Erdogan Gog Ezekiel prophecy progressing into reality as the Islamic strong man terrorizes Turkey after the recent failed military coup attempt.
In just the past week Erdogan has done the following:
• fired 20,000 teachers
• placed 20,000 “plotters” in prison
• jailed 115 generals and admirals
• placed 15,000 soldiers in prison
• fired 3,000 judges (1/3 of all judges in Turkey)
• fired 10,000 police officers
• fired 500 staff from Directorate of Religious Affairs
• closed thousands of schools and charities for not being sufficiently “Islamic”
Erdogan is the first person to fulfill three Biblical “Gog” traits simultaneously: 1) born in the capital of the eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium-Istanbul), 2) his family is originally from the people of Meshek and Tubal (the Caucasus between the Black and Caspian Seas–this includes Georgia), and 3) now has taken full control of Gomer and Beth Togarmah (Turkey). His family tree is likely also from the land of Magog as well since the people of Magog overlap into the Caucasus.
Erdogan was born in Istanbul (historically known as Constantinople and/or Byzantium), and he says his family originally was actually from Batumi, Georgia. So he was born in the heart of the old Roman Empire (Daniel 9:26), but his people are from the land Meshek and Tubal, and likely Magog (Ezekiel 38: 1-2) and now is in charge of running Beth Togarmah (Ezekiel 38:6). Erdogan fits the criteria of the end-time leader “Gog” better than anyone to this point in history.
Gog leads a failed invasion into Israel, is killed and buried in Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). There is a second Gog Magog invasion of Israel and Jerusalem (Zechariah 12, 14 and Revelation 20) which is only defeated by the second coming of Christ. Gog may also be the Islamic Mahdi. Islamic belief centers around an end times Islamic Messiah called the “Mahdi.” Shia Muslims believe the Mahdi is the 12th Imam. They also believe the Mahdi will appear at a time of great conflict in the land of Syria, until Syria is destroyed.
Daniel 9:26 (NIV)
The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.
This passage in Daniel refers to the future destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D. Roman troops destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Temple. So many people interpret this passage to mean the “ruler who will come” and is opposed to Israel will have some connection to the old Roman Empire.
The Byzantine Empire, sometimes referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul, originally founded as Byzantium). It survived the fragmentation and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD and continued to exist for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Islamic Ottoman Turks in 1453. Thus Erdogan was born in the Roman capital city. He was also mayor of the Roman capital.
Ezekiel 38 1-2 (NIV)
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.
Erdogan said in 2003, “I’m a Georgian, my family is a Georgian family which migrated from Batumi to Rize.” Georgia is in the Caucasus , the Caucuses is the land of Meshek and Tubal peoples. Erdogan is certainly “Chief Prince” of Turkey (Beth Togarmah in Ezekiel 38-39). The most likely location for “Magog” is territory in the Caucuses and also further north and east to Kazakhstan.
Erdogan is opposed to Israel and has seized many of the few remaining Christian churches in Turkey. He wants control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, meaning the Islamic Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Erdogan recently said: “We will continue to object to Israel’s unlawful practices in Jerusalem and Masjid al-Aqsa,” Ergodan said, referring to the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif.
In early June Erdogan was in Louisville, KY and attended an Islamic prayer ceremony for Mohammad Ali. Erdogan wanted to lay a piece of cloth from the Islamic image of the beast Kaaba Blackstone, but was told no by organizers. It is not known why they would not allow a piece of cloth from the Kaaba Blackstone to be placed on the coffin. After he was told “no” he flew back to Turkey in a rage.
Erdogan was In Prison for “Religious Hatred”
In December 1997, Erdogan recited a poem that he changed from original text. His recitation included verses translated as: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.” Under the Turkish penal code his recitation was regarded as an incitement to violence and religious hatred. He was given a ten-month prison sentence of which he served four months, from March 1999 to July 1999.
Death Penalty Reinstated
Turkey scrapped capital punishment in 2004 as part of its push to join the European Union, and European leaders have warned Turkey that restoring it would derail its EU aspirations. But in the aftermath of the coup, Erdogan has repeatedly demanded the death penalty for the plotters. Erdogan has announced suspension of EU human rights accords.
Follow the Bible
When understanding Bible prophecy, it is a very serious mistake to read the newspaper and try to make current events “fit” Bible prophecy. Instead, we should look at Bible prophecy and allow the Bible to let us understand the world. The Bible is always true. We don’t know for sure who he really is, but Erdogan bears very careful watching!
If Erdogan forms a military alliance with Iran (Persia) the likelihood of him being “Gog” will increase.
The Islamic man of lawlessness will be revealed in the last days and lead the invasion. Paul tells us Christ will return after this man appears. The Man of Lawlessness is also called the antichrist and also Gog. Lesson 6 shows how the 10 nation confederacy-which is led by Iran-is developing today.
Lesson 7 shows the final invasion of Israel and the defeat of the Islamic armies by the return of Christ. Christ will provide a perfect kingdom for all who believe in him.
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