Sep 03

Bible Prophecy Top Ten end time Events


Bible Prophecy Top Ten end time Events

By Craig C. White

Bible Prophecy Top Ten end time Events

You have probably heard that unbelievers will not know when Jesus Christ will return. But did you know that some church members will be surprised also! If you are caught unaware when Jesus returns to take away believers at the Rapture then you may be forced to endure a terrible time on earth called the Tribulation! If we don’t repent and watch then we may suffer. The verse below was written to church members!

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Jesus is coming soon. If you understand the prophetic significance of the following ten events then you will see the return of Jesus coming.

1. Egyptian will fight against Egyptian. Egypt will receive a rotten ruler.

Isaiah chapter 19 is all about the suffering of Egypt during the end time. Egypt has been torn in half by the Muslim Brotherhood. It has even seen the debut of its rotten President Morsi. I think that he will return. Isaiah also tells us about Egypt’s financial trouble.

Isaiah 19:2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.

Please read my commentary “The Burden of Egypt

2. The nations in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Central Asia will rebel against God.

The nations are already exercising their “days of rage”. Their goal is the destruction of Israel. In the verse below the word heathen simply means gentile nations. These are the nations of the old world where families first settled and founded their nations.

Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Please read my commentary “Why do the heathen rage?

3. Christians will suffer, especially in the old world.

Christians are being persecuted today more than ever before. The increase of Christian persecution began around 2005. I think that the verse below tells us that this will last a relatively short time, perhaps for ten years.

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

4. Russia will continue to create a new Russian Union.

The new Russian Union will join the European Union along with the Middle East and Central Asia to form the next World Empire.

Daniel 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

Please read my commentary “The Leopard is Upon Us!

5. ISIS will be destroyed in Mosul by a flood!

Nahum comes right out and tells us that God will destroy the place where Nineveh sits with a flood. Mosul sits in the same place! Nineveh was flattened. Mosul will also be flattened. ISIS in Mosul will be overflowed by a flood of water. Their bodies will be dragged down to the darkness of the deep water and their souls will be dragged down to the even darker depths of the earth.

Nahum 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Please read my commentary “The End of ISIS is Near!

6. Turkey will destroy Damascus, Syria!

In the verse below Jeremiah mentions two cities. Hamath and Arpad are both located in northwestern Syria. These cities hear of an invasion coming from the Turkish border! Today Turkish President Erdogan has said that he will overthrow Syria’s government in Damascus.

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

Please read my commentary “The Nations are disquieted over Syria

7. After the destruction of Damascus then Turkey will lead an invasion into Israel!

In the verse below the chief prince identifies the Prime Minister of Turkey. I believe Turkish ex-Prime Minister Erdogan is the man who leads this invasion into Israel.

Ezekiel 38:1-2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

Please read my commentary “Magog Made Easy!

8. A new Central Asian or Middle Eastern Union will be formed! This Union will be represented by a leopard.

There is talk lately of creating a Muslim Union. Also US President Barack Obama is spearheading an effort to form a confederacy of four nations: Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan. I think that this Union will also include Iran and Iraq.

Daniel 7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

Please read my commentary “The Leopard is Upon Us!

9. Israel will receive a terrible ruler who will give away his nation!

Zechariah 11:16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

Please read my commentary “Woe to the idol shepherd

10. A seven year term peace agreement will be made with Israel.

I think that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. The Antichrist will make a seven year treaty concerning Israel. After this the Tribulation period on earth begins.

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,

Please read my commentary “Peace Peace

Anybody who does not recognize these events is in danger of suffering through a terrible time of Tribulation on earth.

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

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Sep 02

Solar and lunar eclipses fall on Jewish holy days


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Solar and lunar eclipses fall on Jewish holy days

“Blood moons” have marked significant events in Israel’s history.

By Craig C. White

In Joel 2:31 we are told that there will be signs in the sun and the moon before Jesus Christ’s second coming.

Joe 2:30-32 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Notice that these verses directly relate to the nation of Israel. The sun will be darkened and the moon will become blood red. These signs will indicate the approaching judgment of God on Israel’s enemies. These signs will likely be most visible in Jerusalem. Verse 32 above indicates that Jews will be rescued on Mt. Zion. Mt. Zion is the hill just south of the temple mount in Jerusalem. There will be a small group of Jews on Mount Zion who will survive the Tribulation (please read my commentary titled “The Last Jews in Jerusalem”). Below, Revelation 6:12 is quoting Joel 2:31.

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

It is important to note that according to these verses these signs do not foretell the approach of the Tribulation period. Instead these verses most certainly pertain to the end of the seven year Tribulation period. They foretell the day of Jesus Christ’s vengeance and wrath on Israel’s enemies. Before Jesus returns in power and vengeance against Israel’s enemies the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood. These signs will be visible to the Jews bunkered on Mount Zion. Before Jesus returns to vanquish Israel’s enemies and to save the surviving Jews in Jerusalem there will be signs in the heavens and in the earth.

Below, Jesus confirms that these signs occur near the end of the Tribulation period.

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

There will also be signs in the heavens in Jerusalem beginning on Passover in April 2014. For the following two years solar and lunar eclipses will occur on several Jewish holy days. These eclipses may have some significance since so many fall on Jewish holy days but some of these eclipses will only be partially visible from Jerusalem. These events are rare and certainly notable but they should not be equated with the events described in Joel. They do not mark the eminent second coming of Jesus Christ in fury to rescue Israel and rule on earth forever, but they could mark some other profound event like the dividing of Israel to form a Palestinian state or the loss of east Jerusalem. Perhaps these signs could prophesy the rebuilding of a temple in Jerusalem and the renewal of temple sacrifice. They may also predict the near coming of Jesus Christ for his Church, as well as forecast the terrible time of God’s judgment for Israel and also for all of the earth known as the Tribulation period.

The cycle of the moon marks the Hebrew calendar as well as marks God’s holy days of meeting with Israel (Leviticus 23). There is a Hebrew theory that says that signs in the moon pertain to the nation of Israel, and that signs in the sun are almost certainly warnings against the gentile nations. Solar and Lunar eclipses fall on several Jewish holy days in 2014-2015. These events occur spanning two years on the Hebrew calendar; the years 5774 and 5775. The year 5775 is also a Sabbatical year (Leviticus 25) on the Hebrew calendar which ends a seven year cycle.

The next seven year cycle will begin at sunset on Rosh Hashanah September 13, 2015 with a partial solar eclipse. God promised Israel that they would suffer seven years of tribulation before the Messiah returns to set his kingdom in Jerusalem. Perhaps Rosh Hashanah 2015 will mark the beginning of the next seven years of Israel’s trouble and also God’s wrath on earth.

Here are the dates of the upcoming solar and lunar eclipses.

April 15, 2014 – Passover – Total lunar eclipse (blood moon): What happened on this day? God rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12). Passover lasts seven or eight days. Passover is the first of God’s appointed holy days of the year.

October 8, 2014 – Feast of Tabernacles (also called Sukkot) – Total lunar eclipse (blood moon): What happened on this day? Sukkot commemorates Israel’s 40 years long pilgrimage from Egypt to Israel (Lev 23:34). Sukkot lasts seven or eight days.

March 20, 2015 – First day of the Hebrew calendar year (Exo.12:1-2) – Total solar eclipse: What happened on this day? One year after God appointed this day as the first of the year Moses set up the tabernacle. The Shekinah glory of God fell upon the tabernacle on this day (Exodus 40:2, 17, 34).

April 4, 2015 – Passover – Total lunar eclipse (blood moon): God rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12). Passover lasts seven or eight days. Passover is the first of God’s appointed holy days of the year.

September 13, 2015 – Rosh Hashanah, Feast of Trumpets – Partial solar eclipse: What happened on this day? Rosh Hashanah is a solemn day that marks the beginning of Israel’s high holy days (Leviticus 23:23-25). The high holy days encompass a ten day period of repentance which concludes with Yom Kippur (also called the Day of Atonement). Rosh Hashanah is celebrated by the blowing of the ram’s horn. In Hebrew this horn is called the shofar. Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Hebrew civil year.

September 28, 2015 – Feast of Tabernacles (also called Sukkot) – Total lunar eclipse (blood moon): What happened on this day? Sukkot commemorates Israel’s 40 years long pilgrimage from Egypt to Israel (Lev 23:34). Sukkot lasts seven or eight days.

What do these signs mean? Are they significant? I think so. This many eclipses falling on Israel’s God appointed holy days is very rare. In the past they have marked incredibly significant events in Israel’s history. Namely Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948, and the recapture of east Jerusalem and the temple mound in the six day war of 1967. Do the eclipses of 2014-2015 mark Christ’s second coming to rescue Israel? No. Could they mark other prophetic events regarding Israel and the gentile nations? Yes. Here are just a few that come to mind.

1. Peace agreement or “Two state solution” imposed on Israel (1Thess 5:3).
2. Plan to rebuild Temple in Jerusalem (Rev 11:1).
3. Israel receives her “idol shepherd” (Zechariah 11:16-17).
4. The destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49).
5. Turkish led invasion into Israel described in Ezekiel 38.
6. The revealing of the Antichrist on earth (2Thessalonians 1-3).
7. Christ’s return in the air for the rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
8. The beginning of seven years of God’s judgment on all the earth (Isaiah 28:22).

God ordained Israel’s holy days to commemorate Israel’s history and relationship with God. God also ordained Israel’s holy days to foretell things that will come to pass in the future. The verses below were written to Jewish and gentile Christians in the early Church.

Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

God’s appointed holy days foretell the major events of the future. The major events of the future have eternal weight. These major events are; God’s rebuke of Israel (Dan.12:10), Jesus Christ’s judgment of the unbelieving world, Jesus Christ’s rescue and restoration of the nation of Israel, and Jesus Christ’s everlasting kingdom on earth.

The Church is suffering at the hands of the world today but it will escape God’s judgment on earth and enjoy Christ forever. The following verses were also written to the Church. Please notice that the day of the Lord comes upon the world unexpectedly. I think that the entire seven year Tribulation period can be characterized as the day of the Lord or as the day of the Lord’s wrath on earth. It comes unexpectedly upon those who are in the dark, but those who are awake and are in the daylight can see it coming! If you are walking in the daylight of belief in Jesus Christ and in the understanding of his word, then you will see the time of God’s wrath on earth coming; and you will also be rescued from it!

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Don’t be in the dark. Consider the many end time events that are unfolding right now; namely the nearing of the destruction of Damascus, and the conflict amongst Egyptians. Notice that the heathen are raging in the Middle East and Africa and Asia. Also recognize the armies of Ezekiel 38:5 gathered in Syria. Hear the cry of “peace peace” in Israel, and more. These rare celestial events in Jerusalem are bound to be signs that usher in a new era for Israel and for the entire world.

God told us these things in advance so that we would believe in him and in his son that he sent to us. Will you be saved from the coming day of the Lord? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house (Act 16:31).

I enjoyed this book immensely. – Dawn M. Lundgren

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Sep 01

New World Order Map


New World Order Map

4 Quadrants of the Final Gentile World Empire

Revelation 20:8

By Craig C. White

This commentary features a map of the final gentile world empire as described in Daniel chapter 7. The final gentile world empire will be operational during the Tribulation period. It will be headed by the Antichrist, and it will be destroyed by Jesus Christ at his second coming. The final gentile world empire is also known as “The New World Order”. It is the last chance that God will offer men to rule over the earth. World leaders today are ardently working toward the formation of the New World Order.

My commentary titled “The Leopard is Upon Us!” explains Daniel’s description of the end time formation of this final man ruled empire. My commentary goes through Daniel chapter 7 verse by verse. It is one of my most important commentaries, and this map is its culmination. Please read “The Leopard is Upon Us!”

I know that many of us are confused about the size of the next world empire. Most people think that the Antichrist will rule over the entire earth. He won’t. The final gentile world empire will cover the same geographic region that every world empire has covered; namely the old world.

You probably think that this commentary is about the New World Order; and yes it is. But even more, it is about the very center of the New World Order. I mean the very center of the New World Order politically, as well as the very center of it geographically!

According to Daniel chapter 7 the final gentile empire is formed by combining three groups of nations (or Unions). These “Unions” include 1) The European Union, 2) a new Russian Union, 3) and a new Middle Eastern Union. If you ask your pastor about this he will flip his toupee. This subject, along with Daniel chapter 7 has long been neglected and misunderstood.

So there are three groups of nations or Unions that combine to form one big empire. That’s easy to understand. But wait, I told you earlier that this commentary was about the center of this world empire. Well there is a nation that sits smack in the middle of these three Unions. It is the geographic center of the New World Order. It is also the place where the leader of the next world empire sits today. That nation is Turkey!

This commentary isn’t about three Unions. It is about four quadrants. All four quadrants of the final gentile world empire intersect at Turkey. That means that the four corners of the old world meet at the nation of Turkey. So then Turkey is the center of the gentile world. Let’s remember that civilization resumed near Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey after Noah’s flood.

Just to let you know. God views Turkey as the symbol and very heart of the world’s rebellion. Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 describe two separate end time invasions into Israel that are led by the ruler of Turkey. Many nations are joined with Turkey during these battles. These battles represent man’s rebellion toward God and the world’s hatred of Israel, God’s chosen people. Both of these battles are led by the “chief prince” or primary governor of Turkey known as “Magog” in Ezekiel. The Hebrew words translated as “chief prince” in Ezekiel 38:2 practically spell out “Prime Minister”! My commentaries titled “Magog Made Easy!” and “Magog Made Easier!” talks all about Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39.

Magog is the ruler of Turkey. He will lead a near time invasion into Israel (Eze 38). He will also lead another invasion into Israel at the end of the Tribulation period (Eze 39). This latter invasion is also known as the battle of Armageddon. Magog may or may not be the same person during these two battles, but he will always be a leader of Turkey. Some of you may have already realized that Magog leads even another third battle against Israel after the first one thousand year reign on earth of Jesus Christ. This battle is described in Revelation chapter 20 below.

Rev 20:7-9 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

The four quarters of the earth! OK, now this is what this commentary is really about! Four quarters and four corners! The Greek word translated as quarters in Revelation 20:8 is gonia. Gonia means corner or quarter.

gonia, go-nee’-ah
an angle: – corner, quarter.

Turkey is where the four quarters of the final man ordained world empire collide. Turkey is the center of earthly civilization. Turkey is the geographic center of all of the nations. Turkey is where east meets west. Turkey is the epicenter and symbol of man’s rebellion toward God. Turkey is where Magog will come from. Turkey is where the Antichrist will come from. Turkey will lead the world into battle against Israel now; and Turkey will lead the world into battle against Israel latter.

Turkey is about to invade Syria, decimating Damascus, and then lead a Middle Eastern invasion into Israel. Turkey is where the Antichrist will come from! I think that he will be a Turkish Prime Minister. I think that the Antichrist could be current Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. I am certain that Prime Minister Erdogan is Magog as described in Ezekiel chapter 38.

Take a look at The New World Order Map below. The four corners of the final man ruled world empire meet at the nation of Turkey.NWO map

The New World Order Map depicts the four quadrants of civilization. It also depicts the three groups of nations (or Unions) that will combine to create the final gentile world empire. The Antichrist will be the leader of this final man ruled empire. He and it will be destroyed at Jesus Christ’s second coming. I think that Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran will be the four main nations in the new Central Asian Union. Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India may be secondary members. The Leopard in Daniel 7:5 has four heads and also four wings. My commentary titled “The Leopard is Upon Us!” details the end time formation of the New World Order.

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Sep 01

Matthew 24 What shall be the sign of thy coming?

What shall be the sign of thy coming? matthew 24Earthquake, Canterbury, NZ. Photo credit: Martin Luff

What shall be the sign of thy coming?

Earthquakes or the Antichrist?

Matthew 24

By Craig C. White

In Matthew 24 Jesus is asked the question “what shall be the sign of thy coming?” Which coming is he describing? Is he describing his coming to gather church age believers, or is he describing the period before he comes to rescue the nation of Israel and set up his throne in Jerusalem?

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

First it is important to understand who Jesus is talking to. He is talking to his disciples. It is important to note that they are all Jewish. They are all looking forward to God establishing his kingdom on earth. It is also important to note when the message was given. It was given by Jesus before his death, and before the gospel was preached to the gentile nations. This message was given before the church was established.

Then it is important to carefully examine the message itself. Are there clues to which group of people Jesus is prophesying about? Yes, there are very clear indications that Jesus is prophesying about the trails of the Jewish people during the Tribulation period. So Matthew 24 should not be used to illustrate the signs of the rapture of the church. Also Matthew 24 should not be used to prove that the church will participate in the Tribulation period.

The gospels are very important since they record Jesus Christ’s genealogy, standards of righteousness, forgiveness of sin, miracles, fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, and Christ’s death as payment for the worlds’ sin. The message of the four gospels is to be understood by church age believers. We should also understand that most of Jesus’ teaching, parables, and prophecy are specifically directed to the nation of Israel. Jesus was sent especially to seek and to save the lost sheep of Israel.

Mat 10:5-6 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

It is sometimes difficult to know who is being addressed in the New Testament. Is Jesus talking about the nation of Israel or is he talking about the church? A rule of thumb is that Jesus was sent to the Jews first and primarily. The gospel of the coming kingdom of God was preached first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. Jesus primarily taught the nation of Israel. The four gospels were written about Jesus’ life and ministry. They primarily address the nation of Israel. Of course, there is plenty of teaching to be absorbed by church age believers. The disciples taught the Jews first and then the other nations. The epistles to the churches were written specifically to church age believers!

Act 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Let’s take a quick look at Matthew 24. I know that preachers and prophecy buffs like to identify natural disasters as signs of Jesus’ return for his church, but I think that these signs were written about the nation of Israel during the Great Tribulation. They are signs of Jesus’ second coming to defeat Israel’s enemies and set his throne in Jerusalem forever.

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

So who is Jesus talking about? As we will see, “the beginning of sorrowsin verse 8 above are not signs that church age believers should be on the lookout for. Instead, they are events that will happen during the first part of the Tribulation period. Jesus is talking to and about the nation of Israel here. In verse 9 below Jesus tells his Jewish disciples that “ye shall be hated of all nations”. The word translated “nations” is the Greek word “ethnos”. It is often translated as “gentile”. Ethnos refers to non-Jewish nations. It doesn’t refer to all countries in the world. It refers to all families or people groups. In practical terms it refers to old world nations that came from specific families; like the Greeks, Turks, Egyptians, Syrians, Iranians, Saudis, Jordanians, and many more. So in verse 9 Jesus isn’t saying that church members will be hated, but that the entire nation of Israel will be hated by all surrounding countries.

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

In the verses below Jesus isn’t addressing the church, but he is warning Jews during the 7 year Tribulation period. Many Jews will disregard God and his promises to Israel. Many Jews will be killed. But those who trust God to the end will be saved. Please read my commentary titled “The Last Jews in Jerusalem” in my eBook “Israel’s Beacon of Hope“.

Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

In Matthew 24:14 below we can see that Jesus is talking about the Tribulation period. The Tribulation period is a seven year span designated for God to show his displeasure for Israel’s rejection of him. In Matthew 24:14 the gospel is preached in all the world. This happens during the Tribulation period as described in Revelation. So we can see that Jesus is addressing people that live during the Tribulation period.

Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The following verses are obviously addressed to Jews living around Jerusalem. The inhabitants of Judea (region around Jerusalem) are called by name in verse 16. So it is very clear that Jesus is describing the coming trials of the nation of Israel, and not the signs of the rapture of his church.

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

If that isn’t enough evidence that Jesus is describing Israel’s Great Tribulation, then look at Matthew 24:21 below. This is the verse that we get the term “Great Tribulation” from.

Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Today the church is suffering at the hands of the nations, but the nation of Israel is scheduled to suffer 7 years of tribulation. In Matthew 24 Jesus is explaining the trials that Israel will suffer during the Tribulation period. The beginning of sorrows in Matthew 24:8 are the events of the first part of the Tribulation. After the abomination of desolation in Mat 24:15 the worst part of the Tribulation begins (Dan 9:27). It is called “great tribulation” in Matthew 24:21. The second part of the Tribulation lasts 3 ½ years or 42 months or 1260 days (Dan 7:25, Dan 12:7, Rev 11:2-3, Rev 12:6, Rev 12:14, Rev 13:5).

The Tribulation Period is designated to exercise God’s indignation towards the nation of Israel, not for trying the Church. The 7 year Tribulation period is the same as the seventieth week prophesied by Daniel (Dan 9:24). It is a 7 year period of trouble for the nation of Israel, not a time for trying the church. Jeremiah calls the Tribulation “the time of Jacob’s trouble” not the time of the Church’s trouble. The Tribulation period is for Israel’s chastisement.

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

In 1 Thessalonians below the dead in Christ are raised from the dead. Those “in Christ” are church age believers. They are “caught up” or taken by force up into the sky. The gathering of Jews will happen differently as we will see. Please read my commentary titled “The Rapture Day!

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Below, the elect are God’s chosen people (Deu 7:6). They are the people of Israel. The people of Israel will be raised from the dead at the end of the Tribulation. They won’t be taken into the sky. They will walk back to the land of Israel on foot.

Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Isa 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. 12 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.

God will make a roadway for the Hebrews to return to Israel. God will dry up the Red Sea, and the Euphrates, and Tigris Rivers to make roadways to cross over. In Isaiah 11:15-16 below Jesus dries up the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea (that is the tongue of the Egyptian sea)! He will also dry up the Nile, Euphrates, and Tigris rivers in order to make a way for the resurrected Hebrews to cross over them! Please read my commentary titled “Aliyah Israel Arise Return” in my book “Israel’s Beacon of Hope“.

Isa 11:15-16 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. 16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

We have looked at the signs of Jesus’ coming to gather Israel. So what is the sign of Jesus’ coming to gather his church? The people, who are gathered together in 2 Thessalonians below, may be the Church or they may be the people of Israel. Paul is addressing the church in Greece which was comprised largely of Gentiles, not Jews. Paul calls them brethren in Christ, so I think that he is describing the rapture of the church in verse 1. I think that the “falling away” in verse 3 describes the falling of Satan from heaven. After Satan falls then the Antichrist is revealed on earth. So the falling of Satan and the revelation of the Antichrist must take place before the Tribulation at least; and possibly before the Rapture. I think that 2 Thessalonians 2 tells us that the revelation of the Antichrist on earth takes place before the Rapture and is therefore the sign of the Rapture. Please read my commentary titled “The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist” in my book of the same title.

2Th 2:1-3 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

In 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 below Paul says that the church members in Thessalonica will be saved from the coming tribulation. The word “salvation” in verse 13 isn’t describing deliverance from sin, but physical rescue from God’s wrath on earth during the Tribulation.

2Th 2:13-14 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here are two other verses that indicate that Church age believers will escape from the wrath of the Tribulation period. These people have already been saved from sin. Salvation here is the rescue from physical harm during the Tribulation on Earth.

Rom 5:7-10 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Again physical rescue or “salvation” comes to people who already believe! It is High Time to Awake!

What shall be the sign of thy coming?Read “What shall be the sign of thy coming?” in my book God’s Great Expectations

Read The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist in my book The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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The Devil falls bringing Euphoria or Grief


devil - satan fallingThe Devil falls bringing Euphoria or Grief

The Devil’s ousting marks the beginning of God’s great judgment and kingdom.

Revelation 12:1-13 verse by verse

By Craig C. White

Euphoria or Grief, which would you prefer? Every person chooses between the two. God will soon throw the Devil out of heaven. That event divides salvation and rejoicing in heaven from wrath and grief on earth.

Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Israel is pictured here. The LORD is her light (Isa 60:19-20). She is crowned with twelve sons, the tribes of Israel.

Revelation 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

The child is Jesus Christ; God in human flesh; the child given to the world by way of Israel (Isa 7:14). Jesus was born at his due time; Christ also died in due time (Rom 5:6).

Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

The dragon is the devil (Satan); the god of this world. The seven heads are the seven gentile world empires of world history; Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, Roman, Ottoman plus the final gentile world empire yet to come. Ten horns are ten kings that rule that final world empire (Dan 7:24). The Devil is the influence behind world empires. He wants to be worshiped as God on earth (Isa 14:12-14).

Revelation 12:4a And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:

One third of the angels in heaven follow the Devil. He will throw them to the earth with him. The following verse refers to Antiochus Epiphanies the king of the Seleucid dynasty of the Grecian Empire. It may also apply more directly to the Antichrist and to Satan at the time of the devil’s fall.

Dan 8:9-11 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. 10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

Revelation 12:4b and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Satan (the Devil) influenced Herod the king of Judea to kill all male children around Bethlehem that were less than two years of age in order to eliminate the messiah (Mat 2:16).

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Jesus was born through the nation of Israel. His destiny is to rule all the earth from Jerusalem forever (Isa 9:6-7). After Christ’s resurrection he was taken up to heaven to sit at the right hand of God until his return (Mar 16:19).

Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

During the Tribulation the people of Judea (region around Jerusalem) will flee to the mountains where God will sustain them for three and a half years (Mat 24:15-16, Luke 21:21-22). I think that this place is on the east side of the Jordan River near Jericho and Mt. Nebo, where Israel entered the land after the exodus. It is also the place where ravens fed Elijah as he hid (1Ki 17:3).

Revelation 12:7-9 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

There will be a war in heaven and Satan and his angels (devils) will be thrown out. It may not have happened yet, but it will happen very soon. We will know that the war has happened by the revealing of the Antichrist on earth. The Devil is tossed out of heaven and then gives the Antichrist influence on earth (2 Thes 2; see notes next verse).

Revelation 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

The casting out of the Devil marks the beginning of God’s great judgment of the rebellious. It marks the beginning of God’s final dominion on earth. Only the Tribulation period precedes Christ taking his thrown in Jerusalem. Today the Devil accuses believers of sinning in front of God in heaven. Soon The Devil will be cast out of heaven for good. According to 2 Thessalonians 2 the Devil is cast out of heaven just before the Antichrist is revealed. The Devil empowers the Antichrist on earth. The Devil’s removal from heaven is called “the falling away”. The revelation of the Antichrist is the sign of the rapture of the Church. Read my commentary titled “The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist”.

Revelation 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The Devil is cast out of heaven and then believers in Jesus Christ are taken up into heaven (2 Th 2). The only way that a person can be with God in heaven is to trust in Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice for their sins (John 1:29).

Revelation 12:12  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 

The Church will rejoice in heaven. People on earth will be subject to the wrath of the Devil and to the judgment of God during the Tribulation (Mat 24:21).

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For more on the fall of the devil read The Fall of Satan and the Rise of the Antichrist in my book The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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