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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.
The director of the International Monetary Fund says there are ‘Dark clouds on the horizon’ for Europe. According to CNN Money, Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, says that last weekend’s meetings with the World Bank were overshadowed by “dark clouds on the horizon” that threaten the “light recovery blowing in a spring wind.” The main source of the dark clouds is Europe, where recovery remains weak. More than three years into the crisis, policy options in Europe are limited; fiscal stimulus is out of reach for many countries, and recent efforts by the European Central Bank provided only a temporary respite.
George Soros says the Euro-Zone is in danger of collapsing like the Soviet Union did. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. billionaire investor George Soros compared the euro-zone crisis with factors that led to the Soviet Union’s collapse in the early 1990s. In a debate on public policy education this week, he said “Europe is similar to the Soviet Union in the way that the euro crisis has the potential of destroying and undermining the European Union. With the profound social, economic and moral crisis that Europe is in, we can see a similar process of disintegration.” Mr. Soros, who was born in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, often visits his country of birth to give lectures. The comments echo those he made at a conference in Denmark last week, where he said the euro-zone crisis is “not over yet, and it is going in the wrong direction.”
The growth of Christianity in Iran reaches the country’s armed forces. According to Mohabat News, the Iranian Islamic regime is highly concerned about the growing tendency towards Christianity among Iranians which has now reached the authorities, officials and their family members, whether inside or outside the country. Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News, obtained reports and reviews by experts which show that Christianity is growing increasingly among the armed forces. The reports indicate that despite the limitation that military members must “have a practical commitment to the Supreme Leader and also should believe in the Islamic Revolution”, Christianity is growing among military personnel and their family members. The situation of Christian staff within the armed forces, however, is concerning. Because of their job, they can never apply for a passport and so they often have to leave the country via underground means for fear of their lives. “Farhad” is an officer in the Iranian navy who became a Christian during some missions abroad. He says that despite the dangers, he goes to church whenever he goes on a mission abroad. If the situation is appropriate he also brings as many “Gospels” back as he can to give away to his family and friends in Iran.
The Bible says in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
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 “Spiritualizing the Second Coming” from John MacArthur’s book “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.” MacArthur writes the following on this subject.
Liberal theologians sometimes come along and say, “Yes, Jesus is going to come again…when he comes into your life.” This is what is known as spiritualizing the second coming. There is a real problem with this, however. Every one of the prophecies related to the first coming of Jesus were literal. So if God is consistent, all the prophecies relating to His Second Coming will also be literal — not spiritual.
Nobody has the right to use a dual principle of interpretation and say, “Well those were literal, but these are spiritual.” Scripture never makes that distinction! If the Bible says that Jesus will be born in Bethlehem, and He was; and then the Bible says that at the time of the Kingdom, Jesus will reign in the city of Jerusalem on the throne of David…why would we say that Bethlehem is literal but Jerusalem is figurative? What gives someone the right to make that distinction?
The first time Jesus came, he fulfilled Old Testament prophecies literally. Let’s take a look at some examples.
1. Jesus was literally born of a virgin.
2. Jesus was literally born in Bethlehem.
3. Jesus was literally called out of Egypt,
4. Jesus was literally anointed with the Spirit,
5. Jesus literally entered Jerusalem on the foal of an ass.
6. Jesus was literally betrayed by a friend.
7. Jesus was literally forsaken by his disciples.
8. Jesus was literally sold for 30 pieces of silver.
9. The 30 pieces of silver was literally used to buy a potter’s field.
10. Jesus was literally spit upon and scourged.
11. Jesus was literally crucified.
12. Jesus’ bones were literally unbroken.
13. Gall and vinegar were literally offered to Jesus while he was on the cross.
14. Jesus’ hands and feet were literally pierced.
15. Jesus’ garments were literally parted and lots were cast for them.
16. Jesus was literally resurrected from the dead.
All of the prophecies regarding the First Coming of Jesus Christ were literal and were fulfilled literally. How then can we say the rest are just spiritual ideas? They must all be literal. The character of God and the consistency of prophecy are at stake.
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and I to do in light of His Second Coming.
God wants us to always be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ. In light of that, please listen to what Christian author, Carolyn C. McCulley, writes about what we should be doing as we await Christ’s return.
People who believed Harold Camping’s false predictions in 1988, 1994, and 2011 made some rash decisions and changed their lives dramatically in response to those predictions. But is this what the Bible expects of us? As I studied Matthew 25, and in particular the parable of the talents, I see exactly the opposite. Scripture shows us that we are always to be investing what has been given to us in order to be fruitful for the glory of God. Since we do not know when the Master will return, we aren’t to live in a state of suspended animation — giving away all we have and standing on a mountain top in white robes, awaiting Jesus. We are to be busy multiplying all that we have, but for the glory of His name, not ours.
If I have to give an account of all that I have, do, and say in an hour I least expect … am I ready? Have I squandered relationships, resources, spiritual gifts, and time? Or have I invested them? Do I denigrate what I’ve received because I covet something else? Do I judge God as a harsh taskmaster and do nothing with what I have because I deem it inferior in comparison to what I want?
If you want to prepare for the return of Jesus, then you should be busy multiplying what He’s given you here and now with integrity and honor. Invest in your families, your church, your friends, your community. Be a wise steward of the money, time, and health that you have. Know that no matter how much or how little you have of anything, you can invest it and see a great return by the grace of God. And for that effort, Jesus promises you will not hear the dreaded words, “Depart from me.” Instead you will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
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.
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