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 WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Air Force attacked fifteen targets in Gaza overnight, the IDF confirmed early on Wednesday. Targets included a site used to manufacture weapons, a naval compound and a terror tunnel. Two rockets were shot from Gaza on Tuesday night. Rocket sirens went off in Ashdod [ASH-DOD] and Ashkelon [ASH-KEH-LON] at about 9 p.m. The Iron Dome intercepted one rocket while another fell in an open field near Ashkelon [ASH-KEH-LON]. “The attack was carried out in response to rocket fire launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier this night. The IDF will continue to oppose attempts to harm Israeli civilians and considers the terror organization responsible for what is happening inside and outside of the Gaza Strip,” the IDF wrote on Twitter. When the sirens went off, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was beginning to speak at a campaign rally in Ashdod [ASH-DOD] and had to take cover. He resumed his speech about twenty minutes later. In order to prevent any further attack, the Israeli police announced Tuesday evening that it would step up security in southern Israel.
Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Israel National News, Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas threatened on Tuesday that all agreements signed with Israel and their resulting obligations would end if Israel annexes the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and any part of the “Palestinian territories occupied in 1967”. His comments came in response to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea area after the election. “We have the right to defend our rights and achieve our goals by all available means, regardless of the consequences, as Netanyahu’s decisions contradict with United Nations resolutions and international law,” stated Abbas. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi [EYE-MAN SA-FA-DEE] also criticized Netanyahu’s announcement and warned that the pledge to annex the Jordan Valley would drag the region into violence.
Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Associated Press, the U.S.-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 40 tons of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River “infested” with members of the Islamic State group. The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of Salaheddine [SAL-AH-HAD-DHINE], north of the capital Baghdad. Tuesday’s attack is part of operations carried out by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017. ISIS sleeper cells have since carried out deadly bombings in Iraq. A video released by the military showed massive explosions creating mushroom clouds billowing from the island that appeared to have been subjected to carpet bombing.
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 Prophet and the Prophetic Ministry (Part 4)” from Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson’s book “The Essential Guide to Bible Prophecy.”
What does the Bible teach regarding the nature of the Scriptures? A brief look expresses a clear view that the words of the Bible are indeed perfect. For example, consider Psalm 19:7-11:
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul called Scripture “God-breathed.” We have seen that Peter taught that prophets were controlled by God’s Spirit. Jesus Himself agreed with this high view of Scripture:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
Here, Jesus made clear that His incarnation and ministry were fulfillments of Old Testament writings. In making this statement, He indicated that the Old Testament authors were inspired by God and accurately spoke of His coming.
It is obvious, therefore, that the Spirit of God is necessary for prophetic inspiration. Thus, it was by the Spirit that the Word of the Lord was communicated to the prophet and by the Spirit that the Word was mediated to the people.
Lord willing, we will begin looking at “Messianic Prophecy” 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 8). J.C. Ryle writes:
Tell me, can that man really hate sin who does not desire to see it swept away from the earth? Can that man love holiness who does not long for the time when all shall know the Lord? Can that man be truly united to Christ by faith who does not wish to see Christ, and to be with Him? Can that man be a saint who does not thirst after the unmixed company of just men made perfect? Can that man be in earnest who daily prays, “Thy kingdom come,” and yet is content that the world should go on as it is without any change? Oh, no, no! These things are impossible. God’s true children will want to be at home. They will wish for the day.
If you mean to be saved, you must learn to view time present as “night,” and time to come as “day.” You must learn to regard the other side of Jordan as the home of your soul, and this side as a desert land. Time present must be your wilderness, your battle field, your place of trial,–time to come must be your Canaan, your rest, your Father’s house,–or else you had better never have been born.
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.