“Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” (Psalm 2:1-6)
On April the 6th in the Online edition of Gatestone Institute a headline read; “Indoctrinated in Hate: ‘This Is the Start of the New Caliphate’ The leading paragraphs of the article were as follows; “ Hate-filled indoctrination and training in violence is not limited to the “schools” of ISIS or Boko Haram. Public schools all around the Muslim world share elements of this indoctrination. Most recently, a March 2021 study exposed how the school curriculum of Turkey, for decades one of the Muslim world’s most secular nations, is also increasingly full of jihadi propaganda.
“The Turkish curriculum has been significantly radicalized in recent years. Jihad war is introduced as a central value; martyrdom in battle is glorified. Concepts such as “Turkish World Domination” are emphasized. The curriculum adopts an anti-American stance and displays sympathy toward the motivations of ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Christians and Jews are characterized as infidels instead of People of the Book. The curriculum demonizes Zionism and verges on anti-Semitic” (“The Erdoğan Revolution in the Turkish Curriculum Textbooks,” IMPACT-se, March 2021)
What will happen in a few decades when all these boys, those raised on absolute hate and violence and those raised on absolute tolerance and nonviolence, become the world’s decision-makers? While boys in the West are all but indoctrinated into becoming girls, if not surgically mutilated, at least spiritually emasculated, boys throughout the Muslim world are increasingly indoctrinated into becoming super Jihadis: ISIS 2.0.” (End of extract)
It is clear that the man from Turkey will not rest or cease from his efforts to establish a revived Turkish Ottoman Caliphate. Even the Arab world is realising that Erdoğan along with Iran are spearheading a future Jihad of global proportions. In another Gatestone Online article published on the 5th April the headline read, “Arabs’ Real Enemies: Iran and Turkey.” In the article it was stated; “The Arabs are warning the world that Turkey and Iran are funding and arming terrorists and that they a major threat to security and stability in the Middle East, and that they keep meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries.
The Arabs are also telling the world that the only way to deal with Turkey and Iran is by increasing political and economic pressure on them and holding them to account for their malevolent actions. Turkey and Iran, in other words, are telling the Arabs that they can go to hell. They are also telling the Arabs that Turkey and Iran will continue to occupy Arab countries, meddle in their internal affairs, and unleash terrorist attacks to undermine their stability and security.” (End of extract)
In Ezekiel Chapter 38 we are told that Iran will be a part of the invasion force spearheaded by the Turkish Antichrist that occupies Jerusalem and subjugates Israel to the authority of the Islamic beast system of government. As the prophet Daniel tells us; “He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time (three and a half years-42 months-1,260 days) (Daniel 7:25; 12:7b (Revelation 11:1-2; 13:5)
During this time of persecution of the Jewish people a faithful remnant within Israel will be preserved and protected. (Revelation 12:6) (Zechariah 13:8-9) Historically, when the Seleucid Greek General Antiochus Epiphanies invaded Israel and occupied Jerusalem he sought to impose Greek laws, customs and religions on the Jewish people. Among the many things he did was to outlaw Judaism. Among the now-forbidden practices were the rite of circumcision, the study of Torah, and the keeping of kashrut (Jewish dietary laws).
In the Temple at Jerusalem he placed a statue of Zeus; the god he believed was manifest in his own royal being and sacrificed swine on the altar. His name meant “god manifest.” He was a major type in scripture of the man of sin also known as the Antichrist. What Antiochus did tells us something about what the man of sin will do.
When we see Erdoğan of Turkey leading the prayers of Muslims in the Hagia Sofia Basilica, which he has now re-converted into a Mosque in Istanbul, we see a foreshadow of what will happen on the Temple Mount at Jerusalem. There is no doubt that the man from Turkey also wants to have the Temple Mount under his control and it would not be surprising if he is counting on his ‘fans’ in Europe to get control of the Vatican as well.
Added to this, when the man of sin is worshipped in Israel he will also be worshipped within wider Christendom. The apostasy will precede his rise to power. (Daniel 11:36) (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) While Turkey is Sunni and Iran Shiite their differences will be put to one side once they have a Caliph (Mahdi) that will lead the whole Islamic world on a bloody Jihad, the likes of which has never been seen in previous history. (Revelation 9:15-19)
As far as Iran is concerned already they have a 25 year economic deal with China. The Iranian regime also knows that America and the EU want to re-negotiate and resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal brokered by Obama. Iran is fighting their proxy war with the Saudi’s using the Houthi rebels in Yemen and supplying arms to Hezbollah. The Iranians are also in Syria and seeking ways and means to attack Israel.
The Saudis along with the other Arab league nations are worried about Iran’s growing power in the Middle-East especially since Biden is now at the helm and he, along with his democrat colleagues, are merrily leading the American nation down the yellow brick Road to the tune of the song anything goes only to find at the end of it is not the Wizard of Oz but a disaster of diabolical proportions unparalleled in the history of that nation.
The world is heading towards a war to end all wars, a war that will ebb and flow and be brought to its ultimate climax by the Rider on the White Horse accompanied by the armies of heaven. (Revelation 9:13-19; 16:12-16) (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10) (Revelation 19:11-21)
Today we see China expanding its influence in the South China Sea and in the South pacific and now interfering in Middle-East politics. North Korea is test launching missiles over Japan and landing them in the sea on the other side of Japan. Erdoğan is strengthening his hold in the Middle East and in reality thumbing his nose up at the European Union and the western democracies as he seeks to expand his agenda for a resurrected Turkish Ottoman Empire. Undoubtedly within Turkey and Iran a generation of young impressionable minds of children are being hijacked by Islamic ideology to become remorseless killers for Allah.
Young Jihadists have already been indoctrinated for years within Hezbollah, Hamas and in other radical Islamic terrorist groups. With all of these events happening in our world we need to take our eyes off of the things that are coming upon this world and fix them on the Kingdom age to come.
As the Psalmist wrote; “Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” (Psalm 2:1-6) God sees it all!
The conflicts we see in the visible and physical realm are a reflection of the war going on within the unseen spiritual realm in the heavens just above the circumference of the earth. (Daniel 10:13, 20-21) (Ephesians 6:12) The real battle is for the souls of men, women, boys and girls and Satan and his forces are hard at work gathering as many as they can for hell and ultimately for eternity in the lake of fire. The fight in the heavenly realms is in full swing between the armies of heaven with the armies of hell, a battle being fought between men on earth but the war has already been won at the cross by our Lord Jesus!
As it is written concerning the crucifixion, the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, “…having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:14-15)
In this world as unworthy bond slaves of the Lord Jesus we will have tribulation (thlipsis) and we were destined for this. (1 Thessalonians 3:3; 5:9) You see our Lord Jesus has already walked that path of tribulation being “A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” and will walk with us as well as we confront the world, the flesh and the devil and seek to persevere in the trials, tests, afflictions and persecutions we all face in this life to a greater or lesser degree. The victory is already ours in the Lord Jesus, the war with Satan has already been won! Our future is assured in His Coming Messianic Kingdom. (John 14:1-3)
Let the Turkish and Iranian regimes do their worst and train up their childhood prodigies for the cause of Islam but the reality is that they are engaging in a war they cannot and will not ultimately win! (Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45) At the cross God installed His Anointed eternal Son our Lord Jesus in His first Coming as the suffering servant. God will install His Anointed eternal Son in His Second Coming as the all-conquering King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:11-16)
Before Him, and at the sound of His name, everything in the heavens and on earth and under the earth will bow before the majesty and glory of His power! As it is written; “God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus the Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Those who have taken their stand and have taken counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed Messiah our Lord Jesus have picked a fight they cannot win!