Early yesterday morning, a major earthquake occurred near Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey. The magnitude 7.8 quake also was felt in Syria, Jordan, Israel and other neighboring countries. There have been dozens of aftershocks, including a major shaker of at least magnitude 7.5 a few hours after the 7.8 quake. Today, there was a 5.7 aftershock.
So far, the recent temblors are responsible for at least 6,000 deaths and over 18,000 injuries in Turkey and Syria. Tens of thousands of people are homeless and spent the night in freezing temperatures. There also were over 11,000 collapsed buildings, and many survivors were heard screaming under the rubble. Also, temperatures during the night in most areas were below freezing.
The 7.8 shaker was the strongest quake in Turkey since 1939. That quake also had a magnitude of 7.8.
More than 10 search and rescue teams from the European Union have arrived on the scene to help. The US, UK, Canada, Israel, Russia and China are among other nations to have offered assistance.
This weekend, a record wind chill temperature most likely was reached in the U.S. Wind chill is what the temperature feels like. If it is cold and the wind is blowing, it feels colder than it actually is.
In Mount Washington, NH, the actual temperature was -46 degrees F. However, due to an Arctic blast, the wind was blowing at 97 mph. With the huge wind chill, it felt like an incredible -108 degrees F.
A huge Chinese balloon, suspected of being a spy balloon, entered U.S. air space in Alaska over a week ago, on Jan. 28. The large substructure just below the balloon was about three city buses in size. It was well below the 62-mile altitude that separates international air space from national air space.
The balloon traveled through western Canada, down into Montana, over Missouri and toward the Carolinas. The entire way, it was well below the 62-mile altitude that separates international air space from national air space. A second balloon flew over Colombia and Venezuela in South America.
On Feb. 3, China claimed that the balloon over the U.S. was a civilian research craft, collecting weather data, that was blown off course by prevailing winds. However, a Pentagon spokesman said that it was a high-altitude surveillance balloon with sophisticated cameras and imaging technology. If so, its purpose most likely was to collect various types of information at military facilities, including data about intercontinental ballistic missiles.
While the balloon was over Montana on Feb. 1, President Biden ordered the Pentagon to shoot down the balloon as soon as possible. However, there were many concerns that there could be potential dangers in doing that, such as the falling debris harming people and/or structures.
Finally, on Feb. 4, the Chinese balloon was shot down by U.S. F-22 and F-15 planes. This occurred a few miles off the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina. It happened over U.S. national waters before the craft reached international waters. No people or vessels were struck by the debris, which now is being carefully examined. Officials are warning beachgoers not to touch or move any possible Chinese spy balloon debris that may wash up on Carolina beaches.
At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with author Dr. J. B. Hixson in part one of a two-part program. They discussed the World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings last month in Davos, Switzerland. Klaus Schwab opened the 2023 session with a call to “master the future.”
The Antichrist kingdom won’t come out of thin air. It is being prepared now by the global elite and will spring into action when the church vacates in the Rapture. But what do the global elite have in mind? How about eating bugs, slashing the population, and owning nothing? We are coming near to entering the global kingdom described in Revelation 13.
According to the WEF, God is dead. They also have declared that Jesus is fake news and that WEF leaders have acquired divine powers to rule over humanity. They are determined to form their own kingdom that they refer to as the Reset or the New World Order. God laughs at the global elites who are trying to supercede Him.
Evil men and impostors will grow worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:13)
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. (Daniel 2:20-22)
Long COVID is characterized by long-term health problems that persist or appear after someone has recovered from COVID-19. It affects people differently. There are four major types of symptoms that are included in the following categories:
Heart, kidney and circulatory problems
Respiratory issues, anxiety, sleep disorders and chest pains
Musculoskeletal and nervous system issues, including arthritis
Digestive and respiratory issues
Recently, a new study by the New York State Insurance Fund revealed several negative effects of Long COVID-19 for 3,139 workers. These effects most likely reflect American workers in general.
Many have been unable to return to their jobs, and many have received medical treatments for long periods of time. Many of those who were able to return to work have suffered from “disruptive” symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue. This has caused them not to be as productive as they used to be.
Today is Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil came out and saw his shadow, which allegedly is an indication that there will be six more weeks of winter. So the world’s most famous weather-prognosticating groundhog has spoken, probably in “Groundhogese.”
The last interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, one-half of a percentage point (0.50% point), took place on Dec. 14, 2022. The Fed indicated that it is extending its fight against high inflation today by raising its key interest rate by one-quarter of a percentage point (0.25% point). This comes amid signs that inflation is beginning to slow, but the Fed has warned that the fight is far from over.
This is the eighth rate hike since March. The Fed signaled that even though inflation is easing, it remains high enough to require further rate hikes. However, this latest move will likely further raise the costs of many consumer and business loans and possibly the risk of a recession.
The Fed’s hike was announced one day after the government reported that pay and benefits for America’s workers grew more slowly in the final three months of 2022, the third straight slowdown. The Fed may raise the benchmark rate again when they meet next in March and perhaps again in May as well.
The last time the Federal Reserve raised interest rates was on Dec. 14, 2022. The hike was one-half of a percentage point (0.50% point). The Fed is expected to raise interest rates by one-quarter of a percentage point (0.25% point) this week.
A lesser interest rate hike this week seems to be due to an increase in the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2022, as well as a slowdown of inflation from 7.1% to 6.5%. This also could result in any interest rate hike(s) in February to be low, although a recession still may be inevitable.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen does not feel that these positive results necessarily decrease the possibility of a recession. She said, “I’m reasonably satisfied by the data that I’ve seen so far, but I don’t want to minimize the risk of recession.”
Also, Yellen strongly feels that a recession will happen if the U.S. debt ceiling is not raised as soon as possible. The debt limit was reached on Jan. 19. She urges that if the debt ceiling is not raised soon, the U.S. most likely will default on its debt, which would result in a devastating and catastrophic financial crisis.
This movement is an offshoot of the 1940s Latter Reign movement, and it separated from the Assemblies of God in the 1990s. Those within the church rely on signs, wonders, miracles and feelings. NAR encourages the leadership of apostles and prophets within the church, says that they can bring heaven to earth, and promotes extra-biblical revelation.
All true prophecy comes from God. If a specific prophecy does not come to pass, then the person who prophesied it is not a true prophet.
When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:22)
Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)
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, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds. (Hebrews 1:1,2)
In East Jerusalem yesterday evening, people were exiting a synagogue after a Shabbat (Sabbath) service. A gunman outside shot at a number of people. There were 10 gunshot victims, and at least 7 of them were killed.
As the 21-year-old Palestinian man who did the shootings fled from the scene in a vehicle, he fired at police who were chasing him. After an exchange of fire, the police shot and killed the terrorist and seized his handgun. The deadly attack, and subsequent killing of the attacker, took place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
All of this took place a day after an Israeli raid on a refugee camp in the West Bank, where 9 Palestinians were killed. The Israeli military considered it part of an ongoing anti-terrorism offensive, which began last year. After that West Bank raid, Gaza Palestinians fired missiles into Israel, which resulted in Israeli airstrikes in return.
Today, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy opened fire on people walking by in an East Jerusalem neighborhood. A Jewish father and son, ages 47 and 23, were shot but not killed. Armed civilians shot and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody by police. This violence in Israel probably will continue and increase.
The new hardline government in Israel, under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is expected to act more firmly against Palestinian terrorism and attacks than the previous government. Most likely, this will provoke a strong surge in Palestinian anger, assaults, strikes and invasions in Israel. Although the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis (in the Spring of 2021) and the 2022 Al-Aqsa clashes (in the Spring of 2022) were extremely violent and destructive, it could be that the degree of violence in Israel this coming Spring could be unsurpassed and unprecedented.
This Spring, the week following the Jewish Passover (April 5-13) takes place within the holiest Islamic month of the year, Ramadan (March 22 through April 20). It is possible, during Passover week, that the onset of the of Great Tribulationcould take place. Regardless of when that happens, it will be a time, described by Jesus, of great distress, tribulation and punishment coming upon Israel “unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.”
Today is the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the concentration camp where over one million European Jews died or were killed by Nazis. This is only a fraction of over six million Jews who died or were killed in all of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
A small asteroid, about the size of a delivery truck, will pass very close to Earth tonight. Asteroid 2023 BU was discovered less than a week ago on January 21.
NASA does not classify the asteroid as dangerous, as its path will keep it from colliding with the earth. Even if were to enter Earth’s atmosphere, it would turn into a fireball and largely disintegrate harmlessly in the atmosphere.
It will be one of the closest approaches by a known near-Earth object ever recorded. At its closest distance, the asteroid will be just over 2,200 miles above Earth’s surface. That is about a quarter of the distance between the planet and its man-made geostationary satellites, which orbit continually over the equator.
The asteroid will be closest to Earth at about 7:27 p.m. EST = 4:27 p.m. PST. At that time, it should be over the southern tip of South America. A live feed can be viewed here:
The 2023 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday evening, March 12, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The 95th Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at Ovation Hollywood (the renamed Dolby Theatre) in Los Angeles.
The Doomsday Clock has been around since 1947. According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock is a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technological advances. It was intended as a way of tracking catastrophic risks to humanity and the world.
On this clock, midnight marks the theoretical point of ultimate global cataclysm and annihilation. The original setting over 75 years ago was 7 minutes before midnight. Each year in January, the clock is reset. For the past three years (since 2020), the clock has remained at 100 seconds until midnight. Today, it was reset to 90 seconds until midnight, which is the closest it’s ever been.
Less than a year ago, Russia (a nuclear nation) began attacking Ukraine. That ongoing war, along with nuclear expansions in China, North Korea, Iran and India, have revived fears of nuclear war. These and other factors have resulted in moving the hypothetical time on the Doomsday Clock 10 seconds closer to midnight.
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.
This is National Sanctity of Human Life Day in the U.S. On January 22, 1984 (which was a Sunday like today), President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday of January (or close to that) as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
Pastors, churches and life organizations across the United States use this day to bring awareness to the attacks that are waged daily against human life through the abortion industry. One of the best ways to protect unborn lives is by bringing into the light the darkness of abortion, as well as by supporting local pregnancy help organizations who reach women and families daily with messages of hope and life.
They focused primarily on the topic of a Pre-tribulation Rapture. They began with the four seals and the four horsemen of the apocalypse in Revelation 6:
white horse: rapid spiritual deception that would grip the earth in its final days
red horse: an image of intense warfare throughout the planet
black horse: thundering through the earth wreaking havoc with famine and natural disasters
pale horse: death making its dreaded and inevitable journey
It is clear in Scripture that believers will escape God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9), although they will experience man’s wrath and Satan’s wrath. Those who adhere to a Pre-tribulation Rapture view believe that the rapture will take place prior to the opening of the first four seals. They also believe that the entire period of a final 7-year tribulation will be a time of God’s wrath on the earth, and all those who believe in salvation through Jesus will be snatched away to heaven before it begins.
Markell, Tsarfati and Stagner feel that the Holy Spirit is the “restrainer” who is holding back the Antichrist or “lawless one” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8). However, He is doing it through saved believers who are on the earth. They agree that the Holy Spirit will not be removed from the earth during the tribulation period. He is omniscient, is omnipotent, knows all, is all-powerful, is omnipresent and everywhere. He cannot be removed from the earth, but they feel He will be removed from saved believers when these believers are caught up and away from the earth in the rapture.
Amillennialism is the eschatological view that there is no literal millennial or thousand-year of Jesus Christ on the earth. Amillennialists believe that the Millennium is not literal but, rather, is figurative or allegorical. Some believe that the spiritual millennial kingdom is present now during the current era of the church.
In fact, though, the Millennium will be a literal 1,000-year period of time during which Jesus Christ will reign righteously and justly as King over the whole world after He returns to Jerusalem and sits on His throne. Also, during the same period of 1,000 years, Satan will be bound in an abyss, after which he will be set free for a short time before thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, forevermore. There has not been a time in the past, since the beginning of the world, that Satan has not had free reign of the world; yet he will forfeit that freedom in the future for 1,000 years. The literal term “thousand years” is listed six times in Revelation 20, verses 2-7.
At the end of the Millennium, this earth and entire universe will cease to exist, and a brand new universe (heavens and earth) will be created by God. In that eternal realm, there never again will be any death, tears, sorrow, or pain, nor any form of sin or sinners. These things are described in Revelation 21, verses 1,4,8. Furthermore, nothing in that glorious and perfect dominion of God ever will decay or waste away.
Today’s program, lasting 54 minutes, can be heard here:
Bible Prophecy: The Essentials (Part 2) — Audio | Video
I do respect the Pre-tribulation Rapture view of Jan, Amir and Barry. However, I am convinced that there will be a Pre-wrath Rapture at some point during the second half of the final 7 years of this age. This is explained in my 2-part Rapture commentary. Several of my responses to questions about the Rapture can be read here: Rapture Questions & Responses.
I do not believe that God’s wrath and vengeance will encompass the entire final 7 years of this age, the 70th Week of Daniel. Rather, most of this period of time will be composed of man’s wrath and Satan’s wrath, which God will allow. God’s wrath and vengence primarily will take place following the opening of the dreaded Seventh Seal, probably lasting about a year.
I also do not believe that the Church of believers, indwelled by the Holy Spirit, are restraining or holding back the lawless one (the Antichrist). I am convinced that the restrainer is the archangel Michael.
I adamantly agree that Jesus Christ will return to the earth and will rule and reign over the whole world for 1,000 literal years: the Millennium. I also agree that the notion of Amillennialism is completely erroneous.
Two days from now will be the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade landmark decision on January 22, 1973. That is when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 7–2 decision in favor of “Jane Roe” (Norma McCorvey) giving women in the United States a fundamental right to choose whether to have abortions without excessive government restrictions.
This afternoon in Washington, DC, a March for Life event took place. Members of several anti-abortion groups assembled in Washington to take part in a pro-life march. The participants were pushing for action from the U.S. Capitol, near where they were marching. Movement leaders indicated that they planned to urge Congress against making any attempt to curtail the multiple anti-abortion laws imposed last year in a dozen states.
Today’s march was different from the march one year ago, which took place as a protest against legal abortion. At that time, there was a relatively new conservative majority on the Supreme Court. There was a hope, by pro-lifers, that the court would act to overrule Roe v. Wade.
Indeed, that did occur with a 5-4 vote on June 24, 2022. It took place weeks after May 2, 2022, when there was a leak of the first draft of a majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, that stated, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” The identity of whoever made that leak still has not been made public.
Today, the United States has reached its borrowing limit, also known as the U.S. debt ceiling. It is the maximum amount the federal government is able to borrow to finance obligations that lawmakers and presidents already have approved.
The debt limit also includes interest payments on existing debt. Once the government reaches the statutory debt limit, it cannot take on new obligations. The outstanding debt of the United States is projected to reach the statutory limit of $31.381 trillion today.
Once that limit is reached, the U.S. Treasury must take some extraordinary measures to prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its obligations. If a default were to happen, as soon as early June, it would be the first time in history that the U.S. would default on any of its obligations.
Regardless what does or does not happen in Congress pertaining to the debt issue, widespread financial and economic instability, including a recession, appear inevitable. A stock market crash or a credit rating downgrade could lead to lasting damage for the U.S. and world economy.
I have read the entire Bible 23 times in the past three decades. I recommend that everybody does it at least once or twice. It usually takes me about eleven months to do it. I have not done that for three years, but I am in the process of doing it again during 2023. Usually, I stay a few days ahead in case something unexpected comes up that keeps me very busy for a few days.
Many people in the USA spend hours a day on social media and/or watching videos. Spending only about 12 minutes a day will enable a person to read the Whole Bible in a year.
Some Christians have read the New Testament but do not feel that it is necessary to read the Old Testament. However, there are countless connections between the two. Everytime I read the whole Bible over several months, I see amazing and astouncing connections that I had not noticed before.
There are numerous verses and passages in the New Testament that have direct references to portions of the Old Testament. Also, there are many prophecies in the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the New Testament. The latter include descriptions of events in the life of the coming Messiah, Jesus, centuries before He was even born. One example is the entire chapter of Isaiah 53.
In my first entry (on Jan. 1) this year, a section provides ways to read the Bible straight through in a year. There also is a way to skip around the Bible while reading it, which is what I prefer to do. For those who have not read through the entire Bible, I highly recommend it.
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland. Senior economists from international agencies—including the International Monetary Fund, investment banks, multinationals and reinsurance groups—were surveyed.
Nearly two-thirds of the economists said that they expect a global recession to begin this year. A majority of those surveyed feel that economic growth will be weak in the United States and very weak in Europe.
WEF Managing Director Saadia Zahidi said, “With two-thirds of chief economists expecting a worldwide recession in 2023, the global economy is in a precarious position. The current high inflation, low growth, high debt, and high fragmentation environment reduces incentives for the investments needed to get back to growth and raise living standards for the world’s most vulnerable.” She added, “Leaders must look beyond today’s crises to invest in food and energy innovation, education and skills development, and in job-creating, high-potential markets of tomorrow. There is no time to lose.”
He was born Michael King, Jr. In 1934, his father, Michael King, Sr., visited sites in Berlin associated with the Protestant reformation leader, Martin Luther. After that, he began referring to himself as Martin Luther King, Sr., and his son as Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1957, when Michael King, Jr., was 28 years old, his birth certificate was changed to read “Martin Luther King, Jr.”
MLK, Jr., was a strong Christian. At age 5, he memorized and sang hymns and stated verses from the Bible. One of his main messages as an adult was that people should be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.
They considered questions surrounding the Church, Israel, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennium, Heaven, and more. In this age of uncertainty, they feel that we can know the details of our future with relative certainty.
There are various millennial views. An increasingly prominent view is that the Millennium, mentioned six times in Revelation 20, is not a literal period of time. Rather, they believe that it is a figurative and spiritualized term, describing the time in which we now live when Jesus is ruling on a heavenly throne in heaven and/or is ruling in the hearts of believers on Earth.
In the past, Israel has broken their covenant with God several times—including a widespread rejection of their true Messiah, Jesus, almost two thousand years ago. Their repeated breaking of the covenant resulted in God’s punishment coming upon Israel in various ways. Typically, though, Israel has repented and turned back toward God. Then He has repeatedly reinstated His everlasting covenant with His chosen people and nation, Israel (Genesis 17:7; 1 Kings 9:4,5; Jeremiah 31:31-37, 32:40; Psalm 89:3,4; 2 Chronicles 13:5).
However, many Christians have developed the notion that God has completely and permanently rejected and abandoned Israel. They incorrectly believe that the Church has “replaced” Israel, which is referred to as replacement theology or supersessionism. Yet, a time is coming when God will make a new covenant with Israel, incorporating His laws into their minds and hearts, and they will be His chosen people again, forevermore.
Jan noted that another false teaching in the Church is Kingdom Now, Dominion Theology, Reconstructionism, the Restoration Movement—also known as “liberation theology.” The belief is that the Church will make the world perfect prior to Jesus’ return back to earth. Essentially, they erroneously think that we can achieve a “heaven on earth” status before Jesus returns. In other words, they believe that Christ cannot return until the Church has established dominion over all the nations of the world. This notion is blatantly fallacious.
The statutory debt limit, often referred to as the U.S. debt ceiling, is the limit set by Congress for the amount of debt that the U.S. government can take on. It also includes interest payments on existing debt. Once the government reaches the statutory debt limit, it cannot take on new obligations.
In her letter, Yellen informed the Congress that, beginning on January 19, the outstanding debt of the United States is projected to reach the statutory limit of $31.381 trillion. Once that limit is reached, the U.S. Treasury must take some extraordinary measures to prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its obligations. If a default were to happen, as soon as early June, it would be the first time in history that the U.S. would default on any of its obligations.
Yellen wrote, “It is therefore critical that Congress act in a timely manner to increase or suspend the debt limit. Failure to meet the government’s obligations would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. economy, the livelihoods of all Americans, and global financial stability.”
The U.S. and much of the world have been experiencing escalating inflation due to the COVID pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other factors. Forecasts suggest that a U.S. default on its debt limit could quickly bury the country in a deep recession and cause a crash of financial markets.
Today is Friday the 13th. The only other Friday the 13th in 2023 will be October 13. I consider it to be a lucky day rather than an ill-fated day. I think all the of the kitty cats above would agree with me.
Over 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today, mostly people age 65 and older. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Currently, there is no prevention or cure for Alzheimer’s.
Causes of Alzheimer’s are not well understood. However, risk factors include genetics, head injuries, depression and hypertension.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s is very important. Without it, our loved ones may wait too long to make necessary lifestyle changes to ensure that all medical care options are explored.
These options range from medications to research. Other considerations include personal safety, quality of care, and making necessary financial and estate planning adjustments.
Last night and into this morning, all flights nationwide in the U.S. were grounded. Hundreds of flights were cancelled. The problem was due to an outage in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) software.
The FAA ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9:00 a.m. EST this morning. Since then, flights have been allowed to take off and land. However, flight delays are growing at airports across the country.
In a notice on the FAA website, it said that its Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system had “failed” and led to the grounding of flights. The NOTAM system notifies workers of flight operations of essential information.
The FAA released the following statement: “The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now. Operations across the National Airspace System are affected.” A full investigation is being conducted by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Last night, House Republicans on Monday approved news rules for the chamber for the next two years. This is the first major legislative action after the chaotic and historic process last week of electing Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House speaker.
McCarthy had offered multiple concessions to his GOP critics to receive enough votes to become speaker. This included changes in rules on Capitol Hill, where Democrats have been in control for the last two years. The new rules also underline what is likely to be a period of tension with the Democratic Senate and Biden White House, such as on spending.
Today, President Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas traveled to El Paso, Texas. It was the first time, as president, that Biden has visited the U.S.-Mexico border.
Governor Abbott of Texas handed Biden a one-page letter when he arrived in Texas. One statement in the letter said, “You have violated your constitutional obligation to defend the States against invasion through faithful execution of federal laws. This chaos is the direct result of your failure to enforce the immigration laws that Congress enacted.” It also included improvements for border security that Abbott would like to see.
Following their visit to El Paso, Biden and Mayorkas continued on Air Force One to Mexico City. While there, they will meet with Mexican President Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau for a three-day summit, beginning tomorrow, on energy, economic cooperation, immigration and drug trafficking, especially fentanyl.
What is their entry point and are associations suspect? The Church participates with its mystical practices and is being influenced by fallen angels. The presence of these fallen angels, spread out all over the planet, is how Satan counterfeits being omnipresent.
Sometimes there are items in homes that invite the attacks. Sorcery will rage in the Tribulation, so we are seeing a set-up for this. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
There was a push at the World Government Summit in 2022 for a global blockchain or digital currency. There will be an almost perfect record of every transaction that happens in the economy. It will raise huge dangers in terms of the balance of power between states and citizens. Through people’s digital IDs, their banking details, medical information, ESG scores, and comings and goings will be monitored. It will be a major part of the ultimate surveillance of humanity.
There have been eleven rounds of voting for the U.S. House speaker so far this week, during which no speaker was elected. Earlier today, there were two additional rounds of voting with no election of a speaker taking place.
The House members took a break for several hours and reconvened again tonight at 10:00 p.m. EST. A fourteenth round of voting took place.
After almost 1½ hour, the voting was completed. Kevin McCarthy needed 217 votes to become speaker. However, he was short just 1 vote, receiving 216 votes—the most he has received in any round of voting all week. Hakeem Jeffries received 212 votes.
Yet, a fifteenth round of voting took place late tonight and into the early morning of January 7. A few Republicans voted “present” in the final round. This lowered the vote threshold from 217 votes to 216 votes to win the election for speaker.
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) had voted against McCarthy in the first fourteen rounds of the election. Yet, he changed his vote to “present” in the fifteenth round, giving McCarthy his 216-vote victory. President Biden put out a statement congratulating McCarthy for his win. Speaker McCarthy now is the 55th House speaker and is next in line to the presidency after Vice President Harris.
As McCarthy stepped off the House floor after the final vote, he was heard to say, “Glad it’s over!” There should be numerous reports during January 7 that Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has won the position of U.S. House speaker.
In six rounds of votes for a new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives during the past two days, the GOP House members were unable to coalesce behind a single candidate. The House reconvened today for a seventh round of voting.
After five rounds of voting today, there still was no speaker elected. This brings the total number of rounds of voting, over three days, to eleven. In the final vote today, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received 200 votes, while Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) received 212 votes. At least 218 votes is required for someone to become speaker.
A vote of 219 to 213 was made to adjourn for the day. Tomorrow, at noon EST, a fourth day of votes will begin with the twelfth round of voting.
The record for the most drawn-out House speaker election was set in 1855/56, with 133 rounds of voting during the 34th session of Congress. The speaker election last surpassed nine rounds in 1859/60, when a speaker was elected after 44 rounds of voting during the 36th session of Congress. McCarthy previously made history on Tuesday when he became the first lead candidate since 1923 to fail to win on the first ballot.
The first three rounds of votes for a new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives took place yesterday (Jan. 3). No House speaker was elected, so they adjourned for the day.
Today, all 434 House members showed up again. Throughout the afternoon, they took three more rounds of votes. Finally, after several hours and after a few hours following the sixth round of votes, the House reconvened again shortly after 8:00 p.m. EST. However, no more votes were taken because they voted 216 to 214 to adjourn for the day.
Kevin McCarthy’s main challenger yesterday was Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio, who received up to 20 votes from Republicans. However, today, Representative Byron Donalds from Florida received 20 votes in every round of votes.
Tonight, Kevin McCarthy indicated that he feels he is getting closer to the speakership, due to discussions that have been going on among himself and other House members. Time will tell. The House members will reassemble again tomorrow at noon EST and begin with the seventh round of voting. It is unknown how long it will take to elect a new House speaker.
The 118th U.S. Congress convened in Washington, DC, today. The newly-elected Congress assembles every two years, on January 3, at 12:00 p.m. EST. The first item of business always is to elect a House speaker. Until a speaker is elected and the House members are sworn in, no other business can be conducted by the House.
All 434 House members showed up: 222 Republicans and 212 Democrats. This did not include a Democrat, Donald McEachin of Virginia, who died in late November shortly after winning a fourth term.
A nominee needed at least 118 votes to become the House speaker. This is half the number of the 434 representatives plus one vote (217 + 1 = 218). Today, for the first time in a century (since 1923), a new speaker was not elected on the first round of voting. In fact, after two additional rounds of voting, no one had received at least 218 votes.
During the first, second and third rounds of voting, House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries from New York received 212 votes from the 212 House Democrats. Kevin McCarthy from California received a variable number of votes in each round of voting. In the third round, McCarthy received 202 votes, which was 10 less than the number of votes received by Jeffries.
Following the third round of voting, with no House speaker elected, the House adjourned for the day. This will countinue tomorrow, beginning with the fourth round of voting, and will continue for an indefinite period of time. It possibly could take days for a new speaker to be chosen.
The last speaker election to go beyond the first ballot was in 1923. Members took nine tries to name Frederick Gillett (R-Mass.) to the position of House speaker. If the voting drags on for days, House members can change the election rules by passing a resolution allowing whoever gets a simple majority of votes to become speaker, regardless of absences or “present” votes.
In 2022, there were widespread fears of a recession in the U.S. and globally. In an effort to reduce inflation and decrease the possibility of a recession, the U.S. Federal Reserve hiked interest rates seven times and have indicated that the interest rate increases will continue in 2023:
0.25% point on March 16
0.50% point on May 1
0.75% point on June 15
0.75% point on July 27
0.75% point on September 21
0.75% point on November 2
0.50% point on December 14
Last month, a Bloomberg monthly survey of economists indicated that they believe the likelihood of a recession in 2023 is 70%. That was more than double the amount of 30% in the same survey six months earlier in June.
The chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that a recession in 2023 will impact one-third of the entire global economy. She says reports indicate that the economy in 2023 will be more difficult than in 2022 as the United States, Europe and China—the main engines of global growth—will see their economies slow down.
Below is a link to my annual calendar and a list of 2023 holidays and observances that many like to download and tape to a wall nearby. That is what I do, with the calendar on one side and the holidays/observances on the other side of one piece of paper.
This calendar is not meant to substitute for a 12-page calendar on which scheduled reminders can be written. I have mine on the wall behind my desk and frequently use it as a quick reference for future dates.
Click on each image below and save the pages to your computer. Then print out the two pages on either side of one piece of paper.
If you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2023. Go to the following page, print out the pages in PDF, HTML, DOCX or DOC format, and check off the passages as you read them:
Another option is a daily reading schedule that skips around the Bible. I now prefer reading it this way myself. Samaritan’s Purse has a yearly reading list, which I like, that does this. You can download and print it in any of these three formats:
So in case you’ve never read the Bible all the way through, do it! If you’ve done it before, do it again; you never can get too much of God’s written Word! I am in the process of doing it now, which I have done numerous times before.
You can read one of a number of Bible versions at Bible Study Tools or at BibleGateway.com. If you read it for an average of 15 minutes a night before bed, you will sleep better for a whole year.
It always has puzzled me why some people like to sing while showering. I don’t recall ever doing that myself. The image below might demonstrate a good reason why not to do it. Maybe this guy will make a new year’s resolution not to do it anymore.