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This is the Second Coming Watch Sunday Roundup for November 16, 2014. On the Roundup we feature the top 10 prophecy-related news stories that happened this past week which point towards the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.
1. According to Reuters, Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit on Saturday that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine. Russia denied any involvement in an escalation of the separatist war in eastern Ukraine, where more than 4,000 people have been killed since April, but faced strong rebukes from leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union was considering further financial sanctions against Russian individuals because of the crisis in Ukraine.
2. According to Reuters, the United States’ top military officer told American troops on a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday that the momentum in the battle with the Islamic State was “starting to turn”, but predicted a drawn-out campaign lasting several years. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was visiting Iraq for the first time since President Barack Obama responded to Islamic State advances this summer by ordering troops back into a country they left in 2011. Hours earlier, an Iraqi army colonel said security forces appeared close to retaking the country’s biggest refinery at Baiji, which has been under siege for months by Islamic State militants. Obama last week authorized roughly doubling the number of American ground forces as the military expands the reach of its advisers after slowing the militants’ advances with U.S. air strikes.
3. According to The Times of Israel, Egypt’s deadliest terrorist group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State jihadists, branded the regime of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as “Zionist collaborators” and vowed to liberate Jerusalem once it had ousted his government. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has spearheaded an insurgency in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula and now calls itself the Sinai branch of the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for a suicide attack last month that killed 30 soldiers. It branded el-Sissi “the servant of the Jews” and vowed to behead and dismember him and his regime.
4. According to AFP, at least 356 people have been killed in fighting for Libya’s second city Benghazi since the launch of a government-backed offensive against Islamist militias a month ago. More than 200 of the dead have been soldiers — either members of the regular army or loyalists of controversial retired general Khalifa Haftar. All of Libya’s three big cities — the capital Tripoli, third city Misrata and Benghazi — are largely under the control of Islamist-led militias.
5. According to the New York Daily News, America’s deteriorating nuclear force will get a $10 billion cash injection to shore up sagging morale and correct serious mismanagement problems. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the top-to-bottom overhaul at a Pentagon press conference before flying to a nuclear site in North Dakota. Hagel’s proposed upgrades are the result of two separate probes into the nuclear program he ordered in February, following a series of damning investigative reports from the Associated Press.
6. According to AFP, the US, Australian and Japanese leaders on Sunday called for peaceful resolutions of maritime disputes, a day after Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia as China contests disputed territory. In a joint statement Obama, Tony Abbott and Shinzo Abe urged “freedom of navigation and over-flight, and the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in accordance with international law”. The trio said they were committed to deepening their already strong security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, which comes amid China’s increasingly assertive expansion in the region.
7. According to Reuters, top officials warned on Saturday that the U.S. military’s ability to stay ahead of technology advances by other countries and respond to multiple crises around the world is already in jeopardy and will get worse unless mandatory budget cuts are reversed. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said the Navy would have to cut forces and reduce its ability to position ships around the world if lawmakers did not ease or reverse the cuts, which are due to resume in fiscal 2016. He said, “Electronic warfare, electronic attack, anti-submarine warfare — all of these higher end areas — will fall further behind because we’re just not investing in them.” Greenert and other U.S. officials are urging Congress to end the cuts known as “sequestration,” citing growing strains amid increasing threats, including Russia’s aggression in the Crimea region, and increasing Islamic State extremism in Iraq and Syria.
8. According to AFP, North Korea on Saturday warned of retaliatory strikes days after South Korea fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol near the border. South Korean troops on Monday fired warning shots as the North’s patrol approached the military demarcation line (MDL) that designates the border, but there was no exchange of fire and the group eventually turned back. North Korea issued a statement that said “such reckless military provocations in the area may invite unforeseeable retaliation strikes.”
9. According to CNN, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck just over 93 miles northwest off the coast of Ternate, Indonesia, on Saturday. The quake struck at 10:31 a.m. local time at a depth of 21.7 miles. The National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center noted that the quake did not produce any destructive tsunami waves, though minor sea level fluctuations in some coastal areas occurred.
10. According to CNN, Boko Haram fighters took over at least three towns in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, including Chibok, the scene of the April kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the militant group. Enoch Mark, a Christian priest in the town whose daughter and niece are among the kidnapped girls, said, “Boko Haram has taken over Chibok and we have all fled. They are now in control of the town, having overpowered the soldiers and the vigilantes.” The militant Islamist group also raided the towns of Hong and Gombi in Adamawa state, about 60 miles from Yola, the state capital.
The Bible says in Jude 1:14-15: “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Our Second Coming quote for today is from Thomas V. More. He said: “Christ is coming to the earth, in such form at least as shall fulfil his purposes of mercy to his friends and justice to his foes.”
You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.
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.”
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.