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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 the Associated Press, the Ukrainian military said on Friday that a column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks carrying ammunition and fighters has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia. The military’s spokesman said, “The deployment of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines continues.” The report of a new Russian movement of armor across the border follows a charge on Thursday by pro-Russian rebels that Kiev government forces had launched a new offensive – which Kiev immediately denied.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Associated Press, when Islamic State militants retreated from an embattled town last week, the Iraqi military was quick to flaunt a rare victory. However, photos soon emerged on independent Iraqi news websites revealing a more discreet presence — the Iranian general Gha-sem So-lei-ma-ni, whose name has become synonymous with the handful of victories attributed to Iraqi ground forces. Local commanders said Lebanon’s Hezbollah Shiite militia group was also involved. The U.S. has awkwardly found itself on the same side as Iran and Hezbollah in the war against the Islamic State group, which rampaged across much of northern and western Iraq in June. While U.S. military advisers have been coordinating coalition airstrikes from within heavily fortified bases, the Iranian general and his commanders are on the front lines and are assuming key roles in the retaking of major cities.
Third, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the BBC, China and Japan have agreed to try to reduce tensions over a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea. Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening. The strategically important islands are controlled by Japan. A meeting between the heads of the two nations is expected to take place on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday. If it happens it will be the first proper exchange between the two leaders since they came to power, in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, Palestinian groups once again called for a “Day of Rage” against Israel in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem on Friday and urged demonstrators to step up their protests. The appeal came as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that failure to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would increase the flames in the region. Hamas and Islamic Jihad issued separate statements on Thursday calling on Palestinians to take to the streets following Friday prayers “in solidarity with al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, the commander of a U.S. military force tasked with the mission of assisting Israel in a time of war affirmed his commitment and readiness for the mission during a visit to Israel this week. Lt.-Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of the JDF-I (Joint Defense Force-Israel), took command several months ago and arrived in Israel in recent days to meet counterparts in the Israeli Air Force’s Active Defense Division. The JDF-I is primarily tasked with assisting in air defense missions, and would operate platforms such as Patriot surface-to-air missiles to help intercept incoming threats. Roberson said, “The moment the State of Israel notifies us that it is in need of our assistance, we will come to help in defending it.”
You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.
The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 15:18 which reads: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
Robert B. Chisholm, author of Evidence from Genesis, sees this covenant ritual as a land grant marking “the actual transfer of the land to Abraham’s offspring” as well as (by implication) the ratification of the promise of offspring. The actual geographic borders of the Promised Land are specified at this time, extending from “the river of Egypt” in the south to “the great river,” the Euphrates, in the north. In addition, the current inhabitants of the land are enumerated, in prophetic preparation for their displacement.
During this covenant ritual, the Lord prophetically reveals to Abraham that while he would die peacefully at an advanced age, his descendants would be “strangers in a land that is not theirs,” where they would be enslaved and oppressed for 400 years. The oppressor nation would experience divine judgment, however, and Abraham’s descendants would not depart empty-handed. They would return to the Promised Land when the iniquity of Canaan’s current inhabitants had sufficiently ripened. This prophecy would be fulfilled with the nation of Israel’s Egyptian sojourn, enslavement, and exodus, as well as their conquest of the land (recorded in the books of Exodus through Joshua).
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 St. Augustine. He said, “He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms it is far off, nor is it he who says it is near. It is he who, whether it be far or near, awaits it with sincere faith, steadfast hope and fervent love.”
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 www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.