Turkey

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:

Turkey was the center of the great Islamic caliphate known as the Ottoman Empire, which reigned over a sizeable portion of the world until it was dissolved at the end of World War I. At the present time it is controlled by a secular government and is considered the geographical, political, and religious connection between Europe and the struggling Islamic nations of the Middle East.

The country has a stable economy and one of the largest standing armies in the world. It has applied for membership in the European Union. It has a defense pact with Israel, but relations between the two countries have been severely strained since the Israelis intercepted a flotilla heading from Turkey to Gaza in 2010. The ships were supposedly only carrying humanitarian aid, but they were in fact bringing illegal weapons.

Turkey figures prominently in Bible prophecy as the land of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, and as a key ally of Magog, a powerful nation in the North that many prophecy scholars have tentatively identified as Russia. Together with other nations, these allies will engage Israel in a future war against Israel. See The War of Gog and Magog.

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Prophetic Significance of Turkey

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War of Gog and Magog
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'Erdogan's bodyguards' in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC

May 17, 2017 - While Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was inside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C., protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party were attacked by the Turkish security detail. Nine people were hurt.
Earlier Trump and Erdogan had stood side by side at the White House and promised to strengthen strained ties despite the Turkish leader’s stern warning about Washington’s arming of a Kurdish militia.
Source: The Guardian
Why the world is worried about Turkey - Vox
Trump presses Turkey's Erdogan to release jailed US pastor - CNN

Prophetic Significance of Turkey


Report: Flynn Blocked Military Move Turkey Opposed

In the days before President Donald Trump took office, incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn blocked a military plan against the Islamic State group that was opposed by Turkey. Flynn had been paid more than $500,000 to advocate for Turkey's interests.
In essence, Flynn's actions favored the Islamic State over the U.S.-supported Kurdish forces.
Source: NewsMax


Turkish President: We will protect against the Judaization of Jerusalem

May 11, 2017 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for Muslims from around the globe to visit the "Al-Aksa" mosque located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Meeting with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdella, who was on an official visit to Istanbul, he vowed that Turkey willd work with the Palestinian people to guard against the "Judiazation of Jerusalem."
Source: Jerusalem Post
Erdogan lashes ‘racist’ Israel, calls for Muslims to flood Temple Mount - Turkish president warns against moving US embassy to Jerusalem; slams mosque-muffling bill; Israel rejects his ‘baseless slander’ - Times of Israel
Rivlin on Erdogan's remarks: 'We will continue to ensure freedom of religion for all religions and believers' - in the past 150 years there has been a Jewish majority in the city, even under the Ottoman Empire." - YNet
After Trump Vows to Arm Syrian Kurds, the Next Move Is Erdogan’s - NY Times
Trump Schedules May 16 Visit With Turkish President Erdogan - NewsMax

Turkey’s Erdogan: Islam’s New Caliph?

Apr. 19, 2017 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just won a controversial election and "new, expanded presidential powers which would grant him the ability to dissolve the Turkish parliament, appoint five out of thirteen Supreme Court justices and issue public decrees without parliament’s approval."

The first thing he did after his victory shows that he may see himself as the leader of a revived Ottoman empire, the Sultan of a new Islamic caliphate. He visited the tomb of Selim, the Ottoman Sultan who in 1517 defeated the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt and thus became the caliph of the entire Muslim world.

Source: Gary Lane - CBN

Turkish police question eight in connection to Istanbul attack, gunman still at large

Jan. 2, 2017 - A New Year's terror attack in an Istanbul nightclub killed at least 39 people and injured 70..

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack Monday. A statement ... said the attack was carried out by a "heroic soldier of the caliphate" who attacked the nightclub "where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast."

According to the ISIS statement, the attack was in response to Turkish military offensives against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. It also characterized Turkey as "the servant of the cross."

Source: Fox

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Turkey

Turkey - The CIA World Factbook
Turkey - Wikipedia
The Treacherous Trio of Ezekiel 38 - by Mary Miller, Koinonia Institute
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Part 3

Gog and Magog Links

The Magog Invasion - Chuck Missler
Magog Revisited - Missler
Ezekiel 38 - Bill Konig
The Center For Security Policy

Excerpts from

Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy

Pages 141-142
- The Aggressors of the War of Gog and Magog - Ezekiel 38:1-4

According to Ezekiel, an alliance of enemies will attack Israel in the End Times. The leader will be Gog of the land of Magog, who is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. He is assisted by Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, Beth T ogarmah, and other nations. Most of these names are listed in the genealogies of Genesis 10. Gog is not listed in Genesis 10, but he is evidently the head of the land of Magog, who is mentioned as a son of Japheth, one of Noah's sons. It is known that Japheth traveled north from Mt. Ararat after the flood. Hesoid, a Greek writer of the 7th century BC, and contemporary of Ezekiel, identified Magog with the Scythians and southern Russia. Flavius Josephus, a 1st century Jewish historian said that Magogians were called "Scythians" by the Greeks. Philo, a 1st century Greek identified Magog with southern Russia.Commentators from the turn of this century and before have generally identified Gog and Magog with Russia even though, at the time, they could not explain why Russia would turn against God's people. They conjectured that perhaps the time would come when there would be animosity between Russia and Israel. Rosh ("head", "chief") sounds like Russia. Meshech sounds like Moscow or Mushkovi, the old name for Russia. Tubal sounds like Tobolsk.

- The Target: Israel - Ezekiel 38:2-12

This is the only time in history that this could be said of Israel, that they were brought back from many nations. It is true that they were brought back from Babylon and Persia in the Old Testament, but it is only since the Zionist movement, which began in the late 1800's, that Jewish people have returned from nations all over the world. They had been scattered abroad even in New Testament times. On the Day of Pentecost, for example, the various languages spoken by the Apostles, when the Holy Spirit came upon them, represented the many lands where they had settled. But they had not returned to stay. This really never happened until the amazing events that led to the rebirth of Israel in 1948. What thoughts would come into Russia's mind to make them want to attack Israel? A consideration of Russia's instability and the plans of some of their leaders for expansion throughout the Mediterranean area is given below. Israel has always been a key land bridge between Russia's allies and is presently an enemy of some of those allies. Any number of scenarios in the always-volatile Middle East politics could lead to a Russian attack in the future.

- Russia's Allies - Ezekiel 38:5-6

Persia is now known as Iran, and there is an amazingly close relationship now between Russia and Iran. Cush is Ethiopia, Put is Libya, Gomer and Beth Togarmah may well be Turkey and/or other Islamic nations like those once part of the Soviet Union.

It is interesting that Mizraim, the forefather of Egypt is apparently missing from this lineup. This, of course, fits the current world scene, with Egypt being the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel.

- Israel's Allies - Ezekiel 38:13

Israel's allies appear to be few and feeble. Some of Saudi Arabia was populated by Sheba and Dedan. The merchants of Tarshish could be England and English colonies. In that case, The United States could even be included since we were once an English colony. These allies ask why Russia and its allies are coming, but do not appear to deter them.

- The Outcome - Ezekiel 38:22

The quick end of this future war will be with God's judgment. It could be God's personal power, raining literal fire and brimstone, as in the days of Sodom, or it could be God using nation against nation, as he often did in the Old Testament, to precipitate a nuclear exchange.

And with pestilence and with blood I shall enter into judgment with him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone. - Ezekiel 38:22 (NIV)

The next chapter of Ezekiel continues to give details of this great conflict. Again, it is a scene of utter destruction.

"And I shall strike your bow from your left hand, and dash down your arrows from your right hand. 4 "You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and the peoples who are with you; I shall give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field. 5 "You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken," declares the Lord GOD. 6 "And I shall send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the LORD." - Ezekiel 39:3-6 (NIV)

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