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This broadcast is not about predictions, nor is it about setting dates as some foolishly have done, however it is all about preparation.
First, today, let’s look at some Signs of His Coming in the news.
The disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus Christ then went on to give them (and us) clear signs that show us when we can begin to expect to see the coming of the Lord and the end of the world. Those signs include:
1. the appearance of false Christs and false prophets
2. wars and rumors of wars
4. pestilences (fatal epidemic diseases)
5. earthquakes in divers (various) places
6. increased persecution of believers
7. the Gospel being preached in all the world
8. signs and great wonders in the heavens (involving the sun, moon, stars, and planetary movements)
9. distress and perplexity among people
10. increased violence “as in the days of Noah”
11. increased homosexuality and sexual immorality “as it was in the days of Lot”
12. the rise of “Gog and Magog” (which many Bible scholars believe refers to Russia)
13. the rise of the “kings of the east” (which many Bible scholars believe refers to China)
14. increase in knowledge (science and technology)
15. apostasy in the church
16. interest in a unified world government to bring about global peace
17. interest in the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem
The Bible also speaks of other signs which will be evident in “perilous times” in Second Timothy 3. Those signs are people being:
23. disobedient to parents
26. without natural affection
28. false accusers
31. despisers of those that are good
35. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
36. having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
Other signs of the times which have been gleaned from Scripture include:
37. scoffers who mock of Christ’s return
38. movement toward a one-world religion
39. outpouring of the Holy Spirit
40. outbreak of demonic and occultic activity
41. re-establishment of Israel
42. Arab hostility toward Israel
43. re-unification of Europe
44. movement toward a one-world economy
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, the Kurdish Regional Government’s director of U.S. affairs says the United States is not doing enough to supply vital advanced weapons to their security forces in their fight against Islamic State militants. The representative said, “To this point, we have only received light arms, nothing effective against ISIS militants.” He called on the U.S. to send heavier equipment so that Kurdish forces can go on the offensive against ISIS, not only in Iraq, but in Syria as well.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the New York Times, Ukraine’s government forces and the Russian-backed separatist rebels fighting in southeastern Ukraine will observe a cease-fire starting Friday, negotiators from all sides announced at a news conference in Minsk, Belarus. Speaking from Minsk, negotiators representing the Ukrainian government, the separatists, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that the cease-fire would come into force at 6 p.m. local time.
Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Washington Times, responding to turmoil in Ukraine, the U.S. Navy has announced that a guided missile destroyer had entered the Black Sea. The Navy said the USS Ross “serves to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to strengthening the collective security of NATO allies and partners in the region.” The U.S. and its NATO allies have been debating how best to respond after Russia refused to cease its involvement in Ukraine.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Times of Israel, a drone downed by the Israeli military over the country’s northern border on Sunday was an Iranian “Yasir” unmanned aerial vehicle. The aircraft was reportedly shot down by a Patriot missile and later recovered by security forces.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to The Washington Post, The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places on Earth: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara. After months of negotiations, the government of Niger, a landlocked West African nation, has authorized the U.S. military to fly unarmed drones from its territory. The previously undisclosed decision gives the Pentagon another surveillance hub to track Islamist fighters who have destabilized parts of North and West Africa. It also advances a little-publicized U.S. strategy to tackle counterterrorism threats alongside France. U.S. and French troops have been working hand in glove as they steadily expand their presence in impoverished West Africa. Both countries are alarmed by the presence of jihadist groups, some affiliated with al-Qaeda, that have taken root in states whose governments are unable to exert control over their own territory.
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 3:13: “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”
You can read these stories in more detail and get more Second Coming-related news on our website at Second Coming Herald.com
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 White Throne Judgment (Part 6)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye’s book “Understanding Bible Prophecy for Yourself”.
The major difference between the two books we’ve discussed is that the Book of Life seems to contain the names of all living people, whereas the Lamb’s Book of Life includes only the names of those who call upon the Lamb for salvation. A second difference is that the Book of Life is referred to as God the Father’s book in Exodus 32:33; it records all those whom God the Creator has made. It is, then, the book of the living, much like the records book at the local county government office. On the other hand, the Lamb’s Book of Life is referred to as God the Son’s book. We may conclude, then, that this book contains the names of all those who have received the new life that the Son provides.
The third and most important difference between these books is that a person may have his name blotted out of the Book of Life, but not out of the Lamb’s Book of Life. In Exodus 32:33, the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.” It is possible, therefore, to have one’s name erased from the Book of Life because of sin.
The Lamb’s Book of Life is different, however. Revelation 3:5 promises, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” An overcomer is a believer who is clothed in the white garments of Christ; the Creator has imputed to him divine righteousness, and his name cannot be blotted out of the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Primarily because a person’s name can be blotted out of the Book of Life, I am convinced that the Book of Life and the Lamb’s Book of Life are not the same book. As we have seen, the Lamb’s book contains the names of all those who have been born again through the shed blood of the Lamb, which is the guarantee that we have eternal life. Therefore we can be sure that these are two distinctly separate books. The Book of Life is that book in which the names of all people ever born into the world are written. If, at the time of a person’s death, he has not called upon the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, his name is blotted out of the Book of Life. If he has accepted Christ and His forgiveness of sins, his name is indelibly recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and entrance into the Holy City is guaranteed.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and me 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 Bible study series on the books of First & Second Thessalonians which Paul wrote to believers who had concerns about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and what they should do as they waited. This section is titled “A Father’s Joy (Part 6)” from the book “Waiting on the Second Coming” by Ray C. Stedman.
Paul’s concern for the Thessalonian Christians also took the form of a deep commitment to them. Twice the apostle refers to a time while he was in Athens when he had not heard from his friends for so long that he felt he must take some action to find out what was going on in Thessalonica. To his own personal deprivation he decided to send Timothy to them while he remained alone in Athens and then went on to Corinth.
In sending Timothy to them, Paul had three things in mind, he tells us. First, to establish them in their faith; that is, to teach them the great realities their faith rested upon — the coming of Jesus, His life and ministry, His death upon the cross, His resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and thus the availability of a new resource in God that the world would not know anything about. The Thessalonians needed to be established in that truth, and that was Timothy’s mission.
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. John 3:16 says, “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.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and 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 and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.