Looking at world events through the lens of the Word of God, let’s look at some headlines from today’s news that point to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
First, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Fox News, a second U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group entered the western Pacific on Tuesday amid an increasing war of words between the United States and North Korea. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is joining the USS Ronald Reagan off the Korean Peninsula. It is rare to have two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers stationed in the region. The deployment comes as the U.S., Japan, and South Korean maritime forces are conducting a trilateral exercise aimed at improving ballistic missile defenses.
Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES AND EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Washington Post, this month, world leaders rehearsed for a pandemic that experts say will come ‘sooner than we expect.’ It’s the fourth such exercise the World Bank has helped organize in the past year, reflecting what experts say is the growing awareness outside the traditional global health sector of the increasing threat and economic disruption posed by a global pandemic. Tim Evans, senior director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank, said the chaotic and “horrendously inefficient” early response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people was the catalyst for the simulations. He said, The bank wanted to “move from a history of panic and neglect to one where we’re going to start to prepare much more systematically to be ready for the 100 percent probability we will be dealing with this again — probably sooner than we expect.”
Third, today, under the Sign category of INTEREST IN FALSE/ONE-WORLD RELIGION — According to The Guardian, a successful Silicon Valley engineer is aiming to set up a religious organization that worships artificial intelligence. Anthony Levandowski, a former top developer for Google and Uber, has established a nonprofit religious corporation called Way of the Future. According to state filings, Way of the Future’s startling mission is “to develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.” Silicon Valley has sought solace in technology and has developed quasi-religious concepts including the “singularity”, the hypothesis that machines will eventually be so smart that they will outperform all human capabilities, leading to a superhuman intelligence that will be incomprehensible to our brains. Other science and technology experts in the field, including Stephen Hawkins and Elon Musk, have warned against the unbridled development of artificial intelligence. Musk said this week that Levandowski represents ‘the kind of people who should absolutely not be allowed to develop digital superintelligence.’
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Now, it’s time for Prophecy Bootcamp.
Prophecy Bootcamp is where we deal with the basics of prophecy, the Second Coming of Christ, and what will happen in the future according to the Bible. Our aim here is not to make predictions but to help you get prepared by understanding how things will unfold in the end times.
Our topic for today is titled “The Great Harlot and the Scarlet Beast (Part 4)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.” And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Revelation: Unlocking the Future” by Dr. Ed Hindson. Dr. Hindson simplifies the message of the Revelation so that you can easily understand it for yourself. You need this book in your library. It is available on our website for just $30. You can make your purchase today at SecondComingHerald.com.
The very fact that John calls Babylon’s identity a “mystery” ought to be enough to indicate that he does not intend us to take “Babylon” literally. His subsequent description of this great city makes that point all the more clear. David Hocking also emphasizes that she is a “mystery and says, “This suggests that neither ancient Babylon nor its site is intended. It teaches us to look deeper and to to see it figuratively rather than literally.”
John’s imagery is drawn from Jeremiah 51:7-8, where Babylon is referred to as a “golden cup” that made the nations drunk with the intoxicating desire for power. Thus, John takes the name of Israel’s ancient enemy, Babylon, and uses it for Rome. Robert Mounce writes, “Whether Jezebel or Cleopatra sat for the portrait John is now painting makes little difference. The harlot is Rome. Adorned in luxury and intoxicated with the blood of the saints, she stands for a dominant world system based on seduction for personal gain over and against the righteous demands of a persecuted minority.”
The real tragedy is that she could well be America! While there is no clear prophecy about the United States in the Bible (nor Canada, Australia, South Africa, etc.), it is possible to infer nations that are European transplants from “[the young lions] of Tarshish.” It is certainly probable that if a European alliance were to form in fulfillment of these prophecies anytime soon, it would most likely include all the major Western powers. That an American leader could head them is certainly possible, even probable.
Lord willing, in our next episode, we will begin answering the question, “Who is This Great Mystery?”
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and I to do in light of His Second Coming.
Jesus Christ said in Luke 19:13 to “Occupy till I come.” In light of that, we are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. It is a collection of what he called “prophetical tracts” that focus on the believer’s duty in light of the signs which point to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
This section is titled, “What Time Is It?” (Part 1). J.C. Ryle writes:
Romans 13:12 said, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
You and I are in a world which is rapidly rolling on towards the day of judgment. There is an hour before us all when the earth and its works shall be burned up, and the inhabitants thereof shall all stand before the bar of Christ. There is a day to come whose issues are of greatest importance. Surely it befits us to think of that day. Are we ready for it? Is it possible that we may live to see it? Is it near, or is it far off? What time is it?
Come with me this day and consider the thoughts of an inspired Apostle on this solemn subject. He says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on us the armor of light.” These words ought to come home to our consciences like the blast of a trumpet. They ought to rouse our sleeping minds to a sense of the eternal realities which are before us. They call upon us to lay aside all trifling, lingering, and carelessness about our Christianity. They summon us to a close walk with God.
If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.
Remember the words of the Lord in Matthew 24:42: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
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 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 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.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.