Israel Threatens to Attack Iran (Second Coming Watch Update #954)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #954. 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, Israeli officials warned they will attack Iran if President Joe Biden eases U.S. sanctions on Iran and rejoins the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Two weeks ago, Tzachi Hanegbi [ZAH-KEE HAH-NEJ-BEE], a cabinet member and top advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said, “If the United States government rejoins the nuclear deal — and that seems to be the stated policy as of now — the practical result will be that Israel will again be alone against Iran. . . This of course we will not allow. We’ve already twice done what needed to be done, in 1981 against the Iraqi nuclear program and in 2007 against the Syrian nuclear program.” On Monday, an Israeli source said that Israel could go so far as to set a Biden administration decision to ease sanctions on Iran as a redline before Israel launches a strike.

Second, today, under the Sign category of THE GOSPEL BEING PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD — According to The Express UK, amid Chinese president Xi Jinping’s [SHEE JEEN-PEENG] pursuit to maintain control in the country, Dr Ron Boyd-MacMillan, director of Strategic Research at Christian charity, Open Doors, claimed China’s premier is becoming increasingly concerned by the size of the Church – currently estimated at 97 million people. Dr Boyd-MacMillan believes the size of the Church in the country is set to rise rapidly in the coming decades and may reach 300 million people by 2030 – thus creating a group big enough to challenge Xi’s [SHEE’s] government. He said: “We think the evidence as to why the Chinese Church is so targeted, is that the leaders are scared of the size of the Church, and the growth of the Church. And if it grows, at the rate that it has done, since 1980 and that’s about between seven and 8 percent a year, then you’re looking at a group of people that will be 300 million strong, nearly by 2030. And … if the Church continues to grow like that, then they [the Communist Party] will have to share power.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Jerusalem Post, In clear deterrent action against Iran on Wednesday, a United States Air Force B-52H “Stra-to-for-tress” bomber flew over the Gulf, before the plane was spotted in Saudi airspace heading back to its base in the US. It was the fourth mission into CENTCOM’s area of operation in the last two months and the first deployment of the heavy bomber since Joe Biden’s inauguration last week. It came on the same day that IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi [AH-VEEV KOH-CHA-VEE] openly said that Israel was redrafting attack plans against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. According to reports, the heavy bomber departed Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana on Tuesday on a nonstop flight across Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and down the coastline near the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, before turning around and returning to the US.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARDS ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, Anti-semitism is expected to rise sharply around the world as a result of conspiracy theories against Jews and the State of Israel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Diaspora Affairs Ministry’s annual anti-semitism report, the main forum for the expression of anti-semitism in 2020 changed from the physical realm to the online one. There was a sharp increase in the dissemination of anti-semitism online last year, including what appears to be an Iranian campaign to compare the Jewish state to a viral pandemic by launching the Twitter hashtag COVID-48, a reference to 1948, the year Israel was established. The 140-page document also noted an increase in anti-semitism in the US, caused by the novel coronavirus crisis in the country, political polarization surrounding the presidential election, the dissemination of various conspiracy theories and the racial-justice protests.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Reuters, China toughened its language towards Taiwan on Thursday, warning after recent stepped up military activities near the island that “independence means war” and that its armed forces were acting in response to provocation and foreign interference. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, reported multiple Chinese fighter jets and bombers entering its southwestern air defence identification zone last weekend, prompting Washington to urge Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan. China believes that Taiwan’s democratically-elected government is moving the island towards a declaration of formal independence, though Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen [SY ING-WEN] has repeatedly said it is already an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:26-28.

Ezekiel 37:26-28 reads: “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”

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 return of Israel to the land and to the Lord is now climaxed by the return of the Lord to Israel and the land. After this return the New Covenant will be enacted with Israel, just as the Old Covenant had been put into effect when the Lord came to Israel at Mount Sinai. The New Covenant is here called both a covenant of peace and an everlasting covenant. As in Ezekiel 34:25-30, where the list of millennial blessings under the New Covenant is based on the terms of the Mosaic Covenant, here the promise of “peace” for the land and the “perpetuity” of provision is drawn from Leviticus 26:4,6. The first synonym, “covenant of peace”, is appropriate for describing the restored conditions of the millennial age since the Hebrew word shalom (“peace”) denotes a comprehensive peace (“security, welfare, health, prosperity, harmony”). The second “everlasting” or “eternal covenant” describes the nature of God’s enduring promise and the inviolability of His commitment to Israel as demonstrated by the historic covenants of the past that have now been fulfilled.

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 Herb Vander Lugt [LUKT]. He said, “The return of Christ represents not only the ultimate sense of accountability but the ultimate sense of hope as well.”

Let’s Pray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel Drawing Up Plans for Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program (Second Coming Watch Update #953)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #953. 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 Times of Israel, The Israel Defense Forces is drawing up plans for an attack on Iran’s nuclear program. The Israel Ha-yom newspaper said that IDF Chief of Staff A-viv Ko-ha-vi has asked for three alternate proposals to derail Tehran’s program, without elaborating on them. It only indicated one of the proposals is a military strike, noting that such a plan would require a significant budgetary boost for the Israeli military. Iran resumed enriching uranium to 20 percent last week, well in excess of the threshold set out in its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and a short technical jump from the 90% level of enrichment needed to produce weapons. The report came a day after Likud minister Tza-chi Ha-neg-bi threatened that Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear program if the United States rejoined the nuclear deal, as newly elected US President Joe Biden has indicated he plans to do.

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to BBC News, At least 32 people have been killed and 100 others injured in a twin suicide bombing in a busy commercial area in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, officials say. The bombers blew themselves up among a crowd of shoppers at a second-hand clothes market in Ta-ya-ran Square. No group has said it carried out the latest attack, but suspicion will fall on the jihadist group Islamic State. The Iraqi government declared victory in its war against IS at the end of 2017. However, sleeper cells continue to wage a low-level insurgency in the country, operating mainly in rural areas and targeting security forces.

Third, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Israel National News, Antony Blinken, US President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, said at a confirmation hearing on Tuesday that the Biden administration would not move the US embassy from Jerusalem. Blinken, who spoke to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was asked if he believes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and if the Biden administration will keep the US Embassy there. Blinken replied “yes” to both questions. Biden himself said during the election camapign he would keep the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, despite the fact that he objects to the conditions under which President Trump decided to move it. In Tuesday’s hearing, the Secretary of State nominee also said he would consult with US allies regarding the possibility of re-entering a nuclear deal with Iran.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARDS ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, A report published Wednesday shows that textbooks distributed by the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency includes incitement against Israel and glorifications of terrorists who committed atrocious acts of violence. The report published by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education found that texbooks produced by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East include inciting material, across all subjects and grades. UNRWA has been left severely crippled in 2018 after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump decided to cancel all U.S. funding to the organization, citing anti-Israel bias and misuse of funds. The report shows the UN study material frequently references and sometimes directly reproduces, texts and phrases from the Palestinian Authority’s textbooks, which include glorification of violence and sacrificing of one’s life in order to defend the “motherland.” The study material also references discredited conspiracy theories against Israel and Zionism, which perpetuate hostility and hatred towards the Jewish state and its population.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Voice of America News, Pakistan said Wednesday that it had successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Arabian Sea, aimed at “revalidating” the weapon’s operational and technical parameters. The Sha-heen III surface-to-surface missile, which the country first fired in 2015, can carry nuclear and conventional warheads up to 2,750 kilometers. The range, analysts said, enables the solid-fueled, multistage rocket to reach targets anywhere in neighboring India, Pakistan’s archrival, and in parts of the Middle East.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:23-25 reads: “Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.”

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.

However, the Hebrew grammatical construction in Ezekiel 37:25 favors an extension of the duration of the term to an infinite degree. Verse 25 prefixes the separable preposition ‘ad to ‘olam, while verses 25-26, 28 add the inseparable preposition le. The first of these constructions is the stronger and appears elsewhere with ‘olam in the phrase min ‘olam v’ad ‘olam (“from everlasting to everlasting” or “forever and ever”). This expression refers exclusively to God’s eternal nature or rule, except in two cases where it describes Israel’s possession of the land of Israel. The second construction seems to stress the future state, which, when used in the context of the millennial kingdom, would mean the eternal state. Indeed, God has promised that Israel’s “offspring and name will endure” in the eternal state. However the outworking of God’s government is to be understood in this future period, it is evident from Ezekiel’s portrayal of it by the fivefold “forever” that it is meant to assure Israel that its new relationship with God will never be changed for all eternity.

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 R. A. Torrey. He said, “The imminent return of our Lord is the great Bible argument for a pure, unselfish, devoted, unworldly, active life of service.”

Let’s Pray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #952)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #952. 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 Guardian, Israeli airstrikes on east Syria killed 57 regime forces and allied Iran-backed fighters in the deadliest such strikes since the start of the conflict. The overnight raids against arms depots and military positions killed at least 14 Syrian regime forces, 16 Iraqi militia fighters and 11 Afghan members of the pro-Iran Fatimid [FUH-TEE-MUHD] Brigade. The nationality of the remaining 16 people who lost their lives in the 18 strikes was not immediately clear. Ra-mi Ab-dul Rah-man, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said, “This is the largest death toll from Israeli raids in Syria.” The official Syrian news agency Sana said “the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault on the town of Deir Ezzor [DEHR EZ-ZOR] and the Al-bu Ka-mal region”, adding that “the results of the aggression are currently being verified”. An Israeli army spokesperson declined to comment.

Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to BBC News, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that new swarms of locusts in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya are spreading further in the eastern Africa region. In its latest update posted on Monday, the Food and Agriculture Organization said the immature swarms have been migrating from the previous locust breeding grounds in eastern Ethiopia and central Somalia and spreading into Ethiopia’s SNNP region and into Kenya’s northern and coastal counties. A few swarms could spread further in Kenya and reach Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda this month. Locust invasion poses a big threat to food security in the region. Last year, the region saw billions of the insects destroying crops across the region. The UN agency has urged countries affected to take the necessary efforts to survey, control reduce migration and breeding of the insects.

Third, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Associated Press, Jerusalem municipal authorities said Wednesday they have given preliminary approval to a location for a new U.S. Embassy in the city. In a statement on Twitter, Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum [FLUHR HUH-SAHN NAH-HUM] said the city’s building and planning committee approved the plans. She said that another committee must still grant approval, which she expects to happen in the coming weeks. The location is on the city’s Hebron Road, a central thoroughfare, and not far from the current temporary embassy. The site is near an invisible line that divides west and east Jerusalem, the part of the city captured in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians for a future capital. It was not immediately clear if it crosses the boundary.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to Reuters, Asia’s chicken farmers are confronting the region’s worst bird flu outbreak in years, with the deadly virus affecting farms stretching from Japan to India, roiling some poultry prices and showing no signs of easing. More than 20 million chickens have been destroyed in South Korea and Japan since November. The highly pathogenic H5N8 virus last week reached India, the world’s No. 6 producer, and has already been reported in 10 states. While bird flu is common in Asia at this time of year due to migratory bird patterns, new strains of the virus have evolved to become more lethal in wild birds, making countries on flight pathways particularly vulnerable. The Asian outbreak comes as Europe suffers its worst bird flu outbreak in years, and follows on the heels of COVID-19, which hurt poultry sales early on in some places amid false disease concerns but is now driving up demand due to more home cooking.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said Monday at a Jewish People Policy Institute online conference that the new US administration should not return to the spirit of the Iran deal, which could spark an arms race in the Middle East. He criticized the 2015 Iran deal, which President Donald Trump left in 2018. President-elect Joe Biden seeks to return to it if Iran agrees to comply again with the agreement’s limitations on its nuclear program. Kissinger said, “We should not fool ourselves. I don’t believe that the spirit [of the Iran deal], with a time limit and so many escape clauses, will do anything other than bring nuclear weapons all over the Middle East and therefore create a situation of latent tension that sooner or later will break out.”

The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:23-25 reads: “Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.”

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 word “forever” is used five times in verses 25-26, 28. This repetition affirms in the strongest way the eternality of God’s restoration and requires an eschatological projection of the divine program beyond the millennial kingdom. The word “forever” translates the Hebrew term ‘olam, which denotes “an indefinite period of time.” For example, in Exodus 21:6 the term is used of an Israelite slave who has his ear pierced in token of his pledge to serve his master “permanently.” In this case the duration of “permanently” is until his service is terminated by his or his master’s death or by the year of Jubilee. David Friedman examined more than 80 biblical uses of ‘olam and concluded that it expresses the time element of “as long as the present heaven and earth exists”. On this basis the land promise is extended to Israel for “all time,” which in context would mean until the end of the millennial kingdom, at which time the present earth will be destroyed and a new earth created.

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.

Iran Threatens an End to President Trump’s Life (Second Coming Watch Update #951)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #951. 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, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said U.S. President Donald Trump’s life “will end” and Iran would not rest until it gets revenge on the U.S. for the January airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani [KAH-SEM SO-LEH-MAH-NEE] in Baghdad, Iraq. It’s unclear if Rouhani was unveiling a threat on Trump’s life, or remarking metaphorically on his waning presidency. The warning comes just days ahead of the January 3 anniversary of the strike against Soleimani [SO-LEH-MAH-NEE] ordered by Trump. Rouhani added that Iran “will not give up until they take revenge on Soleimani’s [SO-LEH-MAH-NEE’s] blood as its right.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday, the eve of the new year of 2021, that Israel will grow to 10 million people in the coming years. With a total of 151,000 new additions in 2020, Israel’s general population stands at nearly 9.3 million, including 6,870,000 Jews, 1,956,000 Arabs and 465,000 people belonging to other ethnic groups. In other words, Israel’s population grew by 1.7% in 2020. Some 84% of that was due to natural population growth, subjected to the number of overall births and deaths, while 16% was due to international migration into the country. Data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics before have previously indicated that the country’s population will reach 10 million by the end of 2024, 15 million by 2048 and 20 million by 2065.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Syrian air defenses responded to an alleged Israeli airstrike near the Syria-Lebanon border on Tuesday night, which has left one soldier dead and three others wounded. The source added that the strike targeted an air defense unit in the area. The open-source intelligence social media account Intelli Times tweeted earlier that the strike targeted a weapons stockpile intended for Hezbollah located along a weapons smuggling route between Syria and Lebanon. This is the second alleged Israeli strike in Syria in the past week. On Thursday, Syrian media reported that air defense systems responded to another alleged Israeli airstrike in the northwest of the country. Four buildings, part of a munitions factory in Maysaf [MAY-SEE-YAF] where the airstrike took place, were damaged.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Reuters, An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the coast of south-central Chile on Sunday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said, but Chilean officials immediately discarded the risk of a tsunami. There were no initial reports of damage immediately following the quake. The strong tremor took place at a depth of 6.21 miles, and about 100 miles west-northwest of Valdivia [BAHL-DEE-VYAH] in the Pacific Ocean.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Voice of America News, Relations between Israel and Turkey could be on the verge of a breakthrough, with a Turkish presidential adviser confirming bilateral talks and that full diplomatic relations could be restored by March. Relations between the once close allies all but collapsed with Turkey withdrawing its ambassador in 2017, amid escalating tensions. The Turkish presidential adviser on foreign affairs, Mesut Casin [MES-UT KAY-SIN], said in reference to ongoing talks with Israel, “If Israel comes one step, Turkey maybe can come two steps. If we see a green light, Turkey will open the embassy again and return our ambassador. Maybe in March, we can restore full diplomatic relations again. Why not.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:23-25 reads: “Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.”

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 stages of regathering and reuniting are progressive and sequential, with Ezekiel 37:21-22 describing the physical regathering to Israel from the nations and verses 23-25 the spiritual regathering and reunification under the Davidic king in the millennial kingdom. Prophetically, this pictures Israel’s return to the land as a nation and a subsequent national repentance and regeneration at the time of Christ’s second advent. The purpose and result of the national rebirth will be a spiritually cleansed Israel with a new nature incapable of repeating the sins of the past that brought against them the curses of the Mosaic Covenant. Under the New Covenant the people will finally fulfill their unique calling to be in special relationship to God. The singular shepherding of the Davidic king in verses 24-25 has already been discussed in 34:23-24; however, 37:25 adds a familiar feature of the unconditional covenant with its promise of possession of the land forever.

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, “The Christian who prepares for the coming of the Lord may be scorned by all who say, “Peace and safety!” He will be eyed as a curiosity by those who, like people of Noah’s day, know not until the flood comes. But when God splits the skies and the stars fall and men cry for the rocks and mountains, that will be his day!”

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.

New Coronavirus Strain is More Transmissable (Second Coming Watch Update #950)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #950. 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 AND FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the Guardian, scientists in South Africa believe the South African variant of coronavirus, two cases of which have now been detected in the UK, is likely to be more transmissible, may hit young people harder, and may be slightly more resistant to vaccines. There are also some fears that the more numerous individual mutations of the South African variant may make it able to “re-infect” individuals who have already caught the virus and recovered. Scientists in South Africa are still working “calmly and methodically” to fully understand the new variant. Data on the South African variant, which has swept across a swath of the country, has already been compared by scientists to the UK variant detected last week.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Jerusalem Post, US President Donald Trump threatened Iran on Tuesday afternoon, two days after rockets struck the US embassy compound in Baghdad. The rockets are some of dozens that have been fired over the last year by pro-Iranian militias. The US has put in place air defense called C-RAM to defend the Green Zone and embassy area, however some of the rockets still caused damage. Trump tweeted: “Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq. Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.” In the past when US soldiers and a contractor have been killed the US responded with airstrikes in December 2019 and March 2020. Iran and its allies in the region are commemorating the deaths of two top generals this month and tensions are running high.

Third, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to CBS News, The Kilauea [KEE-LOU-EY-AH] volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted, about an hour before an earthquake struck the area. The eruption began late Sunday within the Halema’uma’u [HA-LAY-MAH-OO-MAH-OO] crater, which is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit about an hour after the volcano began erupting. By 1 a.m., USGS officials said there were reported lava fountains shooting about 165 feet into the sky and feeding a growing lava lake within the crater that used to hold water. In addition to changing the volcano alert level, the US Geological Survey also changed the aviation code color to “red” ― a warning for aviators to avoid the area.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi [AH-VEEV KOH-CHA-VEE] said Monday if Iran or its proxies try to carry out attacks against Israel or Israeli targets, they will be attacked by the IDF and pay a heavy price. He said at an awards ceremony, “We are hearing more and more threats against Israel coming from Iran. If Iran and its partners… attack the State of Israel, they will [pay] a heavy price. I am simplifying things and describing the situation to our enemies as it is. Our retaliation plans are prepared, and they already have been practiced.” Three weeks ago, Iran’s top nuclear scientist was assassinated outside of Tehran. The operation was widely attributed to the Mossad. After the assassination, Iran blamed Israel for the attack and vowed revenge.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES AND FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the Associated Press, Local authorities in rural Egypt have declared a state of emergency after detecting two outbreaks of bird flu. Nagy Awad [NOD-YUH OW-AHD], head of the veterinary agency in the southwestern province of al-Wadi al-Gedid [al-WAA-DEE al-GEH-DIHD], said the infected birds were culled and authorities have carried out medical examinations of people who were in contact with them. The virus, which is mainly spread through contact with infected animals, can cause severe illness or death in humans. Egypt suffered a major outbreak of bird flu in 2006 that led to the suspension of all poultry exports. Authorities have been pressing to renew them, and earlier this year, the World Organization for Animal Health, an intergovernmental body, had declared Egypt free of bird flu for the first time in 14 years. The H5N1 strain of bird flu spread in early 2000s in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, leading to the slaughter of tens of millions of chickens and ducks. Hundreds of people were infected, many of whom died, according to the World Health Organization.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:21-22 reads: “And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.”

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.

Every Israelite male was commanded to appear at the temple three times a year. However, the northern kingdom’s rulers feared that continued spiritual devotion to the temple by their subjects would ultimately produce a political shift toward the house of David. So they constructed alternate religious centers that plunged the kingdom into idolatry. Only a restoration that reunited the two kingdoms spiritually and politically would fulfill the divine ideal.

The prophecy of the two sticks (Judah and Ephraim/Joseph) becoming one has been variously interpreted, with one modern version identifying Judah with messianic Judaism and Ephraim with Gentile Christianity and the two coming together in the church. However, the passage reveals the names to be written on these sticks. Ezekiel 37:21 identifies these two sticks with “the sons of Israel” that had been dispersed among the nations and would be regathered into their own land. Verse 22 speaks of the historic division into “two kingdoms,” while verse 25 speaks of all the people and their land in continuity with Jacob and “[their] fathers.” Both of these references could apply to none but the historic Jewish people descended from the patriarchs to whom the land of Israel was given. Clearly, it is only the Jewish tribes that had been divided that would be reunited. Judah was the larger of the two tribes that gave the southern kingdom its dynastic ruler (“the house of David”) and its name, and similarly the northern kingdom was named after its most prominent tribe from the house of Joseph, Ephraim.

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.

New Variants of Coronavirus Spread in United Kingdom (Second Coming Watch Update #949)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #949. 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 AND FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to Reuters, British scientists are trying to establish whether the rapid spread in southern England of a new variant of the virus that causes coronavirus is linked to key mutations they have detected in the strain. A group of scientists tracking the genetics of the virus said the new variant includes a mutation in the viral genome region encoding the spike protein, which – in theory – could result in coronavirus spreading more easily between people. The British government on Monday cited a rise in new infections, which it said may be partly linked to the new variant, as it moved its capital city and many other areas into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions. As of December 13, 1,108 coronavirus cases with the new variant had been identified, predominantly in the south and east of England.

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Hamas vowed on Monday to continue the fight against Israel “until the liberation of Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River.” In a statement on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of its establishment, the terror group that rules the Gaza Strip said that it would “continue to carry the banner of resistance” against Israel “until we achieve our people’s goals of freedom, the right of return [for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their former homes inside Israel] and the restoration of our land and holy sites.” Hamas pledged to confront “all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause, first and foremost the Deal of the Century,” a reference to US President Donald Trump’s plan for Middle East peace. Hamas also vowed to confront normalization agreements between the Arab countries and Israel, dubbing them a “national sin that only serves the Zionist enterprise in the region.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, a diplomatic source said Sunday that Oman and Indonesia could be next in line to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in the coming weeks. The Trump administration is continuing in its efforts to bring more Arab and Muslim countries into the Abraham Accords. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have agreed to normalization with Israel, with Morocco normalization announced on Friday. After Bhutan agreed to forge ties with Israel outside of the framework of the accords, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night said Israel is “in touch with additional countries that want to join and establish relations with us.” The diplomatic source identified Oman and Indonesia as two countries with which talks have advanced and with whom normalization could be announced before US President Donald Trump leaves office on January 20. However, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry denied any such efforts were underway and reaffirmed its support for Palestinian statehood.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to CNN, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off Davao [DAH-VOU] Occidental on Wednesday morning and was felt in nearby provinces. The tectonic quake that hit the area at 7:21 a.m. had a depth of 16 kilometers. The agency initially reported the tremor to be at magnitude 6.1 along Sarangani, but revised and upgraded it in a follow-up advisory. In a media briefing later in the day, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Renato Solidum [REY-NAH-TOH SOL-IH-DUM] said there were no reported damage following the tremor, but added that aftershocks are still possible.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to BBC, New swarms of desert locusts are threatening the livelihoods of millions of people in the Horn of Africa and Yemen despite a year of control efforts. The UN says there have been good breeding conditions in eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, with Kenya also at risk. And breeding underway on both sides of the Red Sea poses a new threat to Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. This year had already seen the worst East Africa invasion in 70 years. Keith Cressman, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s senior locust forecasting officer, said, “For Kenya, the threat is imminent, it could happen any time now. It could be as bad as what we’ve seen in the past year because the area of breeding ground in these countries is as big as 135,000 square miles.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:15-25.

Ezekiel 37:4-9 reads: “And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith 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.

The prophet now presents his audience with another of the symbolic acts (signs) that characterized the first division of his prophecy. This sign (verses 15-20) is of two sticks upon which are incribed the names of the two kingdoms into which the nation was split after the death of Solomon in 931 B.C. This schism was never healed even though representatives of both kingdoms returned to the land in 538 B.C.

During the second temple period, Israel never regained its former status with a Davidic monarchy and Zadokite priesthood. The division was caused not by mere physical geography, for the tribes had always been separated by territorial allotments. Rather, the kingdoms lacked spiritual unity. The departure of the ten northern tribes from the house of David was considered a rebellion because under the Davidic Covenant, only the house of David had been given the right to rule the nation. Also, the southern kingdom had the proper place of worship (the temple), toward which prayer had to be directed in order to receive God’s blessing.

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 G. Campbell Morgan. He said, “To me the second coming is the perpetual light on the path which makes the present bearable. I never lay my head on my pillow without thinking that maybe before morning breaks, the final morning may have dawned! I never begin my work without thinking that perhaps He may interrupt my work and begin His own. I am not looking for death, I am looking 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.

Israel and Morocco Agree to Normalize Relations (Second Coming Watch Update #948)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #948. 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 Associated Press, Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalize relations as President Donald Trump, in his final weeks in office, announced the fourth Arab-Israeli agreement in four months on Thursday. In a related major policy shift, the United States agreed to recognize Morocco’s claim over the long-disputed Western Sahara region as part of the deal. Trump said Israel and Morocco would restore diplomatic and other ties, including the immediate reopening of liaison offices in Tel Aviv and Ra-bat, the eventual opening of embassies and joint overflight rights for the two nations’ airlines. The agreement builds on one of his main foreign policy accomplishments, winning broader recognition of Israel in the Arab world under the rubric of the “Abraham Accords.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES AND FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the New York Post, A disease that afflicted soldiers mired in trench warfare during World War I has been detected among some homeless people in Canada. A study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that trench fever — a potentially fatal bacterial disease transmitted by body lice — was present in some of the country’s urban, homeless populations. The illness, which is caused by the bacteria Bar-to-nel-la quin-ta-na, killed millions of troops during World War I from 1914 to 1918, when it was first described. Its symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, rashes and pain in the shins. Trench fever can also lead to a potentially fatal heart infection known as en-do-car-di-tis.

Third, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, Russian Ambassador An-a-to-ly Vik-to-rov said Israel destabilizes the Middle East more than Iran. Vik-to-rov said at the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv, “The problem in the region is not Iranian activities. It’s a lack of understanding between countries and noncompliance with UN resolutions in the Israel-Arab and Israel-Palestinian conflict.” Asked if the relatively limited scope of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians destabilizes the region more than Iran does through proxies around the Middle East, like the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Vik-to-rov balked at the notion of Iran funding the Shi’ite terrorist group. He said, “Israel is attacking Hezbollah; Hezbollah is not attacking Israel.” Vik-to-rov said he has seen the tunnels from Lebanon into Israel, which Hezbollah operatives have used to attempt to attack Israel, and argued there is “no proof Hezbollah created the tunnels.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Mo-ha-med Ha-mad al-Ku-wai-ti, the United Arab Emirates’ cybersecurity head, said the Gulf Arab state was the target of cyberattacks after establishing formal ties with Israel. The UAE in August broke with decades of Arab policy when it agreed to forge ties with Israel in a move that angered Palestinians and some Muslim states and communities. Bahrain and Sudan have followed suit. Ku-wai-ti said the financial sector was targeted but did not elaborate. He did not say if any of the attacks were successful or provide details on who the perpetrators were.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Associated Press, The top U.S. Navy official in the Mideast said Sunday that America has reached an “uneasy deterrence” with Iran after months of regional attacks and seizures at sea, even as tensions remain high between Washington and Tehran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Vice Admiral Sam Pa-pa-ro said, “We have achieved an uneasy deterrence. That uneasy deterrence is exacerbated by world events and by events along the way. But I have found Iranian activity at sea to be cautious and circumspect and respectful, to not risk unnecessary miscalculation or escalation at sea.” While Iran has not directly seized or targeted a tanker in recent months as it did last year, a mine struck an oil tanker off Saudi Arabia and a cargo ship near Yemen came under assault in recent days. Suspicion immediately fell on Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels for being behind both attacks. The Houthis have not commented on either.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:1-14.

Ezekiel 37:4-9 reads: “And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith 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.

It is important to observe that one of God’s primary purposes in giving Ezekiel the vision of the valley of dry bones was to underscore His sovereign ability to bring Israel’s restoration to pass. The prophet was carefully shown the condition of the bones “on the surface of the valley.” That the bones were in an unburied state indicates a condition of ritual contamination (the corpse impurity incurred by the Jewish people among the nations). That they were “very dry” indicates that the marrow (the essence of life) was completely gone. The image revealed to Ezekiel was that of Israel being so defiled, lifeless, and helpless that it had no hope of restoration in itself. Its only hope was in God, and for this reason the prophet was asked the question, “Son of man, can these bones live?” In conformity with the expression of God’s sovereignty in 36:16-27, the purpose of this question-answer approach was to extract from the prophet (and his reader) the admission that there was no natural hope for Israel, and to turn all hope of restoration over to the sovereign and supernatural work of Israel’s God. The exilic condition seemed hopeless, but in the Lord all things are possible. The bones will not only come to life physically (the restoration of the nation), they will also come to life spiritually (the reception of the New Covenant), and Israel will be placed in its own land as a witness to Israel itself that the Lord will perform His promise.

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 C. S. Lewis. He said, “The doctrine of the Second Coming teaches us that we do not and cannot know when the world drama will end. The curtain may be rung down at any moment. This seems to some people intolerably frustrating. We do not know the play. The Author knows. The audience, if there is an audience (if angels and archangels and all the company of heaven fill the pit and the stalls) may have an inkling. When it is over, we may be told. We are led to expect that the Author will have something to say to each of us on the part that each of us has played. The playing it well is what matters infinitely.”

Let’s Pray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel Puts Embassies on High Alert (Second Coming Watch Update #947)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #947. 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 Reuters, Israeli N12 news reported on Saturday that Israel put its embassies around the world on high alert on Saturday after Iranian threats of retaliation following the killing of a nuclear scientist near Tehran. A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the ministry did not comment on matters of security regarding its representatives abroad. Iran has blamed Israel for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh [MO-SEHN FAHK-REE-ZAH-DEH], who died on Friday after gunman ambushed him in his car.

Second, today, under the Sign category of RISE OF ‘THE KINGS OF THE EAST’ — According to the Washington Times, according to a major congressional report, China’s military is rapidly expanding the ability to project power globally and in the coming decade will be capable of waging war far from the homeland. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission concluded Tuesday in its annual report the People’s Liberation Army has made recent advances in missiles, bombers, transport aircraft, at-sea replenishment and logistics in ways that “significantly improved the PLA’s ability to project power and deploy expeditionary forces far from China’s shores.” China’s growing military might is most advanced in East and Southeast Asia but is moving quickly into the Indian Ocean and as far as the Caribbean and South America.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Reuters, Israel handed over a backlog of billions of shekels in tax money to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday, both sides said, in another sign of warming ties between the sides after the U.S. presidential election victory of Joe Biden. The taxes, managed by Israel under interim peace accords from the 1990s and usually handed over monthly, make up more than half of the budget of the Palestinian Authority, whose economy has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The 3.77 billion shekels transfer is the first since June, when the Palestinians snubbed the handover due to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans, currently suspended, to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to the AFP, People in the south of Madagascar are eating soil mixed with tamarind to stave off hunger as a drought has destroyed the region’s staple crop. Farmer Do-day Fan-di-la-va No-el-i-so-na said, “We call it survival soil because it allows the acidic taste of tamarind to seep into our mouths, which staves off hunger. These days we no longer look for food to live on, but for ways to fill the empty stomachs.” The cactus fruits which people normally rely on have dried up because of the lack of rain. Another farmer, A-vi-a-nay Id-a-my, who says that he has taken up selling charcoal to raise enough money for his family to eat cassava just once a day. The World Food Programme says 1.5 million people in Madagascar’s southern region need emergency food aid.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to BBC News, Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews have been airlifted to Israel – the first of several thousand waiting to emigrate there in a long-running saga. Most of their community has lived in transit camps in Ethiopia for years as questions over their eligibility has dogged the process. The immigrants are related to Ethiopian Jews brought to Israel decades ago in a series of secret operations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival, Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz, greeted the 316 new arrivals at Ben Gurion Airport. Netanyahu said in a statement, “My wife Sarah and I stood there with tears in our eyes at the welcoming, when we see the immigrants, our Ethiopian Jewish brothers, leave the plane… come down and touch the ground, the land of Israel. You waited so long to realise the dream and today it is being realised.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:1-14.

Ezekiel 37:4-9 reads: “Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”

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 establishment of the modern state of Israel seems to be part of the process of fulfillment of the political revival of the nation. The prophetic expectation was that at some time in the future a remnant of the Jewish people in the Diaspora would begin to return to the land to join their brethren who had remained there since before the destruction of the second temple. The secular return of Jewish immigrants under the Zionist movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the eventual creation of the independent state of Israel in 1948 is significant in this regard. Israel continues at the present time to immigrate Jews from other nations, and the possibility we are witnessing the political revival of Israel cannot be dismissed simply because the second phase of spiritual rebirth has yet to occur.

The construction of a political entity requires time, and that the first stage will take time seems to be implied in verse 8, which speaks of the bodies coming together with no breath yet in them. Not until after the bodies are together does spiritual revival take place. This can be seen by the two separate calls to the prophet: the first to address the bones and the second to address the breath. While we see a time interval between the occurrence of the physical and spiritual revivals that together comprise the rebirth of national Israel, there is no interruption in this process once it has begun. Therefore, it would appear that the existing political state of Israel will continue into the Tribulation period until the second advent of Christ.

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.

US Deploys Bombers to the Middle East (Second Coming Watch Update #946)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #946. 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 Times of Israel, this week, the United States rapidly deployed several heavy bombers to the Middle East in an apparent threat to Iran, amid swirling speculation that US President Donald Trump plans to take military action against Tehran before President-elect Joe Biden enters office. US Central Command said the planes were sent into the region ‘to deter aggression and reassure US partners and allies.’ In a highly irregular move, the B-52H Stratofortress planes were seen flying toward Israeli airspace on Saturday en route to the base where they will be stationed, likely in Qatar. The aircraft were spotted on civilian tracking software approaching Israel before they apparently turned off their transponders, rendering them invisible on those applications.

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Syria has blamed Israel for a series of airstrikes on locations south of the capital Damascus and on the Golan Heights late Tuesday night. Syria’s SANA news agency said that the strikes, near the village of Rwi-hi-nah, south of Quneitra [KU-NY-TRAH] near the Israeli border, and near Jabal Mane near the town of Kiswah south of Damascus, caused “only material damage.” According to AFP, however, eight pro-Iranian fighters were killed in the strikes. While there was no confirmation by either side of what was struck, according to military defectors who were quoted by Reuters, the target in Jabal Mane was a military base belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to BBC News, A UN agency has warned of fresh waves of desert locust swarms in the Horn of Africa region after Cyclone Gati [GA-TEE] arrived in Somalia. The heavy rainfall is expected to allow widespread breeding. The Food and Agriculture Organization said the swarms are expected to move south in Somalia and Ethiopia, reaching northern Kenya, from the second week of December. It warned that the scale of the migration could be substantial. Earlier in the year, billions of the insects destroyed crops across the region – with the UN warning a second generation would be even more destructive. It was the worst invasion of locusts for more than 70 years.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday announced plans to travel to Bahrain in the aftermath of his unusual visit to Saudi Arabia, which has no ties with Israel. As a sign of Netanyahu’s deepening relationship with regional Arab leaders, Netanyahu said he had spoken Monday with Bahraini Prime Minister Crown Prince Sal-man bin Ha-mad bin Is-a Al Kha-li-fa. Netanyahu said, “This was our second conversation; it was very friendly. Both of us are very moved by the fact that we can bring peace to our peoples and our countries in a very short time. Therefore, he also invited me to make an official visit to Bahrain soon. I will do so, on your behalf, with pleasure.” It would be the prime minister’s first such trip. According to KAN News, Netanyahu could travel to Bahrain as early as next week.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, Djibouti [JI-BOO-TEE] President Is-ma-il O-mar Guelleh [GEL-LAH] said the African Muslim state will not establish official ties with Israel without progress towards peace with the Palestinians. In an interview with French publication The Africa Report this week, Guelleh [GEL-LAH] said that ‘the conditions aren’t ripe.’ He said, “We take issue with the Israeli government because they’re denying Palestinians their inalienable rights. All we ask that the government do is make one gesture of peace, and we will make 10 in return. But I’m afraid they’ll never do that.” Guelleh [GEL-LAH] added that his country does not have an issue with Jews or Israeli people more broadly. Djibouti [JI-BOO-TEE] is one of several African countries that had been named as likely to normalize relations with Israel following the Abraham Accords.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:1-14.

Ezekiel 37:1-3 reads: “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.”

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 vision of a valley filled with dry bones is not meant to portray the resurrection of the individual Israelite, though this doctrine is taught elsewhere. Here the focus is on the political life of the nation that had ended with the dissolution of the Davidic line at the commencement of the Babylonian captivity. The fulfillment of the historical covenants depended on the uninterrupted continuance of the Davidic dynasty, which was not revived in the second temple period. This served as a witness to the postexilic generation that the restoration, as envisioned by Ezekiel, had not taken place with the return from exile but would be fulfilled at some point in the future.

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

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Vance Havner. He said, “Some of the saints are singing about the Second Coming, but it is one thing just to sing the national anthem during the war and quite another to go into battle. The best evidence that the Lord’s return has really gotten hold of us is when we occupy till He come, do business for God, buy up the opportunities, because the days are evil.”

Let’s Pray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel Strikes Iranian and Syrian Targets in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #945)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #945. 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, Israel struck Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria early Wednesday morning in response to explosive devices found on the border the previous day. The IDF said in a statement, “IDF warplanes attacked military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds [KUDS] Force and the Syrian army tonight in Syria. The attack damaged warehouses, command posts and military complexes, and batteries of surface-to-air missiles.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the strikes were part of a policy that he has been “pursuing for years,” and that Israel would not allow for Iran to entrench itself in Syria, nor would it allow for any attempted attack from Syrian territory.

Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to the Associated Press, The head of the World Food Program says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.” David Beasley recalled his warning to the U.N. Security Council in April that as the world was dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it was also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action wasn’t taken. He said, “We were able to avert it in 2020 … because the world leaders responded with money, stimulus packages, deferral of debt.” But he said the money that was available in 2020 isn’t going to be available in 2021, so he has been using the Nobel to meet leaders virtually and in person, talk to parliaments, and give speeches to sensitize those with power to “this tragedy that we are facing — crises that really are going to be extraordinary over the next, who knows, 12 to 18 months.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to Al-Monitor, Russia plans to establish a military base on Sudan’s Red Sea coast to serve as a logistics center for the Russian navy, according to a draft agreement between Moscow and Khartoum [KAHR-TOOM] signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin [MI-KHA-IL MI-SHUS-TIN] and released publicly Nov. 11. The agreement states that Sudan will provide a land plot for the Russian base free of charge for a period of 25 years. It will automatically renew for subsequent 10-year periods. While the base’s capacity will be capped at four ships at a time, nuclear-powered ships are permitted to dock, thus significantly increasing the combat capability of the Russian navy in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. According to the agreement, the number of military personnel permanently staying at this facility should not exceed 300 people.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday said it has decided to renew its relations with Israel, including security coordination, after receiving assurances that Israel would abide by the signed agreements with the Palestinians. Senior Israeli officials confirmed that security coordination with the Palestinian Authority was being restored. The decision is likely to hinder efforts to end the dispute between the ruling Palestinian Fatah [FAH-TAH] faction and Hamas, which has long opposed security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, dubbing it an act of treason.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Times of Israel, Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to Washington, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud [TUR-KEE BIN FAY-SAHL AL SA-UD], on Tuesday cautioned US President-elect Joe Biden against re-entering the Iran nuclear deal. In a speech to the National Council on US-Arab Relations, Faisal [FAY-SAHL] warned Biden against repeating past “mistakes.” He also said, “While we all aspire to have Iran back as a normal peaceful nation-state within the international community, the last forty years’ experience with the Iranian regime is not encouraging.” The Saudi royal became the second representative of a Middle Eastern country this week to urge Biden not to return to the nuclear deal. Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer also said doing so would be a “mistake.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:1-14.

Ezekiel 37:1-3 reads: “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.”

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 36:16-38 gives the theological ground for the restoration of Israel and the vindication of God’s reputation in the sight of the nations. Ezekiel 37:1-14 gives the mechanics of the restoration through the vision of a valley of dry bones that are brought to life. This account clearly states that it concerns “the whole house of Israel”; it deals with Israel’s political and spiritual rebirth. Specifically, verse 12 states that God will cause His people to come up out of their graves for the purpose of returning to the land of Israel. The imagery of a physical body brought from death to life replicates the prophetic pattern of the successive stages in the process of restoration. Stage one is physical and portrays the political revival of national Israel through the coming together of the bones, sinews, and skin and the body standing erect. Stage two is spiritual and portrays the regeneration of the nation as illustrated by “the breath” (“My Spirit”) entering into the dead body and giving it life.

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.