Apr 17

What are Turkish President Erdogan’s plans?

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What are Turkish President Erdogan’s plans?

Remove Assad. Reinstate Morsi.

By Craig C. White

On November 1, 2015 Turkish President Erdogan’s AKP Party won a majority of seats in the Turkish Parliament. Now that Erdogan has a mandate for his strong arm leadership what does he intend to do? In a speech made after the election Erdogan stated that his top priorities are to remove Syrian President Assad from office and replace him with a Muslim Brotherhood ruler. Next Erdogan intends to reinstate ousted Egyptian President Morsi who is also a Muslim Brotherhood figure.

You may say that this is politics as usual but the Bible tells us that both of these things are the actions of the Antichrist!

In the verse below, Jeremiah mentions two cities. Hamath and Arpad are both located in northwestern Syria. These cities are along the path of an invasion launched from Turkey headed towards Damascus. The Antichrist will invade Syria and destroy its capital city of Damascus.

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

Read my commentary “The Nations are disquieted over Syria

Turkish President Erdogan also wants to reinstate Morsi as President in Egypt. In Daniel chapter 11 the Antichrist is compared to Grecian ruler Antiochus Epiphanies. Like Antiochus Epiphanies the Antichrist will also conquer Egypt. According to Daniel this event happens during the first half of the seven year Tribulation period. That means that the Resurrection and Rapture will happen beforehand!

Dan 11:42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

Read my commentary “Before the Great Tribulation“.

So Erdogan and Turkey will invade Syria from its northwestern border and destroy Damascus. Turkey will also conquer Egypt. This is what the Bible says. These are also the two major goals of Turkish President Erdogan. Erdogan is the Antichrist. It is likely that the Rapture will occur before Turkey invades Egypt or perhaps even sooner! I hope that you are paying attention. It is High Time to Awake!

Read this article on US News and World report What Sunday’s Elections Mean for Turkey’s Foreign Policy

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Apr 16

The Name of Jesus!

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The Name of Jesus!

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yeh-ho-shoo’-ah ha maw-shee’-akh

By Craig C. White

The name of Jesus is a special name. It means “God Saves”. God saves people from the penalty of sin. The penalty of sin is death, plus the everlasting torment of hell. Jesus has power to save. He is the only person who has the power to save us from our sins.

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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.

John 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Acts 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

The English name Jesus is derived from the Greek name Iēsous (ee-ay-sooce’). The Greek name Iēsous comes from the Hebrew name yehôshûa‛ (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah), or in English: Joshua. The name Joshua consists of two parts. The first part is the Hebrew word yehôvâh (yeh-ho-vaw’), or in English: Jehovah. Jehovah means the selfExistent or eternal. Jehovah is the Hebrew name of God. The second part of the name Joshua is the Hebrew word yâsha‛ (yaw-shah’). Yasha literally means to be open, wide or free. In the old testament Yasha is used 205 times, it is translated in English as save, rescue, deliver, defend, avenge, preserve, help, savior, victory, safe, and salvation.

So the name Jesus means “God saves”.

The apostle Peter said that Jesus was the Christ.

Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Christ is English for the Greek word Christos (khris-tos’). Christos means anointed. The Hebrew word for anointed is mâshı̂yach (maw-shee’-akh). In the bible, kings and priests were anointed with oil to show that they were set apart to a special position (1Ch 11:3). Jesus was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to show that he was set apart to save the nation of Israel; and to save people from their sins (Mat 3:16-17).

When you say the Hebrew word mâshı̂yach into English you get the word Messiah. In Hebrew one could say “Yehoshua ha Mashiakh” (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah ha maw-shee’-akh). In English you say “Jesus the Messiah”; or “God saves”, plus his title “the anointed”.

Acts 22:16  And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

What are you waiting for?! Call on the name of Jesus and be saved!

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Apr 16

Resurrection

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 Because Jesus lives we will live.

By Craig C. White

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ happened three days after his death. Every person will also be resurrected. The Resurrection is the raising up again to life of the dead.

1Co 15:3-4  Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

What hope do we have that we will be resurrected? Because Jesus rose bodily from the grave we have confidence that one day we will rise likewise!

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

Christ rose in his physical body. All people who trust him will also rise in their physical bodies! The verse below is part of a song. This song will be sung by the citizens of Judea at Christ’s second coming.

Isa 26:19  Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Jesus Christ died and then rose from the dead in his physical body. He now sits on the right hand of God in heaven.

Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Because Jesus rose up alive in his body, we can have confidence that we will also rise from the dead to eternal life.

1Th 4:13-14  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Even your loved ones who are dead will live again. All who put their faith in Jesus will rise up again in their bodies and live! We will be raised bodily and live forever with God. That’s the way God meant life to be. Life is Eternal. Can’t you see that this is true? Do not think that you won’t see your family again. You will see them if they have faith in God.

Joh 5:28-29  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Every person will come out of the grave. The faithful believing will live. The unbelieving and wicked will be thrown into the lake of fire forever. This is called the second death (Rev 20:14). There is no coming back from the second death. Don’t harden your heart towards God. Don’t stiffen your neck! There is eternal life at stake, and eternal hell to pay! Humble yourself and pray. God will hear the prayer of an open heart. Jesus died in our place. God raised him again so we would have hope for our own resurrection.

By the way, I expect the next resurrection to occur in the next year or two. I’m going to run down to the cemetery and greet them.

Resurrection note: It may be that just as Jesus Christ was raised from the grave on the third day; that when he returns to Israel at the end of the Tribulation period he will also revive the surviving Jewish people for two days and then raise up from the dead all believing Jews since Abraham on the third day.

Hosea 6:1-2  Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  2  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

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Apr 15

The word “Easter”

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The word “Easter”

Apply the blood of Christ

By Craig C. White

As you will soon see, the translators of the King James Bible couldn’t tell the difference between Easter or Passover. Still they weren’t too far from the truth. As it turns out that Easter and Passover have the same application.

Act 12:4  And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

The word “Easter” appears in the King James bible only once. Now this word is a little misplaced. Easter is a word that the old English speaking “King James Bible” translators chose. For them Easter was a familiar holy-day. But Easter was not what the original Greek text had in mind. The original Greek word is pascha. It means “The Passover”.

Here is the definition of pascha from the Strong Greek dictionary.

pascha
pas’-khah
Of Chaldee origin; the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it): – Easter, Passover.

Passover celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. God sent a plague of death among the firstborn of the Egyptians. God told Israel to put the blood of a sacrificed lamb on the doorposts of their homes. The applied blood caused the death angel to “pass over” the homes of the Hebrews, sparing the firstborn child of each family.

According to Leviticus 23:5 Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of Nissan (March or April) and lasts seven days (Leviticus 23:6). The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on Nissan 15.

Here are the instructions for the first Passover along with its dramatic results.

Exodus 12:21-30  Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.  22  And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.  23  For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.  24  And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.  25  And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.  26  And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?  27  That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.  28  And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.  29  And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.  30  And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Without applying the blood of the lamb the first born among the Egyptians died. Only by applying the blood did death pass-over their homes.

According to 1 Corinthians below, Jesus Christ is our passover (pascha). When we apply his blood, death passes over us. We may die once, but we will one day be raised to everlasting life; and we will be raised in our bodies! Christ defeated the power of sin and death. Just as Jesus could not be held in the grave; death can no longer keep those who are covered by Jesus blood. So in both Easter or Passover you must apply the blood in order to live.

1Corinthians 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

For all believers Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death. Because he rose we can be certain that we will rise likewise (Act 17:31).

Be certain that you have applied the blood of Jesus Christ on this Passover, or Resurrection Day, or as King James would say “Easter”.

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Apr 15

A Soul is like a Seed

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A Soul is like a Seed

It must open in order to produce new life.

By Craig C. White

A soul is like a seed. Or perhaps I should say that a seed is like a soul. I think that God created seeds to illustrate how life renews itself and how our own souls live and also all too often die. God gave the first living thing a seed!

Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

A seed is designed to produce new life. It has a hard outer shell and a center that is capable of becoming a whole new plant. Our souls are similar. Our hearts house and protect our spirit. Our spirits are capable of growing into something greater. Regrettably, most souls never yield new life. Jesus compared a person’s soul to a wheat seed.

John 12:24-25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

In order for a seed to grow it needs to open its outer shell. If it doesn’t open its shell then it cannot become anything more than a seed and it dies. In the same way, our hearts must open to God’s spirit in order to renew our life. If our hearts remain closed then our spirits cannot be renewed by the Holy Spirit of God.

Did you know that a seed opens from the inside? When conditions are right the embryo swells and breaks open the outer shell. Our hearts must also open from the inside. The Spirit of God is always outside of our hard hearts beckoning us. When we hear him we must push our shell apart in order to let him in.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

When you sow seeds into the ground you have expectations that they will grow back up out of the ground and produce new life and fruit. The seed will be gone but a new plant will grow in its place. If a seed represents a soul then the fleshy fruit represents our body. In the same way that a seed becomes a plant, our bodies will become something greater. If our bodies are sown into the ground they will be raised up again but they will be changed. Our bodies will be raised in much better condition. They will endure forever!

1Corinthians 15:42-44 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

A seed doesn’t just become another seed, but it becomes something much more. If our souls are germinated by God’s Spirit then we will also become something greater.

1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Because of sin our spirits cannot regenerate our bodies alone. We need God’s everlasting Spirit. Without God’s spirit our souls and bodies will wither and die. If our souls hold the Spirit of God, then even though our bodies die they will be made alive again!

Romans 8:10-11 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Jesus’ own resurrection is proof that if we receive God’s Spirit in our souls then our bodies will also be made whole. Our body may wither and die but because our soul has been made alive by God’s everlasting Spirit, our body will also one day be renewed.

1Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

If a person never receives the Spirit of God then he will never be renewed. He will be dead forever. As you can imagine, being dead forever is really bad. Unfortunately it’s even worse than that. When a plant is dead it is used for firewood to be burned. When a person is dead God also tosses him into the fire.

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Just like the rain falls on every seed, God’s Spirit is offered to every heart. If a person hardens their heart to God’s Spirit, then their soul and body are cast into hell to be burned.

Hebrews 6:7-8 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

If the soul of a man resembles a seed, and man was also made in God’s image (Gen 1:26), then perhaps God is like a seed. Does that sound farfetched?

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

In the verse below, the apostle John calls Jesus the Word. The Word was with God. The English word with is translated from the Greek word pros. Pros means to be facing or toward. Pros can be translated literally as being face to face. So the Word (Jesus) was face to face with God.

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

If you have ever cracked open an almond you have noticed that the nut has two halves. Just as the two halves of a seed are face to face; Jesus was face to face with God. Jesus was very near to God. Jesus was God. You know, you might even say that God was a nut! But you probably shouldn’t say that in church!

A soul is the spiritual seed of a man. It can grow into something new or it can wither and die.

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