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.”


Over 200 killed in renewal of S. Sudan’s civil war; 2 quakes hit Ecuador (Second Coming Watch Update #850)

1. Heavy explosions and gunfire rocked the capital of South Sudan on Monday, as the world’s youngest nation hovered on the brink of a return to all-out civil war.

2. Two strong earthquakes shook the northwestern coastal area of Ecuador on Sunday night, the latest aftershocks from a powerful tremor that killed hundreds of people in April.

3. Egypt placed itself firmly in the middle of the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians on Sunday, as Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in Jerusalem and said before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Egyptian leadership is “serious” in its determination to “provide all possible forms of support” toward achieving the goal of a two-state solution.

4. Beijing has begun military drills in the South China Sea ahead of a ruling by an international arbitration court on a dispute with the Philippines over the strategic waters.

5. South Korea and the United States said they would deploy an advanced missile defence system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea, drawing a sharp and swift protest from neighbouring China.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 3:11-15.

Our second coming quote for today is from James L. Melton. He said, “The First Coming gave Jesus Christ to the world, but the Second Coming will give the world to Jesus Christ! Just as David was chosen to be the king of Israel many years before he actually received the kingdom, the Lord Jesus Christ has been chosen to take over the kingdoms of this world and rule as God’s ‘KING OF KINGS.'”

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.

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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.'”

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.”

Saudi Arabia threatens to remove Assad ‘by force’ (#835)

1. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says if the Syrian political process fails, President Bashar Assad will have to be removed “by force.”

2. Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country.

3. King Abdullah of Jordan argued on Friday that a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is vital to the defeat of the Islamic State, saying that the decades-long dispute only served to benefit the jihadist group.

4. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned on Thursday that terror groups remain focused on targeting aviation, on the heels of an attempted bombing last week in Somalia – and after the top U.S. intelligence official warned that the Islamic State will try to attack the U.S. this year.

5. A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck the island of Pulau Sumba in Indonesia on Friday.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 60:1-3 which reads: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”

Our second coming quote for today is from John Piper. He said, “For every decisive experience that you have (like dying and facing God in judgment), the Son of God has a corresponding experience. Only Christ’s experiences are not merely alongside ours and like them. His have an impact on ours. His death and our death are not parallel. His utterly transforms ours. Our arrival at the judgment and his arrival at the judgment are not parallel. His rescues us. In other words, the parallel between our life and Christ’s life is designed to show how utterly dependent on him we are at every point of our lives, and how great he is. He is the strong saving one and we are the weak and desperate ones.”

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.”

Turkey warns of consequences after Russian jet violates airspace (Second Coming Watch Update #828)

1. Turkey warned of consequences on Saturday after saying a Russian jet had violated its airspace despite warnings, once more stoking tensions between two countries involved in Syria’s war, but Russia denied that there had been any incursion.

2. Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and published video of the encounter on Friday, the latest in a series of edgy naval incidents between the two countries in the Persian Gulf after the recent nuclear deal.

3. A US navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other nations in the South China Sea on Saturday, in an operation the Pentagon said aimed to challenge efforts to restrict freedom of navigation.

4. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday that France would recognize a Palestinian state if its efforts in coming weeks to try to break the deadlock between Israelis and Palestinians fail.

5. A Russian fighter jet came within 15 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea this week in what the Pentagon is calling an “unsafe” incident.

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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 42:14-17.

Our second coming quote for today is from J.D. Greear. He said, “The imminent return of Jesus should produce spiritual alertness in us. Amidst the many ways my home church went wrong, they were absolutely right about one thing—the earnest expectation of Jesus’ return. The New Testament writers all eagerly wait for Jesus to come back. They are straining forward to that day, almost on tiptoes as they yearn for his return. They lived with spiritual alertness, as if Jesus could back at any moment.”