Turkish protests: What’s ahead for Turkey?

Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey


There have been a lot of protests in Turkey the past several days:

2 June 2013

Turkey protests: Hundreds reoccupy Istanbul square

Almost 1,000 people were detained in more than 90 protests held across the country, as Catharina Moh reports…Interior Minister Muammer Guler said 90 demonstrations had taken place in 48 cities after the protests spiralled. He said some of those arrested had since been released but others would be put on trial.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22744728

June 2, 2013

Thousands of Turks in Istanbul had protested well into Saturday night in what has turned into a nationwide anti-government out-pouring.

Protesters in the capital Ankara set fires to cars and buildings, causing clouds of smoke to mix with of tear gas.

What had started as a small sit-in against the renovation of a central Istanbul square has spiraled into chaos as thousands took to the streets to protest against what they see as Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian style.

Erdogan vowed to press ahead with the redevelopment project and called for demonstrators to end their protests.

Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said more than 900 people have been arrested in protests across the country, while 26 police officers and 53 citizens have been wounded.  Some of those arrested have already been released.

Analysts say the unrest signifies growing discontent over the policies of the Islamist-dominated government, which some accuse of becoming increasingly authoritarian.

Mine Eder, a political science professor at Istanbul’s Bogazici University, tells VOA the movement is drawing from a broad range of the Turkish population.

“I think is sort of a spontaneous civil movement that started with the ownership of the trees and sort of turned into this ‘We’ve had enough with this government and with this style of governance and with the unwillingness of the government to listen to us’,” she said.  http://www.voanews.com/content/anti-government-protests-subside-in-turkey/1673505.html

What is ahead, prophetically, for Turkey?

One thing to expect is an alliance involving Arab, Turkish, and European nations:

3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” 5 For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. (Psalms 83:3-8)

Understand that the Bible indicates that the Turks (who are not Arabs, but seem to be Edom in scripture) will make a deal with the rising European power (Assyria above), along with the Arabs and Turkey (Psalm 83).

Notice also the following:

40 “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon.   (Daniel 11:40-42)

It is important to realize that Edom/Turkey escapes what happens to the King of the South in Daniel 11:40-43.  Thus, despite a deal with the Arabs, Turkey is apparently not a going to be a strong supporter of the final King of the South for very long.  But apparently it will be for a short while.

Notice also the following:

25…And the king of the South shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand, for they shall devise plans against him. 26 Yes, those who eat of the portion of his delicacies shall destroy him; his army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain.  (Daniel 11:25-26)

In the above, we see that some allies of the King of the South betray him.  Since the King of the South will be over predominantly Islamic nations, Turkey is predominantly Islamic, and Edom/Turkey is mentioned in conjunction with the King of the South, yet escapes punishment (Daniel 11:40-42), it appears that Turkey will likely somewhat support the King of the South for a time, but will betray him.

Interestingly, notice the following Catholic prophecy about betrayal:

Nostradamus: The Great Arab shall progress well forward, But betrayed shall be by the Byzantines. (Turks).

Comment on above from Catholic writer Yves Dupont: Here, we are told that Turkey will break its faith with the rest of the Arab world. (Dupont, Yves. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p. 107).

The “Great Arab” is probably supposed to represent the Mahdi/Caliph, the final King of the South. The Turks currently control the area of Byzantium and have for many centuries. Hence, Catholic prophecy indicates that Turkey will betray the Islamic Arabic power.  I also believe that the possibility that those in Turkey will be misled by signs and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9) may be a factor in them betraying the King of the South and supporting the final European Beast power.

As shown earlier, Daniel 11:25-26 is quite clear that an ally of the King of the South will betray the King of the South. If Daniel 11:25-26 has future fulfillment (and as it seems to parallel Daniel 11:40-43 it may), it would seem that there will be close allies (like Turkey) that will betray the King of the South according to scripture as well.

There are also passages in the Bible that Turkey will be part of the destruction of Israel and will be punished for that (for details, see the article The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy).

In the past I have written that the King of the North will arise after civil unrest in Europe.  I have also written that the King of the South may rise in a fashion similar to the King of the North.

Hence, I believe that civil unrest in the Arab and Turkish world will be factors in the rise of the King of the South and the establishment of his empire.  The protests in Turkey, the Arab Spring, and other protests in the Arab world are setting the stage for the rise of this King of the South.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

What Should You Know About Turkey in Prophecy Do you know the Turkish people descended from? Did the Ottoman Empire possibly fulfill a promise in Genesis? Will Turkey support the European King of the North or Arabic King of the South? Will it betray one of them? Will Turkey be involved in the encouraging the destruction of Israel? Is Turkey going to become Catholic? Is Turkey mentioned in Psalm 83, Daniel 11, and elsewhere in the Bible? This video provides answers.
The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi?
Is the Future King of the South Rising Up? Some no longer believe there needs to be a future King of the South. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi or Caliph? What does the Bible say?
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Rise of the King of the South The Bible tells of the formation of a power of nations that are in the Middle East and North Africa that are part of the final “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40-43) The Muslim Brotherhood wishes to have an Islamic empire with basically the same nations. This YouTube video explains what to expect from such a confederation.
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe?
Catholic Prophecies: Do They Mirror, Highlight, or Contradict Biblical Prophecies? People of all faiths may be surprised to see what various Roman and Orthodox Catholic prophets have been predicting as many of their predictions will be looked to in the 21st century.
Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European? The Book of Revelation tells of a beast power that will rise up. Some think that this must be Russia or could be Islamic, while others say that this power is European. The Book of Daniel tells of the rise of an end time King of the North that some think must be referring to a Russian leader, while others say that this power is European. How can you be sure? This YouTube video has all the scriptural proofs that you should need to prove that this power must be a European one.

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