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.
1. Iran plans to place naval force close to American shores in the Atlantic. According to the Fars News Agency, Iran’s Navy Commander Admiral Say-yari said his forces will go on international missions in waters farther than the Mediterranean Sea. He stated, “Today we witness that the Army’s naval force is deployed in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea instead of the Persian Gulf, and we will go beyond the Mediterranean in future.” On July 19, Say-yari announced for the first time that Iran was going to send “a flotilla into the Atlantic” near the US coasts. Later, he reiterated that the Iranian Navy plans to move vessels into the Atlantic Ocean to start a naval buildup “near maritime borders of the United States”.
2. Sudanese government orders demolition of church. According to Christian Today, the World Council of Churches and All Africa Conference of Churches have condemned the destruction of a church in Sudan. The Episcopal Parish Church of Saint John in Khartoum was reportedly demolished on June 18 on the orders of Sudanese government officials. The WCC and AACC have denounced the action as the latest in a series of “calculated attacks” on minority communities and Christians in particular. On April 21, the Sudan Evangelical Church Bible School in Khartoum was destroyed and books including the Bible set on fire in full view of the police.
3. Both Koreas suffering through worst drought in a century. According to The Associated Press, North Korea dispatched soldiers to pour buckets of water on parched fields and South Korean officials scrambled to save a rare mollusk threatened by the heat as the worst dry spell in a century gripped the Korean Peninsula. Parts of both countries are experiencing the most severe drought since record-keeping began nearly 105 years ago. The protracted drought is heightening worries about North Korea’s ability to feed its people. Two-thirds of North Korea’s 24 million people faced chronic food shortages and the United Nations asked for $198 million in humanitarian aid for the country.
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 “What does the Antichrist do to desecrate the temple?” from Dr. John MacArthur’s book “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Dr. MacArthur writes the following on this subject:
I feel that the event which starts the last half of the Tribulation is the desecration of the temple that Daniel talked about in Daniel 9:27. What is this desecration? Let me show you
At the beginning of the tribulation, Antichrist makes a seven-year covenant with Israel which allows them to worship in their temple. But in the middle of the seven-year period, Antichrist violates the covenant and desecrates the temple. Apparently, how he violates the covenant is indicated in Revelation 13:14-15: “And (he) deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
Apparently, what is going to happen is that Antichrist is going to set up an idol to himself in the temple. This is the desecration of the temple. Once this happens, Israel begins to be violently persecuted.
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and I to do in light of His Second Coming.
God wants us to have the right spiritual attitude toward the world as it crumbles around us in these last days. In light of that, please listen to what Dr. David Jeremiah writes in his book titled “I Never Thought I’d See the Day” about the radical sacrificial mentality that Christians should have.
This Radical Decision Is Credible
Paul says that presenting yourself to God as a living sacrifice is “your reasonable service.” What? You call giving up all you have and maybe even your life reasonable? Well, yes, considering the sacrifice Christ made for us, I’d say that what He asks in return is quite reasonable.
One thing I love about the phrase “a reasonable service” is that Paul does not discount the involvement of the mind in the process of becoming a living sacrifice. Such a commitment is reasonable. The Greek word for reasonable is logikos, the root of our English word logical. In other words, it is reasonable, logical, credible. It makes perfect sense that in light of God’s mercy toward us we would present ourselves to Him as living sacrifices.
The opposite also follows logically: It is unreasonable for a Christian not to present his or her whole life to God as a living sacrifice. Indeed, not living wholly and sacrificially for God calls into question whether one really understands or has experienced the mercy of God at all. How could anyone receive God’s mercy—that is, not receive God’s judgment for sin—and not want to live wholly for the God who has granted that mercy?
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: Holy Father God, 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.