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!

Wiki-pedia reports

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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Turkey In The Old Testament…Turkey in prophecy pt 4

I have come to the conclusion that the earnest Bible believer would do well to incorporate a new discipline to his study of the Word of God; Biblical Geography.

My study of end times prophecy has drawn me into this aspect of Bible prophecy, particularly in my work on the book “A Sword On The Land;The Muslim World in Bible Prophecy”. Reading the Sacred text with a map and realizing the updated names of commonly cited places and peoples such as Moab,Ammon, Persia, Edom, Kedar and Dedan *has revolutionized my understanding of the stunning relevance of familiar prophecies throughout the Bible.

We are living in an incredible time of prophecy fulfillment, every bit as astonishing as the times of the first coming of Jesus. Things are happening at breakneck speed, all over the world, and even worldly people are wondering what all of these things portend. But as in the time of Jesus’ first advent, how few believers are aware and able to identify and articulate these prophecies!

Lately I have been seeing the complete importance of the nation we now call Turkey, in the Bible. In fact the prophetic significance of Turkey is so great, I feel compelled to write these succinct articles, perhaps forming a little book for those who have ears to hear. I am no scholar, other than my role as an avid disciple of Jesus and eager anticipant for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore I search the scripture.

Others have been calling attention to Turkey lately, and though I disagree with some of their conclusions I appreciate the attention they are drawing to this critical place non the light of prophecy. Chuck Missler, Joel Richardson, and Arnold Fruchtenbaum are some who have been giving much needed insight into the significance of the crucial nation.It is estimated that about 55 percent of all places mentioned in the Bible are in what we now call Turkey.

Turkey is situated in a very strategic place on the globe;she is due north of Israel, and part of Europe but she is Eastern in culture and outlook, with her own unique brand of Islam. Turkey is the gateway to the orient, and to the Middle East.Like Israel she sits near the worlds crossroads.

Turkey features prominently in the Old Testament, Noah’s Ark landed in the Ararat mountain range, thus Turkey is very near the cradle of civilization.Noah’s son Japheth comprised the nations that settled what is now known as Turkey-The nations of Gomer, Magog, Javan, Tubal, and Meschech all descended from Japheth and settled there. (Gen. 10:2).

Abraham had settled in Haran, which is in Turkey, and set out from there after his father died,

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.(Genesis 12:4-5)

Jacob lived in Haran for more than fourteen years while he worked for his uncle Laban, who substituted his daughter Leah for Rachel, Jacob’s first choice for a wife.

The Children of Israel drove out the Hittites, a Canaanitish people, in the days of the conquests of Joshua and Caleb. Those same Hittites fled to Turkey where they became an empire until they were conquered by the Thracians, Phrygians and Assyrians about 1100 BC.

The Assyrian Empire covered what is now Southern Turkey, Syria and Iraq, when they took captive the ten Northern tribes of Israel. The Assyrian capitol was Ninevah, which is presently known as Mosul, in Iraq. They would eventually fade away, being replaced by Babylon in the North and Egypt in the south, until the world altering and decisive battle of Carchemish ( which is in Turkey) in 605BC.

This battle settled the supremacy of Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon over Pharaoh Necho of Egypt and the remnants of the Assyrian empire.Jeremiah 46 is a prophecy about the battle-

The word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles;Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaohnecho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah.(Jeremiah 46:2)

Israel had sided with Pharaoh, rather than listen to the prophet Jeremiah who urged co-operation with Babylon, thus ensuring the Babylonian captivity and destruction of the temple.

Daniel the prophet predicted Alexander the Great, the rise of the Grecian Empire and the division into four sections after Alexander’s sudden death. One of the sections of the divided kingdom was called the Seleucid Empire which included the southern half of Turkey.

One of the prominent Seleucid Emporers was named Antiochus the fourth, aka Antiochus Epiphanes ,which means “Antiochus the Light from above”. He is also known as the “King of the North, and his wars against the King of the South(The Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt) were predicted in great detail by Daniel.(Dan. 8:9-14; 23-25; 11:21-35).

The significance of Antiochus is that this Assyrian ruler is a type of the AntiChrist to come, having been a persecutor of God’s people, a defiler and desecrator of the Temple of God and one who boasted against the most high God himself.

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.(Daniel 11:36-40)

The New Testament is even more connected to the place which we call Turkey, as you will see in our next installment.

*(Moab and Ammon are modern day Jordan, so also is Edom, which also extend into the northern Arabian Peninsula.Persia is Iran, and Kedar and Dedan are cities in present day Saudi Arabia. All of these places feature prominently in prophecy and current events).

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Erdogan And The Deep Things Of Satan…Turkey in prophecy pt 3

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.(Revelation 2:24)

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 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 2:12-13)

We have been examining the profound changes in Turkey since 2003.

Turkey had experienced a thorough reformation one hundred years ago. The Muslim nation had gone from being a perennial menace to Europe and the West,  as the head of the Ottoman Empire, for  four hundred years.  Turkey was also the head of the Sunni Caliphate and controller of the entire Middle East and much of the Maghreb,(North Africa), as well as controlling and reducing much of the Orthodox Christian Eastern European world to humiliating and impoverishing Dhimmi status.

By the end of the First World War, Turkey had lost her empire. That was when she came under new management, for the brilliant reformer Attaturk, i.e. Mustafa Kemal,  led an absolute  transformation of Turkey, Europeanizing her language, script and institutions and most importantly, marginalizing any influence Islam had once held on Turkish public life.To the chagrin of Sunnis across the globe, Attaturk disbanded the ancient Caliphate.

That means that 80 percent of all Muslims have virtually been without a unifying head, for the Caliphate was the combination religious, military and political headship of the Sunni world.

The world has been enjoying a respite, a hiatus from the organized oppression which the Caliphate once impressed upon it. Turkey was able to take her place among the civilized world(somewhat), and was a partner in Nato and ally of the US and Israel, and even considered for admission to the European Union.

Eventually it became evident that even with all of this reform, Turkey wasn’t welcome into Europe’s borderless Utopia.

In 2002 the Justice and Development political party of the former mayor of Istanbul swept into power and Turkey has begun to shift in an ominous direction, turning to an aggressive form of Turkish Islam.Under the direction of Recep Tayip Erdogan, many of Attaturk’s reforms are being sidestepped and even the military, which has been the guardian of Turkey’s secular status, has been purged and out maneuvered by Erdogan.

It would do those of us looking at the prophecies to take a closer look at this man, for there is a deeper, darker spirituality driving him than standard Sunni Islam(which is dark enough!).

Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian terrorist who converted to Christ, and became a Christian evangelist, has noted that Erdogan has publicly declared his affiliation with Jalal, al-Din Rumi, a famous Sufi mystic, whose teaching give Muslims theological justification for proclaiming themselves God.

For example Shoebat quotes Rumi,

Remember the famous utterance of al-Hallaj, “I am God.” People think that to say “I am God” is a claim of great pretense and spiritual arrogance. It is actually a claim of extreme humility. “I am God” means “I do not exist.” He is all, everything is He, existence is God’s alone. I am without existence, pure non-existence. I am nothing.” “I am God” is not a claim of great pretension, it is a claim of extreme humility. There is more humility in this than any supposed claim to greatness, but people do not understand the inner meaning. When a man acknowledges his servitude to God, he is aware of his being a servant. He may see himself as a devoted servant of God, but he still sees himself and his own actions as apart from the one reality of God. He is not drowned in the Ocean of Divine Unity. Drowned is he in whom there is not separate motion or mobility. Drowned is he whose movement is the movement of the water. And so it is with the enlightenment ones, those who declares, “I am God.” Anyone who says “I am the servant of God” asserts the reality of two existences, one for himself and the other for God. But he who says “I am God” — and has realized the deepest levels of unity within his being — has seen through the illusion of his existence. He knows from the experience of unity that his own separate existence is nothing but an illusion. Knowing that, he casts its former selfhood upon the winds of oblivion. (Rumi, Hearts bear witness one to another, in The Complete Discourses of Jalal al-Din Rumi, discourse 11, p. 75, ed. Louis Rogers) Erdogan Reviving Religion of The AntiChrist

Shoebat has quoted Erdogan as praising Rumi and other Sufi mystics as well as the famous Midieval anti-Crusader, Kurdish general, Saladin. From the article above;

This is the first time in history that this connect was made and now, it is no surprise to us that this Wednesday, the president of Turkey, Erdogan, praised Rumi’s work, revealing that he himself is not only Sufi but that he also believes in Fana “the art annihilation and becoming God himself”. Why else would Erdogan praise Rumi’s work The Masnavi, saying “A work can live for more than seven centuries only if it is written with love”. The Masnavi is amongst Rumi’s most popular works, and it is in this very book that the idea of man becoming divine is adulated. He praises the Sufi declaration “I am the Truth!” saying, “Mansur’s ‘I am the Truth!’ was purest light” (Masnavi, 2.307, trans. Mojaddedi)(ibid)

People often think that Sufism is a peace loving , meditation cult aspect of Islam, and rather entertaining in practice, visitors to Turkey can see the “Whirling Dervishes”, Muslim mystics who put themselves in trances by spinning in groups in circle.But obviously being a part of pagan religion, there is a darker side to it, for all of the ‘gods’ of the nations are demons.

Erdogan has a strange influence on those who come into contact with him, as evidenced by this testimony of a secular Turkish Media Mogul,

On May 15, the Turkish media were rocked by the words of the media mogul Ethem Sancak, who bluntly declared his love for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a TV interview. Sancak said, “While working on his campaign to get him elected prime minister, from my hometown Siirt, I met him. I saw his honesty and courage. I saw his opposition to oppression, his ability to protect the victim. The more I saw him, I feel in love [with him]. To be honest, during my days as a leftist, I could not understand the love between Mevlana [Jelaluddin Rumi, the poet] and [his companion and spiritual guide] Shams al-Tabrizi. As I got to know Erdogan, I realized that such a kind of divine love between two men is possible. When I [first] declared my love to him, I was already among the top 20 on the Forbes’ list. I did not need to wait for any favors by holding on to Erdogan’s coattails.”

Another thing about Erdogan that warrants attention is his adulation of the midieval Kurdish general, Saladin. Turkey has long suppressed and oppressed the Kurds, denying them a homeland .But Saladin, the Kurdish general is famous throughout the Muslim world for his prowess against the Crusaders and for retaking Jerusalem.

When Erdogan dedicated a new international airport in Turkey’s Kurdish region, Arab News reported Erdogan’s comments-

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday opened a new airport in a restive eastern province dogged by a Kurdish separatist insurgency, naming the facility for a celebrated Muslim medieval leader of Kurdish origin…
They announced the airport would be named after Selaheddine Ayyubi to remember the 12th century founder of the Ayyubid dynasty who led Muslim resistance against Christian crusaders in the Middle East who sought to control Jerusalem.
Of Kurdish origin, he is known simply as Saladin and in Arabic as Salah ad-Din.
“We are naming this airport Selaheddine Ayyubi to send a message of solidarity and brotherhood and to say that Jerusalem belongs to Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Muslims forever.”

Walid Shoebat believes Erdogan wants to be the new Saladin, the modern “retaker” of Jerusalem, and the restorer of the Caliphate. Here Shoebat provides an excerpt of a translation of a speech Erdogan gave recently in which he pretty much proclaims it-

Erdogan says in this video: “Praise be to Allah the lord of the two worlds [this world and the underworld] where ownership belongs to Allah alone, victory is to Allah alone. He has no associates [denouncing the trinity]. In the pathway we came out asking Allah to strengthen our feet on the straight path …We have dressed up in our shrouds and are prepared to confront as did Sultan Alparslan We have believed as Sultan Saladin. That victory is not from the sword but comes from Allah. We have went to the path after we have burned the ships of return behind us as did the conquerer of Spain Tareq Benziad.”

Erdogan wants Italy and Spain. He wants to be Tariq Bin Ziad, the conqueror of Spain. He wants to be the tyrant Alp Arslan and Saladin. These are the Muslim leaders who fought against Christendom and he wants to be Saladin who conquered Jerusalem. He wants to be all in all. He wants to declare war on the strongest fortresses to advance his foreign God, Allah, through warfare.

Erdogan has recently reversed the century old canard, describing the aging Ottoman Empire as the “Sick old man” of Europe,in this Sputnik Newa article, Erdogan Blasts Europe As Sick Man

Erdogan has already stirred up a hornets’ nest over the referendum, which — if the outcome is positive — will give him huge new powers, by calling a series of demonstrations among Turkish citizens in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
“You have seen what happened in Europe. Why did they go crazy? Why did they go berserk? They saw what this system will bring to Turkey. Turkey is leaping, growing. This makes them go crazy.

“Europe will pay for what they have done. God willing, the question of the European Union will again be on the table after April 16. They said a century ago that we were the ‘sick man.’ Now they are the ‘sick man.’ Europe is collapsing,” he told a rally April 9, referring to the fact that 19th century politicians described the Ottoman Empire as the “sick man.”

This man sounds like a pretty good candidate for Anti-Christ. I am not proclaiming that He is, there is no need to, we will recognize the Anti-Christ as the one who cuts off the daily sacrifice of the restored Jewish temple worship soon to be unveiled. I don’t know who that will be but am sure he is on the scene. But Erdogan certainly, like the president of the United States,Obama, exhibits several characteristics of the Anti-Christ. Come quickly Jesus! Maranatha!!

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The Importance Of Turkey in Scripture…Turkey pt 2

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.(Ezekiel 38:1-8)

 

 

The Nation of Turkey has been roiling and churning lately, as the ancient nation transforms itself back to what it was before the humiliation of being on the losing side in the first World War and the loss of the Ottoman Empire, and of the Sunni Islamic Caliphate in the years that followed.

The world has witnessed the election of former mayor of Istanbul, Recep Tyupp Erdogan, to the nation’s highest office, in spite of having previously been jailed for “racial hatred” after reading in public a Turkish Islamist poem, which proclaimed that” Mosques are our barracks, Prayer towers our bayonets and their roofs are our helmets”.

Last year Erdogan survived a coup attempt which allowed him to purge the military and civil service of more than a hundred thousand people, forty one thousand of whom remain in prison. Finally as the West celebrated Easter, the d=feast of the resurrection of Christ, Erdogan won a referendum which granted him sweeping powers, to melt parliament and to virtually become a modern day sultan and Caliph over Turkey.

In his concession speech in Izmir,(Biblical Smyrna, Revelation 2:8-11), Erdogan announced that Turkey, which was once described as the “Sick old man of Europe”, was now fit and that it was now Europe which was sick;

In a widening diplomatic rift between Turkey and the EU, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made a new provocative statement saying that the “collapsing” Europe “will pay” for “humiliating” and “oppressing” Turks living on the continent.

“They said a century ago that we were the ‘sick man.’ Now they are the ‘sick man.’ Europe is collapsing,” the Turkish leader said, using an insult popular among European politicians in the 19th century when they talked about the collapsing Ottoman Empire.

What happened to Turkey, and what is the significance of it in the light of Bible Prophecy?

Turkey is of vast importance in the world, having the largest army in Europe and is a NATO member. Until recently it was a fairly secular state, with a Muslim population but the extreme elements of Islam were kept at bay by the strict constitution enacted by Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state.

Though it is a Muslim nation at present, in the earliest centuries of the New Testament church, it was in the Turkish region that the gospel first flourished beyond the borders of Judea and Samaria.

The apostles took the gospel to what then was refered to as the Roman province of Asia, within decades of the resurrection of Jesus. Paul taught there for two years as recorded in Acts 19.The original letters of the Apocalypse were addressed to churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea, all in modern-day Turkey.

The epistles to Thessalonica, Galatians, I John, I and II Timothy and Revelation all originally addressed greek speaking converts in what is now called Turkey. Eventually the Roman Emperor Constantine, in the 4th century, built a city on the Dardanelles strait, Constantinople, as the eastern capital of the Roman Empire.

For the next thousand years, the Christianity that Constantine officially legalized, became the religion of the Byzantine empire, which extended over the middle east, a swath of eastern Europe and all of Turkey.

But with the rise and expansion of Islam, bit, by bit, Byzantium fell to the Muslims over the next eight centuries, slowly and steadily until in 1452 Constantinople fell to the Muslim invaders. The Turkish empire which replaced it, became known as the Ottoman empire, a Sunni Muslim empire which held sway for five centuries, but which collapsed as an outcome of World War 1, the Turks having been on the losing side.

We have to go back a bit and remember that until World War 1 Turkey was the seat of the five hundred year Ottoman Empire, and also of something Sunni Muslims refer to as the Caliphate, which is a centralizing Sunni authority.

Turkey chose the wrong side in the war, they allied with Germany. After the allied victory, the Ottoman Empire was dismantled and the Middle East was divided into new countries, protectorates and mandates governed by France and England under the Sykes Picot treaty. significantly to us, Israel was taken from the Turks and put under the British mandate.

Turkey remained an indépendant nation although its vast empire was stripped and divided among the victors under the Sykes Pichot treaty.

Gamal Mustafa aka Ataturk began a series of radical reforms, pushing Sunni Islam out of a dominant position and crafting a secular yet Muslim state.

Ataturk also dismantled the centuries old Caliphate in 1922 , to the utter dismay and humiliation of the Sunni world. Most of the modern Sunni Jihad is an attempt to restore this “Caliphate”, i.e. the central ruling Sunni authority, under the “Prince of the faithful” which all Sunnis are required to swear “Bayat” to, i.e. pledge allegiance and engage in Jihad under his command.Isis was an attempt to restore the Caliphate but most of Sunni Islam regards Turkey as the proper abode of the Caliphate.

The Turkish Army was given the custody of the secularity of the Turkish state, closed guarding against Islamic extremism, and intervening several times , overthrowing other coups and always restoring the nation to the democratically elected leaders. Thus Turkey became a modern, progressive State with close relationships with the West in the Cold War and with Israel until recently.

But when Turkey was rejected for membership in the European Union, moods eventually shifted and Erdogan’s Islamist party steadily gained power. The coup, to the extent that it was real, was an attempt by the military to take back the nation from the corruption and increasing Islamization of Turkey.There are some who believe that the coup was doomed from the start, and used for the aggrandizement of Erdogan,like Hitler’s Reichstag fire.

Of course Obama and the US State department were on the side of the Islamists,(they always are), and now Turkey is even more entrenched on the disastrous path of any nation possessed by Islamists and the demons who drive them.

We must also remember that none less than Jesus himself located Satan’s throne in Pergamum, which is in Turkey, in his letter to the church at Pergamum,

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 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 2:12-13)

Turkey is the region where Magog, Togarmah, Meshec,Tubal and Gomer hail from. They are slated to participate in the disastrous Gog invasion of Israel.

Zechariah 9 also prophesies that the Sons of Javan(lit) , translated Greece, but Turkey was once the main Greek landmass, would fight the sons of Israel,

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.(Zechariah 9:13-14)

President Erdogan is a very strange man. He gives speeches to crowds under a spell of wild adulation, but often he is speaking through a hologram! He opened an international airport called Saladin, because Saladin was the last conqueror of Jerusalem. He is Sunni but has Sufistic tendencies, the mystical Islam,. Male secular reporters who have interviewed him have come away erotically in love with him.He is also a cruel and cunning man who would make a great candidate for Anti-Christ. We will see…

We are seeing the fulfillment of prophecy before our very eyes. We are also seeing blind complacency, even many Christian people have no idea what is happening around them, but major, prophetic and earth shaking event are occurring, to be proclaimed and interpreted by all who “Have ears to hear”.

 

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Rapid, Ominous Changes in Turkey…Turkey in prophecy 1

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.(Revelation 13:1-3)

One of the under reported modern geo-political miracles of the previous century, was the transformation of Turkey from the gigantic Ottoman Empire, the “Sick man of Europe”,  which ruled all of the Middle East, the Holy land and was a constant menace to Europe, into modern , secular and efficient Turkey.

How did this transformation come about?

Exactly one hundred years ago, in the midst of the War, Ottoman Turkey’s leaders undertook a genocide eradicating many Christian Assyrians, Greeks and an entire population of Armenians from Turkish soil. This cruelly executed Genocide is denied to this day by the Turkish Government, but is a well known fact of history.

By the time the guns of World War 1 had been silenced and the armistice had been enacted, the nation of Turkey had been stripped of her vast Empire, the 400 years long Ottoman rule was broken and Turkey was reduced to the borders we now recognize, a shell of what she once controlled.

Turkey had sided with Germany in the conflict and would now be forced to pay the price of being on the losing side.In November 1918 Italian British and French troops occupied Istanbul, and would remain there until 1923. This was the first time Istanbul had been occupied by Westerners since the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

The Sykes Picot agreement between the victorious allies had already redrawn the maps of the Middle East, creating new countries such as TransJordan(modern Jordan), Palestine(Israel) Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and other new nations which had once been under the oppressive rule of the Ottoman empire. France and Britain would be granted “mandates” over these new states.

This is how the modern Middle Eastern order was established and would remain basically until very recently.

The Ottoman government collapsed and there was a brief Turkish War of Independence between a newly formed Turkish National Movement, and Armenian and Greek proxy forces of the victorious allies. Eventually a reasonable agreement was settled upon and the new Turkish Nationalist movement came to power, under the leadership of “young Turks” led by Mustafa Kemal who came to be known as Ataturk-“Father of the Turks”.

Kemal concluded that Turkey needed to be modernized, and brought into the twentieth century. Thus he undertook a series of radical reforms which would transform Turkey into a modern European style state. Turkey would have a constitution, it would become a Republic, sovereignty would be invested in the State and not in any single ruler. The death penalty would be abolished and the constitution reformed.

Attaturk even changed the day of rest to Sunday, and also changed the Turkish calendar,

Perhaps the most astonishing reform was Kemal’s banishment of Islam from any role in shaping public policy, a kind of “Separation of Mosque and state”. Sheriot(Shariah) was revoked, religious schools were closed, public education was secularized, and perhaps most shockingly to Sunnis across the former Empire, the Caliphate was abolished and the Government was moved to Ankara.

It was shortly after the banishment of the Caliphate occurred, a profound calamity to the Sunni world, an Egyptian group formed called the Muslim Brotherhood, which made the restoration of the Caliphate it’s priority. A tall order considering the weakness and disarray of the Muslim world and the seeming invincible strength of the Christian West.

Other reforms included clothing changes, women were no longer required to wear a veil, men were encouraged to dress in modern western clothing. The Fez was outlawed, and the veil was strongly discouraged, so great was the break from the past which the movement attempted.

Ataturk under-took national language reform replacing the former Persian,Turkish/Arabic language with a purer form of Turkic speech. Even the national script was changed under his direction. Turkey adopted Latin script, which actually drastically improved national literacy.

The Turkish military became a secularized national army in the western sense, and to it was vouchsafed by constitution the preservation of Turkey’s secular status.

Turkey emerged as a modern secular European State, a member of Nato, an Ally of the West throughout the cold war, a close friend of Israel, and has been considered for inclusion into the European Union. Turkey has the world’s sixth largest military and the largest military in Europe.

She has maintained her secular status for almost a hundred years, the military stepping in when necessary to preserve Turkey’s republic from Islamists ,in 1960,1971, 1980, and 1997.

Thus, for about a hundred years, the world has been living in an anomaly;  a huge menace to Western peace and stability has been tranquilized. The menace had long threatened Europe and all of Christendom and which had a long string of uncontested victories has lately been put to rest, and forgotten.

But the Beast , as we will see, is awakening and Turkey has a prime role to play in the last days.

But recent events in Turkey portend a radical shift away from the successful secular hiatus Turkey and the world have enjoyed, and back into the heavily Islamic and Imperialistic past which Turkey has only recently emerged from.

Muslims do not believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but they love symbolic actions.This is why they love to deal out death and destruction on Holy week, such as at the recent Palm Sunday Bombings.

On Easter Sunday, 2017 Turkey held a referendum which granted to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unlimited powers and the title “Sultan” , leaving many to speculate in the Turkish press that this is the resurrection of the Caliphate,  and that perhaps Erdogan is the long anticipated “Prince of the Faithful” to whom all Sunnis must pledge allegiance.

Could this be the Turkish version of a resurrection of some sort? Erdogan has learned to despise the very European powers Turks had long emulated and esteemed. He now uses the hordes of refugees from Africa and the Middle East who swell the refugee camps in Turkey created by the Syrian and Lybian fiasco, as blackmail, extorting billions of Euros from the European powers lest he open the flood upon the continent.

Erdogan recently publicly fumed in hatred and contempt of Europe, referring to the former designation, “Sick man of Europe”as once applied to Turkey,

Erdogan’s latest feud with Europe came after many EU countries barred Turkish politicians from holding prereferendum rallies in European cities.

Many EU countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria, have large Turkish expat populations that were eligible to vote in the referendum up to a April 9 deadline.

In his Izmir speech, Erdogan said Turks living in Europe were being “oppressed” and “humiliated.”

“Europe will pay for what they have done. God willing, the question of the European Union will again be on the table after April 16,” Erdogan said.

“They said a century ago that we were the ‘sick man.’ Now they are the ‘sick man.’ Europe is collapsing,” he added.

It would be worth our while to keep our eyes on Turkey, a key prophetic entity in God’s end times scheme.

An Arab report on the results of the recent referendum granting Erdogan dictatorial powers, reads like an ominous apocalyptic warning,

Even the top Arab media including Turkey experts recognize what is happening. In a headline titled “Finally Erdogan succeeded in transforming Turkey into the New Ottoman Caliphate” Al-Dehi writes:

“Will NATO now be silent on Turkey? The Referendum now transforms Erdogan into a semi-god. This achievement is the formation of the Ottoman caliphate. Turkey now will will enter a dark tunnel. There is a great division within Turkish society and Erdogan’s success will make him avenge the Kurds and the nationalists. It is the end of Ataturkism and the beginning of the Erdoganian Caliphate “.

 

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