Apr 16 2020

“North quarters” refers to the northern provinces of Turkey

“North quarters” refers to the northern provinces of Turkey

Gog and Magog is Turkey not Russia!

Ezekiel 38:6

By Craig C. White

Almost every modern day Bible prophecy teacher says that Gog and Magog in Ezekiel chapter 38 refers to Russia. Ezekiel chapter 38 describes an end time invasion into Israel. They say that Russia will lead Iran, Sudan, and Libya into Israel. Very unfortunately these Bible prophecy buffs are wrong. They use the following verse to conclude that the term “north quarters” identifies the nation that is located furthest to the north of Israel. But hold on just a minute. The term “north quarters” is used elsewhere in the Bible. It always refers to the northern part of a region. It does not refer to a far north nation that is outside of a particular region.

Ezekiel 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

For decades Bible prophecy teachers have exercised exegetical gymnastics to equate the name Togarmah to mean Russia. That is because they are trying to fit the text to their preconceived interpretations. When identifying nations and places the Bible is typically much more straightforward. Togarmah isn’t a nation to the far north of Israel. Instead Togarmah is a northern province inside of the borders of Turkey. Most Bible maps identify Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Togarmah as provinces located inside of the land that we call Turkey. All of these names are mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38. Just for your information, the highest population density in Turkey is around Istanbul in the far northwestern region of Turkey. Ezekiel is saying that the people of northern Turkey will participate in this invasion into Israel.

The term “north quarters” is comprised of two Hebrew words. Tsaphon meaning northward or northern side and yerekah meaning to the rear of the border. These definitions are from the Strong Hebrew dictionary.

tsâphôn tsâphôn
tsaw-fone’, tsaw-fone’
properly hidden, that is, dark; used only of the north as a quarter (gloomy and unknown): – north (-ern, side, -ward, wind).

yerêkâh
yer-ay-kaw’
properly the flank; but used only figuratively, the rear or recess: – border, coast, part, quarter, side.

Outside of the book of Ezekiel the words tsaphon and yerekah are used together only twice more in the Bible. In Psalm 48:2 and also in Isaiah 14:13 tsaphon and yerekah refer to the north side of Mount Zion. In Psalm 48:2 the phrase “the sides of the north” are the same two Hebrew words that are translated as “north quarters” in Ezekiel 38:6. In Psalm 48:2 below “the sides of the north” identify the north side of Mount Zion in Jerusalem. From there you can view all of the city of Old Jerusalem.

Psalm 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

The north quarters of Mount Zion are within the boundaries of Mount Zion. They are not identifying a far distant northern land. The phrase “the sides of the north” is used in the same way in Isaiah 14:13.

Here is a side note. The two words Hebrew words tsaphon and yerekah are also used in Jeremiah 6:22 but they are not used together. Jeremiah 6:22 does describe a north country. The Hebrew word erets is translated as country in Jeremiah 6:22. The Hebrew word erets very specially means land, or nation, or country. For example, the official Hebrew name for the nation of Israel is Eretz Yisrael meaning the land of Israel. So you can see that the Hebrew language could have very specifically identified Togarmah in Ezekiel 38:6 as a nation but it did not!

Jeremiah 6:22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.

Jeremiah chapter 6 describes the same invasion into Jerusalem and Judea as does Matthew chapter 24. This is the time of Jerusalem’s great tribulation (Matthew 24:21). I won’t take the time to prove it here but Turkey is the northern nation that attacks Jerusalem and Judea to begin their terrible time of trouble.

So the “north quarters” in Ezekiel 38:6 refer to the northern provinces inside of the borders of Turkey. The term “north quarters” never refers to Russia. Turkey is the nation that will lead Iran, Sudan, and Libya into Israel. By the way all of these nations are fighting inside of Syria today! After Turkey conquers Syria and destroys Damascus then Turkey will lead the armies that are fighting in Syria into Israel. Ezekiel chapter 39 describes another Turkish led invasion into Israel. It is the same as the battle of Armageddon. The ancient Assyrian invasions into northern Israel in 734 BC and the separate invasion into southern Israel in 701 BC are models for these two Turkish led end time invasions. It is very likely that after Turkey destroys Damascus that then they will lead an invasion into the Golan Heights. In the news lately there has been a world wide effort to take the Golan Heights away from Israel. Over the past couple of years Israel has already been forced to defend the Golan Heights from Iran and Libya in southern Syria.

In Ezekiel 38:6 “north quarters” refers to the northern provinces of Turkey. In the Bible “north quarters” never once refers to a far northern nation beyond the borders of the previously identified nation.

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Read all about the first Turkish led invasion into Israel in my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon

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Apr 16 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?

 

Read my commentary titled Jesus will fight on the Golan Heights

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Apr 15 2020

The chief prince of Meshech and Tubal

The chief prince of Meshech and Tubal

Magog is the primary ruler of Turkey

By Craig C. White

Have I introduced you to Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal? Magog is a man. Noah had a son named Japheth who had a son named Magog who settled in Turkey. You can find the generations of Magog in Genesis 10:2 and also in 1Chronicles 1:5.

Gen 10:1-2 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. 2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

In the following passage Gog is Turkey. Magog is its ruler. In verse 2 it isn’t the land called Magog, but it is the land pertaining to Magog.

Ezekiel 38:1-3 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Here is a map of Turkey when Magog, Meshech, and Tubal ruled as princes over the provinces of Turkey. (click to enlarge)

The chief prince of Meshech and Tubal

Gog (Turkey), map credit: blueletterbible.org

Magog was a man. Magog was also a prince who ruled over a province of Turkey. As a matter of fact Magog was a pretty terrific prince. Magog was such a great prince that the Bible calls him the “chief prince” among his brothers Meshech and Tubal. Magog was the chief prince or primary governor of Turkey. Today we could call him the Prime Minister of Turkey. Unfortunately Turkey no longer has a Prime Minister. That’s because ex-Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdoğan got himself elected as President and then eliminated the position of Prime Minister altogether. So President Erdogan is the chief prince of Turkey who has gained complete authority over his nation. Turkish President Erdogan is the modern day personification of Magog. According to Ezekiel chapter 38, he will lead the nations of the Middle East into Israel.

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

Every nation that is listed in Ezekiel 38:5 is now fighting in Syria. After Turkey destroys Damascus they will lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into northern Israel.

I think that Ezekiel tells us that Jesus Christ will return to stop them.

By this time you should know who Magog is. Magog is the primary governor of Turkey. He will lead an end time invasion into Israel. Today Turkish President Erdogan is the chief ruler of Turkey. He will lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into the Golan Heights of northern Israel. Jesus will return to stop them and also to take away Christians. Turkish President Erdogan is Magog. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. It’s High Time to Awake!

Read my commentary  Magog Made Easy!

Read about the coming Turkish led invasion into Israel in my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon

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Apr 14 2020

Ethiopia is Sudan!

Ethiopia is Sudan!

Ezekiel 38:5

By Craig C. White

We are told about an end time Turkish led invasion into Israel in Ezekiel 38. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya will join Turkey in this invasion. Most folks know that Persia is the ancient name for today’s Iran. Libya is easily identified as today’s Libya. But when it comes to identifying Ethiopia we may falter. It seems obvious at first but the English translation is somewhat misleading. The English translators chose a convenient title for their day but the nation of Ethiopia didn’t exist at the time that Ezekiel wrote his prophecy!

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

The name Ethiopia is only as old as about 400 AD. That name was given long after Ezekiel wrote his prophecy (Ezekiel 38:5)! The name Ethiopia comes from the Greek word “Aethiopia” referring to the people who lived south of Egypt. The original Hebrew word translated as “Ethiopia” in the English bible is the Hebrew word “Cush”. Look it up in your concordance! Cush was one of Noah’s grandsons who settled the land south of Egypt (Genesis 10, 1Chronicles 1). Sudan is the major nation today that is located directly south of Egypt. Ethiopia is southeast of Sudan. When you read “Ethiopia” in the English bible you can be certain that it is referring to the modern day nation of Sudan!

By the way all of these nations are represented in the forces fighting in Syria today! It seems likely that after the destruction of Damascus, Syria that these armies will turn south into Israel led by Turkey! It is High Time to Awake!

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Read about the gathering Turkish led invasion into Israel in my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon

You will be alerted to the major pre-Tribulation bible prophecy of our time! Afterward you should definitely tell your pastor!

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Apr 13 2020

Patterns and Paths map of five end time battles

Patterns and Paths Map

Patterns and Paths map of five end time battles

(click to enlarge map)

of five end time battles

By Craig C. White

God is pretty smart. He wants to teach us about end time events. So God has patterned world history to reflect events that we can now expect to see happen.

I want to point out five paths that are designated by arrows and dots on the Patterns and Paths map. They represent the five major end time battles that will be fought over Israel.

First look at the the black dots; they represent the path that the Turkish Army will follow on their way to destroy Damascus and then invade Israel. Turkey will begin their warpath by harassing the northwestern Syria cities of Hamah and Tell Rifaat. The Turkish Army is amassing near Hamah and Tell Rifaat now. Jeremiah 49:23-27 is all about the Turkish Army as they march from northwestern Syria southward to destroy Damascus. In Jeremiah 49:23 below, the city of Tell Rifaat is called Arpad. Read my commentary titled The nations are disquieted over Syria.

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.

After Turkey destroys Damascus they will then lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into the Golan Heights of Israel. Ezekiel chapter 38 describes Turkey as they lead Iran, Sudan, and Libya in an invasion into Israel. In the next verse Persia is called Iran today and the Hebrew word that is translated as “Ethiopia” is really the name Cush. Cush settled in the land south of Egypt. The major nation that is located south of Egypt today is Sudan.

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

This is known as the battle of Gog and Magog. Ezekiel chapter 39 describes another battle called Gog and Magog. That battle is the same as the battle of Armageddon and happens at the end of the Tribulation. But every nation that is listed in Ezekiel chapter 38 is now fighting in Syria. So we can expect the first battle of Gog and Magog to happen after Turkey destroys Damascus. Read my commentary titled Magog Made Easy!

The Turkish conquest of Syria and the following invasion into northern Israel follows along the same path as the Assyrian conquest of Syria and subsequent invasion of northern Israel in 734 BC. The Assyrian attack is a model for the Turkish attack that is now forming in Syria!

Next let’s talk about the path represented by the white dots. After Turkey destroys Damascus then I think that they will lead the forces that are fighting in Syria into the Golan Heights of Israel. The Golan Heights are located just thirty miles south of Damascus.

Nahum 1:4 describes Jesus Christ as he passes over the Golan Heights. As he passes he will burn the ground with a fiery heat.

Nahum 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

The book of Nahum is mostly about the destruction and flooding of ancient Nineveh. Today Nineveh is called Mosul in northern Iraq. Mosul is the hometown and headquarters of ISIS. I think that when the Turkish Army reaches the Golan Heights that then Jesus will return in the air to turn back the armies that Turkey has led into northern Israel. Next Jesus will travel to Mosul to flood the city and judge the ISIS fighters that have gathered there for one last rebellion. Read my commentary titled Jesus will fight on the Golan Heights.

This is the same path that Jonah took to Nineveh. Jesus promised the religious leaders of his day that he would give them the sign of Jonah (Mat 12:39). So the coming of Jesus in the air and the flooding of Mosul may be the one sign to Israel before their tribulation begins that Jesus is truly their Messiah. As we will see, the Resurrection and Rapture of gentile believers may also be part of the sign of Jonah!

Nahum also says that Jesus will save those people who trust in him.

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

So Jesus is coming in the air in heat and fury. He will pass over the Golan Heights and then travel to Mosul in northern Iraq. I think that while Jesus dispenses his wrath against Israel’s enemies he will also gather Christians in the Resurrection and Rapture. Yes that’s what I said. The Rapture will happen when the Turkish Army reaches the Golan heights of Israel! They are in Syria now and headed towards Damascus and then on to Israel.

Now on to the purple path. During the middle of the seven year long Tribulation period the armies of the Antichrist will launch a surprise attack on Jerusalem and Judea. The attack will come from Egypt. Read my commentary titled Before the Great Tribulation – The Antichrist will invade Egypt then Israel.

In Matthew chapter 24 the residents of Jerusalem and Judea are instructed to watch for the coming invasion and to flee into the desert wilderness east of Jerusalem. If the residents of Judea do not watch then they will be killed or be taken away suddenly just like the wicked inhabitants of the earth were taken away by Noah’s flood. Read my commentary titled Matthew 24.

Guess what; the mid-Tribulation attack on Jerusalem and Judea is also patterned for us in ancient history. In 167 BC the army of Antiochus Epiphanes suddenly attacked Jerusalem from Egypt. The attack was devastating with many Jews being killed. Antiochus instructed his soldiers to take every other Jew away captive as slaves. In that way one Jew was taken and the other Jew was left in Jerusalem. Matthew chapter 24 tells us that the same thing will happen when the Antichrist invades Jerusalem and Judea beginning three and one half years of Jerusalem’s great tribulation.

Matthew 24:40-41 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Read my commentary titled One shall be taken and the other left.

Now let’s talk about the path that is represented by the yellow dots on our map. I think that this is the path that Jesus will follow when he returns at his second coming. This is the same path that Israel took when they left Egypt. If you will remember, Israel was led by a pillar of cloud and fire. So God himself determined Israel’s route of travel. This foretold Jesus Christ’s own route when he returns to defeat Israel’s enemies leading up to the battle of Armageddon. Read my commentary titled Revelation Wrath Path.

I would like to point out that the Psalm 83 war will take place in Jordan at the end of the Tribulation period. This is part of Jesus Christ’s yellow path of vengeance. Jesus will rescue the Jewish refugees living in Jordan before he enters Jerusalem. Psalm 83 is a cry for God’s help by the Jews who have fled from Judea (the region around Jerusalem) when they saw the armies of the Antichrist approaching Jerusalem. The Bible says that the residents of Judea must flee when they see a sign in the temple called the abomination of desolation.

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

The residents of Judea will take refuge in the Moab region of Jordan for three and one half years. At the end of that time Jordan, Lebanon, and northern Iraq will conspire together to finally eliminate the last remaining enclave of Jews. Read my commentary titled Psalm 83 War.

Finally the Battle of Armageddon is represented by one blue arrow on the Patterns and Paths map. The arrow begins in the valley of Megiddo (that’s what Armageddon means) in northern Israel and ends near the Dead Sea. Revelation says that the blood of Israel’s enemies will flow for this entire length.

Revelation 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

You see, at his second coming Jesus will first save the Jewish refugees living in Jordan (spoken of in Psalm 83) and then he will save Jerusalem. Jesus will then travel outside of the city of Jerusalem to trample Israel’s enemies like grapes.

Here is the prayer of the Jewish refugees living in Jordan during the second half of the Tribulation. They are asking God to defeat Israel’s enemies just like Gideon did long ago. The following verses describe the armies that were destroyed by the Israeli Army while led by Gideon (Judges 4 & 8). The bloodshed of these battles started in the valley of Megiddo and ended in western Jordan near the Dead Sea.

Psalm 83:9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: 10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. 11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: 12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. 13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. 14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; 15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. 16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. 17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: 18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

The Psalm 83 refugees are asking God to defeat Israel’s enemies beginning in the valley of Megiddo. Jesus Christ will answer their prayer personally as he tramples out the vintage of the blood of his enemies outside of the city of Jerusalem from Megiddo to the Dead Sea! This passage proves that the Psalm 83 rescue of Judean refugees in Jordan will happen just before the battle of Armageddon.

Turkey is in position to begin their march to Damascus and then on to the Golan Heights. I think that Jesus will return to cause them to retreat. At that time Jesus will also collect his Church. There is a terrible time coming upon Israel and also upon all the world! Jesus is coming soon!

Patterns and Paths map of five end time battles

As you study the Patterns and Paths Map also read my commentaries…

Psalm 83 War

Magog Made Easy!

The nations are disquieted over Syria

Jesus will fight on the Golan Heights

The sign of Jonah

Egypt shall not escape

Revelation Wrath Path

WARNING TO JERUSALEM

Read my BIG Book of Bible Prophecy

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