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.
Some say the new French president is not good for Jews or for Israel. According to Ynet News, many French nationals in Israel were unhappy with Paris’ newly elected President Francois Hollande (FRAHN-SWAH O-LAD), who beat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. In Israel, the city of Netanya has the largest community of French nationals. Many expressed concern that Hollande will “care for the Muslims, because they supported him.” “Hollande is not good for the Jews or for Israel,” said Lorence Partush, adding that many Jews in France will now have an excuse to make aliyah (immigration to Israel). Collette, a Netanya resident who moved to Israel, from France said, “We are worried about the Jews who live in France. The world should be worried about them too. Hollande is a danger to the Jewish community in France. We lived there for over 40 years, but those were different times. Now it’s difficult for us.”
Western universities are becoming bastions of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hostility. According to Ynet News, the Institute for Jewish & Community Research in San Francisco recently published a report titled “Alone on the quad: Understanding Jewish Student Isolation on Campus,” one of the most comprehensive surveys of its kind. More than 40% of students confirm anti-Semitism on their campus and some 41% of students have encountered anti-Israel remarks made in class by professors. Numbers are also telling in Europe. While boasting large numbers of Muslim students and students from Arab countries, European universities count very few Jewish or pro-Israeli students among their population. Whereas 15-20% of young people matriculating in America’s top universities are Jewish, in Europe only a few faculties claim even a tenth of this figure. Today, we are witnessing the worst wave of anti-Israel hatred since April 6, 2002, when 123 academians signed an open letter, published in the Britisn newspaper The Guardian, which called for a moratorium on all cultural links with Israel.
Radical Muslims are behind an ‘invisible genocide’ against Christians in Africa. According to Israel National News, the UN does nothing, the world is silent, and most Western citizens, who know little about Africa, do not know it is happening. The goal is creating a big African-Islamic continent where Christians must be killed or expelled. From Nigeria to Sudan, the war of religion is raging. This genocide is epitomized by the Nigerian village of Dogo Nahawa, where Islamists, armed with machetes, killed 300 Christians, mostly women and children. Islamists are dreaming of an Arab caliphate from the Atlantic to the Suez Canal. South of the Sahara, Islam is conquering cities and entire populations. It’s collapsing the historical dividing line along the sixteenth parallel, which divided the land of the Cross from the land of the Koran. They have so far focused on killing Christian clerics, politicians, students, policemen, and soldiers, as well as Muslim clerics who condemn their mayhem. 500 Christians have been killed since December and 300 churches have been demolished.
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 “Jesus Christ’s Statements About His Return (Part 3)” from John MacArthur’s book “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.” MacArthur writes the following on this subject:
Many of Christ’s parables relate to the Second Coming. One example is Luke 19:11-27:
“And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.” Do you see who he’s talking about?…Himself. He came to offer a kindom, but they rejected him.
“And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom…” The first time Jesus came, He offered a kingdom; but He was rejected, so He went back. However, the parable says that the nobleman returned; and when he returned, he said, “unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” The nobleman returned in judgment, and so will Jesus. Jesus will return. Why? Because He said He would, both by direct statement and by inference in parables.
Jesus Christ also spoke of His second coming in the book of Revelation. Over fifty years after Jesus returned to Heaven, he sent his angel to the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos to give him the Revelation. In it we hear Jesus say, six different times, “I come quickly.” This is his last promise. His final word from heaven — not only to his friends, but to his enemies. He is coming back!
The credibility of Jesus Christ is at stake in the Second Coming. He cannot lie — He is the truth.
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 the fifth and final part of an article titled “Remembering the Persecuted Church and How You Can Help” from the Ankerberg Theological Research Institute.
Everything currently bad happening to Christians — the suffering, tragedies, disappointments, evil, loss, physical torture, pain of every type, etc. — all these things, all over the world, are, right now working together for good. What this means is that in the end, all this misery isn’t something without purpose because God is working it for our eternal good and His eternal glory. It’s up to His infinite wisdom and good purposes as to what we experience and when we go home; but because of who He is, we know that in everything we can trust Him.
Plus, it may be good to remember the eternal perspective in another way. Our sufferings, no matter how difficult, are infinitely less than a second compared to eternity and they aren’t even worth being compared to the blissful life with the triune God that we will be privileged to enjoy forever.
The apostle Paul was persecuted as thoroughly as almost anyone in history. For example, Paul wrote: “In labours [I am] more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:23-28).
And yet Paul repeatedly affirmed that he rejoiced and was joyful in his sufferings, even in the most miserable and torturous of prisons. If you would, take the time to read just five verses and ponder them: 2 Corinthians 12:10; Colossians 1:24; Romans 5:3; 1 Peter 4:13; and James 1:2. Despite his immense suffering, the great apostle concluded, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18).
At least, if those who suffer are physically able (and certainly they can do so mentally), they can rejoice and “leap for joy” because, not only is everything working together for their good in this life (assuming they survive) – imagine the heavenly rewards for the persecuted; further, the tables will be turned – dramatically and eternally. Many persecuted Christians, especially those persecuted to death, through their prayers and testimony will take their tormentors to Heaven with them – but for the unrepentant they will pay the price for what they have done to God’s children because “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
Regardless, as Jesus Himself promised, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12).
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.