LISTEN: Syria: Airstrikes fail to weaken ISIS; Hamas sets up base in Turkey (Second Coming Watch Sunday Roundup #45)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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This is the Second Coming Watch Sunday Roundup for November 30, 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 the BBC, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem has said that two months of US-led air strikes have failed to weaken Islamic State (IS) militants. A US-led coalition has carried out nearly 300 air strikes in Syria since September. Mr Moualem told Lebanese TV the only way to tackle IS was to force Turkey to tighten border controls to stop foreign fighters crossing into Syria.

2. According to Israel Hayom, Israel has recently appealed to NATO and demanded it take action against Turkey, after learning it has allowed Hamas to set up operational headquarters in Istanbul. Senior political sources in Jerusalem said Hamas has chosen to relocate its diplomatic and military headquarters from Damascus to Istanbul, over the civil war raging in Syria. Hamas’ new Istanbul-based operation is said to be headed by Saleh al-Arouri, an infamous arch-terrorist believed to be responsible for dozens of attacks against Israelis.

3. According to the Christian Post, a new study says that nearly half of Americans now believe that the recent surge in natural disasters is the result of biblical “End Times” than climate change, and more than two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants hold this belief. The Public Religion Research Institute reported that while only 44 percent of Americans agreed in 2011 that natural disasters are evidence of the apocalypse, their number has now increased to 49 percent.

4. According to the Washington Post, Taliban insurgents have intensified their attacks on the besieged Afghanistan capital of Kabul with a flurry of brazen bombings and afternoon raids targeting foreigners and Afghans, bringing the war into the city in a way not seen in any other year since the radical Islamists were ousted from power. The dramatic increase in violence in Kabul, arguably the most heavily defended city in the nation, indicates the resilience of the Taliban, despite pronouncements by Afghan, U.S. and NATO officials that the insurgency has been weakened. As the annual fighting season nears an end in rugged, increasingly snow-covered mountain areas, the capital has become the new focal point of the conflict.

5. According to Russia Today, as India draws closer and buys more military hardware from Israel, questions are raised about what that will mean to traditional key defense suppliers, the US and Russia, as well as New Delhi’s relations with Palestine. Global powers including France, the UK, Japan, the US and Israel have been keenly courting India – the world’s largest arms importer – in their quest to bag some lucrative deals as New Delhi begins an ambitious defense upgrade plan with an estimated budget of $100 billion. But it is Israel that seems to be stealing most of the show, with two mega-deals already closed with New Delhi. The two arms deals with Israel are worth $662 million which is more than all Israeli exports to India in the last three years.

6. According to Reuters, the World Health Organization said on Saturday that the death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa. The toll of 6,928 dead showed a leap of just over 1,200 since the WHO released its previous report on Wednesday. The U.N. health agency did not provide any explanation for the abrupt increase, but the figures, published on its website, appeared to include previously unreported deaths.

7. According to the Telegraph, UK Prime Minister David Cameron says that Great Britain must have the right to make European migrants wait four years before receiving welfare or council houses, as he warns that he could be prepared to leave the European Union. In his long-awaited speech on Europe, the Prime Minister, for the first time, indicated that he will “rule nothing out” if fellow leaders reject his plans to overhaul the benefits system and suggests that he could be prepared to lead the campaign for a British exit. He has set out a number of “red lines” for his forthcoming renegotiation with Brussels, which he says will require EU treaties to be changed.

8. According to Bloomberg, Germany’s foreign minister says his country wants to avoid wrecking Russia’s economy with sanctions imposed in the conflict over Ukraine. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the economic measures are taking a toll on Russia, so the European Union doesn’t need to intensify them. He added, “An economically isolated Russia, one that may face collapse, would not help improve security in Europe or in Ukraine, but would pose a danger to itself and others.”

9. According to the Jerusalem Post, Arab foreign ministers decided on Saturday to support the Palestinian Authority’s plan to seek a UN Security Council resolution calling for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. The decision followed a meeting of the ministers in Cairo to discuss the latest developments in the region and PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s plan to seek a Security Council resolution that sets a timeline for Israel’s pullout and the creation of a Palestinian state. Abbas said that if he does not receive answers from Israel regarding his demand to resume the peace talks on the basis of the pre-1967 lines by the end of the day, he would proceed with his statehood bid at the Security Council and join international organizations and treaties, including the International Criminal Court.

10. According to the Associated Press, the Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey, although Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory for the raid. The assault began when a suicide bomber driving an armored vehicle detonated his explosives on the border crossing between Kobani and Turkey. Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party, said, the Islamic State group “used to attack the town from three sides. Today, they are attacking from four sides.”

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Andrew Murray. He said: “There is such a danger of our being so occupied with the things that are to come more than with him who is to come.”

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.

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