This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #883. 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, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to The Jerusalem Post, as the Jewish world is counting the days to the ninth of Av (Tisha Be’Av [TE-SHA BAAV]), the date on which Jews mourn the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem following its destruction by the Romans, foxes have been spotted walking near the Western Wall. It is written in the Book of Lamentations 5:18, which is read on Tisha Be’Av [TE-SHA BAAV], that Mount Zion – where the Temples stood – will be so desolate that “foxes will walk upon it.” The understanding, according to the Talmud in the tractate Makkot [MAK-KHUT], is that if the prophecies of destruction have been fulfilled, so will be the ones by the prophet Zechariah about the Temple being rebuilt. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz [SHMOO-ELL RA-BIN-OH-WITS], the Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, referred to photos of the foxes and commented, “One cannot refrain from crying at the site of the fulfillment of the prophecy of ‘foxes will walk on it.’”
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared on Iranian TV that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars. He said that if the United States wants to have negotiations with Iran then it must lift all sanctions. Iran threatened to take further steps to reduce compliance with the 2015 deal in about a months time if Europe still failed to protect Iran from US sanctions. Behrouz Kamalvandi [BEH-ROOZ KAH-MAL-VHAN-DEE], spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said, “With the continuation of the inaction of the Europeans in carrying out their commitments to the nuclear deal, Iran will take a third step in reducing commitments in approximately one month.”
Third, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED PERSECUTION OF BELIEVERS — According to Breitbart, Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil offered a grim prediction for the future of Christianity in the Middle East, saying recurring Islamic purges will inevitably lead to the extinction of Christians. “With each successive cycle the number of Christians drops, till today we are at the point of extinction,” Warda said. “Argue as you will, but extinction is coming, and then what will anyone say? That we were made extinct by natural disaster, or gentle migration? That the ISIS attacks were unexpected, and that we were taken by surprise? That is what the media will say. Or will the truth emerge after our disappearance: that we were persistently and steadily eliminated over the course of 1,400 years by a belief system which allowed for recurring cycles of violence against Christians, like the Ottoman genocide of 1916-1922,” he declared. The interview with Archbishop Warda marked the fifth anniversary of the Islamic State invasion of the Nineveh plains on August 6, 2014. Christians were driven from the area and were only able to return in the fall of 2016.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Iran has unveiled three new precision-guided missiles on Tuesday amid tensions between Iran and the US and European countries in the Strait of Hormuz. The air-to-air missiles revealed by Tehran are called the “Yasin” and the “Balaban,” as well as a new series of the “Qaem” missile, and were developed jointly by the Iranian Defense Ministry and Sa Iran (Iran Electronics Industries). Iranian Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Amir Hatami hailed their launch as “another significant achievement of power and dignity for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” and said, “It shows that despite the viciousness and conspiracies of the Great Satan America and its mercenaries, the Defense Ministry will not hesitate for a moment to defend the Islamic republic and to expand security.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that his country’s launch of tactical guided missiles was a warning to the US and South Korea’s joint military drills. North Korea fired projectiles twice into the sea on Monday night, a day after the US and South Korean militaries started scaled-down joint military exercises despite warnings from the North that the drills could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy. The test was North Korea’s fourth over the past week.
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 33:10-11 which reads: “Thus saith the Lord; Again there shall be heard in this place, which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast, The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the Lord.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
Jerusalem’s past was characterized by judgment — a city that was lying in waste “without man and without beast”. What was true of Jerusalem was true of the other cities of Judah. The streets of Jerusalem were “desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast.” The future of Jerusalem will be characterized by blessing, and Jeremiah lists several things that will once again be heard in the streets of Jerusalem. These blessings are going to mean the removal of specific, previous judgments. There is going to be a return of peace and joy to Jerusalem.
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, “We are to wait for the coming of Christ with patience. We are to watch with anticipation. We are to work with Zeal. We are to prepare with urgency. Scripture says Christ is coming when you’re least expecting him. Coming as a thief. He said, ‘Be prepared. Get Ready. Prepare to meet thy God. Are you prepared?’”
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. Here is how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.