Welcome to The Prophet Daniel’s Report. This is report #520. 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 Fox News, European leaders scrambled on Thursday to try and forge a diplomatic deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, in an apparent bid to head off U.S. consideration of lethal military aid for the Ukrainian government in its war against Russian-backed separatists. At the same time, a bipartisan call in Congress for the U.S. to arm Ukraine was only growing, with lawmakers saying the military aid “is past due.” Top U.S. officials are weighing pleas from both sides, without tipping their hand as to the next step as they hold a flurry of meetings with European counterparts.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Associated Press, hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria’s neighbors not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group. France’s president warned that the world was not doing enough to end the wanton killings by the militants, who have waged a campaign of terror in a broad swath of northeastern Nigeria, where they declared an Islamic caliphate in August. At least 91 villagers were killed and more than 500 were wounded in the northern Cameroon town of Fo-to-kol on the border with Nigeria.
Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Newsweek, Iraqi Christians have established their own militia and are training to fight the Islamic State in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq. Many Christian towns were captured by ISIS when they marched across the country last summer and approximately 30,000 Christians have since fled the Nineveh Plains for fear of falling into the hands of the radical Islamists. The Nineveh Plains Protection Units reportedly have 3,000 Christian men registered to be trained, while another 500 are already training for combat and 500 volunteers from the group are already situated in Assyrian villages in northern Iraq.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED PERSECUTION — According to the Christian Post, Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill revealed that over 60 churches were recently damaged by heavy fighting in Ukraine. The patriarch called for an end to the bloodshed between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels, which he said has led to suffering and persecution of Christians. He said, “The whole civilian population of Donbas is suffering from the humanitarian disaster and armed conflict along with the devout members of our church, whose parishes and cloisters make up a majority of religious communities in the region.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Reuters, The Pentagon is placing search and rescue helicopters in northern Iraq in an effort to reduce the time and distance needed to reach downed. The move comes after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video Tuesday purporting to show a Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive. The soldier was captured by ISIS in December after his F-16 crashed in Syria. The video also threatened other Jordanian pilots by name. On Wednesday morning, Jordan’s air force carried out more bombing raids against ISIS. Jordanian officials will also decide whether Jordan may send in ground troops in the fight against the terror group.
The Bible says in Matthew 24:37-39: “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
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 6) from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
This section is titled: SMYRNA: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH (PART 2)
Persecution was the watchword of this church. They had suffered often at the hands of the Romans and would suffer even more in the years to come. The Jewish population in Smyrna was particularly anti-Christian. They led the chant demanding the martyrdom of Polycarp and other believers. But as was so often the case, the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church. The church at Smyrna grew into one of the most revered and influential churches of its time because its leaders were willing to lay down their lives for Christ and the gospel.
Four things characterizing the suffering of the believers at Smyrna were mentioned in our Lord’s letter to them:
1. Poverty: They had been excluded from the financial prosperity of the city and were rich only in Christ.
2. Slander: The unbelieving Jews slandered them as heretics and troublemakers. But Jesus said such were of the “synagogue of Satan.”
3. Prison: Many of them would be imprisoned for their faith in Christ as were so many of the apostles.
4. Death: Like Polycarp and others, many of these believers died for their faith rather than worship the Roman emperor. They were indeed “faithful unto death.”
There are no words of condemnation for this church. There is no call to repentance. They are told they are rich in Christ. and exhorted to be faithful unto death. The heaven epistolary expresses no regret. Their deaths are but temporary in light of eternity. They will be rewarded with a “crown of life” and will overcome the “second death.”
it is difficult, if not impossible, for most modern Christians to comprehend what it must be like to risk all you have for Christ. Most of us struggle with concerns about public embarrassment or social rejection. We know little or nothing about laying down our lives for the gospel.
Joseph Tson, a Romanian Baptist pastor, survived great personal persecution during the Communist regime in Romania. He and members of his church became part of the revival God used to break the Soviet grip on his nation. When faced with the possibility of imprisonment and death, he met a fellow believer who challenged him with what he calls the “theology of martyrdom.” Tson calls it the “greatest privilege of the Christian life — to give your life for Christ.” “But,” he adds, “you must be counted worthy to die for Christ!” Despite all his personal suffering and that of his family, Tson laments, “We were not worthy!”
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 9)” from the book “Waiting on the Second Coming” by Ray C. Stedman.
Paul says, “Pray continually.”. Prayer is the method of drawing on the inner strength God provides.
My wife and I had dinner recently with the young pastor of a struggling church. He told us that one of the things that had made life difficult for him during the past year was that all the literature he read on how to be a successful pastor urged him to find a support group to reinforce his ministry. Now, I have nothing against support groups; in fact, I believe in them. God has put us in a body, and we can profit greatly from a small group of praying people around us. But this man made the mistake of thinking that success was impossible without the support of such a group, and he had been unable to find anyone else who could help and pray with him. He and his wife were very discouraged. “What shall we do?” they asked. We replied that a support group is not a necessity. God often removes all the props from our lives in order to teach us that He Himself is all we need.
Have you been there yet? Have your props been taken away and have you begun to learn that God Himself can meet your needs? If you have poured out your heart in prayer, sometimes in almost desperate prayer, you have probably already discovered that He has quiet ways of assuring you that He is El Shaddai, “the God who is enough.” When you do, then you will have something to contribute to a support group. That is why Paul says, “Pray continually.” When you are under pressure and in trouble, be prayerful. Lean on the inner strength God provides.
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.