PODCAST: UAE, Bahrain, and Israel Sign Agreement (Second Coming Watch Update #936 with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #936. 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 RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Reuters, The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements on Tuesday to establish formal ties with Israel, becoming the first Arab states in a quarter century to break a longstanding taboo, in a strategic realignment of Middle East countries against Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the White House ceremony, capping a dramatic month when first the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel’s dispute with the Palestinians. The deals, denounced by the Palestinians, make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps toward normalizing relations since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Meeting Netanyahu earlier in the Oval Office, Trump said, “We’ll have at least five or six countries coming along very quickly” to forge their own accords with Israel. Later Trump told reporters a third Gulf Arab state, Saudi Arabia, would strike an agreement with Israel “at the right time.” The Saudi cabinet stressed in a statement the need for a “just and comprehensive solution” to the Palestinian issue. Saudi Arabia is the biggest Gulf Arab power. Its king is custodian of Islam’s holiest sites and rules the world’s largest oil exporter. Despite its own reluctance, the kingdom’s quiet acquiescence to the agreements was seen as crucial.

Second, today, under the Sign category of PESTILENCES & FATAL EPIDEMIC DISEASES — According to The Daily Star, A sharp spike in cases of the deadly West Nile virus has added to the problems facing Spanish healthcare workers already stretched to breaking point by the coronavirus pandemic. In the past month, 52 new cases of the disease have been reported – mainly in the province of Andalusia [AN-DUH-LUU-SHUH]. Prior to this latest outbreak there had been just seven cases reported over the past 10 years. At least four people have died of the virus in the province of Sevilla [SEH-VEE-YAA]. The virus, like coronavirus, produces no symptoms in around 80% of the people it infects – enabling it to spread very easily. A minority of victims, though, will suffer from flu-like symptoms including headaches and a fever. Even mild cases can take a while to recover from and about one in 10 of people who contract the severe form of the disease are likely to die. The disease, which has no vaccine or known cure, is spread by mosquito bites – and the insects are breeding in record numbers across southern Spain.

Third, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli aircraft attacked targets in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday morning, the IDF spokesperson’s unit said, as another barrage of rockets from the coastal enclave landed in southern Israel. Hours earlier, a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza struck the coastal Israeli city of Ashdod, wounding two people, at the same time as Israel and two Gulf Arab states signed agreements in Washington to establish formal relations. The IDF said on Wednesday morning that IAF aircraft attacked ten Hamas targets, including a training base and a munitions factory. The airstrikes came in retaliation after 13 rocket launches from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory were identified earlier in the morning, eight of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL — According to Ynet News, There are today some 9,246,000 residents of Israel, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday, as it released its annual population report on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, which begins on Friday. The CBS also predicted that Israel’s population was set to reach 10 million people by the end of 2024, 15 million by the end of 2048, and 20 million by 2065. According to the CBS, since September 1, 2019 approximately 170,000 babies have been born in Israel, 44,000 people have died, and 20,000 people have made aliyah [AA-LEE-YAA]. All in all, Israel’s population has grown by 150,000 people since Rosh Hashanah 2019. About 6,841,000 of the residents of Israel are Jews, constituting 74% of the population. About 1,946,000 (21%) are Arab and some 459,000 people are non-Arab Christians, members of other religions and people without a religious affiliation.

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of FAMINES — According to Zero Hedge, China recently launched the “Clean Plate Campaign,” which targets people wasting food, as speculation of a worldwide food shortage mounts. President Xi Jinping [SHEE JIN-PING] has pushed new measures to curb food waste following the virus pandemic, calling those who live stream their eating experiences on social media as “shocking and distressing.” Jinping [JIN-PING] said China had to “maintain a sense of crisis about food security” amid the virus pandemic. The warning comes as the world’s second-largest economy could soon face food shortages. Besides the virus-induced economic downturn disrupting food supply chains, there’s been droughts, floods, and pests that are likely to result in poor harvests this year. Some restaurants in China have limited the number of dishes served to diners, while others have weighed customers before ordering. According to a study published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the World Wildlife Fund in China, estimates show China wastes enough food to feed 30 to 50 million people per year. The government’s abrupt crackdown on food waste suggests a shortage could be nearing.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 36:16-21.

Ezekiel 36:20-21 reads: “And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they 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.

The seriousness of this offense can be seen in the meaning of the verb “profane” (Hebrew, chalal [KHAW-LAL]), which means “to pollute, defile, profane, violate, desecrate, make common.” Of the 75 occurrences of the term in the Old Testament, 31 are found in Ezekiel. Of these uses by the prophet, 21 refer to treating as common those things that are consecrated as holy–such as “holy things,” “holy places,” “the sanctuary,” “holy occasions” (usually Sabbaths), and “holy position.” The remaining ten occurrences all refer to a profanation of the Lord’s holy name, the highest form of profanation.

Verse 21 explains God’s intent to vindicate His holy name. While no scheme is yet revealed for the recovery of the divine honor, there is introduced the general motive that underlies the specific action displayed in verses 23-32. The pivotal phrase “but I had concern for My holy name” contrasts the attitude of the nations who professed no concern for it. The word translated as “concern,” “pity,” or “compassion” (Hebrew, chamal [KHAW-MAL]) is used in Ezekiel 16:5 (in a passage describing Israel’s contemptible state at the time of her election) to indicate an attitude of active, condescending responsibility. Here it indicates God’s zealous restoration of His own honor, which will require divine intervention in the future restoration of Israel. So assured is this future action that the verb appears as a prophetic preterite indicating that the basis of Israel’s restoration has already been settled.

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 Chrysostom. He said, “There are two advents of Christ: that which has been, and that which is to be. And the two are not for the same purpose; the first came to pass not that He might search into our actions, but that He might pardon; the object of the second will be not to pardon, but to judge.”

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.