Jesus will be HOT when he comes for his Church
Mosul, the Rapture, and the Golan Heights
By Craig C. White
OK, here is something that you have never considered. The book of Nahum predicts the flooding and destruction of ancient Nineveh. That happened in 612 BC. Today Nineveh is called Mosul in northern Iraq. Mosul is the hometown and headquarters of ISIS. Nahum’s prophecy seems to also apply to Mosul today. A lot of Nahum’s prophecy has already been fulfilled in Mosul.
Now that isn’t even the most curious thing about the book of Nahum. Besides telling us about the destruction and flooding of ancient Nineveh; the book of Nahum also describes the coming in the air of Jesus Christ!!! Jesus comes in a whirlwind and he is HOT!
Nahum 1:3-8 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 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. 5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. 7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. 8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
The land around Jesus will melt and burn. In the verses above, Nahum identifies Bashan, Carmel, and Lebanon. These places all describe the Golan Heights that separate Israel from Syria and Lebanon. I think that Ezekiel chapter 38 describes a Turkish led invasion into the Golan Heights of Israel. I expect this invasion to happen after Turkey attacks Hamah and Tell-Rifaat (Arpad in Jeremiah 49:23) in northwestern Syria, and then marches southward to destroy Damascus (Jeremiah 49:23-27). Turkey is preparing to attack these two Syrian cities right now. Turkish President Erdogan said that the Turkish Army could come at any night suddenly and all at once. So the Turkish led invasion into the Golan Heights is not far off.
Speaking of fire; I’ve always wondered where the fire and brimstone would come from in Ezekiel chapter 38. It seems that it will be stirred up by the heat of Jesus’ coming. Ezekiel says that God will cause the Turkish led armies to retreat.
Ezekiel 38:22-23 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Guess what peeps. I think that this next passage refers to Jesus Christ’s coming for his Church. The passage precedes a description of Israel’s time of trouble. I think that when Jesus collects believers he will be angry with the unbelieving nations, especially those situated around Israel. Jesus won’t come floating down sweetly on a fluffy cloud. He will come in a whirlwind. Fire shall devour before him. He will give the order to collect all of the people who have accepted his own sacrifice for sin; namely Jesus Christ’s death on a cross.
Psalm 50:3-5 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
So when Jesus comes for his Church the heat of his coming will scorch the ground where Israel’s enemies have gathered. It seems that Jesus will personally fight against the Turkish led invaders who have gathered on the Golan Heights.
A lot of Nahum’s prophecy has already been fulfilled in Mosul. Nahum tells about a final uprising and the flooding of Mosul yet to come. Jesus Christ may judge Mosul in person when he comes to gather his Church before the Tribulation on earth. Jesus will also fight against the Turkish led forces on the Golan Heights. Keep your eye on Mosul but also watch Hamah, Tell Rifaat, Damascus, and the Golan Heights!