LISTEN: Despite airstrikes, ISIS just 8 miles away from Baghdad (Second Coming Watch Update #518 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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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 & RUMORS OF WARS — According to CBS News, militants of the Islamic State have infiltrated one of Baghdad’s outer suburbs which is only eight miles from the runway perimeter of Baghdad’s international airport. It is cause for serious concern now that the Iraqi Defense Ministry has confirmed that ISIS has MANPADs, shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles. The Iraqi army is playing cat and mouse with the ISIS fighters who stage hit and run attacks on security forces. In spite of weeks of U.S.-led airstrikes, ISIS has gradually extended its reach. The extremist group is now either present or in control of a huge swath of countryside, forming a 180-degree arc around the Iraqi capital.

Second, today, under the Sign category of DISEASES & EPIDEMICS — According to The Associated Press, the World Health Organization has once again raised the death toll attributed to the Ebola outbreak. The Geneva-based U.N. agency said that 4,033 confirmed, probable or suspected Ebola deaths have now been recorded. All but nine of them were in the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. David Nabarro, the U.N. special envoy for Ebola, said the number of Ebola cases is probably doubling every three-to-four weeks and the response needs to be 20 times greater than it was at the beginning.

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Associated Press, the U.N. envoy to Syria has warned that at least 500 civilians who remain trapped in the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani are likely to be “massacred” if it falls to the Islamic State group. He called on the world to help avert a catastrophe as the extremists pushed deeper into the embattled town. The dramatic warning came as ISIS took over most of the “Kurdish security quarter” — an area where Kurdish militiamen who are struggling to defend the town maintain security buildings and where the police station, the municipality and other local government offices are located.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to The Associated Press, the U.S. Navy has taken control of a new missile defense base in southern Romania, one of two European land-based interceptor sites for a NATO missile shield that Russia strongly opposes. The base is scheduled to be operational in 2015 as part of NATO’s ballistic missile defense system. Rear Adm. John Scorby, commander of Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, said that “ballistic missile threats to the U.S. and our allies are real and growing.” He added “fortunately, NATO’s capabilities…against these threats are also real and growing.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to The Times of Israel, the U.S. State Department on Friday renewed its global terrorism alert for Americans traveling abroad, saying it sees a heightened risk of reprisal attacks from the Islamic State group and its supporters. In a new “worldwide caution”, the department said terrorist groups continue to plot strikes against Americans and US interests in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The alert replaces an existing warning issued in April and also notes the growing threat of kidnapping perpetrated by terrorists.

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Today, we are beginning a study on all of the prophetic passages of Scripture in the Bible. As you may know, prophecy makes up one-fourth of the Word of God, and many of those prophetic predictions have already come to pass. The passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 2:16-17 which reads: “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

The Lord, after creating Adam as the pinnacle of His creation, executes His initial command. The instruction contains both divine consent and prohibition, blessings and warning, stretching the limits of Adam’s yet untapped moral capacities. Adam would be allowed unlimited access to the fruit of every tree within the Garden of Eden, with the sole exception of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The command concludes with the conditional warning that death would result from violation of the prohibition.

Eventually, both Adam and Eve succumb to the serpent’s temptation. They willingly disobey the Lord’s command by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Although Adam and Eve thought the fruit would give them the satanically promised divine ability to comprehend good and evil, as Walvoord points out, neither of them realized that eating the fruit would result in their “knowing the good without being able to do it and knowing the evil without being able to avoid it.” Instead of the anticipated instant wisdom, they experience immediate shame, guilt, and alienation from one another and God. As God had promised, from that moment onward, death would plague Adam and his progeny.

Our second coming quote for today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “I do not know how I am going to stay up ‘in the air’ with the Lord; but that is no business of mine.”

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. John 3:16 says, “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.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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