Thanks for posting this article – it supports my contention that Turkey is again rising to prominence as the head of a neo-Ottoman style Empire.
Keith Davidson (11 July 2011)
"It seems that no one in Turkey bothers to read the WORD OF GOD"\
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Joel Richardson, whose blog you quote, has written a book called “Anti-Christ, Islam’s awaited Messiah”. Joel points out in this book that the awaited “Muslim Mahdi” of the Koran and Hadiths, fits the description of the “Anti-Christ” given in the Bible. However, although he sees parallels between the two entities, he doesn’t put emphasis on the exegesis of scripture to support his conclusions.
I believe from my own research, based on exegesis of Daniel 2, 7 and Revelation 13, that the Ottoman Empire was the 7th head on the multi-headed anti-God Empire Beast described in Revelation 13:1-10, which suffered its mortal wound through the “sword” of the 2nd World War in 1922. This great Empire which had ruled for centuries in the Middle East was finally written out of existence in 1924. I also believe that their expected “hidden” 12th Imam (Mahdi) will be the False Prophet of Revelation 13:11-16, and will be “revealed” in time to lead this revived 7th Empire in ‘continuing’ conflict against Israel for 42 months. (2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 13:5 and 17:10-11)
It is apparent from history and present circumstances that Turkey is keeping a foot in both West and Eastern camps at present, with its Western head, and Muslim heart. However, it is my expectation that Turkey will eventually return to its roots through a revived “neo Ottoman” type Empire. At present there is a struggle going on between Iran and Turkey over who is displaying greatest hegemony over their neighbouring “client states”.
In Iran’s case, over its “client” terrorist orgs – Hez’b allah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, and the rest of the “shi-ite” jihad pie including Syria in which Iran’s fingers are deeply embedded.
In Turkey’s case, the Erdogan Government (member of NATO) is doing its best to convince the Western World that it stands for their values by supporting and protecting the rebellious armed insurgency in Syria. If Assad falls, Turkey will then be admirably placed to advise the insurgents on their future, thus snatching Syria’s future from Iran’s suffocating embrace.
Quite apart from their national interests, the World needs to recognise that there is an inter-factional war going on between Shiite and Sunni Muslim interests in the Middle East over who will be the paramount leader of the Arab/Muslim states.
It appears that the unfolding “Arab Spring” will, in due course, bear the fruit of summer when the dictatorships of restrain are finally loosed, and the people decide whether their temporary freedom will in the end, lead to just another form of bondage.