Olive Tree Reviews
Now you can download the One Place app and you will find our current program available for on-demand listening, as well as an archive of many past episodes.  Just click on the picture above to get started today!

Jan Markell

Check out all our products! 

Order by Mail

You may mail an order to us at:

Olive Tree Ministries
PO Box 1452
 Maple Grove, MN  55311-6452

If in the U.S., include $6 S/H.  If out of the U.S., contact us for shipping costs.
Order by Phone

If you would prefer to call in your order, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Am-Ex, or Discover.  To order by credit card, dial: 


Our suburban Minneapolis office is open M - F, 8:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m. CST.

CDs/DVDs include a message from Dr. Robert Jeffress, Amir Tsarfati, JD Farag, Jack Hibbs, Jan Markell, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, Brent Miller, and speaker interviews.

DVDs are in high-definition and in a lovely gift-giving case. DVDs have valuable speaker PowerPoint. Find them here for $35 + S/H.
CDs are $30 + S/H.

Or call us M - F CST at 763-559-4444.

Due to editing, these will not ship until late October.

Book edited by Terry James

15 chapters from these contributors:

Dr. Larry Spargimino, Don Mcgee, Jeff Kinley, Nathan Jones, Todd Strandberg, Daymond Duck, Tom Hughes, Phillip Goodman, Grant Phillips, Jim Fletcher, Bill Salus, Pete Garcia, Gary Stearman, Ryan Pitterson, Jan Markell, Tim Cameron, Dr. David Reagan.

Find the softbound book here for $15 + S/H.

Or call us M - F CST at 763-559-4444.

Subscribe Here

  We have over 1,200 videos including all of our radio programs that offer images and photos, and some video of our radio discussion. Our conference messages are posted here and all of Jan's DVD teachings are found here at no cost.

A Lamp Shining in a Dark Place

By Jan Markell

September 30, 2019

Like us on Facebook 
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Instagram

We are just off our 23rd conference we call "Understanding the Times." I began these in the spring of 2002. I had no idea what to expect! I had introduced some interesting people on my weekly radio program that began in 2001, but back then it did not have the reach it does today. Would people turn out to hear about current events and end-time issues spoken of by men like Chuck Missler and Bill Koenig, who I featured in 2002?
The short answer is yes!

The first year, 1,500 people showed up and they were eager to learn! I could not believe I was looking out at an overly-packed church sanctuary. That began a new emphasis in my life and ministry servicing what I call today "remnant believers."
On Saturday, September 21 of this year, our "Understanding the Times" conference event drew almost 4,000 onsite attendees, over 12,000 live streamers, and a YouTube audience that in two separate postings will soon hit 300,000 viewers. We had attendees from 45 states, six Canadian Provinces, and foreign countries including Austria, the UK, Guatemala, New Zealand, and more.

Here are my take-away thoughts with which I think you will identify:

  • Because many remnant believers feel alone, they will travel across the country and across oceans to be with the like-minded.  They sense that what they believe isn't odd as suggested by friends, family, and their church. In fact, what they believe is biblical.
  • They have not left traditional, mainstream theology and a biblical, eschatological perspective on the world. The church has left the building. They have not.
  • Too many today are focusing on their best life now! Remnant believers, and particularly those who attend these events, are looking to their Heavenly home, to reunions with loved ones, and to leaving earthly cares and heartaches behind. For this they are put down.
  • Meeting others who have an eternal perspective reassures people that they are not off-base as many have suggested. In fact, being Rapture-ready is the wise thing to do, not a foolish endeavor! Being with like-minded reinforces that.
  • Meeting the like-minded assures people that they are not the only ones who are are shut down, put down, scolded and ostracized, even by loved ones, just for believing the truth.
  • All are comforted when they realize that others are also put down, even though they have the truth and the naysayers are clueless! Others are dealing with hostility to the truth -- even from fellow believers.
  • Frustrations can be shared: Tuned-in people have the truth, know we are in critical times, know time is running out, yet few will listen. They are not alone.
  • Most realize that as recently as a decade ago, their church was solid, talked about important issues of the day, and considered end-time issues relevant.  Now, few will listen, and response is even hostile. What a comfort to find out at such events that they are not alone. Friendships for life are formed.
  • It is NOT just your church that is focusing on seekers, believing that making people Rapture-ready will result in fear, division, and members fleeing. The church right BEFORE the Rapture will be Laodicean. This is an around-the-world phenomenon.
  • There are others who believe this is our only hope in hopeless times! We have the ultimate victory and are not destined for wrath.
2019 Understanding The Times Conference - Olive Tree Ministries
View 2019 Understanding The Times Conference 2019 on YouTube

One post-conference e-mailer wrote, "It is so wonderful to know that I am not alone in awaiting the blessed hope. Yet I have not one believing friend with whom I can rejoice and wait. Were it not for YouTube, I would not have access to all the like-minded truth teachers. Thanks for all you do, Jan."

The Bible says Bible prophecy is a lamp shining in a dark place (II Peter 1:19). That light should not be extinguished! It gives hope, encouragement, and helps us fight the good fight. It reminds us God is in control, that He has a special plan, and that He keeps His promises. It helps us live holy in an unholy age.

This is hardly controversial. In fact, it is our hope in hopeless times. We have the ultimate victory. We are not destined for wrath!

We are living in the most significant time in history and the most prophecy fulfilling days -- with the least amount of interest in them. Our assignment is to be "watchmen" (Ezekiel 33). We're to be sounding an alarm whether anyone listens or not.

Trouble is ahead. Time is short.

The nations of the world seem to be moving by a hidden hand into exactly the right positions on a global chess board. Amazing things are happening right before our eyes.

Because of that, we must not be silent.

And don't be discouraged. In Jesus' day, a remnant changed the world.

Understanding the Times 2019

Due to volume, we cannot reply to every e-mail.

Check our daily headlines here. Sign up for the RSS-feed and have them delivered to your in-box by 10:30 a.m. CST. Look for this RSS-feed image.

Support this ministry here.

Find complete syndication for "Understanding the Times" radio on 850 radio outlets here.   They include American Family Radio Network, CSN Network, HOPE-FM Network, Bott Radio Network, The Psalm FM Network, Sirius Satellite Network, The Word FM, the Life FM Network, The Calvary Radio Network, The Penfold Network, Salem Communications, OnePlace.com, and individual radio stations.  
We are live Saturdays, 9 a.m. CST out of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. You can listen live here.
We use the mobile app found at  www.oneplace.com. 
Learn of our upcoming guests here. 
Listen 24/7/365 at Complete Archives at our website, www.olivetreeviews.org or at www.oneplace.com. 
New programming is posted to our website on Saturday morning at Complete Archives.

Awaiting His return,

Jan Markell

You may pass on these items or have people sign up on  our website.  You can access our radio programming from the last year at Complete Archives.  Programming goes back to 2010 at One Place. Also see the website for other options to catch the program, "Understanding the Times."

Please report e-mail address changes.

Also, we truly appreciate those who remember us prayerfully and financially.   Donate on our website (gifts are tax-deductible with receipts sent out in January). 

Olive Tree Ministries, Inc.
Box 1452
Maple Grove, MN  55311-6452
763-559-4444 or 763-210-8291