Jul 05 2020

What are the signs of the times?

What are the signs of the times?

Are they pestilence or are they political?

By Craig C. White

Jesus said to the Pharisees “O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

I am really looking forward to the Rapture. That is when all Christians will be resurrected and taken away up into heaven. What are the signs of the Rapture? Is the Corona virus outbreak a sign that the Rapture is approaching? Pestilence is one of the signs given in Matthew chapter 24. But Matthew’s signs are not for our day. The signs in Matthew chapter 24 occur during the first half of the seven year long Tribulation period. They are not signs of the Rapture. As a matter of fact the Rapture is not referred to at all in Matthew chapter 24.

Mathew’s signs are given to warn the residents of Jerusalem and Judea that a surprise attack is coming. Matthew says that one Jew will be taken away prisoner and one Jew will be left in Jerusalem when the Antichrist invades Jerusalem. Matthew says that like the flood surprised Noah’s evil generation, the Antichrist will make a surprise ambush of Jerusalem and Judea. Matthew says that when the Jews in Jerusalem are going about their lives as usual then the armies of the Antichrist will invade. The Jews are instructed to watch for the armies of the Antichrist coming because nobody knows the day or hour when the Antichrist will attack Jerusalem and Judea.

To say that nobody knows the day or hour that Jesus will return for the Rapture is a wrong application of scripture. That is true of the mid-tribulation invasion of Jerusalem. We can discern the events that lead up to the Rapture.

Jesus admonishes the Pharisees to discern the signs of the times. What are the signs of our time? We have already determined that pestilence is not a sign that the Rapture is near. The signs of the times today are political in nature. We aren’t looking for plagues or earthquakes or signs in the sky. We must understand the political events of the day. As nations move to attack Israel, then we can know that Jesus will return to stop them.

Jeremiah 49:23-27 describes Turkey as they attack northwestern Syria and then destroy Damascus. After Turkey destroys Damascus then Turkey will lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into the Golan Heights of northern Israel. This battle is described in Ezekiel chapter 38. This battle is lead by the chief prince or primary governor among the provinces of Turkey.

If you want to know when the Rapture will happen then I will tell you. When Turkey leads the forces that are now fighting in Syria into northern Israel then Jesus will return to repel them. Jesus will also gather his Church at that time. Nahum chapter one describes Jesus coming in a whirlwind of fire to the Golan Heights.

It’s High Time to understand the signs of our time. We must understand the actions of the nations as they pertain to Israel. That is more difficult than reacting to a pandemic or an earthquake, but God has given us sound minds so that we can understand.

What are the signs of the times?

 

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Jul 04 2020

Hagia Sophia to be turned into a mosque in Turkey

The great Hagia Sophia cathedral has been used as a mosque for the Second time since the fall of the Ottoman Empire

By Craig C. White

March 2020: It finally happened. The Muslim call to prayer was given in the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul, Turkey. For nearly 900 years the Hagia Sophia was the largest Church in the world and more importantly was the Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral. Immediately after the 2016 coup Turkish President Erdogan announced his intentions of turning the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The call to prayer was given once before in 2016. This demonstrates Islam’s dominion over Christianity and further establishes Erdogan as the ruler over the east and the west.

Read this article on Jihad Watch: Turkey Uses Hagia Sophia as Mosque for Islamic Prayer Again

Hagia Sophia to be turned into a mosque in Turkey

New Islamic constitution

By Craig C. White

July 2016: There are several alarming issues in this report. First Erdogan has called for a new Islamic constitution. That has prompted the push to convert the ancient Christian Church named the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. When the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople (or modern day Istanbul) they converted the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. It was latter converted into a museum by Ataturk. Turkish President Erdogan has claimed to have conquered Istanbul during the coup. Now his first act is to convert the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque thus showing himself to be the new Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Walid Shoebat suggests that Erdogan could sit in the Hagia Sophia proclaiming himself to be God. That is something to watch.

Erdogan had the first post coup meeting with the parliament a couple of days ago. Erdogan excluded the 80 Kurdish parliament members from the meeting. It seems as though his call for a new “Islamic” constitution making him the official dictator over Turkey was the result. The Kurdish parliament members are in danger of being prosecuted as terrorists by the Turkish government. Erdogan also dropped criminal charges against opposition party leaders in exchange for their cooperation.

It’s High Time to Awake. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist!

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Jul 01 2020

Satan has fallen

Satan has fallen

But he has not yet been cast out of heaven!

By Craig C. White

Many Christians read 2Thessalonians 2:3 and conclude that the Holy Spirit or the Church must be removed from the earth before the Antichrist can be revealed or the Tribulation can begin. But I say that the “falling away” in 2Tessalonians 2:3 describes the casting out of Satan from heaven to the earth.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

The Holy Spirit will be active on earth during the Tribulation. Many people will be saved during the Tribulation. The Holy Spirit can not be taken away as long as there are people who are trusting God.

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Satan has certainly fallen from his previous glorious estate but Satan has not yet been completely banned from heaven. The following verse is written about the Tribulation period. Satan has been in Heaven accusing believers in front of God. So around the time of the Tribulation period Satan will be cast down from heaven to earth.

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Satan is the one who prevents the Antichrist from being revealed with false signs. Because Satan must fall from Heaven to Earth in order to empower the man called the Antichrist.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

A “falling away” is the fall of Satan not the removal of the Holy Spirit. Satan must be cast out of Heaven to the Earth before the Antichrist is empowered. Jesus said that he saw Satan fall as lighting. I think that this statement is prophetic. This event may even be visible from earth. By the way, I think that Satan will finally be cast out of heaven any day now.

Satan has fallen
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Jun 28 2020

The last Jews in Jerusalem

The last Jews in Jerusalem

Don’t Run!

By Craig C. White

There will be a very special group of people on earth during Jerusalem’s Great Tribulation. They are the last Jews in Jerusalem. Their numbers are few. They may reach into the hundreds perhaps a few thousand. They will suffer. They will survive! They will be at the center of God’s attention. They will be at the center of the world’s frustration. They will be the last hope to every Jewish heart that God may yet restore Israel back to his chosen people. When Christ returns they will be a sign to every Jew in every place that salvation is wrought in Israel!

These people are probably living today. Perhaps one of them is reading this. If so then there is one thing that I want to tell you, “DON’T RUN!” Anyone who tries to flee Jerusalem will be captured. Wait for your redeemer in Jerusalem!!!

Isa 30:15  For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved

There is a terrible time of judgment and suffering coming upon the land of Israel; more terrible than the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D., more terrible than the holocaust. The Tribulation begins in the whole land of Israel, it becomes Great Tribulation in the city of Jerusalem, and then culminates on Mount Zion. Two thirds of the people in all the land of Israel will die (Zec 13:8). Then half of the people in Jerusalem will be taken captive (Zec 14:2). Anyone who tries to flee Jerusalem will be captured (Isa 30:16). Then the residue of the city will huddle together on mount Zion (which is the hill south of the temple mount called the hill of Ophel or the “City of David”) in Jerusalem and wait for their redeemer.

This is the story of the last Jews in Jerusalem. During the tribulation a small band of Jews will be hold-up on Mount Zion. The armies of their enemies will flood into the city. As they pray for deliverance they will look up and behold their God!

Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

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Jun 27 2020

Map of Heaven

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Map of Heaven

Mountain, throne, temple, city, valley

by Craig C. White

Heaven looks a lot like the city of Jerusalem, only with better views. Or I should say Jerusalem is patterned like heaven. Fact is, in time Jerusalem will look more and more like heaven. If you want to be able to find your way around heaven all you have to do is scroll down and check out your Map of Heaven!

There is a mountain in Jerusalem called mount Zion. There are other mountains or hills that are called Zion but the true mount Zion is located on the south east corner of Jerusalem. It is also called the “city of David”, or the “hill of Ophel”. King David had his palace and throne on mount Zion. Some think that his son Solomon built his temple on mount Zion. One day mount Zion in Jerusalem will become a very high mountain and Jesus will rule the world from his throne there. You can easily find it on your map of heaven.

Eze 40:2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Psa 48:1-2 A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Jesus is the great King. The north sides of mount Zion will be where Jesus sets his throne on earth. The north side of mount Zion faces Jerusalem. God in heaven also faces Jerusalem.

Isa 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

There is also a mountain in heaven where God is seated on his throne. The Devil has seen it and boy is he jealous! He wants to be like God and sit on the throne on the north side of the heavenly mount.

Isa 14:13-14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

God’s heavenly throne is on the north side of the holy mountain in heaven. King David’s palace has been found on the north side of mount Zion in Jerusalem. Hebrew University archaeologist, Dr. Eilat Mazar has located the site. Read “Is It the Palace of King David?” by Sarah H. Moore at www.leaderu.com.

There have been two chief temples in Jerusalem. The first was King Solomon’s temple (1Ki 6). Construction began in 960 B.C.; it was destroyed in 606 B.C. by the Babylonian Empire. The second was Zerubbabel’s temple (Ezr 6-8). Construction began about 520 B.C.; it was plundered and defiled by Antiochus Epiphanies in 167 B.C. It was restored by Judas Maccabeus and latter renovated by Herod the great. So it is sometimes known as Herod’s temple. Zerubbabel’s temple (or Herod’s temple) was destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 A.D. There will be two more temples built in Jerusalem. The next temple (or holy place) will be built by Israel and will stand during the seven year “Tribulation period” (Dan 9:27, Mat 24:15). The final temple will be built by Jesus and will stand during the one thousand year “millennial” reign of Christ on earth (Eze 40-47:12). There is also a temple in heaven. Why would God need a temple? Does He make sacrifices? Yes, only one. God’s temple is shown on the Map of Heaven.

Heb 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

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Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

The glory of God occupied King Solomon’s temple. The heavenly temple is God’s holy headquarters.

Psa 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

If I told you that there is a city in Jerusalem, I’m sure you would believe it. There is a city in heaven. Abraham believed it and he didn’t even have a map of Heaven!

Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

The holy city is called “New Jerusalem”. It is about 1,500 miles square! The heavenly city is coming to earth. Jerusalem will look more and more like heaven.

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

You might want to notice the Hinnom valley that wraps around the bottom half of the city on the map of Heaven. Hinnom was a man; probably a Jebusite. Hinnom is a Hebrew word. It is used 12 times in the New Testament in the Greek form “Gehenna”. It is translated into English as “hell”. According to “Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries”:

Gehenna, gheh’-en-nah

Of Hebrew origin; valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: – hell.

The valley of Hinnom was where the Hebrews sacrificed their children in the fire of false gods. In Jesus’ day it was a burning dump.

2Ch 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

Jesus used the word Gehenna to describe the everlasting destination of the unsaved. The English word “hell” is translated from the Greek word Gehenna in the following verses.

Luk 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

It is easy for us to see the valley of Hinnom in Jerusalem. But there may be a much deeper valley burning in heaven. Jesus and the angels will watch the everlasting burning of the damned.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

You are lucky to have a map of heaven. Today if you die, having put your trust in Christ, your spirit will be immediately ushered into the presence of God in heaven.

2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

That is good news. But even better news is that you will soon return to Earth with Jesus to receive your restored body.

1Th 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

That’s right you’re going to get your body back, only it is going to be improved. Won’t that scare your relatives? When Jesus comes at the resurrection the dead will rise in their new bodies and the bodies of those still living believers will be changed into everlasting bodies. After that, we will return to heaven in our renewed bodies to watch the unfolding of Israel’s final seven years of indignation spoken of by the Prophet Daniel (Dan 9:24). During that time we will also witness the wrath of God on all nations.

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

When you are in heaven in your new body don’t forget your map. And hold on to it when you come back to earth. Come back to earth? Yes sir, I’m sure that you know that the meek shall inherit the Earth.

Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Now that you have your Map of Heaven you will be able to find your way around in Heaven and on Earth. After all, in time Jerusalem will look more and more like Heaven!

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