Thursday, March 16, 2017

STUNNING - Turkey Threatens "Holy War" Upon Europe

English-language Hurriyet Daily News reported that Turkey's Foreign Minister has publicly threatened a "religious war" in Europe, and President Recep Erdogan has liken the religion symbol bans previously ruled by the EU Court as a struggle between the "cross and crescent".

First up is the article linking a "holy war" in Europe from Turkey's Foreign Minister:

Europe will soon be the site of “religion wars,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on March 16, in Ankara’s first comment on the general elections in the Netherlands that saw the victory of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal VVD.

“Now the election is over in the Netherlands ... “When you look at the many parties you see there is no difference between the social democrats and fascist [Geert] Wilders. All have the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to collapse Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will soon begin in Europe,” Çavuşoğlu said on March 16, in Ankara’s first comment on the general election in the Netherlands that saw the victory of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal VVD.

“They killed each other 100 years ago because they were of different faiths,” he added, without elaborating.

“But they learned a lesson from this and then set up the European Union and the Council of Europe,” he added.
Next, Erdogan is reportedly saying:

 President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused the top EU court of commencing a struggle between the “Christian cross and the Muslim crescent” following a ruling that allows companies to ban staff from wearing visible religious symbols.

“Where is the liberty of religion? They have commenced a struggle between the cross and crescent. There is no other explanation than this. I am saying this clearly: Europe is heading toward the days just before World War II,” Erdoğan said March 16 at a rally in Sakarya.

The European Court of Justice ruled on March 14 to allow companies to ban employees from wearing the Islamic headscarf, “but only as part of prohibitions including other religious and political symbols.”

The Take

This is quite serious.  On the surface, it appears to be another trademark of Erdogan's ruthless style of using bombastic rhetorics to rally support for the April 16 referendum slated to take place in a few weeks, and remember, April 16 also happens to be the day both Catholics and Orthodox Christians celebrates the Resurrection of Christ on the same day; yet on another hand, it is a growing sign of confidence that Erdogan will gain the necessary votes to have the referendum passed, and sending Turkey past the point of no return.

Second, any serious students of history who are Christians would immediately notice the phrase, "holy wars will soon begin in Europe," is clearly a reference to the infamous Battle of Lepanto that historians claims saved Europe from the Ottoman's conquest of the West.

On this note, I am almost afraid the Muslims would be successful in winning the fight since the Church are more divided than at any time in history.  While the climate of the Battle of Lepanto saw the growth of Protestant Reformations, Pope Pius V elected to turn his attention and direct his energy to fight the Ottoman Empire.

St. Pope Pius V

Unfortunately, I do not see a leader as strong and humble as St. Pope Pius V was when he, in a brilliant diplomat maneuver, inserted himself as the head of the Holy League to prevent the alliance of kingdoms fraying before the battle could be waged.

With Europe already teetering on disaster with the increase of anti-Islam sentiment and continual rejection of Christ's teaching, it would only be a matter of time before Europe explodes into fragment of infighting that would spread.  

Grudgingly, I must admit that Erdogan is a clever man, by stating this, "Where is the liberty of religion? They have commenced a struggle between the cross and crescent," he is positioning himself as the champion of tolerance, of religious freedom, against the increase of atheism in Europe, to which Christians, if they are not careful, would turn to as a form of strong defender of religious freedom.

It is noted with bitter irony that while Turkey, under Erdogan, has already turned its back on the principle of democracy in the aftermath of the so-called July 15 Coup, having rounded up many whom he and his supporters accuses of being "Gulenists" (a reference to the self-exiled leader based in Pennsylvanian, Gulen, and his network of followers), he also had teachers, professors, police officers, judges, et al sacked and imprisoned with no due process; yet, in his heated bombastic attack on the Dutch, he accused the Dutch of having Nazi sentiments as reported by The Guardian, "They are very nervous and cowardly. They are Nazi remnants, they are fascists."

Just Remember: This Is What He Wants

Finally, in an article from a few days ago, Erdogan decided to take the issue to the Organization of Islamic Countries:
Turkey will intensify its efforts against racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia on all international platforms, especially at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as Turkey’s government is currently the term president, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said March 14.

“This matter is not a matter merely for Turkey. This fascism that shows its dirty face is negatively impacting all Muslims and foreigners living in Europe,” he said at a Doctor’s Day meeting.
The Organization of Islamic Countries, at its basic level, is the United Nations for Muslims, and with Turkey as the presidency of the OIC, it is only going to accelerate the rapid changing maps of the Middle East.  From an blog post I wrote, I mentioned how the Treaty of Lausanne was the thorn in the sides of Erdogan and like-minded people:
While the Sykes-Picot was implemented in 1916-1917, it was not until a very important treaty was signed that officially recognized the modern border of Turkey, the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne.
 With Erdogan and Turkey having firm grips as the president of the OIC, it is only a matter of time before the picture becomes clearer and why Christians are truly in dangers, not only in the Middle East - having a temporary reprieve with Assad still in power in Syria - but also in Europe and in the Balkans.

The Enigmatic Prophetic Picture 

Revelation 13 contains a picture of a beast that have wildly been interpreted to be the Vatican but in the light of current events and from history, it only makes sense this beast, a graphic description of a coming, brutal but short-lived empire, is the return of the Islamic caliphate that Erdogan is seeking and scheming to implement.

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads were blasphemous  names.  And the beast I saw was like a leopard, its feet like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth.  And the dragon gave it his power and his throne and great authority.  One of its heads seemed to have received a death-blow, but its mortal wound had been healed.  In amazement the whole earth followed the beast.  They worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, 'Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?'  Revelation 13:1-4
Searching online will reveal photomanipulated or artistic take on the beast, the reality is, this beast is actually a combination of ancient empires into one body.  From the prophetic vision of Daniel:

 In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed.  Then he wrote down the dream: I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea, and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.  The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings.  Then, as I watched, its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a human being; and a human mind was given to it.  Another beast appeared, a second one, that looked like a bear.  It was rised up on one side, had three tusks (or ribs) in its mouth among its teeth and was told, 'Arise, devour many bodies!'  After this, as I watched, another appeared, like a leopard.  The beast has four wings of a bird on its back and four heads; and dominion was given to it.  After this I saw in the visions by night a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong.  It had great iron teeth and was devouring, breaking in pieces, and stamping what was left with its feet.  It was different from all the beasts that preceded it, and it had ten horns.  Daniel 7:1-7
If one were to carefully note, one could immediately make out a similarity between all the beasts of Daniel's vision and John's vision.  Three beasts were identified as animals known but it was the fourth beast that greatly troubled Daniel the most.  The fourth beast had something in common with the beast of Revelation 13, having ten horns.  This is significant as there were ten successive dynasties of Islamic caliphate until it received it fatal blow in 1923 when the Treaty of Lausanne was signed, recognizing the modern border of Turkey.

It is why Erdogan repeatedly targets the date, 2023, because he is seeking to undo the "damage" caused to the loss of "Islamic identity," if you will.

Jesus Himself pinpointed exactly where Satan's throne dwell, Pergamum, which is located today in Turkey, and as point of fact, all seven letters to the Churches of Revelation are located in Turkey today.

It Is Not Coincidental Turkey Is Rising Up
Clearly, Jesus being God Incarnated foresaw this and gave the visions to John to write the visions and to warn the Church to be prepared for the most intense persecutions.  Christians have experienced various degree of intense persecutions for the Faith since the Inception of the Church, however, nothing is truly in store for what is to come in the days ahead.

Isn't it also interesting that the three beasts formed the beast of Revelation 13?  Isn't it incredible how it seem that Revelation 13's beast is the reverse of Daniel's first three beasts?  Clearly, John saw a beast whose body was dominated by the leopard with the feet of the bear and mouth of the lion.  Historians and theologians generally accept the interpretation of Daniel's beasts to be:
  1. Lion - Babylon (modern Iraq)
  2. Bear - Medes/Persian alliance (modern Iran)
  3. Leopard - Greece's kingdom (modern Turkey)
The Empire of Greece broke up into four competing dynasties upon the death of Alexander, with the Seleucid Dynasty and Ptolemaic Dynasty sometime engaging in war against one another.

Four Dyansties Upon Alexander the Great's Death

Is it not a coincidence that the Seleucid Dynasty was the strongest dynasty until Rome came and conquered most of the Middle East?

Is it not a coincidence that the Ottoman Empire's expansion also closely mirrors the Seleucid Dynasty minus Persia?

Ottoman Empire Expansion
Finally, there was a picture of Erdogan hosting his first OIC summit as term president aboard what is known as the presidential yacht:

Was This When The Devil Gave Him His Authority?
It is noted with great interest that when the president hosted the summit, the theme was "Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace," from the linked article above.


What Lies Ahead

It is difficult to make a guess what lies ahead, but I will make an educated guess and say the April 16 referendum will pass, Turkey will charm Europe from its heated rhetoric while sending more "refugees" into Europe to prepare Europe to swim in bloodbath, and Christians will be viciously targeted.  In the meantime, with Lent soon winding down, all Christians must prepare to make a choice of whether one is for Christ or for the devil.  The great soul harvest will commence and the Lord Jesus Christ will separate sheep from goat, with the former being blessed and the latter damned to everlasting damnation.