May 05

The Rapture Day!

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The Rapture Day!

As the last note of the trumpet is played we will be changed!

1Co 15:51-52, 1Th 4:15-17

By Craig C. White

Definitions are from Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries.

The Rapture is a term used to describe the bodily resurrection and taking away into heaven of Church age believers. What hope do we have that we will be resurrected? Because Jesus rose bodily from the grave we have confidence that one day we will rise likewise! That is incredible news. But wait, it gets even better! Not every person who lives will die! Christians who are alive at the time of Jesus’ return will not suffer death but will be instantly transformed into a perfect undying body then taken up into heaven. That event is called the Rapture!

1Co 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

In the Rapture we shall be changed in an instant, but not without warning. We will all enjoy a long trumpet call before we are changed, kind of like waking up with a bugle call at boot camp. The whole world will hear the noise and take notice. The bugle call will continue while an astonishing event occurs. Millions of dead people will stand up out of their graves; alive! Wow, that will certainly get a lot of attention. The Rapture will not be a quiet affair. Our bodies won’t be changed until the trumpet call is finished so please don’t worry if you are driving. You will have plenty of time to pull over. The second part of the verse above puts the Rapture in chronological order. 1) We will all hear a long loud trumpet call. 2) As the trumpet plays, the dead will rise (these are people you know, and folks who have trusted Jesus since his resurrection). 3) As the last note of the trumpet is played we will be changed!

There is even more said about the Rapture in 1 Thessalonians. We will not be caught up with Jesus in the air until the dead are raised alive. In the verse below “prevent” means to come beforehand. So the living will not meet Jesus until the dead are raised. All church age believers must be present and accounted for before we are taken up together in the Rapture.

1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

The Rapture continues in the verse below. Jesus will come down into the sky. Michael the Archangel will yell for all believers to prepare themselves. At the same time there will also be the long trumpet call. The trumpet call will be the announcement that it is time for the church to meet Jesus in the air! The dead in Christ will rise out of the grave first; then we will all meet Jesus together.

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:

During the Rapture, people who were previously dead, will be together with people who have never been dead (I hope that is me). they will all be taken up into the air to meet Jesus. Now that is a church bus!

1Th 4:17 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.

The words caught up in the verse above is the Greek word harpazo (har-pad’-zo). Harpazo means to seize, or catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force). Harpazo is the word that we get our English word rapture from. As you can see from the definition of Harpazo it means to be taken by force. So we won’t be floating weightlessly into the sky while defying gravity. We will be lifted by some strong force. May I suggest that we will be taken to heaven the same way that every other person in a human body has been taken? In storm cloud, and cyclone, and chariots of fire!!!

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.

Here is what an eyewitness had to say about the rapture of the prophet Elijah!

2Ki 2:12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

In the Rapture we will be changed instantly, but not at first. We will be taken, but not until all have been raised. We will be taken by force, and not without fanfare. The rapture is an event that will take some time and gain the world’s attention.

Lord, bring peace to Jerusalem; and even so, come Lord Jesus. Amen.

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May 04

Iran vs Saudi Arabia – 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. I think that you could also characterize this as a war between Muslim Brotherhood led Sunni and Shia against non Muslim Brotherhood Sunni nations.

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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May 02

Will the real Antichrist please stand up!

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Will the real Antichrist please stand up!

The Bible identifies the Antichrist.

By Craig C. White

 
Barack Obama, the Pope, Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Prince William of England, Hillary Clinton; all of these people have been proposed as being the Antichrist. But I am here to tell you that the true Antichrist is not on this list at all.
 
Christians continually make rash guesses about the identity of the true Antichrist. Their guesses are typically based on adding up the numbers of names to equal 666, or on some Bible code that they have suddenly discovered, or on a ghostly visitor they have encountered in their own dreams. Often Christians form their staunch beliefs solely on their own fuzzy feelings or even on something that they watched in a movie. They hardly ever offer any sound Biblical evidence. Try as you may you can not change their minds once they have them made up.
 
The Antichrist is alive today and his identity is very evident based on the description that the Bible provides. The Antichrist is compared to the ancient Assyrian kings in the book of Isaiah because the Antichrist will do the same things that the Assyrian kings did. The Antichrist will conquer Syria (Jer 49:23-27, Isaiah 17:1) and then invade northern Israel (Eze 38). He will come back latter to invade southern Israel (Eze 39, This is the same as the battle of Armageddon). Turkish President Erdogan has vowed to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. According to Jeremiah 49:23-27 the northwestern cities of Syria will hear about an invasion coming from the Turkish border. Next the residents of Damascus will flee into Jordan (Amos 1:3-5). Then the Turkish Army will march to Damascus to destroy it utterly. Today the Turkish Army is lined up along the Syrian border.
 
Ezekiel 38:2 describes the “chief prince” among Meshech and Tubal. Meshech and Tubal were the first princes that were set over provinces in the land that we call Turkey today. Most Bible maps show them there. The “chief prince” of Meshech and Tubal is describing the primary governor among the provinces of Turkey! Turkish President Erdogan was the Prime Minister of Turkey for twelve years before he was elected as President in December 2014.
 
Turkish President Erdogan is in fact the real Antichrist! He is in the process of reestablishing the Turkish led Ottoman Empire. He already has much of the Islamic world on his side. An end time Islamic Union is represented by a leopard in Daniel 7:6. This Islamic Union will combine together with the European Union along with the new Russian Union to form the next World Empire. Turkish President Erdogan will eventually become its lone ruler.
 
The Bible says that the Antichrist will exalt himself above the God of Israel (2Th 2:4). Turkish President Erdogan has already been declared as being “equal to Allah” by the highest council of Muslim clerics in Turkey. The Islamic world is looking to Erdogan to usher in their promised Islamic Caliphate.
 
When I tell you that Turkish President Erdogan is in fact the Antichrist. I am not just guessing! My analysis is not based on misguided feelings. I am openly presenting the Biblical evidence so that nobody can doubt.
 
The Islamic world knows that Turkish President Erdogan is healing the wounded head (Rev 13:1-3) of the Turkish led Ottoman Empire and they are cheering him on! Why can’t Christians recognize the true identity of the Antichrist even when faced with overwhelming Biblical evidence that was written for their own understanding? Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist! Next he will invade Syria (Jer 49:23-27) from its northwestern border and then destroy Damascus (Isaiah 17:1). Afterward he will lead an invasion into the Golan Heights (Eze 38)! The entire world is already talking about taking the Golan Heights away from Israel!
 
The Antichrist will do many other things that the Bible tells us about. He will make a covenant with Israel and then oppress them terribly. Turkish President Erdogan is already in the process of finalizing the Turkey-Israel reconciliation agreement. Erdogan has already announced that Jerusalem must be conquered for Islam! Will the pope accomplish these things? Will your own pet Antichrist candidate accomplish these things?
 
Turkish President Erdogan really is the Antichrist. He will rule during the coming seven year long Tribulation period. Christians will be removed from the earth before the Tribulation begins. The Resurrection and Rapture is very near! It is High Time to Awake!
Will the real Antichrist please stand up

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May 01

Since the Antichrist has been identified the Resurrection day must be near!

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Since the Antichrist has been identified the Resurrection day must be near!

Examine your faith!

By Craig C. White

It’s May 1st, the day that the Orthodox Church celebrates Easter. The Protestant and Catholic Church celebrated Easter on March 27th. In between these dates the Jews celebrated Passover from April 22nd to April 30th. Easter is the day that Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Because the penalty of sin is the death of the sinner Jesus died so we wouldn’t have to. Jesus died to pay the penalty of sin for us. We can be resurrected and live again forever if we put our trust in Jesus. Because Jesus rose from the dead we can be assured that we will also one day rise from the dead to have everlasting life.

Act 17:31  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Easter is all about resurrection; the resurrection of Jesus Christ long ago and also the day that Christians will be resurrected in the future. So it is very appropriate that we talk about the resurrection of the dead during the Easter season.

Yesterday I attended a funeral service. The pastor talked a lot about the coming resurrection day. I was so thrilled to hear his Biblically accurate message that I spoke to him after the service. I said that the resurrection day will probably happen within the next couple of years or even sooner. He agreed. He said that he thought that the Antichrist was alive today and that he would be revealed soon. I told him that since the Antichrist is defeated at the end of the seven years long Tribulation period; and that Christians would be resurrected and raptured before the Tribulation began then once we recognized the Antichrist there would be very little time left before the Resurrection and Rapture of believers. The pastor then nodded in agreement.

Here is where the wheels fell off of the cart. I told the pastor that Turkish President Erdogan was in fact the Antichrist. I explained that Erdogan was the “chief prince” among the provinces of Turkey described in Ezekiel 38:1-3 and that he would lead an invasion into Israel. I told the pastor that Isaiah compared the Antichrist to the ancient Assyrian kings. The pastor knew that the Bible called the Antichrist “the Assyrian”. I told the pastor that the Antichrist would do the same things that the Assyrian kings did. The Antichrist would conquer Syria and then invade northern Israel! I reported that Erdogan had promised to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus and that the modern day conqueror of Syria would prove to be the Antichrist. I observed that Turkey was now ready to enter Syria with 54,000 troops lined up on the border.

I also told the pastor that Daniel 11:42 says that “Egypt shall not escape” being conquered by the Antichrist. He was familiar with the verse. I told the pastor that Turkish President Erdogan had also promised to reinstate ousted Muslim Brotherhood Presidential candidate Morsi back into power in Egypt. So Erdogan has already broadcast the same things that the Bible says that the Antichrist will do!

I told the pastor that there were many other proofs that Turkish President Erdogan was the Antichrist. At this point the pastor refused to look me in the eye. I could tell that he wasn’t ready to consider the fact that the Antichrist was truly alive and identifiable. He also probably didn’t believe that Craig C. White knew any more than he did about the identity of the Antichrist. I wanted to tell him that if the deceased truly had hope of resurrection that it would not be long before she would live again! I guess that you must have very strong faith in order to give people at a funeral service that much hope. I gave the pastor a business card with my website address on it www.hightimetoawake.com. I pleaded with him to please go to my website and read my commentaries. I doubt that he will. I don’t expect to hear from him again.

Folks, examine your faith. So many Christians nod in agreement; “yes our spirits will live in heaven with God forever”. But that is not quite accurate. There is a day coming. It is close at hand; the day that God’s trumpet will be heard on Earth. The dead in Christ will be raised to everlasting life in new bodies. Then we who are still alive at Jesus Christ’s coming will be changed in an instant into immortality. We will go up into heaven bodily! We will escape the seven year period of great trouble on Earth! But we will then return to Earth after the Tribulation to live and to rule with Jesus Christ forever!

1Corinthians 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

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May 01

In the Beginning

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In the Beginning

Jesus was God long before he was a man!

By Craig C. White

In the beginning God was not a man. Then God cared about our poor condition. That is, that we suffer death. God cared enough that he became a man to suffer death for us.

John 1:1-5  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2  The same was in the beginning with God.  3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

There is no definite article in the original Greek before “beginning”. So it actually reads “in beginning”, making the word monolithic. Beginning is the time further back before time was. It is an eon before the beginning of all things. “Word” is the Greek word “logos”. It also has a Greek sentiment. Logos is the ultimate source of all things. In Greek understanding even the gods emanated from the logos. The logos was literally “facing” God, and he was God. He was the creator of all things. He gave life to all things.

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus is the Word. God was a busy guy for several millennium. Then one day, two thousand years ago he entered into a human body so he could sympathize with us (Heb 2:17). Also so he could give a human life as the payment for human sin. Of course this human life held the power and value of the life of God. So Jesus life and death paid the penalty of sin for all mankind forever! We only need to accept his death as payment for our own sins.

Jesus was God long before he was a man. He displayed his love toward his creation (namely man) by becoming a man and dying to pay the penalty for our sins. Trust God.

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