Jan 13 2018

Pastor Bill Randles, Believers in Grace Fellowship

“Believers in Grace Fellowship” in Marion, Iowa is hosting what is shaping up to be an utterly amazing Bible prophecy conference.

Pastor Bill Randles, Believers in Grace Fellowship

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By Craig C. White

Pastor Bill Randles of “Believers in Grace Fellowship” in Marion, Iowa is a nationally known Bible and prophecy teacher. Bill Randles was saved at the age of 18. He still feels the utter marvel of the saving power of Jesus in his life. Besides being a faithful Bible teacher, Bill Randles does not neglect the importance of studying Bible prophecy.

Pastor Bill Randles has graciously invited me to speak at the “Believers in Grace Fellowship” Bible prophecy conference. This will be my first appearance at a national Bible prophecy conference. It promises to be historic!

The “Believers in Grace Fellowship” Bible prophecy conference will run for three days on January 19-22, 2018 and is open to the public.

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Bill Randles is a terrific Bible and prophecy teacher. Watch Bill Randles on YouTube

Read my commentary titled Rapture fuse is lit! Jesus will turn back Turkey

Read my commentary titled Jesus will fight on the Golan Heights

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Jan 10 2018

What is the abomination of desolation?

What is the abomination of desolation?

By Craig C. White

The Prophet Daniel describes an action that will bring desolation upon Jerusalem and pollute its new temple.

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The abomination that makes desolate is an action that desecrates the next temple to be built in Jerusalem. The Antichrist will either sit in the temple and proclaim that he should be worshiped as god; or he will erect an image or idol in the temple that claims that he is god.

2Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Matthew 24:15-17 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

The action of desecrating the temple will usher in a three and one half year period of God’s indignation towards Israel. During this time the enemies of Israel will overrun Jerusalem. God has determined three and one half years of suffering for Jerusalem. At the end of this time Jesus Christ will return to rescue the last remaining Jews in Jerusalem and vanquish Israel’s enemies.

What is the abomination of desolation?

In the end Jesus Christ will bring desolation upon the person who brought desolation upon Jerusalem. Read my commentary titled God has determined to pour out his wrath on the desolator

Read all about Israel’s time of trouble in my book Judea Flee! Jerusalem Wait!

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Jan 09 2018

When will Elijah come?

When will Elijah come?

Before the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

By Craig C. White

The Prophet Malachi promises that God will send the Prophet Elijah to Israel before the great and dreadful day of the LORD. So then we must determine when the “day of the LORD” will happen.

The word “day” in Malachi 4:5 tends to refer to a specific day rather than a period of time, so I would suspect that this is the day that Jesus returns to wipe out Israel’s enemies.

Malachi 4:5-6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

The Prophet Daniel foretells a coming seven year period of trouble for the nation of Israel. It is referred to as the Tribulation period. The seven years long Tribulation happens just before Jesus returns to judge the nations that have gathered against the nation of Israel.

Yes the nation of Israel will turn to God during the tribulation period or at least during the second half of the Tribulation (Jerusalem’s great tribulation”).

So when is the “day of the LORD”? Every verse in the Old Testament that refers to “the day of the LORD” describes the day that Jesus will return to judge the nations.

Jeremiah 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

I am pretty sure that Elijah will be one of the two witnesses that are described in Revelation chapter 11. According to Revelation chapter 11 the nations will overrun Jerusalem for 3 1/2 years. Also the two witnesses will prophesy for 3 1/2 years.

Rev 11:2-3 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

It seems that the two witnesses will be killed and resurrected near the end of the tribulation period. If that is the case then they will begin to prophesy during the middle of the tribulation period. That means that Elijah will come during the middle of the seven year Tribulation period.

The next verse happens just after the two witnesses are killed and resurrected.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The day of the Lord seems to primarily indicate the day that Jesus returns to fight against the armies that he has gathered together. Just before the day of the Lord, the sun shall be darkened. When Jesus fights against his enemies then the earth will melt with heat.

I agree that the entire seven year Tribulation period is a time of God’s wrath. I agree that God will pour out judgments upon the earth during the Tribulation. The Revelation seal judgments seem to fall on the earth in general. Such trials as earthquakes, famines, disease, tidal waves, hail, fire, blood, wild animals, and wars will happen throughout the entire seven year tribulation period. The day of the Lord seems to fall on the rebellious nations and armies that God has purposely gathered together so that he can destroy them in person.
While it is important to note that God will pour out his judgments upon the earth throughout the tribulation period; “The great and dreadful day of the LORD” definitely refers to Jesus Christ’s second coming when he will personally judge the nations.

Elijah will come before the second coming of Jesus or what the Bible calls “the day of the LORD”. Elijah will continue for 3 ½ years. The Bible does not say that Elijah will come before the Antichrist. The Bible doesn’t say that Elijah will come before the seven years long tribulation period begins. The real and original Elijah will come to Jerusalem during the middle of the Tribulation period to turn the hearts of the Jews back towards their God. Then Jesus will return to judge the nations and to restore the nation of Israel.

When will Elijah come?

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Jan 08 2018

Will the Antichrist be received as a great peace maker or as a Jewish Messiah?

Will the Antichrist be received as a great peace maker or as a Jewish Messiah?

Not necessarily so.

By Craig C. White

Daniel 11:21 says that the Antichrist will “come in peaceably”. Many Christians think that this means that the Antichrist will be received as a great peace maker or even be accepted as a Jewish Messiah. I don’t think that the Bible tells us that the Antichrist will be received as a Jewish Messiah. Although he may already be being received as a Muslim Mahdi.

Daniel describes a leader who will come in “come in peaceably”. This is first applied to Antiochous Epiphanies. Antiochous Epiphanies was a prince in the Seleucid dynasty. The Seleucid dynasty ruled over one quarter of the Grecian Empire and ruled from Antioch of Syria. Antiochous Epiphanies’ brother was the king over the Seleucid dynasty. Antiochous Epiphanies’ brother was imprisoned in Egypt. While the king was in prison, the king’s infant son was made king. Antiochous Epiphanies proclaimed himself as co-regent with the young boy and then killed his brother’s son making himself sole ruler over the Seleucid dynasty. So Antiochous Epiphanies became king by treacherous means. That’s what the word “flatteries” means at the end of Dan 11:21. Antiochous Epiphanies became king without military conquest. He gained power “peaceably”.

Dan 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

Now that you have had your Bible history lesson let’s see what Daniel says about future events. Most Bible teachers also apply Daniel 11:21 to the actions of the coming Antichrist.

Turkish President Erdogan has just gained absolute authority over Turkey. He did so by changing the Turkish constitution and eliminating the position of Prime Minister in Turkey. Ezekiel 38:1-3 say’s that the “chief prince” or primary governor of Turkey will lead the Islamic nations into Israel. In Ezekiel chapter 39 the “chief prince” of Turkey will lead the battle of Armageddon. So the Bible tells us that the “chief prince” of Turkey is the Antichrist. Since Turkish President Erdogan has eliminated any future Prime Minister in Turkey, then Erdogan will be the only primary governor of Turkey in the foreseeable future. I think that Turkish President Erdogan is in fact the Antichrist. He has already come to power by way of treachery and without military conquest, or “peaceably”. Erdogan will one day also rise to power over the next world empire. Erdogan is already recognized by most Islamic nations as the rightful Sultan over a revived Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire.

Many Christians have a fuzzy notion that the Antichrist will be viewed as a great peace maker. Not necessarily so. In reality the Antichrist will gain power by devious political means.

Will the Antichrist be received as a great peace maker

Read my commentary titled Erdogan is the Antichrist

Don’t allow the end times to catch you unaware. Read my book Presenting the Antichrist and False Prophet

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Jan 07 2018

Steadfast Life

Steadfast Life

Your best life latter

By Craig C. White

Life is uncertain. We fall into traps and misfortune. Sometimes our enemies work against us. Sometimes the people we rely on disappoint us. Even wondering what to do with our lives can be evasive. After all, you only get one shot at life! So we ask, “Am I doing what I ought to be doing?” We all strive to have a better life. We all want to get our share of what life has to offer before it’s too late. Although we don’t believe it we know that one day every one of us will die. This makes us anxious. We must make our one shot at life count!

Take a deep breath and I will let you in on a fantastic secret. It turns out that you may not have only one shot at life. You may actually have TWO shots! Or if you are very lucky then you may actually have one long everlasting life. I am hoping that I will be included in that last category.

1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

People we know die all the time but the Apostle Paul told us that not every person will die! How is that possible?

1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

God came down from heaven to earth in the man Jesus. Jesus died on the cross but he didn’t stay in the grave. Jesus rose up out of the grave alive but he didn’t stay on earth. Jesus went back to heaven to be an intercessor between man and God but not always. Jesus Christ is coming back soon but not to stay. Jesus is coming back to collect every person who ever believed in him. He will collect them both soul and body! If you believe in him your body and life will be renewed. If you reject him now then death will have its way with you. One day the dead in Christ will rise up out of their graves and live. Chances are that somebody you know who has died will become alive again. I’ll bet that some of those people will meet with you then. After all of those people are made alive, then the present day believers in Christ will be changed. Their bodies will be transformed into indestructible everlasting bodies. Chances are very good that I will still be alive on that day. Not until all believers past and present are assembled will they be taken into heaven to be with Jesus. Their lives will no longer be uncertain but instead they will be forever steadfast and enduring.

In order to receive our steadfast lives our hearts must be steadfast toward God. If our hearts are not steadfast with God then our souls and bodies will perish.

Psa 78:7-8 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

Don’t think that this is your best life now. For the believer in Jesus Christ a new renewed life is promised. One day every person who ever trusted God will rise up out of their grave and live. This day could come much sooner than we think. The day of renewed life could come before your current goals are accomplished. Whose life would you rather have; the person who overcame death or your short uncertain life today?

Our lives seem very important to us now. When things don’t go our way we even challenge God. We ask, “God why are you doing this to me?” But God understands that we are in fact not very significant. He knows that none of us will last very long at all.

Psa 78:39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Life is miraculous, uncertain, and fleeting. God created us to live forever but our troubles overflow us. Upon the resurrection and the renewing of our bodies our lives will become incredibly fantastic, steadfast, and fulfilling forever. This everlasting jubilant life was highly expensive yet freely given. God became a man in Jesus Christ in order to prepare our place before God. Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin. Everlasting life is available to us if we receive it. If we do not then death will consume us forever. Our life in Jesus Christ is much greater than the cares of this world. Our renewed life has an eternal weight. In order to receive our steadfast lives our hearts must be steadfast toward God.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

In the verse above the end doesn’t mean the end of time or the end of our lives but it means to the completion of maturity. If you know about Jesus Christ’s payment for your sin but are continually waiting to submit yourself to his authority then your deliverance from sin and death has not reached its end. Your faith has not reached maturity. When Jesus comes to raise the dead and to collect his followers then you will not be taken. At that time God will judge the unbelieving world. A terrible time of tribulation and spiritual darkness will grip the earth. The Bible tells us to trust Jesus now while the light still shines (John 12:35).

Today Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God defending believers against the accusations of Satan. In this way he performs the duty of High Priest for us. He is a High Priest chosen among men who mediates between man and God. In verse 19 below the veil is the way into the holiest part of God’s temple in heaven. Only the High Priest is allowed there. Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice for sin. He presented his sacrifice in heaven before God. This is our steadfast hope of reconciliation with God and our steadfast promise of an everlasting renewed life.

Heb 6:19-20 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

The name Melchisedec means king of righteousness. Many Bible scholars think that Melchisedec was in fact an appearance of Jesus Christ on earth long before he became a man (Gen 14:18). It is said that Melchisedec like Jesus Christ has an eternal life (Heb 7:3, Heb 7:16). Since Jesus lives forever he is able to sustain our relationship with God forever. Our only hope of a steadfast right relationship with God is through his son Jesus.

Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Our salvation through Jesus is complete and steadfast. Don’t be overwhelmed with the disappointments of life today. No matter how good or bad your life is now it will certainly be short. That is unless you are still alive until the day of resurrection; the day that Jesus returns for his own. Our lives forever will be great. When it comes to life in Jesus Christ the best is yet to come. That is for certain.

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