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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 Reuters, the Islamic State leader called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. He also said a U.S.-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraq was failing and he called for “volcanoes of jihad” the world over. Reuters could not independently confirm the authenticity of the speech, but the voice sounded similar to a previous speech delivered in July in a mosque in Mosul, Iraq.
Second, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED VIOLENCE — According to the Associated Press, a U.N. panel investigating war crimes in Syria says the Islamic State group has denied food and medicine to hundreds of thousands of people and hidden its fighters among civilians since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. The panel says Syrians and Iraqis are subjected to an Islamic State “rule of terror” from its calculated use of public brutality and indoctrination to ensure the submission of communities under its control. That includes repeated violations against children and women.
Third, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED PERSECUTION — According to World Magazine, Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center this month served as a launchpad for what lawmakers from around the world hope will be a global coalition to fight religious persecution. The gathering took place in the face of escalating violence against religious believers worldwide, and against a backdrop of carnage the same week. Reports of atrocities continue to emerge from Iraq, where the Islamic State captured and continues to hold hundreds of women and children after it evicted Christians, Yezidis, and other minorities from Mosul and Nineveh Province this summer.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of APOSTASY IN THE CHURCH — According to the Christian Post, the Washington National Cathedral hosted its first Muslim prayer service on Friday afternoon in an effort to promote interfaith prayer and improved global relations between Muslims and Christians. The Catholic church in Washington, D.C., altered its visitor tour schedule in order to host traditional Islamic Friday prayers. Although this is not the first time the Cathedral has welcomed Muslims to join in on its interfaith services and events, it is the first time it has invited Muslims to lead their own prayers within its walls. In June, the Cathedral also invited an openly transgendered Episcopal priest to preach from its pulpit. The Cathedral has also hosted homosexual marriage ceremonies.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to CNN, officials in Sweden said a foreign submarine recently trespassed in its territory, but they couldn’t say what country the vessel belonged to. The Swedish military began an intense sweep of the waters off the coast of Stockholm more than three weeks ago. On Friday, the Swedish Armed Forces announced that its investigation confirmed that a submarine was indeed in Swedish waters. The Swedish Prime Minister said, “The government considers this to be extraordinarily serious. Those who enter Swedish territory [must] understand what huge risks it will mean in the future.”
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 16:10-12 which reads: “And the angel of the Lord said unto [Hagar], I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
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 Genesis narrative records three divine prophetic promises concerning the destiny of Ishmael. The first promise is found in Genesis 16:7-13. Abraham’s firstborn son is Ishmael, a product of “the man of faith” prematurely taking genealogical matters into his own hands with Sarah’s maid, Hagar.Pregnant and desperate to flee Sarah’s harsh treatment, Hagar encounters the angel of the Lord. This is the first reference within the Old Testament to a physical manifestation of God Himself — that is, a preincarnate appearance of the second person of the Trinity.
Hagar is instructed to return to Sarah and to her work, for she would be divinely blessed with innumerable descendants, beginning with the son currently in her womb. His name is to be Ishmael, meaning “God hears” (to which Hagar enthusiastically responds by christening the Lord with a name that means “a God who sees”). Ishmael would live as “a wild donkey,” a roaming, free spirit, hostile by nature and at odds with most of society, experiencing continuous conflict. He would dwell “to the east of all his brothers.” Twenty-one chapters later in the narrative, Ishmaelites are the means by which Joseph, Abraham and Sarah’s great-grandson, is carried off to Egypt.
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 Chrysostom. He said, “In the first advent God veiled his divinity to prove the faithful; in the second advent he will manifest his glory to reward their faith.”
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.