PODCAST: Israel Holds Memorial Service for Soldiers Killed in the Yom Kippur War (Second Coming Watch Update #891 with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #891. 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, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the memorial service for the soldiers killed in the Yom Kippur War, at the Herzl [HER-ZEL] Memorial Hall in Jerusalem, and addressed the Iranian security challenge to the State of Israel. “The current focus of aggression in the Middle East is the Iranian regime in Tehran. Iran is striving to tighten its grip on Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the Gaza Strip. It is constantly arming its metastases with dangerous weapons and is attacking freedom of navigation in international shipping routes. It downed a big U.S. UAV, it launched a crude and unprecedented attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, it repeatedly exceeds its own arrogance,” Netanyahu said. He continued: “Iran threatens to wipe us off the map. It says explicitly: ‘Israel will disappear.’ Time and time again, it tries to attack us, so we must stand ready to protect ourselves from the danger. “We don’t aspire to be ‘a people who dwells alone,’ but that’s how we were forced to stand at the beginning of the Yom Kippur War – that only nearing the end of which did American aid arrive. As in 1973, we still greatly appreciate U.S. support, which has increased greatly in recent years, as well as the tremendous economic pressure the U.S. is exerting on Iran,’ Netanyahu noted.

Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to The Jerusalem Post, Iran launched an unannounced large military exercise near the Turkish border soon after Ankara invaded Syria to confront a mostly Kurdish group. Turkey started its invasion of a narrow strip of Syria where the Syrian Democratic Forces had been protected by the US, until Washington announced that it was pulling US troops out of Syria. While most of the controversy has been about the US betrayal of its five-year alliance with the SDF, potentially leading to Turkey being able to devastate SDF forces and any civilians in the area, Iran’s actions signaled a new side to the developments. Although Iranian Maj.-Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi [AB-DUL-RAH-HEEM MOO-SUH-VEE] said the army’s forces are fully prepared to counter “any possible movement of the enemy,” projecting the exercise as defensive in nature, Iran has frequently used military power in recent months in an aggressive manner.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the elite Islamic military force of the country to prepare against the “enemies.” Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps should continue inventing and building modern and advanced military hardware, Khamenei was quoted as saying by Press TV. “You must have all necessary defense, operational and intelligence equipment. However, these instruments must be manufactured and developed at home and meet all the needs of the country on the ground, in the sky and space as well as at sea and borders. Even the cyberspace is among the necessary instruments,” he said. The IRGC needs to “keep moving forward in tactical and strategic strengths, operate with constant alertness and readiness, and avoid even a moment of neglect,” the Iranian supreme leader added.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of ARAB HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL — According to The Jerusalem Post, Kais Saied [KAYS SAHY-EED], who was recently voted in as Tunisia’s next president, expressed opposition to normalizing ties between his country and Israel. “This is my view on the Zionist entity and it will not change. If one day I change my mind, remind me about the things I said now. We are in a situation of war with Zionism, and normalization is treachery,” said Saied in a televised interview. The president-elect said he viewed Jews and Zionists differently. “The Jews visit Tunisia; we protected them in the Second World War,”he said. “But whoever normalizes relations with the Zionist entity that stole the land of the Palestinian people and exiled them from their land, is a traitor.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED PERSECUTION OF BELIEVERS — According to Voice of America News, As the Turkish military and its allied Syrian rebels continue their operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, Christian communities in the region fear that the Turkish-led offensive is threatening their very existence in the war-torn country. On the first day of the Turkish offensive, a Turkish artillery attack reportedly targeted a predominately-Christian neighborhood in Qamishli [KAH-MISH-LEE], the largest city in northeast Syria. According to local sources, several residents were wounded. The Virgin Lady Church in the town of Qahtaniya [KAH-TAH-NEE-YAH], near Qamishli [KAH-MISH-LEE], was also hit by Turkish shelling, local news said. Parts of the building were destroyed. Boris Zilberman, Director of Public Policy and Strategy at the CUFI Action Fund, an American Christian organization that advocates for the protection of Christians in the Middle East, said: “Turkey’s invasion not only endangers the Kurds, but also endangers a Christian minority that has for years feared a Turkish invasion that would ‘cleanse’ its presence in northern Syria. The casualties we have seen thus far and the targeting of Christian areas only reinforces those fears.”

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 35:18-19 which reads: “And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.”

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 35:1-19 is an eschatological passage that mentions the Rechabites, a branch of the Kenites, a clan of the Midianites from which Moses’ in-laws came. Their ancestors advised them to live a life of migration rather than settlement and live off of flocks instead of plantings. This was a commitment the Rechabites kept, and they moved to the city only temporarily due to the threat of invasion by Babylon. This is then contrasted with the Israelites’ failure to keep their commitment to the Lord. Verses 18-19 tells us that because of the Rechabites’ favorable commitment to a vow, God promised that the house of the Rechabites will always have descendants who will be among the elect, and furthermore, from among them, some will be chosen to be priests in the messianic kingdom. Isaiah 66:18-21 prophesied that there would be Gentile priests in the messianic kingdom, and among these Gentile priests will be the descendants of the Rechabites.

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 John Bunyan. He said, “At the day of Doom men shall be judged according to their fruits. It will not be said then, did you believe? But, were you doers or talkers only?”

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.