Apr 10

Erdogan is honoring the God of forces in his palace!

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Erdogan is honoring the God of forces in his palace!

The Antichrist is a gentile

Daniel 11:38

By Craig C. White

There is a widely held thought that the Bible teaches that the Antichrist will be Jewish. I do not agree at all. The Antichrist will be the ruler of the next world empire. Just like the ruler of every past world empire; he will be from a gentile nation.

Some say that the Antichrist must be Jewish because only a Jew could get the nation of Israel to follow him as their new messiah. They get that idea by assuming that the term “anti-Christ” means a counterfeit messiah. That is not the meaning that the Bible portrays. The prefix “anti” means against. The Antichrist will stand against the God of Israel. The Antichrist will not come as an imitation Jewish messiah but he will come as the oppressive ruler of the next world empire. Like most rulers of past world empires he will also claim that he is god.

2Thessalonians 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.

Folks that say that the Antichrist will be Jewish use the following verses to support their view. They say that the phrase “the God of his fathers” refers to the God of Israel. If you ask me, that argument is hardly conclusive. First of all every nation has its own God or Gods. So the God of his fathers could describe a person from any nation. Second, the word translated as God in English is actually the plural form in Hebrew. So the following verse may be better translated as “the gods of his fathers”. That would definitely exclude Israel since they have only one God.

Daniel 11:37-38 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

Now let’s look at what else these verses say. In verse 38 it says that in his estate the Antichrist will honor the God of forces. The word translated as “estate“ can mean a base or place of operation.

*Estate: used as a noun; a stand, that is, pedestal or station: – base, estate, foot, office, place, well.
The word translated as forces refers to military power.

*Forces; a fortified place; figuratively a defence: – force, fort (-ress), rock, strength (-en), (X most) strong (hold).

Reading the rest of Dan 11:38 we see that the Antichrist will honor the God of military power with gold and silver and other luxurious things. Where will the Antichrist display all of this wealth as he attempts to honor his god? The Antichrist may in fact honor the God of military power in his base of operation. Where do the rulers of world empires operate? They operate out of palaces.

Let me tell you a true story that is happening right now. Newly elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has built a new 1,000 room, 3.1 million square foot palace for himself that cost the Turkish government $615 million dollars! President Erdogan’s new palace is the most expensive palace in the world today! It is a palace worthy of biblical mention.

As you might expect Turkish citizens as well as Turkish leaders have protested the costliness of Erdogan’s new palace. Erdogan responded by saying, “No one can prevent the completion of this building. If they are powerful enough, let them come and demolish it.”

The palace is known as the “White Palace” and sits upon a hilltop overlooking Turkey’s capital city of Ankara. The White Palace is bigger than the Whitehouse. It is bigger than the Kremlin. It is bigger than the palace of Versailles. This is where President Erdogan now lives. Inside his new home President Erdogan often has Turkish soldiers dress in the period correct armor of Ottoman Empire era military. He isn’t honoring his Islamic religion but instead Turkish President Erdogan is honoring the world conquest of the old Ottoman Empire!

In February 2015 Erdogan announced that he will rename the “White Palace” as the “Presidential Kulliye”. A kulliye is the name of the grounds surrounding a mosque. These grounds typically house support services for the mosque such as kitchens and guest quarters. The new name gives the presidential home religious significance. President Erdogan says that the palace symbolizes a resurgent Turkey. What he means to say is, “The palace is the headquarters of a revived Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire”. He has already publicly declared his intentions to create a new Turkish led Islamic Union.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan describes himself as a moderate Muslim while he ardently proclaims himself to be a Turk. He served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014. He was elected as President of Turkey in December 2014. Inside his base of operation he doesn’t honor the gods of his fathers but instead he honors the armies of his countries past. He honors the Turkish conquest of the world. I hope that by now you have guessed that I think that Turkish President Erdogan is the top candidate to be the ruler of the next world empire.

The Bible tells us that the man we call the Antichrist will be from a gentile nation.

Throughout Bible prophecy a beast represents a gentile ruled government that is rebellious towards the God of Israel. Gentile simply means nation. A beast is often described as coming out of the sea. The sea represents the gentile nations of the world. These are primarily the nations of the ancient world. In Revelation 13:1 below a beast rises out of the sea. Daniel 7:3 also describes the final gentile world empire as coming out of the sea.

Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Beasts in the Bible usually describe world empires that are ruled over by gentile nations. There have been seven world empires throughout world history. They are in order; the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, Roman, and Turkish Ottoman Empire. There will be one more world empire ruled by the gentile nations. Every ruler of every world empire was a gentile from out of these ancient nations. Not one ruler was Jewish. The ruler of the next world empire that we call the Antichrist will be a gentile out of a gentile nation. The Antichrist will be a gentile. The Antichrist will not be Jewish.

Turkish President Erdogan is poised to attack Damascus and then to invade Israel. These are things that the Bible tells us that the Antichrist will do! Must I say it again? It is High Time to Awake!

*Definitions are from the Strong Hebrew Dictionary.

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Apr 09

Elkosh O’Gosh!

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Elkosh O’gosh!

God the ensnarer

By Craig C. White

When Hebrew prophets talk about the burden of a city or nation they are describing the portion of God’s judgment that it must endure. The book of Nahum is describing Nineveh’s plight. In 612 BC God sent a flood of water to destroy Nineveh. I think that Nahum is also describing the plight of ISIS in Mosul today!

Nahum 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

The name Nahum means comfort. He didn’t comfort the city of Nineveh but he did comfort the nation of Israel by telling them that one of their enemies would be vanquished by God. Nahum was one of the Israeli captives that were taken away by the Assyrian Empire around 740 BC. So during the time that Nahum wrote his book he lived in Assyria or what we call northern Iraq today. Nahum lived in a town called Elkosh. Today the small town of Elkosh is known as Alqosh. Alqosh is located about twenty miles to the north of the city of Mosul. As a matter of fact Alqosh overlooks the Mosul dam. If the Mosul dam was ever to burst, Alqosh is as close as you could get to the dam without drowning. What does the name Elkosh mean? Elkosh means God the ensnarer.

To ensnare means to catch something in a trap. God set a trap for Nineveh. God ensnared the city of Nineveh by planting it by the Tigris River. In 612 BC God sent a torrential rain which overflowed the banks of the Tigris River flooding the city. The city of Mosul is sitting in an even worse trap. In 1985 construction of the Mosul dam was completed. Ever since the dam was put into service there have been concerns about its stability and safety. It seems that the ground it was built on is dissolving! The dam requires constant upkeep to prevent it from failing. The Mosul dam is located just north of the city. If the dam burst it would send a sixty foot high wave of water over the city of Mosul. So Nahum the comforter represents God the ensnarer; otherwise known as Elkosh!

Listen to my verse by verse Bible study through the Old Testament book of Nahum titled The End of ISIS is near!

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Apr 08

Turkey wants to go into northwestern Syria

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Turkey wants to go into northwestern Syria

Jeremiah 49:23 fulfilled!

By Craig C. White

Turkish President Erdogan says that a safe zone must be created in northwestern Syria. This is the same area that is identified in Jeremiah 49:23-27.

Jeremiah 49:23-27 describes an invasion into northwestern Syria near the Turkish border. After the Syrian towns of Hamah and Tell Rifaat hear reports of a coming invasion then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. Turkey will destroy Damascus.

Jeremiah 49:23-25 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. 24 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail. 25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy.

Turkish President Erdogan will destroy Damascus. Erdogan is Magog the end time invader of Israel. Erdogan is the Antichrist.

Turkey wants to go into northwestern Syria

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Apr 08

Three battles called Gog and Magog

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Three battles called Gog and Magog

The nations rebel against the God of Israel

By Craig C. White

 Yes Gog is Turkey and Magog is it’s ruler. There are three battles that the Bible refers to as “Gog and Magog”. The first is described in Ezekiel chapter 38. In this battle God repels the invaders by using a terrible earthquake, torrential rain, disease, and infighting. I think that this first battle will happen soon. I think that this first battle represents a Turkish led invasion into the Golan Heights in northern Israel. I think that this first battle of Gog and Magog will happen after Turkey invades northwestern Syria and then destroys Damascus. I think that the first battle of Gog and Magog will happen around the time that the Tribulation begins.

 The second battle called Gog and Magog is described in Ezekiel chapter 39. In the second battle Jesus kills all of the invaders so that the birds eat their rotting flesh. This is the same as the battle of Armageddon that happens at Jesus second coming at the end of the seven year long Tribulation. There is something to understand here. These first two battles called Gog and Magog have already been modeled for us in the Assyrian conquests of Syria and also northern Israel in 734 BC and then their subsequent conquest of southern Israel in 701 BC. That is why Isaiah chapter 10 and 11:1 connect the ancient Assyrian invasions to the coming day that Jesus takes his throne in Jerusalem. That is why the Antichrist is compared to the ancient Assyrian kings.

 Revelation chapter 20 mentions another battle of Gog and Magog that happens after Jesus rules on earth for one thousand years. Here is wisdom! The three battles called Gog and Magog all represent Turkish led invasions into Israel. But that’s not all! These are not regional wars. Turkey is joined by nations from the four quadrants of the old world. The battles of Gog and Magog represent the whole of the gentile world as they all fight against God’s chosen people Israel. That doesn’t mean that every modern nation must be involved in these wars. These wars include nations from multiple regions of the old world.

 Turkey is in the geographical center of the old world. As a matter of fact civilization restarted from Mount Ararat in northeastern Turkey after Noah landed his ark there. Turkey is surrounded by Europe to the northwest, Russia to the northeast, Africa to the southwest, and Asia to the southeast. These are the four quadrants of the old world. Turkey is also the geopolitical and spiritual center of all of the nations that have rebelled against the God of Israel.

 So the three battles called Gog and Magog are three Turkish led invasions into Israel. In each of these invasions Turkey will lead nations from multiple regions of the old world into Israel. The three battles called Gog and Magog all represent mankind’s rebellion against the one true God, the God of Israel.

 Here is something else to consider. We are told that Satan is loose on earth during the Battle of Armageddon and also during the post millennial battle called Gog and Magog mentioned in Revelation chapter 20. Satan directs the nations to war against Israel. It is very possible that Satan will be cast out of heaven before Turkey leads their invasion into the Golan Heights. I am convinced that Turkish President Erdogan is indeed the Antichrist. He has already threatened to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. He has also threatened to take the Golan heights away from Israel. The Antichrist is already identifiable but the Antichrist will be revealed in a specific way after Satan is cast out of heaven and empowers him directly.

 The first battle that is called Gog and Magog in Ezekiel chapter 38 is about to happen. Every nation that is mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38 is already fighting in Syria. After Turkey invades Syria and destroys Damascus then they will lead these forces into northern Israel. The seven year Tribulation period will follow. The Church will be rescued from the terrible time of trouble that is coming upon the earth. The Resurrection and Rapture must be very near! It is High Time to Awake because our salvation is nearer than when we first believed!

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Apr 08

The destruction of Damascus is still future!

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The destruction of Damascus is still future!

Jeremiah prophesied long after Isaiah

By Craig C. White

Please allow me to defend the future fulfillment of the destruction of Damascus. Many Bible scholars claim that the destruction of Damascus has already taken place. They say that the Assyrian conquest of Damascus in 734 BC fulfills the Damascus prophecy. Well Damascus was conquered by Assyria in 734 BC and several cities around Damascus were burned with fire but Damascus has never been completely destroyed. These Bible teachers argue that the Assyrian conquest of Damascus happened shortly after Isaiah gave his prophecy about the destruction of Damascus.

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

It is true that the Assyrians conquered Damascus and wreaked havoc on surrounding towns shortly after Isaiah predicted the event. I am certain that much of Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled in 734 BC, BUT long after Isaiah gave his prophecy the Prophet Jeremiah also predicted the destruction of Damascus.

Jeremiah 49:23-25 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. 24 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail. 25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!

Jeremiah was a prophet of Israel around 600 BC. Jeremiah gave his prophecy one hundred years after Assyria conquered Damascus in 734 BC. So the Assyrian conquest of Damascus cannot possibly fulfill Jeremiah’s prophecy. The destruction of Damascus is still future.

I think that Jeremiah is prophesying about an invasion of Damascus that is forming now. Turkey will destroy Damascus!

The destruction of Damascus is still future

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