One of its heads seemed to have received a death-blow, but its mortal wounds had been healed. In amazement the whole earth followed the beast. Revelation 13:3Arguably, this is one of the most enigmatic puzzles that prophecy interpreters argued to unlock for centuries. Today, a major Turkey publication confirms that it is the Ottoman Empire that received the mortal wound:
World War I, which was started to eliminate the Ottoman Empire, to strike the final fatal blow to the Ottomans, whet the appetite of the “great powers,” of imperialist countries. (Source)Even Turkey's president vowed to fight against those who have long deemed Turkey the "sick man of Europe," saying, "
Today there is a different Turkey. Now, let’s get together to build the Turkey of 2023 and 2035, in order to give a lesson to those who have regarded us as the sick man. (Source)Readers who are familiar with some researches presented knows that 2023 is a target year in the mind of Erdogan of Turkey. From a blog post written some months ago:
2023 will be a turning point. The 100th year will be a turning point where the ‘leap forward’ will be proved. We have to make our preparations with determination[...]The transformation of Turkey
At this point, expect for Turkey to continue their backward transformation as they move away from democracy toward the former Ottoman caliphate. As noted above, Turkey became a republic, losing all of its former territory as agreed by the Treaty of Lausanne. With someone like Erdogan at the helm, Turkey will continue to play the democracy game as part of a long con and one day, Turkey as it is today will not be Turkey, but a revived Ottoman Empire.
This will change the balance of power in the Middle East. Between America and Russia jockeying to maintain hegemony over control and influence over the Middle East, Turkey will become a lighthouse of hope for stability in the Middle East, somehow, they will acheive it, pleasing the America and Russia foreign policy planners.
In the end, it will make America and Russia the biggest losers, and for a brief time, Turkey will triumph before making a fatal gamble, removing the centerpiece of Christians worship - the Eucharist.
The abolishing of the Eucharist, the belief that Christ is truly present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, as handed down from the 1st century of the Church, is what will trigger Christ's return. As it stands today, Christians, generally, fall into two camps - the first camp believe that Christ will secretly come in the cloud and rapture the believers (read as evangelicals) and leave the other Christians to suffer the horrible fate of the Antichrist's reign. The second camp believe that the Church will endure the final, great tribulation where the test of the Faith will be severe.
As Christ has predicted:
Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But anyone who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and the end will come. Matthew 24:10-14The challenge for us Christians is to endure through it all. We have many example set before us of how to truly be a Christian and stand fast to the faith as handed down and taught to us. The most recent example is the beheading of 20 Coptic, whose lips uttered the name of Jesus before they gave up the ghost as their heads were cut off in the most barbaric and gruesome manner. They are the ones of whom the Apocalypse said, "But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death," (Revelation 12:11).
They are our example of true faith, true confession, and true salvation. May those enthroned martyrs of the Faith pray for us to emulate them in Faith, Confession, Salvation, and Courage!