Friday, October 23, 2009

Turkey Rising

We have been seeing more about Turkey in the news lately. Turkey has not been able to meet the European Unions requirements for membership and the EU continues to make new stipulations. Their bid for membership in the EU comes under review in December but unless Turkey pulls their troops from Cyprus, this is in question. Indications are that Turkey has become weary of trying to build alliances with the West and are now focusing on alliances with other Islamic countries.

Turkey is becoming more belligerent against Israel and friendlier with Israel’s enemies like Syria and Iran. As the two regional superpowers, Turkey and Israel used to be aligned but recent moves by Turkey are changing the political balance in the Mideast.

Turkey is so interested in forming their own regional alliance that they even signed a treaty with Armenia. This is pretty incredible given the historical animosity that existed between these two countries due to Turkey’s atrocities against Armenia in WWI. It seems like there is just no avoiding Turkey becoming aligned with Iran and other enemies of Israel.

Turkey is mentioned as Togarmah in Ezekiel 38:6, one of the countries that will join with Iran, Sudan, and Libya to attack Israel prior to the Messiah’s return. Togarmah was a descendant of Noah through Japheth then Gomer (Genesis 10:1-3). He is known in Assyrian records as Tilgarimmu. The inserted "L" is not unusual and was probably silent. Tilgarimmu was a city state in Eastern Anatolia (Asia Minor) which today is the southeastern part of Turkey near the Syrian border.

We are certainly now seeing the geopolitical shifts necessary for Turkey to be aligned with the nations that will attack Israel prior to the Messiah coming so this shows us we are not too far from Ezekiel 38-39 coming to fruition. Biblical scholars are divided over whether Ezekiel 38-39 happens before or after the Rapture of the Church but either way, “when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28, NKJ).

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