This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #940. 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 PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Express, A coronavirus strain which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting in pigs could spread to humans. The strain has been infecting pigs in China since 2016 and is called “swine acute diarrhoea syndrome coronavirus” or SADS-CoV. It is thought to have originally come from bats who transmitted the virus to pigs. The virus strain is said to be most dangerous to piglets. A large outbreak of the disease could inflict major economic damage to countries who rely on pork production and sales. According to the database company Statista, China had the world’s largest pork production followed by the EU and the US. Researchers in North Carolina have discovered that SADS-CoV can spread to humans. They have found that the virus can infect and replicate itself within human airway, liver and intestinal cells. Professor Ralph Baric from the University of North Carolina said: “Many investigators focus on the emergent potential of the betacoronaviruses like SARS and MERS. Actually the alphacoronaviruses may prove equally prominent — if not greater — concerns to human health, given their potential to rapidly jump between species.” Professor Baric and his colleagues researched the risk of “spillover” – whether the virus strain could jump from pigs to human populations. The researchers discovered that swine coronavirus is capable of replicating faster in intestinal cells, rather than in lungs.
Second, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to The Associated Press, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his Ethiopian counterpart that his country has the intention to “immediately” bring over some 2,000 Ethiopian Jews. The announcement came Friday after a phone call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed [AH-BEY AH-MED]. Netanyahu’s office said the decision comes “out of his commitment to the continued aliyah [AA-LEE-YAH] of Jews to Israel.” Some 13,000 Ethiopian Jews are in the capital, Addis Ababa, and in Gondar [GON-DAHR], most of them waiting to be taken to Israel, which they call home. Most live in dire conditions and have threatened to stage a hunger strike if they’re not allowed to travel to their “homeland.” Many say they have family members who have settled in Israel. Nigusie Alemu Eyasu [NI-GOO-SEE AL-EH-MOO AY-AH-SAH], program director for the Ethiopian Jews Community, said, “Some 250 people have left for Israel within the past year until COVID-19 came. Now the travel has stopped, but Israeli officials are conducting interviews online.”
Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Ynet News, Israel and Hamas are said to be close to an agreement on a six-month ceasefire along the Gaza border. According to the report, the coronavirus crisis has led to a severe and growing economic and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, prompting the terror-group to agree to a six-month settlement with Israel. In exchange for halting attacks on Israel from the Hamas-run coastal enclave, Qatar will transfer $100 million to the terror group. According to the report, the main Israeli officials behind the agreement were IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Kamil Abu Rukun, and Mossad Director Yossi Cohen. The two were engaged in direct discussions with Qatari officials, with the aim of resuming financial aid reaching Gaza. Qatar has long provided financial aid to impoverished Palestinians, handing over millions of dollars on a regular basis. In the past, the terror group has launched attacks on Israel when it has found itself in financial difficulty, most recently carrying out destructive arson attacks on farmland in southern Israel using incendiary devices attached to balloons.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Daily Star, Kim Jong-un unveiled a “monster” of an intercontinental ballistic missile at a gigantic military parade in North Korea. Analysts said the missile, which was shown on a transporter vehicle with 11 axles, would be one of the largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles in the world if it becomes operational. Melissa Hanham, deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network, said, “This missile is a monster.” Also proudly displayed were the Hwasong-15 [WAH-SONG], which is the longest-range missile ever tested by North Korea, and what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. The parade was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party. Previously, officials in South Korea and the US speculated Kim could use the event to unveil a new “strategic weapon” as promised earlier this year.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Jewish News Syndicate, The Israeli Cabinet on Monday unanimously approved Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to submit the Abraham Accords for Knesset approval prior to its submission to the Cabinet for ratification. Netanyahu said to the Cabinet before submitting the treaty for its approval, “This is the first peace agreement that Israel has signed in more than 25 years. We are also completing the agreements with Bahrain, meaning that we will be making peace with two Arab states at the same time.” The Israeli premier went on to say that “six years ago at the United Nations, I said that the notion that Israeli-Palestinian peace would assist a breakthrough to the expanse between Israel and the Arab world should also be reconsidered. I said there that I thought it works in reverse—that broad reconciliation between Israel and the Arab world would lead to the advancement of a realistic peace between us and the Palestinians.” He had said at that time that Israel must turn its gaze to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, he added, “and I think that all of you understand that this peace is being accompanied by very many actions. Most of the actions are below the surface—many meetings, many contacts, very many ties that have been in the making for years.”
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:22-32.
Ezekiel 36:26 reads: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
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.
The remainder of Ezekiel 36:26 contains two important terms, “the heart of stone” and “a heart of flesh,” which serve to contrast and complement the terms previously considered. The term “heart of stone” is a forcibly imagery of the hardened condition of the will, the attributive genitive “stone” (Hebrew, ‘even) transferring its stony quality to the heat and rendering it obdurate, insensitive, and incapable of action. By contrast, the term “heart of flesh” refers to the new sensitive and responsive will, which is ready to demonstrate obedience. While Israel’s new nature qualifies it to live under the New Covenant, the additional element that defines Israel’s experience of the New Covenant and secures its abiding relationship with the Lord appears in verse 27 as the bestowal of God’s own Holy Spirit. God imparts the Spirit to cause Israel to faithfully fulfill the New Covenant. The verb “walk” (Hebrew, halak) pictures Israel living according to the legal expressions of God’s will, while the verb “keep” (Hebrew, shamar) indicates “keeping with observant care” or a “guarding with diligent preservation.” Both terms imply the duty of covenant obedience expected of the renewed nation.
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 John Trapp. He said, “This is pinned as a badge to the sleeve of every true believer—that he looks for and longs for Christ’s coming to judgement.”
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.