U.S. defense secretary holds summit on fight against ISIS (Second Coming Watch Update #596)

1. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter convened an extraordinary war council on Monday on Iraq’s doorstep, six days after taking office, to discuss the nitty-gritty of the administration’s oft-criticized strategy for countering the Islamic State militant group and probe for gaps and weaknesses.

2. Egypt’s president said on Sunday that the need for a joint Arab military force is growing every day as the region faces the threat of Islamic militancy.

3. The Italian government is on high alert after threats from the Islamic State called Italy “the nation signed with the blood of the cross.” The Vatican — considered by many to be the de facto seat of worldwide Christianity — is in Rome, so the city could be a target.

4. The Palestinian president has threatened to stop security coordination with Israel if the country continues to withhold millions of dollars of Palestinian tax revenue.

5. Russia has reportedly offered to sell Iran powerful and advanced anti-aircraft missiles in a deal that could have an impact on nuclear talks approaching a deadline next month.

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 Numbers 22:4-6 which reads: “…Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.”

Our second coming quote for today is from R.W. DeHaan. He said, “The fact that our Savior is coming again gives us hope. It makes us want to stand our ground. It encourages us to continue fighting the good fight of faith. It assures us of victory. Fierce as the battle may rage and difficult as the conflict may be as we serve Him, we dare not give up. Christ is coming again—perhaps today.”

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