By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Special in Advance)
While Turkey decided to resurrect its Ottoman hegemony on Resurrection Sunday by giving Erdogan unlimited powers, Erdogan’s main mouthpiece Yeni Safak now declared that all must (literally) obey Erdogan as “God the Holy Spirit” and “Caliph”. And while protests erupted from the opposition rejecting the referendum, U.S. President, Donald Trump, instead of addressing the dissent called Erdogan to congratulate him. Besides Reuters, even the major Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported:
U.S. President Donald Trump called his Turkish counterpart to congratulate him on the results of a referendum that will grant the Turkish leader sweeping new powers, presidential sources in Ankara said on Monday evening.
Even the Kremlin urges everyone to respect Turkey’s referendum choice.
When decades ago we said that Turkey will produce a man who will be hailed as God and that the U.S. will initially support him, many scoffed.
But besides the many who focused on Trump as a symbol of “king Cyrus,” the reports from Turkey is much more alarming where the main media is speaking the types of blasphemies that jump right out of the pages of the Apocalypse and Daniel. With the expected victory, Yeni Safak’s journalist, Ergün Yıldırım, on Resurrection Sunday began publishing the cult of Erdogan, proclaiming him as part and parcel of God Himself, saying that Erdogan is now ‘the Holy Spirit’ and ‘Caliph’ who needed to be trusted and obeyed while the Ottoman Turkey ‘resurrects’ from the dead. Yeni Safak is not some lunatic blogger, it is Erdogan’s AKP Party’s main mouthpiece.
So what else will spring out of the pages of the Apocalypse; Israel announcing that they will rebuild the third temple? More on that later.
In the article, Yıldırım began to redefine a new era for Islam under the newly resurrected ‘Caliphate’ dividing the societal structure in what he termed as “the subject” (the Caliph) who is “God the Holy Spirit” and literally calling him “our Lord” while “the slave” becomes the rest of the people needed to simply trust and obey their god and savior:
“We are waking up to our own fate. We are breaking free from our [western] chains. We are waking up [from the dead] to existence. We are waking up in general. In the darkest of times we hear our poet Akif saying, ‘Wake up Muslim society.’ We are rising. We are being reborn. Every birth is a scream and we are screaming too. This is our final scream. It is the scream of birth and existence. Today the nation will scream for the last time. It is the day that society will once again exist with its own fate. It is the day that we will leave the TIH Desert for the last time. It is the day we are honored with being a nation again. It is the last time we say “yes” to our Lord [Erdogan] calling out, “Aren’t I your Lord [God]?”
Its a ‘beast rising from its mortal wound’. And if you think this term “Lord” is simply said as to honor Erdogan’s status, Yeni Safak, makes no qualms and without any ambiguity calls Erdogan “God” Himself:
Nation’s just like people have destinies. Thus, God [Erdogan] addresses nations the same way that he addresses individuals in our Holy Book [the Quran]. He regards them as the subject, for example, he says, “the societies that think,” and “the society that changes itself.” The subject is the fate/destiny of the person, thus when a society is the subject, it too has a destiny. The person that is the subject is the khaliph [Caliph]. He is a piece of God’s spirit, he uses his will. He chooses good or evil. The person [the Caliph] who is the subject, is a creation that is independent. This same principle applies to societies as well. Societies have wills too and can use it in the same way. Societies that make preferences and side with the truth are independent. People that are slaves, are not subjects. This also applies for societies that become herds too.
Even the top Arab media including Turkey experts recognize what is happening. In a headline titled “Finally Erdogan succeeded in transforming Turkey into the New Ottoman Caliphate” Al-Dehi writes:
“Will NATO now be silent on Turkey? The Referendum now transforms Erdogan into a semi-god. This achievement is the formation of the Ottoman caliphate. Turkey now will will enter a dark tunnel. There is a great division within Turkish society and Erdogan’s success will make him avenge the Kurds and the nationalists. It is the end of Ataturkism and the beginning of the Erdoganian Caliphate “.
By this we now begin to understand the cult of Erdogan, which proclaimed Erdogan as a ‘creation’ and also a part and parcel of the ‘spirit of God’.
And so this confirms what we have etched for decades where some just refused to comprehend, that both the ‘deity’ and ‘humanity’ of Erdogan was what we exactly predicted will be the cult of Turkey.
Way before such proclamations, nearly a decade ago, a self-proclaimed Bible scholar named David Reagan criticized our analysis arguing that “I believe the behavior of the Antichrist described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 [that he is God] rules out any possibility that the Antichrist might prove to be a Muslim.”
Where are these critics now? Does the Bible teach that Antichrist claims to be purely deity? If claiming to be God is the only thing Antichrist does, then we have a problem—Daniel 11:39 Antichrist “acts against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory” (Daniel 11:39) while in II Thessalonians he “proclaims himself as God“.
How could Antichrist claim to be God and then here he himself honors (worships) a god?
Both are perfectly accurate.
But it is the problem of most heretics and false-theologians like Reagan who denies the existence of hell, these take one verse while they ignore the rest.
So now we begin to understand why scripture addresses the blasphemies of the Antichrist claiming to be both essences in one, as Yeni Safak proclaimed: “The person that is the subject is the khaliph [Caliph]. He is a piece of God’s spirit, he uses his will. He chooses good or evil. The person [the Caliph] who is the subject, is a creation that is independent.”
He is “a piece of God’s spirit” and at the same time he is “a creation that is independent”.
Its the desire to be like Christ Himself and is why that date (Resurrection Sunday) was chosen.
It can’t get any clearer than this. What we have been telling you all along is coming to fruition whether Erdogan is Antichrist or someone else who comes after him is.
And the herds follow regardless how they are described as ‘slaves’:
People that are slaves, are not subjects. This also applies for societies that become herds too. Because a group of people that become herds cannot evolve into societies or nations. They are crowded and crowds don’t have wills, preferences or independence and they don’t have the opportunity to think independently. Crowds don’t have statements to make or even a voice to use. The only thing they have is noise. Therefore, a crowd is just a number. They are open to any kind of intervention or leading. They have lost the ‘society who thinks’ feature. For this reason they are crowded, and societies who become herds are modern slaves. They represent the situation of being slaves. They cannot be subjects. They can only live by the direction of their owners, bosses and power holders. A society which doesn’t ‘think’ for a long amount of time, will lose its ability to make decisions.
Such language did not stop the Turks in Germany, which has the EU’s biggest Turkish community. Yet in Germany, 63% voted “Yes” to their god and savior Erdogan, a number higher than even in Turkey (51%).
Julia Klöckner, a leading voice in Angela Merkel’s German CDU party said the door to EU accession was “well and truly shut” and called for billions of euros in contributions to finance Turkey’s bid to stop.
In other words, Merkel wants to pay billions towards Erdogan’s Muslim Jizzieh tax poll so long they ‘stop the process’. In other words, Merkel speaks with forked tongue, where she expresses that while she does not support Turkey’s resurrection, yet she does, by offering billions to the new god and Caliph aiding him further in his rise.
And when years ago, scoffers ridiculed saying that Turkey’s secularism makes it impossible to fulfill the verse “and I saw the martyrs who were beheaded …” Turkey at the time of our prediction, did not even have the death penalty, but now, after claiming victory, President Erdogan said he would review Turkey’s suspension of the death penalty. That would not only bring an end to Turkey’s faltering bid to join the EU but bring it into conflict with the Council of Europe’s aim of abolishing capital punishment.
SO WHATS NEXT? ERDOGAN TO REBUILD THE THIRD TEMPLE SO THAT HE MAY ENTER ‘THE TEMPLE OF GOD PROCLAIMING HIMSELF TO BE GOD’?
Many asked, if Erdogan is the Antichrist, isn’t there supposed to be a 3rd Temple? After all, Apocalypse 11 makes it clear to many:
“I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
First of all, John says nothing about Antichrist entering that temple in Apocalypse 11. The temple that is entered is in II Thessalonians which does not mention Jerusalem at all.
But what I have said so far regarding the temple is no slam-dunk proof. The real proof is when we understand the context of all these verses. People who view the verses in the Apocalypse about a temple forget that their arguments mimmic the Pharisees whom after confronting Jesus, He told them that the temple will rise up after its destruction in three days.
Christ was prophetically revealing how the lost, when He speaking apples, they speak oranges. II Thessalonians has a different construct and does not mention at all a temple in Jerusalem, while Apocalypse 11 is clearly allegoric. “Measuring” or “stretch the line” in biblical terminology does not mean an engineer measuring a blueprint. At Belshazzar’s palace, Daniel did not bring a weighing scale with him when he told Belshazzar that God had weighed him and found his kingdom wanting. In Lamentations 2:7–8a, for instance, we find:
‘The Lord has scorned his altar, disowned his sanctuary; he has delivered into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces . . . the Lord determined to lay in ruins the wall of daughter Zion; he stretched the line he did not withhold his hand from destroying’”.
2 Kgs 21:13 is of similar character:
‘I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line for Samaria, and the plummet for the house of Ahab; I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down’.
In 2 Sam 8:2 measuring has a positive outcome for some, but a negative one for others:
‘[David] measured them with a cord; he measured two lengths of cord for those who were to be put to death, and one length for those who were to be spared’.
Measuring resembles a judicial process:
‘for with the judgment that you judge you will be judged, and with the measure that you measure you will be measured’
There are many passages that use ‘measuring’ in a judicial sense. The trickster always takes advantage knowing that the Bible is eastern and God expresses His will in eastern thought. Yet he reads it in a modern western sense to sell the type of books that belong in the realm of fiction as in Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark, the Temple of Doom or the Last Crusade.
But Ephesians makes it clear, the temple is “the household of God” (the church) “the building fitly framed together as “an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the [Holy] Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19–22)
In other words, what God marks belongs to his jurisdiction and what he does not measure ‘has been given to the heathen’ to unite with the Antichrist for 1260 days during the Great Falling Away where Muslim and schismatic unite against Rome.
This measuring is a time of trouble for the temple (the church). Revelation 11:1–2 relates how John takes a scroll from the angel and eats it where its first ‘sweet as honey’ in his mouth but ‘made bitter’ in his stomach. This echoes the commission of Ezekiel. (Ezekiel 2:8–3:8)
With Moses, they ate the sweet then rebelled where they ate the crushed golden calf and tasted its bitterness. They knew God and tasted His sweetness to later fall away. This is the whole crux of Revelation 11 as well as II Thessalonians. Many simply allegorize literals and literalize allegories.
When reviewing Prophecy one needs to penetrate the text and understand where the text speaks spiritually and where the text speak materially. Christ was Body (Temple) and Spirit (God). The Church (the temple of God) reflects this as well since they are physical and also spiritual.
The prophecy about God’s Temple (His church) is that it will be tested where many will fall away from the faith. The measuring instrument ‘like a staff’ this is not used to measure, but to exercise authority. In Apocalypse 2:27 Christ “shall rule them with a rod …” (see also Apocalypse 12:5 and 19:15)
This “rod” is God’s weapon to judge. The unmeasured part will be ‘rejected’ whereas the measured part will be tested through persecution. Today we must see which Christian factions are being persecuted from Copts and Armenians to Eastern Orthodox and Catholics. These are being tested heavily and where persecution is found, there is the true church.
There are clear hints to who will be tested. John mentions the temple which is well defined in Ezekiel as well as in the New Testament.
When it comes to the Temple, there is a literal as well as allegory, the tangible and the spiritual; both go together. The “altar” and the “worshipers” to refer to the different parts of the temple service that they represent which the rejected ‘unmeasured’ parts of the temple simply desecrate or do not have. The measurement (testing) pertains to the temple service in every facet. We have an area for incense and one for sacrificial offering. These are literal and are also allegory. Incense is not something the rejected do, but the Temple (true Christianity) observes in tangible ways that represent spiritual aspects of the faith. The outer court that is left out doesn’t do these since they do not believe in the literal sacrifice or in the incense as part of the service.
So this Temple pertains to measuring and dividing the participants (sheep from goat) in what we call Christendom which has obviously fallen away at that point.
It is the tangible with the spiritual. In Apocalypse 11, we also have “the two lampstands,” two customary seven-candled menorahs in apostolic succession churches lit and uplifted during Pesach at the Altar of Sacrifice. But the main focus is not on the literal lampstands only for if this is its exclusive use, how are these two lampstands then killed? These represent the two witnesses:
‘And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands.
The Two lampstands are living people.
The temple can never exclusively be a building. Christ puts the last nail in this old coffin:
“I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.” [Mark 14:58]
The old one was made by human hands and the new one made without from above.
We must always view scripture from a spiritual lens and understand its multifaceted. In essence Jerusalem is in mind, but not exclusively:
“And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified”.
“And when they [the two lampstands] shall have finished their testimony, the beast, that ascendeth out of the abyss, shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
Does the beast kill two literal lampstands? Indeed, he will enter churches and destroy icons, church instruments and the Communion, but he will also defile human temples (their bodies) demanding they etch a mark on the right side of their temple (right arms). This is why the text says “on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate” (Daniel 9:27). This specific abomination is not consumed but placed on the right side “the wing” of the body (the temple of God) just as Daniel 11:31 says “shoulders”. The Hebrew and the Arabic meaning of “kenaf” (wing), is side/wing/arm. One has to simply ask: what is this “wing of the temple”?
“The beast, that ascendeth out of the abyss, shall make war against them [the two witnesses]”. The beast (empire) which arose from the pit after receiving the deadly wound is the Ottoman and it rises again as the second beast “from the abyss” and the “pit”. This beast will kill the two witnesses. Later on this beast will return into the pit including with it the Antichrist himself:
“you say, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god …” (Ezekiel 28:1) “I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor. They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas …” (Ezekiel 28:7-8) “You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you …” (Ezekiel 28:13).
Here God addresses this claim of Antichrist proclaiming himself to be as God just as we see Erdogan proclaimed “you say, ‘I am a god’; I sit on the throne of a god” yet he and his kingdom will be brought back into the pit from where he came: “They [the most powerful nations on earth] will bring you down to the pit”.
And in that same “pit” thrown in with him are also Sudan (Cush) and North African states (Phut) Lydia (Turkey) and all Arabia and Egypt (see Ezekiel 30:5); “Cush, and Put, and Lud (Lydia/Turkey), and all Arabia, and Libya, and the people of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.” They also include Asshur (Iraq – Syria), (see Ezekiel 32:22-23) and Elam (Iran) (see Ezekiel 32:24-25) and Meshech & Tubal (Asia minor which includes the Southern Russian Muslim states) (see Ezekiel 32:26) and the harlot (Arabia) (see Ezekiel 32:29, also see Ezekiel 25).
So when scripture says:
“Now when they (the two witnesses) have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them”.
Would this mean that they are eaten by some dinosaur since a beast is a literal animal? We all agree that a beast is the opposite of the temple.
But lampstands are also Christian entities as in the seven lampstands in Asia Minor. Today we have two apostolic succession churches. This could also be a possibility that Antichrist will start a massive killing process, forcing many to convert and take his mark.
The novice, instead of seeking ancient church tradition or examine ancient church authority, the authority that has always interpreted this Temple as ‘the Church,’ these read the verses to conclude that the sacrifices in Ezekiel’s temple (as well as John’s temple in Apocalypse 11) are literal animal sacrifices in a rebuilt Jewish Temple. Antichrist to them then stops the animal sacrifices during the Abomination of Desolation.
While all Christians, regardless of their denomination, conclude that God is in no need for animal sacrifices, many argue that Ezekiel is simply predicting the future when Jews erroneously practice what God made null and void.
But if this is true, the Jesus-style question is why would God Himself then support these very sacrifices:
“where the priests that approach unto the LORD shall eat the most holy things” (Ezekiel 42:13)
They “shall eat the most holy things”. God calls these sacrifices “holy” and an acceptable offering. These are tangible grain offerings depicted spiritually as sacrifice:
“there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy.”
Again, God approves of this sacrificial system.This puts this whole interpretation of an animal sacrificial system in checkmate.
So what is this “meat offering” and this “sin offering” and this “trespass offering”?
God addresses “meat” and “grain” as if the two are the same sacrificial substance. The only interpretation is to heed to Christ when He broke the bread while stating : “For my flesh [meat offering] is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed” (John 6:55). This is a perpetual sacrifice:
“For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:26)
Keep in mind that we have two separate events. The first is the abolition of the “daily sacrifices” and then there is another event the “transgression of desolation” these are two separate events, one is regarding the Eucharist and the other is placing an abominable thing inside a holy place which we do not know where. There are no verses that says this last one will be in Jerusalem.
The latter will mark the time when Judea is invaded which is described in several passages in scripture (Ezekiel 38, Psalm 83, Zechariah 9, Zechariah 12, Zechariah 14 …)
So in other words, the Christians are persecuted first and then the Jews next. The two events (one a desecration of the host and the other a desecration of a holy place) happen simultaneously.
This is a double whammy. If it is a Muslim Antichrist he might desecrate the Host and then also enter a holy place, possibly Hagia Sophia as fulfillment or even in Jerusalem, we do not know for sure. Hagia Sophia after all was called the temple of Christ, the Word of God … and Erdogan keeps speaking of converting it back to a mosque which is not far from view.
So it is possible that if this happens, the people of Judea should flee to the mountains because they are next in line since Antichrist would have already commissioned an invasion of Jerusalem as described in Zechariah 12 and 14.
But the scoffer isolates and says sweet sounding lines which we all agree on like “nothing else should matter but Jesus”. Why then do animal sacrifices ‘matter’?
They will quickly quote verses that say that all we need to do is “repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1.15).
But believing in Christ is a marriage. Imagine telling your spouse “I do not want to consummate our marriage. I do not want to have children with you. I do not want to eat your baked bread, drink your coffee or share your thoughts … I only want to praise your name”
Would you call this a marriage?
Same with salvation.
How can one gain salvation if one refuses to do what is required, baptism, confession, communion …
This is why the Bible is a puzzle where one cannot choose a piece and drop the other. It has certain pieces that if missing, the covenant is not complete.
The Antichrist stopping the ‘grain offering’ is without a doubt the Eucharist. To accept or to reject the Eucharistic sacrifice, that is the question. If one rejects the Eucharistic sacrifice, then the whole of scripture will fall apart and theology is turned upside down on its head where literals are allegoric and allegoric are literals, where the temple is a building and the temple garments are Hawaiian shirts, the sacrificial Altar then becomes a stage with drums and disco tech lights on top, and where incense become exclusively ‘the prayers of the saints’ without the substance of incense and now all who come to the altar can weep besides boxes of tissues.
The only way then for the scoffer to make his arguments is to divorce key parts of scripture. For example, Malachi 1:10-11 speaks of the new era when a Jewish temple is no more and that instead of the ancient Jewish temple, true Christians will observe a communion of bread as a ‘sacrifice’.
Malachi presents a nail in the coffin for the anti-Eucharist crowd. But these will still argue that the daily sacrifice that will be stopped, will have no alignment whatsoever with what is noted in Malachi 1:11 because there will be no gentiles at all who are permitted to be part of the Jewish sacrifice, since they will be busy trampling down the outer courts.
These types use any possible way to jimmy-rigg the text to conclude that Daniel, Revelation, Matthew 24 cannot have any association with Malachi 1:11.
It is the sort of interpretation that God changed his mind when it comes to theology, that in Malachi, God throws out the Jews and then brings in the gentiles, then later on in Apocalypse 11, God throws out the gentiles and then brings in the Jews.
The scoffer has breaks in history where God entirely throws out even the traditional church and then He brings in instead a different theology by the so-called ‘reformers’ forgetting that God emphatically declared:
And I will ask the Father: and he shall give you another Paraclete [the Holy Spirit], that he may abide with you for ever (John 14:16)
What is this “for ever”? The Holy Spirit continues from the first century onwards till the end and even for ever. No stopping. John 14:16 is not exclusively speaking to twelve disciples, but the church authority. And then in John it all becomes as clear as the sun the commission of the disciples:
Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost [the Trinity]. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.
This leaves no room for maneuvering the text. All the claims that the ‘forgiveness of sins’ was exclusively for the apostles or that the laity do not need the priests becomes nonsense, especially when we read “I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world”. This is a continual apostolic succession without doubt ’till the end’. Therefore:
“Is any one among you sick? Let him call for the elders [priests] of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:14-17)
“And to whom you have pardoned any thing, I also. For, what I have pardoned, if I have pardoned any thing, for your sakes have I done it in the person of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:10).
To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ
So just as Christ forgives, Paul forgives, and just as Christ heals, Paul heals “in the person of Christ” … and here in the King James Paul even says “forgave I” just as the priest does.
So as long as you miss this point, you miss the puzzle and you miss the true sacrifice which you, my Protestant friend are NOT partaking in. Therefore, you will be left out of the Temple.
Special thanks to brothers Trevor and DeusLoVult who denounced all Protestant heresies and partook in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharistic Communion on Easter Sunday.