Breaking Prophecy News; Battle of Armageddon, Part 2 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #627)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Looking at world events through the lens of the Word of God, let’s look at some headlines from today’s news that point to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Associated Press, a North Korean missile exploded during launch on Sunday, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force. It wasn’t immediately clear what kind of missile was test-fired, but the failure will sting in Pyong-yang because it comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year. Numerous reports suggest the U.S. carried out “digital interference” to sabotage the launch.

Second, today, under the Sign category of DISTRESS AMONG NATIONS — According to CNN, the US Air Force’s newest stealth fighters arrived in the UK over the weekend as part of the Pentagon’s effort to reassure European allies in the face of Russian aggression on the continent. The jets landed on Saturday for what the Air Force said was several weeks of training with other US aircraft and crews and those from North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. General Tod D. Wolters, commander of US Air Forces in Europe, said, “As we and our joint F-35 partners bring this aircraft into our inventories, it’s important that we train together to integrate into a seamless team capable of defending the sovereignty of allied nations.” The Air Force said the F-35s were deploying to support the European Reassurance Initiative, a multibillion dollar program started under President Obama in 2014 to show support for US allies after Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine.

Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to The Associated Press, in a trip full of Cold War symbolism, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, “the era of strategic patience is over.” The unannounced visit at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia was a U.S. show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire. As the vice president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor. Pence told reporters near the Demilitarized Zone that President Trump was hopeful China would use its “extraordinary levers” to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program, a day after the North’s failed missile test launch. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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Now, it’s time for Prophecy Bootcamp.

Prophecy Bootcamp is where we deal with the basics of prophecy, the Second Coming of Christ, and what will happen in the future according to the Bible. Our aim here is not to make predictions but to help you get prepared by understanding how things will unfold in the end times.

Our topic for today is titled “Battle of Armageddon (Part 2)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.” And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Revelation: Unlocking the Future” by Dr. Ed Hindson. Dr. Hindson simplifies the message of the Revelation so that you can easily understand it for yourself. You need this book in your library. It is available on our website for just $30. You can make your purchase today at

— The Coming Day of Wrath

The Old Testament prophets called it the “day of the Lord” or the “day of vengeance of our God.” They described it as a day of darkness and of fire, burning as hot as a furnace. Zephaniah wrote, “A day of wrath is that day, a day of trouble and distress, a day of destruction and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom… because they have sinned against the Lord.” This day of divine judgment against unbelievers will consume the whole world.

The Great Tribulation is the period of divine judgment that immediately precedes the coming of Christ in power and great glory. The prophet Ezekiel called it “the day of the Lord… a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations [Gentiles].” He even named many of those nations: Egypt, Ethiopia, Put, Lud, Arabia, and Libya.

In recent years, it has been customary for pretribulationists to see two great battles coming in the future: Magog and her Arab allies against Israel, and the Antichrist and his kingdom against Israel.

Older pretribulationists, such as Rene Pache, believe there is only one great end-time battle, noting that many of the same nations are named as falling on “the day of the Lord” (Armageddon) in Ezekiel 30:1-8. No matter how a person interprets these end-times conflicts, the Bible clearly teaches that Israel, not the Church, is the target of these attacks and that in the final battle Christ will return with His Church saints, His bride, to deliver Israel and complete the unity of God’s people.

In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and me to do in light of His Second Coming.

Jesus Christ said in Luke 19:13 to “Occupy till I come.” In light of that, we are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. It is a collection of what he called “prophetical tracts” that focus on the believer’s duty in light of the signs which point to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

This section is titled, “Occupy Until I Come!” (Part 19) based on the parable of the nobleman who went away and left talents for his servants to use in his absence. J.C. Ryle writes:

You are not to neglect any social duty or relation of life, because of the uncertainty of the Lord’s return. You are to fill the station to which God has called you, in a godly and Christian way; and you are to be ready to go from the place of business to meet Christ in the air, if the Lord shall think fit. You are to be like a man who never knows what a day might bring forth and, therefore, to put off nothing until a “convenient season.” You are to rise and go forth in the morning, ready, if need be, to meet Christ at noon. You are to lie down in bed at night, ready, if need be, to be awakened by the midnight cry, “Behold the Bridegroom comes!” You are to keep your spiritual accounts in a state of constant preparation, like one who never knows how soon they may be called for. You are to measure all your ways by the measure of Christ’s appearing, and to do nothing in which you would not like Jesus to find you engaged. This is to “occupy” until Jesus comes.

Think how condemning are these words to thousands of professing Christians! What an utter absence of preparation appears in their daily walk and conversation! How thoroughly unfit they are to meet Christ! They know nothing of occupying the gifts of God as loans for which they must give account. They show not the slightest desire to glorify Him with “body and spirit which are His.” They give no sign of readiness for the second advent. Well says old Gurnall, “It may be written on the grave of every unconverted man: Here lies one who never did for God an hour’s work!” Who can wonder in a world like this, if a minister often cries to his congregation, “You must be born again!” “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven!”

If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.


Remember the words of the Lord in Matthew 24:42: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

If you are not ready for the return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh. Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” God bless you.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.


Breaking Prophecy News; Battle of Armageddon, Part 1 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #626)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: Israel closes border with Egypt after terror warning; New microchip implanting technology could lead to ‘mark of the beast’; Scientists predict unprecedented outbreak of lyme disease this year

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “Battle of Armageddon (Part 1)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

Armageddon! The mere mention of it causes us to tremble. Armageddon is the ultimate biblical symbol for the great war at the end of the age. Its very name conjures up visions of global destruction, worldwide devastation, and indescribable human suffering. It is the war to end all wars! The people and planet of earth will suffer untold misery, and millions will die.

Revelation 16:14-16 tells us that the ultimate conflict of human history will take place at Armageddon in the Valley of Jezreel. It is the place where the kings of the earth will assemble for battle on the “great day of God the Almighty.” The name Armageddon (Har-Magedon) is taken from the plain of Megiddo near Mount Carmel. The ancient ruins of the Old Testament city of Megiddo still stand as gaunt testimony to the strategic significance of this area.

OCCUPY UNTIL I COME: “Occupy Until I Come!” (Part 18) based on the parable of the nobleman who went away and left talents for his servants to use in his absence. J.C. Ryle writes:

Your bodily health and strength, your mental gifts and capacities, your money and your earthly possessions, your rank and position in life, your example and influence with others, your liberty to read the Bible and hear the Gospel, your plentiful supply of means of grace — all these are your “pounds.” All these are to be used and employed with a continual reference to the glory of Christ. All these are His gifts. “Of Him come riches and honor.” “His is the silver, and His the gold.” “His is your body, and His is your spirit.” “He appoints your habitation: He gives you life and breath.” You are not your own: you are bought with a price. Surely it is no great matter, if He bids you honor Him and serve Him with all that you have.

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?

Breaking Prophecy News; War in Heaven? Part 8 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #603)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: U.S. fires 2 ICBMs in warning to Russia, China, and N. Korea | al-Qaeda quietly making a comeback | Israel: Iran building ‘sleeper’ terror cells

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 8” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

— Key Players: Michael, the archangel

In this spectacular section of the prophecy, we are told that Michael and his angels will cast Satan out of heaven. Lucifer (Satan) has already “fallen” from his lofty position, but he still has access to the throne of God. But now Satan is permanently cast out of heaven forever. He becomes angry because he realizes “he has only a short time”, so he vents his anger on the woman (Israel), who had given birth to the child.

Again, one’s interpretation of this passage affects his or her view of the entire book. If the casting out of Satan is viewed as a past event, then it must coincide with his fall after Creation or his defeat by the death and resurrection of Christ. If it is viewed as a future event, then it must happen during the Great Tribulation. In favor of the future viewpoint is the fact that the time Satan is on earth after being cast out is three and one-half years. This also correlates with the 1,260 days the woman (Israel) is persecuted and driven into the wilderness.

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

My second word of application shall be an invitation. I address it to everyone who feels in his conscience that he has no grace in his heart — to everyone who feels that the character of the foolish virgins is his own. To every such person, I give an invitation this day, in my Master’s name. I invite you “to awake and flee to Christ.”

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!

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?”

Breaking Prophecy News; War in Heaven? Part 5 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #600)

PROPHECY HEADLINES: Saudi Arabia launches war games w/ 20 other countries | Israel warns of nuclear arms race among Arab nations | Netanyahu says Arab nations should acknowledge covert relationships with Israel

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 5” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

— The Woman is Israel

A woman appears who is “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars! The identity of this woman is the most critical issue in properly interpreting the Apocalypse. The woman symbolizes the nation and people of Israel. The imagery is taken from Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9-11, where the sun and moon and twelve stars represent the patriarchs of Israel and the twelve tribes. The figure of Israel as a travailing woman is prevalent in the Old Testament.

The woman is not the Church! The woman is depicted here as giving birth to the Messiah (the “male child”). The Church did not give birth to Christ. Rather, Christ gave birth to the Church. Despite the fact that the Reformers and Puritans pictured the woman as the true Church in contrast to the “harlot,” she is not the Church at all.

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

I take the parable of the ten virgins as my warrant, and I address that question to every one. I ask you, “Are you ready?” Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, “Those who were ready went in with the bridegroom to the wedding banquet” — they who were ready, and no others. Now here, in the sight of God, I ask each and every reader, Is this your case? Are you ready?