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Turkey Is Dressing…

Thanksgiving, the holiday, is just past, and thanksgiving is yet in the future when all the things Jesus and the prophets forewarned will play out on the timeline of human history leading to our Lord’s return. Turkey is at the center of that thanksgiving future, and the nation by that name is hastily dressing—militarily—for its part in a key prophecy, according to the prophet Ezekiel, as we have looked at numerous times.

To reiterate our overview, I revisit what I’ve written before in this regard.

A major leg of the Ezekiel 38-39 Gog-Magog coalition is coming into view. The Turkey leg is now on the end-times table of Bible prophecy.

We are given the nations that will make up that attacking force by the prophet Ezekiel:

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. (Ezekiel 38:2–6)

Modern-day Turkey covers most of the territory that made up ancient Togarmah. Ezekiel was told to prophesy that the house of Togarmah will be among the horde from the north of Jerusalem that will assault Israel near the time of Christ’s return.

Many things have been written that analyze developments to Israel’s north. It is as if those with spiritually attuned eyes and ears are being given a play-by-play unfolding of this coalition.

Russia is pared down from its configuration as the nucleus of the former Soviet Union. It more or less once again covers territory that it encompassed when Ezekiel gave the Gog-Magog prophecy. Meshech and Tubal comprised that territory. The “Gog” demonic spirit will, according to this prophecy, inhabit the chief prince, or leader of Russia. This leader is also destined to be the leader of the entire coalition.

Developments toward these prophecies have been nothing short of phenomenal lately.

Russia, after falling apart as the USSR, is again a powerful force. It has inserted its influence, including a considerable military presence, into the region directly north of Israel.

Iran, which is the centermost territory today that once was called Persia, has joined Russia as a close ally—again, just to Israel’s north. Russia and Iran’s military assets co-mingle in the region to influence Syria, another end-times player. 

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, as we’ve said many times, looks to be the prototype for the leader who will be Gog of the Gog-Magog force prophetically scheduled to invade toward Israel to the south.

The prophet Ezekiel was told to foretell that God, Himself, will put hooks into the Gog-leader’s jaws and jerk him southward like a fisherman would set hooks into a big fish’s mouth and reel him in.

Now Togarmah (Turkey) is hastily in the process of militarily dressing for its end-times fulfillment as part of the Gog-Magog assault on God’s chosen nation.

[Turkish] President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey’s air operations against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria were only the beginning and it would launch a land operation there when convenient after an escalation in retaliatory strikes.

He said Turkey was more determined than ever to secure its southern border with a “security corridor,” while ensuring the territorial integrity of both Syria and Iraq, where it has also been conducting operations against Kurdish militants.

“We are continuing the air operation and will come down hard on the terrorists from land at the most convenient time for us,” Erdogan told his AK Party’s lawmakers in a speech in parliament.

“We have formed part of this corridor (and) will take care of it starting with places such as Tel Rifat, Manbij and Ain al-Arab (Kobani), which are the sources of trouble,” he added.

Russia has asked Turkey to refrain from a full-scale ground offensive in Syria, senior Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev said on Wednesday after a fresh round of talks about Syria with Turkish and Iranian delegations in Kazakhstan. (“Turkey plans to take action on Syria when it would be in its best interest to move forward,” Reuters, 11/23/22)

Syria, of course, is another key player in end-times prophecy. Damascus, as we have looked at many times, is prophetically scheduled for destruction. All Gog-Magog players in the Ezekiel 38–39 drama have their attention on Syria. This is the area to watch of great prophetic interest.

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. (Isaiah 17:1)


6 Comments

  1. Dave Michaelson says:

    I commented a few weeks back on 1 of your posts Terry re: the Timing of the Ezekiel Invasion but for the life of me I must have deleted your post by accident. Anyway, what I replied to your post I saved-this is what I wrote:
    –TIMING OF EZEKIEL INVASION–
    “After reading an article re: Putin’s conscripts called up and the various
    media commentators highlighting their numbers, it made me re-think
    the timing of the Gog-Magog invasion. What do I mean by this?
    Something just doesn’t add up about the claims being made by western
    media outlets concerning the number of draftees being killed in combat
    due to their inexperience and/or lack of weapons. How in the world will
    the effect of losing so many men in combat at this stage of their war
    effort comport with future Bible prophecy? We are told this happens
    with the Gog-Magog invasion in Ezekiel, however, it makes no sense if
    Russia is now losing so much of its military machine in the so-called de-
    nazification of Ukraine. Why will any of their people be willing to fight
    and probably die in a future war to take Israel’s spoil given their failure
    thus far in Ukraine. It may be that this failure is the ‘initial hook’ the
    Lord uses as bait to put the thought in the mind of Gog-aka Putin!
    Ezekiel 38; 10-12;”Thus saith the Lord God, It shall also come to pass
    that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shall
    think an evil thought: And thou shall say, I will go up to the land of un-
    walled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of
    them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates. To take
    spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places
    that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of
    the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst
    of the land”. At this stage of the war it doesn’t look like an invasion on
    the Golan Heights is anywhere in the immediate future.That said, we
    also know what Jesus said right before He returns. He said things will be
    ‘revving up’ right before I return meaning everything we see today
    could be turned on its head tomorrow. Let’s wait a few hours as the
    weather can change on a dime as we all know”. However, now I’m leaning towards another leader coming to power should Putin die, or become incapacitated to remain in power> Medvedev fits this bill in my opinion given his remarks lately concerning the ‘nuclear’ option. He is defiantly anti-west as much as Putin, perhaps even more so!

  2. Ron Karpman says:

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  3. Ed Wood says:

    Ezekiel {39:7} So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not [let them] pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

    Ezekiel {39:28} Then shall they know that I [am] the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. {39:29} Neither will I hide my face any more from them:
    for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

    One of the problem I have concerning the Gog-Magog campaign occurring soon are verses like the ones above. As I read these they have a very definite finality about them and pose this big question for me:

    If God makes his holy name known to Israel and also to the “heathen” (Gentiles) by his miraculous action to save Israel from its enemies, why would any of them fall for the antichrist’s deception afterward? This would seem to call for it occurring after the advent of the “man of sin.”

    I personally think that Ezekiel 38-39 will actually come near the end of the Tribulation, maybe at the same time as Armageddon, only to be stopped by the arrival of Jesus and his armies. Certainly, that would fulfill the prediction that both Israel and the rest of the world would finally realize just whom God is.

    This, of course, does not preclude earlier aggression against Israel by these same parties, but I think they will merely be precursors of what I mentioned above.

    Perhaps someone can help me to understand all this better.

    • Dave Michaelson says:

      Ezekiel 39:7 may be past tense meaning after the fact, because of the miraculous victory the Lord gives Israel. I’ve read some prophecy scholars say this war will be over in 24-36 hours. According to the Bible it will take 7 months to bury the dead.This may happen at the beginning of the mid-point of the Tribulation. Either way Israel will know it was not of their own power which defeated Gog-Magog! A prophecy pastor I follow has stated that the Ezekiel war and the destruction of Damascus will be near simultaneous events and happen before the Rapture! I know because of what we’re seeing Russia do plus the warm embrace between Iran, Russia & Turkey leaders is powerful reinforcing that its going to happen and soon, but it may be a few years especially with the situation Russia is in and now today Ukraine launched drones inside Russia right on top of their key military bases-WOW when I heard this! Russia could retaliate with something severe-like a tactical nuke judging their existential security at risk!

  4. Ed Wood says:

    Dave, your take on Ezekiel 39:7 is a possibility I never heard expressed before and it could very well be the case, a kind of summation of the results of an earlier event.

    It does look like the stage is being set for Ezekiel 38-39 to occur soon and this would make what seems to be contradictory with the verses like those I mentioned fall right in to place.

    Thanks very much for your response.

    God bless!

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