Saudis send $3 billion to Lebanon’s army (Second Coming Watch Update #448)

1. According to CNN, Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion to the Lebanese Army to strengthen its capabilities. Lebanon’s President Gen. Michel Sleiman said the money will allow the army to buy weapons from France, and he expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia saying that “the Saudi aid to the Lebanese Army is the largest in the history of Lebanon.”

2. According to Reuters and the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet that the rocket fire from Lebanon into Israel early Sunday morning was a double war crime because it endangered innocent civilians on both sides of the border.

3. According to The Associated Press, authorities in El Salvador evacuated an area around the Cha-parra-stique volcano after the peak shot a cloud of gas and ash about 3 miles into the air on Sunday.

4. According to Israel National News, Israeli President Shimon Peres has stated there is no way to separate Judaism from the state of Israel.

5. According to The New York Times, computers have entered the age when they are able to learn from their own mistakes, a development that is about to turn the digital world on its head.

The Bible says in Matthew 16:27: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”

Our Second Coming quote for today is from George Eldon Ladd. He said: “Nowhere is salvation conceived of as a flight from history as in Greek thought; it is always the coming of God to man in history. Man does not ascend to God; God descends to man.”

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Iran threatens increase in uranium enrichment (Second Coming Watch Update #446)

1. According to The Times of Israel, Iranian parliamentarians have proposed a bill to increase uranium enrichment to 60 percent in the event of new Western sanctions.

2. According to the Irish Independent, African leaders were desperately trying to broker a peace deal in South Sudan on Thursday, as heavy fighting raged in the country’s oil-producing north.

3. According to Jewish News Service, Israel’s Christian population continued to grow in 2013, increasing by 3,000 people over the last year.

4. According to AFP, at least 44 people have died and more than 60,000 have been left homeless following torrential rain in southeast Brazil over the past few weeks.

5. According to The Associated Press, Iran’s nuclear chief said the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced, apparently trying to counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with world powers.

The Bible says in Jeremiah 3:17: “At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.”

Our Second Coming quote for today is this anonymous rhyme: “The Lord is coming! And with eager eyes / We watch to see the Morning Star arise! / The Lord is coming! Let our hearts rejoice, / We soon shall hear the sound of His voice!”

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Israel warns of Sunni-Shi’ite nuclear arms race (Second Coming Watch Update #445)

1. According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday that if Iran remains a nuclear threshold state, there will be a Sunni-Shi’ite nuclear arms race.

2. According to Reuters, an 80-year-old man infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus has died in Hong Kong, the first such death in the city after the virus surfaced in early December.

3. According to Israel National News, Hamas minister Fathi Hammad has declared that the ultimate goal of the Hamas movement is to establish Islam worldwide.

4. According to The Times of Israel, IDF figures for 2013 show a significant increase in the small number of Arab Christian Israeli citizens opting to serve in the military, a course that has long been taboo outside the Druze and Bedouin communities of Israel.

5. According to The Times of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Israel holds Hamas responsible for recent attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip and will make the terror group face the consequences.

The Bible says in Isaiah 65:25: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.”

Our Second Coming quote for today is from C.S. Lewis. He said, “The doctrine of the Second Coming teaches us that we do not and cannot know when the world drama will end. The curtain may be rung down at any moment. This seems to some people intolerably frustrating. We do not know the play. The Author knows. The audience, if there is an audience (if angels and archangels and all the company of heaven fill the pit and the stalls) may have an inkling. When it is over, we may be told. We are led to expect that the Author will have something to say to each of us on the part that each of us has played. The playing it well is what matters infinitely.”

You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.

Israel seeks increased deterrence against Gaza (Second Coming Watch Update #444)

1. According to the Jerusalem Post, amid the recent uptick in violence along the Gaza border, the Israeli defense establishment has concluded that its hard-earned deterrence against Gaza’s terrorist factions is beginning to crumble and may require a boost.

2. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the U.S. and the United Nations are preparing to make more peacekeeping troops available for the growing conflict in South Sudan, as President Salva Kiir opened the door to talks with his deposed vice president.

3. According to AFP, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the final pieces were in place for the 2015 launch of an economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan that Moscow hopes can also be joined by Ukraine.

4. According to AFP, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged the country’s military to bolster its combat readiness, saying a war could break out “without any prior notice.”

5. According to Reuters, tens of thousands of Britons are without electricity after torrential rainfall flooded homes and hurricane-force winds battered the country.

The Bible says in Revelation 1:7: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Our Second Coming quote for today is from R. A. Torrey. He said, “The imminent return of our Lord is the great Bible argument for a pure, unselfish, devoted, unworldly, active life of service.”

You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.

Russia agrees to defend Israel in case of attack, report says (Second Coming Watch Update #443)

1. According to Israel National News, an Israeli newspaper is reporting that a pact was forged between Moscow and Jerusalem to ensure Israel’s security during a private meeting last month. The report claims that a 90-minute conversation took place between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin during Netanyahu’s last-minute attempt to prevent an interim nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran.

2. According to Reuters, U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice said the United States and its allies will have ways to reimpose sanctions on Iran if the Islamic Republic is caught making bombs after striking a deal to freeze its nuclear program.

3. According to the San Jose Mercury News, it is likely that the world in the not-so-distant future will be increasingly populated by computerized people like Amal Graafstra. The 37-year-old does not need a key or password to get into his car, home or computer. He’s programmed them to unlock at the mere wave of his hands, which are implanted with radio frequency identification tags. The move to outfit people with electronic devices that can be swallowed, implanted in their bodies or attached to their skin via “smart tattoos” could revolutionize health care and change the way people interact with devices and one another.

4. According to Reuters, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, commenting on allegations that the United States had spied on Israel’s leaders, said on Monday that such activity was unacceptable and had no place in the allies’ close relationship.

5. According to AFP, Syrian warplanes have killed more than 330 people in a nine-day bombing campaign, with the U.S. condemning the “indiscriminate” assault and the opposition National Coalition saying it will not attend planned peace talks if the bombing campaign continues.

The Bible says in Zechariah 8:3: “Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.”

Our Second Coming quote for today is from George Eldon Ladd. He said, “Jesus is now the Lord; He is enthroned at the right hand of God; He is reigning in His kingdom. But this is a Lordship and a kingly reign which is known only to believers. It must be confessed by faith. His Second Coming will mean nothing less than the Lordship which is His now will be visible to all the world. When we pray, “Thy kingdom come,” this is what we are praying for: the effectual and universal rule of Christ in all the world, not only over believers.”

You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.

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. John 3:16 says, “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 10:13 says, “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.

N. Korea threatens attack on South (Second Coming Watch Update #441)

1. According to AFP (Agence France-Presse), thousands of North Korean propaganda leaflets fell Monday on a frontline South Korean island, warning of an attack on soldiers stationed there.

2. According to the Russian International News Agency, Russia confirmed on Monday that it had deployed tactical ballistic missiles near its borders with NATO but said the move did not violate international agreements.

3. According to WorldNetDaily, Secretary of State John Kerry quietly presented a U.S. plan for eastern Jerusalem that calls for an international administrative mandate to control holy sites in the area.

4. According to Reuters, more than 5,000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes in northern Gaza and at least one person killed in what the United Nations called “a disaster area.”

5. According to The Jerusalem Post, a bill requiring a two-thirds majority in the Knesset for negotiations to divide Jerusalem was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.

The Bible says in Isaiah 65:25: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.”

Our Second Coming quote for today is from C.S. Lewis. He said, “The doctrine of the Second Coming teaches us that we do not and cannot know when the world drama will end. The curtain may be rung down at any moment. This seems to some people intolerably frustrating. We do not know the play. The Author knows. The audience, if there is an audience (if angels and archangels and all the company of heaven fill the pit and the stalls) may have an inkling. When it is over, we may be told. We are led to expect that the Author will have something to say to each of us on the part that each of us has played. The playing it well is what matters infinitely.”

You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.

Breaking Prophecy News; Why Christians Should Study Prophecy, Part 14 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #349)

PROPHECY HEADLINES:

– Hamas accuses Israel of plotting earthquake to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque
– Death toll in Phillipine typhoon passes 6,000
– Kerry says Palestinian-Israel plan would provide for sovereignty and security

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Why Christians Should Study Prophecy, Part 14, from Dr. Tim LaHaye / Prophecy offers confident hope in a hopeless age.

OCCUPY TILL I COME: How to live worthily until Jesus comes, by Charles Stanley (Part 3)