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

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #960. Let’s take a quick look at today’s prophecy-related headlines which point towards the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Pray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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