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.

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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.”


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.”

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”.

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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.”

Assad aims to recapture Aleppo, secure border with Turkey (Second Coming Watch Update #834)

1. A top adviser to President Bashar Assad said on Tuesday that Damascus aims to secure Syria’s border with Turkey and recapture the city of Aleppo with its latest military offensive.

2. An Iranian official on Monday rejected reports that Tehran has ceased funding the Palestinian terror group Hamas, and stressed that supporting the fight against Israel remains a “principled policy.”

3. In an admission with international security implications, America’s top intelligence official on Tuesday confirmed that the Islamic State has successfully produced and deployed chemical agents in Iraq and Syria.

4. Moscow on Wednesday warned that Washington’s deployment of a US missile defence system to South Korea could spark an arms race in the region.

5. In open defiance of recent U.S. sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told the media that Tehran will soon be rolling out an upgrade of its nuclear-capable medium-range Emad missiles.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 56:1-8.

Our second coming quote for today is from Alan Redpath. He said, “The immense step from the Babe at Bethlehem to the living, reigning triumphant Lord Jesus, returning to earth for His own people — that is the glorious truth proclaimed throughout Scripture. May we also be alert for the final trumpet that will announce His return, when we shall always be with Him.”

Westerners warned of Christmas terror threat in Beijing (Second Coming Watch Update #809)

1. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday morning warned citizens of a Christmastime terrorism threat against Westerners in one of the city’s most popular districts.

2. Israel’s internal security agency uncovered a large Hamas terror cell, among whose members were Israeli citizens, which planned to carry out suicide bombings and other terror attacks in Israel.

3. Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour Hersh claimed in a piece published by the London Review that the U.S. military is indirectly and covertly supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad, providing him with intelligence through third-party mediators in an effort to help his regime defeat the Islamic groups challenging his rule.

4. Chinese pastors are no strangers to surveillance. Many have worked for years in China’s unregistered “house churches,” and have been interrogated numerous times.

5. Two-thousand miles from Syria,the Islamic State is trying to expand its territory by establishing a branch in what its fighters call the “little emirate”: the war-torn country of Somalia.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 26 which reads in part: “The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just. Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.”

Our second coming quote for today is from Sandra Jean. She said: “Satan hates this doctrine of Christ’s coming because it is a purifying doctrine. The fact of Jesus Christ return leads us to live a life of watchfulness, loyalty, wisdom, activity, simplicity, self-restraint, prayer and abiding in Christ.”

Russia charged with hundreds of civilian deaths in Syria (Second Coming Watch Update #808)

1. A human rights watchdog on Wednesday accused Russia of using cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria in attacks that it says have killed hundreds of people in the past few months.

2. While investigating a hacking attack on a university, security researcher Brian Wallace stumbled onto a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid. Digital clues pointed to Iranian hackers.

3. The European Union on Monday extended sanctions against Russia for six months, achieving consensus among the bloc’s 28 member nations despite rising divisions over how long to press a major trading partner over its annexation of Crimea and its role in Ukraine’s separatist war.

4. In a region full of challenges and short on solutions, reported cooperation between Hamas and the Islamic State branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula—considered by many experts to be the terror group’s most potent offshoot—adds a new layer of threats to Middle East stability and especially to Israel.

5. Iraq sent battalions of reinforcements on Wednesday to secure neighborhoods in Ramadi recaptured from the Islamic State, as soldiers continued an offensive for a second day to try to take full control of the city.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 26 which reads in part: “In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks…”

Our second coming quote for today is from S. Lewis Johnson. He said: “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus ought to enlarge in our Christian thinking. The earliest Christians made a great deal after they learned the truth of the suffering, the cross and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. And it seems to me that today we may be possibly erring a little by making a whole lot over the First Coming and sometimes de-emphasizing the reigning, the crown, the literality of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus.”

Israel: Iran to become major regional weapons supplier (Second Coming Watch Update #796)

1. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has issued a stark warning about a post-nuclear deal regional reality in which Iran’s weapons industry will receive a significant cash boost from sanctions relief to mass produce advanced arms for Iranian proxies, Hezbollah being chief among them.

2. After Russia and the United Kingdom, Iran has now also decided to send its warplanes to bomb targets in Syria.

3. The U.S. military says its 15-month-long bombing campaign against the Islamic State is depleting its munitions supply and that additional money and other support is “critical” for “the long fight.”

4. Four female suicide bombers attacked the Chadian island of Koul-fou-a on Lake Chad on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 130 in an attack blamed by security sources on militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

5. Israel’s Channel 2 is reporting that Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas is currently hosting an ISIS leader.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 11:11-12: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”

Our second coming quote for today is from W.A. Criswell. He said, “There is nothing between us and that imminency of the coming of our Lord for His own; it could be today, it could be tonight, it could be in the morning. It can be any moment when the Lord takes away those that belong to Him.”