World powers lift sanctions on Iran; Israel criticizes move (Second Coming Watch Update #820)

1. Officials from the EU and the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on Saturday that Iran has completed the necessary steps in a deal to restrict its nuclear program allowing for international economic sanctions are lifted.

2. As world powers dropped sanctions on Iran after international monitors concluded the first phase of their landmark nuclear deal complete, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon said, “Iran is continuing to strive for nuclear weapons and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s optimism must not blind the international community.”

3. Israel’s Foreign Ministry is making last-ditch efforts to block a pending European Union resolution that emphasizes the distinction between Israel-proper and the territories it captured during the 1967 Six Day War.

4. The US has warned India and Pakistan that terrorist groups would continue their attempts to undermine the peace process but they should not allow the militants to achieve their goal.

5. At least 11 people have been killed and 13 wounded in a suicide attack at the home of a prominent politician in the increasingly volatile eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan.

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

The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 29:1-16 which reads in part: “Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel. And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.”

Our second coming quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said: “The church of the Lord Jesus Christ has always lived in anticipation of His return to gather His redeemed people, to destroy the wicked, and to establish His glorious kingdom. That hope, according to the Word of God, is a motivator. In fact, it may well be the greatest or among the greatest of all motivators for our joy, our service, and our holiness. We live anticipating that Jesus will return, that with Him He will bring His reward to give to those who are faithful, that with Him will come eternal joy to some degree and in some way based upon the level of commitment and faithfulness we have exhibited in our lives.”

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