China and Russia Increasing Military Cooperation (Second Coming Watch Update #962)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #962. 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, On Wednesday, Japan’s number two defense official said China and Russia are showing increased signs of military cooperation and their activities in the Pacific could show signs they plan to launch a Pearl Harbor-style attack on the U.S., similar to how Japan did on Dec. 7, 1941, propelling the U.S. into World War II. Speaking at a Hudson Institute event, Japanese State Defense Minister Ya-su-hi-de Na-ka-ya-ma said, “Seventy years ago, we attacked Pearl Harbor, but now the U.S. and Japan [are] very good allies, one of the best allies all over the world.” Na-ka-ya-ma went on to say now Russian naval forces “are really exercising just right in front of the western part of Honolulu, and so I don’t want to remind them of 70 years ago, but we have to be careful of the exercising of the Russians.” Na-ka-ya-ma said, “We have to show the deterrence towards China, and not just China but also the Russians, because, as I told you, that they are doing their exercises together.” Na-ka-ya-ma also drew a comparison between a potential nuclear attack by Russia or China and the U.S. nuclear attacks on Hir-o-shi-ma and Na-ga-sa-ki, Japan during World War II. Na-ka-ya-ma said, “If some country shoot’s [a nuclear weapon] from their continent towards Honolulu, that missile’s . . . the warheads compared to Hir-o-shi-ma, it’s 200 times more than Hir-o-shi-ma. So I’ve been to Hir-o-shi-ma before and I went to the museum before, from that experience and the perspective, if 200 times more strong atomic bombs or torpedoes or missiles, warheads towards Honolulu, I think Honolulu will be erased from the map. So we have to think before using those powers, we have to think how to stop it.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to BBC News, UN officials say recent fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has resulted in a famine that is now affecting more than 400,000 people. In its first public meeting on the crisis, members of the UN Security Council warned that as many as 33,000 children were severely malnourished. Officials said that a further 1.8m people were on the brink of famine as a result of the eight-month conflict. They also warned of further clashes despite the declaration of a ceasefire. The Ethiopian government, which has been fighting regional forces in Tigray, declared a unilateral ceasefire on Monday. On Friday, the UN’s acting humanitarian aid chief told members of the Security Council at a meeting in New York that the situation in Tigray had deteriorated dramatically in recent weeks. The humanitarian aid chief said the region was experiencing “the worst famine situation we have seen in decades”.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Newsweek, Israeli security officials said Iran is likely behind an alleged attack on a cargo ship in the northern Indian Ocean, Arabic TV stations reported Sunday, with the vessel having been hit by an “unknown weapon” which started a fire. The Al-May-a-deen Lebanese television channel reported early Sunday that the Liberian-flagged cargo ship, the Tyndall, was damaged this weekend in the wake of a series of sabotage incidents between Israeli and Iranian ships in the region. Although some outlets initially reported that the cargo ship was owned by Israeli businessman Ey-al O-fer, sources later confirmed that it had been recently sold and the crew was not from Israel. The ship currently flies the Liberian flag, and defense officials from several countries in the region are still investigating the Sunday incident. The Israeli N12 news outlet reported Sunday that the cargo ship was hit by an “unknown weapon” and a fire broke out on its deck, prompting fears that “that this was a deliberate attack.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, Honduras on Thursday opened its embassy in contested Jerusalem, becoming the fourth country to follow the U.S. move under former president Donald Trump to relocate its chief diplomatic mission in Israel from Tel Aviv. To mark the occasion, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett signed several bilateral cooperation agreements in Jerusalem on Thursday. Israel views the entire city as its unified capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. The rival claims were at the heart of the unrest in April and May that eventually ignited an 11-day war in the Gaza Strip. The U.S. inaugurated its embassy in the city in 2018, and Guatemala, Ko-so-vo and Honduras followed suit. Bennett said that the opening of the Honduran Embassy in Jerusalem, and the planned reopening of the Israeli Embassy in Te-gu-ci-gal-pa, was “another demonstration of the deep friendship and deep connection” between the two countries. Israel previously had an embassy in Honduras until the 1990s.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the Daily Star, In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a deadly new outbreak of “black fungus” infections is surging in India. A few dozen cases of mu-cor-my-co-sis fungal infections were recorded in May, but Indian news channel NDTV reports the number of cases has now risen to 31,000. The fungus has claimed over 2,000 deaths. The fungus can take hold in the stomach, lungs or bloodstream but has its most devastating effect when it infects the nasal passages and sinuses – from where it can easily affect the eyes and brain. In addition to the growing death toll, many patients are being blinded. Manchester University professor David Denning, an expert at the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections, told Reuters: “There have been cases reported in several other countries – including the UK, U.S., France, Austria, Brazil and Mexico, but the volume is much bigger in India”. The Indian government has ordered all states to classify mucormycosis as an epidemic.

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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.

When Ezekiel wrote this prophecy in the sixth century B.C., several bands of the Rosh people lived in an area to the north of the Black Sea. Linguistically, the name Rosh was originally associated with the tribe of Ros/Rus, which lent its name to a variety of topographical features in what is now the Ukraine and Russia. On historical, geographical, and toponymic grounds it seems best identified with the modern-day Russian people. Linguistically the very name Russia appears to have derived from this term Rosh. This location is also confirmed by the first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, who identified Magog (the land of Rosh) as the land of the Scythians [SAI-THEE-UHNZ], ancient northern nomadic tribes who inhabited the territory from central Asia across the southern steppes of modern Russia. Based on such evidence, the noted Hebrew lexicographer and grammarian Wilhelm Gesenius [GEH-SEN-EE-UHS] stated over 150 years ago that Rosh must be “undoubtedly the Russians, who are mentioned by the Byzantine writers of the tenth century, under the name the Ros, dwelling to the north of Taurus…as dwelling on the river Rha (Wolga).”

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, “When I studied arithmetic, I remembered that the answers were in the back of the book. No matter how I floundered among my problems, the correct solution was on the last page. I have failed often in working out life’s problems, and I dwell in the midst of a people who are hopelessly trying to untangle the riddle of this present age. But I am cheered by one unfailing uncertainty-there is a Book that solves the enigma and the answer is in the back of the Book, “Behold I come quickly.” “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.””

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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