Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Brief History of the English Bible

Jason Dulle\

Inherent in Jesus' command to go into all nations, making disciples of all people, and teaching them to observe all that He said (Matthew 28:19-20) is the necessity of translating His words into the world's different languages. The inspired New Testament is evidence of this need because most of Jesus' words and teachings were spoken in Aramaic, but were translated into Greek by the apostles and other disciples who penned the New Testament Scriptures. Even as early as the second century the Scriptures were translated into Coptic for the Egyptians, Syriac for those who spoke Aramaic, Gothic for the Germans, and Latin for the Romans.

There is a long history of the English versions of the Bible. The English speakers were first introduced to the Scriptures when the Latin Vulgate was brought to England in the sixth century by a monk named Caedman. He translated parts of the Old and New Testaments of the Vulgate into English. Later a churchman by the name of Bede translated the four gospels into English. He was working on the Gospel of John on his deathbed. King Alfred the Great translated the ten commandments and the Psalms into English in his lifetime. All of these partial translations were based upon the Latin Vulgate, and not upon the original languages of the Bible (Hebrew and Greek).
Wycliffe was the first to translate the entire Latin Vulgate into English. He completed the New Testament (NT) around 1380 and the Old Testament (OT) in 1382. One of Wycliffe's associates, John Purvey, produced a revision of his translation in 1388. In less than a century, Purvey's revision replaced Wycliffe's translation.

Although English speaking peoples had a complete English Bible, it was inadequate in that it was based off of a translation of the Biblical languages and not the languages themselves. William Tyndale was the first to translate the entire Bible into English from the original languages. Tyndale studied Hebrew and Greek at Oxford University in England, thus he was well equipped and well qualified for the task. Since England still had strong ties with the Catholic Church, King Henry VIII of England would not support Tyndale's work. As a result, Tyndale moved to Germany. His translation of the New Testament was completed in 1525. Fifteen thousand copies of it were smuggled into England. Tyndale also translated the Pentateuch, Jonah, and other historical books. In 1535 he completed his revisions of the NT, but he could not complete his translation of the OT because He was imprisoned for his work. While in prison, an associate of his named Miles Coverdale finished translating the OT. The complete translation compiled by Coverdale was complete by 1537. By this time King Henry VIII had broken all ties with the Roman Catholic Church and was ready to receive an English translation of the Bible for the common people to have in their possession.
Although King Henry allowed Tyndale's Bible to be read in England, it was not the first to be authorized for public use. The translation to be authorized first was the Great Bibletranslated by Thomas Matthew, a pseudonym for John Rogers. Rogers used Tyndale's unpublished translations and parts of Coverdale's translations for the Great Bible. This version continued to be used until the king banned all English versions from being read by the common people in 1543.

After a few years great persecution broke out against Protestants by Mary, who wanted to restore Catholicism to England. As a result, many Protestants fled to Geneva for refuge. While there, they chose William Whittingham to make an English translation for them. Whittingham used Theodore Beza's Latin translation and consulted some Greek texts for the work. The resulting translation was called the Geneva Bible. Although it was popular among the common English people, it was not popular among leaders in the Church of England because of its Calvinistic notes. It is understandable that Calvin's teachings would be inserted into the notes of the Bible since John Calvin taught out of Geneva. The leaders in the Church of England revised the Geneva Bible by 1568 and renamed it the Bishops' Bible. This version was the Bible of England until superseded by the King James Version completed in 1611.

The King James Version came about upon the ascension of James VI of Scotland to the throne of England as James I. He was asked by a Puritan leader, John Reynolds, to authorize a new translation of the Bible. King James agreed to authorize a new version because the Bishops' Bible was not successful and the Geneva Bible was considered to be seditious. More than fifty scholars trained in Hebrew and Greek began work on this new translation in 1607. They adhered to the reading of the Bishops' Bible so long as it adhered to the original languages, and also consulted Tyndale's, Coverdale's, and Roger's versions. Even the Great Bible and Geneva Bible were used if their renderings of the original languages proved to be accurate.

The translators of the King James Version used the Masoretic text of the Hebrew for the translation of the OT, and Erasmus' Greek text called the Textus Receptus for the translation of the NT. Erasmus only used five or six manuscripts dating from between the tenth and thirteenth centuries for his text.
Unfortunately, at the time of the translation of the King James Version there was not nearly as much knowledge of Hebrew grammar and meanings of words as was to come over the next couple of centuries. This, along with the late date of the Greek texts used in the Textus Receptus, occasioned the desire among Christians to produce an improved translation of the Hebrew text, and establish a more accurate Greek text.

Around 1700 John Mill produced an improved Textus Receptus. In the 1730's Johannes Albert Bengel (father of modern textual criticism) published a text that deviated from the Textus Receptus altogether. His Greek text was based almost exclusively on earlier manuscripts such as the Codex Vaticanus and the Codex Sinaiticus. By the 1800's, certain scholars were completely abandoning the Textus Receptus. They were publishing their own Greek texts. The best came from two Englanders named Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort. They worked twenty-eight years to produce The New Testament in the Original Greek. This text, based primarily upon the Codex Vaticanus, was responsible for officially overthrowing the acceptance of the Textus Receptus as the most reliable Greek text.

By the latter half of the 19th century Christians had three good Greek texts: Tragelle's, Tischendorf's, and Westcott and Hort's. Because there was so much more knowledge concerning the original languages after the writing of the King James Version, a new translation was deemed necessary. There were a few attempts made for new translations, but most failed. The first major effort began in 1870 by the Convocation of Canterbury which sponsored a major revision of the King James Version. Their goal was to make the KJV reflect the new Greek texts instead of the Textus Receptus. Thousands of changes were made to the NT alone, so that the end result was a new translation, not just a revision. This revision, completed in 1885, was called the Revised Version. At first the translation was received with great enthusiasm. Three million copies were sold in the first year of publication, but in the end the people still preferred the KJV over the RV.

Several American scholars were invited to participate in the translating of the RV, but they were made to promise not to make an American translation for another fourteen years. To this the Americans agreed. Sixteen years later America did write their own translation. In 1901 some of the same scholars who helped translate the English RV also published the first American English Bible called the American Standard Version.

When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered there were some major discrepancies between them and the Masoretic text, upon which most translations of the OT were based. These findings resulted in departing from the Masoretic text as the standard Hebrew text in favor of today's standard, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. The current NT translations are based off of the new standard Greek text called the Nestle-Aland text.

At the start of the twentieth century there was a desire to depart from Elizabethan English. The first translation in modern vernacular was called The Twentieth Century New Testament. A year later Richard Weymouth published The New Testament in Modern Speech. James Moffat, a Scottish scholar, published a translation in 1913 based off of Hermann von Soden's Greek New Testament, which all scholars know today is defective. It was called The New Testament: A New Translation.
The earliest American translation in modern speech was Edgar J. Goodspeed's, The New Testament: An American Translation. The OT translation soon followed, translated by J. M. Powis and three other scholars to form The Complete Bible: An American Translation. Both testaments were completed by 1935.

Since the RV and ASV tried to translate every occurrence of the Greek and Hebrew words using a single English word regardless of the context, a new translation was desired. The Revised Standard Version was the result. The entire Bible was published in 1952. It was based off of the seventeenth edition of the Nestle-Aland text and the Masoretic text.

The Living Bible was written by Kenneth Taylor and promoted by Billy Graham. The Bible was written in segments, being published in its entirety in 1971. The LB is a paraphrase version. It is not based off of the original languages, but is a paraphrase of the ASV.
The Revised Standard Version and the New American Standard Bible are both revisions of the ASV of 1901. The NASB was published in its entirety in 1971. This translation tends to follow the Textus Receptus rather than the minority text of the Nestle-Aland.

The New International Version is an international translation made by more than 100 scholars. It's considered an international version because the scholars who translated the NIV were from the major English-speaking countries: the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The translators sought to use vernacular common to the major English-speaking nations of the world.


There are countless other more modern translations that could be discussed, but they are too numerous for the scope of this paper. Although new English translations are still being printed, the modern trend is to revise already existing versions.
The Bible has been translated into English now for about 1500 years. The versions are numerous, and the differences between them vary. Throughout this time the versions have become more accurate and more abundant in production. The English Bible has been the best-selling book for years. Because of the English Bible, we can observe all things that Jesus commanded His disciples. Thanks be given to God that we have His Word given to us in our native tongue!

Friday, November 25, 2016

End Time Revival... Grants Pass, Oregon

End Time Revival... Grants Pass, Oregon 2013

He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.  Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.” Daniel 12:9-10                                        Antichrist? The Beast 666? The Coming Armageddon?  The Tribulation?
So many voices and interpretations...What does scripture say? Is it happening now?
Hosted by: Pastor Mike Lewis, Friends Of Christ Fellowship  (541)-244-8425
With: International Evangelist Steven Masone, Eleventh Hour Ministries               
When: March 27-28-29-30-31 2013, 6:30pm nightly  Sat &  Sun 5:30pm
Where: 1205 Rogue River Highway Grants Pass, Oregon 97526

Salvation! Healing!

        Jesus Christ,

         The same yesterday,                    

                today...and forever!

2006-2007 Crusades

"Brother Steven Masone is used mightily by God in Healing, Word of Knowledge/Wisdom and Prophesy. At one meeting he called out three people who had hepatitis C, prayed for them and Prophesied that they were all healed in the Name of Jesus, and their Doctors confirmed it! He teaches and leads Saints in outreach and scores of visitors came where The Holy Ghost filled 9-12 and many added to our Church even though we were in a Building project and just a few went out in outreach. . The Power of the Holy Ghost confirming the Word of these End-Time truths through his ministry will bless your Church."
Pastor James Rabe, The Hope Center, Eugene Oregon, (541) 729-9167     (541) 729-9167    


"Powerful moves of the Holy Ghost with casting out of demons, broken legs healed and 20-30 people a week for over 6 week revival filled with the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues, deaf ears and blind eyes healed reported out of the mouths of many witnesses.. Pastor Masone's Ministry is the real deal!"
Bishop Edward Stevens,  Pentecostal Churches LJC,USA (650) 235-1193

"I have been involved with Rev.Steve Masone in several Eleventh Hour Crusades, God's anointing was evidenced... salvation, miracles and deliverance! Over sixty veterans saved and receiving the Holy Ghost and baptized in U.S. VA Hospital, Gospel missions, Salvation Army facilities and Jails and some just off the streets. Many vets who suffered from Alcohol, Drugs and Porn addictions were delivered and returned back to their families. As a previous Alcohol, Chemical, Treatment minister, I can say that Pastor Steven Masone's Ministry teaches and preaches a "program" into Revival meetings! Your Church will have revival!" Rev. Adrian Lenhart              (907) 575-7804 

                                                              Paris,   France Revivals
2009 - 2014

  Paris, France Revival ..Powerful moves of Holy Ghost, Devils cast out, many filled with Holy Ghost... Deliverance  in the Name of JESUS! Signs following confirming the Word...concerning these End Times. 
"Not by Might not by Power, but by my Spirit saith The Lord!"

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Marriage Supper Of The Lamb Is Near

There are many parables that are prophetic to the hour we are in. One that is being revealed for this hour is Jesus Stills the Storm
22 "Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him." Luke 8
Jesus falling "Asleep" refers to his absence until his Second Coming. Of course "The Storm" refers to these "End Times!" Now, immediatly following we see Jesus casting the demons into the herd of swine (Which points to Antichrist enemies of Christ)
Demons Cast into Pigs
26 "And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 29(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) 30And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
32And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 33Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked." (Lake of Fire)
The final picture we see here in Luke 8 is Jesus healing and resurrecting his Bride.
Notice the woman and the daughter of the Synagogue ruler, have the number twelve upon them. 12 is the number of God's divine government...the Church!
40 "And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. 41And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
43And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
49While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 51And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done." We also see here, a picture of Jesus resurrecting the dead in Christ as the rapture takes place to the next event scripture reveals...the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb, where "he commanded to give her (Bride) meat.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Last Revival!

by Steven Masone

"Made herself ready" A repented Church who finally obeys 2 Chronicles 7:14 is biblical! Yes, few there be that enter therein, but the Church is not "The Holy Nation" and "Royal Priesthood" because of great numbers...but because of The Blood of Jesus Christ, The Great God! And when She obeys 2 Chronicles 7:14, Then we will see Ezekiel 47 fulfilled; 8 "Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country (Holy Nation,Church), and go down into the desert (Highways and byways) , and go into the sea: (Preaching Gospel Into all the world and then the end shall come) which being brought forth into the sea, the waters (People) shall be healed. 9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish,(Saved souls) because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. 10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers (Fishers of Men/Saints) shall stand upon it from Engedi (W. shore of the Dead Sea/ representing from the west to the east) even unto Eneglaim;(east shore) they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.(Remember, no fish can currently live in Dead Sea a type of the unbelieving world) 11 But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. 12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." This represents the End-time Revival that has numerous types and shadows proclaiming it's coming is as sure as the second coming of Christ! "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." -Jesus- Matthew 24:14'

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Hope Center... Reaching Out

Westside Apostolic Hope Center, a non-profit organization, would like to
 ask anyone who would like to donate sturdy paper plates, plastic forks, plastic spoons, plastic bowls, paper coffee cups, and paper
napkins...please bring them boxed up to 1161 Grant Street, Eugene, 97402.

 You can deliver them Mon-Thurs from 9am - 10am. We feed Veterans and homeless people every Friday from 9am - Noon and it would be such a blessing to have people donate to this community service. All donations are tax-deductable.

We thank you so much for helping with such a wonderful service, that we provide for our Vets and homeless, in our community. God bless! 

Call (541) 729-9167    or (541-287-1497

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Tree Of Good And Evil?

by steven masone

Gen 2:17 "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

A tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Obviously we can reason that all the other trees were good! But this one tree was good and evil. Was the fruit really "Knowledge?" But Eve saw that it was good for food. (lust of the flesh) pleasant to
the eyes (lust of the eyes) to be desired to make one wise. (pride of life)

3:6 "And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food , and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise , she took of the fruit thereof , and did eat , and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."

Adam and Eve were made in the image of God. They were good.
The fruit/knowledge did not make them gods. They admitted such as they confessed "the serpent beguiled me" The evil corrupted their created likeness of God. God is light. Their light/image was dimmed and darkened. Their good was no longer God's good. Had the tree been a Well, God would have said; drink from all the water in the garden, but do not drink from the Well of the Knowledge of good and evil. After they drank... same ending...their light from God darkened!

"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth."

If good is cold water to drink and evil is hot water to those that thirst, then lukewarm water is good and evil. But the Lukewarm are deceived that their temperature is good! Their knowledge is darkened as is their wisdom and discernment. A tree that bears no good fruit is hewn down.

"Every tree that doesn't produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. " Matthew 7:19

So another metaphor for the tree that will cause you to die (spiritually), is the TREE OF LUKEWARMNESS!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Recep Erdogan Follows Hitler Type Of Antichrist

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.― George Santayana, Philosopher

by Ozan Verol
On February 27, 1933, a fire broke out in the Reichstag building, which housed the German Parliament in Berlin.  Although the fire’s origins remain shrouded in mystery, the Nazi Party blamed the attack on communists plotting to overthrow the German government.  Making an appearance at the scene of the fire, Chancellor Adolf Hitler was surprisingly jubilant: “You are now witnessing the beginning of a great epoch in German history,” he continued, “This fire is the beginning.”  
Following Hitler’s lead, the German Cabinet swiftly declared a state of emergency. President Paul von Hindenburg was convinced to issue the now-infamous Reichstag Fire Decree, which suspended almost all civil liberties in Germany.  SS and SA agents immediately began a widespread cleansing of all opponents of the Nazi cause, extending well beyond the communists blamed for the arson.  Using the state of emergency as a pretext, the Nazis began to consolidate control and establish a one-party dictatorship in Germany with Hitler at the helm.
Undoubtedly, there are real differences between the Reichstag fire and last Friday’s coup attempt in Turkey.  Although historians disagree, the Reichstag fire may have been a masterfully executed hoax, but the Turkish coup attempt will rank among the most incompetent in history, with the plotters severely miscalculating the monumental effort required to topple a stable government. And despite speculations to the contrary, there is no credible evidence that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan staged the Turkish coup attempt.  
Despite significant differences, some unsettling resemblances also exist between the two events.  The Turkish government, like its historical German counterpart, has seized the event as an opportunity to conduct widespread purges of political dissidents and consolidate power.   Following the coup, President Erdoğan immediately vowed revenge against the coup plotters and warned that they would pay “a heavy price for their treason.”  He specifically pointed the finger at Fetullah Gülen, an influential Islamist preacher living in self-exile in Pennsylvania with a loyal following in Turkey.  An alliance of convenience between Gülen and Erdoğan broke down in recent years, as Erdoğan blamed Gülen’s followers within the police and the military for a sweeping corruption investigation against Erdoğan and members of his Cabinet in 2013.  A clash of ideologies soon turned personal, locking the two men in an endless vendetta.   
President Erdoğan, apparently a firm believer in the adage that a good scandal should never go to waste, authorized an immediate crackdown against so-called Gülenists.  The numbers are dizzying.  In less than a week after the coup attempt, the government detained 6,823 soldiers, 2,777 judges and prosecutors (including two judges on the Turkish Constitutional Court), and dozens of governors.  To top it off, 49,321 civil servants were removed from their positions, and the teaching licenses of 21,000 private school teachers were terminated. Nearly 1,600 university deans were asked to resign, and academics at Turkish universities were required to return home and refrain from traveling abroad.  The replacement of these individuals with government loyalists will provide President Erdoğan direct control over numerous institutions.
 The massive scale of the purge extends well beyond those who might have had connections to the coup plotters.  It strains the imagination to suppose that tens of thousands of individuals from different walks of life secretly planned and executed a coup attempt.  Under the facade of rooting out coup plotters, a colossal witch hunt has been authorized against President Erdoğan’s opponents.  
This witch hunt began well before the Cabinet’s issuance of a state of emergency on Thursday.  The Parliament, controlled by the Justice and Development Party co-founded by President Erdoğan, approved the Cabinet’s decision on Thursday afternoon by a vote of 346 to 115.  The state of emergency is currently scheduled to last for three months, but it can be extended by the Parliament.
A coup attempt against an elected government undoubtedly poses a serious emergency for the democratic order and must be condemned in the strong terms.  But the Cabinet issued the state of emergency after the emergency that prompted this extreme measure had been extinguished.  The coup attempt was put down swiftly and decisively.  With nearly 10,000 detained, and over 50,000 fired or suspended, one is left wondering what emergency remains.  Any suspected coup plotters that somehow managed to escape this week’s sledge hammer can be rooted out and arrested using the same pre-emergency measures.  In a Freudian moment that harkened back to the Reichstag fire, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ insisted that the state of emergency was necessary to “put out the fire.”
The breadth of the state of emergency is nothing short of sweeping.  It allows the Cabinet to rule the country by decrees that are immune from constitutional review.  Although the decrees are subject to parliamentary override, this power will remain unused by a Parliament firmly at President Erdoğan’s beck and call.  Under emergency legislation triggered by the Cabinet’s declaration, the Turkish government also has the authority to impose curfews, curtail constitutional rights with impunity, prohibit demonstrations, censor publications, and conduct searches and seizures without warrants.
Robert Jackson, who served as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and chief U.S. prosecutor during the Nuremberg trials, was well aware of the dangers posed by emergency powers. In a famous case that invalidated President Harry Truman’s war-time seizure of domestic steel mills, Justice Jackson penned one of the most influential Supreme Court opinions in history.  He argued that the executive’s invocation of the emergency power must be carefully scrutinized, despite President Truman’s insistence that the seizure of the mills was essential to supply the Korean War effort.  Emergency powers, Jackson feared, “would tend to kindle emergencies,” allowing the executive to manufacture or exaggerate social and economic crises to expand his own powers and threaten the democratic order.
These fears may have found a home in Erdoğan’s Turkey.  And there is no Justice Jackson to stand in Erdoğan’s way.  Having curtailed all checks and balances against his powers, Erdoğan will further consolidate control, promote with new vigor his agenda to create a presidency with sweeping executive powers, and authorize additional crackdowns to keep his opposition at bay.  
For Turks, things are bound to get much worse before they get better―if they ever do.

The Case For Turkey's Recep Erdogan As Antichrist

by Rev. Steven Masone
Many are looking at Recep Erdogan as the Antichrist. The following is an amalgamation of several who absolutely believe he is. As there have many many "Types" he may or may not be. the following will have it's proponents and detractors. Personally I never 'paint myself into a corner.'  I will not name the writers whom I have extrapolated views from as their soteriology  is not biblical. S.M.

 "Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has been claiming to be like God!
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Turkish President Erdogan has also announced his plans to form of a new Islamic Union led by Turkey. Erdogan has made his desire to reestablish the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire very clear. Erdogan has also vowed that he will remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. These are all things that the bible tells us that the Antichrist will do.

The Antichrist will do many other things. So will Erdogan. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is the Antichrist. Here is why, and here is why the Antichrist will destroy Damascus and then invade Israel!
First the Antichrist is called the Assyrian (Isaiah 10 and elsewhere) because he will do the same things that the Assyrian kings did! The Assyrian Kings led two separate invasions into Israel. First they invaded Syria plus northern Israel in 734 BC. Second they invaded southern Israel in 701 BC.
You would probably say that Isaiah 17 is about the future destruction of Damascus, and you would be right. But Isaiah 17 is foremost about the conquest of the country of Syria in 734 BC by you know who: The Assyrian King Tiglath-pileser! This is a model for the future destruction of Damascus."

The verses below describe the second Assyrian invasion of Israel. They also describe the future invasion of Israel by the Antichrist. Guess what? He (they) is bragging about his previous conquest of Syria!

Isaiah 10:7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. 8 For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings? 9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus? 10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; 11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?
Assyrian King Sennacherib is speaking here. So is the future invader of Israel. He is recalling previous victories over Syria and northern Israel.
Is Magog the Antichrist? And Erdogan Magog? Ezekiel 38:2-3 calls Magog the “chief prince” amongst his brothers. The Hebrew words mean “primary governor”. Magog’s brothers settled Turkey and were set over provinces. Most bible prophecy teachers place them there. Magog was also set over a province in Turkey. He was the most prominent prince amongst his brothers. So the end time Magog is the “primary governor” of Turkey.

Eze 38:1-3 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
To learn more about the identity of Magog please read my commentary The Princes of Turkey
According to Ezekiel 38 & 39 Magog leads two end time invasions into Israel. Ezekiel 38 describes a Turkish led battle joined by Iran, Libya, and Sudan. Ezekiel 39 obviously describes the battle of Armageddon. So if Magog leads the battle described in Ezekiel 39, and the Antichrist leads the battle of Armageddon then Magog is the Antichrist. Let’s not forget that these two invasions are modeled after the Assyrian invasions. The first started with an invasion into Syria followed by an invasion into northern Israel. The second Assyrian invasion was into southern Israel. What’s the point of knowing that the Antichrist is called the Assyrian if we are just going to forget? The antichrist will invade Syria plus northern Israel then come back latter to invade southern Israel. These are the battles of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

The Antichrist is also called a “prince” and “a little horn”. Magog is called the “chief prince”. If a big horn is a King, then a little horn is a prince! A Prime Minister is a “chief prince”! Now Turkish President Erdogan was Prime Minister of Turkey from 2002 to December 2014!
Third Libya, Iran, and Sudan are all fighting in Syria today! This is a list of the nations that the Prime Minister of Turkey will lead in an invasion into Israel according to Ezekiel 38:5!
Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

Erdogan will invade Syria, destroy Damascus, and then lead these armies in an Invasion into Israel. It will not go well. Some kind of peace plan will be put in place with Israel. Erdogan will break the treaty in the midst of its term.
The Turkish government has announced its intention to build a mega-mosque in Istanbul that will have the tallest minarets in the world and can “be seen from every corner of the Bosphorus.” This is a reflection of its grand vision of dominance.
Erdogan was rated as the second most influential Muslim leader of 2012, only behind Saudi King Abdullah. Despite his reputation as a “moderate,” Erdogan has said that Hamas is a “resistance” group, not a terrorist group. He has won the admiration of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who said, “Turkey’s support for the people of Syria and Palestine is unforgettable. My brother Erdogan, thank goodness God gave you so much. And you deserve it. You are also a leader in the Muslim world.”
The Turkish government isn’t “moderate” and trying to position itself to help bring peace in the Middle East. Instead, its top officials are promoting the themes against Israel’s right to exist that sustain the conflict.
Erdogan recently said that “Islamophobia” and Zionism are crimes against humanity on par with fascism and anti-Semitism. He also called Israel a “terrorist state” during the latest round of fighting with Hamas. This rhetoric isn’t as inflammatory as Iran’s pledges to wipe Israel off the map, but the point is the same. A “terrorist state” should not exist, nor does a philosophy that is equivalent to fascism.
The Turkish government has adopted the Muslim Brotherhood doctrine of “gradualism.” As the ruling AKP party is strengthened, it has more room to implement its Islamist agenda.

The increased Islamization of Turkey corresponds with increased discrimination against Christians and Jews and hostility to the U.S. and Israel. The Turkish Association of Protestant Christians complains of a “root of intolerance” resulting in anti-Christian discrimination.Since the AKP has taken power, the number of mosques has grown from 76,000 to 93,000, while not a single public school has been added. In the first seven years of its rule, the number of honor killings in Turkey increased by 14 times. In 2009, its rate of honor killings was five times that of Pakistan.
A 2009 poll found that 55% of Turks do not want non-Muslims to have positions in justice or security. About 44% don’t want to be treated by Christian or Jewish doctors. About 57% are against having atheists as neighbors, while 42% feel that way about Jews and 35% about Christians. Interestingly, 54% don’t want “Shariah supporters” as their neighbors, which may be a reference to Salafists.
Nonetheless, the statistics and aforementioned facts show that the Turkish government is transitioning the country from a secular identity to an Islamist one. And Turkey is increasingly looking to export its ideology, whether it is in Syria through rebel forces or the U.S. through the Fethullah Gulen network and outreach to Native American tribes."
From ENDTIME TRUTH:   The political success of Erdogan is alarming. One of the best advantages the West enjoys in the ideological war is that Islamists usually lose much of their support once they gain power. The most recent entry in this pattern is the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. On the other hand, the popularity of the AKP and Erdogan has increased in Turkey since they came into power.
Israel may stand strong against Iran, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, but it caved to Turkey. The apology and the West’s reluctance to confront Turkey sends the signal that Erdogan is the leader of the region.
 It must be considered that satan will use deception to 

camouflage the real anti-type. But this guy Erdogan is 

starting to fit the prophesies. His name "recep 

erdogan" has a gematria value of 666

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has 18 letters 6+6+6=18.