My name is Daniel Whyte III here to remind you that Jesus Christ is coming back soon and that you need to be prepared. 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 gave 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. 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 THE RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to The Jerusalem Post, Iran’s Press TV tweeted a quote from Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Nuclear power should be forbidden for all or permissible for all.” Press TV included an image of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appearing to be sweating. Iran’s message wasn’t a secret: the account tagged Erdogan and included the hashtag “#IsraelisExempt”. What is more secretive is the Iran-Turkey-Russia alliance that is emerging and illustrated via state-controlled media. RT, a Russian television network, similarly highlights the greatness of Turkey and Iran as part of a campaign that clearly indicates Moscow’s support for the two. It tweeted about Iran showcasing its drone expertise amid tensions in the Gulf and shared images from Erdogan’s speech in which he slammed Israel. Russian news agency Sputnik similarly highlighted comments by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. “Turkey will probably never buy American aircraft again,” Sputnik noted as well. A quick look at TRT and Al Jazeera, which reflect the views of governments in Ankara and Doha, did not reveal such strong praise for Russia and Iran. This means that in general, Tehran and Moscow appear to be using their media arms to curry favor with Turkey as part of a regional strategy aimed at a Turkey-Russia-Iran triumvirate or alliance. This alliance is positioned to upset the regional balance of power and has already been cemented through the Astana process to discuss Syria and the post-Syrian civil war era.
Second, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARDS ISRAEL — According to The Times of Israel, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that Israel was backing the Islamic State jihadist group, and accused the United States of being the primary supporter of terrorism in the Middle East. “Israel… on a daily basis targets the people of Palestine, Lebanon and most recently even Iraq and Syria… there is no terrorism in the world that matches the activities of Israel,” he said in a Fox News interview on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “Those who fight for the freedom for their land, they are not terrorists,” he said, referring to Palestinian groups that target Israelis. “The ones who are terrorists are those who render aid to Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic name for the Islamic State. Rouhani said that Israel was “certainly and undoubtedly” supporting the jihadist group, based on the fact that it had provided some aid to rebels fighting against the Assad regime in Syria, one of Tehran’s staunchest allies in the region.
Third, today, under the Sign category of INTEREST IN A UNIFIED WORLD GOVERNMENT — According to The Associated Press, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned global leaders of the looming risk of the world splitting in two, with the United States and China creating rival internets, currency, trade, financial rules “and their own zero sum geopolitical and military strategies.” In his annual “state of the world address” to the General Assembly’s gathering of heads of state and government, Guterres said the risk “may not yet be large, but it is real.” “We must do everything possible to avert the great fracture and maintain a universal system, a universal economy with universal respect for international law; a multipolar world with strong multilateral institutions,” he told presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and ministers from the U.N.’s 193 member states. Guterres painted a grim picture of a deeply divided and anxious planet facing a climate crisis, “the alarming possibility of armed conflict in the Gulf,” spreading terrorism, rising populism and “exploding” inequality.
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 “Messianic Prophecy (Part 2)” from Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson’s book “The Essential Guide to Bible Prophecy.”
Jesus Himself repeatedly taught that these prophecies “must be fulfilled.” Under God’s direction, He subjected Himself completely to the course they charted, and He considered the details of His life and death as events that must take place because they were written in the Word of God. The purpose of messianic prophecy was to make the Messiah known after He had fulfilled the events foretold. These prophecies served as preparatory devices that signaled His arrival.
The New Testament writers insisted that Jesus was the Christ on the basis of three essential arguments:
1. Jesus’ resurrection
2. eyewitness accounts of what happened
3. fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies
Within weeks of the resurrection, the early Christians were proclaiming the events in Jesus’ life as fulfillments of specific prophecies. In the first Christian sermon, Peter announced, “This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel…David says concerning Him…[God] would raise up the Christ to sit on [David’s] throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ”.
In following this line of proof, the apostles did what God’s prophets had done for centuries. They pointed to the fulfillment of prophecy as the ultimate proof of the truthfulness of God’s Word. In so doing, they urged their listeners to believe the whole message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lord willing, we will begin looking at “Prophecies Fulfilled in the Life of Christ” in our next podcast.
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 “prophetic 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 10). J.C. Ryle writes:
These words, which were true eighteen hundred years ago, are, if possible, more true at the present time. They are words which should come home with increasing power to the Church of Christ every year.–“The night is far spent: the day is at hand.”
I am one of those who think “the day” may not be so far off as some seem to suppose. I am unable to put away the idea of the Lord’s return in glory as an event which “of course” cannot be in our times, as some men say. I rather think I see tokens of the sun being near the horizon. At all events, I desire to keep in special remembrance St. James’s words, “The Judge standeth before the door,”–the coming of the Lord draweth nigh,” and St. Peter’s words, “the end of all things is at hand.”
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.