BEHOLD the new temple for Allah in the Turkish city of Zonguldak.
A grand plan to build a replica as a temple for Allah looking like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is underway. It is scheduled to be built in the main square downtown in the next six months.
The way Yeni Safaq, the main Erdogan newspaper in Turkey titled the report today with “The Dome Of The Rock In TURKEY” reported the plan (we translated from their Arabic version) which goes like this:
The new temple-mosque is scheduled to be built consistent with the size, shape and dimensions of the Dome of the Rock Mosque, which is part of the Al Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem … The aforementioned Mosque is the first mosque like the Dome of the Rock but built in Turkey. It is located on an area of a thousand square meters, while the building will be 260 square meters space, and can accommodate 200 worshipers. It is expected that the completion of the construction of the said mosque will be within 6 months, which is rapidly being accomplished to complete. It will carry the same appearance and characteristics of the Dome of the Rock [in Jerusalem].
And this is not the only plan. Another huge temple that sprang in 2013 was presented to Erdogan which would fit 28,000 worshipers. It initially had the looks of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to be built on Çamlıca Hill the highest point of Istanbul situated on the Asian part of the city at 268 m (879 ft) above sea level between the two seas, Black Sea and Marmara. The plans changed and it took on a Hagia Sophia look which was Christ’s Temple during the Byzantine Christian era.
Daniel says of the Antichrist as “planting the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain”. This magnificent temple is in Uskudar near Istanbul, literally between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.
Erdogan just loves putting tabernacles and palaces between two seas. An Ottoman sultan is addressed as such in prayer: “O God, assist the Sultan, son of the Sultan, Sovereign of the Two Continents, of the Two Seas, Destroyer of Two Armies, Sultan of the Two Iraqs, Servant of the Two Sanctuaries [Mecca and Medina]” (Ibn Iyas, 195-1960). Muhammad II was “Sovereign of the Two Seas, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.”
Daniel tells us of the personality of Antichrist and what he likes; tabernacles and castles on high mountains. He is boastful, arrogant and deceptive. He exalts and magnify himself as a god. It is not difficult to profile the personality of Antichrist and Erdogan is definitely a perfect match as he is given titles that only fit a god.
“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” (Daniel 11:45)
A tabernacle can by anything from a place of worship to his castles. “In the glorious holy mountain” does not necessitate Jerusalem, it could be a mountain of God according to Antichrist. Biblical scholars allude that this “holy mountain” is not holy from God’s perspective but from a pagan perspective. According to Barnes’ Notes:
“What is here stated was to occur after the rumour from the east and the north Daniel 11:44 … It would not be long before his “end,” – before the close of the series, and would be connected with that; or would be the place where that would occur … that it would be held as sacred or holy – קדשׁ qôdesh – that is, as sacred to religion, or regarded as a holy place, or a place of worship …it is true that this language might be applied to Mount Sion, for that was a mountain; it was distinguished for beauty, or was so regarded by those who dwelt there (compare Psalm 48:2); and it was holy, as being the place where the worship of God was celebrated. But it is also true, that, so far as the language is concerned, it might be applied to any other mountain or mountainous region that was distinguished for beauty, and that was regarded as sacred, or in any way consecrated to religion. I see no objection, therefore, to the supposition, that this may be understood of some mountain or elevated spot which was held as sacred to religion, or where a temple was reared for worship, and hence, it may have referred to some mountain, in the vicinity of some temple dedicated to idol worship, where Antiochus would pitch his tent for the purpose of rapine and plunder”
There are other possibilities. Erdogan also has a palace in Ankara and “The two seas” is also central in Muslim Ottoman hegemony and in Ankara where Erdogan’s palace resides, it is between the two major seas: the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
However, Turkey is huge and any palace somewhere in Turkey is between two seas and is not a specific locator. The Bible might be telling us that it is literally on a spot that separates “two seas” on a “mountain” smack in between which that red circles on Turkey’s map would fit perfectly where Erdogan would be “master of the two seas” right on the Bosporus.
Hagia Sophia is also on a holy hill in Istanbul and we also should not eliminate the Temple Mount and the Dead and Mediterranean seas. Some translations render the verse “And he shall fix his tabernacle, Apadno, between the seas, upon a glorious and holy mountain”. Some take the word אפדנו, “Apadno”, translated “palace”, for the proper name of a place, Theodoret takes it to be a place near Jerusalem; and Jerom says it was near Nicopolis, which was formerly called Emmaus; where the mountainous parts of Judea begin to rise, and lay between the Dead sea on the east, and the great sea on the west, where he supposes antichrist will pitch his tent. George Haydock’s Commentary says: “Apadno. Some take it for the proper name of a place; others, from the Hebrew translate it, his palace.(Challoner) — He fixed his royal tent between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. (Worthington) —Porphyrius explains this of the march beyond the Euphrates, which St. Jerome does not disapprove. Apadno may denote Mesopotamia, which is styled Padan Aram.
This is nearby where Hamon-Gog is destroyed “east of the sea” in Ezekiel 39:15, where it is to be the place where all of Israel buries the five-sixths of the army of Gog and Magog that are struck down by God. The name is given to us precisely:
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give Gog a noted place for a sepulchre in Israel: the valley of the passengers [Abarim] on the east of the sea, which shall cause astonishment in them that pass by: and there shall they bury Gog, and all his multitude, and it shall be called the valley of the multitude of Gog.” (Ezekiel 39:11, see Douay Rheims and also NABRE)
While Megiddo is another location for the battle stemming from the Golan Heights, we know that another bulk of Antichrist’s army (possibly comes in later to create a pincer and reap the victory) which is coming from Iraq to Jordan towards the valley that runs east from Jerusalem to Jordan. Antichrist wants to enter this valley which is the normal approach route through the mountains for any army to attack Jerusalem from the east when Antichrist “passes Edom and Moab” and spares it, he heads towards Palestinian controlled Jericho.
I lived there for five years and know well that terrain. If Israel is to hit that army with a mini nuclear, the area (see also Zech 14 :12) where is the “Valley of The Passengers” is called Abarim which faces Jericho (Abarim literally means to pass, from Hebrew Eber, to pass through and the Hebrews passed through the Jordan River where Arab/Ereb is to wander, Eber which mean Hebrew is to pass through). Abarim is literally mentioned in the Hebrew and is a name of a place. If this is true, Antichrist does not personally enter the Jordan River and will not pass through to the promised land in his invasion.