Thursday, April 26, 2018

British State Cruelty to Children and a Controversial Conservative Prime Minister Who Can Hinder It But Does Not It


British State Cruelty to Children and a Controversial Conservative Prime Minister Who Can Hinder It But Does Not It

By Julio Severo
Update: After five days without ventilation, little Alfie died, on April 28, as a direct consequence of the removal of the ventilation support he needed to survive.
Alfie Evans
The 23-month-old British baby Alfie Evans is in the center of the international pro-family news because the British government wants to discontinue life-sustaining treatment and his parents want to continue it.
In 2016, Alfie, according to CNN, “was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease associated with severe epilepsy and has been in a semivegetative state for more than a year. During that time, he has been kept alive by artificial ventilation in the critical care unit.”
British doctors at the Alder Hey Hospital, where Alfie was admitted, said treatment was futile and that, if they were to withdraw Alfie’s ventilation support, the child would shortly die.
At 9:17 p.m. Monday (April 23, 2018), ventilation and hydration support was withdrawn. But the baby did not die!
For hours, Alfie continued to breathe unaided, with hospital staff refusing to help with either ventilation or hydration despite his coughing, according to the Christian Concern statement and Alfie’s father.
Pope Francis said in his Twitter account, “Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.”
The Italian government granted Italian citizenship to Alfie on Tuesday and applied to the foreign secretary for permission to intervene to save Alfie’s life.
About 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Alder Hey hospital staff provided some hydration and oxygen support. To make a baby go through hours of torture is unimaginable.
CBN, of Pat Robertson, ventured to say that the United Kingdom is so proud — supposedly of its free health care system — that it cannot allow the mercy of other nations to intervene. The British medicine is socialist medicine. The cost is high: Once you are admitted in it, you cannot opt out even when there are alternatives outside of it. At least, this is Alfie’s case.
There is a contradiction in the British treatment of babies with degenerative disorders. Stephen Hawkins had such a disorder and he couldn’t breathe or feed himself on his own, either. Perhaps the British government saw that to keep Hawkins alive was too expensive and it does not want other expensive similar cases burdening its system.
But if the Vatican hospital offered free assistance, why not accept it? Individuals and nations should be always open to generosity: to offer it or receive it.
So if the British socialist medicine cannot help a baby, why hinder him from receiving necessary medicine from other generous sources? British pride? This is British stupidity.
Days ago the British launched airstrikes on Syria over an alleged case of children being gassed by the Syrian government. All the Syrian Christian leaders — Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical — said that the charges were “fabricated” and “without legal justification.” Even so, the British, under Theresa May, attacked.
Christian leaders opposed May’s foolish act.
Should other nations launch airstrikes on the British government over its mistreatment of a defenseless baby?
Where there was no solid evidence of children being gassed by the Syrian government, May attacked. Where is solid evidence of the mistreatment of a baby — in a British hospital —, May has not acted.
Even so, Christian leaders are asking the British government to show mercy.
Theresa May is a powerful politician in the United Kingdom. As the current Prime Minister, she can exert her formidable power to help. Certainly, a woman who can order airstrikes on the Syrian government (attacks that displeased Christians, but pleased Islamic terrorists) can do a very small thing as letting Alfie to be treated in the Vatican hospital.
May is also the leader of the Conservative Party since 2016. A conservative should always behave better than socialists. Yet, she has not been compassionate to children.
May’s appointment as Minister for Women and Equality 20 years ago was criticized by the homosexual movement, because she had voted against lowering the age of consent in 1998 and for some restrictions for homosexuals to adopt children in 2002.
Yet, when she had voted in favor of civil partnerships for homosexuals, her mind was open to much more. May later stated, during an appearance on the BBC’s Question Time in 2010, that she had “changed her mind” on homosexuals adopting children — not more worrying about children’s well-being, but only about the well-being of the gay agenda.
Writing for PinkNews in June 2010, May clarified her proposals for improving LGBT rights including measures to tackle “homophobia” in sport, advocating British society’s need for “cultural change.” Much before his appointment as Prime Minister, May had already become a conservative leader in the service of the gay agenda, which is essentially against children.
If she can protect the homosexual agenda that hurts children, why worry about Alfie?
If May cannot accept the generous assistance of the Vatican because of an alleged British national pride, why, for the sake of this same pride, does not she punish Islamic immigrants who rape thousands and thousands of British girls? Cannot she use the alleged British national pride to protect British girls from Islamic rapists? Probably, she cannot, because the United Kingdom has long ago forgotten what real national pride is.
Besides, abortion is legal in the United Kingdom. No nation with legal abortion has real concern for children.
Sorry, conservative fellas, but with conservatives as Theresa May in charge of a government, I prefer to side with “communist” Pope Francis regarding compassion to Alfie.
Christian charity from a “communist” pope is better than socialized medicine under a pro-sodomy conservative leader.
With information from CNN, CBN and Wikipedia.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Gog, Magog, Russia, a Neocon Novel and a Neocon Theologian


Gog, Magog, Russia, a Neocon Novel and a Neocon Theologian

By Julio Severo
Bible prophecy is, in the hands of skillful authors, an art that can bring spiritual guidance or disaster, when misused. When President George W. Bush decided to launch the Iraqi War, famous preachers of Bible prophecy said that such war was necessary to protect Israel. I joined them, because protection of Israel has a special place in my heart.
Yet, no one of these prophecy masters had any prophecy or revelation of the Iraqi War’s aftermath: the slaughter of the Iraqi Christian community. Before Bush’s war, the Christian population in Iraq was over 2,000,000. After the war, less than 400,000.
President Donald Trump expressed in 2016 that he was opposed to this war and he said that Bush lied. In return, today Bush and all his family are opposed to Trump.
So how can a war, supported by Bible prophecy preachers, supposedly to protect Israel bring in its aftermath so much slaughter and destruction to unprotected and defenseless Christians in Iraq? Bible prophecy preachers were irresponsible in their prophecies, but they were not kept accountable for their misinterpretation of the Scriptures.
In the 1970s, there was also widespread prophecies and many of them put America in a privileged position, and her political enemies were left with negative Bible roles. This pattern continues.
In a ChristianPost report of April 22, 2018, Christian author Joel Rosenberg talked about “Gog and Magog” by saying that this prophecy in Ezekiel was forewarning of Russia. He said that Russia will form an alliance with Turkey and attack Israel.
“The one-day, future evil leader of Russia is going to form an alliance with Iran, Turkey and some other hostile countries to come and surround and attack Israel in the last days,” he said, adding that these events could still be hundreds of years away. But his followers are taking it seriously here and now.
Rosenberg’s view is in his latest novel “The Kremlin Conspiracy,” which is a fiction.
Yet, if Rosenberg loves so much Bible prophecy, why does not he give attention to a significant Bible prophecy of David Wilkerson, who said that America is Babylon?
Regardless of interpretations of America’s and Russia’s future, Trump, who in 2016 wanted a partnership with Russia against Islamic terrorism, was a very good politician, even though Rosenberg saw him as “catastrophic.” And Putin is a very good politician in his example of fight against the gay agenda and against ISIS.
The inconvenient non-fictional context in the fictitious prophecy in Rosenberg’s novel is that Turkey has a real alliance — with the U.S. and NATO.
What is not fiction are the neocon biases in his views. For example, Rosenberg said, “Vladimir Putin is more dangerous to the United States and our way of life than radical Islam.” This is the exact view of neocons. In 2016 George Soros published an article titled “Putin is a bigger threat to Europe’s existence than ISIS.” While Soros is a neocon left-wing American-Jew, Rosenberg is a neocon Christian American-Jew. Different, but like-minded.
“The Kremlin Conspiracy,” as Rosenberg himself recognized in his book, had the pivotal assistance of Senator Lindsey Graham. Senator John McCain and Graham are the two leading anti-Russia neocons in the U.S. Congress. Saying anti-Russia neocon is a redundancy because all neocons are against Russia.
Graham, who incessantly wants war with Russia, was opposed to Trump in 2016 for his anti-neocon speeches. Graham and McCain were funded by Soros.
So Rosenberg’s novel is essentially neocon. It was published in 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers, a prominent evangelical publishing house. The neoconservative (neocon) ideology, with some theological adornment, is going mainstream among U.S. evangelicals.
Not only about Putin Rosenberg has negative “prophetic” feelings. He said in 2016 that Trump would be absolute catastrophe as president. Not different from neocons. In 2016, in the magazine Commentary, the neocon historian Max Boot wrote, somewhat hyperbolically, that Trump is “the No. 1 threat to American security” — bigger than the Islamic State or China.
So, in the neocon view, both Putin and Trump in 2016 were a threat bigger than ISIS!
In contrast, Franklin Graham, who is the son of the evangelist Billy Graham, said last year: “The media and enemies of President Trump have tried to drive a wedge between Russia and the United States. Our country needs Russia as an ally in the fight against Islamic terrorism. Join me in praying for President Trump and for President Vladimir Putin.”
Not only the media, labeled appropriately by Trump as FakeNews Media, but irresponsible Bible prophecy preachers have joined neocons to drive such wedge.
As soon as Trump abandoned his 2016 speeches of partnership with Russia against Islamic terrorism, neocons and Joel Rosenberg reversed course and stopped criticizing him. Now that Trump has continued the traditional neocon policy of partnership with Islam against Russia, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Rosenberg are satisfied.
Even though most Christian neocons are Catholic, there are some prominent Protestant neocons, including Hillary Clinton. Rosenberg is one of them too.
While Rosenberg uses his neocon feelings to interpret Bible prophecy, writing novels and fictions that are treated as reality and non-fiction, reality is reality. America, the largest Protestant nation in the world, treats Saudi Arabia as a friend, while the Saudi dictatorship persecutes Christians.
Turkey, another U.S. ally, has kept an American pastor imprisoned since October 2016 on accusations that he aided terror groups.
It is a huge affront for Turkey to imprison an evangelical minister of the nation that leads NATO, because the presence of Turkey in NATO was a privilege exclusively — and undeservedly — granted by the United States. Turkey is radically Islamic and its values are contrary, religiously and historically, to the Christians values of Europe and the United States. There is no justification whatsoever for Turkey to be a NATO member and a U.S. ally.
Yet, it is not only Turkey’s attack on an innocent pastor that proves that Turkey does not deserve to be an ally of Christian nations.
Last month, Erdogan said Israel is “a terror state” and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “a terrorist” over Israel’s defensive efforts against Palestinian terrorists. Turkey has funded and armed Hamas against Israel and, with Saudi Arabia, it has funded and armed Islamic terrorist groups, including ISIS, against the Syrian government. This is real terrorism. How can Islamic Turkey hypocritically accuse Israel of terrorism?
One of the largest modern genocides of Christians was committed by Turkey. About 100 years ago in Turkey, an estimated 1.5 million Armenian Christians in 66 towns and 2,500 villages were massacred; 2,350 churches and monasteries were looted, and 1,500 schools and colleges were destroyed. Nevertheless, to appease Turkey’s wrath, Trump has avoided to say that the Armenian Genocide was a genocide. Israel, which every year rightly remembers the Holocaust, has also avoided to recognize the Armenian Genocide, even though evangelical Christians have worked very hard to press nations to recognize the Holocaust. Both America and Israel do not recognize the Armenian Genocide because Turkish Muslims hate to hear about their crimes against Christians.
For these obvious reasons, Turkey poses concerns to Christians, who also look at historical facts regarding Turkey’s violence against Christians and Jews.
Hagia Sophia, the oldest and largest Christian cathedral in the world, was conquered by Muslims in 1453 in Constantinople, the Christian name of the current Islamic city of Istanbul, Turkey. A Christian civilization was destroyed by Islamic invaders who transformed the conquered Christian land — the land of the seven churches of Revelation — in Turkey.
Not only a traditional Christian land was conquered, but the land of Israel too.
From 1517 until 1917, Turkey — which was then the Ottoman Empire — conquered and owned the Promised Land. This is, during four centuries the land of Israel was under Islamic control. So when the Bible talks about Gog and Magog coming from North and conquering Israel, this was Turkey, which is on the North of Israel, and owned Israel for centuries.
In fact, Jewish and Christian scholars pointed to Turkey as Gog and Magog, as shown by evangelical author Joel Richardson:
Hippolytus of Rome (170–235), an early Christian theologian, in his Chronicon, connected Magog with the Galatians in Asia Minor, or modern-day Turkey.
Moses Ben Maimonides (aka Rambam) (1135–1204), the revered Jewish sage, in Hichot Terumot, identified Magog as being on the border of Syria and modern-day Turkey.
Nicholas of Lyra (1270–1349), a Hebrew scholar and renowned biblical exegete, believed that Gog was another title of the Antichrist. Lyra also affirmed that the religion of the “Turks,” a term used to refer to Muslims in general, was the religion of the Antichrist.
Martin Luther (1483–1546), understood Gog to be a reference to the Turks, whom God had sent as a scourge to chastise Christians.
Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618), in his History of the World, also placed Magog in Asia Minor, or modern-day Turkey.
John Wesley (1703–1755), in his Explanatory Notes on Ezekiel 38 and 39, identified the hordes of Gog and Magog with “the Antichristian forces” who would come from the region of modern day Turkey.
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), one of American history’s most renowned theologians, also viewed modern-day Turkey as the nation from which the coming Gog Magog invasion would come forth.
Neocons have their geopolitical reasons to treat Russia, not the Islamic dictatorships of Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as the enemy No. 1. But why has Joel Rosenberg chosen to interpret the Bible prophecies in a way that fits neocon geopolitics? Why has he received pivotal assistance from neocon Lindsey Graham to produce an anti-Russia book?
Why has the United States enlisted the real Gog and Magog — which treats an evangelical minister and Israel as “terrorists” and which killed 1.5 million Armenian Christians — as a NATO member and its ally? To come from North and conquer Israel again? To come from North and conquer Christians and treat them as “terrorists” again? To kill Christians, as in the Armenian Genocide and in Syria through Islamic terrorist groups?
Turkey has a prophetic profile that not only fits Gog and Magog, but also as a major threat to Christians and Israel in these last days.
My question is: Why are U.S. evangelicals letting Protestant neocons as Rosenberg guide them in the larger geopolitical and warmongering plan of non-Christian neocons?
All neocons, including Rosenberg, thought that in 2016 Trump would be catastrophic. Of course, he would be catastrophic: just to neocons and their warmongering ambitions and manipulated Bible prophecies.
America desperately needs a president catastrophic to neocons.
With information from WorldNetDaily.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

“Free Speech,” The Ultimate False Gospel in America


“Free Speech,” The Ultimate False Gospel in America

By Julio Severo
The gospel of “free speech” is the big actor in “Persecuted,” a conservative movie featuring John Luther, a televangelist who loves free speech, the Bible, the Gospel… and the rosary!
John Luther
In his most troubled times, Luther prays with the rosary in his hands.
The free-speech gospel culture has produced a hybrid Catholic-evangelical televangelist who defends in America a hybrid conservatism not centered on the Gospel, but on free speech. The movie reflects just the reality: For the sake of conservatism, evangelicals in the largest Protestant nation in the world are being Catholicized by placing an emphasis on moral issues and good works, not on the Gospel and the salvation that Jesus Christ offers freely by faith. Free speech and a conservatism of good works have taken precedence over the Gospel.
Even though the conservative unity, as proposed by the movie and abundantly shown in real life, is not “evangelicalizing” Catholics and not even producing hybrid Catholics, the reverse is happening. While Catholics are not losing their Catholic identity, U.S. evangelicals are losing theirs.
Eventually, the hybrid evangelical conservatism will expand to encompass not only conservative Catholics, but also conservative Mormons, conservative Muslims, etc. So evangelicals will forget their main mission and that souls, conservative and otherwise, are getting eternally lost.
“Persecuted” is a sad evidence of evangelical decadence because of “conservatism.” To watch the trailer, go here: https://youtu.be/vurFMz8bfNY

Pro-abortion feminist Dorri Olds said that “Persecuted” was “made up of mostly real-life conservatives.” Olds, who watched its premiere, adds that it “was pure religious right propaganda” and that it is a “A Movie For Christian Conservatives Only.”
She wrote about her talks with “Persecuted” actors and producers.
“Much of our culture is eroding,” actor and producer James R. Higgins told her. “There aren’t as many real Christians as there used to be.”
Olds asked, “What’s a real Christian?”
Higgins replied, “Somebody who will stand up for what he believes in and will not back down.” He praised the Luther character, saying, “Whenever people are willing to die for their cause, I think that is really special.” As recorded in TheBlot, Olds added, “Yeah, that’s it. Let’s all become suicide bombers!”
She also remarked, “When Higgins voiced how important it is to protect our right to freedom, I asked if he thought women should have the freedom to do what they want with their bodies. He said, ‘Oh boy, that’s a tough question. That’s what I call a social issue.’”
To defend freedom and free speech in a Christian society, as happened in the U.S. 200 years ago, produces freedom. In contrast, to defend freedom and free speech in a morally decaying nation today produces freedom for abortion, sodomy and other evils.
In Higgins’ definition, as written by Olds, even radical Muslims can be “real Christians.” But is such definition correct?
If feminist Olds had asked me, “What’s a real Christian?” I would have answered: “A real Christian is a man who knows and follows Jesus Christ. His passion is to preach the Gospel to every creature to give them an opportunity to know that Jesus can rescue and save their eternal souls from the eternal hell.”
Preach free speech to feminists like Olds, and they will use it for abortion. Preach the Gospel to them, and they can be delivered from their sins, including abortion activism.
To preach the real Gospel, regardless of free speech, produces freedom, here and forevermore.
The power of Jesus and his Gospel have never been dependent on free speech or left-wing and right-wing political movements.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Would Israel’s Prophets Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Israel?


Would Israel’s Prophets Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Israel?

By Julio Severo
Christians around the world celebrated the 70 years of independence of Israel on April 18, 2018, pointing not only Israel’s survival in the midst of hostile Muslim nations, but also its economic progress.
Yet, because they love so much Israel, Christians have ignored major issues that affect the spiritual and earthly survival of Jews.
If given the divine opportunity to be risen today, would the old Israel’s prophets celebrate modern Israel’s economic progress?
They had spiritual eyes and even when the old Israel was having earthly progress, they pointed that their sins would bring destruction.
They especially condemned idolatry, which involved child sacrifice and homosexuality.
These three sins are present in the modern Israel. There is an idolatry of materialistic ideologies that support abortion — which is child sacrifice — and homosexuality, which is “sacred” in the Israeli laws. In fact, Israel is a champion of these two sins in the Middle East.
The old prophets often cried out to Israel,
​​​​​​​​But your iniquities have made a separation ​​​​​​​between you and your God, ​​​​​​​and your sins have hidden his face from you ​​​​​​​so that he does not hear. ​​” (Isaiah 59:2 ESV)
“Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoil, without price, for all your sins, throughout all your territory.” (Jeremiah 15:13 ESV)
Why should Christians think that their message would be different today?
Often conservative Christians in the United States — the largest Protestant nation in the world — and Brazil — the largest Catholic nation in the world — condemn abortion and the homosexual agenda in their own governments and nations. They also condemn abortion and the homosexual agenda in other nations and in the United Nations. But they keep silent about the same sins in the Israeli government. They celebrate Israel constantly, regardless its sins.
If risen today, would the prophets do what Christians are doing? Would they celebrate? No. They would do today what they used to do in the old Israel: they would cry for Israel to repent from its sins. They would proclaim to today’s Jews that they need to accept the Messiah Jesus.
Many Christians seem to think, “How can I point the sins of abortion and homosexuality to Israel if there are greater concerns, especially that Israel is surrounded by Muslim enemies, who want to destroy it?”
Nothing has changed. When the old prophets prophesized against Israel’s sins, Israel was also surrounded by enemies who wanted to destroy it.
Economic and technologic progress is important, but without salvation in Jesus Christ, there is no real gain after all. And when abortion, homosexuality, socialism and other sins are advancing in Israel, is the God of the old prophets celebrating or crying? Is the God of Israel celebrating or crying?
Jesus came to Israel not only as a Jew, but especially as their Messiah. Yet, the Jews did not welcome him. The Bible says,
“He went to his own people, and his own people didn’t accept him.” (John 1:11 GWV)
Christians should behave as Apostle Paul, who was a Jew. He said:
“Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of the Jewish people is that they would be saved.” (Romans 10:1 GWV)
Christians should engage in constant prayer for Israel’s salvation in Jesus Christ.
Christians can celebrate when Israel prosper economically.
Christians can celebrate when Israel is able to defend itself from Muslim terrorists.
Christians can celebrate when Jerusalem is finally recognized as Israel’s capital.
Yet, Isaiah, Jeremiah and other old prophets would say:
We cannot celebrate the economic prosperity of Israel when abortion, homosexuality and other destructive sins are advancing in Israel.
We cannot celebrate the Israeli military strength to defend itself when we know that sins destroy the real defense of a nation. In fact, homosexuality destroyed Sodom, which was an old city that is in the land of Israel.
We cannot celebrate Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when this holy city celebrates homosexual parades every year and sheds the innocent blood of their children through legal abortion.
How could we celebrate when Israel is not saved? How could we celebrate when Israel does not know its Savior Jesus Christ?
Christians should cry and pray for Israel’s salvation, because the greatest celebration is salvation. Jesus said,
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10 ESV)
When Israel repents from its sins — including abortion and homosexuality — and accepts its Messiah, there will be joy and celebration in heaven and among true Christians on the earth.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

US Pastor Imprisoned, Accused of “Terrorism,” in Turkey


US Pastor Imprisoned, Accused of “Terrorism,” in Turkey

By Julio Severo
An American pastor is imprisoned in Turkey since October 2016 on accusations that he aided terror groups or spied against Turkey.
Andrew Craig Brunson
Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups” and “espionage.”
Brunson, who denies any wrongdoing, was arrested in 2016 for alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the Kurdish socialist party that has fought for independence from Turkey.
“We have seen no credible evidence that Mr. Brunson is guilty of a crime and are convinced that he is innocent,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
Brunson served as pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, a small Protestant congregation in Izmir, the old Bible city of Smyrna, and has lived in Turkey for 23 years.
President Donald Trump has asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Brunson’s release, but his request has not been answered.
Turkey’s accusation against the evangelical minister is nonsense. Even though terrorists are common in Islam, they are not common in Christianity, especially among evangelicals.
Erdogan should see this obvious difference and immediately release Brunson.
It is a huge affront for Turkey to imprison an evangelical minister of the nation that lead NATO, because the presence of Turkey in NATO was a privilege exclusively — and undeservedly — granted by the United States. Turkey is radically Islamic and its values are contrary, religiously and historically, to the Christians values of Europe and the United States. There is no justification whatsoever for Turkey to be a NATO member and a U.S. ally.
Yet, it is not only Turkey’s attack on an innocent pastor that proves that Turkey does not deserve to be an ally of Christian nations.
Last month, Erdogan said Israel is “a terror state” and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “a terrorist” over Israel’s defensive efforts against Palestinian terrorists. Turkey has funded and armed Hamas against Israel and, with Saudi Arabia, it has funded and armed Islamic terrorist groups, including ISIS, against the Syrian government. This is real terrorism. How can Islamic Turkey hypocritically accuse Israel of terrorism?
One of the largest modern genocides of Christians was committed by Turkey. About 100 years ago in Turkey, an estimated 1.5 million Armenian Christians in 66 towns and 2,500 villages were massacred; 2,350 churches and monasteries were looted, and 1,500 schools and colleges were destroyed. Nevertheless, to appease Turkey’s wrath, Trump has avoided to say that the Armenian Genocide was a genocide. Israel, which every year rightly remembers the Holocaust, has also avoided to recognize the Armenian Genocide, even though evangelical Christians have worked very hard to press nations to recognize the Holocaust. Both America and Israel do not recognize the Armenian Genocide because Turkish Muslims hate to hear about their crimes against Christians.
For these obvious reasons, Turkey poses concerns to Christians, who also look at historical facts regarding Turkey’s violence against Christians and Jews.
Hagia Sophia, the oldest and largest Christian cathedral in the world, was conquered by Muslims in 1453 in Constantinople, the Christian name of the current Islamic city of Istanbul, Turkey. A Christian civilization was destroyed by Islamic invaders who transformed the conquered Christian land — the land of the seven churches of Revelation — in Turkey.
Not only a traditional Christian land was conquered, but the land of Israel too.
From 1517 until 1917, Turkey — which was then the Ottoman Empire — conquered and owned the Promised Land. This is, during four centuries the land of Israel was under Islamic control. So when the Bible talks about Gog and Magog coming from North and conquering Israel, this was Turkey, which is on the North of Israel, and owned Israel for centuries.
In fact, Jewish and Christian scholars pointed to Turkey as Gog and Magog, as shown by evangelical author Joel Richardson:
Hippolytus of Rome (170–235), an early Christian theologian, in his Chronicon, connected Magog with the Galatians in Asia Minor, or modern-day Turkey.
Moses Ben Maimonides (aka Rambam) (1135–1204), the revered Jewish sage, in Hichot Terumot, identified Magog as being on the border of Syria and modern-day Turkey.
Nicholas of Lyra (1270–1349), a Hebrew scholar and renowned biblical exegete, believed that Gog was another title of the Antichrist. Lyra also affirmed that the religion of the “Turks,” a term used to refer to Muslims in general, was the religion of the Antichrist.
Martin Luther (1483–1546), understood Gog to be a reference to the Turks, whom God had sent as a scourge to chastise Christians.
Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618), in his History of the World, also placed Magog in Asia Minor, or modern-day Turkey.
John Wesley (1703–1755), in his Explanatory Notes on Ezekiel 38 and 39, identified the hordes of Gog and Magog with “the Antichristian forces” who would come from the region of modern day Turkey.
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), one of American history’s most renowned theologians, also viewed modern-day Turkey as the nation from which the coming Gog Magog invasion would come forth.
Why has the United States enlisted Gog and Magog — which treats an evangelical minister and Israel as “terrorists” and which killed 1.5 million Armenian Christians — as a NATO member and its ally? To come from North and conquer Israel again? To come from North and conquer Christians and treat them as “terrorists” again? To kill Christians, as in the Armenian Genocide and in Syria through Islamic terrorist groups?
Turkey has a prophetic profile that not only fits Gog and Magog, but also as a major threat to Christians and Israel in these last days.
With information from the Associated Press, WorldNetDaily, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post.
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