“Talking Turkey” and the Kurds

       Today the establishment of a resurrected Turkish Ottoman Empire is on the agenda of the man from Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has made it clear he wants to establish the caliphate and there are no guesses as to he has in mind for the ‘top job!’ However, apart from his desire to eliminate the Assad regime he has another obstacle to his caliphate and that is the brave Kurds. In the Financial Times last week he clearly said that he would launch a military operation in a Kurdish-controlled region of Syria. Using the excuse of national security, he wants to press home his attack on the Kurds in the region. While Kurdish forces are operational in Syria the man from Turkey cannot establish the Caliphate.

        The Kurdish–Turkish conflict has been a long and protracted armed conflict between the Republic of Turkey and various Kurdish insurgent groups, which have demanded separation from Turkey to create an independent Kurdistan, or to have autonomy and greater political and cultural rights for Kurds inside the Republic. The nation of Turkey and the US are on a collision course after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he would “eliminate” Washington’s Kurdish allies in Syria “very soon”.

        According to an article in yesterday’s online edition of the Clarion Project it was reported that the U.S. is actually engaged in a showdown with Turkey over Turkish President Recip Erdogan’s threats to “eliminate” America’s Kurdish and Christian allies in northeast Syria. Erdogan says he will invade northeast Turkey “very soon” to “eliminate all threats to its national security,” a commonly used euphemism by the Islamist president against the Kurds and other minority groups which comprise the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Erdogan views the SDF, America’s allies who eliminated ISIS, as a threat to Turkey due to the Kurd’s aspirations for sovereignty.

       An attack by Turkey would also threaten the safety of U.S. forces working with the SDF in the area. It would also mean that the Kurds would not have the capacity to guard the 15,000 foreign ISIS fighters they have captured, as every soldier would be needed for the fight against Turkey. Although Erdogan has been making the threats for a number of months, in recent days, the Turks appear to have opened a section of the border wall, making way for an invasion.

        According to Clarion Project newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, who is engaged in talks with Turkey to prevent the invasion told reporters, “Clearly we believe any unilateral action by them would be unacceptable.” Esper and other U.S. defence officials negotiating with the Turks have proposed a “safe zone” along the border as a buffer area. Yet the Turks have rejected the proposal saying it doesn’t keep the Kurds far enough away from the Turkish border.

       UK’s Telegraph reports that Turkish media has been showing military convoys, including fighting units and military equipment, heading for the Syrian border in recent weeks.“The US does not want to abandon an ally in a time of need, but it is also not about to kill NATO member (Turkish) troops,” a Western diplomat told the Telegraph. “There has to be a pragmatism, the U.S. was never going to be able to support a Kurdish state with no international recognition.”

        The man from Turkey has been threatening an assault on the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia for over a year, but it is thought he now plans to make good on the promise. The US has found its allegiances torn between its NATO partner (Turkey) and Kurdish allies who helped defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) in northeast Syria. Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long insurgency in southern Turkey.” Added to this Turkey assumes it has the right to eliminate all threats against its national security,” Mr Erdogan said in the televised speech in Ankara. “God willing, we will carry the process started with Afrin and Jarablus (previous offensives into Syria) to the next stage very soon.”

       It is estimated that between 25 and 35 million Kurds inhabit a mountainous region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. They make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never obtained a permanent nation state. Today, they form a distinctive community, united through race, culture and language, even though they have no standard dialect. They also adhere to a number of different religions and creeds, although the majority are Sunni Muslims.

       Added to this there are 100,000 Syriac/Assyrian Christians who have also refused to leave their ancestral homeland. Aram Hanna, the commander of the Syriac Military Council said last month; “The current 100,000 Syriac/Assyrian Christians are the last few that are left (in the northeast). They refused to leave their ancestral homeland. The ongoing genocidal mentality of Muslim radicals over the past 100 years has reduced us down to this small number.”

        There is deep-seated hostility between the Turkish state and the country’s Kurds, who constitute 15% to 20% of the population. Kurds received harsh treatment at the hands of the Turkish authorities for generations. In response to uprisings in the 1920s and 1930s, many Kurds were resettled, Kurdish names and costumes were banned, the use of the Kurdish language was restricted, and even the existence of a Kurdish ethnic identity was denied, with people designated “Mountain Turks”. In 1978, Abdullah Ocalan established the PKK, which called for an independent state within Turkey.

       Six years later, the group began an armed struggle. Since then, more than 40,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.         When you look at a map of this Middle-eastern region it reveals the geographical region where the Kurds live. The very brave and unflinching Kurdish fighters, both men and women as well as the tiny state of Israel, are the only ones stopping the formation of the caliphate under President Erdogan. These brave Kurdish fighters have also been taking the fight to ISIS and defeating them.

        Recently President Erdogan was in India and no doubts solidifying his ambition to see the Turkish Ottoman Caliphate established across the Middle East and stretching into Egypt, much of Africa and even into Europe itself if possible, as his Ottoman forebears had done in past history. Of course the only nation that stands in the way of a united Caliphate in the Middle-eastern region is the Land of Israel. Earlier this year President Erdogan was in Pakistan with the same agenda, namely the establishment of the Caliphate. He can most definitely be titled “the globetrotting Caliph.”

        The time will come when Turkey will lead a huge invasion force into Israel and most likely it will come across the Golan Heights. Turkey must first gain all of Syria and to do this President Erdogan has to remove Assad. As for the Kurds he has to suppress them as well. He also has to deal with the American military forces stationed in Syria supporting the Kurds. It would not be surprising if genocide has been planned against the Kurds as it was with the Armenian Genocide by the Turks. The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire between the years 1915-1917.

       President Erdogan is also aware that the United States is backing the Kurds as they have done when the Kurds have been battling ISIS. It would seem the bigger picture is that the stage is being set for an all-out military confrontation between Islam and the west, a confrontation in the last days between the King of the North with the King of the South recorded by Daniel the prophet.

        Daniel writes; “The king (the King of the North also being the man of sin, or the the son of perdition) will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods… he will honour a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honour with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god (Allah)…

      At the time of the end the king of the South (America and other western nations and possibly joined by Egypt, the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates) will engage him (the King of the North) in battle, and the king of the North (Turkey and its Islamic allies) will storm out against him (the King of the South) with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He (the King of the North) will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. He will also invade the Beautiful Land… reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 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.” (Extracted from Daniel 11:36-45 with comments added in brackets)

        If this man from Turkey succeeds in establishing the Turkish Ottoman Caliphate he will wage a war for Islam as his Ottoman predecessors in past history have done. It will be a war like no other wars before it. When you consider the missile launches today one can only imagine the devastating results on cities as these missiles transverse and crisscross the skies. As it was in WW1 and WW2 other nations will be drawn into this Middle Eastern conflagration.

        Daniel also tells us that this King of the North will receive disturbing reports from the east and the north. China is located east of Turkey and will never countenance Islamic domination. The reports that come from the north would most likely be Russia who has a long history of wars with Turkey. Putin in no way will countenance Turkish dominion in Russia.

        If the man from Turkey is the man of sin and the prophesied Mahdi of Islam, He will succeed in establishing his seat of power at Jerusalem as the Caliph of the resurrected Ottoman Caliphate but there He will also come to his end with no one to help him. (Daniel 11:45) (Daniel 8:25b) God will send the Lord Jesus back to deal with this son of perdition and set up the Messianic Kingdom on earth. (Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45) (2 Thessalonians 2:8) When the seventh and last trumpet sounds and the great shout from heaven is heard the sky will be rolled up like a scroll and the Lord Jesus will descend from heaven with his powerful angels, the rapture and resurrection will occur, Israel well be rescued and the kingdom of the world will have will have become the Kingdom of our LORD and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!” (Matthew 24:29-31) (1 Thessalonians 4:17) (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) (Revelation 11:15) This is our blessed hope as believers!

 Click for Study 1          Click for Study 2