PODCAST: Israel and Morocco Agree to Normalize Relations (Second Coming Watch Update #948 with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #948. 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 the Associated Press, Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalize relations as President Donald Trump, in his final weeks in office, announced the fourth Arab-Israeli agreement in four months on Thursday. In a related major policy shift, the United States agreed to recognize Morocco’s claim over the long-disputed Western Sahara region as part of the deal. Trump said Israel and Morocco would restore diplomatic and other ties, including the immediate reopening of liaison offices in Tel Aviv and Ra-bat, the eventual opening of embassies and joint overflight rights for the two nations’ airlines. The agreement builds on one of his main foreign policy accomplishments, winning broader recognition of Israel in the Arab world under the rubric of the “Abraham Accords.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES AND FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to the New York Post, A disease that afflicted soldiers mired in trench warfare during World War I has been detected among some homeless people in Canada. A study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that trench fever — a potentially fatal bacterial disease transmitted by body lice — was present in some of the country’s urban, homeless populations. The illness, which is caused by the bacteria Bar-to-nel-la quin-ta-na, killed millions of troops during World War I from 1914 to 1918, when it was first described. Its symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, rashes and pain in the shins. Trench fever can also lead to a potentially fatal heart infection known as en-do-car-di-tis.

Third, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to the Jerusalem Post, Russian Ambassador An-a-to-ly Vik-to-rov said Israel destabilizes the Middle East more than Iran. Vik-to-rov said at the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv, “The problem in the region is not Iranian activities. It’s a lack of understanding between countries and noncompliance with UN resolutions in the Israel-Arab and Israel-Palestinian conflict.” Asked if the relatively limited scope of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians destabilizes the region more than Iran does through proxies around the Middle East, like the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Vik-to-rov balked at the notion of Iran funding the Shi’ite terrorist group. He said, “Israel is attacking Hezbollah; Hezbollah is not attacking Israel.” Vik-to-rov said he has seen the tunnels from Lebanon into Israel, which Hezbollah operatives have used to attempt to attack Israel, and argued there is “no proof Hezbollah created the tunnels.”

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Jerusalem Post, Mo-ha-med Ha-mad al-Ku-wai-ti, the United Arab Emirates’ cybersecurity head, said the Gulf Arab state was the target of cyberattacks after establishing formal ties with Israel. The UAE in August broke with decades of Arab policy when it agreed to forge ties with Israel in a move that angered Palestinians and some Muslim states and communities. Bahrain and Sudan have followed suit. Ku-wai-ti said the financial sector was targeted but did not elaborate. He did not say if any of the attacks were successful or provide details on who the perpetrators were.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to the Associated Press, The top U.S. Navy official in the Mideast said Sunday that America has reached an “uneasy deterrence” with Iran after months of regional attacks and seizures at sea, even as tensions remain high between Washington and Tehran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Vice Admiral Sam Pa-pa-ro said, “We have achieved an uneasy deterrence. That uneasy deterrence is exacerbated by world events and by events along the way. But I have found Iranian activity at sea to be cautious and circumspect and respectful, to not risk unnecessary miscalculation or escalation at sea.” While Iran has not directly seized or targeted a tanker in recent months as it did last year, a mine struck an oil tanker off Saudi Arabia and a cargo ship near Yemen came under assault in recent days. Suspicion immediately fell on Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels for being behind both attacks. The Houthis have not commented on either.

The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 37:1-14.

Ezekiel 37:4-9 reads: “And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.”

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.

It is important to observe that one of God’s primary purposes in giving Ezekiel the vision of the valley of dry bones was to underscore His sovereign ability to bring Israel’s restoration to pass. The prophet was carefully shown the condition of the bones “on the surface of the valley.” That the bones were in an unburied state indicates a condition of ritual contamination (the corpse impurity incurred by the Jewish people among the nations). That they were “very dry” indicates that the marrow (the essence of life) was completely gone. The image revealed to Ezekiel was that of Israel being so defiled, lifeless, and helpless that it had no hope of restoration in itself. Its only hope was in God, and for this reason the prophet was asked the question, “Son of man, can these bones live?” In conformity with the expression of God’s sovereignty in 36:16-27, the purpose of this question-answer approach was to extract from the prophet (and his reader) the admission that there was no natural hope for Israel, and to turn all hope of restoration over to the sovereign and supernatural work of Israel’s God. The exilic condition seemed hopeless, but in the Lord all things are possible. The bones will not only come to life physically (the restoration of the nation), they will also come to life spiritually (the reception of the New Covenant), and Israel will be placed in its own land as a witness to Israel itself that the Lord will perform His promise.

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 C. S. Lewis. He said, “The doctrine of the Second Coming teaches us that we do not and cannot know when the world drama will end. The curtain may be rung down at any moment. This seems to some people intolerably frustrating. We do not know the play. The Author knows. The audience, if there is an audience (if angels and archangels and all the company of heaven fill the pit and the stalls) may have an inkling. When it is over, we may be told. We are led to expect that the Author will have something to say to each of us on the part that each of us has played. The playing it well is what matters infinitely.”

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.