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.
First, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Washington Post, North Korea’s military conducted huge live-fire drills on Tuesday and issued new warnings that it would defend itself against the “American imperialists,” amid high tensions and a military buildup in the region. But the United States and its South Korean and Japanese allies showed their muscle as well by conducting military exercises of their own. In addition, one of the U.S.’s largest guided-missile submarines showed up in the South Korean port of Busan, ahead of the imminent arrival to the region of a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier. The military build-up on both sides comes amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, and warnings from the Trump administration that “all options are on the table” for dealing with the regime in Pyongyang.
Second, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to the Washington Free Beacon, Federal authorities have open investigations into Islamic terrorists in all 50 states. The Department of Homeland Security is warning that the threat of terrorism in the United States has reached an all time high with radicalized individuals in the country plotting to strike “each and every single day.” DHS Secretary John Kelly said the FBI has “opened terrorist investigations in all 50 states,” while also disclosing on Tuesday that there have been at least 37 “ISIS-linked plots to attack our country” since 2013. Kelly, in his first wide-ranging public address on the threat of terrorism in America since taking office, warned that America’s borders remain wide-open and that there is evidence terror-linked individuals are exploiting these national security weaknesses.
Third, today, under the Sign category of EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES — According to Reuters, A strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the west coast of Chile on Monday, rocking the capital Santiago and briefly causing alarm along the Pacific Coast but sparing the quake-prone nation of any serious damage. The U.S. Geological Survey twice revised the magnitude before settling on 6.9, a strength usually capable of causing severe damage. The epicenter’s shallow depth of 15.5 miles below the sea allowed it to be felt hundreds of miles away. Santiago office buildings swayed for about 30 seconds at the end of the workday. Closer to the epicenter, residents scrambled for higher ground, remembering the lessons of the country’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2010.
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Now, it’s time for Prophecy Bootcamp.
Prophecy Bootcamp is where we deal with the basics of prophecy, the Second Coming of Christ, 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 “Battle of Armageddon (Part 3)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.” And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Revelation: Unlocking the Future” by Dr. Ed Hindson. Dr. Hindson simplifies the message of the Revelation so that you can easily understand it for yourself. You need this book in your library. It is available on our website for just $30. You can make your purchase today at SecondComingHerald.com.
The final “Battle of Armageddon” is called the wrath of the Lord, the fury of the Lord, the terror of the Lord, the vengeance of God, the harvest of judgment, the grapes of wrath, and the great supper of God.
The devastation of Armageddon will be so extensive that it is probably best viewed as a war that destroys most of earth as well as a final battle focused in the Middle east. This also best explains the development of catastrophic events in Revelation 15-19.
The carnage will be so great that most of earth’s population will be annihilated. The plant life all over the planet will be nearly destroyed. The air and water will be severely polluted. “Babylon” will be burned up. The armies of the Antichrist will be wiped out, and the beast and the False Prophet will be thrown into the lake of fire.
The final devastation will be the self-destructive acts of a world gone mad without God. The Bible says darkness will reign, the heavens will be shaken, the earth will quake, huge hailstones will fall from the sky, and the invading host will destroy itself.
The prophet Zechariah describes this day in vivid terms: “The Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another.”
As terrible as the Battle of Armageddon will be, it will not mark the end of the earth. Zechariah 14:16 tells us that “any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts.” Revelation 20;1-6 tells us that Satan will be bound one thousands years while we serve as “priest of God and of Christ” and reign with Jesus during those one thousand years.
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and me to do in light of His Second Coming.
Jesus Christ said in Luke 19:13 to “Occupy till I come.” In light of that, we are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. It is a collection of what he called “prophetical tracts” that focus on the believer’s duty in light of the signs which point to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
This section is titled, “Occupy Until I Come!” (Part 19) based on the parable of the nobleman who went away and left talents for his servants to use in his absence. J.C. Ryle writes:
Think how arousing these words ought to be to all who are rich in this world but do not know how to spend their money rightly. Alas, there are many who live on as if Christ had never said anything about the difficulty of rich men being saved! They are rich towards their own pleasures, or their own tastes, or their own families — but not rich towards God! They live as if they would not have to give an account of their use of money! They live as if there was no reckoning day before the bar of Christ! They live as if Christ had never said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” “Sell what you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in Heaven that fails not.”
I do beseech you consider your ways and be wise. Cease to be content with giving God’s cause a few dollars; give far more liberally than you have done yet — give hundreds where you now give tens; give thousands where you now give hundreds. Then, and not until then, shall you be “occupying,” as one who looks for Christ’s return. Alas, for the covetousness and narrow-heartedness of the Church of these days! May the Lord open the eyes of rich Christians.
If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.
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.”
If you are not ready for the Return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.