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US Reports Over 100,000 Coronavirus Deaths (Second Coming Watch Update #920)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #920. 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 NBC News, The United States has become the first country to top 100,000 reported coronavirus deaths. The first recorded fatality from coronavirus in the U.S. was that of a man in his 50s in Washington state on Feb. 29. Since then, more people have died of the virus in the U.S. than those in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam combined. The U.S. leads the world in both deaths and confirmed cases, with 1.69 million infections.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Russian pilots intercepted a US Navy aircraft in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner” on Tuesday – for the third time within two months. Two Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter planes intercepted a US Navy P-8A Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft of the Sixth Fleet for a period of a little over an hour. The two Russian aircraft simultaneously took close station on each wing of the American plane, restricting its ability to safely maneuver. The US Naval Forces Sixth Fleet called the interaction “irresponsible” and warned that such actions increase the risk of midair collisions.

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE MARK OF THE BEAST — According to the Wall Street Journal, A Chinese city has unveiled proposals to permanently track a person’s health through an app that gives them a score based on factors such as how much alcohol they drank and the amount of sleep they got. The tracking system would work via a digital barcode on a person’s phone. These so-called QR codes became popular during the height of China’s coronavirus outbreak. They are still being used — to a lesser extent than before — to determine whether a person can enter a building or take public transport. Some of the barcode apps work on a traffic light system, where red would mean a person was a health risk and green meant they were able to enter a building, for example. Some of these barcodes were based on a person’s travel history. If a person went to a high-risk area of China, that code may change color. Others were based on people self-declaring their health status, whether they had any symptoms and where they traveled.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani approved the order banning the use of any Israeli products in the country. The move comes after the Iranian parliament voted in favor of a legislation prohibiting the use of Israeli-made goods last week. The ban includes technology, such as computer hardware and software, and was passed unanimously by Iranian lawmakers last week. The legislation’s aim is to apparently “confront the hostile acts of the Zionist regime against peace and security.” According to the new law, any cooperation with Israel, including use of its products, will be considered an “act against god.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to South China Morning Post, according to a new study by Chinese scientists, the novel coronavirus uses the same strategy to evade attack from the human immune system as HIV. Both viruses remove marker molecules on the surface of an infected cell that are used by the immune system to identify invaders, the researchers said in a non-peer reviewed paper posted on preprint website bioRxiv.org. They warned that this commonality could mean Sars-CoV-2, the clinical name for the virus, could be around for some time, like HIV.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel 34:1-3 reads: “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.”

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

The prophecy of Israel’s shepherds, coming at the commencement of the restoration prophecies, reproves Israel’s kings (shepherds) who had, as God warned through the prophet Samuel, been false to Israel’s needs while feeding their own. The purpose of this chapter is to provide God’s indictment of Israel’s false shepherds (rulers) before promising to become their true Shepherd and regather them (“My flock,” the remnant) under the rule of King Messiah. As such, it corrects the abuses of leadership that had led Israel into exile and clarifies the attitude of divine leadership that will lead the nation to restoration and sustain it through the millennial kingdom. Since real restoration can come only when theocratic rule is restored, and such rule will accompany the advent of the messianic King, this chapter establishes that the whole of the restoration prophecy in this last division of the book is intended for the eschatological period. Therefore. Ezekiel 34 forms a foundation upon which the rest of the prophecy is built, revealing that until the unrighteous rule of man is removed, the righteous rule of Messiah will not arrive. This order again confirms the divine pattern of the overthrow of Antichrist’s kingdom before the establishment of the everlasting kingdom of the Messiah.

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 Matthew Henry. He said, “Christ will come when he pleases, to show his sovereignty, and will not let us know when, to teach us our duty.”

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.

Coronavirus Cases Pass 5 Million (Second Coming Watch Update #919)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #919. 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 Reuters, Global coronavirus cases surpassed 5 million on Wednesday, with Latin America overtaking the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily cases globally. Latin America accounted for around a third of the 91,000 cases reported earlier this week. Europe and the United States each accounted for just over 20%. A large number of those new cases came from Brazil, which recently surpassed Germany, France and the United Kingdom to become the third-largest outbreak in the world, behind the United States and Russia. Cases in Brazil are now rising at a daily pace second only to the United States.

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to VOA News, At least four people are dead and 23 others injured after a strong earthquake struck southwest China late Monday. Geologists at the China Earthquake Networks Center said a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck in Qiaojia [KEE-OH-JEE-AH] county in Yunnan [YOON-NAN] province. China is prone to earthquakes, especially in its mountainous western and southwestern regions. One of the worst disasters of its kind occurred in 2008, when nearly 90,000 were killed when a strong earthquake struck Sichuan [SECH-U-AHN] province.

Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to the New York Post, scientists say our sun has gone into lockdown, which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine. The sun is currently in a period of “solar minimum,” meaning activity on its surface has fallen dramatically. Experts believe we are about to enter the deepest period of sunshine “recession” ever recorded as sunspots have virtually disappeared. Astronomer Dr. Tony Phillips said: “Solar Minimum is underway and it’s a deep one. Sunspot counts suggest it is one of the deepest of the past century. The sun’s magnetic field has become weak, allowing extra cosmic rays into the solar system.” NASA scientists fear it could be a repeat of the Dalton Minimum, which happened between 1790 and 1830 — leading to periods of brutal cold, crop loss, famine and powerful volcanic eruptions. Temperatures plummeted by up to 2 degrees Celsius over 20 years, devastating the world’s food production. On April 10, 1815, the second-largest volcanic eruption in 2,000 years happened at Mount Tambora [TAM-BOR-AH] in Indonesia, killing at least 71,000 people. It also led to the so-called Year Without a Summer in 1816 when there was snow in July.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to NBC News, A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck a remote part of western Nevada. The temblor occurred around 4 a.m. near the California border, in an isolated part of Nevada near Tonopah, about 120 miles southeast of Carson City and midway between Reno and Las Vegas. The initial quake struck about 4.7 miles deep, the USGS said, causing at least six aftershocks, including two with a magnitude of around 5.4. No injuries were reported, but Nevada Highway Patrol photos revealed cracks on U.S. 95, the main highway between Las Vegas and Reno, that were caused by the earthquake. The quake was felt by people from Salt Lake City to California’s Central Valley.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Ynet News, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Ramallah will no longer be bound by agreements it has signed with Israel and the United States. Abbas made the announcement during an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah to coordinate the PA response to Israel’s declared intention to extend its sovereignty over West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley. Abbas said: “The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the obligations based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones.” The declaration extends to Ramallah’s security cooperation with Israel, seen as vital to keeping violence at a minimum across the area.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 33. Ezekiel 33:33 reads: “And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among 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 lists six covenantal violations that continued to condemn the nation and their consequences, with an additional admonition to heed the prophetic word as truth to be obeyed. The chapter concludes with a restatement of the purpose of prophetic revelation: to authenticate the messenger (prophet) as having a message from God (prophecy). This reassertion of the validity of the prophetic program at the opening of the final division of the book–which centers on the restoration of national Israel–affirms for us that what is promised in these chapters will be fulfilled. It is not apocalyptic idealism or wishful thinking or symbols of spiritual realities, but like the former prophecies that received historical confirmation, so these prophecies made to Israel will find their fulfillment in Israel’s future.

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.

Netanyahu Suggests Microchipping Children (Second Coming Watch Update #918)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #918. 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 THE MARK OF THE BEAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, While speaking at a press conference, Netanyahu suggested the Health Ministry use new technology to help Israel adjust to its new routine as the state is lifting the coronavirus lockdown. He said, “That is, technology that has not been used before and is allowed under the legislation we shall enact. I spoke with our heads of technology in order to find measures Israel is good at, such as sensors. For instance, every person, every kid – I want it on kids first – would have a sensor that would sound an alarm when you get too close, like the ones on cars.” Cyber resilience expert Einat [EE-NAHT] Meron said “microchipping children will not pass any test – both practically and legally.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to The Associated Press, Russia’s U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that Moscow will oppose any attempts by the United States to extend the arms embargo on Iran and reimpose U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The ambassador’s comments at a video news conference made clear that the Trump administration will have a tough time advancing any measures to impose further punishment on Iran in the U.N. Security Council, where Russia has veto power. The United States circulated a draft U.N. resolution that would indefinitely extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, which expires in October, to a small number of council members in late April. Russia has made no secret of its desire to resume conventional weapons sales to Tehran.

Third, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to Reuters, Jews in the United States suffered the largest number of anti-Semitic incidents last year since the Anti-Defamation League began collecting records 40 years ago. The 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents recorded in 2019 in the United States included deadly attacks by gunmen at a California Synagogue and a New Jersey kosher grocery store, and a fatal stabbing at a rabbi’s home in New York. It marked a 12% rise from 1,879 incidents in 2018. Previously, the highest number was recorded in 1994, when the ADL reported multiple unsolved arsons, cross burnings and a drive-by shooting.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Jerusalem Post, An 11th man tested positive last week for a rat strain of hepatitis E, since it was discovered in 2018 that rats are able to infect humans, but doctors have yet to discover how. According to CNN, the outbreak began in Hong Kong when a 56-year-old man had post-transplant “abnormal liver functions with no obvious cause.” Hepatitis E attacks the liver and causes a fever, jaundice and makes the vital organ increase in size. Although he displayed such symptoms, the human strain of the illness was not found in his system. That is when researchers re-developed a broader test which came back with results showing that he has the rat strain of hepatitis E.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, The Iranian parliament approved a bill on Tuesday including a list of measures against the State of Israel, including the establishment of an Iranian consulate or embassy in Jerusalem to ‘Palestine’, boycott measures and bans on contact and agreements between Iran and Israel. The bill, featuring 14 articles, passed with 43 votes in favor and no votes against, according to the Iranian IRNA news agency. The bill bans the use of Israeli flags, symbols or signs for “propaganda purposes in favor of the regime”; direct and indirect financial assistance from Iranian nationals to the State of Israel is prohibited. The bill emphasized that the “historical and integrated land of Palestine belongs to the original Palestinian peoples, including Muslims, Christians and Jews,” adding that the Iranian government is obliged to treat Jerusalem as the “permanent capital of Palestine.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 33. Ezekiel 33:1-3 reads: “Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;”

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 had first been appointed by God as a “watchman” to warn the rebellious house of Israel of the certainty of coming judgment. Now the prophet is reminded of his watchman role, which requires personal accountability from each person who hears the warning if deliverance is to be realized. The action required of each Israelite was repentance. In verse 21 the announcement of the conquest of Jerusalem was received by the prophet “in the twelfth year of [the] exile, on the fifth of the teth month”, some six months after the city’s fall to the Babylonians. This announcement marked a turning point in the prophetic career of Ezekiel, removing his prior condition of speechlessness and inaugurating his new message of consolation regarding Israel’s restoration.

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 Freel. He said, “As Christians, we should not be exitists, looking for our going, but adventists, looking for his coming.”

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.

Over 10,000 New Coronavirus Cases in Russia in 24 Hours (Second Coming Watch Update #917)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #917. 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 Al Jazeera, The number of new coronavirus cases in Russia rose by 10,559 over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 165,929, the coronavirus crisis response centre said on Wednesday. It was the fourth consecutive day that cases had risen by more than 10,000. It also reported 86 new fatalities from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll in Russia to 1,537. Russia has said its lower mortality rate was because its outbreak occurred later than in many other countries which gave the authorities more time to prepare, as well as widespread testing and tracking of infections, but critics have cast doubt on the numbers.

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Ynet News, An Israeli security official said Iran has begun pulling troops out of Syria for the first time since its involvement in the civil war. “The Iranians are reducing their troop deployment and vacating bases,” officials said citing the cost to Syria for Iran’s presence on their soil as the reason. The source said, “Iran is fighting its own war and has become a liability for Syria. Israel will increase its pressure to push Iran out.” The official briefed journalists 12 hours after a rocket attack on a Syrian military facility for the production of long-range missiles near Aleppo that was attributed to Israel. According to international media reports, 14 Iranian and Iraqi fighters were killed in the raid. Tehran has not commented on the reports.

Third, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Jerusalem Post, The Western Wall plaza reopened to worshipers on Tuesday as coronavirus regulations were lifted. Worshipers will need to have their temperature checked and their personal details recorded before entering and are asked to maintain two meters distance from others and wear masks. The plaza will be split into a number of prayer complexes that will follow Health Ministry regulations. 300 worshipers will be allowed in the plaza at a time while wearing masks. If the maximum number of worshipers is reached, worshipers will need to wait outside while keeping two meters distance from others until room becomes available. The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, reminded worshipers that according to Jewish law, those who have not seen the Temple Mount in the past 30 days should tear their clothing and say, “Our holy Temple, our pride, Where our fathers praised You, Has been consumed by fire: And all that was dear to us is ruined”.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to Israel National News, Palestinian Arab NGOs are coordinating their moves in a joint action meant to thwart Israel’s attempt, they claim, to ‘take advantage of the coronavirus crisis to establish facts on the ground and to continue its military escalation policy against the Palestinian people.’ At a meeting held by the secretaries of these organizations, and attended by senior representatives of the Fatah and the PLO, ways of action were discussed in response to Israel’s planned application of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and what Palestinian Arabs perceive as the green light given by the US for such a move. The participants emphasized the importance of the boycott of Israel, acting to isolate in on the international level, and taking its leaders to justice in the International Criminal Court.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to The Wall Street Journal, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted production at U.S. meatpacking plants, leading to higher prices and scarcity for popular items like ground beef and chicken breasts in supermarket meat cases. Grocers, seeking to head off panic buying, have begun limiting purchases and say they are preparing for intermittent shortages through May if not longer. These shortages may intensify in the coming weeks given the lag between production at the slaughterhouses and distribution to stores. That means shoppers can expect higher prices, slimmed-down selections and nudges to choose plant-based meat alternatives or less popular cuts like sirloin steak.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 33. Ezekiel 33:1-3 reads: “Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;”

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 final division of Ezekiel, chapters 33-48, contains prophecies of hope for the exilic community and the nation of Israel thereafter. The same righteous God who executed judgment will also mercifully grant restoration. The end of the divine purpose is to glorify His sovereign grace by acting for His own name’s sake to regather, regenerate, restore, and finally rule over Israel according to His prophetic promise. In these chapters it will be seen that the course of divine judgment during human history will come to a close with Israel’s repentance (chapter 33). God will destroy all the nations who threaten Israel as a prelude to the final regathering of His people from the nations (chapters 35, 38-39). Then the Messiah, Israel’s true Shepherd (chapter 34), will return, regather and reunite His people as a nation, and dwell in their midst in the land of Israel and sanctify them (chapters 36, 37) so they can mediate the laws of the New Covenant to the nations during the kingdom age as a kingdom of priests at the messianic temple (chapters 40-48).

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.

US May be Ready to Recognize Israeli Annexation (Second Coming Watch Update #916)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #916. 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 Israel Hayom, local media reported a US State Department official said that Washington was ready to recognize Israel’s annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria. A US State Department spokesperson was quoted by The Times of Israel as saying, “As we have made consistently clear, we are prepared to recognize Israeli actions to extend Israeli sovereignty and the application of Israeli law to areas of the West Bank that the vision foresees as being part of the State of Israel.” According to the report, the move would be “in the context of the government of Israel agreeing to negotiate with the Palestinians along the lines set forth in President Trump’s vision. … The annexation would be in the context of an offer to the Palestinians to achieve statehood based upon specific terms, conditions, territorial dimensions and generous economic support. This is an unprecedented and highly beneficial opportunity for the Palestinians.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Al Jazeera, At least a dozen Lebanese banks across the country were torched and vandalised during the second consecutive night of angry protests fuelled by frustration over the national currency’s unfettered depreciation. Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets from Beirut [BAY-ROOT] to southern Sidon [SY-DON] along with Nabatieh [NAH-BAH-TEE-AH], the Bekaa [BEH-KAH] Valley, and Tripoli and Akkar [AHK-KAR] in the north. The largest and most violent protests took place in the northern city of Tripoli – Lebanon’s second-largest, and poorest, city, after a protester died from wounds sustained while protesting the night before.

Third, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Daily Mail, New Zealand has recorded its most powerful earthquake of 2020 in a remote corner of the South Island. Dunedin [DUN-AY-DIN], Queenstown and Invercargill residents were among thousands of Kiwis to report rattling from a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Southland at 10:52am on Monday. The epicentre was about 40km north of Te Anau and the same distance southwest of Milford Sound. Monitoring agency GNS Science charted a similar earthquake in the same place nine days ago.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Daily Star, The US military has scrambled three fighter jets to intercept a patrolling Russian warplane flying near to an American aircraft carrier. The Russian IL-38 had managed to get within 30km of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier without being detected. According to reports, the Russian anti-submarine aircraft was escorted to a safe distance after which the American fighters returned back to the nuclear-powered George Washington aircraft carrier.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to SpaceWar.com, France and Germany joined the United States in condemning Iran’s launch of a military satellite, suggesting it was a violation of a United Nations resolution. Iran launched its Nour-1 [NOOR] military satellite on a Qased [KASED] ballistic missile last week, announcing that the satellite was successfully installed in orbit 264 miles above the earth. U.S. officials condemned the launch, suggesting the missile used to send Nour-1 [NOOR] to space is the same as those used for ballistic missiles. The action could be interpreted as a violation of Resolution 2231, adopted by the U.N. Security Council as part of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 25:3. It reads: “And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;”

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 judgment of the aforementioned nations lays the theological foundation for understanding the future judgment of the nations at the end of the Tribulation. Their removal from a position of domination (“the times of the Gentiles,”) prepares the way for the regathering of Israel from “the four corners of the world” and the restoration of Israel in the land at the beginning of the millennial kingdom. It also aids in the interpretation of Christ’s judgment of the nations after He has established His rule on earth. Without understanding the principle in Ezekiel that God holds the nations responsible for their treatment of national Israel, in whatever condition it may be found (in the Diaspora or in the land), it will be difficult to understand Christ’s standard for judgment in Matthew 25:35-46.

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.

Hamas Operatives Arrested in Israel (Second Coming Watch Update #915)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #915. 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 Shin Bet, in cooperation with the IDF and Israel Police, arrested three Hamas operatives who were planning to commit several terror attacks against security forces and civilians in the Jerusalem and Ramallah area. 27-year-old Ahmed Sjadiyeh, 26-year-old Mohammad Hamed and 24-year-old Omer Eid met during their studies at Bir Zeyt University and were a part of Hamas’ central student’s union in the West Bank. The three attempted to created homemade explosive devices by downloading instructions from the internet and buying several chemicals and metals. Their plans included bombing the Beitar Jerusalem soccer stadium in Jerusalem as well as several other terror attacks against Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to BBC, the UN has warned that the world is at risk of widespread famines “of biblical proportions” caused by the coronavirus pandemic. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme, said urgent action was needed to avoid a catastrophe. A report estimates that the number suffering from hunger could go from 135 million to more than 250 million. Those most at risk are in 10 countries affected by conflict, economic crisis and climate change. Addressing the UN Security Council during a video conference, Mr Beasley said the world had to “act wisely and act fast”. He said, “We could be facing multiple famines of biblical proportions within a short few months. The truth is we do not have time on our side.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Jerusalem Post, Saudi Arabia extended the suspension of praying in the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque during the fasting month of Ramadan to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The two mosques, which are considered the holiest places in Islam, will have Ramadan prayers but without worshippers as a precautionary measure and to intensify disinfection operations.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Times of Israel, Syrian state media reported that air defenses were activated against Israeli missiles over the ancient city of Palmyra in the Homs province. The reports claimed missiles were shot down. SANA said, “Air defenses confronted an Israeli aggression over Palmyra and intercepted several hostile missiles.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the targets were “military posts for Iranian militias in the Palmyra desert.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to SpaceWar.com, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced they had successfully launched the country’s first military satellite on Wednesday, at a time of fresh tensions with US forces in the Gulf. The United States alleges Iran’s satellite programme is a cover for its development of missiles, while the Islamic republic has previously insisted its aerospace activities comply with its international obligations. Tensions between the arch foes escalated last week with the US Department of Defense accusing Iranian vessels of harassing its ships in the Gulf. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps hailed the surprise satellite launch as a ‘great success’.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 25:3. It reads: “And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;”

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 section of judgment against the nations serves as a prophetic preview of the time of Jacob’s trouble and the nations’ attitude toward Israel in the future. Its historical fulfillment should warn those nations that will surround Israel in the future that they will likewise be destroyed if they come against her. It should inform them that despite God’s continuing judgment on Israel they are not to assume that Israel has lost its covenantal status as the people of God or that God has been powerless to protect them. The nations surrounding Israel have pursued an agenda to wipe it off the map of the Middle East, arrogantly assuming that Israel’s minority status is the consequence of its inferior heritage. Such intransigence will one day provoke the invasion of Israel predicted in the “Gog of Magog” war and the program of genocide launched against Israel during the Tribulation. For this reason the wrath of God will again be poured out on the nations, climaxing in the battle of Armageddon, during which Christ Himself returns to “strike down 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 Anthony Ashley Cooper. He said, “The only remedy for all this mass of misery is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why do we not plead for it every time we hear the clock strike?”

Let’s Pray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel Set to Enter Another Lockdown (Second Coming Watch Update #914)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #914. 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 Ynet News, Thousands of police officers and IDF soldiers have been deployed across the country as Israel is set to enter another nationwide lockdown for the end of the Passover holiday in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday evening the lockdown will begin at 5pm Tuesday and last until Thursday at 5am, covering the end of Passover on Wednesday but not the mimouna [MI-MO-NA] celebrations traditionally held by Jews of North African origin after the final day of the holiday.

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Breaking Israel News, The earth seems to be waking up as seismic activity is being reported around the globe. Last month, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Idaho, generating a multitude of avalanches. According to the U.S. Geological Survey website, there have been 238 earthquakes in Idaho in the last week. Two weeks before, Salt Lake City, Utah, was hit by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. Since then, there have been 886 smaller earthquakes and aftershocks in the Salt Lake area. Yellowstone also experienced 111 earthquakes in March. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory released its monthly report on Wednesday, declaring its current alert level “normal” and its aviation color code “green.” This green light was issued despite a large section of the Yellowstone caldera called the Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest, oldest, and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas, being discovered as pulsating, inflating and deflating by several inches in erratic bursts. In 2013, the Norris basin rose 5.9 inches for two consecutive years, rising an astonishing five inches in the last 20 years.

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, The Associated Press reports a group of 11 Iranian naval vessels made ‘dangerous and harassing’ maneuvers near U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait yesterday, in one case passing within ten meters of a Coast Guard cutter. In a statement, the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said Revolutionary Guard vessels repeatedly crossed the bows and sterns of several American ships at close range and high speed. The statement said the “dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision … and were not in accordance with the obligation under international law to act with due regard for the safety of other vessels in the area.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Jerusalem Post, The first two patients who tested positive for the novel COVID-19 have shown significant improvement after receiving a newly-developed Israeli treatment for coronavirus, with one of them even being removed from the intensive care unit within days of treatment. Israeli biopharmaceutical RedHill Biopharma administered their experimental drug, o-pa-ga-nib, in Israel for the first time last week. The first two patients treated, according to the company, have demonstrated significant improvement through clinical trial within mere days of treatment. Dr. Mark L. Levitt, Medical Director at RedHill, said, “We are very encouraged by the preliminary findings showing clinical improvement in the first COVID-19 patients treated with o-pa-ga-nib, which further supports its safety and potential benefit to patients.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to SpaceWar.com, according to the South Korea’s military, North Korea fired several suspected cruise missiles towards the sea, with analysts saying Pyongyang was demonstrating the breadth of its arsenal. The ‘multiple projectiles’ fired from Munchon in the east of the country were believed to be ‘short-range cruise missiles’. The test comes a day before the South holds parliamentary elections, and at a time when the world’s attention has been largely focused on the coronavirus pandemic, which Pyongyang insists it has so far escaped.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 25:3. It reads: “And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;”

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

Once the announcement had been received that the judgment against Jerusalem had begun, the focus shifts from the sins of Judah to the surrounding nations. Ezekiel reveals that God will use the Babylonian Empire as an instrument of divine punishment not only against Israel but also against the foreign nations of Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt–which in times past had been adversaries of Israel and now mockingly rejoiced over Judah’s exile and Jerusalem’s fall. Therefore, the prophet pronounces divine retribution on each of these nations because of their profanation of God’s sanctuary and their failure to recognize that these judgments had demonstrated God’s holiness and power. Upon the fulfillment of these prophecies the nations will recognize that Israel’s God, called here by His covenantal name, Yahweh (“the Lord”), is the one and only 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 Augustine. He said, “He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms it is far off, nor is it he who says it is near. It is he who, whether it be far or near, awaits it with sincere faith, stead-fast hope and fervent love.”

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.