The Importance Of Turkey … Turkey

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,  Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,  And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:  And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:  Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.  Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.(Ezekiel 38:1-8)

The world is looking with horror on the brutal aftermath of the recent  attempted “coup” in Turkey. Scenes of frightened young ‘soldiers” who happened to have been used in the attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cringe before the angry supporters of Erdogan, who have been allowed to beat them at will in the street.

One photo shows a gymnasium crowded with half naked soldiers, bound hand and foot  and literally piled on top of one another, as they await whatever fate the victorious Erdogan has planned for them.

What happened and what is the significance of it in the light of Bible Prophecy?

Turkey is of vast importance in the world, having the largest army in Europe and is a NATO member. Until recently it was a fairly secular state, with a Muslim population but the extreme elements of Islam were kept at bay by the strict constitution enacted by Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state.

Though it is a Muslim nation at present, in the earliest centuries of the New Testament church, it was in the Turkish region that the gospel first flourished beyond the borders of Judea and Samaria.

The apostles took the gospel to what then was refered to as the Roman province of Asia, within decades of the resurrection of Jesus. Paul taught there for two years as recorded in Acts 19.The original letters of the Apocalypse were addressed to churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea, all in modern-day Turkey.

The epistles to Thessalonica, Galatians, I John, I and II Timothy and Revelation all originally addressed greek speaking converts in what is now called Turkey. Eventually the Roman Emperor Constantine, in the 4th century, built a city on the Dardanelles strait, Constantinople, as the eastern capital of the Roman Empire.

For the next thousand years, the Christianity that Constantine officially legalized, became the religion of the Byzantine empire, which extended over the middle east, a swath of eastern Europe and all of Turkey.

But with the rise and expansion of Islam, bit, by bit, Byzantium fell to the Muslims over the next eight centuries, slowly and steadily until in 1452 Constantinople fell to the Muslim invaders. The Turkish empire which replaced it, became known as the Ottoman empire, a Sunni Muslim empire which held sway for five centuries, but which collapsed as an outcome of World War 1, the Turks having been on the losing side.

We have to go back a bit and remember that until World War 1 Turkey was the seat of the five hundred year Ottoman Empire, and also of something Sunni Muslims refer to as the Caliphate, which is a centralizing Sunni authority.

Turkey chose the wrong side in the war, they allied with Germany. After the allied victory, the Ottoman Empire was dismantled and the Middle East was divided into new countries, protectorates and mandates governed by France and England under the Sykes Picot treaty. significantly to us, Israel was taken from the Turks and put under the British mandate.

Turkey remained an indépendant nation although its vast empire was stripped and divided among the victors under the Sykes Pichot treaty.

Gamal Mustafa  aka Ataturk  began a series of radical reforms, pushing Sunni Islam out of a dominant position and crafting a secular yet Muslim state.*

Ataturk also dismantled the centuries old Caliphate in 1922 , to the utter dismay and humiliation of the Sunni world. Most of the modern Sunni Jihad is an attempt to restore this “Caliphate”, i.e. the central ruling Sunni authority, under the “Prince of the faithful” which all Sunnis are required to swear “Bayat” to, i.e. pledge allegiance and engage in Jihad under his command.Isis was an attempt to restore the Caliphate but most of Sunni Islam regards Turkey as the proper abode of the Caliphate.

The Turkish Army was given the custody of the secularity of the Turkish state, closed guarding against Islamic extremism, and intervening several times , overthrowing other coups and always restoring the nation to the democratically elected leaders. Thus Turkey became a modern, progressive State with close relationships with the West in the Cold War and with Israel until recently.

But when Turkey was rejected for membership in the European Union, moods eventually shifted and Erdogan’s Islamist party steadily gained power. The coup, to the extent that it was real, was an attempt by the military to take back the nation from the corruption and increasing Islamization of Turkey.There are some who believe that the coup was doomed from the start, and used for the aggrandizement of Erdogan,like Hitler’s Reichstag fire.

Of course Obama and the US State department were on the side of the Islamists,(they always are), and now Turkey is even more entrenched on the disastrous path of any nation possessed by Islamists and the demons who drive them.

We must also remember that none less than Jesus himself located Satan’s throne in Pergamum, which is in Turkey, in his letter to the church at Pergamum,

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;  I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.(Revelation 2:12-13)

Turkey is the region where Magog, Togarmah, Meshec,Tubal and Gomer hail from. They are slated to participate in the disastrous Gog invasion of Israel.

Zechariah 9 also prophesies that the Sons of Javan(lit) , translated Greece, but Turkey was once the main Greek landmass, would fight the sons of Israel,

When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.  And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.(Zechariah 9:13-14)

President Erdogan is a very strange man. He gives speeches to crowds under a spell of wild adulation, but often he is speaking through a hologram! He opened an international airport called Saladin, because Saladin was the last conqueror of Jerusalem. He is Sunni but has Sufistic tendencies, the mystical Islam,. Male secular reporters who have interviewed him have come away erotically in love with him.He is also a cruel and cunning man who would make a great candidate for Anti-Christ. We will see…

We are seeing the fulfillment of prophecy before our very eyes. We are also seeing blind complacency, even many Christian people have no idea what is happening around them, but major, prophetic and earth shaking event are occurring, to be proclaimed and interpreted by all who “Have ears to hear”.

 

* (Attarurk also committed one of the first mass genocides of the twentieth century, purging Turkish soil of Armenians, killing a million and a half of them, and driving the other two million out of the land).

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10 Responses to The Importance Of Turkey … Turkey

  1. Jeanne T. says:

    Daniel 11 gives much detail about the person and character of the anti-Christ and how he comes to power, more detail than elsewhere in Scripture, and seems to indicate that he will not ascend to power in the usual manner, i.e., it doesn’t sound like someone who would be elected, for example, or he won’t inherit a throne. Maybe he will be installed into power, perhaps with the help of foreign governments. (The U.S., for example has helped install leaders to power.) Also, he comes in by “flatteries”, i.e., deceit (perhaps he is someone who, for example, promises to bring peace between Israel and her neighbors, someone who ingratiates himself to foreign leaders). Vs. 23 says that he shall become strong with a “small” people (NASB says “a small force of people; NIV translates it as “with only a few people he will rise to power”). That doesn’t seem to describe Erdogan, who already has power, but maybe someone else who isn’t prominent, who is already gathering for himself a small following, distributing (“scattering) material things, i.e., plunder, spoil, and goods (a motivation for Jihad). What do you think?

    “20 “Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle. 21 In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22 Armies shall be utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant. 23 And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people. 24 Without warning he shall come into the richest parts of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers’ fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 And he shall stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him. 26 Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27 And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed. 28 And he shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. And he shall work his will and return to his own land. ” Daniel 11:21-23 (ESV)

    • billrandles says:

      You have some good points Jeanne, I by no means am even persuaded that the AC is Muslim, we can only wait till God reveals him, but there are certainly many lesser antichrists these days aren’t there?

      • Jeanne T. says:

        Yes, I agree. And with respect to someone ingratiating himself with foreign governments, I think of those in our own government, including our intelligence agencies (particularly in our intelligence agencies, for they are the ones whose mandate it is to cultivate relationships with foreign nationals with an eye to cooperation with the U.S., or outright recruitment), who, for example, want a “two-state solution” in the Middle East with regard to Israel. It isn’t just our senior officials who support a two-state solution. Believe me, they would be impressed by someone who is charming and seemingly “reasonable”. That’s just one example. The would be easily deceived, and of course we know that massive deception is going to fall on this earth.

        I actually commented on this sometime back after the below linked piece at the.mysteryofisrael.org, which was in response to a question someone had about a particular individual who could be the “type” of boastful, flamboyant individual we are seeing described in Daniel 11. I want to emphasize that I am NOT saying it is he, but rather I think we get a picture of the KIND of boastful individual who would deceive those in positions of influence and policy making. In this case, the individual mentioned in the article boasts that only he can bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

        I just offer this as a perspective. Of course, we won’t know for sure until the AC enters the temple and abolishes the sacrifices. This is THE sign Jesus pointed to in Matthew 24, and why he directed us to read and understand Daniel.

        http://the.mysteryofisrael.org/2014/03/06/he-shall-become-strong-with-a-small-people/

      • Jeanne T. says:

        One added thought to my post below with respect to the individual mentioned in the piece at Mystery of Israel. I was told by a Jewish colleague that in my former work that there was a “strong pro-Palestinian contingent” in our agency (I worked in the Intelligence Community). I only add this to highlight what’s going on in our government, and why so many are deceived, but I’m sure you aren’t surprised by that.

    • Jeanne T. says:

      vs. 21, NIV: “He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue.”

      “through intrigue”

  2. Jim says:

    Jeanne T check out a Turkish cleric closed Harun Yaha aka Adnan Oktar. He has a website, has written many books and also has a bizarre (stable) of women that follow and fawn over him. On his website he is interviewed by Joel Richardson(Eshcatology scholar). In the interview he claim that he could be the Mahdi character that Muslims are looking for. You will have to search for video.

    • Jeanne T. says:

      Thanks Jim. I remember seeing that video a few years ago. I’m amazed that Joel was able to interview him.

  3. Jim says:

    Closed= called/ auto correct. He also derides orthodox Christians and twists scripture

  4. Pastor Bill, thank you for the concise and informative comments on Turkey in light of the scriptures. My husband, who has a military history “library” in his brain, read it with great interest agreeing with the accuracy of what you have stated about Turkey and its history. Throughout the years I have always wondered how “secular” Turkey could become the Turkey which is obvious in the alliance of nations in Ezekiel 38. How quickly things have changed! Our LORD is lining things up at an exponential rate. I will investigate more about Erdogan and his personality. It appears he has many AC traits, but then again the spirit of antichrist in this world is increasing. Let us continue in boldly preaching the gospel and keep looking up, for our redemption most certainly draws near! Shalom achi v’haver, Helen Foreman

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