PODCAST: Israel Launches Airstrikes on Hamas in the Gaza Strip (Second Coming Watch Update #896 with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #896. 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 TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Times of Israel, The Israel Defense Forces launched airstrikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip late Tuesday night and early Wednesday in response to a rocket attack from the coastal enclave earlier in the evening. Fighter jets hit a number of targets in southern Gaza, including one site “for the production of arms.” The IDF said “the strikes were carried out in response to the rockets that were fired from the Strip toward Israel. The Hamas terror group is responsible for all violence emanating from the Strip.” Before dawn Wednesday, the IDF said it carried out a second wave of strikes, targeting an underground facility in northern Gaza. Shortly after the air raids reportedly began, sirens sounded in the city of Ashkelon [ASH-KEH-LON], sending tens of thousands of residents rushing to bomb shelters. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Moments before the strikes began, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned terror groups in Gaza they were making a “serious mistake” by firing the two rockets at Israel.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Times of Israel, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of the US military’s Central Command, said in an interview that Iran is unlikely to have been undeterred by increased US troop deployment in the Middle East and remains on track to carry out a large-scale attack in the region. McKenzie said: “My judgment is that it is very possible they will attack again.” Over the past summer Iran shot down an American drone with no retaliation from Washington. It has subsequently been blamed for — and denied — attacking international oil tankers and destroying large portions of a major Saudi petroleum facility. The lack of serious consequences has led Israeli officials to warn an emboldened Tehran could seek a major attack on the Jewish state soon. McKenzie himself did not address such a possibility but did warn that Gulf nations were in danger. He stated: “It’s the trajectory and the direction that they’re on. The attack on the oil fields in Saudi was stunning in the depth of its audaciousness. I wouldn’t rule that out going forward.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Al Jazeera, A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has hit Albania, north of the capital, Tirana [TIH-RAA-NAH]. The defence ministry says at least 30 people have been killed. Several aftershocks were felt and authorities have called on people to stay out of their homes. The quake was centred 19 miles west of Tirana [TIH-RAA-NAH], the US Geological Survey said, and was also felt in several neighbouring countries and beyond, including in the southern Italian region of Puglia [PU-LEE-AH] across the Adriatic Sea from Albania. Hours later, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake rattled Bosnia, with an epicentre 45 miles south of the capital, Sarajevo [SAA-RUH-YAI-VOH], monitors said. There were no reports of injuries. The Balkan Peninsula lies near the fault line of two large tectonic plates – the African and Eurasian – and earthquakes are frequent.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to SpaceWar.com, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday voiced alarm over Turkey’s testing of its Russian missile defense system but said the NATO ally could still return to Washington’s good graces. Pompeo told reporters: “It’s concerning. We are hopeful. We’re still talking to the Turks. We’re still trying to figure our way through this thing. We have made very clear to the Turkish government our desire to see them move away from the putting into full operationalization of the S-400 weapons system.” Turkey defied US warnings to buy the weapons system from Russia, which culminated in Ankara’s expulsion from the F-35 fighter-jet program. US officials fear that Turkey’s purchase will let Russia fine-tune the S-400’s ability to counter Western jets and missiles.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, General Hossein Salami [HOH-SZAHN SAA-LAH-MEE], the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, threatened that Iran would “destroy” the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia if they cross its “red lines”. Speaking at a pro-government demonstration in Tehran, Salami [SAA-LAH-MEE] accused the US, Britain, Israel and Saudi Arabia of stoking last week’s protests over a fuel price hike. Salami [SAA-LAH-MEE] said: “If you cross our red line, we will destroy you… We will not leave any move unanswered.” The unrest erupted on November 15, hours after it was announced that the price of gas would rise to 15,000 rials [REE-AALZ] per liter from 10,000 for the first 60 liters, and to 30,000 rials [REE-AALZ] for any extra fuel bought after that each month. Iran has blamed “thugs” linked to exiles and foreign foes – the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia – for stirring up unrest following hikes in gasoline prices. Iranian Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri [EYE-SHAK JAH-HAN-GEH-RIH] also warned regional countries of “dire consequences” if it is proven that they meddled to stoke unrest in Iran.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 49:34-39, which reads: “The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam [EE-LUHM] in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam [EE-LUHM], the chief of their might. And upon Elam [EE-LUHM] will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam [EE-LUHM] shall not come. For I will cause Elam [EE-LUHM] to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the Lord; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them: And I will set my throne in Elam [EE-LUHM], and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the Lord. But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam [EE-LUHM], 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.

Elam [EE-LUHM] is an area now known as Iran. That which is true of Egypt, Ammon, and Moab will also be true of Elam [EE-LUHM]. There will be a partial destruction that will result in the survivors coming to faith and will lead to the restoration of Elam [EE-LUHM] in “the last days”. Thus, there will be a saved nation called Elam [EE-LUHM] in the messianic kingdom.

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 Sunday. He said, “The Lord does not come to the world at the time of the Rapture, but only reveals himself to the members of His Body. At the time of his resurrection He was only seen by those who believed on Him. Pilate and the High Priest, and those who crucified Him, did not know that He was risen. So it will be at the time of the Rapture. The world will not know that He has been here, and will have no knowledge of Him until He comes with the members of His Body, at the close of the Tribulation.”

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.