2018 Bible Prophecy Timeline
We can see Jesus coming!
By Craig C. White
2018 is upon us and end time Bible prophecy is becoming clearer and clearer to see. Every year I tell you that these end time events typically take longer than I suspect to come to pass. Now it seems that Bible events are cued up and ready to begin in earnest. I think that Jesus will return within the next couple of years.
The path to Jesus Christ’s return for his Church is easy to see! The nearer that the Turkish Army gets to Israel, the nearer that Jesus will get to Israel, and the nearer that Christians will be to being rescued. Unfortunately that means that seven years of God’s wrath is about to begin for Israel and also for the rest of the world.
The Prophet Jeremiah told us about two northwestern Syria cities that will hear evil reports just before the residents of Damascus flee and then Damascus is destroyed. So the invaders that destroy Damascus come from the north. Jeremiah 49:23 identifies Hamah and Arpad (or modern day Tell Rifaat). The Turkish Army is amassed near both of these cities now. Turkish President Erdogan is threatening to attack the Kurds in Hamah and Tell Rifaat. Erdogan has also promised to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. Erdogan said that the sole reason that Turkey has entered Syria is to remove Assad.
By the way, Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist! Scout’s honor. Just a side note: we should expect to see Satan cast out of heaven and fall to the Earth. This will become apparent as Satan empowers Turkish President Erdogan to blaspheme the God of Israel and to perform false miracles. It could be that Satan will enrage Turkish President Erdogan to finally attack Israel.
A lot of Bible prophecy that was written about the ancient Assyrian capital city of Nineveh has already been fulfilled in Mosul. The northern Iraq city of Mosul is built around the ruins of Nineveh. The Prophet Nahum predicts that an army will attack and destroy Mosul. Last year the Iraqi Army hunted down ISIS fighters street by street until much of Mosul was reduced to ruins. Nahum also predicts a final ISIS uprising in Mosul as well as the flooding of the city.
Most Bible teachers completely ignore the Old Testament book of Nahum but it turns out that Nahum gives us remarkable insight into end time events. The Prophet Nahum makes several other predictions concerning Mosul in northern Iraq. Here is the latest one to come to fulfillment.
In the next verse Nahum says that Mosul’s wicked leader will formally address his troops just before a final battle is staged.
Nahum 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.
In September 2017 ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi released a 46 minute long voice recording addressing his ISIS troops in Iraq and Syria and around the world. Al-Baghdadi told ISIS soldiers in Iraq and Syria to keep fighting. He also told ISIS sympathizers around the world to commit terrorist acts against the west. Now it could be that we will be hearing even more from the ISIS leader.
In the very next verse the city of Mosul is destroyed by a flood of water.
Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.
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!!! He 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.
In the verses above, Nahum identifies Bashan, Carmel, and Lebanon. These places all describe the Golan Heights that separate Israel from Syria and Lebanon. So it seems that Jesus Christ will scorch the ground as he passes by the Golan Heights when he comes in the air! But notice that God also protects those people who trust in him. This could refer to the Resurrection and Rapture of Church age believers.
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 in northwestern Syria, and then marches southward to destroy Damascus. Every nation that is listed in Ezekiel 38:5 is now fighting in Syria.
Ezekiel 38:20 says that, “all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence”. So it seems that Jesus Christ will fight against the Turkish led invaders in person. Ezekiel says that God will cause these invaders to retreat.
Psalm 50:3-5 describes a similar scenario. Jesus will come in the air in a fiery tornado. Jesus will cause the armies that have gathered against Israel on the Golan Heights to retreat and he will also gather Christians.
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.
The Rapture fuse is lit! The nearer that Turkey gets to Israel, the nearer that Jesus will get to Israel.
Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. He will destroy Damascus and then invade the Golan Heights. Jesus will return to turn the Turkish led invaders back and also to take away Christians. Afterwards I think that a peace deal will be made beginning the seven year long Tribulation period.