This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #899. 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 Jerusalem Post, Several Palestinians were lightly injured after IDF fighter jets attacked a Hamas weapons production site in the northern Gaza Strip. In addition, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun [KAH-MEEL UH-BUU RUH-KUHN], announced, the Gaza fishing range was reduced to 10 nautical miles. The IDF fire and the reduction of the fishing range came in response to a rocket fired from Gaza toward Israel overnight on Wednesday. The rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome. The IDF Spokespersons Unit stressed that Israel holds Hamas responsible for all actions in and from the Gaza Strip and that the terrorist group will suffer the consequences of any action against Israeli citizens. Deputy Defense Minister Avi Dichter [AH-VEE DIHK-TER] said: “I think we know fairly well how to analyze who’s behind things and to act accordingly. All the tools aren’t taken out in every [situation]. The agreement [between Hamas and Israel] is a tactical issue that connects our interests and Hamas’ interests, not in order to solve the root issue in Gaza.” This latest round of rocket-retaliation comes after last month’s larger scale escalation, which resulted from Israel’s assassination of senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist, Baha Abu al-Ata [BA-HA UH-BUU AL-AH-TA].
Second, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Stock Daily Dish, the UNHCR has warned that the risk of mass starvation in four countries – Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – is rapidly rising due to drought and conflict. About 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among young children. Adrian Edwards, UNHCR spokesperson, said, in South Sudan alone, “a further one million people are now on the brink of famine”. “We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing.” Later, speaking to Al Jazeera from Geneva, Edwards said that lives will be lost if help does not arrive.
Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziyad al-Nakhalah [ZIH-YAAD AL-NAHK-AH-LAH] said they will join forces with Hamas in the next round of fighting with Israel. During the last flare-up between PIJ and Israel, Hamas mostly stayed out of the fighting in a move that drew criticism from several Palestinian factions and some PIJ officials. The violence erupted after Israel assassinated senior PIJ military commander Baha Abu al-Ata [BA-HA UH-BUU AL-AH-TA] on November 12. Nakhalah [NAHK-AH-LAH], who is based in Lebanon, said that his group has reached agreement with Hamas “to jointly respond to any [Israeli] aggression.” He warned that any Israeli military strike against the Gaza Strip won’t pass without a response. Nakhalah [NAHK-AH-LAH] repeated PIJ’s commitment to the “path of jihad (holy war) notwithstanding the challenges and sacrifices.” Hamas and PIJ leaders met in Cairo recently as part of Egypt’s effort to secure a long-term ceasefire between the Gaza-based factions and Israel. During the discussions, Hamas and PIJ agreed to defuse tensions between them in the aftermath of the last round of fighting with Israel. The tensions erupted after some PIJ officials and members accused Hamas of failing to join the fighting by launching rockets at Israel.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to BBC News, Indonesia has become the latest Asian country to face an outbreak of African swine fever, a deadly pig virus devastating farmers across the region. The country’s agriculture ministry said nearly 30,000 pigs have died from the disease in North Sumatra [SOO-MAH-TRAH]. The virus is expected to wipe out more than half of China’s pig herd this year. Australia has grown increasingly concerned, stepping up biosecurity measures to keep swine fever out. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, although it’s harmless to humans, the disease can kill pigs within a few days, and the fatality rate can be up to 100%. The virus is particularly robust, and is able to survive for seven days without a host, and for months in frozen pork products.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, the Central Bureau of Statistics said in a report that Israel has welcomed some 3.3 million immigrants since its creation in 1948. Of that number, 43.7% have immigrated since 1990, when Jews in Soviet states were finally allowed to leave with the collapse of the USSR. The report was published by CBS ahead of International Migrants Day, which is on December 18. In 2018, Israel welcomed 37,200 new migrants, out of the 28,100 were olim hadashim [O-LIM HAH-DAH-SHIM] (Jewish new immigrants who made aliyah [AH-LEE-YAH] – moved to Israel – under the Law of Return), a rise of 6.6% from 2017. The countries from which most olim arrived in 2018 were Russia (10,500 people), Ukraine (6,400 people), the U.S. (2,400 people) and France (2,400 people).
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 50-51. Jeremiah 51:1-4 reads: “Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind; And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about. Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host. Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets.”
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.
In 51:1-4, Babylon is viewed as having been winnowed by the enemy, resulting in the defenders being totally slain. Once again Babylon’s destruction is contrasted with Israel’s survival, and while Babylon falls, Israel will rise again. According to 51:7-10, Babylon has been a golden cup in God’s hands, a cup of the wrath of God that the nations had to drink. Now Babylon itself will drink of the divine wrath of God. The people of Israel will conclude that Babylon has fallen primarily because of Israel’s turning back to the Lord.
The key power God will use to lead the conquest against Babylon will be the Medes–a fact that does not fit the previous capture of Babylon, which was done by Cyrus, who was a Persian. While the Medes were allied with the Persians in that earlier incident, the Persians were the greatest power and the actual leaders of that conquest.
Babylon’s total collapse is then contrasted with the idolatry of Babylon. While previously Babylon had been the shattering hammer of God used to crush the armies of other nations, now the shattering hammer itseld will be crushed. The reason for this is Babylon’s anti-Semitism and evil against Zion. Thus Babylon, once a destroying mountain, will now be a mountain destroyed. Earlier, Jeremiah pictured Babylon as being winnowed, and now he pictures Babylon as becoming a major threshing floor only to be threshed. This is the result of Israel’s complaint to God against Babylon, and thus God judges Babylon for its crimes against the Jewish people. This is in keeping with the cursing facet of the Abrahamic Covenant: “I will curse them that curse you.” For that reason more than any other, Babylon will become desolate and the city will fall, never to rise again.
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 Charles Spurgeon. He said, “To be despised and rejected of men is the Christian’s lot. Even among his fellow Christians, he will not always stand in good repute. It is not unqualified kindness or total love that we receive, even from the saints. If you look to Christ’s bride herself for your reward, you will miss it. If you expect to receive your crown from the hand of your brothers in the ministry who know your labors and who ought to sympathize with your trials, you will be mistaken. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory” is your time of recompense— not today, tomorrow, or at any time in this world. Reckon nothing that you acquire, no honor that you gain, to be the reward of your service to your Master; that dividend is reserved for the time “when the Son of man shall come in his glory.””
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.