Dec 04 2018

Jesus celebrated Hanukkah!

Jesus celebrated Hanukkah!

2300 days

Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah Menorah photo courtesy of Shoshana

Hanukkah 2018: Dec 2 – Dec 10

By Craig C. White

The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication”. Hanukkah is the Jewish celebration of the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem in 165 B.C. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days beginning on the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev. While Hanukkah is not one of the appointed Jewish holy days (Leviticus 23, Numbers 29); it is mentioned in the Bible. It was prophesied in Daniel 8:14, also Jesus attended a Hanukkah celebration in John 10: 22-23.

In 175 B.C. Israel was under the rule of a wicked Grecian king named Antiochus Epiphanes. He was king over one quarter of the Grecian empire known as the Seleucid dynasty, headquartered in Syria. Antiochus Epiphanes robbed the temple in Jerusalem of its gold and holy vessels. He ended the daily sacrifice, and sacrificed pigs on the Jewish alter. Then he declared that he should be worshiped as God instead of the God of Israel. In 171 B.C. the high priest of Israel (Onias III) was murdered and false Priests were installed in temple worship.

In 167 B.C. a group of Hebrew rebels from Judea (which is the region around Jerusalem), known as the Maccabees began to fight the Syrian authorities in Jerusalem. The Maccabees regained control of the temple, and in 165 B.C. on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev the Jewish people resumed the daily sacrifice (1 Maccabees 4:52). This is the day that Israel celebrates Hanukkah (the dedication of the temple).

Hanukkah, or the day that the temple sacrifice would continue was prophesied in Daniel 8:14. God told Daniel about Hanukkah in 551 B.C. (Daniel 8: 1).

Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

Daniel 8:14 says that the temple will be defiled for 2300 days; or that sacrifices will be interrupted for 2300 days. If you count 2300 days from the day that the high priest Onias III was murdered in 171 B.C. you come to Kislev 25, 165 B.C. That is the day of Hanukkah!

Jesus celebrated Hanukkah! In verse 22 below, the “feast of the dedication” is the same as Hanukkah.

John 10:22-30 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

Happy Hanukkah from High Time to Awake!

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Dec 01 2018

High Alert, Tell Rifaat in the news

High Alert, Tell Rifaat in the news

Tell Rifaat in the news

By Craig C. White

Every Christian should be alerted when they hear about Tell Rifaat in the news. Tell Rifaat is called “Arpad” in Jeremiah 49:23 concerning the destruction of Damascus. This week the Turkish and Russian defense secretaries are discussing immediate military actions regarding the northwestern Syria cities of Idlib and Tell Rifaat. The Turkish Army is allied with multiple Al-Qaeda factions in Idlib. Al-Qaeda in the Idlib province are fighting against the Syrian Army in the Hamah and Aleppo provinces. Tell Rifaat is located in the far northwestern corner of the Aleppo Province.

Tell Rifaat is a predominately Kurdish city but the Kurds have allowed some Syrian government troops inside of Tell Rifaat in order to protect the city from Turkish aggression. The Turkish Army has been shelling Tell Rifaat from the Turkish border for the past several years. Now that the Turkish Army has entered Syria they are amassed to the north and to the west of Tell Rifaat. The Turkish Army has continued to strengthen their military positions in northwestern Syria.

The Prophet Jeremiah says that when Hamah and Tell Rifaat hear evil reports then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. In Jeremiah 49:23 the northwestern Syria city of Arpad is called Tell Rifaat today.

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.

This week the Syrian Army 5th Legion mobilized from southern Syria towards the Idlib Province. Turkish President Erdogan called on Russian President Putin for an emergency meeting about Idlib. The talk has been about deescalation in Idlib but the military presence of the Syrian and the Turkish Armies are only growing. Erdogan may seek permission from Russia to launch a Turkish offensive against Hamah and Tell Rifaat. That would certainly qualify as “evil reports”. In the meantime Turkey is taking over northwestern Syria.

Turkey supports the multiple Al-Qadea factions in Idlib. Al-Qaeda has continually been attacking the Syrian Army across the demilitarized zones between Hamah and Idlib. The Syrian Army has decisively beaten back Al-Qaeda at every turn. I am certain that Turkey will not stand for that. Turkish President Erdogan said that the sole reason why the Turkish Army has entered Syria is to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus.

According to Jeremiah the Turkish Army will attack Hamah and Tell Rifaat and will then march southward to destroy Damascus. Afterwards Turkey will lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into northern Israel. Damascus is located only thirty miles away from the Golan Heights.

Tell Rifaat in the news

Read my commentary titled The nations are disquieted over Syria

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Nov 29 2018

Creation the universal language

Creation the universal language

Everybody understands that there is a God

By Craig C. White

The sky proclaims that a glorious God has made it. Its message requires no translation. Every language understands.

Psalm 19:1-3 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Every person understands that God exists even if they don’t acknowledge him. The overwhelming proof of creation leaves no room for an excuse not to worship God.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

God created the heavens and the earth and all things in them.

Psalm 33:6-9 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Jesus is God. Jesus existed before he was born as a man. Jesus created all things.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Jesus Christ is God. He came into the world that he created. God came into the world as a man. The world rejected their creator. But to all who receive him he will give friendship and eternal life.

John 1:10-13 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The people in the world that God made killed Jesus. But God raised Jesus alive from the dead. Death has been overcome by Jesus own death. Even after death, God has the power to give life. Jesus has the power to give you everlasting life.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

You already understand that God created the heavens and the earth. It’s time to acknowledge him. Believe that Jesus is God and be saved.

Creation the universal language

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Nov 28 2018

Satan has not yet been cast out of heaven

Satan has not yet been cast out of heaven

But it could happen any day.

By Craig C. White

The Devil was once an attractive angel named Lucifer. It is evident that the Devil has fallen from his former more glorious estate. The name Lucifer means “morning star”. The name Satan means “adversary”. But Satan has not yet been cast out of heaven for good.

Ezekiel 28:14-17 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

In the previous verses God says that He will cast Satan out of heaven and also that He will cast him to the ground. After God throws Satan to the earth, Satan will be further humiliated so that earthly kings will look at his demise. This has not happened yet but it will happen when Jesus Christ returns at the end of the Tribulation period (Rev 20:2). By the way, the prophecy of Ezekiel 28 was written around 580 BC, so Satan had not yet been cast out of heaven at that point.

Satan still has access to God’s throne in order to accuse believers. In the book of Job Satan is seen traveling between heaven and earth. The book of Job is thought to be one of the oldest writings of the Old Testament.

Job 1:7-11 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Satan is again seen accusing believers in Revelation 12:10. In Revelation Satan is cast out of Heaven. This event ushers in the kingdom of God.

Rev 12:9-10 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 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 cast out for good sometime before the Tribulation period begins. In 2Thessalonians chapter 2 the Apostle Paul tells us that two events must happen before the Tribulation can begin. They are the casting out of heaven of Satan and the revealing of the Antichrist with Satanically enabled false signs and wonders.

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 2:9-10 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Yes “a falling away” is the casting out of heaven of Satan. In 2Thessalonians Paul isn’t giving us new details about the end time. In other words, he isn’t telling us that the Holy Spirit will be removed from earth or that the Church will fall away from faith. Instead Paul is referencing Old Testament prophecy. In 2Thessalonians 2:15 Paul tells Church age believers to rely on the Old Testament and also on Paul’s letters in order to determine which events precede the period of God’s wrath on earth known as the Tribulation..

2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Satan will be cast out of heaven to the earth. He will then empower the Antichrist to perform false miracles. Turkish President Erdogan is identifiable as the end time invader of Israel. In Ezekiel 38:1-3 he is called the “chief prince” of Turkey. So Erdogan is the Antichrist! He has already been proclaimed as the divine Mahdi of Islam using false miracles. After Satan falls we can expect to see satanic signs following. It is High Time to Awake!

Satan has not yet been cast out of heaven

Read my commentary through 2Thessalonians chapter 2 titled The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

Read my first book The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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Nov 28 2018

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
Read my commentary titled The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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