October 13, 2020

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says that Jerusalem has been a Turkish city for thousands of years

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JD: Tayyip Erdogan is making a statement that Jerusalem has been the city for the Turks for thousands of years. I don't think history would confirm that, what are your thoughts?

DD: Well Jimmy it's the strongest statement that he's ever made about Israel and Jerusalem and basically threatening to retake Jerusalem. I'm going to quote what he told the Parliament during this week, he said, "Jerusalem is ours, Jerusalem is from us. In this city that we had to leave in tears during the first World War it is still possible to come across traces of the Ottoman resistance." So of course he's talking about retaking Jerusalem basically there, that it's ours. Well it was from 1516 until 1917 it was exclusively under Ottoman control but that just a few centuries. It's been under other Arab control and Muslim control over the centuries. And of course the Ottoman Empire followed the Christian Byzantine Empire that was there earlier and of course the Jewish state which is back and in control of Jerusalem. 

So it is not Turkey's. It was only briefly Turkey's and the Israeli's are not going to let it revert to Erdogan's control if they can in anyway prevent that. But in a sense Jimmy it was an indirect declaration of war. Of course coming on all the other trouble we now have new Turkish claims in Cyprus made this week. We have been fueling the up flared war between Armenia and Azerbaijan very much supporting Azerbaijan in that conflict. So it's a mess but he wants badly to take back that Ottoman Empire and bring it back. The whole region has to be up in arms about that literally because he's got a major military force he can play with and doing that in Libya as well. So trouble in the region for sure.

JD: David Dolan with the details on the claim by Turkish President Erdogan that Jerusalem is a Turkish city and has been so for thousands of years.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

First of all the claim by Erdogan is historically incorrect and is a statement from ignorance. Secondly, the claim is Biblically incorrect as well. God gave Jerusalem to the Jewish people forever, that's II Samuel 7. In fact God chose Jerusalem to dwell among His people forever as well, that's Psalm 132:13 & 14. And let me remind you it is the eternal capital for the kingdom of Jesus Christ, Zechariah 6:13.