Turkey coup in Bible prophecy
By Craig C. White
Oh my that was a quick coup! I am certain that many terrible events will soon follow. Here is a review of a some key events and viewpoints.
July 15, 2016: There is a military coup happening in Turkey right now. The military has claimed control but President Erdogan and Prime Minister Yildirim say that the rebels will pay the highest price. I think that this will be a failed attempt to overthrow the Turkish government. I don’t know of any specific biblical reference to this coup however Turkey does play a major role in end time Bible prophecy. Check out the live updates on Mirror UK news.
Fox just reported that some in Turkey believe that this military coup was instigated by Turkish President Erdogan as a fake. They say that the attempted coup was weak and unorganized. Just a possibility. Turkish President Erdogan wants to push Turkey into a presidential ruled government, making himself the ultimate authority.
July 15, 2016 9.45 EST: Reports say that Turkish government is back in control.
As the Turkish government seemed to be regaining control Turkish President Erdogan gave a speech blaming a certain resident of Pennsylvania for the military coup. That Pennsylvania resident is ousted Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan and Gulen have been arch enemies for the past fifteen years but I suspect that one day Gulen will praise Erdogan as the undisputed ruler of the Muslim world. I think that Fethullah Gulen will take his place alongside of Erdogan. I think that Fethullah Gulen will one fulfill his role as the False Prophet.
Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim threatens to go to war with US over their support for ousted Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
July 16, 2016: 2,839: soldiers and 120 officers are detained for their involvement in the coup. Watch to see how these soldiers are punished. A light punishment may reflect that they participated in a mock coup under Erdogan’s orders. Although I have a feeling that Erdogan will now engage in some drastic activities like killing Turkish Kurds and invading northwestern Syria in order to kill Syrian Kurds. The word “coup” may quickly evaporate from your newscasters vocabulary.
Some Bible teachers are saying that this failed coup could be the wounded head mentioned in Revelation chapter 13. I don’t think so. The wounded head that is healed in Revelation chapter 13 represents a revived world empire. Now if Turkish President Erdogan one day reconciled with his arch nemesis Fethullah Gulen that would certainly heal the wounded head of Turkey. If they reconciled while they were reconstituting the Turkish led Ottoman Empire that could definitely fulfill the Revelation 13:3 prophecy!
I think that Jeremiah 49 tells us that Turkey will invade northwestern Syria and then destroy Damascus. After Erdogan conquers Syria Gulen will hail him as the true Mahdi. Even after Erdogan mops up northwestern Syria. Islam has a prophecy about the Mahdi winning a battle in that area. Perhaps that will embolden Erdogan to continue on to Damascus and even to Israel.
July 18, 2016: Erdogan planned the coup! An Islamic prophecy says that the Mahdi will conquer Constantinople (or Istanbul). Erdogan planned the coup to show the Islamic world that he is their promised ruler! He even announced it to the Turkish people months in advance. Do you believe me now? There is plenty of biblical evidence that proves that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. Next he will invade northwestern Syria and destroy Damascus!
Erdogan is the Antichrist!
By Craig C. White
Lately Turkish President Erdogan has been claiming to be god! According to the Bible that is something that the Antichrist will do.
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Turkish President Erdogan has also announced his plans to form of a new Islamic Union led by Turkey. Erdogan has made his desire to reestablish the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire very clear. Erdogan has also vowed that he will remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. These are all things that the Bible tells us that the Antichrist will do.
The Antichrist will do many other things. So will Erdogan. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. Here is why, and here is why the Antichrist will destroy Damascus and then invade Israel!
First the Antichrist is called the Assyrian (Isaiah 10 and elsewhere) because he will do the same things that the Assyrian kings did! The Assyrian Kings led two separate invasions into Israel. First they invaded Syria plus northern Israel in 734 BC. Second they invaded southern Israel in 701 BC.
You would probably say that Isaiah 17 is about the future destruction of Damascus, and you would be right. But Isaiah 17 is foremost about the conquest of the country of Syria in 734 BC by you know who: The Assyrian King Tiglath-pileser! This is a model for the future destruction of Damascus.
For verse by verse commentary through Isaiah chapter 17 please read my commentary Isaiah 17 predicts the destruction of Damascus.
The verses below describe the second Assyrian invasion of Israel. They also describe the future invasion of Israel by the Antichrist. Guess what? He (they) is bragging about his previous conquest of Syria!
Isaiah 10:7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. 8 For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings? 9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus? 10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; 11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?
Assyrian King Sennacherib is speaking here. So is the future invader of Israel. He is recalling previous victories over Syria and northern Israel.
For more please read my commentary The Assyrian is the Antichrist!
Second Magog is the Antichrist and Erdogan is Magog! Ezekiel 38:2-3 calls Magog the “chief prince” amongst his brothers. The Hebrew words mean “primary governor”. Magog’s brothers settled Turkey and were set over provinces. Most Bible prophecy teachers place them there. Magog was also set over a province in Turkey. He was the most prominent prince amongst his brothers. So the end time Magog is the “primary governor” of Turkey. I feel comfortable in calling him the Prime Minister of Turkey don’t you!?
Eze 38:1-3 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
To learn more about the identity of Magog please read my commentary The Princes of Turkey
According to Ezekiel 38 & 39 Magog leads two end time invasions into Israel. Ezekiel 38 describes a Turkish led battle joined by Iran, Libya, and Sudan. Ezekiel 39 obviously describes the battle of Armageddon. So if Magog leads the battle described in Ezekiel 39, and the Antichrist leads the battle of Armageddon then Magog is the Antichrist. Let’s not forget that these two invasions are modeled after the Assyrian invasions. The first started with an invasion into Syria followed by an invasion into northern Israel. The second Assyrian invasion was into southern Israel. What’s the point of knowing that the Antichrist is called the Assyrian if we are just going to forget? The antichrist will invade Syria plus northern Israel then come back latter to invade southern Israel. These are the battles of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 and 39.
For more about the people and places involved in the battle of Gog and Magog please read my commentary Magog Made Easier!
The Antichrist is also called a “prince” and “a little horn”. Magog is called the “chief prince”. If a big horn is a King, then a little horn is a prince! A Prime Minister is a “chief prince”! Now Turkish President Erdogan was Prime Minister of Turkey from 2002 to December 2014!
For more please read my commentary The Antichrist is a Prince
Third Libya, Iran, and Sudan are all fighting in Syria today! This is a list of the nations that the Prime Minister of Turkey will lead in an invasion into Israel according to Ezekiel 38:5!
Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
So Erdogan will invade Syria, destroy Damascus, and then lead these armies in an Invasion into Israel. It will not go well. Some sort of 7 year world peace plan will be put in place with Israel. Erdogan will break the treaty in the midst of its term. Then welcome to the Great Tribulation. Somewhere along this timeline Jesus Christ will come back for his Church. I am going with him.
For more please read my commentary Who is fighting in Syria?
Fourth Turkish President Erdogan is honoring the military might of the Turkish led Ottoman Empire in his new palace (see Daniel 11:37-38 below). The Erdogan palace is the largest palace in the world. Erdogan has dedicated his palace to the resurgence of Turkey as a world power as he proudly displays soldiers dressed in Ottoman era armor. By the way President Erdogan has publicly announced his intention to reestablish a Turkish led Islamic Empire!
Daniel 11:37-38 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
Erdogan is the Antichrist. He will be the ruler of the next World Empire. Jesus Christ will destroy it at his second coming. Before that Jesus Christ is coming to take his Church away to heaven. That means that Jesus is coming back very very soon!
Rev 22:20-21 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
God bless you, Craig C. White