Elkosh O’Gosh!

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!

The End of ISIS is near! - elkosh

Read all about ISIS in bible prophecy in my book The End of ISIS is near!

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Gantz may become Prime Minister of Israel

Gantz may become Prime Minister of Israel

Israel may receive its Idol Shepherd this week!

By Craig C. White

Benny Gantz may become Prime Minister of Israel this week by forming an Arab-backed minority government. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the coalition government was trying to “destroy the country”, and he is correct.

Since Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government after September’s elections, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has been given the chance. He has until Wednesday to form a coalition.

Benny Gantz is a stanch opponent of Netanyahu and his Likud Party. Gantz’s new government would need to include the Arab parties, also known as the Arab Joint list. If successful that would mean that Netanyahu would be out and the Palestinians would have much more say over the future of Israel.

The Bible warns that during the end time a rotten ruler will be raised up over Israel.

Gantz may become Prime Minister of Israel

Read my commentary titled Woe to the Idol Shepard

Read this article on Haaretz: Is Gantz really about to become Prime Minister panicking Bibi thinks he might

Read my book Israel’s Beacon of Hope

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Will Gaza fall again soon?

Will Gaza fall again soon?

By Craig C. White

November 12, 2019: Rockets rained down on Israel from Gaza after Islamic Jihad leader was killed. More than 200 rockets were fired into Israel on Tuesday. Israel Defense Forces airstrikes killed Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu al-Ata in eastern Gaza prompting retaliation by Hamas. Hamas said that more attacks are being planned. Israel retaliated with a series of airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets inside of Gaza.

May 1, 2019: Following an Israeli attack on a cyber terrorism site in Gaza, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad fire 700 rockets into Israel.

November 13,  2018: Violence has once again erupted between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. On Saturday an Israeli officer and seven Palestinians were killed during an Israeli Special Forces Operation. Hamas rocket attacks began on Sunday night and continued on Monday. Some 370 rockets have been fired at Israel at the time of this article. Israel has responded with air strikes on seventy Hamas targets in Gaza. All of this began just days after Israel allowed Qatar to deliver $15 million to Gaza, with the intention of paying salaries for Gaza’s civil servants and easing the humanitarian situation.

For the past few years the Sunni Muslim terrorist organization Hamas has been firing missiles at Israel from the annexed city of Gaza. Israel has been forced to retaliate on several occasions. On August 8th 2018 Hamas continually fired unguided missiles into southern Israel causing the entire region to take to bomb shelters. Israel has tried to implement a ceasefire but the situation is only getting worse. This leads me to recall two passages in the Bible that predict the destruction of Gaza.

Here are two passages that prophesy the destruction of Gaza. Both of these passages describe the defeat of the Philistines by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC. But like many Bible prophecies these passages may also apply to an end time destruction of Gaza.

In the verses below the cities of Gaza, Asdod, Ashkelon, and Ekron are all located on the Mediterranean coast of southern Israel. These cities comprised the nation of the Philistines. Only the city of Gaza is representative of modern day Gaza.

Amos 1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver [them] up to Edom: 7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof: 8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

Zephaniah 2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

These events have already happened but considering the way that things are going, Gaza could be in for another downfall soon. Hamas controls Gaza. We know for certain that Hamas in Gaza will be defeated when Jesus returns to rule in Jerusalem.

Amos chapter one seems to also describe the path of vengeance that Jesus Christ will take when he returns at his second coming. Read my commentary titled Revelation Wrath Path 

Allow me to offer my opinion. Gaza may suffer significant damage in the near future. Perhaps the conflict in Gaza will even ignite a broader war. Turkey is the chief supporter of Hamas. The Turkish Army is poised to attack northern Syria and Turkish President Erdogan has vowed not to leave Syria until he has removed Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. So a large scale attack on Hamas may provoke Erdogan to continue his conquest of Syria. Don’t forget that Erdogan also called on all of Islam to conquer the Golan Heights of northern Israel and also to conquer Jerusalem. The Golan heights is only thirty miles from Damascus. Who knows, perhaps Erdogan has instructed Hamas to provoke Israel to retaliate as an excuse to make war against Israel. Do I think that Gaza will be destroyed now? No. Zechariah chapter 12 describes the men of Judea as they fight in Gaza after Jesus returns at his second coming. So Hamas will most likely continue to occupy Gaza until Jesus returns. Read my commentary titled Fire of Judea

Will Gaza fall again soon?

The book of Nahum says that Jesus is coming in a fiery whirlwind to fight on the Golan Heights. This passage concludes with this inscription “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” I think that Jesus will return to turn back the Turkish Army as they lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into northern Israel. I think that the Rapture will happen at that time!

Read my book Jesus will fight on the Golan Heights

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Syrian President Assad Interview

Syrian President Assad Interview

Syrian President Assad Interview

By Craig C. White

October 31, 2019 Interview with Syrian President Assad: Assad says that Russia intervention in Syria moderates Turkish ambitions. Russia has helped Syria to push back Turkish supported Al-Qaeda rebels out of Hamah province and back into Idlib province but Russia says that they are withdrawing military operations in Syria. With the Turkish invasion in northeastern Syria and the strong Turkish military presence in Idlib; Syria will fold like a wet paper napkin if Turkey decides to advance from Idlib. And Turkey will advance. Jeremiah 49:23-27 tells us all about it.

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.

Assad says that Turkish President Erdogan is a thief stealing factories and land. Turkey has already colonized much of northwestern Syria.

Assad says that patriotism is the solution to unite Syria as a nation and together resist foreign invasion. That’s a tall order because Syria has a large Sunni Muslim population that welcomes the Turkish invasion and Syria also has a large Kurdish population that seeks its own nation. Syria also has a large Bedouin population that does not participate in Syrian schools or military.

Assad and the Syrian Army have done a pretty good job bringing much of Syria back under government control and protection from foreign Sunni Muslim Al-Qaeda groups supported by Turkey. Now after eight years of fighting the weary Syrian Army faces another major foreign invasion by the Turkish Army. The Bible tells us that Syria will lose and that Syria’s capital Damascus will be destroyed.

Syrian President Assad maintain his view that Israel is an enemy state but also recognizes that Syria faces a real foreign invasion by the Turkish Army. I think that Assad is trying to do what is best for his country but must struggle against a overpowering invasion from Turkey. On top of that Syria’s allies are retreating.

Syrian President Assad Interview

Read my commentary titled The nations are disquieted over Syria

Read my book The complete guide to Syria in end time Bible prophecy

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Refugees don’t want to go to Syria

Refugees don’t want to go to Syria

By Craig C. White

Turkey is trying to send Syrian refugees to the new “safe zone” in northeastern Syria but they don’t want to go. These refugees are not from the Kurdish region of northeastern Syria. Turkish President Erdogan is conducting an exercise of ethnic cleansing in northern Syria. Turkey is replacing Kurds with Arabs that are sympathetic to Turkish rule. Turkey is establishing schools and governments in northern Syria turning Syria into a Turkish colony.
 
Turkish President Erdogan is doing the same things that the ancient Assyrian king did. He is conquering Syria and then he will invade northern Israel. That’s why the Bible compares the Antichrist to the ancient Assyrian kings. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist.
Refugees don't want to go to Syria

Read my commentary titled The Assyrian is the Antichrist

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