This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #919. 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 PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to Reuters, Global coronavirus cases surpassed 5 million on Wednesday, with Latin America overtaking the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily cases globally. Latin America accounted for around a third of the 91,000 cases reported earlier this week. Europe and the United States each accounted for just over 20%. A large number of those new cases came from Brazil, which recently surpassed Germany, France and the United Kingdom to become the third-largest outbreak in the world, behind the United States and Russia. Cases in Brazil are now rising at a daily pace second only to the United States.
Second, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to VOA News, At least four people are dead and 23 others injured after a strong earthquake struck southwest China late Monday. Geologists at the China Earthquake Networks Center said a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck in Qiaojia [KEE-OH-JEE-AH] county in Yunnan [YOON-NAN] province. China is prone to earthquakes, especially in its mountainous western and southwestern regions. One of the worst disasters of its kind occurred in 2008, when nearly 90,000 were killed when a strong earthquake struck Sichuan [SECH-U-AHN] province.
Third, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to the New York Post, scientists say our sun has gone into lockdown, which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine. The sun is currently in a period of “solar minimum,” meaning activity on its surface has fallen dramatically. Experts believe we are about to enter the deepest period of sunshine “recession” ever recorded as sunspots have virtually disappeared. Astronomer Dr. Tony Phillips said: “Solar Minimum is underway and it’s a deep one. Sunspot counts suggest it is one of the deepest of the past century. The sun’s magnetic field has become weak, allowing extra cosmic rays into the solar system.” NASA scientists fear it could be a repeat of the Dalton Minimum, which happened between 1790 and 1830 — leading to periods of brutal cold, crop loss, famine and powerful volcanic eruptions. Temperatures plummeted by up to 2 degrees Celsius over 20 years, devastating the world’s food production. On April 10, 1815, the second-largest volcanic eruption in 2,000 years happened at Mount Tambora [TAM-BOR-AH] in Indonesia, killing at least 71,000 people. It also led to the so-called Year Without a Summer in 1816 when there was snow in July.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to NBC News, A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck a remote part of western Nevada. The temblor occurred around 4 a.m. near the California border, in an isolated part of Nevada near Tonopah, about 120 miles southeast of Carson City and midway between Reno and Las Vegas. The initial quake struck about 4.7 miles deep, the USGS said, causing at least six aftershocks, including two with a magnitude of around 5.4. No injuries were reported, but Nevada Highway Patrol photos revealed cracks on U.S. 95, the main highway between Las Vegas and Reno, that were caused by the earthquake. The quake was felt by people from Salt Lake City to California’s Central Valley.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Ynet News, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Ramallah will no longer be bound by agreements it has signed with Israel and the United States. Abbas made the announcement during an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah to coordinate the PA response to Israel’s declared intention to extend its sovereignty over West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley. Abbas said: “The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the obligations based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones.” The declaration extends to Ramallah’s security cooperation with Israel, seen as vital to keeping violence at a minimum across the area.
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 33. Ezekiel 33:33 reads: “And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.”
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.
Ezekiel lists six covenantal violations that continued to condemn the nation and their consequences, with an additional admonition to heed the prophetic word as truth to be obeyed. The chapter concludes with a restatement of the purpose of prophetic revelation: to authenticate the messenger (prophet) as having a message from God (prophecy). This reassertion of the validity of the prophetic program at the opening of the final division of the book–which centers on the restoration of national Israel–affirms for us that what is promised in these chapters will be fulfilled. It is not apocalyptic idealism or wishful thinking or symbols of spiritual realities, but like the former prophecies that received historical confirmation, so these prophecies made to Israel will find their fulfillment in Israel’s future.
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 Billy Graham. He said, “We are to wait for the coming of Christ with patience. We are to watch with anticipation. We are to work with Zeal. We are to prepare with urgency. Scripture says Christ is coming when you’re least expecting him. Coming as a thief. He said, ‘Be prepared. Get Ready. Prepare to meet thy God. Are you prepared?’”
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.