve, we will reach the Temple Mount from all parts of the country with goats and sheep demanding the sacrifice at its appointed time.

    In a publication published by this movement, they have called for the sacrifice of a Passover lamb on the Temple Mount on Passover Eve, which commences during this coming Friday, Apr. 15.  They have produced a poster, in Hebrew, that displays cash incentives being offered to people who attempt to take a lamb or a goat up to the mount to sacrifice it:

    • 400 shekels ($125) to anyone attempting to bring a lamb or goat to the Temple Mount,
    • 800 shekels ($250) to anyone arrested while bringing a lamb or goat to the Temple Mount, and
    • $10,000 shekels ($3,125) to anyone who possibly succeeds in offering a Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount.

    This year, the Jewish holy week of Passover takes place during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which hardly ever happens.  There have been recent shootings, stabbings and other violent terror attacks in Israel.  Arabic social media has been very turbulent.  One claim is that the Jewish settlers will be “attacking the Temple Mount in an attempt to renew the Passover sacrifice.”  Hamas and Islamic Jihad are warning that Jews plan to “storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on April 15th.

    Palestinian media also have been warning of the possibility of the sacrifice of a Passover lamb on the Temple Mount later this week.  They have produced a poster, in Arabic, showing the amounts that Jews are being offered to sacrifice a Passover lamb.  Many in Israel are fearing that bloody terror attacks could escalate across the country next week and beyond, perhaps being worse than the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis almost a year ago.

     

    Jewish Group Offers Financial
    Incentives for Passover
    Sacrifice on Temple Mount
        The Time Has Come to
    Sacrifice the Passover Lamb
    on the Temple Mount!
    Six extremist Jews arrested
    for planning animal sacrifice
    atop Temple Mount
        Declaration of War!
    Palestinians Warn Jews
    Against Passover Sacrifice


    Apr. 11, 2022
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    Joe Biden with part of a ghost gunToday President Biden highlighted the Justice Department’s work to finalize new regulations to crack down on ghost guns, which are privately made firearms.  While picking up part of a ghost gun to show it to the audience, he said, “Today, the United States Department of Justice is making it illegal for a business to manufacture one of these without a serial number.

    The final rule will make it illegal for businesses to manufacture ghost gun kits without serial numbers.  It also will be illegal for licensed gun dealers to sell them without making background checks.

    For nearly a year, the ghost gun rule has been making its way through the federal regulation process.  For months, gun safety groups and Democrats in Congress have been pushing for the Justice Department to finish the rule.

    However, gun advocacy groups, such as Gun Owners of America, believe that the rule violates the U.S. Constitution and several federal laws.  The rule most likely will be met with heavy resistance from these gun groups.

    Biden also has nominated Steve Dettelbach to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobaco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Dettelbach is a former U.S. attorney from Ohio.

    Biden cracks down on
    'ghost guns' with new rule
    to tackle gun violence
        Biden announces rule making
    'ghost guns' illegal as part of
    comprehensive gun crime strategy

    Apr. 10, 2022

    Jesus on Palm SundayToday is Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  This happened one week prior to the resurrection of Jesus, the firstfruit from the dead, which occurred on the Feast of Firstfruits (commonly referred to as “Easter Sunday”).

    His triumphal entry was prophesied to happen by the ancient Hebrew prophet Zechariah in Zechariah 9:9.  Jesus’ entry into the city is described in Matthew 21:1-11 and in Mark 11:1-11.

    A very large crowd of people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem.  They tossed palm branches onto the road in front of Him.  They praised Him as they walked along with Him, and they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21:9; Mark 11:9; Psalm 118:25,26).

    This took place on 10th day of Aviv, the day that each Israeli family in Egypt was to select a Passover lamb (Exodus 12:3).  Four days later, on the 14th day of Aviv, was when the lambs would be slaughtered (Exodus 12:6).  Likewise, four days after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Sunday, He was slaughtered on Good Thursday.  Jesus was the ultimate Passover Lamb for Israel and for the rest of humanity.

    See more about the parallels between Jesus and the Passover Lamb.  Also, see a chart of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with the Feast of Firstfruits/Resurrection Day.


    Apr. 9, 2022

    At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pastor Brandon Holthaus and Pastor Mark Henry.  They talked about how the coming digital currency might be expected within a year.

    The digital currency will be programmable money, dictating what we can spend it on, and replacing cash.  It is a global effort.  President Biden signed a cryptocurrency executive order on March 9 of this year.  It follows what the Biden administration calls the “explosive growth of digital assets in recent years.

    Under the order, the government will coordinate efforts with financial regulators to get a better understanding of the risks and benefits of cryptocurrencies.  The directive also calls for the exploration and consideration of creating a digital form of the U.S. dollar, which will be programmable.

    Markell, Holthaus and Henry also discussed the coming of the prophesied global leader, as well as forthcoming food shortages.  Their information is not conspiratorial but is a warning as to the lateness of the hour.

             

             

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    Today’s program, lasting 57 minutes, can be heard here:

    When You Can’t Buy or Sell — Audio | Video
    Apr. 8, 2022
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    Two years ago, in March 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public health order allowing for the rapid expulsion of unauthorized border crossers and asylum seekers.  They cited COVID-19 concerns as the reason.

    This has been considered to be an expulsion rather than a deportation.  A migrant who must leave the U.S., in a Title 42 expulsion, usually is returned to Mexico.

    On April 1, the Biden administration announced that Title 42 would be rescinded on May 23.  The CDC agreed that, due to current public health conditions, the Title 42 policy no longer is necessary.  One reason for this is that a vaccination program is being implemented to vaccinate migrants at the border.

    It has been reported that the average of 7,000 migrants per day, presently crossing the border, will increase to at least 12,000 migrants and even as much as 18,000 migrants per day.  Many senators of both parties understand that, following the elimination of the Title 42 policy, there will be a huge spike in the influx of migrants.

    Yesterday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a measure that would stop the Title 42 rule from being rescinded next month.  The proposal was co-spondored by six Republican senators and five Democratic senators.

    Biden administration will rescind
    Trump-era immigration-policy
    expelling migrants at the border
        Moderate Democrats join GOP
    senators to back bill to delay
    end of Title 42 border expulsions
    End of Title 42
    will ‘open floodgates
    to illegal migration’

    Apr. 7, 2022
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    Ketanji Brown JacksonA few months ago, Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, announced that he would be retiring.  A few weeks later, President Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, to replace Breyer.

    Jackson was a former clerk for Justice Breyer from 1999 to 2000.  Since June 17 of last year, she has been serving as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

    Today, in the U.S. Senate, Judge Jackson was confirmed to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  She was confirmed by a vote of 53 to 47.  Vice President Harris presided over the vote.

    All 48 Senate Democrats and 2 Independents voted for Jackson.  Joining those 50 senators were 3 Republican senators—Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Mitt Romney (UT)—to confirm Jackson.

    Justice Breyer officially will retire in June or July of this year.  Jackson will be sworn in to replace him at the beginning of the Supreme Court’s next term, probably in October.

    Senate confirms Ketanji
    Brown Jackson as first
    black woman on Supreme Court
        Senate confirms
    Ketanji Brown Jackson
    to Supreme Court

    Apr. 6, 2022
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    Numerous sanctions have been put on Russia since the onset of its invasion of Ukraine six weeks ago.  Today, more sanctions are being placed on Russia by the U.S. and European allies.

    The new sanctions follow the discovery of hundreds of dead Ukrainian citizens in Kyiv suburbs this past weekend.  It is presumed that they were killed by Russian attackers.

    The new U.S. sanctions include cutting off Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters, among others, from the U.S. financial system and freezing any assets that they might hold in the U.S.  Sanctions also are being taken against two of Russia’s largest banks: Sberbank and Alfa Bank.  Further sanctions are in the process of being made.

    West ramps up
    sanctions as Russia
    threatens Ukraine's east
        Explainer: A look
    at West's escalating
    sanctions on Russia

    Apr. 5, 2022
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    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee had an 11 to 11 tie vote yesterday afternoon.  The vote was to decide whether to provide a favorable or an unfavorable recommendation to the Senate concerning the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.  Due to the tie, no recommendation could be given.

    After the tie vote, the entire Senate had a procedural vote of 53 to 47 last evening to bring up Jackson for a confirmation vote before the upper Senate chamber.  The final confirmation vote by the full Senate probably will take place later this week.

    Three Republican senators—Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Mitt Romney (UT)—are expected to vote with all 50 Democratic senators to confirm Jackson.  If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Senate votes to advance
    Ketanji Brown Jackson SCOTUS
    nomination after committee tie
        Ketanji Brown Jackson
    confirmation moves forward after
    tie vote in Judiciary Committee

    Apr. 4, 2022
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    Burial site near Kyiv, UkraineThis weekend, the bodies of over 400 civilians were removed from areas around Kyiv, Ukraine, including the suburbs of Motyzhyn and Bucha.  Presumably, these were killed by Russian attackers.  Besides murdered people lying in streets, numerous burial sites were found with body parts protruding above the surface of the ground.

    The UN says that the number of civilians in Ukraine killed and wounded by the Russian military continues to increase.  Since the Feb. 22 invasion, at least 1,430 civilians have been killed and at least 2,097 have been injured.  So far, among the dead are at least 121 children.

    Reporters have been unable to gain access to areas of heavy fighting in Ukraine.  So, most likely, the actual numbers of dead and injured are significantly higher than what is being reported.

    President Zelenskyy and other European leaders insist that these are war crimes by Russia.  Zelensky insists that this must be recognized by the world as genocide.

    Ukrainian mayor executed as
    satellite images show 45-foot
    trench at mass grave site
        Head of MI6 says mass executions
    in Bucha, Ukraine, were part
    of Putin's invasion plan

    Apr. 3, 2022

           
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    Don’t look for shortcuts to God.  The market is flooded with sure-fire, easygoing formulas promoting a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time.  We should not fall for that stuff, even though countless crowds of people do.  The way to life—to God—is vigorous and requires our mindful attention.

    Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life.” (Matthew 7:13,14)

    Jesus is the only road that leads to the most meaningful life on earth and to eternal life after this.


    Apr. 2, 2022

    At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pastor Billy Crone and Jill Martin Rische (daughter of Dr. Walter Martin).

    Markell and Crone talked about the great COVID deception.  From digitized IDs and passports to forced vaccinations, people have surrendered freedoms out of fear.  They discussed how the global elite has been perpetrating this deception.

    Next, Markell and Rische critiqued “The Chosen (TV series)” and reminded people of its enormous Mormon influence.  They questioned how the series could introduce the authentic Jesus when the Mormon Church does not understand the real Jesus.

             

             

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    Today’s program, lasting 55 minutes, can be heard here:

    Days of Deception — Audio | Video
    Apr. 1, 2022
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    Happy April Fool’s Day.  Don’t play too many pranks unless you like to get pranked back. 

           
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    April 2022 calendar

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