Iraqi forces announce taking of Ramadi from ISIS (Second Coming Watch Update #812)

1. Iraqi forces have retaken a former government compound in Ramadi from where Islamic State group militants have been resisting an army offensive.

2. Police in Vienna, Austria, said on Saturday that an unnamed “friendly” intelligence service has warned several European cities of possible terror attacks.

3. A senior Russian officer said in an interview that the Russian air force has not hit civilian targets since they started a bombing campaign in Syria nearly three months ago.

4. As the world’s eyes are focused on the Islamic State in Syria and its activity in Europe, the organization’s branch in Sinai — Ansar Bait al-Maqdis (or ABAM) — is gaining strength, and the Russian plane bombing may be just the beginning of its integration into ISIS’s international war.

5. Turkey is reportedly demanding that Israel give it unrestricted access to the Gaza Strip to deliver goods to the blockaded Palestinian territory, as a condition for restoring normal ties between the two countries.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 26 which reads in part: “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”

Our second coming quote for today is from John Wesley. He said: “We know it cannot be long before the Lord will descend with the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet of God; when every one of us shall appear before him, and give account of his own works. Why should one of you be found on the left hand at his appearing? He willeth not that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance; by repentance, to faith in a bleeding Lord; by faith, to spotless love, to the full image of God renewed in the heart, and producing all holiness of conversation. O make proof of his mercy, rather than his justice; of his love, rather than the thunder of his power!”


ISIS leader urges Saudi uprising, threatens attack on Israel (Second Coming Watch Update #811)

1. In an audio recording released on Saturday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the secretive leader of the Islamic State, called for an uprising in Saudi Arabia and pledged to attack Israel.

2. A magnitude-6.2 earthquake centered in an area of Afghanistan that has been hit by several temblors since October left at least four people dead and more than 100 injured, most of them in neighboring Pakistan.

3. Japan’s coastguard said on Saturday that a Chinese coastguard vessel with what appeared to be gun turrets entered territorial waters claimed by Japan in the East China Sea.

4. Syrian media outlets reported on Saturday that Israeli warplanes hit Hezbollah targets in Syria in a series of at least seven airstrikes.

5. Overnight fighting between Yemen’s Shiite rebels and pro-government forces in the southwestern Taiz province has killed 31 people, including eight civilians.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 26 which reads in part: “Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Ray Pritchard. He said: “There awaits in the future an event more marvelous, more startling, more amazing, and more blessed than anything that has happened in the last 2,000 years. I speak of the literal, visible, bodily return of Christ to the earth. No event may seem less likely to modern men and women; no event is more certain in the light of inspired Scripture.”

Israel faces ‘new kind of terrorism’ as Palestinian violence continues (Second Coming Watch Update #810)

1. Young Palestinians with kitchen knives are waging a ceaseless campaign of near-suicidal violence that Israeli leaders are calling “a new kind of terrorism.”

2. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday that the country’s armed forces will move to retake the major northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State once they capture the western city of Ramadi.

3. With the number of ISIS fighters growing in regional neighbor Afghanistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin is turning to an old enemy — the Taliban — to share intelligence.

4. Russia said on Friday that trucks loaded with oil continue to cross from Syria into Turkey but in lesser numbers thanks to its bombing campaign against Islamic State jihadists.

5. Explosions and gunfire resounded around the southeastern Turkish town of Cizre on Friday after a clash overnight that the army said left six Kurdish militants and one soldier dead as a security operation there entered its 11th day.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 26 which reads in part: “Lord, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them. Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Adrian Rogers. He said: “Many people ask why Jesus hasn’t come yet. I believe it is the mercy of God that holds Him back (see 2 Peter 3:9). Even now the raging waters of God’s wrath are furiously pounding against the dam of His mercy. And one of these days, that dam of God’s mercy will give way to God’s judgment and the day of the Lord will come.”

Westerners warned of Christmas terror threat in Beijing (Second Coming Watch Update #809)

1. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday morning warned citizens of a Christmastime terrorism threat against Westerners in one of the city’s most popular districts.

2. Israel’s internal security agency uncovered a large Hamas terror cell, among whose members were Israeli citizens, which planned to carry out suicide bombings and other terror attacks in Israel.

3. Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour Hersh claimed in a piece published by the London Review that the U.S. military is indirectly and covertly supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad, providing him with intelligence through third-party mediators in an effort to help his regime defeat the Islamic groups challenging his rule.

4. Chinese pastors are no strangers to surveillance. Many have worked for years in China’s unregistered “house churches,” and have been interrogated numerous times.

5. Two-thousand miles from Syria,the Islamic State is trying to expand its territory by establishing a branch in what its fighters call the “little emirate”: the war-torn country of Somalia.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 26 which reads in part: “The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just. Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Sandra Jean. She said: “Satan hates this doctrine of Christ’s coming because it is a purifying doctrine. The fact of Jesus Christ return leads us to live a life of watchfulness, loyalty, wisdom, activity, simplicity, self-restraint, prayer and abiding in Christ.”

Russia charged with hundreds of civilian deaths in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #808)

1. A human rights watchdog on Wednesday accused Russia of using cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria in attacks that it says have killed hundreds of people in the past few months.

2. While investigating a hacking attack on a university, security researcher Brian Wallace stumbled onto a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid. Digital clues pointed to Iranian hackers.

3. The European Union on Monday extended sanctions against Russia for six months, achieving consensus among the bloc’s 28 member nations despite rising divisions over how long to press a major trading partner over its annexation of Crimea and its role in Ukraine’s separatist war.

4. In a region full of challenges and short on solutions, reported cooperation between Hamas and the Islamic State branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula—considered by many experts to be the terror group’s most potent offshoot—adds a new layer of threats to Middle East stability and especially to Israel.

5. Iraq sent battalions of reinforcements on Wednesday to secure neighborhoods in Ramadi recaptured from the Islamic State, as soldiers continued an offensive for a second day to try to take full control of the city.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 26 which reads in part: “In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks…”

Our second coming quote for today is from S. Lewis Johnson. He said: “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus ought to enlarge in our Christian thinking. The earliest Christians made a great deal after they learned the truth of the suffering, the cross and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. And it seems to me that today we may be possibly erring a little by making a whole lot over the First Coming and sometimes de-emphasizing the reigning, the crown, the literality of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus.”

Canada taking ‘wider look’ at spread of ISIS beyond Iraq and Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #807)

1. During an unannounced visit to Iraq, Canada’s defense minister said his country is taking a “wider” look at the danger posed by the Islamic State group in Libya and the Sinai peninsula.

2. Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal and, within the next five to ten years, it is likely to double that of India, and exceed those of France, the United Kingdom, and China.

3. The Islamic State may have stolen thousands of blank passports which it could use to smuggle its fighters into western Europe posing as refugees.

4. Iraqi soldiers began a fierce assault to wrest control of the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State on Monday night, and by midday on Tuesday they had battled their way toward the city center despite heavy resistance.

5. In a speech on Monday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel with revenge over the killing of terrorist Samir Kuntar in an air strike in Syria on Saturday.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 25 which reads in part: “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation…”

Our second coming quote for today is from Greg Laurie. He said: “Have you ever been looking forward to seeing someone? You wait for the sound of that person’s car in the driveway. You pull the door open before your friend can even knock. That’s what it means to ‘anxiously await’ someone’s arrival. If anything would cause us hesitancy in saying, ‘Even so, come, Lord Jesus!’, then we need to carefully examine our lives.”

Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire across Lebanese border (Second Coming Watch Update #806)

1. Weapons fire was exchanged along the Israel-Lebanon border on Sunday after the assassination of a Lebanese militant.

2. Officials in Afghanistan say a suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol near Bagram Airfield, killing six NATO soldiers and wounding several more.

3. Some of the Indonesian men arrested over weekend after tip-offs that they were planning a string of militant attacks had received funding from Syria, hardening evidence of their links to the Islamic State.

4. David’s Sling, Israel’s latest addition to its air defense system, has passed its final round of tests, putting it on course for deployment in 2016.

5. President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired on Sunday that Russia is not trying to bring back the USSR, but the problem is that “nobody wants to believe it”.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 25:1-5 which reads: “O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Michael Youssef. He said: “We must always be on watch and prepare for that day. God wants us to treat each day as if it were the last before His return. He wants us to live knowing that at any moment, final judgment will come upon this world — not so that we would live in anxiety, but to be motivated to share the Gospel message with those who do not know Him. What if Christ returned tomorrow? Would that change how you spend the rest of today? Would you continue to keep silent about His love and judgment, or would you boldly and lovingly share about His return? Commit yourself to living a lifestyle that eagerly anticipates the appearance of King Jesus.”