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Ukraine Warns of All-Out War With Russia (Second Coming Watch Update #964)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #964. 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 WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Reuters, Ukrainian President Vo-lo-dy-myr Ze-len-skiy said on Friday that all-out war with neighbouring Russia was a possibility, and that he wanted to have a substantive meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Asked at the Yalta European Strategy summit if there could really be all out-war with Russia, which seized the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and backs pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s east, Ze-len-skiy said: “I think there can be. It’s the worst thing that could happen, but unfortunately there is that possibility.” Ky-iv says the conflict in eastern Ukraine has killed 14,000 people since 2014. Ze-len-skiy said relations with the United States had improved, but bemoaned the fact that Ukraine had not received a clear answer to its request to join the NATO military alliance – a move that would be certain to infuriate Moscow. He said a refusal to admit Ukraine would weaken NATO while playing into Russia’s hands.

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian factions have called for a “day of rage” on Friday in protest of Israel’s decision to transfer security prisoners to other prisons following the escape of six Palestinian inmates from Gil-bo-a Prison earlier this week. Meanwhile, a Palestinian Authority official warned that Israel’s “repressive” measures against the prisoners could ignite a new intifada. The official said that the PA has warned the Israeli government that the West Bank “is on the verge of explosion” because of the anger over the measures taken against the security prisoners. Hamas said in a statement on Thursday, “In light of the frenzied attack against our prisoners, we call on our Palestinian people to make Friday a day of Palestinian rage in the face of the arrogance of the occupation and its aggression against the prisoners, and to head toward points of contact and clash with the enemy army.” The call came after Wednesday night’s widespread protests in the West Bank and east Jerusalem against the Israel Prison Service’s decision to disperse hundreds of Palestinian inmates among various prisons.

Third, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to the Times of Israel, The Taliban are willing to establish ties with all countries except for Israel, a spokesman said Tuesday as the extremist group announced its new government after taking control of Afghanistan. Spokesman Su-ha-il Sha-heen told Russia’s Sputnik news that The Taliban were willing to work with the US after they swiftly toppled the 20-year-old Western-backed government last month just as President Joe Biden was completing a pullout to end America’s longest war. Sha-heen said, “Yes, of course, in a new chapter if America wants to have a relation with us, which could be in the interest of both countries and both peoples, and if they want to participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, they are welcome.” However, there was no chance for ties with Israel. “Of course, we won’t have any relation with Israel. We want to have relations with other countries, Israel is not among these countries.” Last month, Sha-heen caused some surprise when he gave an interview to Israel’s Kan public broadcaster; however, he later explained he had been duped into doing so. Sha-heen, who has been giving interviews in English from Qatar since the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan, said he had no idea that he was speaking to someone from an Israeli news organization. The Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist group, has a history of supporting al-Qaeda, which routinely makes threats against Israel and uses anti-Israel rhetoric in its propaganda.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Times of Israel, There are now 15.2 million Jews worldwide, a 100,000 increase from the year before, according to the Jewish Agency. In statistics published ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish Agency said 8.2 million Jews live outside Israel, with the largest population in the United States, which has around 6 million Jews. In Israel, there are 6.93 million Jews, accounting for 45.3 percent of world Jewry, according to the research, which was compiled by Prof. Ser-gi-o Del-la Per-go-la of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Following Israel and the US, the countries with the largest number of Jews are France (446,000), Canada (393,500), Britain (292,000), Argentina (175,000), Russia (150,000), Germany (118,000) and Australia (118,000). The Jewish Agency said there 27,000 Jews living in Arab and Muslim states, with 14,500 in Turkey, 9,500 in Iran, 2,000 in Morocco and 1,000 in Tunisia. The statistics are based on self-identification as Jewish and not as any other religion. The Jewish Agency said when looking at those eligible to get citizenship under Israel’s Law of Return, which requires at least one Jewish grandparent, there are 25.3 million Jews worldwide.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to CBS News, Authorities in India’s southern Ker-a-la state are racing to contain an outbreak of the Ni-pah virus. The virus, which is not related to the coronavirus behind the current global pandemic and is far more deadly, killed a 12-year-old boy in Ker-a-la over the weekend, prompting stepped-up efforts to trace his contacts. New infections have been confirmed. Government authorities have stepped up contact tracing efforts, identifying, quarantining and testing people who may have come into contact with the young victim. According to the state’s health minister, Veena George, 188 people who came into contact with the boy had been identified by Monday. Of them, 20 were considered high-risk primary contacts — primarily his family members, all of whom were being held under strict quarantine or hospitalized. Two healthcare workers who came into contact with the victim were already showing symptoms of Ni-pah infection by Monday. They were admitted to a hospital and their blood samples sent for testing. Authorities sealed off the area within about a two-mile radius of the boy’s home, and they were screening people for symptoms in all adjoining districts of Ker-a-la state.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 38:1-16.

Ezekiel 38:2-3 reads: “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:”

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.

Ezekiel prophesies that three additional northern nations will be allied with Gog in the invasion. Me-shech and Tu-bal are best identified as ancient Mos-choi and Ti-bar-e-noi (in Greek writings) or Ta-bal and Mus-ku (in Assyrian inscriptions). Go-mer is probably a reference to the ancient Cim-mer-i-ans (Kim-mer-i-oi) who occupied part of An-a-to-li-a in the early eighth century B.C. Cognate toponyms to Hebrew Go-mer appear as Akkadian Gi-mir-ra-a and Assyrian Gimirai. Beth-to-gar-mah (“house of To-gar-mah”), “from the remote parts of the north”, appears in various ancient texts as Til-gar-a-mu (Assyrian) or Te-gar-ma (Hittite) and has been mentioned previously in Ezekiel 27:14 as a nation that traded horses and mules with Tyre. All three of these ancient locations are today part of the modern country of Turkey. Attempts to identify Me-shech and Tu-bal with Mos-cow and To-bol-sk lack any serious linguistic support.

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 Melvin Worthington. He said, “The Second Coming should comfort our hearts, cleanse our habits, and compel holiness.”

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.

Israel and Hezbollah Exchange Strikes Across Lebanon (Second Coming Watch Update #963)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #963. 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 WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Jerusalem Post, The Israeli Air Force struck southern Lebanon early Thursday morning, in a fourth round of retaliatory attacks following rocket fire toward the city of Kir-yat Sh-mo-na. The air strikes were the most severe since the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and followed some 100 artillery shells that were fired by the IDF in response to the rocket fire. The strikes targeted the direct areas from where the rockets were fired, as well as other locations from where rockets had previously been fired. The IAF also struck additional infrastructure used for terrorism. A statement released by the military said, “IDF attacks will continue and even intensify in the face of terror attacks against the State of Israel and its citizens,” and that Israel holds the state of Lebanon responsible for all attacks originating from its territory.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to USA Today, Health officials in Colorado on Thursday urged residents to be cautious around local wildlife after lab reports confirmed the presence of plague in animals and fleas from six counties. The warning comes after a 10-year-old resident recently died from complications of the disease, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The state’s last plague-related death was in 2015. Plague is a broad disease that spreads through a variety of animals, including rodents, flies and humans. The disease comes from Yersinia pestis bacteria, a bacteria which can be found all over the world. There are three forms of plague: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.

Third, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Idaho Statesman, More than 1,008 earthquakes shook the Yellowstone region in July, U.S. Geological Survey Volcanoes said Monday. That number could still increase as experts count smaller earthquakes they may have missed. The region hit that number largely in part to seven earthquake swarms, including a massive swarm that rattled the region starting July 15. The swarm, which was centered beneath Yellowstone Lake, had more than 764 quakes. The largest was a magnitude 3.6 on July 16. Swarms are typical in Yellowstone and account for about half of the total seismic activity in the region. Some people, however, still worry earthquakes in Yellowstone are a sign that the “supervolcano” that lies beneath the park will soon erupt, which could have regional and global consequences. USGS said on its website, “Such a giant eruption would have regional effects such as falling ash and short-term (years to decades) changes to global climate. Those parts of the surrounding states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming that are closest to Yellowstone would be affected by pyroclastic flows, while other places in the United States would be impacted by falling ash.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Natural News, Large swaths of the United States are still dry as a bone due to record-breaking drought conditions, and America’s crops and cattle are suffering. Almost the entire West Coast and maybe a third of the Midwest is seeing severe or worse drought conditions. This is affecting wheat, barley and alfalfa crops, as well as cattle herds that are not getting the water they need to live. The U.S. Drought Monitor through July 27, 2021 shows Eastern Washington and Oregon, and nearly the entirety of Idaho is in an extreme or exceptional drought. The same goes for California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Western Colorado, the Dakotas and Minnesota. Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, however, are not faring so well. These areas, along with Canada to the north, are seeing prolific wildfires sweep through the region, eating up anything vegetative they can find, including crops. The Pacific Northwest has been hampered by a terrible combination of high temperatures, exceptionally low humidity, erratic winds and plenty of dry fuel. To the east in the central and southern Plains, the weather has similarly been hot, leaving rangeland, pastures and the southern crops that grow on them withering. In these areas, soil moisture reserves have helped to keep things from getting too dry. The longer the droughts continue, however, the more these reserves will get depleted.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to Reuters, Russia managed to disconnect from the global internet during tests in June and July, the RBC daily reported on Thursday, citing documents from the working group tasked with improving Russia’s internet security. Russia adopted legislation, known as the “sovereign internet” law, in late 2019 that seeks to shield the country from being cut off from foreign infrastructure, in answer to what Russia called the “aggressive nature” of the United States’ national cyber security strategy. The legislation tightened Moscow’s control over the global network and caused consternation among free speech activists, who feared the move would strengthen government oversight of the country’s cyberspace. Tests involving all Russia’s major telecoms firms were held from June 15 to July 15 and were successful, according to preliminary results. A source said, “The purpose of the tests is to determine the ability of the ‘Runet’ to work in case of external distortions, blocks and other threats.” The legislation seeks to route Russian web traffic and data through points controlled by state authorities and build a national Domain Name System to allow the internet to continue working even if Russia is cut off.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 38:1-16.

Ezekiel 38:2-3 reads: “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:”

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.

Clyde Billington has concluded,

Historical, ethnological, and archaeological evidence all favor the conclusion that the Rosh people of Ezekiel 38-39 were the ancestors of the Rus/Ros people of Europe and Asia… The Rosh people who are mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 were well-known to ancient and medieval writers by a variety of names which all derived from the names of Tiras and Rosh… Those Rosh people who lived to the north of the Black Sea in ancient and medieval times were called the Rus/Ros/Rox/Aorsi from very early times… From this mixture with Slavs and with the Varangian Rus in the 9th century, the Rosh people of the area north of the Black Sea formed the people known today as the Russians.

Therefore, despite the objection of critics to this position, the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 most likely is a prophecy of a “Russian”-led invasion of Israel. Which parts of “Russia” may be a matter of debate, but Russia’s involvement in this invasion is clearly indicated.

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 Paul David Tripp. He said, “The Coming of the Prince of Peace is a promise that everything that is damaged by sin will be restored.”

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.

China and Russia Increasing Military Cooperation (Second Coming Watch Update #962)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #962. 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 WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to American Military News, On Wednesday, Japan’s number two defense official said China and Russia are showing increased signs of military cooperation and their activities in the Pacific could show signs they plan to launch a Pearl Harbor-style attack on the U.S., similar to how Japan did on Dec. 7, 1941, propelling the U.S. into World War II. Speaking at a Hudson Institute event, Japanese State Defense Minister Ya-su-hi-de Na-ka-ya-ma said, “Seventy years ago, we attacked Pearl Harbor, but now the U.S. and Japan [are] very good allies, one of the best allies all over the world.” Na-ka-ya-ma went on to say now Russian naval forces “are really exercising just right in front of the western part of Honolulu, and so I don’t want to remind them of 70 years ago, but we have to be careful of the exercising of the Russians.” Na-ka-ya-ma said, “We have to show the deterrence towards China, and not just China but also the Russians, because, as I told you, that they are doing their exercises together.” Na-ka-ya-ma also drew a comparison between a potential nuclear attack by Russia or China and the U.S. nuclear attacks on Hir-o-shi-ma and Na-ga-sa-ki, Japan during World War II. Na-ka-ya-ma said, “If some country shoot’s [a nuclear weapon] from their continent towards Honolulu, that missile’s . . . the warheads compared to Hir-o-shi-ma, it’s 200 times more than Hir-o-shi-ma. So I’ve been to Hir-o-shi-ma before and I went to the museum before, from that experience and the perspective, if 200 times more strong atomic bombs or torpedoes or missiles, warheads towards Honolulu, I think Honolulu will be erased from the map. So we have to think before using those powers, we have to think how to stop it.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to BBC News, UN officials say recent fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has resulted in a famine that is now affecting more than 400,000 people. In its first public meeting on the crisis, members of the UN Security Council warned that as many as 33,000 children were severely malnourished. Officials said that a further 1.8m people were on the brink of famine as a result of the eight-month conflict. They also warned of further clashes despite the declaration of a ceasefire. The Ethiopian government, which has been fighting regional forces in Tigray, declared a unilateral ceasefire on Monday. On Friday, the UN’s acting humanitarian aid chief told members of the Security Council at a meeting in New York that the situation in Tigray had deteriorated dramatically in recent weeks. The humanitarian aid chief said the region was experiencing “the worst famine situation we have seen in decades”.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Newsweek, Israeli security officials said Iran is likely behind an alleged attack on a cargo ship in the northern Indian Ocean, Arabic TV stations reported Sunday, with the vessel having been hit by an “unknown weapon” which started a fire. The Al-May-a-deen Lebanese television channel reported early Sunday that the Liberian-flagged cargo ship, the Tyndall, was damaged this weekend in the wake of a series of sabotage incidents between Israeli and Iranian ships in the region. Although some outlets initially reported that the cargo ship was owned by Israeli businessman Ey-al O-fer, sources later confirmed that it had been recently sold and the crew was not from Israel. The ship currently flies the Liberian flag, and defense officials from several countries in the region are still investigating the Sunday incident. The Israeli N12 news outlet reported Sunday that the cargo ship was hit by an “unknown weapon” and a fire broke out on its deck, prompting fears that “that this was a deliberate attack.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, Honduras on Thursday opened its embassy in contested Jerusalem, becoming the fourth country to follow the U.S. move under former president Donald Trump to relocate its chief diplomatic mission in Israel from Tel Aviv. To mark the occasion, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett signed several bilateral cooperation agreements in Jerusalem on Thursday. Israel views the entire city as its unified capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. The rival claims were at the heart of the unrest in April and May that eventually ignited an 11-day war in the Gaza Strip. The U.S. inaugurated its embassy in the city in 2018, and Guatemala, Ko-so-vo and Honduras followed suit. Bennett said that the opening of the Honduran Embassy in Jerusalem, and the planned reopening of the Israeli Embassy in Te-gu-ci-gal-pa, was “another demonstration of the deep friendship and deep connection” between the two countries. Israel previously had an embassy in Honduras until the 1990s.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the Daily Star, In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a deadly new outbreak of “black fungus” infections is surging in India. A few dozen cases of mu-cor-my-co-sis fungal infections were recorded in May, but Indian news channel NDTV reports the number of cases has now risen to 31,000. The fungus has claimed over 2,000 deaths. The fungus can take hold in the stomach, lungs or bloodstream but has its most devastating effect when it infects the nasal passages and sinuses – from where it can easily affect the eyes and brain. In addition to the growing death toll, many patients are being blinded. Manchester University professor David Denning, an expert at the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections, told Reuters: “There have been cases reported in several other countries – including the UK, U.S., France, Austria, Brazil and Mexico, but the volume is much bigger in India”. The Indian government has ordered all states to classify mucormycosis as an epidemic.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 38:1-16.

Ezekiel 38:2-3 reads: “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:”

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.

When Ezekiel wrote this prophecy in the sixth century B.C., several bands of the Rosh people lived in an area to the north of the Black Sea. Linguistically, the name Rosh was originally associated with the tribe of Ros/Rus, which lent its name to a variety of topographical features in what is now the Ukraine and Russia. On historical, geographical, and toponymic grounds it seems best identified with the modern-day Russian people. Linguistically the very name Russia appears to have derived from this term Rosh. This location is also confirmed by the first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, who identified Magog (the land of Rosh) as the land of the Scythians [SAI-THEE-UHNZ], ancient northern nomadic tribes who inhabited the territory from central Asia across the southern steppes of modern Russia. Based on such evidence, the noted Hebrew lexicographer and grammarian Wilhelm Gesenius [GEH-SEN-EE-UHS] stated over 150 years ago that Rosh must be “undoubtedly the Russians, who are mentioned by the Byzantine writers of the tenth century, under the name the Ros, dwelling to the north of Taurus…as dwelling on the river Rha (Wolga).”

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 Vance Havner. He said, “When I studied arithmetic, I remembered that the answers were in the back of the book. No matter how I floundered among my problems, the correct solution was on the last page. I have failed often in working out life’s problems, and I dwell in the midst of a people who are hopelessly trying to untangle the riddle of this present age. But I am cheered by one unfailing uncertainty-there is a Book that solves the enigma and the answer is in the back of the Book, “Behold I come quickly.” “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.””

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.

Israeli Opposition Working to Form a New Government (Second Coming Watch Update #961)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #961. 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, The Shin Bet warned Monday of an increase in incitement against the chairman of Yesh Atid [YESH AH-TEHD], MK Yair Lapid [YAAR LAH-PEED], and senior members of the Yamina [YAA-MIY-NAA] party, MKs Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked [AH-YEL-EHT SHA-KEED], who are working to form a unity government. According to a report on the Haaretz website, the Shin Bet ordered the police and the Knesset Guard to increase security around Bennett and Shaked to level 5 – one level below the highest level of security. The Shin Bet fears that protesters will break into the Yamina [YAA-MIY-NAA] leaders’ houses, throw firebombs, and even assault them and their families. The Shin Bet provides security to Yair Lapid [YAAR LAH-PEED] because he is the current leader of the opposition. Other MKs receive security from the Knesset Guard.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the New Scientist, The first human case of a rare strain of bird flu known as H10N3 has been reported in a 41-year-old man in eastern China. The man is from Jiangsu [JAANG-SOO] province, north-west of Shanghai, and was admitted to hospital on 28 April. China’s National Health Commission said he is in a stable condition. Until now, no human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, and the risk of large-scale spread among people is low, the commission said. Bird flu, or avian flu, is caused by influenza viruses that spread between birds. It can often spread easily between birds, but very rarely causes disease in humans. Symptoms resemble those of normal flu – fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat – but it can develop into a serious respiratory illness.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, A huge fire broke out at an oil refinery in the southern part of the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian state media reported, saying there were so far no reports of casualties. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said all operations had been suspended at the facility, known as the Tond-guy-an refinery, as firefighters tried to contain the blaze. Man-sour Da-ra-ja-ti, the head of Tehran’s crisis management organization, told state TV, “A leak at a liquid gas pipeline at the facility sparked the fire.” A spokesperson of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution said the fire was caused when a gasoline tanker with a capacity for 20,000 barrels caught fire, but said there was no blast.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Phys.org, The economic cost of the global pandemic as well as conflict and climate change are fueling food security fears that in 2020 reached their highest level in five years. Last year, 155 million people in 55 countries faced acute food shortages—20 million more than in 2019, according to a report by the EU, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme, which see the problem as getting steadily worse. Last year saw the Global Network Against Food Crises, which groups together the three international organisations, identify 28 million people in 28 countries as suffering emergency levels of acute hunger with DR Congo, Yemen and Afghanistan worst affected. A further 133,000 people were judged to be living in the most severe, “catastrophic” phase of food insecurity in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen. Africa remains the continent worst hit by food shortages with 98 million people affected, or 63 percent of global cases—up from 54 percent in 2019. Dominique Burgeon, FAO emergencies director, said that “the pandemic has exacerbated vulnerabilities,” singling out Sudan, Zimbabwe and Haiti—the latter also hit by climate issues affecting the food security of some 15 million people. With COVID restrictions still in place across much of the world, Burgeon said the coming year would be very difficult, exacerbating food security in already fragile economies. He estimated at least 142 million the number of people who would be affected in 40 of the worst-hit countries.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Hamas called for a Day of Rage in the West Bank on Friday, encouraging mass rallies by Palestinians against what it termed a “frenzied settlement attack on the West Bank.” The call for a day of rage comes a day before Palestinians mark Naksa Day to commemorate the Six-Day War in 1967. Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in multiple locations on Friday. At least 10 injuries due to live fire were reported by the Palestinian Wafa news agency in clashes in the town of Beita [BEY-TAH], located south of Nab-lus, with at least one person seriously injured. A number of attempted shooting attacks have been reported in recent days. On Friday, a Lebanese newspaper reported that Hamas is threatening to renew clashes with Israel after the Qatari grant intended for families in need in the Gaza Strip was reportedly halted by Israel. The terrorist group reportedly warned Egyptian mediators that they would activate tools along the border area “shortly” and that the terrorist groups in Gaza may go as far as to completely reopen the conflict if the grant isn’t allowed in within the next week.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 38:1-16.

Ezekiel 38:2-3 reads: “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:”

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 name “Rosh” has been the subject of considerable debate among scholars. Some have taken it as a proper noun and identified it with Russia. The other alternative is to take the term as an adjective meaning “head,” which would make Gog “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.” However, on linguistic and historical grounds, the case for taking Rosh as a proper noun rather than a noun-adjective is substantial and persuasive. Rosh appears as a place name in Egyptian inscriptions as Rash as early as 2600 B.C., and one inscription from 1500 B.C. refers to a land called Reshu that was located to the north of Egypt. As a toponym (place name), Rosh (or its equivalent) is found over 20 times in other ancient documents, including three times in the Sep-tu-a-gint, ten times in the inscriptions of Sar-gon, once in the record of A-shur-ban-i-pal, once in the annals of Sen-na-cher-ib, and five times in the U-gar-i-tic tablets of ancient Syria.

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

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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.

Russian Official Says Relations With US Are Worse Than Cold War (Second Coming Watch Update #960)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #960. 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 WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to American Military News, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov [SUR-GEI LUH-VRAAV] said relations between the United States and Russia are now worse than they were during the Cold War era. Lavrov [LUH-VRAAV] said, “Our relations with the United States are really ‘hell.’ Personally, I don’t recall them being at such a low ebb ever before. This is even worse than the Cold War times, in my opinion. Ambassadors have returned back to their home countries. What’s going to happen next? What is the possible scenario? In my opinion, tension did run high during the Cold War and there were numerous high-risk conflict situations, but there was also mutual respect. I believe that this is lacking now.” He also accused the U.S. of rallying other western nations to oppose Russia and China. Lavrov’s [LUH-VRAAV’s] comments comes just weeks after Biden ordered a series of new sanctions against Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats. Russia responded a day later by expelling 10 U.S. diplomats from Russia.

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, The IDF carried out attacks against Hezbollah outposts near Quneitra [KU-NY-TRAH] on the Syrian border Wednesday night, according to Syrian reports cited by Israeli media. This is the second consecutive night that Syrian media reported an attack by the IDF in Syria. The IDF disseminated leaflets to the Syrian Armed Forces in Quneitra [KU-NY-TRAH], warning them not to cooperate with Hezbollah. On Tuesday, an alleged Israeli airstrike targeted a site near Latakia [LUH-TAA-KEE-UH] and Tartus [TAAR-TUHS] along Syria’s Mediterranean coast. According to Syrian media, a civilian was killed and six were injured, including a child.

Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to CNN, Army helicopters are spraying agricultural land in northeast Lebanon to help farmers battle swarms of locusts that flew to the country in what a United Nations agency said was a “very rare” event caused by a change in the wind direction. The agriculture ministry, which is on full alert, said on Monday large numbers of the locusts had been destroyed. There have been no big farming losses so far but there are concerns that more swarms could be blown to the south of Lebanon. The locusts, which threaten crops, are the latest addition to a long list of challenges faced by Lebanon, which is battling its worst financial crisis in decades. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said the occurrence was unusual for the area but that a change in wind direction had blown the locusts in from Saudi Arabia to Jordan and onwards to Syria and Lebanon.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Times of Israel, The commander-in-chief of Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Hossein Salami [HOH-SAHN SAH-LAH-MEE], said Wednesday that Iran can easily disrupt Israel’s sea trade routes, which he said recent attacks on cargo ships have shown to be vulnerable. Salami [SAH-LAH-MEE] spoke about the shadow maritime war between Tehran and Jerusalem during an interview he gave to Iranian television on the eve of Quds [KUDS] Day, Iran’s day of protest against Israel, held on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Referring to a recent spate of attacks on Israeli-owned cargo ships that were blamed on Iran, Salami [SAH-LAH-MEE] said the incidents showed that “the Zionist regime’s shipping and commercial shipping are vulnerable anywhere in the world,” according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. “No one thought that the Zionist regime would have such great damage in the field of maritime trade. It is very easy to seriously disrupt the Zionist regime’s maritime trade.” He added that Israel’s political turmoil, which has seen four inconclusive elections in two years, was bringing an end to the country. Salami [SAH-LAH-MEE] said, “The Israelis are in a state of decline and are living in a political sunset, and this time it seems that the collapse of the Zionist regime can be from within.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Sky News, China is “preparing for its final military assault” on Taiwan, the island’s foreign minister said, as he vowed to “defend ourselves to the very end”. In an exclusive interview, Joseph Wu said that China had “been conducting misinformation campaigns, hybrid warfare, and recently they have increased their grey zone activities against Taiwan. And all these seem to be preparing for their final military assault against Taiwan. Taiwan happens to be on the frontline of China’s expansion of its authoritarian order. And if Taiwan is taken by China, I think the consequences will be global.” Chinese military aircraft have been making almost daily incursions into Taiwan’s air identification defence zone recently, with April being a record month. Taiwan says it is an independent country, with its own government, military and elections. China insists the island is part of its territory and has vowed to claim it by force if necessary or if the territory “secedes” from China.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 38:1-16.

Ezekiel 38:2-3 reads: “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:”

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 invasion of Gog opens in Ezekiel 38:2-3 with an introduction to the aggressors, whose paired names have given rise to this prophecy popularly being called “the Battle of Gog and Magog.” However, “Gog” (a people) is the ruler of “Magog” (a place), so it’s more correct to say “the Battle of Gog of Magog” or “the Battle of Gog,” or simply “the Gog War” (hereafter).

The name “Gog” occurs 11 times in these chapters as the title of the leader of the invasion. Since he is directly addressed several times by God and also called a prince, it is evident that he is a historical figure. Although scholars have tried to identify Gog with Gyges [YEE-GUHS] (Gugu), a seventh-century BC Lydian king mentioned in six inscriptions by the Assyrian monarch Ashurbanipal [A-SHR-BAA-NUH-PAAL], this ruler never led an allied invasion into Israel. The eschatological context argues against finding a past historical reference to this specific figure.

The prophecy of the Gog War begins with a list of ten proper names in 38:1-7. The names reveal an alliance of foreign nations from “out of the remote parts of the north”, the land of Gog, and the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.

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, “When the world had revolted against its Maker, and the Creator had been defied by His own creatures, a great gulf was opened between God and man. The first coming of Christ was like a bridge which crossed the chasm, and made a way of access from God to man, and then from man to God. Our Lord’s second advent will make that bridge far broader, until heaven shall come down to earth; and, ultimately, earth shall go up to Heaven.”

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.

Syrian Missiles Activated Against Israeli Attack (Second Coming Watch Update #959)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #959. 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 Ynet News, Syrian air defenses were activated in the capital Damascus and its southern suburbs Sunday night to repel an Israeli missile attack. State TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that most of the Israeli missiles, which originated from the Golan Heights, were shot down before reaching their targets near Damascus. An Israeli military spokesman declined comment when asked about the report. There was no word on casualties. In a briefing to supporters of his party, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel was taking action “almost weekly” to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria.

Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Deutsche Welle, in December 2019, locusts started swarming into Kenya triggering the worst outbreak the country has experienced in 70 years. Various parts of Kenya were then hit by a second wave of the voracious insects last November. Now, a new generation of pests is breeding and hatching, threatening farmers who are still reeling from the previous swarms as well as years of droughts and floods. Kelvin Shingles, Kenya Country Director for German Agro Action, an aid organization, said in a press release, “We expect the worst if the young hatch in March and April.” Livestock farmers, who now lack feed for their stock, are particularly hard hit, according to the organization. Without feed for their livestock, they lack “vital income from sales of milk and meat.” Kenyan authorities have sprayed pesticides on thousands of hectares of land but it’s difficult to get rid of the locusts from one day to the next. Keith Cressman, senior locust forecaster at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, said, “It’s not like a fire that you can put out quickly in a couple of days. It takes months and months, perhaps even years, to bring it under control.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Times of Israel, The Israel Defense Forces does not anticipate the outbreak of a large-scale war in the coming year, but does expect that Hezbollah and other terror groups will likely initiate more limited rounds of violence. In recent months, the Israeli military has come to believe Hezbollah is increasingly emboldened and is operating under the assumption that it can launch attacks on IDF targets without this leading to full-scale war, as it previously assessed. This change in the terror group’s assumptions were on display last week when Hezbollah fired anti-aircraft missiles at an Israeli drone flying above southern Lebanon. Those surface-to-air missiles missed their target, and the IDF refrained from retaliating. Had the attack succeeded, however, the military was prepared to retaliate significantly, potentially leading to a multi-day conflict, something Hezbollah must have known before opening fire.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have discussed expanding cooperation in facing common enemies. An Israeli official familiar with the matter said the matter is being “informally discussed.” All four believe a nuclear Iran would be a major threat and have been eyeing the Biden administration’s plan to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal with concern. The remarks came following an article by World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder in Arab News calling for a “NATO of the Middle East.” The Prime Minister’s Office in Israel said it was “not confirming the report, but we are always interested in upgrading ties with our Middle East partners.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to SpaceWar.com, according to a new report from The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, the U.S. federal government is not prepared to address threats posed by the increased adoption of artificial intelligence. The report recommends that the United States invest $40 billion in AI research to keep up with adversaries including China and Russia in the AI field, and set a goal of becoming ‘AI-ready’ by 2025. The report says, “This is not a time for abstract criticism of industrial policy or fears of deficit spending to stand in the way of progress. In 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower, a fiscally conservative Republican, worked with a Democratic Congress to commit $10 billion to build the Interstate Highway System. That is $96 billion in today’s world. Surely we can make a similar investment in the nation’s future.” The report argues that the United States is currently ahead, falling behind in guarding against the increased use of foreign powers to spread disinformation online and launch cyberattacks.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 38-39.

Ezekiel 38:1-4 which reads: “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:”

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 terms of the future, the reason this concern needs to be addressed is that before Israel will inherit these promises and experience the restoration and the millennial temple, it will go through the Tribulation. During the first half of the Tribulation Israel will see the rebuilding of the temple and probably experience a time of national revival and regathering of Jews from among the nations. If the temple is rebuilt through the covenant made with the Antichrist, who will be a global Gentile ruler, Israel may indeed experience an unparalleled period of international Gentile respect. Since these conditions would appear to fulfill the restoration expectations of the prophets, many Jews will undoubtedly be deceived into believing that the era of redemption has finally arrived. However, at the midpoint of the Tribulation, the temple will be desecrated and the Jewish people persecuted, ending the illusion of restoration. Therefore, before they come to this time of trouble in which all the promises of God could be called into question, thus rendering the Jewish remnant susceptible to the worldwide delusion by the Antichrist and his false prophet, God will leave His people with a lesson confirming His power and purpose.

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 Anne Graham Lotz. She said, “There is no greater cure for hypocrisy than to live in the light of the second coming of Christ.”

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.

Israeli Water System Unprepared for Hacking Attack (Second Coming Watch Update #958)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #958. 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 Ynet News, Despite officials’ warnings to the government that Iranian hackers will attempt to strike and poison Israel’s water infrastructure, the country’s water facilities are far from prepared for such a scenario. Concerns of such attacks resurfaced last week after hackers targeted water supplies in Florida. Similar attempts were made against Israel’s water supply last April, during which hackers tried to raise the level of chlorine in the water. Israeli officials attributed the attack to Iranian sources. The head of the National Cyber Security Authority Yigal Ona [EE-GAHL OH-NAH] said then, “All lines have been crossed, this is a new war.” During an emergency meeting at Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz’s [YU-VUHL STYN-ITZ] office, officials showed that Israel’s water supply is not properly protected from such attacks as their probability only increases. A report filed after the meeting said that drastic and immediate action is needed to safeguard the water supply.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to BBC News, Russia has reported the first case of a bird flu strain, H5N8, being passed from poultry to humans. Officials said seven workers at a poultry plant in the south of the country had been infected following an outbreak there in December. The head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog, Anna Popova [POP-OH-VAH], said, “All seven people… are now feeling well.” She said that adequate measures had been quickly taken to stop the spread of infection. Popova [POP-OH-VAH] said there was no sign of transmission between humans, adding that the case had been reported to the World Health Organization. Other strains of bird flu occasionally infect humans and have led to deaths – but this is the first report of the H5N8 strain being passed on.

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Jerusalem Post, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah responded to the Israeli show of military threat, saying, “After all the recent threats from Israel, no one can guarantee that it won’t lead to war. Israel will see things it hasn’t seen since its inception.” The comment came in response to the IDF’s training exercise in preparation for the possibility of war in the North. The drill, conducted by the IAF, is called Vered Hagalil [VAH-REHD HAG-AH-LIHL]. Nasrallah said, “We are not interested in conflict or war, but if you force it upon us, we will fight.” The drill began on Sunday, and lasted until Wednesday. It is designed to improve the air force’s readiness for combat, specifically in ensuring its ability to keep control of the skies for long periods of time. During the drill, the IAF proved its ability to strike at 3,000 Hezbollah targets within a 24-hour period.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Radio Canada International, Ten years after independence, staggering levels of violence have engulfed more than three-quarters of South Sudan, while hunger looms over 60 per cent of the country’s population. In a report released Friday, the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan warned that the bloodshed faced by civilians is “the worst recorded” since the country’s civil war began in December 2013. In the meantime, the World Food Programme is warning that 7.24 million South Sudanese are going increasingly hungry due to chronic sporadic violence, extreme weather patterns and the economic impact of COVID-19. More than one million people across South Sudan have been affected by floods sweeping across the eastern and central regions this year, submerging homes, farmlands and livestock. According to the Famine Review Committee’s report in December 2020, hard-to-reach areas in six counties are at “risk of famine”.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to SpaceWar.com, Renewed rocket attacks on US targets in Iraq show Iran-aligned factions are heaping pressure on the government while Tehran may be seeking leverage over America’s new administration. Iraq, scarred by years of war and insurgency, has been a strategic battleground for arch-foes the United States and Iran, both allies of Baghdad who remain sharply at odds over Iran’s nuclear programme. Analysts and officials in Iraq say the resumption of attacks after four months of relative calm shows that Iran and its Iraqi allies are now abandoning de-escalation and seeking leverage over their rivals. A senior US military official in Iraq told AFP, “it seems we’re back to last year,” referring to several months in 2020 when rockets rained down on American sites once a week or more.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 38-39.

Ezekiel 38:1-4 which reads: “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:”

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 prophecy of Israel’s rescue by God (chapters 38-39) may be divided into three sections: the invasion of Gog (38:1-16), the defeat and disposal of Gog (38:17-39:20), and the deliverance and devotion of Israel (39:21-29). At first glance this account seems to be an intrusion into the prophetic discourse concerning the temple begun in 37:26-28, with chapters 40-48 announcing the temple’s return and the explanation of its design and function. On closer examination, however, its placement between these two temple texts may imply that this event has some relationship to the eschatological temple. Certainly its theological purpose is to fortify the promise that the restoration is secure, its conditions of blessing are irreversible, and no future invasion of Israel will succeed once Israel has been regathered to her land. This would have been of great concern to Ezekiel’s exilic audience, which had already experienced such an invasion and suffered the loss of the temple. It would be of even greater concern to postexilic readers who, after having rebuilt the temple, were still surrounded by hostile nations (as well as hostile neighbors within their own land) and who would suffer repeated invasions of their land and the eventual destruction of the second temple. Only a prophetic guarantee that Israel’s enemies would be unable to affect its future would serve to assure the nation that the promise of restoration had indeed been 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 George Eldon Ladd. He said, “Jesus is now the Lord; He is enthroned at the right hand of God; He is reigning in His kingdom. But this is a Lordship and a kingly reign which is known only to believers. It must be confessed by faith. His Second Coming will mean nothing less than the Lordship which is His now will be visible to all the world. When we pray, “Thy kingdom come,” this is what we are praying for: the effectual and universal rule of Christ in all the world, not only over believers.”

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.

Guinea Declares Ebola Epidemic (The Second Coming Watch Update #957)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #957. 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 PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the Associated Press, Guinea [GI-NEE] has officially declared it has an Ebola epidemic after at least three people have died and four others have been infected in the West African nation. Neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia have put their citizens on high alert as the three West African nations battled the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak from 2014 to 2016, which began in Guinea [GI-NEE] and in which more than 11,300 people died.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Daily Mail, China today has sent two coast guard vessels into Japan’s territorial waters amid rising tensions between the two countries over the disputed islands in the East China Sea. Japanese media reported the Chinese ships, including one equipped with what appeared to be a cannon, intruded into the waters near the Japan-administered Senkaku [SEN-KAH-KOO] Islands on Tuesday morning. The uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, controlled by Japan but claimed by China, have been at the centre of a long-standing dispute that has plagued the relations between Beijing and Tokyo for years. The incursion comes after China enacted a new ‘Coast Guard Law’, also known as the ‘open fire’ law, which allows the country’s sea forces to use weapons against any foreign vessel deemed a threat to its national sovereignty.

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG & MAGOG — According to the Times of Israel, The Iranian and Russian militaries have kicked off a joint naval drill in the Indian Ocean aimed at boosting security of maritime trade in the region. Iran’s state TV said units from Iran’s Navy and the powerful Revolutionary Guard’s navy will take part in the exercise dubbed “Iran-Russia Maritime Security Belt 2021” in the northern part of Indian Ocean, spanning a stretch of about 10,600 miles. According to Iranian Adm. Gholamreza Tahani [GOH-LAHM-REY-ZAH TAH-HAH-NEE], the drill spokesman, a Russian destroyer, logistics ship and a helicopter were to participate in the drill. This is the second such joint Russia-Iran exercise since 2019, when the two nations plus China held a four-day exercise.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, With tensions rising with Iran, Israel is concerned that the Islamic Republic could deploy up to 200 long-range missiles in Iraq that could be used to attack the Jewish state. Iran is already believed to have hundreds of missiles that can reach Israel. While the chances of a direct confrontation between Israel and Iran are deemed low, heightened tensions in the North amid the possibility of a confrontation in Syria or Lebanon, could also draw Iran to retaliate. Israel does not currently believe that Hezbollah is interested in a new war, but military intelligence is of the opinion that there is a relatively high chance for a “few days of combat” between the IDF and the Iranian-backed guerilla organization.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, citing the Iranian official IRNA news agency, the Associated Press reported Iran’s army test-fired a sophisticated short-range missile on Sunday. The chief of the army’s ground forces, Gen. Kioumars Heidari [KA-YOU-MARZ HEY-DAH-RI], was quoted as saying that the missile’s range was 186 miles. Gen. Heidari [HEY-DAH-RI] said the “smart” missile is capable to work in under “any weather condition.” He did not say where the test took place. Iran’s ballistic missile tests and satellite launches are a cause of concern for the West and particularly the US, which has argued that Iran’s ballistic missile tests are a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231. The resolution, which enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, says Iran is “called upon” to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:26-28 which reads: “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”

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 capstone of the millennial kingdom and of its New Covenant is the promise of the erection of the restoration temple, to which God’s presence will return, never to depart. Ezekiel 37:26-28 provides the template upon which the grand design of the millennial temple is detailed in chapters 40-48. God takes the initiative in building the temple: “I will set My sanctuary in their midst”. This is one of the expected tasks of King Messiah. In the past the Shekinah glory appeared over Israel in the wilderness as a cloud by day (to provide shelter from the sun) and a pillar of fire by night (to provide illumination) and to communicate divine revelation. Isaiah 4:5-6 reveals that in the future, the Shekinah glory will exist as a canopy over the millennial Jerusalem, and Revelation 21:10 describes the descent of the New Jerusalem (apparently to remain suspended over the millennial Jerusalem), in which God’s glory is manifest, illuminating the earthly sanctuary into which the nations will bring their tribute.

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 Jonathan Edwards. He said, “This world is a dark place without Christ, and therefore is dark till he comes, and until his kingdom of glory is set up.”

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.

Russia to Hold Joint Naval Drills With Iran and China (Second Coming Watch Update #956)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #956. 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 WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Jerusalem Post, the RIA news agency cited Moscow’s ambassador to Tehran as saying Russia plans to hold joint naval drills with Iran and China in the Indian Ocean later this month. The three countries held similar naval drills in the Indian Ocean in December 2019. Levan Dzhagaryan [LEH-VAHN ZAHR-GAR-YAHN], the ambassador, told RIA in an interview, “The next multilateral naval exercises will take place in the northern part of the Indian Ocean in mid-February 2021.” He said the drills would rehearse search and rescue operations and ensuring the safety of shipping. Speaking in 2019, Iranian flotilla admiral Gholamreza Tahani [GOH-LOHM-REY-ZAH TAH-HAH-NEE] said that the result of the exercise is “to show that Iran cannot be isolated.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to ABC News, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “widespread hazardous tsunami waves” were possible after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific Ocean. There’s no tsunami threat to Hawaii or Guam [GWAAM]. A brief tsunami watch for the U.S. territory American Samoa [SUH-MOW-UH] has since been dropped. The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there’s no tsunami threat to Australia.

Third, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Roll Call, The White House confirmed Tuesday that President Joe Biden intends to keep the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, where it was relocated during the Trump administration. The issue of where to locate the embassy has been a fixture of negotiations over Israeli and Palestinian territory and authority for decades. A White House spokesperson confirmed that “The U.S. position is that our embassy will remain in Jerusalem, which we recognize as Israel’s capital. The ultimate status of Jerusalem is a final status issue which will need to be resolved by the parties in the context of direct negotiations.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Ynet News, an IDF intelligence report published Tuesday said Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group is looking to initiate a “limited offensive” against Israel for the first time since the Second Lebanon War in 2006. The Intelligence Directorate report said over the past few weeks they’ve identified the initiative on the part of the Iran-backed group to spark an escalation, similar to those initiated by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The intelligence analysis says the group has a trained “shock” unit, which it will utilize for a limited offensive lasting two to three days, without being dragged into an all-out war. The IDF says at least two incidents occurred on the northern frontier over the past week that might point to an increase in tensions in the area and Hezbollah’s intentions.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, News of rapprochement between Israel and Turkey is heating up after years of ebb and flow in their diplomatic ties. According to Turkish officials, the once-close allies are eager to kick-start their renewed relations soon. Both countries expelled their ambassadors in May 2018 over the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli forces along the Gaza border and following Washington’s decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. Turkey and Israel have had a bitter falling out in recent years. Ankara repeatedly has condemned Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of Palestinians. Dr. Hay Ey-tan Cohen Ya-na-ro-cak, an expert on Turkey from the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security and the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, says that despite the “constructive” signals that are coming from both sides, there won’t be any major steps forward until the “crystallization” of the results of next month’s Israeli elections. A change in leadership in Israel, he adds, may speed up the warming up of ties.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:26-28 which reads: “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”

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 term miqdash (“holy place”) was the usual word for the temple, whereas mishkan (“dwelling place”) was regularly used to speak of the tabernacle. Here both terms are used (as they are of the heavenly temple in Revelation) in continuity with the previous sacred structures and to emphasize the fulfillment of the divine design to bridge heaven and earth through a theocratic government. Exodus 25:8 had declared that the original purpose of the sanctuary was to make possible the presence of the holy God in the midst of unholy Israel. Through the ceremonial service, Israel was kept in a state of ritual purification so it could serve the Lord as “a holy nation and a kingdom of priests”. The return of the Lord to the tabernacle at the foot of Mount Sinai reversed the long absence of the Creator from His creation, which had resulted from the intrusion of human sin in the Garden of Eden. Once constructed, the earthly sanctuary–with its Ark of the Covenant topped by cherubim–allowed God’s presence to return to Israel and made possible the establishment of a theocratic form of government. Since the desecration of the first temple and the departure of God’s presence, Israel has experienced the condition of exile either in part or in whole.

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 Melvin Worthington. He said, “The Second Coming should comfort our hearts, cleanse our habits, and compel holiness.”

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 Furthers Uranium Enrichment Program (Second Coming Watch Update #955)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #955. 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 the Jerusalem Post, Iran has deepened a key breach of its 2015 nuclear deal, enriching uranium with a larger number of advanced centrifuge machines in an underground plant as it faces off with the new US administration on salvaging the accord. Tehran has recently accelerated its breaches of the deal, raising pressure on US President Joe Biden as both sides say they are willing to come back into compliance with the badly eroded agreement if the other side moves first. The accord says Iran can refine uranium only at its main enrichment site – an underground plant at Natanz [NAY-TANZ] – with first-generation IR-1 centrifuges. Last year Iran began enriching there with a cascade, or cluster, of much more efficient IR-2m machines and in December said it would install three more. The IAEA later confirmed that the Islamic Republic had started enriching with the second cascade.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to American Military News, On Jan. 23, Chinese bombers and fighter jets simulated an attack on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier as the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group entered the contested South China Sea. Eight Chinese H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets appeared to practice an attack on the aircraft carrier. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesperson Capt. Mike Kafka later confirmed the reported attack in a statement to Business Insider. Kafka said, “The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group closely monitored all People’s Liberation Army Navy and Air Force activity, and at no time did they pose a threat to US Navy ships, aircraft, or Sailors. The PLA activities highlighted here, are the latest in a string of aggressive and destabilizing actions.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, A terror organization called Jaish-ul-Hind [JAYSH-UL-HIND], believed to be affiliated with Iran, has taken responsibility for Friday’s attack near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi. Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed an explosion occurred near the embassy. There were no casualties in the incident, and no damage was caused to the embassy building. An Israeli intelligence official later said that the attack was undoubtedly meant to hurt Israelis. “The terrorist attack was meant for us, there’s no question about it.” He added that there’s a strong link connecting Iran to the attack, explaining that it was probably carried out as revenge for the “deaths of Iranian martyrs.” A one-and-a-half-page-long letter was found at the scene promised Israel that this is just the ‘beginning.’

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, A Moroccan delegation is expected to visit Israel by the end of February, and an Israeli one to visit the North-African kingdom – as long as coronavirus infection rates in Israel do not rise. The decision was reached during a conversation between National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat [MEH-EAR BEN-SHAH-BAHT] and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita [NAS-SER BOR-REE-TAH]. Ben-Shabbat [BEN-SHAH-BAHT], born to Moroccan-Jewish immigrants, will lead the Israeli delegation. The two officials agreed to create several work groups to discuss mutual cooperation concerning water, energy, investments and tourism. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the groups will hold discussions using online means for now. The great potential of these and other relations were called “region-changing cooperation.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to SpaceWar.com, Any attempt to contain China is “mission impossible”, the country’s defence ministry warned the US on Thursday, as the Biden administration works to shore up its Asian alliances against Beijing. Military tensions between the two superpowers worsened under former US President Donald Trump, who adopted an aggressive stance on regional flashpoints such as Taiwan and the South China Sea. China at the same time poured billions into revamping its military, in line with President Xi Jinping’s [SHEE JEEN-PEENG] ambitions to transform the People’s Liberation Army into a fully modernised, “world-class” fighting force by 2050. China’s defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian [WOO CHEE-AHN] warned, “The facts show that to contain China is mission impossible, and will only end up in shooting yourself in the foot,” and urged the US to adopt a “non-confrontational, mutually respectful, win-win mentality.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:26-28 which reads: “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”

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.

As proof of the new relationship between God and Israel, verses 26-28 announce the building of the millennial temple and the return of the divine presence to Israel. Both Hebrew terms for the sanctuary are used in verses 26-28: “and I will set My sanctuary [Hebrew, miqdash (mik-dash)] in their midst forever. My dwelling place [Hebrew, mish-kan] also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary [Hebrew, miqdash (mik-dash)] is in their midst forever.”

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 Wesley. He said, “The Spirit in the heart of the true believer says with earnest desire, Come, Lord Jesus.”

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.