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7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Alaska (Second Coming Watch Update #941)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #941. 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 EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to CNN, Scott Langley with the National Tsunami Warning Center said Monday afternoon the magnitude 7.5 earthquake near Sand Point, Alaska, generated a tsunami. Langley said the tsunami sent two waves, each measuring 4 feet, 3 inches high. But observers onshore reported the waves appeared to be 1.5 feet and 2 feet over high tide. The center is monitoring harbors in a 500-mile area along the Alaska coastline. Tsunami advisories issued for parts of Alaska and the state of Hawaii following the earthquake were canceled Monday night, according to tweets from the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Second, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli and Bahraini officials plan to sign a normalization declaration in Manama [MUH-NAM-UH] Sunday that will launch diplomatic relations and peace between the two countries. An Israeli official told reporters on Saturday night, “From tomorrow there will be full diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain after the joint declaration.” The signing ceremony builds on the statement of intent between the two countries signed in Washington on September 15, which still lacks the status of a full-fledged agreement. The Israeli official referred to the document as a “joint communique,” but explained that in practice, full diplomatic relations will be in place by the end of the day Sunday. After, the signing work can begin on the establishment of embassies in both countries. The scheduled Israeli-Bahraini ceremony follows the Knesset [KUH-NES-ET] vote Thursday to authorize Israel’s peace deal with the United Arab Emirates.

Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Reuters, United Nations food agency Food and Agriculture Organization says this year’s locust invasion is Ethiopia’s worst in 25 years. It has damaged an estimated 200,000 hectares of land there since January, threatening food supplies – a single square kilometre swarm can eat as much food in a day as 35,000 people – and the livelihoods of millions. It is part of a once-in-a-lifetime succession of swarms that have plagued East Africa and the Red Sea region since late 2019, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating the crisis this year by disrupting the FAO’s supply chain of pesticides and other equipment to fight them off. Conflict and chaos in Yemen, where some of the swarms originated, have made spraying pesticide by airplane at source impossible. That combined with unusually heavy rains have swelled the swarms spreading across Ethiopia. The World Bank has said the insects could cost East Africa and Yemen $8.5 billion this year, and the FAO’s Ethiopia representative Fatouma Seid [FAH-TOO-MAH SIYD] fears the pattern of destruction will be repeated next year. She said, “Infestation will continue into 2021. We are being re-invaded and the swarms will then go to Kenya.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Newsweek, An Iranian official said that the Islamic Republic was looking forward to buying and selling weapons with a number of international partners as a United Nations arms embargo preventing it from doing so was set to lift in days, a development that the United States has condemned as damaging to global security. The expiration of the decade-old U.N. restrictions, set to take place Sunday, would come after a largely unsuccessful U.S. campaign to convince countries to defy the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the accompanying U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 to extend the ban on Iran’s arms industry. Iran has yet to formally announce any specific country arms deals. Officials, however, have repeatedly discussed the prospect of doing business with U.S. rivals Russia and China, who have been vocally critical of President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign to isolate Iran.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing is stepping up the militarisation of its southeast coast as it prepares for a possible invasion of Taiwan, military observers and sources have said. The People’s Liberation Army has been upgrading its missile bases, and one Beijing-based military source said it has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile the DF-17 to the area. The source said, “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades. The new missile has a longer range and is able to hit targets more accurately.” Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province which it has vowed to take back, by force if necessary. Relations between Beijing and Taipei [TAHY-PEY] have deteriorated since Tsai Ing-wen [SY ING-WEN] from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party was elected as president in 2016 and refused to accept the one-China principle.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:22-32.

Ezekiel 36:31-32 reads: “Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.”

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.

This new condition will assure Israel’s permanent residence in the land and guarantee that God’s name will never again be profaned among the nations. This connection is drawn in verse 28, where the fulfillment of God’s New Covenant law results in a reestablishment of Israel in its land. The possession of this land was unconditionally promised to Israel’s descendants in the phrase “and you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers.” God will restore the people of Israel to the land because He promised that the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would have it forever as an everlasting possession. In keeping this promise, God would restore His reputation among both Israel and the nations as “the faithful God, who keeps His covenant.”

The enjoyment of promised New Covenant blessings will provoke the nation to repentance by causing the people to remember their past iniquities. A similar response is seen in Isaiah 12:1-6, a hymn of praise as Israel enters the millennial kingdom. This repentance is depicted in Ezekiel 36:31 by the words “remember,” which means “a recognition or discernment which turns toward God,” and “loathe,” which indicates a “self-loathing.” The objects of repentance are stated to be the people’s “evil ways” and “deeds that were not good,” terms that refer to moral action in the bad sense and the practice of wanton, evil deeds in connection with ritualistic idolatry. Thus Israel, with a new nature, the indwelling of the Spirit, and the promised blessings of the millennial kingdom, will understand its history of disobedience from the divine viewpoint and respond in repentance. Ezekiel 36:32 reminds Israel that her experience of renewal is the result of grace (“not for your sakes”), a new internalized recognition (Niphal [a major verb stem in biblical Hebrew] of yada’, or “know,” has a reflective nuance) of the character of God, which drives the nation to a deeper experience of spiritual repentance over its failure to properly honor God.

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 J C Ryle. He said, “I can only say, that I am more and more convinced, as I grow older — that to keep our eyes steadily fixed on the second coming of Christ is one great secret of Christian peace.”

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 in Pigs Could Spread to Humans (Second Coming Watch Update #940)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #940. 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 Express, A coronavirus strain which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting in pigs could spread to humans. The strain has been infecting pigs in China since 2016 and is called “swine acute diarrhoea syndrome coronavirus” or SADS-CoV. It is thought to have originally come from bats who transmitted the virus to pigs. The virus strain is said to be most dangerous to piglets. A large outbreak of the disease could inflict major economic damage to countries who rely on pork production and sales. According to the database company Statista, China had the world’s largest pork production followed by the EU and the US. Researchers in North Carolina have discovered that SADS-CoV can spread to humans. They have found that the virus can infect and replicate itself within human airway, liver and intestinal cells. Professor Ralph Baric from the University of North Carolina said: “Many investigators focus on the emergent potential of the betacoronaviruses like SARS and MERS. Actually the alphacoronaviruses may prove equally prominent — if not greater — concerns to human health, given their potential to rapidly jump between species.” Professor Baric and his colleagues researched the risk of “spillover” – whether the virus strain could jump from pigs to human populations. The researchers discovered that swine coronavirus is capable of replicating faster in intestinal cells, rather than in lungs.

Second, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to The Associated Press, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his Ethiopian counterpart that his country has the intention to “immediately” bring over some 2,000 Ethiopian Jews. The announcement came Friday after a phone call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed [AH-BEY AH-MED]. Netanyahu’s office said the decision comes “out of his commitment to the continued aliyah [AA-LEE-YAH] of Jews to Israel.” Some 13,000 Ethiopian Jews are in the capital, Addis Ababa, and in Gondar [GON-DAHR], most of them waiting to be taken to Israel, which they call home. Most live in dire conditions and have threatened to stage a hunger strike if they’re not allowed to travel to their “homeland.” Many say they have family members who have settled in Israel. Nigusie Alemu Eyasu [NI-GOO-SEE AL-EH-MOO AY-AH-SAH], program director for the Ethiopian Jews Community, said, “Some 250 people have left for Israel within the past year until COVID-19 came. Now the travel has stopped, but Israeli officials are conducting interviews online.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Ynet News, Israel and Hamas are said to be close to an agreement on a six-month ceasefire along the Gaza border. According to the report, the coronavirus crisis has led to a severe and growing economic and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, prompting the terror-group to agree to a six-month settlement with Israel. In exchange for halting attacks on Israel from the Hamas-run coastal enclave, Qatar will transfer $100 million to the terror group. According to the report, the main Israeli officials behind the agreement were IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Kamil Abu Rukun, and Mossad Director Yossi Cohen. The two were engaged in direct discussions with Qatari officials, with the aim of resuming financial aid reaching Gaza. Qatar has long provided financial aid to impoverished Palestinians, handing over millions of dollars on a regular basis. In the past, the terror group has launched attacks on Israel when it has found itself in financial difficulty, most recently carrying out destructive arson attacks on farmland in southern Israel using incendiary devices attached to balloons.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Daily Star, Kim Jong-un unveiled a “monster” of an intercontinental ballistic missile at a gigantic military parade in North Korea. Analysts said the missile, which was shown on a transporter vehicle with 11 axles, would be one of the largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles in the world if it becomes operational. Melissa Hanham, deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network, said, “This missile is a monster.” Also proudly displayed were the Hwasong-15 [WAH-SONG], which is the longest-range missile ever tested by North Korea, and what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. The parade was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party. Previously, officials in South Korea and the US speculated Kim could use the event to unveil a new “strategic weapon” as promised earlier this year.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Jewish News Syndicate, The Israeli Cabinet on Monday unanimously approved Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to submit the Abraham Accords for Knesset approval prior to its submission to the Cabinet for ratification. Netanyahu said to the Cabinet before submitting the treaty for its approval, “This is the first peace agreement that Israel has signed in more than 25 years. We are also completing the agreements with Bahrain, meaning that we will be making peace with two Arab states at the same time.” The Israeli premier went on to say that “six years ago at the United Nations, I said that the notion that Israeli-Palestinian peace would assist a breakthrough to the expanse between Israel and the Arab world should also be reconsidered. I said there that I thought it works in reverse—that broad reconciliation between Israel and the Arab world would lead to the advancement of a realistic peace between us and the Palestinians.” He had said at that time that Israel must turn its gaze to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, he added, “and I think that all of you understand that this peace is being accompanied by very many actions. Most of the actions are below the surface—many meetings, many contacts, very many ties that have been in the making for years.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:22-32.

Ezekiel 36:26 reads: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

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 remainder of Ezekiel 36:26 contains two important terms, “the heart of stone” and “a heart of flesh,” which serve to contrast and complement the terms previously considered. The term “heart of stone” is a forcibly imagery of the hardened condition of the will, the attributive genitive “stone” (Hebrew, ‘even) transferring its stony quality to the heat and rendering it obdurate, insensitive, and incapable of action. By contrast, the term “heart of flesh” refers to the new sensitive and responsive will, which is ready to demonstrate obedience. While Israel’s new nature qualifies it to live under the New Covenant, the additional element that defines Israel’s experience of the New Covenant and secures its abiding relationship with the Lord appears in verse 27 as the bestowal of God’s own Holy Spirit. God imparts the Spirit to cause Israel to faithfully fulfill the New Covenant. The verb “walk” (Hebrew, halak) pictures Israel living according to the legal expressions of God’s will, while the verb “keep” (Hebrew, shamar) indicates “keeping with observant care” or a “guarding with diligent preservation.” Both terms imply the duty of covenant obedience expected of the renewed nation.

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 Trapp. He said, “This is pinned as a badge to the sleeve of every true believer—that he looks for and longs for Christ’s coming to judgement.”

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.

Massive Earthquakes From Yellowstone Could Devastate North America (Second Coming Watch Update #939)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #939. 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 EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to The Daily Express, Located inside Yellowstone National Park, the caldera is dubbed a supervolcano due to its capability to inflict untold devastation on a global scale in the event of a supereruption. The area is constantly monitored by the United States Geological Survey for signs an eruption is on the way, but science writer Bryan Walsh painted a bleak picture of what could happen in the future. In his recently-published book ‘End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World,’ he wrote: “First would come a swarm of increasingly intense earthquakes, a sign that magma was rushing toward the surface. The pressure would build until, like champagne in a bottle given a vigorous shake, the magma would burst through the ground in a titanic eruption that would discharge the toxic innards of the Earth to the air. It would continue for days, burying Yellowstone in lava within a forty-mile radius of the eruption.” But, Walsh warned the devastation would not be restricted to the local area. He detailed how Yellowstone’s plume of ash, lava, and volcanic gases would reach a height of at least 15 miles, and make their way across North America. Walsh added: “Hospitals would be choked with victims coughing up blood as the silicate in the ash slashed at their lungs.” Worst still, the ash could poison crops and create a worldwide volcanic winter – in which global average temperatures could plunge as much as 8C for a decade. This could produce a recipe for a global starvation event that may endanger hundreds of millions of people.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to CNBC, Coronavirus infection rates in the New York City area continue to soar far above other parts of the state just days after it reopened indoor dining spaces and returned more students to classrooms for in-person learning. According to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Saturday, New York is responding to growing clusters of coronavirus cases in 20 “hotspot” ZIP codes that are reporting positivity rates, or the number of tests coming back positive, as high as 18%, based on a weekly average. Dr. Tom Frieden [FREE-DEN], the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Barack Obama, warned on Twitter Saturday that New York City is “on the edge of a precipice” and is at “a high risk of Covid resurgence.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday it has inspected the second of two suspected former secret atomic sites in Iran, as agreed upon with Tehran last month. The IAEA said in a statement, “As part of an agreement with Iran to resolve safeguards implementation issues specified by the IAEA, the Agency this week conducted a complementary access at the second location in the country and took environmental samples.” Those samples and others taken at the first site will be sent to labs and analyzed for traces of nuclear material, since the agency’s main task is to account for all nuclear material in a country to ensure it is not being used to make weapons. The agreement allowing inspectors to visit the sites followed a recently released IAEA report in which the agency expressed ‘serious concern’ that Iran has been blocking inspections at two sites where past nuclear activity may have occurred.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG & MAGOG — According to SpaceWar.com, Russia announced the successful test-firing of its Zircon hypersonic missile on Wednesday, striking a target 300 miles away after traveling at over 6,100 mph. The announcement came in a teleconference between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Valery Ger-as-i-mov, transcribed on the presidential website. Ana-to-ly An-to-nov, Russian ambassador to the United States, said on Wednesday that the test was not meant to intimidate any enemy. An-to-nov said on Russia television, “We will discuss today’s example with Zir-con for a long time, but I would like to emphasize that Russia is not thus trying to show its muscles or rattle weapons.” He added that the United States is “watching very closely what is happening here. If the Pentagon is silent, this does not mean that they do not pay attention. Any step of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is important for them.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly offered to broker a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hezbollah. The move came following French inquiries into the Shi’ite terrorist organization’s position on the matter. Hezbollah is also a Lebanese political party, complete with seats in parliament. According to a source familiar with the offer, France suggested holding parallel talks to the unprecedented U.S.-brokered talks between Lebanon and Israel over their maritime border. France believes Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah viewed the idea favorably, according to the paper. Macron hopes this will lead to a reduction in Hezbollah’s arms, reportedly, so that the organization can operate more like a political party. The source said the U.S. showed interest in Macron’s initiative for Lebanon to enable Lebanon to strike a peace deal with the Jewish state after demarcating borders.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:22-32.

Ezekiel 36:26 reads: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

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 the second stage of restoration as described in verses 25-27, Israel’s spiritual regeneration is presented through the ceremonial imagery of liturgical cleansing. This is in keeping with the Levitical ritual of purification from defilement.

The renewal of national Israel requires an individual spiritual regeneration that will prevent the loss of a ceremonial state and preserve the restoration in perpetuity. Verses 26-27 present this spiritual regeneration as a radical change in the inner disposition by the removal of that which caused ritual defilement and the implantation of a new nature. This is depicted in the original Hebrew text by the use of a chiastic [KY-AS-TIK] arrangement (A/B/B/A pattern) in which the elements of divine activity and human change are emphasized: (A) “I will give” (B) “a new heart” (A) “a new spirit” (B) “I will put within you.” The theological expression of “new” finds its place chiefly in the eschatological announcement of a New Covenant, a new covenant community, and a new creation. The “new heart” (volitional aspect) and “new spirit” (relationship aspect) therefore are inner dispositions of will and spiritual inclination that were formerly nonexistent and have been given in order to bring national Israel into the spiritual provisions of the New Covenant.

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 Glen Spencer. He said, “The Christian’s duty is to live at all times the way he would want his Saviour to find him living at the rapture. Jesus Christ asked the question, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? To live a holy life we must have the right perspective. The faithful Christian is living and watching for the return of his Saviour.”

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.

Netanyahu Accuses Hezbollah of Arms Depot in Lebanese District (Second Coming Watch Update #938)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #938. 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 Hayom, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah of maintaining a “secret arms depot” in a residential neighborhood of Beirut [BAY-ROOT], warning it could cause another tragic explosion in the Lebanese capital. In an address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Netanyahu showed maps purportedly showing the missile depot’s location next to a gas station and residential housing. He also showed what he said was a picture of the entrance to the depot. Netanyahu said, “Here’s where the next explosion will take place, right here.” Addressing the Lebanese people, he said: “You’ve got to act now, you’ve got to protest this, because if this thing explodes, it’s another tragedy. … You should tell them, ‘Tear these depots down.'” In August, a warehouse filled with nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut’s [BAY-ROOT] port, killing nearly 200 people, wounding thousands and causing widespread destruction in the capital. The ammonium nitrate had been stored there for several years.

Second, today, under the Sign category of THE MARK OF THE BEAST — According to CNN, Amazon’s latest effort to speed up shopping trips lets you pay with the palm of your hand at some of its stores. On Tuesday, the company introduced Amazon One, which connects your palm print to a stored credit card so you can place your hand above a sensor to enter and buy items at checkout-free Amazon Go stores. (Typically, visitors use a code on their smartphone to open electronic gates inside these stores.) Initially, the feature will be available at two Amazon Go stores in Seattle, and the company plans in upcoming months to add it to more Amazon Go stores, which are spread across Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. Amazon plans to bring it to other retailers — and perhaps places like offices and stadiums — in the future. Before trying it, users must insert a credit card in an Amazon One device and hold a palm above it, facing down, so it can be scanned. In an effort to make the system as accurate as possible, a camera takes multiple images of the fine lines and ridges of the palm, and captures some subcutaneous details, such as veins, that aren’t as visible in typical photographs. After enrollment, a user holds their palm above an Amazon One scanner to enter the store.

Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to The New York Times, the top humanitarian official of the United Nations has warned the first famines of the coronavirus era could soon hit four chronically food-deprived conflict areas — Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a letter to members of the Security Council, the official, Mark Lowcock, said the risk of famines in these areas had been intensified by “natural disasters, economic shocks and public-health crises, all compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.” Together, he said, “these factors are endangering the lives of millions of women, men and children.” In April, David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Program, the anti-hunger arm of the United Nations, warned the Security Council that while the world was contending with the coronavirus pandemic, “we are also on the brink of a hunger pandemic.” Mr. Lowcock, who is the United Nations’ under secretary for humanitarian affairs, effectively escalated the warning, saying a lack of funding for emergency relief and the complications created by the coronavirus scourge have now pushed some of the world’s neediest populations closer to famine conditions.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to Arab News, In ordinary times Yom Kippur brings much of Israel to a standstill, as businesses close and roads empty for the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. But the world has looked very different this year, so deserted highways in city centers have become something of a familiar sight, even on days other than religious holidays. Israel entered its second-wave lockdown on Sept. 18 after a surge of new cases had hospitals worrying about the strain on admissions. Health ministry directives that prayers be held in small, socially-distanced groups outdoors spelled an effective shutdown order for many synagogues, the first widespread curbs on the houses of worship during Yom Kippur since Israel’s founding in 1948. The country of nine million people has logged at least 1,441 deaths from COVID-19.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene an international conference early next year to launch “a genuine peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas urged Guterres to work with the Middle East Quartet of mediators – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the UN – and the UN Security Council on a conference “with full authority and with the participation of all concerned parties, early next year, to engage in a genuine peace process.” Abbas told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded video, “There will be no peace, no security, no stability and no coexistence in our region while this occupation continues and a just, comprehensive solution to the question of Palestine, the core of the conflict, remains denied.” He said the Palestinians remained committed to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, drawn up by Saudi Arabia, in which Arab nations offered to normalize ties with Israel in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in 1967.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:22-32.

Ezekiel 36:23 reads: “And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.”

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.

This vindication is necessary because God’s name is “great” in the sense of “great in importance,” which underscores the majesty and incomparability of Israel’s God as opposed to the insignificance of the gods of the nations. It is not simply that God must recover the national status of a powerful local deity, but that He must be acknowledged by the nations as the only and true God. To accomplish this requires an act greater than simply returning the Jewish people to their land. Thus the Lord will demonstrate His true nature and character “among you [Israel] in their sight.” This requires a supernatural physical and spiritual restoration in Israel as a people and a land. Verses 24-31 reveal the theological and historical order of this restoration with an initial focus on the land of Israel: “I will…bring you into your own land.” This confirms that there can be no fulfillment of any of the prophetic promises of the past unless Israel is restored to the Promised Land.

Verse 24 also demonstrates that the restoration of Israel takes place in stages, with the first stage being a regathering from the nations and a return to the land. This is followed by the second stage, which is described in verses 25-27. The first stage is physical: restoration to the land. The second stage is spiritual: restoration to the Lord. These stages are evident in the next chapter as well, where restoration is seen in the vision of the dry bones and the reuniting of the nation is seen in 37:15-28. The regathering and return of Israel to its land is seen in other prophets to be a process that begins with a partial regathering in unbelief followed by a complete regathering in belief. In other words, the fulfillment of verse 24 can take place progressively through time until both national spiritual regeneration and repentance take place at the end of the Tribulation, resulting in the full and final regathering of Israel into the land for the millennial kingdom.

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

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Vance Havner. He said, “We are not just looking for something to happen, we are looking for Someone to come! And when these things begin to come to pass, we are not to drop our heads in discouragement or shake our heads in despair, but rather lift up our heads in delight.”

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.

Palestinian Authority Quits Chairmanship of Arab League Meetings (Second Coming Watch Update #937)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #937. 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, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said on Tuesday the Palestinian Authority has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, condemning as dishonorable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel. Palestinians see the accords that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as a betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalizing ties with Israel. The Palestinian Authority was supposed to chair Arab League meetings for the next six months, but Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki [REE-YAHD AL-MAH-LEE-KEE] told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah that it no longer wanted the position. Maliki [MAH-LEE-KEE] said, “Palestine has decided to concede its right to chair the League’s council (of foreign ministers) at its current session. There is no honor in seeing Arabs rush towards normalization during its presidency.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARDS THE JEWISH PEOPLE — According to The Associated Press, in a report released Tuesday, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism Berlin, or RIAS, documented 410 incidents — more than two a day — during the first half of 2020 in Germany. The group’s count of anti-Semitic acts included six physical attacks, 25 cases of property damage, 20 threats, 58 examples of anti-Semitic propaganda and 301 examples of malicious behavior such as giving the stiff-armed Nazi salute. The report’s publication comes amid nationwide concerns that intensified in October 2019 after an armed man tried to force his way into a synagogue in central German city of Halle [HAL-LUH] on Judaism’s holiest day, Yom Kippur, then fatally shot two people nearby. The suspect posted an anti-Jewish screed online before the attack. German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week decried how anti-Semitism had become “more visible and uninhibited. It is a disgrace, and it shames me deeply.” A national report issued in May showed anti-Semitic crimes in Germany last year reached their highest level since the country started keeping records.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, An arms depot of the Iran-backed Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah exploded in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, injuring several people and sending a new shockwave across a nation grappling with its deepest crisis in three decades. A security source said the arms depot blast, which sent a huge column of black smoke into the sky, was caused by a “technical error.” The al-Manar television station run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah said the cause of an explosion in southern Lebanon on Tuesday was not yet clear. The explosion rocked the village of Ain Qana [AIN KA-NA] in south Lebanon, a political stronghold of the heavily armed and politically powerful group which has fought wars with neighboring Israel. The blast has further rattled a nation grappling with its worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war and still reeling from a devastating explosion at Beirut [BAY-ROOT] port that ripped through the capital, killing at least 190 people.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Israel National News, Sudanese sources claim in a report that Sudan is likely to normalize relations with Israel in the near future. The report, which was published Wednesday afternoon, cited multiple unnamed Sudanese officials who said that the recent high-level talks between the US and the Sudanese government were “very positive”, and indicated that it is increasingly likely Sudan will establish normal relations with Israel – most likely in the “very near future”. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pushed in recent weeks for a breakthrough with Sudan which would end the country’s pariah status in the West and lead to closer relations between Sudan and Israel. According to Wednesday’s report, Sudan is prepared to normalize relations with Israel, if an agreement can be worked on with the US on economic aid and the compensation package.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG & MAGOG — According to SpaceWar.com, Russia unveiled half a dozen cutting edge strategic weapons systems, including the Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic missile and the ICBM-launched Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, in 2018, in response to US efforts to build a missile shield, and the general beefing up of NATO forces on Russia’s western borders. President Vladimir Putin has said Russia had no choice but to pursue the development of nuclear-capable hypersonic weapons systems in the aftermath of the Bush administration’s decision in 2002 to tear up the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Treaty, which prohibited the creation of missile defences. Putin said, “America’s withdrawal from the ABM Treaty in 2002 forced Russia to start developing hypersonic weapons. We had to create these weapons in response to the deployment of the US strategic missile defence system, which would have been able to neutralise and render obsolete our entire nuclear potential. I have said many times that for decades, we constantly had to play catch-up. This concerned nuclear weapons, and then long-range strategic aviation and intercontinental ballistic missile technology.” Putin added, however, that today Russia possesses strategic systems which surpass any existing weaponry of any potential adversaries. Putin stressed, “For the first time in modern Russia’s history, the country possesses the most modern types of weapons, which are far superior in terms of their force, power, speed and, very importantly, in terms of accuracy compared to all which existed before them and exist today.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:22-32.

Ezekiel 36:22 reads: “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.”

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.

Before the restoration of national Israel can be declared (verses 33-38), the problem of divine profanation must be resolved by divine sanctification (verses 22-23) through Israel’s future salvation under the New Covenant (verses 24-32). However, the divine motive for restoring Israel physically and spiritually must be understood so that a proper theological foundation might undergird this future act of sovereign grace. This is given in verses 22-23, where the tone changes from explanation (verses 17-21) to declaration. This new section uses the introductory formula “thus says the Lord GOD,” and the purpose is to introduce specific authoritative declarations of judgment or salvation.

God’s concern for His reputation is expanded by way of declaration in verse 22 with the statement, “Not for your sake, O house of Israel, am I about to act but only for My holy name.” This self-assertion removes all grounds of human arrogance and appeal, and maintains God’s freedom to act sovereignly for Himself. This assertion of sovereign resolve is made through the force of the verb “act” (Hebrew, ‘asah, “do, make”) in the Qal active participle functioning absolutely (without an object). The sense is “I am about to do what I do,” denoting the certainty and effectiveness of the action. The phrase “not for your sake” strengthens this act of self-interest by excluding Israel from any part in resolving the divine dilemma created by the nation’s exile. The people did not send themselves into exile, though they were responsible for the sin that required God’s judgment by exile. Israel cannot merit its restoration, and therefore it must be done by God alone. God’s motive here is not Israel’s need, but rather the need to vindicate His holy character before the nations.

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

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Billy Graham. He said, “We are to wait for the coming of Christ with patience. We are to watch with anticipation. We are to work with Zeal. We are to prepare with urgency. Scripture says Christ is coming when you’re least expecting him. Coming as a thief. He said, ‘Be prepared. Get Ready. Prepare to meet thy God.’ Are you prepared?”

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.

UAE, Bahrain, and Israel Sign Agreement (Second Coming Watch Update #936)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #936. 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 RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Reuters, The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements on Tuesday to establish formal ties with Israel, becoming the first Arab states in a quarter century to break a longstanding taboo, in a strategic realignment of Middle East countries against Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the White House ceremony, capping a dramatic month when first the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel’s dispute with the Palestinians. The deals, denounced by the Palestinians, make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps toward normalizing relations since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Meeting Netanyahu earlier in the Oval Office, Trump said, “We’ll have at least five or six countries coming along very quickly” to forge their own accords with Israel. Later Trump told reporters a third Gulf Arab state, Saudi Arabia, would strike an agreement with Israel “at the right time.” The Saudi cabinet stressed in a statement the need for a “just and comprehensive solution” to the Palestinian issue. Saudi Arabia is the biggest Gulf Arab power. Its king is custodian of Islam’s holiest sites and rules the world’s largest oil exporter. Despite its own reluctance, the kingdom’s quiet acquiescence to the agreements was seen as crucial.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Daily Star, A sharp spike in cases of the deadly West Nile virus has added to the problems facing Spanish healthcare workers already stretched to breaking point by the coronavirus pandemic. In the past month, 52 new cases of the disease have been reported – mainly in the province of Andalusia [AN-DUH-LUU-SHUH]. Prior to this latest outbreak there had been just seven cases reported over the past 10 years. At least four people have died of the virus in the province of Sevilla [SEH-VEE-YAA]. The virus, like coronavirus, produces no symptoms in around 80% of the people it infects – enabling it to spread very easily. A minority of victims, though, will suffer from flu-like symptoms including headaches and a fever. Even mild cases can take a while to recover from and about one in 10 of people who contract the severe form of the disease are likely to die. The disease, which has no vaccine or known cure, is spread by mosquito bites – and the insects are breeding in record numbers across southern Spain.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli aircraft attacked targets in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday morning, the IDF spokesperson’s unit said, as another barrage of rockets from the coastal enclave landed in southern Israel. Hours earlier, a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza struck the coastal Israeli city of Ashdod, wounding two people, at the same time as Israel and two Gulf Arab states signed agreements in Washington to establish formal relations. The IDF said on Wednesday morning that IAF aircraft attacked ten Hamas targets, including a training base and a munitions factory. The airstrikes came in retaliation after 13 rocket launches from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory were identified earlier in the morning, eight of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, There are today some 9,246,000 residents of Israel, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday, as it released its annual population report on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, which begins on Friday. The CBS also predicted that Israel’s population was set to reach 10 million people by the end of 2024, 15 million by the end of 2048, and 20 million by 2065. According to the CBS, since September 1, 2019 approximately 170,000 babies have been born in Israel, 44,000 people have died, and 20,000 people have made aliyah [AA-LEE-YAA]. All in all, Israel’s population has grown by 150,000 people since Rosh Hashanah 2019. About 6,841,000 of the residents of Israel are Jews, constituting 74% of the population. About 1,946,000 (21%) are Arab and some 459,000 people are non-Arab Christians, members of other religions and people without a religious affiliation.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Zero Hedge, China recently launched the “Clean Plate Campaign,” which targets people wasting food, as speculation of a worldwide food shortage mounts. President Xi Jinping [SHEE JIN-PING] has pushed new measures to curb food waste following the virus pandemic, calling those who live stream their eating experiences on social media as “shocking and distressing.” Jinping [JIN-PING] said China had to “maintain a sense of crisis about food security” amid the virus pandemic. The warning comes as the world’s second-largest economy could soon face food shortages. Besides the virus-induced economic downturn disrupting food supply chains, there’s been droughts, floods, and pests that are likely to result in poor harvests this year. Some restaurants in China have limited the number of dishes served to diners, while others have weighed customers before ordering. According to a study published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the World Wildlife Fund in China, estimates show China wastes enough food to feed 30 to 50 million people per year. The government’s abrupt crackdown on food waste suggests a shortage could be nearing.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:16-21.

Ezekiel 36:20-21 reads: “And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.”

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 seriousness of this offense can be seen in the meaning of the verb “profane” (Hebrew, chalal [KHAW-LAL]), which means “to pollute, defile, profane, violate, desecrate, make common.” Of the 75 occurrences of the term in the Old Testament, 31 are found in Ezekiel. Of these uses by the prophet, 21 refer to treating as common those things that are consecrated as holy–such as “holy things,” “holy places,” “the sanctuary,” “holy occasions” (usually Sabbaths), and “holy position.” The remaining ten occurrences all refer to a profanation of the Lord’s holy name, the highest form of profanation.

Verse 21 explains God’s intent to vindicate His holy name. While no scheme is yet revealed for the recovery of the divine honor, there is introduced the general motive that underlies the specific action displayed in verses 23-32. The pivotal phrase “but I had concern for My holy name” contrasts the attitude of the nations who professed no concern for it. The word translated as “concern,” “pity,” or “compassion” (Hebrew, chamal [KHAW-MAL]) is used in Ezekiel 16:5 (in a passage describing Israel’s contemptible state at the time of her election) to indicate an attitude of active, condescending responsibility. Here it indicates God’s zealous restoration of His own honor, which will require divine intervention in the future restoration of Israel. So assured is this future action that the verb appears as a prophetic preterite indicating that the basis of Israel’s restoration has already been settled.

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 Chrysostom. He said, “There are two advents of Christ: that which has been, and that which is to be. And the two are not for the same purpose; the first came to pass not that He might search into our actions, but that He might pardon; the object of the second will be not to pardon, but to judge.”

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’s Uranium Stockpile 10 Times More Than Limit Set in Agreement (Second Coming Watch Update #935)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #935. 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, Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium is more than 10 times the limit set by the nuclear deal, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency quarterly report. The IAEA data released Friday showed that Tehran had violated the terms of the 2015 agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but its stockpile of low-enriched uranium was still lower than it had been prior to the deal. Iran had let the UN nuclear watchdog inspect one of the two sites it agreed last week to grant access to after a protracted standoff. During the inspection, the agency took environmental samples, one of the two reports obtained by Reuters said, referring to samples aimed at detecting traces of nuclear material that may have been present. The report said the inspectors will visit the other site “later in September 2020 on a date already agreed with Iran, to take environmental samples.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to the Associated Press, The European Union warned Serbia and Kosovo on Monday that they could undermine their EU membership hopes by moving their Israeli embassies to Jerusalem, as U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement about the change left officials in Belgrade and Pristina scrambling to limit the political fallout. In an unexpected move last week, Trump said that Serbia and Kosovo had agreed to normalize economic ties as part of U.S.-brokered talks that include Belgrade moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and mutual recognition between Israel and Kosovo. It surprised the Europeans, who are leading complex talks between Serbia and its former territory of Kosovo on improving their long-strained relations, while Serbian officials appeared to be watering down their commitment to Trump, and Kosovo sought to allay concerns among Muslim countries. The 27-nation EU’s long-held policy is that Jerusalem’s status should be worked out between Israel and the Palestinians as part of broader peace negotiations, and that Serbia — as a candidate to join the bloc — should respect that. European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said, “There is no EU member state with an embassy in Jerusalem. Any diplomatic steps that could call into question the EU’s common position on Jerusalem are a matter of serious concern and regret.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel Hayom, A high ranking official in the Dubai police department said on Tuesday that the UAE’s newly brokered peace deal with Israel was a positive step “for regional stability and security” and that Hamas can “go to hell.” Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim [DAH-HEE KAL-FAHM TAH-MEEM], deputy chief of the Dubai police, told Kuwaiti media outlet Diwan al-Mullah [DUH-WAAN AL-MUH-LUH], “Israel never threatened us. [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan has. Iran is threatening us. The Turkish leader’s claims that he was the champion of the Palestinians is a sham.” Tamim [TAH-MEEM] also questioned why it was necessary for a government to receive approval from the Palestinians before signing a peace treaty with Israel. Tamim [TAH-MEEM] asked during the interview, “Is it conceivable that the decision of heads of state whether or not to sign an agreement with a certain country depends on the approval [of the head of the Palestinian Authority] Mahmoud Abbas? Is it conceivable that a president or a Prime Minister is basing his [decision] on the advice of [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas? Abbas himself is unable to make a decision to resolve the [Palestinian] problem. If Abbas had been a worthy leader, he would have solved the Palestinian problem or would have already resigned. How can we expect public opinion in the Gulf states to favor the Palestinians when they pray in their mosques for the destruction of … countries?” According to the lieutenant, Iran has three choices: it can die economically, or it can sign a peace agreement with Israel and coexist with the region. “The third option is the fall of the mullahs’ regime,” he concluded.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to The Jerusalem Post, A senior delegation from Chad arrived in Israel on Tuesday to promote ties between the countries. The delegation is led by Deputy Director of Chad’s civil cabinet Abdelkerim Idriss Déby [AB-DEL-KAH-REEM EE-DRIS DEH-BEE], who is also the son of Chad’s President Idriss Déby [EE-DRIS DEH-BEE]. He is set to meet with his Israeli counterpart, National Security Adviser Meir [MEHR] Ben-Shabbat. Déby [DEH-BEE] is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi [GAH-BEE AHSH-KAH-NAH-ZEE], Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen and others. Israel and Chad broke off relations in 1973, following the Yom Kippur War, when 30 African states cut ties with Israel. The countries renewed relations in 2018, and Chad’s president visited Israel later that year. Netanyahu went to Chad the following year. Chad, which has been engaged in a yearslong battle with the Boko Haram terrorist group, seeks Israeli arms and security and intelligence expertise, as well as water-use technology and better ties with the US. For Israel, ties with Chad reinforces the message sent by normalizing relations with the UAE and Kosovo, that Muslim states can cooperate with Israel even when there is not peace with the Palestinians.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to Daily Mail, Fears have arisen that bubonic plague could spread into China after its bordering country Mongolia reports its third victim who died of the Black Death this year. A 38-year-old man had died from the plague on Monday in Mongolia’s western Zavkhan [ZAV-KHAN] province after eating marmot meat last month, said the local authorities. It comes as China’s Inner Mongolia region, near the Chinese border with Mongolia, has recorded two deaths caused by the plague in August, prompting the authorities to impose partial lockdowns and quarantine residents. Mongolian authorities have also declared at least 17 out of all 21 provinces in the country are at risk of bubonic plague, raising fears that the disease could spread into neighbouring China.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:16-21.

Ezekiel 36:18-19 reads: “Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.”

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

Ezekiel 36:18-21 explains that Israel had defiled itself and its land by idolatry, which resulted in the judgment of exile. It also resulted in the profanation of the Lord’s holy name by the nations because Israel belongs to God. Verse 17 recounts Israel’s moral defection, and verse 18 presents the consequence: defilement of the land, including idolatry. Ezekiel therefore reviews God’s retributive judgment against Israel, the same form of judgment previously announced against the nations.

The prophet goes on in verse 19 to specify the nature of the judicial sentence of exile through the synonyms “scattering” and “dispersing.” These particular terms are coupled in Ezekiel that corresponds in thought and rhyme to the promise of return and restoration. One example of a doublet involving both judgment and restoration appears in verses 19 and 24:

I scattered them among the nations they were dispersed throughout the lands (verse 19)

I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands (verse 24)…

This correspondence presents the divine intervention of Yahweh in the sovereign exercise of exile and return. It also prepares us for the remaining chapters of the book. However, it is necessary to first understand the theological reason the restoration must take place. Verses 20-21 show God’s inseparable relationship to the people and land of Israel. From the perspective of Israel, the exile threatened the prophetic fulfillment of the historical covenants, including Israel’s possession of the land. Yet a greater threat is that God’s holy reputation was being profaned by Israel’s behavior in the midst of the surrounding nations.

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 William Barclay. He said, “The best way to prepare for the coming of Christ is never to forget the presence 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.

Majority of Americans Do Not Believe Jesus is God (Second Coming Watch Update #934)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #934. 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 APOSTASY IN THE CHURCH — According to Newsweek, a slight majority of American adults say Jesus was a great teacher and nothing more during his lifetime, which several Christian leaders say is evidence today’s faithful are “drifting away” from traditional evangelist teachings. The 2020 survey conducted by Ligonier Ministries, a Florida-based Reform Church nonprofit, found 52 percent of U.S. adults say they believe Jesus Christ is not God — a belief that contradicts traditional teachings of the Bible through the Christian church, which state Jesus was both man and God. Nearly one-third of evangelicals in the survey agreed that Jesus isn’t God, compared to 65 percent who said “Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God.” The findings of the survey were collected from 3,000 Americans, including 630 self-described evangelicals, and has prompted a call for more arduous modern study of Scripture. Stephen Nichols, chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries and president of Reformation Bible College, said in a statement, “Statistics like these from the State of Theology survey can give us quite a shock, but they also shed light on the concerns that many American Christians and churches have expressed for decades. As the culture around us increasingly abandons its moral compass, professing evangelicals are sadly drifting away from God’s absolute standard in Scripture.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, an Israeli official told Kan public broadcaster Wednesday that Bahrain is expected to become the next Gulf kingdom to formally normalize ties with Israel. According to the report, the kingdom is expected to announce the move after an accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is signed. The official is cited as saying that Washington seeks to host Israeli and UAE officials at the signing ceremony at the White House in mid-September before the Jewish New Year. Bahrain was one of the countries that US State Secretary Mike Pompeo visited during his recent Middle East tour centered on the Israeli-UAE normalization. Bahrain leaders reportedly told Pompeo that it was committed to the creation of a Palestinian state in talks, implicitly rejecting the U.S. top diplomat’s push for Arab countries to swiftly normalize ties with Israel.

Third, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Associated Press, The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in Chad — a week after the U.N. health agency declared the African continent free of the wild polio virus. In a statement this week, WHO said two children in Sudan — one from South Darfur state and the other from Gedarif [GEE-DER-REF] state, close to the border with Ethiopia and Eritrea — were paralyzed in March and April. Both had been recently vaccinated against polio. WHO said initial outbreak investigations show the cases are linked to an ongoing vaccine-derived outbreak in Chad that was first detected last year and is now spreading in Chad and Cameroon. The U.N. agency said, “There is local circulation in Sudan and continued sharing of transmission with Chad,” adding that genetic sequencing confirmed numerous introductions of the virus into Sudan from Chad. WHO said it had found 11 additional vaccine-derived polio cases in Sudan and that the virus had also been identified in environmental samples. There are typically many more unreported cases for every confirmed polio patient. The highly infectious disease can spread quickly in contaminated water and most often strikes children under 5.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE MARK OF THE BEAST — According to BBC News, Elon Musk has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain to demonstrate his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface. Musk said, “I think it’s going to blow your minds. It’s like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires.” His start-up Neuralink applied to launch human trials last year. The interface could allow people with neurological conditions to control phones or computers with their mind. Musk argues such chips could eventually be used to help cure conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injuries. But the long-term ambition is to usher in an age of what Musk calls “superhuman cognition”, in part to combat artificial intelligence so powerful he says it could destroy the human race. Musk said the original Neuralink device, revealed just over a year ago, had been simplified and made smaller. “It actually fits quite nicely in your skull. It could be under your hair and you wouldn’t know.” The device the company is developing consists of a tiny probe containing more than 3,000 electrodes attached to flexible threads thinner than a human hair, which can monitor the activity of 1,000 brain neurons.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to BBC News, India has accused China of violating the border consensus reached between them during recent peace talks. It said Chinese troops carried out “provocative military movements” to change the status quo in Ladakh [LAD-AHK]. At least 20 Indian soldiers died in clashes with Chinese troops in the region in June. China has not said if its soldiers also died. The two nuclear powers accused each other of crossing the poorly demarcated border and provoking the fight. China has denied that its troops violated the status quo. China’s foreign ministry spokesman said, “Chinese border troops have always strictly observed the Line of Actual Control and have never crossed the line. The border troops of the two countries have been in communication over territory issues.” But Delhi said that Indian troops “pre-empted” Chinese activity on “the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso [PAN-GONG SO] Lake” on the night of 29 August. A statement from the Indian government said, “We undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:16-21.

Ezekiel 36:16-17 reads: “Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.”

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 prophetic message (“the word of the Lord”) of divine vindication begins in verse 17 with a retrospective summary of the moral and spiritual history of the house of Israel’s faithfulness to its covenantal relationship with God. The prophet had previously recounted the heathen origin of Israel and its moral defection. This review of Israel’s past not only exonerates God for His judgment against the exiles but also underscores that their future restoration is based solely on God’s sovereign grace. The particular word used in verse 17 to characterize the condition of the people is “defilement” (Hebrew, tame’ [TAW-MAY]). This term, found twice in this verse and again in verses 18 and 29, means “to render ceremonially unclean.” In the Old Testament this word is associated with sin that defiles or pollutes by contact.

In Leviticus, for example, tame’ [TAW-MAY] describes illicit sexual activity that has defiled the land and its inhabitants and ritually unclean animals that will render unclean whatever touches their carcasses. As a result, “the land has become defiled, therefore I have visited its punishment upon it, and so the land has spewed out its inhabitants.” The simile of a “menstruous [unclean] woman” depicts the “unapproachableness” of Israel. This condition has been incurred by bad “moral conduct” and “reckless deeds.” Therefore, just as the ceremonial impurity of the menstruous woman separates her from that which is considered holy, so Israel’s conduct has caused her to be removed from the Holy Land.

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.

UN Rejects Renewing Sanctions on Iran (Second Coming Watch Update #933)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #933. 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 president of the UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s demand to restore all UN sanctions on Iran. Indonesia’s ambassador to the UN, whose country currently holds the rotating council presidency, made the announcement in response to requests from Russia and China to disclose results of his polling of the views of all 15 council members on the US action. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that Washington started the process to restore all pre-2015 UN sanctions against Iran. The move to activate the “snapback” came after the UN Security Council rejected the US resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran, which is due to expire in October. All the council members, except the Dominican Republic, had informed the council president that the US administration’s action was illegal because President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2018. The US Mission to the UN later issued a statement saying the U.S. “is on firm legal ground to initiate the restoration of sanctions” under the Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal.

Second, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG & MAGOG — According to The Jerusalem Post, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to continue coordinating to allow for Israeli airstrikes in Syria, in a phone conversation on Monday. Netanyahu said soon after, “I talked to [Putin] about Syria and ensuring the air force’s freedom to act in that area. It’s very important for Israeli security.” The Kremlin readout of Monday’s call states the leaders “noted a mutual interest in continuing coordination in the Syrian sector to counter international terrorism.” Israel has maintained a policy of airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, to prevent their entrenchment along Israel’s northern border. Israeli and Russian officials have been in continual contact about the situation in Syria, where Russia has a significant military presence. Neither side mentioned Iran in their statements. Russia voted against extending the UN arms embargo in Iran in the UN Security Council this month, and opposed the US attempt to “snapback” those sanctions.

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE MARK OF THE BEAST — According to Teslarati, Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, has an event scheduled for later this week to update the public on its progress since last year’s presentation. While the agenda is speculative for the most part, one expectation is a live demonstration of neuron activity. As its name implies, the roles of neuron activities are very important to Neuralink’s technology. The venture’s long-term goal of obtaining human symbiosis with artificial intelligence begins by connecting electrodes throughout the brain and reading its neuron signals en masse. Gathering huge amounts of data from the signals gradually teaches Neuralink’s software how they are used by the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, ultimately leading to a certain amount of replication and direction. The possibilities of such a capability seem endless. Musk has hinted at some of the health-focused capabilities Neuralink’s technology could develop, specifically in individuals who are neurologically compromised. Installation of a chip replacing a small portion of the human skull, for instance, could restore limb function, improve human movement, resolve issues with eyesight and hearing, and help with diseases like Parkinson’s. There is also the possibility that the implementation of a Neuralink device into a brain could pave the way for hindering brain issues like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and strokes.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Reuters, The Syrian government said an explosion on a main gas pipeline traversing the Middle East on Monday was the result of a terrorist attack, and the United States said it suspected ISIS militants of carrying out the sabotage. The blast caused a blackout across Syria, but power was gradually being restored. It took place on the Arab Gas Pipeline between the towns of Ad Dumayr [DU-MIHR] and Adra, northwest of the capital Damascus. Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ghanem said, “Assessments show that the explosion…was the result of a terrorist attack.” In Geneva, the US envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, said there had been an upsurge in ISIS activity in the southeast of the Syrian desert. ISIS lost its last territory in Syria in March 2019 but pockets of fighters remain. Jeffrey told reporters at the start of UN-sponsored talks on the Syria conflict, “We are still looking into (the explosion). But it was almost certainly a strike by ISIS.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli attack helicopters and fighter jets struck posts belonging to Hezbollah along the Lebanese border early Wednesday morning after IDF troops were fired upon near Kibbutz Menara [KIH-BUTZ MEH-NAH-RAH] in the Upper Galilee. The strikes against Hezbollah targets came hours after the IDF said that a security incident was taking place near the kibbutz [KIH-BUTZ] and ordered residents in surrounding communities to remain in their homes and lock their doors. Roads had also been blocked, and all outdoor activities were prohibited, including agricultural work. The army said in a statement, “Regarding the security incident that took place last night at 10:40 p.m. in the area of [the Menara community], during operational activity, IDF troops were fired upon from Lebanese territory.” According to a source who spoke to The Jerusalem Post, the troops were in the field when they heard gunfire directed toward them. The military then fired dozens of smoke shells and light flares in order to stop the gunfire and in an attempt to identify those who fired on the troops.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:8-15.

Ezekiel 36:8 reads: “But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.”

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 36:8 addresses the mountains of Israel once again, but this time with an oracle of salvation. With the removal of Israel’s foes will come the reversal of the nation’s fortune. In verses 8-12 the Lord announces that the remnant of Israel (“My people”) will soon be regathered and returned to its land. In advance of the restoration of the people of Israel will come the restoration of the land of Israel complete with revived agricultural endeavors, the multiplication of men and animals, and the rebuilding of cities and even desolated areas. Such a restoration of the land will require time, which agrees with the concept of a regathering and return to the land before the final regathering and restoration in the millennial kingdom.

The language of this portion of Ezekiel parallels that found in the next portion, which is about the millennial restoration and the reversal of Israel’s fortune. The statements I “will treat you better than at the first” and “never again bereave them of children” argue for the time of the second regathering in the millennial kingdom. This interpretation also agrees with Ezekiel’s conclusion in verses 13-15, which restates the Lord’s commitment to deliver Israel permanently from the consequences of its violation of God’s covenants. The threefold promise that God will no longer let Israel be depopulated, disgraced, or decadent reveals the irreversible change in status and nature that accompanies the establishment of the New Covenant for Israel in the millennial age.

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.

Bahrain and Oman Could Renew Ties With Israel (Second Coming Watch Update #932)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #932. 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 RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Reuters, Israel’s intelligence minister said on Sunday that Bahrain and Oman could be the next Gulf countries to follow the United Arab Emirates in formalising ties with Israel. Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they will normalise diplomatic relations, reshaping Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran. Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen told Army Radio, “In the wake of this agreement will come additional agreements, both with more Gulf countries and with Muslim countries in Africa. I think that Bahrain and Oman are definitely on the agenda. In addition, in my assessment, there is a chance that already in the coming year there will be a peace deal with additional countries in Africa, chief among them, Sudan.” Both Bahrain and Oman praised the U.S.-sponsored accord, but neither have commented on their own prospects for normalised relations or responded to requests for comment on the subject.

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Reuters, A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least one person and damaging roads and buildings including a hospital and a sports complex being used as a novel coronavirus quarantine centre. It was the strongest earthquake in eight months in the Philippines, which lies on the “Ring of Fire,” a seismically active belt of volcanoes circling the Pacific Ocean. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake struck at sea at a depth of 18.64 miles. The Philippine seismology agency said there was no risk of a tsunami but warned of aftershocks.

Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Watchers News, A devastating derecho ripped through several Midwest states on August 10, 2020, leaving a path of destruction, more than 1.5 million customers without power, and more than 1 million acres of destroyed or damaged crops. Northern Illinois University meteorology professor Victor Gensini described the event as one of the worst weather events of 2020 in the United States. The storm ripped through the heart of the Corn Belt – a region of the Midwestern United States that has dominated corn production in the country since the 1850s, with winds gusts up to 112 mph, causing huge economic impact which is expected to be widespread across the farming community. WeatherNation reports, “The price of corn is going for about 3 dollars and 25 cents a bushel. So the overall economic impact could be 3.2 billion dollars if we can’t salvage some of the crop that was damaged.” Ty Higgins from the Ohio Farm Bureau said consumers nationwide could be in store for higher meat prices and increased fuel prices toward the end of the year.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Reuters, The United Arab Emirates has made a “huge mistake” in reaching a deal toward normalising ties with Israel, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech furiously condemning what he called a betrayal by the Gulf state. The Iranian hardline daily Kay-han, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said “the UAE has turned itself into a legitimate target for the resistance”. The UAE-Israel agreement announced on Thursday, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped to broker, is seen as aimed at bolstering opposition to regional power Iran. In his televised speech, Rouhani warned the UAE against allowing Israel a “foothold in the region”. Iran often refers to militant forces and regional countries opposed to Israel and the United States as a “resistance” front. Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps said in a statement the UAE-Israel deal would “accelerate the process of the destruction of the child-killing Zionist regime (Israel)”.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to AFP, Israel warned Hamas Tuesday it was risking “war” by failing to stop incendiary balloon attacks from Gaza, as fuel shortages in the Palestinian enclave caused by Israel’s blockade caused widespread blackouts. Earlier, Israel’s army said its fighter jets had hit underground Hamas infrastructure, and linked the strikes to “explosive and arson balloons launched” from Gaza. Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin issued a warning to Hamas during a visit to communities near the Gaza border hit by the unrest. Rivlin said in a statement, “Terrorism using incendiary kites and balloons is terrorism just like any other. Hamas should know that this is not a game. The time will come when they have to decide… if they want war they will get war.” Israeli defence minister and alternate prime minister Benny Gantz said, “Hamas is playing with fire,” and vowed to “make certain the fire is turned back on them.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:1-7. Ezekiel 36:4-7 reads: “Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about; Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey. Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen: Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.”

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 Ezekiel 36:1-3 the mountains of Israel are addressed as the place against which Israel’s enemies have often launched invasions and arrogantly boasted they could desolate Israel and make her “the possession of the rest of the nations.” Indeed “the mountains of Israel” will soon be revealed as the place that Gog and his allied nations will invade and be destroyed by divine intervention. For Israel to possess the mountains within its borders it not only vital to its military defense but also essential to its continued existence in the land. The mountains are a major source of Israel’s water and fertile land for grazing animals and raising crops.

Throughout Israel’s history, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks, Egyptians, Syrians, Romans, Turks, and “Palestinians” all have fought to possess Israel’s land. However, the greater reality is that the land belongs to Israel’s God, and the nations have in fact been warring against God. Their taunts and insults against Israel have in fact offended God, and therefore He swears (takes an oath) that He will act in retributive judgment against the nations, bringing them to the same fate they intended for His people. All the great empires that occupied the land of Israel in the past have vanished in the dust of conquest, and today their remnants occupy only museum shelves.

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 G Campbell Morgan. He said, “To me the second coming is the perpetual light on the path which makes the present bearable. I never lay my head on the pillow without thinking that perhaps before the morning breaks, the final morning may have dawned. I never begin my work without thinking that He may interrupt my work and begin His own. This is now His word to all believing souls, ‘Till I come.’ We are not looking for death, we are looking for Him.”

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.