Jan 26

ISIS in bible prophecy


ISIS in bible prophecy

Iraq, Iran, and the Kurds will attack Mosul

By Craig C. White

ISIS in bible prophecy: 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 a Muslim Caliphate has been declared 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.

ISIS has declared itself as the head of a new Islamic Caliphate. A Caliphate is a Muslim empire ruled by one person. A Caliph is the political and religious ruler of an Islamic empire.

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 ISIS’ major role in end time bible prophecy is to slaughter its own countrymen in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq and then to be destroyed by its neighbors. Today ISIS is killing many Christians 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 cordwood.

They have 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. As far as I can tell Jonah’s shrine may have been destroyed on or around June 26, 2014. According to the bible I think that Mosul will be attacked in the end times.

Here is an update concerning the destruction of Jonah’s shrine. Initial reports about the destruction of Jonah’s temple described ISIS members damaging the shrine with sledge hammers. Later reports say that ISIS has now completely obliterated Jonah’s shrine using high explosives. The blowing up of Jonah’s shrine occurred on July 24th 2014.

I think that the bible tells us that God will send a flood of water and then also 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 Nineveh. The city of Nineveh was completely destroyed in 612 BC by a flood from the overflowing Tigris River along with 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!

These prophecies of Nahum refer to Nineveh’s destruction in 612 BC. 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 ancient Assyria’s King Sennacherib. It could also be identifying the ISIS leader who has now claimed himself as the Caliph 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 an army against them.

Nahum’s prophecies seem to me to be applicable to the ancient city of Nineveh as well as the modern day city of Mosul. Nineveh and Mosul represent the same people 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 these exact same things in Mosul!

I am 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 Al-Qaeda 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 remain bogged down in the Nineveh Province while they are 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. Assyria will be defeated completely by Israeli forces after Jesus returns.

ISIS (or Assyria) will not be completely defeated until after Jesus’ second coming. 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 world powers 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.


ISIS update: As you know the modern day city of Mosul was built just across the Tigris River from the ancient city of Nineveh. Nineveh was the capital city of the Assyrian Empire. Today ISIS controls a dam on the Tigris River just north of the city of Mosul. Mosul is the headquarters of ISIS in Iraq. ISIS controls the dam but they don’t know how to maintain it! ISIS has been trying to import engineers from Syria to help them maintain the dam. Their failure to maintain the dam could cause the dam to burst consequently flooding the city of Mosul! The catastrophic flooding of Mosul would destroy perhaps the largest concentration of ISIS members along with their stolen money and weapons!

Today ISIS’ lack of engineering know-how threatens to flood Mosul. In 612 BC God sent the Babylonians, Persians, and Medes to wipe out the Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. These nations are represented today by Iraq, Iran, and the Kurds. God sent these armies to completely destroy Nineveh but he also sent something else! WATER!

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 these same nations of Iraq, Iran, and the Kurds along with a massive flood of water to destroy ISIS in the city of Mosul!

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Jan 25

The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist


The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist© 2011, 2012 Craig C. White

The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

The identity of he is Satan.

2Thesalonians 2:1-17

By Craig C. White

Israel has suffered at the hands of every ancient world empire. Israel will also suffer under the next world empire. There is a terrible time of persecution and of God’s wrath coming upon the world, Israel, and most terribly upon Jerusalem. God has promised Church age believers that they would escape this terrible time of God’s wrath on earth by being taken up into heaven. This event is called the Rapture.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Since Jesus’ resurrection believers in Christ have already been saved from the penalty of sin which is death and hell. They will also be saved from the coming period of God’s wrath 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.

Early Church members in Greece in the city of Thessalonica saw the persecution of Jews and Christians under the Roman Empire and wondered if this terrible time of God’s wrath had come upon them? They worried that they had missed the Rapture.

Paul told the Thessalonians not to worry. Paul assured them that they would escape the Tribulation on earth. Paul told them that one event had to happen before the terrible time of trouble came upon Israel and also upon the whole earth.

2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

The verse above describes the Resurrection of Christians and the Rapture of the Church.

The verses below describe the day of Christ. The day of Christ is the terrible period of Tribulation on earth.

2Th 2-3 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;

What is “a falling away”? Some teach that this references a worldwide “apostasy”; in other words “a turning away from God”. While there will be a major corrupting of world religion, I don’t think it is referenced here. First the bible teaches that none seek after God (Psa 14:1-3, Psa 53:2, Rom 3:10-18), and that no nation follows after him. So the world is already “fallen away” from God. However I do admit that things will get worse.

Second let’s take a look at the word “and” in the phrase “and that man of sin”. The word “and” usually means even, so, or then and sometimes means also or too. In our case “and” means “then”. So, “a falling away” and “that man of sin be revealed” are not two accumulative events. Instead, the second event relies on the first. The second event can only happen because the first event happened. A falling away happens then the man of sin is revealed.

God’s wrath won’t be poured out on earth until the man of sin is revealed. The man of sin can only be revealed because something or someone first falls away.

It is the same case in the phrase “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him” in 2Thessalonians 2:1. In this case “and” also means “then”.

Jesus Christ comes; then because Jesus Christ came the Church will be gathered together to him”. Jesus is able to gather us together because first he comes. The second event can only happen because the first event happened.

We still haven’t defined “a falling away”. Let’s look at the surrounding statements. Verses 3 & 4 are jam-packed with descriptions of the “man of sin”.

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Obviously verses 3 & 4 are describing the “Antichrist”. The Antichrist is a wicked man empowered by Satan. The Antichrist will invade Israel and sit in the temple at Jerusalem. He will then preside over the persecution of Israel during the Great Tribulation period.

So the Antichrist will sit in the temple before the day of God’s wrath on earth. Early church members could recognize that this event hadn’t happened yet. They were assured that they were not currently going through the time of Great Tribulation. God had promised them that they would be taken into heaven during the time that he poured out his wrath on earth.

I’m not certain about this but Paul may have also been telling the church members at Thessalonica to look for this event (namely the man of sin sitting in the temple) so that they would know that the Rapture was eminent. Paul may have been saying that the man of sin or Antichrist would be exposed to Israel and the entire world, including the church members! Paul was definitely defining the sign of the Great Tribulation. Paul may have also been defining the sign of the Rapture of the Church. Like I said before I am not certain that the Church will see the Antichrist as he sits in the temple but I am much more certain that the Church will see the Antichrist. The Antichrist will also do many other identifiable things before he sits in the temple in Jerusalem.

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

Evidently Paul had previously told the church members in Thessalonica about the events that mark the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Jesus also explained these events in the gospels (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 17&21).

2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

The word “withholdeth” means to hold fast or stay. To stay means to prevent, to come first, or to delay.

Seeing the Antichrist sitting in the temple is the event that comes before or delays the Great Tribulation. But the term “a falling away” is describing the event that is delaying the revealing of the Antichrist. So the stay (or delay) of “a falling away” is preventing the Antichrist from being revealed. According to Paul we should already understand what he is saying! But don’t jump to conclusions!

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

The “mystery of iniquity” is simply the working of wickedness in the world. Specifically it is the working of Satan’s plan to make himself God of this world. Things will get much worse when the Antichrist is revealed. The identity of the word he is in question here. Whoever he is, prevents (or delays) the Antichrist from being revealed until he is “taken out of the way”. Most Christians read this verse and immediately think that he refers to the Holy Spirit taken away in the raptured Church. I don’t think so. The word he is still referring to someone who has yet to have “a falling away”! The words “letteth” and “let” are the same word as “withholdeth” in verse 6. The word “taken” can also be translated as “fall”. So he prevents the Antichrist from being revealed until he falls!!! The Holy Spirit is not taken out of the way before the Antichrist can be revealed. The Holy Spirit is not taken out of the way at all. People are saved during the Tribulation period (Rev 7:9-14), and their spirits are in heaven! Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is active in the salvation of a person. So the Holy Spirit is active on earth during the Tribulation period.

Joh 3:5 “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

So after he falls, the Antichrist will be revealed. Jesus will kill the Antichrist when he returns to the earth at the end of the seven year Tribulation period. This is not to be confused with Jesus’ coming in the air to gather his church before or during the Tribulation period (which is described in verse 1 at the top of our study).

2Th 2:9-10 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

This verse is still talking about the Antichrist. However another person is mentioned. That is Satan. BINGO! We finally have the last piece of our puzzle! The identity of he is Satan. The phrase “a falling away” in 2Th 2:3 is describing Satan’s fall out of heaven. So Satan will fall from heaven then the Antichrist will be revealed on earth!

In 2Th 2:3 the original Greek word for “falling away” is “apostasia”. Apostasia means to divorce, or to move something away in order to disassociate from it. In our case Satan is moved away from heaven because he has no place there anymore. The Antichrist is a man who is empowered by Satan after Satan falls to earth. Did you know that there will be a war in heaven and God will throw Satan out?

Rev 12:7-12 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. 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. 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. 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.

When the devil is cast out of heaven he will empower the Antichrist to do false miracles and deceive all who have rejected God. At that time the Church will enter the kingdom of God. That is to say, the Church will be resurrected bodily and raptured into heaven!

Do you mean that Satan can enter heaven? Yep he can now, but soon he will be thrown out for good. He will be thrown to earth. That’s why we need to be warned to look out for the man that Satan will empower! Today Satan travels between heaven and earth. He also accuses believers of committing sin. Job chapter 2 illustrates Satan’s travels between heaven and earth.

Job 2:1-2 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

It is possible that Satan and his angels have already been thrown out of heaven. This may be evidenced by the turbulent uprisings in the Middle East. The Heathen are raging, (Read my commentary titled “Why do the Heathen Rage?”) and we may be waiting only for the revealing of the Antichrist before the Rapture and Tribulation.

Now we can summarize 2Thessalonians 2:1-3.

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;

Hey Church members don’t worry that you may have missed the Rapture and are now in the middle of the Tribulation period. Don’t let anybody tell you differently, the Tribulation will not come until Satan is cast out of heaven and falls to earth and then the Antichrist is revealed on earth.

The revealing of the Antichrist on earth is the sign of the Tribulation. It may also be a sign to the Church of the coming Rapture. The Church may never see the Antichrist sitting in the temple or maybe it will? Whatever the case, I think that there is already definite evidence of who the Antichrist is and present day circumstances that will allow his rise to infamy.

Like the church members in Thessalonica we can be assured that we are not now suffering through the Tribulation. We can also be sure that we haven’t missed the Rapture. Unlike the church members in Thessalonica we are much closer to both events.

Church age believers in Jesus Christ will not suffer through the Tribulation period on earth. As Christians we are looking forward to Jesus Christ coming in the air to raise the dead and catch up the living into heaven! Alleluia!!!

2Th 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Because people have rejected God’s love for them, and have rejected God’s son sent to die for them (Joh 3:16), God will “send them strong delusion”. The word “delusion” means “a straying from orthodoxy or piety”. All people who have rejected the truth of salvation by Jesus’ blood will be persuaded of their own righteousness by another way. This of course is true of all false religions; but it reminds me of the emerging church and also of the unity movement being spearheaded by the Pope. The emerging church is an all-inclusive so called “Christian” movement that contains eastern philosophy and ritual; including yoga, meditation, and contemplative prayer as a means to personal holiness. It denounces bible teaching, and is being promoted by some of your favorite “Christian” leaders. Even without the influence of the miracle working Antichrist, most people I know are eagerly awaiting this kind of religion (including most pastors). The fact that the emerging church and the unity movement is on the move persuades me to think that Satan’s fall and the exposing of the Antichrist is eminent. Don’t allow yourself to be deceived!

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.

I hope you believe the good news of salvation through Jesus’ blood shed for you.

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

2Th 2:15-17 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

This chapter tells us which event will launch the Great Tribulation. Satan will fall from heaven to earth and then empower the man of sin. The first day of the Great Tribulation will be marked by the Antichrist sitting in the temple in Jerusalem.

The Great Tribulation begins three and one half years into the seven year Tribulation period. Christians living during the Church age can be assured that they are not yet living in the time of the God’s wrath. Israel’s seven year Tribulation period begins with the signing of a seven year term security agreement between the Antichrist, Israel, and perhaps other world powers (Dan 9:27). Will Church age believers be on earth to see the first half of the seven year Tribulation period? I don’t know.

The world is prepared for the Antichrist. We should be prepared for the sign of the day of Christ. We must be aware of the prophetic end time events that are rapidly playing out today. Each one of us must make certain that we possess a sure and steadfast faith in the salvation of soul and body that Jesus has wrought. We must also be prepared so that we are not deceived by the offer of an unorthodox way to reconciliation with God that a false religion will soon tender (2Th 2:11-12).

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

The following verses were written to Jewish believers. They also apply to all believers in Jesus Christ especially those living in present day.

Heb 10:23-25  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Now let me see if I have this straight. Jesus will return in the air then Church age believers will be resurrected from the dead and taken into heaven (or raptured). Satan will be thrown out of heaven and fall to earth then the Antichrist will be revealed. Christians can be assured that the Great Tribulation will not begin until the man of sin (or the Antichrist) sits in the temple in Jerusalem. Wow, I probably should have said that in the first place. Amen.

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Jan 24

A Beast is an Empire


A Beast is an Empire

By Craig C. White

We are going to identify every beast in the bible! The word beast simply means a wild animal. The bible uses wild animals to identify man ruled governments that are rebellious toward God. Beasts typically represent empires or unions. Ancient World Empires are identified by different wild animals in the bible. These animals were actually the symbols of these empires.

The bible also identifies future empires that are also symbolized by animals. Some of these empires already exist today. For instance Russia just formed a new economic Union. Everybody knows that Russia is symbolized by a bear. The bible identifies this end time Russian Union as a bear in Daniel 7:5.

Four beasts sit around the throne of God in the book of Revelation. The word translated beast in Revelation chapter 4 and chapter 6 is a different word describing a different kind of beast. These beasts are not wild animals. The word here means a living being. These beasts are not symbolic. They are actual animals created by God to worship him. These living creatures are also described in Ezekiel chapter 1.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

There have been seven World Empires throughout history. These World Empires came to power one at a time. Each World Empire defeated the previous World Empire. Here is a list of them in order; Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Mede and Persian, Grecian, Roman, and Turkish (Ottoman). Some of these World Empires are represented by animals in the bible.

We are introduced to two animals that symbolize empires in Daniel chapter 8. These are the oldest World Empires that the bible symbolizes by animals. We are introduced to a ram and a goat. Dan 8:20 tells us that the ram in Dan 8:3 symbolizes the Mede and Persian Empire.

In the verses below; notice that the ram has two horns. Horns always represent rulers. The Mede and Persian Empire was a two division empire. The Medes are todays Kurds and Persia is known as Iran today.

Dan 8:3-4 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.

When Daniel gave this prophecy these events were still in the future. Now we can look back in world history and recognize the ram as the Mede and Persian Empire because it conquered territory in exactly the same way that Dan 8:4 describes. In today’s terms Persia first conquered Iraq, Syria, and Turkey to the west, then Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan to the north, then Persia moved southward and conquered southern Israel, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, and also western India.

In Dan 8:5 we are introduced to another empire that is represented by a goat. Dan 8:21 tells us that this goat symbolizes the Grecian Empire. The goat came after the ram. In Daniel chapter 8 the goat fights against the ram and defeats him. The goat symbolizes the Grecian Empire. The Grecian Empire defeated the Mede and Persian Empire around 450 BC. In Dan 8:5 the ram has one notable horn. Remember that horns represent rulers. This one horn represents Alexander the great who quickly conquered the known world.

Dan 8:5-9 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. 7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.

In Dan 8:8 above; after his death in 323 BC Alexander the great’s empire was divided into four regions or dynasties. These dynasties were the Antipater Dynasty headquartered in Greece, the Ptolemy Dynasty headquartered in Egypt, the Arsacid Dynasty headquartered in Parthia (north eastern Iran today), and the Seleucid Dynasty headquartered in Syria. These four regions constituted the Grecian Empire. So the ram represents the Grecian Empire.

In Daniel chapter 7 three kingdoms combine to form one World Empire. These kingdoms are represented by a lion with eagle’s wings, a bear, and a leopard. Daniel doesn’t tell us exactly who these animals are. A lot of bible teachers say that these animals represent ancient World Empires. They say that the lion with eagle’s wings represents the Babylonian Empire. The symbol of the Babylonian Empire was in fact a lion but not with eagle’s wings. It has also been widely taught that the bear and the leopard are the same as the goat and the ram in Daniel chapter 8. I don’t think so. First of all the animals in Daniel chapter 7 are different than the animals in Daniel chapter 8. Also the bear and the leopard were not the actual symbols of these World Empires. Moreover Ancient World Empires existed one at a time but the empires in Daniel chapter 7 all exist at the same time. In Daniel 7:12 we are told that the first three empires (or beats) outlive the fourth World Empire.

Dan 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

Again, some bible teachers say that Daniel’s prophecy about the lion with eagle’s wings represents the Babylonian Empire. Keep this in mind. Daniel received this prophecy during the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon (Dan 7:1). Belshazzar was the last king in Babylon. The Medes and Persians overran the city while Belshazzar drank wine from the holy vessels that his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from Israel’s temple in Jerusalem (Dan 5). So if Daniel identified the lion with eagle’s wings as the Babylonian Empire then his message was not prophetic at all. Daniel lived in the Babylonian Empire so he would know firsthand that their symbol was a lion (without eagle’s wings).

No, Daniel doesn’t tell us exactly who these animals are but the book of Revelation gives us a very good idea of when they exist. These three animals (or empires) combine to form the final man ruled World Empire that exists on earth during the Tribulation period. So the lion with eagle’s wings, the bear, and the leopard do not represent ancient world empires but instead future, end time empires.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Do any nations, empires, or unions exist today that are symbolized by a lion with eagle’s wings, or a bear, or a leopard? Yep. You probably could guess which nation uses the lion with eagle’s wings as their national symbol today. That nation is England. Can you think of a nation that uses the bear as its national symbol? Of course Russia is symbolized by a bear today. Is there a kingdom today that is represented by a leopard? No not yet but in December 2014 Turkish President Erdogan announced his plans to form a new Islamic Union that could span northern Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia. Will it choose the leopard to be its symbol? I think that it will.

The first three kingdoms in Daniel chapter 7 are symbolized by specific animals. There is also a forth kingdom that is not symbolized by one particular animal but in Daniel chapter 7 as well as Revelation chapter 13 it is simply called a beast. In Dan 7:17 we are told that these four kingdoms are ruled by four kings.

Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

I think that four world leaders will conspire together to create this next World Empire. I think that most of those leaders are already in place today and well known. They include one ruler of England (possibly representing the entire European Union), one ruler of Russia (probably representing the newly created Russian Union), and possibly one ruler from a new Islamic Union. The forth king rules over the next World Empire and is most likely the Antichrist. But remember that Dan 7:7 tells us that the forth beast (or next World Empire) will initially be ruled by ten kings. So the forth beast in Daniel chapter 7 symbolizes the next World Empire. Israel will suffer under its rule but Jesus Christ will destroy it at his second coming.

I want to give one more beast in Daniel chapter 7 an honorable mention. In Dan 7:4 the lion gets its wings plucked off! We all know that the United States’ national symbol is the eagle. The US separated from English rule in 1776. The plucked off eagle’s wings could possibly indicate that the US will assist England in the formation of the next World Empire.

There is another beast mentioned in Revelation that appears after the next World Empire is formed. It is symbolized by a lamb and a dragon.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

This beast has two horns which represent two rulers. These rulers are like a lamb. Jesus Christ is called the Lamb of God. Since the two rulers of this beast are like a lamb but they speak like a dragon it is thought that this beast represents a false Christian-like World Religion. Pope Francis is campaigning for Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim unity so I think that this two headed beast may be a Catholic and Muslim hybrid religion.

There is one more beast in the bible that represents a kingdom on earth. This kingdom is the final World Empire. Ancient World Empires didn’t actually cover the entire world but this kingdom will. Ancient World Empires didn’t last forever but this one will. This empire isn’t symbolized by a wild animal but it is symbolized by a meek and gentle one. This empire is symbolized by a Lamb!

Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (Joh 1:29). Jesus Christ is the Lamb that pours out his wrath on the kings of the earth (Rev 6:16). Jesus Christ is the Lamb that will sit on the throne of the kingdom of God forever!

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Jan 22

Who is fighting in Syria? – Map


Who is fighting in Syria? – Map

Destruction of Damascus and Israel invasion forming

By Craig C. White

Every nation listed in Ezekiel 38 is now fighting in Syria! That means that all of these nations will eventually invade Israel together! Turkey will lead Iran, Sudan, and Libya (Ezekiel 38:5). Iraq and Saudi Arabia are also listed in Ezekiel 38:13. They are also fighting in Syria today. All of these nations will participate in the Ezekiel 38 battle!!! But first Turkey will invade Syria and destroy Damascus. The bible tells us so!

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Who is fighting in Syria? – Map: It seems that Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the U.S. want Syria’s President Bashar Assad gone! This is a further effort to unite the Middle East under the extreme Islamist Muslim Brotherhood’s mantle! We have all been told that Syrian citizens are rising up against President Assad. Not true! The rebels call themselves “The Free Syrian Army”. They consist mostly of Libyan jihadists fighting under Turkish leadership on the field. Their General is Libyan. The “Free Syrian Army” is supported by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Iran and Sudan are represented in Syria by Hezbollah militia. Hezbollah is pro-Assad and is fighting against “The Free Syrian Army”. Lebanon is also pro-Assad and is acting as a base of operations for the Hezbollah militia.

Turkey has the real military power in this fight. Jeremiah 49 predicts the destruction of Damascus, Syria’s capital city. I think that Turkey will eventually invade Syria and destroy Damascus. Lately Turkey has entered Syria on the northwest border.

All of the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38:5 are now fighting in Syria. Ezekiel 38 tells us about an invasion into Israel led by Turkey. This invasion is referred to as the battle of Gog and Magog. Gog is Turkey. Magog is its ruler. Also Isaiah chapter 10 tells us about a future leader who will invade Syria and then Invade Israel just like the ancient Assyrians did in 700 BC. This leader is called “The Assyrian” in Isaiah chapter 10. I think that after Turkey destroys Damascus they will lead all of the armies listed in Ezekiel 38:5 (Iran, Libya, and Sudan) in an invasion into Israel.

The Turkish led invasion into Israel called the battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel chapter 38 is the major prophetic event of the pre-Tribulation period. It Identifies “The Assyrian” and sets end time events into hyper-drive!

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Jan 22

Mystery Babylon is like Babylon


Like Babylon; Like Mystery Babylon

Mystery Babylon may also take Israel captive.

Revelation 17, 18, & 19

By Craig C. White

There is a city called Mystery Babylon on earth at the time of the Great Tribulation. It isn’t the city of Babylon in Iraq today, but it is a lot like the ancient city of Babylon. The city of Mystery Babylon is on earth today and ready to fulfill it’s prophetic role.

Ancient Babylon took captives only from the nation of Israel. This happened on three occasions in 597 BC, 587 BC, and 582 BC. Babylon besieged Judah and Jerusalem and took captives back to the city of Babylon. There is a city called “Mystery Babylon” spoken of in Revelation 17:5. It exists during the end time tribulation period. Like Babylon; Mystery Babylon may also take Israel captive.

Rev 17:5-6 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

From Rev 17:18 we know that Mystery Babylon is a city. In the verses above, Mystery Babylon is drunk with the blood of saints and martyrs. The word saint means consecrated or set apart. The word martyr simply means a witness. These are people who have stood for God and have been killed. They may be the people of Israel or gentile believers. I think that they are both. The city has killed so many of God’s people that they are drunk with their blood.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Before the modern city of Babylon is destroyed; God’s people are called out that they may be saved from its judgment. So we know that God’s people are in the city. They may be Israeli captives during the Tribulation period.

Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Revelation 18:24 indicates that a great many of God’s people were killed in the modern city of Babylon.

Rev 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

God avenges the death of his people by destroying the city. God uses Iran to destroy it in one day! Just like when Persia (Iran) overtook the city of Babylon in one day in 539 BC (read my commentary Mystery Babylon: Party till you Perish). The modern city called Mystery Babylon is a lot like ancient Babylon.

During “the Great Tribulation” the Israeli people will be bought and sold as slaves. They will be dispersed to several nations. It may be that some of the people of Israel will be taken captive to the city called Mystery Babylon.

Amo 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Joel 3 describes Lebanon as it sells Israeli slaves to Greece.

Joe 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

Joe 3:6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

Below, those in Lebanon who own them will kill them. The slave merchants will say, “Blessed be the Hebrew God because I have become rich selling the Israeli people; and their own leaders don’t care about them”.

Zec 11:5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.

Zechariah below tells us that half of the people in Jerusalem will be taken captive.

Zec 14:1-2 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

So we know that many of the Israeli people will be taken as slaves during the great tribulation. It may be that some of them will be taken captive to the city called Mystery Babylon.

You may already know that I think that “Mystery Babylon” is very possibly the city of Dubai (read my commentary Dubai; a Case for Mystery Babylon). God’s people are killed in the city. God’s people are found in the city before its destruction. Dubai already has a vast slave population. It may be that some of the captives of Israel will be taken to Dubai.

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