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A quick look at today’s prophecy-related headlines which point toward the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.

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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

***

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.

Israel Threatens to Attack Iran (Second Coming Watch Update #954)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #954. 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, Israeli officials warned they will attack Iran if President Joe Biden eases U.S. sanctions on Iran and rejoins the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Two weeks ago, Tzachi Hanegbi [ZAH-KEE HAH-NEJ-BEE], a cabinet member and top advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said, “If the United States government rejoins the nuclear deal — and that seems to be the stated policy as of now — the practical result will be that Israel will again be alone against Iran. . . This of course we will not allow. We’ve already twice done what needed to be done, in 1981 against the Iraqi nuclear program and in 2007 against the Syrian nuclear program.” On Monday, an Israeli source said that Israel could go so far as to set a Biden administration decision to ease sanctions on Iran as a redline before Israel launches a strike.

Second, today, under the Sign category of THE GOSPEL BEING PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD — According to The Express UK, amid Chinese president Xi Jinping’s [SHEE JEEN-PEENG] pursuit to maintain control in the country, Dr Ron Boyd-MacMillan, director of Strategic Research at Christian charity, Open Doors, claimed China’s premier is becoming increasingly concerned by the size of the Church – currently estimated at 97 million people. Dr Boyd-MacMillan believes the size of the Church in the country is set to rise rapidly in the coming decades and may reach 300 million people by 2030 – thus creating a group big enough to challenge Xi’s [SHEE’s] government. He said: “We think the evidence as to why the Chinese Church is so targeted, is that the leaders are scared of the size of the Church, and the growth of the Church. And if it grows, at the rate that it has done, since 1980 and that’s about between seven and 8 percent a year, then you’re looking at a group of people that will be 300 million strong, nearly by 2030. And … if the Church continues to grow like that, then they [the Communist Party] will have to share power.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Jerusalem Post, In clear deterrent action against Iran on Wednesday, a United States Air Force B-52H “Stra-to-for-tress” bomber flew over the Gulf, before the plane was spotted in Saudi airspace heading back to its base in the US. It was the fourth mission into CENTCOM’s area of operation in the last two months and the first deployment of the heavy bomber since Joe Biden’s inauguration last week. It came on the same day that IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi [AH-VEEV KOH-CHA-VEE] openly said that Israel was redrafting attack plans against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. According to reports, the heavy bomber departed Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana on Tuesday on a nonstop flight across Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and down the coastline near the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, before turning around and returning to the US.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARDS ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, Anti-semitism is expected to rise sharply around the world as a result of conspiracy theories against Jews and the State of Israel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Diaspora Affairs Ministry’s annual anti-semitism report, the main forum for the expression of anti-semitism in 2020 changed from the physical realm to the online one. There was a sharp increase in the dissemination of anti-semitism online last year, including what appears to be an Iranian campaign to compare the Jewish state to a viral pandemic by launching the Twitter hashtag COVID-48, a reference to 1948, the year Israel was established. The 140-page document also noted an increase in anti-semitism in the US, caused by the novel coronavirus crisis in the country, political polarization surrounding the presidential election, the dissemination of various conspiracy theories and the racial-justice protests.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Reuters, China toughened its language towards Taiwan on Thursday, warning after recent stepped up military activities near the island that “independence means war” and that its armed forces were acting in response to provocation and foreign interference. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, reported multiple Chinese fighter jets and bombers entering its southwestern air defence identification zone last weekend, prompting Washington to urge Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan. China believes that Taiwan’s democratically-elected government is moving the island towards a declaration of formal independence, though Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen [SY ING-WEN] has repeatedly said it is already an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:26-28.

Ezekiel 37:26-28 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 return of Israel to the land and to the Lord is now climaxed by the return of the Lord to Israel and the land. After this return the New Covenant will be enacted with Israel, just as the Old Covenant had been put into effect when the Lord came to Israel at Mount Sinai. The New Covenant is here called both a covenant of peace and an everlasting covenant. As in Ezekiel 34:25-30, where the list of millennial blessings under the New Covenant is based on the terms of the Mosaic Covenant, here the promise of “peace” for the land and the “perpetuity” of provision is drawn from Leviticus 26:4,6. The first synonym, “covenant of peace”, is appropriate for describing the restored conditions of the millennial age since the Hebrew word shalom (“peace”) denotes a comprehensive peace (“security, welfare, health, prosperity, harmony”). The second “everlasting” or “eternal covenant” describes the nature of God’s enduring promise and the inviolability of His commitment to Israel as demonstrated by the historic covenants of the past that have now 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 Herb Vander Lugt [LUKT]. He said, “The return of Christ represents not only the ultimate sense of accountability but the ultimate sense of hope as well.”

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 Drawing Up Plans for Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program (Second Coming Watch Update #953)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #953. 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 Times of Israel, The Israel Defense Forces is drawing up plans for an attack on Iran’s nuclear program. The Israel Ha-yom newspaper said that IDF Chief of Staff A-viv Ko-ha-vi has asked for three alternate proposals to derail Tehran’s program, without elaborating on them. It only indicated one of the proposals is a military strike, noting that such a plan would require a significant budgetary boost for the Israeli military. Iran resumed enriching uranium to 20 percent last week, well in excess of the threshold set out in its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and a short technical jump from the 90% level of enrichment needed to produce weapons. The report came a day after Likud minister Tza-chi Ha-neg-bi threatened that Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear program if the United States rejoined the nuclear deal, as newly elected US President Joe Biden has indicated he plans to do.

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to BBC News, At least 32 people have been killed and 100 others injured in a twin suicide bombing in a busy commercial area in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, officials say. The bombers blew themselves up among a crowd of shoppers at a second-hand clothes market in Ta-ya-ran Square. No group has said it carried out the latest attack, but suspicion will fall on the jihadist group Islamic State. The Iraqi government declared victory in its war against IS at the end of 2017. However, sleeper cells continue to wage a low-level insurgency in the country, operating mainly in rural areas and targeting security forces.

Third, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Israel National News, Antony Blinken, US President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, said at a confirmation hearing on Tuesday that the Biden administration would not move the US embassy from Jerusalem. Blinken, who spoke to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was asked if he believes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and if the Biden administration will keep the US Embassy there. Blinken replied “yes” to both questions. Biden himself said during the election camapign he would keep the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, despite the fact that he objects to the conditions under which President Trump decided to move it. In Tuesday’s hearing, the Secretary of State nominee also said he would consult with US allies regarding the possibility of re-entering a nuclear deal with Iran.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARDS ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, A report published Wednesday shows that textbooks distributed by the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency includes incitement against Israel and glorifications of terrorists who committed atrocious acts of violence. The report published by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education found that texbooks produced by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East include inciting material, across all subjects and grades. UNRWA has been left severely crippled in 2018 after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump decided to cancel all U.S. funding to the organization, citing anti-Israel bias and misuse of funds. The report shows the UN study material frequently references and sometimes directly reproduces, texts and phrases from the Palestinian Authority’s textbooks, which include glorification of violence and sacrificing of one’s life in order to defend the “motherland.” The study material also references discredited conspiracy theories against Israel and Zionism, which perpetuate hostility and hatred towards the Jewish state and its population.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Voice of America News, Pakistan said Wednesday that it had successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Arabian Sea, aimed at “revalidating” the weapon’s operational and technical parameters. The Sha-heen III surface-to-surface missile, which the country first fired in 2015, can carry nuclear and conventional warheads up to 2,750 kilometers. The range, analysts said, enables the solid-fueled, multistage rocket to reach targets anywhere in neighboring India, Pakistan’s archrival, and in parts of the Middle East.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:23-25 reads: “Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.”

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

However, the Hebrew grammatical construction in Ezekiel 37:25 favors an extension of the duration of the term to an infinite degree. Verse 25 prefixes the separable preposition ‘ad to ‘olam, while verses 25-26, 28 add the inseparable preposition le. The first of these constructions is the stronger and appears elsewhere with ‘olam in the phrase min ‘olam v’ad ‘olam (“from everlasting to everlasting” or “forever and ever”). This expression refers exclusively to God’s eternal nature or rule, except in two cases where it describes Israel’s possession of the land of Israel. The second construction seems to stress the future state, which, when used in the context of the millennial kingdom, would mean the eternal state. Indeed, God has promised that Israel’s “offspring and name will endure” in the eternal state. However the outworking of God’s government is to be understood in this future period, it is evident from Ezekiel’s portrayal of it by the fivefold “forever” that it is meant to assure Israel that its new relationship with God will never be changed for all eternity.

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 R. A. Torrey. He said, “The imminent return of our Lord is the great Bible argument for a pure, unselfish, devoted, unworldly, active life of service.”

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 Carries Out Airstrikes in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #952)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #952. 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 Guardian, Israeli airstrikes on east Syria killed 57 regime forces and allied Iran-backed fighters in the deadliest such strikes since the start of the conflict. The overnight raids against arms depots and military positions killed at least 14 Syrian regime forces, 16 Iraqi militia fighters and 11 Afghan members of the pro-Iran Fatimid [FUH-TEE-MUHD] Brigade. The nationality of the remaining 16 people who lost their lives in the 18 strikes was not immediately clear. Ra-mi Ab-dul Rah-man, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said, “This is the largest death toll from Israeli raids in Syria.” The official Syrian news agency Sana said “the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault on the town of Deir Ezzor [DEHR EZ-ZOR] and the Al-bu Ka-mal region”, adding that “the results of the aggression are currently being verified”. An Israeli army spokesperson declined to comment.

Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to BBC News, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that new swarms of locusts in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya are spreading further in the eastern Africa region. In its latest update posted on Monday, the Food and Agriculture Organization said the immature swarms have been migrating from the previous locust breeding grounds in eastern Ethiopia and central Somalia and spreading into Ethiopia’s SNNP region and into Kenya’s northern and coastal counties. A few swarms could spread further in Kenya and reach Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda this month. Locust invasion poses a big threat to food security in the region. Last year, the region saw billions of the insects destroying crops across the region. The UN agency has urged countries affected to take the necessary efforts to survey, control reduce migration and breeding of the insects.

Third, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Associated Press, Jerusalem municipal authorities said Wednesday they have given preliminary approval to a location for a new U.S. Embassy in the city. In a statement on Twitter, Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum [FLUHR HUH-SAHN NAH-HUM] said the city’s building and planning committee approved the plans. She said that another committee must still grant approval, which she expects to happen in the coming weeks. The location is on the city’s Hebron Road, a central thoroughfare, and not far from the current temporary embassy. The site is near an invisible line that divides west and east Jerusalem, the part of the city captured in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians for a future capital. It was not immediately clear if it crosses the boundary.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to Reuters, Asia’s chicken farmers are confronting the region’s worst bird flu outbreak in years, with the deadly virus affecting farms stretching from Japan to India, roiling some poultry prices and showing no signs of easing. More than 20 million chickens have been destroyed in South Korea and Japan since November. The highly pathogenic H5N8 virus last week reached India, the world’s No. 6 producer, and has already been reported in 10 states. While bird flu is common in Asia at this time of year due to migratory bird patterns, new strains of the virus have evolved to become more lethal in wild birds, making countries on flight pathways particularly vulnerable. The Asian outbreak comes as Europe suffers its worst bird flu outbreak in years, and follows on the heels of COVID-19, which hurt poultry sales early on in some places amid false disease concerns but is now driving up demand due to more home cooking.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said Monday at a Jewish People Policy Institute online conference that the new US administration should not return to the spirit of the Iran deal, which could spark an arms race in the Middle East. He criticized the 2015 Iran deal, which President Donald Trump left in 2018. President-elect Joe Biden seeks to return to it if Iran agrees to comply again with the agreement’s limitations on its nuclear program. Kissinger said, “We should not fool ourselves. I don’t believe that the spirit [of the Iran deal], with a time limit and so many escape clauses, will do anything other than bring nuclear weapons all over the Middle East and therefore create a situation of latent tension that sooner or later will break out.”

The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:23-25 reads: “Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.”

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

The word “forever” is used five times in verses 25-26, 28. This repetition affirms in the strongest way the eternality of God’s restoration and requires an eschatological projection of the divine program beyond the millennial kingdom. The word “forever” translates the Hebrew term ‘olam, which denotes “an indefinite period of time.” For example, in Exodus 21:6 the term is used of an Israelite slave who has his ear pierced in token of his pledge to serve his master “permanently.” In this case the duration of “permanently” is until his service is terminated by his or his master’s death or by the year of Jubilee. David Friedman examined more than 80 biblical uses of ‘olam and concluded that it expresses the time element of “as long as the present heaven and earth exists”. On this basis the land promise is extended to Israel for “all time,” which in context would mean until the end of the millennial kingdom, at which time the present earth will be destroyed and a new earth created.

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.

Iran Threatens an End to President Trump’s Life (Second Coming Watch Update #951)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #951. 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, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said U.S. President Donald Trump’s life “will end” and Iran would not rest until it gets revenge on the U.S. for the January airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani [KAH-SEM SO-LEH-MAH-NEE] in Baghdad, Iraq. It’s unclear if Rouhani was unveiling a threat on Trump’s life, or remarking metaphorically on his waning presidency. The warning comes just days ahead of the January 3 anniversary of the strike against Soleimani [SO-LEH-MAH-NEE] ordered by Trump. Rouhani added that Iran “will not give up until they take revenge on Soleimani’s [SO-LEH-MAH-NEE’s] blood as its right.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday, the eve of the new year of 2021, that Israel will grow to 10 million people in the coming years. With a total of 151,000 new additions in 2020, Israel’s general population stands at nearly 9.3 million, including 6,870,000 Jews, 1,956,000 Arabs and 465,000 people belonging to other ethnic groups. In other words, Israel’s population grew by 1.7% in 2020. Some 84% of that was due to natural population growth, subjected to the number of overall births and deaths, while 16% was due to international migration into the country. Data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics before have previously indicated that the country’s population will reach 10 million by the end of 2024, 15 million by 2048 and 20 million by 2065.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Syrian air defenses responded to an alleged Israeli airstrike near the Syria-Lebanon border on Tuesday night, which has left one soldier dead and three others wounded. The source added that the strike targeted an air defense unit in the area. The open-source intelligence social media account Intelli Times tweeted earlier that the strike targeted a weapons stockpile intended for Hezbollah located along a weapons smuggling route between Syria and Lebanon. This is the second alleged Israeli strike in Syria in the past week. On Thursday, Syrian media reported that air defense systems responded to another alleged Israeli airstrike in the northwest of the country. Four buildings, part of a munitions factory in Maysaf [MAY-SEE-YAF] where the airstrike took place, were damaged.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Reuters, An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the coast of south-central Chile on Sunday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said, but Chilean officials immediately discarded the risk of a tsunami. There were no initial reports of damage immediately following the quake. The strong tremor took place at a depth of 6.21 miles, and about 100 miles west-northwest of Valdivia [BAHL-DEE-VYAH] in the Pacific Ocean.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Voice of America News, Relations between Israel and Turkey could be on the verge of a breakthrough, with a Turkish presidential adviser confirming bilateral talks and that full diplomatic relations could be restored by March. Relations between the once close allies all but collapsed with Turkey withdrawing its ambassador in 2017, amid escalating tensions. The Turkish presidential adviser on foreign affairs, Mesut Casin [MES-UT KAY-SIN], said in reference to ongoing talks with Israel, “If Israel comes one step, Turkey maybe can come two steps. If we see a green light, Turkey will open the embassy again and return our ambassador. Maybe in March, we can restore full diplomatic relations again. Why not.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:23-25 reads: “Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.”

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

The stages of regathering and reuniting are progressive and sequential, with Ezekiel 37:21-22 describing the physical regathering to Israel from the nations and verses 23-25 the spiritual regathering and reunification under the Davidic king in the millennial kingdom. Prophetically, this pictures Israel’s return to the land as a nation and a subsequent national repentance and regeneration at the time of Christ’s second advent. The purpose and result of the national rebirth will be a spiritually cleansed Israel with a new nature incapable of repeating the sins of the past that brought against them the curses of the Mosaic Covenant. Under the New Covenant the people will finally fulfill their unique calling to be in special relationship to God. The singular shepherding of the Davidic king in verses 24-25 has already been discussed in 34:23-24; however, 37:25 adds a familiar feature of the unconditional covenant with its promise of possession of the land 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 Vance Havner. He said, “The Christian who prepares for the coming of the Lord may be scorned by all who say, “Peace and safety!” He will be eyed as a curiosity by those who, like people of Noah’s day, know not until the flood comes. But when God splits the skies and the stars fall and men cry for the rocks and mountains, that will be his day!”

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.

New Coronavirus Strain is More Transmissable (Second Coming Watch Update #950)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #950. 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 AND FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the Guardian, scientists in South Africa believe the South African variant of coronavirus, two cases of which have now been detected in the UK, is likely to be more transmissible, may hit young people harder, and may be slightly more resistant to vaccines. There are also some fears that the more numerous individual mutations of the South African variant may make it able to “re-infect” individuals who have already caught the virus and recovered. Scientists in South Africa are still working “calmly and methodically” to fully understand the new variant. Data on the South African variant, which has swept across a swath of the country, has already been compared by scientists to the UK variant detected last week.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Jerusalem Post, US President Donald Trump threatened Iran on Tuesday afternoon, two days after rockets struck the US embassy compound in Baghdad. The rockets are some of dozens that have been fired over the last year by pro-Iranian militias. The US has put in place air defense called C-RAM to defend the Green Zone and embassy area, however some of the rockets still caused damage. Trump tweeted: “Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq. Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.” In the past when US soldiers and a contractor have been killed the US responded with airstrikes in December 2019 and March 2020. Iran and its allies in the region are commemorating the deaths of two top generals this month and tensions are running high.

Third, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to CBS News, The Kilauea [KEE-LOU-EY-AH] volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted, about an hour before an earthquake struck the area. The eruption began late Sunday within the Halema’uma’u [HA-LAY-MAH-OO-MAH-OO] crater, which is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit about an hour after the volcano began erupting. By 1 a.m., USGS officials said there were reported lava fountains shooting about 165 feet into the sky and feeding a growing lava lake within the crater that used to hold water. In addition to changing the volcano alert level, the US Geological Survey also changed the aviation code color to “red” ― a warning for aviators to avoid the area.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi [AH-VEEV KOH-CHA-VEE] said Monday if Iran or its proxies try to carry out attacks against Israel or Israeli targets, they will be attacked by the IDF and pay a heavy price. He said at an awards ceremony, “We are hearing more and more threats against Israel coming from Iran. If Iran and its partners… attack the State of Israel, they will [pay] a heavy price. I am simplifying things and describing the situation to our enemies as it is. Our retaliation plans are prepared, and they already have been practiced.” Three weeks ago, Iran’s top nuclear scientist was assassinated outside of Tehran. The operation was widely attributed to the Mossad. After the assassination, Iran blamed Israel for the attack and vowed revenge.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES AND FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the Associated Press, Local authorities in rural Egypt have declared a state of emergency after detecting two outbreaks of bird flu. Nagy Awad [NOD-YUH OW-AHD], head of the veterinary agency in the southwestern province of al-Wadi al-Gedid [al-WAA-DEE al-GEH-DIHD], said the infected birds were culled and authorities have carried out medical examinations of people who were in contact with them. The virus, which is mainly spread through contact with infected animals, can cause severe illness or death in humans. Egypt suffered a major outbreak of bird flu in 2006 that led to the suspension of all poultry exports. Authorities have been pressing to renew them, and earlier this year, the World Organization for Animal Health, an intergovernmental body, had declared Egypt free of bird flu for the first time in 14 years. The H5N1 strain of bird flu spread in early 2000s in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, leading to the slaughter of tens of millions of chickens and ducks. Hundreds of people were infected, many of whom died, according to the World Health Organization.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:21-22 reads: “And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.”

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.

Every Israelite male was commanded to appear at the temple three times a year. However, the northern kingdom’s rulers feared that continued spiritual devotion to the temple by their subjects would ultimately produce a political shift toward the house of David. So they constructed alternate religious centers that plunged the kingdom into idolatry. Only a restoration that reunited the two kingdoms spiritually and politically would fulfill the divine ideal.

The prophecy of the two sticks (Judah and Ephraim/Joseph) becoming one has been variously interpreted, with one modern version identifying Judah with messianic Judaism and Ephraim with Gentile Christianity and the two coming together in the church. However, the passage reveals the names to be written on these sticks. Ezekiel 37:21 identifies these two sticks with “the sons of Israel” that had been dispersed among the nations and would be regathered into their own land. Verse 22 speaks of the historic division into “two kingdoms,” while verse 25 speaks of all the people and their land in continuity with Jacob and “[their] fathers.” Both of these references could apply to none but the historic Jewish people descended from the patriarchs to whom the land of Israel was given. Clearly, it is only the Jewish tribes that had been divided that would be reunited. Judah was the larger of the two tribes that gave the southern kingdom its dynastic ruler (“the house of David”) and its name, and similarly the northern kingdom was named after its most prominent tribe from the house of Joseph, Ephraim.

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 A. W. Tozer. He said, “This is the kind of age and hour when the Lord’s people should be so alert to the hope and promise of His coming that they should get up every morning just like a child on Christmas morning—eager and believing that it should be today!”

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.