Brian is a well known Bible teacher with a particular emphasis on Biblical end time events. Believing that these events are already underway, he believes that the Rapture of the Church to glory is imminent. Brian and Gilly (pic here with Bethan)travel throughout the UK and he also teaches in Europe and the USA. Although they are regularly in fellowships and churches who know them well, they are most happy to visit new venues to bring the message of the Gospel and the nearness of Christs return.
Friday, 20 December 2013
"TURKEY'S NEW OTTOMAN EMPIRE" BY DK NEZACEK FROM "HOUSETOPS.COM".
Sometimes it is so amazing how articles, and subjects, just seem to fall into my lap! I was wondering how to follow up my last article and then I read some of the provocative statements by Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish prime minister Erdogan
In an election speech, Erdogan stated that parts of Thrace, the Balkans, and Bulgaria belong to Turkey. Evidently, Erdogan has dreams of reviving the Turkish Ottoman Empire! While he didn't say so at this time, the Ottoman Empire used to control Syria, Lebanon and Israel, indeed It was a huge empire that controlled most of the Mediterranean sea!
Ottoman Empire 16-17th centuries
Well, if this is the platform upon which Erdogan hopes to be re-elected upon, what does this development bode for the future? What if he pursues his promises?
For several years I had puzzled over the fact that Turkey is not listed in the nations of the Psalm 83 confederacy, but is there in the Ezekiel account (Togarmah, the Turkmen tribes). In recent years, Turkey ended their military cooperation with Israel, and then became hostile and openly supported the Palestinian terrorists. Then they drew closer to Iran. It was looking like Turkey would want to join the Arabs in the Psalm 83 war.
Of course that can't happen, but how would they be kept out of it?
Well, it seems that they may be embroiled in another conflict, and too busy to assist the Arabs at that time!
Clearly this would be classed as a “rumour of war” (Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7), and it definitely has the potential to develop into a full-blown war.
Don't forget that Turkey did have the nerve to invade the island of Cyprus in 1974, and still occupies 40% of it today, in spite of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which ended Turkish claims on the island. Today it appears that Britain and the US have less resolve than they had at that time. The US president, Barrack Obama is a good friend of Erdogan, and is not likely to intervene, as the US did in the Balkans in the early 1990s. I wonder if this is the message Obama has been communicating to the Turkish prime minister?
No, the US has been the world's policeman, and now that they are showing a lack of resolve, and even friendship to despots, it will encourage aggressive action on the part of nations who would otherwise restrain themselves.
Just before I close, I am reminded of the ten kings of Revelation 17. Clearly these ten “kings” each have a kingdom. As I have demonstrated in The Spirit of Prophecy, these ten kingdoms will actually encompass the whole world. They are not local, Middle-Eastern, or European nations, but each region will be represented by at least one of the ten. Could it be that Turkey is attempting to assemble one of these super nations? If they are, they might find more success by talking to people first, instead of demanding, bullying, and threatening!