(Written By Ricky Scaparo) Over the past 24 hours, the world has been on edge watching the events transpiring in Turkey with an attempted “Coup” that apparently ended in failure. However, some are reporting that the coup was actually staged by Turkey’s own leader. The sudden conflict resulted in more than 2800 detained and 250 dead. So here is the big question many believers have. Why do we need to pay attention to Turkey? Well for one, 2,600 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel foretold of a time when a coalition of predominately Muslim Nations would gather together to invade the nation of Israel.
This well-known war is Known as “The War of Gog and Magog” According to the book Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 This confederacy of Nations will attack Israel during a relatively peaceful state that appears to be generated by a recent conflict resulting in a “state of peace” for the Jewish Nation. According to the prophet, “After many days you will be visited. In the latter years, you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.” – Ezekiel 38:8.
11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—Ezekiel 38:11
Notice in this last passage the prophet tells us that in the “latter days” of Israel they would actually dwell in a time when they would be “without walls”. having no bar nor gates. This is definitely not the case in 2016. Israel has many walls that prevent terrorists and her enemies from breaching the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding cities of Israel. However, the Word of God tells us that the day is coming that they will come into a false sense of “Peace” in which they will lower their guards making them vulnerable for these Nations to invade! Personally, I believe this will fulfill the bible passage that says:
1 Thessalonians 5:3 – For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
The nations cited by Ezekiel are each referenced in the Old Testament, yet they all represent nations which exist today. Long before Russia became a major world power most biblical scholars identified Magog as the nation of Russia and Gog as the ruler of Russia. These other nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 are
Magog = Russia
Persia = Iran
Cush = Ethiopia
Put = Libya
Gomer = Turkey / Some have Identified as Eastern Europe
Beth-Togarmah = Turkey
The Bible indicates that in the “latter days” the lord will put a “hook in the jaw” of these Nations listed including the Nation of Turkey and will according to the prophet, will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.” – Ezekiel 38:9.
So Turkey will be significant in the near future regarding biblical prophecy. They will unite with several other Nations and attempt to destroy the Nation of Israel but will ultimately fail according to what has been foretold in the bible. So just what will befall these Nations? Well Israel will not need to rely on America, Britain or any of her allies to defend her because God himself will step in the scene and the following will take place:
Ezekiel 38: 18-23 – “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”’