Land of Turkey Blog3With all the media coverage about the mayhem produced by the military coup in Turkey, I thought I would take a moment to tell you what the Bible says about future prophetic events surrounding the land of Turkey. Modern Turkey covers the geographical region that historians refer to as Anatolia. Although Anatolia was originally the home of the Hittites, history reveals that Turkey has faced numerous people migrations and invasions and today contains several ethnic groups. However, Turkey holds not only a place of history but also a place of prophecy.

According to one source,

“Regarding biblical prophecy this region comes into the discussion especially in Ezekiel 38. Here Ezekiel prophesies of a coalition of countries that will attack unsuspecting Israel. Several of the countries mentioned in this chapter are located in Anatolia.”[1]

The prophet Ezekiel speaks of Gog in chapters 38-39. Who is this? Bible teachers agree that attempts to identify Gog with a historical figure are weak and unconvincing. However, the other names in the text, (Magog, Tubal, and Meshech) are mentioned in Genesis 10:2 and 1 Chronicles 1:5 as sons of Japheth. Consequently, in Ezekiel’s day their descendants inhabited what is now eastern Turkey.

Here is what you need to know—Ezekiel spoke of a coalition of several nations, many of whom are today aligned with the Soviet Union. These include Iran (“Persia”), Sudan and northern Ethiopia (“Cush”), Libya (“Put”), and Turkey (“Meshech,” “Tubal,” “Gomer,” and “Beth Togarmah”). All these nations will unite in a wicked alliance to attack God’s people—Israel (cf. Ezekiel 38:2–3, 5–6). Since there is no historical record of such an attack, many Bible teachers, including myself, believe that this will happen in the future. Thus, Ezekiel speaks about the land of Turkey in prophetic terms before the Lord comes again.

The signs of the times are all around us, and the coming of the Lord Jesus could be nearer than we think. The nations of the world are ready for the coming of the Antichrist, and only those who have trusted Christ will escape the wrath to come (cf. Romans 5:9; I Thessalonians 1:10; II Peter 2:9; Revelation 3:10). Are you ready to meet the Lord? Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal relationship of salvation? If not, today would be a great day for you to ask the Lord to forgive you of your sins—believing that He is the answer to your sin nature. Let me leave you with this Scripture: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9.) And also— Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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Bibliography

[1] J. Daniel Hays, J. Scott Duvall, and C. Marvin Pate, Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2007), 457.

 

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