“But out of a branch [new dynasty] of her [Cleopatra’s] roots [legacy of rule over the Middle East] shall one stand up in his estate [political position] which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north,
- and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:
- And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods,
- with their princes,
- and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold;
- and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.”
Applying the pronouns “them” and “their” to “the king of the north” is confusing only if we fail to recall that the 4th / Roman Empire gets split into Western and Eastern jurisdictions under Constantine around 300 AD.
This lines up with the founding of Islam in the mid 7th Century AD, spreading rapidly through most of the Roman Empire in the next 100 years. There is no way this hugely significant world-changing religious and political condition splitting the Roman Empire’s territory into two legs is not mentioned in Daniel.
The Arabic term islām, literally “surrender,” illuminates the fundamental religious idea of Islam—that the believer (called a Muslim, from the active particle of islām) accepts surrender to the will of Allah…viewed as the sole God—creator, sustainer, and restorer of the world. The will of Allah.is made known through the sacred…scriptures.
I could surrender to that…except for the parts in the Quran denying the Creator / Sustainer’s ability to sustain his written word in his previous revelations to Abraham, Moses, etc.
At the same time a new nation took over rule of the Middle East and has remained in power ever since.
Seljuq, also spelled Seljuk, ruling military family of the…Turkic tribes that invaded southwestern Asia in the 11th century and eventually founded an empire that included Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and most of Iran. Their advance marked the beginning of Turkic power in the Middle East.
This volatile mix was perfect for making a hero.
Salah ad-Din Yusuf / Joseph ibn Ayyub / son of Job, known in the Western world as Saladin, played a major role is shaping the middle east of the 12th and 13th centuries...
Saladin was the son of a prominent administrator to the Seljuk rule Nur al-Din, which put him in the position to learn the ways of warfare and leadership, forming him into the man that would go on to unit the Muslim peoples of the Levant. At the young age of 32 years Saladin had taken control of the Egyptian Sultanate and formed his own Dynasty, the Ayyubids (named for his father).
“So the king of the south shall come [from the north] into his kingdom, and [then] shall return into his own land.”
At the death of the Seljuk ruler in Anatolia (northern king) Saladin took the opportunity to expand into Syria as sole master of the Middle East. At the height of his power, he ruled a unified Muslim region stretching from Egypt to Arabia. He was successful at uniting the Muslim sects against their common enemy, the Christians, and wresting Jerusalem from the Christians in September of 1187.
After taking the city, Saladin agreed that the Western Christians be allowed to pay a small fee for their freedom, allowed to travel to the city to worship and, all Eastern Orthodox Christians were allowed to remain in the city. This act of [peace-making] would never be shown by a Christian army or that of any earlier of later Muslim forces, during the Crusades.
Back from the Third Crusade Richard the Lionheart would describe him in glowing terms. The praise of men ensures his place in the Antichrist Hall of Fame.
His military genius and treatment of Christian prisoners has Saladin as one of the finest knights of his generation, the true embodiment of chivalry.
“But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress.
At Saladin’s death in 1193, like Alexander he divided his empire among his relations. His sons were “stirred up” by a power struggle in which Saladin’s brother, al-˓Adil with “a multitude of great forces” emerged triumphant by 1202 and “stirred up” reorganized Saladin’s inheritance in favor of his own family / fortress. With so much stirring of the pot the Ayyubid dynasty faded away and completely disappeared in one lifetime.
And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with…the king of the north: and he [the king of the north] shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his [the king of the south’s] hand. And when he [the king of the south] hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up;
By this stage of history we can confidently assign an Islamic identity to the king of the south and a Christian identity to the king of the north.
In 1453 Sultan Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire finally achieved to the long-cherished dream of conquering Constantinople. Employing newly invented cannon, the Ottomans breached Constantinople’s ancient land wall. This historic event removed what was once a powerful defense for Christian Europe against Muslim invasion.
“and he [the king of the south, the Ottoman emperor] shall cast down many ten thousands:
The first period of Ottoman history was characterized by almost continuous territorial expansion, during which Ottoman dominion spread out from a small northwestern Anatolian principality to cover most of southeastern Europe and Anatolia. The political, economic, and social institutions of the classical Islamic empires were amalgamated with those inherited from Byzantium and the great Turkish empires of Central Asia and were reestablished in new forms that were to characterize the area into modern times.
“but he [the Muslim king of the south] shall not be strengthened by it.
At its peak in the 1500s, the Ottoman Empire was one of the biggest military and economic powers in the world, controlling… territory that stretched from the Danube [in the northern king’s domain] to the Nile [in the southern king’s domain], with a powerful military, lucrative commerce, and impressive achievements in fields ranging from architecture to astronomy…
the Ottoman Empire succumbed to what most historians describe as a long, slow decline…
only between 5 and 10 percent of its inhabitants could read… the empire had a shortage of well-trained military officers, engineers, clerks, doctors and other professions…
For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.
Russia and Austria both supported rebellious nationalists in the Balkans…And the British and the French were eager to carve away territory…in the Middle East and North Africa.
And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision [of becoming masters of the holy site of Jerusalem]; but they shall fall.
The robbers are the Moslem religious leaders who stole the Jews’ privileged status by claiming supremacy of the Quran over the Torah…
“What advantage then hath the Jew?… chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.” (Romans 3:1-2)
and who have fought constantly throughout the Crusades and into our current day to control the Temple Mount for a mosque
Among Muslims, the Temple Mount is called Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary). They believe it was here that the Prophet Muhammad ascended to the “Divine Presence” on the back of a winged horse—the Miraculous Night Journey, commemorated by one of Islam’s architectural triumphs, the Dome of the Rock shrine. A territorial prize occupied or conquered by a long succession of peoples—including Jebusites, Israelites, Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, early Muslims, Crusaders, Mamluks, Ottomans and the British—the Temple Mount has seen more momentous historical events than perhaps any other 35 acres in the world.
We can expect to see this prize featured in any attempt to achieve peace between the Arabs and the Jews.
Ultimately, the [Ottoman] empire lost nearly a half a million soldiers, most of them to disease, plus about 3.8 million more who were injured or became ill. In October 1918, the empire signed an armistice with Great Britain, and quit the war…the empire was dismantled by treaty and came to an end in 1922.
So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
Continuing chronologically, this has to be the British Empire between WWI and WWII.
But he [king of the north] that cometh against him [arms of the south] shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land [Palestine], which by his hand shall be consumed.
This can only be Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, a British army officer who commanded the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Palestine from June 1917 until the end of the First World War.
The zenith of Allenby’s tenure in command of the EEF came with the Battle of Megiddo, launched on 19 September 1918. Following a hurricane bombardment, British and Indian infantry punched a hole through the Ottoman positions on the coastal plain north of Jaffa…By the end of the month the EEF had effectively pushed Ottoman forces out of the Levant…The British military historian Basil Liddell Hart (1895-1970) declared that Megiddo was among “the most completely decisive battles [consumed] in all history.”
At the Third Battle of Gaza (31 October – 7 November 1917) the EEF destroyed the Ottoman defensive position in southern Palestine…Allenby pursued them northwards…resulting in Jerusalem’s capture on 9 December. The entry of Allenby into the holy city was a carefully stage-managed event, filmed for the world’s cinema audiences to aid the Allied propaganda cause.
He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright / equitable / equal to him ones with him; thus shall he do:
If we acknowledge the singular identity of a spirit taking up residence in multiple bodies, we can easily associate “he shall also” with another one of the famous British heroes of WWI who served in the Middle East at this time. Lawrence of Arabia is certainly equal to Allenby in significance, and important enough to include in an overview of history.
Today, T.E. Lawrence remains one of the most iconic figures of the early 20th century. His life has been the subject of at least three movies—including one considered a masterpiece—over 70 biographies, several plays and innumerable articles, monographs and dissertations. His wartime memoir, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, translated into more than a dozen languages, remains in print nearly a full century after its first publication. As Gen. Edmund Allenby, chief British commander in the Middle East during World War I, noted, Lawrence was first among equals: “There is no other man I know,” he asserted, “who could have achieved what Lawrence did.”
and he shall give him the daughter of women, corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him.
The news will shock many and surprise Lawrence scholars. The ascetic soldier and writer has often been described as a homosexual. He is thought to have shunned close human relationships…
a former senior civil servant from the Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir which was part of the British raj until independence in 1947…said he was told by…the brother of the bride. ‘It was kept fairly secret,’…
Ali said that he was told that the woman, called Akbar Jehan…was a Shia Muslim. ‘It was the Shia practice to have short-term marriages that are very quick to arrange and dissolve. The exact details are a mystery and very few people knew about it…
I doubt that this rumor is credible enough to count as validating prophecy, but Lawrence is certainly important enough to include in an overview of history.
After this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many: but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease;
King George V summoned Lawrence to Buckingham Palace on October 30, 1918…to bestow a knighthood on his 30-year-old subject. Believing that the British government had betrayed the Arabs by reneging on a promise of independence, Lawrence quietly told the befuddled monarch that he was refusing the honor before turning and walking out of the palace.
without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him.
Part of the enduring fascination has to do with the sheer improbability of Lawrence’s tale, of an unassuming young Briton who found himself the champion of a downtrodden people, thrust into events that changed the course of history. Added to this is the poignancy of his journey, so masterfully rendered in David Lean’s 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia, of a man trapped by divided loyalties, torn between serving the empire whose uniform he wore and being true to those fighting and dying alongside him. It is this struggle that raises the Lawrence saga to the level of Shakespearean tragedy, as it ultimately ended badly for all concerned: for Lawrence, for the Arabs, for Britain, in the slow uncoiling of history, for the Western world at large [for mishandling Arab affairs].
Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.
Lawrence was speeding through the English countryside when he died in a motorbike accident at the age of 46 in 1935. This was a great loss to Winston Churchill who as Colonial Secretary, after hiring him as an advisor on Arab affairs, had become a life-long friend.
Hitting just the historical highlights, we’ve now come to the rise of Germany.
Keep in mind that the same spirit that controlled Augustus Caesar and Nero controlls their successors in the Western nations. Hitler isn’t so hard to spot.
Quedlinburg seems to have been the focus for this ambition. From 1938 to the arrival of American troops in 1945, the cathedral functioned as a mystical Teutonic sanctuary…
Himmler, it seemed…had held midnight séances in the cathedral crypt designed to put him in contact with the spirit of Heinrich the Fowler, from whom he sought political advice.
I found this revelation chilling. Himmler was not only Reichsführer of the SS but head of the Gestapo — Nazi Germany’s infamous secret police — and the official ultimately responsible for the “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem,” a program of industrialized murder that resulted in some six million deaths. Was it possible that such a man had based his decisions on the whisperings of a spirit?
The Third Reich had the most technologically advanced and innovative weapons industries in World War 2…Nazi scientists pioneered rocket and jet-propelled aircraft, the pilotless plane, long-range rocket technology, “robot bombs”…
the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler himself were very interested in ancient mythology and occultism…The activities…included rituals, the evocation of ancient divinities, and a search for the “Black Sun”, a source of immeasurable energy that would give Germany enormous power.
Adolf Hitler inspecting the largest ever calibre rifled weapon. (The Heavy Gustav)
Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s right-hand man at the start of the war was a member of Thule. The members of the Vril society were another secret organisation closely associated with Nazi ideology…
“They saw themselves as godlike super-being.”
Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.
America was on the rise at this time, and as detailed in the posts How The Nazis Won WWII, the powers that be in America were surreptitiously supporting Nazi Germany. We can’t miss the fact that America took over the “estate” of Nazi Germany’s military, technological and medical advances.
And taxation was indeed a big deal at this time.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs forced an increase in taxes to generate needed funds. The Revenue Act of 1935 introduced the Wealth Tax, a new progressive tax that took up to 75 percent of the highest incomes…The Revenue Act of 1937 cracked down on tax evasion by revising tax laws and regulations.
The cost of World War II exceeded federal tax revenues. The Revenue Act of 1942 proposed the Victory Tax, the broadest and most progressive tax in American history. To ease taxpayers’ burden of paying a lump sum from this mass tax, and to create a regular flow of revenue into the Treasury, the government required employers to withhold money from employees’ paychecks. By the end of the war in 1945, about 90 percent of American workers submitted income tax forms.
On April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passes away partway through his fourth term in office, leaving Vice President Harry S. Truman in charge of a country still fighting the Second World War and in possession of a weapon of unprecedented and terrifying power…
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” (Daniel 11:21-23)
The Ottoman Empire was unquestionably the biblical prophet Daniel’s king of the south, based in Troy / Asia Minor. Due to lack of industrialization during the Industrial Age, the Ottoman Empire was broken up in 1927 after WWI by the then-current king of the north, the British iteration of the European leg of the Roman Empire.
“the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him. Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain.” (Daniel 11:25-26)
Against all odds, this did not end the jurisdiction of the king of the south.
One of the great figures of the 20th century, Atatürk rescued the surviving Turkish remnant of the defeated Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I…against invading Greek…British, French, and Italian troops. Through these struggles, he founded the modern Republic of Turkey, for which he is still revered by the Turks. He succeeded in restoring to his people pride in their Turkishness, coupled with a new sense of accomplishment as their nation was brought into the modern world. Over the next two decades, Atatürk created a modern state that would grow under his successors.
The United States promptly established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Turkey. Given its crucial geographical position and political connections remaining from its 1,000 year old empire status, the U.S. and other Western nations even went to the extent of abandoning Christians to slaughter by the Turkish Moslems to avoid upsetting their new ally. Now there’s a portent.
The United States of America with an economic and military presence that spans the world, is unquestionably the current iteration of the western leg of the Roman Republic / Daniel’s northern king. The Western world needs Troy / Turkey to be an open gateway to the East, whose oil wealth assures its power. See the post War And Peace In Asia Minor for details.
“And both of these kings’ [of the north and south / European and Turkey] hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet / still the end shall be at the time appointed.” (Daniel 11:27)
In other words,
“every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness…saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace…therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 8:10-12)
The U.S.-Turkey friendship dates to 1831 [i.e. from the very beginning of U.S. international relations], when the United States established diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire. After World War I and the founding of the Turkish Republic, the United States established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Turkey in 1927…Turkey is a key NATO Ally and critical regional partner, and the United States is committed to improving the relationship between our two countries. It is in our interest to keep Turkey anchored to the Euro-Atlantic community [Christian king of the north vs Islamic king of the south federation].
Turkey is an important U.S. security partner…controlling (in accordance with international conventions) the straits of the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, which link the Black Sea [Russia] with the Mediterranean.
As a vital member of the Defeat ISIS Coalition, Turkey opened its military bases to the United States and Coalition partners in July 2015…
Turkey is a candidate for EU membership…The United States is convinced that a Turkey that meets EU membership criteria would be good for the EU…
“Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart [i.e. deceitful in contrast to his public stance] shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits [insinuate himself into controlling Israel], and return to his own land.
Staying with America as the most powerful nation since WWII, this person is a President that mainstream Christianity supports because he protects Israel from Islam.
My guess – and it is just that, a guess – is that Jimmy Carter’s spectacular rise from an outhouse to the White House was propelled by an evil spirit. Yep. In a Baptist Church. Been there, seen that.
[Jimmy] Carter was…raised on his family’s farm outside the small town of Plains, Georgia, where the family home lacked electricity and indoor plumbing…his father, a businessman who kept a farm and store in Plains.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy but after serving only seven years returned home to run the family farm. He became a deacon and Sunday school teacher in the local Baptist church and served on local civic boards before being elected to two terms on the Georgia state senate. He was defeated in his first run for Georgia governor by segregationists, winning his second bid by hypocritically soft-pedaling his stand of segregation. It was because he was a completely stranger to national politics that he was elected President of the United States in the aftermath of Republican Nixon’s Watergate scandal. His single term in office was marked by rampant inflation, a serious recession, public scandals involving his family, and foreign affairs crises with the Panama Canal, Afghanistan, China, the Soviets, and Iran.
“And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.”
The outstanding achievement of the Carter presidency was the peace settlement between Israel and Egypt. Over 13 days of meetings [in 1978] at the presidential retreat, Camp David, Carter persuaded President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel to end the 31-year state of war between their countries. Egypt was the first of Israel’s Arab neighbors to make peace with the Jewish state. Israel ended its occupation of the Sinai peninsula and returned control of the territory to Egypt…
“And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people. He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds…for a time.
“And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south / Egypt with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him. Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain.“
on October 6, 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by Islamist terrorists in Cairo…[due to] the deep opposition to his unilateral peace deal with Israel.Sadat’s death set in train the disastrous road to the war in Lebanon in 1982, the creation of Hezbollah, and the seeds of al-Qaida…
After leaving office at the age of 56, Jimmy Carter became the most active ex-president the nation had ever seen. In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, and in partnership with the university, founded the Carter Center to resolve conflicts, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease around the world. Since 1989, observers from the Carter Center have monitored more than 70 elections in dozens of countries in the Americas, Africa and Asia…
also mediated civil conflicts and international disputes involving Ethiopia and Eritrea, North Korea, Liberia, Haiti, Bosnia, Sudan, the Great Lakes region of Africa, Uganda, Venezuela, Nepal, Ecuador and Colombia…Jimmy Carter has continued teaching Sunday school and is a deacon in the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains.
Former President Carter’s personal diplomacy helped to defuse international crises in hot spots from North Korea to Haiti. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. Following Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, he was the third American president to be so honored. The Nobel committee cited former President Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
As of 2022, at 98 years of age, despite only serving one term of a controversial presidency and battling brain cancer, through the Carter Center’s mandates of Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope. Jimmy Carter is still active in International Affairs.
As part of NATO’s nuclear umbrella, Turkey continues to host approximately 50 U.S. tactical nuclear weapons on its territory at Incirlik Air Base…There is ongoing debate in the policy community about whether the United States should continue to station tactical nuclear weapons in Turkey, given political instability in Turkey and the wider Middle East…However…they provide tangible evidence of a continued American commitment to Turkish security.
Speaking frankly, they provide tangible evidence of a continued political abomination of a nation identifying itself with the Christ allying with a frankly ungodly nation identifying itself with Antichrist for military security.
In other words, we should expect those weapons to be turned against America.
in September 2019, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that it was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to prohibit Turkey from attaining [its own] nuclear weapons…Erdogan’s statement fueled calls for the U.S. to remove its nuclear weapons from Turkey and increased anxieties regarding the development of nuclear power plants in Turkey.
“Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD?, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.” (Isaiah 52:5)
This isn’t just Israel anymore. This applies to Gentiles who have been grafted in and blaspheme the name of Christ.
“For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you” (Romans 2:24)
And one of the ways is individual Christians falling away from the God of the Bible to other gods / powers when they support political leaders who do so. This means the Moral Majority and Religious Right.
Turkey is a critical regional partner…
Until the 1960s, Turkish foreign policy was wholly based on close relations with the West, particularly the friendship of the United States. Turkey sent troops to fight in the Korean War and joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO; 1952) and the Central Treaty Organization (1955)…from Turkey’s fear of its enormous northern neighbour, the Soviet Union, from its dependence on U.S. military and economic aid, and from its desire to be accepted as a secular, democratic, Western state. After 1960, however, this policy came into question…
Cracks in Turkey’s relationship with the West emerged when the West failed to intervene in Cyprus after an attempted coup in 1974…
“At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. For the ships [military vehicles on land, sea and air signifying military power in general] of Chittim / Cyprus / Turkey] shall come against him:” (Daniel 11:29-30)
You wouldn’t think such a small piece of territory would merit notice in a 2,500 years-long review of world history, but there it is. And sure enough, Cyprus carries more weight in international relations than one would naturally give it credit for.
Cyprus is located only 80 km from the Anatolian coast…Its location makes the island an ideal base for both protecting Turkey and controlling the Eastern Mediterranean area and the Middle East…
Equally important, the Cyprus issue is at the very core of Turkey’s delicate relationship with neighbouring Greece and the European Union (EU)
And this has damaged its relationship to the American strongman in NATO.
Turkey broadened its relations…friendship agreement with the Soviet Union in 1978…Cyprus and sovereignty disputes in the Aegean Sea remained major impediments to its relations with the West well into the 21st century…Nonetheless, Turkish efforts to gain EU membership persisted, and they included constitutional reforms in 2010.
Thus, Cyprus plays a manifold role in the foreign and military policies of Ankara.
Preventing an armed conflict on and around the island is the immediate task of all parties interested in the security and stability of the area…
Binding Turkey more closely to Europe seems to be the only strategy…and it is a strategy that is in the interests of Europe and the US alike…
however…Turkey turned to more assertive avenues to expand its foreign relations… Following Israel’s imposition of a blockade against the Gaza Strip, beginning in 2007, and its subsequent attack on the territory in 2008–09, Turkey became outspokenly critical of Israeli policies toward Palestinians. After the Israel Defense Forces ambushed Turkish activists who attempted to sail to the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2010, Turkey formally downgraded its relations with Israel…
The wave of Arab Spring uprisings in 2011–12 destabilized several Middle Eastern countries…requiring an initially hesitant Turkish government to take sides…Turkey began proactively supporting the democratic movements taking hold across the Middle East…providing military and financial support to the Free Syrian Army, an umbrella of opposition groups formed by defectors from the Syrian military. Russia, meanwhile, offered support to the Assad regime, helping to prop up an ally critical to Russian interests in the Middle East. Foreign involvement on either side of the uprising lent fuel to a full-fledged civil war.
By mid-2016 Turkey’s southern border with Syria was threatened by the rise of militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as well as emboldened Kurdish separatists, prompting a Turkish offensive into northwestern Syria that lasted until March 2017…A brutal conflict to retake the northwest was…staved off through the cooperative efforts of Turkey and Russia to prevent it.
The strategic relationship between the United States and Turkey is over.
While Turkey remains formally a NATO ally, it is not a partner of the United States. The United States should not be reluctant to oppose Turkey directly…take the following steps:
- Recognize that the United States and Turkey have gone from ambivalent allies to antagonists.
- Develop alternatives to Incirlik Air Base . . . the use of the base to advance U.S. interests is no longer assured…
- end its cooperation with Turkey on the F-35 program…America’s most advanced military aircraft.
Ankara acquired S-400 missiles from Russia, which were originally built to target NATO hardware. The purchase strained Turkey’s relations with other NATO members, who considered the move a threat to their security.
May 23, 2020
A series of swift military reversals in Libya has…allowed Turkey and Russia to deepen their imprint on one of the world’s most strategic regions.
February 23, 2021
Turkish Army Places 1st in New Ranking of Mideast Military Strength
The popular ranking site Global Firepower, which orders the strength of 139 countries according to their military prowess, recently published its updated ranking of military might in the Middle East for 2021. Judging based on “values related to manpower, equipment, natural resources, finances and geography,” the site claims to present each country’s “potential war-making capability” when “fought by conventional means.”
The Middle East ranking follows its placement of the Turkish army first with Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel, as the region’s top military powers.
The military strength of the United Arab Emirates, ranked sixth in the region, is on the rise, while No. 7 Iraq and No. 8 Syria – formerly prominent military powers in the region – continue their decline following years of crippling inner-country conflicts. Lebanon is last on the list at No. 15…
The Turkish Armed Forces are the only NATO members in the ranking, a fact that adds to their strength. The Turkish army is second in size in the NATO alliance, with the US being the largest. “They have a very large land force, on a global level,” Ben-Dor says of the Turkish army.
Notably,as part of its membership in NATO, Turkey…hosts nuclear bombs in its territory…
Saudi Arabia’s spending in 2019 on defense was topped globally only by the US and China, and reached a total of $78.4 billion. With such a massive budget, it is no surprise that the country is ranked fourth in the region…
The top three of the global ranking, in order, are the United States, Russia and China….Israel rounds out the top 20.
May 18, 2021
Mr. Trump has held off imposing sanctions against Turkey for its purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system…”If not for this strange Trump factor, we really would have been in a Turkey-Russian axis…big power game with Russia”…
In the last decade, there have been considerable changes in Turkey’s regional policies, especially in terms of the increasing use of hard power…as well as strained relations with Turkey’s traditional allies, such as the United States and the European Union…
At the end of the Cold War, Turkey reoriented its defence posture due to its geostrategic location…
Turkey’s policy in Syria and Libya…Greece and Cyprus…France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates…seeks to reposition Turkey as a central state in the international and regional system.
August 2, 2021
Turey, the only Muslim-majority country in NATO, has long been diplomatically and politically influential in Afghanistan…also with Pakistan – the Taliban’s principal backer…
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes no secret of…positioning Turkey as the new leader of the Sunni Muslim world. It actively participated in regional conflicts…becoming the gatekeeper of the Kabul airport are in part an extension of these geopolitical ambitions…
August 15, 2021
the Taliban entered the Afghan capital of Kabul with Turkey’s support, completing a rapid takeover over the country with a speed that surprised many Afghans and Americans alike…
The fall of the elected Afghan government, which had been supported by billions of dollars in U.S. assistance over the course of nearly two decades, raises significant questions about future U.S. policy.
Which means that Turkey is consolidating its power in the Middle East from Libya to Afghanistan. This is building an empire.
Add in Russia and its Eastern European satellite states and you’ve got a larger extent than the Ottoman Empire in 1918.
America is definitely going to respond by preparing for war.
[When] the king of the south [Islamic confederation headed by Turkey] shall come against him…he shall be grieved, and return [change course, change tactics],
January 3, 2022
Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding ArmsRacesFrom The White House…
We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought…nuclear weapons—for as long as they continue to exist—should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war. We believe strongly that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented.
Kee in mind that bit about “speaking lies at the same table.” Whatever is said is a lie of the devil. We should absolutely expect nuclear weapons to be used. In the near future.
March 18, 2022
The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan…was followed by the rapid collapse of the pro-Western government of Afghanistan and its replacement by the Taliban. This has led to questions about what will happen if and when US forces withdraw from northeastern Syria…
…withdrawal from Syria would be a serious gamble for US national security concerns in Syria and the region.
“Region” is diplomacy for “Turkey”.
and [the king of the north shall] have…intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
In addition to the Christian Right warmongers in America, this would be Israel primarily.
Desperate to keep an open door to Arab oil fields, and vying with Turkey for influence over Arab nations, the king of the north uses its military strength to convince secular Israel and politically-minded Islamic leaders to agree to a collaborative use of the Temple Mount.
And America has Israel trapped.
Feb. 07, 2017
Seventy years after independence, Israel confronts a difficult question: has it become so dependent on the United States that it could not survive without it?…
To date, Israel has been the beneficiary of approximately $125 billion in U.S. aid, an unimaginable sum, more than any other country…slated to further increase to some $165 billion by the end of the new ten-year aid package, in 2029…
There is simply no alternative to American weapons…the bitter truth is that without the United States, the Israeli Defense Forces would be an empty shell…
The United States also cooperates with Israel in a variety of areas related to counter-terrorism, the cyber threat, and prevention of the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The United States has prepositioned a huge store of weapons and munitions in Israel, some of which are available for Israeli use, and conducts joint military exercises with the IDF, which provide it with the opportunity to learn some of the most advanced military tactics. Intelligence cooperation is so broad and deep that Israel’s capabilities would be totally different without the United States…
No other state so consistently supports Israel’s demands for security and recognition as the nation-state of the Jewish people, and its opposition to the so called “right of return.” No other power so consistently defends Israel in almost every international organization and leads the battle against its delegitimization and diplomatic isolation…
Significant changes are underway in American society that do not bode well for the future of the bilateral relationship, inter alia, the rise of population groups that are less identified with Israel (Hispanics, those with no religious identification, the young) and the dwindling numbers of the secular Jewish population, Israel’s traditional base of support. It is high time that our leaders finally adopt a considered and responsible approach towards the United States, adapt our policies to those of the United States to the extent possible, narrow and minimize those disagreements that are truly unavoidable, and act in a serious and cautious manner towards our great ally. It is a matter of existential importance.
- And arms shall stand on his part [military power convinced many to join him],
- and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength [bring in false gods and corrupt worship practices],
- and [they] shall take away the daily sacrifice [at this time, the Orthodox Jews praying daily at the Western Wall vestige of the Jewish temple],
- and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate [American military presence, like Rome’s army, at the Temple.]
- such as do wickedly against the covenant” (Daniel 11:30-32)
What we have in Israel, as in America, is a split between religious and non-religious citizens reflected in their religion, politics, and social activity.
the survey finds that secular Jews in Israel are more uncomfortable with the notion that a child of theirs might someday marry an ultra-Orthodox Jew than they are with the prospect of their child marrying a Christian…
Overwhelmingly, Haredi and Dati Jews (both generally considered Orthodox) express the view that Israel’s government should promote religious beliefs and values, while secular Jews strongly favor separation of religion from government policy…
About nine-in-ten Haredim (91%), eight-in-ten Datiim (80%) and roughly six-in-ten Masortim (59%) consider themselves Jewish [religion] first, while about six-in-ten Hilonim (59%) take the opposite position, saying they see themselves as Israeli [politics] first.
Most pertinent to antichrist, there is a wide split between the far left and the far right in sexual activity.
[in contrast to] the Ashkenazi Haredim and other orthodox communities [which] insist on isolating themselves as much as possible from mainstream, Westernized Israeli society. Their ideals are not sought in the arena of citizenship but in the ascetic devotion of the Kollel scholar, though this is increasingly beyond the financial reach of most Haredim.
“Everything in Tel Aviv is gay, inherently gay…The people are creative, open-minded, liberal, accepting, and daring.”
The long-standing rule of thumb is that 10 percent of [any] population is gay, give or take. The estimate by officials in Tel Aviv is 25 percent of its population is gay…
Tel Aviv exists in a secular bubble. Shabbat is observed beginning at sundown Friday, but…even though the roads empty of cars, the clubs are jammed and there are even some open restaurants…
I came elbow-to-elbow and cheek-to-cheek (you can go ahead and pick which cheeks) with Tel Aviv’s carnality shortly after I arrived. It was an ordinary Wednesday night, yet the weekend had unofficially begun…“It’s like this all the time…”
Each night it’s a new party, a new theme, and a night that can go to 4 a.m. or later…
“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”
This sounds just like Hitler who started WWII.
“And they that understand among the people / Jews shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days…”
This sound just like the Nazi holocaust. Surely there can’t be a connection between the Nazis who engineered the holocaust of 6 million Jews and Israel?
Tel Aviv has the largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings in the world and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Since Bauhaus is a school of architecture that existed in Germany from 1919 to 1933, this creates an unexpected social connection with Nazi Germany.
but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days,” (Daniel 11:32-33)
These are anyone who opposes the peace process by referencing God’s word.
but many [among the people] shall cleave to them with flatteries. And [even] some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.” (Daniel 11:35)
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
[In the meantime] Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate / position of power shall he honour the God of forces / Satan by any cultural manifestation, likely the paganism of the Nazis: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds / inner fortress / inner chamber / in secret at this time with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them / the underlings of his god to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.” (Daniel 11:36-39)
So up to now this is just business as usual, what we must acknowledge as our own day and age. See detail in the post One Nation Under Which God?
The UFO enigma has been part of our culture since the 1940s and building to a worldwide explosion of acceptance today…As more of the world’s population accepts the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence, the demand is building for disclosure from the United States.
Using newly declassified and Freedom of Information Act documents, eyewitness accounts, interviews, and leaked documents being authenticated, THE PRESIDENTS AND UFOS details the secret history of UFOs and the corresponding presidential administration. Starting in 1941 with the Roosevelt administration, author Larry Holcombe examines the startling discoveries facing a president preoccupied by WWII, the explosion of UFO sightings during the Truman years, first contact during the Eisenhower administration…
For the first time, the involvement of all of the modern presidents up to and including President Obama, and the rise and then fall of their influence on UFO issues, are told in one story that is an integral part of the fascinating UFO tapestry.
And at the time of the end…” (Daniel 11:40)
Naturally the rivals egg each other on until war explodes.
shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over [overwhelm, conquer].
He shall enter also into the glorious land and many countries [seemingly allied with Israel] shall be overthrown:
Israel loses its independence. This is, after all, the standard MO of the king of the north who always betrays Israel.
And he shall plant the tabernacles [tent camps of soldiers] of his palace [permanent headquarters of the ruler, like Herod’s palace] between the seas in the glorious holy mountain…
The encampment of an enemy force in Israel is absolutely the last straw, the ultimate abomination that causes desolation in every way possible.
And at that time…there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time:” (Daniel 11:40-12:1-2)
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
What we need to understand is that this is not a statue. As per Daniel’s reading, this is the king of the north planting his troops’ camps between the Mediterranean on the west and the Red Sea to the east.
- then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time…except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved…
- as the days of Noah were” (Matthew 24:15-37)
There is more than incompatible religions of Christianity and Islam happening with the mix of iron and clay. There comes a time when the renewed attempt to hybridize the strength of immortality and the mortal clay bodies of humanity is unable to stand against the fragile mortal bodies of mankind connected to the infinite energy of YHVH’s energizing spirit of life.