JERUSALEM, Israel – As Americans get ready to celebrate their nation’s founding, with all its associated freedoms, Turkish Christians are facing increasing persecution at the hand of the nation’s Islamist president.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confiscated another 50 Syriac churches, including the 1,600-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery. Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic used during the first millennium across the Middle East and Asia.
Erdogan’s most recent seizure, under the auspices of the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) took place in Mardin province, Word Press reported.<!–more–>
Front Page Mag: In Islamic eschatology the Mahdi (‘messiah’) plays a prominent role. For the Iranian Shia he is already born and has hidden down a well for over a millennium, waiting for the right time to emerge. Turkish Sunnis already have a candidate, breathing fire and brimstone and ready to purge the world.
At least, so it would seem, to judge from the campaign Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waged against unbelievers who have dared to block his plans to become the country’s all-powerful leader.
On April 16 a referendum will be held in Turkey, where voters can decide on constitutional amendments which will remove all cumbersome checks and balances to Erdoğan’s power…. [read more]
Opinion by BIBLE PROPHECY TRACKER:
From a prophecy view, April 16 will tell us a lot. Erdogan is currently in a verbal war with Europe, threatening to unleash millions of refugees into Germany and the Netherlands in retaliation for those governments’ refusal to allow Turkish citizens to hold pro-Erdogan rallies.
Erdogan does not like the word no.
What is interesting is that in 2016 Erdogan re-established relations with Israel after a falling out over the Mavi Marmara Gaza blockade incident of 2010.
The answer could lie in Turkey’s falling out with Russia over the Turkish army shooting down a Russian jet last year, and Turkey’s reliance on Russian natural gas for its harsh winters.
Israel’s vast natural gas supplies will likely be available to Turkey once plans for a new pipeline and the East Mediterranean Pipeline proposal presented by the Greek Public Gas Company (DEPA) is approved.
The question then is – why would Erdogan join with Russia and Iran as prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39 in an attack on Israel if that is where Turkey will fulfill its energy needs?
Glad you asked.
Erdogan is a major supporter of Hamas, one of Israel’s fiercest enemies. Part of the Turkish/Israeli reconciliation plan depends on Israel easing restrictions on the Gaza blockade, which is Israel’s main defense in blocking tunnel building supplies and the flow of arms and rockets into Gaza.
That my friends will never happen. Israel knows well that Hamas sole reason for existence is the destruction of Israel and Erdogan does not disagree.
Follow the flow of energy.
“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” ( Ezekiel 38:3-6).
In the late 1980s, and again in the late 1990s I served two, two-year tours of duty in Izmir, Turkey and Ankara, Turkey, respectively. I loved living in the Republic of Turkey. It was a unique anomaly in the world; a truly secular nation with a 95 percent Muslim population.
However, the nation I once knew…is no more, for since those times Turkey has dramatically changed to align itself into its prophetic end-time position.
The secular Turkey I loved…[read more]
Syria stands on the threshold of dramatic changes that will directly impact on the strategic and military situation along the Syrian borders with Israel and Jordan, DEBKAfile reports exclusively. They derive from a deal struck this week by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to establish US, Russian and Turkish security zones in Syria. This scheme will transfer military control of the country to those three powers. Each of them will be responsible for a zone whose borders will be defined and agreed upon by Washington, Moscow and Ankara.
As part of this arrangement, all forces from the Iranian military, the pro-Iranian Shiite militias and Hizballah will be required to leave Syria.
The US military is to have two security zones – one covering the entire area east of the Euphrates River up to the Iraqi border including Kurdish areas (see attached map). This arrangement will partly resurrect the accord reached in late 2015 by US PresidentBarack Obama and Putin, for the division of Syria into areas of influence. All territory east of the Euphrates was allocated to the US, with Russia taking responsibility for all areas west of the river until the Mediterranean coast. .[read more]
Russia and Turkey say Syrian government forces and rebels will begin a truce at midnight on December 30. Other details are thin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the Syrian government and rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have reached a ceasefire to end the fighting in the more-than-five-year civil war.
Here’s what we know so far about the agreement—and its potential implications:
Who is involved?
The Syrian government and, according to Russia’s defense minister, seven armed groups who command about 60,000 fighters…. [read more]
The Hamas terror organization is still operating inside of Turkey, despite the recent Israel-Turkey reconciliation deal, normalizing ties between the two countries.
On November 15, Israel’s Foreign Ministry is set to choose a new Israeli ambassador to Turkey. Turkey is expected to announce their new ambassador to Israel shortly thereafter.
To recap, after the Mavi Marmara incident in May 2010, Turkey and Israel cut ties. In June, the two countries inked a deal formalizing the rapprochement, agreeing to work together on a gas pipeline, with Turkey promising to appoint an ambassador to Israel….. [read more]