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Third, from the context of Daniel 8 and 11, he is most likely to arise from Turkey. The reason is that both these chapters speak of Antichrist arising in the territory ruled by one of the 4 Generals who gained control over the Grecian Empire when it was divided up on the death of Alexander the Great. Daniel 11 traces the activities of the King of the North and the King of the South in this precise context from the death of Alexander right through until the Millennial reign of Christ. The first King of the South was General Ptolemy who gained control over Egypt and the surrounding lands. The successive kings of the south in Daniel 11 are those who had control of Egypt and its adjoining lands starting with the Ptolemaic Dynasty up until the battle of Armageddon. Interestingly, Daniel 11:25, 29 and 40 mention that Egypt and Antichrist clash militarily three times during the Tribulation after the Covenant is signed. The final time in verse 40 is the run-up to the Battle of Armageddon.
It is in this context that Daniel 11 specifically calls the Antichrist the King of the North. The general who controlled the northern sector of the old Grecian Empire after the breakup was General Seleucus and his Empire became known as the Seleucid Empire (see map below).
Originally, the Seleucid Empire held lands from what is now Turkey across to and including what is now Iran. However, the Parthians subsequently conquered the eastern territories and left the Seleucid Empire with a heartland consisting of Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Daniel 8 and 11 therefore indicate that the Antichrist, the king of the north, probably arises from Turkey, as Syria will shortly be destroyed as outlined in Isaiah 17 and Iraq is a country without the military strength or political will to fulfill Antichrist’s program in Daniel 11.
It may be objected that many believe that Antichrist comes as a European leader since the European Union is known as the Treaty of Rome and Revelation mentions that Babylon the Great is a city built on 7 hills, like Rome. What is not generally known is that the major trading city in Turkey is modern-day Istanbul, which used to be the old Constantinople, and that, too, was built on 7 hills like Rome. Indeed, Constantinople was the old Eastern capital of the Roman Empire. Today it is a center of commerce and trade. It is also true that the ocean cuts the city in two so that shipmasters could stand off in their vessels and watch the smoke of her destruction go up (Revelation 18:17-19). That cannot be done for Rome which is well inland. It is also true that Istanbul/Constantinople “sits on many waters” since it guards the entrance from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and from there the Dardanelles (controlled by Turkey) guard the entrance into the Aegean Sea and on from there into the Mediterranean.
It is commonly assumed from a cursory reading of Daniel 9:26 that the Antichrist will be a Roman or at least a European. Let's look at the verse.
But that is not what it says. It says "the PEOPLE of the [coming Antichrist] will destroy the city." Titus was indeed the Roman commander of the legions which destroyed Jerusalem. But the PEOPLE comprising those legions (who Titus commanded) were NOT ethnic Romans. A closer look at Daniel 9:26 reveals that it says the Antichrist will be of the same ethnic group as the people who did the destroying of the city and sanctuary. We know Titus commanded 10th, 12th, 15th, and a fraction of the 5th Legions on this occasion. The ethnicity of the peoples making up those legions has been documented as follows:
In other words, the PEOPLE who destroyed city were from Turkey & Syria, the old Seleucid stronghold. According to Daniel 9:26, this is the ethnic group Antichrist comes from - NOT Europe or Rome. This is in complete agreement with Daniel 8 and 11.
There is also a direct link with Babylon which is important since Antichrist’s seat is called Babylon the Great in Revelation 17:5. Following the fall of ancient Babylon to the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:31), the Emperor Cyrus tolerated all religions. Eventually, however, the Babylonian priests tried to set up their own king. Their base was destroyed by the Persian Xerxes and they were banished from Babylonia and, indeed, the whole kingdom about 485 BC.
That is why the Church at Pergamos is told that they "dwell where Satan's throne is" and "where Satan dwells" (Rev. 2:13). So effectively, the Satanically inspired Babylonian system was transferred to Turkey. Therefore, Babylon the Great need not be in the location of Old Babylon but rather near the newer location in Turkey. So for these reasons, Turkey looks increasingly likely to be the country from which Antichrist emerges.
Reinforcing these conclusions, it should be noted that Turkey has the largest standing army in the Mid-East and the second largest in NATO next to the United States. Just recently, the Turkish Army has come under the control of the Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan after being independent since the founding of the Turkish nation. In addition, Mr. Erdogan has recently announced he will double the size of the Turkish Army to 1 million men.
Turkey is also the backbone of the newly revived Mediterranean Union, an event which occurred in 2 March 2011 as a response to the so-called “Arab Spring.” This Union, first launched in Paphos, Cyprus on 17-18 January 2008, though with subsequent problems, now contains 10 members along the eastern Mediterranean and North African coasts. It comprises Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, The Palestinian Authority, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. It is important to note that, though Libya is shown to be part of the Union on the map below, it only has observer status, and is not an official member. It is in this context that the political party in power in Turkey, whose head is Mr. Erdogan, also has as one of its branches the Muslim Brotherhood. This body has been responsible for destabilizing a number of countries in the Mid-East with the so-called “Arab Spring”.
We have already noted Dan. 11:29-31, where Antichrist begins to move against Egypt again. But this time it is different from the first occasion. On this second encounter, we are told that "Ships from Cyprus will come against him ... and he will be enraged ...and forces will be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary, and take away the daily sacrifice and place the Abomination of Desolation." - Why should Grecian ships from Cyprus so offend Antichrist & link with setting up the Abomination in Israel?
The reason is that Cyprus is a divided island. - Half belongs to Greece and so is a member of EU. The other half belongs to Turkey, but UN does not recognize Turkish claims. So the dispute is ongoing even though the situation been largely quiet for some time.
If Grecian ships from Cyprus offend him, it indicates the Antichrist is from Turkish side in the dispute. The setting up of the Abomination of Desolation in Jerusalem marks the end of the first 3 & 1/2 years of the 7-year Covenant. But how can the Cyprus dispute cause Antichrist to place Abomination of Desolation in Israel? What is the link between the two? We are just beginning to see. Reports have indicated that the Greek Cypriots have found gas and oil in the ocean in the Cyprus Economic Zone. Israel has been asked to supply expertise and other assistance to develop these deposits. Israel has agreed and has been promised some of the gas and oil as a result. This has angered Turkey extremely since she has claimed some of the Zone as hers. However, Turkey does not have international backing for her claims. The developing scenario has been reported from several sources.
In the article, "Turkey’s foreign policy is in shambles" is the information:
In a Reuters news of September 6, 2011, the following was in an article by Pinar Aydinli:
Greek Cypriot and Israeli Exclusive Economic Zones:
The numbers in the Mediterranean above show the various lots in the Cyprus economic exclusion zone. Lot 12 is where gas and oil have been found. The red section is the Israeli economic exclusion zone, which is very close to it. This is why Cyprus is seeking cooperation with Israel to develop and pipe the gas and oil found in its zones.
The following is from the DEBKAfile of October 2, 2011:
Turkish warships harass Israeli freighters. Israeli missile boats off Cyprus
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