Erdogan calls on Muslims to flood Jerusalem’s iconic mosque and protect its Islamic identity

The Turkish president compared Israel’s policies to South Africa’s Apartheid system.


President Erdogan also warned the Trump administration not to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem Umit Bektas/Reuters

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Moving Towards Ezekiel 38-39

“And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the islesStrongs #: iy, ee; from 183; properly, a habitable spot (as desirable); dry land, a coast, an island:—country, isle, island.: and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
Ezekiel 39:6

Food For Thought

Many Bible teachers believe Japheth, the third son of Noah, migrated to the east of Babel and settled in the area of modern day Iran.
From there the migration continued as JaphethThe sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. Genesis 10:2-5 occupied the continents of the Gentile world.
Many Bible teachers believe that Magog, the descendant of Japheth, is identified as the Russian coalition in the latter days. Gog is the chief prince of the land of Magog.
Many Bible teachers also believe Togarmah includes the area of present day Turkey, Armenia & Georgia.
Persia in concert with Adolf Hitler, changed its name to Iran (Aryan Land) in May of 1935.
Iran, is calling for the destruction of the Jewish people worldwide.
Syria is aligned with Iran and Russia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims around the world to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to protect the site’s Islamic identity. The Turkish leader also took the opportunity to heap scorn on Israel, likening the country’s policies to South Africa’s Apartheid era.


The Old City of Jerusalem with the rampart, the Dome of the Rock and the dome of the al-Aqsa mosqueThomas Coex/ AFP

Speaking in Istanbul at a charity conference discussing Palestinian economic development, Erdogan lashed out at Israel regarding its settlement plans in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

“We, as Muslims, should be visiting Al-Quds more often,” Erdogan said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem. “Each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us.”

As many as 26,000 Turks visited the Temple Mount, or Noble Sanctuary, in 2016. However, Erdogan emphasised “hundreds of thousands” should be visiting the site, which is considered holy by Muslims. “[It] would be the greatest support to our brothers there,” he said.

“Al-Quds is holy for all three divine religions. It is the heart and summary of all human history.

“Both in terms of our religion and historical responsibility, Al-Quds and the fight of our Palestinian brothers for rights and justice is of great importance to us. We will keep making efforts for Quds to turn into a city of peace.”

Erdogan also said that permanent peace in the region would only be possible with a “fair solution to the Palestinian issue”.

“What’s the difference between the present acts of the Israeli administration and the racist and discriminatory politics that were practised against black people in the past in America – and up until a short time ago in South Africa.”

“Here is the only solution. The establishment of a fully sovereign and independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital along the lines of 1967,” said Erdogan, according to Anadolu.

Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and criticised attempts by Israeli lawmakers to limit the use of loudspeakers for the Muslim call to prayer (adhan).

The harsh words are notable as the two countries only recently reestablished diplomatic and ambassadorial ties.

Erdogan’s speech attracted a stinging response from Israel, who said the leader has no rights to preach morality. “Whoever systematically violates human rights in his country should not preach morality to the only true democracy in the region.

“Israel adheres strictly to full freedom of worship for Jews, Muslims and Christians – and will continue to do so in spite of this baseless slander,” noted a sharp statement from Israel’s foreign ministry.

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that Israel had not originally planned to respond to Erdogan’s speech, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu changed his mind after the remarks were widely reported by domestic and international media.

During his address, Erdogan also warned the Trump administration not to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying the step would be “extremely wrong” and “ill-advised”.

Erdogan said: “It is not a simple location change. Those who think that way are not aware of how delicate the balance is in the Holy Land.”

  1. Etzel, 11 May, 2017

    Erdogan is just as disgusting a despot as the fat punk that rules North Korea.

    His genocidal attacks upon the Kurdish peoples, along with his support and harboring of blockade breaking flotillas. Flotillas that are bent on delivering materials used in tunnel construction, and other, even more volatile materials used by Hamas against the peoples of the sovereign Nation of Israel.

    These are but a few of are many despicable actions by him that make him an terrorist ruler. A tyrant that by manipulating voting has seized even more control of his country, committing purges that are reminiscent of Stalin.

    All this makes him a clear and present danger to the State of Israel, as well as the entire area of the middle east.

    Turkey should be removed from NATO, for as long as Erdogan is in power. Or maybe, just maybe it’s time for Turkey’s goose to be good and fully cooked.

  2. Gail Hardaway, 15 May, 2017

    Erdogan is indeed a despot. Many Christians living in Turkey have been banished or imprisoned including the American pastor Andrew Brunson who has been held since October 2016 without charges being presented against him. This increased crackdown on Christians hasn’t been his only persecution however. He also hates the Kurds who have historically been on the same side as American interests. Neither does Erdogan differentiate between the jihadist Kurds and the non-jihadist Kurds. He hates them all – Christians and Kurds and Jews.

    The problem with throwing Turkey out of NATO is that it basically wouldn’t hurt Turkey. Erdogan has a huge military machine that would no longer be hampered by NATO’s influence to contain worse violence. This would also remove American and NATO forces from two important air bases located in Turkey. Incirlik Air Base in Turkey houses as many as 90 – or half – of the B-61 tactical nuclear bombs of the European NATO’s tactical nuclear deterrent. Izmir Air Station is a critical military base for the U.S. also.

    I would love to see Erdogan removed. But something or someone else must be in place before that happens. And the U.S. would need to have strategic military bases in place elsewhere before Turkey is thrown out of NATO.

    My big concern is throughout the Bible when God’s people made alliances and treaties with Godless countries instead of relying on God as Protector and King they lost. The situation now is a tangled mess of alliances that are not necessarily to our advantage. So with all this said I’m for falling on my knees and asking our Lord and Savior to forgive us for not asking for His counsel first – for turning to our own understanding – and getting us out of this mess. But I’ve also read Daniel – Ezekiel- and Revelation etc. and can only end the prayer with “Thy Will Be Done.”

  3. Etzel, 17 May, 2017

    As for Erdogan, I believe the televised news of the last two days showing the behavior of his “security” thugs, attacking American citizens, on American (not Turkish embassy) soil shows the regime’s blatant disregard for its “allies” and the rule of law.

    Having an American military base (one that may or may not have tactical nukes) in a hostile country is shear folly. Turkey has been progressively looking toward Russia, China, and Russia’s alliance with Iran for support, as The European Union continues to refuse Turkey membership. A military base that is surrounded by Islamists bent on gaining Nuclear weapons, is as strategic as having a mom and pop candy store in south side Chicago. It will be cleaned out before the Police get there. Does Benghazi come to mind?

    I also have studied Daniel, Ezekiel and the Revelation of Jesus Christ for many years and realize that God not only has a plan and timing but is in control. I don’t believe that furnishing agents of Satan the ability to acquire weapons from a U.S. Military base, and then use them on NATO members or Israel achieves any purpose.

    All believers in The Messiah should be on their faces petitioning God That His will be Done. We need to be reliant upon God’s plan and at the same time say no to a partnership with Satan and his minions. There is no ability to be both darkness and light.

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