DOES THE SITUATION BETWEEN SYRIA, TURKEY AND THE KURDS HAVE BIBLICAL RAMIFICATIONS?
I have changed my mind on this so many times now that I am not sure I have any credibility left but I have researched this as best I can and am beginning to think that President Trump’s decision to pull our military out of Syria MAY be the correct response.
The main reason for staying would be that the Kurds were helpful to America in getting rid of ISIS. Now Turkey helped in this endeavor as well. It was they who took out the city of Dabiq and who mocked ISIS for their “false hadiths” which proclaimed the city to be the site of a future battle in which Christianity would be destroyed.
Now that the United States has gone there is the fear, and it seems to be coming to pass, that the Turks will further harass the Kurds. Now I am mindful that, from 1979 to 80, when the American hostages were being held in Iran, many saw Iraq and Saddam Hussein as being our friends as he had launched attacks upon Iran. That does not necessarily compute. It would seem that all Saddam was doing was to take advantage of Iran being preoccupied and to launch attacks on an old enemy. And to some degree taking advantage of the situation is likely what the Kurds have been doing.
In fact deeper investigation seems to indicate that Saddam, though perceived as a Muslim was in fact a Satan worshipper.
There are claims coming forth that ISIS prisoners have been released but the Trump administration accuses the Kurds of doing this themselves in order to draw the U.S. back into the land. I can’t say for sure if this is the case or not.
The whole squabble between the Turks and the Kurds traces back to the dissolving of the Ottoman Empire. When the latter split up the Turks, the Iraqis and the Syrians got their own nation status while Kurdistan and Assyria did not. Now the Kurds have apparently blamed Turkey for this being the case while the Assyrians, at least from the reports I am getting, are experiencing an incredible move of the Holy Spirit and a turning to Christianity. I receive numerous contacts over the Internet from Christians meeting in underground Churches throughout the Middle East and amazingly an overwhelming portion come from Pakistan, Iran and the non-existent nation of Assyria, which again like the Kurds has no national status.
NOW ARE THERE BIBLICAL RAMINFICATIONS HERE? Can’t say for certain but my hunch is that the answer is YES. If we could just put all the pieces together I think we might be stunned. Here is what we do know:
1. The Ottoman Empire split up after they lost the concluding battle of World War I to the British which was fought of all places in the Valley of Jezreel at the foot of Mt. Megiddo which in the Hebrew is called Armageddon. (compare Revelation 16:16).
2. Assyria, which has not been an independent nation since 722 B. C. and was once a most hideous nation, is nonetheless mentioned in Isaiah 19 in a most interesting way:
“23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. 25 The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”
Could there have been some previous historical event by which this prophecy has already been fulfilled? Possibly but I am not aware of it.
3. As far back as 1980 Biblical scholar Edwin Yamauchi was strongly critical of Hal Lindsey for, in his best selling book “The Late Great Planet Earth”, equating Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 37 – 39 with the old Soviet Union. Yamauchi insisted that the reference was to Turkey and Armenia.
4. The fall of the Ottoman Empire left not only Arab nations in disarray, it also left the land known as Palestine (and previously known as Israel) in the hands of the British (the times of the Gentiles? – Luke 21:24).
Now there is a common misconception, through the fault of people like Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe and John Hagee, that present day Palestinians are Arab intruders in the Holy Land. Not true. During the bar Khokba revolt from 130 to 135 AD, the Jewish Christians fled the land and settled in both Jordan and Morocco. The Roman Emperor Hadrian overthrew the revolt and awarded the land to the Philistines; thus renaming it “Palestine.” However the Philistines were completely annihilated by forces of the Mamluk Sultan Baybars in 1270 AD (a fulfillment of Jeremiah 47 and Zephaniah 2) which prompted the descendants of the Jewish Christians to return to the land. However, since many had by now converted to Islam, the term “Jewish Christians” seemed unsuitable. Thus the name “Palestine” for the land was retained.
This being the case, the 1916 capture of the land by Great Britain could well be what is meant by “the times of the Gentiles.” It was of course handed over to Zionist Israel in 1948 but that seems to have been the result of some cruel plotting by Menachim Begin and his Irgun and Stern Gang terrorist groups. Angered that the British Parliament was ignoring their “Balfour Declaration” the Zionists orchestrated the murder of the British ambassador Lord Moyne, blew up the King David Motel, set off explosions at Deir Yassin and threatened similar atrocities at the London Olympics of 1948 if Balfour was not approved.
If we could just make this jigsaw puzzle fit together properly I rather think we could better understand the present situation. In the meantime I am not certain that American involvement is in any way called for. But again I have changed my mind on this enough times that my opinion seems worthless.