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 DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to Reuters, from financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting up 2015 to be just as turbulent. Almost all of the major confrontations, such as the battle with Islamic State militants, the West’s stand-off with Russia over Ukraine, and the fight against Ebola, will rumble on. Others could erupt at short notice. John Bassett, a former senior official with British intelligence agency GCHQ and now an associate at Oxford University, said, “Normally after a year like this you might expect things to calm down. But none of these problems have been resolved and the drivers of them are not going away.”
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Associated Press, the US military has slowly been stockpiling equipment and gear coming out of the war in Afghanistan in a Kuwait depot, ultimately destined for Iraq ahead of a possible spring offensive against the Islamic State. The warehouse in Kuwait houses over 3,000 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles and electronic gear. The US-led coalition is reportedly planning a major operation this spring aimed at helping Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces retake land conquered by the Islamic State in a blitz that started in June. U.S. military authorities are set to focus on wresting back Anbar province and the city of Mosul.
Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Associate Press, the war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end on Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country’s own security forces. In front of a small, hand-picked audience at the headquarters of the NATO mission, the green-and-white flag of the International Security Assistance Force was ceremonially rolled up, and the flag of the new international mission called Resolute Support was hoisted. U.S. Gen. John Campbell, commander of ISAF, commemorated the 3,500 international soldiers killed on Afghan battlefields and praised the country’s army for giving him confidence that they are able to take on the fight alone.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to World Bulletin, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the successful test of the RS-24 “Yars” ballistic missile on Friday. A spokesman for the ministry said, “The adoption of the RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple re-entry warheads has increased the combat capabilities of the Strategic Missile Forces assault group to overcome missile defense systems, thus strengthening the nuclear deterrent of Russian strategic nuclear forces.” Russia’s strategic nuclear forces are actively rearming with the new RS-24 “Yars” missile which uses solid fuel and has a range of 7,500 miles.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Associated Press, Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. The army’s chief commander of ground forces described the unmanned aircraft as a “mobile bomb,” saying the aerial device is designed to strike air, ground and naval targets. Western military analysts say the suicide drone is a modified version of the American ScanEagle drone, three of which Iran says it has captured flying in its airspace. The suicide drone is designed to crash into targets and set off its warhead.
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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Exodus 19:7-8 which reads: ” And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
On the morning of the third day, the people awaken to a frightening theophany on Mount Sinai. The Shekinah glory appears with thunder and lightning, a thick cloud, the piercing blast of the shofar, and smoke and fire. Indeed, the whole mountain is quaking violently. The author of Hebrews characterized this dramatic scene as one of absolute terror. No wonder the narrative relates that all the people “trembled” with fear (the same Hebrew word used to describe the mountain’s violent quaking is used to describe the people’s trembling). Moses leads the terrified people out of the camp to meet with God, and they all stand at the foot of the mountain.
As the volume of the shofar continues to increase, Moses speaks, and God answers him audibly, giving Israel the Ten Commandments, or the “ten words” (Hebrew) or the Decalogue (Greek)—the preamble to the total of 613 positive (“thou shalt”) and negative (“thou shalt not”) commandments that comprise the Mosaic legislation. These commandments would become the foundation and core of God’s Torah, the heart of the Mosaic Covenant. It is not clear how God spoke; He may have answered Moses as thunder or with the trumpet, yet contextually it seems best to conclude that the Lord spoke in an actual intelligible voice. This voice would have been one of inestimable force to have been understood over the violent storm.
After this majestic transaction, the Hebrews remain terrified by God’s pyrotechnic display of supernatural thunder, lightning, trumpet blowing, and smoke. There is no danger that they will approach the mountain; in fact, they run in the opposite direction because they have had enough of this direct access to YHWH. Fearing for their lives, the Hebrews were ready to return to having Moses serve as their divine intercessor and intermediary. The author of Hebrews mentions Israel’s fear of God’s voice and the mountain.
Moses tells the people not to fear, and explains that God had given them a healthy dose of holy “shock and awe” that would serve as a corporate deterrent to sin. While the nation maintains its distance from Sinai, Moses draws near to the thick darkness and into God’s presence. The additional 603 commandments are studded throughout the remainder of Exodus, as well as within Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
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 Alexander Maclaren. He said, “The primitive church thought a great deal more about the coming of Christ than about death, and thought a great deal more about his coming than about heaven.”
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 over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty 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/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, 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, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven 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.