Welcome to The Prophet Daniel’s Report. This is report #517. 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 the BBC, at least 26 people have been killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in the north of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. A car bomb and mortars hit military targets in the North Sinai capital El-Arish, killing a number of soldiers. Other attacks took place in a nearby town and in Rafah, a city bordering Gaza. Militant group An-sar al-Maq-dis, which pledges allegiance to Islamic State, said it carried out the attacks.
Second, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to Voice of America News, amid a sharp escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to extend by six months the existing sanctions imposed on Russian and Russia-backed separatist officials for their role in the conflict. The ministers also agreed during a meeting in Brussels that, within a week, they’d come up with more names to add to the list of those already subject to an asset freeze and travel ban. The EU move followed a call by Ukrainian President Petro Po-ro-shen-ko for urgent talks with the rebels to reach an “immediate cease-fire.” He also sought the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front lines, as laid down in the cease-fire agreement the two sides signed last September. That pact has been violated repeatedly, with each side blaming the other for breaches.
Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The New York Times, at least 72 people from a majority Sunni village in eastern Iraq were methodically singled out for slaughter this week, according to witnesses and local Sunni leaders, who said the victims were killed by Shiite militiamen who were supporting Iraqi security forces. The murders are a potentially explosive descent into the kind of sectarian violence that led many Iraqi Sunnis to lose all trust in their government and its militia allies, even before the jihadists of the Islamic State began their rapid advance through much of northern Iraq last summer.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said this week that Iran is seeking to open a new front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights. Speaking during a visit to Israel Aerospace Industries to mark Space Week, Ya’alon said, “One can understand, in light of the challenges we face today, the importance of our space capability when we talk about long-range threats and, particularly, Iran, which continues to be a source of Middle East instability.” He went on to state that Iran’s tentacles also reach into Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and other places. “Hence, the place we are in now is so important in terms of our ability in space to deal with these distant challenges.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the Associated Press, a U.S. research institute said on Thursday that North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown. If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and the North’s neighbors at a time of increasing animosity over recent U.S. sanctions and North Korea’s fury about a U.N. push to punish its alleged human rights abuses. Activity at the 5-megawatt reactor is closely watched because North Korea is thought to have a handful of crude nuclear bombs, part of its efforts to build an arsenal of nuclear tipped missiles that could one day hit America’s mainland.
The Bible says in Matthew 24:29-31: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
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 3) from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
This section is titled: EPHESUS: THE PREOCCUPIED CHURCH (PART 1)
The church at Ephesus was one of the outstanding churches of the apostolic era. Paul, Timothy, and John all served this church in the first century of the Christian era. Aquila and Priscilla were also very actively involved at Ephesus, as was Apollos. This was a privileged church, indeed! Yet, as time wore on, they had begun to lose their priority and became preoccupied with other things.
John himself is thought to have resided in Ephesus for over thirty years. It was here that he wrote the Gospel of John and his three epistles. This was a time when emperor worship was the predominant religion of the Roman Empire. Christians like John found themselves in conflict with the popular religion of their time. Therefore, it was essential that they take a clear stand for their belief.
Ephesus was known as the “metropolis of Asia.” It was considered a “free city” and was self-governing. There was no permanent Roman military stationed there. It was a large and prosperous city. Even today, its ruins are the most extensive in the whole region. Ancient Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 people! It also had a large Jewish population. The theater seated 25,000 spectators and was the scene of the riot in Acts 19:28-29. The marble paved main street was lined with shops and public buildings.
The greatest structure of all at Ephesus was the Temple of Diana — one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The temple stood on a platform measuring over 100,000 square feet (twice the size of a football field). The temple itself was supported by 100 marble columns. Each was a monolith (a single stone) 55 feet in height. Inside the temple stood the statue of the goddess Diana.
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 6)” from the book “Waiting on the Second Coming” by Ray C. Stedman.
In addressing the issue of our behavior toward others in the body of Christ, the ever-practical Paul speaks clearly and plainly, pointing out three distinct types of people: the idle, the timid, and the weak.
What did Paul say about the timid?
He said, “Encourage the timid”; literally, the “small-souled” person, one who feels inadequate and ungifted. Paul is referring to the introverts among us — people who feel out of it, who think they do not belong and cannot contribute anything. Help these folks to find their place.
In 1 Corinthians 12, that wonderful picture of the body at work, the apostle says, “And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.” There are people who feel they cannot do anything, that they have no gifts. This is wrong thinking. God has equipped all His people with gifts, and we are to help them find those gifts, give them something to do, and encourage them to do it.
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.