Apparently Erdogan means at the very least the recapture of all the lands once held by the Ottoman Empire. That’s not just Greece, as in the article title below. That’s also Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Algeria, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and more. How seriously this can be taken is anybody’s guess, but it shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.
Erdogan is already moving against the Kurds in Syria, explicitly calling the action a “jihad” and invoking the Ottoman era repeatedly. more …
Opinion: Once the forces of Islam conquer a land or territory, it is to remain under Islamic dominion forever (‘for generations’); and it is a mortal affront to the supremacy of Islam when those conquered territories revert to previous – infidel – ownership.
Bat Ye’or (Hebrew: בת יאור ), the pen name of Gisèle Littman, an author on the history of religious minorities in the Muslim world and modern European politics, writes this:
“The jihad is a global conception that divides the peoples of the world into two irreconcilable camps: that of the dar al-Harb, the “Territory of War,” which covers those regions controlled by the infidels; and the dar al-Islam, “the Territory of Islam,” the Muslim homeland where Islamic law reigns. The jihad is the normal and permanent state of war between the Muslims and the dar al-Harb, a war that can only end with the final domination over unbelievers and the absolute supremacy of Islam throughout the world.”
Erdogan is the ultimate Turkish Muslim. Like Saddam Hussein before him who saw himself as a reincarnation of king Nebuchadnezzar, Erdogan sees himself as a man among gods.
Erdogan has dreams of reclaiming “the Territory of Islam” with himself as Sultan.
But God has other plans for Turkey. After He intervenes in the war of Gog and Magog, the Turkish army will be smashed (Ezekiel 38:18-21) and Erdogan’s dream of a revived caliphate will end.