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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 Fox News, the Pentagon is sending thousands of chemical warfare suits to Kurdish fighters and Iraqi troops in anticipation of an upcoming offensive by the Islamic State terror group, which is believed to have captured old stores of weapons from Saddam Hussein’s regime. Concern that Islamic State could weaponize mustard, sarin and chlorine gas led the U.S. Department of Defense to provide the gear as part of a $1.6 billion request to Congress. The U.S. intends to equip Iraqi and Kurdish troops with gas masks, sealed body suits, and nearly 300 chemical detectors to test nerve, blood and blister agents. The money also will pay for tens of thousands of rifles, machine guns and nearly 2,000 anti-tank weapons in addition to mortars, shotguns, radios and trucks.
Second, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel Today News, the Israeli security agency uncovered a massive Hamas terrorist ring in the West Bank two months ago, which planned to carry out major terror attacks at Jerusalem’s largest soccer stadium and on the Jerusalem light rail as well as car bombings and abductions. The terror ring was overseen by the new Hamas headquarters in Turkey, and its members included Hamas operatives trained abroad and inserted into the area for the sole purpose of these attacks.
Third, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Times of Israel, New EU foreign affairs chief Fe-der-ica Mogh-er-ini called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume direct peace talks, as the European Parliament debated whether to recognize a Palestinian state. The debate came as a growing number of European leaders and lawmakers are calling for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. In Wednesday’s debate, European Parliament members appeared sharply divided on what policy to endorse. A vote, originally expected on Thursday, was put off until December.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), NATO’s top military commander said on Wednesday that he was “very concerned” that Russia’s military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region. United States General Philip Breedlove’s comments come amid fears in Kiev that Russian-backed rebels will try to grab more land in eastern Ukraine to establish a land corridor to Crimea. Breedlove said, “The capabilities that are being installed in Crimea are able to exert influence over the entire Black Sea.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to the Associated Press, a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia late on Wednesday, prompting villagers to flee to higher ground. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.8 quake hit about 100 miles northwest of Ternate, the provincial capital of North Maluku, and was centered 25 miles below the seabed.
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 37:5-7 which reads: “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
In the book of Acts, Stephen presents Joseph as a prophetic type of the Messiah. Although Joseph had been rejected by his own family, he had been accepted by foreigners in a foreign land, Egypt, and exalted by God’s hand. Moreover, Stephen argues that Joseph, who eventually had progressed from rejection to exaltation, became the savior of those who had rejected him. Joseph’s brothers did not recognize Joseph the first time they saw him. It was not until their second visit that they recognized their brother. In other words, the sons of Israel did not perceive that their own brother was their savior until their second appearance before him.
Stephen’s parallel is clear: The first time the descendants of the sons of Israel saw Jesus, they likewise did not recognize Him. It will take a second viewing for perception to dawn. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the Jewish people will not perceive that Jesus is their Messiah until His glory is eminently manifest upon His return.
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 D.L. Moody. He said, “I never preach a sermon without thinking that possibly the Lord may come before I preach another.”
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.