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Aug. 9, 2022
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A friend of mine has a YouTube channel here, which he set up a few months ago:

Harris Dvores

The most recent videos that he has created are under the category of “Let’s Talk About God.”  During the videos, people can interact with him about various topics.  A recent video, concerning our faithfulness and God’s faithfulness, can be seen here:

How Can You Say God Is Faithful When...?

According to Harris, “There is a plan that God has for everything.  It is beyond our comprehension, partly because God has not revealed all of it, and partly because we are finite and we cannot grasp the infinite.  But God has foreknown everything that’s going to transpire in this world.  Before there was time and space, God formed a plan for everything.

In ancient Israel, David probably suffered more than just about anyone else when he was being unjustly persecuted, hunted and threatened with death by King Saul.  Much of that occurred when David was considered to be blameless and before his own sin brought additional suffering upon himself.

Yet, God was faithful in the afflictions that David received, as is the case for all of us.  It is very difficult for many believers to understand how God’s faithfulness can result in suffering for us, but indeed that is the case.

There are countless mysteries in the ways God deals with us that are far beyond our understanding and comprehension.  A time is coming, though, when He will show us why all of these things had to happen; and every bit of it will make complete and total sense to us, forevermore.

       

       

       
45-second slideshow

Aug. 8, 2022
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Rocket fire into Israel Missile fire into Gaza
Last year, the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis took place in May and June of 2021.  At that time, there were rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israeli airstrikes into the Gaza Strip.

After 11 days of violence, a ceasefire went in effect on May 21.  However, the fighting resumed less than a month later on June 16.

This past weekend, there was the most serious flare-up between Israel and Gaza since the Israel-Gaza attacks in the Spring of 2021.  Hundreds of rockets were shot from Gaza into Israel, with missiles being fired into Gaza from Israel.

A ceasefire, mediated by Egypt, finally went into effect late last night.  However, it is unknown if the ceasefire will remain or will be broken at some point.

Israel and
Palestinian militants
declare Gaza truce
    Cease-fire between
Palestinians, Israel
takes effect in Gaza

Aug. 7, 2022

         
15-second slideshow

Today is the observance of Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, which is regarded as the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.  It began at sunset yesterday evening and continues until sunset this evening.

Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning to commemorate many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout the millennia of their history.  Primarily, it commemorates the destruction of the first Temple by the Babylonians, in 586 B.C.E., and second Temple by the Romans, in 70 C.E.

Following both of these events, there was a Jewish exile from the region of Judea.  Also, on Tisha B’Av is remembered the expulsion of the Jewish people from England in 1290, from France in 1306 and from Spain in 1492.

This is a full day of fasting and mourning.  A 25-hour fast is common, as well as a reading of the book of Lamentations, which mourns the destruction of Jerusalem.


Aug. 6, 2022

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the first half of the program with filmmaker Chris Pinto and author Jill Martin Rische (daughter of Dr. Walter Martin).  They talked about the Georgia Guidestones, sometimes called “America’s Stonehenge,” and their mysterious demise a month ago on July 6, 2022.  They considered how this monument, for decades, could have been just another globalist endeavor.

A message of ten guidelines, principles or “commandments” was engraved on the Georgia Guidestones in eight different languages: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, and Russian.  These were the guidelines:

  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
  2. Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
  3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
  4. Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
  5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
  7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
  8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
  9. Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
  10. Be not a cancer on the Earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.

In the last half of the program, Jan and Jill considered the staggering rise of witchcraft, particularly during the two-year COVID saga.  During a crisis, people often turn to the mystical.  There is an increase in pagan spirituality as more people turn to the occult to help them with their grief after losing loved ones to COVID-19.  Some 1.5 million Americans identify as wicken or pagan.

Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)

         

         

         

         
1-minute slideshow

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

The Ten Commandments of the New World Order — Audio | Video
Aug. 5, 2022
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Monkeypox virus infectionsThe Monkeypox virus is what causes the Monkeypox disease.  People can catch the virus from animals and from other humans who have the virus.

Once a person is infected with Monkeypox, symptoms typically begin within 5 to 21 days.  Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.  Within a few days after an increased fever takes place, lesions typically appear on the face before appearing elsewhere on the body, such as on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Monkeypox has spread across several countries where the virus previously has been rare or nonexistent, including the United States.  The virus spreads mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has Monkeypox.  It also can be spread by touching something that someone infected with the virus has touched and contaminated.

Yesterday in the U.S., Monkeypox was declared a national public health emergency.  This came 12 days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus outbreak a global emergency.  Presently, the vaccine supply for this virus is limited.

2022 U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak

What you should
know about
monkeypox symptoms
    US declares monkeypox
outbreak a public
health emergency

Aug. 4, 2022
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The U.S. Senate voted yesterday afternoon to approve the admission of Sweden and Finland into the NATO alliance.  The vote came a little over two months after Stockholm and Helsinki submitted their applications on May 18.

The Senate vote was 95 yes and 1 no.  Josh Hawley (R-MO) voted no, while Rand Paul (R-KY) abstained by voting present. The next step is for President Biden to sign an instrument of ratification of the treaty.  Once he does, the U.S. will be the 22nd member out of 30 members to accept Sweden and Finland into NATO.  However, all 30 NATO members eventually must vote to accept the two countries for the ratification to be final.

In June, the Turkish government agreed to lift its objections to the two nations’ NATO memberships.  In exchange, Sweden and Finland said they would crack down on groups deemed to be a national security threat, not “impose embargo restrictions in the field of defense industry” and take “concrete steps on the extradition of terrorist criminals.”

However, on July 18, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed his threat to “freeze” Sweden’s and Finland’s memberships into NATO.  He felt that they were too lax in their stand against terrorist groups because they hosted Kurdish militants.  Unless Turkey ultimately votes to accept those two nations into NATO, it cannot happen because the acceptance vote must be unanimous.

Senate Votes to Approve
Sweden and Finland
Admission into NATO
    Turkey’s Erdogan renews
threat to block Finland
and Sweden from NATO

Aug. 3, 2022
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been on a trip visiting Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.  Prior to departing Washington, D.C., she had expressed an interest in flying to Taiwan as well, although it was not included on the official list of countries that she would be visiting.

However, last night Pelosi’s plane landed in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.  She was accompanied by Democratic representatives from New York, California, Washington, Illinois and New Jersey.  The last time a very high-ranking government official visited Taiwan was 25 years ago, in 1997, when then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich traveled there.

Taiwan is a large self-governing island 80 miles off the coast of China.  The Communist Chinese government continues to claim Taiwan as part of China’s territory, and it has repeatedly warned Pelosi not to make the visit.  China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has made it clear that he sees unifying Taiwan with China to be a primary goal of his rule.

As the plane carrying Pelosi approached Taiwan, several Chinese state media outlets reported that Chinese Su-35 fighter jets were crossing the straight between China and Taiwan.  After Pelosi’s arrival, China announced military drills in nearby waters.

Pelosi Arrives in Taiwan
Despite Chinese Threat
of ‘Serious Consequences’
    Defiant Pelosi arrives in
Taiwan to declare US stands
against ‘autocrats’ as China fumes

Aug. 2, 2022
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Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-QaedaYesterday it was announced that Ayman al-Zawahiri had been killed by a drone strike conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  It reportedly took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, following a counterterrorism operation.

Two missiles struck al-Zawahiri while he was standing on a balcony on a residential house.  There were no civilian casualties in the attack.

Al-Zawahiri had been an advisor to Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader who masterminded the September 11 attacks in 2001 against the U.S.  Following bin Laden’s death in 2011, al-Zawahiri succeeded him as the leader of al-Qaeda until he was killed by the drone strike this weekend.

President Biden confirmed that the drone strike on al-Zawahiri had taken place.  According to Biden, al-Zawahiri had “carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens.  Now justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more.

U.S. drone strike kills
Al Qaeda leader Ayman
al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan
    'Justice has been delivered':
Al-Qaida leader al-Zawahiri killed
in U.S. drone strike, Biden says

Aug. 1, 2022
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Sin is a breaking of God’s eternal Law.  Thus, sin equates with lawlessness, which is rampant throughout the world today and continues to increase in every nation.

Most of the world does not know the one, true God.  Even for those who do, it is human nature to do things the ways that we want to do them, even when we know they are wrong.  Even the apostle Paul struggled with sin (Romans 7:7-25).

Sin has its penalties, and the ultimate penalty is death.  Therefore, it is advantageous to do the following:

  • recognize the sin in our lives and get serious about eliminating as much of it as we can, and
  • realize that sin is a “thief” and robs us of many things that are beneficial to us.

 

All of us sin, and all of us will die (unless we are removed first by the Rapture), since the ultimate penalty of sin is death.  But Jesus, the only person who was sinless, came to atone for our sins and remove their penalty of eternal death so, in Him, we may have eternal life.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8,9)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1,2)

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.  But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins.  And in him is no sin. (1 John 3:4,5)

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:10,11)

July 31, 2022

President Biden tested positive on July 21 for BA.5, a subvariant of COVID-19, even though he previously had received two COVID vaccinations and two booster shots.  While in isolation for several days, he was taking the antiviral medication Nirmatrelvir, which is sold under the brand name Paxlovid.

He had only mild symptoms and was able to work at the White House the whole time that he tested positive.  A few days ago, his COVID test was negative, and he had plans to go to Michigan and Delaware this coming week.

Yesterday morning, though, he tested positive again for COVID.  This is an unusual development, since only about 5% to 8% of people treated with Paxlovid develop a rebound case of COVID.  However, the BA.5 subvariant is more immune-evasive than the standard COVID-19 virus.

Biden has said that he is not experiencing any symptoms, and he will not be placed on Paxlovid at this time.  He will be isolating again for at least 5 days, and it has been recommended that he wear a mask in public for 10 days.

Biden tests positive
for COVID-19,
returns to isolation
    Biden tests positive
for COVID again—days
after initial recovery

July 30, 2022

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with health expert and emergency room registered nurse, Twila Brase.  The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) says that there are at least eleven viruses waiting to produce the next pandemic.  Other experts say to prepare for more lockdowns this Fall.

Twila said that of the more than one million Americans who have died of COVID, 500,000 to 800,000 of them would have been saved if they had received early treatment with drugs such as Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine and other medications.  They would have had normal lives for the past 2½ years.

People who receive COVID vaccinations have a significantly lower immunity to COVID than unvaxinated people who get COVID and produce anti-COVID antibodies.  Furthermore, many people have been afflicted with serious health problems, including death, after receiving the vaccination.  Technically, it is not a true vaccine, since breakthrough COVID infections occur often in vaccinated people.

COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide

It was mentioned that U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (WI) held a live hearing called “COVID-19: A Second Opinion.”  This took place in the Senate building on February 24.  A group of world renowned doctors and medical experts provided a different perspective on the global COVID pandemic response.  They went into depth about the current state of knowledge of early and hospital treatment, vaccine efficacy and safety, what went right, what went wrong, what should be done now, and what needs to be addressed long term.  The detailed and extremely informative discussion lasted about 4 hours 56 minutes.  It can be watched on Rumble (beginning at the 40-minute 20-second point) or on YouTube:

COVID-19: A Second Opinion: Rumble | YouTube

There now are multiple COVID variants, which are more transmissible but not as virulent as the original COVID-19 virus.  However, the World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending the wearing of masks again and is prepping the world for another global lockdown this Fall.  It appears that more pandemic pandemonium is coming.

Monkeypox is another viral infection that is spreading.  According to the CDC, about 95.5% of those with Monkeypox are men, with the median age being 35 years old.  This virus is transmitted by close exposure to someone else with Monkeypox, unlike COVID which floats in the air.  A vaccine for it will be readily available at some point.

         

         

30-second slideshow

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

Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste — Audio | Video
July 29, 2022
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We should be loyal to others, but our main loyalty needs to be to God.  We can do this by thanking Him regularly for our numerous blessings, doing things we know He would want us to do, refraining from doing things we know He dislikes, and revering Him more highly than anyone else in our lives.

Also, loyalty is more than words; true loyalty will result in positive actions.  Being loyal is committing our thoughts and actions to God first.  He values loyalty in His followers and is strong in showing His appreciation for it.


July 28, 2022
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Recession questionable Recession ahead
There are various views on the definition of a recession.  Commonly, a recession is defined as “two consecutive quarters of decline in a country’s real gross domestic product (GDP).”  Another definition is “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and lasts more than a few months.”

In the U.S. during the first quarter this year, which ended in March, there was a GDP decline of 1.6%.  During the second quarter, which ended in June, the GDP declined 0.9%.  Some say this means that our economy is in a recession.  Others say that we are not yet in a recession but very well could be within the next few months or before the end of the year.

This year, the U.S. has had the highest rate of inflation in 40 years, generally causing significant pressure on household budgets.  Many consumers are struggling to cover basics such as food, rent and gasoline, which have risen sharply in price since a year ago.  If these negative economic trends continue, it would seem that most will agree that we will be in a recession relatively soon.

The economy may look like
it’s in recession, but we
still don’t know for sure
    Is the U.S. in a
Recession? Meaning,
Definition Explained

July 27, 2022
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Today, the Federal Reserve Board hiked interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point (0.75% point).  Six weeks ago, on June 15, they did the same thing.

Both of these hikes follow a half of a percentage point (0.50% point) increase on May 4 and a quarter of a percentage point (0.25% point) increase on March 16.  The rate hikes are an attempt to calm down surging inflation, and more rate hikes are expected through the end of the year.

Some analysts point to signs that the U.S. economy is slowing and may have shrunk in the first half of the year.  As a result, they worry that the Fed could end up tightening credit too much, too fast, and end up causing a downturn that would lead to layoffs and rising unemployment.

The surge in inflation and fear of a recession have diminished consumer confidence and stirred public anxiety about the economy.  President Biden’s public approval ratings have declined, and the likelihood that Democrats will lose control of the House and Senate in the November midterm elections has increased.

Federal Reserve hikes
key interest rate by
another 75 basis points
    Fed hikes key interest rate
0.75 points for second
time as inflation surges

July 26, 2022
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Benefits of sunlight
July 25, 2022
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The Jewish Agency for Israel is the largest non-profit organization in the world.  It serves as the main link between Israel and Jewish communities around the world.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began five months ago, there has been a sharp increase in emigration from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova to Israel.  As of June, more than 25,000 people from these countries have arrived in Israel.  For Jews, this move is considered to be Aliyah.

Israel’s diaspora affairs minister has stated that “Russian Jews will not be held hostage by the war in Ukraine.”  Now the Russian Ministry of Justice has taken steps to stop the Jewish Agency from operating in Russia.  They have informed the Jewish Agency that its activities in Russia regarding collecting, storing and transfering data about Russian citizens violate Russian law and therefore must cease.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has decided to send a delegation to Russia next week in order to ensure the continuation of the agency’s work.  A hearing on the topic is scheduled for July 28, which will determine the Jewish Agency’s future in the Russian Federation.

Lapid: Russia’s moves to shut
Jewish Agency offices could be
'grave' for relations with Israel
    Israel gears up to fight, as
Russia puts screws to Jewish
Agency for unclear reasons

July 24, 2022

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell played messages by Pastor Jeff Kinley and Dr. Mark Hitchcock.  These were at a recent one-night Understanding the Times conference.

They believe that while the Great Reset is likely the Tribulation, we are watching the shocking set-up for it today.  World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab and associates plan to have this in place in the next couple of years.

However, God our Heavenly Father is the Great Reseter.  The total work of transformation will commence on the day that He sends Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, back to earth to rule and reign over the world for 1,000 years.  He is the only one who can and will do that with absolute righteousness, lawfulness, justice, peace and love.

         

         

         

45-second slideshow

Today’s program, lasting 58 minutes, can be heard here:

The Reset Rising — Audio | Video
July 23, 2022

Yesterday, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to resume grain exports, which had been blocked due to months of their military conflicts.  It was planned for wheat, corn, sunflower oil and other related products to be transported to global markets.

Today, less than 24 hours later, Ukraine’s defense ministry claimed that Russia broke the agreement by attacking the Black Sea port of Odesa with cruise missiles.  This is the 150th day of Russia’s initial attack on Ukraine.  Also, today is only 4 days after a Turkey-Russia-Iran summit in Tehran, where Putin thanked Erdogan for progress on talks over Ukraine’s grain (see the July 20 entry).

Oleksiy Goncharenko, Ukrainian Member of Parliament (MP), accused Russia of firing four missiles at the southern port.  Two missiles hit the port facilities, and the other two missiles were shot down by Ukrainian air defense.  He called for more military assistance for Ukraine and also said, “Russia understands only force.

Oleg Nikolenko, Ukranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said, “It took less than 24 hours for Russia to launch a missile attack on Odesa’s port, breaking its promises and undermining its commitments before the U.N. and Turkey under the Istanbul greeement.”  He added, “In case of non-fulfillment, Russia will bear full responsibility for a global food crisis.

Russia hits Ukraine’s
Black Sea port
despite grain deal
    Russia strikes Odessa,
Ukraine one day
after grain deal

July 22, 2022
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President Biden tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.  His symptoms—rhinorrhea, fatigue and an occasional cough—are minimal.  Biden previously had two COVID vaccinations and two booster shots.  Now he is on a 5-day regimen of the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

Earlier this week, the president was giving a climage change speech in Somerset, Massachusetts.  He made reference to rampant environmental polution in Delaware, his home state.

Then he made a reference to cancer, which sounded like he presently has it.  He said, “You’d have to put on your windshield wipers to get, literally, the oil slick off the windows.  That’s why I, and so damn many other people I grew up with, have cancer.  And why, for the longest time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation.

Later, it was indicated by White House officials that Biden was referring to his past cases of cancer.  In the past, he has had several localized non-melanoma skin cancers.

Biden had COVID fever
but symptoms getting
better, doctor says
    The backstory on
Biden's experience
with cancer

July 21, 2022
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From President Biden’s inauguration day in January 2021 to May 2022, over 1 million migrants crossing illegally over the southern border have been allowed to enter and remain in the United States.  Department of Homeland Security documents, made public after a lawsuit over border policy, puts the number of illegal migrants at 1,049,532.

In addition, during that same period, the number of crossings over the border unlawfully but avoiding contact with Border Patrol was about 700,000.  Also, the number of unaccompanied minors was 190,053.  So the total number crossing illegally over the border was about 2 million migrants.

These illegal border crossings have been a result of the Biden administration’s permissive border policies.  The federal government has been paying for illegal immigrants to be transported, on secret charter flights and busses, into unsuspecting cities and towns across the country, including New York City.  This is being funded by taxpayers.  Also, since Apr. 13, many busloads of illegals have being sent voluntarily, from Texas and Arizona, to Washington, D.C.

An increasing number of immigrants are overwhelming resources such as housing, medical care, food and other benefits that they are receiving in these and other cities.  It is understandable that Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., and Mayor Eric Bowser of New York City are expressing their dissatisfaction with this situation.  It would seem that these and other mayors should be calling on President Biden to do his job and secure the southern border, which unfortunately he has failed to do.

DC feels sting of
Biden border policy
    Mayor Adams’ wake-up
on migrant flights

July 20, 2022
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Putin, Erdogan, Raisi in Tehran Putin, Erdogan, Raisi in Tehran
Following President Biden’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia last week, three national leaders met in Tehran, Iran yesterday.  They were Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

For many years, Russia and Iran have supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  However, Turkey has supported may rebels that have been attempting to overthrow the Syrian government.  That was a major topic of discussion between the three leaders yesterday.

Other topics were the war in Ukraine and other regional issues.  With all three of the nations having common foes and difficulties, they naturally would like to form closer coalitions and alliances with each other.

Erdogan and Putin also discussed certain topics involving Ukraine.  Erdogan has been a mediator between Russia and Ukraine on certain issues.  One of them has been Ukraine’s resuming exportation of wheat and grain to parts of the world with severe food shortages.  According to the Kremlin, Putin said he wanted to thank his Turkish counterpart for progress on talks over Ukraine’s grain.

Erdogan Presses Case
Against Syria’s Kurds At
Iran-Russia-Turkey Summit
    Putin meets with
Erdogan and
Raisi in Tehran


Today is National Moon Day.  It commemorates the day astronauts first walked on the moon 53 years ago, during the Apollo 11 mission, on July 20, 1969.

The American crew that flew to the moon were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who both walked on the moon, and Michael Collins, who orbited the moon in the command module.  All three men were born in 1930.  In the past 53 years, 12 people have walked on the moon.

       
13-second slideshow

July 19, 2022
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My dad was born in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas.  If he were still around, today would be his 111th birthday.  Interestingly, the high temperature today in the Forth Worth area is expected to be about 111°.

For the past couple of weeks, north Texas has been having an extreme heat wave, with excessive heat warnings daily.  Today, some areas are expected to have record-breaking high temperatures for this date.

North Texas heat advisories and warnings

Had I known that it probably will get up to 111° in Fort Worth today, I would have been tempted to schedule a flight there to celebrate my dad’s 111th birthday.  I like heat, and I would have liked to walk around the area, perhaps in the neighborhood where he grew up.

Decades ago, my dad enjoyed making oil paintings.  Here are just a few of his nature paintings:

     
12-second slideshow

July 18, 2022
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All of my life, two of my favorite things to eat have been peaches and almonds.  They are members of the same genus called Prunus, which also includes nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries.

Actually, almonds are not nuts.  An almond and a peach are in the same category known as Drupe and are closely related genetically.

If the central pit or shell of a peach is broken open, there is an internal seed that resembles an almond.  In this photo that I took recently, four peach seeds are in the top row and four almonds are in the bottom row:

Peach seeds and Almonds

Regular almonds are safe to eat.  However, some trees produce bitter almonds.  The bitter taste comes from hydrocyanic acid.  If eaten, this chemical reacts with water in the body and produces cyanide, which is highly poisonous.  So bitter almonds should be avoided.  California almonds rarely if ever are bitter.

A peach seed, inside of the pit, actually tastes like a very strong or bitter almond.  This is because a peach seed contains hydrocyanic acid as a bitter almond does.  Therefore, it is recommended to avoid eating bitter almonds and peach seeds because cyanide poisoning can result.


July 17, 2022

Fireballs in Gaza CityEarlier this weekend, four rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel.  This happened not long after President Biden headed to Saudi Arabia after completing his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

In response to the firing of the first two rockets, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) targeted a Hamas underground facility.  The IDF says that it is used for the production of rocket materials in the central Gaza Strip.

Following the second pair of rockets fired from Gaza, the IDF struck another Hamas site in Gaza.  The IDF says that this site is used as a weapon production facility.

Also, Israel has said that it will be freezing a planned expansion of work permits for Gazan Palestinians coming to work in Israel.  The announcement of the additional 1,500 permits had been announced last week prior to Biden’s arrival in Israel.

After Gaza rockets, PM says
Israel will respond ‘swiftly,
forcefully’ to any attacks
    Israel strikes Gaza
target in response
to rocket fire

July 16, 2022

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the first half of the hour with Pastor Barry Stagner and the second half with Jonathan Brentner.

Jan and Barry believe that a Pre-tribulation Rapture will take place prior to the final 7 years of this age.  They agree that some believers will be present during the “tribulation” period, but they will have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior after the Rapture takes place.

They played portions of videos of those who described why they believe in a Pre-wrath Rapture or in a Post-tribulation Rapture.  Whenever the Rapture occurs, believers should be excited as they see the day of Jesus’ return approaching.  However, it seems that many are “changing their tune” as they watch the tide of our times worsen, and many churches avoid talking about the appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who is our blessed hope (Titus 2:13).

Jan and Jonathan talked about how the Bible clearly states that there will be a millennial (1,000-year) reign of Jesus following His return to earth.  Yet, an increasing number of churches seem to be rejecting this or simply not addressing it as a reality described in the Bible.  This literal thousand years is mentioned six times in Revelation 20:1-7.

People are tired of seeing evil win.  Fortunately, evil ultimately will be defeated when the Lord Jesus returns to earth and destroys countless enemies of God.  Then He will rule and reign over the whole world for 1,000 years, in perfect righteousness and justice, during the glorious Millennium.

         

         

30-second slideshow

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

As We See the Day Approaching — Audio | Video

Those with a Pre-tribulation Rapture mindset assume that God’s “wrath” will include the Six Seals (Revelation 6:1-17).  Therefore, they feel that since believers in Jesus are protected from God’s wrath, they will have been snatched up and away before even the First Seal is opened.

However, upon the opening of the Fifth Seal, there are souls of those under the altar (in heaven) who have been slain because of the testimony they had maintained for the Word of God (Revelation 6:9).  Their blood will not have been shed due to God’s wrath being poured out upon them but, rather, by unbelievers in the world who have been motivated by Satan to hate and kill them.  The souls of those whose blood has been shed will plead with God to avenge their blood by judging the inhabitants of the earth (6:10).

Due to their fervent plea to God to avenge their blood, His feelings of vengeance and anger will begin to rise on their behalf.  This will start to become evident after the opening of the Sixth Seal, when there will be visible changes in the sun and moon and star-like objects (perhaps meteors, comets and/or asteroids) falling to earth (Revelation 6:12,13).  This is paralleled by Jesus’ description of the same event, followed by His (the Son of Man’s) appearance in the clouds of the sky and then the Pre-wrath Rapture of believers (Matthew 24:29-31 and Mark 13:24-27).

At that same time, the unbelievers will see, in the clouds above, the face of Him (Jesus) who sits on the throne; and they will hide in caves and among the rocks, knowing that God’s intense wrath and His day of vengeance are imminent (Revelation 6:16,17).  Soon thereafter, a great multitude of believers, saved from God’s impending wrath by the Rapture, will appear in heaven.

After that, when the Seventh Seal is opened, God’s vengeance and wrath upon the whole world will commence after God gives seven trumpets to seven angels to begin His judgments (Revelation 8:1-5).  His horrendous, dreadful and frightful wrath will be included within the ensuing Day of the Lord period, which will include all of the Trumpet Judgments and the Bowl Judgments.  All of these will be incomprehensibly more destructive, disastrous and cataclysmic than the events taking place during the first Six Seals.

I agree with the Pre-wrath views of Alan Kurschner, as well as his chart showing Daniel’s Seventieth “Week” according to the Pre-Wrath Rapture View.  These were presented by Jan Markell during today’s program.  Several of my responses to questions about the Rapture can be read here: Rapture Questions & Responses.


July 15, 2022
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We do not confess our sins to God to attain eternal salvation.  The latter occurs when we believe that Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead unto eternal life.

When we sin, a barrier is created between us and the Lord, which interrupts our fellowship with Him.  This is why we need to confess our sins.  By doing so on an ongoing basis, we obtain God’s regular forgiveness, our offenses are washed away and our fellowship with the Lord is restored.


July 14, 2022
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Inflation over the decadeThe latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the U.S. as of June, a measure of price changes over the past year, was 9.1%.  This is the highest annual CPI rate increase in over 40 years, since November 1981.

The latest 9.1% increase is 0.5% greater than the May CPI rate of 8.6%.  It also is 0.3% greater than the estimated June CPI rate of 8.8%. Three of the main factors in the CPI calculation are prices of gasoline, food and housing.

Recent declines in prices of gasoline and other commodities may indicate that the CPI will begin to decline soon, which should decrease the inflation rate.  However, it also is possible that the opposite will occur, with the inflation rate continuing to escalate.

The Federal Reserve Board hiked interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point (0.75% point) on June 15.  There is speculation that, by the end of July, there will be an interest rate hike of the same amount or possibly even higher.

Inflation Roared in June,
Hitting 40-Year High of
9.1%, Well Above Forecasts
    Inflation hits 9.1%
in June, raising risk
of massive rate hike

July 13, 2022
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Omicron subvariants B.4 and B.5 Omicron subvariants B.4 and B.5
After the two very unpleasant years of the COVID-19 virus, 2020 and 2021, there was a notable decrease in infections and deaths after entering 2022.  Masks have become non-mandatory in most places, and people have been feeling hopeful that problems caused by the COVID virus might continue declining significantly.

However, in the past few months, two very contagious mutations have been spreading rapidly across many nations, including in the U.S. where they now are the dominant COVID strains.  These are the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.

Together, these variants account for over 70% of new viral infections and hospitalizations.  Also, receiving full vaccinations or having previous COVID infections are providing less protection from these strains than they did for previous Omicron subvariants.

New Omicron Sub-Variants
BA.4, BA.5 Spreading Rapidly
In US, Leading To 70% Spike
In New COVID-19 Cases
    6 Things to know about Omicron
BA.4 and BA.5. The latest COVID
variants are spreading faster with
more breakthrough infections.

July 12, 2022
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James Webb Space Telescope SMACS J0723.3-7327 galaxy cluster
The Hubble Telescope was launched into space on April 24, 1990.  It primarily observes visible light and near-ultraviolet waves.  This is one of four telescopes in the Great Observatories program and continues to be fully functional.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was launched into space on December 25, 2021.  It is the most powerful telescope ever developed.  Its main advantage is that it able to detect orange to mid-infrared wavelengths of light.  It is able to view objects too old, distant or faint for other space telescopes, such as the Hubble Telescope, to detect.

This telescope’s first operational image is of the galaxy cluster SMACS J0723.3-7327.  Thousands of galaxies are visible in the image, which is the highest-resolution image of the early universe ever taken.  This composite image and other images were first revealed to the public yesterday and today (July 11 & 12).

NASA Reveals Webb
Telescope’s First Images
of Unseen Universe
    James Webb: Nasa space
telescope delivers
spectacular pictures

July 11, 2022
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Firefighter protects a giant sequoia tree in Yosemite Wildfire in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite
The Washburn Fire in California has been burning for 5 days.  The size of the fire increased 300 acres overnight.  As of today, it has burned at least 2,340 acres or about 3.6 square miles.  So far, there is 0% containment of the fire.

The fire is a threat to Yosemite Park’s Mariposa Grove, where there are more than 500 mature sequoia trees.  These include the 209-foot Grizzly Giant, which is estimated to be about 3,000 years old.  Countless firefighters are working to decrease the size of the fire and to protect the famous trees.

So far in 2022, over 35,000 wildfires in the U.S. have burned nearly 4.7 million acres or about 7,340 square miles.  According to the National Interagency Fire Center, this is well above average for both wildfires and acres burned.

Firefighters race to defend
ancient sequoias from 2,300-acre
Washburn fire in Yosemite
    Wildfire rages in
Yosemite threatening
giant sequoia trees

July 10, 2022
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While Jesus went throughout Galilee, He taught in their synagogues and preached the good news of the Kingdom of God, which is yet to come.  He also healed every disease and sickness among the people.  Large crowds followed Him.

Going up on a mountainside, He spoke beatitudes or blessings to those who were listening.  With all of the unsettling things going on today such as mass shootings, inflation, food shortages, border problems and other difficulties, these are as relevant now as they were then:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:3-12)

July 9, 2022

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with author Steve Miller.  They talked about 12 signs that foreshadow Christ’s return and how the convergence of such activity is stunning.

The Bible tells us these things beforehand so we will be prepared for the testings of a last generation.  We also will be looking up for His redemption.

Steve Miller has written about 12 megaclues that foreshadow Jesus’s return:

  1. the rise of globalism,
  2. the trends toward a one-world government,
  3. the struggle to build a united European empire,
  4. the spread of all invasive technology and surveillance,
  5. the progression of a one-world economy,
  6. the descent into moral and spiritual corruption,
  7. the proliferation of deception,
  8. the assault on truth,
  9. the increase of Christian persecution,
  10. the explosion of hostilities toward Israel and the Jewish people,
  11. the preparation for a new temple in Jerusalem, and
  12. the forming of a coalition to destroy Israel.

         

         

30-second slideshow

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

Foreshadows of His Coming — Audio | Video

Those who believe in a Pre-tribulation Rapture are convinced that believers in Jesus will be snatched away prior to the beginning of the final 7 years of this age.  I am convinced that, instead, there will be Pre-wrath Rapture as explained in my 2-part Rapture commentary.  More Rapture information can be found here: Rapture Questions & Responses.

Also, many believe that a third man-made temple will be built in Jerusalem, at some point during the first half of the final 7 years, in which sacrifices and offerings will be made.  However, I think it is very unlikely that another temple will exist on the Temple Mount, nor anywhere else in Jerusalem, before Jesus returns.

The millennial Temple will be built under the direction of Jesus after He returns.  It will be on God’s Holy Mountain in Jerusalem, burnt offerings and sacrifices will take place within the Temple, and it will be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7).  A great deal more information about all of this can be found in these places:

  1. Third Temple
  2. millennial Temple and Holy Mountain
  3. What have you got to say about temple sacrifices during the Millennium?

July 8, 2022
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God put it all together
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He [Jesus, the Word] was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3)

For since the creation of the world, His [God’s] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they [unbelievers] are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  All things were created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:15,16)

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son [Jesus], whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:1,2)

July 7, 2022
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Boris Johnson resignation speechBoris Johnson announced today that he will be stepping down as leader of the Conservative party and as prime minister of the United Kingdom.  This follows about 60 recent resignations within Johnson’s Conservative party in the government.  He stated that “it is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader and a new prime minister.”

In his resignation speech, Johnson indicated that he would continue to serve as prime minister until a new leader is in place.  He also appointed numerous Cabinet members whom he said would serve until a new leader is in place.

Johnson feels that he will continue in the prime minister role until October.  However, many feel that a new prime minister will take his place by the end of August.

Contenders to succeed Johnson as prime minister

Boris Johnson faces growing
revolt over decision to stay
on as caretaker Prime Minister
    Boris Johnson says he
is ‘immensely proud’
in resignation speech

July 6, 2022
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Officials from seven counties in southern Texas—Edwards, Goliad, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Presidio, Terrell and Uvalde—have declared that there is an ongoing border “invasion.”  They are trying to bring attention to the long-standing border crisis due to increasing illegal immigration since Biden became president, refusing to secure the border.

The county officials are urging Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton to declare an “invasion” as well.  So far, the offices of Abbott and Paxton have not responded to requests for comment.  However, Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for multiple counties in Texas.

Texas counties declare
'invasion' at southern
border with Mexico
    Texas counties declare
‘invasion’ during border
crisis: ‘We’re being invaded’

July 5, 2022
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I have not been to an official fireworks display since July 4, 2018.  That was one of the best ones I’ve ever been to, and I got a lot of good snapshots.  It was easy to plan each photo because the fireworks generally were coming up from the same location.

Last night, a couple of friends and I were hanging out and hearing fireworks going off in the surrounding area.  Eventually, we went outside to look at some of them.  It was kind of late, so not too many went off after that.

Also, they were going off in many different directions, and there were a lot of trees around; so it was difficult to get good photos of them.  Here is just a handful of quick shots.

         
15-second slideshow

July 4, 2022

America’s 246th Birthday

       

       
25-second slideshow

Bill of Rights    Lord’s Prayer

July 3, 2022

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with filmmaker and producer Brent Miller, Jr.  They talked about his film production “Before the Wrath.”

It shows how the ancient Jewish Galilee wedding foreshadows the Rapture of the Church, as well as Jesus’ future marriage to His Bride of believers.  There is both drama and commentary by J.D. Farag, Jack Hibbs, Amir Tsarfati, and others.

         

         

         

45-second slideshow

Today’s program, lasting 56 minutes, can be heard here:

Before the Wrath: He’s Coming for His Bride! — Audio | Video
July 2, 2022

Today is Halfway Day, the midpoint of the year.  There have been 182 days from Jan. 1 to July 1, and there will be 182 days from July 3 to Dec. 31.  We’ve lived through the first half of 2022, and tomorrow is the beginning of the second half—we’re halfway there.

It’s up to us whether we see this as a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty day.  But the past is gone, so we’re all for making the most of the remainder of the year.


I last organized my vitamins and supplements into individual compartments on May 7.  I’ve been taking a limited amount of vitamins every other day since then.

Recently, I decided to increase the number of vitamins that I take to my regular amount that I have taken for years.  However, I also have decided to continue taking them every other day as I have been doing for several weeks.  This will cause them to last double the amount of time.

I will be taking the following every other day: a daily multiple; vitamins A, B complex, C, D3 and E; calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, fish oil, saw palmetto, glucosamine/chondroitin, glucosamine sulfate, easy iron, turmeric curcumin, probiotic acidophilus, olive leaf extract, hyaluronic acid and biotin.

   
8-second slideshow

This supply will last for 48 weeks (336 days).  Keeping them in the refrigerator enables them to retain their potency.


July 1, 2022
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People who are most likely to become severely ill are those with certain medical conditions.  These include cancer, heart disease, digestive disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes and other conditions.  Obesity may increase the risk for these conditions.

   

It is a good idea to know what your Body Mass Index (BMI) is.  It is easy to calculate your BMI.  All you need to know is your height (in feet and inches) and your weight (in pounds).  Adults can use the calculator below.

   BMI is below 18.5: underweight

BMI is 18.5 to 24.9: normal weight

BMI is 25.0 to 29.9: overweight

BMI is 30.0 or above: obese

In case the BMI calculator does not appear above, you can see it here:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/adult-widget/iframe.html

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