EU urges Netanyahu-Abbas meeting to stop violence (Second Coming Watch Update #773)

1. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday urged Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to meet Quartet representatives “within days” in the hope of kick-starting stalled peace talks.

2. When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced on Tuesday that the U.S. would begin “direct action” against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq, it sounded like a new mission for U.S. forces in a country where the president has repeatedly insisted Americans would not be engaged in combat operations. But America’s special operations forces have been engaging in these kinds of missions for several months, particularly in the Kurdish-controlled provinces in northern Iraq.

3. The World Health Organization said in a report released on Wednesday that, for the first time, tuberculosis infections rivaled HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death from infectious diseases.

4. In the latest effort to revive direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, New Zealand has drafted a UN resolution that reportedly calls for a freeze on Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and for Palestinians to abandon their bid to take legal action against Israel at the International Criminal Court.

5. Two Australian warships will hold exercises with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea next week, just days after a U.S. navy patrol near a man-made Chinese island in the disputed waters angered Beijing.

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 Psalm 110:1-7 which reads: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool…”

Our second coming quote for today is from Charles Spurgeon. He said, “You will bear me witness, my friends, that it is exceedingly seldom I ever intrude into the mysteries of the future with regard either to the second advent, the millennial reign, or the first and second resurrection. As often as we come about it in our expositions, we do not turn aside from the point, but if guilty at all on this point, it is rather in being too silent than saying too much.”

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U.S. revamps failed plan to take on ISIS in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #722)

1. In an acknowledgment of severe shortcomings in its effort to create a force of moderate rebels to battle the Islamic State in Syria, the Pentagon is drawing up plans to significantly revamp the program by dropping larger numbers of fighters into safer zones as well as providing better intelligence and improving their combat skills.

2. The UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has warned that thousands of ISIS jihadists could use the migrant crisis to “flood” into Europe, as he urged Britons not to “allow their compassion to imperil their safety”.

3. Work on a 30-kilometer fence along a southern stretch of Israel’s border with Jordan has begun amid efforts to protect Israel against security threats and to keep migrants and asylum seekers from entering the country.

4. Iran’s defense minister hailed the nuclear accord struck with world powers as a “surrender” by “the superpowers” to “the majesty” of Iran.

5. Iraq has put F-16 warplanes acquired from the United States into action against the Islamic State group for the first time.

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 Job 19:25 which reads: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Charles Spurgeon: He said, “Some think that this descent of the Lord will be postmillennial — that is, after the thousand years of his reign. I cannot think so. I conceive that the advent will be premillennial that he will come first, and then will come the millennium as the result of his personal reign upon earth.”

Turkey, U.S. ally to push ISIS out of northern Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #680)

1. Turkey and the United States have agreed in general terms on a plan that envisions American warplanes, Syrian insurgents and Turkish forces working together to sweep Islamic State militants from a 60-mile-long strip of northern Syria along the Turkish border.

2. The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of escalating tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Monday, warning that Israel’s actions were liable to bring about disastrous consequences.

3. The military wing of Hamas opened a Gaza summer camp on Saturday, providing combat training for 25,000 Palestinians as young as 15.

4. Thousands of Israel Defense Forces reservists were required to present themselves to their units in a surprise emergency drill starting Monday that simulated rocket attacks from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip as well as cyber attacks.

5. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday called on Washington officials to stop using threatening language against Tehran, hitting back at comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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 1 Kings 20:35-36 which reads: “And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the Lord, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him. Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Anthony Ashley Cooper. He said: “The only remedy for all this mass of misery is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why do we not plead for it every time we hear the clock strike?”

U.S. sending 400 troops to train Syrian rebels (Second Coming Watch #580)

1. The US military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, along with hundreds of US support personnel.

2. After a series of police raids and a deadly gun battle, arrests of terror suspects in Belgium, Germany and France on Thursday and Friday highlighted the scope and complexity of the challenge facing European intelligence agencies and security services in confronting the expanding threat from radical jihadists, many of them battle-hardened in Syria and Iraq.

3. The Arab League on Thursday authorized its members to seek international support for resubmitting to the UN Security Council the Palestinian resolution calling for establishing a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.

4. Key Mideast mediators — the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia — will meet this month to discuss the way toward Israeli-Palestinian peace as tensions escalate in the decades-old conflict.

5. Independent analyses released on Friday from both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) came to the same conclusion about 2014: A hotter year on earth has never been recorded.

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

The prophetic passage of Scripture we are looking at today is the entire chapter of Leviticus 16. Verses 29-30 of this passage read: “And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.”

Our second coming quote for today is from J. Hudson Taylor. He said, “Since he may come any day, it is well to be ready every day.”

Breaking Prophecy News; The Coming Kingdom of Christ, Part 3 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #454)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: U.S. officials warn that Russia may invade Ukraine | Iran says it supplied Hamas with missile technology | 5.3 magnitude quake shakes South Africa | Troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia amid Ebola panic | Israel assesses possible re-occupation of Gaza

The Bible says in Matthew 24:21-22: “Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “The Coming Kingdom of Christ, Part 3” from Dr. Tim LaHaye

The kingdom our Lord will set up when He comes will be made up of three groups of people: (i) Jews who survive the Tribulation and accept Christ as their Messiah (and who still have their natural bodies); (2) Gentile believers who were good to the Jews (also alive in their natural bodies); and (3) the resurrected saints of all ages (who will have their resurrection bodies).

Except for Revelation 20, most of the New Testament passages on the kingdom have to do with the spiritual phase of the kingdom, which is often mentioned interchangeably with the church. Examine, for example, Matthew 16:16-19, where our Lord told Peter He would “build My church” on the rock of Peter’s testimony that Christ was “the Son of the living God.” He then promised to give Peter “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (“the kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of heaven” are often used interchangeably). “The kingdom of God” in the New Testament usually refers to the true church, that body of believers who enter the church by faith in Christ and then spend the rest of their lives sharing that faith so others can also become members of the church. The literal physical kingdom is yet future and is best described in the Old Testament and Revelation 20. It will be set up when Christ returns in power, because He alone has the power to set it up.

OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — Whatever Became of Integrity (Part 3)” by Ray C. Stedman

MUSICAL SELECTION: “The King is Coming” by Newsboys

N. Korea threatens attack on South (Second Coming Watch Update #441)

1. According to AFP (Agence France-Presse), thousands of North Korean propaganda leaflets fell Monday on a frontline South Korean island, warning of an attack on soldiers stationed there.

2. According to the Russian International News Agency, Russia confirmed on Monday that it had deployed tactical ballistic missiles near its borders with NATO but said the move did not violate international agreements.

3. According to WorldNetDaily, Secretary of State John Kerry quietly presented a U.S. plan for eastern Jerusalem that calls for an international administrative mandate to control holy sites in the area.

4. According to Reuters, more than 5,000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes in northern Gaza and at least one person killed in what the United Nations called “a disaster area.”

5. According to The Jerusalem Post, a bill requiring a two-thirds majority in the Knesset for negotiations to divide Jerusalem was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.

The Bible says in Isaiah 65:25: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.”

Our Second Coming quote for today is from C.S. Lewis. He said, “The doctrine of the Second Coming teaches us that we do not and cannot know when the world drama will end. The curtain may be rung down at any moment. This seems to some people intolerably frustrating. We do not know the play. The Author knows. The audience, if there is an audience (if angels and archangels and all the company of heaven fill the pit and the stalls) may have an inkling. When it is over, we may be told. We are led to expect that the Author will have something to say to each of us on the part that each of us has played. The playing it well is what matters infinitely.”

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

What to Do While We Are Waiting for the Rapture of the Church

TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-4

Last week, we looked at three things we ought to remember about the rapture from the book of Thessalonians. These things are an encouragement to us as we look forward to the day when Jesus Christ will return to gather his church. Paul wrote the epistle to the Thessalonians in order to respond to some concerns the believers in Thessalonica had about the rapture. In this letter, Paul also encourages the believers in other areas, warns them against allowing sin to enter the church, and helps them to understand how they should live in light of the soon return of Jesus Christ. We can also gain encouragement and instruction from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians on how we ought to live as we await the rapture.

1. The Christian lifestyle is described as a “work of faith.” Paul says that he remembers “without ceasing” the Thessalonians “work of faith”. Some people don’t like to see the words “work” and “faith” put together. But Paul uses them both here. He is not saying that we are saved by faith and works. He is simply acknowledging that our faith ought to produce works.

2. The Christian lifestyle is described as a “labor of love.” Paul encourages the Thessalonians to continue in their labor of love for the ministry of Jesus Christ. Just as our faith should produce works, our love for Christ should cause us to labor for Him.

3. The Christian lifestyle is described as a “patience of hope.” The word patience carries with it the idea of endurance. Hope is a glad expectancy of things to come. Patience for the believer is not simply showing up every Sunday morning, warming a seat, and then going about our lives waiting for the Lord to return. For followers of Christ, patience is not a passive act. It is a visible action. According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, it is defined as “the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.”