I am so glad to hear about you and your friend's perspective on Turkey. No one has openly mentioned this, but what you have shared has always been in my heart since my trip to Turkey. As our plane approached the Istanbul airport our missionary team was praying over Turkey. In the airplane the Holy Spirit just came down on us to the point that none of us felt any shame of praying in tongues with loud voices in our seats, and it went on till the plane made the touchdown. During the prayer, the Lord showed me a vision. I saw four tall towers with the blue tips which I had never seen before. But as soon as we arrived in Istanbul, we randomly hired a driver who took us to the Blue Mosque. I soon realized the meaning of what I saw in my vision. Our team in the middle of thousands of Muslim people in front of Blue Mosque started to worship God, and people couldn't dare to stop us as the presence of Holy Spirit was so powerful. As we worshiped, I realized in spirit, the throne of Anti-Christ was residing in Istanbul. Since then this city has always been in the center of my heart to pray.
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