Turkey: emerging as a major regional power:

Steven LeBlanc
08192016

The Turks Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge links Asia and Europe

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has emerged from the July 15th coup attempt in a much stronger place. The coup, rather than dividing the country has brought a greater degree of stability, with the exception of the Kurdish area in the Southeastern part of the country.

President Erdoğan is using the coup as a pretext to attack his “enemies”. He is conducting a massive purge of his antagonists, having arrested tens of thousands. The focus of the purge has been the military, which is a secular power that is pro-American. The army is constitutionally responsible for upholding secularism. But Erdoğan is seeking to please the Muslim leadership in the country.

Turkey is pivotal in the Middle East. It is the key to subduing ISIS in Syria and in Iraq. Turkey is the main movement point for refugees seeking to move into Europe. The European Union desperately looks to Turkey to stem the flow of migrants moving onto the European continent. In essence Turkey serves as a massive plug to stop the refugees. Turkey is also seen as a bulwark against Iran. Turkey and Iran are enemies, remember Turkey is Sunni; Iran is Shiite. Both powers are seeking to be the key power that controls the Middle East.

Turkey is significant for a number of reasons:

●It has a population of 80 million people
●Turkey is the major gateway for Muslims to enter into Europe—Europe looks to Turkey to serve as a plug that can stop the flow of refugees into Europe.
●There are nearly 4 million Turks living in the nation of Germany
●The army may be the largest in the Middle East, but much of its size comes from draftees on short-term duty.
●Turkey is one of the most geographically strategic countries in the world today—a potentially decisive bridge between continents. Turkey has been called the World’s Island, a central meeting point of three continents – Asia, Europe and Africa (Turkey connected to Africa via the Mediterranean sea).
●We believe that many Turks are descended from Esau (or Edom), son of Isaac—remember Isaac had two sons—Esau and Jacob.
●Turkey wants to become part of the European Union—and Turkey wants its citizens to have the right to travel to European cities without having to obtain visas for travel in Europe—this is very important to Turkey—But European leaders really do not want Turkey to be a part of their Union—Europeans fear the Muslims Turks.
●Turkey is pivoting: it has reopened relations with Israel (both countries fear and hate Iran).
●Turkey has recently apologized to Russia, for tensions over the shooting down of a Russian fighter jet in Syria. Turkey needs to maintain a practical relationship with Russia.  Turkey is the second-largest buyer of Russian natural gas, a significant importer of Russian oil and metals, and the largest buyer of Russian wheat and sunflower oil. A combative relationship with Russia will only bring enormous economic pain to the Turks.
●Turkey is surrounded by unrest: Turkey faces massive chaos to the south in Syria and Iraq, instability in the Caucasus, and emerging U.S.-Russian tension in the Black Sea.  Also, Russian influence is rising in the Balkans.
●Turkey is also facing a rising Kurdish insurgency within its borders and just outside of its borders.

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Prophecy

We believe history tells us that the tribes of Esau are scattered throughout the Middle East, with a large number of Edomites residing in what we know as the nation of Turkey today. One of the grandsons of Esau was Teman (Genesis 36:11).  The name Teman (Genesis 36:34) was carried down in history in what we know today as the ‘Ottoman’ Empire.  Some historians also tell us that the Khazars called the Byzantium Emperor the “King of Edom”.

Esau and his descendants are referred to in the Bible, often by the name Edom (Genesis 25:30)—and sometimes by the name of their homeland of Mount Seir (Genesis 36:8-9), southeast of Judea, in what is now southern Jordan. For centuries, the people of Edom acted cruelly against the Israelites, attacking them and invading their land. Amalek was the worst of the Edomite-related peoples. The Bible records that even God has a special rancor for Amalek, saying in Exodus 17:16   “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

Notice a prophecy in Ezekiel 25: God says, “Thus saith the Lord; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself on Israel; I will stretch out my hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from Edom, and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword!” (Ezekiel 25:12-13).

The end-time descendants of Edom will be punished severely for their violent acts against Israel and Judah.

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