This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #932. 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 RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Reuters, Israel’s intelligence minister said on Sunday that Bahrain and Oman could be the next Gulf countries to follow the United Arab Emirates in formalising ties with Israel. Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they will normalise diplomatic relations, reshaping Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran. Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen told Army Radio, “In the wake of this agreement will come additional agreements, both with more Gulf countries and with Muslim countries in Africa. I think that Bahrain and Oman are definitely on the agenda. In addition, in my assessment, there is a chance that already in the coming year there will be a peace deal with additional countries in Africa, chief among them, Sudan.” Both Bahrain and Oman praised the U.S.-sponsored accord, but neither have commented on their own prospects for normalised relations or responded to requests for comment on the subject.
Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Reuters, A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least one person and damaging roads and buildings including a hospital and a sports complex being used as a novel coronavirus quarantine centre. It was the strongest earthquake in eight months in the Philippines, which lies on the “Ring of Fire,” a seismically active belt of volcanoes circling the Pacific Ocean. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake struck at sea at a depth of 18.64 miles. The Philippine seismology agency said there was no risk of a tsunami but warned of aftershocks.
Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Watchers News, A devastating derecho ripped through several Midwest states on August 10, 2020, leaving a path of destruction, more than 1.5 million customers without power, and more than 1 million acres of destroyed or damaged crops. Northern Illinois University meteorology professor Victor Gensini described the event as one of the worst weather events of 2020 in the United States. The storm ripped through the heart of the Corn Belt – a region of the Midwestern United States that has dominated corn production in the country since the 1850s, with winds gusts up to 112 mph, causing huge economic impact which is expected to be widespread across the farming community. WeatherNation reports, “The price of corn is going for about 3 dollars and 25 cents a bushel. So the overall economic impact could be 3.2 billion dollars if we can’t salvage some of the crop that was damaged.” Ty Higgins from the Ohio Farm Bureau said consumers nationwide could be in store for higher meat prices and increased fuel prices toward the end of the year.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Reuters, The United Arab Emirates has made a “huge mistake” in reaching a deal toward normalising ties with Israel, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech furiously condemning what he called a betrayal by the Gulf state. The Iranian hardline daily Kay-han, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said “the UAE has turned itself into a legitimate target for the resistance”. The UAE-Israel agreement announced on Thursday, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped to broker, is seen as aimed at bolstering opposition to regional power Iran. In his televised speech, Rouhani warned the UAE against allowing Israel a “foothold in the region”. Iran often refers to militant forces and regional countries opposed to Israel and the United States as a “resistance” front. Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps said in a statement the UAE-Israel deal would “accelerate the process of the destruction of the child-killing Zionist regime (Israel)”.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to AFP, Israel warned Hamas Tuesday it was risking “war” by failing to stop incendiary balloon attacks from Gaza, as fuel shortages in the Palestinian enclave caused by Israel’s blockade caused widespread blackouts. Earlier, Israel’s army said its fighter jets had hit underground Hamas infrastructure, and linked the strikes to “explosive and arson balloons launched” from Gaza. Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin issued a warning to Hamas during a visit to communities near the Gaza border hit by the unrest. Rivlin said in a statement, “Terrorism using incendiary kites and balloons is terrorism just like any other. Hamas should know that this is not a game. The time will come when they have to decide… if they want war they will get war.” Israeli defence minister and alternate prime minister Benny Gantz said, “Hamas is playing with fire,” and vowed to “make certain the fire is turned back on them.”
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:1-7. Ezekiel 36:4-7 reads: “Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about; Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey. Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen: Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.”
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 Ezekiel 36:1-3 the mountains of Israel are addressed as the place against which Israel’s enemies have often launched invasions and arrogantly boasted they could desolate Israel and make her “the possession of the rest of the nations.” Indeed “the mountains of Israel” will soon be revealed as the place that Gog and his allied nations will invade and be destroyed by divine intervention. For Israel to possess the mountains within its borders it not only vital to its military defense but also essential to its continued existence in the land. The mountains are a major source of Israel’s water and fertile land for grazing animals and raising crops.
Throughout Israel’s history, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks, Egyptians, Syrians, Romans, Turks, and “Palestinians” all have fought to possess Israel’s land. However, the greater reality is that the land belongs to Israel’s God, and the nations have in fact been warring against God. Their taunts and insults against Israel have in fact offended God, and therefore He swears (takes an oath) that He will act in retributive judgment against the nations, bringing them to the same fate they intended for His people. All the great empires that occupied the land of Israel in the past have vanished in the dust of conquest, and today their remnants occupy only museum shelves.
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 G Campbell Morgan. He said, “To me the second coming is the perpetual light on the path which makes the present bearable. I never lay my head on the pillow without thinking that perhaps before the morning breaks, the final morning may have dawned. I never begin my work without thinking that He may interrupt my work and begin His own. This is now His word to all believing souls, ‘Till I come.’ We are not looking for death, we are looking for Him.”
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.