Mar 31

Antichrist identified – Israel Invasion may follow Syria invasion!

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Antichrist identified – Israel Invasion may follow Syria invasion!

The Battle of Gog and Magog parallels the Assyrian invasion into Syria and Israel (734 BC and 701 BC).

By Craig C. White

I know that the names “Gog and Magog” sound strange to many ears. But these two names are becoming a profound part of the modern day fulfillment of bible prophecy. There is much debate about who Gog and Magog are. First off, Magog was a man. His name can be found in the genealogies in Genesis 10:1-3 and 1Chronicles 1:5-6. Magog was the son of Japheth the son of Noah. After Noah’s flood, Magog and his brothers settled modern day Turkey. Gog is simply the name of the land that Magog settled. For more commentary about Magog, and his brothers, and his land please read my commentary titled “Magog Made Easy”.

Ezekiel 38 and 39 describe an invasion into Israel led by the primary governor (chief prince) of Turkey. This invasion is commonly called the battle of “Gog and Magog”. I think that Ezekiel 38 describes a separate invasion than does Ezekiel 39. I think that the Ezekiel 38 invasion will happen very soon. It will be led by Turkey after the destruction of Damascus, Syria.

Ezekiel 39 describes another battle that is also described in Revelation 16:12 – 21 and Rev 19:17-18. This battle is commonly known as the battle of Armageddon. According to Ezekiel 39, the second battle of Gog and Magog (or the battle of Armageddon) will happen a few years after the first battle (at the end of Israel’s seven year “Tribulation” period), and will also be led by the primary governor of Turkey. Remember that Magog was the prominent settler among his brothers. In bible prophecy Magog represents the primary governor of Turkey. During these battles “Magog” may not always be the same person, but he will always be the primary governor of Turkey. Now, if somebody asks you who Magog is; you can answer them directly, “Magog is the primary governor of Turkey”. Today the President of Turkey is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He was Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003-2014. He sees himself as the new Sultan of a revived Ottoman empire. He is antagonistic towards Israel and a prime candidate for our modern day “Magog”. For a comparison between Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39 please read my commentary titled “Magog Made Easier”.

In bible prophecy, the future Turkish led battles of “Gog and Magog” seem to correlate to the past Assyrian led invasions into Syria and Israel. The Assyrian led invasions happened in two parts. The first phase happened in 734 BC and the second phase in 701 BC. The first phase began with an invasion into Syria, and then a southward turn into northern Israel. At that time Israel was divided into two separate kingdoms. The northern kingdom headquartered in Samaria, and the southern kingdom headquartered in Jerusalem. The tribe of Ephraim refers to the northern kingdom of Israel. The invasion of northern Israel was led by the king of the Assyrian empire named Tiglath-pileser (2Ki 12:18 – 18:16, 1Ch 5:26, Isa 66:19, Hos 5:13 – 10:6, Amos 1:3-5). Tiglath-pileser is also known as “Pul” in the King James Bible. The southern kingdom of the tribe of Judah was spared during the first phase of the Assyrian invasion. The second round of the Assyrian invasion was led by the then Assyrian king named Sennacherib. The second phase of the Assyrian happened in 701 BC. This invasion reached into the southern part of Israel near Jerusalem.

Like the Assyrian invasions of old, the future invasions described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 will happen in two phases. Both battles will be instigated by the same nation; namely, Turkey. The first phase of the Turkish battles may begin with an invasion into Syria just like the first round of the Assyrian invasion in 734 BC. So it would seem that the destruction of Damascus as prophesied in Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 24-27 may be closely associated with the Magog led invasion that is prophesied in Ezekiel 38. This sheds a great deal of light on current events and persons, as well as our position in the end time timeline. OK, now is the time to exercise some generosity. Give a poor guy some benefit. This is an astounding overview of prophetic events! As Christians, we should all be shouting this to every pastor and believer that we encounter. This is front page news! The city of Damascus is on the verge of destruction. All of the nations that will invade Israel as represented in Ezekiel 38:5 are now fighting in Syria. The Turkish army is amassed on the Syrian border. After the destruction of Damascus, the Turkish army may very well lead the armies of Iran, Sudan, and Libya in an invasion into Israel. Like I said, all of these armies are fighting in Syria today!

If we follow the Assyrian model then the invasion described in Ezekiel 38 may extend only into northern Israel. The invasion described in Ezekiel 39 will most certainly be accompanied by battles on every front throughout the entire land of Israel, including Jerusalem.

Isaiah 17:12-14 below also describes a multi-nation invasion into Israel.

Isa 17:12-14 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

These verses refer to an event that happened around 701 BC. Assyria’s king Sennacherib was in position to attack the city of Jerusalem. Overnight, God wiped out his army while they slept. Isaiah 37:6 below describes God’s intervention.

Isa 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Isaiah 17:12-14 above contains similar language to that used in Ezekiel 38. It may be that these verses also implicate the near time Turkish led invasion into Israel. These same verses also sound similar to the swift destruction of Israel’s enemies in the day of the Lord’s vengeance at the end of Israel’s seven year “Tribulation” period.

News Flash: The end time invader of Israel is called the Assyrian in Isaiah 10 and several other passages. Just as the Assyrian kings invaded Syria and then Israel on two occasions, Magog will also do the same. This invader is the same person that we call the Antichrist. The Antichrist is also called a little horn in Daniel 7 and 8. A little horn is a term used to describe a prince. Magog is described as the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal in Ezekiel 38:3. So the primary prince of Turkey is the Antichrist. It seems to me that we are very close to identifying the Antichrist as being Turkish President and ex-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. God will use him to exercise his anger upon the nation of Israel, and Jesus Christ will destroy him at his coming.

Isa 10:5-6 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. 6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

The hypocritical nation described in the verse above is Israel. Yes this happened once before, but if you read the rest of Isaiah 10 you will discover that this passage ends with the returning of the Holy One of Israel and a returning of the people to him. So the Assyrian is yet to come.

I believe that 2Thesalonians tells us that the reveling of the Antichrist on earth is the sign of the Rapture of the Church (please read my book “The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist”). If we are close enough to these events that we are able to identify the key players, then the Ressurection of the dead, Rapture of Church, and the Tribulation period on earth must be very close indeed. It is High Time to Awake, and tell your pastor!

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Read about the identity of the Antichrist and the coming Turkish led invasion into Israel in my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon

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Mar 31

SPOILER ALERT! Erdogan is the Antichrist!

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SPOILER ALERT! Erdogan is the Antichrist!

By Craig C. White

In Ezekiel 38:13 the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon all identify a Turkish ruler as the Antichrist! Or as the bible puts it; Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish all identify Magog as being the Assyrian!

Grab your thinking caps kids. This is going to get thick! In Ezekiel chapter 38 Turkey invades Israel. Three nations ask the invaders “Have you come to rob Israel?” The identity of these nations has long been debated. I am going to tell you who they are but this commentary isn’t about their identity. It is about the question they ask and who it identifies.

In the verse below three nations ask the ruler of Turkey “Art thou come to take a spoil?” That means “Have you come to plunder Israel?”

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

These three nations are listed as Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish.

Sheba and Dedan were brothers (Gen 25:3). Sheba and Dedan come from Arabia. You have probably heard of the Queen of Sheba. The Queen of Sheba came from southern Arabia or what we know today as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) along with Oman and Yemen. Dedan settled in northern Arabia or what we know today as Saudi Arabia. Two nations identified one to go!

Now let’s identify the merchants of Tarshish. Tarshish is the rock island fortress off of the coast of the ancient city of Tyre. Jonah fled there when he tried to hide from God. The city of Tyre is in southern Lebanon. Tyre is called Sur today. The name Tyre and the name Sur mean rock. The merchants of Tarshish are from Lebanon. For a full exploration of Tyre along with its rock island fortress named Tarshish please read my commentary titled “Who were the Merchants of Tarshish?”

Like I said before, this commentary is not about the identity of these nations. This commentary is about the question they ask. They ask “Have you come to plunder Israel?” or “Are you here to take a spoil?”

The word spoil or the term to take a spoil is used a lot in the bible. To take a spoil means that you take your enemy’s possessions after you have conquered him. The bible records the actions of many nations as they spoil their defeated foes. In the bible Israel spoils several nations and several nations also spoil Israel.

Now here is the spoiler alert! When it comes to spoiling Israel; this is the end time action of the man we call the Antichrist! The Antichrist will invade Israel and rob them of their possessions. The Antichrist will spoil Israel!

There are several prophecies about the spoiling of Israel. Most of these prophecies have already been fulfilled by the Assyrian Empire, the Babylonian Empire, the Grecian Empire, and the Roman Empire. But most of these prophecies also refer to yet another end time invasion into Israel conducted by the next World Empire and led by the Antichrist.

When our three nations ask the Turkish ruler “Have you come to take a spoil?” they are recognizing bible prophecy written about the end time spoiler of Israel. In simple terms, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon are recognizing this Turkish ruler as being the Antichrist! Today Turkish President Erdogan fills that role.

Here are some important verses about the end time spoiler of Israel. In the following verse the hypocritical nation is Israel. The Prophet Isaiah predicts the Assyrian invasion into Israel led by the Assyrian King Sennacherib in 701 BC. Isaiah also predicts the future invasion of Israel by the coming Antichrist. Notice that he will take a spoil!

Isaiah 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

The Prophet Daniel also predicts the spoiling of Israel. This prophecy was already fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BC who represented part of the Grecian Empire. The verse below also predicts the exploits of the coming Antichrist.

Daniel 11:24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

In the future a Turkish ruler will lead an invasion into Israel. Three nations will declare that he is the end time conqueror of Israel spoken about in the bible. They will ask “Have you come to conquer and then to plunder Israel?” “Have you come to take a spoil?” By asking this question they are identifying the Turkish ruler as the Antichrist.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon all understand bible prophecy. They all recognize that the future Turkish ruler is the person who the prophets have predicted would spoil Israel. They all recognize that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. So should we!

Spoiler alert! Erdogan is the Antichrist!

Go ahead spoil your yourself! Read my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon. It’s all about the coming Turkish led invasion into Israel!

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Mar 30

World War III

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World War III

Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran against the Sunni nations

Revelation 9:13-16

By Craig C. White

The sixth seal of God’s judgment in Revelation chapter 9 identifies a 200,000,000 man army that kills one third of men. Is this World War III? Well I think that you should probably call it Old-world War III. This war emanates from the Euphrates River. Four nations will set out to conquer the old world. I think that the sixth seal in Revelation chapter 9 describes Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran as they fight to conquer the Sunni Muslim nations. Today 85% of all Muslims are Sunni so this war will be bloody. There are over 1 billion Sunni Muslims in the Middle East. This Shia vs Sunni war will happen during the first half of the Tribulation. We can already see the alliances and rivalries in place. Therefore I think that the Tribulation period along with this Old-world war will begin soon.

Rev 9:13-16 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

In the bible angels are set over nations. In the verse below, Michael the archangel is set over the nation of Israel. The Prince of Persia is an angel that is set over today’s Iran. At the appointed time the four angels that are set over Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran will lead these nations into regional conquest.

Dan 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

In Revelation chapter 9 four nations located along the Euphrates River are stirred up to war. Today the Euphrates River flows through only four nations. They are Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. I think that Revelation 9:13-16 describes Turkey as it leads Iran, Iraq and the rest of the Shia Muslim population in an all-out war against the Sunni Muslim nations. Turkey is not a majority Shia Muslim nation but I think that Revelation chapter 9 describes a Turkey/Shia alliance as Turkey fights for dominance in the new Islamic Caliphate. Turkey has already declared itself as the rightful head of a revived Ottoman Empire.

The vast majority of Shia Muslims live along the Euphrates River in southern Iraq and Iran. The Shia population as of 2009 is estimated to be 200 million. I think that you may be able to add the Kurds to this fight because historically they have sided with Iran. If you add the Kurds to the Turkish army plus Iran, Iraq, and the rest of the Shia Muslim population then you would come very close to counting 200 million soldiers. As we will see Libya and Sudan may also join Turkey as it conquers northern African nations.

World War IIITurkey and Iran will be the aggressors in a full scale Shia vs Sunni Muslim war. 85% of Muslims are Sunni. So the Shia minority will rise up against the Sunni majority. This happens during the first half of the seven years long Tribulation period. Turkey will fight on the western front and Iran will fight on the eastern front. Turkey will conquer several nations in northern Africa including Egypt. In case you didn’t know already, I think that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist, the chief prince (or primary governor) of Turkey (Ezekiel 38:2). We are told about the Antichrist as he conquers several nations including Egypt in this verse from the book of Daniel following.

Dan 11:42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

I think that Turkey will march southward to conquer much of northern Africa. Notice in the verse above that Libya and Ethiopia (better translated as Sudan) are fighting alongside of Turkey. Even though Libya and Sudan are primarily Sunni nations they are aligned with Turkey and Iran today. The vast majority of Al-Qaeda fighters that make up the Free Syrian Army are Libyans. The Libyans along with the Free Syrian Army are Turkey’s and the Muslim Brotherhood’s representatives in Syria. The Libyans are fighting to bring Syria under the control of a Turkish led Caliphate. Al-Qaeda from Libya is not to be confused with ISIS who is also fighting in Syria. ISIS primarily consists of Al-Qaeda terrorists from northern Iraq. Today Hezbollah militia from Sudan is siding with Hezbollah militia from Iran as they fight together for the Syrian government. Hezbollah from Iran and Sudan have already announced that they will soon team up with Al-Qaeda from Libya to attack Israel. This invasion is led by Turkey and is described in Ezekiel chapter 38. We must not overlook the most significant alliance that is forming today. Turkey is increasing its cooperation with Iran.

In the verse below, Isaiah tells us that the Antichrist will conquer several nations. I think that this describes Turkey as it marches southward into northern Africa and eventually enters Jerusalem at the middle of the Tribulation.

Isa 10:7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

Like I said before Turkey will attack northern Africa on the western front while Iran, Iraq and others fight on the eastern front against Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Turkmenistan and perhaps a few other nations. That means that almost everybody in the Middle East will be at war. Israel and Jordan are the only exceptions for now.

Jesus told Israel that the nations around them would go to war just before the time of Jerusalem’s Great Tribulation (during the second half of the seven years long Tribulation period). The verses below are written to the Jews who are living in Israel during the first half of the Tribulation period.

Mat 24:6-8 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.

Matthew 24:6-7 most likely identifies the same wars that Revelation 9:13-16 describes. These are not worldwide conflicts but the nations that first settled the earth will fight against each other in the old-world.

The bible does not describe another worldwide conflict like the two World Wars that we have previously experienced. But this Old-world War will surely be catastrophic. The war with the highest number of casualties on record was World War II with 60-85 million killed. This Shia vs Sunni war promises a death toll of between 350-400 million. At the end of this Old-world War Turkey will overrun Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will suffer three and one half years of Great Tribulation (Mat 24:21). There is one more tremendous Old-world battle at the end of the Tribulation period. All of these nations will set their sights on the tiny nation of Israel to destroy it utterly. At that time Jesus Christ will return in great power and fury to defeat Israel’s enemies and then to rule in Jerusalem forever!

Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

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Mar 29

3 1/2 people have already been raptured!

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3 1/2 people have already been raptured!

Carried Alive!

By Craig C. White

According to the bible 3 1/2 people have already been raptured! That is they have been carried away bodily, some up into heaven!

1. Enoch

Gen 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Enoch was Noah’s great grandfather. Enoch never died. He was carried away alive into heaven to be with God. Enoch walked with God. That means that Enoch knew God and talked with him. That is what we must to to be carried away alive into heaven.

2. Elijah

2Ki 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

The prophet Elijah never died. He too was carried away alive to be with God and to give Enoch a cribbage partner. Elijah will return to earth before Jesus’ second coming at the end of the Tribulation period (Mat 17:11).

3. Jesus

Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Jesus arose from the dead and 40 days latter was taken up alive in his body into heaven (Act 1:3). Because he rose, we can be confident that we will rise in the same way (1Th 4:14)!

3 1/2. Philip

Act 8:39-40 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

In the verses above the word translated caught away is the Greek word harpazō. Harpazō is the word that we get Rapture from. Philip met the Ethiopian Eunuch between Jerusalem and Gaza. Philip was then Raptured and was next found in Ashdod (Azotus) about 50 miles away.

There are also other people who may have been raptured. It is unclear if they were caught away in body or spirit alone. They include the prophet Isaiah (Isa 6:1), the prophet Ezekiel (Eze 1), the apostle Paul (2Co 12:2-4), and the apostle John (Rev 4:1-2).

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Mar 28

Saudi Arabia in Bible Prophecy

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Saudi Arabia in Bible Prophecy

Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Yemen

By Craig C. White

Saudi Arabia is the odd man out in the Muslim world. 90% of the population is Wahhabi (Sunni) Muslim, 10% are Shia Muslim. Saudi Arabia is ruled by the Saudi Royal family and Sunni Al-Qaeda terrorists fight against them inside of their own country. Saudi Arabia is hated by Iran and also by Turkey. In Turkish President Erdogan’s speech in November 2014 announcing the formation of a new Islamic Union he called Saudi Arabia the enemy of the Islamic Union.

Saudi Arabia is the arch enemy of the Shia Islam dominated nation of Iran. In Yemen Iran is supporting Houthis (Shia) militia as well as Al Qaeda (Sunni) terrorists to take over the nation. It is unusual that the Shia and Sunni factions fight for on the same side. In Yemen it is to Iran’s advantage to destabilize the nation even if it means that the Sunni Muslim Al-Qaeda terrorists assist. Al-Qaeda is fighting in Yemen in order to expand its Caliphate. I am certain that Yemen will fall to Iranian control but then it will no doubt break out into a Shia vs Sunni battleground.

Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen because they don’t want their neighboring nation to fall into their enemy Iran’s control.

In Revelation chapter 9 I think that the Shia Muslim population declares an all-out war on the Sunni Muslims. Four nations located along the Euphrates River march to war. The vast majority of Shia Muslims live along the Euphrates River in Syria, Iraq, and Iran. The Shia population as of 2009 is estimated to be 200 million. I think that you may be able to add the Kurds to this fight because historically they have sided with Iran.

Rev 9:13-16 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Iran is the aggressor in Yemen. Iran will also be the aggressor in a full scale Shia vs Sunni Islamic war. Worldwide 85% of Muslims are Sunni. So the Shia minority will rise up against the Sunni majority. This happens during the Tribulation. Iran along with Iraq and others will go to war will Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and perhaps a few other nations.

Mat 24:6-7 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.

The verses above are written to the Jews living in Israel during the first half of the Tribulation. When Israel sees Iran attack Saudi Arabia then they will know that the worst part of their suffering is about to begin.

Saudi Arabia in Bible Prophecy

Saudi Arabia is also identified in Ezekiel chapter 38. They will ask Turkey, Libya, Iran, and Sudan, “Have you come to rob Israel?”

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