From Ancient Dust Rises The Revived Ottoman Empire
Drawn From Notes from Various sources
Notes taken FROM THE JANUARY 2018 TRUMPET PRINT EDITION
The “White Palace” on the outskirts of Ankara is fit for a modern sultan. Boasting 2 million square feet and over 1,000 rooms, and costing $615 million, the lavish building’s Ottoman and Seljuk architecture and sculptured grounds revive the glory of the Ottoman Empire.
Originally the palace was intended to house the prime minister. However, just as it was nearing completion, the government decided it would instead be the president’s residence. Why? Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was nearing the end of his term, so, like Russia’s Vladimir Putin, he chose to become president to retain power. And whether he was prime minister or president, the man living in the palace would be Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Today, the White Palace symbolizes not only Erdoğan’s vision for Turkey’s future, but also his own place in history.
It appears to me, and several other Bible Prophecy students that his name was inscribed into future/history before he was a gleam in his mother’s eyes.
The Justice and Development Party (known by its Turkish acronym akp) came to power in 2002. Its leader, the former mayor of Istanbul, became prime minister from 2003 to 2014, then transitioned to the presidency.
Over the past 15 years, Mr. Erdoğan has overseen a radical change in the governance of the state, transforming Turkey from a modern almost Western/European country where secularism and European behavior and clothing style is common, to one where Islam now dominates with a tightening fist.
Turkey is a functioning, though corrupted, democracy and many Turks hoped that Erdoğan and his party would eventually be voted out of office and lose power. However, the past two years have vanquished that hope and have assured Mr. Erdoğan’s place as Turkey’s strongman for the foreseeable future.
On the evening of July 15, 2016, Turkish tanks rolled into Istanbul. Soon the sonic boom of tactical jets and the low thumping of helicopters could be heard flying overhead. A coup d’état was underway.
The military has protected Turkish secularism for more than 50 years. In 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997, the military had preserved the modern secular democratic state by successfully overthrowing the government. In a day or two, it seemed, the increasingly authoritarian and Islamic strongman of Turkey would no longer have the keys to the White Palace.
But Erdoğan managed to evade the revolutionaries as they descended on the coastal hotel where he had been staying. He then appeared on cnnTurk, calling on his supporters to take to the streets and use all means necessary to stop the insurrection. The people obeyed, defying the military’s imposed curfew. Footage quickly emerged on social media of men in plain clothes trying to hold back battle tanks, some even lying in front of them as they plowed forward. This further motivated Erdoğan’s supporters to come out in droves.
The terminating moment of the coup came the next day. It wasn’t the image the military had hoped for. They wanted Erdoğan in handcuffs. Instead, it was the image of soldiers laying down their weapons in surrender and being marched off the Bosporus Bridge. The military takeover had failed.
Worse than just botching the coup, the futile military action gave the president the rationale he needed to remove dissenters from positions of power throughout the nation. In the year and a half since, Erdoğan has sacked 146,713 state officials, teachers, bureaucrats, academics and military personnel. He has arrested 61,247 individuals, shut down over 3,000 schools, universities and dormitories, and dismissed 4,463 judges and prosecutors. To ensure the purge doesn’t attract too much attention, he has shut down 187 media outlets and arrested 308 journalists.
It would be an under estimate to expect this has disrupted the lives of at least 3,200,000 families, students and other working people.
With the military culled, the media silenced and anti-Erdoğan government technocrats removed, Erdoğan decided to alter the Turkish Constitution.
On April 16, 2017, Turkey held a nationwide referendum on 18 constitutional amendments proposed by Erdoğan’s party. The reforms passed in a close vote. Turkey can now transform from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential republic, and Erdoğan can remain in power until 2029 if he continues to win successive elections, which is likely because strong-arm tactics are effective and vote counts can be altered.
Where to Now
Erdoğan has been tightening his hold on power for years, but never as overtly as in the last two years. Most of his actions have the support of the majority of Turks. It was they who answered the call from the minarets to stop the tanks in their tracks. It was they who reelected him over and over in spite of his authoritarian tactics. It was they who approved his constitutional amendments…. So the argument goes. But can it be believed? Perhaps some are afraid to denounce these changes.
I just mentioned that at least 3,200,000 people have had their lives disrupted due to the massive changes. Turkish population is approximately 81-million and the country’s population growth rate in 1950 was 2.54% and now is 1.45%. This decline indicates to me, Turkish citizens are afraid to make trouble, everyone knows someone whose life has been disrupted over the past 2-years, and many are not wealthy enough and emotionally secure about their future enough to marry and begin raising families of their own. Many are probably finding a way to leave the country and never return!
The military is over 300,000 active personnel. This tells us 3% of the country’s population are paid to produce nothing of value. They cost the country a fortune in taxes maintaining their military forces. Naturally, the more courageous and intelligent young adults would be leaving to work abroad and get away from the declining standard of living.
The West, particularly European nations, have a complicated relationship with Turkey, a pillar member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. They rely on its cooperation in many ways, and have shown themselves remarkably willing to overlook a great deal of unsavory behavior in order to preserve ties. The idea of Turkey becoming a European Union member, as it has long sought to be, is further from becoming reality than ever. Yet biblical prophecy says its ongoing alliance with Europe will play a role in end-time events.
Biblical prophecy does not say whether or not Erdoğan will continue to rule Turkey, but it does indicate that there will be a strong ruler in Turkey capable of navigating powerful alliances, especially with a German-led Europe. It also indicates that Turkey will be part of one of the greatest double crosses in history, against the modern nations of Israel (read more of these prophecies in this free booklet The King of the South).
Given Erdoğan’s self-serving alliance in nato, as well as his openly hostile attitude toward Jews and Israel, he is a probable candidate to lead Turkey to fulfill the final terrible prophecies.
For your own reference concerning Turkish military you can look here:
In short summary Turkey is among the top 5 most powerful military forces in the world capable of putting close to a million men in uniform and there are sufficient weapons to arm all of them. The Turkish president in 2018 boasted he could overcome all of Europe in 3-days and be ready to take on Russian forces soon thereafter.
Special forces and police attend the funeral ceremony of a Turkish soldier killed in cross-border clashes with Kurdish People’s Protection Units.
In a world of rising strongmen, Turkey’s president take more authoritarian power.
from: MAY 29 2018 Trumpet.com
Two divisions of Turkey’s Special Forces will come under the direct command of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Times of London revealed May 24. The order will incorporate tens of thousands of special force officers into Erdoğan’s close protection team. This is the latest of many actions the president has taken to secure his position as Turkey’s strongman.
The special police force (poh) was first established in 1982 under the Department of Public Security. Its function was to protect civilians and prevent terror attacks in rural areas. Recruits are selected from the regular police force and then specially trained for 16 weeks under a private military company called Sadat. The recruits are trained in sniping, reconnaissance, carrying out house raids, and more.
The Gendarmerie (jöh) is the other special force that, until now, was under the control of both the Interior and Defense ministries.
These two Special Forces have played integral roles in Turkish operations against Kurdish militants in Syria and eastern Turkey since 2015. Now they’re both under direct command of the president.
In 2013, the police exposed corruption in then Prime Minister Erdoğan’s party involving fraud, bribery and money laundering. Turkey has for years and years permitted a thriving trafficking of young women from Ukraine and Russia. They end up in brothels and often end their lives poisoned with alcohol, drugs, and sexually transmitted diseases. Prime Minister Erdoğan knew but didn’t care, because like many Muslims, women are considered less important than pack animals.
Rather than reforming his government, he purged the police force, tightened his grip over the judiciary, and subjugated the media.
When Erdoğan became president in 2014, he continued to consolidate more authoritarian powers, pulling Turkey farther from what used to be the model of a successful Muslim democracy.
Suddenly in 2016, parts of Turkey’s military attempted a coup. Four times in Turkey’s modern history the military has risen up successfully to preserve a secular democratic state. But this time the coup failed, and Erdoğan capitalized on the opportunity to garner even more power for himself.
Immediately he began purging dissenters—thousands of military personnel, judges, prosecutors, educators and reporters were fired or imprisoned.
When Erdoğan declared a three-month state of emergency on July 21 that year, it enabled him to vastly expand his power. Twenty-two months later, the state of emergency is still in place. Erdoğan has taken advantage of the situation to issue numerous decrees—the latest being his control over the Special Forces.
As Trumpet managing editor Joel Hilliker wrote in his article “Exiled Journalist: Beware Turkey’s Authoritarian Shift,” in a late issue of the Trumpet newsmagazine:
This transformation in Turkey is not a rare fluke. It is part of a trend that is affecting other major nations. For nearly two centuries, democratic, free societies—led by the British Empire and the United States—have flourished. But modern, sophisticated, wealthy and well-armed nations are now reverting to authoritarianism in Asia, China most notably and, there are questions raised about Japan.
In Europe, record numbers of voters are electing nationalists: Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Sebastian Kurz in Austria, Andrej Babiš in the Czech Republic. In the Middle East, the flash of optimism during the Arab Spring is over, and the region has emerged even less democratic and free—ruled by autocrats and riven by tribalism and violent turf wars.
By several measures, looked at globally, the power of governments and individual leaders is growing, and the freedoms of citizens are eroding. People are recognizing that the world is getting more aggressive and more dangerous. They are looking for security and protection. And strongmen are promising to provide it.
For nearly two centuries, the world has experienced the spread of democratic, free societies. The 21st century, on the other hand, has seen a vastly different trend: the rise of authoritarian strongmen.
This global trend was actually prophesied in your Bible thousands of years ago. Your Bible speaks of the coming dark days of authoritarian rule in this end time, which will inevitably end in war. Learn more about this here “The New Strongman Age.”
Is Turkey important to our future? Let’s look at a map and Bible Prophecy with the help of my scholar friend Jerry Warrington.
Erdoğan Takes Control of Turkish Special Forces
In a world of rising strongmen, Turkey’s president grabs hold of more authoritarian power.
Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, even to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. 2 I saw in the vision; now it was so, that when I saw, I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision, and I was by the river Ulai. 3 Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; and no animals could stand before him, neither was there any who could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and magnified himself.
Now look again at the map and see what countries are surrounding Turkey. We think Germany will be involved in all of this when the need is critical but first one can expect Turkey will pick a fight with Syria, Iraq, later Egypt an Iran, perhaps Russia via Ukraine. He would likely conquer Bulgaria and Romania.
5 As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west over the surface of the whole earth, and didn’t touch the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 He came to the ram that had the two horns, which I saw standing before the river, and ran on him in the fury of his power. 7 I saw him come close to the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and struck the ram, and broke his two horns; and there was no power in the ram to stand before him; but he cast him down to the ground, and trampled on him; and there was none who could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 The male goat magnified himself exceedingly: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and instead of it there came up four notable [horns] toward the four winds of the sky. 9 Out of one of them came forth a little horn, which grew exceeding great, toward the south [from Turkey], and toward the east [from Turkey], and toward the glorious [land] [Israel]. 10 It grew great, even to the army of the sky; and some of the army and of the stars [religious leaders] it cast down to the ground, and trampled on them. 11 Yes, it magnified itself, even to the prince of the army; and it took away from him the continual [burnt offering], and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 The army was given over [to it] together with the continual [=burnt offering] through disobedience; and it cast down truth to the ground, and it did [its pleasure] and prospered. 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who spoke, How long shall be the vision [concerning] the continual [burnt offering], and the disobedience that makes desolate
[the Abomination of (or that causes) Desolation, is likely an Artificial Intelligence image of the world leader who requires a mark of loyalty],
to give both the sanctuary and the army to be trodden under foot? 14 He said to me, To two thousand and three hundred evenings [and] mornings [6.4 years from the mid-point of the Seven Year Covenant until the coming of Jesus at the end of the 3.4 year Great Tribulation Period] (If this expected agreement were to be signed in 2018 add 6.4 years and you land in late 2024 or early 2025.); then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. 15 It happened, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, that I sought to understand it; and behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. 16 I heard a man’s voice between [the banks of] the Ulai, (something terrible lies beneath that spot. I can’t cover it now, but it will reveal itself in good time.) which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. 17 So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I was frightened, and fell on my face: but he said to me, Understand, son of man; for the vision belongs to the time of the end. 18 Now as he was speaking with me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face toward the ground; but he touched me, and set me upright. 19 He said, Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation [the 3.4 year Great Tribulation period following the 7-year Mideast Peace Treaty]; for it belongs to the appointed time of the end[it is the last period (3.4 years) before Christ returns to set up his 1000 year reign on earth]. 20 The ram which you saw, that had the two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The rough male goat is the king of Greece [Alexander The Great d.323 B.C.]: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 As for that which was broken, in the place where four stood up, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not with his power. 23 In the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have come to the full [envision today’s morality], a king of fierce face, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up [I envision Tayyip Erdogan]. 24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do [his pleasure]; and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people. 25 Through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in [their] security shall he destroy many: he shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. 26 The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true: but seal up the vision; for it belongs to many days [to come]. 27 I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick certain days; then I rose up, and did the king’s business: and I wondered at the vision, but none understood it.
Revelation 13:1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns[armies] and seven heads [seven successive world dominant governments]. On his horns [not his head] were ten crowns [his armies are under authority of ten nation confederation [this is the European Union], and on his heads, blasphemous names[Islamic Bismillah headbands]. 2 The beast which I saw was like a leopard [Alexander The Great], and his feet were like those of a bear [Media-Persia], and his mouth like the mouth of a lion [Babylon] [successive characterizations of the Mideast Empires through history. In other words it was an Islamic entity]. The dragon [the EU] gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 One of his heads looked like it had been wounded fatally [the Caliphate — The Reviving Ottoman Empire!]. His fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled at the beast. 4 They worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
[The Beast and the Dragon will be the world dominant power in the last 7 years of this civilization and many Western nation’s will suffer at the hands of this terrible army of lawless men — terrorists living among us. ]
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. Authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation was given to him. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 If anyone is to go into captivity, he will go into captivity. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, he must be killed.1 This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.
11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. [the Islamic Mahdi] (a demon) .12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast,whose fatal wound had been healed. [ This insinuates a link to Turkey, the seas of teh Ottoman Empire Caliphate.]
13 He performs great signs, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in the sight of people. 14 He deceives my own2 people who dwell on the earth (the Jewish People of Daniel’s bloodline) because of the signs he was granted to do in front of the beast; saying to those who dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who had the sword wound and lived. 15 It was given to him to give breath to it, to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause as many as wouldn’t worship the image of the beast to be killed [convergence].
This “image” is probably a robot /statue with Artificial Intelligence that will scan people passing for their ID number implant. If you have no implant, you’ll be arrested then and there. The technology to do this is working presently.
16 He (the beast) causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slave, to be given marks on their right hands, or on their foreheads; 17 and that no one would be able to buy or to sell, unless he has that mark, the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is six hundred sixty-six [the Bismillah in Arabic appears as 666].
My impression from reading the chatter at Facebook is that most older Americans are self-assured, perhaps arrogant, and completely unaware of what really is happening around the Middle East and relationships with Turkey, Germany, Russia, England, France and the USA and so on. The very idea that Turkish politics might affect their lives in the slightest seems something between silly and irrelevant.
You are one of the much smarter ones. You’ve reached the end of this piece. Continue reading 2 or 3 more years. We’ll find out if Turkish politics will or will not affect your life.