The Prophetic Messenger

A Newsletter From Mysteries From The Word Of God Ministries
January/February 2020 - Volume 22/Issue 1

The Turkey Factor Revisited - Part I

"2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:" Ezekiel 38:2-3

In this issue of The Prophetic Messenger we will discuss the nation of Turkey and the prophecies concerning this nation.

(This is an excerpt from the Prophetic Messenger, November/December 2004 - “The Turkey Factor”)

1. The Nation Of Turkey in 2004


The nation of Turkey has been a friend and ally of Israel but has recently started showing opposition to Israel and is developing relationships with nations that are enemies to Israel. An article titled "Turkey and Syria Bury Differences"(Note 2) says

"Turkey and Syria have agreed to bury their differences, ending decades of frosty relations. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is visiting Turkey, said the two countries would work together for peace and stability in the Middle East. Mr Assad's visit is the first to Turkey by a Syrian head of state. After a meeting with Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, he said the two countries shared concerns about the territorial integrity of Iraq. Meanwhile Turkey, with its strong ties to Israel, is reported to be offering to help Syria make progress with its recent overtures towards the Jewish state.........But since succeeding his father Hafez al-Assad almost four years ago, Mr Assad has been trying to improve ties with Ankara, and his visit caps a series of smaller steps to repair relations. 'We have moved together from an atmosphere of distrust to one of trust,' he said. 'We must create stability from a regional atmosphere of instability.' Mr Sezer echoed the Syrian leader's concern: 'No time can be lost in replacing the atmosphere of enmity, distrust and instability which unfortunately prevails in our region with one of peace, stability and prosperity.' Mr Assad also mentioned Iraq, whose US-led occupation - which the two countries oppose - has brought the two countries closer together........Turkey and Syria have common interests in Iraq. Both have sizeable Kurdish populations and neither wants to see the Kurds of Iraq winning independence under the new constitution there."


In another article titled "Gaza Action Triggers Turkey-Israel Tension"(Note 3) it says

"Israel's recent military operation in the Gaza Strip has strained relations with its main regional ally, Turkey. Turkey's leaders have condemned the Israeli action in Gaza and have suggested that bilateral relations might have to be reviewed in the light of it. Israel and Turkey have enjoyed close economic and military ties for the last decade but many Turks are dismayed at Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and the Turkish government has come under increasing pressure to take a stand on the issue. On Wednesday, the Turkish media reported that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declined an invitation to visit Israel, saying that the action in Gaza meant the time was not right for such a visit........The Israeli media on Thursday devoted much space to the latest developments in Israeli-Turkish relations. Israel Radio said that Israeli officials were 'extremely worried' at the way in which these relations had deteriorated recently. 'Turkey and Israel have numerous business connections and ongoing defence, water, and energy contracts. Jerusalem is now expected to make a major effort to resolve the crisis,' the radio added."


Turkish opposition to Israel was prophesied in the book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel 39:1-2 says "1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:" Meshech and Tubal are modern day Turkey. In the future, Turkey and other nations will come against Israel in war.

NOTES
Note 2: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3372767.stm
Note 3: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3753963.stm

Coming Up In The Next Issue

The Turkey Factor Revisited - Part II. Read this article in the next issue of The Prophetic Messenger.

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