Signs That We Are Living in the Last Days and Russia and Bible Prophecy (Second Coming Watch Update #968) with Daniel Whyte III

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This is Daniel Whyte III with the Second Coming Watch Update. This is update #969. 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 & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to CBS News, Senior Russian officials have slammed Finland’s decision to seek membership in the NATO alliance — which came as a direct reaction to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Finland’s President Sau-li Nii-nis-to and Prime Minister San-na Mar-in both said on Thursday that their country should apply to join the transatlantic military bloc “without delay.” Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Friday that her country would follow suit without delay, arguing that “Swedish NATO membership would raise the threshold for military conflicts and thus have a conflict-preventing effect in northern Europe.” As Russian political analyst Fy-o-dor Luk-ya-nov said on his Telegram channel “Russia in Global Affairs,” Finland joining NATO would increase Russia’s land border with NATO member states by around 800 miles. Putin has repeatedly cited the eastward expansion of NATO — which he calls a threat to Russian security — as one of the primary reasons for launching his war in Ukraine. Russia’s Foreign Ministry quickly warned that if Finland was accepted into the alliance Moscow would be forced to respond, including with unspecified “military-technical” measures. The Foreign Ministry said, “Finland’s accession to NATO will cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations and maintenance of stability and security in the Northern European region. Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature, in order to neutralize the threats to its national security that arise from this.”

Second, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG & MAGOG — According to the Jerusalem Post, After Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made statements about “Hitler’s Jewish blood” and blamed the Jews for being “the worst anti-semites,” the verbal and written exchange between Israel and Russia quickly escalated. During the last few weeks, while relations between Israel and Russia became tenser, the volume of communication between Moscow and various Palestinian factions kept growing. First, there was a call between Putin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, then Lavrov initiated a conversation with senior Hamas leader Is-ma-il Han-iy-eh. On Wednesday, a Hamas delegation led by veteran leader Mu-sa Ab-u Mar-zouk paid a visit to Moscow. For the last few years, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has not been at the center of Russian attention. What are the chances that Moscow will leverage its relations with Fa-tah – the ruling party in the Palestinian Authority – or Hamas now that its irritation with Israel is growing and the situation in Gaza, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem is volatile? Abbas Gall-ya-mov, an independent political analyst and a former speechwriter for Putin, believes that initially there was no plan to undermine relations with Israel. He told The Media Line, “Lavrov could issue an apology after that incident, and that would be the end of it. But the Kremlin’s political style is based on a criminal logic – they are always right, and owning a mistake, recognizing that a mistake was made, is a sign of weakness.” Gall-ya-mov said, “If Israel insists on its position and Russia fiercely defends its views, there is a potential for deterioration of relations. Moscow might activate Iran, Syria, or Hamas – without considering the outcome. That’s the problem: Putin never considers or evaluates the consequences. He is eager to join any fight in order to come out as the winner.”

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMOURS OF WARS — According to Bloomberg, China’s top diplomat warned the US it is heading down the “wrong road” with its support for Taiwan, comments accompanied by Beijing again sending military aircraft towards the island. Mr Yang Jiechi, Beijing’s top diplomat, said in a phone call with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, “If the US side insists on playing the Taiwan card and goes further and further down the wrong road, it will certainly lead the situation to a dangerous point.” Mr Yang said Washington should “have a clear understanding of the situation”, according to a statement posted online by his nation’s Foreign Ministry. He added, “China will certainly take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests.” The White House issued a short statement on the Wednesday (May 18) call, saying the pair “focused on regional security issues and nonproliferation”. They also discussed Russia’s war against Ukraine and specific issues in US-China relations. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said on its website that four People’s Liberation Army aircraft, including a pair of J-16 fighter jets, entered its air defence identification zone on Wednesday, skirting close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait. Earlier this week, Admiral Michael Gilday, the top American naval officer, said Taiwan must prepare itself against potential Chinese aggression through military deterrence that includes getting the right weapons and training. He said this was a “big lesson learned and a wake up call” following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Fourth, today, under the Sign category of INTEREST IN THE REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM — According to Israel 365 News, on Israel’s 74th Independence Day, Knesset Member It-a-mar Ben-Gvir entered the Temple Mount. During his visit, Ben-Gvir said: “The time has come to build a Jewish synagogue on the Temple Mount.” Before ascending the Mount, Ben-Gvir emphasized the importance of visiting the Temple Mount, writing: “Jews ascending the Temple Mount today proves that Hamas is an organization of pushovers that will easily surrender. On Israel’s 74th Independence Day, it’s important that government officials remember that we are an independent nation.” Israel has prevented any effort to build a Temple on the Holy site for fear of Arab backlash. Instead, the Jewish pilgrims visiting the mount are forced to settle for silent prayer, an act recently allowed by the police stationed there. Ben-Gvir called for full Israeli control over the holy site in the past. In his opening speech in the Knesset, Ben-Gvir lamented the hesitancy of the Israeli government to assert full sovereignty over Jerusalem and, more specifically, the Temple Mount saying: “I will act to ensure that Israeli control returns to Jerusalem and to the Temple Mount specifically.”

Fifth, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to CBS News, An earthquake struck Wyoming in the area of Yellowstone National Park on May 12. There were no reports of damage or injuries. The 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck just after 7:30 a.m. local time at a depth of 8.7 miles. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, “The Yellowstone region is one of the most seismically active areas in the United States.” The area sees an average of 1,500 to 2,500 quakes a year, but most are too small for humans to detect — 99% of them are below magnitude 2. However, USGS has about 50 seismographs, which capture and measure earthquakes, located throughout the park. The park is situated on top of a “supervolcano,” with the potential to unleash a cataclysmic eruption. The National Park Service says the volcano has only had three major eruptions with the first eruption spewing ash as far away as present day Missouri and ejected 6,000 times the volume of material ejected from the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Ezekiel 38:17-39:20.

Ezekiel 38:17 reads: “Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

In the opening verse of this section about the divine defeat of Gog, God mentions that the prophets had foretold this last-days invasion. Though Gog is not named by the other prophets, the other prophets did make reference to the future defeat of the enemies of Israel.

The drama of Gog’s miraculous defeat through divine intervention is presented in 38:18-39:8. Four different words for divine judgment are used in verses 18-19: “fury” (Hebrew, che-mah), “anger” (Hebrew, ‘af), “zeal” (Hebrew, qi-nah), and “wrath” (Hebrew, ‘e-brah). These words express the intensity of God’s display of vengeance against the invaders of His land (“My mountains”). According to 38:19-21 a divinely appointed earthquake will be so severe as to disorient Gog’s multinational forces and cause them to fight each other. The earthquake will apparently set off volcanic deposits in the region, bringing down on Gog’s army a hail of molten rock and burning sulphur (volcanic ash) with the result that the enemy troops are utterly destroyed before they can strike a blow against Israel. This divine demonstration against Gog and his allies will extend even to the farthest reaches of their homelands–“Magog…coastlands”–nullifying any reprisal or future attempts at invasion. This complete annihilation of Gog’s vast army will bring God greater glory and distinguish (set apart, “sanctify”) Him to the other nations as Israel’s sovereign Lord.

In 39:9-16 Israel is instructed on how to dispose of the abandoned weapons and the slain bodies of Gog and his allies. The first instructions deal with the disposal of the weapons, which are to be burned. This task will take “seven years” and be performed by the inhabitants of nearby cities. Rather than simply destroy the weapons, they will be used for fuel and thereby benefit the Israelis. This ironic disposition of weapons designed to kill the people will be considered a “plunder of those who [intended to] plunder them.” If this battle takes place after the rapture but before the seventieth week (the seven-year Tribulation) begins, there will be ample time and freedom even through the first half of the Tribulation (the time of pseudo peace for Israel under the Antichrist’s covenant) to accomplish this job. Moreover, the statement about not needing to gather firewood from the forests would make more sense in such a time frame, for after the first trumpet judgment, one-third of the trees will be burned up. If this battle were to take place at any point in the Tribulation, the people who are burning the weapons would run out of time to complete this task before the intensified persecution of the final 42 months–a persecution that drives the Jewish remnant into the wilderness to escape the Satanic onslaught.

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 C. S. Lewis. He said, “God will invade. But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realise what it will be like when He does. When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks on to the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else – something it never entered your head to conceive – comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realised it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last for ever. We must take it or leave it.”

Let’s Pray

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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. Here is how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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 10:9 and 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. … For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

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.