PRAYER ALERT: Why is NATO member Turkey reluctant to join the US-led coalition against ISIS? Why has Turkey made it difficult for its Kurds to join the struggle against ISIS in the border town of Kobani? Regional sources say that Turkey is actually helping the ISIS caliphate to take shape in order to turn it into a Turkish-led Sunni caliphate. They say Turkey wants to recreate the caliphate of the 1299-1923 Ottoman Empire, which was centered in present-day Turkey.
And they have evidence. President of Turkey Recep Erdogan apparently referred to reestablishing the Ottoman Empire in September 2012. “We are walking in our conqueror ancestors’ footsteps, starting from Sultan Alp Arslan reaching to Fatih Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror.” Both sultans were Ottoman emperors who enlarged a Sunni caliphate with new territories, as ISIS is presently doing.
Turkey’s President Erdogan is now sending nearly a billion dollars to ISIS for black-market oil. Most of it comes from ISIS-occupied territories in Iraq and Syria. He is allowing Saudi Arabia to channel funds through Turkey to ISIS. Erdogan is a personal friend of ISIS’ “funding father”, Saudi businessman Yassin al-Qadi. Al Qadi himself is closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent organization of many terrorist groups in the world. In fact ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was once a high-ranking MB member.
This presents a conflict. ISIS backer Saudi Arabia sees the Muslim Brotherhood as a destabilizing force in the Muslim world. It rightly calls the MB a terrorist organization. Turkey’s Erdogan has strongly supported the MB, even more so since the MB fell from power in Egypt last year. Egypt’s new government claims it has evidence of many links between the MB and ISIS.
What if, in agreeing to fully support ISIS, the MB and Saudi Arabia overcome their differences? What if a powerful Sunni bloc arises uniting Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the smaller Middle East nations, and the growing ISIS-occupied territories in Syria and Iraq? It would be positioned to establish a Sunni caliphate under shariah law.
This Sunni caliphate would seek to conquer Shiite Iran to the east, and Israel and Sunni-majority Egypt to the west. It would use the MB, ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram the Taliban, and other Sunni terrorist groups as vanguards. It would seek to expand into Africa and eastern Asia, where there are already many Sunni-majority states. It would seek to subjugate Europe, where many jihadi groups are planning the overthrow of secular governments. It would seek domination of the US, the Americas, and the entire world. That is the express intent of the Quran. It is the devil’s plan. We must seek God’s plan instead.
PRAY WITH US: Father God, You have had a world plan from the beginning of this world You have created. You planned for Your people to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with Your Kingdom. The gospel of Your kingdom is to be preached to every nation. But the devil has a plan too. He wants to replace King Jesus with a Sunni caliphate and Your Word with the Quran. He wants to replace the truth that sets people free with lies that enslave them. He wants to replace Your law of love with a reign of terror under the false god Allah.
The world has seen that terror grow worse with the atrocities committed by ISIS. Muslim nations are joining forces with it to impose it on the world. They are uniting against You and Your Anointed One. They are imagining a vain thing. You sit in heaven and laugh. You announce that You will terrorize them with Your wrath. Break their agreements. Shatter their alliances. Cause their plans to destroy and conquer to fall to the ground. Show them that they trust in a false god who will destroy them instead. Show them that Jesus alone is worthy of their devotion. No one compares with Him. He is the Son of God. Show them that through Him they too can be sons of the living God instead of slaves of a deception.
As You do, shake the Western world out of its naive tolerance of jihadist Islam. The beheaded journalists have already put the mass media on the alert. Keep sounding the alarm. Raise up alliances that will stand firm against Islam. That will stand firm for religious liberty. That will protect the persecuted Christians and people groups who are specifically targeted by Muslim terrorism. The gospel of Your Kingdom will be preached freely to all nations, and then the end will come. The nations will be Christ’s inheritance. The ends of
the earth will be His possession. We will rejoice, for we see Him coming! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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