This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #937. 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 The Jerusalem Post, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said on Tuesday the Palestinian Authority has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, condemning as dishonorable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel. Palestinians see the accords that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as a betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalizing ties with Israel. The Palestinian Authority was supposed to chair Arab League meetings for the next six months, but Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki [REE-YAHD AL-MAH-LEE-KEE] told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah that it no longer wanted the position. Maliki [MAH-LEE-KEE] said, “Palestine has decided to concede its right to chair the League’s council (of foreign ministers) at its current session. There is no honor in seeing Arabs rush towards normalization during its presidency.”
Second, today, under the Sign category of HOSTILITY TOWARDS THE JEWISH PEOPLE — According to The Associated Press, in a report released Tuesday, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism Berlin, or RIAS, documented 410 incidents — more than two a day — during the first half of 2020 in Germany. The group’s count of anti-Semitic acts included six physical attacks, 25 cases of property damage, 20 threats, 58 examples of anti-Semitic propaganda and 301 examples of malicious behavior such as giving the stiff-armed Nazi salute. The report’s publication comes amid nationwide concerns that intensified in October 2019 after an armed man tried to force his way into a synagogue in central German city of Halle [HAL-LUH] on Judaism’s holiest day, Yom Kippur, then fatally shot two people nearby. The suspect posted an anti-Jewish screed online before the attack. German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week decried how anti-Semitism had become “more visible and uninhibited. It is a disgrace, and it shames me deeply.” A national report issued in May showed anti-Semitic crimes in Germany last year reached their highest level since the country started keeping records.
Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, An arms depot of the Iran-backed Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah exploded in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, injuring several people and sending a new shockwave across a nation grappling with its deepest crisis in three decades. A security source said the arms depot blast, which sent a huge column of black smoke into the sky, was caused by a “technical error.” The al-Manar television station run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah said the cause of an explosion in southern Lebanon on Tuesday was not yet clear. The explosion rocked the village of Ain Qana [AIN KA-NA] in south Lebanon, a political stronghold of the heavily armed and politically powerful group which has fought wars with neighboring Israel. The blast has further rattled a nation grappling with its worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war and still reeling from a devastating explosion at Beirut [BAY-ROOT] port that ripped through the capital, killing at least 190 people.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Israel National News, Sudanese sources claim in a report that Sudan is likely to normalize relations with Israel in the near future. The report, which was published Wednesday afternoon, cited multiple unnamed Sudanese officials who said that the recent high-level talks between the US and the Sudanese government were “very positive”, and indicated that it is increasingly likely Sudan will establish normal relations with Israel – most likely in the “very near future”. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pushed in recent weeks for a breakthrough with Sudan which would end the country’s pariah status in the West and lead to closer relations between Sudan and Israel. According to Wednesday’s report, Sudan is prepared to normalize relations with Israel, if an agreement can be worked on with the US on economic aid and the compensation package.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG & MAGOG — According to SpaceWar.com, Russia unveiled half a dozen cutting edge strategic weapons systems, including the Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic missile and the ICBM-launched Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, in 2018, in response to US efforts to build a missile shield, and the general beefing up of NATO forces on Russia’s western borders. President Vladimir Putin has said Russia had no choice but to pursue the development of nuclear-capable hypersonic weapons systems in the aftermath of the Bush administration’s decision in 2002 to tear up the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Treaty, which prohibited the creation of missile defences. Putin said, “America’s withdrawal from the ABM Treaty in 2002 forced Russia to start developing hypersonic weapons. We had to create these weapons in response to the deployment of the US strategic missile defence system, which would have been able to neutralise and render obsolete our entire nuclear potential. I have said many times that for decades, we constantly had to play catch-up. This concerned nuclear weapons, and then long-range strategic aviation and intercontinental ballistic missile technology.” Putin added, however, that today Russia possesses strategic systems which surpass any existing weaponry of any potential adversaries. Putin stressed, “For the first time in modern Russia’s history, the country possesses the most modern types of weapons, which are far superior in terms of their force, power, speed and, very importantly, in terms of accuracy compared to all which existed before them and exist today.”
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:22-32.
Ezekiel 36:22 reads: “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.”
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.
Before the restoration of national Israel can be declared (verses 33-38), the problem of divine profanation must be resolved by divine sanctification (verses 22-23) through Israel’s future salvation under the New Covenant (verses 24-32). However, the divine motive for restoring Israel physically and spiritually must be understood so that a proper theological foundation might undergird this future act of sovereign grace. This is given in verses 22-23, where the tone changes from explanation (verses 17-21) to declaration. This new section uses the introductory formula “thus says the Lord GOD,” and the purpose is to introduce specific authoritative declarations of judgment or salvation.
God’s concern for His reputation is expanded by way of declaration in verse 22 with the statement, “Not for your sake, O house of Israel, am I about to act but only for My holy name.” This self-assertion removes all grounds of human arrogance and appeal, and maintains God’s freedom to act sovereignly for Himself. This assertion of sovereign resolve is made through the force of the verb “act” (Hebrew, ‘asah, “do, make”) in the Qal active participle functioning absolutely (without an object). The sense is “I am about to do what I do,” denoting the certainty and effectiveness of the action. The phrase “not for your sake” strengthens this act of self-interest by excluding Israel from any part in resolving the divine dilemma created by the nation’s exile. The people did not send themselves into exile, though they were responsible for the sin that required God’s judgment by exile. Israel cannot merit its restoration, and therefore it must be done by God alone. God’s motive here is not Israel’s need, but rather the need to vindicate His holy character before the nations.
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.