By Walid Shoebat
Whoever imagined that before Jesus’ second coming that Israel must be reestablished with the Sanhedrin, its religious legal institution, the very agency that put Him on trial before a Jewish Council. Recently, a group claiming to be the Sanhedrin, still, chose someone else besides its rightful Messiah, and have even embraced the Islamic idea, that Messiah could be the Islamic Mahdi.
Astonished? Its all caught on film.
On A9 TV, the influential Turkish Muslim, Adnan Oktar, an ardent agent of the Turkish Islamist regime had Yeshayahu Hollander on his program. Hollander is purported to be a Leading Justice of the Sanhedrin. During the interview, Hollander quoted verses that pertain to the Millennium Kingdom of Messiah while deliberately ignoring what comes before – the Antichrist and the Tribulation Period.
The selective verses given by Hollander were completely and purposely taken out of context. Hollander gave reconciling verses from Scripture so as to create a peace treaty between Turkey and Israel. Hollander began by quoting Zechariah 9:10:
“the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the nations.”
No other verses from Zechariah 9 were given. The prudent will begin to realize that Israel’s main enemy is mentioned within the context of Zechariah 9:13 where the Lord declares:
“I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Yavan.”
In this passage, Israel is seen fighting against Ionia or Yavan, which is simply a province that was located on what is today the west coast of modern Turkey, the very nation the Sanhedrin visited to embrace the idea of Mahdi as Messiah.
This is crucial because the clear context of this battle is the return of Christ: “Then Jehovah will appear over them” and fight on their behalf. So in the End-Times, at the time when Jesus returns, the Jews (Zion) will be engaged in a war with Turkey (Yavan) and then peace will reign.
In the interview, Oktar comforts the Sanhedrin by promising that the government of Turkey will establish peace between Turkey, Israel, Egypt and the Palestinians.
Mustafa Aykol, a Turkish newspaper columnist and frequent Erdogan defender, said his Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials, AKP, is a model for Islamist parties in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. In a new book, Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, Aykol told Reuters that there can be liberalism within Islam and challenges the authoritarian interpretations of Iran, Saudi Arabia and militant groups.
Today, we see Egypt falling as we have stated years ago and a current civil war is on its way.
So why is a group that is claiming to be the Sanhedrin desperate to make peace with Turkey? Aykol adds:
“Israel cannot afford to lose Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan at the same time. The US should be much more active in trying to reconcile Ankara and Tel Aviv. Once this is achieved, the next step should be to re-launch the Syrian-Israeli dialogue under Turkish mediation”.
So, Turkey is the hope of Israel, even if they have to accept Mahdi.
All this has prophetic significance. Turkey is leading Israel toward making a peace treaty, which Isaiah calls “a covenant with death” (Isaiah 28:15) which will happen in Egypt (Isaiah 30:1-2). Soon, Turkey is likely to reaffirm the Camp David Accords, which is the main concern for Israel and its neighbor Egypt. If this happens, then we need to be looking upwards, for our redemption draweth neigh.
The Muslim world is awaiting an Islamic Messiah who will make a covenant (Ba’ya) for seven years. If in doubt, this interview will tell you that this Mahdi will come from a non-Arab region and will enter Jerusalem and make a covenant with the sons of Aaron (the Jews) as has always been stated by Adnan Oktar.
What has been coming to pass is not what many modern prophecy buffs are saying for the last decades but what we have perused from the scholars of the past – Hilaire Belloc, Bishop Fulton Sheen, Gregory Palamus of Thessalonica, Vernon Richards, Sir Robert Anderson, Cyril of Jerusalem, Sophronius the Patriarch of Jerusalem (560-638), Maximus The Confessor (580-662), John of Damascus (676-749), Eulogius of Cordova, Paul Alvarus, the Martyrs of Cordova, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards the great American Revivalist who all saw Islam as playing the major roll in the End-Times. These and many others simply focused on the literal proclamations in the Bible and is what we’ve been saying for several years in our book, God’s War on Terror; Islam Prophecy and the Bible.