LISTEN: Israel to have fewer friends on UN Security Council (Second Coming Watch Update #522 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 THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, the United Nations voted in five countries to begin serving two-year stints on the Security Council, beginning on January 1. Although there was some good news for Israel in the results, most of it was bad. The good news is that the Turkey of Israel-bashing President Erdogan failed in its bid for one of the five rotating, non-permanent seats. The bad news is that of the five new members, two of them – Venezuela and Malaysia – do not even have diplomatic relations with Israel. What this means is that when the members of the new council take their seats in January for a year in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is likely to make the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a major item on the council’s agenda, fully 20 percent of the 15-member body are so hostile to Israel as to refuse to have diplomatic relations.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Korea Herald, South and North Korea exchanged fire across the heavily fortified border on Sunday in the latest clash on the divided Korean Peninsula amid concerns that tensions could scuttle high-level talks between the two sides. There were no reports of casualties or property damage in South Korea, though no details were immediately known about the situation in the North. The incident occurred when South Korea, after broadcasting warning messages, fired warning shots against about 10 North Korean soldiers who were approaching the military demarcation line.

Third, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to The Guardian, Sweden’s military has spent three days scouring the waters off Stockholm for what has so far been officially described only as “foreign underwater activity”. However, intelligence briefings to local newspapers suggest a Russian submarine might have had mechanical problems while on a secret mission in the region. In scenes reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s – when neutral Sweden regularly hunted for Soviet spy submarines in the Baltic Sea around the capital – 200 service personnel were mobilised along with helicopters, minesweepers and an anti-submarine corvette. The operation began late on Friday following what Sweden’s armed forces said was a reliable tipoff about something in the Stockholm archipelago, which has 30,000 islands and rocky outcrops around which a submarine could lurk.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of FORMATION OF A ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT — According to Deutsche Welle, as one of his final acts in office, European Union chief Manuel Barroso issued a stern finger wag to Great Britain and its anti-Europe politics, saying that if the UK left the union, it would be a “historic mistake.” The British government hit back with Prime Minister David Cameron saying that his “boss” was the British people and that Britain needed “a renegotiation of our relationship with the European Union and then a referendum where the British people decide ‘do we stay in this reformed organization or do we leave it?’” Barroso warned that the country was slipping further towards a “Brexit” – a British exit out of the EU, and said that such a move would have catastrophic consequences for the British economy.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Reuters, Australia’s Foreign Minister told reporters in Baghdad that 200 Australian commandos would be sent to Iraq under a deal struck with senior Iraqi officials on Sunday. The 200 special forces had been waiting in the United Arab Emirates since mid-September to receive formal legal protections from Baghdad that would make it possible for them to enter Iraq which is struggling against the military onslaught of ISIS. Australia is part of the US-led coalition formed to combat ISIS, and the country’s fighter jets began hitting targets in Iraq earlier this month.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 5:24 which reads: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

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 narrative of Genesis briefly introduces the reader to Enoch, a man whose lifestyle is characterized by a deeply intimate relationship with the Lord — “Enoch walked with God.” Without warning, the text abruptly records that Enoch “was not, for God took him.” In contrast with the text’s matter-of-fact citation of the death of a plethora of Enoch’s ancestors, the Lord uniquely allows Enoch to avoid the experience of death, taking him directly into the divine presence, no doubt, to better enjoy their advanced level of fellowship.

The absence of the specific term “rapture” in the English Bible in no way invalidates the presence of the concept within both Testaments. Genesis 5:24 is a small gem tucked away in the midst of a sea of genealogy that should be treasured as a potent preview of the church’s “blessed hope,” the experience the New Testament promises for one unique generation of believers — those who are alive when Messiah returns.

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

Our second coming quote for today is from Martin Luther. He said, “I hope that the day is near at hand when the advent of the great God will appear, for all things everywhere are boiling, burning, moving, falling, sinking, groaning.”

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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