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Netanyahu Accuses Iran of Wanting to Strike Israel From Yemen (Second Coming Watch Update #893)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #893. Let’s take a quick look at today’s prophecy-related headlines which point towards the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.

First, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of wanting to strike Israel with precision-guided missiles from Yemen. Speaking during a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Jerusalem, Netanyahu called for “a lot more” sanctions against Iran. “Iran is seeking to develop now precision-guided munitions, missiles that can hit any target in the Middle East with a circumference of five to ten meters. They are developing this in Iran. They want to place them in Iraq and in Syria, and to convert Lebanon’s arsenal of 130,000 statistical rockets to precision-guided munitions. They seek also to develop that, and have already begun to put that in Yemen, with the goal of reaching Israel from there too,” warned the Prime Minister. Israel views Iran “as the greatest threat to peace, stability and our security, and the security of many others,” he continued. “They fired into Saudi Arabia. They’ve interfered with international shipping lanes. They’ve attacked Americans and they’ve killed Americans throughout the last ten years in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Iran is the single greatest threat to stability and peace in the Middle East. That doesn’t mean that there are no others. There are. We are, the Middle East is rich with several things, and one of them is terrorist-exporting nations and groups.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of INTEREST IN THE REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM — According to Breaking Israel News, At a Parliament meeting in the Gaza Strip, Hamas MP Ahmed Abu Khaliya [AH-MED AH-BHU KAA-LEE-YAH] decried the “disturbances” of “Zionists” in the al-Aqsa mosque and their “desecration” of it. Achmad Abu Khalbiah [AK-MED AH-BHU KAL-BEE-AH], who heads the Al-Quds [AL-KUDS] and Al-Aqsa Commission in the Palestinian parliament, categorized permitting Jews to practice freedom of worship on the Temple Mount “a blatant provocation” and warned that Israeli officials seek to demolish the Al-Aqsa mosque and build the temple on its ruins. He added that the “disturbances” of Jews at the Al-Aqsa Mosque took place during the Jewish holidays, during which almost 5,000 people entered the compound as part of their mission to change facts on the ground and alter Jerusalem’s historical status. Abu Khalbiah [AH-BHU KAA-LEE-YAH] called on Muslim clerics to take a leading role in mobilizing the masses to assist Muslims in Jerusalem. He also called on Palestinian organizations to wage an armed struggle against the “Zionist occupation” in Jerusalem, as they “understand only the language of power.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, Hamas’ violence against its own people and Israel is despicable and remains one of the larger stumbling blocks to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft told the United Nations Security Council at its monthly debate on the Middle East. “Can you imagine the fears of Israeli mothers who know their children may spend recess running from the playground to the bomb shelter, or of Palestinian fathers who know unguided rockets fly over the roofs under which their children sleep? I condemn these indiscriminate attacks. We all should,” said Craft. The US Ambassador chastised the UN for its biased approach to Israel, noting, that it’s stance was “unfairly negative and one-sided.” She added that in the past two years, “there have been some 20 resolutions in the General Assembly either implicitly or explicitly criticizing Israel.” Craft called on the Council to scrutinize Hamas, which she said, is “one of the largest obstacles to real peace and prosperity for Palestinians, and to the resolution of this conflict. So, if this institution is genuinely concerned with peace, we should be eager to examine Hamas’ behavior more closely. Hamas,” Craft told the UNSC, is “a terrorist organization that oppresses the Palestinian people in Gaza through intimidation and outright violence, while inciting violence against Israel.” Craft’s predecessor, Nikki Haley, had tried repeatedly without success to sway UN bodies to condemn Hamas, which has forcibly ruled Gaza since 2007.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Voice of America News, Russia said a division of its S-400 missile defense system would take part in a military drill in Serbia, underlining Moscow’s wish to keep a traditional ally on side even as Belgrade pursues links with NATO and the European Union. It will be the first time that the sophisticated S-400s, together with a Pantsir missile battery, will be participating in military exercises abroad, Moscow’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. For its part, Serbia’s Defense Ministry said the exercises — dubbed Slavic Shield 2019, aimed to simulate the “use of a joint (combat) group … in defending … against enemy reconnaissance and offensive actions. Apart from anti-aircraft missile systems in use in the Serbian army, missile systems that are in use by the Russian Air Force will also be used” in the live-fire exercise, it said in a statement.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF THE “KINGS OF THE EAST”– According to Space Daily, China said it aims to become a “great power” in the online world and took a swipe at Washington on trade, kicking off its annual conference promoting the Communist Party’s controlled and censored version of the internet. US-China rivalry is increasingly playing out in the digital sphere, as Beijing pursues dominance in next-generation technology while Washington takes measures to cripple Chinese tech firms like Huawei [WAH-WAY]. China heavily monitors and censors its internet, with US titans Facebook, Twitter and Google all hidden behind a so-called “Great Firewall” that also blocks politically sensitive content. At the yearly World Internet Conference, Chinese officials talked up the country’s tech prowess. “We have become a cyberspace power of 800 million netizens,” the head of the Communist Party’s propaganda department, Huang Kunming [HWAN KUN-MING], said in a keynote address. Huang [HWAN] added that in the future, China “will unceasingly expand the fruits of internet development and forge ahead from a cyberspace ‘big power’ to a cyberspace ‘great power'”.

——–

The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 46-51. Jeremiah 48:47 reads: “Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the Lord. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

Moab is present-day central Jordan. Jeremiah 48:1-46 describes a divine judgment upon Moab that results in a partial destruction but also results in the people coming to faith. Then, in verse 47, God promises to restore the fortunes of Moab. This means there will be a saved nation called Moab in the messianic kingdom.

Ammon comprises northern Jordan. The prophecy here is similar to that against Moab in that verses 1-5 speak of a judgment that causes partial destruction and results in the survivors coming to faith. In verse 6, God promises the restoration of Ammon, and there will be a saved nation called Ammon in the messianic kingdom.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at the prophetic passages of the Bible in our next broadcast / podcast.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Billy Graham. He said, “The second coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Christ will reign in righteousness. Disease will be arrested. Death will be modified. War will be abolished. Nature will be changed. Man will live as it was originally intended he should live.”

Let’s Pray

***

If you are not ready for the return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh. Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” God bless you.

Netanyahu Accuses Iran of Wanting to Strike Israel From Yemen (Second Coming Watch Update #893)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #893. Let’s take a quick look at today’s prophecy-related headlines which point towards the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.

First, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of wanting to strike Israel with precision-guided missiles from Yemen. Speaking during a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Jerusalem, Netanyahu called for “a lot more” sanctions against Iran. “Iran is seeking to develop now precision-guided munitions, missiles that can hit any target in the Middle East with a circumference of five to ten meters. They are developing this in Iran. They want to place them in Iraq and in Syria, and to convert Lebanon’s arsenal of 130,000 statistical rockets to precision-guided munitions. They seek also to develop that, and have already begun to put that in Yemen, with the goal of reaching Israel from there too,” warned the Prime Minister. Israel views Iran “as the greatest threat to peace, stability and our security, and the security of many others,” he continued. “They fired into Saudi Arabia. They’ve interfered with international shipping lanes. They’ve attacked Americans and they’ve killed Americans throughout the last ten years in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Iran is the single greatest threat to stability and peace in the Middle East. That doesn’t mean that there are no others. There are. We are, the Middle East is rich with several things, and one of them is terrorist-exporting nations and groups.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of INTEREST IN THE REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM — According to Breaking Israel News, At a Parliament meeting in the Gaza Strip, Hamas MP Ahmed Abu Khaliya [AH-MED AH-BHU KAA-LEE-YAH] decried the “disturbances” of “Zionists” in the al-Aqsa mosque and their “desecration” of it. Achmad Abu Khalbiah [AK-MED AH-BHU KAL-BEE-AH], who heads the Al-Quds [AL-KUDS] and Al-Aqsa Commission in the Palestinian parliament, categorized permitting Jews to practice freedom of worship on the Temple Mount “a blatant provocation” and warned that Israeli officials seek to demolish the Al-Aqsa mosque and build the temple on its ruins. He added that the “disturbances” of Jews at the Al-Aqsa Mosque took place during the Jewish holidays, during which almost 5,000 people entered the compound as part of their mission to change facts on the ground and alter Jerusalem’s historical status. Abu Khalbiah [AH-BHU KAA-LEE-YAH] called on Muslim clerics to take a leading role in mobilizing the masses to assist Muslims in Jerusalem. He also called on Palestinian organizations to wage an armed struggle against the “Zionist occupation” in Jerusalem, as they “understand only the language of power.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, Hamas’ violence against its own people and Israel is despicable and remains one of the larger stumbling blocks to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft told the United Nations Security Council at its monthly debate on the Middle East. “Can you imagine the fears of Israeli mothers who know their children may spend recess running from the playground to the bomb shelter, or of Palestinian fathers who know unguided rockets fly over the roofs under which their children sleep? I condemn these indiscriminate attacks. We all should,” said Craft. The US Ambassador chastised the UN for its biased approach to Israel, noting, that it’s stance was “unfairly negative and one-sided.” She added that in the past two years, “there have been some 20 resolutions in the General Assembly either implicitly or explicitly criticizing Israel.” Craft called on the Council to scrutinize Hamas, which she said, is “one of the largest obstacles to real peace and prosperity for Palestinians, and to the resolution of this conflict. So, if this institution is genuinely concerned with peace, we should be eager to examine Hamas’ behavior more closely. Hamas,” Craft told the UNSC, is “a terrorist organization that oppresses the Palestinian people in Gaza through intimidation and outright violence, while inciting violence against Israel.” Craft’s predecessor, Nikki Haley, had tried repeatedly without success to sway UN bodies to condemn Hamas, which has forcibly ruled Gaza since 2007.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Voice of America News, Russia said a division of its S-400 missile defense system would take part in a military drill in Serbia, underlining Moscow’s wish to keep a traditional ally on side even as Belgrade pursues links with NATO and the European Union. It will be the first time that the sophisticated S-400s, together with a Pantsir missile battery, will be participating in military exercises abroad, Moscow’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. For its part, Serbia’s Defense Ministry said the exercises — dubbed Slavic Shield 2019, aimed to simulate the “use of a joint (combat) group … in defending … against enemy reconnaissance and offensive actions. Apart from anti-aircraft missile systems in use in the Serbian army, missile systems that are in use by the Russian Air Force will also be used” in the live-fire exercise, it said in a statement.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF THE “KINGS OF THE EAST”– According to Space Daily, China said it aims to become a “great power” in the online world and took a swipe at Washington on trade, kicking off its annual conference promoting the Communist Party’s controlled and censored version of the internet. US-China rivalry is increasingly playing out in the digital sphere, as Beijing pursues dominance in next-generation technology while Washington takes measures to cripple Chinese tech firms like Huawei [WAH-WAY]. China heavily monitors and censors its internet, with US titans Facebook, Twitter and Google all hidden behind a so-called “Great Firewall” that also blocks politically sensitive content. At the yearly World Internet Conference, Chinese officials talked up the country’s tech prowess. “We have become a cyberspace power of 800 million netizens,” the head of the Communist Party’s propaganda department, Huang Kunming [HWAN KUN-MING], said in a keynote address. Huang [HWAN] added that in the future, China “will unceasingly expand the fruits of internet development and forge ahead from a cyberspace ‘big power’ to a cyberspace ‘great power'”.

——–

The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 46-51. Jeremiah 48:47 reads: “Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the Lord. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

Moab is present-day central Jordan. Jeremiah 48:1-46 describes a divine judgment upon Moab that results in a partial destruction but also results in the people coming to faith. Then, in verse 47, God promises to restore the fortunes of Moab. This means there will be a saved nation called Moab in the messianic kingdom.

Ammon comprises northern Jordan. The prophecy here is similar to that against Moab in that verses 1-5 speak of a judgment that causes partial destruction and results in the survivors coming to faith. In verse 6, God promises the restoration of Ammon, and there will be a saved nation called Ammon in the messianic kingdom.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at the prophetic passages of the Bible in our next broadcast / podcast.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Billy Graham. He said, “The second coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Christ will reign in righteousness. Disease will be arrested. Death will be modified. War will be abolished. Nature will be changed. Man will live as it was originally intended he should live.”

Let’s Pray

***

If you are not ready for the return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh. Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” God bless you.

Benny Gantz to Attempt to Form Government in Israel (Second Coming Watch Update #892)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #892. Let’s take a quick look at today’s prophecy-related headlines which point towards the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.

First, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to NBC News, After failing to form a government for the second time in two consecutive elections, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister will now watch as for the first time in a decade someone not named Benjamin Netanyahu attempts to form a government. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin [ROO-VIHN RIHV-LIN] will pass the political torch to Netanyahu’s chief rival, former military chief of staff Benny Gantz, who will have 28 days to form a government, after which if there is still no government a complex process could lead to an unprecedented third election in the span of a year. And while it is astonishing for a leader like Netanyahu to fail twice at forming a government — a first in Israeli history — anyone celebrating Gantz’s victory may be doing so prematurely. After all, the obstacles Netanyahu faced will be no less a challenge for Gantz, a three-star general with no political experience prior to his entry into politics ahead of the April election, which also ended in stalemate. Analysts say the era of “King Bibi” the invincible leader may be coming to an end. “Netanyahu’s image as a magician, as the man who always wins elections, and who controls Israeli politics, is severely wounded,” Gayil Talshir [GALE TAL-SHEER], a political science professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University said. “It’s clear that this is the end of the Netanyahu era. The question is how soon it’s going to come.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF “GOG AND MAGOG” — According to The Times of Israel, US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of nearly all US troops from northern Syria has cemented Russia’s status as the predominant global military power actively engaged in the Middle East. Russian troops arrived at military bases in northern Syria that the American army had hastily left just days earlier, in what can be regarded as both a literal and figurative handover of regional hegemony. Many officials in Jerusalem are deeply worried about being abandoned by their superpower ally, as the American decision to gradually disengage from this part of the world — which started under former US president Barack Obama — threatens to embolden Israel’s enemies: Iran and its allies and proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and elsewhere. Some analysts are deeply concerned about what Russia’s takeover means for Israel, fretting about the possibility that Moscow could use surface-to-air missiles against Israeli jets attacking Iranian targets in Syria, which would effectively end Jerusalem’s campaign against Tehran’s establishment of a military foothold near Israel’s border.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Iran will reduce more of its nuclear commitments if the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal fail to help the country reap economic benefits from the accord, the Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi [MAH-MOOD VAY-ZEE] warned. Vaezi [VAY-ZEE] referred to what he called Europe’s “inaction” concerning its obligations under the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, saying “if Europe does not fulfill its commitments, Iran will take the fourth step in due time.” Iran has scaled back its compliance with the 2015 deal signed with world powers in retaliation for US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement. Senior Iranian MPs warned that the Islamic Republic will further reduce its commitment to the nuclear deal signed with world powers by limiting international inspectors’ access to its nuclear sites. The chief of Iran’s atomic agency recently blamed Europe for his country scaling back its commitments under the deal, saying their broken promises gave the Islamic Republic little choice.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to The Los Angeles Times, A major California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake has begun moving for the first time on record, a result of this year’s Ridgecrest earthquake sequence destabilizing nearby faults, Caltech scientists say in a new study released in the journal Science. In the modern historical record, the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert has never been observed to produce either a strong earthquake or even to creep. But new satellite radar images now show that the fault has started to move, causing a bulging of land that can be viewed from space. “This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” said the lead author of the study, Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech. “We don’t know what it means.” The creeping illustrates how the Ridgecrest quakes — the largest in Southern California in two decades — have destabilized this remote desert region of California between the state’s greatest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and its lowest point, Death Valley. Whether the destabilization will result in a major quake soon cannot be predicted.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF THE “KINGS OF THE EAST”– According to Space Daily, China said it aims to become a “great power” in the online world and took a swipe at Washington on trade, kicking off its annual conference promoting the Communist Party’s controlled and censored version of the internet. US-China rivalry is increasingly playing out in the digital sphere, as Beijing pursues dominance in next-generation technology while Washington takes measures to cripple Chinese tech firms like Huawei [WAH-WAY]. China heavily monitors and censors its internet, with US titans Facebook, Twitter and Google all hidden behind a so-called “Great Firewall” that also blocks politically sensitive content. At the yearly World Internet Conference, Chinese officials talked up the country’s tech prowess. “We have become a cyberspace power of 800 million netizens,” the head of the Communist Party’s propaganda department, Huang Kunming [HWAN KUN-MING], said in a keynote address. Huang [HWAN] added that in the future, China “will unceasingly expand the fruits of internet development and forge ahead from a cyberspace ‘big power’ to a cyberspace ‘great power'”.

——–

The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 46-51. Jeremiah 46:26-28 reads: “And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the Lord. But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid. Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the Lord: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

In chapters 46-51, Jeremiah spells out prophesies against the surrounding Gentile nations. A good number of these prophecies were fulfilled in the course of the history following Jeremiah; however, there are other prophecies that speak of a future judgment against these nations, and it is this future portion of the prophecies with which we will be concerned in this section.

In Jeremiah 46 God describes a massive destruction of Egypt, a massive discipline, but He will not bring total destruction. By the end of verse 26, God promises a future restoration of Egypt and, according to other passages, Egypt will have a positive future in the messianic kingdom. In verses 27-28, after an extensive prophecy against Egypt, God concludes with words of comfort for Israel.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at the prophetic passages of the Bible in our next broadcast / podcast.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Samuel Rutherford. He said, “The figure of the passing-away world is like an old man’s face, full of wrinkles, and foul with weeping: we are waiting when Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, and shall come and wipe the old man’s face.”

Let’s Pray

***

If you are not ready for the return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh. Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” God bless you.

Israel Holds Memorial Service for Soldiers Killed in the Yom Kippur War (Second Coming Watch Update #891)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #891. Let’s take a quick look at today’s prophecy-related headlines which point towards the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.

First, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the memorial service for the soldiers killed in the Yom Kippur War, at the Herzl [HER-ZEL] Memorial Hall in Jerusalem, and addressed the Iranian security challenge to the State of Israel. “The current focus of aggression in the Middle East is the Iranian regime in Tehran. Iran is striving to tighten its grip on Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the Gaza Strip. It is constantly arming its metastases with dangerous weapons and is attacking freedom of navigation in international shipping routes. It downed a big U.S. UAV, it launched a crude and unprecedented attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, it repeatedly exceeds its own arrogance,” Netanyahu said. He continued: “Iran threatens to wipe us off the map. It says explicitly: ‘Israel will disappear.’ Time and time again, it tries to attack us, so we must stand ready to protect ourselves from the danger. “We don’t aspire to be ‘a people who dwells alone,’ but that’s how we were forced to stand at the beginning of the Yom Kippur War – that only nearing the end of which did American aid arrive. As in 1973, we still greatly appreciate U.S. support, which has increased greatly in recent years, as well as the tremendous economic pressure the U.S. is exerting on Iran,’ Netanyahu noted.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Iran launched an unannounced large military exercise near the Turkish border soon after Ankara invaded Syria to confront a mostly Kurdish group. Turkey started its invasion of a narrow strip of Syria where the Syrian Democratic Forces had been protected by the US, until Washington announced that it was pulling US troops out of Syria. While most of the controversy has been about the US betrayal of its five-year alliance with the SDF, potentially leading to Turkey being able to devastate SDF forces and any civilians in the area, Iran’s actions signaled a new side to the developments. Although Iranian Maj.-Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi [AB-DUL-RAH-HEEM MOO-SUH-VEE] said the army’s forces are fully prepared to counter “any possible movement of the enemy,” projecting the exercise as defensive in nature, Iran has frequently used military power in recent months in an aggressive manner.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the elite Islamic military force of the country to prepare against the “enemies.” Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps should continue inventing and building modern and advanced military hardware, Khamenei was quoted as saying by Press TV. “You must have all necessary defense, operational and intelligence equipment. However, these instruments must be manufactured and developed at home and meet all the needs of the country on the ground, in the sky and space as well as at sea and borders. Even the cyberspace is among the necessary instruments,” he said. The IRGC needs to “keep moving forward in tactical and strategic strengths, operate with constant alertness and readiness, and avoid even a moment of neglect,” the Iranian supreme leader added.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to The Jerusalem Post, Kais Saied [KAYS SAHY-EED], who was recently voted in as Tunisia’s next president, expressed opposition to normalizing ties between his country and Israel. “This is my view on the Zionist entity and it will not change. If one day I change my mind, remind me about the things I said now. We are in a situation of war with Zionism, and normalization is treachery,” said Saied in a televised interview. The president-elect said he viewed Jews and Zionists differently. “The Jews visit Tunisia; we protected them in the Second World War,”he said. “But whoever normalizes relations with the Zionist entity that stole the land of the Palestinian people and exiled them from their land, is a traitor.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED PERSECUTION OF BELIEVERS — According to Voice of America News, As the Turkish military and its allied Syrian rebels continue their operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, Christian communities in the region fear that the Turkish-led offensive is threatening their very existence in the war-torn country. On the first day of the Turkish offensive, a Turkish artillery attack reportedly targeted a predominately-Christian neighborhood in Qamishli [KAH-MISH-LEE], the largest city in northeast Syria. According to local sources, several residents were wounded. The Virgin Lady Church in the town of Qahtaniya [KAH-TAH-NEE-YAH], near Qamishli [KAH-MISH-LEE], was also hit by Turkish shelling, local news said. Parts of the building were destroyed. Boris Zilberman, Director of Public Policy and Strategy at the CUFI Action Fund, an American Christian organization that advocates for the protection of Christians in the Middle East, said: “Turkey’s invasion not only endangers the Kurds, but also endangers a Christian minority that has for years feared a Turkish invasion that would ‘cleanse’ its presence in northern Syria. The casualties we have seen thus far and the targeting of Christian areas only reinforces those fears.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 35:18-19 which reads: “And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

Jeremiah 35:1-19 is an eschatological passage that mentions the Rechabites, a branch of the Kenites, a clan of the Midianites from which Moses’ in-laws came. Their ancestors advised them to live a life of migration rather than settlement and live off of flocks instead of plantings. This was a commitment the Rechabites kept, and they moved to the city only temporarily due to the threat of invasion by Babylon. This is then contrasted with the Israelites’ failure to keep their commitment to the Lord. Verses 18-19 tells us that because of the Rechabites’ favorable commitment to a vow, God promised that the house of the Rechabites will always have descendants who will be among the elect, and furthermore, from among them, some will be chosen to be priests in the messianic kingdom. Isaiah 66:18-21 prophesied that there would be Gentile priests in the messianic kingdom, and among these Gentile priests will be the descendants of the Rechabites.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at the prophetic passages of the Bible in our next broadcast / podcast.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from John Bunyan. He said, “At the day of Doom men shall be judged according to their fruits. It will not be said then, did you believe? But, were you doers or talkers only?”

Let’s Pray

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If you are not ready for the return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh. Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” God bless you.

Kurds Begin Withdrawing as Turkey Invades Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #890)

First, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Times of Israel, US-backed Kurdish-led forces in Syria said American troops began withdrawing Monday from northeast Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion that the Kurds say will overturn five years of achievements in the battle against the Islamic State terror group. The Syrian Kurdish fighters also accused Washington of failing to abide by its commitments to its key allies in the fight against ISIS. It’s a major shift in US policy. The American withdrawal came just hours after the White House said US forces in northeastern Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault — essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the years-long battle to defeat ISIS.

Second, today, under the Sign category of INCREASE IN KNOWLEDGE — According to WND.com, Google is developing an all-knowing, “god-like” artificial intelligence that employees describe as the “AI Manhattan Project,” according to a former engineer for the tech giant who has become a whistleblower. “They’re trying to create a control grid that captures all the information – video, audio – wherever you’re at, streams it back to a centralized data repository, and then this god-like AI is able to figure out what it is that you’re doing, who you’re associating with, and create a shadow Facebook profile that you don’t know exists, but exists for them,” said Zach Vorhies [VOR-HEEZ] in an interview with American Family Radio. Vorhies [VOR-HEEZ] said Google will be able “to monitor everything that you’re able to do: your real-time information, who your friends are, who your family members are, everything.” He contends Google effectively is developing something akin to China’s social credit system, which forces people to conform to politically correct behavior and speech. “They’re trying to install the Chinese social credit system so that everything that you do is monitored – and then if you start to do anti-government activities, then you become ‘un-personed’ online,” he said. “You have your social media accounts suppressed, your financial instruments start to be cancelled – you can no longer take money online.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF THE KINGS OF THE EAST — According to Space Daily, Russia is aiding China in building a missile defense system able to counter ballistic and cruise missiles, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed. “We are now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile-warning system, a missile-attack warning system,” Putin said at the Valdai [VAHL-DHAY] Club foreign policy conference in Sochi [SAW-CHEE] on Thursday. “This is a very serious thing that will dramatically increase China’s defense capability, because only the U.S. and Russia have such a system now.” He added that international strategic stability was weakened by the United States’ withdrawal in August from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The United States has accused Russia of violating the treaty, and has called for China’s inclusion in a new or renewed treaty, an idea rejected by China.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED SEXUAL IMMORALITY — According to WND.com, an Employment Tribunal in the United Kingdom has ruled that the biblical doctrine that people are created male and female is “incompatible with human dignity” and those who follow it can be fired from their jobs on that basis. The stunning decision came in a doctor’s challenge to his dismissal from his job for failing to use female pronouns for a man. David Mackereth, 56, argued he “holds to the principles of the Great Reformation of the 16th Century including a commitment to the supremacy of the Bible as the infallible, inerrant word of God as his final authority in all matters of faith and practice.” He said he believed in the truth of Genesis 1:27, which says human beings are born male and female. The panel, however, ruled that “belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.” The panel ruled the Bible is “mere opinion.” The Christian Legal Center said the judgment “will have serious ramifications for Christian professionals and indeed all medical professionals, as the judgment dictates the language that professionals must use in the workplace. The judgment is also contrary to scientific reality and is likely to undermine freedom of speech in the workplace.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Tehran Times, Major General Hossein Salami [HO-ZANE SA-LAM-EE], commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, warned Iran is ‘invincible’ on the battlefield, building on his previous claims of special ‘hidden’ military powers of destruction. The general made his remarks while addressing a group media on the sidelines of a ‘martyr’s’ memorial event. He said: “We have become powerful, because we have been invincible and, at the same time our enemies have been weakened and their options have become really weak. It is evident that the enemy no longer has the capability; once it wanted to act and force us to react, but today, the enemy is not even capable of reacting to our capabilities and this reality is seen today on the battlefields.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 33:23-26 which reads: “Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the Lord hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. Thus saith the Lord; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

Once again the word of God comes to Jeremiah because of what is being said about the two families he has been dealing with, the families of David and Levi. God asks Jeremiah, “Have you not observed what this people have spoken” about the two families? The Gentile nations were saying that while God did choose the house of David and the Levitical priesthood, God has now cast both of them away. In saying this, the Gentiles were despising God’s people. The implication is that the Gentiles were saying Israel will no longer be a nation after Babylon has conquered the people. It is because of what these Gentile nations were saying about Israel that this new prophecy comes to Jeremiah.

Verse 25 begins with yet another impossibility: Here again God refers to the “covenant for day and night.” Only if someone can break the cycle of day and night can God’s covenant be broken. God also refers to “the fixed patterns of heaven and earth,” or the natural laws that control the universe. Only if God is not responsible for them can God’s covenant be broken.

After pointing out that it is impossible for any man to break the covenant of day and night or to cancel out God’s natural laws, God then states in verse 26 that it’s impossible that He should “reject the descendants of Jacob and David My servant.” Because no man can cancel out the natural laws of the universe, no one can stop God from making sure that a descendant of David gets to rule over “the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” This is a reference to the Abrahamic Covenant, a covenant confirmed through Isaac and Jacob that defines Jewishness: A Jew is any descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The promise is that is will be a descendant of David who is going to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And because of the Messiah’s eternality, because He lives forever by virtue of His resurrection, we can know this promise will one day be fulfilled.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at the prophetic passages of the Bible in our next broadcast / podcast.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Billy Sunday. He said, “The Lord does not come to the world at the time of the Rapture, but only reveals himself to the members of His Body. At the time of his resurrection He was only seen by those who believed on Him. Pilate and the High Priest, and those who crucified Him, did not know that He was risen. So it will be at the time of the Rapture. The world will not know that He has been here, and will have no knowledge of Him until He comes with the members of His Body, at the close of the Tribulation.”

Let’s Pray

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If you are not ready for the return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh. Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” God bless you.

Iran Says Destroying Israel is Achievable (Second Coming Watch Update #889)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #889. Let’s take a quick look at today’s prophecy-related headlines which point towards the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.

First, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the AFP, the commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said that destroying Israel was now an “achievable goal.” Four decades on from Iran’s Islamic revolution, “we have managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime,” Major General Hossein Salami [HOS-SANE SA-LEM-EE] was quoted saying by the IRGC’s Sepah [SEP-AH] news site. “This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer … a dream [but] it is an achievable goal,” Salami [SA-LEM-EE] said. The remarks were made at a biannual meeting in Tehran for commanders of the IRGC amid rising tensions between Iran and the US and its allies. Iran has been on edge, fearing an attack on the country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry earlier this month attributed to Tehran. Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack, but the US alleges Iran carried out the assault.

Second, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED PERSECUTION OF BELIEVERS — According to Christianity Today, Islamic extremist group Boko Haram released a video showing the execution of two Christian aid workers in Nigeria. Lawrence Duna Dacighir [DOO-NA DAH-SIH-GEER] and Godfrey Ali Shikagham [SHEEK-AH-GAM] both members of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) in Plateau state, are shown kneeling while three masked, armed men stand behind them in a video posted September 22 on Boko Haram’s Amaq news agency site. The two young men, who had gone to Maiduguri to help build shelters for people displaced by Islamic extremist violence, are then shot from behind. Speaking in the Hausa language, the middle one of the three terrorists says in the video that they have vowed to kill every Christian they capture in revenge for Muslims killed in past religious conflicts in Nigeria. Dacighir [DAH-SIH-GEER] and Shikagham [SHEEK-AH-GAM], originally from Plateau state’s Mangu [MANE-GOO] County, were captured by Boko Haram, now called the Islamic State in West Africa Province, as they carried out their work in displaced persons camps.

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF THE KINGS OF THE EAST — According to The Washington Post, military planners in Washington and elsewhere will be taking note of new missile technology displayed by China, particularly a hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile believed capable of breaching all existing anti-missile shields deployed by the U.S. and its allies. The vehicle-mounted Dong Feng 17, or DF-17, was the standout among weapons showed off at a military parade on Tuesday marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese state. Those also include the Dong Feng 41, or DF-41, an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 15,000 kilometers — China’s longest-range weapon — that could reach the United States in 30 minutes. The DF-17 hyper-glide vehicle can be launched from a missile and once separated can reach more than five times the speed of sound, according to analysts. That speed, and its use of multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, a technology known as MIRV, to deliver its warheads makes it far more difficult to detect and intercept. Some analysts have called the missile a threat to regional stability because its speed allows far less time to determine whether to fire nuclear weapons in response.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to VOA News, health experts are warning the world to prepare for a major pandemic. But the experts say they just do not know when it will strike. A special health monitoring group gave the warning to world leaders last week at the United Nations General Assembly. The group is called the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board. It operates independently of the World Health Organization and the World Bank. The board was set up last year to prepare a yearly report on the possibility of a pandemic. The first report was frightening. The group said the next pandemic could move around the world in as little as 36 hours. It said the disease could kill up to 80 million people and cause serious economic losses. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board also said conflict between nations and forced migration both increase the likelihood of diseases spreading. It urged countries to establish emergency preparedness from the local level on up, to build trust and to work to improve the way medical experts react to serious health threats.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Times of Israel, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday issued further threats against Israel, saying the Lebanese terror organization’s “unprecedented levels of intelligence” would soon lead to its fighters “entering occupied Palestine.” In an interview series published this week on the website of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Nasrallah boasted of the terror group’s intelligence capabilities. “We have extensive, unprecedented information on all the events that happen to the enemy, both by public and secret means,” Nasrallah said. “We have very good information. In various ways, Hezbollah obtains the necessary information for any future war or military action on the part of the Israeli enemy. The enemy is on the defensive — we have always been on the defensive, now we are in attack mode. We are threatening them, and we will enter occupied Palestine,” Nasrallah said. Hezbollah is seen by Israel as one of its most dangerous enemies, with an arsenal of rockets and missiles larger than that of most countries.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 33:19-22 which reads: “And the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

The word of God comes again to Jeremiah in 33:19 with a special message that appears in verses 20-22: It is impossible to break God’s covenant. Only if it were possible to break the covenant of day and night could God’s covenant with David be broken. But because that is impossible, it’s also impossible for God’s covenant to both houses to be rendered null and void.

Jeremiah then concludes by speaking of the multiplication of the houses of David and Levi in verse 22. Just as “the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured,” so will the seed of David and Levi be multiplied. In other words, the house of David will grow large. This promise is not limited to the fact that David has one eternal descendant, the God-man, Jesus the Messiah; this promise extends much further than that. David will have so many descendants that they will become innumerable. And what is true of David is also true of Levi. Levi will have so many descendants that they, too, will become innumerable. These things are guaranteed because God’s covenant is an everlasting one.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at the prophetic passages of the Bible in our next broadcast / podcast.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Charles Spurgeon. He said, “To be despised and rejected of men is the Christian’s lot. Even among his fellow Christians, he will not always stand in good repute. It is not unqualified kindness or total love that we receive, even from the saints. If you look to Christ’s bride herself for your reward, you will miss it. If you expect to receive your crown from the hand of your brothers in the ministry who know your labors and who ought to sympathize with your trials, you will be mistaken. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory” is your time of recompense— not today, tomorrow, or at any time in this world. Reckon nothing that you acquire, no honor that you gain, to be the reward of your service to your Master; that dividend is reserved for the time “when the Son of man shall come in his glory.””

Let’s Pray

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If you are not ready for the return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh. Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” God bless you.

Iran says they could destroy Israel in ‘Half a Day'(Second Coming Watch Update #888)


First, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Breaking Israel News, Iran is no longer limited by its geographic borders, and has the ability to destroy Israel in “half a day,” said Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda [AY-AH-TOE-LAH AH-MUHD ALLA-MOHL-HOH-DAH]. Alamolhoda [ALLA-MOHL-HOH-DAH], the representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [AY-AH-TOE-LAH AH-LI KHO-MEE-NEE], said during a televised sermon that the Islamic Republic was no longer defined by its borders, as the Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, the national front in Syria and Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Gaza “are Iran.” He went on to state that if Iran’s borders were trespassed, Israel would be “turned to dust in half a day,” and confirmed that Iran played a role in the Sept. 14 drone and missile attack on the Abqaiq [AB-KAAK] and Khurais [KOO-REES] oil fields in Saudi Arabia.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Washington Post, President Trump has approved the deployment of additional U.S. troops and air defense assets to Saudi Arabia, in a muted military response to last week’s attack on Saudi oil facilities. At a news conference following a White House meeting with Trump, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper emphasized that the deployments were defensive in nature, and in response to requests from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help protect “critical infrastructure” from further attacks by Iran. Word of the deployments, coupled with an announcement of new economic sanctions, indicated that despite Trump’s initial “locked and loaded” response to the attacks — and the urging of some advisers — he does not plan U.S. military retaliation.

Third, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & DISEASES — According to The Washington Times, six states have reported a record number of infections of Eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne virus blamed for seven recent deaths. Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and North Carolina have reported 27 cases of the disease — the largest number of infections since 2005, when 21 cases were recorded. “EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito viruses that we have here in the United States,” said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Catherine Brown, the state epidemiologist for Massachusetts, said: “Despite any and all mosquito control interventions that have been used, EEE infected mosquitoes are still present and will continue to present a risk until the first hard frost. It is critical that people continue to take steps to avoid mosquito bites particularly by using mosquito repellent anytime they are outdoors and avoiding outdoor activities between the hours of dusk and dawn in the highest risk areas.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Times of Israel, as the US, European powers, and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of being responsible for an attack on key Saudi oil facilities, Iran’s most senior military commander warned that any army invading his country will be defeated and taken captive. Addressing an open session of parliament, armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri [BA-GHER-EE] claimed potential enemies fear Iran’s military might and therefore have resorted to economic warfare instead, an apparent reference to strict US sanctions squeezing the country. “We have repeatedly warned the enemies that if they invade this country, they will be treated like the American drone and the British oil tanker, and that the result of this invasion will be captivity and defeat,” Baqeri [BA-GHER-EE] said.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, the Israel-Palestinian conflict is the “core conflict” in the Middle East and has done more “global damage” than any other conflict in the world, Jordan’s King Abdullah said at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. “Neither side has achieved the durable peace that a secure future depends on, and regional and world stability has continued to pay the price.” Abdullah said that “segregation, force, displacement, violence and mistrust do not belong in this Holy Land.” Referring to Jerusalem, he said that “all attempts to alter the legal status of east Jerusalem, and the authentic, historic character of the Holy City of Jerusalem” must be rejected. Abdullah’s tough words on Israel, coming as the two countries are set in a month to mark 25 years since their peace agreement, followed an interview he gave warning that Israeli annexation of the West Bank would have a “major impact” on ties between the two countries.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 33:14-18 which reads: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness. For thus saith the Lord; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

The second promise of perpetuity relates to the house of Levi. Two facts are stated about the tribe of Levi. First, it will never become extinct. Descendants of this tribe are still alive today. Second, the tribe of Levi will have a role in the millennial temple. Part of their role is spelled out by Ezekiel 40-48, where Ezekiel points out that they will be the caretakers of the temple. One segment of the tribe — the sons of Zadok, the Zadokites — will be in charge of the sacrificed system. They will always be around “to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings.”

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at the prophetic passages of the Bible in our next broadcast / podcast.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Oswald J. Smith. He said, “We talk of the Second Coming [of Christ], half the world has never heard of the first.”