This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #894. 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, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar [YAA-YAA SIN-WAHR] threatened to bomb Tel Aviv if Israel takes military action against the terrorist organization in Gaza. “We have a very large military force in the Gaza Strip and hundreds of miles of tunnels. If the enemy thinks about entering Gaza, our men will have it underground,” Sinwar [SIN-WAHR] threatened. “If we come to the conclusion that the situation in Gaza will be worsened, we will bomb Tel Aviv and cause red alert alarms for six months,” he added. He claimed that even in the past Hamas knew how to handle Israel well. “We did not hesitate to confront the enemy and knew how to do it without being drawn into the war. Since we are convinced that the confrontation should continue, and that it cannot take place fully – we set up the fence demonstrations, which achieved their purpose.”
Second, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Iran’s recent moves to increase its uranium enrichment efforts, and vowed that Israel would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. “Iran is intensifying its aggression. It wants to hurt Israel. I reiterate: we will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.” said Netanyahu. Netanyahu spoke out a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that Iran would move forward quickly with gas injection at the Fordow [FOR-DOH] Fuel Enrichment plant outside of the city of Qom [KOHM]. A total of 1,044 centrifuges will be injected with uranium gas. Iran also announced that it would enrich uranium to 5% at the Fordow [FOR-DOH] nuclear facility, in a further violation of the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with world powers.
Third, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG & MAGOG — According to SpaceDaily.com, Russian and Egyptian air forces are involved in a joint training exercise in Egypt, a sign of growing Russian involvement on the African continent. The 13-day “Arrow of Friendship 1,” held in Egypt and ending on Nov. 7, is the first bilateral military exercise by the two countries, and involves large-scale air defense drills, and combat training. The Egyptian Ministry of Defense called the exercise a “joint cooperation between the Egyptian and Russian armed forces, which reflects the depth of partnership relations and strategic cooperation of both friendly countries in many fields,” in a statement at the start of the event. Over 100 Russian personnel are involved, the Russian defense ministry said. The two counties held a similar exercise in Russia in 2018, involving 400 military personnel, 15 aircraft and several airports.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED PERSECUTION OF BELIEVERS — According to Breitbart, A number of the Chinese Catholic faithful have expressed regret over the Vatican agreement with the Chinese Communist government, saying it has emboldened officials in their persecution of Christians. While the Chinese-Vatican agreement is not the direct cause of this persecution, the accord emboldens government authorities, who claim that “the Vatican supports us,” local Catholics of the diocese of Handang [HAN-DAHN] told AsiaNews. The agency also reported that the government has decreed that it will demolish another 40 Christian churches. Since the middle of the last century, the Catholic Church in China was split between the state-controlled “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association” and the underground Church that was faithful to Rome. Following the Sino [SY-NO] -Vatican “provisional” agreement on the naming of bishops, signed between the two parties in September 2018, the crackdown on unofficial Christian communities has reportedly escalated as the government has amped up pressure for all believers to enlist in the party-approved association.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Israel National News, Iran will resume uranium enrichment at the Fordow [FOR-DOH] nuclear plant on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced. Speaking live on Iranian state television, Rouhani declared that Iran would move forward quickly with gas injection at the Fordow [FOR-DOH] Fuel Enrichment plant outside of the city of Qom [KOHM]. A total of 1,044 centrifuges will be injected with uranium gas, according to Rouhani’s televised statement. The Iranian leader added, however, that such moves were reversible, and that Tehran would return to compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if the remaining signatories do the same. Rouhani’s statement comes a day after Iran announced further violations of the nuclear deal. Since the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal more than a year ago and reimposed economic sanctions, Iran has begun to arrogate parts of the deal.
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 49:7-22. Jeremiah 49:7-10 read: “Concerning Edom, thus saith the Lord of hosts; Is wisdom no more in Teman [TEE-MAN]? is counsel perished from the prudent? is their wisdom vanished? Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan [DEE-DAHN]; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time that I will visit him. If grapegatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes? if thieves by night, they will destroy till they have enough. But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not.”
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.
The future of Edom or southern Jordan is quite different from the future of the aforementioned nations. In keeping with other prophecies about Edom, the picture is that of total destruction–to the point that Esau has no descendants left in Edom whatsoever. Edom is in the well-protected rugged mountains of Mount Seir [SEER], nevertheless, in spite of her strong defense, she will fall. By the time the judgment has run its course, there will be no Edomites left anywhere. Thus, there will be no country called Edom in the messianic kingdom.
When God judges the nations surrounding Israel, He will do two things: One, He will consider how closely the nation is related to Israel by blood. The closer the relation, the greater the discipline. Edom was a descendant of Esau, the twin brother of Jacob. This means that Israel and Edom have the closest blood relationship and, therefore, God holds Edom to a higher standard. For that reason, Edom’s descendants will be totally wiped out.
Two, God will consider a nation’s degree of past anti-Semitism. Egypt was the first anti-Semitic nation, and while Egypt will undergo a national salvation, its history of anti-Semitism cannot be easily ignored. According to Ezekiel 29:8-14, for the first 40 years of the messianic kingdom, the Egyptians will be scattered and dispersed throughout the world, and the land of Egypt will lie desolate and empty. Only after the 40 years of dispersion will the Egyptians be brought back into the kingdom. It is then that Egypt will observe the Feast of Tabernacles, according to Zechariah 14:16-21.
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 G. Campbell Morgan. He said, “To me the second coming is the perpetual light on the path which makes the present bearable. I never lay my head on the pillow without thinking that perhaps before the morning breaks, the final morning may have dawned. I never begin my work without thinking that He may interrupt my work and begin His own. This is now His word to all believing souls, ‘Till I come.’ We are not looking for death, we are looking for Him.”
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.