May 16

“Quiet, and likewise many”

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“Quiet, and likewise many”

ISIS leader al-Baghdadi killed in a large security convoy?

By Craig C White

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the whereabouts of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Some say that he has left Mosul and is traveling town to town hiding in small villages west of Mosul. Some people say that al-Baghdadi is still in Mosul. The latest unconfirmed report is that a large security convoy of forty SUV’s, jeeps, and a few tanks possibly carrying al-Baghdadi has been completely destroyed by Iraqi airstrikes and by Shite militia while it was driving through the ISIS held Iraqi town of Tal-Afar to the west of Mosul.

I think that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is being identified in Nahum 1:11. Nahum says that there is a wicked person who has “come from” or possibly has “traveled outside of” the city of Nineveh (or modern day Mosul).

Nahum 1:11-12a  There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.  12a  Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many,

Verse 12 is describing the security team that surrounds the wicked person who has come out of Mosul. The word “quiet” means “complete”. The phrase “quiet and likewise many” means that they will be completely set up with the proper equipment and also be fully staffed with personnel. This sounds like it is describing the large security detail that is protecting Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Nahum 1:12b  yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

Verse 12 goes on to say that just as this security team is fully equipped and staffed, they will also be fully destroyed (or killed). Nahum even tells us when this will happen. It will happen “when he shall pass through”. To pass through means to cross over. So this could be saying that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will be traveling in a large well equipped security convoy when Al-Baghdadi along with his security convoy will be completed wiped out, possibly while crossing between Mosul and points west.

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May 15

The world is remembering the Yazidis

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The world is remembering the Yazidis

It’s time for us to remember Nahum!

By Craig C. White

When the Yazidi people were first attacked by ISIS the world did very little to help them. The Yazidis fled to the Sinjar Mountains where eventually they did receive some help from the US and the Kurds. After a while most of us forgot about them altogether. Well I have noticed that lately several news outlets are remembering the Yazidis. That is interesting because the Prophet Nahum says that ISIS may suffer the same fate that they imposed upon the Yazidis. After God wipes out ISIS in the northern Iraq city of Mosul with a flood of water, a number of escaping ISIS fighters may flee to the Sinjar Mountains where they will receive no help at all.

Beginning in the summer of 2014 ISIS executed their planned genocide and enslavement of the Yazidi people in northern Iraq. The Yazidi homeland consists of several small villages that center around the town of Sinjar and the nearby Sinjar Mountains.

On August 3, 2014 ISIS took control of Sinjar and some surrounding villages causing 200,000 civilians to flee. Some 50,000 Yazidis took refuge in the Sinjar Mountains. ISIS immediately killed 5,000 Yazidi men and enslaved 3,500 women and children. The remaining Yazidis that were left inside of the city suffered ongoing execution at the hands of ISIS. By October 2014 it was estimated that up to 15,000 Yazidi had been killed and that 7,000 women and children had been abducted. ISIS continues to oppress the Yazidi people until this day near the towns of Sinjar and Mosul in northern Iraq and also in Syria.

The Yazidis that fled to the Sinjar Mountains were trapped without food, water, or shelter. Several hundred quickly died of dehydration and starvation. On August 7, 2014 US President Obama ordered airstrikes against ISIS in Sinjar and also ordered emergency relief aid for the Yazidis that were trapped in the Sinjar Mountains. With the help of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters most of the Yazidis were rescued from the Sinjar Mountains but around 5,000 Yazidis still remain there in refugee camps. Many of the escaping refugees fled to Kurdish controlled areas of Syria, Iraq, and Turkey. But many others returned to defend the Yazidi villages that surround the town of Sinjar.

In mid-November 2016 Kurdish forces were able to retake control of Sinjar from ISIS. The town had been so badly damaged that almost nobody was able to return; besides the fact that ISIS was still active nearby making returning to Sinjar dangerous.

Today the Iraqi Army, the Kurds, and Iranian backed Shia militia have nearly surrounded ISIS in Mosul, but ISIS fighters still control a corridor from the east of Sinjar to Mosul. That is extremely interesting in light of Bible prophecy. If Mosul falls the only escape route would lead ISIS to the Sinjar Mountains.

The Prophet Nahum says that God will destroy “the place” where Nineveh was built with a flood of water. In 612 BC God sent torrential rains to swell the Tigris River and to flood Nineveh. Today Mosul is built surrounding the ruins of ancient Nineveh. The feeble Mosul dam sits a few miles north of Mosul. If the Mosul dam were to burst it would send a seventy foot high wave of water over the city of Mosul. The only way of possible escape would be to the west towards Sinjar. Not many ISIS fighters would survive the flood in Mosul but any that were fortunate to be far enough west of the Tigris River may find themselves trapped on top of the Sinjar Mountains.

Nahum 3:18-19 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.

When the Yazidis were stuck on the Sinjar Mountains they received some mercy and help from the US and the Kurds. When the band of ISIS retreaters are at last trapped on the Sinjar Mountains nobody will try to rescue them or to help them at all.

The world is remembering the Yazidis

The world is remembering the Yazidis

Read this story in The Washington Post The United States should not abandon the Yazidi people

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May 14

Six prophetic events that will happen before the great tribulation

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Six prophetic events that will happen before the great tribulation

By Craig C. White

These events will happen before Israel’s great tribulation. The great tribulation will begin during the middle of the seven year tribulation period. These events won’t necessarily happen before the Resurrection and Rapture of Christians.

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May 13

Signs of the End Times

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Welcome to the End Times

The Resurrection and Rapture, and the Tribulation is coming!

By Craig C. White

Welcome to the end times. You’re late! Just to be certain that we are all aware; the Antichrist is now identifiable. The one sign that Jesus will give to Israel that proves he is truly their God is set to happen any day. Jesus Christ is about to come with a trumpet call to raise the dead and to take away Christians. Jesus is coming. Not in five years but very very soon!

There is a terrible time of trouble coming on the earth. The Bible calls this seven year long period the Tribulation. The Tribulation period was designed by God to chastise the nation of Israel for their rebellion. During the Tribulation Israel will be overrun by its enemies. Many Jews will be killed or captured, and many others will flee to the Jordanian wilderness for refuge. Jerusalem will suffer the worst. At the end of the Tribulation period Israel will remember that their God is faithful. The God of Israel will never leave them or forsake them. He will be their God forever.

The Tribulation period is also a time when God will judge the nations. It is a time of terrible wars, massive earthquakes, raging seas, drought, starvation, and tremendous numbers of deaths, great darkness, and much more. Luckily God has made a way for individuals to escape from suffering through the Tribulation period.

The Apostle Paul told the Christians in Greece that they would be taken away to heaven before the Tribulation period began on earth (2Thesalonians 2). This is known as the Rapture of the Church. Paul told the early Christians that the Tribulation couldn’t begin until Satan fell from heaven and then empowered a man on earth called the Antichrist. The Antichrist would rule over the next world empire and torment the nation of Israel. Paul said that before the Tribulation began the Antichrist would be revealed on earth. Before the Tribulation began believers in Jesus Christ would be taken away up into heaven. So identifying the man who will be the Antichrist would be the end times sign that the Rapture is about to happen!

How will we be able to identify the man known as the Antichrist? There are several specific things that the Bible tells us to look for. One of the most obvious signs is that he will claim to be God. Today I know of one world leader who is claiming to be God. Turkish President Erdogan along with his supporters has now officially declared that Erdogan is God. As a matter of fact if you drive down the streets of Turkey you will see giant banners inviting you to join in the celebration of Erdogan’s holy birthday! The Turkish people now sing a song that claims that “Erdogan always gets his power from Allah!” But wait, there are several more end times signs that Turkish President Erdogan fulfills!

In Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 we are told of two invasions into Israel led by the “chief prince” or primary governor of Turkey. President Erdogan fulfills that description. He was elected as President of Turkey in December 2014 and served as Prime Minister before that since 2002.

The Bible says that the Antichrist will appear with lying wonders. That means that he will appear to do miracles but they won’t be legitimate. Turkish President Erdogan has performed fake healings during campaign rallies. The Bible also tells us about an image that speaks. Erdogan recently gave a speech to his supporters as a nine foot tall hologram. No kidding.

The Antichrist will rule over the next World Empire and attack Jerusalem. Erdogan has vowed to do both of these things. His supporters say that Turkey is the only legitimate head of the next Islamic Caliphate.

Another thing that the Antichrist will do is to invade Syria and destroy its capital city of Damascus. He will then lead his troops into Israel. Erdogan has already vowed to overthrow Syrian President Assad in Damascus. Also every nation that Ezekiel 38:5 says will invade Israel is now fighting in Syria! I don’t know if these invasions will happen before the Rapture or before the Tribulation but if we do see Turkey invade Syria then we ought to be absolutely certain that Erdogan is the Antichrist. And if he is indeed the Antichrist then we can be certain that the Rapture and the Tribulation are about to happen!

During the Tribulation God will raise up a rotten ruler in Israel. The Prophet Zechariah calls him the idol shepherd. We have all probably been comforted by the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but I am afraid that Netanyahu will not hold onto his authority for very long. World powers like the United States, United Nations, France, and others have all shifted into high gear to create a Palestinian State inside of Israel without Prime Minister Netanyahu’s consent. There now exists a worldwide movement to get rid of Benjamin Netanyahu. A rotten Israeli ruler is another sign of the end times.

There is yet another sign during the end times. It is a sign to the nation of Israel that Jesus Christ is truly their God. It is also a warning to Israel that their time of Tribulation is about to begin. This sign is the flooding of Mosul in northern Iraq and the plundering of the city by its enemies. The Prophet Nahum tells us all about it, and the news says that the Mosul dam is feeble. So keep your eyes on Mosul!

The Tribulation is a terrible time of trouble on earth. You don’t want to suffer through it. All signs point towards its soon beginning. Call on the Lord Jesus Christ while you still can and be saved from your sins and escape the seven year long Tribulation period on earth.

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May 12

The sign of Jonah

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The sign of Jonah

Sign of Jonah

The destruction of Mosul may be Israel’s last sign that Jesus is their 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, Iraq. Mosul in the Nineveh Province is the home town of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group known as ISIS. 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 to Israel that Jesus is truly their God and that their 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 at the preaching of Jonah when Mosul is flooded! If Israel repents at the preaching of Jonah then they will narrowly 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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