As wars and rumors of wars continue to emerge and rage across the Middle East and North Africa (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Turkey, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, etc.) at unprecedented and extreme levels, what is the next great war that will occur on God’s prophetic timeline? Did Daniel prophesy about a major war between two nations, who will battle for supremacy and dominance over the Middle East? Do the current events in the Middle East perfectly align and correlate with Daniel’s prophecy?
We find this great battle in the Book of Daniel, chapter 8. Unfortunately, some Bible scholars and Prophecy teachers believe that most, if not all, of Daniel 8 has been fulfilled throughout history. On that imperative note, let us begin discovering Daniel 8 by understanding and confirming what God’s angel Gabriel told Daniel about his prophetic vision.
Daniel 8:15-19, “Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end. Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright. And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be.”
According to God’s angel Gabriel, the vision of Daniel 8 will be fulfilled at the time of the end, as he confirmed three times to Daniel. In other words, every event of the vision in Daniel 8 will be fulfilled at the end of the age, and these events will occur before Messiah’s Second Coming and Millennial Reign (1,000 year reign on earth-Rev. 20). Before we discover the vision of Daniel 8, let us confirm that we are living at the end of the age, the time of the end.
In general most Bible scholars, Prophecy teachers, and believers believe that once Israel became a nation again in 1948 (Isaiah 66:7-9) and recaptured Jerusalem in 1967 (Psalm 102:16-18), it “opened the doors” to all of the end of the age prophecies to be fulfilled, including Messiah’s Second Coming events.
In Matthew 24:32-35, Messiah states that “when the fig tree (Israel) becomes tender and puts forth leaves (Israel becomes a nation again), and when all of the signs of His warnings (Olivet Discourse-Matthew 24-25) start to occur, then that generation will not pass until His Second Coming. Also, Psalms 102:16-18 states:
Psalms 102:16-18, “For the Lord shall build up Zion (Jerusalem); He shall appear in His glory (Second Coming). This will be written for the generation to come.”
The psalmist prophesies that once the Lord builds up Zion (Jerusalem), He will appear in His glory. For approximately 2,000 years (AD70-1966), the children of Israel (Jews) did not control the holy city, therefore the Lord did not “build up Zion.” However, in June of 1967, during the Six-Day-War, the children of Israel recaptured Zion, and since that time, the Lord has built up Jerusalem in all aspects of the world (Hebrew language, science, natural resources, military, medicine (cures for diseases), desert blossoming like a rose, etc.)
The Psalmist continues to state, “this is written for the generation to come.” The Hebrew word for “to come” is Acharon (Strong’s #314), which means terminal or last. So, to paraphrase Psalm 102:16,18, “When the Lord builds up Zion (Jerusalem), He shall appear in His glory. This is written for the terminal or last generation.”
Now that we understand Daniel 8 is an end of the age prophecy, and also that we are living at the time of the end, let us explore Daniel’s vision of the next great war that will occur in the Middle East.
The Great War of Daniel 8
Daniel 8:2-3, “I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in Shushan, the citadel, which is in the province of Elam (Iran); and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last.”
Daniel’s vision begins by describing a ram with two horns, which is symbolic for the first nation that will rise to power in the next great war at the time of the end. God’s messenger Gabriel tells us exactly who the ram is. Daniel 8:20, “The ram which you saw, having the two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia.” The modern day name of Media is the Kurds, and for Persia, Iran. Daniel also states that one of the ram’s horns was higher than the other, and it came up last. This tells us that the last horn, which is the higher horn of Persia (Iran), will be the dominant horn of the two. This correlates with the order Gabriel labeled the two horns as well, as he mentioned Media first, and then Persia (Iran). Daniel continues to explain the dominance of the ram (Iran) at the end of the age.
Daniel 8:4, “I saw the ram (Iran) pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal (nation) could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.”
Is Daniel’s prophecy of the ram (Iran) being fulfilled today?
In the last several years, Iran has “marched” westward, northward, and southward,” just as Daniel prophesied. As of today, Iran controls approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of Iraq. Iran is also in direct control of Hezbollah (Lebanon), as the ram finances the terror group with supplies and weapons. Additionally, after Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of Saudi Arabia, stepped down as president in 2011, Iran invaded Yemen, and they currently have influence and control over much of the country. This is a major development because Yemen is located on Saudi Arabia’s southern border and poses a national security risk. From a biblical standpoint this is profound as well, because Isaiah tells us that Iran (Medo-Persia) will destroy Saudi Arabia at the end of the age (Isaiah 21).
In its most recent “march,” Iran has ground troops in Syria, where, as of this writing, a civil war is at its climatic pinnacle. It is believed that Iran supports the Assad regime in Syria, however, this eventually could be the strategic location of the “next great war,” as we will discuss later. To finalize Iran’s dominance in the Middle East, including financially, the United States confirmed a catastrophic deal with the Iranian dictatorship (ram), which included a payment to them in the amount of $150 billion dollars, and within the last month, another catastrophic decision via a $400 million cash ransom payment. All of these events confirms Daniel’s prophecy that “the ram (Iran) did according to his will and became great (Daniel 8:4). Without any doubt, today, Iran (ram) is the superpower of the Middle East. Here is a map of Iran’s (ram) march “westward, northward, and southward” in the past several years.
Now, let us discover the symbolism of the goat, and who this nation is that will rise to power and rage against the ram (Iran) in the next great war of the Middle East.
Daniel 8:5, And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground.”
As Daniel was considering the ram (Iran), he saw a male goat coming from the west. God’s messenger Gabriel also tells us who the goat is that will rise to power and battle the ram (Iran) at the end of the age. Daniel 8:21, “And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece.” When most people think of Greece, they think of Athens, Greece. However, the Grecian Empire expanded over Eastern Europe, into North Africa, the Middle East, and as far east as Pakistan.
Nevertheless, the primary region of the Grecian Empire is the modern day country of Turkey. Please note, besides Israel, Turkey is mentioned more than any other country in end of the age prophecy, and the leader of the alliances against Israel (Ezekiel 38-39, Daniel 7, Daniel 11, Revelation 13 & 17, etc.). In fact, in Revelation 2:13, in speaking to the church at Pergamos, which is located in Turkey, Messiah states that “it is where Satan’s throne is, and it is where he dwells.” Obviously, we are to take Messiah’s prophetic words seriously and understand that Turkey will be the major player at the time of the end, the end of the age.
The Goat (Turkey) rages against the Ram (Iran)
Daniel 8:6-8, “Then the male goat (Turkey) came to the ram (Iran) that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. Therefore the male goat grew very great.”
According to Daniel, when the male goat (Turkey) rises to power, he will attack the ram (Iran), “running at him with furious power, confronting the ram, and raging against him.” Daniel prophesies that Turkey (goat) will win the next great battle as, “it will break the two horned ram (Iran), cast him down to the ground and trample him, and the male goat (Turkey) will become very great.”
So, the question is, “Has Turkey risen to power to begin its fulfillment of Daniel 8?”
In 2001, with the founding and establishment of the AKP party and the rise of its Prime Minister (2003-2014) and current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2014), Turkey has slowly but surely continued to return back to its fundamentalist Islamic ways of the old tyrannical Ottoman Empire dictatorship, especially in the last few years.
In 2013, after anti-government protests were held in Turkey by the Republican People’s party, the opposition party to the AKP, then Prime Minister Erdogan, alleged that over 1,863 journalists should lose their jobs because of their anti-government views. During the 2013 protests, notable cases of media censorship also occurred because the mainstream media did not broadcast the demonstrations until after the fact. In 2014, Erdogan signed a bill into law allowing the government to block websites without a court order, thereby tightening his control over the internet. The AKP party also blocked social media sites such as YouTube and Twitter after a recorded conversation between Erdogan and his son was released. The infamous conversation allegedly portrays Erdogan warning his family to nullify all cash reserves amid the $100 billion government corruption scandal (2013).
In 2014, Erdogan’s dictatorship declared war on the remaining free press in Turkey. He and his party passed a bill that allows the government the authority to block internet sites subject to court reviews within three days and granting it access to Internet traffic data.
On March 11, 2016, in Erdogan’s defiance and intimidation of the Constitutional Courts, he stated the following in a live speech on television: “I hope the constitutional court would not again attempt such ways which will open its existence and legitimacy up for debate.”
In April of 2016, Turkey seized all the Christian churches in Diyarbakir and declared them state property.
In July of 2016, after a failed military coup attempt to overthrow Erdogan’s dictatorship in Turkey, Erdogan has proven once again his ultimate goal for the Turkish people and surrounding nations, which is a revived tyrannical Ottoman Empire dictatorship. Since the failed coup, 20,000 plotters, 20,000 teachers, 10,000 police officers, 115 generals and admirals, 15,000 soldiers, 3,000 judges (1/3 of all judges in Turkey), and government officials have been investigated, interrogated, jailed, and/or released from their duties. Erdogan has also closed hundreds of schools for not being sufficiently Islamic (Shariah Law), and closed down 130 media outlets. Please note, this occurred in one month!
What is even more interesting, according to Bloomberg News, since the failed coup, Erdogan’s ratings have risen to the highest level since he became president in 2014! My friends, these profound changes underline the fact that Erdogan is swiftly moving Turkey into the fundamentalist ways of the old Ottoman Empire dictatorship and priming its prophetic calling in Daniel’s prophecies.
Now, let us discuss the most compelling evidence that Erdogan and the Grecian Empire (Turkey) is rising to power to challenge the Medo-Persian (Iran) Empire. In December of 2015, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia approved Turkish president Erdogan to enter the gates of the Kaaba (Bab-Illah) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to worship and pray to Allah. As the Gate and Tower of Bab-Illah (Kaaba) is very sacred in Islam, this only happens to someone whom they feel is “godly.” The CNN network reported some Egyptians stating “We consider him as the Islamic leader in the Middle East.” Erdogan’s “anointing” by Saudi Arabia, one of the most influential and wealthiest countries in the Middle East is quite alarming and cannot be overstated, because it aligns Turkey and Saudi Arabia as allies (Sunni), for the time being.
A Side Note
We have to understand that Iran (Shiite) hates Saudi Arabia (Sunni), as they feel Saudi Arabia is a blasphemy to Islam because of their civility towards Israel and the West. Also, the deep hatred between the two countries results from a theological difference in their separate approaches to Islam (Shiite and Sunni). The interesting twist is that Turkey (Sunni) will conquer Iran (Shiite) (Daniel 8), and Iran (Shiite) will eventually destroy Saudi Arabia-Sunni (Isaiah 21), as we journey toward the end of the age onto Messiah’s Second Coming. Certainly, the “anointing” of Erdogan at the Kaaba in Mecca is very important and cannot be overstated, as most of the Islamic world, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, considers Erdogan as the Islamic leader of the Middle East.
The Signs of the Great War between Iran and Turkey
As the famous saying goes, history repeats itself, and so does the Holy Bible. It is clear who the ram (Iran) and the goat (Turkey) are, because God’s messenger Gabriel told us. And since we are living at the end of the age with Iran as the current superpower of the Middle East, and Turkey quickly rising to power for supremacy to fulfill the next great war of Daniel 8, has there been more signs of this unavoidable conflict?
On August 24, 2016, yes, this past week, something very interesting occurred not only historically, but maybe also prophetically as well. To be clear, we are not predicting or setting any dates whatsoever. However, August 24th is the historical date when the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) began their dominance and control over the Middle East at the Battle of Dabiq, in Syria. The Ottomans defeated the Mamluk Sultanate on August 24th, 1516, and continued to rule the Middle East for 400 years (1920’s).
Now, on August 24, 2016, to celebrate their 500 year anniversary of the Battle of Dabiq (Syria), Turkey (Ottoman Empire) has begun its largest intervention in Syria via land invasion, which could be the spark that eventually lights the flame to the next great battle in Daniel 8. Remember, Iran is a “supporter” of President Assad and Syria, and the Ayatollah has major influence in Syria, including the deployment of weapons, troops, and support during the ongoing civil war. However, Turkey does not support Assad and Syria, thus the escalation of the invasion. Below is a picture of Turkish tanks entering Syria on August 24, 2016 as Erdogan states:
“Syria is responsible for the terrorism since it refuses to accept our solutions … When we speak of Syria or the Balkans or the Caucasus, these were part of our [Ottoman] geography from 100 years ago. I believe we will overcome all the obstacles in front of us, which will be the will of Allah … Turkey has a massive power and will use it … We are more confident today about our future because since the morning of July the 15th (Turkey coup), we are more powerful, we are now in a place that looks more hopeful … Our commitment in achieving the 2023 target, further perçinleşiy after each event we have from coup to terrorism, Turkey will cut off the front foot with the diplomatic games. We will continue to remove, those who played their games.” Erdogan continued to add, “what I promised in Syria, Iraq, the Balkans and the Caucasus is now within reach.”
In 1516, the battle was called the Battle of Dabiq, and in 2016, it is being called “Operation Euphrates Shield.” The Euphrates Shield is correlated with the memory of the Ottoman invasion of Syria at Dabiq.” Please note, August 24, 2016, the 500 year anniversary, could set the stage and prepare the way for the next great battle of Daniel 8.
How does the Battle of Dabiq relate Turkey to Isis?
Although the mainstream media speaks of an Isis caliphate in the Middle East, it is not biblical, as Isis is Turkey’s “junkyard dog” if you will, and will fall under Turkey’s caliphate and dominant reign at the appointed time. In fact, in July of 2015, as the United Stated special forces raided a compound housing Abu Sayyaf, the Isis chief financial officer, they produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking Isis members. Make no mistake, Turkey is and will be the leader of the Islamic caliphate, just as the biblical prophets foretold.
So what is Dabiq to Isis and Turkey? Why is the invasion called “Operation Euphrates Shield“?
A certain Arabic source states:
“The use of Dabiq by Isis is symbolic of the major historical event at Dabiq, it is the name of the battle the Ottomans (Turkey) won which paved the way for their occupation of Iraq and the Levant for more than four centuries, as well as being the springboard for the Islamic armies to fight the Rum (Romans/Europeans) in their quest for world domination.”
Furthermore, Isis’ television station is called Dabiq, and the terror group calls its magazine Dabiq and dedicate it to the Ottoman (Turkey) victory at Dabiq, Syria. Even the ISIS flag is an Ottoman (Turkey) insignia (the insignia of Muhammad’s ring), which comes from the Turkish Topkapi museum; Everything about Isis goes back to Dabiq, which is also in honor of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey).
Turkey’s invasion of Syria on August 24th, 2016, could be the very beginning of Daniel 8. Again, we are not setting dates in any way, but it would be wise to watch how the events unfold in Syria. The battlefront of the Syrian civil war could very well dictate and set into motion the supreme dominance of the Grecian Empire (Turkey) and the fall of the Medo-Persian Empire (Iran), which is the next great war in the Middle East (Daniel 8). Looking at the map from above, we can see how Iran has marched across the Middle East and controlled much of Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and now its focus is on Syria. However, Turkey is rising to power with its allies (Saudi Arabia, Isis), and the stage is set for an epic Middle Eastern war of supremacy of biblical proportions.
My friends, we live in the most exciting times since the First Coming of Messiah! Do you realize how many believers in the last 2,000 years would have loved to live in these prophetic times of today in order to witness the fulfillment of the biblical prophecies that were written over 2,500 years ago, and by Moses over 3,500 years ago? And guess what? God has specifically chosen you and me to live in these awesome, prophetic times, so we can be the light of the world and the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16) and proclaim the Good News of Messiah, including the biblical prophecies and His glorious appearing (Second Coming)! Remember, “the testimony of Jesus, is the spirit of prophecy!” There is not a better way to witness to the sleeping church and the unbelievers than by showing them the fulfillment of biblical prophecy!
Who can dispute that 2,500 years ago Isaiah prophesied that Israel would become a nation again in 1948? (Isaiah 66:8) Who can dispute the Psalmist that prophesied the children of Israel would recapture Jerusalem after 2,000 years of exile, and the Lord would build up Zion?
As of 2016, who can dispute that we are witnessing the fulfillment of Daniel 2,7,8, which are the prophesied kingdoms that will rise at the time of the end, the end of the age before Messiah’s Second Coming?
My friends, if you want biblical prophecy, you have it, and if you want end times, you are living in it! The question is, “Do you have your 3D glasses on?” If not, I pray that you will read the biblical prophets (Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and others), and then look at the current events of the Middle East and North Africa. God’s prophetic timeline is occurring right before our eyes! Always remember, God is on His everlasting throne, controlling everything and everybody, including Satan, so we are not to have a spirit of fear, but of strength and courage (Joshua 1:9)! I pray that you will be a “wise virgin” and not a “foolish virgin”, and keep your lamps filled with oil (Matthew 25), watching and waiting for the Lion of Judah to return! I also pray that you will put on your 3D glasses and enjoy the journey of God’s prophetic timeline! In the name higher than every other name, Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah, the King of Israel, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, the eternal and everlasting God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! Amen, Amen, and Amen!
In our book, God’s Prophetic Timeline, we also discover the events in Daniel 8 that will occur after the Grecian Empire (Turkey) conquers Medo-Persia (Iran), which includes the rise of the Antichrist, what region he will rise from, his kingdom, and the events that will occur before Messiah’s Second Coming.
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Introduction-Are We the Terminal Generation?
Chapter 1-The Terminal Generation
Chapter 2-The Vision of a Ram and a Goat (Daniel 8)
Chapter 3-The Vision of the Four Beasts (Kingdoms) (Daniel 7)
Chapter 4-The People of the Prince Who is to Come (Daniel 9)
Chapter 5-Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue Dream (Daniel 2)
Chapter 6-What kingdom is our generation living in today?
Chapter 7-The Antichrist’s kingdom
Chapter 8-Mystery Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots
Chapter 9- The Second Coming
Chapter 10-Messiah’s Millennial Kingdom
Chapter 11-The New Jerusalem
Chapter 12-Messiah’s Final Warning