Feb 28

Rain in the Bible

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Rain in the Bible

Is rain a blessing or a curse?

By Craig C. White

God sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Mat 5:45). Do you know that that statement only appears once in the bible? Is rain a blessing or a curse? Well it can be either or both. It can also be something else altogether! In our opening statement rain is a blessing plus it is something else. It is an example for us to “do good to them that hate you” (Mat 5:44, see paragraph near the end of this commentary).

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Let’s look at rain when it is a blessing. Rain is a blessing when it waters crops to grow food. This promise is given to the nation and land of Israel. We can learn from God’s promise to Israel. I am blessed when I have food to eat. Thank you Lord.

Lev 26:4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. (Also Deu 11:14, Deu 28:12, Job 5:10, Zec 10:1, Heb 6:7).

Israel is instructed to ask God for rain to water crops! He says that he will give rain when we ask.

Zec 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds,

God blesses us with rain to cause grain seed to grow for bread, and grass to grow for cattle. So rain also provides milk and meat. Moooo!

Isa 30:23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.

Below, the rain cycle shows God’s design and provision for his creation.

Isa 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

God gives us rain in an amazing process and also gives it at the proper time so we can be happy!

Joe 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

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Let’s look at rain when it is a curse.

Gen 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

Rain is a curse when there is too much of it! God judged the whole earth with a flood. He provided Noah with a way to survive. That’s because God saves the righteous from His judgments.

Php 3:9-10 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

1Th 5:9-10 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.

Exo 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.

God sent Moses to judge Egypt with several plagues. This one was hail. That is hardened rain. This time the rain is too hard!

Deu 11:17 And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

First too much, now too little; this is the opposite of giving rain to water crops. Here rain is withheld so crops don’t grow and people don’t have food to eat and die. This is God’s judgment for sin.

Deu 28:24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

Dust instead of rain? I’m against it!

1Sa 12:17-18 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king. 18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

Rain is good for wheat except when it is time to harvest! A heavy downpour can ruin a crop that is ready to pick. We are all in the hands of God’s provision. He sends rains where and when He wants to. He blesses and curses where and when He wants to. I vote that we fear and honor Him!

1Ki 8:35-36 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: 36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance. (Also 2Ch 6:26-27).

Above, God gives or withholds rain; especially as provision to water crops and pastures, as a gage of our faithfulness or sin.

2Ch 7:12-15 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

The verse above occurs when Solomon king of Israel completes building the temple. If God withholds His provision of rain, He has provided a way for us to petition Him for repentance and relief. Namely, prayer!

Job 20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

It’s raining wrath! If we don’t honor God, He will have his way with us just when we think everything is going our way.

Psa 11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

This is God’s promise to every wicked person.

Psa 105:32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.

The above verse refers to God’s judgment of Egypt through Moses. Again the rain is too hard! Break out the Kevlar umbrella!

Isa 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

This was God’s warning to the nation of Israel. He kept his promise below.

Jer 14:1-7 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth. 2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. 3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads. 4 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads. 5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was no grass. 6 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass. 7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.

If God didn’t spare his chosen people when they were wicked then he certainly won’t spare us. But if we sin we can come to God through Jesus Christ for forgiveness.

1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Eze 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

The above verse refers to the battle of Gog and Magog (see my commentary titled “Magog made Easy”). Jesus himself will contend with many nations that are led by Turkey, marching against Israel. It is going to rain on them “an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone”. I hope nobody has reserved a tee time.

Zec 14:17-18 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

During Jesus Christ’s one thousand year reign on earth all nations will be required to attend the feast of tabernacles in Jerusalem. God will curse any nation that does not attend with drought. Too little rain is a curse.

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God selectively causes or withholds rain as both a blessing and a curse.

Amo 4:7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

God chooses the time and place for rain to fall. God chooses whom He will bless or curse. He chooses when He will bless or curse them. He is able to distinguish between the field of the righteous, and the field of the wicked. He is also able to discern the thoughts and intents of a man’s heart.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Jas 5:16-18 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Elijah was a man just like any of us, but God answered his prayer. He judged Israel by withholding rain for three and a half years. I expect my earnest prayers to be answered. I’m still waiting on some big ones.

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Put your goggles on as we look at rain when it might not be a blessing or a curse; it might not even be water; but something else altogether!

Exo 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

This time “rain” is a provision and a test. Turn your umbrella upside down! It’s raining bread!

Job 37:6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

Rain is a sign of God’s active direction of earth. God directs all of the processes of nature. Who is like God is?!

Psa 147:8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

Below; the favor of the king is like the latter rain! The latter rain brings extra blessing which leads to prosperity.

Pro 16:15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

Rain is a discomfort. During Jesus Christ’s one thousand year reign on earth He will build a large shelter in Jerusalem for all the tribulation period martyrs.

Isa 4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Rev 7:13-17 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Jer 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. (Also Jer 51:16 ).

Above, the weather reflects God’s active will. He brings rain and wind out of the closet as He wishes.

Jer 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.

Certainly people don’t cause rain. The angels don’t make it rain. God alone makes it rain because He made all things. So seek God.

Hos 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Above, rain is a symbol of how God blesses us when we seek Him.

Mat 5:43-48 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

In the above statement rain is a blessing plus it is something else. It is an example for us to “do good to them that hate you”. Just like God makes the sun to rise and sends rain on evil people and on good people, we should love our enemies. God extends his love toward us while we are sinners. He blesses people even when they are wicked, so they can respond to his kindness.

Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Mat 7:25-27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Here rain is a trial.

Act 14:16-17 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

Rain is a witness of God’s goodness.

Jas 5:7-8 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Rain teaches patience. The same way we wait for the latter rain and for the fruit of the earth (which are hearts opening to Christ), we are to wait for Jesus’ return! Jesus is waiting for many people to trust in him so they can be saved from hell and from the wrath of God that is about to come on Earth, before he returns for his Church!

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Feb 27

Yazidis stuck on the Sinjar Mountains

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Yazidis stuck on the Sinjar Mountains

ISIS may soon trade places with the Yazidis!

By Craig C. White

Remember all of those news reports about the refugees fleeing from ISIS into the mountains of northern Iraq? Well those people have been stuck in those mountains for the past three months. ISIS invaded the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar driving many of its citizens out and up the Sinjar Mountain just to the north of the town. Sinjar is a town in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq with a population of about 80,000. Sinjar is about a two hour drive from the city of Mosul. Mosul is the headquarters of ISIS in northern Iraq. We haven’t heard much about these refugees since ISIS drove them into the mountains.

The refugees belong to a religious sect called the Yazidis. The Yazidis’ religion combines Zoroastrian, Islamic, Christian, and Jewish components. They consider themselves separate from every other religion and society. The Yazidis were a minority religious group living in the town of Sinjar.

The Yazidis have struggled to survive on the mountain for the past three months. Thousands have been killed or captured by ISIS fighters. The US has conducted some food airdrops, but the Iraqi Kurds have been the Yazidis’ greatest help. The Kurds have battled ISIS troops to clear a supply route up the northern side of the mountain. Lately the Kurds have taken back much of the city of Sinjar from ISIS. There is some optimism that the Yazidis may soon be able to come down off of the mountain and return to their homes in Sinjar.

The Yazidis have been stuck living on the mountain for three months. They have received a little help from the US and a little more from the Kurds. ISIS may soon trade places with the Yazidis on top of the Sinjar Mountain. The bible tells us that ISIS may be driven up those mountains where they will receive no help from anybody.

Today the city of Mosul sits in the same place where the ancient city of Nineveh sat. The Prophet Nahum predicts the flooding of Nineveh. He says that the Tigris River will overflow destroying the city! The Prophet Nahum may also predict the flooding of the modern day city of Mosul!

Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

The refugees of ancient Nineveh fled to the mountains. ISIS in Mosul may also be forced to flee to the mountains.

Nahum 3:18-19 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.

When they were stuck on the mountain the Yazidis received some mercy and help from the world’s citizens. When ISIS is at last trapped on the mountain nobody will try to rescue them or to help them at all.

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Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege

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Feb 27

Elkosh O’Gosh!

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Elkosh O’gosh!

God the ensnarer

By Craig C. White

When Hebrew prophets talk about the burden of a city or nation they are describing the portion of God’s judgment that it must endure. The book of Nahum is describing Nineveh’s plight. In 612 BC God sent a flood of water to destroy Nineveh. I think that Nahum is also describing the plight of ISIS in Mosul today!

Nahum 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

The name Nahum means comfort. He didn’t comfort the city of Nineveh but he did comfort the nation of Israel by telling them that one of their enemies would be vanquished by God. Nahum was one of the Israeli captives that were taken away by the Assyrian Empire around 740 BC. So during the time that Nahum wrote his book he lived in Assyria or what we call northern Iraq today. Nahum lived in a town called Elkosh. Today the small town of Elkosh is known as Alqosh. Alqosh is located about twenty miles to the north of the city of Mosul. As a matter of fact Alqosh overlooks the Mosul dam. If the Mosul dam was ever to burst, Alqosh is as close as you could get to the dam without drowning. What does the name Elkosh mean? Elkosh means God the ensnarer.

To ensnare means to catch something in a trap. God set a trap for Nineveh. God ensnared the city of Nineveh by planting it by the Tigris River. In 612 BC God sent a torrential rain which overflowed the banks of the Tigris River flooding the city. The city of Mosul is sitting in an even worse trap. In 1985 construction of the Mosul dam was completed. Ever since the dam was put into service there have been concerns about its stability and safety. It seems that the ground it was built on is dissolving! The dam requires constant upkeep to prevent it from failing. The Mosul dam is located just north of the city. If the dam burst it would send a sixty foot high wave of water over the city of Mosul. So Nahum the comforter represents God the ensnarer; otherwise known as Elkosh!

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Feb 27

ISIS in Bible Prophecy

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ISIS in Bible Prophecy

Iraq, Iran, and the Kurds will attack Mosul

By Craig C. White

It turns out that the rise of ISIS in Mosul may play a very significant role end time events. I should say that the fall of ISIS in Mosul may be the sign to Israel that their time of trouble is at hand. This article is only a quick overview of ISIS in bible prophecy. I have so much more to tell you. So after you have finished reading this please go to my website (www.hightimetoawake.com) and read my other articles about ISIS, the Prophet Nahum, and the sign of Jonah.

Events in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Russia, and Central Asia are happening so fast now that we can barely keep up with them. Now that the leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared himself as the head of a new Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, High Time to Awake readers have requested a report about ISIS in end time bible prophecy.

ISIS stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is headquartered in the city of Mosul, Iraq. ISIS consists mostly of Al-Qaeda terrorists from the region around Mosul. Mosul is in the Nineveh Province just across the Tigris River from ancient Assyria’s capital city of Nineveh. As a matter of fact the ruins of ancient Nineveh are included inside of Mosul’s city limits! The city of Mosul represents Nineveh in end time bible prophecy and ISIS represents ancient Assyria.

Judging from bible prophecy it seems that Islam will succeed in growing its new Caliphate but I don’t think that ISIS will remain as its head. I think that the role of ISIS will be to slaughter its own countrymen in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq and in Syria, then to be destroyed by a flood and attacked by its neighbors. Today ISIS is killing many Christians, non-Muslims, and also many Muslims who refuse to join them. ISIS is encountering a lot of resistance in Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh Province. ISIS is responding by killing thousands of innocent citizens among their own countrymen. They are stacking dead bodies like cord-wood.

ISIS has also destroyed many mosques and shrines in and around Mosul. There have been reports that ISIS has even destroyed their shrine to the Prophet Jonah. Jonah is mentioned in the Quran as well as the Bible. Remember that Jonah was sent to Nineveh. That generation repented but it seems that this generation doesn’t want the chance. God told Jonah that Nineveh would be destroyed in forty (40) days if they didn’t repent. ISIS completely obliterated Jonah’s shrine using high explosives. The blowing up of Jonah’s shrine occurred on July 24th 2014.

I think that the Prophet Nahum tells us that God will send a flood of water and then also send an army against ISIS for their many murders and overflowing brutality in Mosul. The book of Nahum is all about God’s anger and judgment against the ancient city of Nineveh. The city of Nineveh was completely destroyed in 612 BC by a flood from the overflowing Tigris River and then attacked by a coalition of three nations; the Babylonians, Medes, and Persians. Today these nations are represented by Iraq, the Kurds, and Iran. I think that we should notice that all three of these modern day nations have strong motives to overthrow ISIS in the Nineveh Province. As a matter of fact all three of these nations are already fighting against ISIS. Perhaps God will once again send these nations against Nineveh (or Mosul) to destroy them!

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

In the verse above, the Prophet Nahum says that God will destroy the place where Nineveh sat with a flood! The prophecies of Nahum refer to Nineveh’s destruction in 612 BC. It seems that they could also refer to Mosul’s rebuke in present day.

The verse below identifies a particular person from Nineveh who is against God. It could be identifying the king of ancient Assyria named Sennacherib. It could also be identifying the ISIS leader al-Baghdadi who has now claimed himself as the Caliph (or ruler) of a new Islamic Empire.

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

The verses below describe a city that is filled with bloodshed. This description looks a lot like Mosul today! ISIS today is on a rampage slaughtering thousands of innocent people among their own citizens.

Nah 3:1-3 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not; 2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots. 3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

God will become so sick of their brutality that he will send a flood and an army against them.

Nahum’s prophecies seem to me to be applicable to both the ancient city of Nineveh as well as to the modern day city of Mosul. Nineveh and Mosul represent the same nations in the same place in the same circumstance. For instance Nahum calls Nineveh “the bloody city”. The Assyrians were infamous for their brutality. They killed many people. They stacked up dead bodies in the mountains. They beheaded many, and made piles of their heads. They poured out their blood into the Tigris River. I have seen photos and videos of ISIS doing all these exact same things in Mosul!

I am applying what Nahum predicted about the ancient city of Nineveh to the modern day city of Mosul. I am also applying what we know from world history to the circumstances in Mosul. The ancient city of Nineveh was destroyed by a coalition of three nations; Babylon, Persia, and the Medes. Considering that these same three nations (Iraq, Iran, and the Kurds) are today fighting against ISIS in Mosul. I am simply observing history repeating itself. As far as I know the bible does not spell out who was to destroy ancient Nineveh. So I suppose that other nations could be involved in the destruction of Mosul. My bet though is with ancient history.

Mosul is a major city and shipping port on the Tigris River in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq. It is also the headquarters and stronghold of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Now Al-Qaeda (ISIS) has taken over the city. There is talk now of redrawing the borders of Iraq. The Middle East and Central Asia are being divided according to their ancient borders. Mosul in the Nineveh Province of Iraq is the headquarters of the ancient Assyrian Empire.

The Kurds have also regained territory in the Al-Qaeda attack on Mosul. The Iraqi army has abandoned the ancient Kurdish capital of Kirkuk. The Kurds were able to waltz in and reclaim the city without firing a shot. The Kurds are the ancient Medes. The Medes were joint rulers with Persia (today’s Iran) in the Medea-Persia Empire. So the Ancient Medes have also regained their ancient capital. Reestablishing the capitals of ancient world empires means the near formation of the next world empire. I am certain that the Kurds will side with Iran when it comes time to create a new Central Asian Union. I think that this Central Asian Union is represented by the Leopard in Daniel chapter 7. For more please read my commentary titled “The Leopard is Upon Us!”

Over the last couple of years ISIS has been fighting to conquer Syria. So far they haven’t been able to beat Assad and the Syrian army. But the bible says that Damascus, Syria will fall. Jeremiah 49:23 describes an invasion into Syria coming from the Turkish border. So I think that Turkey will soon enter Syria and destroy Damascus. Turkey will invade Syria and wipe out Damascus thus claiming Turkey’s rightful place as head of this Islamic Caliphate.

Turkey along with Al-Qaeda from Libya has its eye on conquering Syria and so does Al-Qaeda from Iraq (ISIS). ISIS in Mosul has already declared that they will try to overtake Turkey next. I think that the bible tells us that ISIS in the Nineveh Province of Iraq will soon suffer a short term defeat.

Now Al-Qaeda (ISIS) is fighting for Iraq. They have taken Mosul which was already the Al-Qaeda stronghold and headquarters in Iraq. I don’t think that ISIS will take Baghdad. The Iranian army is helping Iraq to hold the city.

I don’t think that ISIS will expand their influence much further. I think that they will be drawn back into Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh Province where God will deal harshly with them. ISIS is busy killing everybody who doesn’t support them. God will become so sick of their massacres that he will put an end to them.

While I think that ISIS will be rebuked in the near future I don’t think that they will be completely eliminated until after Jesus second coming. At that time Assyria will be defeated completely. Micah chapter 5 describes Northern Iraq’s final destruction at the hands of Israeli military forces. After Jesus’ second coming Israel will send “seven rulers and eight princes” into northern Iraq to decimate it. Micah chapter 5 continues to tell of the military exploits of Israeli soldiers in several other surrounding nations. This is probably explaining the final capture of all the land between the Nile and Euphrates Rivers that God promised to give to Israel.

Micah 5 5-6 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. 6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

The book of Zephaniah consists of three chapters. The first chapter talks about Israel’s punishment. God uses the surrounding nations to Judge Israel until Israel finally turns back to God. Zephaniah’s second chapter describes the overthrow of Palestinian held areas inside of Israel and then the overthrow of the nations surrounding Israel. Northern Iraq is included in this list. I think that the bible tells us that these geographic regions will fall at the hands of Israeli forces. This happens after Jesus returns and defeats many armies that have gathered against Israel.

Zephaniah 2:13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

Zephaniah’s third chapter tells us about Israel as it finally lives securely in obedience with their God.

Just as Jonah warned Nineveh of impending doom; here is God’s last minute warning to every person who would fight against Israel.

Zep 2:2-3 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you. 3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

Northern Iraq’s current political landscape looks a lot like it did when the city of Nineveh was destroyed in 612 BC. The same three nations that destroyed Nineveh surround Mosul today! If world history repeats itself as it often does in bible prophecy then Iraq, Iran, and the Kurds will soon attack Mosul and defeat ISIS.

More about the flood: As you know the modern day city of Mosul was built just across the Tigris River from the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh. Nineveh was the capital city of the Assyrian Empire. Today the Mosul dam sits on the Tigris River just north of the city of Mosul. Mosul is the headquarters of ISIS in Iraq. The Mosul dam was declared the most dangerous dam in the world by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The ground it was built on is being disolved by the water. The ISIS dam needs constant maintenance. ISIS briefly controlled the dam for about eleven days until the Kurds and the Iraqi Army regained control. During that time dam maintenance was neglected. Their failure to maintain the dam could cause the dam to burst consequently flooding the city of Mosul! The catastrophic flooding of Mosul could destroy a large concentration of ISIS members along with their stolen money and weapons!

The Prophet Nahum said it would happen and it did. In 612 BC God sent a very uncommon, very very heavy rain storm! God sent torrential rains causing the Tigris River to overflow its banks flooding the ancient city of Nineveh! Perhaps God will once again send a flood of water along with these same nations of Iraq, Iran, and the Kurds to destroy ISIS in the city of Mosul!

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Second Coming Wrath Path

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Second Coming Wrath Path

Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Matthew 2:15

By Craig C. White

While dispensing God’s wrath at the second coming, Jesus will take a prescribed route. Many bible students think that Jesus will descend out of heaven and touch down on the Mount of Olives.

Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

At the second coming Jesus will in fact stand on the Mount of Olives but not at first. I think Jesus will take a more circuitous route during his Revelation. His route will be one that we have seen before. The route of Jesus Christ’s Second coming will be very similar to the route that Israel followed out of Egypt as God led them. Come with me as I follow the Revelation Wrath Path.

This commentary chronicles Jesus’ path of Revelation and vengeance during his second coming at the end of the tribulation. Surprisingly this journey does not begin in Jerusalem. As a matter of fact it doesn’t end in Jerusalem either. Instead God begins the Revelation of Jesus out of Egypt!

Num 24:8-9 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. 9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

Hos 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

   When Jesus was a boy God called him out of Egypt. Like many prophecies this one has two distinct applications separated by time. At Jesus’ second coming God will again call his son out of Egypt! That will be a day of wrath and revelation of righteous judgment.

Mat 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

   Jesus will ride out of heaven into Egypt on a cloud. Trust me this is a scary cloud. The following verse was written long after God delivered the nation of Israel from Egypt; so it cannot pertain to Israel’s exodus out of Egypt. It is about Jesus’ second coming!

Isa 19:1-2 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. 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.

Verse 2 (above) sounds like what is happening in Egypt today, however when Jesus passes through Egypt; the people will be completely confounded. The Revelation of Jesus Christ will be terrifying.

Jer 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

Christ’s second coming is a whirlwind tour! Habakkuk prophesies about Jesus next location. Check out the Revelation Wrath Path map bellow for these bible locations. Remember that the route of the Revelation of Jesus is very similar to the route that Israel took out of Egypt.

Revelation Wrath PathRevelation Wrath Path: Map of Jesus Christ’s return trip at the end of the 7 year tribulation period. Called “the day of the LORD”, or “the day of the LORD’S wrath”. Jesus will destroy all the armies that have come against Israel! It is a day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God (Rom 2:5).

Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

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