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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Turkey leader Erdogan warns US over sanctions threat in pastor case

July 30, 2018 - Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cautioned the U.S. that they may lose "a strong and sincere partner like Turkey" over the dispute about releasing pastor Andrew Brunson.
On Thursday, President Trump announced possible sanctions against Turkey -- a member of NATO -- over its treatment of Brunson. On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence told Fox Business Network... that Brunson's release to house arrest "is just not good enough."
Source: Fox

Prophetic Significance of Turkey


Trump: US to impose sanctions on Turkey over detained pastor

July 26, 2018 - Evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson has been imprisoned in Turkey for 1 1/2 years, and was just moved to "house arrest" because of health issues. He has been accused of terror and espionage. Vice President Pence says that there is "no credible evidence against him."
Shortly after the possibility of sanctions was first announced by Vice President Mike Pence Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the U.S. "will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson."
Source: OneNewsNow

The Trump Administration Convenes the ‘Super Bowl’ of Religious Freedom - The Atlantic

Trump demands American pastor's release from Turkey as Congress weighs new sanctions - ABC

Erdogan Fires Back at Trump Sanctions Threat, Says U.S.-Turkey Friendship Is on the Line - Haaretz


Turkey's victorious Erdogan set to assume sweeping powers

June 25, 2018 - Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won reelection as Turkey's president. He will assume new authority that eliminates the office of the prime minister and grants him executive powers with only limited checks and balances.
His win could deepen Turkey's rift with Western allies, who are already concerned by setbacks in democracy and human rights as well as Turkey's closer ties with Russia
Source: Fox

An angry and erratic Erdogan is on the cusp of becoming more powerful than ever

June 24, 2018 -
Fifteen years after Mr Erdogan first took over as prime minister of Turkey, he appears on the cusp of an election victory under a new constitutional framework that would make him powerful than ever.
Source: Yahoo

Turkey election: Erdogan seeks second term in hard-fought contest - BBC

Turkey Calls Summit, Urges Islamic World to Review Ties to ‘Terror State’ Israel

May 15, 2018 -
Turkey has called on all Islamic countries to review their ties with “terror state” Israel ahead of an extraordinary summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body to protest Israel’s actions in defending itself against deadly Gaza riots.
Source: Breitbart

Turkey’s Erdogan Calls Israel a ‘Terror State’, Accuses of ‘Genocide - Breitbart

The Latest: Turkey asks Israeli consul general to leave - Fox

Turkey, Israel expel envoys as ties sour over Gaza bloodshed - Iran Daily

'Army of Islam' would be world's biggest military

Mar. 18, 2018 -
Turkey’s semi-official newspaper Yeni Safak called for urgent action in forming a 57-nation “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack Israel... it would signal the possible intent to create the largest military force on the planet.

Turkey would probably be the headquarters for such an army,

Source: WND

Erdogan and Pope Discuss Jerusalem as Violence Breaks Out Near Vatican

Feb. 7,, 2018 - On Monday, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan met with Pope Francis in the Vatican to discuss the status of Jerusalem. It was the first such visit in 59 years.
Both Erdogan and Pope Francis are opposed to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which many U.S. allies say could doom Middle East peace efforts..
Source: Haaretz

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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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