Nov 22

The sign of Jesus’ coming

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The sign of Jesus’ coming

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Fluffy white clouds?

2 Samuel 22

By Craig C. White

When Jesus returns he will overthrow all of Israel’s enemies. Have you ever wondered what Jesus will look like when he returns to earth? Have you ever wondered what Jesus will look like while fighting against Israel’s enemies? Have you ever wondered what Jesus will look like while dispensing his wrath? Have you ever wondered what Jesus will look like when he returns to save Israel? Have you ever wondered what the sign of Jesus Christ’s second coming is? The sign of the son of God is a cloud. However Jesus won’t float down from heaven on a fluffy white cloud. If you have ever wondered then read this song of deliverance by King David.

2Sa 22:7-16  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.  8  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.

When Jesus comes back to earth he is going to be mad. When Jesus returns, the earth will quake and tremble in fear. The clouds will crack and the stars will be moved!

Here is what Jesus will look like when he returns.

2Samuel 22:9  There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

While dispensing his rage Jesus will breathe so furiously that he will blow smoke and dust from his nostrils in anger. A two edged sword of flaming fire will proceed out of his mouth consuming all of Israel’s enemies and their land. Even the burning embers will be consumed!

2Samuel 22:10  He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

Jesus will literally bend the sky and the cosmos in order to descend from Heaven to the Earth. Thick, dark, gloomy clouds will be pushed down at his feet. A black and terrible storm will descend upon the earth ahead of him.

2Samuel 22:11  And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

This sounds nice. Jesus will ride a chubby little angel child. No, this paints a much different picture. A cherub is a fierce winged heavenly created being. Cherubim guarded the Garden of Eden along with a flaming sword (Gen 3:24). The sound of cherubim’s wings is as loud as the voice of God.

Eze 10:5  And the sound of the cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.

Cherubim may be in part like a man, and a lion, and an eagle. Ezekiel describes his encounter with cherubim below. The word wheel should probably better be translated as a turning “whirlwind”. Jesus is coming back to earth riding on a cherub. The wind will propel him like a jet engine!

Eze 10:8-22  And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man’s hand under their wings.  9  And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.  10  And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.  11  When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.  12  And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.  13  As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel.  14  And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.  15  And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.  16  And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.  17  When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.  18  Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.  19  And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.  20  This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.  21  Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.  22  And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.

2Samuel 22:12  And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.  13  Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled. 

In verse 12 above Jesus fashions darkness as a fortress all around himself. That darkness is composed of the darkest storm clouds. Through the dark storm clouds the brightest light will shine. The light will be so bright that everything in front of him will burn. This is the sign of the Lord Jesus.

2Samuel 22:14  The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

Jesus will descend with a shout!

2Samuel 22:15  And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.

(Above) Jesus Christ will return to earth to destroy the enemies of Israel. (Below) He will be so fierce that the sea will be open to its depths, and the ground will be laid bare to the bedrock.

2Samuel 22:16  And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

Don’t put yourself on the wrong side of God.

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

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Nov 20

Erdogan announces plans for a Turkish led Islamic Union!!!

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Erdogan announces plans for a Turkish led Islamic Union!!!

By Craig C. White

Today we live in a very evil time. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced his plans for the formation of an Islamic Union covering North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. This Union is most certainly the leopard that is described in Daniel 7:6. According to Daniel chapter 7 this Islamic Union (or leopard) will unite together with the European Union, and the newly formed Russian Union to comprise the next World Empire. Like I said Russia has already begun the formation of its end time Union. This Russian Union is described as a bear in Daniel 7:5.

Once this Islamic Union is formed and certainly signified as a leopard then we are only a treaty away from the creation of the end time World Empire that will oppress Israel and then be destroyed at Jesus Christ’s second coming! Throughout world history the nation of Israel has suffered terribly under the rule of every past World Empire. Israel will suffer its greatest tribulation under the next World Empire.

Erdogan has already shunned Saudi Arabia; singling the nation out as the enemy of the new Turkish led Islamic Union. This makes perfect biblical sense. As I read the bible it indicates that during the Tribulation Iran and the Kurds will destroy an Arabic city known as “Mystery Babylon” in Revelation 17:5. I think that city is Dubai. Saudi Arabia is Iran’s most reviled enemy.

Some bible teachers are looking for a ten nation or ten king confederacy ruling over this new Islamic Union. But the bible doesn’t describe a ten king Islamic Union (or leopard). Instead it describes a ten king World Empire. When the EU, Russia, and the new Islamic Union combine then they will be ruled over by ten kings!

The sun has been shining since Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The light of the gospel has shined throughout the world. But now we can see the sun sinking low in the sky. It has been High Time to Awake but soon the sun will set when no man can work!

Read this article by Walid Soebat titled The Muslim Antichrist Has Just Given The Most Important And Shocking Speech Of The Century

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Nov 19

The Shekinah Glory is Returned!

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The Shekinah Glory is Returned!

A Beacon on a Mountain, an Ensign on a Hill

By Craig C. White

Ichabod; the glory is departed, it was pronounced when the Philistines invaded Israel and took the Ark of the Covenant (1Sa 4:17-22). The Ark of the Covenant was associated with the presence of God. Above the Ark, God produced a pillar of clouds by day and a pillar of fire by night. It was called the Shekinah Glory, or God’s dwelling with Israel. The Shekinah was not God, but it was a visible sign of God’s presence. The Shekinah led the nation of Israel out of their captivity in Egypt (Exo 13:21). It dwelled in the tabernacle and then in the temple in Jerusalem. God’s pillar hasn’t dwelt in Jerusalem for a very long time. But the Shekinah Glory is scheduled to reappear!

During the tribulation Jerusalem will be overrun with the armies of Israel’s enemies. Many Jews will flee for their lives only to be captured. A few faithful Jews will remain in Jerusalem. They will be Israel’s last stronghold and a symbol of hope for every Jew.

Isa 30:17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.

A small band of Jews who trust in God will be hold-up on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. When the land of Israel is decimated and it looks like all hope is lost, their God will deliver them. Jesus himself will return and save the residue of Jerusalem. Jesus will save Judea first (Zec 12:7) and then he will save Jerusalem. After that he will turn northward in the land of Israel. When Jesus returns he will place a beacon on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. His Shekinah Glory will shine there again!

God’s Shekinah beacon will accomplish several things. First it will give hope to the residue of Jews who wait for God on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.

Psa 60:3-5 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment. 4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. 5 That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.

Second the Shekinah pillar will give courage to the men of Judea in battle.

Zec 12:5-6 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. 6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

Zec 10:3-5 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle. 4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together. 5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

Third the Shekinah Glory will scare the pants off of the Antichrist and his captains.

Isa 31:8-9 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited. 9 And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

Next Jesus Christ and the Shekinah Glory of God will draw Jewish refugees from the four corners of the earth back to their land.

Isa 11:10-12 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

   People of all nations will carry Jewish refugees back to Israel. They will follow God’s Shekinah signal in Jerusalem.

Isa 49:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

The return of the Shekinah Glory of God to Jerusalem will safeguard its inhabitants.

Isa 4:3-5 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: 4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. 5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.

The Glory is returned! Emmanuel, God is with us at last!

Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

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Nov 17

Will ISIS rule a revived Assyrian Empire?

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Will ISIS rule a revived Assyrian Empire?

By Craig C. White

The ancient city of Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian Empire. Today the northern Iraq city of Mosul is built around the ruins of ancient Nineveh. Mosul in Iraq is the hometown and headquarters of ISIS. So ISIS represents the ancient Assyrians.

Isaiah chapter 10 predicts an Assyrian invasion into Israel. This invasion happened in 701 BC. In Isaiah 11:1 the return of the Messiah is announced. He will rule in Jerusalem as king. According to Isaiah Jesus Christ returns just after this Assyrian invasion. Therefore Isaiah chapter 10 could also predict another end time invasion into Israel. Because of Isaiah “the Assyrian” is viewed as a prototype of the Antichrist. The Antichrist will rule over the next World Empire.

The rise of ISIS has led some to consider the possibility that the next World Empire may be a revived Assyrian Empire. That is a reasonable observation. ISIS is winning the allegiance of Islamist terror groups. ISIS is also systematically gaining territory in Syria and northern Iraq. But I think that their power will be contained to those regions.

ISIS seems to be establishing a revived Assyrian State but will it establish an empire? Will ISIS rule a revived Assyrian Empire? Will the Antichrist be from Assyria (or Mosul)? Maybe but I don’t think so.

There is another well-known prototype of the Antichrist in the bible. His name is Antiochus Epiphanes. He ruled over one quarter of the Grecian Empire. His throne was in Syrian Antioch (now in Turkey). Antiochus Epiphanes did many of the same things that the Antichrist will do. He stopped the temple sacrifice (Daniel 9:27). Antiochus Epiphanes also conquered Egypt and attacked Jerusalem (Dan 11:36-45). The Antichrist will do these same things.

Antiochus Epiphanes is another prototype of the Antichrist. The bible tells us that the Antichrist will do some of the same things that Antiochus Epiphanes did. In Isaiah chapter 10 the bible also tells us that the Antichrist will do some of the same things that the Assyrian kings did. In these instances the bible isn’t telling us where the Antichrist is from. It is telling us what he will do!

Still, the rise of ISIS makes the thought of a revived Assyrian Empire somewhat compelling. Will ISIS rule a revived Assyrian Empire? Is there any way that we can know for sure? Well if ISIS was to suffer an overwhelming defeat; that might cause us to look for another revived World Empire to fulfill bible prophecy.

The book of Nahum is all about the destruction of the ancient Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. Nineveh was destroyed by a flood along with three plundering armies in 612 BC. Like I said earlier the modern day city of Mosul is built in the same place as ancient Nineveh. The ruins of Nineveh lie in the middle of Mosul. I think that Nahum’s prophecies apply to both the city of Nineveh as well as to the city of Mosul. So if God were to wipe out ISIS in the city of Mosul with a flood along with three plundering armies then he would be giving the world one giant clue that the next World Empire will not be Assyrian led!

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Nov 17

The Merchants of Tarshish

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Who were the Merchants of Tarshish?

Tyre’s island fortress

Ezekiel 38:13

By Craig C. White

According to Ezekiel 38:5 Turkey will lead Libya, Iran, and Sudan in an invasion into Israel. All of these nations are fighting in Syria today. I think that Turkey will invade Syria, destroy Damascus, and then lead these nations in an invasion into Israel! Three other nations are also mentioned in Ezekiel 38:13. Two are easy to identify. One is not so easy. They are Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish. Sheba and Dedan are easily identified as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia; but who are the merchants of Tarshish?

There has been a long debate over the identity of the merchants of Tarshish in Ezekiel 38. The fact that they are called merchants leads us to think that they were a major shipping power in ancient days. Some say that the merchants of Tarshish refer to Spain because Tartessos was the name of a harbor city in ancient Spain. Some say that the merchants of Tarshish extend to all of Europe and the United States because Ezekiel 38:13 says that Tarshish is accompanied by its young lions. I don’t know if that is correct. All of the other nations that are listed in Ezekiel 38 are located in the Middle East. Perhaps Tarshish is also located in the Middle East.

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?

In the verse above, the merchants of Tarshish are accompanied by all of their young lions. Most bible prophecy teachers equate young lions with nations. I think that is a mistake. The Hebrew word Kephiyr translated as young lions primarily means village. So it is much more reasonable to equate the term young lions to mean the regional area of a country such as a county or province. It may be a mistake then to equate the term young lions to refer to several entire countries.

The merchants of Tarshish are mentioned alongside of Sheba and Dedan in Ezekiel 38:13 above. They seem to be excusing themselves from participating in the invasion into Israel. They use a flimsy argument that will excuse them from participating in the invasion but at the same time cheer on its success. They all ask the Turkish led invaders of Israel “Are you going into Israel to rob them?”

The merchants of Tarshish are listed with Saudi Arabia. Perhaps when it comes to the invasion into Israel the merchants of Tarshish have something in common with Saudi Arabia. I would like to point out that all of the rest of the above mentioned nations are also currently fighting in Syria. Perhaps the merchants of Tarshish also have something in common with Saudi Arabia as it is fighting in Syria. Saudi Arabia is the latest entry into the battle for Syria. The Saudi government is supporting Al-Qaeda terrorists from Saudi Arabia as they fight against Syrian President Assad. The main Al-Qaeda force fighting in Syria today is from Libya. There is one other Al-Qaeda faction that has significant representation in Syria; and that has also not yet been identified in Ezekiel chapter 38. That is Al-Qaeda from Iraq! Could Iraq represent the merchants of Tarshish? It is a possibility. Was the region around Iraq a major shipping power in ancient days? Yes it was one of the biggest, and it still is today. The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers were and are both major shipping channels. Today Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad lies on the Tigris River. The ancient Assyrian capital city of Nineveh still lies on the Tigris River in far northern Iraq across the river from the modern city of Mosul. Al-Qaeda in Iraq is headquartered in Mosul in the Nineveh Province.

Is there any biblical evidence of a person or region named Tarshish in ancient Iraq? I think that there is. In Esther chapter 1 below, King Ahasuerus calls a conference together with the seven princes of the Persian Empire. The Persian Empire was actually a dual empire headed by Persia which is today’s Iran, and Media which was located in today’s northern Iraq. One of the princes of the Persia and Media regions was named Tarshish. If Prince Tarshish ruled over a province in Media (or northern Iraq) then he just may be the Tarshish that Ezekiel recognizes. Perhaps Prince Tarshish ruled over the Nineveh Province!

Esther 1:14 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;)

Princes are set over provinces. So Prince Tarshish was the first ruler in his province of ancient Persia or Media, which is today’s Iran and Northern Iraq.

We know from Ezekiel 38:5 that Iran will participate in the Turkish led invasion into Israel. Tarshish accompanies Saudi Arabia in Ezekiel 38:13. They both cheer on the plundering of Israel. Both Saudi Arabia and Iraq play secondary roles in Syria today. It is possible that Saudi Arabia and Iraq are represented in Ezekiel 38:13. It may be that after the fighting in Syria ends then Al-Qaeda from Saudi Arabia and Iraq will both excuse themselves from invading Israel. It is possible that the merchants of Tarshish represent today’s northern Iraq! In very practical terms, the merchants of Tarshish may be Al-Qaeda from Iraq who are fighting in Syria today. According to Ezekiel 38 they will soon cheer on the plundering of Israel.

Thank you for reading my commentary on the Merchants of Tarshish. I hope you have enjoyed it so far. I would now like to say that I think that it is incorrect. Please don’t be angry. I have spared you the worst views on the subject.

Here we go again. This time I think that we really may have gotten it right! There is also biblical evidence that Tarshish was in today’s Lebanon.

Tarshish was the son of Javan. Javan was the brother of Magog. Magog settled in today’s Turkey. Tarshish may have settled nearby in today’s Lebanon.

Gen 10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

Gen 10:4-5 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

In Isaiah chapter 23 the city of Tyre (or Tyrus) is prophesied to be destroyed. Tarshish is mentioned several times in this chapter. Tyre was a very busy and wealthy seaport city located in today’s Lebanon. Tyre consisted of a large mainland town plus an impressive fortress just 1000 yards off its shore. The walls of the fortress were said to have been 150’ high! Shipments would be protected by the island fortress of Tyre and warehoused on the mainland. The mainland city of Tyre was besieged by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in 585 BC. The siege lasted thirteen years.

There is still a city at Tyre in Lebanon today. Today Tyre is called Sur or Sour meaning rock. It is on Lebanon’s southern Mediterranean coast. Just 1000 yards off of its shore rests the ruins of the ancient island fortress of Tyre. The island fortress was attacked by Alexander the great in 332 BC and wiped flat.

Isa 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

In Isaiah 23:6 below there is an invasion coming upon the mainland city of Tyre! The residents of Tyre are instructed to pass over into Tarshish. They are fleeing to the safety of the island fortress. We know from history that the citizens of the mainland city of Tyre did in fact flee to the island fortress. Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar besieged the mainland city of Tyre from the land. Tyre’s residents sought refuge in Tyre’s island fortress. It is very possible that Tarshish was the island fortress of ancient Tyre.

Isa 23:6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

Isaiah 23:14 below illustrates the economic and most importantly the security reliance that the merchants of Tarshish had on the island fortress of Tyre. Tyre’s island fortress protected the shipping industry. So the Merchants of Tarshish sailed in and out of port under its protection.

Isa 23:14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.

The Merchants of Tarshish play a role in Ezekiel 38’s Turkish led invasion into Israel. They ask the Turkish forces “Have you come to rob Israel?” (Eze 38:13). If Turkey invades Israel from Syria’s southern border then they would pass right by Lebanon. It seems very likely then that the Merchants of Tarshish could in fact represent today’s Lebanon.

Eze 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?

In the book of Jonah, Jonah tries to escape from God by hightailing it out of the land of Israel. Jonah got on a ship at Joppa to sail his way to Tarshish. Joppa is a city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast just south of Tel Aviv. Tyre or Tarshish in southern Lebanon would have been the ships first stop outside of the land of Israel.

Jon 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

We don’t know exactly when Jonah headed for Tarshish but it was sometime around 800 BC. There was probably already a fortress at Tyre. Jonah may have thought that he would be safe from God there. King Hiram of Tyre sent building materials to King David for his palace around 965 BC.

2Sa 5:11  And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.

Jonah wanted to make haste for the first city outside of Israel. He may have also sought the protection of the island fortress of Tarshish. This argument seems simple and straight forward to me. I think that it makes more sense to identify the Merchants of Tarshish as seagoing merchants from the nation we call Lebanon today. Lebanon will one day ask Turkey and its invading forces from Libya, Iran, and Sudan, “Have you come to rob Israel?”

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