This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #961. 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 Shin Bet warned Monday of an increase in incitement against the chairman of Yesh Atid [YESH AH-TEHD], MK Yair Lapid [YAAR LAH-PEED], and senior members of the Yamina [YAA-MIY-NAA] party, MKs Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked [AH-YEL-EHT SHA-KEED], who are working to form a unity government. According to a report on the Haaretz website, the Shin Bet ordered the police and the Knesset Guard to increase security around Bennett and Shaked to level 5 – one level below the highest level of security. The Shin Bet fears that protesters will break into the Yamina [YAA-MIY-NAA] leaders’ houses, throw firebombs, and even assault them and their families. The Shin Bet provides security to Yair Lapid [YAAR LAH-PEED] because he is the current leader of the opposition. Other MKs receive security from the Knesset Guard.
Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the New Scientist, The first human case of a rare strain of bird flu known as H10N3 has been reported in a 41-year-old man in eastern China. The man is from Jiangsu [JAANG-SOO] province, north-west of Shanghai, and was admitted to hospital on 28 April. China’s National Health Commission said he is in a stable condition. Until now, no human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, and the risk of large-scale spread among people is low, the commission said. Bird flu, or avian flu, is caused by influenza viruses that spread between birds. It can often spread easily between birds, but very rarely causes disease in humans. Symptoms resemble those of normal flu – fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat – but it can develop into a serious respiratory illness.
Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, A huge fire broke out at an oil refinery in the southern part of the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian state media reported, saying there were so far no reports of casualties. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said all operations had been suspended at the facility, known as the Tond-guy-an refinery, as firefighters tried to contain the blaze. Man-sour Da-ra-ja-ti, the head of Tehran’s crisis management organization, told state TV, “A leak at a liquid gas pipeline at the facility sparked the fire.” A spokesperson of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution said the fire was caused when a gasoline tanker with a capacity for 20,000 barrels caught fire, but said there was no blast.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Phys.org, The economic cost of the global pandemic as well as conflict and climate change are fueling food security fears that in 2020 reached their highest level in five years. Last year, 155 million people in 55 countries faced acute food shortages—20 million more than in 2019, according to a report by the EU, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme, which see the problem as getting steadily worse. Last year saw the Global Network Against Food Crises, which groups together the three international organisations, identify 28 million people in 28 countries as suffering emergency levels of acute hunger with DR Congo, Yemen and Afghanistan worst affected. A further 133,000 people were judged to be living in the most severe, “catastrophic” phase of food insecurity in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen. Africa remains the continent worst hit by food shortages with 98 million people affected, or 63 percent of global cases—up from 54 percent in 2019. Dominique Burgeon, FAO emergencies director, said that “the pandemic has exacerbated vulnerabilities,” singling out Sudan, Zimbabwe and Haiti—the latter also hit by climate issues affecting the food security of some 15 million people. With COVID restrictions still in place across much of the world, Burgeon said the coming year would be very difficult, exacerbating food security in already fragile economies. He estimated at least 142 million the number of people who would be affected in 40 of the worst-hit countries.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Hamas called for a Day of Rage in the West Bank on Friday, encouraging mass rallies by Palestinians against what it termed a “frenzied settlement attack on the West Bank.” The call for a day of rage comes a day before Palestinians mark Naksa Day to commemorate the Six-Day War in 1967. Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in multiple locations on Friday. At least 10 injuries due to live fire were reported by the Palestinian Wafa news agency in clashes in the town of Beita [BEY-TAH], located south of Nab-lus, with at least one person seriously injured. A number of attempted shooting attacks have been reported in recent days. On Friday, a Lebanese newspaper reported that Hamas is threatening to renew clashes with Israel after the Qatari grant intended for families in need in the Gaza Strip was reportedly halted by Israel. The terrorist group reportedly warned Egyptian mediators that they would activate tools along the border area “shortly” and that the terrorist groups in Gaza may go as far as to completely reopen the conflict if the grant isn’t allowed in within the next week.
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 name “Rosh” has been the subject of considerable debate among scholars. Some have taken it as a proper noun and identified it with Russia. The other alternative is to take the term as an adjective meaning “head,” which would make Gog “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.” However, on linguistic and historical grounds, the case for taking Rosh as a proper noun rather than a noun-adjective is substantial and persuasive. Rosh appears as a place name in Egyptian inscriptions as Rash as early as 2600 B.C., and one inscription from 1500 B.C. refers to a land called Reshu that was located to the north of Egypt. As a toponym (place name), Rosh (or its equivalent) is found over 20 times in other ancient documents, including three times in the Sep-tu-a-gint, ten times in the inscriptions of Sar-gon, once in the record of A-shur-ban-i-pal, once in the annals of Sen-na-cher-ib, and five times in the U-gar-i-tic tablets of ancient Syria.
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 Samuel Rutherford. He said, “The figure of the passing-away world is like an old man’s face, full of wrinkles, and foul with weeping: we are waiting when Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, and shall come and wipe the old man’s face.”
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.