I last organized my vitamins and supplements into individual compartments on Dec. 3, 2016. Each day, I have taken the following: a daily multiple; vitamins A, B complex, C and E; magnesium, selenium, zinc, fish oil, saw palmetto and glucosamine/chondroitin. Now I have added vitamin D, iron and turmeric curcumin.
I have added 2 weeks of vitamins in the new batch, so this supply will last for 24 weeks (168 days). Keeping them in the refrigerator prevents them from losing their potency.
I began taking my last supply of vitamins on Dec. 4, 2016. Over the past few months, I skipped taking my vitamins for a total of 7 days, for various reasons. So my new regular supply of vitamins, which I will begin taking tomorrow (Apr. 30), will last me until Oct. 14 (unless there are days that I skip taking them).
On Fortress of Faith this morning, I listened to Tom Wallace talking about “The Two Islams.” There is a real Islam and a fake Islam. Like any counterfeit, the fake one must be made to look as much as possible like the real one to get people to follow it instead of the real one.
The real, literal, fundamental Islam follows the prophet Muhammad’s teachings. These are found in the Sunnah (the teachings, deeds and sayings of Muhammad) and in the Qur’an (the words of Allah, the god of Islam). Salafism is a return to the fundamental and foundational traditions and tenets of Islam. The media will refer to the fundamentalists as “radicals” or “extremists.”
On the other hand, those who follow the other (fake) form of Islam are “moderates” or “reformists.” These are about 80% of the Muslims in the world today. They are making up an Allah of their own imagination.
Islamic reformers want a “peaceful” and a “pluralistic” Islam. They pick and choose good and pleasant aspects of Islam and reject the real, true, fundamental aspects of Islam. Just as many Christians have not carefully studied their Bible scriptures, most Muslims have not carefully studied all the historical precepts of Islam.
The notes and 30-minute audio recording of today’s Fortress of Faith program are here:
A weapons supply hub near Damascus airport was struck by missiles today. The hub was operated by Hezbollah from Lebanon.
Israel is being accused of making the strike. Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said, “The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah.”
Recently, our men’s group at church had 6 weeks of Wednesday evening discussions after watching a video series. Each session would begin with a "Christian Atheist" video (about 34 to 36˝ minutes) by Craig Groeschel (and, in the fourth video, Chris Beall) of Life.Church in Oklahoma City.
After watching each video, we all would have a discussion about what we had heard. I found it to be a good, thought-provoking series called “Believing in God but Living as If He Doesn’t Exist.” The videos may more appealing to guys than to gals.
Of the 6 videos in the series, I was able to find 4 of them at YouTube here:
The stock market has been declining since Mar. 1, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) reached its all-time high of 21,115.55 points. However, yesterday and today it shot back up again.
The Dow was up 232.23 points or 1.12% today. It did go over 21,000 briefly but then dropped a little below that level, to 20,996.12, before closing. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 14.46 or 0.61% to 2,388.61, a little less than its record high of 2,395.96.
Presumably, the increase a reaction to the hope that Congress will vote in tax cuts before the end of the week. I am skeptical, but we’ll see.
There are a number of Holocaust Memorial Days commemorations during the year. In Israel, it is being observed from sunset last night to sunset tonight. The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, delivered a speech on Jewish identity.
Incidentally, speaking of unicorns...Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the very first Earth Day event in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. His nickname for himself was “the Unicorn” because his German-Jewish last name, Einhorn, translates to one horn.
Einhorn was an environmental activist who advocated “flower power, peace and free love.” He claimed to have been one of the main creators of Earth Day. However, other event organizers said that he did little to no organizing of the event.
Indeed, he is much more famous for something else: being “the Unicorn Killer.” On September 9, 1977, he murdered his girlfriend Holly Maddux. Her remains were kept inside a closet in his apartment for 18 months until he was arrested.
Somehow, Einhorn was able to jump bail and flee to Europe for 23 years before being extradited back to the U.S. Now this idealistic fanticizing murderer is serving a life sentence in prison. Unfortunately, some unicorns are real.
A widespread power outage in San Francisco today left thousands of homes and businesses without electricity. This included the Financial District, Cow Hollow, the Presidio and all of the cable car lines. Shuttles were operating to provide service while the power was out.
Power gradually was restored to about 88,000 customers during a 7-hour period. The outage was caused by a big fire at the Larkin substation, which is located at 600 Larkin Street. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
I go up to San Francisco every few months. I’m glad that I wasn’t there today, though. What a big hassle to be in sluggish traffic with the traffic lights out.
San Francisco is not without other troubles, including pollution. According to the Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report, this city is #6 on the list of 10 U.S. cities with the worst air pollution. Six of those ten cities are in California.
Fortunately, my favorite city, San Diego, is not on the top-10 list. Besides the fact that this awesome city contains all of my favorite things and the pollution usually is minimal, the year-round climate is virtually ideal.
Late last night, a terrible accident occurred at one of my favorite places. Two young adults fell down a cliff near the Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla, San Diego. Both of them probably were UC San Diego students.
The young lady was injured but was rescued after she called 911. Unfortunately, the young man died from his injuries. Poor guy; I hope he knew Jesus. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
The views from the tops of the cliffs at Torrey Pines or from the beach below are spectabular. However, a great deal of caution must be taken walking along the paths down and up the cliffs, which I have done countless times over the decades.
I’ve never tried hang gliding, but many people do. There usually is an updraft of wind that keeps the hang gliders in the air, as long as they remain near the cliffs.
However, I have seen some of them drift too far from the cliffs and gradually descend all the way down to the beach. It is a big hassle walking a hang glider back up to the top. In the fourth photo below, several hang gliders can be seen in the air near the cliffs.
As tensions between North Korea and the United States grows, China has expressed a concern about North Korean nuclear development. Regardless of warnings by the U.S., North Korea has said it will continue missile testing. It also has threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it feels that the U.S. is planning an attack.
In celebration of the 105th birthday of Kim Il-Sung—the late grandfather of North Korea’s current leader, Kim Jong-un—a musical spectacular was performed by the military. It was accompanied by a mock-up video of nuclear missiles blowing up the USA, specifically San Francisco. It also included an American flag burning in a cemetery.
I am glad that armies have not surrounded or attacked Jerusalem, nor that people have had to evacuate the city. This contingency plan has been in the works since Mar. 22, in the event that war erupts again in Israel.
One hypothesis in my End of the Age: 2020? commentary was that armies might invade Jerusalem and that people would flee or be evacuated from the city by yesteday or today. Fortunately, it did not happen. However, I will continue to look for the possibility that this could occur over the next few weeks.
Near the top of that commentary, I have added the following message:
In other news, three men, ages 34 to 58, were shot dead this morning in Fresno, CA. This follows the killing of a Motel 6 security guard, 25, last Thursday.
The admitted killer of all four white males is Cory Taylor, 39, who had changed his name to Kori Ali Muhammad. As police tackled him to the ground, he shouted, “Allahu Akbar,” which means “Allah is great.”
On his Facebook page, he referred to white people as “white devils” and said that he wanted to kill as many white people as possible. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, “this is solely based on race.”
However, Dyer also said that the shootings are not connected to terrorism, even though the killer clearly had converted to Islam. A great deal more information about the shooter can be found here:
I got a stash of 50%-off candy at WalMart this morning. Most of it is Reese’s chocolate with peanut butter, my favorite combination. I didn’t get too much, since I still have some left-over Valentine and Christmas candy.
There is a total of 57.80 ounces = 3.61 pounds. Some of it will be given away.
This is the Feast of Firstfruits or Resurrection Day. It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. Eventually, all who believe in His blood atonement for their sins will do the same.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
The majority of these resurrections, I believe, will take place at the main Rapture event. These glorified saints never will need to fear God’s severe judgment, and they will be exempt from His righteous wrath.
During the week of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, the Feast of Firstfruits fell on the date of Aviv 17 on the Hebraic calendar. It was the same date that Noah’s ark landed and rested on Mount Ararat (Genesis 8:4). On that day, Noah and his family were safe and secure from harm, with no further chance of sinking or drowning.
Someone looking at my Holy Week chart questioned me about this. Here is my response:
This morning, at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, a mother giraffe gave birth to her new little son. He doesn’t have a name yet, but his mom’s name is April and his dad’s name is Oliver.
Below is a 15-minute video of the event. The baby’s front legs and head come out first. At the 3min 15sec point, he drops to the ground. After about 12 minutes, the calf is able to stand without falling over. His dad can be seen walking around in the other room and looking over curiously at his new son.
Personally, I am convinced that Jesus' crucifixion and death took place on Good Thursday.
The church I attend had a very nice Passover seder tonight. It wasn’t on Passover (like the one I attended on Tue., Apr. 11). But since most Christians commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion on “Good Friday,” that is why the seder was tonight (although I believe that the crucifixion was on Good Thursday).
Both the Jewish and the Messianic/Christian seders incorporate a “haggadah,” which is the text that sets forth the order of the seder. The MessianisSeder.com site shows a haggadah that is representative of a Messianic Seder. While Yeshua/Jesus is not mentioned in a traditional Jewish Passover seder, He is mentioned several times during the Messianic seder, such as here:
Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7)
The cups of red wine or grape juice at the seder signify the blood Jesus shed for us. The matzo or matzah (unleavened bread) is not made with yeast, which is a representation of sin in the Bible. As believers, we are to get rid of the old sin (“yeast”) in our lives and be new “batches of bread” without yeast. Our Messiah/Christ, who was sinless, was sacrificed as the ultimate Passover Lamb for us.
The matzo also has stripes and is pierced with holes. Messianic Christians see this bread as representative of the body of Jesus, who was flogged (causing stripes) and nailed to a cross (creating holes in his wrists and feet).
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Indeed, Yeshua/Jesus our Passover Lamb was slain, and He lay in the tomb during the first few days and nights of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Fortunately for us, He did not remain there: He rose from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits = Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday).
He is in heaven now waiting to return to earth, at which time He will sit on his throne in Jerusalem. There, He will rule and reign as King over all the earth. I can barely wait.
During Holy Week, at the end of Jesus’ earthly life, He entered Jerusalem, riding a donkey, on Aviv (or Nisan) 10, which was Palm Sunday. This was the day that the Passover lambs, without any defects, were selected in Israel (Exodus 12:3).
For four days (from Aviv 10-14), the chief priests, elders, Pharisees, Sadducees, Pilate and Herod interrogated Jesus. However, He always left them speechless, because they could find no fault with His impeccable logic and character (Matthew 21:23-27, 22:23-46, 26:59,60, 27:22,23; Luke 23:4; John 19:4,6). Just as the Passover lambs were without any defect, Jesus was perfect and without defect.
The Passover lambs in Israel were to be slaughtered at “twilight” on Aviv 14 (Exodus 12:6). Likewise, Jesus our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7b), was crucified at mid-afternoon on Pesach or Passover.
Four days after Sunday (from Aviv 10 to Aviv 14) is Thursday. Thus, Jesus was crucified on Thursday (Yom Chamishi), not on Friday (Yom Shishi). As such, the observation of Jesus’ washing His disciples’ feet should be on Maundy Wednesday, not on Maundy Thursday. More details about all of this can be found in my Good Thursday commentary, especially in the parallels between Jesus and the Passover lamb section.
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead took place on the Feast of Firstfruits. Of course, the notion that this event actually occurred is a topic of contention by people who do not believe it.
On the 700 Club this morning, a segment discussed this issue and explained why Jesus’ resurrection is quite plausible. To see this 7 minute 10 second segment, go here, move your arrow along the time line, and click at the 11:43 point:
In other news, today the U.S. dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in existence on Afghanistan. Exactly one week ago, on Apr. 6, 59 tomahawk missiles were shot by the U.S. onto the Shayrat Air Base in Syria.
The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB), commonly known as the “Mother of All Bombs,” was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft. It struck an ISIS-K tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangahar Province, near the border with Pakistan. ISIS-K is the Afghan branch of ISIS.
The MOAB was developed in 2002 and first tested in 2003, but it never had been used in combat until today. This bomb has the force of 11 tons of TNT.
Also today, hundreds of Israeli Jews gathered at the Al-Buraq Wall in East Jerusalem, west of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This also is known as the Western Wall or Wailing Wall, where Jews go to offer prayers and supplications to God. This is part of a Passover week observance.
In addition, 385 Israeli settlers approached the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. Palestinian officials said that this took place amid protests by Jerusalem-based Muslims.
Some settlers attempted to perform Talmudic rituals. All of the settlers were guarded by Israeli police. Additionally, there has been a deployment of thousands of Israeli troops to protect Jews at Western Wall.
In the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel captured East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza. However, the Temple Mount remains one of the most contested religious sites in the world. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority claim sovereignty over it, and it will continue to be a major focal point of the Arab–Israeli conflict. This 5˝-minute video shows Israel’s critical security needs for a viable peace:
A friend and I attended a fantastic Passover Seder tonight, which was put on by the local Jewish community. It is a commemoration of the Israelites in Egypt being led out of bondage by Moses, including crossing the Red Sea on dry land (Exodus 12-14).
It is possible that Passover may be my favorite night of the year. For one thing, I love the account of the exodus of the tribes of Israel out of Egypt. Also, the Seder feast always has an outstanding variety of kosher food, all of which is extremely tasty.
Pesach or Passover begins after sunset this evening, and tonight there will be a full moon. This day is a commemoration of the exodus of Israel out of Egypt, as described in Exodus 12:1-51.
Just as lambs were slain on the first and subsequent Passovers, the Lamb of God, Yeshua/Jesus, also died on Passover. His shed blood atoned for the sins of all who will accept His unique sacrifice on their behalf. According to John the Baptist and the apostle Paul,
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7b)
His death, of the righteous for the unrighteous, is the only thing that can bring us to God the Father. According to the apostle Peter,
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
There are clear links between the life, death, resurrection and future return of Yeshua/Jesus and the feasts and holy days of Israel. (See more in Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 of my online book.)
An excellent 26˝-minute video by Day of Discovery, showing connections between Jesus’ sacrifice and Passover, can be viewed here:
More connections also can be found in my Good Thursday commentary.
In other news, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Apr. 7. Today, after signing the necessary papers, Gorsuch took the constitutional oath of office privately, administered by Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. He now is the 113th Justice of the Supreme Court.
Later, in a public ceremony, Justice Gorsuch again took the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. His wife, Louise, and President Trump stood nearby.
This is “Palm Sunday,” the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. This was prophesied to take place centuries before it happened:
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
As Yeshua/Jesus, the Messiah/Christ, passed by, the people who had witnessed the countless miracles He had done shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9)
A document put out by CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) is called “Same Hate, New Target.” Twice in the document, Islamophobia is defined as “close-minded prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims.” I want it to be clear that I do not have a hatred of Muslims. I even have a copy of the Qur´an at my site.
I encourage people, even Christians, to read this foundational book of Islam. Although there are “peaceful” verses in the Qur´an, it has an abundance of passages teaching that Muslims are to come against “infidels,” who do not believe as they do and who do not submit to Allah.
I do have a problem with the ideology of Islam. It oppresses those who follow its teachings, especially if they attempt to leave the Islamic faith. It also uses fear to force Muslims to think the way they do, under penalty of death. Christianity and Judaism do not do this.
Muslims definitely do have a right to practice their faith in the USA. However, they do not have a right to attempt to force others to believe as they do, nor to attempt to cause their laws to be adopted by the cities and states in which they live.
There is an increasing persecution of non-Muslims who voice disagreement with Islam. In the USA, where the right of freedom of speech is a fundamental aspect of the First Amendment to the Constitution, this is a deplorable travesty.
The notes and 14-minute audio recording of today’s Fortress of Faith program are here:
Responding to the missile strikes by the U.S. on Syria last night, Russia has called them a “flagrant violation of international law.” They also have warned that this attack could have “serious consequences.”
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev charged that the strikes were one step away from clashing with Russia’s military. No Russian planes or personnel were hit by any missiles.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to visit Moscow next week. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has said that Russia expects an explanation from Tillerson for the attack.
In other news, Judge Neil Gorsuch received a 54-45 vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm him as the next justice on the Supreme Court. After being sworn in on Apr. 10, he will fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.
President Trump tweeted, “Congratulations to an exceptionally qualified and respected judge on his confirmation to the Supreme Court!” Senate Majority Leader McConnell said, “He’s going to make the American people proud.”
President Trump has been very upset since Apr. 4, when there was a deadly nerve gas attack on innocent citizens in Syria, presumably by the Bashar al-Assad regime. So today, Trump took retaliative action.
Two U.S. warships, carrying tomahawk missiles, moved into the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Then they launched 59 missiles onto Shayrat Air Base northeast of Damascus. The missiles destroyed up to 20 Syrian aircraft and damaged fuel sites and a surface-to-air missile system.
Here is a 30-second video of some of the missiles being launched:
This happened as Communist Chinese President Xi Jinping was having dinner with President Trump in Florida. I wonder what Xi thinks about all of this. In this 3-minute video, President Trump makes some statements after the tomahawk missile strikes on Syria:
Honestly, after what has happened in Syria and Iraq over the past 3 days, I am becoming increasingly concerned that Israel may become involved. Israel itself made airstrikes in Syria last month, and Syria launched anti-aircraft missiles against Israeli warplanes in response on Mar. 17.
In other news, in the U.S. Senate today, a vote was taken on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. He is President Trump’s choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last year.
Approval would have required 60 votes to halt the ongoing Democratic process of filibustering of Gorsuch’s nomination. However, the vote was 55-45, falling 5 votes short of halting the filibuster. Prior to Gorsuch, there never had been a partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nomination.
In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for another vote to alter the long-standing practice of confirming Supreme Court justices. In a 52-48 vote, the so-called “nuclear option” was passed. This will enable the Senate to confirm Gorsuch’s nomination with a simple majority. The Senate confirmation vote probably will take place tomorrow.
A horrible nerve gas attack on Syrian citizens took place this morning. It is the worst attack of its kind in Syria since August 2013.
Dozens are dead, including many children, and countless people are injured. The deadly gas used probably was sarin gas.
The common consensus is that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered the attack. Not surprisingly, he denies having done this. Assad is an ophthalmologist, and most eye doctors do not put sarin gas in people’s eyes.
Horrendous acts like this in the Middle East, especially against innocent citizens, are very upsetting. I also am very apprehensive and uneasy that this has happened near Israel so close to the week of Passover, which begins in just a few days.
In other news, Susan Rice was Barack Obama’s national security advisor. She also was one of his closest aides.
Multiple sources have named her as having “unmasked” officials of Donald Trump’s campaign or transition team. Rice’s statements about this issue on March 22 seem to be inconsistent with what she is saying now.
This is the same Susan Rice who was widely criticized for downplaying the September 12, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. A few days after the attack, she appeared on five news shows, wrongly stating that it was a spontaneous response to an offensive anti-Islamic video.