Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophecy against him” (Ezekiel 38:1-2).
Bible students know well Ezekiel’s prophecy (Ezekiel 38-39) that a confederation of nations from the North of Israel will invade Israel in the latter years before the coming of Messiah. The names Ezekiel mentions are people living in the region of Russia and Turkey and Iran (Persia). Bible students have interpreted Ezekiel’s prophecy to mean that Russia will lead this confederation. Russia is certainly stepping into this role with her active military presence in Syria. A conflict with Israel “in the air” is inevitable.
Syria is mentioned in Isaiah 17:1 where the prophet says that Damascus will be destroyed and no longer be inhabitable. Since Damascus is still in existence, obviously this prophecy has not been fulfilled in history. I believe we will soon see this prophecy fulfilled, which may bring Russia, Iran and Turkey to Syria’s aid. When we were recently in Israel staying at the Dead Sea, we heard, and some saw, five F15 planes flying low right past our hotel. WOW – was that an experience. We did not know until the next day that these were the planes that destroyed 50 Iranian missile sites in Syria. It was awesome to see Israeli pilots flying American made planes.
Turkey is also positioning itself to be a major part of this confederation that will definitely include Iran (Persia in 38:5-6). Here is why Turkey is fulfilling Bible prophecy.
On Sunday, June 24, Turkey stepped into its destiny to fulfill Bible Prophecy. Turkish President Recep Erdogan won a majority of the votes in their national elections with 52.5% of the votes. This win is a culmination of Erdogan’s 15-year effort to establish himself as dictator of Turkey. His victory gives Erdogan unprecedented power over all government agencies. He alone will dictate policy and direction for Turkey.
Erdogan is a radical Islamists who had transformed Turkey from being a pro-Western, secular democracy into, what will quickly become a radical Islamic state. In a failed coup in 2016, he murdered and jailed thousands of his critics. Now with this victory, those who stand against him must go underground or they will be arrested by “Erdogan’s goons.”
Erdogan supports the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas in Gaza. He compared Israel to Nazi Germany when the Israeli army defended its border against Hamas terrorists. He warned Austria of a war between the cross and the crescent after Austria closed seven mosques and expelled 60 radical imams from the country. Turkey will now reflect the vision of Erdogan which is to reestablish Turkey as the Islamic Caliph which ruled the Islamic world for 400 years before the fall of Turkey in WWI. This is a dangerous man who will drag the region into war.
It is said that a person is known by the company he or she keeps. The nations that sent Erdogan congratulations for his victory were Iran, Russia, Sudan, Venezuela, the terrorist group, Hamas, plus Islamists in the U.S.
Don’t be surprised or anxious when you see these prophetic events happening before our very eyes. Remember God told us all of this would happen in the Bible. So read your Bible, pray, live a godly life, help everyone you can and love your neighbor and the stranger as yourself. God has everything under control.