TURKEY - Greece Warned on Aegean Islands

Arno Froese

Turkey says Greece has been building a military presence in violation of treaties that guarantee the unarmed status of the Aegean islands. It argues the islands were ceded to Greece on the condition they remained demilitarized.

“We invite Greece to stop arming the islands that have non-military status and to act in accordance with international agreements,“ Erdogan said on the final day of military exercises taking place near Izmir, on Turkey’s Aegean coast. “I’m not joking, I’m speaking seriously. This nation is determined.”

Erdogan made the rare move of tweeting in Greek and English.

Greek government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou commented that Erdogan’s choice of Greek was “notable.”

“Greek is known as the language of reason, freedom and justice,” he said. “The tactics Turkey has chosen do not fall under any of these categories.”

“It is clear to everyone that our country has upgraded its geostrategic and geopolitical footprint as well as its deterrent capacity to be able at any time to defend its national sovereignty and sovereign rights,” he said. 

-apnews.com, 9 June 2022

Arno's Commentary

These international arguments are nothing new. Actually, they are being debated on a daily basis the world over. When it comes to territory, all claim “national sovereignty” and “national rights.” Yet the question remains, who is right and who is wrong? 

What does the Bible say? “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel” (Deuteronomy 32:8). Does this mean that all borders of the more than 200 sovereign nations on planet earth, are set somehow in relationship to the number of Israelites? Commentaries differ widely. One translation actually reads, “according to the number of angels.” Gill’s Exposition emphasizes, “‘He set the bounds of the people’; or nations, the seven nations of the land of Canaan; he pitched upon and fixed the land they should inherit, and settled the bounds of it, how far it should reach, east, west, north and south.”

What we know for certain is that God the Creator is in charge of planet earth, despite the fact that rulership is given to the god of this world. Why? Because of sin. For that reason, no country can claim to be God’s country or God’s chosen. There is only one, and that is Israel; all others are subject to the dictates of the spirit of Antichrist. Incidentally, that includes Israel, but not in the end.

Turkey is referred to in the Bible as Asia. Furthermore, in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, the seven churches are all located in Turkey. Yet they are no longer in existence. The CIA Factbook states that Turkey’s religion is 99% Muslim. Turkey is a longstanding member of NATO, which entitles it to a preferential position. Turkey represents the door to Asia and Africa.

We also note that on 14 April 1987, Turkey applied for full membership in the European Economic Community (EEC), which later became the EU. (To this date, they have not been approved, mainly because of economic instability.) So, we may ask, what is Turkey’s future, and for that matter, Greece’s as well? The answer is very simple; it is not limited to these two nations, but encompasses the entire world. Second Peter 3:12 states: “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” But there is more; for believers, verse 13 documents: “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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