Iran talks to continue beyond stated deadline (Second Coming Watch Update #651)

1. China is reportedly proceeding with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs, which are claimed by the Philippines, despite Beijing promising to end some work soon.

2. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator made an unexpected return to Tehran on Sunday to consult with his nation’s top leadership, a reflection of the tensions in the final days of negotiations over the limits on Tehran’s nuclear program, and even on how to interpret the preliminary agreement the two sides reached two months ago.

3. The last time that all five visible planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) appeared in the same sky together was over 10 years ago, from December 15, 2004, to January 15, 2005.

4. An earthquake was felt in several Israeli cities at around 6:30 PM on Saturday.

5. Leaflets threatening Christians and signed by an organization referring to itself as the “Islamic State in Palestine” were distributed in East Jerusalem last week.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is 1 Samuel 28:16-19 which reads: “Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the Lord hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Chrysostom. He said: “In the first advent God veiled his divinity to prove the faithful; in the second advent he will manifest his glory to reward their faith.”

Kurds reportedly regain control of Kobane (Second Coming Watch Update #650)

1. Kurdish forces and activists say Islamic State militants have been driven out of the town of Kobane, on the Turkish border.

2. The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, calling for “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.

3. Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.

4. European Jewry is all in the same boat, and that boat is slowly but surely sinking. That, at least, was the impression from a roundtable conversation this week at the Jerusalem Press Club with leaders from 25 of the continent’s Jewish communities.

5. Moscow is developing a new, ultra-high speed strategic attack vehicle similar to China’s hypersonic weapon, according to military analysts.

The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is 1 Samuel 23:1-5 which reads: “Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors. Therefore David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the Lord said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines? Then David enquired of the Lord yet again. And the Lord answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand. So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.”

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.”

U.S. gears up for more encounters with China at sea (Second Coming Watch Update #649)

1. The captain of a U.S. coastal combat ship that has patrolled the disputed South China Sea and encountered a Chinese ship last month says the U.S. expects more encounters at sea with Chinese navy vessels.

2. Israel said on Monday that it would “seriously” evaluate the United Nations Human Rights Council inquiry on the Gaza conflict, while politicians from left and right slammed the international body for bias and declared that the international investigators lacked access to evidence.

3. The European Union approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia on Monday in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukraine.

4. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem in a push to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

5. The Philippines launched separate naval exercises with the United States and Japan on Monday on an island province facing the disputed South China Sea, displaying its security alliances amid an increasingly tense territorial rift with Beijing.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is 1 Samuel 23:10-12 which reads: “Then said David, O Lord God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake. Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O Lord God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the Lord said, He will come down. Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the Lord said, They will deliver thee up.”

Our second coming quote for today is from C.S. Lewis. He said: “The idea which shuts out the Second Coming from our minds, the idea of the world slowly ripening to perfection, is a myth, not a generalization from experience.”

Iran’s support for terror increases (Second Coming Watch Update #648)

1. The Obama administration said on Friday that Iran’s support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects.

2. Despite mounting concerns in Congress over the Obama administration’s strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the U.S. already has spent billions on the war — with recent Pentagon figures showing just how costly and complicated the operation has become.

3. The US State Department says the number of terrorist attacks around the world rose by a third in 2014 compared with the previous year.

4. A shallow earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude struck off Chile on Friday.

5. France’s foreign minister heads to the Middle East this weekend with an initiative aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks under an international framework amid growing regional instability.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is 1 Samuel 23:1-5 which reads: “Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors. Therefore David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the Lord said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines? Then David enquired of the Lord yet again. And the Lord answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand. So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.”

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.”

ISIS using Libya as entrypoint to reach Europe, U.S. (Second Coming Watch #645)

1. ISIS is using Libya ‎as an access point into Europe and the U.S., taking advantage of the unstable, chaotic condition of the troubled country. The Italian government intercepted over 30 ISIS fighters recently who entered through Libya, but many more may not have been captured.

2. The British defence secretary indicated on Wednesday that Great Britain and its NATO allies are in a Cold War-style arms race with Russia.

3. North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.

4. A new study led by the University of California at Irvine has reported that about one third of Earth’s largest groundwater reserves are being rapidly depleted by human consumption.

5. The foreign ministers of Russia and Germany spoke on Wednesday and agreed on the importance of ending fighting in eastern Ukraine immediately.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is 1 Samuel 15:26-29 which reads: ” And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Stephen Travis. He said: “The Christian hope is not a matter for tickling our minds, but for changing our minds and influencing society.”

Russia increases nuclear arsenal (Second Coming Watch #644)

1. President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year and a defence official accused NATO of provoking a new arms race.

2. Kurdish fighters took full control of the border town of Tal Abyad on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to the Islamic State group’s ability to wage war in Syria by cutting off a vital supply line to its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa.

3. The Israeli ClearSky cybersecurity company said it has discovered an ongoing wave of cyber attacks originating from Iran on targets in Israel and the Middle East. The firm said the goal is “espionage or other nation-state interests.”

4. Asteroid Icarus, the kilometre-long spacerock named after the Greek mythological character that flew too close to the sun, will skim past the Earth on Tuesday night making a rare “distant pass” of five million miles.

5.China says it will complete a series of controversial land reclamation projects in the South China Sea “soon”.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is 1 Samuel 15:1-3 which reads: “Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”

Our second coming quote for today is from John Trapp. He said: “This is pinned as a badge to the sleeve of every true believer—that he looks for and longs for Christ’s coming to judgement.”

U.S. plans to station heavy weaponry in eastern Europe (Second Coming Watch #643)

1. In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries.

2. A former British military chief has said that there are “uncomfortable similarities” between the state of Great Britain’s defences now and the period during which Hitler and the Nazis were on the rise.

3. More than a dozen weak earthquakes have shaken rural Alabama recently and geologists are trying to figure out what is causing the seismic swarm in an area of the South more prone to tornadoes than earthquakes.

4. The World Health Organization said on Saturday that it would hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to consider South Korea’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which it described as “large and complex.”

5. Kurdish-led militia assisted by US-led airstrikes fought Islamic State militants near a Syrian town at the Turkish border on Sunday in an advance that has worried Turkey.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is 1 Samuel 13:13-14 which reads: “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.”

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.”