Powerful 6.4 earthquake shakes Southern California (Second Coming Watch Update #878)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #878. 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, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, speculation is rising that Israel may carry out a strike on Iran after the country announced this week that it had passed the 300-kilogram enriched uranium limit imposed by a 2015 agreement. Although violating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, does not actually bring the Islamic republic that much closer to a nuclear bomb, it is already changing the conversation in the Israeli defense establishment. One camp is ready to sign off on Israel carrying out a pre-emptive strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities but only if it has enriched enough uranium for a bomb and is close to being able to deploy one. This second camp prefers that the Trump administration carry out a pre-emptive strike if it becomes necessary, and cringes at the idea of Israel going at it alone unless there is really no other choice. A third camp believes a clear threat of attack from Israel will eventually push Iran to not go far down the nuclear road.

Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to CNN, Aftershocks rolled across Southern California on Friday morning, with one measuring 5.4 in magnitude, a day after a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the region. Thursday’s earthquake — centered near Ridgecrest, 150 miles north of Los Angeles — was the strongest to hit Southern California in nearly 20 years, prompting one city’s mayor and later the governor to declare a state of emergency for the area. That quake spawned multiple major aftershocks, and the US Geological Survey said the region will suffer smaller earthquakes and up to 700 aftershocks over the next few days. Dozens of injuries were reported, an entire hospital was evacuated, and damage to roads, broken water and gas pipelines, along with residential fires put municipal teams to work.

Third, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the Associated Press, The Taliban said this week Sunday that the latest round of peace talks with the United States is “critical” as the two sides “rewrite” a draft agreement in which American forces would withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for guarantees from the insurgents that they would fight terrorism. The two sides are trying to hammer out agreements that would see the eventual withdrawal of over 20,000 U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan and the end of America’s longest-running war. The agreements are expected to include guarantees that Afghanistan will not harbor groups like al-Qaida, which was based there in the lead-up to the Sept. 11 attacks, and that the Taliban will continue fighting the Islamic State group, which has expanded its footprint in recent years.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS — According to the Associated Press, Tens of thousands of tourists and locals gaped skyward Tuesday as a total eclipse of the sun darkened the heavens over Chile and Argentina. Tourists from around the world gathered to witness the cosmic spectacle, which began in the morning as the moon crossed in front of the sun and cast a shadow that passed over a tiny uninhabited atoll in the South Pacific and headed to South America. Chile and Argentina were the only inhabited places where the total eclipse could be seen.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Reuters, a senior Iranian parliamentarian said this week that Israel will be destroyed in half an hour if the United States attacks Iran. Weeks of tensions culminated last month in President Donald Trump’s last-minute decision to call off planned strikes on Iran after Tehran downed a U.S. drone. Washington also accused Iran of being behind attacks on ships in the Gulf. Moj-taba Zol-nour, the chairman of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said, “If the U.S. attacks us, only half an hour will remain in Israel’s lifespan.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 31:35-37 which reads: “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, 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.

Jeremiah 31:35 explains the basis of Israel’s indestructibility. The very Hebrew name for God, Yahweh, emphasizes God as a covenant keeper. Because of God’s covenant with Israel, the nation is indestructible. God is the One who “gives the sun for a light by day” and the One who gives the “order of the moon and the stars for light by night.” He is the One who stirs up the waves of the sea “so that its waves roar.” His name is “the LORD of hosts.” That name, Jehovah, or Yahweh, emphasizes God as a covenant keeper.

According to verse 36, Israel’s national survival will never cease. There God proclaims, “If this fixed order [the sun, moon, and stars of verse 35] departs from before Me… then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation before Me forever.” The point is this: If any man can succeed in destroying the sun, the moon, and the stars, only then would it be possible to destroy the Jews, and only then would it be possible to cause Israel to cease from being a nation. As long as no man has the capability to destroy the sun, moon, and stars, no man will have the capability to destroy the people of Israel. Thus Israel’s national survival is guaranteed.

Furthermore, not only will no one be able to destroy the Jews, but Israel’s own sins cannot cause her total annihilation either. In verse 37, God states two impossibilities—”If the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out below”—to point out the improbable likelihood that He will “cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done.” Not even Israel’s sins will cause her total annihilation. Nothing outside of Israel and nothing within Israel can cause her total destruction.

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 A.W. Tozer. He said, “I think we must note that there is a vast difference between the doctrine of Christ’s coming and the hope of His coming. It surely is possible to hold the doctrine without feeling a trace of the blessed hope. Indeed, there are multitudes of Christians today who hold the doctrine. What I have tried to center on is that overwhelming sense of anticipation that lifts the life upward to a new plane and fills the heart with rapturous optimism. This is largely lacking among us now.”

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.

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