Fear and tempers are on the rise in Europe. The migration crisis is severe. The Headline for this blog was taken from the Reuters news agency (duplicated here to give you an idea just how serious this crisis is, read the headline again!).
Deep divisions over how to cope with a flood of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia pose a threat to the European Union’s survival as a union. The news media puts out disturbing images of drowning children, refugees being herded on and off trains, and barbed-wire fences being erected across Europe, much of Europe is in shock. Almost all the refugees hope to reach the more affluent countries of northern and western Europe such as Germany, France and Sweden.
Massive inflows of refugees is fuelling political populism and anti-Muslim sentiment, the latest crisis is undermining the ideals of European integration. Disagreement between European Union nations is on the rise—remember 28 nations make up the EU (population 510 million), and every nation differs with others as to how the crisis should be handled. What nations should take the most refugees, and who is to pay for the care and feeding of these masses that will number over one million in the year ahead—these questions are being hotly debated.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann made it clear, if the eastern states did not share the burden of absorbing refugees, the EU should reconsider its future financial aid for their development. Eastern Europe, which includes Poland, Romania and Hungary do not want the refugees. Germany is witnessing the rise of the Pegida protest group, which rejects Muslim immigrants, and arson attacks against refugee hostels is on the rise in Germany. Marie Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic National Front Party in France is rising in the polls, she said this weekend in Marseille, “We’re told to accept 160,000 illegal immigrants this year, but next year it will be 700,000 and the following it will be 1.2m,”
In much of Europe record high numbers of jobless people and fear of terrorism have fuelled anti-immigration sentiment. 60 percent of the French oppose a large influx of immigrants. There are 6 million Muslims in France already, the French people don’t want any more—it is that simple.
Hungary, which is part of Europe’s Schengen passport-free travel zone, is building a high fence along its border with Serbia to blunt what it says is a threat to European security, and identity. In 2014 in Italy alone, 170,000 people arrived by boat to the country, putting a huge strain on Italy’s economy.
The depth, magnitude and length of the economic downturn in Europe led to an earthquake of anger across Europe, and now add to this the refugee crisis– it is no surprise that you are seeing a rise of nationalist sentiment and the emergence of populist parties on both the left and the right who are preaching that their nation will not be dictated to by the European Union.
Fear, anger, and confusion—these emotions will lead to political change in Europe. That is why we are watching closely the refugee crisis in Europe.
In the not too distant future we are told (Revelation 17), that Ten kings will come together in a union of states in Europe. These leaders will then choose one single dictator, the prophesied “beast,” who will set up a system that will be extremely brutal (verses 12 and 13). European extremism will return. Jesus Christ himself will decapitate this end-time empire, and then Christ will establish the Kingdom of God on earth that will rule the nations with justice.
Germany leader Angela Merkel warned earlier this month that the refugee question would “preoccupy Europe much, much more than the issue of Greece and the stability of the euro.” About 40% of the 334,080 people who applied for asylum in the European Union in the first five months of the year did so in Germany. Berlin last week doubled is forecast for asylum seekers to 800,000 from 450,000 for this year.
Europe’s establishment politicians are in trouble—for years they have been telling their citizens that immigration is good and that multiculturalism will benefit their countries—this has not worked, and millions in Europe are angry. After years of Europe’s leaders playing down concerns about the growing influence of Islam in their communities, people are now fed up with traditional parties; large number of voters are now voting these parties out of office.
Many of these immigrants crossing into Europe are from North Africa and the Middle East, some are from Albania and Bosnia—– understand Albania and Bosnia (Southeastern Europe and the Balkans) are predominately Muslim in population.
Many European countries, including Germany, France, the Netherlands and Sweden, have traditionally endorsed a multicultural approach to immigration, placing few demands on new immigrants, but it hasn’t worked—Multiculturalism is dividing Europe.
Across Europe nationalist, anti-immigrant parties have led national polls. In Germany the organization called Pegida, a German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, staged a rally in Dresden that drew more than 25,000 people. In France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria anti-immigrant parties are surging in popularity. In Italy, a recent poll found that more than one-third of Italians now would vote for right-wing politician Matteo Salvini (Northern League party), he advocates leaving the Euro-zone and openly criticizes Islam who he says that Islam wants to rule Europe.
And there is more… Another problem with Muslims in Europe has emerged–With thousands of Europe-bred Muslims now leaving to take up arms for Islamic State and other jihadist groups, the fear is these people will come back to Europe to do the bidding of ISIS
Prophecy tells us that massive political change is coming to Europe—what will be the catalyst for that change? Will it be high levels of unemployment—will it be Islamic terrorism? Remember there are 50 Million Muslims in Europe. Eventually a European dictator will come to power offering Europe a temporary solution to its problems.
Daniel 7:7 reveals that a great European power, a particularly ambitious and cruel power, will conquer millions, enter and take control of much of the Middle East (Daniel 11:40-45), and draw the nations into world war. This beast is described as a military beast that will be “dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong…(with) huge iron teeth, it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet.”—Daniel 7:7. This European entity will be led by a cruel and ambitious dictator who will act as the 7th head of the final resurrection of the Roman Empire. This means that Germany will once again dominate Europe politically and militarily. The immigration crisis simply brings to our attention, once again, how unstable Europe truly is.
Political correctness is running rampant, and it is absolutely destroying this nation. America’s constant fixation on the bizarre, even perverted, is contributing to a poisonous culture that is both ridiculous and shameful.
You probably have heard that: America’s fourth-largest retailer, Target, announced that they will be joining the ever-growing so-called ‘gender-neutral’ movement and have begun removing sign’s stating “Boys” and “Girls” in multiple departments.
In the Toy aisles, Target will remove the pink, blue, yellow and green paper on the back walls of store shelves that’s now used to reference gender. Children’s bedding will now be under one label, too, with football- and princess-themed spreads in the same section. The Girls Scouts applauded the move on Twitter, congratulating Target “for taking a step towards gender equality”.
And below is the President Obama’s new icon for the official White House Twitter account celebrating gay marriage and transgender America:
The gay/transgender community wishes to hijack marriage and gender issues by bullying business, government and people to legitimize immoral, depraved behavior. Notice that our leaders, most of them, will do nothing in the face of this evil. America is in trouble because so many of our leaders are weak, foolish and immoral, “Where there is no revelation (of the Law of God), the people cast off restraint.” (Proverbs 29:18). –
It is important to keep in mind how serious the unemployment picture is in Europe. When young people go months and even years without decent job prospects anger builds. When anger builds it means you will see political change. The graphic below gives you a good sense of just how depressing the economic situation is in most nations in the European Union. Europe has spent billions on social welfare programs—governments have simply been spending far more than they should have on welfare programs and now these nations are paying a terrible price: Europe is reaping what it has sown: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap—Galatians 6:7
Following a major suicide bombing in the border town of Suruc (in Turkey) a couple weeks ago, Turkey has officially joined the war against ISIS—though it is not clear exactly what Turkeys’ motives are by attacking ISIS… will Turkey use the excuse of fighting against ISIS as a tool to also bomb Kurdish positions close to ISIS positions? Remember, the Kurds and Turks have a hostile relationship that goes back years.
For months Turkey avoided direct participation in the fight against the Islamic State, limiting its role largely to supporting certain Syrian rebel factions. The reality behind this strategy was in fact an unofficial truce with the Islamic State under which Turkey turned a blind eye to Islamic State activities in Turkey– as long as the militants did not attack Turks within its borders. What this means is that Turkey allowed the Islamic State to sell oil and move personnel across the Turkish border back and forth into Syria. But now Turkey is turning its attention against ISIS, perhaps because it wants to influence America as it believes Iran and the western powers may come to an agreement on how to divide up Syria. They want to prove to America (whom they now wish to accommodate), that they are anti-ISIS. This change in positioning would help them to secure a “piece” of Syria should it be partitioned.
Turkey is also seeking to contain Kurdish ambitions for autonomy, and to ensure its dominance over Syrian armed opposition groups. It gets complicated, I know; the Middle East is layered with an almost endless assortment of factions, tribal strife, wars, power struggles and strange alliances (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel have an unspoken agreement to thwart Shiite Iranian ambitions in the Middle East). These nations will work together to hurt Iran.
Why is Turkey Important?
Turkey is one of the most geographically strategic countries in the world—a potentially lethal bridge between continents. İstanbul is the only city in the world that connects two continents. The city, which is located in both Asia and Europe, has been the capital city for many civilizations for thousands of years throughout its history.
Turkey has been called the World’s Island, a central meeting point of three continents – Asia, Europe and Africa via the Mediterranean and over centuries was used as the passage way for invaders both going from West to East and from East to West.
To its south you find Syria, Iraq and Iran; on its east lays Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan—former Russian satellite nations. To the West Turkey borders Greece and Bulgaria—European Union nations. It connects to the Mediterranean, Black and Aegean seas, and overlooks the all-important Bosporus and Dardanelles sea gates, linking Central Asia to the Mediterranean. In a world swayed by energy needs, its nexus location translates into a crucial energy transit hub for Europe, Iran and Russia.
Turkey is a Sunni nation of 78 million and boasts the 2nd most powerful army in the Middle East with 410,500 active frontline personnel, 3657 tanks and 989 aircraft.
Turkey views the Middle East as its sphere of influence and will not brook any country, whether Iran or Saudi Arabia, encroaching on its ambitions. Turkey, like Iran, is seeking to dominate the region. It is hostile toward the Kurds and does not trust the Iranians, who are Shiite. Turkey’s relationship with Iran is not hostile, but it is guarded. Turkey is somewhat dependent on Iran for its energy needs. Importing 26 percent of its oil from Iran in 2014 and is one of the biggest markets for Iranian natural gas.
As far as the United States is concerned, it does not want any one power to become too dominant. So America lukewarmly supports Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, and is attempting to diminish tensions with Iran, all in the hopes of creating a balance of power in the Middle East where one nation cannot exercise too much power thus extending its influence over others.
Psalm 83 contains a compelling prophecy of many Middle Eastern nations which includes Turkey—this prophecy we believe, will be fulfilled yet in the future. These Arab tribes will seek to destroy Israel:
“They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot” (verses 3-8).
These biblical names are significant. Edom includes the Palestinians and some of the Turks. The Ishmaelites, descendants of Ishmael, are many of the Arab peoples which would include Saudi Arabia and various tribal groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Moab is the area of central Jordan. The Hagrites appears to be other descendants of Hagar, mother of Ishmael.
Gebal, meaning “mountain” or “boundary,” may be a reference to the Phoenician city of Byblos, modern Jubayl in Lebanon. Ammon refers to northern Jordan around Amman, the capital (which gets its name from Ammon). Amalek appears to refer to a branch of Edomite Palestinians found in Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. Philistia is the area around what is known as the Gaza Strip. The children of Lot refers to Moab and Ammon—regions of modern-day Jordan.
Turkey is stirring; it will be interesting to see if in the future it takes on a more prominent position in Middle East politics asserting itself in regional power plays.