By Walid Shoebat
Al-Isra’ Wal-Mi’raj is when Muhammad claimed he “ascended” and then “descended” from heaven. Muslims await a Mahdi who will do the same. In the nationalist spirit of Turkey, opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Central Executive Board (MYK) member Erdem Karakoç has given President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan such honor. He praised Erdoğan’s efforts in thwarting a coup attempt on July 15, saying he was “in the sky,” similar to the Mi’raj where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven and spoke with God.
The claimed to have “ascended to heaven” is a reference from Isaiah 14:13 regarding Antichrist: “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God”. Muhammad described his journey claiming to meet God who ordered him to rule over all of mankind, angels and the whole multitudes of demons and carried out such authority as Khalifat-u-Allah (Vicar of Allah) on earth.
In this recently revealed video that appears to have been recorded following the coup attempt in July, politicians and standing inline like Karakoç speaking to party members and says President Erdoğan, the prime minister and MHP leader were all united to fight against the coup attempt on the night of July 15 with flowery language that is fitting a Mahdi. He said:
“We witnessed that night together. Our President [Erdoğan] was in the sky similar to [ascending to heaven] in the Mi’raj [of Muhammad]. Our prime minister was trying to coordinate the movement [of security forces battling the putschists]. Our [MHP] chairman was in his Ankara office with the lights on and sent his deputies to Parliament to say ‘we are here’”
According to Islam, the Prophet Muhammad physically and spiritually took a night journey, traveling on the steed Buraq from Mecca to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem where he led other prophets in prayer and then ascended to heaven in the Mi’raj journey, where he supposedly spoke to God.
Such aspirations for Erdogan as Mahdi came in 2015 by Erdogan himself. Nothing in the western media covered what the Turkish Anadulu Agency released, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech with a strange message riddled with statements that were predicted in the Bible regarding Antichrist. From his desire to invade Jerusalem and to Muhammad’s claim to have ascended to heaven from there, Erdogan called on all Turks to refocus on the Ottoman goal to re-conquer Jerusalem for Islam:
“Unfortunately we the Muslims lost our aim to head towards Jerusalem. The water of our eyes froze making us blind, and our hearts that was destined to beat for Jerusalem is now instead conditioned for rivalry being in a state of war with each other.”
From his desire to invade Jerusalem to mimicking Muhammad’s claim to have ascended then descended from the heavenly, Erdogan called on all Turks to refocus on the Ottoman goal to re-conquer Jerusalem. When Erdogan desired to end strife and unite Sunnis and Shiites to aim towards Jerusalem was made in the state of Erzincan, central Turkey, he expressed his desire for the place to become suitable for Al-Isra’ Wal-M’iraj (again, Muhammad’s ascension to heaven and descent to Jerusalem) where he claimed is the cause of goodness: “descending from heaven over all Muslim nations”.
Turkish president called on citizens to “raise their hands in supplication for this blessed night towards Allah to restore the Al-Aqsa Mosque [Jerusalem] to be re-owned by Muslims, and to remove the mist from their eyes, to see Jerusalem in their hands at every moment and at every opportunity”.
Erdogan wants to fulfill Zechariah 12 and 14 where Jerusalem becomes the “cup of trembling” to “all surrounding nations” when they storm against Jerusalem to annihilate all Israel.
Erdogan added: “When you mention the word ascension; the first thing that comes to mind is Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque,” while he expressed deep regret for the condition of Muslim heedlessness for Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.
And lest we think that such claims of ascension to heaven (the fascination of Erdogan) is strictly Lucifer’s original rebellion, the Bible shows that such a claim is also regarding Antichrist as the Bible adds: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble?” (v. 16) This angel has manifested in a man. Antichrist claims to have ascended to heaven: “you have said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven” (v. 13).
In this video above, Erdogan says that he wants Spain. He says he is some reincarnation of Tariq Bin Ziad, the conqueror of Spain, the tyrant Alp Arslan, and Saladin. These are the Muslim leaders who fought Christendom and Saladin was the one who conquered Jerusalem. He wants to declare war on the strongest fortresses to advance his foreign God, Allah, through warfare.
He talks of Martyrs descending from heaven. Biblically, Erdogan wants the fallen angels to descend. He wants Allah to raise Jihdists. He want to be the shepherd, the Sultan and the Caliph.
Populism in Turkey has become a pervasive feature of the “new” Turkey of Erdoğan’s movement were the coup has united both parties (MHP and AKP) and in April 2017, Turkey will hold the referendum, Erdogan will become President Erdogan (Caliph in waiting) and in 2019, the Constitutional change will be in effect and Erdogan would be the one who changed the set laws in Turkey to make him Sultan.