May 23

Steadfast Life

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Steadfast Life

Your best life latter

By Craig C. White

Life is uncertain. We fall into traps and misfortune. Sometimes our enemies work against us. Sometimes the people we rely on disappoint us. Even wondering what to do with our lives can be evasive. After all, you only get one shot at life! So we ask, “Am I doing what I ought to be doing?” We all strive to have a better life. We all want to get our share of what life has to offer before it’s too late. Although we don’t believe it we know that one day every one of us will die. This makes us anxious. We must make our one shot at life count!

Take a deep breath and I will let you in on a fantastic secret. It turns out that you may not have only one shot at life. You may actually have TWO shots! Or if you are very lucky then you may actually have one long everlasting life. I am hoping that I will be included in that last category.

1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

People we know die all the time but the Apostle Paul told us that not every person will die! How is that possible?

1Co 15:52 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.

God came down from heaven to earth in the man Jesus. Jesus died on the cross but he didn’t stay in the grave. Jesus rose up out of the grave alive but he didn’t stay on earth. Jesus went back to heaven to be an intercessor between man and God but not always. Jesus Christ is coming back soon but not to stay. Jesus is coming back to collect every person who ever believed in him. He will collect them both soul and body! If you believe in him your body and life will be renewed. If you reject him now then death will have its way with you. One day the dead in Christ will rise up out of their graves and live. Chances are that somebody you know who has died will become alive again. I’ll bet that some of those people will meet with you then. After all of those people are made alive, then the present day believers in Christ will be changed. Their bodies will be transformed into indestructible everlasting bodies. Chances are very good that I will still be alive on that day. Not until all believers past and present are assembled will they be taken into heaven to be with Jesus. Their lives will no longer be uncertain but instead they will be forever steadfast and enduring.

In order to receive our steadfast lives our hearts must be steadfast toward God. If our hearts are not steadfast with God then our souls and bodies will perish.

Psa 78:7-8 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

Don’t think that this is your best life now. For the believer in Jesus Christ a new renewed life is promised. One day every person who ever trusted God will rise up out of their grave and live. This day could come much sooner than we think. The day of renewed life could come before your current goals are accomplished. Whose life would you rather have; the person who overcame death or your short uncertain life today?

Our lives seem very important to us now. When things don’t go our way we even challenge God. We ask, “God why are you doing this to me?” But God understands that we are in fact not very significant. He knows that none of us will last very long at all.

Psa 78:39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Life is miraculous, uncertain, and fleeting. God created us to live forever but our troubles overflow us. Upon the resurrection and the renewing of our bodies our lives will become incredibly fantastic, steadfast, and fulfilling forever. This everlasting jubilant life was highly expensive yet freely given. God became a man in Jesus Christ in order to prepare our place before God. Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin. Everlasting life is available to us if we receive it. If we do not then death will consume us forever. Our life in Jesus Christ is much greater than the cares of this world. Our renewed life has an eternal weight. In order to receive our steadfast lives our hearts must be steadfast toward God.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

In the verse above the end doesn’t mean the end of time or the end of our lives but it means to the completion of maturity. If you know about Jesus Christ’s payment for your sin but are continually waiting to submit yourself to his authority then your deliverance from sin and death has not reached its end. Your faith has not reached maturity. When Jesus comes to raise the dead and to collect his followers then you will not be taken. At that time God will judge the unbelieving world. A terrible time of tribulation and spiritual darkness will grip the earth. The Bible tells us to trust Jesus now while the light still shines (John 12:35).

Today Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God defending believers against the accusations of Satan. In this way he performs the duty of High Priest for us. He is a High Priest chosen among men who mediates between man and God. In verse 19 below the veil is the way into the holiest part of God’s temple in heaven. Only the High Priest is allowed there. Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice for sin. He presented his sacrifice in heaven before God. This is our steadfast hope of reconciliation with God and our steadfast promise of an everlasting renewed life.

Heb 6:19-20 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

The name Melchisedec means king of righteousness. Many Bible scholars think that Melchisedec was in fact an appearance of Jesus Christ on earth long before he became a man (Gen 14:18). It is said that Melchisedec like Jesus Christ has an eternal life (Heb 7:3, Heb 7:16). Since Jesus lives forever he is able to sustain our relationship with God forever. Our only hope of a steadfast right relationship with God is through his son Jesus.

Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Our salvation through Jesus is complete and steadfast. Don’t be overwhelmed with the disappointments of life today. No matter how good or bad your life is now it will certainly be short. That is unless you are still alive until the day of resurrection; the day that Jesus returns for his own. Our lives forever will be great. When it comes to life in Jesus Christ the best is yet to come. That is for certain.

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May 22

What does it mean to go TO & FRO?

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What does it mean to go TO & FRO? One day you begin to realize that life is no longer normal. Strange and terrible things are happening on earth that make you wonder if God is behind them. Things like tremendous earthquakes and wars, signs in the sky, and famine and disease, not to mention revived world empires. Perhaps a whole bunch of Christians just arose from the grave and were snatched away up into heaven. World events have gotten your attention. They are beginning to make you nervous. You think; maybe all that stuff in the Bible is true after all. Perhaps I better check it out. Then you try to read the Bible by yourself but it’s hard. You’re not so sure that you understand what it means. You search for somebody to teach you what the Bible means. You try to find somebody who can explain what in the world is going on. What should I expect next? Is it too late to save myself and my family from disaster? I need answers! Won’t somebody please help! That is what it means to go TO & FRO.

Daniel 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. He is the “chief prince” or primary governor among the provinces of Turkey described in Ezekiel 38:1-3. Turkey will invade northwestern Syria soon and destroy Damascus (Jeremiah 49:23-27). Then Turkey will lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into the Golan Heights of Israel (Ezekiel chapter 38). God will cause the invading armies to retreat. This failed invasion may prompt the seven year peace treaty with Israel that begins the Tribulation.

According to the Prophet Nahum ISIS in Mosul will be wiped out by a flood of water SOON! The flooding of Mosul may be Israel’s one and only warning to repent before their time of trouble begins.

The Tribulation is near! That means that the Resurrection and Rapture are nearer!

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May 20

Nahum Checklist – Drunk, fortified, and flooded

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Nahum Checklist

Drunk, fortified, and flooded

By Craig C. White

The Prophet Nahum predicted the flooding, burning, and pillaging of ancient Nineveh. This happened in 612 BC. So Nahum’s prophecy has already been fulfilled. But sometimes Bible prophecy has multiple fulfillments. In this case Nahum may also predict the flooding and destruction of ISIS in Mosul. You see; today the ancient city of Nineveh is called Mosul. Many of the things that Nahum predicted have already happened to ISIS in Mosul. If Nahum’s prophecy also applies today then ISIS in Mosul will be destroyed by a flood of water very very soon! Here is a checklist of events that have already happened in Mosul.

In this verse Nahum says that ISIS will be gathered closely together and will also be drunk with wine. Today ISIS has been pushed closely together into the Old City neighborhood of western Mosul.

Nahum 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

Here is an interesting note. Even though hundreds of thousands of residents have fled Mosul; alcohol sales have just reached an all-time record high. In the neighborhoods that have been reclaimed from ISIS the people want to celebrate. Perhaps ISIS will get their hands on some of this booze.

The next verse identifies a rotten leader who comes out of Mosul. Head ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi lives in Mosul. Mosul is the hometown and headquarters of ISIS.

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

The next verse says that the gates of the rivers will be opened. The Tigris River flows right through the middle of Mosul in northern Iraq. The gates of the Mosul dam have been broken for a long time. On May 4, 2017 at least one of the gates was repaired and opened for the first time in twelve years.

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

The Iraqi Army has pushed ISIS into the Old City neighborhood in western Mosul. ISIS is being forced towards the Grand Al-Nuri Mosque located there. The Al-Nuri Mosque is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the formation of his Islamic State (or Caliphate; i.e. ISIS). I think that Nahum is identifying the Al Nuri Mosque as “the palace” in the verse above. If the Al Nuri Mosque dissolves in a flood then we will be certain.

In the next verse Nahum calls Mosul “the bloody city”. Over the past three years ISIS has brutally killed many tens of thousands of innocent citizens in Mosul. Over the past eight months the Iraqi Army has killed several thousand ISIS fighters. There have also been many civilian and military casualties. Added up, the death toll reaches about 100,000 in Mosul.

Nahum 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;

There have been many news reports about the bodies of dead ISIS fighters lying in the streets.

Nahum 3:3 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:

There may be many more corpses after the flood hits.

In the next verse the Prophet Nahum again says that ISIS will be drunk. He also says that ISIS will seek to fight behind a fortified structure because their enemy is closing in on them. Again I think that Nahum is identifying the Al Nuri Mosque. ISIS will make their last stand at the Al Nuri Mosque. They are already fiercely defending the Mosque today.

Nahum 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

I expect this next verse to be fulfilled shortly. The word “flood” refers to a flood of water just like it did during the destruction of Nineveh in 612 BC.

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

There is more to the story but after ISIS is flooded in Mosul then everyone that hears about it will clap with approval.

Nahum 3:19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

ISIS has now been pushed into close quarters around the Al Nuri Mosque. There is plenty of wine flowing in the streets of Mosul. Perhaps we should expect the Tigris River to rise very shortly.

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May 20

The sign of Jonah

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The sign of Jonah

Sign of Jonah

The destruction of Mosul may be the end time proof that Jesus is Israel’s true God.

By Craig C. White

The ancient city of Nineveh was known for its bloodshed and cruelty. Back around 800 BC God sent the Prophet Jonah to the city of Nineveh with a message, “Repent of your evil ways or the city would be destroyed in forty days!” That generation repented but it seems that this generation doesn’t want the chance.

Jonah 3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

Today the ruins of Nineveh lie within the city limits of Mosul. The terrorist group called ISIS consists of Al-Qaeda members from the Nineveh Province. Since June 10th, 2014 ISIS in Mosul has been behaving in the same way as the ancient Ninevites. They have committed horrific atrocities against their fellow countrymen in the Nineveh province of northern Iraq.

On July 24th 2014 ISIS blew up the shrine to Jonah in Nineveh.

In Jonah’s day the city of Nineveh repented however God finally judged the city in 612 BC. The Prophet Nahum foretells the destruction of Nineveh. The city was flooded by the Tigris River and was then besieged by three nations. Babylon, Persia, and the Medes plundered Nineveh for two months leveling the city. Today the same three nations are fighting against ISIS in Mosul. They are Iraq, Iran, and the Kurds. Perhaps God will send another flood along with these three armies to once again overwhelm Mosul at Nineveh!

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

Conditions in Mosul are the same as they were in ancient Nineveh. There is overflowing bloodshed. The Mosul dam is in danger of bursting. The same three armies are set against it. Nahum likely also foretells the destruction of Mosul.

Nahum 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 spared the city of Nineveh in Jonah’s’ day. Jonah was upset because the people of Nineveh repented and escaped God’s punishment. God reminded Jonah that many innocent lives would be lost during the destruction of Nineveh. I suppose that most of us today would be happy to see ISIS in Mosul wiped out. In the book of Jonah God reminds us of the human tragedy his judgment brings. Moral of the story; repent while you still can!

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Folks wanted proof that Jesus was God so they demanded a sign. Jesus gave them the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah was inside of the fish for three days Jesus also rose from the grave in three days. But there may be more to the sign of Jonah. Long before the Mosul dam was ever built Bible scholars have wondered if the preaching of Jonah was also a part of the sign. The grammar of Mathew 12:39-41 leads some Bible scholars to think that the subject of Jesus’s comment was the preaching of Jonah.

Matthew 12:38-41 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

The Greek word translated as “sign” means miracle or supernatural wonder. Notice in verse 41 that the men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah. They did not repent at the miracle of surviving in a large fish for three days.

The unbelieving religious rulers in Jerusalem demanded a sign from Jesus. Jesus told them that they would not be be given a sign except for the sign of Jonah. Jonah was sent to ancient Nineveh to tell them to repent because God’s judgment was coming on the city. The destruction of Mosul could be the end time sign that Jesus is truly God and that Israel’s time of trouble is at hand.

Jesus said that an evil generation desires to be shown a sign. We should already know and honor God because it is evident that he has created all things and also because has given us his word. We should not require a sign in order to motivate us to repent from our unbelief and rebellion. Nevertheless Jesus gave his generation the sign of Jonah.

Perhaps this generation will repent when they remember Jesus’ promise of a sign and at the preaching of Jonah when Mosul is flooded! If Israel repents at the preaching of Jonah then they may escape God’s coming judgement on the city of Jerusalem and on the nation of Israel.

Jesus said that even the men of ancient Nineveh will rise from the dead and condemn his generation for its unbelief. It seems to me that this generation is about to witness another sign of Jonah. ISIS in the city of Mosul rejected Jonah’s offer of repentance by blowing up Jonah’s shrine. A terrible time of God’s judgment is coming upon Israel and also upon all of the earth. Only by repentance from unbelief can we escape it.

I suspect that the Prophet Nahum describes the fall of ancient Nineveh as well as the demise of modern day Mosul. I think that Mosul will fall soon by a flood and by the same three armies that wiped out Nineveh.

Since I wrote this I have learned that the dam just north of Mosul is very unstable and requires continuous maintenance. The capture of the dam by ISIS and the recapture of the dam by the Kurds has disrupted its maintenance schedule. In 2007 the Army Corp of Engineers declared it the most dangerous dam in the world. If Mosul falls I will count back forty days to see what significant event may have happened on that day.

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May 20

Conqueror of Syria is the Antichrist!

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Conqueror of Syria is the Antichrist!

The Antichrist is compared to the Assyrian kings

By Craig C. White

The Bible compares the Antichrist with the ancient Assyrian kings. The Assyrians conquered Syria and then invaded northern Israel. A few years later they invaded southern Israel.

In Jeremiah 49:23-27 Syria is invaded from its northwestern border near Turkey. Then Damascus is destroyed. Turkey will invade Syria, destroy Damascus, and then turn southward to invade northern Israel just like the Assyrians did in 734 BC. These events help to identify the Antichrist and are a prelude to Armageddon.

The Turkish Army has already entered Syria. Turkey President Erdogan has already called on every Islamic nation to take the Golan Heights away from Israel. Every nation that is mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38 is today fighting in Syria. According to Ezekiel Turkey will lead Libya, Iran, and Sudan into Israel. The Free Syrian Army is comprised mostly of Libyans. Iranian forces are already shelling the Golan Heights on the Israel border.

Turkey President Erdogan has vowed to remove Syria President Assad from power in Damascus. Erdogan is the Antichrist. The Turkish Army is about to enter Syria in full force. Just like the ancient Assyrians, the conqueror of Syria is the Antichrist!


Conqueror of Syria is the Antichrist

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