PODCAST: Iran Launches Missiles Against US Targets in Iraq (Second Coming Watch Update #901 with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #901. 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 WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. The Pentagon confirmed in a statement: “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad [AL-AH-SAHD] and Irbil [ER-BILL]. We are working on initial battle damage assessments. In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region. As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend US personnel, partners, and allies in the region.” Iran state TV said that Tehran launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles at the Ain Assad [AYN AH-SAHD] air base which houses US troops in Iraq. State TV described the attack as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani [KAH-SEM SO-LEH-MAH-NEE], head of the Quds [KUDS] Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The network said the operation’s name was “Marytr Soleimani” [SO-LEH-MAH-NEE] and added the Guard’s aerospace division, which controls Iran’s missile program, launched the attack. The Revolutionary Guards warned the United States and its allies in the area against responding to the missile attack. They threatened that “US allies in the region would be attacked if the US uses them for attacks against Tehran.” A US defense official said Iran launched 15 missiles, of which 11 hit their targets and four failed in flight. There were no reports so far of US casualties in the attack.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the BBC, the World Health Organization said the number of people killed by a measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed 6,000. The WHO says the epidemic is the world’s largest and fastest moving. Around 310,000 suspected measles cases have been reported since the start of 2019. The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency vaccination programme last September. More than 18 million children under five were vaccinated across the country in 2019. But poor infrastructure, attacks on health centres and a lack of access to routine healthcare have all hindered efforts to stop the spread of the disease. Every one of the country’s 26 provinces has reported cases of measles since the outbreak was declared in June last year. DR Congo is also experiencing the second most deadly outbreak of Ebola the world has ever seen but this has killed less than half as many people as measles in the country.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Speaking at the Kohelet [KOH-HEH-LEHT] Forum Conference in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would strike a “resounding blow” if attacked by arch foe Iran, as regional tensions soar after the US killing of a top Iranian general. The premier told the Kohelet [KOH-HEH-LEHT] Policy Forum conference in Jerusalem that “anyone who attacks us will receive a resounding blow,” after Iran launched a salvo of retaliatory missile strikes on bases used by US troops deployed to Iraq. Netanyahu has described the target of last week’s US drone strike – Major General Qassem Soleimani [KAH-SEM SO-LEH-MAH-NEE], commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards foreign operations arm — as a “terrorist-in-chief”. Despite the threat, however, sources in Israel’s security establishment estimated that Iran’s response to the latest escalation would be measured, and that Iran would most likely not target Israel.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to The Associated Press, Thousands of people fled their homes on Puerto Rico’s southwest coast after a 10-day string of earthquakes crescendoed in a powerful magnitude 6.4 tremor that crushed an elderly man, injured at least eight other people and sent buildings tumbling to the ground. Hours after the predawn quake cut power to the entire U.S. territory, a large swath of southern Puerto Rico was shaken by smaller quakes late into the afternoon. Seismologists said there was no way of knowing when the series of quakes would ease, prompting Puerto Ricans to stay with friends or family or even sleep outdoors far from the coast, fearful of collapsing buildings or a tsunami. Most of the damage occurred in Guánica [GWAN-EE-KAH], where a three-story school collapsed. The morning quake cut electricity to the island as power plants shut down to protect themselves. Authorities said two plants suffered light damage and they expected power to be restored later. Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vásquez, declared a state of emergency and activated the territory’s National Guard. She said some 300,000 households remained without running water, and several hundred people were in shelters. She said: “We’re talking about an event that Puerto Rico hasn’t experienced in 102 years and we’re talking about something that we can’t predict.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned the US against “more provocations” and threatened to attack its allies, including Israel, if Washington retaliates for an Iranian missile attack on bases in Iraq hosting US soldiers. The IRGC said in a statement: “We warn the Great Satan, the bloodthirsty and arrogant regime of the US, that any new wicked act or more moves and aggressions (against Iran) will bring about more painful and crushing responses. We are warning all US allies who gave their bases to its terrorist army that any territory that in any way becomes the starting point of hostile and aggressive acts against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be targeted. We in no way consider the Zionist regime (of Israel) to be separated from the criminal US regime in these crimes.” The IRGC urged the American people to call for the return of US forces from the region in order to prevent further losses and not to allow the Washington government to put the lives of American troops at risk any more. Earlier, the Pentagon confirmed that Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. The Iranian attack follows several days of back-and-forth threats between the US and Iran following Qasem Soleimani’s [KAH-SEM SO-LEH-MAH-NEE’s] death. Soleimani’s [SO-LEH-MAH-NEE’s] successor, Brig. Gen. Esmail Ghaani [IS-MAY-EL GAH-NEE], threatened the US hours after the air strike which killed Soleimani [SO-LEH-MAH-NEE], saying, “Everyone should be patient a little to see the bodies of American soldiers all over the Middle East.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 50-51. Jeremiah 51:59-64 reads: “The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah [SER-RUH-RY-UH] the son of Neriah [NUH-RY-UH], the son of Maaseiah [MAH-UH-SY-UH], when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah [SER-RUH-RY-UH] was a quiet prince. So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon. And Jeremiah said to Seraiah [SER-RUH-RY-UH], When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; Then shalt thou say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever. And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates: And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.”

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.

This is the point of the symbolic action: Just as the scroll will sink because of the weight of the rock, so will Babylon sink because of the weight of Babylon’s sins and because of the principle of Genesis 12:3: “The one who curses you I will curse.” Babylon cursed the Jews, and now God will curse Babylon. Just as the rock will keep the scroll from ever rising to the surface, so will Babylon never rise again.

The Babylon of Jeremiah 50-51 is not the ancient Babylon of history, but the future Babylon of prophecy. The Babylon of prophecy is yet to be rebuilt. It will become the economic and political capital of the world and then be destroyed in the second of the eight stages of the campaign of Armageddon. It is after this destruction that Babylon will never be built again. Instead, it will become a continual wasteland of burning pitch and brimstone, including during the 1,000-year millennial kingdom. According to Revelation 18:1-3, indeed, no man will live there, no animal will live there, but demons will reside there as part of God’s divine judgment.

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 Vance Havner. He said, “Some of the saints are singing about the Second Coming, but it is one thing just to sing the national anthem during the war and quite another to go into battle. The best evidence that the Lord’s return has really gotten hold of us is when we occupy till He come, do business for God, buy up the opportunities, because the days are evil.”

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.