By Craig C. White
In 1918 the last Ottoman soldiers marched out of Damascus. Today in 2018 Turkish soldiers are back inside of Syria. Turkish President Erdogan is the widely recognized rightful Sultan of a revived Islamic Caliphate. Erdogan has freely shared his ambitions of reconstituting the lands of the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire beginning with Syria.
The Bible tells us that the last world empire would be reestablished and that it would sorely oppress Israel. We are witnessing the birth-pangs of a revived Ottoman Empire.
Revelation 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
There were five past world empires when the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation. Rome was the current world empire making six. The Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire was the next and only world empire to follow making seven. The eighth world empire will be a revived Ottoman Empire. That means that we should expect a Turkish ruler to be the Antichrist.
Yes the Turkish Army is in northwestern Syria but that isn’t all. Turkey is building roads and mosques in northwestern Syria and teaching the Turkish language in public schools. Turkey is providing electric power to some areas and revamping local governments. Northwestern Syria is becoming Turkish. The “Turkifcation” of northern Syria is also referred to as “Ottoman creep”
The Ottoman Empire is also creeping elsewhere. Turkish President Erdogan has vowed to take control over even more territory in northeastern Syria all the way into northern Iraq. This is generally Kurdish and ISIS territory. The Turks are dead set against allowing Kurdish forces to occupy territory along the Turkish border. Turkey has a somewhat willing accomplice in the Sunni Al-Qaeda ISIS rebels. I would expect Turkey to once again support ISIS against the Kurds in places like Kobani located to the east of the Euphrates River.
Let’s not forget Damascus. Turkish President Erdogan admitted that the “sole reason” why the Turkish Army has entered Syria is to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. This week Turkish President Erdoğan said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power.
You can stop wondering who will destroy Damascus. The destruction of Damascus is chronicled in Jeremiah 49:23-27. Turkey will attack Hamah and Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria and then destroy Damascus.
Damascus is only thirty miles from the Israel border. This week Erdogan vowed to defend Jerusalem from Israeli ‘invaders’. This statement is not to be taken lightly. Turkey intends to creep all the way to Jerusalem.
Turkish President Erdogan has also demanded that land be returned to the Ottomans from eastern Greece and from Cypress. Erdogan has real plans to reinstate ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood Presidential candidate in Egypt. Turkey has already received an old Mediterranean Ottoman naval port from Sudan.
Turkish President Erdogan is reestablishing the Ottoman Empire beginning in Syria. This is the reestablished world empire that the Bible predicts. Turkey is planting their flag in northern Syria. Turkish President Erdogan is the recognized Sultan of a revived Turkish ruled Islamic Caliphate. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist.