First, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the UK’s Metro newspaper, humans are living in an age of ‘apocalypse anxiety’ and will never stop worrying about doomsday. Some fear doomsday will come when climate change melts the ice caps and rising seas swallow our civilisation. And if that doesn’t happen, a killer computer will wipe us off the planet – as long as we manage to survive the inevitable nuclear war or global pandemic that could come first. Many predictions of the future have one common theme: we’re doomed and human civilisation is going to end any day now. Modern secular society is as riven with fears about the end of the world as the more religious societies our ancestors lived in, with science offering a whole new set of plausible-sounding doomsday scenarios to worry about.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Washington Times, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said on Sunday that his nation has the right to defend itself against U.S. aggression and specifically vowed that Tehran will use “whatever missiles it wants” as a deterrence against increased American military presence in the region. In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” program, Zarif defended the arming of small Iranian boats with cruise missiles. Such boats were cited as part of the justification last month for the movement of U.S. troops, ships and planes to the Middle East. Zarif said, “These ships are located very close to our waters, we have the right to put whatever missiles we want to put on them,” he said.
Third, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to Tsarizm, Russian Foreign Minister Ser-gei Lav-rov has declared that the Western, liberal model of society is dying, and a new world order is taking its place. Lavrov made the comments at his annual meeting with students and professors at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy. Lavrov said, “The Western liberal model of development, which particularly stipulates a partial loss of national sovereignty – this is what our Western colleagues aimed at when they invented what they called globalization – is losing its attractiveness and is no more viewed as a perfect model for all. Moreover, many people in the very western countries are skeptical about it.”
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to The Los Angeles Times, a swarm of earthquakes has shown remarkable staying power in the area around the city of Fontana in Southern California. And the likelihood of a larger seismic event, given how many quakes that have occurred over such an extended period, is higher than normal. Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said, “People ought to be concerned. This is probably the most prolific swarm in that area that we’ve seen in the past three decades.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, the US ambassador to Israel said he believes the Jewish state has the right to annex at least “some” of the West Bank, in comments likely to deepen Palestinian opposition to a long-awaited US peace plan. In an interview published by the New York Times on Saturday, Ambassador David Friedman said that some degree of annexation of the West Bank would be legitimate. Friedman said the Obama administration, by declining to veto and thus allowing passage of a United Nations resolution in 2016 that condemned Israeli settlements as a “flagrant violation” of international law, had given credence to Palestinian claims “that the entire West Bank and East Jerusalem belong to them.” To the contrary, he said, “Certainly Israel’s entitled to retain some portion of it.”
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 31:27-28 which reads: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith 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.
In Jeremiah 31:27, the prophet states that God will “sow” both houses of Israel, for both houses are destined for restoration into one nation. The words “Behold, the days are coming” put this passage into the prophetic future, and God goes on to say that He “will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” The concept of sowing was a figure of both judgment and blessing. Just as God has sown the houses of Israel and Judah in judgment, he will also sow them in blessing. Both of those concepts are also described in Hosea 2:21-23. Verse 28 emphasizes the watching of God, building upon God’s earlier words to Jeremiah: “I am watching over my word to perform it.” Jeremiah points out that God will watch over His word of judgment against Israel: “to pluck up, to break down, to overthrow, to destroy and to bring disaster?’ Now that is going to change. Now God is going to watch over His word of blessing as well, “to build and to plant” the houses of Israel.
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 Billy Graham. He said, “The Second Coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Christ will reign in righteousness. Disease will be arrested. Death will be modified. War will be abolished. Nature will be changed. Man will live as it was originally intended he should live.”
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 including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. 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.
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 University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.