Nov 09 2018

When is the Rapture?

When is the Rapture?

The signs of the approaching Tribulation are also signs of the imminent Rapture

By Craig C. White

When is the Rapture? When will Jesus return to gather his Church? The Christians in Greece were wondering the same thing. You see, the Bible foretells a seven year period of terrible trouble called the Tribulation. It is a period in which God will pour out his wrath on the earth. The Apostle Paul said that Jesus will deliver us from the wrath to come (1Thes 1:10). The Christians at Thessalonica suspected that the Tribulation had already begun. They were wondering why they hadn’t been rescued. They were wondering when will the Rapture take place?

The Apostle Paul assured them that the Tribulation had not yet begun. Paul told the early Christians that two events must happen before the Tribulation can begin. Satan must be cast out of heaven in order to empower the Antichrist on earth. So don’t worry that the Tribulation has come until you see those two things happen.

2Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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;

Paul had already told the early Christians that they would be rescued from the terrible time of trouble that was coming upon the earth. In the previous passage Paul doesn’t tell them when the Rapture will happen but he does explain that the Tribulation had not yet begun. The Rapture must precede the Tribulation because the purpose of the Rapture is to rescue Christians from going through the Tribulation. So the day of the Rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation are close together. That means that the signs of the approaching Tribulation are also signs of the imminent Rapture.

The Apostle Paul instructed the Thessalonians about the events that will precede the Tribulation. But he was assuring them that they hadn’t missed the Rapture. The Rapture will also precede the Tribulation. So when is the Rapture? The day that Christ comes back to earth (the day of Christ) to collect his Church (our gathering together unto him) will not happen until Satan is cast out of Heaven (a falling away) when it becomes obvious that he is empowering a specific man on earth (that man of sin be revealed). All of these events will precede the Tribulation period.

To put it very plainly, Jesus will not come back for his Church until the Antichrist is revealed. To put it another way, the Rapture of the Church will not occur until the Antichrist is exposed. Or, the revelation of the Antichrist is the sign of the Rapture! I know this comes as a shock to most of you. But it helps to put things into perspective. Like the church members in Thessalonica we can now understand the signs of Jesus’ coming for the Rapture. Unlike the church members in Thessalonica we are much closer to that event.

I think that the Antichrist is already identifiable because he is already doing the things that the Bible predicts. I expect to see the Antichrist officially revealed shortly. The Bible says that Satan will fall from heaven like bright shining lightning. After he falls then he will empower the Antichrist. When we see the Antichrist exposed for who he is, with lying wonders and blasphemy; then be on the lookout (Luke 21:28-36) for Jesus to come in the air, to raise the dead and Rapture the living!

By the way, I think that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. Plus, I think that Jesus will return when the Turkish Army enters northern Israel. The Turkish Army is in northern Syria now and is threatening to attack Damascus. Damascus is only thirty miles from the Golan Heights of northern Israel!

Also read Rapture fuse is lit 

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

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Nov 09 2018

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:

map of heavenMap of Heaven © 2011 Craig C. White

map of heavenMap of Heaven © 2011 Craig C. White

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!

God's Great Expectations - eBookRead about Heaven and Hell in the Bible in my book God’s Great Expectations

Be sure that you get a chance to use your Map of Heaven, read Can I be saved? I’m not perfect!

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Nov 08 2018

Meek seek haven in heaven

Meek seek haven in heaven

When we are taken at the Rapture

By Craig C. White

To receive our renewed bodies and to be with Jesus Christ and other believers in Heaven will be wonderful. Also, to escape the troubles and worries of this world will be great. However, I have figured something out.

First, the reason that the Church will be taken at the Rapture isn’t because our time has come, or that we are so good that God can’t wait to see us, but it is because a terrible time of trouble is coming on Israel and on the entire world. We will be taken in order to escape it.

The verse below is addressed first to Israel and then to all of the meek of the earth.

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

The main event is not the Rapture of the Church, but the main event is that Israel and the nations will be judged. Church age believers will be watching the events of the tribulation on earth from heaven. The Tribulation is the main event. After the Tribulation on Earth the Church will return to Earth with Jesus to live there forever.

Israel is at the center of God’s plan of redemption for all people. God chose Abraham to be his nation. God promised King David that his descendant would rule in Jerusalem forever. God promised that the Messiah would come from the Jews. To believe on him would mean everlasting life. We won’t live in Heaven forever. Christians will return to Earth after the Tribulation. We will first help to care for many hurting Jews who have survived the Tribulation. We will then rule on earth with Jesus Christ forever. Didn’t you know that the meek shall inherit the earth?

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Before the Tribulation begins, every meek person both Jew and gentile who believe in Jesus Christ will find shelter in Heaven from God’s judgment on Earth.

Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

the meek shall inherit the earth

Read about Israel’s Tribulation and the second coming of the Messiah in my book Israel’s Beacon of Hope

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Nov 07 2018

Turkish President Erdogan erects image of a revived Ottoman Empire

Turkish President Erdogan erects image of a revived Ottoman Empire

Image of the beast

By Craig C. White

The end time is marked by the revival of the last world empire. Most Bible teachers identify this world empire as Rome but they overlook the only other world empire to exist since Rome fell. Between 1299-1923 the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire conquered territory from western Europe to India. There have been other empires but none of them were world empires. To qualify as a “world empire” a nation must rule a contiguous land mass covering multiple quadrants of the old world; namely Europe, Russia, Africa, and western Asia. Turkey is right in the middle of all of these regions. The revival of the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire marks the end time, and Turkish President Erdogan is ambitiously rebuilding it. To celebrate the one year anniversary of the failed military coup in Turkey, Erdogan has erected a giant statue commemorating the rise again of the Ottoman Empire. He also hinted at reunification of all Islamic nations under Turkish rule. Tek Devlet “One State” the image read. Sounds like the tower of Babylon all over again. Please notice that this statue does not honor the god of Islam but is does honor the god of Turkish military conquest (the god of forces).

Turkish President Erdogan poses with Ottoman era soldiers in front of monument dedicated to a revived Ottoman Empire

Dan 11:38 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.

The Bible tells us that an image will be made representing the next world empire. Revelation 13:14 seems to suggest that the “False Prophet” will command that this image should be made. Anybody who does not worship the image will be killed. The beast in Revelation 13:15 is the end time world empire. The beast can also describe the ruler of the next world empire. Is Erdogan’s statue the image of the beast mentioned in Revelation? Maybe. Turkish President Erdogan’s pillar certainly qualifies as an image of a revived Ottoman Empire.

Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Remember when Erdogan gave a speech as a nine foot tall hologram? That also qualifies as an image that represents the ruler of a revived Ottoman Empire. The hologram could also speak. Any way that you slice it, Erdogan is on the move to reestablish a Turkish ruled empire.

So many Christians balk when I identify the Antichrist. They say that nobody can know, and that we shouldn’t be looking for the Antichrist. What a mistake. The Bible gives us a lot of information about the identity and actions of the Antichrist. We ought not neglect its warnings. It is especially important to warn Israel of its coming time of trouble. If we love Israel then we should be concerned about their welfare. It is shameful that this never enters the minds of so many Christians. When asked about the timing of the Rapture and the Tribulation period, the Apostle Paul said that the Antichrist would rise before the Tribulation begins. Recognizing the identity of the Antichrist warns us that the Tribulation on Earth is about to begin. It also warns believers that they are about to meet their Lord and savior.

Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. The Bible tells us that he will invade Hamah and Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria, destroy Damascus, lead an invasion into northern Israel, invade Egypt by many ships and much more. Erdogan has already promised to do all of these things. It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed (Rom 13:11) .

Turkish President Erdogan erects image of a revived Ottoman Empire

Read this article from Walid Shoebat: Erdogan Of Turkey Literally Resurrects The Image Of The Ottoman Beast And Vows That All Who Defy Him Will Be Beheaded

Read my Bible commentary titled Erdogan is the Antichrist

Read my book Presenting the Antichrist and False Prophet

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Nov 06 2018

Turkish rule over Israel is now being openly promoted

Turkish rule over Israel is now being openly promoted

It is High Time to recognize that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist.

By Craig C. White

Convincing Christians that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist is like watching a glacier melt; except it’s much slower. I told you about Erdogan six years ago and only now am I seeing some Christians beginning to consider the possibility that Erdogan is the Antichrist. Even now they still can’t grasp it.

Erdogan is the Antichrist. Not only does he intend to revive the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire but he has threatened to conquer Jerusalem for Islam. Both of these things are foretold in the Bible. Erdogan is the “chief prince” or primary governor among the provinces of Turkey mentioned in Ezekiel 38:1-3. According to Ezekiel he will lead the Islamic nations into Israel. According to Daniel 11:40 the Antichrist will invade Egypt by “many ships”. Turkey has begun building a large naval personnel carrier. Erdogan has vowed to reinstate Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi back into power in Egypt. Jeremiah 49:23-27 describes an invasion into northwestern Syria at Hamah and Tell Rifaat. The Turkish Army is gathering against Tell Rifaat right now. According to Jeremiah after Hamah and Tell Rifaat hear reports of a coming invasion then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. There is more evidence that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist.

It has been a busy week for Turkish President Erdogan. Israel installed metal detectors on the Temple Mount after two Israeli policemen were murdered there by three Arab-Israeli men two weeks ago. On Tuesday July 25th Erdogan called on all Muslims to overrun the Temple Mount in protest and to protect Islam’s “Haram al-Sharif” or “Noble Sanctuary” as they call the Temple Mount. On Thursday tens of thousands of Palestinians rioted at the Temple Mount. Israel responded by eliminating the metal detectors but restricted the age to men of 50 years and older allowed on the Temple Mount. There was calm on the Temple Mount for Friday prayers but there were clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in Bethlehem, Nablus, Kalkilya, Hebron, Kafr Qadum and the Tomb of Rachel.

In response to the riots on the Temple Mount Turkish President Erdogan said that “Palestine’s problems began with the fall of the Ottoman Empire.” So Erdogan’s prescribed solution to the Israeli and Palestinian problem is for Turkey to once again rule over Israel. I am here to tell you that Erdogan will get his wish.

On Thursday Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said, “The Jews should appreciate how good they had it under the Ottoman Empire”. He said that life was better for the Jews before the Jewish state. So the idea of Turkish rule over Israel is now being openly promoted.

Turkish President Erdogan wants to reestablish the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire. This is the head that was wounded and healed in Revelation 13:3. The head represents the last world empire that was defeated but then revived during the end time.

Revelation 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

The revived Ottoman Empire is the end time world empire that will sorely oppress Israel. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist.

Turkish rule over Israel is now being openly promoted

Read these articles on the Jerusalem Post:

Nearly 100 injured in clashes as Palestinians return to Temple Mount

Turkey says Jews should appreciate the Ottoman Empire

Israel to Erdogan after Jerusalem tirade: Days of Ottoman Empire are over

Read my commentary titled Erdogan is the Antichrist

Read my book Presenting the Antichrist and False Prophet

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