This is the Second Coming Watch Sunday Roundup for January 11, 2015. On the Roundup we feature the top 10 prophecy-related news stories that happened this past week which point towards the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.
1. According to The Washington Times, the Islamic State has taken responsibility for the terror attacks in Paris and vowed that Great Britain and America are next. In a sermon in Mosul, an Iraqi city now under the control of the Islamic State, cleric Abu Saad al-Ansari said, “We started with the France operation for which we take responsibility.” He went on to say, “Tomorrow will be in Britain, America and others.” He added that his warning was “to all countries participating in the [U.S.-led] coalition that has killed Islamic State members.”
2. According to Israel National News, Intelligence suggests that Syrian President Bashar Assad is building a secret underground plant with the aim of developing nuclear weapons. Citing information made available by unidentified intelligence sources, Germany’s Spiegel newsmagazine said the plant was in an inaccessible mountain region in the west of the war-ravaged country, two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Lebanese border. Western experts suspect that a reactor or an enrichment plant could be the aim of the project.
3. According to the Washington Post, Frustrated by the failure of U.S.-brokered peace talks and under growing pressure from his people to confront Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is launching diplomatic war against Israel, betting on a risky campaign to fully “internationalize the struggle” by moving toward the United Nations and away from the United States. As part of this strategy, which the Israelis have dubbed a “diplomatic intifada,” the Palestinians are seeking support for statehood from the international community via resolutions at the United Nations and in European parliaments calling for the end of Israeli occupation within two years and the establishment of a Palestinian state. The stated goal is to embarrass, anger and isolate Israel, and thereby pressure ordinary Israelis to push their government to make a peace deal with the Palestinians.
4. According to The Washington Free Beacon, Iranian officials are touting the efficiency of a new national missile defense system that has been dubbed Iran’s “real Iron Dome,” a reference to the joint U.S.-Israeli missile shield that protects the Jewish state from incoming terrorist rockets. Tehran also has begun to mass-produce its own fighter jets, as well as suicide combat drones and what it dubbed “the world’s first missile evading drone.” Iran first revealed in August that it was gearing up to deploy a mid-range and long-range missile defense system similar to Israel’s Iron Dome. That system is now said to have been activated, according to Iranian officials.
5. According to The Jerusalem Post, a poll published by a Palestinian research organization on Wednesday claims that nearly 90 percent of Palestinians believe that the al-Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are in imminent danger of being destroyed by the Israeli government. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, states that 86% of Palestinians believe that the structures are “in great danger,” while 77% of respondents said that the Israeli government intends to replace them with a third temple. Moreover, 21% of respondents stated that the Israeli government plans on dividing the Temple Mount into Jewish and Arab sections; and 50% believe Israel will succeed in the unsubstantiated undertaking.
6. According to Newsmax, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that tensions between Russia and European powers over the Ukraine crisis could result in a major conflict or even nuclear war, in an interview in a German news magazine on Saturday. The 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner told Der Spiegel, “A war of this kind would unavoidably lead to a nuclear war. We won’t survive the coming years if someone loses their nerve in this overheated situation.” Tensions between Russia and Western powers rose after pro-Russian separatists took control of large parts of eastern Ukraine and Russia annexed Crimea in early 2014. The United States, NATO and the European Union accuse Russia of sending troops and weapons to support the separatist uprising, and have imposed sanctions on Moscow.
7. According to Jerusalem Online, the Israeli military is currently preparing for a possible Hezbollah attempt to infiltrate the country by sea. Construction of an underwater barrier is being conducted under heavy security. This underwater barrier will prevent divers and sea craft from reaching the Israeli northern shore. A similiar sophisticated defense system already exists in the waters off of the beaches in the south of Israel.
8. According to Reuters, facing tight budgets and a shrinking military, the United States has said that it is ending operations at an air base in Great Britain and handing it and 14 other sites in Europe back to their home governments. In the biggest move, the Pentagon said it would leave RAF Mildenhall northeast of London, home to tanker, reconnaissance and special operations aircraft, and withdraw 3,200 military personnel and their families. Assistant Defense Secretary Derek Chollet said the changes in half a dozen European countries would reduce support infrastructure but would not affect the U.S. military’s operational capacity in the region.
9. According to CNN, French law enforcement officers have been told to erase their social media presence and to carry their weapons at all times because terror sleeper cells have been activated in recent days in the country. The suspect killed Friday during a deadly kosher market hostage siege, had made several phone calls about targeting police officers in France.
10. According to UCA News, it is difficult to recall a more troubling year for Christians in China than 2014. Starting in the spring, authorities in the southeastern province of Zhejiang began demolishing and removing crosses at hundreds of churches. In July, a court sentenced Pastor Zhang Shaojie of the state-sanctioned Protestant Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) to 12 years in prison for disrupting “public order”. The year ended with the arrest of Christian Korean-American aid worker Peter Hahn on charges of embezzlement in December, four months after the detention and investigation of a Christian Canadian couple for “stealing state secrets”. Both cases represented the tip of the iceberg amid a recent targeting of Christian activists on China’s border with North Korea. Churches have reportedly been forced to close and hundreds of South Korean missionaries denied new visas, forcing them to leave. However, despite this very bad year, the longer-term prospects for Christianity in China are perhaps more hopeful than ever.
The Bible says in Revelation 16:15: “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
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.”
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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. 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.”