“Suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground.” (Daniel 8:5, NIV)
My favorite candidate for the first prominent horn of the goat, besides grabbing more power within his nation, for the past month or so has been talking publicly about Turkey deserving more territory. The Third Signpost, led by the horn on the goat, is all about grabbing huge amounts of territory – practically most of the Middle East. And remember, the four-headed leopard was then given authority to rule.
It seems like Erdoğan can’t wait.
In late September, Erdoğan said that Turkey got the raw end of the deal with the Treaty of Lausanne and that the Dodecanese Islands were wrongly given to Greece. These islands include among others, Rhodes and Patmos.
In mid-October the ambitious Erdoğan then stated that Western Thrace, Cyprus, and Crimea cannot be ignored, because there are Turk kinsmen in those lands. While Crimea and Cyprus are likely known by many of you, Western Thrace is the easternmost part of Greece that borders Turkey on land.
Now, in the last day or so, Erdoğan spoke about getting Mosul and Aleppo back. He said that just as refugees had to recently flee those cities, he referred to the Turks who fled those cities when the Treaty of Lausanne came into force. Both Syria and Iraq were provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
Like Hitler’s Reichstag fire, Erdoğan had his “coup” in July. With all this talk of territory, perhaps Erdoğan will reoccupy the demilitarized border area with Bulgaria (which was set by the Lausanne Treaty) like Hitler occupied the demilitarized Rhine region? Perhaps Erdoğan might seize some of the territory he has been talking about like Hitler seized Austria? We might see some more parallels in the near future.
Fortunately for Erdoğan he won’t have to initiate the Third Signpost Blitzkrieg all on his own – Iran will give him the perfect excuse in the Second Signpost. Daniel 8 tells us so. How long will he have to wait? Literally, God only knows.
We can be reasonably sure of the major signs to watch for in seeing the parade of world events prior to Christ’s return. As always, how they unfold, will be very interesting.