This article about Erdoğan came up in the last couple days. It talks about how Erdoğan thinks the government of Nazi Germany was an excellent example of what a presidential system could be, where the presidency is given sweeping powers. I didn’t think much of it because we all know Erdoğan has Islamist and authoritarian leanings. Also, the chance of Turkey’s government becoming as dictatorial as that of Nazi Germany seems remote, though it may drift more towards authoritarian.
A reader, though, thankfully commented on this story in connection with Erdoğan as the first horn on the goat. It got me thinking. It is the Second Signpost with Iran’s invasion of the Middle East that will trigger Turkey’s joining Egypt and Syria, and will trigger Turkey’s push to invade much of the Middle East including Iran proper. So why couldn’t it also trigger a major change in Turkey’s government with a major power grab by Erdoğan? After all, history is pockmarked with men in leadership positions, craving more power, and taking advantage of emergency situations. Hitler was one of them. Why not Erdoğan?
Though I didn’t really mention it in past posts or in my book, I had always assumed that the regime of Iran during the Second Signpost was going to be brutal. As written about in this post, it would be like Islamic State and the Revolution of 1979 all rolled up into one, all over the Middle East. And after all, it is symbolized as a bear running back and forth gorging on flesh.
And likewise, I had always assumed the regime of the Fourth Signpost, ruled by the man who will be the up and coming Antichrist to be like Islamic State on steroids. It is symbolized as the terrible fourth beast, trampling and crushing as pure Islam has always done.
But I assumed that the Sunni Confederacy might have a more benevolent government. In Daniel 8, the nation becomes “very great.” It might try to undo the damage done to the oil fields and get product out to the world. After all, how could it become “very great” without income from exports? Its population and economy would qualify it to be a G8 nation. Looking at the G8 nations, they seem to be a group of very civilized and perhaps “kinder” nations – the USA, Canada, Britain, France, Japan. But then there is China and its communist party government responsible for things like Tiananmen Square. So being a G8 nation does not qualify a nation to be “kinder” automatically.
No, with Erdoğan’s statement, I am afraid that the Sunni Confederacy will have some form of brutality on par with Iran in the Second Signpost and the Antichrist’s growing Empire in the Fourth Signpost. And why not? With the Sunni Confederacy’s predecessor and successor empires both being brutal, why would the Sunni Confederacy be any different? The Sunni Confederacy is also represented in Daniel 7 as a beast, and it will be Islamic so maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise.
What might we see? Might the Sunni Confederacy put people of other nations to work on the farms like slaves to stave off famine, or rounding up Jews, Christians and Shia Muslims in places like the United Arab Emirates where they are relatively safe now?
Lastly, we may yet hear ringing out over and over during the Third Signpost (assisted here with my lack of knowledge of Turkish), Selam Zafer, Selam Erdoğan! (Hail victory, Hail Erdoğan!)
Categories: Signpost #3: Four Nations