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Syrian Foreign Ministry says Damascus demands ‘immediate & unconditional’ pullout of Turkish troops from northwest Syria

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Syrian Foreign Ministry says Damascus demands ‘immediate & unconditional’ pullout of Turkish troops from northwest Syria

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Turkish soldiers stand near armoured vehicles during a demonstration in support of the Turkish army’s Idlib operation near the Turkey-Syria border near Reyhanli, Hatay, on October 10, 2017

Syria demands an immediate pullout of Turkish troops, whose deployment to Idlib province amounts to “flagrant aggression,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said as quoted by SANA.

“The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the incursion of Turkish military units in the Idlib Province, which constitutes to blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and flagrant violation of international law,” an official source in the foreign ministry told Sana news agency.

“The Syrian Arab Republic demands an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Turkish troops from the Syrian territory,” the source stated.

According to the foreign ministry representative, the move by Ankara was an “aggression” which “the Turkish regime can’t justify in any way.”

The source also dismissed Turkey’s attempts to link the move to the implementation of the Astana agreements on the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria.

The incursion was, in fact, a “departure” from the deal, reached by Russia, Turkey, and Iran in the Kazakh capital, he said.

On Thursday, Turkey deployed a convoy of around 30 military vehicles into Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province.

Turkish military forces are tasked with monitoring one of four de-escalations zones, created in the country under the agreement between Moscow, Ankara, and Tehran, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

However, Erdogan stressed that Turkey was implementing its “own game plan, step by step” in Syria, adding that “we are not bounded by just resistance or defense.”

Comment: See also: Turkish special forces, dozen armored vehicles begin setting up observation posts in Syria’s Idlib

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Erdogan: Turkish forces have independent ‘game plan’ in Idlib, Syria

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Turkish Armed Forces at Syrian border in Reyhanli, Hatay Province, Turkey

Turkish military forces have been deployed to Syria’s Idlib province to monitor one of four de-escalations zones in the war-torn country,President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He emphasized however that they are “not bounded by just resistance or defense.”

“We implement our own game plan, step by step… We are not bounded by just resistance or defense,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, stressing that due to a shared border with Syria, Turkey is facing a variety of dangers.

“Turkey shares a border with Idlib. Thus, we should take our own measures,” Erdogan told a meeting of his Justice and Development (AK) Party according to Anadolu. “It is us that shares a 911km [566-mile] border with Syria. It is us who are under constant abuse and threat.” Erdogan added that Turkey will never forget those states that showed support, as well as those that demonstrated “double standards” and “stood in Turkey’s way” in the wake of last year’s failed coup attempt.

“Every day Turkey confronts a new game by those who can’t make us kneel in the political, diplomatic, military or economic areas,” he said. “Those who supported terror groups such as the Fetullah Terrorist Organization and the PKK failed to corner Turkey [and] are taking now direct action.”

Turkey announced the launch of its anti-terrorist groups in Syria last week. On Thursday night, Turkey deployed a convoy of roughly 30 military vehicles with reconnaissance teams into rebel-held northwest Syria. The reinforcements which crossed the Bab al-Hawa checkpoint were sent to mainly provide the security across the fourth Syrian de-escalation zone in Idlib province.

The Turkish military has already began setting up observation posts along the border of Idlib and Afrin, which is part of the Aleppo Governorate and has dominant Kurdish presence.

“Turkish Armed Forces elements that are to serve in the Idlib de-escalation zone have started their activities by establishing observation posts from Oct. 12, 2017, as part of the Astana agreement,” the military said in a statement.

“The Turkish Armed Forces continue to carry out their duties in the territory within the engagement rules agreed by the guarantor countries in the Astana negotiations,” the statement quoted by Anadolu added.

The proposal to establish four de-escalation zones in Syria, championed by Russia, was finalized in September at the latest round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, with Idlib becoming the fourth zone created under the deal.

The deal signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, and approved by the Syrian government is aimed at separating extremist and terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and the former Al-Nusra Front from the so-called moderate armed opposition. To ensure there are no clashes between the government forces and rebels, Russian, Iranian and Turkish observers will be sent to Idlib to monitor de-escalation.

In addition to meeting their end of the bargain under the Astana agreement, Turkey hopes to secure its border with Syria by fighting alongside Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) against what Ankara considers are terrorist elements. Besides fighting jihadists, Ankara is engaged in a personal vendetta against the Kurdish militia.

Turkey has long been worried about the autonomy of Kurds in Syria as Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party of Syria (PYD) with the help of American-led airstrikes, continue to capture a vast amount of territory in Northern Syria. That territory borders Kurdish-dominant southeastern Turkey, where Ankara continues to target the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Turkey has repeatedly said that it would not tolerate Kurds staying west of the Euphrates River, with YPG-PYD advances in northern Syria remaining the key security issue for Ankara. The two groups are designated terrorist organizations by Turkey – but not the US, as the YPG serves as one of the pillars of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The latest cross-border operation by the Turkish military has become the second one officially undertaken by Ankara in Syria. During the Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched in August last year and ended in March, Ankara together with Turkey-aligned Syrian opposition groups liberated several IS-held areas such as Jarablus, Dabiq, al-Rai and al-Bab.

From Unsealed:The Third Temple is a Tribulation Temple

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Just Build the Third Temple…Is It Really That Simple?

During this waiting period until our sudden rescue, redemption, and transfer to God’s heavenly temple, I finally ordered a copy of Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s systematic treatment of end-time events entitled The Footsteps of the Messiah (revised edition, 2004). I had been meaning to read his work for a while now, but there were always other pressing matters at hand.

Fresh out of the packaging, I immediately turned to the “Scripture Index” in the back of the book to find all citations of Isaiah 66. Much to my delight, not only does Fruchtenbaum associate Isa. 66:7 with Rev. 12:5 (Appendix XI, “Old Testament References in the Book of Revelation,” pg. 796), he also includes some perceptive insight about Isa. 66:1-6 that I had never considered before.

Coming from a messianic-Jewish perspective, Fruchtenbaum offers the Gentile-dominant body of Christ a unique perspective on this crucial eschatological passage. In a section of the book on the Third Temple, he provides a verse-by-verse commentary and analysis of Isaiah 66:1-6. This adds to our overall understanding of the prophetic sequence of events during the Tribulation period, including the birth of the male-child of Isa. 66:7-8 before Israel’s hour of trial.

Fruchtenbaum’s summary of Isaiah 66:1-6:

Isaiah speaks of a house or temple being built for God which He does not sanction [in the sense of “approve” or “authorize”]. It cannot refer to Solomon’s Temple or the Temple built by Zerubbabel, because God did sanction both of them. Nor can it refer to the Millennial Temple. That one will be built by Messiah, and God will certainly sanction it. Therefore, the only temple that this could refer to is the Tribulation Temple. So Isaiah the Prophet foresees the building of a temple that God will not sanction. What God wants Israel to do at this time is to return to Him in faith, not merely to build Him a house” (pg. 136, emphasis mine).
Fruchtenbaum’s verse-by-verse rundown of Isaiah 66:1-6:

This passage begins with a protest from God, Who makes it clear that no temple built by Israel at this time will be acceptable, for God will not come and reside in this one (v. 1) as He did in the first temple. What God will require at this time is not a new temple, but faith (v. 2). He will not accept these re-instituted Levitical sacrifices any more than He would accept human sacrifices, swine, or idolatry in the Old Testament (v. 3). The very fact that they will build this temple shows their failure to listen to God’s word (v. 4) and come to God by faith in Jesus the Messiah. Then Isaiah has a word of encouragement to those faithful Jews who will not participate in the rebuilding of the Temple (v. 5), but are seeking to do God’s will. So there will be a faithful remnant who will not participate in the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple for the Tribulation. Finally, Isaiah states that this new Temple will only end in judgment (v. 6) and not in forgiveness of sin or acceptable worship” (pgs. 136–37, emphasis mine).
If you were wondering what the LORD thinks about the current push for a Third Temple in Jerusalem, there’s your answer. After Israel achieves the “mother of all deals” with the help of her Gentile neighbors, one aspect of the self-assured cry of “peace and security” (1 Thess. 5:3) involves constructing the temple and re-instituting the Mosaic sacrifices.

Fruchtenbaum also notes the difference between the Tribulation temple and Messiah’s Millennial Temple. They are not the same, and the location + dimensions will be radically different as well. Check out John Schmitt’s full-scale model of the Millennial Temple as seen by the prophet Ezekiel (here).

When Israel begins construction of the Third Temple, there will be one major element missing from their blueprints:

…the LORD God said: ‘Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable” (Isa. 28:16, HCSB).
And the apostle Peter agrees:

“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders [the people of Israel – v. 10], which has become the cornerstone…and ‘a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.’ They [Israel] stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do” (Acts 4:11 + 1 Peter 2:8, ESV).
Isaiah’s implicit depiction of a hardened Israel’s choice to build the Third Temple aligns with Paul’s words in 1 Thess. 5:3. The unbelievers rejoice “Let the LORD be glorified…,” and as a result of their zeal without knowledge (Rom. 10:2-3), they persecute their faithful brethren for choosing not to participate in temple activities (Isa. 66:5). It’s the first century all over again, and faithful Jews must heed the words long written down:

“For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…[f]or by one offering He [Jesus] has perfected forever those who are sanctified” (Heb. 10:4, 14, HCSB).
Paul writes, “When they say ‘peace and security,’ then sudden destruction comes…,” and Isaiah recorded the LORD’s own words, “…I will bring on them what they dread…” (Isa. 66:4). What they dread: The Gentile armies are going to lay siege to Jerusalem once again until the Times of the Gentiles are complete (Lk. 21:24).

Israel’s deal with Death (Isa. 28:14-15) and the covenant of Dan. 9:27 provokes the LORD to wrath and begins the 70th week—it is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. The Lion roars from His temple in heaven, not from Jerusalem on earth (Isa. 66:6). The LORD will stay silent no longer (Isa. 65:6).

However, there is good news for the Church, the body of Christ, and the “foolish nation” saved by His grace. At the LORD’s call, we answered (Isa. 65:1; contrary to those of Isa. 66:4). At the sound of the LORD’s voice, there is both judgment and deliverance, because 66:6 turns into 66:7:

Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child” (NKJV).
So, brothers and sisters in Christ, take heart. Last time I checked, the Tribulation hadn’t started yet. Yes, Revelation 12:1-2, the “great sign” of the end has been fulfilled. But the actual events that it signifies has yet to occur, including the pre-Tribulation Resurrection and Rapture of the Church (Rev. 12:5).

Keep waiting for Him. Waiting for the shout. Waiting to take shelter in His heavenly temple.