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Trend Update: Ramadan Peace Conference in Istanbul, June 2017

Posted in Peace Plan, Prophecy, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2017 by paulthepoke

Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)…” –Jesus

Let me re-introduce Adnan Oktar. He is an Islamic scholar and a peace activist. Adnan Oktar openly speaks against anti-Semitism on his TV program in Turkey.  He calls for Abraham’s children to come together. He has publically stated Muslims will build the Jewish Temple along with Solomon’s palace. Oktar states the Temple will be rebuilt when global peace and tranquility are at hand.

June 14, 2017: Adnan Oktar hosted a Ramadan celebration in Istanbul, Turkey. Peoples of different culture and religions were invited.

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Guests included Jewish rabbis; Christian priests; politicians; members of the Turkish Assyrian, Armenian, Jewish, Greek Orthodox and Catholic communities; Jaffari, Alawite and Bekhtashi communities; orders of the Nakshibendi and the Kadiri; followers of the Treatise of Light (Nur), and National Vision Movement (Milli Görüş).

The idea was to come together in an atmosphere of love and peace.

“People are more religious in Israel, that is a blessing for the entire region and the Islamic world. They are not aware that Jews are people of love. We all will be students of the King Moshiach, the King Messiah. The love for Moshiach brings blessings to Israel, this is a vital matter. God protects Israel from all troubles. If anyone attempts any harm against Israel, we will bring heavens down on them. God promised you to live on that land. You are a blessing for Muslims, but they can’t appreciate this,” Adnan Oktar.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick of the Israeli Knesset made the road trip to Istanbul. He offered kind words for the gathering hosted by Oktar.

“My dear friend, honorary Mr. Adnan Oktar, champion of religious tolerance, champion of love to all human beings, champion of God in the world…” -Yehuda Glick

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/31805/Default.aspx

 

Currently, the world is in conflict and escalating towards more military intervention on a greater scale. Humanity is not trending toward peace.

Let me be clear. I am not suggesting Adnan Oktar is the antichrist or the false prophet. But I am suggesting that any man who comes in peace is one to monitor closely. Somebody will emerge from this global mess and appear to have an answer for world peace.

After all, he seems reasonable. He seems like someone we can work with…

1 Thessalonians 5:3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Thanks to Liz Botica with forward of news item.

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Trend Update: Putin/Erdogan Meet in Istanbul, Turkey, October 2016

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2016 by paulthepoke

October 10, 2016: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was at the World Energy Congress. This is the third meeting between the leaders since June 2016.

Putin stated Russia is a reliable energy exporter to global markets.

The highlight of the meeting was the Turkish Stream gas pipeline.  The line would allow Russian natural gas delivered directly to Turkey by the Russian Black Sea coast. From Turkey, natural gas would continue on to Greece. Natural gas capacity would be approximately 32 billion cubic meters per year. Turkey would receive approximately half of the capacity. Russia will be giving Turkey a discount on natural gas. The rest of the natural gas would be distributed to Europe.

The construction of the Akkuyu nuclear plant was also discussed. The nuclear power plant will have four 1,200 MW reactors. A Russian company will build the facility. This is a $22 billion project. The first phase of the project is to be operational by 2020. This is Turkey’s first nuclear plant.

Normalization of fruit, vegetable, and agriculture trade was announced by Putin.

The two countries are working towards free trade. President Erdogan of Turkey hopes trade levels reach $100 billion per year.

Differences due remain on the issue of Syria.

“Both Russia and Turkey support the end of the bloodshed in Syria. We share the same view that every effort should be made for humanitarian aid to be delivered to Aleppo. The only issue is the safety of the delivery of humanitarian aid,” -Vladimir Putin.

Turkey is a NATO member but is becoming cozier with Russia.

https://www.rt.com/news/362196-russia-turkey-talks-putin-istanbul/

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/10/putin-erdogan-to-meet-at-energy-summit-in-istanbul.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/putin-and-erdogan-set-to-boost-trade-1476100218

None of this was prophetically possible until Israel became a nation in 1948.

Historically, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) and Russia (former Soviet Union) have been at odds. See the Russo-Turkish wars which began in 1568.  The series of wars finally ended in the early 20th century.

The northern gang (Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Azerbaijan) is together and getting stronger politically, economically, and militarily for Ezekiel 38-39. At some point in the future, this group along with a couple of African countries led by Russia will invade Israel per Ezekiel.

The Bible and ancient historians point to the fact the land of Magog is modern day Russia. https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/07/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-january-2015/

For Scripture linking Meshech, Tubal, Beth Togarmah, and Gomer to modern day Turkey.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/12/09/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-december-9-2015/

Trend Update: Sanhedrin Takes on UN Over Temple Mount, August 2016

Posted in Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on August 9, 2016 by paulthepoke

Matthew 26:59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death.

The Sanhedrin of Israel is back in the news, August 2016. The Sanhedrin reconvened in 2005 after a 1,600 year absence. They oversee legal matters and future construction of the pending third temple.

http://www.heisnear.com/Sanhedrin.html

They now have their own website.

http://www.thesanhedrin.org/en/index.php?title=The_Re-established_Jewish_Sanhedrin

The Greek word for Sanhedrin is sunedrion. It is frequently translated as “Council” in the New Testament (Strong’s Concordance).

The UN wants to pass a resolution stating the Temple Mount belongs to Muslims only. The resolution was proposed at a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.

Palestinian media and Muslims deny the existence of previous Jewish Temples.

The Sanhedrin has issued a public statement to the United Nations (UN). Do not mess with the historic ties of the Temple, the Temple Mount, and the nation of Israel.

Here are some quotes from the Sanhedrin, “The Jewish right to the Temple Mount was established in the Bible, and should therefore be recognized by Christianity and Islam.”

The UN’s position was deemed as “UNESCO’s very unholy actions” by the Sanhedrin.

The Sanhedrin supports their position with overwhelming archeological evidence of previous Jewish Temples. Archeology evidence includes artifacts and over 100 immersion pools found under the modern day Temple Mount. The Sanhedrin welcomes any one to look at the evidence.

http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/israels-sanhedrin-takes-on-u-n/#w3VaURz4SRjk46k0.99

Trend Update: Turkish Muslim Pushing for Jewish Temple, July 2016

Posted in Antichrist/Beast, Prophecy, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2016 by paulthepoke

Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)…” –Jesus

The third Jewish Temple is coming at some point in the future. Who would have thought a Turkish Muslim would be pulling for the construction of the Jewish Temple? Let me introduce Adnan Oktar. He is an Islamic scholar and a peace activist. Adnan Oktar openly speaks against anti-Semitism on his TV program in Turkey.  He calls for Abraham’s children to come together. He has publically stated Muslims will build the Jewish Temple along with Solomon’s palace. Oktar states the Temple will be rebuilt when global peace and tranquility are at hand.

Recently during Ramadan 2016, Mr. Oktar invited a group of rabbis and politicians from Israel to Istanbul, Turkey. Also included were representatives from the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths. Oktar indicated the three religions have common values. He also stated current difficulties between the religions are from Satan. Mr. Oktar indicated people of reason, full of love, should come together and encourage peace and love. Finally, he blamed the media for bad press. Oktar called for leaders to be more courageous and not to be concerned with politics and votes.

Jewish Rabbi Dov Lipmon was very impressed with the hospitality shown while in Turkey. So much so, his negative opinion of Turkey was changed. Adnan Oktar also has a history with Yehuda Glick who is now a member of the Jewish Knesset. Mr. Glick is an advocate of the Jewish Temple as well. In the past, they have talked of peace between Jews and Muslims.

Let me be clear. I am not suggesting Adnan Oktar is the antichrist. But I am suggesting that a man who comes in peace is the one to monitor closely. After all, he seems reasonable. He is not a terrorist. He seems like someone we can work with…

http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/muslim-leader-hosts-rabbis-welcomes-3rd-temple/#!

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/29586/Default.aspx

Antichrist, The Beast, Part 4

Posted in Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2015 by paulthepoke

Revelation 13:1 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.

Revelation 17:7 states it will interpret all of this and explain. And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The verse above (13:1) will be clarified so we can understand. Guess work and speculation are not involved.

Revelation 17:9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits… Heads are mountains.

Revelation 17:18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. The woman is a city.

The city (woman) sits on seven mountains (heads). This is a geographical clue as to the location of the city.

Where in the world are cities that sit on seven mountains? These four major cities are candidates that fit this criteria: Rome, Mecca, Moscow, and Constantinople.

We also know the city has to be a sea port from Revelation 18. That rules out Moscow. This blog is of the position Rome is not the city based on the evidence presented in Daniel 8. See the attached post regarding Daniel 8.

http://wp.me/p10YyV-iH (Antichrist, Greek Empire Roots, Part 1)

That leaves Mecca, Saudi Arabia and Constantinople, Turkey.

Mecca, Saudi Arabia is home to Islam’s holiest site.

mecca

See the following posts regarding Constantinople or Istanbul, Turkey.

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http://wp.me/p10YyV-hb (Trend Update: Mystery Babylon/Revelation, September 2014)

http://wp.me/p10YyV-hg (Trend Update: Mystery Babylon/Revelation, Part 2, September 2014)

Time will tell…

Diadem is a word that has been transliterated from the original Greek word diadema. Per Strong’s Concordance it means: the kingly ornament for the head, the crown. The ten leaders mentioned in the verse have crowns. The verse confirms their leadership.

Blasphemous names…Blasphemous is also a word that has been transliterated from the Greek word blasphemia. Per Strong’s it means: slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another’s good name; impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty. All ten of these leaders are going to be anti-God of the Bible. It makes sense. They are part of the Satanic leadership structure.

The antichrist is going to lead a ten nation confederation that is hostile to God and Jewish people. The antichrist is going to turn on the city which sits on seven mountains as well.

Trend Update: Mystery Babylon/Revelation, Part 2, September 2014

Posted in Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2014 by paulthepoke

Revelation 17:9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits…

Revelation 17:18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.

All seven churches of Revelation are located in Asia Minor, modern day Turkey.

Four of the seven churches in Revelation have references to Satan. Jesus is the one talking directly to the churches. Jesus got His information from God the Father (Revelation 1). This is not conjecture.

Revelation 2:9 (Smyrna) I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 2:13 (Pergamum) I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

Jesus Himself states Pergamum is Satan’s capital. This is where Satan lives and reigns. Pergamum was credited with the art of making parchment or paper. This technique lead to wealth and splendor (New Unger’s Bible Dictionary). Pergamum means “citadel” (Holman Bible Dictionary). A 40 foot high altar of Zeus was located here. The altar was one of the wonders of the ancient world. Pergamum was home of a library of 200,000 volumes. Antipas was the first Christian martyred by Roman Empire in Pergamum (http://bibleatlas.org/).

Revelation 2:24 (Thyatira) But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them– I place no other burden on you.

Revelation 3:9 (Philadelphia) Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie– I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you.

Asia Minor is mentioned in the book of Acts.

Acts 16:6 They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia… The Holy Spirit made sure Paul and his companions stayed in modern day Turkey instead of advancing east to China. The regions of Phrygia and Galatia are in the heart of Asia Minor.

Acts 16:7 and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them…The Spirit of Jesus intervened and kept the crew in Mysia. Bithynia and Mysia are also in Turkey. Jesus wanted them in Mysia. The region of Mysia is home to the city of Pergamum, Satan’s city (Revelation 2:13). Paul was forbidden by the Spirit of Christ from going into the region of Bithynia, home to modern day Istanbul, Constantinople, or Byzantium (synonymous names). The Holy Spirit and Jesus clearly had a plan for the gospel in Satan’s back yard.

Satan has his trinity. He plays the role of God. The antichrist plays the role of Jesus. And the false prophet plays the role of the Holy Spirit. Satan clearly has a foot hold in Turkey per the comments of Jesus to the churches in Revelation. Satan has a religious system and structures in place in this geographical area. If Satan’s home land is modern day Turkey, would it make sense for him to establish his kingdom with his minions here?

Istanbul is known as the City on the Seven Hills. It was also the capital of the Roman Empire. There is a lot of New Testament action in Turkey.

Just watching…

Trend Update: Mystery Babylon/Revelation, September 2014

Posted in Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2014 by paulthepoke

Revelation 17:9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits…

From a Western perspective, popular lines of conjecture are the following. The woman is a city. Revelation 17:18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth. The city that sits on the seven mountains or hills is Rome. A revived Roman Empire will emerge in the end times. Some think the European Union is the end time’s empire. Others believe an apostate Catholic Church will lead the charge. Some conjecture a future leader of the European Union will be the antichrist. Others believe The Pope will be the antichrist. Rome will be the capital and the city that is Mystery Babylon.

But…Rome is not the only possibility. There are other port cities that are built on seven hills. Two other examples are Istanbul, Turkey (Constantinople) and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Mecca is very curious. It is the home of the most religious site in Islam. However, the focus of this blog is the consideration of Istanbul.

I want to be perfectly clear. I am not stating Constantinople or modern day Istanbul is Mystery Babylon. I am encouraging people to consider this as a possibility. In light of the Israel and Hamas fighting, Turkey has offered to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. http://rudaw.net/english/opinion/28072014

News out of Istanbul, Turkey has recently claimed the city to be the future capital of a new Arab confederation of countries.  http://shoebat.com/2014/08/26/bombshell-antichrist-confederacy-announced-turkey

The political happenings in Istanbul, Turkey merit an attentive eye. Just watching…

People often forget the Roman Empire had an eastern leg which included modern day Turkey, Iraq, and Syria.

Istanbul is known as the City on the Seven Hills. The seven hills were located within the original walls of the city. Constantinople was founded on an already established city. The city was named by Constantine the Great of the Roman Empire. Constantine established the city in his namesake as the capital of the Roman Empire. The city was purposefully patterned after Rome. It was dedicated in May, 330 AD (Wikipedia).

Modern day Turkey was known as Asia Minor. Turkey is a land bridge between Asia and Europe. The area connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The Golden Horn of Istanbul provides a spacious harbor.

Mystery Babylon is a port city. Revelation 18 confirms this city is a place of great exchange, cargoes, and trade. Ships, merchants, passengers, captains, and sailors are mentioned. Revelation 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’

Be a watchman. Here is the mind which has wisdom…

PaulthePoke

Prophecy Watch & Bible Study

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