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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 Associated Press, US Secretary of State John Kerry held an unexpected second meeting in two days with a key Arab mediator from Oman in the Iran nuclear talks, part of a last-minute push to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease the threat of the Islamic Republic reaching the capability to produce atomic weapons. Despite the diplomatic efforts, signs increasingly pointed to a further extension in negotiations. Oman, unique among the Gulf Arab states for the close ties it maintains with Iran, hosted high-level nuclear talks earlier this month and was the site of secret US-Iranian gatherings dating back to 2012. Those discussions laid the groundwork for an interim nuclear agreement reached a year ago, which world powers and Iran are now trying to cement in Vienna with a comprehensive pact by Monday.
Second, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Times of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to present to a full cabinet vote on Sunday a “softened” version of a controversial bill that would enshrine Israel’s Jewish status in its constitutional laws. The new draft would seek to define Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state, which upholds the rights of all its citizens under law.” Netanyahu’s favored draft is aimed to give equal weight to the principles of Israel as a democracy and as a Jewish state.
Third, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to Reuters, a senior official from the OSCE security watchdog said on Thursday that prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine are “bleak”, underscoring the need to uphold a shaky ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group that includes senior representatives from Ukraine and Russia said there was no alternative to peace accords signed in Minsk in September, no matter how dire the situation. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed an average of 13 people each day in the eight weeks since the ceasefire agreement.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to Reuters, NATO’s new secretary general said the military alliance has had to scramble war planes 400 times this year in response to an increase in Russian air activity around Europe, a rise of 50 percent over last year. North Atlantic Treaty Organization members have sought to fill gaps in the alliance’s land, air and sea defenses since Russia annexed Crimea and backed the secessionist movement in the eastern part of Ukraine. Speaking to U.S., German and Estonian troops at a newly expanded and renovated air base in western Estonia, the secretary-general said the problem was not just where the Russians are flying but that they are not turning on their transponders or communicating. As such, the flights pose a risk to commercial air traffic.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of DISEASES & EPIDEMICS — According to the BBC, Bird flu was found on a duck farm in England on Monday days after it was discovered in Dutch chickens, forcing authorities to destroy poultry and restrict exports. Health officials said the outbreak may have been brought to Europe by wild birds migrating from Asia where millions of South Korean farm birds have had to be destroyed. A spokeswoman at Britain’s Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs said the public health risk was very low and there was no risk to the food chain.
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 26:2-5 which reads: “And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
Following the death of Abraham, the Lord appears to Isaac to reaffirm the Abrahamic Covenant with Abraham’s heir, saying, “I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.” Instructing Isaac to remain in the land of his inheritance, the Lord reaffirms the covenant blessings of His personal presence, numerous descendants (“as the stars of heaven”), universal blessing (“by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”), and permanent ownership of the land (“to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands”). The appearance concludes with a reminder of the unconditionality of the Abrahamic Covenant, which was based upon Abraham’s initial act of obedience to God.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue looking at the prophetic passages of the Bible in our next broadcast / podcast.
Our second coming quote for today is from Anthony Ashley Cooper. He said, “The only remedy for all this mass of misery is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why do we not plead for it every time we hear the clock strike?”
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.