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Likelihood of US-China War Considered to be Very High (Second Coming Watch Update #929)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #929. 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 Zero Hedge, A top independent Australia-based think tank which regularly advises the Canberra government has produced a “risk assessment” studying the likelihood of America and China going to war. Involving defense experts around the world, the study was undertaken on the heels of the US sending two carrier strike groups to sail through the South China Sea in provocative “freedom of navigation” operations. Given that “normalization” with China — a longtime foreign policy emphasis which goes back to Nixon and Carter — appears to have gone out the window during this latter half of the Trump administration, there’s lately been much forecasting on the potential for the US and China to stumble into war. The new analysis deems that within the next three years a direct military conflict between the US and China ranges from “highly likely” to “almost certain”.

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Voice of America News, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab [HAA-SAAN DEE-AHB] said Tuesday that Israel had violated his country’s sovereignty with what he called a “dangerous military escalation” after Israeli and Hezbollah forces traded cross-border fire Monday. Diab [DEE-AHB] tweeted, “I call for caution in the coming days because I fear that things will get worse in light of severe tension at the border.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hezbollah was “playing with fire” in comments shortly after Israel’s military said it thwarted an attempt by the militant group to sneak across the border. Netanyahu said, “Hezbollah and the state of Lebanon bear full responsibility for this incident and any attack that comes from Lebanese territory against the state of Israel. … Any attack against us will be answered with great force. Nasrallah already made a big mistake in estimating Israel’s determination to protect itself, and the state of Lebanon paid a heavy price for it. I recommend it not repeat that mistake.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to Reuters, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Russian Navy would be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones, which the defence ministry said were in their final phase of testing. Putin, who says he does not want an arms race, has often spoken of a new generation of Russian nuclear weapons that he says are unequalled and can hit almost anywhere in the world. Some Western experts have questioned how advanced they are. The weapons, some of which have yet to be deployed, include the Poseidon [POY-SAH-DON] underwater nuclear drone, designed to be carried by submarines, and the Tsirkon (Zircon) [ZIR-KON] hypersonic cruise missile, which can be deployed on surface ships. The combination of speed, manoeuvrability and altitude of hypersonic missiles, capable of travelling at more than five times the speed of sound, makes them difficult to track and intercept.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Arab News, Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles as part of an exercise involving a fake aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, the latest barrage in a drill that saw two American bases temporarily go on alert over the launches. According to the state TV report, drones separately targeted the bridge of the fake aircraft carrier. The TV did not immediately air footage of the launches or the drone attack, nor did it identify the missiles used in the drill. However, the message of the drill was clearly targeted at the United States. A semiofficial news agency close to the Guard published a graphic overnight that photoshopped the image of an American carrier into the shape of a casket, with a caption quoting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledging to seek revenge for the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE MARK OF THE BEAST — According to Dnyuz, For several years now, the police and other authorities in China have been collecting across the country DNA samples from millions of men and boys who aren’t suspected of having committed any crime. In a report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute last month, it exposed the extent of the Chinese government’s program of genetic surveillance: It no longer is limited to Xinjiang [SHIN-JI-AHN], Tibet [TIH-BEHT] and other areas mostly populated by ethnic minorities the government represses; DNA collection — serving no apparent immediate need — has spread across the entire country. The report estimates that the authorities’ goal is to gather the DNA samples of 35 million to 70 million Chinese males. Matched against official family records, surveillance footage or witness statements in police reports, these samples will become a powerful tool for the Chinese authorities to track down a man or boy — or, failing that, a relative of his — for whatever reason they deem fit. The Chinese government denies the existence of any such program, but since the study’s publication, researchers have continued to uncover online scattered evidence revealing the program’s enormous scale, including government reports and official procurement orders for DNA kits and testing services.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36-37. Ezekiel 36:20 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.”

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.

These are the most theologically significant chapters in the entire section of Ezekiel dealing with Israel’s restoration, if not the entire book. They provide the major eschatological motifs of the prophecy and a synopsis of Ezekiel’s theology. From a theological perspective, the problem for Ezekiel, as well as the other prophets of the exile (Jeremiah and Daniel), was how to comfort a nation who had not only lost their land but also, as their captors boasted, their Lord. The people believed their subjugation by a foreign power symbolized the conquest of their inferior god by the victor’s superior deity. The theological conclusion was that the conquered people’s god was not strong enough to protect them from conquest, as Ezekiel 26:20 seems to suggest: “These are the people of the LORD; yet they have come out of His land.” But the more accurate covenantal background for this statement is the suzerain-vassal [SOO-ZER-AIN-VAH-SAL] treaty, an ancient Near-Eastern form of law code made between a sovereign (the suzerain [SOO-ZER-AIN]) and his subjects (the vassals [VAH-SAL]). The exile demonstrated, in accordance with this established basis for national relations, that as Israel’s suzerain [SOO-ZER-AIN], God was responsible to uphold the terms of His covenant by punishing Israel, His vassal [VAH-SAL], by exile for covenant violation.

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

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

Let’s Pray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russia Conducts Massive Combat Readiness Check (Second Coming Watch Update #928)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #928. 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, Russia completed a massive combat readiness check on Tuesday after the snap drill was called for by President Vladimir Putin. The drills began on July 17 with the surprise decision. Units from the Southern and Western military districts, including marine infantry and Northern and Pacific fleets were all involved. Airborne forces were also deployed. This looks like it was a massive exercise and Russia’s TASS news agency says 56 separate drills took place at 52 training ranges. In total, some 150,000 troops, 400 aircraft and 26,000 vehicles and equipment, as well as 100 warships and support vessels participated. Russia says the surprise inspection came in relation to various terrorist threats and the Kavkav 2020 exercise. It also came amid Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes that began in mid-July.

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to NBC News, A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of the Alaska Peninsula in the southwestern part of the state on Tuesday night triggered tsunami warnings that were later canceled. The quake occurred at 10:13 p.m. around 75 miles south of the community of Chignik, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. It had a depth of 8 miles. Tsunami warnings were issued for a stretch of Alaska from around 40 miles southwest of Homer to Unimak Pass, 80 miles northeast of Unalaska, according to the warning center. Parts of the Aleutian Islands were also under a tsunami warning.

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE GOSPEL BEING PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD — According to CBN News, Iran is facing a wave of internal turmoil and covert attacks that are undermining the radical regime’s nefarious plans. Even as the violence escalates, hope is rising among Iranian citizens who are finding salvation in Jesus Christ. “We are calling this a pandemic of hope,” said Mike Ansari, who runs Mohabat TV, one of the most popular Christian satellite channels in Iran. Ansari told CBN News that Mohabat TV is recording 10 times more online salvations than this time last year. “We are registering around 3,000 personal decisions by Iranian Muslims to leave Islam for Christianity during this revival,” Ansari said. “People in Iran are just not happy the way their economy is going, the way the government is robbing them of their national resources and exporting Shia Islam to the neighboring countries, so they just don’t trust their government.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Ynet News, Israel has uncovered an Iranian-backed terror cell operating under the guise of a humanitarian aid agency in the Palestinian Authority-run West Bank, officials from the Shin Bet security service said Tuesday. The officials said the discovery of the cell by the Shin Bet and IDF prevented terror attacks planned for the West Bank. A 23-year-old Palestinian detainee from the Jenin area, who was a known operative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, told Israeli interrogators that the attacks planned by the cell included the abduction of an IDF soldier who would be used to negotiate the release of Palestinians jailed in Israel. The detainee, who was arrested in April, said that he had been purchasing weapons and recruiting people in advance of terror attacks. He said two terror squads, one in the Ramallah area and the other in the northern West Bank, were preparing to act. Another Palestinian detainee said the terror cell was working with elements in Iran, Lebanon and Syria. In total, 10 people were detained by Israel in connection with the terror cell.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to The Watchers, After ravaging countries in Africa, the Middle East, and India, swarms of locusts have now made their way to Europe as the Italian region of Sardinia recently saw its worst attack in 70 years. Around 74,000 acres of crops have been affected in Nuoro City alone. A Sardinian farmer said, “When the locusts arrived in mid-May, my cabbages were small, it wasn’t harvesting time yet, they were all still in the field. Then the swarm came through, started to devour all the leaves, leaving only the stem”. According to World Bank, the Italian region is now facing its worst locust invasion in 70 years. In an update by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on July 21, it warned that the risk of swarm migration from the Horn of Africa prevails. Experts are calling for international joint effort, fearing locust plagues could trigger food shortages across the world.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 35. Ezekiel 35:3-4 reads: “And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate. I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.”

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.

Mount Seir, the subject of the prophet’s pronouncement of judgment in Ezekiel 35, is in the region inhabited by the Edomites, who are the descendants of Esau, who lost his birthright to his brother Jacob. As a result, Esau’s descendans were given a less fertile land (the wadi Arabah south of the Dead Sea) than the descendants of Jacob received, and Edom maintained a vendetta against Israel because of this ancient dispossession. In Psalm 83:3-6, Edom is mentioned first in the list of nations who formed a conspiracy to wipe out Israel. Edom’s judgment is repeated in a number of prophetic texts, and Ezekiel 35:6 describes this judgment with a word play illustrating retributive judgment (judgment in kind). This is seen in the use of the term blood (Hebrew ‘adom), which sounds like Edom (“red one”) and underscores that as Edom has shed blood, so it will be given over to bloodshed.

The Edomites were violently driven from their territory by the Nabataeans and disappeared from history with the Roman conquest of Idumea. This brought a partial fulfillment of the judgment promised in Ezekiel 35:3-4. However, the area later became reinhabited by Bedouin tribes (perhaps descendants of the Edomites) and today is part of the Bedouin Hashemite dynastic territory known as Jordan. Indeed, Edom had boasted, “We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins”. The placement of the message in Ezekiel 35 within the eschatological division of the book of Ezekiel and the mention in verse 14 of the universal recognition of Edom’s destruction, along with statements in other oracles that make the time of Edom’s ultimate desolation “the day of the Lord” and similar to the “overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah”, indicates a yet future and final judgment. The Edomite territory of Bozrah is predicted as the place to which the Messiah will come during the Tribulation and the site of divine judgment in the campaigns of Armageddon.

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.

Hamas Warns of War in Attack on Temple Mount (Second Coming Watch Update #927)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #927. 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 Israel National News, The Hamas Islamic organization warned that any attack on the al-Aqsa Mosque would ignite a war, emphasizing that the current situation will not last forever, as “the enemy will pay for the attack on al-Aqsa.” In a statement Hamas said that the “Zionist repression juggernaut” would not be able to withstand the popular protest in Jerusalem, which could block the plans of the “occupation.” In this regard, the Hamas movement called the decision of the Israeli court approving the closure of the Muslim prayer house at the Old City wall’s Gate of Mercy “preparation for constructing a synagogue on the site,” and a “dangerous scheme” whose implementation Jerusalem [Arab] residents will not allow. The Hamas organization called on their public in Jerusalem and “the Palestinians and those in the occupied territories of 1948” to demonstrate a firm stand and hold on to the al-Aqsa Mosque so as prevent the “occupation” from implementing its plans.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to Daily Mail, A boy aged 15 has died from bubonic plague in Mongolia as dozens of people who had contact with him are in isolation over the deadly disease. The fatality comes as Russia and China were warned that they are vulnerable to the spread of the Black Death. The unnamed teenager had a high fever after eating marmot meat with two friends. He died three days after eating the rodent meat, according to reports. His contacts have all been reached to halt the risk of the disease spreading. The bubonic plague is a bacterial disease spread by fleas living on wild rodents like marmots. It kills in less than 24 hours if not treated promptly.

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF THE KINGS OF THE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, With Iran and China working on a multibillion-dollar 25-year economic and security deal, Israel has many reasons to be concerned and even alarmed. The proposed agreement, leaked to The New York Times, which reported on it on Saturday, would lead to a closer military relationship between Tehran and Beijing, including joint military exercises, research and weapons development and intelligence sharing. It would also increase Chinese investments in Iranian banking, telecommunications and transportation, such as airports and railways. China would reportedly get a discounted supply of Iranian oil in return. The document describes the countries as “two ancient Asian countries… with a similar outlook” that “will consider one another strategic partners.” Neither side has publicly confirmed that the document is genuine, that they have signed it or that there is any such agreement.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Iran’s head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds [KUDS] Force Esmail Ghaani [IS-MAY-EL GA-AH-NEE] slammed the US and Israel and said both countries would be punished and that only ‘difficult’ days were ahead. He praised a fire aboard a US ship, the Bonhomme [BO-NOM] Richard as divine punishment. ‘America lit a fire and today is on fire.’ Ghaani [GA-AH-NEE] added that Iran and the IRGC Quds [KUDS] Force were warning America that hard days are ahead. This appears to be a cryptic threat. He said the US military is tired and worn out and that US ships are just scraps of iron. Iran has warned that it could retaliate for recent mysterious explosions that affected its Natanz [NAH-TANZ] nuclear enrichment facility.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, The Alma Center’s Research Department initiated a project to find the locations of missile launching sites in South Lebanon adjacent to the civilian population, as part of what is known as the “Human Shield tactic”. In their report, Alma notes that, despite the fact that a large proportion of Hezbollah’s missiles are located in south Lebanon, the information in public sources on the subject is scarce. The report states, “The first locations we found were all close to civilian infrastructure, which drove us to further the research on the subject and thus find 28 missile launching locations and the sites connected with these locations”. According to the report, the missiles are medium-range missiles – “The same as those subject to the Hezbollah missile precision guided missile project)”. According to Alma, Hezbollah plans to launch these weapons toward civilian targets and population concentrations in Israel from within or adjacent to residential buildings.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel 34:22-24 reads: “Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle. And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.”

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 phrase “covenant of peace” is a synonym for the New Covenant and describes its function of making and maintaining universal peace for Israel and also for the nations. The advent of the messianic King was predicted to bring an unending reign of peace, for He is the “Prince of Peace,” and peace characterizes His government. Elsewhere the covenant of peace is described in terms of the cessation of war and of military disarmament, of exceptional agricultural prosperity in the land, and of the building of the Messianic temple.

The description of material renewal in the millennial kingdom first announces the changed conditions (“there will no longer be”) that fulfill the promise of blessings Israel would receive for obeying the previous covenants. The spiritual renewal of the millennial kingdom is indicated by use of the covenantal formula in Ezekiel 34:30: “I, the LORD their God…they are My people,” but with the clarification that “My people” are “the house of Israel,” a reaffirmation that there will be a future for national Israel after its national repentance and return to the Lord. Verse 31 restates this covenantal relationship in terms of the shepherd/sheep motif that has distinguished this chapter. Here, too, there is a significant addition explaining that the sheep are men and the Shepherd is God. This serves as a reminder that the previous description of restoration is to be interpreted as literal conditions to be experienced by national Israel in the millennial kingdom rather than as symbols of spiritual blessings applied to the church.

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

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “The only way to wait for the Second Coming is to watch that you do what you should do, so that when he comes is a matter of indifference. It is the attitude of a child, certain that God knows what he is about. When the Lord does come, it will be as natural as breathing. God never does anything hysterical, and he never produces hysterics.”

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 Centrifuge Assembly Center Suffers Major Damage in Explosion (Second Coming Watch Update #926)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #926. 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, David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, said nearly three-quarters of Iran’s main centrifuge assembly hall was destroyed by the recent explosion there. Albright indicated that this latest revelation is based on two new satellite overviews showing a much fuller picture than footage that was released last weekend, indicating that the vast majority of the centrifuge assembly hall was wiped out. This could mean there will be increased delay to Iran’s nuclear program, since it will have to recover from the incident. Albright said, “It is clear that a major explosion took place, destroying nearly three-quarters of the main centrifuge assembly hall, generating a fire that blackened a major portion of the building, the blackening visible where the roof had been blown away by the explosion.” According to the latest report by the think tank, “High-resolution commercial satellite imagery… shows that the Iran Centrifuge Assembly Center at the Natanz [NAH-TANZ] Enrichment Site has suffered significant, extensive, and likely irreparable damage to its main assembly hall section.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to The Associated Press, A deep undersea earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Tuesday, but no injuries or serious damage were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 6.6 magnitude and was centered about 58 miles north of Batang [BAH-TANG], a coastal town in Central Java province. It was about 328.5 miles deep. The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said the temblor was 6.1 magnitude and did not cause a tsunami. Daryono [DAHR-YO-NO], an agency’s official who goes by a single name, said people felt mild shaking as far as Bali [BAH-LEE] island as the epicenter was very deep.

Third, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to The Jerusalem Post, two groups involved with arranging immigration to Israel claim the country could see a sharp increase in immigration over the next few years spurred on by the coronavirus crisis. The chairman of the Jewish Agency — a nonprofit focused on bolstering Israel-Diaspora ties and immigration to Israel — told an Israeli parliament committee on Monday that Israel should expect some 250,000 new immigrants over three to five years. Israel normally absorbs about 30,000 immigrants per year. On Wednesday, Nefesh B’ Nefesh [NEH-FESH BAH-NE-FESH], an organization that assists Jews from English-speaking countries in immigrating to Israel, reported that in June 2020, the organization received 1,350 immigration applications, compared to 399 in June of last year. Nefesh B’ Nefesh [NEH-FESH BAH-NE-FESH] also received 25,435 phone calls to its call center requesting information about the immigration process, in comparison to 5,349 in June 2019.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Washington Post, Chinese public health authorities are taking precautions to prevent a bubonic plague outbreak in a remote northern region after a herder contracted the disease, although experts say the risk is low given the limited number of cases so far and the availability of modern medicine. The health commission in Bayannur [BAH-YAH-NAO-ER] in Inner Mongolia raised its public health warning to its third-highest of four alert levels and banned the hunting, skinning and transportation of rodents that might carry the bacteria, known as Yersinia pestis [YER-SIN-EE-AH PES-TIS]. The municipal government raised its alert level by one notch to “standard plague outbreak alert,” which means humans have been infected. Bayannur’s health commission said in a statement, “There is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to The Jerusalem Post, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians are prepared to return to the negotiating table with Israel under the auspices of the Quartet, which comprises the US, EU, UN and Russia. Abbas told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone conversation that the Palestinians want the proposed negotiations to be based on “international legitimacy” and with the participation of other countries. The PA’s official news agency Wafa [WAA-FAA] said, “Abbas briefed Putin in the latest political developments, particularly regarding Israel’s annexation plan, which is rejected by the Palestinians, the Arabs and the international community.” Abbas expressed appreciation for Russia’s rejection of the Israeli plan to apply its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank “by force and its support for the Palestinians’ right to independence and freedom.” The PA agency said Putin voiced his country’s support for the two-state solution and stressed the importance of reviving the peace process on the basis of international resolutions and under the sponsorship of the Quartet.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel 34:22-24 reads: “Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle. And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.”

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.

On the other side it is argued that this is King David resurrected to assume a role in the millennial government as ruler under King Messiah. Even though there is an emphasis on singleness of leadership in this passage and elsewhere, David could still be considered a vice-regent ruling over Israel for the Messiah after He has established the messianic kingdom and secured Israel within it. He is called “prince” in Ezekiel 34:24 and 37:25, a term that looks at the religious role of the leader with the people as a regent under God as in chapters 44-48. However, Ezekiel 37:24 states, “My servant David will be king (Hebrew, melek [MAY-LAKE]) over them,” which has in view the political rule of the shepherd. King David, who had been chosen by God because he was “a man after [God’s] own heart,” had the responsibility as king to uphold God’s commandments.

At David’s coronation it was stated that the Lord said to him, “You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler [Hebrew, nagid (NEY-JHIY-D)] over Israel.” As God, the Messiah would exercise the supreme position of rule over all the earth, receiving worship at the millennial temple in Jerusalem from both Israel and the nations, while David would represent Him to Israel alone. In fact, David is mentioned by name in other eschatological texts that focus on national Israel’s restoration. Some would also identify David as “the prince” Ezekiel mentions later; however, there are formidable reasons against this proposal. The term “raise up” does not refer to David’s resurrection but to his royal installation, as the hiphil [HI-PHIL] of the Hebrew verb qum [KUM] was used of “establishing or setting up” ancient rulers in their office.

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 Oliver B. Greene. He said, “God did not judge Sodom until Lot was safe outside the city walls. Nor did God utterly destroy Jericho until Rahab was saved. This will be just as true in the future; God will not judge this earth, nor the wicked in the final judgment, until the Church is taken out of the earth. That promise is clear: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” This verse definitely refers to the great Tribulation period. The Rapture takes place at the beginning of chapter four. A door is opened in Heaven and a Voice cries out, “Come up hither!” And the Church is raptured out of the earth to meet the Lord in the air.”

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.

Putin’s Power Increases in Russia After Constitutional Changes (Second Coming Watch Update #925)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #925. 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 RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to Israel National News, Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to potentially hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities. With three-fourths of all precincts counted, 77.6% voted for the constitutional amendments. For the first time in Russia, polls were kept open for a week to bolster turnout without increasing crowds casting ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move was denounced by Kremlin critics as an extra tool to manipulate the outcome. The amendments that would allow Putin to run for two more six-year terms, in 2024 and 2030, are part of a package of constitutional changes that also outlaw same-sex marriage, mention “a belief in God as a core value” and emphasize the primacy of Russian law over international norms.

Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to The Harvard Gazette, a plague of locusts has descended on East Africa, devouring crops, trees, and pasture as they move. The first generation, which emerged at the end of last year, numbered in the hundreds of billions. Left unchecked, locusts multiply by a factor of 20 per generation, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, meaning that the second generation that took flight in March and April numbered in the trillions. Now in July, a third generation is set to take off, paving the way for potentially calamitous food shortages in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Swarms can cover many square miles (sometimes areas as big as cities), move up to 100 miles a day, and eat their weight daily. Recently swarms have also emerged in India, Pakistan, and South America.

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to AMN, U.S. Special Representative to Iran Brian Hook has warned against a lapse in an arms embargo against Iran, which is set to expire in October, warning that it could create an opening for the country to obtain a nuclear weapon. Hook discussed the arms embargo in an interview with Israeli reporter Barak Ravid. Hook said the U.S. will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and that “the military option is always on the table.” Hook said the U.S. would exercise all legal abilities to extend the arms embargo against Iran and barring that, it would invoke a U.N. “snapback” measure within the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The snapback measure would resume U.N. sanctions on Iran.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to International Business Times, The number of earthquakes detected in Iceland has already increased to 9,000. The series of earthquakes began as scientists in the country reported signs of activity from Iceland’s most active volcano. In its latest report, the Icelandic Meteorological Office noted that it had detected a total of 9,000 earthquakes as of June 29. According to the agency, the earthquake swarm began on June 19 in areas northeast of Siglufjörður [SIG-LUF-FUHR-TH-VUHR], which is a fishing town located on the northern coast of Iceland. Three of the earthquakes detected by the agency had magnitudes of over five. The IMO believes that more earthquakes are expected to occur in the region within the next couple of days or weeks.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to CNBC, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that U.S. health officials are keeping an eye on a new strain of flu carried by pigs in China that has characteristics of the 2009 H1N1 virus and 1918 pandemic flu. The virus, which scientists are calling “G4 EA H1N1,” has not yet been shown to infect humans but it is exhibiting “reassortment capabilities.” Fauci said, “In other words, when you get a brand new virus that turns out to be a pandemic virus it’s either due to mutations and/or the reassortment or exchanges of genes. And they’re seeing virus in swine, in pigs now, that have characteristics of the 2009 H1N1, of the original 1918, which many of our flu viruses have remnants of that in it, as well as segments from other hosts, like swine.” The H1N1 swine flu and 1918 pandemic flu were both considered horrific viruses that spread across the globe.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel 34:11 reads: “For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.”

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 nation’s political renewal is seen as the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant, in which David was promised an eternal dynasty on an eternal throne. Ezekiel 37:25 contains this same promise. The identity of this one called “David My servant” who will be their prince and shepherd is debated by commentators. On one side it is argued that this is David’s greatest descendant, the Messiah. The parallel reference in Ezekiel 37:24 adds that all of Israel will have “My servant David” as one shepherd. The pairing of “God” with “My servant David” in rule over Israel in these texts implies the theological pairing of “God and Christ” in the rule over the people of God in the New Jerusalem.

Jesus Christ is clearly stated to be of “the house and lineage of David” and is related to David in the prophetic promises of establishing the everlasting covenant and ruling as the Davidic King in the millennial kingdom. Moreover, the rule is singular–“one shepherd.” Indeed, according to Zechariah 14:9, in the millennial kingdom “the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one and His name the only one.” This exclusivity of rule and recognition also implies that no other one will be king except God Himself. This divine rulership points to Christ and excludes David, for the latter was only a man.

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 Gurnall. He said, “Christ hath told us he will come, but not when, that we might never put off our clothes, or put out the candle.”

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.

Cold War Between US and China Could Upset World Order (Second Coming Watch Update #924)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #924. 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 AND RUMOURS OF WARS — According to BBC News, according to influential economist Jeffrey Sachs, the deepening cold war between the US and China will be a bigger worry for the world than coronavirus. He said the world is headed for a period of “massive disruption without any leadership” in the aftermath of the pandemic. He warned that the divide between the two superpowers will exacerbate this. The Columbia University professor blamed the US administration for the hostilities between the two countries. “The US is a force for division, not for cooperation. It’s a force for trying to create a new cold war with China. If this takes hold – if that kind of approach is used, then we won’t go back to normal, indeed we will spiral into greater controversy and greater danger in fact.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to The Weather Channel, The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said on Monday that it was monitoring Mount Kanlaon [KAN-LAH-ON] in Negros Occidental province after it recorded over 130 earthquakes since Sunday. The institute issued a statement reminding the public that Kanlaon [KAN-LAH-ON] Volcano remains on alert level 1, “which means that it is at an abnormal condition and has entered a period of unrest. The local government units and the public are strongly reminded that entry into the 4-km radius permanent danger zone must be strictly prohibited due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions.” The institute said that it has recorded 136 volcano-tectonic earthquakes—earthquakes caused by the movement of magma beneath the surface of the Earth—on the western flanks during the 24-hour observation period.

Third, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to BBC News, Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making the Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj, this year in a bid to control coronavirus. Only a very limited number of people currently living in the kingdom may take part. An estimated two million people would otherwise have visited Mecca and Medina this summer for the annual gathering. There had been fears the Hajj might be cancelled altogether. In normal times the pilgrimage is one of the most significant moments in the Muslim religious calendar. But only citizens from countries around the world who are already resident in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to attend this year.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Voice of America News, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has suspended unspecified military action against South Korea, an apparent reduction in tensions following weeks of threats from Pyongyang. According to the Korean Central News Agency, at a preliminary meeting of the ruling party’s central military commission, Kim ‘took stock of the prevailing situation and suspended the military action plans against the south’. It is not clear exactly what steps Kim suspended and whether that means North Korea will now end its escalating campaign of provocations toward the South. The moves surprised many in Seoul, where officials had been preparing for a possible extended downturn in relations.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said despite its distance from Israel, Iran is the most dangerous country in the Middle East. Kohavi made the remark at a ceremony marking Strategy and Third-Circle Directorate, an entirely new position on the General Staff, which will focus principally on Israel’s fight against Iran. He said, “It’s made significant progress with its nuclear program, but the nuclear [threat] is no longer the only threat. Iran also possesses conventional weapons.” Kochavi added that while “it is located in the third circle, it is highly effective in influencing the first and second circle,” he was referring to financing terror groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria as well as Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. Israel has warned repeatedly about Iran’s nuclear ambitions as well as aspirations of regional hegemony and has admitted to hundreds of airstrikes as part of its “war-between-wars” campaign to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon and the entrenchment of its forces in Syria where they could easily act against Israel.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel 34:11 reads: “For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.”

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.

These sheep that are called “His sheep” constitute the remnant of Israel who will be delivered from the Tribulation and enter into the millennial kingdom to be joined by the righteous Gentiles from the nations. Jesus explained that the true Shepherd was one that would seek out even one lost sheep in order to return it to the fold. In John 10:16 Jesus proclaimed His commitment to His sheep (Israel) and to the “other sheep” (Gentiles), whom He as the Good Shepherd would gather and guard.

The purpose of the Lord’s shepherding activity is to reverse the conditions Israel has endured under the false shepherds. Thus, when Christ returns He will undo all the damage the false Christs have done during the Tribulation, and especially the scattering and suffering experienced as a result of the greatest of these–the first beast, or the Antichrist. The Antichrist will attempt to supplant the role of Christ with Israel by conquering the nations, making a covenant of peace with Israel, building the third temple, and assuming the place of divinity within it. The second beast, the false prophet, may be Jewish and may claim messianic status. According to Ezekiel 34:16 the Lord will destroy these false shepherds and “feed them with judgment.” Indeed, Revelation 19:20 states that at His second coming Christ will judge the Tribulation’s false shepherds by casting the beast and the false prophet into the lake of fire.

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.

Thousands of Jews Expected to Migrate to Israel (Second Coming Watch Update #923)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #923. 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 The Jerusalem Post, Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata said on Wednesday that the latest forecasts estimate that 90,000 new immigrants will arrive in Israel from around the world in the next 18 months. The Jewish Agency, Nefesh B’Nefesh [NEH-FESH BEH-NEH-FESH], Qalita and other organizations dealing with aliyah have all stated of late that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a large spike in the number of Jews around the world who have expressed heightened interest in immigrating to Israel. Earlier this month, the Jewish Agency said it expected 50,000 immigrants in 2021 alone, although it also noted that there was a decrease in the number of immigrants in 2020 over 2019 figures owing to air travel restrictions and other complications due to the global health crisis.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Guardian, Twenty members of India’s armed forces have been killed in a “violent face-off” with Chinese soldiers on their disputed Himalayan border in the worst military crisis between the two countries in nearly 60 years. The deaths are the first loss of life in the border area since 1975, and come amid a renewed dispute between the two countries in recent weeks. Indian and Chinese soldiers, who often do not carry weapons in the area to avoid escalating conflicts, have brawled, detained each other and deployed forces and equipment in the western Himalayas in recent weeks. The Indian army said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon Delhi-time, “During the de-escalation process under way in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday [Monday] night with casualties on both sides.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, The IDF struck multiple targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday night after a rocket fired from there landed in an open area in southern Israel earlier in the evening. Airstrikes and tank fire targeted multiple sites in areas near Rafiah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF confirmed that airstrikes had targeted infrastructure used for underground operations by Hamas and that tanks had targeted military posts used by the terror group.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Reuters, An earthquake with a 5.7 magnitude shook Bingol province in eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing one person and injuring nine others. The quake, with its epicentre in the Karliova district of Bingol, struck at 5:24 p.m., damaging dozens of homes and buildings. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate said two security guards at a Turkish military installation in the region were injured when an observation tower collapsed. One of them later died. Eight more people were injured in various villages in the area, including one child hurt when a roof collapsed.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to AFP, China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday, triggering fears of a second wave of infections as more European countries prepare to reopen their borders. The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe. It also gives a bleak insight into the difficulties the world will face in conquering COVID-19, coming as many European countries prepare to welcome visitors from elsewhere on the continent starting Monday. Adding to the concern, Italy is fighting new outbreaks of its own, Iran and India have reported worrying increases in deaths and infections and the pandemic is gathering pace in Latin America. Beijing has carried out mass testing after 36 of China’s 57 new cases on Sunday were linked to a wholesale food market in the capital.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel 34:11 reads: “For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.”

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 34:11 the Lord announces that He Himself will shepherd His people, first by regathering them from their places of scattering and returning them to their Promised Land of Israel. Even though figures of speech are employed in the metaphor of the sheep and shepherds, it is clear that a literal return from physical exile and dispersion is in view in verse 13 because of the references to the countries where they were scattered and the mountains of Israel to which they will be restored. Moreover, in the context, this promise of national regathering is unconditional and is therefore based on the historical unconditional covenants that promised Israel permanent possession of the land. Although there were conditions within the unconditional covenants, such as the Land Covenant requiring Israel to seek and return to the Lord, as this passage reveals, the Lord Himself will secure the necessary obedience of His sheep to fulfill this condition. He does this first by “searching” for them. The second act of grace is the Shepherd’s “delivering” His sheep (from the nations) and “bringing them into their own land”–acts that demonstrate the work of a Savior.

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, “Uncertainty about the date of the Lord’s return is calculated to keep believers in an attitude of constant expectation and to preserve them from despondency.”

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 Threatens New Intifada Against Israel (Second Coming Watch Update #922)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #922. 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 Hamas organization on Monday warned of the consequences of Israel applying sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria as part of the US administration’s “Deal of the Century” peace initiative. A statement issued by Hamas’ “Jerusalem department” said that the implementation of the annexation plan and causing harm to the Al-Aqsa mosque would result in an outbreak of an intifada against the “occupation.” Hamas called on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to renounce the Oslo Accords and its political, economic and military commitments and to devise a plan to fight all together with all the Palestinian Arab organizations.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Washington Post, Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida and Utah all set new highs in seven-day rolling case averages Wednesday. Montana, Arkansas, Utah, Arizona and Texas have all seen coronavirus hospitalizations rise by at least 35 percent in the weeks since Memorial Day. Some states are pressing forward with reopening even as local officials point to data that suggests an increase, not a reduction, in the risk of transmission. The uptick may not directly correlate to reopenings in all states, as more robust testing or other localized factors could play a part. Officials have also expressed concern that the virus could have spread among thousands of people protesting against police brutality, but experts said it is too early to determine the impact on case numbers.

Third, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Prophecy News Watch, In a time of darkness, a time of pandemic, pandemonium and power struggles, a thin ray of light can be seen in the Jewish world. The results are in: In May, the number of North Americans applying to make aliyah was double what it was last year at this time (814 vs. 424). In fact, last month was the biggest ever in the 19-year history of Nefesh B’Nefesh [NEH-FESH BEH-NEH-FESH], the nonprofit that with the help of Israel’s government and the Jewish Agency for Israel has already shepherded some 60,000 North American Jews to new homes in Israel. Marc Rosenberg, Nefesh [NEH-FESH] vice president for Diaspora partnerships, said, “We’ve seen small bumps, but nothing like this. What we saw this past month is absolutely remarkable. And while they may not be major numbers, they are major increases.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to The Jerusalem Post, A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Fars province in southern Iran on Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency reported. The 5.7-magnitude quake is the second tremor felt by the area on Tuesday. A 5.1-magnitude tremor hit the same region about one hour earlier. There was no immediate information about possible casualties or damage from the quake, which hit near the town of Beyram [BEY-RAM].

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to The Guardian, The world stands on the brink of a food crisis worse than any seen for at least 50 years. UN secretary general António Guterres said better social protections for poor people are urgently needed as the looming recession following the coronavirus pandemic may put basic nutrition beyond their reach. He said, “Unless immediate action is taken, it is increasingly clear that there is an impending global food emergency that could have long-term impacts on hundreds of millions of children and adults. We need to act now to avoid the worst impacts of our efforts to control the pandemic. Even in countries with abundant food, we see risks of disruption in the food supply chain.” About 50 million people risk falling into extreme poverty this year owing to the pandemic, but the long-term effects will be even worse, as poor nutrition in childhood causes lifelong suffering.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel 34:4 reads: “The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled 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’s indictment is against the scandalous history of wicked kings in Israel and Judah who ruled at the expense of the nation. One example is the Israelite king Ahab, who murdered Naboth in order to steal his family’s vineyard. Shortly after this event the prophet Micaiah addressed Ahab and prophesied Israel as “scattered on the mountains like sheep which have no shepherd”. In Judah, King Manasseh “filled Jerusalem with very much innocent blood” and seduced the people of Israel “to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed”, thus sealing the divine judgment of Judah.

Ezekiel’s indictment also singles out the neglect of social justice and welfare, which are the duty of a righteous ruler. These rulers abandoned the weakest and neediest members of the community, a clear transgression of the Mosaic Covenant. The final fulfillment of this will be Christ’s rescue of national Israel from the armies of the Antichrist in the campaigns of Armageddon. In both these texts the divine deliverance is demonstrated by a declaration that the Lord’s sovereign rule is replacing that of the wicked rulers.

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

Our Second Coming quote for today is from George Sweeting. He said, “The word hope in Scripture is a term of certainty. To say that we hope for the return of the Lord is not to say that we are uncertain about His coming. His coming for His own is certain.”

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.

Rift Between US and Israel Over China (Second Coming Watch Update #921)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #921. 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, a rupture looms between Israel and the United States over China. Israel’s announcement last week that an Israeli consortium would build Sorek 2 [SAW-REHK], the world’s largest desalination plant, surprised many who had been watching the deal: The contract had been expected to go to a Hong Kong-based company. But that was before the Trump administration ramped up pressure on Israel to diminish its ties to China. For years, Israel has been working to dramatically expand trade with China, one of the world’s largest markets. That push is suddenly running up against strong opposition from the White House, as the Trump administration pivots from the decades-old policy of increasing US engagement with China to treating the country as an increasingly bitter rival. The Sorek 2 [SAW-REHK] deal was widely seen as a bow to pressure from the Trump administration, which is pushing Israel and other key allies to curtail trade with China. But observers of this deepening dynamic say it may not be enough to head off a US-Israel crisis over China.

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to the Daily Mail, Nearly a dozen earthquakes shook parts of Yellowstone National Park in just 24 hours on Friday, May 29. The US Geological Survey reported 11 quakes in West Yellowstone, Montana, with tremors ranging from 1.6 to 3.1 magnitude on the Richter scale. The tremors were about three miles deep and hit 15 miles outside of the park. Altogether, the area has been struck by a total of 34 earthquakes in the past 30 days.

Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to The Associated Press, As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough, India grappled with scorching temperatures and the worst locust invasion in decades as authorities prepared for the end of a months long lockdown despite recording thousands of new infections every day. This triple disaster drew biblical comparisons and forced officials to try to balance the competing demands of simultaneous public health crises: protection from eviscerating heat but also social distancing in newly reopened parks and markets. The heat wave threatens to compound challenges of containing the virus, which has started spreading more quickly and broadly since the government began easing restrictions of one of the world’s most stringent lockdowns earlier this month. Sunita Narain [SUH-NEE-TAH NAH-RAIN] of New Delhi’s Center for Science and Environment said, “The world will not get a chance to breathe anymore. The ferocity of crises are increasing, and they’re not going to be spaced out.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to WND.com, Iran nearly pulled off a cyberattack that would have dumped lethal levels of chemicals in six water-supply facilities in Israel. Iran breached the computer system controlling the water supplies, but the attack was blocked “just in time” to prevent damage. The attack happened April 24-25, and details still are emerging. An Israeli official said, “This was an attack that goes against all codes, even in war. Even from the Iranians we didn’t expect something like this. This is an attack that cannot be done.” According to Yigal Unna [EE-GAHL OO-NAH], director general of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate, the intent of the attack was far more than originally assumed. He said: “We can see something like this aiming to cause damage to real life and not to IT or data. If the bad guys would have succeeded in their plot, we would now be facing in the middle of the corona crisis, very big damage to the civilian population: a lack of water.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Authoritarian regimes throughout the world are gloating over and celebrating the chaos unfolding in the United States. The US became the world’s most powerful country, a global hegemonic superpower, after the Soviet Union and its client states fell apart in 1989. However, Russia, China, Iran and increasingly Turkey have all awaited the period when the world would become multi-polar again. To coordinate efforts against the US, these countries all have state media that is well funded, such as RT, TRT, Iran’s Tasnim and Fars News and numerous Chinese media outlets. The policies of these countries are to slowly undermine the US and wait for moments of US weakness to push their agendas. Aleksey Pushkov, a senator in Russia’s parliament and an expert on foreign policy, argued on Twitter that the US is crumbling. Meanwhile, Iran’s IRGC said it was stronger than ever and that it was resisting the “pharaonic, dictatorial, terrorist United States.” Turkey has mobilized all its state media propaganda resources against the US. Everywhere the US may appear weak, the adversaries are preparing to fill the vacuum left by the US. The big four – China, Russia, Turkey and Iran – are poised to exploit and emerge stronger.

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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 Lord will remove Israel’s self-seeking shepherds from their positions because they did not protect or provide for the people. The identity of these shepherds can be determined by the common use of the word shepherd throughout the ancient Near East and by its use in Israelite history, particularly during Ezekiel’s time of writing (the exilic period). The evidence of usage of the shepherd motif in the ancient Near East reveals that the term shepherd is used of rulers of nations appointed by a deity, primarily kings. In preexilic Israelite history the term is used of a man appointed to lead Israel, of David as a ruler over Israel, of evil kings whose unjust rule makes the nation like sheep without a shepherd, and of the Persian ruler Cyrus. In the exilic period Jeremiah, like Ezekiel, condemns “the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture”. In this text he distinguishes them from both false prophets and priests, indicating that they must have been political leaders or kings. However, since Jeremiah, like Ezekiel, mentions shepherds that will care for Israel in the future restoration period, during which the human office of king will have been replaced by theocratic rule, the term appears to best suit governmental rulers in Israel regardless of the era of history.

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, “I know that some are always studying the meaning of the fourth toe of the right foot of some beast in prophecy and have never used either foot to go and bring men to Christ. I do not know who the 666 is in Revelation but I know the world is sick, sick, sick and the best way to speed the Lord’s return is to win more souls 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.

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.