It looks like Turkey is about to convert the famed 6th Century Christian Church built in Constantinople (now Istanbul), which has been a museum since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, into a mosque once again as the new Ottoman Empire rises out of Turkey:
TURKISH MINUTE – Turkey’s historic Hagia Sophia museum will be converted into a mosque, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and officials from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will perform Friday prayers there, according to a report in the Sözcü daily on Monday.
The report, written by Zeynep Gürcanlı, claims that the move will be aimed at increasing “yes” votes in a public referendum to be held in April.
“Amid the cross versus the crescent discourse, there is serious talk at the presidential palace about plans to end Hagia Sophia’s museum status and open it to Muslim prayer at full capacity,” Gürcanlı wrote.
This is a really big deal because Hagia Sophia, which means Church of Holy Wisdom, stood as a Christian cathedral from 537 until 1453 when Constantinople fell into the hands of Muslims, when it was then converted into a mosque as a sign of conquest:
Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinian, whose rule stretched from Spain to the Middle East, Hagia Sophia — meaning “Divine Wisdom” in Greek — was unrivalled in the Christian world until Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II conquered the city in 1453 and turned it into a mosque. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, decreed it a museum in 1934.
In the last few years, especially more recently, Muslims have demanded that it be turned back into a mosque with prayers and protests outside the cathedral. Just last year Turkey appointed an official Imam to oversee the ‘museum’ and lead prayers there on a weekly basis.
Now it appears Erdogan and the AKP are going to convert it into a mosque once again in order to ensure that he gets enough votes in April’s referendum to become the new all powerful Ottoman Caliph over Turkey.
For those of you who are new to this topic, read my post on Bible Prophecy and you’ll quickly understand the significance of this.