Turkey’s Expanding Military Presence
By Craig C. White
The Turkish military has been steadily spreading throughout the Middle East for the past few years. For over a decade Turkish President Erdogan has been threatening to conquer Syria and to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. Erdogan has called on all of Islam to unite under a Turkish ruled Caliphate and for the most part the Islamic world is cooperating. It amazes me that news reporters recognize expanding Turkish ambitions while Christians are completely oblivious. The Bible tells us that the last past world empire would be reestablished and that it would sorely oppress Israel. We are witnessing the birth-pangs of a revived Ottoman Empire now.
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.
The revived Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire is the beast that will invade and oppress Israel for three and one half years. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist.
The following article has a map of Turkish military presence in the Middle East. It will give you an idea of where Turkey is expanding its empire next. Turkey has soldiers in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq and also has a close relationship with Iran. These are the only four nations that sit along the Euphrates River.
Rev 9:14-16 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Turkey also has plans to invade northern Africa including Egypt. Turkey has also demanded to be given territory in the Greek Isles and Cypress.