China quake kills 5; Obama resolved to act on Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #387)

1. According to the Associated Press, an earthquake hit a mountainous area of southwestern China on Saturday, killing at least five people, destroying hundreds of residences and forcing thousands of people to relocate.

2. According to Reuters, US President Barack Obama said on Friday the chemical weapons attack in Syria threatened US allies Israel and Jordan and said his preference would have been for the international community to move forward on a response.

3. According to the Associated Press, Cuba has reported a cholera outbreak to international health monitors, with 163 new cases this year associated with three provinces.

4. According to the Associated Press, US officials say the Navy is beefing up its presence in the Persian Gulf region, increasing the number of aircraft carriers from one to two.

5. According to the Associated Press, Several aftershocks rattled a remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the hours after a major 7.0 temblor struck with a jet-like rumble that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover.

Jesus Christ said in Revelation 22:20: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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Israel levels retaliatory threat against Damascus (Second Coming Watch Update #386)

1. According to Israel Hayom, a senior Israeli defense official said the country was receiving constant updates on U.S. plans and that Israel would be told of a specific American strike several hours before it commenced. According to the official, Israel has issued stern warnings through various intermediaries, including the Russians, that any attempt to hurt Israel would result in an attack on Damascus and the toppling of the Assad regime.

2. According to the BBC, the French president has said a vote by UK MPs against involvement in military strikes on Syria has not changed France’s resolve to take firm action.

3. According to the Times of Israel, the Kremlin is to deploy a missile cruiser and an anti-submarine ship to the eastern Mediterranean in the coming days, amid rising tension over a possible US-led military response to Syria’s alleged chemical weapons use.

4. According to the Associated Press, tropical Storm Kong-Rey battered Taiwan Thursday, dumping more than 19 inches of rain on the heavily populated west coast and causing widespread flooding.

5. According to Reuters, Japan’s Defense Ministry said on Friday it was seeking a three percent increase in next year’s budget allocation, the biggest rise in 22 years, with most of the growth linked to revised personnel costs and equipment imports made more expensive by a weaker yen.

Jesus Christ said in Revelation 22:12-13: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. sI am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

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Israel calls up reserves, boosts defenses in north (Second Coming Watch #385)

1. According to Reuters, Israel ordered a small-scale mobilization of reservists on Wednesday and strengthened its missile defenses as precautions against possible Syrian attack should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria.

2. According to The Times of Israel, As an internationally coordinated attack against Syrian targets seemed increasingly close, United States State Department officials said on Wednesday that America would act with or without approval from the United Nations Security Council.

3. According to Israel Today, eyewitnesses told Turkish media this week that a portion of the Temple Mount platform near the Al Aqsa Mosque has collapsed, creating a serious safety hazard and a possible threat to the stability of the Islamic structure.

4. According to UPI, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck southwest China’s Yunnan and Sichuan provinces on Wednesday, resulting in no casualties. However, the quake destroyed 36 houses and damaged another 36, and affected nearly 4,000 people.

5. According to The Times of Israel, as Israel moves missile defense batteries northward, authorities are struggling to keep up with demand for protection against chemical weapons.

Jesus Christ said in Revelation 16:15: “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

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U.S. could attack Syria on Thurs.; China hit by massive cyber-attack (Second Coming Watch Update #384)

1. According to NBC News, the U.S. could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday, in an attack meant more to send a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad than to topple him or cripple his military. The State Department fed the growing drumbeat around the world for a military response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels Aug. 21 near Damascus, saying that while the U.S. intelligence community would release a formal assessment within the week, it was already “crystal clear” that Assad’s government was responsible.

2. According to the BBC, China has said it has suffered its “biggest ever” cyber-attack, causing many websites based in the country to go temporarily offline.

3. According to ABC News, the outgoing Homeland Security Secretary has a warning for her successor: A massive and “serious” cyber attack on the U.S. homeland is coming, and a natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.

4. According to The Times of Israel, While Israel will almost certainly take no direct part in a military strike, Israeli intelligence information is widely believed to have played a central role in enabling the US’s adamant conviction that Assad’s regime fired chemical weapons at civilians outside Damascus last Wednesday, killing hundreds of people and wounding over a thousand, according to Syrian rebel groups.

5. According to Fox News, fire crews reported progress on a 288-square-mile wildfire near Yosemite (YO-SEM-IT-EE) National Park that moved into the watershed that supplies San Francisco as crews elsewhere in sought to contain a fast-moving blaze that burned at least two homes and threatened others in a Northern California neighborhood.

Jesus Christ said in Revelation 3:11-12: “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”

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Russia, Syria warn against attack on Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #383)

1. According to the BBC, Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region.

2. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel said that a two-state solution is an unrealistic resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflictas he helped dedicate two new neighborhoods of 160 homes in the West Bank settlement of Kedumim.

3. According to the Blaze, As U.S. and Western top generals meet in the Middle East to deliberate their next move, Israelis are flocking to distribution centers to pick up gas masks, fearing Syrian retaliation should the regime of President Bashar Assad be attacked.

4. According to The New York Post, imprisoned Christian Asia Bibi is speaking out about the reason why she remains jailed in Pakistan in a new book, titled “Blasphemy”.

5. According to the Washington Times, an appeals court in Iran has reaffirmed the conviction and eight-year sentence of an American Christian pastor.

Jesus Christ said in Revelation 3:11-12: “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”

Will Jerusalem be capital of Israel and Palestine? (Second Coming Watch Update #380)

1. According to TIME Magazine, A member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government created something of a stir this week when he could not foresee any peace agreement with the Palestinians that wouldn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, as well as of Israel.

2. According to Reuters and Haaretz, Twin explosions outside two mosques killed at least 42 people and wounded hundreds in apparently coordinated attacks in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday.

3. According to The Times of Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a group of left-wing Ministers of Israel’s Knesset that if Palestine was offered a just agreement, the Palestinian Authority would agree to a final end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and “will not demand in the future to return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa.”

4. According to the Times of Israel, Israeli fighter jets bombed targets south of Beirut early Friday morning in what the IDF spokesperson said was retaliation for rocket attacks against northern Israel the day before.

5. According to Reuters, the United Nations said the number of Syrian children forced to flee their devastated homeland reached one million on Friday, half of all the refugees driven abroad by the conflict.

The Bible says in Jude 14-15: “Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”