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 THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Guardian, an official website belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard has quoted a senior cleric as saying that Iran has attained the knowledge to build a nuclear bomb but doesn’t want to use it. The site Ay-a-toll-ah Ah-mad Kha-ta-mi as telling a group of IRGC commanders that Iran had the expertise to enrich uranium not just to the 5% and 20% levels required for civilian uses but to higher levels required for a bomb. He said, “[We] can enrich uranium at 5% or 20%, as well as 40% to 50%, and even 90%.” Kha-ta-mi’s speech was widely covered by the Iranian press, but the remarks about Iran’s nuclear bomb-making capabilities were not reported.
Second, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Times of Israel, the Hamas terror group has been redoubling its efforts to restore the cross-border offensive tunnels that were destroyed by Israel during last summer’s war in the Gaza Strip. According to the reports, some of the cement and other materials being delivered to the coastal Palestinian territory, as part of an international rebuilding effort, has been diverted to the tunnels. An Israel Radio report said Hamas has realized that the tunnels, which were used to stage attacks on Israeli military targets during the war, provide it with a psychological edge over residents of Israeli border towns in the area.
Third, today, under the Sign category of DISEASES & EPIDEMICS — According to Reuters, the World Health Organization said on Saturday that the death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date. The latest data reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This week, Sierra Leone’s government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa’s worst-hit country.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Times of Israel, the United States delivered 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt in recent weeks after lifting part of a freeze on aid to the Arab nation. US Secretary of State John Kerry had been promising Cairo’s new leadership that the aircraft — aimed to join counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai peninsula — would be delivered soon. The United States annually allocates some $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt, including $1.3 billion in military assistance. Egypt’s military has been battling an insurgency on the peninsula since it overthrew Islamist president Morsi last year and cracked down on his supporters.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the Washington Free Beacon, Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe. Two bombers made the flight around Guam, a key U.S. military hub in the western Pacific, on December 13. No U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow the bombers. Separately, two Canadian F-18s intercepted two Russian bombers that intruded into the Alaska air defense identification zone which a military spokesman called “unwanted, provocative, and potentially destabilizing.” Around the same time in Europe, NATO jets intercepted Russian bombers also conducting provocative flights.
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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Exodus 12:46-47 which reads: “In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
Exodus 12:46-47 provides two more general rules of observance. The Passover meal is to be eaten by each household within the confines of each house; there are to be no progressive Passover seders from home to home, and there is to be no eating of the ritual meal out on the porch or in the backyard. In addition, God prohibited the breaking of any of the lamb’s bones.
Passover was one of three annual pilgrimage festivals (along with Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles) when every Israelite family was commanded to congregate at the central location of worship, initially the tabernacle and later, the temple.
Passover finds prophetic fulfillment in the death of the Messiah. The rich typological significance of Passover is highlighted in several places in the New Testament. John uses the imagery of the unblemished, sacrificed lamb to refer to Jesus (“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”, and “worthy is the Lamb”), as do both Peter (“a Iamb unblemished and spotless”) and Paul (“Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed”). Paul also applies unleavened bread imagery to the believers’ lifestyle goal of holiness. In addition, John explicitly alludes to the Passover by pointing out that none of Jesus’ bones were broken during His crucifixion.
Jesus Himself referenced His typological fulfillment of both the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread during the Last Supper. Christ’s reinterpretation of the Passover meal instituted the celebration of communion and announced a new era in human history. Indeed, implicit in the Last Supper teaching is the promise of future celebrations of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread within the messianic kingdom. This future observance is confirmed by the prophet Ezekiel.
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 Anthony Ashley Cooper. He said, “The only remedy for all this mass of misery is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why do we not plead for it every time we hear the clock strike?”
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. John 3:16 says, “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.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.