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 DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to The Guardian, Iran has denied striking a deal with the U.S. to reduce Tehran’s potential ability to manufacture nuclear weapons, following earlier reports that an agreement had been reached. The Associated Press said on Friday that Tehran and Washington had agreed to the outline of a deal under which Iran would ship its surplus enriched uranium to Russia. It also said negotiators had drawn up a catalogue outlining areas of potential agreement and differences in the long-running dispute. Iran’s foreign ministry spokeswoman said, however, that “no agreement on any nuclear topic” had been reached.
Second, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the Associated Press, the United States says its new round of sanctions against North Korea is just the opening salvo in its response to an unprecedented cyberattack on Sony. Yet there may be little else the U.S. can do to further isolate a country that already has few friends in the world. Even the latest sanctions, handed down by President Barack Obama in an executive order, may not sting quite as badly as the U.S. would have hoped. After all, North Korea is already under a strict sanctions regime imposed by the U.S. over the North’s nuclear program.
Third, today, under the Sign category of INCREASED PERSECUTION — According to the Associated Press, Masked gunmen in central Libya kidnapped 13 Coptic Christians on Saturday after seven were abducted days earlier, in a new wave of assaults against Egypt’s Christians working in the war-torn North African nation plagued with Islamic extremists. A witness said that the gunmen in the Libyan city of Sirte went room to room in their residence at 2:30 a.m. Saturday and asked for identification papers to separate Muslim workers from Christians. Aziz says the gunmen handcuffed the Christians and drove away with them. Abu Makar, a Coptic priest in the workers’ hometown in southern Egypt, confirmed the abduction took place.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Times of Israel, In initiating a war crimes probe against Israel with the International Criminal Court, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas may fall afoul of US legislation that would mandate defunding the Palestinian Authority. The US funds the PA to the tune of some $400 million per year. An unidentified Palestinian source claimed that Abbas signed a request Thursday asking the ICC to investigate war crimes allegedly “committed in Palestine” since the summer. This action may tip the scales in Washington, where there is already bipartisan frustration with Abbas’s decision to put a Palestinian statehood resolution before the United Nations. Aaron David Miller, a former presidential advisor and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said, “I think the odds of defunding are higher than they ever were before.”
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to Bloomberg, President Barack Obama’s administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine. This month, Obama’s National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of U.S policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies. At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine.
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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Exodus 23:27-28 which reads: “I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee. And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
In a breathtaking crescendo of “I wills,” God promises that He Himself will be responsible for the expulsion of the Canaanites from the Promised Land. He will be like a swarm of hornets from which the Canaanites would eventually flee. God would not drive out the land’s inhabitants all at once or even within the year, but in gradual stages, little by little, to prevent a sudden desolation that would make it possible for the land to become overrun by wild animals. As the Israelites’ presence in the land increased, the Canaanites would proportionately decrease until the Hebrews enjoyed their entire geographic inheritance. The seven-year-long campaign of Joshua would wipe out most, but not all, of the land’s tenants. The ultimate boundaries of the Promised Land are provided here as the Red Sea on the south, the Mediterranean on the west, the desert (likely present-day Jordan) on the east, and the Euphrates River on the north. These borders, corresponding to the geographic boundaries expressed within the Abrahamic Covenant, will finally be enjoyed by Israel in the messianic kingdom.
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 J.C. Pollock. He said, “Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.”
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.