LISTEN: Breaking Prophecy News; Who Really Wrote the Apocalypse? Part 1 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #492 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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First, today, let’s look at some Signs of His Coming in the news.

The disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus Christ then went on to give them (and us) clear signs that show us when we can begin to expect to see the coming of the Lord and the end of the world. Those signs include:

1. the appearance of false Christs and false prophets
2. wars and rumors of wars
3. famines
4. pestilences (fatal epidemic diseases)
5. earthquakes in divers (various) places
6. increased persecution of believers
7. the Gospel being preached in all the world
8. signs and great wonders in the heavens (involving the sun, moon, stars, and planetary movements)
9. distress and perplexity among people
10. increased violence “as in the days of Noah”
11. increased homosexuality and sexual immorality “as it was in the days of Lot”
12. the rise of “Gog and Magog” (which many Bible scholars believe refers to Russia)
13. the rise of the “kings of the east” (which many Bible scholars believe refers to China)
14. increase in knowledge (science and technology)
15. apostasy in the church
16. interest in a unified world government to bring about global peace
17. interest in the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem

The Bible also speaks of other signs which will be evident in “perilous times” in Second Timothy 3. Those signs are people being:

18. selfish
19. covetous
20. boasters
21. proud
22. blasphemers
23. disobedient to parents
24. unthankful
25. unholy
26. without natural affection
27. trucebreakers
28. false accusers
29. incontinent
30. fierce
31. despisers of those that are good
32. traitors
33. heady
34. high-minded
35. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
36. having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.

Other signs of the times which have been gleaned from Scripture include:
37. scoffers who mock of Christ’s return
38. movement toward a one-world religion
39. outpouring of the Holy Spirit
40. outbreak of demonic and occultic activity
41. re-establishment of Israel
42. Arab hostility toward Israel
43. re-unification of Europe
44. movement toward a one-world economy

Looking at world events through the lens of the Word of God, let’s look at some headlines from today’s news that point to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, today, under the Sign categories of INCREASE IN SEXUAL IMMORALITY, HOMOSEXUALITY and PERSECUTION — According to the Houston Chronicle, amid outrage from religious groups, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman appeared to back off a subpoena request for the sermons of certain ministers opposed to the city’s ordinance which would allow “gender-confused” people to use whatever public restroom they want.The subpoena, handed down to five pastors and religious leaders last month, came to light this week when attorneys for the group of pastors filed a motion to quash the request. Though Feldman stood behind the subpoena in an interview on Tuesday, he and Parker distanced themselves from the request during a news conference on Wednesday, calling the wording problematic. Feldman said the city would clarify its request in its response to the pastors’ motion.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Associated Press, Iran’s state television said two Russian warships left a northern Iranian port after the two countries held a joint, three-day naval exercise in the Caspian Sea. The report quoted Iran’s navy commander in the Caspian Sea. It was the first visit in decades by a Russian fleet to an Iranian port in the Caspian Sea. In recent years Iran’s navy has increased its bilateral relations with various countries, including China and Pakistan.

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Guardian, The head of the Russian air force has announced Moscow’s plans to establish an airbase for fighter jets in eastern Belarus in 2016. Moscow also plans to expand its airbases in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan [KI-RIG-I-STAN]. The three nations are members of a loose Russia-dominated security alliance known as the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which has accelerated efforts to create a unified air defence network as the Ukraine crisis re-energises the West’s military powerhouse, NATO.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of DISEASES & EPIDEMICS — According to USA Today, President Obama issued an executive order on Thursday allowing the Pentagon to call up reserve troops to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa. Obama also opened the door to an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the response, saying that an additional official may be helpful as his advisers juggle threats of terrorism and the upcoming flu season. At the Pentagon, officials expect as many as 3,000 troops could be sent to Liberia to fight the disease. There are no plans for them to be involved in the direct treatment of victims. Instead, they will build treatment facilities and operate labs.

Fifth, today, under the Sign categories of INCREASE IN SEXUAL IMMORALITY, HOMOSEXUALITY and PERSECUTION — According to The Blaze, hours before her press conference on Wednesday, Houston Mayor Annise Parker took to her Twitter account to seemingly defend the inclusion of sermons in a subpoena, writing, “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game.” This is just the latest development in an ongoing battle over the equal rights ordinance. The city’s attorney, David Feldman, also said on a separate occasion, “If someone is speaking from the pulpit and it’s political speech, then it’s not going to be protected.” Activists and faith leaders have sued the city in an effort to get a controversial ordinance in support of homosexuals overturned.

The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:10: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

You can read these stories in more detail and get more Second Coming-related news on our website at Second Coming

Prophecy Bootcamp is where we deal with the basics of prophecy, the Second Coming of Christ, and what will happen in the future according to the Bible. Our aim here is not to make predictions but to help you get prepared by understanding how things will unfold in the end times.

Now, it’s time for Prophecy Bootcamp.

Our topic for today is titled “Who Really Wrote the Apocalypse? (Part 1)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.

Much has been written about the author and the date of his writing. The vast majority of biblical scholars favor identifying John the apostle as the human author, and assign a date of AD 95 for the composition. Some argue for the separate identity of John of Patmos (not the apostle). Others argue for an earlier date of authorship.

The arguments in favor of the apostle’s authorship rest upon a similarity in style and vocabulary. John’s Gospels, epistles, and the Revelation contain several commonalities: the words true, lamb, I signify, tribulation, out of, witness, thunder, life, tabernacle (verb), and the Word of God. John’s writings show the highest usage of articular participles in the New Testament, as does the Revelation. He also shows a fondness for the present tense of “I am coming” and the verb “I worship.”

There are certain irregularities of grammar throughout the Revelation that are unique to it: use of participles, broken sentences, additional pronouns, mixed genders, and several unusual constructions. However, most of these are due to the visionary nature of the text. John was writing as fast as he could to record the vision he was seeing. In some cases, there just weren’t first-century words to describe what he saw (e.g., flying objects). It is clear, however, that the author was a Palestinian Jew with a vast knowledge of the Old Testament. It is also evident that he was currently living in Asia Minor late in the first century AD and had a personal knowledge of the local churches in that region.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic on our next broadcast/podcast.

In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and me to do in light of His Second Coming.

Jesus Christ said in Luke 19:13 to “Occupy till I come.” In light of that, we are continuing our Bible study series on the books of First & Second Thessalonians which Paul wrote to believers who had concerns about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and what they should do as they waited. This section is titled “Comfort at the Grave (Part 3)” from the book “Waiting on the Second Coming” by Ray C. Stedman.

Second, the apostle told the Thessalonian Christians to keep their hands busy with profitable labor. People under stress need to remain busy. They should not dwell on their own needs and feel sorry for themselves. It is clear from Paul’s description that some believers had stopped working because they thought the end of the age and the coming of the Lord was at hand. As days and weeks went by and the Lord did not come, they ran out of food and would have starved if Christian friends and neighbors had not come to their aid. Thus, they had become a burden to others.

True faith in Christ, even faith in the second coming of Jesus, does not produce fanaticism. It does not encourage people to abandon everything to wait for Jesus’ coming. We need to recall that one of the last words of our Lord to His disciples was, “Occupy till I come.”

Even He did not know what day that would be. Mark records that the disciples asked Him, “What day and hour will you return” And Jesus replied, “I do not know. Only the Father knows that.” As a man, He did not know the time of His return. He could have known if He had chosen to, but He did not know because He had left that in the Father’s hands. The Christians in Thessalonica were making fools of themselves by stressing the immediacy of the coming of the Lord to such a degree that they had stopped working. That is why the apostle told them to keep busy.

If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.

Remember the words of the Lord in Matthew 24:42: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

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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