For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant. (Daniel 11:30 ESV)
I was reading an article drafted by our often watched elder statemen of Europe, Former NATO SG, Former EU High Representative, plus at least 50 other very impressive titles and awards (although no Nobel Prize, he’d better get right on that one).
Anyway the article:
I have long struggled with the reference to “ships of Kittim” in the book of Daniel. I had done my homework on Cyprus (the concensus modern Kittim) and until today hadn’t really thought about what could be so important about that little Mediterranean island that it could have ships that would be a threat to the AC and his regime. Anyway, reading Dr. Solana’s article made it all click for me.
There are many in the EU that want Turkey in the EU – and that always struck me as an insidious thing. It strikes me as a rapid way to increase the Islamization of Europe, get them in open the borders and have a free flow of Muslim Turks to every corner of Europe. My guess is there are
many some in Europe who DON’T want Turkey in – likely Germany where it seems culturally they don’t like Turks, (Edited – I should not generalize based on my experience with a couple Germans who were bigotted against Turks, thank you Farmer) definitely Cyprus (who’s existence I don’t think Turkey recognizes) and Greece – who built a very long fence to keep Turks out of their country. We all know Greece isn’t likely to have much influence in Europe right now, having their hat in their hand figuratively, so I kind of count them out of this bit of politics. Germany is tied up with everyone looking to them to lead everyone out of the eurozone crisis- so they have their hands full politically. It’s left to Cyprus- who has large oil and gas fields within its maritime borders (that it shares with Israel by the way) to fight for its life.
I don’t think that Turkey is in any hurry to get in the EU – I think it will be quite the opposite, that the EU will have to pursue Turkey to try to get her to join. Ultimately, I think they will fail and Turkey will end up aligning itself with Russia and Iran – who they seem to be getting cozier with nearly every day. I honestly don’t think Turkey will last through the end of the year in NATO – especially if there are attacks on Syria, and Israel does anything with Iran that can be linked back to US or European military assistance (German made nuclear-capable subs anyone?).
This is where the ships from Kittim come in. What might it take to try to lure Turkey to join – major concessions on oil and gas rights in the Mediterranean perhaps? I’m guessing that won’t sit well with many others in the region – and I could see someone putting their navy their to express their displeasure (plus it’s also convenient to put ships there to project power along the western mediterranean shores when hostilities break out. There is a harbor on Cyprus that American ships frequent, and the British have a permanent “sovereign” base there. So there it is- a reasonable “ships form Kittim” scenario. It may not be complete yet – but I think it’s amazing how so many events that seemed preposterous just a few years ago are becoming more and more natural progressions out of what we see happening in the news today.