Syria: Airstrikes fail to weaken ISIS; Hamas sets up base in Turkey; Half in U.S. say increased disasters due to ‘end times’ (Second Coming Watch Sunday Roundup #45)

This is the Second Coming Watch Sunday Roundup for November 30, 2014. On the Roundup we feature the top 10 prophecy-related news stories that happened this past week which point towards the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the world as we know it.

1. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem has said that two months of US-led air strikes have failed to weaken Islamic State (IS) militants.

2. Israel has recently appealed to NATO and demanded it take action against Turkey, after learning it has allowed Hamas to set up operational headquarters in Istanbul.

3. A new study says that nearly half of Americans now believe that the recent surge in natural disasters is the result of biblical “End Times” than climate change.

4. Taliban insurgents have intensified their attacks on the besieged Afghanistan capital of Kabul with a flurry of brazen bombings and afternoon raids targeting foreigners and Afghans, bringing the war into the city in a way not seen in any other year since the radical Islamists were ousted from power.

5. As India draws closer and buys more military hardware from Israel, questions are raised about what that will mean to traditional key defense suppliers, the US and Russia, as well as New Delhi’s relations with Palestine.

6. The World Health Organization said on Saturday that the death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa.

7. UK Prime Minister David Cameron says that Great Britain must have the right to make European migrants wait four years before receiving welfare or council houses, as he warns that he could be prepared to leave the European Union.

8. Germany’s foreign minister says his country wants to avoid wrecking Russia’s economy with sanctions imposed in the conflict over Ukraine.

9. Arab foreign ministers decided on Saturday to support the Palestinian Authority’s plan to seek a UN Security Council resolution calling for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

10. The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey, although Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory for the raid.

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Andrew Murray. He said: “There is such a danger of our being so occupied with the things that are to come more than with him who is to come.”

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

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Explosions rock Egypt as Islamists call for uprising (Second Coming Watch #544)

1. Explosions rattled across Egypt on Friday, and security forces arrested more than 100 people amid protests calling for an Islamic uprising. Authorities remained on high alert as demonstrators responded to calls by Islamist groups, the Salafist Front and the Muslim Brotherhood, to take to the streets to defend their religion and denounce Egyptian leaders.

2. At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria’s top Islamic leaders.

3. Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, who was named on Friday as the next Israel Defense Forces chief of the General Staff, firmly opposes Israeli military intervention to thwart Iran’s nuclear program unless Iran poses an immediate existential threat to Israel.

4. A volcano named Mount Aso has erupted in Japan, spewing ash and lava and cancelling dozens of flights in the region. This volcano, one of the world’s largest, last blew its top 22 years ago.

5. The Israeli military’s chief rabbi, Rafi Peretz, was recorded speaking strongly against members of the Muslim faith who pray at the Temple Mount. In a transcript of a religious lecture, Peretz is quoted as saying that the Temple Mount is of no significance to the Muslim faith and that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran.

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

The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 40:18-19 which reads: “And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Thomas V. Moore. He said, “Christ is coming to the earth, in such a form at least as shall fulfill his purposes of mercy to his friends and justice to his foes.”

Pentagon prepares Kurds, Iraqis for chemical war with ISIS (Second Coming Watch #543)

1. The Pentagon is sending thousands of chemical warfare suits to Kurdish fighters and Iraqi troops in anticipation of an upcoming offensive by the Islamic State terror group, which is believed to have captured old stores of weapons from Saddam Hussein’s regime.

2. The Israeli security agency uncovered a massive Hamas terrorist ring in the West Bank two months ago, which planned to carry out major terror attacks at Jerusalem’s largest soccer stadium and on the Jerusalem light rail as well as car bombings and abductions.

3. New EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume direct peace talks, as the European Parliament debated whether to recognize a Palestinian state.

4. NATO’s top military commander said on Wednesday that he was “very concerned” that Russia’s military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region.

5. A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia late on Wednesday, prompting villagers to flee to higher ground. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

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

The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 37:5-7 which reads: “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.”

Our second coming quote for today is from D.L. Moody. He said, “I never preach a sermon without thinking that possibly the Lord may come before I preach another.”

Iran says it has sent weapons to Hezbollah, Hamas (Second Coming Watch Update #542)

1. Iranian military officials say their country has provided the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon with hundreds of missiles with 160-220 mile ranges, capable of hitting the city of Dimona in southern Israel.

2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people is the basis of any future peace accord as he responded to critics both domestic and abroad claiming that the controversial “Jewish state” legislation will water down the country’s democratic character.

3. The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations.

4. Madagascar has said that it is trying to contain an outbreak of a plague — similar to the Black Death that swept medieval Europe — that has killed 47 people and is spreading to the capital.

5. Ukraine leveled fresh charges this week that Russia was sending support to pro-Russian separatists in the east, saying that five columns of heavy equipment were seen crossing onto Ukrainian territory.

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

The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 37:5-7 which reads: “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Alexander Maclaren. He said, “The primitive church thought a great deal more about the coming of Christ than about death, and thought a great deal more about his coming than about heaven.”

Iran reportedly unwilling to budge on nuclear positions (Second Coming Watch Update #541)

1. Veteran US diplomat Dennis Ross said Iran’s unwillingness to move on its positions during recent rounds of nuclear negotiations indicates Tehran’s negotiators may be incapable of sealing a comprehensive agreement.

2. The European Parliament plans to hold a vote on Thursday on a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, following Sweden’s official decision to do so and symbolic votes in Spain, the UK, and Ireland.

3. The United States and its allies have conducted two dozen strikes against Islamic State militants since Friday, launching nine strikes in Syria and 15 strikes in Iraq.

4. A Palestinian speaker delivered an impromptu sermon inside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque calling for the elimination of America and Israel and hailing the Islamic State terror group.

5. The office of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has issued a clarification about his statement that Egypt would be prepared to send troops to a future Palestinian state. President Sisi stated in an interview that he would be prepared to send troops to a future Palestinian state to help stabilize it, but only in agreement with Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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

The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 32:9-11 which reads: ” And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.”

Our second coming quote for today is from C.S. Lewis. He said, “If the Second Coming is not an integral part of the faith once given to the saints, I do not know what is.”

Iran nuclear talks extended until June 2015 (Second Coming Watch Update #540)

1. The deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran has been extended to the end of June after talks in Vienna failed to reach a comprehensive agreement. US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the talks had been “tough”, but “substantial progress” had been made, and the parties will reconvene in December.

2. In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel’s Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. It now heads toward a full parliamentary vote on Wednesday.

3. President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.

4. German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the idea of Germany recognising Palestine as a state unilaterally, saying the Palestinians and Israel could solve their long-running conflict only through negotiations.

5. A US military spokesman said that China is building a massive island in the South China Sea that could host an airfield in an area where Beijing is locked in bitter territorial disputes with neighbouring states.

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

The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 32:9-11 which reads: ” And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Matthew Henry. He said, “Christ will come when he pleases, to show his sovereignty, and will not let us know when, to teach us our duty.”

Israel warns unsatisfactory deal with Iran puts military option back on the table (Second Coming Watch Update #539)

1. Historic negotiations with Iran reached an inflection point on Monday, as world powers sought to clinch a comprehensive deal that will, to their satisfaction, end concerns over the nature of its vast, decade-old nuclear program.

2. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says that he is working on a strategy of stabilizing the international situation by introducing a new effective global dialogue platform to augment the “lame UN.”

3. A senior Turkish official said on Saturday that Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against the Islamic State.

4. A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, killing at least 5 people, injuring 54 others and collapsing homes.

5. A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook central Japan on Saturday night, injuring more than 20 people and causing several homes to collapse.

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

The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is Genesis 28:3-4 which reads: “And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Frances Ridley Havergal. He wrote:

Oh, the joy to see thee reigning,
Thee, my own beloved Lord!
Every tongue thy name confessing,
Worship, honour, glory, blessing,
Brought to thee with glad accord—

Thee, my Master and my Friend,
Vindicated and enthroned,
Unto earth’s remotest end
Glorified, adored and owned!