LISTEN: Syria, Iran, Russia condemn Israeli airstrikes on Damascus (Second Coming Watch #551 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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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, Russia on Monday demanded an explanation for Israeli airstrikes on two areas near Damascus, while the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers called it an act of aggression that proves Israel was “in the same trench” with extremist groups fighting the Syrian government. Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus’ international airport on Sunday, as well as outside a town close to the Lebanese border. Israel has not confirmed the strikes, and it was not immediately clear what they targeted, although activists said they hit weapons depots.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Associated Press, Jordan’s King Abdullah believes battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups is “our third world war.” Speaking to “CBS This Morning,” Abdullah stated that ISIS is a Muslim problem that they need to take ownership of. He said, “We need to stand up and say what is right and what is wrong. This is no reflection of our religion. This is evil and all of us have got to make that decision.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Russia Today, UN observers at the Israeli-Syrian border have reported that Israeli security forces have kept steady contacts with the Syrian rebels over the past 18 months, mainly treating wounded fighters but possibly supplying them with arms. In a series of reports to the UN Security Council by the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, there are a number of documented instances of Israeli Defense Forces’ dealings with “armed members of the opposition” on the Israeli-Syrian border of the Golan Heights. The reports do not distinguish various Syrian militants fighting against President Bashar Assad, which range from West-supported Free Syrian Army to the radical Islamists of the Islamic State.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Egypt held its “Badr 2014” military maneuvers between October 11 and November 6, its largest exercise since 1996. According to a senior security expert, the exercises show that Egypt has its sights on Israel, despite the peace treaty. Col. Dr. Shaul Shay, former deputy head of the Israel National Security Council, said Egypt wants not only to improve security domestically, but also “it hopes to reassert its historic leadership role.” He said the exercise is meant to prepare for “a potential conflict with Israel.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to the Caribbean Journal, a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica and Panama on Saturday morning. The quake, which occurred at a depth of 36 kilometres, caused reports of shaking across both countries, with reports of “strong” shaking toward the border region between the two Central American neighbours. The quake came a week after a 5.1-magnitude quake shook the border region between Panama and Colombia.

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 Exodus 3:10 which reads: And the Lord said unto Moses, “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

At the age of 80, Moses encounters the visible manifestation of God’s presence, the Shekinah glory, in a flaming bush. The Lord reveals Himself to Moses as the God of Israel’s fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The mention of the patriarchs would have served as an electrifying reminder that God had not forgotten the ancient promises He had made in the Abrahamic Covenant. God reassures Moses that He has seen and heard the affliction and sorrows of His people and that His compassion toward them is now leading Him to decisive action on their behalf. God indicates His direct involvement in the rescue operation that will not only free the people of Israel from slavery but also bring them out of Egypt and into their inheritance, the land of promise.

In Exodus 3:9-10, God reiterates His identity as the One who sees and hears His people and feels compassion for them. He then reveals that the method by which He will decisively intervene is through His chosen instrument of redemption, Moses. Moses is told to return to Egypt to deliver the Hebrews. In a bit of literary foreshadowing, although there are two components to God’s plan, deliverance from Egypt and entrance into Canaan, Moses specifies that his divine commission extended only to the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt and not to their deposition into the Promised Land. Indeed, Moses later delivers God’s people from Egyptian bondage, but he was not the one to lead them into Canaan.

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 C.H. Spurgeon. He said, “If I knew that our Lord would come this evening, I should preach just as I mean to preach; and if I knew he would come during this sermon, I would go on preaching until he did.”

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.

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