ISIS growing stronger, expanding globally (Second Coming Watch Update #714)

1. Last September, the administration announced the start of a war on ISIS. One year later, however, ISIS doesn’t seem to be shrinking. One U.S. official said, “ISIS’s international branches are growing like crazy.’”

2. Japan’s Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China.

3. A Palestinian security source was quoted as saying on Sunday that Hezbollah has been working intensively to enlist former operatives from Fatah’s armed wing in order to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank and inside Israel.

4. The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.

5. The full Moon in September will be both the darkest and brightest of the year — and some have said that the Blood Moon could be a possible sign of the apocalypse.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is 2 Chronicles 20:37.

Our second coming quote for today is from Vance Havner: He said, “When I studied arithmetic, I remembered that the answers were in the back of the book. No matter how I floundered among my problems, the correct solution was on the last page. I have failed often in working out life’s problems, and I dwell in the midst of a people who are hopelessly trying to untangle the riddle of this present age. But I am cheered by one unfailing uncertainty — there is a Book that solves the enigma, and the answer is in the back of that Book.”

Netanyahu: Israel not opposed to civilian nuclear program for Iran (Second Coming Watch Update #713)

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday said Israel does not object to allowing Iran to have a civilian nuclear program, only a military one.

2. An air strike by a Saudi-led coalition killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Haj-jah on Sunday.

3. President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers.

4. A new report says that Israel and the Palestinian territories are projected to be among the countries most prone to acute water shortages and resultant conflict in the coming decades.

5. A rebel-appointed official in South Sudan’s war-ravaged Unity state says government troops on Sunday attacked a village on the first day of a cease-fire that both sides have pledged to implement.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is 2 Chronicles 20:15-17.

Our second coming quote for today is from Oswald Chambers: He said, “The only way to wait for the Second Coming is to watch that you do what you should do, so that when he comes is a matter of indifference. It is the attitude of a child, certain that God knows what he is doing. When the Lord does come, it will be as natural as breathing. God never does anything hysterical, and he never produces hysterics.”

Turkey begins airstrikes against ISIS in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #712)

1. Turkey announced on Saturday that its fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria.

2. President Obama on Friday insisted that disagreements over the Iran nuclear deal would not damage the “unbreakable bond” between Israel and the United States during an unprecedented Web address aimed at shoring up support for the agreement from American Jews.

3. The persecution of Christians in China appeared to have “entered a new phase” with the arrest early this week of at least nine Christians protesting the state’s ongoing campaign to remove crosses in churches.

4. The United States will be isolated on the world stage and its influence diminished if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal, the US ambassador to the United Nations has warned.

5. Officials and media reports say three attacks or clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish rebels have killed five people and injured 24 others in southeast Turkey.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is 2 Chronicles 7:12-15.

Our second coming quote for today is from Vance Havner: He said, “Some of the saints are SINGING about the Second Coming, but it is one thing just to sing the national anthem during the war and quite another to go into battle. The best evidence that the Lord’s return has really gotten hold of us is when we occupy till He come, do business for God, and buy up the opportunities, because the days are evil.”

UN says Iran has been building on contested military site (Second Coming Watch Update #711)

1. As it delved into a major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran’s past atomic activity, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday that Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May.

2. Jordan’s Minister of State for media affairs announced that Jordan has appointed 52 new employees and guards at its Jerusalem-based Wakf Department. He said that another 70 employees and guards will be appointed soon.

3. A draft resolution was presented to the United Nations on Thursday to request that the Palestinian flag be raised the next time world leaders convene at UN headquarters.

4. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia is planning to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt.

5. A Turkish newspaper is reporting that a senior Iranian official said his country and Russia have not been successful in finalizing a widely contested sale of advanced S-300 missile systems due to a disagreement over the sale price.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is 1 Chronicles 22:8-10.

Our second coming quote for today is from Charles Spurgeon: He said, “I hope that the day is near at hand when the advent of the great God will appear, for all things everywhere are boiling, burning, moving, falling, sinking, groaning.”

U.S. increasing drills in Asia-Pacific to counter China (Second Coming Watch Update #710)

1. The United States plans to increase the number of military and humanitarian drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of a new strategy to counter China’s rapid expansion in the South China Sea.

2. Nearly 200 retired U.S. generals, admirals and former political officials have come out strongly against the Iran nuclear accord, and have called upon Congress to sink the agreement on the grounds that it will “enable Iran to become far more dangerous.”

3. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

4. The Taliban seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Monday despite U.S. air strikes to repel them, and two NATO soldiers were shot dead by uniformed men on an army base in the area, a stronghold for militants and opium.

5. Jerusalem has seen a sharp increase in violent security incidents, with 580 such incidents against civilians or security forces recorded over the past two months.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is 1 Chronicles 21:9-13.

Our second coming quote for today is from Charles Spurgeon: He said, “Apart from the second advent of our Lord, the world is more likely to sink into a pandemonium than to rise into a millennium.”

Ukraine president: Country still faces threat of ‘large-scale invasion’ (Second Coming Watch Update #709)

1. In an impassioned speech to mark Independence Day on Monday, Ukraine’s president vowed to increase troop numbers to fend off attacks by Russia-backed separatist rebels and warned his countrymen that there is still the threat of a “large-scale invasion.”

2. A senior Israeli security official said the Israeli military is readier now than it ever has been to carry out a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities should it be instructed to do so.

3. Two years from now, on Aug. 21, 2017, North Americans will get an opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse where the sky will darken and the stars will shine in the middle of a summer day.

4. A senior Iranian official on Tuesday said Israel “should be annihilated,” and that the thawing relations with the West would not translate into a shift in Tehran’s position concerning the Jewish state.

5. A Coptic Christian in Egypt arrested for handing out Bibles will be put on trial after having his detention extended.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is 2 Kings 23:26-27.

Our second coming quote for today is from G. Campbell Morgan: He said, “To me the second coming is the perpetual light on the path which makes the present bearable. I never lay my head on the pillow without thinking that perhaps before the morning breaks, the final morning may have dawned. I never begin my work without thinking that He may interrupt my work and begin His own. This is now His word to all believing souls — ‘Till I come.’ We are not looking for death, we are looking for Him.”

U.S., Turkey to begin ‘comprehensive’ operation against ISIS in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #708)

1. Turkey’s foreign minister announces on Monday that Turkey and the United States will soon launch “comprehensive” air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria bordering Turkey.

2. North and South Korea have steered military tensions away from the threat of imminent confrontation, announcing an agreement over a series of recent flashpoints.

3. U.S. Marines accompanied by tanks, artillery, and light-armored reconnaissance vehicles have arrived in Bulgaria, as part of a plan to train with allies to improve weapons skills and anti-armor tactics.

4. New NASA satellite imagery shows that California is sinking even faster than scientists had thought.

5. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday that the United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is 2 Kings 22:16-20.

Our second coming quote for today is from Harry Heintz: He said, “During his 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy often closed his speeches with the story of Colonel Davenport, the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives: On May 19th, 1780 the sky of Hartford darkened ominously, and some of the representatives, glancing out the windows, feared the end was at hand. Quelling a clamor for immediate adjournment, Davenport rose and said, ‘The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. Therefore, I wish that candles be brought.’ Rather than fearing what is to come, we are to be faithful till Christ returns. Instead of fearing the dark, we’re to be lights as we watch and wait.”