Oct 22 2019

Three battles called Gog and Magog

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!

three battles called Gog and Magog

Read my commentary titled Magog Made Easy!

Read all about the battle of Gog and Magog in my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon 

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Oct 21 2019

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.

a soul is like a seed

God has Great Expectations that he would know you!

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Oct 20 2019

It’s High Time to gain a mature understanding of Matthew chapter 24

It’s High Time to gain a mature understanding of Matthew chapter 24

Trust me it’s better to figure this out now than after you meet Jesus

By Craig C. White

Matthew chapter 24 has nothing to do with the Church or with the Rapture. Matthew chapter 24 is directed to Jerusalem and Judea during their seven years of Tribulation. One Jew in Jerusalem will be taken away as prisoner and the other left when the Antichrist attacks Jerusalem. Earthquakes, wars, and famines are signs that happen during the first half of the Tribulation. They are signs to Israel that their great tribulation is about to begin.

The days of Noah do not apply to pre-tribulation or pre-rapture events. Like Noah’s generation was taken away suddenly, the Jews in Jerusalem will be overtaken suddenly by the armies of the Antichrist. Nobody knows the day and hour that the Antichrist will attack Jerusalem and Judea. That’s why Jesus told the residents of Jerusalem to watch.

Applying Matthew chapter 24 to the Church is a recent popular development. Throughout Church history Bible scholars have firmly understood that Jesus is talking to and about the Jews living in Jerusalem and Judea. Even today real Bible scholars understand this. Unfortunately they are few and far between. It is very apparent that Jesus is addressing the Jews if only you read the chapter without popular bias.

Yes we are in the last days but Matthew chapter 24 doesn’t apply now. In fact, the Rapture of the Church will happen before the beginning of sorrows mentioned in Matthew 24. It’s High Time to gain a mature understanding of the Scriptures. It’s High Time to Awake!

It's High Time to gain a mature understanding of Matthew chapter 24

Read my commentary titled Matthew 24 verses – Question: What do these Bible verses have in common?

If you really want to understand the events leading up to Jesus Christ’s coming for his Church then read my new book Jesus will fight on the Golan Heights#1 New Release in Eschatology

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Oct 19 2019

Nahum 1:4 Map – Bashan Carmel and Lebanon

Nahum 1:4 Map

Bashan Carmel and Lebanon

By Craig C. White

Why are the areas around Damascus and the Golan Heights mentioned in conjunction with the flooding and judgment of ancient Nineveh? Nineveh was destroyed with a flood in 612 BC. Today Mosul in northern Iraq is built around the ruins of ancient Nineveh. The Prophet Nahum predicted the flooding of Nineveh he may also predict the flooding of ISIS in Mosul! In Nahum it seems that Jesus Christ will personally judge ISIS in Mosul.

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

While describing the flooding of Nineveh the Prophet Nahum also mentions these other places; Bashan, Carmel, and Lebanon. Is it possible that Jesus will judge these places in person when he comes to collect his Church at the Rapture?

Nahum 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. 5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. 7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

It is interesting to note that all of these places are the scenes of end time events that I believe will happen around the same time. I think that the flooding of Mosul (Nahum), and the destruction of Damascus (Jer 49:23-27), and the following Turkish led invasion into (northern) Israel (Eze 38) will all happen just before the Tribulation begins. The scene is set for all of these events to happen now!

Nahum also says that as the Lord comes in his anger that he knows who belongs to him (Nahum 1:7). Could this be describing the Rapture?

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Oct 18 2019

Conqueror of Syria is the Antichrist!

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. Turkey is about to do these same things.

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

Read about the coming Turkish led invasion into Israel in my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon

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