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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 the Associated Press, the U.S. accused the Syrian regime of continuing to use chemical weapons on civilians as recently as September, despite claims that it has fully destroyed its stockpile as required under a 2013 U.N. treaty. The Undersecretary of State Rose Gotte-moe-ller told members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, “There is compelling evidence that Syria continues to use chemical weapons systematically and repeatedly.” She also pointed to “serious concerns” that the OPCW has been unable to verify whether Syria has declared all of its chemicals, munitions and facilities associated with its weapons program.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Washington Post, in a stunning return to siege-style violence in the Russian region of Chechnya, well-armed Islamist militants seized an empty school and office building on Thursday before an hours-long shootout in which at least 20 people died. The bloodshed in Grozny — where at least 10 militants and 10 police officers were killed — was an unwelcome reminder of the 1990s strife in Chechnya between Russian forces and separatist insurgents. The timing of the attack also suggested an attempt to maximize the blow — coming just hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow.
Third, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Associated Press, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved an Arab-backed resolution calling on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and put its nuclear facilities under international oversight. The resolution, adopted in a 161-5 vote, noted that Israel is the only Middle Eastern country that is not party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. It called on Israel to “accede to that treaty without further delay; not to develop, produce, test, or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons; and to renounce possession of nuclear weapons” and put its nuclear facilities under the safeguard of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency. Israel is widely considered to possess nuclear arms but declines to confirm it.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Reuters, the commander of US forces in Africa has said the US military is closely monitoring a nascent effort by the Islamic State, the militant group that has overrun parts of Syria and Iraq, to train a couple of hundred fighters in eastern Libya. Army General David Rodriguez said it was not yet clear how closely aligned the trainees were with the Islamic State or whether the effort should be targeted by US forces. He said he had not recommended US troops or air power to go after the training camps in the chaotic North African country at this point. he said, “We’re watching it very carefully to see how it develops.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Times of Israel, Hamas’s political bureau chief Kha-led Ma-shaal alleged that the lack of a solution to the Palestinian issue will lead to an open conflict in the Middle East — a “bloodbath” — adding that the violent terror attacks in Jerusalem were a reaction to “Israeli aggression.” In an interview with Sky News, he said, “Israeli stubbornness, combined with the international impotence in solving the Palestinian issue with a just solution, [giving] the Palestinian people their self-determination — this will lead to chaos in the region, not just in the Palestinian arena, but an open conflict.”
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 49:10 which reads: “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
Within Jacob’s prophetic blessings of his 12 sons is the promise that Judah’s tribe will rightfully rule (possess the “scepter,” the symbol of royalty) over the rest of the tribes until a particular moment in history, the coming of “Shiloh.” The mysterious term Shiloh can be translated as “to whom it belongs” (as it is usually translated in Ezekiel 23:27 concerning the royal crown of Israel’s prince).
Shiloh has traditionally been understood as a messianic title, a pseudonym for Messiah. The first-century Aramaic paraphrases of the Scripture, the Tar-gums, consistently treat this as a messianic prophecy. Tar-gum On-ke-los reads, “Kings shall not cease from the house of Judah…until Messiah come, whose is the kingdom.” The Palestinian Tar-gum likewise reads, “Kings shall not cease from the house of Judah…until the time that is King Messiah shall come, whose is the kingdom.” Tar-gum Jonathan holds this interpretation of the verse as well, reading much the same as the other Tar-gums, yet adding the expectation that “because of him [Messiah] nations shall melt away.”
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 Samuel Rutherford. He said, “Oh, that Christ would make long strides! Oh, that he would fold up the heavens as a cloak, and shovel time and days out of the way!”
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.