Tuesday, November 07, 2006
"A Short History of Byzantium" (John Julius Norwich), this is a great comprehensive history covering the Roman Empire from Constantine to the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. My interest lies chiefly in the period where the Turks invaded through Asia Minor, the time line and events, also what drove the Turks? In my mind I see this movement of the Turks much like Alexander's drive through Persia. We are all aware of the prophecies telling Daniel of Alexander's war with Persia. It seems to me God used Alexander for His purpose, and in my view was one of the events that leads to the Messiah's arrival. Just look at the chain of events that occurred after Alexander conquered Persia, without Alexander there would have been no Ptolemy II Philadelphus, no Antiochus IV Epiphanes, no Maccabean Revolt and no eventual Roman Rule. It is apparent here that God's sovereignty governs human events.
So where does the Turkish(Muslim) invasion of Christian land fall? I'll let you know when I'm done reading.