God never leaves us guessing about facts he wants known. He makes his will and his plan abundantly clear to anyone who will search the Bible. The problem is that so few people actually search it. God has designed into the Bible a system of prophetic filtering so precise, that one can be absolutely certain of what God is saying.
For example, in the Jewish Tanakh (Christian Old Testament) God had his prophets write hundreds of different prophecies of Israel’s Messiah so that anyone paying attention would be certain beyond any doubt who the Messiah was when he arrived. Many people could have fulfilled one of these prophecies, some could have even fulfilled two. But try to find someone other than Jesus of Nazareth who fulfills 8-10 of these specific prophecies, and you are facing a statistical impossibility. Try to find someone other than Jesus who fulfills hundreds of these specific prophecies, and… well, you get the point.
God does not merely hint at the identification of important people and geography. He lets us know beyond all doubt. With that in mind, let’s see the layers of prophetic filtering God designed into the Bible to rule out all nations, but one, as the base for the Antichrist.
Hidden in plain sight in the book of Revelation is a quote whereby Jesus himself alerts us to the region that will serve as base for the Antichrist.
“To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live — where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city —where Satan lives.” ~ Revelation 2:12-13
Jesus tells us that Satan lives, and has his throne, in Pergamum. Where is Pergamum? Pergamum is in Turkey.
As I went to find the exact location of Pergamum in Turkey, I was astonished to find that all seven churches mentioned by Jesus in Revelation are in modern-day Turkey: Ephesus, Thyatira, Philadelphia, Laodicea, Smyrna, Sardis, and Pergamum.
Hostility toward Israel
The Antichrist will be demonically hostile toward Israel, and will strive to destroy her. Therefore, we should expect to see Turkey doing some hostile posturing toward Israel. Do we? Absolutely. After the re-establishment of Israel in 1948, Turkey was the first Muslim nation in the world to recognize Israel. Turkey and Israel then enjoyed six decades as allies– but those days are over! Recep Erdogan, the Islamist president of Turkey, has turned his nation 180° against Israel. Turkey, Israel’s former good friend, is now one of her worst enemies. This is no surprise. The Bible mentions a confederation of nations that will attack Israel in the end times. When we take a map showing some of the attackers in this battle, and we overlay it with a modern map, guess which modern-day nation is clearly identified. You guessed it, Turkey!
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army — your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia [Iran], Cush [northern Sudan] and Put [Libya & north Africa] will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops — the many nations with you… In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate.” ~ Ezekiel 38:1-8′”
Denial of the Son
I realize how popular it is to call the Roman Catholic Church the system of the Antichrist, and to say that the Antichrist will come from Rome. However, the Bible lays out in painstaking detail the character attributes of the Antichrist’s empire. Only one religious/political system on earth fits every single criterion perfectly, and it’s not the Catholic Church. Again, we go to God’s system of prophetic filtering. Did God insert any language into the Bible allowing us to exclude a Catholic as the Antichrist? Absolutely!
Such a man is the antichrist — he denies the Father and the Son. ~ 1 John 2:22
To this day, the Catholic Mass begins and ends with the priest and congregation blessing themselves, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The Antichrist will not be Catholic.
Now, is there a religious/political system in the world that does deny the Son? Absolutely! And does this religious/political system just happen to match every single other attribute of the Antichrist? Absolutely!
Denying that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is a primary tenet of Islam.
They say, ‘God has begotten a son.’ God forbid! Self-sufficient is He. His is all that the heavens and the earth contain. Surely for this you have no sanction. Would you say of God what you know not? – Quran 10:68
Those who say: ‘The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,’ preach a monstrous falsehood, at which the very heavens might crack, the earth break asunder, and the mountains crumble to dust. That they should ascribe a son to the Merciful, when it does not become the Lord of Mercy to beget one! – Quran 19:88
Never has God begotten a son, nor is there any other god besides Him. Were this otherwise, each god would govern his own creation, each holding himself above the other. Exalted be God above their falsehoods! – Quran 23:91
Is Islam the dominant religion in Turkey? Absolutely!
Refusal to Confess Sin
I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. ~ Psalm 38:18.
A crucial characteristic distinguishing the forces of the Antichrist is the complete refusal to confess sin and accept responsibility for evil. For example, many Western pastors still teach that the Antichrist will come from Europe. Well, there’s a fascinating anti-parallel between Europe’s 20th century holocaust of God’s chosen people, the Jews, and Turkey’s 20th century holocaust of Christians. The anti-parallel is that Europe has admitted its holocaust and has expressed remorse for killing 6 million Jews. Turkey, on the other hand, refuses to even acknowledge its holocaust of over a million Armenian Christians, much less express remorse for it.
The forces of the Antichrist are not troubled by their sin, and will never admit to wrongdoing. Does this describe Turkey? Absolutely! (Many thanks and much credit to Walid Shoebat for bringing this teaching to America! He is used mightily of God indeed.)
In Germany, it is illegal to deny the Jewish holocaust.
In Turkey, it is illegal to admit the Armenian holocaust.
The Bible is always proven true.
The key to understanding the geopolitical prophecies in the Bible is realizing that the Bible is a Middle Eastern book, not a Western book. I learned this from Walid Shoebat, when he visited the church I attended at the time, and gave a speech. Once we understand the Middle-Eastern-centric nature of the Bible, we can read the Bible for what it says, not for what Western Bible teachers have twisted and contorted it to say. When we understand the Middle-Eastern-centric nature of the Bible, we need not allegorize or ignore geographic locations mentioned in the Bible. We can take them at face value. God says what he means.
Studying the Bible from a Middle Eastern perspective, we see perfect matches between what is happening in those geographies today, and what God prophetically said would be happening in those geographies today. Study the Bible through a Middle Eastern lens, not a Western lens, and the Bible will come alive to you like never before. You will be awestruck by God’s power and sovereignty. Fear the Lord indeed.
In the “Links” section of this website, there is a brief description for each link. These descriptions appear if you place your pointer on the link and wait a second before clicking. Here is the description for Walid Shoebat.
“Walid Shoebat may be America’s most highly gifted Bible teacher. He is a fearless disciple of Jesus Christ, and has one of the most sharply discerning minds in America. Born in Bethlehem, he is a former Muslim terrorist turned Christian.”
Finally, 1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us to “test all things.” The Bible is the final authority, not the word of Bible teachers (including me or anyone I recommend). I invite you to apply this principle to the popular revived Roman Empire paradigm of eschatology, and then apply it to the not-so-popular revived Islamic Ottoman Turkish Empire paradigm of eschatology. You will find that the Bible forcefully and repeatedly warns us that the Antichrist’s end-times empire will rise from Turkey, not Rome. American Christianity is slowly but surely waking up to this fact, and I thank God that he sent Walid Shoebat to be our alarm clock.