Alarming alliance between Russia and Armenia endangers Turkey (Second Coming Watch Update #841)

1. A critical development is taking place in Europe — the growing military alliance between Russia and Armenia is threatening Turkey, an indispensable U.S. ally and partner in the fight against the Islamic State.

2. Syria’s main opposition group reported 15 violations by government troops and allied forces on the first day of a landmark truce, as Russia accused Turkey of breaking the ceasefire.

3. Israel recently requested 71 bullet resistant vehicles for approximately $26 million, due to the continued wave of terrorism in the West Bank and renewed shooting attacks.

4. A Chinese husband and wife who led a Christian congregation that opposed a government campaign to remove crosses atop churches have been given long prison sentences for illegal activities, including corruption and disturbing social order.

5. A United States-backed Arab military coalition bombed a busy market north of Yemen’s capital early on Saturday, killing at least 30 people.

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 63:7-14.

Our second coming quote for today is from George Eldon Ladd. He said, ““The point we are now making is that, contrary to outward appearances, the life of Jesus of Nazareth embodies an invasion into history by God, veiled though it was. In this veiled form the presence of God could be seen only by the eyes of faith. This is why the Second Coming of Christ is necessary – to complete the work begun in his Incarnation. There are, in other words, two great events in God’s conquest of the powers of evil, two invasions of God into history: the Incarnation and the Second Coming.”

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Calm in Syria for first time as fragile ceasefire takes hold (Second Coming Watch Update #840)

1. Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids stopped on Saturday, as a cessation of hostilities appeared to hold for its first day, described by the United Nations as the best hope for peace in five years of civil war.

2. President Barack Obama directed his national security team on Thursday to press the US-led international campaign to destroy the Islamic State group “on all fronts.”

3. Despite Egypt’s relentless efforts to seal off its side of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, a steady stream of Gazans are managing to leave the Strip and join the ranks of Islamic State fighters locked in combat with Egyptian forces in the Sinai.

4. Christians in northern Mali face a barrage of threats from radical Islamists giving them little choice but to leave their homes for safer pastures.

5. China has deployed fighter jets to a disputed island in the South China Sea, and U.S. officials said it’s not the first time China has placed J-11 and J-7 fighter jets on Woody Island, part of the Paracel island chain in the hotly disputed region.

The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 63:1-6.

Our second coming quote for today is from Millard J. Erickson. He said, “With the exception of the certainty of death, the one eschatological doctrine on which orthodox theologians most agree is the second coming of Christ. It is indispensable to eschatology [last things]. It is the basis of the Christian’s hope, the one event which will mark the beginning of the completion of God’s plan.”

U.S. strikes ISIS camps in Libya, killing over 40 (Second Coming Watch Update #839)

1. U.S. airstrikes on Friday hit a suspected Islamic State training camp in Libya, leaving more than 40 dead in a sign of possible stepped up Western military pressures against militant strongholds in North Africa.

2. China on Friday accused the United States of militarizing the South China Sea, days after deploying missiles to a disputed island in the area.

3. A meeting of the international coordinating group charged with implementing a cease-fire in Syria was canceled on Friday, delaying any reduction of hostilities and raising further questions about the workability of the truce.

4. Russia on Friday warned long-term ally President Bashar Assad over his vow to retake all of Syria, saying he faced dire consequences if he did not comply with Moscow over the peace process.

5. The magnitude of Oklahoma’s earthquakes appears to be getting stronger.

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 63:1-6.

Our second coming quote for today is from Billy Graham. He said, “God keeps his promises, and this is why we can be sure that the return of Christ is near. Scripture tells us that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all these signs are evident today.”

Breaking Prophecy News; War in Heaven? Part 7 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #602)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: U.S. warns Russia against selling weapons to Iran | ISIS deepening its reach across Libya, rest of Africa | N. Korea deploys ICBM that can reach U.S.

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 7” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

— Key Players: Male child — Jesus Christ

The “male child” who was destined to “rule all the nations” is Jesus Christ. He is the Messiah, the Promised One of the Father. His being “caught up” refers to His ascension back into heaven. The Greek verb meaning “caught up” is also used of Philip being “snatched away” after dealing with the Ethiopian eunuch, of Paul being “caught up” into the third heaven, and of the Rapture of the Church itself.

The imagery for the “male child” is taken from Psalm 2, where the messianic Son receives the nations for His inheritance from the Father. He is pictured there as the Lord’s “Anointed”. He is the King whom God will set on Zion. God says of Him: “Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten thee. Ask of Me, and I shall give the nations as thine inheritance…. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron.”

OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 37) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:

I want to disqualify no man for usefulness upon earth. I require no man to become a hermit, and cease to serve his generation. I call on no man to leave his lawful calling, and neglect his earthly affairs. But I do call on everyone to live like one who expects Christ to return — to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world — to live like a pilgrim and a stranger, ever looking unto Jesus — to live like a good servant, with his loins girded, and his lamp burning — to live like one whose treasure is in Heaven, with his heart packed up and ready to be gone! This is readiness. This is preparation. And is this too much to ask? I say unhesitatingly that it is not.

Are you ready in this way? If not, I would like to know what good your religion does you. What is it all, but a burdensome form? What is it, but a mere temporary cloak that will not wear beyond this world? Truly a religion that does not make a man ready for everything — for death, for judgment, for the second advent, for the resurrection — such a religion may well be looked on with suspicion. If your religion does not make you ready for anything — the sooner it is changed, the better!

N. Korea said to be planning ‘terror’ attacks against South (Second Coming Watch Update #838)

1. A top Seoul official said on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered preparations for launching “terror” attacks on South Koreans, as worries about the North grow after its recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

2. Despite the growing threat from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Libya, the Obama administration has turned down a U.S. military plan for an assault on ISIS’ regional hub there.

3. British Prime Minister David Cameron traveled to Brussels on Thursday in search of concessions from other European leaders that might help him win a referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership in the 28-nation European Union.

4. Turkey says its warplanes have bombed Kurdish positions across the border in northern Iraq, following a deadly bomb attack in the Turkish capital.

5. Iraq is searching for “highly dangerous” radioactive material stolen last year.

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 62:6-7 which reads: “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Charles Ryrie. He said, “For the believer, the knowledge of prophecy provides joy in the midst of affliction; cleanses and encourages holy living; is profitable, like all Scripture, for a number of important needs in the Christian’s life; gives facts about life after death; gives truth about the end of history; gives proof of the reliability of all Scripture, for the number of prophecies that have come to pass precisely as predicted cannot be accounted for by chance but only by God; draws our hearts out in worship to the God who is in complete control and who will accomplish His will in history. To slight prophecy is to miss these benefits.”

Breaking Prophecy News; War in Heaven? Part 6 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #601)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: China deploys surface-to-air missiles on disputed islands | Turkey pushes for ground operations in Syrian war | Germany says it won’t normalize relations with Iran until it recognizes Israel

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 6” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

— Key Players: the Dragon: Satan

The “great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns” appears next. He is identified in Revelation 12:9 as “the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan.” Therefore, there can be no debate over his identity. He is called the “accuser of our brethren… who accuses them before our God day and night”. This description is reminiscent of Satan’s activities in the book of Job. He is also described as the one who tried to devour the male child as soon as he was born.

The whole passage reminds us of the great spiritual warfare going on behind the scenes of human history. While King Herod attempted to kill the baby Jesus soon after His birth, it was actually Satan who provoked the murderous intent. The crucifixion of Christ may also be in view here as well. Even then, Satan is pictured as the evil one provoking the crowd to shout, “Crucify Him!”

OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 36) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:

I can imagine some saying, “This is asking far too much. To be ready for Christ’s appearing! This is far too high a standard. This is fanaticism. There would be no living in the world at this rate. This is a hard saying. Who can hear it?”

Multiple crises converge on Europe and U.S. is unable to help (Second Coming Watch Update #837)

1. Europe is facing a convergence of the worst crises since World War II, and the overwhelming consensus among officials and experts is that the U.S. no longer has the will or the ability to play an influential role in solving them.

2. Fresh water on Earth is scarce and getting scarcer. In 2015 the World Economic Forum ranked “water crises” as the top risk facing the planet.

3. Saudi Arabia has sent warplanes to NATO-member Turkey’s air base for the fight against the Islamic State.

4. Civilian casualties of the war in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spread across the country in the wake of the withdrawal of most international troops.

5. Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar vowed on Saturday to remove all the Jews from “Palestine”.

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 62:1-4 which reads: “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth…”

Our second coming quote for today is from Matthew Henry. He said, “Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. It is against the mind of Christ, that his people should have troubled hearts, even in troublous times.”