Welcome to The Prophet Daniel’s Report. This is report #515. My name is Daniel Whyte III here to remind you that Jesus Christ is coming back soon and that you need to be prepared. This broadcast is not about predictions, nor is it about setting dates as some foolishly have done, however it is all about preparation.
First, today, let’s look at some Signs of His Coming in the news.
The disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus Christ then went on to give them (and us) clear signs that show us when we can begin to expect to see the coming of the Lord and the end of the world. Those signs include:
1. the appearance of false Christs and false prophets
2. wars and rumors of wars
4. pestilences (fatal epidemic diseases)
5. earthquakes in divers (various) places
6. increased persecution of believers
7. the Gospel being preached in all the world
8. signs and great wonders in the heavens (involving the sun, moon, stars, and planetary movements)
9. distress and perplexity among people
10. increased violence “as in the days of Noah”
11. increased homosexuality and sexual immorality “as it was in the days of Lot”
12. the rise of “Gog and Magog” (which many Bible scholars believe refers to Russia)
13. the rise of the “kings of the east” (which many Bible scholars believe refers to China)
14. increase in knowledge (science and technology)
15. apostasy in the church
16. interest in a unified world government to bring about global peace
17. interest in the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem
The Bible also speaks of other signs which will be evident in “perilous times” in Second Timothy 3. Those signs are people being:
23. disobedient to parents
26. without natural affection
28. false accusers
31. despisers of those that are good
35. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
36. having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
Other signs of the times which have been gleaned from Scripture include:
37. scoffers who mock of Christ’s return
38. movement toward a one-world religion
39. outpouring of the Holy Spirit
40. outbreak of demonic and occultic activity
41. re-establishment of Israel
42. Arab hostility toward Israel
43. re-unification of Europe
44. movement toward a one-world economy
Looking at world events through the lens of the Word of God, let’s look at some headlines from today’s news that point to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
First, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Bloomberg News, Russia is under increasing pressure from world leaders to help stop the violence in Ukraine, where fighting spread along the front line between government troops and pro-Russian rebels. The U.S. and the European Union warned that Russia may face further repercussions after a rocket attack on the port city of Ma-ri-u-pol on Saturday. The battles erupting on the Sea of Azov coast indicate further escalation after fighting intensified this month, eradicating a truce signed in September. The rise in violence sparked a flurry of diplomatic activity, with the U.S. and its allies putting pressure on Russia to use its influence on the rebels. The Kremlin consistently denies military involvement.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Pentagon has said that ISIS jihadists have lost only a tiny fraction of captured territory in Iraq after five months of U.S.-led air strikes. Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi government troops have retaken 700 square kilometers of ground mostly in northern Iraq, but the ISIS group still holds 55,000 square kilometers. That amounts to roughly one percent of ISIS-held territory changing hands since the U.S. launched air raids in Iraq on August 8.
Third, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Times of Israel, Iran has threatened to attack Israel from the West Bank, in retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria on last Sunday that left 12 Iranian and Hezbollah operatives dead. The airstrike has been attributed to Israel and though Jerusalem has not officially confirmed it, anonymous government sources have admitted as much. The Deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed to “open new fronts [against Israel] and change the balance of power.” In an excerpt of an interview, the IRGC’s number two said that Iran and Hezbollah would provide a “special reprisal” to the strike, adding that opening a new front in the West Bank was in the works.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the Times of Israel, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Zarif has said that a vote in the U.S. Congress for more sanctions against his country will kill a likely nuclear deal with the West. Speaking in an Associated Press debate at the World Economic Forum, Zarif warned that Iran’s parliament will retaliate by passing a bill to increase enrichment of uranium if U.S. lawmakers approve fresh sanctions. He said, “A sanctions bill by the U.S. Congress will kill the joint plan of action that we adopted last year in Geneva. Now the president of the United States has the power to veto it, but our parliament will have its counteraction.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Times of Israel, a Syrian opposition field commander said the Free Syria Army has been monitoring Iranian, Lebanese, and even Russian soldiers on the border with Israel, as his forces plan a siege on the government-held regional capital. In a rare Skype interview from Amman, Jordan, the rebel commander opined that the Shiite forces intended to engage Israel more significantly than in the past, making Israeli cooperation with moderate opposition forces in Syria more urgent than ever before. The Syrian rebel commander said the Shiites have an agenda that endangers not only the Syrian opposition, but Israel as well.
The Bible says in Matthew 24:23-24: “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
You can read these stories in more detail and get more Second Coming-related news on our website at Second Coming Herald.com
Now, it’s time for Prophecy Bootcamp.
Prophecy Bootcamp is where we deal with the basics of prophecy, the Second Coming of Christ, and what will happen in the future according to the Bible. Our aim here is not to make predictions but to help you get prepared by understanding how things will unfold in the end times.
Our topic for today is titled “Judgment Begins at the House of God” (Part 1) from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
The second section of the book of Revelation contains the letters to the seven churches. These are personal epistles from the risen Christ to seven literal churches in Asia Minor. Imagine that Jesus wrote a personal letter to your church. What would He say in that letter? These letters give us an idea of what Christ thinks of the Church.
John the Revelator has already introduced us to the seven churches in chapter 1. The risen Christ has appeared to him and instructed him to write a book and “send it to the seven churches.” These churches are symbolized by the seven golden lampstands. Thus, the connection is made between the preface and the proclamation. Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church is moving actively in the churches as our heavenly High Priest. His love and concern for these churches has already been demonstrated on the cross. Now, as the risen, living Lord of the Church, He sends a personal message to those churches which were under John’s care and influence.
Before the Apocalypse presents any message of judgment on the unbelieving world, it first calls the churches to repentance. Judgment must begin at the house of God. If the local churches are not a proper expression of God’s truth and righteousness, how can they influence the world for Christ? In these letters, we find the Lord of the Church lovingly but firmly speaking to His Church. Some have called these “love letters from the Lord of Heaven.”
The seven churches were seven literal churches that existed in Asia Minor in the first century AD. Ephesus was the largest city in the area and presumably the largest church. Thus, it served as a “mother” church to the others. All seven were connected by the local Roman highway. They were arranged in a circular pattern going from Ephesus to Smyrna, on to Laodicea, and back to Ephesus.
Attempts to find prophetic parallels between these churches and a supposed “seven ages of church history” are forced and fanciful at best. Such parallels have been suggested since medieval times, but have always proven unsatisfactory as time moved on. Even the seven suggested in the old Scofield Reference Bible hardly do justice to the facts of church history. A careful reading of these chapters, and indeed the entire Apocalypse, will reveal that there is nothing in the text itself to indicate that these seven churches are symbolic of church history.
Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic on our next broadcast/podcast.
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and me to do in light of His Second Coming.
Jesus Christ said in Luke 19:13 to “Occupy till I come.” In light of that, we are continuing our Bible study series on the books of First & Second Thessalonians which Paul wrote to believers who had concerns about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and what they should do as they waited. This section is titled “Living Like a Christian (Part 4)” from the book “Waiting on the Second Coming” by Ray C. Stedman.
Paul never offers advice without divine documentation, and he reminds the Thessalonian believers of three things they should keep in mind in relation to their leaders:
1. Leaders have been sent by the Lord. He says, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord.” Leaders are appointed by the Lord Jesus, regardless of the human process by which they are chosen. That does not mean that leaders will stay in the same position or place forever. What it means is that while they are in leadership positions, they are to be regarded as appointed by the Lord. He has sent them among us.
2. Leaders are called to “admonish you.” Leaders are to instruct and inspire you, reminding you of truth that is easily forgotten. The only voice that is speaking powerfully against the spirit of the age today — the self-centered, self-sufficient, restless spirit of the Me generation — is the voice of the church. We need to be reminded continually of the danger in that kind of philosophy. This is to be done by the leadership, who instruct, warn, and point out folly. They help us keep our feet on the right path.
3. Leaders are there to “work hard among you.” Church leaders are to labor. They spend hours toiling in difficult and sometimes demeaning work. Pastors do not work only one day a week — contrary to what some people think. The ministry is a very demanding job.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.
Remember the words of the Lord in Matthew 24:42: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
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.