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  1. My college history book said that Matthew updated the end-of-the-world prophecy of Daniel which Daniel wrote after the “desecration” of the temple by Antiochus IV in 167 B.C. Mathew thought Daniel (and then Jesus) referred to the destruction of the temple by the Romans in 70 A.D. But Matthew also quotes Jesus (who died about 30 A.D.) as warning the generation of the 20s that the end would come in their life time. So Matthew delivers contradictory messages: The likely message of Jesus that the end is now and the message needed by the continuing church that there’s still time. The book is Worlds of History, published by Macmillan.
  2. Again, thank you all. I figured I would get a lot of responses from this group with a red-meat subtitle like “what’s wrong with this plan?” I didn’t expect such helpful advice though. Wars, especially, thanks for the detail on dealing with the NY consul. Much obliged. Others have clarified the issue of available flights and the sequence of steps. And I will not book an ASQ before I have a date. (I would have cancelled before full-payment deadline anyway.) TV has just become an essential part of my life. Up there with the NY Times.
  3. I want to thank everyone for your helpful replies. I might be able to add something about cancelled flights. I've already had two round trips cancelled for May and August. Actually I cancelled the JAL August flight to BKK because they changed the date. I noticed on Flight Tracker that the JAL flight to BKK was canceled 2 or 3 days out of every 4, the JFK flight to Haneda ran about every other day. I thought by October, the odds would have improved. (As I mentioned in the OP, I pay in miles so refunds are not a problem.) What I didn't realize is the distinction in treatment between elite visa holders and new applications. And I still don't understand the proper sequence of steps--flight, ASQ, and CoE, or when and whom to ask for what. But I have written to the Consul in NY and will continue to follow the news here on this invaluable source. Thanks again.
  4. NYC – BKK in Oct: What’s wrong with this plan? First, I notice that there ARE flights now on Qatar and JAL. I book business (in case it matters) with points (so it’s refundable). Second, I apply for an Elite Visa. They tell me it will take about a month. Third, I book an ASQ for expected date of JAL arrival (reservation changeable). Fourth, I jump through preparatory hoops (CofE, insurance, test,) when asked. What am I missing? (Besides a lot of baht)?
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