Turkey’s worst enemy has been given the green light to gain nuclear bombs. Why would this deal make Turkey overjoyed?
Historically the empires that have occupied the current nations of Turkey and Iran have hated each other for 25 centuries. It is a feud that has extended throughout much of history. Currently Turkey is the most powerful Sunni Muslim nation on earth and Iran is the most power Shia Muslim nation. The addition of religious animosity to the disagreement has only intensified their desire to subdue the other.
So we must ask, how does Turkey and it’s leader Recep Erdogan feel about the deal that their NATO allies and others in the G5+1 just crafted with Iran? Turkey has been surprisingly quiet on a deal that for all intents and purposes gives Iran the ability to arm itself with nuclear weapons. Iran is their historic enemy. They should be incensed, but they aren’t. Why does Turkey love the Iran Nuclear Deal?
Those of us who are familiar with scripture know that the Prophet Daniel prophesied that Turkey would eventually conquer Iran and form an empire that in the words of the Bible is “exceedingly great.” (We will discuss this prophecy in detail later.) Turkey’s Muslim leaders are probably completely oblivious to the prophecy, but in their minds this might be their strategy as well.
How does a potentially nuclear Iran help Turkey fulfill its dream of Middle East domination?
- If Iran acquires nuclear capacity, NATO ally Turkey will be allowed to as well “to defend it self.” It has been repeatedly stated in the conservative press that the net effect of the Iran Nuclear Deal will be an arms race in the Middle East.
- We know from Daniel’s prophecy that Iran is destined to invade the Middle East in a westward, northward and southerly direction. Will a nuclear capacity give Iran the confidence to fulfill prophecy?
- Once Iran invades and conquers Iraq, Syria and possibly even portions of the Arabian Peninsula, Turkey will have the moral justification to strike back, probably with western help, to crush this “dangerous enemy.” In the process a pan-Middle Eastern Caliphate will be established under Sunni control.
The end result will be a Turkish Caliphate, a revived Ottoman Empire under the probable rule of Erdogan. None of the western nations would permit such a thing unless a mutual enemy like Iran was threatening world peace.
Many in the US suspect the current Administration to harbor Sunni sympathies. It is probably a mystery that this deal, brokered by the USA, gives such power to a Shia Muslim nation. Digging a bit deeper shows the true intent of the Iran Nuclear Deal: a Revised Ottoman Caliphate.
Now that we’ve looked at the political situation in the Middle East, let’s see if what the Bible says parallels this situation. In Daniel Chapter 8 we read about a strange prophecy that involves a Ram and a Goat. Traditional Bible interpretation has claimed this was fulfilled before Jesus’s day by the Persians and the Greeks. What these interpreters have missed are these key verses:
Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end … Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end. (Dan. 8: 17, 19)
Three times in these two verses, the Angel Gabriel let Daniel know this vision was not about historic events but will be fulfilled at the time of the end. Right before the return of Jesus. This is stunning, and of upmost importance to our day. I wrote about this vision in ARE WE ABOUT TO SEE IRAN FULFILL DANIEL 8? here on this site. If you are new to this site and haven’t read this before PLEASE read this article to get the full picture about this prophecy.
Immediately after the angel tells Daniel that the vision applies to the future TIME OF THE END, he identifies the players in the prophecy:
The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia. The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king. (Dan. 8: 20-21 NASB)
This takes a little understanding. “Media and Persia” occupied the same territory as modern Iran. The angel identified the player in the prophecy by its ancient name because that’s all Daniel was familiar with. The name “Iran” meant nothing to him. But the clear verses right before this tell us the prophecy is for the time of the end, and at the end (now) Persia is Iran.
Greece seems obvious. It means Greece, right? Actually no, the word in the Hebrew is YAVAN, an ancient people who occupied the territory in eastern Greece and western Turkey. The major city of their region was Istanbul in modern Turkey. So Yavan is Turkey.
Daniel tells us that at first the ram (Iran) will invade west, north and south.
I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a ram which had two horns was standing in front of the canal. Now the two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, with the longer one coming up last. I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased and magnified himself. (Dan. 8: 3-4 NASB)
Not only does Iran invade, but the text says no one can stop them. Why doesn’t the USA stop them? The text doesn’t say we don’t want to stop Iran, it says no one could stop them. Does the judgment of God on the USA fall before this event and give Iran the confidence to invade? We don’t know but it seems that way.
After this, YAVAN (Turkey) counter-attacks and crushes Iran.
A male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground; and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the canal, and rushed at him in his mighty wrath. I saw him come beside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his two horns, and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was none to rescue the ram from his power. Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. (Dan. 8: 5-8 NASB)
This is what Turkey is most likely hoping for. They are probably unaware, but the Bible predicts it.
The Rest of the Story
What I’m positive Erdogan and Turkey are completely unware of is what happens next:
But as soon as he was mighty, the large horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven. (Dan. 8: 8 NASB)
Something happens and the leader of Turkey is “broken off” and the new Turkish Empire is split into 4 subsections. What that “something” is we don’t know. It is doubtful (but possible) that it is an internal struggle. More likely the world powers are fearful of this new Ottoman Empire and they “break off” the leader and split the nation into four, just as Germany was partitioned by the Allies after WWII and just like the original Ottoman Empire was divided by the Allies after WWI! It seems the allies are always dividing this area.
Finally, in the midst of this chaos, the Antichrist arises:
Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land. It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down. It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down. (Dan. 8: 9- 11 NASB)
This is part of the take away for Christians. This is the path that leads to the rising of the Antichrist and the beginning of the 70th Week. There has been a lot of speculation about the 70th Week starting this year in September or having already started. This is impossible Biblically because these prophecies aren’t fulfilled yet. So this is the area to watch.