How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 49 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #264)

Gospel Light Society Podcasts · How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 49

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Jeremiah 23:5-6

5 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.

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R. W. De Haan said, “Our heavenly Commander has also sent us the assurance that He is coming. The fact that our Savior is coming again gives us hope. It makes us want to stand our ground. It encourages us to continue fighting the good fight of faith. It assures us of victory. Fierce as the battle may rage and difficult as the conflict may be as we serve Him, we dare not give up. Christ is coming again—perhaps today.”

David Cooper said, “Bertrand Russell, the unbelieving British philosopher, wrote Why I Am Not a Christian, and said, “The best that we can hope for is unyielding despair.” Jesus described the world of the last days as a world of fear. Professor Harold Ure, a Nobel Prize winner, wrote in his book, Man Afraid, “I write this to frighten you. I am a frightened man. All the scientists I know are frightened—frightened for their lives and frightened for your life.” We live in a world of despair. The threat of nuclear war hovers over our heads. Scientists tell us that if one hydrogen bomb encased in cobalt was detonated over the North Pole, it would kill every living creature in the whole Northern Hemisphere of this planet—3 billion people plus! Yet, in the midst of this world we have hope, and we can give hope, because we are looking for “the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”. Without the promise of His return, there is no hope for the world.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “The branch of David through Jehoiachin had been “cut off.” However, God promised to raise up to David another King who would be a righteous Branch, that is, another member of the Davidic line. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this prediction. As King, He will reign wisely and will do what is just and right. Though Christ offered Himself as Israel’s Messiah at His First Advent, the final fulfillment of this prophecy awaits His Second Advent immediately before His millennial reign. At that time the Southern Kingdom (Judah) and the Northern Kingdom (Israel) will again be delivered from oppression and reunited as a single nation and will live in safety. The name of this coming King will be the Lord Our Righteousness. Unlike Zedekiah, this coming King will live up to His name as Israel’s righteous God.”

In this message, we are moving from the prophet Isaiah to the weeping prophet Jeremiah. Despite his sorrow over the sad state of the nation of Israel, Jeremiah’s message was ultimately one of hope. Throughout his book, Jeremiah tells how the kings and the people of Israel and Judah had become corrupt and idolatrous. Despite God’s punishment, they continued in sin, and eventually both kingdoms would be conquered by the Babylonians and taken into captivity. It is during this dark hour that Jeremiah offers this message of hope to the people of Judah.

We are in a tough time as a nation and as a world. We in America were already preparing for a contentious election year, before the coronavirus came and killed over 120,000 people, and before a series of killings of black Americans set off riots in cities across the nation. Many people fear the decisions being taken by our leadership is unwise and will lead to even more deaths, while others fear that the opposition will win in November and put the country on an even worse course. In the midst of all of this trouble and confusion, you do not need to focus on a presidential candidate but put your hope in the coming King, Jesus Christ.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

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’s 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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may 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 Amazon.com 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.



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