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Welcome to The Prophet Daniel’s Report. This is Daniel Whyte III here to remind you that Jesus Christ is coming back soon and that you need to be prepared. This broadcast is not about predictions, however it is all about preparation.
First, today, let’s look at some Signs of His Coming in the news.
The disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus Christ then went on to give them (and us) clear signs that show us when we can begin to expect to see the coming of the Lord and the end of the world. Looking at world events through the lens of the Word of God, let’s look at some headlines from today’s news that point to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For Israel, Egypt may be even more dangerous than Iran. According to Israel Today, following the recent disqualification of Egypt’s first batch of presidential hopefuls, the Muslim Brotherhood announced its new candidate, while Israel’s foreign minister warned that Egypt is quickly becoming a bigger threat to Israel than even Iran. Last week, Egypt’s Presidential Elections Commission barred on technicalities the three frontrunners for presidency, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khai-rat al-Sha-ter. Both Jerusalem and Washington were concerned that al-Shater would become Egypt’s president, considering his hardline politics. But his replacement might not be any better. The Muslim Brotherhood’s new presidential candidate is Mohammed Mur-si, who told a press conference on Saturday that if elected his government’s top priority will be strong-arming Israel into accepting Palestinian land demands. When asked if he would honor Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, Mursi vaguely responded that he would abide by all international agreements, but would not be coerced by “externally-dictated policies.” While the Muslim Brotherhood already controls Egypt’s parliament, Mursi faces a stiff challenge from former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mou-ssa for the presidency. But Moussa, too, is likely to be openly hostile toward Israel.
Influential Anglican leaders call for homosexual marriage against church teachings. According to the Christian Post, a group of Anglican Church leaders, including some from the General Synod, the Church of England’s governing body, has stated in a public letter opposition to the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, and a desire for it to include same-sex couples. Homosexual marriage has been a controversial issue in Britain and especially in the Anglican Church. British Prime Minister David Cameron and several other political groups and leaders in the country want the government to allow same-sex couples to make vows and marry. Laws already allow homosexuals to partake in civil unions that allow them many of the same benefits as heterosexual couples. The Church of England stands firm in its support of traditional marriage.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. ”
Vanderbilt University tells college group to remove ‘personal commitment to Jesus’ from bylaws. According to the Christian Post, a Christian student group at Vanderbilt University has been told by the school’s administration that it will lose its recognized status on campus unless the group removes its requirement that its leaders have a “personal commitment to Jesus Christ.” Despite a discussion with school officials at the beginning of the year that led members of the group to believe their bylaws were approved, the group was told last week that the university’s new policy barring religious groups from selecting members and leaders based on faith requirements will disqualify the group next school year. The Christian Legal Society told The Christian Post on Friday that the small Christian student group, which wants to stay anonymous, received an email from the administration last Tuesday that stated that the group’s application to keep its recognition was deficient because of the statement in its bylaws. Students protesting the new policy have formed the group Vanderbilt Solidarity, consisting of 11 Christian groups that are supported by the Alliance Defense Fund.
You can read these stories in-depth and get more Second Coming-related news on our website at www.SecondComingHerald.com
Now, it’s time for Prophecy Bootcamp.
Prophecy Bootcamp is where we deal with the basics of prophecy and what will happen in the future according to the Bible. Our aim here is not to make predictions but to help you get prepared by understanding how things will unfold in the end times.
Our topic for today is titled “God’s Promises Regarding the Second Coming (Part 1)” from John MacArthur’s book “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.” MacArthur writes the following on this subject.
Throughout the Old Testament, God made 333 promises regarding the coming Deliverer; but only 109 were fulfilled in Jesus’ first coming. This leaves 224 Old Testament prophecies to be fulfilled in His Second Coming. So, the Word of God is at stake. If Jesus does not return, God is a liar and the credibility of God is invalidated. All of the prophecies regarding Christ must come to pass — not just some of them — or God would have made a mistake. And if God made a mistake, we are in real trouble!
God has promised certain things that the Messiah must fulfill. Jesus didn’t fulfill them the first time he came, so He must return. Some examples of these unfulfilled prophecies are:
Genesis 49:10: “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come…” This is a Messianic promise. “Shiloh” means “the one whose right it is” or “the one to whom it belongs.” In other words, there is going to be a King, He’s going to hold the scepter, and He’ll be from the line of Judah. Verse 10 continues with “and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” The first time Jesus came, was the gathering of the people to Him? No! John 1:11 says, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” This prophecy has not been fulfilled. Therefore, He must return.
Psalm 2:6-9: “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Basically, God says, ‘Messiah is going to come. He is going to be king and reign on the throne, and all the nations of the world are going to be subject unto him as he rules with a rod of iron.’ Did this happen the first time Jesus came? Of course not! So, He has to come again.
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and I to do in light of His Second Coming.
God wants us to warn those around us that they need to be prepared to face God. All of those who reject Christ will face God at the Great White Throne Judgment. Tim Lahaye writes the following on this subject:
Mankind’s eventual meeting with God on Judgment Day is stamped indelibly on the human heart. Recognition of this eventual meeting is one of the things distinguishing man from animals and seems part of the human conscience. More importantly, such an encounter with God is mentioned many times in Scripture and occurs immediately after the Millennial Kingdom, after Christ extinguishes man’s final rebellion and just before the beginning of the new eternity, which God has prepared for those who love and accept Him.
“The dead, small and great, stand(ing) before God” in Revelation 20.12 indicates that all those dead toward God and living in the place of torment where they went upon their earthly deaths are resurrected to appear before God, Who will judge them “according to their works.” Evidently there are books of man’s works kept in Heaven which will be revealed at this judgment.
The dead mentioned here are people who had never received Christ before their first death. After the Millennium, they will be resurrected to appear before God. The books of their works will be opened, none of which have been erased through the forgiving blood of Jesus, because they rejected Him in their earthly lives. Therefore, they stand condemned by their own works.
That there will be degrees of punishment in eternity seems both Biblical and just. Many believe the reason for this specific judgment is to determine the degrees of suffering in the lake of fire. It is before this throne that the prediction of Philippians 2.9-11 will be fulfilled — there is an appointed day when every man and woman will bend their knees to worship Jesus Christ and “confess Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Now, if you are listening to this broadcast and you do not know Jesus Christ as your saviour, God wants you to accept Jesus Christ before He returns. The Bible says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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.” Friend of mine, if you are willing to trust Christ as your Savior today, please pray with me the following prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Amen.
Remember the words of the Lord in Matthew 24:42: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”
Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
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.