US Withdrawal Continues to Reverberate in the Middle East

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Jewish Press: The biggest winner of the American pullout is Turkey, who will inherit a clear path for an attack on its eternal nemesis, the Kurds.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday no country would be able to stop Turkey after the US withdrawal from Syria, from eradicating the presence of the YPG/PKK. The FM cleverly merged two Kurdish groups, YPG – the People’s Protection Units, which fight on the coalition side in Syria, with the PKK – Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which operates mainly in Turkey and has been known to use acts of terrorism against the regime.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told an assembly of the Turkey Youth Foundation in Istanbul that “The Jews in Israel kick people laying on the ground. In fact, Jews don’t kick men but also women and children when they fall on the ground,” warning that “we will confront these people if they have courage to deal with us and we’ll teach them a lesson.” more …

Opinion: And that is the man with whom our president made a deal? While a war of words between Netanyahu and Erdogan is under way, it will be important to keep an eye on the Kurds.

The Kurds are an indo-European people, who are the descendants of the Medes, who descended from Madei, the third son of Noah. The Kurds joined with the Persians to overthrow Babylon in the 6th century BC.

Daniel 5:1-30 gives us the account of Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a great feast and in his drunken state committed a grievous offense against God:

Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.”

That very night the handwriting appeared on the wall and Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians under King Darius, a Mede.

There are between 25 and 35 million Kurds that inhabit a mountainous region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. They make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never obtained a permanent nation state.

Kurds form a distinctive community, united through identity, culture and language, even though they have no standard dialect. They also adhere to a number of different religions and creeds, although the majority are Sunni Muslims.

In fact, the Kurds find Arabs to be their enemy, not Jews, and there is no one more Arab than Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who considers the Kurds the same way Israelis consider Hezbollah: a deadly enemy.

The Kurds have been the best fighting force against ISIS and with the US president’s withdrawal announcement, they are threatening to release over 3200 ISIS prisoners.

There are two prophecies in view with the president’s announcement.

  1. Psalm 83:8 calls for the Assyrians (Syria/northern Iraq), modern day Kurds, to join the alliance against Israel despite their current peaceful coexistence.

On December 17 (here) Russia gave Damascus the authority to retaliate against Israeli attacks in Syria, and Kurds make up approx. 7% (1 million) of the 17 million people of Damascus.

2. Perhaps the Kurdish change of heart will lie in the prophesied destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17:1, 14).  The great prophet wrote that Damascus would become undone as a city. That in one evening, there would be terror, and by morning the city would cease to exist.

In the three wars (Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38, Daniel 11:40-45) prophesied to take us to the end of the age and the return of Jesus Christ, there is no mention of a nation resembling the US as a principal player.

See Bible prophecy 101 for the 4 power blocs of the final war of Armageddon here.