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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.
One in seven people think the end of world is coming very soon. According to Reuters, nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012. The end of the Mayan calendar, which spans about 5,125 years, on December 21, 2012 has sparked interpretations and suggestions that it marks the end of the world. Keren Gott-fried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs which conducted the poll for Reuters said, “Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming.” About one in 10 people globally also said they were experiencing fear or anxiety about the impending end of the world in 2012.
The Bible says in Luke 21:25-26: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
Jewish religious leaders are calling on the Pope to return Temple treasures that were taken by the Romans. According to Temple Mount Faithful, the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement sent a letter to Pope Benedict in Rome requesting him to return to Israel — without delay — the Holy Temple Menorah, the vessels, and the treasures that were stolen by the Romans and taken to Rome when they destroyed the Holy Second Temple in Jerusalem in the year 70 AD. These Temple vessels will be used by the priests of Israel in the Holy Third Temple. Ger-shon Sa-lo-mon, chairman of the The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement said, “We are working intensively so that the Holy Third Temple will soon be built in the lifetime of our generation. By this act we are answering the prophetic call of the God of Israel to His People to rebuild His Holy House on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem now, as Israel is experiencing the climax of the time of redemption in the Holy Land of Israel.”
The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 that the Antichrist will indeed stand in a third temple and call himself God: “[The antichrist] opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
Japan’s foreign minister warns Israel against strike on Iran. According to the AFP, Japan’s top diplomat reiterated Tokyo’s concern over a strike on Iran’s nuclear programme in an interview published as he began a two-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Foreign Minister Koi-chi-ro Gem-ba said, “Japan is very concerned over the Iranian nuclear issue. The international community, including Japan, is putting unprecedented pressure on Iran, and the renewal of talks between the world powers and Iran is a result of this pressure.” However, Gemba warned that Israel’s “military option will not only give Iran an excuse to expedite its nuclear programme, but could also increase the instability in the region, which would threaten Israel.”
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 5)” from John MacArthur’s book “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Today we will look at two more passages which show that God has promised Jesus Christ will return.
The first passage we will look at is Daniel 7:13-14, 18: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Verse 18: “But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.”
Has Jesus returned to earth to have world dominion? Has He given His saints an eternal kingdom? Not yet, but it will come in the future…when Jesus comes.
The second passage we will look at is Zechariah 14:4-9: When Messiah comes at His Second Coming with His saints (not for His saints), “his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” Did that happen the first time He came? Obviously not. “And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former (eastern) sea, and half of them toward the hinder (western) sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” All of the religions of the world will be wiped out in one fell swoop. That didn’t happen the first time He came, did it?
Do you see what I’m trying to say? None of these things happened when Jesus came the first time. Therefore, He has to come again. These promises of God must be literally fulfilled. Why? Because God cannot lie. When God tells us something, it’s true. So, if He said His Messiah would do all of these things, and He didn’t do them the first time He came, believe it…He’ll be back.
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and I to do in light of His Second Coming.
The Bible says that in the last days, persecution of believers will increase, God wants us to stand with and support those who are suffering for the Christian faith. In light of that, please listen to part two of an article titled “Remembering the Persecuted Church and How You Can Help” from the Ankerberg Theological Research Institute.
So, what can be done? First, pray. The prayer of Christians for their persecuted brethren is perhaps most important. Again, God tells us that “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
There is, thankfully, an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 13, but perhaps it needs to be turned into an international special week for both prayer and fasting. If Muslims can partially fast for an entire month each year, can’t Christians partially fast for a single week? On the other hand, who needs a special day or week set aside when we can do it any time the Lord leads?
Christians can pray because, to reemphasize in another translation, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16, NLT). We find examples throughout the Bible. For example, the Bible says in Acts 12:5, “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him” — and we know the results. Similar prayer being offered for the saints today is doing comparable things – releasing them from prison, protecting their lives, leading them to safety, converting their persecutors and captors, etc.
One can but wonder what would happen if every Christian prayed fervently?
It may help some of us to pray if we remember the following:
The Bible commands us to empathize with our persecuted brothers and sisters and their children; in fact, when Saul was violently persecuting the church and attempting to destroy it, Jesus, who was in Heaven, told him he was actually persecuting Him: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 26:14).
After his radical conversion, the apostle Paul learned to empathize with fellow believers undergoing persecution, perhaps in large part because he had experienced so much of it himself: In Romans 12:15 he says, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” In 2 Corinthians 11:29 he wrote, “Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?” And in I Corinthians 12:26 he wrote, “And whether one member [of the body of Christ] suffer, all the members suffer with it…”
We in the West have little idea of how a billion Christians live impoverished in the developing world, but we can at least pray for them. Strangely, in many ways, many of them are better off spiritually than many of us, in part because they don’t have all the deceitful distractions and trappings of wealth.
The writer of Hebrews tells us to, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body” (Hebrews 13:3). He also tells us how to keep things in perspective: “For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance” (Hebrews 10:34).
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.