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 WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Times of Israel, Iran’s national army has begun a massive military drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. The chief of the army’s ground forces said that the maneuvers were aimed at “transferring experiences” to a younger generation of Iranian soldiers. Earlier this week, the commander of the Iranian navy said “the Islamic Republic of Iran’s might will be displayed in a joint maneuver by the Army’s Ground, Naval and Air Forces.” He added that various warships, destroyers, submarines, missiles, aircraft and helicopters would be used in the drill in a bid to improve the naval forces’ power.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to the Fiscal Times, the war against ISIS is taking a dangerous, perhaps inevitable turn. The terror organization has been keen to expand to southern Syria and the Syrian capital of Damascus. Now it says it has recruited three Syrian rebel groups operating in the south of the country in an area bordering the Israeli occupied Golan Heights — that have switched their loyalties to ISIS. This switch means that Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East, could be threatened from the southwest by the Egyptian ISIS group al-Maq-dis in Sinai and by ISIS in southern Syria. Geoffrey Levin, a professor at New York University, said, “If Israel was attacked by ISIS, America would expect a proportionate response by Israel, which is militarily capable of defending itself. America would counsel against sustained Israeli involvement because it could threaten the tacit alliance between America, Iran, Turkey, and several Arab states against ISIS.”
Third, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Times of Israel, a top Russian official said on Thursday that Moscow will support a draft resolution on Palestinian statehood at the United Nations Security Council. Deputy Foreign Minister Gen-na-dy Gat-i-lov said Russia would vote in favor of the controversial bid, which calls for an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines by the end of 2017. Moscow also expressed hope that all other members of the Security Council would support the measure and that it will not be vetoed.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to Reuters, Russia said on Wednesday that NATO was turning Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine’s hopes of joining it were realized. The Kiev parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War. Russia’s deputy defense minister said, “NATO countries pushed Kiev to this counterproductive decision, trying to turn Ukraine into a front line of confrontation with Russia. If this decision in the future takes on a military character (by joining NATO), then we will respond appropriately.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to Ynet News, only four months have passed since the end of Operation Protective Edge and signs on the ground point to a speedy recovery by Hamas. Aside from the cross-border fire from Gaza, the Islamist terror group has constructed new military positions and forward command posts. In northern Gaza, residents have spotted dirt hills, fortifications, and ramps only several hundred meters from their homes. Pictures show Hamas’ construction activity, including forward positions, adorned with the Gazan group’s signature green flag. The new reality on the ground is of deep concern to the local residents who say militants are manning lookout posts, observing Israeli troop movements across the border, and showing a clear lack of fear of IDF forces.
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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Exodus 17:8-9 which reads: “Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
The origin of Israel’s four-century-long antagonistic relationship with the nation of Amalek is presented in Exodus 17:8-16. The Amalekites were distantly related to the Hebrews through their common patriarch, Isaac (descended through Esau’s son Eliphaz). Although they shared a familial bond as cousins of a sort, the Amalekites “came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.” This is Israel’s first military engagement.
Moses, Aaron, and Hur ascend a hilltop to observe the battle. This is no ordinary military campaign. Rather, it is a supernatural expression of Israel’s complete dependence on God’s provision, the first of many divinely ordained wars to come. As Moses holds up the rod of God, Israel prevails in battle. Conversely, as he lets down his hand, Amalek prevails. The conflict would not be determined by military prowess but by the power of God. A problem arises when Moses’ arms become tired and he has difficulty holding them up. He is, after all, 80 years old. Aaron and Hur solve this disability first by providing Moses with a stone on which to sit, and second by taking a position on either side of him in order to hold up his arms for the remainder of the battle, which continued until nightfall.
With Israel’s forces victorious, the Lord instructs Moses to record this event in a book so it would serve as a memorial. This book would have been a scroll, a long strip of leather or papyrus on which scribes wrote in columns with pen and ink, sometimes on both sides. It is essential that Joshua, as military commander and Moses successor, sustain his awareness of the perpetual enmity between Israel and Amalek. From this point on, the Lord “has it in” for the Amalekites: “I will utterly blot the memory of Amalek,” He says. The divine curse against the Amalekites is reiterated in Numbers 24:20 and Deuteronomy 25:19.
Enmity between Israel and Amalek continued for approximately four centuries and was acted upon in various conflicts until the might of the Amalekites was definitively broken by kings Saul and David.
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 William Gurnall. He said, “Christ hath told us he will come, but not when, that we might never put off our clothes, or put out the candle.”
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 over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty 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/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, 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, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven 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.