To Kristin (and all of her motherly disciples)

Dear Kristin, and Dara, Anna, Julia and of course Dawny, You have sacrificed to give our lives beauty and order. God alone knowns the price you pay day in and day out. I thought our friend Paul Clark said it better than I ever could, Have a blessed Mother’s day dear(s) you deserve it-

Woman, your worth is far above all precious jewels
My heart trusts in you
I know you’ll do me good,
All the days of my life
Woman, your hands, they seem to work with delight
You’re like a merchant ship
Gathering goods from afar
For your home
You rise before the sun
To serve everyone
Day after day, your hands seldom rest
You never eat the bread of idleness
Woman, you are a gift to me
Grace and beauty are yours
Woman, you’re like a silent night
Gentle and quiet in heart
Woman, you are a gift to me
Grace and beauty are yours
Woman, you’re like a silent night
Gentle and quiet in heart
And I love you
Please love me
Let us live together
In Him….Paul Clark 

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Is This Sickness Unto Death?…Thoughts on France

 

Europe is sick with self-hatred. I think it never recovered from the Nazi episode. That is what I have called ‘The Second Career of Adolf Hitler’: maybe a little less criminal than the first one, but hardly less damaging, historically speaking. Europe is like a patient which has been operated upon so many times and so intensively to try and remove the Hitlerian cancer that the surgeons, in their eagerness to take no chances, have removed not only the cancer but most of the vital organs. The patient has no guts left, no heart, no brains, no virility, no legs, no will. The worst thing in what is happening is that we could very well resist, and still win. But we don’t want to. Europe does not want to. The Europeans don’t even want to know what is happening to them. And those who tell them are punished or banished, like birds of ill omen: the perpetual shooting of the messengers.Renaud Camus ,

 

Camus pointed out in an interview something that I and others have observed . Like a human body badly weakened and ravaged by an illness, Europe is spiritually sick and unable to resist the secondary opportunistic infections which could kill it.

When she embraced the religion of Christianity, to varying degrees over the last thousand years, Europe had a will to live. Europeans met the challenge of the Islamic hordes, and threw them back, in France, Vienna and even in Spain after a seven hundred year struggle!  The Judeo Christian world wanted to live and to pass on their civilization to their children. The fear of God is all about the future and is fruitful.

However imperfectly practiced, Europe once thrived under a Redemptive religion. Christianity consists of revealed truths such as sin and forgiveness, Truth and Love, Judgment and Redemption are the framework, and at the center, self sacrificing Love as exemplified in Jesus Christ.

Thus, Europe once was nourished by Christ. Her thinking and ethics and concern for the individual, and for freedom and the rule of law, all came from Christianity. The forgiveness offered to all through Christianity is the only cure for the sin sick soul. One who has received Jesus’ forgiveness and the gift of eternal life is immune to the false, collective guilt heaped on Westerners for the past sixty years.

But to varying degrees, Europe has lost her faith. In the case of France, the loss of Christian faith could be marked as having occurred in the French Revolution. Certainly though the germ of  Christian faith Which survived the enthroning of human reason and the worship of the prostitute in Notre Dame,and the assault of Existential Philosophy and the age of godless revolutions throughout the 19th century,  was utterly wiped out in the carnage of the First World War as the Judeo Christian world marshaled all of her ingenuity and industrial might, turning on each other,  in the world’s first wholesale industrial strength war.

Too many Priests, Vicars and Pastors blessed the legions of European youth in the name of God, as they marched in flower showered columns into the world’s greatest disaster, intent on slaughtering each other in trenches of horror. The Western World has never recovered from it, to this day! World War 2 was but the inevitable extension of the First World War, and the casualty, at least for the European Elites, from Moscow to Berlin, to Paris and even London was a shattering of former verities, confidence in the culture and the religion which once nourished it.

Europe has coasted on the heritage of Christianity, without Christianity for decades, so also has America. The benefits which came of Judeo Christian civilization, concern for the individual, role of law, technological superiority, all of these Judeo Christian virtues are the fumes of the now empty gas tank which once propelled Europe and the West into superiority.

We still have the power, we just lack the will, we are exhausted and empty, our leaders have this sickness in the greatest concentration, they are downright Nihilistic. It has been noted that many of Europe’s leaders are childless, which has a considerable effect on their outlook.We still have fantastic, lawful societies, people are beating a path to live here, but our leaders do not believe them worth preserving.

Swedish leaders have brow beat their own people, telling them Sweden has no culture whatsoever and can only be enriched by the baptism of savages  and rapists from the Middle East and Africa.

The newly elected Macron has been quoted as saying that there is no such thing as French Culture.

Who are these nihilists? How did they ascend to power? Why don’t they want their own societies to Live?

How can one resist a religion,(even a manifestly false religion like Islam), without a religion?

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France Prefers Esau to Jacob…thoughts pt 2

The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.  I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob,  And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.(Malachi 1:1-3)

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.(Genesis 12:3)

In the first book of the Bible, there is an account of a very special, and even miraculous family. The story comes after the account in which every nation on earth united in defecting from the Creator, at the Tower of Babel. All nations went their own way, therefore God would create a new nation.

If I was going to create a new nation I would enlist a virile young, healthy couple as a starter and bid them “Be fruitful and multiply”. But God is not a man, He does things differently. He found an aged, idolatrous barren couple in the region we call Iraq today, and promised that they would have children and that one of their children would bless “every family on earth”.

Furthermore God set forth a foreign policy for every other nation on earth, in the 12th chapter of the first book of the Bible, when he told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you…”. I can’t think of France’s seeming current dilemma without considering this ancient but fully verified prophecy.

Abraham had a son Isaac, and he and his wife also had trouble conceiving, but God intervened and Rebecca conceived twins. The pregnancy was a troubled one, so Rebecca sought the LORD, and received the following prophecy;

 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord.And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.(Genesis 25:22-23)

Jacob and Esau, the two struggling babies represented two nations, two completely different manner of people, constantly struggling between themselves, but destined to engulf the entire world into their struggle at the end of time, leading to a period called “the time of Jacob’s trouble”, and forcing the nations to choose one side or another. Neutrality is impossible.

Esau would become, along with Ishmael, the Muslim world, for the modern Arab nations are descendants of Ishmael and Esau. Islam, the religion which developed out of that world, takes up the grievance of both Ishmael and Esau against Esau’s twin, Jacob. The wider Muslim world, consist of  the spiritual progeny of these figures, and have an affinity to them, taking up their hatred against Israel.

When Israel was uprooted out of her land and scattered across the World as Moses warned her she would be, for her apostasy, The European continent along with Russia,and the Ukraine became the primary places where Israel would uneasily settle in her long night. In spite of pograms and persecutions, which culminated in the Holocaust of the 1940’s, many Jews remained in Russia, France, England, Belgium, Poland, and have recently been trickling back into Germany.

Europe has always had Jacob living among here, and has always vigorously resisted Esau, turning him back through Charles Martel, Jan Sobieski, and the Battle of Lepanto. It took Spain 700 years to drive Esau out of her borders, but she did in 1492.

But it has become increasingly obvious that France and Germany and the rest of the European nations, do not want Jacob to live among them. Therefore as part of the Judgment of God, they have to have Esau.

Vichy France collaborated in the Holocaust, deporting tens of thousands of Jews to die in Germany’s Nazi death camps. France did recognize Israel in 1948 and about a quarter of a million Sephardic Jews migrated to France in the years that followed. As recently as 2012,France was home to 600,000 Jews.

After the 1967 Six Day War, Charles Degaulle made it a French priority to court the Arab world, building strong ties with it, increasing trade and offsetting the power of the United States and of Russia in the then bi polar World of the Cold War. The Egyptian Jewish author and scholar,   Bat Yeor has written extensively about the numerous Franco and Euro Arabian trade treaties which almost always provided for Arab immigration into France, and even cultural exchanges which allowed Arab (Muslim)  input into French education for children.

As Arab and North African immigration increased in France so also did Anti-Semitism, although there has always been a deep undercurrent of it among French cultural elites.

Muslims greatly outnumber Jews in France, and Esau is expressing his violent jealousy of Jacob every chance he can. In 2006 a Muslim gang led by an African Muslim kidnapped a French student, Ilam Halimi, and tortured him to death over a period of two weeks. In 2012 in Tolouse an French Algerian slaughtered three Jewish children and an adult in an attack on a Jewish school. In 2015 a Kosher Supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, in eastern Paris was attacked by Muslims with machine guns.

These are just a thumbnail sketch of the incidences piling up in France, of AntiSemitism. Jews make just one percent of the French population, but 51 percent of all reported violent hate crimes are committed against them, leading more than one French jew to say, “It feels like 1938 again.”

One of the ironies of this recent election was that Marine La Pen seemed to really “get it”, i.e. the Islamic threat to France’s existence. Esau is dangerous and needs to be contained. But she is the daughter of Jean Marie laPen, a known AntiSemite and represents a party which was once known for holocaust denial and AntiSemitism.

Of course France is not alone, there is antisemitic cloud gathering all over Europe again, and a corresponding increase in the hordes of Esau’s permitted to enter into the formerly Christianized continent, bringing with them their ancient hatreds, wars, rivalries, and barbaric practices, such as Female Genital mutilation, Honor Killing, and the wanton disrespect of women which always accompanies Islam.

One European thinker has been quoted as saying, “Alas, we didn’t want the six million Jews, now we have to endure twenty million or more Muslims!”.

Esau did not receive the Blessing of the firstborn that he thought was his, God had chosen Jacob instead. But Esau did receive a prophecy, from Isaac, which seems to be clearest in the New American Standard Bible,

Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
And away from the dew of heaven from above.
 “By your sword you shall live,
And your brother you shall serve;
But it shall come about when you become restless,
That you will [u]break his yoke from your neck.”(Genesis 27:39-40)

Esau has become restive and is throwing off the Judeo Christian Yoke, in preparation for the final battles.

Could France’s immigration problem and he failure to elect anyone capable of addressing it,  be a modern manifestation of the ancient blessing of Abraham? “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you…”.

Pray that France repent., turn to God, and return to a genuine form of Christianity!

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Thoughts on France…

The French Elections 

Marine Le Pen gained almost 35 percent of the vote in the recent elections in France. This in spite of the incredible level of demonization she was subjected to by the world press, the French press, the cable media and the World elite, and the collusion of nearly all of the other candidates running in the election.

Thirty five percent of French voters chose her; they want change, they feel the need for security, they want borders and some degree of national Sovereignty. They have had enough of the Islamic invasion.

The international globalist elite may be breathing a sigh of relief but this result shows that there are cracks widening in the European “Union”. There is a growing groundswell of French who do not want to bid the culture which has nourished them

The Time of the Gentiles

 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.  And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (Daniel 2:40-43)

Daniel predicted that the last great expression of the Gentile world powers which would dominate and Lord it over Israel, would be the Roman Empire. The last stage of the Roman Empire would be the feet of “Iron mixed with clay”, and the ten toes which would emerge from it.

Iron is strong, and clay is weak, Iron doesn’t mix with clay, they cannot cleave to each other, clay can only weaken the iron.

Compared to the Muslim world, the western nations have had the strength of iron, in their military and economic strength. But now that Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and the rest of western Europe have opened the gates to millions of Muslim young male “refugees”, in order to counter the European demographic winter.

The once relatively strong nations have been weakened, and perhaps fatally through the ongoing injection of hostile, angry, incompatible hordes of Muslims, most of whom immediately go on the public dole, forcing European taxpayers to support those who hate them and everything they stand for.

The French call it the “Great Replacement”

The Prophet Daniel saw that out of the failed attempt to mix Iron with clay would come a new Roman Kingdom, of ten Kings, one of whom would prove to be the AntiChrist.

What if A Roman Prince Arose…

I have long had a theory that should some Western European Prince or leader ever rise up to power,  and put the unruly hordes of Muslim “immigrants” in their place, and subdue them in Europe, making them fear and tremble as they now make Europeans fear…Europeans would worship Him.

Europeans  are so sick and tired of appeasement, and of being accused of racism for merely wanting their countries to remain French or Belgic, and of being lectured on “Islamophobia” while Muslims rape and plunder their nations at will, that all it would take would be for a leader in Western Europe to rise up and put these people down, and really put the fear of retribution into the Muslims…I am sure the Europeans would worship Him, saying something like

“Who is like the Beast and who is able to make War with Him?”

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The Significance of Erdogan …Turkey pt 7

Ever since 1918, at the end of the First World War, the Western world has been in a period of respite, whether we recognize it or not, from the predations of a ravenous Empire which menaced the West for 400 years.

We who have been born and raised in this post Ottoman period for the most part don’t even know that a little more than a hundred years ago, all of the West had to deal with a powerful and avaricious Sunni menace, which altered world trade routes, controlled the entire Middle East including the Holy Land, and encroached deep into the Eastern European Balkans, enslaving and impoverishing millions of Orthodox Christians  at will.

Turkey was the seat of the Caliphate, and even in decline she exerted powerful influence as an ally of Germany, almost 100 years ago, She was not afraid to execute a massive genocide even late in the World War, killing 1.5 million Armenians, and driving the rest of them and any other Greek or Assyrian Christians out of the country, via tortuous death marches through the Syrian desert. The “Christian world” raised little or no protest.

But then Turkey was transformed by one of the most vigorous reform projects ever undertaken in the modern world. Gamal Mustafa, aka Attaturk literally drug the Sunni Muslim country into the twentieth century, literally changing the Turkish language and alphabet (and achieving almost 100 percent literacy), banishing the Fez, the veils, the religious Madrassas, Muslim religious orders, and creating a modern European style Republic complete with a constitution.

And perhaps most importantly, Kemal shut down the Caliphate, which is the ancient central Military, religious and political authority for the World’s Sunni Muslims (75 percent of all Muslims).

Turkey was an ally of the United States and Western Europe in the cold war, she was a member of NATO and grew into a prosperous, stable European nation. Turkey was even a friend and defense partner with the state of Israel, which miraculously came back into existence in 1948.The military of Turkey was charged with the task of keeping Turkey secular, and she did indeed intervene four times in the modern world when Islamist elements attempted to steer Turkey back to her radical ways.

Erdogan has been a political figure since 1994 when he served as Mayor of Istanbul.By Turkish law, Erdogan shouldn’t even be holding a public office because of a legal conviction he received for reciting “religious hatred”, when he publicly recited a poem that had these lines”“The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…”. This should have been a portent.

But when his Justice and Development party swept into power in 2001, they passed a constitutional amendment which allowed Erdogan to run again and the Justice and Development power swept Erdogan into the presidency. The Rise of Erdogan .

Erdogan has been able to out maneuver the guardians of secularism in the Turkish Army and is in the process of openly and radically re-Islamizing Turkey, and with much popular support.

Part of that reIslamization process involves Erdogan’s anti-Semitic demagoguery according to a columnist for the Jerusalem Post in an article called Erdogan is an AntiSemitic Bigot-

Since his demagogic outburst against President Shimon Peres in Davos live on TV in January 2009, followed by his dramatic storming out of the meeting, Erdogan’s attitude toward Israel has dramatically deteriorated.

He shamelessly allies himself with the genocidal Hamas and refers to Israel as a “terrorist state” which “massacres children” and “knows well how to kill.” Only a few weeks ago, Erdogan hosted Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Turkey for the third time in 12 months.

Clearly, he reached the conclusion that as a major global Israel-basher he reaps dividends among the Arab masses and furthers his dream of becoming head of a new Ottoman Sunni empire.

Erdogan dedicated the Saladdin international airport, in the restive Kurdish section of South East Turkey, Erdogan explained that the given name of the airport was symbolic-

“We are naming this airport Selahaddin Eyyubi to send a message of solidarity and brotherhood and to say that Jerusalem belongs to Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Muslims forever.”

Turkey’s future according to the Bible is to lead a massive coalition of Islamic States into the final battle with Israel, and not to be a modern, secular reformed Islamic state. Erdogan’s significance is that it is evidently his role to reverse the reforms of Atatturk and to bring back the beastly Caliphate which was dismantled in 1922.

 

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Ottoman Empire…Turkey pt 6

From the years 1299AD to 1922 AD,the Holy Land of the Bible, Egypt, Libya,Tunisia, the entire Arab world, and the former Christian Middle East  was ruled alternately by the Mameluke dynasty of Egypt, end eventually came under the rule of the Turkish Pashas of the Ottoman Empire.By the late 15th century the remains of the once Christian Byzantine Empire also fell into the hands of the Ottoman empire.

Constantinople became Istanbul, and the renown Hagia Sophia Church became the great Mosque and the city of Constantine and the Christian emperors of Byzantium became the seat of the Caliphate.

The Caliphate is the central ruling authority of Sunni Islam, led by a combination political and religious leader, the Caliph, which means “the successor” to Mohammed. The Caliph is also called the ‘Prince of the Faithful and to him every Sunni Muslim must pledge ‘Bayat’, i.e. allegience.

The Mamelukes in Egypt were the primary Muslim State and kept a Caliph in Cairo, but in the years after the capture of Constantinople, the Ottomans overcame the Mamelukes and the Holy Land came under the power of the Turkish Caliphate.*

Caliphs are the ones who prosecute Jihad against all of the world of the infidels, and every Sunni is honor bound to participate fully with the Caliph. For  hundreds of years the Caliphate was centered in Turkey.

Thus the Ottomans were a constant threat to western Christian Europe, making raids upon coastal cities, engaging in the white slave trade, (At the height of the western African enslavement period, there were more than two million white slaves throughout Africa and the Muslim world) and controlling trade routes to the far East. It was in the year 1492 that Spain finally drove out Muslims from the Arab and North African world, after 700 long years of occupation.

Muslim stranglehold on trade is what initiated the age of discovery, for the Spanish and Portugese explorers were trying to find a way to bypass Ottoman checkpoints where they would be heavily taxed if not outright robbed and killed.

The Ottomans had nearly unbroken success in attacking and devouring much of Eastern Europe, taking Greece, Serbia,Albania,Bosnia,Montenegro, much of Hungary,Bulgaria, and other lesser eastern European Kingdoms.These lands would languish under the humiliation and impoverishment of Dhimmi status for hundreds of years.

But eventually the West was able to push back.

In 1571 The ‘Holy League’, a coalition of Roman Catholic maritime powers ,had assembled a large naval force, which confronted and defeated a massive armada of the Ottoman Navy off of the gulf of Corinth. The Holy League was financed by Spain and sanctioned by the Pope. This victory was the first major setback of Ottoman power by Western forces and for a while it stopped Turkish expansion of influence.

The Turkish fleet had been powered by more than 20,000 captured Christian galley slaves, 12,000 of whom had been freed by the end of the battle.Turkish elite troops included Jannissarries, which were Christian children taken as tribute from their parents in Eastern Europe and brainwashed and martially trained to be elite crack troops.

Ottoman rule over Eastern Europe had impoverished and crushed the people of Serbia, Macedonia,Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania and Bosnia and was designed to pressure them to convert to Islam and thus to be relieved of the constant oppression of the Jizya tax, and the confiscation of children as Jannisary warriors and daughters as Harem wives.

It is a testament to the faith of so many that they would not renounce Jesus Christ or the Orthodox faith in spite of the constant oppression they suffered by Ottoman Muslims. Of course many did convert to Islam as well and thus the Balkan area of Europe has been deeply divided to this day.

The Ottomans kept attacking and probing western Europe , expecting to conquer it also.As late as 1683, Polish King and General Jan Sobieski saved Europe from invasion by Turkish forces when he broke a long siege of Vienna,Austria defeating and turning back the Ottoman hordes of Mehmed the Fourth.

Eventually European technology began to surpass the martial prowess of the Ottoman, and it became evident that though a constant threat, the menace of Turkish conquest of the Catholic (and Protestant) West began to fade away.The scholar of Islam,Bernard Lewis has written a book about the impact of the West leaving the Ottomans and the rest of the Muslim world in the dust if history, technologically and culturally. The book is called “What Went Wrong?”, because to the Muslim psyche, to be left behind by Western ‘Kaffirs” in all areas of progress, is inexplicable.

The Ottoman Empire maintained for the next two centuries, but decay, and corruption enfeebled it considerably. In 1822 the Greek nation waged of successful war of Independence, throwing off the yoke of the Ottomans, and Bulgaria,Montenegro and Serbia also threw off the Ottoman yoke.By 1900 the Ottoman Empire was considered to be the “Sick man of Europe”, and nearly ready to die.

Shattering events would soon take place on the earth which would signal the very end the world order, yeah even the of the age and the preparation for the judgments prophesied to occur in the very end times. We have a God who rules over history.

 

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Turkey,(Asia Minor) In The New Testament…Turkey pt 5

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.(Revelation 1:4-6)

Much of the Bible is set in or addressed to people living in the region we now call Turkey. In our last article we looked at the region in the Old Testament, and were amazed to find that Abraham once lived there,Noah’s Ark landed there, the Euphrates rived begins there, Jacob ,Leah and Rachel lived there and most of the sons of Israel were born there!

Of course it wasn’t called Turkey until the Seljuk Turks swept aside the Byzantine hristians between the tenth and the twelfth century AD.into the region. It had alternately been called Byzantium, and before that in Biblical times, regions such as Pontus, Galatia, Lydia Cilicia,Pamphylia,

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This is a significant fact to those who search the prophetic scriptures for the signs of Jesus’ coming and the events which will lead to the long prophesied “End of the Age”for the region is destined to be one of the primary players in end times events.

All of the letters to the seven churches in Revelation were sent to bodies of believers in Asia Minor(Turkey). In view of that there are a few items of significance I must point out.

In the Letter to Pergamos Jesus acknowledged that the church dwelt “Where Satan’s Throne” sat,

I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.(Revelation 2:13)

Is there significance that there was a city in Asia Minor where of which Lord Jesus Christ himself mentioned that it was the location of the very throne of Satan himself?

When Medes and Persians conquered Babylon, in the 6th century BC, the high Priests of the Babylonian mystery religion, fled and set themselves up at Pergamos. Eventually a massive altar to Zeus was erected among the other Pagan alters and shrines in Pergamos, and it is believed that this is the altar which Jesus referred to as the throne of Satan.

Interestingly enough, in the late 19th century the German Government under the Kaiser financed an archeological expedition which excavated, and dismantled the entire Satanic altar, re-constructing it at the “Pergammon Museum” in Berlin where it has remained to this day with a few exceptions.(Think of what has happened to Germany in the years since the arrival of this “Throne”).

Another observation, Jesus told several of the churches that should they not repent, He would remove their candlestick from out of its place. Asia Minor,(Turkey) was at one time the center of the Christian world, and for a long time it was the eastern half of the Roman Empire, called Byzantium, which lasted for a full thousand years longer than the western Roman Empire .

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.(Revelation 2:5)

This is how the earliest center of Christianity could become almost 100 percent Muslim! Jesus warned them (and us) of the dangers of indulgence in immorality, flirting with false prophets and pagan religion, false doctrine,and lovelessness. Look at Britain and America and compare them with what they were but a short time ago.

Virtually all of the New Testament was written to Saints in what is now Turkey; Galatians, Lystra, Derbe, Iconium, the Ephesians and Collossians, First and Second Timothy, The Gospel of John, most of Paul’s missionary journeys involved Asia minor, as did the school of Tyrannus where in the space of 3 years all of Asia heard the gospel. The apostle Paul was born in Tarsus in Cilicia (southern tip of Turkey)which is also where the tomb of Daniel is said to be.Mary Jesus’ mother is buried in Ephesus, where she had lived with the apostle John.

Asia Minor was at that time the Greek world, along with the Greek islands and Paninsula which we know of as Greece today. In fact Zechariah is referring to it in Zechariah 9 when he predicts that one of the ultimate battles will be between the Sons of Zion and the sons of Javan,(translated Greece in the KJV).

Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee; When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.(Zechariah 9:12-17)

In the first centuries of the church, the Greeks received the gospel in great numbers. The gospel steadily prevailed in spite of horrible persecution, until Constantine ‘legalized’ Christianity and established his model “Christian” city, Constantinople at the point of the Hellespont Peninsula. One of the most beautiful and massive Christian houses of worship was constructed in the fourth century in Constantinople,the church of Hagia Sophia, which exists to this day, currently being renovated by Erdogan government from a Museum to an active Mosque.

What happened to the once Christian Greek world , which turned it into the anti-Christian Muslim world?

It is beyond my current scope to offer anything but a brief overview of Turkish history, but in brief; Constantinople became a center of Christian civilization and learning, for centuries. It was called Byzantium, and for a thousand years it stood, even after Barbarians sacked Rome and Europe entered into a dark Age. Western Christianity developed under the increasing power of the Bishops of Rome, as did Eastern Christianity, under the various Metropolitans of Byzantium,(called Greek Orthodoxy).

Eventually a split occurred, which eventuated in the spectacle of the Pope of the west and the Metropolitan of the east(Constantinople) excommunicating each other, in the tenth century.

In the sixth century Islam exploded, from the Arabian Peninsula, and across the eastern Roman Empire, conquering the once classical world like a storm, in spite of Byzantine efforts to halt the spread. Furthermore, Turkic tribes from the East began pouring into Asia Minor, and taking bits and pieces of territory which had been Byzantine controlled. These Seljuk Turks readily accepted Islam’s warrior religious ethos, and had all of the fervor of the new convert.

By the time of the commencements of the Crusades, Byzantium had been severely weakened by the constant warfare waged by Islamic Arabs and their hordes, taking chunk after chunk of once Christian lands in the Middle East, North Africa and eventually incursions into Asia minor itself.Persia had become Muslim as had what we now call Iraq, Constantinople was being encircled.

At the time of the fourth Crusade of the Western Catholic Church, a rogue breakaway army of western Crusaders attacked Constantinople and sacked the city!

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The Sack of Constantinople or Siege of Constantinople occurred in 1204 and marked the end of the Fourth Crusade. Mutinous Crusader armies captured, looted, and destroyed parts of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. After the capture, the Latin Empire was created and Baldwin of Flanders was crowned Emperor Baldwin I of Constantinople in the Hagia Sophia.

After the city’s sacking, a number of territories of the Empire went under the control of the Crusaders. Others formed independent states under Byzantine aristocracy, one of them being the Empire of Nicaea, which recaptured the city in 1261 proclaiming the reinstatement of the Empire. However, the weakened state would never return to its former territorial or economic status, and would eventually see all its territories in Anatolia and Southeastern Europe conquered by a rising Ottoman Sultanate, who carried out the 1453 Siege of Constantinople. For this reason, the events of 1204 are sometimes seen as marking the final stage of the Byzantine Empire’s decline.

Islam then, as now became the beneficiary of the apostasy and disunity of Christianity, or Christendom, for the weakening of the already besieged Byzantine State by Western Catholics, paved the way for the eventual conquest of all of Asia Minor by Muslims, and for the brutal five hundred year Caliphate, established upon a region which for a thousand years had been Christian.

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