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 Reuters, the head of Great Britain’s MI5 (M-EYE-5) Security Service said on Thursday that Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets.” Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely. Spies in Europe and the United States have been troubled that al Qaeda militants from Pakistan have appeared in wartorn Syria, in what some intelligence analysts say could be part of a plot to mount a major attack against the West. Thursday’s stark warning from one of the West’s most influential spymasters mirrors a growing concern among Western political leaders and their Arab allies about the threat from the cauldron of militant groups in Syria and Iraq.
Second, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Bloomberg, U.S. weapons intended for Iraq’s beleaguered military are winding up in the possession of the country’s Shiite militias. U.S. lawmakers and senior officials in the Obama administration say the Baghdad government is turning hardware over to Shiite militias that are heavily influenced by Iran and have been guilty of gross human-rights violations. One senior administration official said the U.S. government is aware of this, but is caught in a dilemma. The flawed Iraqi security forces are unable to fight the Islamic State without the aid of the militias who are often trained and sometimes commanded by officers from Iran. However, if the U.S. stopped sending arms to the Iraqi military, things would get even worse, with ISIS overrunning more of the country and committing human-rights horrors on a broader scale. Apparently, the view of the U.S. government is that the risk of not aiding the militias is greater than the risk of aiding them.
Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Tribune News Service, Hundreds of people have been killed in northeastern Nigeria in terror attacks in the last week as Boko Haram militants took control of 16 towns in a new humiliation for the country’s struggling armed forces. Boko Haram gunmen stormed the town of Bagaa on Saturday, killing about 100 people. In all, several hundred appear to have died in attacks across the region.
Fourth, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the Washington Times, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency has tasked a major defense contractor to develop advanced missiles capable of knocking out maneuvering, ultrahigh-speed targets such as China’s high-tech hypersonic glide vehicles. Missile defense specialists at Lockheed Martin, the main contractor for the Pentagon’s agency, said that an extended-range version of the Army’s Defense system is being developed to deal with hypersonic threats. In addition to China, Russia and India are working on hypersonic strike vehicles, and U.S. officials are concerned that hypersonic technology will proliferate to the missile systems of North Korea and Iran, the main focus of current U.S. missile defenses.
Fifth, today, under the Sign category of THE TURMOIL IN ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST — According to the Times of Israel, on the day after Islamist terrorists massacred 12 people in the heart of Paris, Jewish Agency head Na-tan Sha-ran-sky resisted the temptation to use the tragedy to push for upped immigration to Israel from an increasingly dangerous France. However, he said, “there is this place in the world called Europe, where Jews are feeling increasingly uncomfortable.” He predicted that more than 10,000 French Jews will move to Israel in the course of 2015 — breaking 2014’s record number of 7,000 new immigrants from French-speaking countries — amid a reported uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in France and across Europe.
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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is the entire chapter of Leviticus 16. Verses 29-30 of this passage reads: “And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.
God established a relationship with His chosen people, Israel. Yet the Jewish people, being human, were prone to sin. This propensity to sin put a crimp in their relationship with God. God, in His grace, gave Israel the sacrificial system in order to restore their relationship, to cover over their sin on an annual basis. Each year the Israelites received a clean slate, a fresh start before God, a re-covering.
Of course, Israel’s annual atonement lasted only as long as individuals remained free from committing sinful acts. After dirt is swept under a carpet, the carpet remains clean only until it inevitably becomes resoiled. The day after all the elaborate and meticulous rituals on the Day of Atonement, the daily and weekly Levitical sacrifices immediately recommenced.
The central chapter within Leviticus, chapter 16, is devoted almost entirely to enumerating the high priest’s holy day rituals and practices. The chapter commences with the clear affirmation that only one man, Israel’s high priest, could approach God. And while the high priest is the only individual authorized to approach the divine presence, he is not free to do so anytime he wants or any way he desires. The high priest could only enter God’s presence on the day and in the manner that God had approved. Any deviation would mean certain death. The high priest represented the people of Israel before God, and the portentous responsibility of their atonement rested squarely upon his priestly shoulders. On the Day of Atonement, Israel’s most sacred figure could enter into the nation’s most sacred place to perform its most sacred rituals on its most sacred day.
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. Ryle. He said, “Uncertainty about the date of the Lord’s return is calculated to keep believers in an attitude of constant expectation and to preserve them from despondency.”
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.