In the eyes of secularists, the Europe-facing, Western-dressing, cocktail-toasting modern nation-state is being replaced by a religiously conservative one, headscarf by headscarf.
Now, after the recent failed coup attempt by the military, Erdogan has unleashed his agenda full-force, accelerating his purge of dissidents and shutting down 130 media outlets (see here.)
The increasingly authoritarian regime has purged the media, universities, schools, the police, judiciary and military of potential opponents since the failed coup attempt
And now Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency (see here.)
There is the increasingly likely possibility that Erdogan himself sparked the coup as a sort of Reichstag fire. Sustaining this theory is the sheer incompetence (see here) of the coup plotters, as well as the fact that Erdogan apparently had lists of thousands to detain compiled ahead of time (see here). His reference to the coup plot as a "gift from God" feeds the conspiracy further. So too does the fact that Erdogan's supporters were armed and ready to go immediately after his televised call to take to the streets. There is little spontaneity in Turkish politics. For example, after Erdogan went off on Shimon Peres in Davos in 2009 (see here), thousands greeted him at the airport waving Palestinian flags, the metro hours having been mysteriously extended for that day only (see here). Even in a city as bustling and cosmopolitan as Istanbul, it would challenging to find thousands of Palestinian flags at 3 a.m.
The messianic-Jewish web site Natzarim Hatorah espouses the theory of a Muslim Antichrist and offers the following observations:
- The beheading of innocents by the end time beast is happening today with Islam.
- The beast that suffers the deadly wound was the Ottoman Empire(Turkey) and that beast is on the rise as prophesied as it would be, Turkey will once again be the Caliphate of Islamic power here in the near future.
- The beast would come from Arabia, Mecca is in Arabia.
- The beast will worship a stone from heaven. Islam worships the black meteorite in Mecca.
- Arabia will be the harlot that rides the beast with cup full of wine(oil) that controls the world.
- Persia(Iran) will turn on Arabia and destroy it because of Arabia's luxurious lifestyle while not sharing with the others of her faith. (Many Islamic Nations have complained about this already and wants to know why they are not getting what was promised to them. Why is Saudi Arabia not sharing with them.)
- The end time beast wants one government. Islam wants to be the only government.
- The end time beast wants only one law. Islam wants Sharia as the only law.
- The end time beast only wants one language. Islam wants Arabic as the only world language.
- The end time beast wants only one religion. Islam wants to be the only religion.
- The end time beast wants to rule the world. Islam wants to rule the world.
- The end time beast attacks the strongest of fortresses. Islam has attacked the strongest nations such as America, Britain, Canada, and so forth. Does not say that the beast defeats them, only attacks them.
- The end time beast has it's power in Pergamos, where the seat of Satan is. The seat of Satan and Pergamos is in Turkey the Seat of power for the Ottoman Empire and future Islamic Caliphate.
“I understand that I’m going to be viewed as a fringe, apocalyptic Christian,” said Richardson. “But I fully own the idea that the Antichrist will be a Muslim and will come out of the Muslim world.”
Time will tell.
It is interesting and worth noting that the Scripture speaks of all nations coming against Israel at the end of the age (Zech 12:3; 14:2; Matt 24:9; Rev 20:8; etc.). Assuming an Islamic Antichrist, this means that any nation that aligns itself with the Islamic world (i.e., as much of Europe already has done and the United States seems to be now doing), ally themselves against God.