Breaking Prophecy News; The Rise of Antichrist, Part 3 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #607)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: UN warns of terrorists getting hands on nuclear weapons | Over 70 people killed in suicide bomb attack on Christians in Pakistan | NSA official visits Israel to talk cyber-defense cooperation

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “The Rise of Antichrist (Part 3)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

— When Will the Beast Rise?

The only question left is the timing of the prophecy. Is John talking about the Roman Empire of the first century, or does he foresee a Roman Empire of the future? Remember, this chapter belongs to the section of “what must take place after these things.” John will ultimately tell us of the final conflict at Armageddon, of the fall of the “great city” which reigns over the kings of the earth, of the triumphal return of Christ, and of the defeat of the beast and the False Prophet and the binding of Satan.

There are only three legitimate options for the reasonable interpreter…

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 41) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:

I exhort you to watch against doubts and unbelief as to the complete acceptance of your soul, if you are a believer in Christ Jesus. The Lord Jesus finished the work He came to do — do not tell Him that He did not. The Lord Jesus paid your debts in full — do not tell Him that you think He left you to pay part. The Lord Jesus promises eternal life to every sinner that comes to Him — do not tell Him, even while you are coming, that you think He lies. In Christ you are like Noah in the ark, and Lot in Zoar — nothing can harm you. The earth may be burned up with fire at the Lord’s appearing — but not a hair of your head shall perish. Doubt it not. Pray for more faith. Watch and pray!

ISIS has army trained to carry out wave of attacks across Europe (Second Coming Watch Update #844)

1. Officials have told The Associated Press that the Islamic State has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum carnage.

2. The Iraqi army said on Thursday that its troops and allied militia had launched what is expected to be a long and difficult offensive to retake the second city of Mosul, the Islamic State group’s main hub in Iraq.

3. The “Quartet” comprised of the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, and the United States is forming a new plan to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

4. North Korea said it successfully tested a powerful new solid-fuel rocket engine, the latest in a series of announcements that appear intended to portray progress in its development of an advanced nuclear-tipped missile that could threaten the U.S. mainland.

5. Russia’s Defense Ministry says its warplanes have struck targets around the ancient city of Palmyra in support of the Syrian army’s offensive there.

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 66:1-6

Our second coming quote for today is from W.J. Grier. He said, “The New Testament teaches that our Lord will come in person. While the Scriptures refer to great events in the history of the individual, like death, and great events in the history of the Church, like the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost and the destruction of Jerusalem, as comings of Christ, yet they also declare in no uncertain language that there is to be a final triumphant return of Christ towering far above these other partial and typical comings. ‘The Lord himself shall descend from heaven.'”

Breaking Prophecy News; The Rise of Antichrist, Part 2 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #606)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: More U.S. Marines headed to Iraq to face ISIS | Putin says he can redeploy troops to Syria quickly | 2 comets to pass closer to Earth than any in centuries

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “The Rise of Antichrist (Part 2)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

— The Great Sea Monster

The uniqueness of John’s vision is his portrayal of the first beast as a giant sea monster. We should remember that John was on an island in the Aegean Sea when he received this vision. The Aegean sits between Greece to the west and Asia Minor (modern Turkey) to the east. The Aegean itself is a part of the “Great Sea” (the Mediterranean), which the Romans called “our sea” because of their domination of the Mediterranean basin.

The monster from the sea is a very fitting symbol for the Roman Empire. From John’s perspective, Rome lay across the waters of the Mediterranean to the west. It was separated from the eastern part of the empire by water at the Hellespont as well as between Greece and Asia Minor near the Black Sea. Technically, there was no direct land connection between Europe and Asia at that point.

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 40) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:

My last word of application shall be an exhortation to all true believers — to all who have the oil of grace in their hearts, and have fled for pardon to the blood of the Lamb. I draw it from the words of the Lord Jesus at the end of the parable. I exhort you earnestly “to watch.”

I exhort you to watch against everything which might interfere with a readiness for Christ’s appearing. Search your own hearts. Find out the things which most frequently interrupt your communion with Christ, and cause fogs to rise between you and the sun. Mark these things, and know them, and against them ever watch and be on your guard.

Russia to keep advanced air defense system in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #843)

1. The Kremlin’s chief-of-staff said Russia will keep its most advanced air defence system in Syria despite a planned withdrawal of the bulk of Russian forces from there.

2. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the country to improve its nuclear attack capability after watching a ballistic missile launch test.

3. China will begin civilian flights to and from a disputed South China Sea island within a year, as the government expands infrastructure on islands and reefs also claimed by other countries in region.

4. Britain’s senior counterterrorism officer said police are preparing for “enormous and spectacular” potential attacks on the UK as ISIS moves into its “next natural phase.”

5. A U.S. official has told CNN that Iran has the ability to launch a three-stage rocket with a satellite on top “at any minute.”

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 65:17-25

Our second coming quote for today is from James Montgomery Boice. He said, “The outstanding promise of the Old Testament – the great hope of Old Covenant Israel – was the coming (advent) of Messiah. Yet it was only the actual advent which disclosed the full meaning of that long-promised event. Similarly, the event alone will reveal to us the full meaning of the second coming, its accompaniments, and its effects. The event itself is certain: but its time, its character, its accompaniments, and its detailed effects, are concealed in language which is designed to stir up our zeal and diligence in present duty, rather than to satisfy the curiosity of inquisitive minds.”

Breaking Prophecy News; The Rise of Antichrist, Part 1 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #605)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: Russian forces begin withdrawing from Syria | Turkey bombs Kurdish strongholds in Iraq following bombings in Ankara | U.S., S. Korea hold largest ever military drills

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “The Rise of Antichrist, Part 1” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

In Revelation 13, two beasts rise on the prophetic scene. The first is the beast out of the sea, symbolizing the Antichrist. The second is the beast out of the earth, symbolizing the False Prophet. These two diabolical characters are empowered by Satan himself and with him form the satanic trinity. They are evil and deception personified. Together they will control the entire world in the Last Days—economically, politically, and religiously.

The great conflict of the End Times pits the unholy trinity (Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet) against the holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). In particular, the two beasts called up by Satan become a threat to the survival of the whole world. The first arises from the sea—a grotesque seven-headed monster with ten horns. The second arises from the earth—less terrifying, but much more deceptive. Mounce writes, “Together with the dragon the two beasts constitute an unholy trinity of malicious evil.”

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 40) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:

Go to Jesus first and foremost, if you would know what step to take. Think not to wait for repentance, and faith, and a new heart — but go to Him just as you are. Go to Him in prayer, and cry, “Lord save me — or I perish. I am weary of sleeping — I would sleep no longer.” Oh! awake, you that sleep, and Christ shall give you light.

Russia freezes shipment of anti-aircraft missile system to Iran (Second Coming Watch Update #842)

1. Russia has decided to freeze its shipment of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran.

2. The Philippines said on Saturday that it had seized a North Korean freighter that was covered by harsher United Nations sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program.

3. Israel is highly concerned about the prospect of a stronger Iranian presence in Syria.

4. A truck bomb at an Iraqi checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 70 on Sunday, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast.

5. A total of 135 people were killed in the first week of a partial truce in Syria in areas covered by the deal, highlighting its fragile nature just days before the United Nations attempts to reconvene peace talks.

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 James Montgomery Boice. He said, “God, who has acted in history in past events, is also to act in history to consummate this age. So when we ask, ‘How will it all end’, we do not suddenly pass out of the realm of history into a never-never land of utopian speculation. We merely pass to that which has not yet occurred but which is nevertheless certain of occurring for the simple reason that God is behind it and is he himself who tells us that it will happen.”

Breaking Prophecy News; War in Heaven? Part 9 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #604)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: Fmr. CIA head says Middle East is falling apart | U.S. Delta Force begins operations in Iraq to capture or kill top ISIS leaders | NATO general warns of terrorists infiltrating Europe alongside refugees

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 9” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

— Key Players: “The rest of her offspring,” saved Israel

When Satan is thwarted in his attempts to destroy national Israel, he will turn against the “rest (remnant) of her offspring” that has the “testimony of Jesus.” These are converted Jews who have come to faith in Jesus as their Messiah. They will be persecuted severely by the two “beasts” that are forthcoming in Revelation 13.

This is the only explanation that makes proper sense of the text and maintains the distinction between Israel and the Church. If the “rest of her offspring” are Church Age believers, how are we to distinguish between them and the woman if the woman is also the Church? Only by viewing the woman as Israel and the “rest of her offspring” as converted Jews of the Great Tribulation does this section make any sense at all. By chapter 14, we again see the 144,000 Jews with Christ, the Lamb of God. The entire context from chapters 12-14 is Jewish.

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 39) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:

How long is this sleep to go on? When do you mean to arise and live as if you had a soul? When will you cease to hear as one who hears not? When will you give up running after shadows, and begin to seek something substantial? When will you throw off the mockery of a religion which cannot satisfy, cannot comfort, cannot sanctify, cannot save, and will not bear a calm examination?