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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 Washington Free Beacon, one of Iran’s top military leaders said that a credible U.S. military option against Iran is off the table and something the Obama administration can “no longer even think about.” In a wide-ranging interview, Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, also claimed that Iran has deployed advanced missiles and satellites capable of tracking foreign militaries. He scoffed at the Obama administration’s insistence that a credible military option exists against Iran as he discussed the Islamic Republic’s offensive military capabilities.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the International Business Times, an incident involving a slew of Chinese military aircraft, including bombers, trying to transgress Japan’s air space has been reported. The incident happened on Dec 6 and it is said that the aircraft were capable of posing a threat to the Guam military base of the U.S. army. In response, several Japanese Self-Defense Force planes were scrambled. The incident occurred despite recent warmth in China-Japan relations after the APEC summit in Beijing.
Third, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Reuters, Israel’s military said on Wednesday that it was exploring the possibility of cooperating with the Lebanese army to counter Sunni Islamist militants, even though the two countries remain technically at war. Any public coordination was almost certain to be rejected in Beirut, where dealing with neighboring Israel is considered a crime. But a senior Israeli military officer noted that the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria had brought together disparate forces, and said Israel might similarly expand on its current security ties with Egypt, Jordan and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), President Bashar Assad on Wednesday met a top Russian envoy who said Moscow is hoping to relaunch peace talks for the war-torn country and could host a Syria-US meeting. After meeting Assad, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister was quoted as saying, for the first time, that he “was in contact with our American partners… We have proposed that the Syrians come to Moscow to discuss political possibilities to resolve the crisis.” Russia is pressing a bid to restart a peace process for Syria that would include meetings between government officials and members of the opposition.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Reuters, the U.N. atomic watchdog dismissed on Thursday an Iranian offer of access to a region where explosives experiments of possible use in nuclear weapons development may have taken place, saying this did not address its concerns. Iran told a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency last month it would let IAEA inspectors visit the western Ma-ri-van area to prove that suspicions it had carried out atomic bomb research were wrong and baseless. However, the IAEA’s main priority for its long-stalled investigation into Iran’s nuclear program has been to go to another location, the Par-chin military base southeast of Tehran, where the Vienna-based agency says other nuclear-related explosives tests may have been conducted, perhaps a decade ago. The Islamic Republic has so far refused access to Parchin, saying it is a conventional military facility.
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 6:1 which reads: “Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
God continues with a sevenfold declaration of purpose, pledging Himself to seven related promises:
1. I will separate you from the burdens of Egypt.
2. I will deliver you from slavery.
3. I will redeem you with a magnificent display of power.
4. I will make you My people.
5. I will be your God—that is, the relationship between the Lord and His people will be formalized and take on a new and deeper dimension.
6. I will bring you into the Promised Land.
7. I will give you that land as an inheritance.
The divine promises found in this passage form the basis for the names of the four cups that are consumed during the contemporary Passover seder meal. Each cup is named after one particular promise or set of promises: the cup of sanctification, the cup of deliverance, the cup of redemption, and the cup of consummation. Each promise that God made to Moses found fulfillment in Israel’s history as expressed through the narrative of exodus, wandering, and conquest (Exodus through Joshua).
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 John Trapp. He said, “This is pinned as a badge to the sleeve of every true believer—that he looks for and longs for Christ’s coming to judgement.”
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.