The Turkish Ottoman Empire Strikes Back

The return of the Turkish Ottoman Empire is etched in biblical prophecy and a number of Christians, and politically aware non-Christians, have seen this coming for a long time.

I am convinced (but you should do your own research) that the restoration of the Turkish empire will form the basis of the antichrist empire itself.

Step by step, as this latest news article suggests:

Turkey should have a religious constitution, its parliamentary speaker Ismail Kahraman has said in comments that will likely add to concerns of the erosion of secularism under the ruling party.

“As a Muslim country, why should we be in a situation where we are in retreat from religion?” state-run news agency Anatolia quoted him as saying.

“We are a Muslim country. As a consequence, we must have a religious constitution,” the AKP lawmaker told a conference in Istanbul.

“Secularism cannot feature in the new constitution.”

Critics accuse President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted AKP of eroding the secular values laid by modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk since it took power in 2002.

Over the past two years, the Government has lifted bans on women and girls wearing headscarves in schools and civil service.

It also limited alcohol sales and made efforts to ban mixed-gender dormitories at state universities.

The head of Turkey’s main CHP opposition party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, slammed the speaker’s comments.

The Young Turks

Between East and West, Europe and the Middle East, Islam and Secularism. Six young Istanbul residents talk about the issues.

“The chaos that reigns in the Middle East is the product of ways of thinking that, like you, make religion an instrument of politics,” Mr Kilicdaroglu wrote on Twitter.

“Secularism exists so everyone can practise their religion freely, Mr Kahraman!”

Since the AKP’s re-election in November, the Government has said it wants to prioritise replacing Turkey’s constitution, inherited from a military junta after a coup in 1980.

Several rounds of negotiations have failed, most recently in February, with the opposition rejecting the increasingly powerful role of the presidency under Mr Erdogan.

Mr Kahraman on Monday backed a “presidential system” for Turkey, and rejected claims this would push the country towards authoritarianism.

“Some people say that [a strengthened presidency] means dictatorship,” he said.

“Where is this link? Is [US President Barack] Obama a dictator?”

To answer that last question: Obama’s certainly getting there, with his recent executive actions.

So don’t let that quip make you feel safe.


Dangers In The Middle East: Erdogan And Turkey’s Rise

So I figured there should be a series on this because there’s plenty of dangers and they are all part of a beautiful harmony with each playing its own special part to usher in a new generation of trouble for the world.

This round goes to Turkey, where The Third Reich is fast becoming the model for good governance.

Robert Ellis brings the words:

Turkey’s President Erdogan has referred to Hitler’s Germany as a model for a new presidential system, but this should come as no surprise.

Totalitarian leaders of the 20th century were known variously as Der Führer (Germany), Il Duce (Italy), Generalissimo (Spain) and El Maximo Lider (Cuba) and now neo-Ottoman Turkey has its Reis (leader), Recep Tayyip Erdogan. There will even be a Turkish film about Erdogan with the same title.

After the defeat of Ottoman Turkey in the First World War, Turkish general Mustafa Kemal and his fellow nationalists laid the foundations of a modern, secular republic in 1923, but this process has gradually been reversed since Erdogan and his AKP (Justice and Development Party) came to power in 2002.

The AKP came to power with the promise of clean governance but before long it was business as usual with an amnesty to cover tax fraud and an amended public procurement law to render state tenders opaque.

The AK party set out to redress the imbalance created by Atatürk’s reforms and restore the role of religion in public life. Both the preamble and Article 24 of Turkey’s secular constitution stipulate that no one shall be allowed to exploit religion for the purpose of personal or political influence, but nevertheless this is what they have done.

Four years ago Erdogan stated that it was the AK party’s aim to raise a religious generation, and this is what they are well on their way to doing. There has been an explosive increase in the budget allocated to the Religious Affairs Directorate and in the number of Koran courses. Religious high schools (imam-hatip schools) also play a major role in the AKP’s plans to transform Turkish society.

In 2002 they had 60,000 students but now there are more than one and a half million. Originally planned to train imams, they are intended to provide the cadres for “the new Turkey”. President Erdogan is himself an imam-hatip graduate and their alumni hold key posts in the administration.

The gradual control by the AKP government of all aspects of Turkish society resembles Nazi Germany’s policy of ‘Gleichschaltung’ (coordination). Like Hitler’s elimination of Ernest Röhm and his Brownshirts, Erdogan has turned on his former ally, Fehullah Gülen, a Turkish cleric resident in Pennsylvania, and his followers in the Hizmet (‘service’) movement.

In 2007 the Turkish military declared themselves to be “the absolute defenders of secularism”, but with the support of members of the Gülen community in the police and judiciary Erdoğan crushed military and secular opposition in a series of show trials. However, the revelations of large-scale government corruption two years ago led to accusations by Erdogan of “a judicial coup” by the Gülen movement, which has led to a purge of thousands of police officers, judges and prosecutors, who Erdogan claimed formed “a parallel state”.

Like the Nazi ‘Sondergerichte’ (special courts), specially authorized courts were established to deal with the AKP government’s political opponents, but these have been replaced by special criminal courts, where extensive authority is granted to single judges. This move is part of a restructuring of the legal system, which has strengthened the government’s control of the judiciary.

A symbiotic relationship has also developed between Erdogan, the AK party and the business world with a system of “crony capitalism”, where companies are awarded lucrative contracts in return for donations to, for example, the Youth and Education Service Foundation (TÜRGEV), where Erdogan’s son Bilal sits on the board.

Consequently, companies that do not toe the line are made to feel the government’s wrath. In 2009 the Dogan Media Group, Turkey’s largest, was hit by two massive tax fines after coverage of corruption in AKP circles, and Bank Asya, which was connected to the Gülen movement, and the Ipek Media Group have been taken over by the government. There is also an ongoing purge of journalists, academics and anyone critical of Erdogan’s regime, who are denounced as traitors.

The main threat to Erdoğan’s rule is Turkey’s faltering growth together with the increase in unemployment and inflation. There is also the blowback from Syria as a result of Turkey’s ideologically determined support of groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra Front. In addition, Erdogan’s hateful rhetoric and an escalating war against the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) now threaten to split Turkey and leave the country permanently divided.

Turkey Begins To Exhibit Strength: A Sign Of Things To Come?

Turkey ruled the Middle East for have a Millenia and that’s a long time. They have taken a back seat for a century but now Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Tukeys President, is beginning to display the telling signs of his ambition.

My personal perspective is that the antichrist will arise on the power base of an Islamic empire, one that is likely centred in Turkish, although I believe the latter chapters of the Book Of Daniel suggest that Middle Eastern borders may be redrawn before the antichrist appears. Consequently, it may no longer be the “Turkey” of today.

Erdoğan certainly has taken Turkey headlong out of secularism and back to its oppressive, Islamic roots as many Turkish citizens are discovering the hard way. The West, with Obama at the forefront, seem okay with this and haven’t, to my knowledge, expressed any concern about this sharp change in direction.

Turkey has already been fighting IS, which so far has appeared a convenient excuse to attack Kurdish fighters. Now, it appears that Turkey has larger plans against IS:

ISTANBUL – US aircraft and drones are arriving in Turkish air bases and a comprehensive battle against Islamic State militants will be launched soon, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Turkey formally approved the use of its air bases by US and coalition aircraft late last month, a major change in policy after years of reluctance in taking a front-line role against the Islamist fighters in northern Syria.

“As part of our agreement with the US we have made progress regarding the opening up of our bases, particularly Incirlik,” Cavusoglu told state broadcaster TRT, referring to a major air base near the southern city of Adana.

“We’re seeing that manned and unmanned American planes are arriving and soon we will launch a comprehensive battle against Islamic State all together,” he said during a trip to Malaysia.

Turkey and the United States have been working on plans to provide air cover for a group of US-trained Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of northern Syria stretching about 80 km (50 miles) along the Turkish border.

Diplomats familiar with the plans say cutting off Islamic State’s access to the border, over which foreign fighters and supplies have flowed, could be a game-changer in the fight against the insurgents.

But there are major challenges.

Washington said on Tuesday it had indications some of the rebels trained by its military were captured by fighters from al-Qaida’s Syria wing, Nusra Front, underscoring the vulnerability of a group thought to number less than 60 who only deployed to the battlefield in recent weeks.

Islamic State has seized large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq in its drive to create an Islamic caliphate.

With Western war-weariness at all time highs regarding the Middle East especially, the rise of a dominant power that can lead this perpetually troubled region would be very well received in many quarters. Some would even accept Iran, of all nations!
Biblical prophecy cannot be any clearer that the antichrist will be widely received with praise, though not by Christians, and that this will lead to an assault against an Israel and Jerusalem that is resting at peace and ease.

Naturally, this is not the case at this present moment and so we can expect significant changes and transfers in power to occur during the coming years of the Middle East.

For now, we must watch and pray in the knowledge that human attempts to bring peace will only lead to the rise of the most evil empire in history.

Nevertheless, Jesus will prevail and his victory is already written, so our hope is sure and we need never fear.

“The oracle of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus declares the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it….And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭12:1-3, 9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant. Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery, and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time. “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall load with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price. “At the time of the end, the king of the south shall attack him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. And he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Cushites shall follow in his train. But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction. And he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain. Yet he shall come to his end, with none to help him.”

‭‭Daniel‬ ‭11:29-45‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear: If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints. Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭13:1-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬


The Futurist Interpretation of Daniel 8: “…the vision is for the time of the end.”

The Book of Daniel gives us a glimpse at the empires and conflicts that will occur at the end of the age. Chapters two and seven present a statue of a man divided into four distinct metallic parts and four different beasts respectively which are unanimously interpreted as synonymous representations of four empires.

The general consensus in theology circles has been that these four empires are the Babylonian Empire, the Persian Empire, the Grecian Empire, and the Roman Empire.

However, there are good reasons to challenge these interpretations and consider a futurist interpretation which would relegate these prophecies to the end of the age.

One of the key proponents of the futurist interpretation is Mark Davidson, whose book Hidden In Plain Sight (revised as ‘Daniel Revisited’) and website The Four Signposts are well worth your time.

Davidson’s interpretation lays out the theory that the democratisation of Iraq in the last decade was the first of four key signposts preceding the revealing of the antichrist and he maintains that the second is possibly before us right now with these events in Iraq. Certainly, Davidson lays out a far more detailed presentation than I intend to here.

Daniel chapter eight memorably depicts a series of challenging symbolic images, including those of a ram, a goat, and a series of successive horns. Historically, these images have been interpreted as representing the Persian Empire which was then defeated by the Grecian Empire. Yet there are clear reasons to believe that this prophecy will only be fulfilled in events at the end of the age.

In Daniel 8, the prophet receives understanding about these images, clarifying that they refer to events at the end of the age:

So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.” (Daniel 8:17 ESV)

And again:

He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end. (Daniel 8:19 ESV)

If the key to these prophetic puzzles are a futurist interpretation, we can look to the Middle East with the expectation that these prophecies will be fulfilled near the end of the age and my personal conviction is that we are nearing the end of the age, so we could even be watching the foundations fall into place today.

Am I making the ever criticised error of date-setting? No. Allow me to elaborate.

What I am saying is that there are signs in the earth today that strongly indicate that people alive today may very well live to see the time of Jacob’s Trouble referred to in the scriptures, which ends with the victorious return of Jesus and his inauguration as Israel’s King.

An image that might help clarify my claim is that of the changing leaves on deciduous trees. Towards the end of summer, the leaves begin to change. In autumn, the leaves fall to the ground. Soon after that, winter arrives. All the signs showed me that winter was coming a good time before it arrived. If I can see the season changing, Then I should be preparing for the next season.

No surprises but this is exactly the image Jesus gives so that we will not be caught off guard.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. (Mark 13:28-30 ESV)

In 70 A.D., Israel ceased to exist and did so until its unlikely restoration in 1948. Ever since, maintaining its existence has been a struggle. In recent times, the whole Middle East has been writhing in political turmoil and several key regional players have emerged: the ram and the goat.

The ram is regionally the Persian Empire, today occupied by Iran. They have been vying to be a nuclear power for a while and that ambition is likely still in place, despite their recent pleasantries with the United States. Their former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was an outspoken adherent to Shiite Mahdism doctrine, frequently threatening Israel with utter destruction and promising the Islamisation of the world.

The goat is regionally the Grecian Empire, today occupied by Turkey. They were secular until Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took office in 2003 and ever since, they have been on a steep descent back into their Islamic roots. Erdoğan has replaced significant military and media personnel, stripping Turkey of freedoms and increasing imposing elements of sharia law.

And in the middle of these two powers is the terrorist group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, snaking its way from Syria across Sunni Iraq and beyond, if it is able. Turkey, being Sunni, is all for their advance. Iran, being Shiite, is backing the essentially powerless Shiite Iraqi government with military support to halt the advance.

So here we have the brewings and makings of a dangerous but scripturally expected conflict between two ancient regions. Scripture tells us that it’s the ram that seeks power first;

And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the citadel, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulai canal. I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the canal. It had two horns, and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. No beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great. (Daniel 8:2-4 ESV)

Therefore, based upon what we see before us today, an empire headed by Iran would take control of at least Iraq, probably in a bid to see their eschatological hopes fulfilled in the reestablishment of the Caliphate which, according to their Shia doctrines, will probably usher forth the Mahdi.

Once again, if this interpretation of scripture is correct there would be a powerful and devastating response from Turkey which would establish it as the unchallenged power in the region:

As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west across the face of the whole earth, without touching the ground. And the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen standing on the bank of the canal, and he ran at him in his powerful wrath. I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns. And the ram had no power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled on him. And there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power. Then the goat became exceedingly great, but when he was strong, the great horn was broken… (Daniel 8:5-8 ESV)

While these two passages in Daniel do quite accurately describe the ancient actions of the Persian and Grecian empires, neither of their victories nor defeats could be said to be “at the time of the end”. The very last event of these two images would be the death of Alexander and the division of his empire but even this was a long way out from the often interpreted end in 70 A.D. and I know of no other “time of the end” suggested by theologians.

Walid Shoebat presents a different angle on the same futurist interpretation, suggesting the following:

Such a move would be a radical policy shift for Turkey, a key U.S. ally and NATO member. Under the Turkish current policy, Ankara has been keen to preserve Iraq’s territorial unity in order to prevent a Kurdish state from being created, because such a development could promote separatist sentiments among Turkey’s own Kurdish minority of about 12 million people.

But the escalating Sunni-Shia sectarian war in Iraq is forcing (as is claimed) Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other policymakers in Ankara to review that position, said Veysel Ayhan, director of the Ankara-based think tank International Middle East Peace Research Center (IMPR).

“The federal state [in Iraq] has not brought stability, so we have to discuss a new system, either a confederation or division,” Ayhan told The Daily Beast.

“Sunnis will not accept to live under Shia rule, and Shiites will not live under Sunnis. If Sunni and Shiites do not want to live with the other side, we can’t protect the unity of Iraq.”

Erdogan drew a similarly bleak picture of the situation on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Ankara, he said the conflict in Iraq had gone beyond a mere confrontation between the Sunni extremists of ISIS and the army of the Shia-led central government in Baghdad. “It has turned into a real sectarian war,” Erdogan said.

A Turkish official close to the Prime Minister went further by saying Turkey realised that Iraq was falling apart.

“It has become clear for us that Iraq has practically become divided into three parts,” Huseyin Celik, spokesman for Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), told Rudaw, an Iraqi Kurdish media network based in Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Celik was referring to Sunni, Shia and Kurdish sectors in the country.

Shoebat’s conclusion is an interesting one that would certainly pave the way for a Caliphate ‘race’;

But the real story is that Turkey is likely collaborating with Iran to divide not only Iraq, but the entire region to join either an Iranian Axis or the Turkish Axis.

I am not claiming that any of these theories are exactly how it will work out but rather that they represent possible explanations for what we are seeing in the Middle East today.

Regardless of how it eventuates, the evidence suggests that the vision of the ram and the goat remains a future reality that has been foreshadowed by types and patterns (the rise of Persia and then Greece) that help us understand.

Turkey To Invade Syria?

The Islamic Turkish Ottoman Empire ruled the Middle East for a good five hundred years and though they dropped the ball for the last century and made a secular detour, it makes sense that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s steady re-Islamisation of Turkey’s institutions during the past decade would rekindle the ambition for regional leadership and domination.

Perhaps it was the recent election upset that reduced Erdogan’s AKP to a minority that has induced this or maybe he just feels like it’s time to reassert their old claim. Either way, a plan for Turkey to invade Syria stands as a wake up call to anyone who is still sleeping with regard to Turkey’s rise. 

Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers.

The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and against Isil, but Mr Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the intervention, if it goes ahead, will be to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state on Turkey’s doorstep.

• Kurdish forces drive Isil fighters out of Syrian border town

The Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, has established dominance in a border strip across the north of the country in recent months.

“We will never allow the establishment of a state in Syria’s north and our south,” Mr Erdogan said at the weekend. “We will continue our fight in this regard no matter what it costs.”

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan (seated) heads the National Security Council meeting

Turkey has urged the creation of a buffer zone protected by international forces in the north of Syria ever since the civil war sent hundreds of thousands of refugees across the border.

That figure is approaching two million, making Turkey the single largest host of refugees of any country.

• Turkey stumbles in the dark: Where next for its democracy?

But until now it has refused to countenance “going it alone” in intervention in Syria. The plans were discussed in a meeting of the national security council last night. Following Mr Erdogan’s speech, Turkish media were briefed on new orders being given to the military to prepare to send an 18,000-strong force across the border, with some reports saying the move could take place as early as Friday.

The troops would seize a stretch of territory 60 miles long by 20 deep, including the border crossings of Jarablus, currently in Isil hands, and Aazaz, currently controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) but under attack from Isil.

The buffer zone would kill several birds with one stone. As well has allowing Turkey to establish refugee camps not on its soil but under its protection, it would prevent the two current zones of Kurdish control — from Kobane to the Iraq border in the east, and Afrin in the west — from joining up.

The Turkish establishment is hostile to the YPG, as an offshoot of the PKK guerrilla group which has fought for autonomy in south-eastern Turkey for four decades.

The zone would also allow Turkey more easily to control the flow of weapons and fighters into Syria, something that critics say it has not done well enough, encouraging the rise of Isil.

Changing the rules of engagement would give Turkey a pretext for intervention. The Assad regime has been driven back and has been careful to present no threat that would justify an attack, but Isil is attacking FSA forces supported by Turkey on the border.

“Isil, along with other armed groups that have the potential to jeopardise Turkey’s security, will be included as threats to Turkey in the amended rules and the Turkish armed forces could launch an operation against Isil once it approaches its borders,” the pro-Erdogan Sabah newspaper reported.

Turkish army soldier guards the border area with Syria as in the background Syrian refugees wait in order to cross into Turkey

It remains unclear whether the threat to intervene will be followed up by action. The military is said to be unhappy to involve ground troops in the civil war. They are said to be offering to join the international bombing campaign against Isil instead. “It may be the government wants to do this but there are numerous institutional reservations,” said Sinan Ulgen, head of the Edam think tank in Istanbul.

In particular, there is a question mark over whether the intervention would be legal under Turkish law without a vote in parliament, or in international law without a UN Security Council resolution.

• Turkey accused of allowing Islamic State fighters to cross its border in Kobane attack

There would also be intense opposition to the operation being approved by the prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, who is only still in place because of difficulties forming a coalition after his party, the Islamist AKP failed to win a majority in this month’s election.

The intervention would also be opposed by the rival Republican People’s Party (CHP), which blames Mr Erdogan for making the Syrian war worse by supporting Islamist rebels rather than using his influence to negotiate peace.

“There is not sufficient reason to send Turkish troops to Syria,” said Faruk Logoglu, who until the election was head of the CHP’s foreign affairs committee. “Once you do that there is no way out.”

The Financial Times reported on Monday that Jordan was drawing up similar plans for a safe zone in southern Syria, following concerns that Isil could take over territory close to its border if the Assad regime was to withdraw from the city of Deraa.

Importantly, this significant move lines up with and is anticipated by several important eschatological theories including the Islamic End Times theory and the Signpost theory.

The Islamic End Times theory, of which Joel Richardson is likely the most well known proponent, argues that the biblical scriptures are Israel- and Middle Eastern-centric, with the many books that constitute the bible telling the same story from different angles about Yahweh’s covenant with Israel and the attempts of the surrounding kingdoms to destroy Israel, culminating in a Middle Eastern antichrist figure and empire.

The Signpost theory is proposed by Mark Davidson who argues a futurist (to be fulfilled in the as yet future) interpretation of key visions and prophecies in the Book of Daniel. He furthermore suggests that the first four seal judgments in the Book of The Revelation are connected to four signposts signalling the end of the age and the rise of a Middle Eastern antichrist and Kingdom.

Both theories allow for and even strongly suggest an antichrist Kingdom located in present day Turkey, though both clarify that the Middle East is likely to be subject to shifting border and new national boundaries based on both scripture and historic events before the emergence of the antichrist kingdom.

Needless to say, I believe that these two theories carry significant weight and even if they are or contain incorrect or partially correct ideas, every Christian should have a basic understanding of the scriptures themselves and these two interpretations.

Both theories and their respective spokesmen anticipated Turkey’s return to Islam from secularism and with this most recent development, there is good reason to suspect that Turkey not only wants to be the regional power but will fight to become it. This reality is made all the more disturbing because they face genuine competition from persistently dangerous Iran as well as Suadi Arabia, the Islamic State, and a host of other unstable factions.

Simply, that necessitates regional war and perhaps even a Third World War, given the Sunni-Shia division that IS is stirring up.

So eyes open Christians!

For anyone else who wants to understand what we are seeing in the Middle East these days, know that the bible has long predicted the reformation of Israel as nation but much more than that, the establishment of the last terrible human controlled empire that would seek to destroy Israel and rule the nations. 

Most important is knowing God and understanding his plans to save Israel and humanity – we can all know God through Jesus Christ alone and we can have his peace even as peace is taken from the earth. 

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭23-27‬ ESV)

Joel Richardson’s Consistent Futurist Interpretation of Daniel 8

The Middle East is primed for what might turn out to be a Third World War, likely between Sunni and Shia Islam.

Between Iran and Islamic State overtly vying for dominance and Turkey doing it on the down low, trouble is brewing.

It is my opinion that the coming years will bring about the fulfilment of many of the prophecies in the book of Daniel, specifically that of the ram and the goat detailed in Daniel chapter 8.

Joel Richardson, whom I credit with establishing the foundations and much more of my own journey into understanding the Islamic End Times paradigm, has recently released an important video that addresses this particular topic in the context of the many troubles occurring in the Middle East.

I encourage every Christian to seriously consider this message and to be informed about God’s end times purposes. This can be difficult and it does take time but this is always the case for anything worth doing.