Sitting in the temple of God
Erdogan just sat in the Hagia Sophia exalting himself above the Christian God
By Craig C. White
On Friday July 24, 2020 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan led Islamic prayers in the Hagia Sofia Cathedral. There are several things wrong with this; mainly that the Bible says that the Antichrist will be revealed by sitting in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Last Friday Erdogan sat in the Hagia Sophia exalting himself above the Christian God.
The Hagia Sophia Cathedral was built in the 6th century as the patriarchal Cathedral of Greek Orthodox Christianity. In 1453 the Hagia Sophia has converted into a mosque under the Ottoman Empire. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire the Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum under Kemel Ataturk in 1934. On Friday Turkey held opening prayers in the Hagia Sophia officially turning it back into a mosque.
Turkish President Erdogan led the first Islamic prayers in the newly converted Cathedral. There is something wrong with this. Only an Imam is allowed to lead Islamic prayers. Erdogan is not an Imam. The Turks are ascribing Holy status to their President. In the height of arrogance Erdogan said “Now this place has returned to its original form,”. This statement is not at all true but from Erdogan’s perspective the world began with the Ottoman Empire. Please notice that Erdogan dedicated the Hagia Sophia to the Ottoman Empire and not to Islam. The Bible says that the Antichrist will honor the God of conquest and will not necessarily honor the God of his fathers. There is a distinction to be made here.
Daniel 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
After President Erdogan opened by reading from the Quran, Turkey’s top Imam Ali Erbas climbed up into the pulpit while holding an Ottoman sword and said “The longing of our nation that had become a deep wound is over,”. The Bible identifies the world empire that will oppress Israel during the Tribulation as having a wounded head and then it’s head was healed. Could it be that Imam Ali Erbas understands the scripture better than most Christians?
Revelation 13:1-3 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
The Hagia Sophia Cathedral was converted into a mosque during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. The conversion of the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque indicates the return of the Ottoman Empire.
2Thessalonians tells us that two events must happen before the Tribulation begins. They are the falling of Satan from heaven to earth and the revealing of the Antichrist as he sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.
2Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Turkish President Erdogan just sat in the Hagia Sophia exalting himself above the Christian God. Erdogan has already fulfilled several other Bible prophecies that identify him as being the Antichrist.
According to 2Thessalonians 2:3 we should expect Satan to be cast out of heaven before the Antichrist sits in the temple of God. The Bible describes Satan’s fall as a bright light and also as having a tail. We should expect to see a bright light falling to earth as Satan is cast from heaven. Strangely enough the world also saw one of the brightest comets ever streak across the sky at the same time that Turkish President Erdogan was sitting in the Hagia Sophia thumbing his nose at the Christian God. God has feelings and comets have tails.
I can’t deny the similarities of Friday’s events as compared to 2Thessalonians 2:3. I am unsettled wondering if we may have just witnessed the official revealing of the Antichrist.