God’s Power Will Prevail!

     The Man from Turkey has been very busy on the international scene wheeling and dealing in solidifying and strengthening Turkey’s economic and political ties and bolstering its military status in the world. Turkey has one of the most powerful armed forces in Europe or Asia. The Turkish Armed Forces is the second largest standing military force in NATO after the U.S. Turkey has also been very busy building up its air force and naval fleet and expanding its military presence on the international scene.

        Last year Turkey proceeded to deal with Russia over the S-400 missile system despite warnings from the US and from NATO. In December last year President Erdoğan was in London meeting with three prominent world leaders, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron who had gathered to exchange views on Syria. Earlier last year President Erdoğan solidified economic ties with Pakistan. Then again in December last year Turkish and Malaysian officials signed 15 agreements in various fields, including cooperation in defence, science and technology, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. President Erdoğan met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at his official residence to witness the signing of 15 goodwill agreements.

        Last week The presidents of Turkey and Russia formally launched the TurkStream pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey, part of Moscow’s efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine. The pipeline project, stretching 930 km (580 miles) across the Black Sea, reinforces strong energy ties between Moscow and Ankara, which have also increased defence cooperation after Turkey bought the advanced Russian missile defence system last year. Russia and Turkey are also coordinating military deployments in northeast Syria, although they back opposing sides in the conflict in Syria’s north-western Idlib region and also in the battle for control of Libya. At the inauguration ceremony of the TurkStream enterprise Putin said the pipeline was a sign of “interaction and cooperation for the benefit of our people and the people of all Europe, the whole world.”

        This past Saturday President Erdoğan and Charles Michel, head of the EU Council, met in Istanbul. The meeting was set to focus on Turkish-EU relations and regional developments. This visit was the first-ever visit to Turkey of the EU’s new management since taking office last year. The EU Council is the EU’s main decision-making body made up of government ministers from every member state. There is no doubt that behind all of his slick rapport building exercises the Man from Turkey is in reality seeking to establish the foundation for his revived Turkish Ottoman Empire over which he fully intends to be the supreme Caliph. Historically, the Ottoman Empire and later Turkey balanced regional and global powers off against one another, forming alliances that best protected the interests of the incumbent regime and this is what is also transpiring today. While the Man from Turkey seems to be able to ingratiate himself with both Middle-eastern and western political leaders his agenda remains unchanged being that he is a staunch adherent of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology which has a global agenda to see Islamic Sharia Law enforced on the nations of the world.

       In the Word of God we are told that the man of sin also called the Antichrist will be skilled in diplomacy and political manoeuvring and a master of intrigue yet will also be one whose ultimate agenda is to be worshipped as God on earth. The prophet Daniel writes; “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.” (Daniel 8:23-26)

        In its historical context this prophecy referred to Antiochus Epiphanes but prophetically telescoped into the future to describe the man of sin or the Antichrist himself and his character which will be the same as that of Antiochus the Seleucid Greek General whose name meant “god-manifest.”  We are also told in Daniel that the man of sin will want to be worshipped as the supreme God. The apostle Paul also confirms this. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) Daniel tells us that this man will “understand dark sentences” meaning a practitioner of the occult. Also we are told that “by peace he will destroy many” meaning that his so called political manoeuvring and so called peaceful relations with other political leaders is only a mask for his hidden agenda for a global empire. Because of the occult power indwelling the man of sin he will be a formidable enemy to resist.

       In the end only God will completely destroy him and his empire and the nations that have followed him. (Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45) Theu will all go down into the pit of Hades. (Ezekiel 32:17-32) The man of Sin will also be one whose ultimate ambition will be to gain power through military conquests (a consistent and conspicuous mark of the Islamic Caliphate). (Daniel 11:36-43) Also we are told that he will persecute God’s people both Jews and by inclusion and extension faithful Christians throughout his empire. (Daniel 7:21, 25; 8:24; 12:7) (Revelation 13:7; 12:17) However when the thrones of God’s judgement have been set up the antichrist’s reign of terror will be terminated by the hand of our Lord Jesus the messiah when He comes back. (Daniel 7:9-14, 22, 26-27) (Revelation 19:11-21) On that day the saints who have persevered to the end and remained faithful to the Lord Jesus and His brethren during the time of great tribulation (thlipsis) will inherit the Kingdom and co-reign with their Messiah over the nations that have survived the time of Great Tribulation (thlipsis). (Revelation 5:10)

        If the man from Turkey is the man of sin there will come a time when Satan will enter him. After this he will challenge the nations with his revived Turkish Ottoman Empire, an empire greater than that of Suleiman the Magnificent. Suleiman himself became a prominent monarch of 16th-century Europe, presiding over the apex of the Ottoman Empire’s economic, military and political power. Suleiman personally led Ottoman armies in conquering the Christian strongholds of Belgrade and Rhodes as well as most of Hungary before his conquests were checked at the Siege of Vienna in 1529. He annexed much of the Middle East in his conflict with the Safavids a Persian state whose empire stretched across modern-day Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Uzbekistan, and parts of Turkey and Russia. Suleiman also conquored large areas of North Africa as far west as Algeria.

       Under his rule, the Ottoman fleet dominated the seas from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and through the Persian Gulf. The empire of the resurrected Turkish Ottoman caliphate will be an empire so powerful that millions upon millions of Muslims will follow the Turkish leader as their Supreme Caliph and the one destined to restore the past glory of Islam. He will be the final Mahdi of Islam adored and yet greatly feared by muslims around the globe. The power that draws the Islamic masses to his battle flag will be supernatural occult power.

        We are told in God’s Word that the kings of the east with a 200 million strong military force will march across the dried up Euphrates River. Considering the Islamic geographical regions surrounding the Euphrates River it would have to be an Islamic army (Revelation 9:13-19) and their ultimate destiny will be Israel and the city of Jerusalem. It is at Jerusalem that the man of sin, who has dared to proclaim himself to be God, will meet his demise and that not by human hands but by God’s divine power! As Daniel writes; “He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” (Daniel 11:45)…”Yet he will be destroyed but not by human hands.” (Daniel 8:25b) In the end God’s Power Will Prevail!

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