This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #933. 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 Israel National News, The president of the UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s demand to restore all UN sanctions on Iran. Indonesia’s ambassador to the UN, whose country currently holds the rotating council presidency, made the announcement in response to requests from Russia and China to disclose results of his polling of the views of all 15 council members on the US action. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that Washington started the process to restore all pre-2015 UN sanctions against Iran. The move to activate the “snapback” came after the UN Security Council rejected the US resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran, which is due to expire in October. All the council members, except the Dominican Republic, had informed the council president that the US administration’s action was illegal because President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2018. The US Mission to the UN later issued a statement saying the U.S. “is on firm legal ground to initiate the restoration of sanctions” under the Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal.
Second, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG & MAGOG — According to The Jerusalem Post, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to continue coordinating to allow for Israeli airstrikes in Syria, in a phone conversation on Monday. Netanyahu said soon after, “I talked to [Putin] about Syria and ensuring the air force’s freedom to act in that area. It’s very important for Israeli security.” The Kremlin readout of Monday’s call states the leaders “noted a mutual interest in continuing coordination in the Syrian sector to counter international terrorism.” Israel has maintained a policy of airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, to prevent their entrenchment along Israel’s northern border. Israeli and Russian officials have been in continual contact about the situation in Syria, where Russia has a significant military presence. Neither side mentioned Iran in their statements. Russia voted against extending the UN arms embargo in Iran in the UN Security Council this month, and opposed the US attempt to “snapback” those sanctions.
Third, today, under the Sign category of THE MARK OF THE BEAST — According to Teslarati, Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, has an event scheduled for later this week to update the public on its progress since last year’s presentation. While the agenda is speculative for the most part, one expectation is a live demonstration of neuron activity. As its name implies, the roles of neuron activities are very important to Neuralink’s technology. The venture’s long-term goal of obtaining human symbiosis with artificial intelligence begins by connecting electrodes throughout the brain and reading its neuron signals en masse. Gathering huge amounts of data from the signals gradually teaches Neuralink’s software how they are used by the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, ultimately leading to a certain amount of replication and direction. The possibilities of such a capability seem endless. Musk has hinted at some of the health-focused capabilities Neuralink’s technology could develop, specifically in individuals who are neurologically compromised. Installation of a chip replacing a small portion of the human skull, for instance, could restore limb function, improve human movement, resolve issues with eyesight and hearing, and help with diseases like Parkinson’s. There is also the possibility that the implementation of a Neuralink device into a brain could pave the way for hindering brain issues like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and strokes.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Reuters, The Syrian government said an explosion on a main gas pipeline traversing the Middle East on Monday was the result of a terrorist attack, and the United States said it suspected ISIS militants of carrying out the sabotage. The blast caused a blackout across Syria, but power was gradually being restored. It took place on the Arab Gas Pipeline between the towns of Ad Dumayr [DU-MIHR] and Adra, northwest of the capital Damascus. Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ghanem said, “Assessments show that the explosion…was the result of a terrorist attack.” In Geneva, the US envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, said there had been an upsurge in ISIS activity in the southeast of the Syrian desert. ISIS lost its last territory in Syria in March 2019 but pockets of fighters remain. Jeffrey told reporters at the start of UN-sponsored talks on the Syria conflict, “We are still looking into (the explosion). But it was almost certainly a strike by ISIS.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli attack helicopters and fighter jets struck posts belonging to Hezbollah along the Lebanese border early Wednesday morning after IDF troops were fired upon near Kibbutz Menara [KIH-BUTZ MEH-NAH-RAH] in the Upper Galilee. The strikes against Hezbollah targets came hours after the IDF said that a security incident was taking place near the kibbutz [KIH-BUTZ] and ordered residents in surrounding communities to remain in their homes and lock their doors. Roads had also been blocked, and all outdoor activities were prohibited, including agricultural work. The army said in a statement, “Regarding the security incident that took place last night at 10:40 p.m. in the area of [the Menara community], during operational activity, IDF troops were fired upon from Lebanese territory.” According to a source who spoke to The Jerusalem Post, the troops were in the field when they heard gunfire directed toward them. The military then fired dozens of smoke shells and light flares in order to stop the gunfire and in an attempt to identify those who fired on the troops.
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:8-15.
Ezekiel 36:8 reads: “But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.”
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.
Ezekiel 36:8 addresses the mountains of Israel once again, but this time with an oracle of salvation. With the removal of Israel’s foes will come the reversal of the nation’s fortune. In verses 8-12 the Lord announces that the remnant of Israel (“My people”) will soon be regathered and returned to its land. In advance of the restoration of the people of Israel will come the restoration of the land of Israel complete with revived agricultural endeavors, the multiplication of men and animals, and the rebuilding of cities and even desolated areas. Such a restoration of the land will require time, which agrees with the concept of a regathering and return to the land before the final regathering and restoration in the millennial kingdom.
The language of this portion of Ezekiel parallels that found in the next portion, which is about the millennial restoration and the reversal of Israel’s fortune. The statements I “will treat you better than at the first” and “never again bereave them of children” argue for the time of the second regathering in the millennial kingdom. This interpretation also agrees with Ezekiel’s conclusion in verses 13-15, which restates the Lord’s commitment to deliver Israel permanently from the consequences of its violation of God’s covenants. The threefold promise that God will no longer let Israel be depopulated, disgraced, or decadent reveals the irreversible change in status and nature that accompanies the establishment of the New Covenant for Israel in the millennial age.
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 Jonathan Edwards. He said, “This world is a dark place without Christ, and therefore is dark till he comes, and until his kingdom of glory is set up.”
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.