Ousting of ISIS celebrated, but terror group not likely to vanish (Second Coming Watch #873)


1. U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate, dealing a major defeat to the extremist group that has seen its territory shrink ever smaller since summer.

2. North Korea warned that a nuclear war “may break out any moment” as the U.S. and South Korea began one of the largest joint naval drills off both the east and west coasts of the peninsula.

3. Instability is set to follow the all-but-certain collapse of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. While the militants have now lost their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa and are battling to hang on to relatively small pockets of territory, few expect ISIS to completely go away, or for the bloodshed in the two countries and the region to end quickly.

4. China is proving that it is serious about its newest restrictions on religion. This week, a Chinese house church pastor, her daughter, and her young grandson were arrested, weeks after being accused of overstepping the country’s newly tightened religious restrictions.

5. U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement last week in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal in a major reversal of U.S. policy.

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 Jeremiah 31:27-28.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Billy Graham. He said, “The Second Coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Christ will reign in righteousness. Disease will be arrested. Death will be modified. War will be abolished. Nature will be changed. Man will live as it was originally intended he should live.”

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Super-powerful hurricanes slam Florida and Texas (Second Coming Watch #869)


1. The large and extremely powerful Hurricane Irma is sweeping toward Florida, after leaving utter devastation in the Caribbean islands.

2. Exactly two weeks after Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast, the damage there and in surrounding cities is still being assessed.

3. The sun blasted out yet another solar flare early on Friday morning, the sixth intense burst of high-energy radiation since Monday.

4. China’s cabinet on Thursday passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state.

5. Concerns among Russian Christians that the government’s anti-terrorism legislation, adopted last year, would take away their religious freedom have been proven true.

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 Jeremiah 31:15-22.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from Doris Basil. She said, “Are you ready for the rapture of the church? Are you ready for Heaven? Our Lord Jesus Christ now wants all Christians to get into a sense of urgency in our preparation for His Second Coming.”

North Korea threatens nuclear tests ‘at any time and place’ (Second Coming Watch #863)


1. North Korea warned on Monday that it will carry out a nuclear test “at any time and at any location” set by its leadership.

2. Gulf Arab sources said the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will drop its long-standing call for Israel’s destruction as well as its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document issued this week.

3. China will continue to conduct live fire drills and test new weapons to safeguard its national security after the U.S. went ahead with the deployment of an anti-missile defence system in South Korea to protect the country from missile launches by North Korea.

4. Russia’s ongoing crackdown on religious minorities, foreign missionaries, and evangelists has earned it a spot among the worst countries in the world for religious freedom.

5. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences,’ while China and Russia rebuked Washington’s threat of military force.

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 Jeremiah 30:18-22.

Our Second Coming quote for today is from John Piper. He said, “The center of Christianity is the Coming of the Son of God into the world as a real Man to destroy the works of the devil and create a new people for His own glory. The very heart of our faith is that He did this by obeying the law of God, dying for the sins of His people, rising victorious over death, ascending to God’s right hand with all His enemies under His ‘feet. The second coming of Christ is the completion of His saving work. If you take it away, the whole fabric of His saving work unravels.”

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on U.S.; British troops begin deployment to Russian border (Second Coming Watch Update #857)

1. North Korea has said it would launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. if a “single bullet is fired” as U.S. forces flood the Korean Peninsula.

2. British troops began a long-term deployment to Estonia on Saturday as Germany’s intelligence chief warned that Russia had doubled its military presence on its Western border.

3. Turkey’s foreign minister has said that the anti-Islam views of politicians such as the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders are pushing Europe towards “wars of religion.”

4. The Israeli Defence Minister has threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes.

5. At least 100 million people, including Protestant Christians, are facing “high” or “very high” levels of persecution at the hands of the atheistic Communist Party in China.

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 Jeremiah 30:1-3 which reads: “The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.”

Plus, commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

ISIS issues rare threat against Israel; China readies islands for fighter jets (Second Coming Watch Update #854)


1. ISIS shot and killed two Egyptian policemen in a new execution video released online last week. In the same video, ISIS delivered a rare direct threat to Israel, saying the Jewish state will soon ‘pay a high price.’

2. Damning new satellite images reveal that China has vastly expanded its military scope by constructing military jet hangars on a set of contested islands. Their confirmed presence in the South China Sea quashes China’s repeated claims it was never planning to militarise the region.

3. Islamic State terrorists say they have gotten their hands on a variety of US weapons and sensitive radio equipment in the Nangarhar region of Afghanistan following recent battlefield victories.

4. Iran’s foreign minister accused the United States of not honoring last year’s nuclear deal, invoking a recent reference by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

5. At least 14 people have been killed in Sanaa as Saudi Arabia resumed its bombardment of the Yemeni capital on Sunday. The civilians who were working overnight shifts were killed following the disintegration of 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 Jeremiah 16:14-21.

Our second coming quote for today is from Lee Roberson. He said, “I cannot think of any person who would not be benefited by an understanding of the second coming. This is for the young as well as for the aged; for the businessman as well as for the housewife; for the wealthy as well as for the poor; for the sick as well as for the healthy. For the man who is a failure — this doctrine should spur him on. If a man is failing in his Christian activities — this truth should spur him on to do still more for the Savior.”

Breaking Prophecy News; The Winepress of the Wrath of God, Part 7 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #619)


PROPHECY HEADLINES: Israel-U.S. close in on major military aid deal | China, Russia to hold joint military exercises | Turkish citizens, police surround NATO nuclear stockpile

PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “The Winepress of the Wrath of God (Part 7)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”

— The Grapes of Wrath

A white cloud catches John’s eye next. It is the messianic cloud associated with the return of Christ. The reference to “a son of man” with a golden crown assures us this is the Christ. Here, Jesus is pictured as the Judge of the unbelieving world. He is the “Grim Reaper” at the final judgment.

The imagery of the harvest and the vintage is taken from Joel 3:13, which pictures the future judgment as a harvest. Again, these verses serve as an overview (proleptic summary) of what follows in great detail in chapters 15-19. Christ begins His descent to earth on the white cloud, sickle in hand. He is pictured as the Lord of the harvest, emphasizing that all judgment is under His sovereign dispensation.

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, “Occupy Until I Come!” (Part 10) based on the parable of the nobleman who went away and left talents for his servants to use in his absence in Luke 19:11-13. J.C. Ryle writes:

Just as the Lord Jesus, like the nobleman, “went to receive a kingdom,” so, like the nobleman, the Lord Jesus intends one day “to return.”

The words of the angels in Acts 1 shall have a complete fulfillment: “This same Jesus who was taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven.” As His going away was a real literal going away — so His return shall be a real literal return. As He came personally the first time with a body — so He shall come personally the second time with a body. As He came visibly to this earth and visibly went away — so when He comes the second time He shall visibly return. And then, and not until then, the complete kingdom of Christ shall begin. He left His servants as “a nobleman,” He returns to His servants as “a King.”

Israel prepares for ‘ferocious’ war with Lebanon; Russia expands military activity in Pacific (Second Coming Watch Update #852)


1. When Israeli army commanders describe how the next war against Hezbollah could unfold, they often search for words not used in military manuals. The future conflict, they warn, will be “ferocious” and “terrible.”

2. Russian submarines are operating in the Pacific at levels not seen in decades. For the first time since the Cold War, the Russian Pacific Fleet is getting submarines that are quieter, better armed and have greater range.

3. Chinese authorities have banned church services “to create a safe environment” when world leaders arrive in the eastern city of Hang-zhou for the G20 summit in September.

4. Russian President Vladimir Putin could have authority to crack down on non-government-aligned churches.

5. Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response.

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 Jeremiah 16:14-21.

Our second coming quote for today is from Martin R. DeHaan. He said, “Yes, indeed, Jesus Christ is coming again. He is coming literally, visibly, bodily, in like manner as He has gone away. The fact is absolutely certain, while the time has not yet been revealed. If Jesus had told His disciples and us the date, the exact moment of His return, He would have robbed the truth of Christ’s second coming of all of its power, its incentive and its blessing. It is the imminency of His return which gives to the second coming of Christ the power and comfort which it contains. Jesus will return someday, and He MAY return today.”