PODCAST: British Chief of Defence Accuses Russia of Reckless Behaviour (Second Coming Watch Update #895 with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #895. 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, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to SpaceDaily.com, Britain’s top military adviser accused Russia on Sunday of “reckless” behaviour that violated international norms and risked sparking a war. Chief of Defence Staff General Nick Carter said Moscow was operating in a “grey zone” that weaponised information and used unattributable proxies in conflicts. He pointed to covert operations by the Wagner Group — a private army the Kremlin denies funding — in Syria and Africa as well as disinformation campaigns as two types of new threats. Carter told BBC television: “Russia is much more assertive than it was 10 years ago. It’s got some self-confidence now as it reasserts itself as a global power. Cyber is part of that, what happens in space is part of that, disinformation, subversion, manipulation, assassinations, and of course the use of mercenaries, which are very easily undeclared and non-attributable. Reckless behaviour and the lack of respect for international law relating to these new types of ‘weapons’ risks escalation that could easily lead to inadvertent miscalculation.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Iran and Russia inaugurated a new phase of construction for a second reactor at Iran’s sole nuclear power plant in Bushehr [BUS-HAIR]. Ali Akbar Salehi [AH-LI AK-BAHR SAH-LEH-HEE], head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, and deputy chief of Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom [ROSE-AH-TOM], Alexander Lokshin [LAK-SHIN], launched the new stage at a ceremony where concrete was poured for the reactor base. Iran’s first Russian-built nuclear power plant in Bushehr [BUS-HAIR] started operating in Iran in 2011 and reached full capacity the following year. In 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that his country would build a second nuclear power plant in Bushehr [BUS-HAIR]. Several months later, Iran and Russia signed a deal for Russia to build two more nuclear power plants in Bushehr [BUS-HAIR]. At the ceremony, Salehi [SAH-LEH-HEE] said: “In a long term vision until 2027-2028, when these projects are finished, we will have 3,000 megawatts of nuclear plant-generated electricity.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part in a Knesset [KAH-NESS-ET] meeting marking the 25th anniversary of Israel’s peace treaty with the Kingdom of Jordan. During the gathering, Netanyahu argued that there is a direct link between a resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and the larger conflict between Israel and the Arab world. Netanyahu said: “There are two paths to advance peace. If we solve the debate with the Palestinians, we can break through to the Arab world. If we are able to achieve normalization with the Arab world, then the conflict with the Palestinians will be solved. I think that we need to do both.” Despite the signing of peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, Israel “never really achieved reconciliation with Jordan or Egypt, because of the Palestinian issue.” Turning to the failure to achieve a final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu said the Palestinian Arab population was too internally divided, as well as hostile towards Israel.Why isn’t there peace with the Palestinians? I look at Mahmoud Abbas and ask: ‘What about you?’ They aren’t ready to accept us. Half of the [Palestinian] people back Hamas and want to annihilate us, and the other half don’t want to fight with the first half, while itself suffering from internal conflicts.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to SpaceDaily.com, North Korea slammed Washington for plans to conduct a joint military exercise with Seoul [SO-UHL] in December, as negotiations over Pyongyang’s [PYAW-NG-YUNG] nuclear arsenal remain deadlocked. The allies cancelled the combined air exercise known as Vigilant Ace along with several other joint drills last year amid a rapid diplomatic thaw with the North, which considers them a rehearsal for invasion. But Pentagon spokesman David Eastburn said that the US had “no plans to skip upcoming combined exercises” this year. A senior North Korean official said that the announcement was equivalent to a “declaration for confrontation” that could jeopardise the diplomatic process.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, Israeli intelligence sources expressed concern that “Iran can achieve a nuclear bomb within less than a year, if they decide to act quickly in that direction.” The sources said that Israel continues to pass materials to the International Atomic Energy Agency, but that due to bureaucracy, the agency checks the materials very slowly. Last week, Iran arrested an IAEA inspector and seized his travel documents. The inspector was released shortly afterwards. IAEA’s top inspector told diplomats in a closed-door meeting in Vienna that Iran is evading attempts to discover the source of man-made and natural uranium particles detected at the warehouse earlier this year. The site in question is the one that was identified by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his address before the UN General Assembly last year.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 49:28-33, which reads: “All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron [EEF-RON] the Hittite, In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah [MAK-PEE-LAH], which is before Mamre [MAM-REE], in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron [EEF-RON] the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth. And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.”

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.

Ancient Kedar [KAH-DAR] and Hazor [HAY-ZOR], two Arab tribes located in what is now Saudi Arabia, are prophesied to be totally destroyed with no inhabitants left. Their lands will remain desolate throughout the messianic kingdom, with no restoration to take place.

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 A.W. Tozer. He said, “Let us be alert to the season in which we are living. It is the season of the Blessed Hope, calling for us to cut our ties with the world and build ourselves on this One who will soon appear. He is our hope—a Blessed Hope enabling us to rise above our times and fix our gaze upon Him.”

Let’s Pray

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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.