the cost of disobedience

Joshua 9 is not often found in prophetic discussion venues, because it doesn’t predict a future event. What it does do is provide us with an illustration of the consequences of disobedience to God, consequences that can manifest thousands of years after the act of disobedience. Let’s set the scene:  The Israelites have been delivered out of Egypt by God. Due to disobedience, they’ve wandered the desert for decades. Now the conquest of the Promised Land is finally underway. Joshua is in charge of the military campaign to take the land and he’s gotten some pretty clear instructions from God on how to do it:

I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. 32 You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ex 23:31–33). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

…when the LORD your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them.
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Dt 7:2). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

In both the above passages, God’s instructions were clear. Brutal, yes, but clear. For the most part, Joshua followed these instructions. The one notable exception took place at a place called Gibeon. The native Gibeonites had been watching what was going on with the Israelites.

But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, 4 they on their part acted with cunning
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Jos 9:3–4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

They saw that the Israelite military campaign was meeting with great success. They knew that the original inhabitants were being decimated, either killed or driven completely away. And rather than join the other peoples who were banding together against Israel and chance meeting the same fate, the Gibeonites decided it would be smarter to cook up a scheme that would allow them to stay where they were and not be killed by the conquering Israelites.

Knowing that the Israelites were not making deals to allow the original inhabitants to stay if their land was in the region, they pretended to be from a region far away.

…went and made ready provisions and took worn-out sacks for their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended, 5 with worn-out, patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes. And all their provisions were dry and crumbly.
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Jos 9:4–5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Even though Gibeon was a short distance away (and definitely in the area given to Israel by God), the Gibeonites showed up at Joshua’s camp looking like they had come from the other side of the world, and acting that way, as well. Their offer was something like, “Gee, even though we’re from a distant land that you’re probably not interested in, we’d like to show our good faith and let you know that we won’t be any trouble to you. We’ll be good neighbors if you’ll just allow us to stay.” Rather than consulting God through prayer, Joshua decided all on his own that it couldn’t hurt to make a deal with these distant people and gave his word that they could stay. Then he found out the truth, that he’d been had. Although he essentially enslaved them to Israel, he did honor his word and let the Gibeonites stay. It seemed to be a minor mistake, since the land involved was small and the Gibeonites ended up subjugated to the Israelites. But was it really? Thanks to the excellent resource, here’s a biblical-era map showing the location of Gibeon:

If we transpose the latitude and longitude from the biblical-era map above into Google maps, the map shown below shows us exactly where ancient Gibeon lies on a current map. See anything important around that location?

The region of ancient Gibeon is the area known today as the West Bank, and it has been “a snare” for Israel since its capture in 1967’s Six Day War. It has been and remains a bitter point of contention and source of continual bloodshed. God said to show no mercy and to not allow any of the original inhabitants to stay in the Promised Land. Joshua decided to act on his own and allowed the people to stay. Who thinks it’s a coincidence that this tiny parcel of land sits exactly on the spot that marks Joshua’s disobedience to God thousands of years ago? I do not.


Three In One

March 30, 2010 1 comment

Yellow: Israel’s enemies as enumerated in Psalm 83, Obadiah, and Isaiah 17
Green: Israel’s enemies as enumerated in Ezekiel 38

Upfront Disclaimer: I don’t believe in being dogmatic, either as a student of prophecy or in life. I welcome debate and challenge through comments and will respond to every comment as I can, both on-blog and off-blog. I praise the Lord for such dialog and am always open to someone pointing out an alternate interpretation of Scripture. I am also of course open to the Spirit pointing out a new interpretation. This blog and this life are journeys of learning!

RECAP:  Last time we talked about a confederacy of countries/regions/people enumerated in Psalm 83. This confederacy is likely to attack Israel prior to the War of Gog and Magog, and this attack is likely to be the next major event on the prophetic calendar.

At the end of the last entry, I mentioned the fact that some see Psalm 83 as a “prayer prophecy,” not an “action prophecy” in the fashion of Ezekiel 38. A careful reading of the language reveals that God is being petitioned for action against an anti-Israel confederacy made up of these countries/groups:

  • Tents of Edom – Palestinians and South Jordan
  • Ishmaelites – Saudi Arabia
  • Moab – Palestinians and Central Jordanians
  • Hagrites – Egypt
  • Gebal – Hezbollah and Northern Lebanese
  • Ammon – Palestinians and Northern Jordanians
  • Amalek – Sinai Arabs
  • Philistia – Hamas (Gaza Strip)
  • Tyre – Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese
  • Assyria – Syria and Northern Iraq

We see that this confederacy is “laying crafty plans” against Israel, conspiring to effect the total destruction of God’s chosen people. What we don’t see is an account of action. We see nothing about an attack or counterattack. We see a prayer made to God about a potential attack, but we don’t see His answer. Or to be more specific, we don’t see action or Answer in Psalm 83. But what if Psalm 83 is just one part of a multifaceted prophecy? Let’s consider a couple passages from Obadiah:

8 Will I not on that day, declares the LORD,
destroy the wise men out of Edom,
and understanding out of Mount Esau?
9 And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O Teman,
so that every man from Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter.
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
and the house of Joseph a flame,
and the house of Esau stubble;
they shall burn them and consume them,
and there shall be no survivor for the house of Esau,
for the LORD has spoken.
Obadiah focuses on judgment against Edom (the descendants of Esau, whom I believe to be today’s “Palestinians” and southern Jordanians). In Psalm 83, the “tents of Edom” are the first anti-Israel group mentioned. Psalm 83 describes an anti-Israel confederacy. Obadiah refers to Edom’s allies (confederates). So in both books we see Edom and a group of allies arrayed against Israel. Psalm 83 sets forth an elaborate prayer of petition to God against Edom and her allies. Obadiah portrays great judgment against, at the very least, Edom. Now let’s take a look at Isaiah 17.
An oracle concerning Damascus.
Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city
and will become a heap of ruins.
2 The cities of Aroer are deserted;
they will be for flocks,
which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Is 17:1–2). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Damascus, Syria, is the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, but we see here that it will become a “heap of ruins.” Also mentioned are the cities around Aroer, which is in present-day Jordan; these cities are described as being completely deserted, which suggests that something calamitous has happened there, as well. (When we look back to Psalm 83, we see that both Syria and Jordan are identified as members of the anti-Israel confederacy enumerated there.)
Also of note in Isaiah 17 is this passage, which seems to indicate that Israel, although the winner of the war, herself takes great damage.
And in that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low,
and the fat of his flesh will grow lean.
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Is 17:4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Tying It All Together

If we view the three passages separately, here’s what we have:  God is petitioned to protect Israel from a confederacy of enemies, but we don’t know how it turns out. Edom suffers a great judgment but we don’t have any context for that judgment. Similarly, Syria and Jordan suffer calamity, while Israel is damaged, but we have no context for how it happens.
If, however, we view Psalm 83, Obadiah, and Isaiah 17, as different parts of the same story, that story is logical and clear:  A group of Israel’s enemies, including modern-day Edomites, Syria, and Jordan, among others, form an alliance to destroy Israel. God is petitioned to fight this alliance on Israel’s behalf and does. The Edomites (Palestinians) are decimated. Damascus is reduced to rubble. A region of Jordan ends up deserted. Israel wins but takes heavy damage. Everything fits. And to repeat a point made in an earlier post, another benefit of the above scenario is that it perfectly sets the stage for Ezekiel’s War of Gog and Magog. Israel would have neutralized most, if not all, of her neighborly threats, and would be living with her greatest sense of security in decades.

When You’re Wrong, You’re Wrong

March 21, 2010 2 comments

First things first:  Thanks to all the FRiends involved in this discussion. I’m often amazed by the amount of scriptural knowledge and insight to be found in the online world. To those who have shared that knowledge and insight on this topic, you have my gratitude.

I have long believed–and I have stated this in earlier entries–that the War of Gog and Magog (WOGAM) prophesied in Ezekiel 38 would be the next major event on the prophetic calendar. Over the past couple of days, I have come to believe that another prophetic event will likely precede WOGAM. Plainly put, I was wrong. Let’s take a look at the 83rd Psalm:


O God, Do Not Keep Silence


1 O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
2 For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have raised their heads.
3 They lay crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against your treasured ones.
4 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
5 For they conspire with one accord;
against you they make a covenant—
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Asshur also has joined them;
they are the strong arm of the children of Lot.   Selah
9 Do to them as you did to Midian,
as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10 who were destroyed at En-dor,
who became dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves
of the pastures of God.”
13 O my God, make them like whirling dust,
like chaff before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest,
as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so may you pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your hurricane!
16 Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O LORD.
17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
let them perish in disgrace,
18 that they may know that you alone,
whose name is the LORD,
are the Most High over all the earth.
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ps 83:title–18).
Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
The players listed in the confederacy likely equate to modern nations/groups/regions as follows (huge thanks to my new friend GiovannaNicoletta for research on this point!):
  • Tents of Edom – Palestinians and South Jordan
  • Ishmaelites – Saudi Arabia
  • Moab – Palestinians and Central Jordanians
  • Hagrites – Egypt
  • Gebal – Hezbollah and Northern Lebanese
  • Ammon – Palestinians and Northern Jordanians
  • Amalek – Sinai Arabs
  • Philistia – Hamas (Gaza Strip)
  • Tyre – Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese
  • Assyria – Syria and Northern Iraq
When looking at these confederates on a modern map, it becomes clear that this group can be reasonably described as Israel’s neighbors, many of whom have been a thorn in Israel’s side for decades and most of whom have demonstrated time and again that they harbor a deep and seething hatred for the Jewish state. We can easily imagine the phrase, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!” coming from several of these groups, because we’ve already heard nearly identical language from them on countless occasions. Is it therefore difficult to imagine this gang of Israel-haters launching an attack against God’s chosen people? No. I think it’s safe to say that, given the opportunity, each and every one of these players would love to indulge the fantasy of annihilating Israel.

Is such an opportunity forthcoming? I believe so. I have laid out my belief in earlier posts that if Israel launches pre-emptive strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities, she will become a global pariah. This would be even more true if Israel is forced to use tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. It won’t matter that such an attack is a clear case of self-defense. The world has never needed a reason to hate the Jews, and it won’t break tradition this time. A pre-emptive strike by Israel will result in immediate condemnation from all corners of the planet, including, I believe, the United States. Israel will stand alone, and the idea of the tiny country finally being without the might of the U.S. behind her will be too tempting for her enemies to resist. It’s the same scenario I’ve hypothesized in earlier posts, except the attackers are the confederacy enumerated in Psalm 83, as opposed to the Ezekiel 38 coalition.

How does the notion of an attack by the Psalm 83 confederacy affect Ezekiel 38’s War of Gog and Magog? I submit that it provides the perfect setup. Think about it:  Israel is attacked by a group of her neighbors–anyone remember 1967?–and Israel soundly defeats the attackers. (Yes, Israel wins. Big. More on this later.) She will have already taken out the direct Iranian threat. Now she will have dealt a crushing blow to those who have tormented her for so very long; the Palestinians, Hamas, and Hezbollah will be quiet. This situation plays perfectly as a setup for the War of Gog and Magog. Israel will feel a sense of security she has not felt in decades. She will likely have increased her land during the ordeal. Aside from the hatred of the world, which she is used to, things will be looking pretty good and Israel would feel safe relaxing just a bit.

Now imagine the situation from the perspective of the Ezekiel 38 players. They just saw Israel attack Iran. Then they saw Israel essentially wipe out the Palestinians, Hamas, and Hezbollah. They saw Israel capture yet more land. Now Israel is sitting back and relaxing, after having spit in the eye of the whole world. The Ezekiel 38 coalition will likely view this situation as utterly intolerable. They will view Israel, possibly accurately, as complacent. They will view it as the perfect time to attack, the perfect time to wipe out those pesky Jews once and for all.

Note that some prophecy followers believe the Psalm 83 action and the Ezekiel 38 action are one and the same. I’ve only scratched the surface of research on this topic, but at first blush, it seems to me more likely to be two separate events. That said, the Ezekiel action could come so closely on the heels of the Psalm 83 action as to appear to be merely a second component of the same war. There are also some who believe the 83rd Psalm is merely a prayer, and that no tangible action is prophesied. In the next post, we’ll see how Obadiah and Isaiah figure into the prophetic timeline that lies just ahead. Until then, pray hard and stay in the Word!

The Abandonment of Israel Accelerates

March 19, 2010 7 comments

First, apologies for the long delay between posts. For a time, I felt that there was not much I could say that wasn’t already being said by Joel Rosenberg and others who have large readerships. That has changed. Things are accelerating and I feel led to share my observations and beliefs in more detail, to do what I can to spread the Word as the puzzle pieces of prophecy continue to slide into place. Okay, let’s get started.

Obama's Dismay Over Jerusalem Housing is Disingenuous


For the first time since the rebirth of Israel in May  of 1948, Israel no longer has the support of the United States. That’s the truth, no matter what you hear from the media. Although I’m no prophet, I did indeed see this abandonment coming, and I saw it from the very first moment it became feasible that Obama could win the U.S. presidency. Now it’s here. The row over Israel’s announcement about building apartments is nothing more than an absurd cover story for Obama’s disdain for Israel.

Several days ago, a story broke concerning the shipment of hundreds of bunker-buster bombs to our Diego Garcia base. Speculation was that these bombs, designed to penetrate the ground and destroy underground structures, were being stockpiled in preparation for a U.S. strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. (A pretty silly speculation in this humble opinion.)  In fact, these bombs were en route to Israel, and were ordered diverted by Obama. Then yet another story broke, this time revealing that Obama has blocked all military shipments and transfers to Israel, since he took office. This is a huge story, folks. Huge. (The fact that it has gone completely unreported before now is yet another indicator of the quality of our media, but that aspect is hardly a surprise.)

As always is the case within the context of this blog, the big question is, “How does this information tie into potential prophetic events?” Here are two major effects:

  • It ever more clearly reveals that it is credible that Israel will face her enemies without any earthly support, thus making the War of Gog and Magog immediately feasible. In fact, it’s not just credible that this aloneness could happen. Reality is that it has already happened.
  • Denying Israel access to conventional bunker buster bombs opens up another issue. If she does not have the conventional weapons necessary to destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities, that leaves her only the nuclear option.

When I assimilate these developments into what was already known, I believe the scenario outlined below provides a clear and credible path to fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy concerning the War of Gog & Magog. Please pardon my redundancy from earlier posts, but the scenario is much easier to follow when all the points of information are laid out in a clear and somewhat linear fashion.

  • Ahmadinejad fervently believes it is his holy mission to pave the way for the 12th imam by initiating a massive conflagration against Jews and Christians. When he gets nukes, he’ll use them.
  • Israel knows and believes the Iranian threat. They also know that they cannot absorb a nuclear strike. Any nuclear threat to the state of Israel is literally an existential threat. They must take out Iran’s nuclear capability.
  • Without the support of the United States, Israel cannot destroy Iran’s nuclear capability using conventional weapons. This leaves only the option of tactical nukes.
  • KEY POINT: While an Israeli attack on Iran will be one of the most obvious cases of self defense in the history of the world, the world will not treat it as such. The world has never needed an excuse to hate God’s chosen people, and it won’t start now. If Israel uses nuclear weapons, even tactical ones that provide as much of a surgical target elimination as possible, she will become a global pariah overnight.
  • In the aftermath of such an attack on Iran, and with the world universally condemning Israel, no one will lift a finger as the Gog/Magog coalition prepares to exact unholy vengeance upon Israel.

We live in very interesting times, dangerous times, and if you don’t know Christ, I urge you to change that immediately. The clock is ticking.

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In His Own Words: A Brief Collection of Ahmadinejad Quotes

November 2, 2009 1 comment

  • “They have created a myth today that they call the massacre of Jews and they consider it a principle above God, religions and the prophets…”  (referring to the Holocaust, which he insists is fiction)
  • “O mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace.”  (one of several similar comments in speeches before the United Nations; the “Promised One” is the 12th Imam, aka the Hidden Imam, aka the Islamic messiah, aka the Mahdi.)
  • “…one of our group told me that when I started to say “In the name of God the almighty and merciful,” he saw a light around me, and I was placed inside this aura. I felt it myself. I felt the atmosphere suddenly change, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink. … And they were rapt. It seemed as if a hand was holding them there and had opened their eyes to receive the message from the Islamic republic.”  (his own comments about the “magical” event during his 2006 speech to the United Nations.)
  • “The Imam Mahdi is in charge of the world and we see his hand directing all the affairs of the country…”
  • “These are the signs of the appearance of the Imam Mahdi who will appear within the ‎next two years…”  (from 2005)
  • “I know that close minded people don’t believe these things,” he said, “but I was ‎certain that the Imam Mahdi will come and manage the meeting. I said, ‘Oh Imam! I want to ‎witness your miracle.’”  (the meeting referred to is his 2007 speech at Columbia University.)
  • ”… the entire universe has been created for that holy event to take place; the day when all the ‎prophets and martyrs will come to help the Imam. Some people make fun of these beliefs; this is ‎because their hearts are devoid of faith. These are modern day pagans and heathens. They ‎pretend to be intellectuals but don’t have the understanding of a goat.”
  • [The mission of his government is to] “pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi (May God Hasten His Reappearance).”
  • “I do not doubt that the new wave which has begun in our dear Palestine and which today we are also witnessing in the Islamic world is a wave of morality which has spread all over the Islamic world. Very soon, this stain of disgrace will vanish from the center of the Islamic world – and this is attainable.”  (The “stain of disgrace” he refers to is Israel.)

  • “Nations in the region will be more furious every day. It won’t take long before the wrath of the people turns into a terrible explosion that will wipe the Zionist entity off the map…The basic problem in the Islamic world is the existence of the Zionist regime, and the Islamic world and the region must mobilize to remove this problem. It is a usurper that our enemies made and imposed on the Muslim world, a regime that prevented the progress of the region’s nations, a regime that all Muslims must join hands in isolating worldwide.”
  • “This regime will be gone, definitely…”You should know that any government that stands by the Zionist regime from now on will not see any result but the hatred of the people…The wrath of the region’s people is boiling… You should not complain that we did not give a warning. We are saying this explicitly now…”  (The “regime” is Israel. The comments were directed to the West.)
  • “The great powers created the Zionist regime to extend their domination in the region. Every day this regime is massacring Palestinians…As this regime goes against the path of life, we will soon see its disappearance and its destruction.”
  • “I want to tell [Western counties] that just as the Soviet Union was wiped out and does not exist anymore, so will the Zionist regime soon be wiped out and humanity will be free.”
  • ”God willing, in the near future we will witness the destruction of the corrupt occupier regime…”
  • ”In Lebanon, the corrupt, arrogant powers and the Zionist regime did all they could in an unfair 33-day war. But after 60 years [Israel’s] greatness fell apart…The countdown to this regime’s destruction started through the hands of Hezbollah’s children…We will witness the destruction of this regime in the near future thanks to the endeavours of all Palestinian and Lebanese fighters.”
  • “Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken… Today the reason for the Zionist regime’s existence is questioned and this regime is on its way to annihilation…has reached the end like a dead rat after being slapped by the Lebanese.”
  • “(Israel) has reached the end of its function and will soon disappear off the geographical domain.”

The Big Question: What Are Iran’s Intentions?

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment
  • “God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism.” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • “Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come, and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started.” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • “Get ready for a world minus the U.S.” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini
  • “The end of the U.S. will begin in Iraq. As the Imam [Khomeini] said, ‘One day the U.S., too, would be history.” — Supreme Leader Khameini
  • “The American regime can expect a resounding slap and devastating fist-blow from the Muslim nation for its support of the Zionist crimes and criminals.” — Supreme Leader Khameini

Rarely do I feel compelled to give evil maniacs the first word on an important topic but it seems appropriate to showcase up front the views which both Ahmadinejad and Khameini have stated publicly and proudly for years. In fact, Ahmadinejad has gone much further than the brief list of statements above. A little research into the speeches of the little man in the bad suits will leave no doubt whatsoever that he believes he has been chosen by Allah to pave the way for the 12th Imam. How does he believe he can accomplish this “holy mandate?” Well, that’s the really scary part:  He believes the way to lay out the welcome mat is to essentially destroy Judeo-Christian civilization.

Despite an abundance of public documentation of his views (I will be furnishing examples of this documentation in future posts), the world seems unaware and unconcerned. “Gee, let’s discuss some sanctions!” (They have worked so very well in the past with such personalities, right?) Maybe we should send him into a “time out” in the corner; it couldn’t be any less effective than what we’re seeing now. As Christians, this shouldn’t surprise us. We see staggering examples of willful blindness on a daily basis in the modern era. In this case, however, the danger is so great that it is surprising to watch the world skipping along its daily life while a madman progresses steadily toward the ability to kill untold millions.

Netanyahu is the only world leader who appears to grasp the real and imminent danger brewing in Iran. (I guess it helps when it’s your country that’s facing a literal existential threat.) He alone seems to believe the obvious truth, which is that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons as a way to increase clout and stature on the geopolitical stage. Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons in order to use them, and the obvious first targets are the Great and Little Satans, respectively the United States and Israel.

At least Israel’s leadership gets it; here in the U.S., we are stuck with a president who seems utterly clueless to the danger creeping up on our six. It begs the scary question:  Will Israel stand alone in the face of the Gog-Magog invasion because she has been abandoned by the U.S., or will the U.S. at that time be unable to help? Look at it from Ahmadinejad’s point of view:  Israel may embody all that he hates on a deeply ideological level, but what is the most practical, the surest way, to destroy Israel? Strip away her protection, us.

We in the United States have grown frighteningly complacent. The vigilant attidue following 9/11 disappeared quickly as our infostructure worked night and day to convince us that Islam is not a threat, that 9/11 was just a few crazies, that the War on Terror is itself the real evil. Common sense has left the building and idiocy stands in its stead.

Turkey & Iran: Shocking Development, or Expected Event?

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Excepting Israel, Turkey has for decades been considered one of the most pro-Western countries in the Middle East. Already a member of NATO, this country that was the seat of the former Ottoman Empire had been pushing for several years to be accepted as a full member of the European Union. Those who have visited Turkey in the current era know that, aside from the ever-present signs of an Islamic culture, it is quite westernized. Istanbul, for example, has regions that are very modern by Western standards. You don’t have to look hard to find American and European influence; it’s everywhere. With all this in mind, there is quite a bit of shock being manifested over Turkey’s unexpected embrace of Iran in general and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in particular. In a dramatic departure from its history of cooperation with Israel, Turkey has recently dialed up a hefty degree of anti-Israeli rhetoric that makes them blend seamlessly into the hate-filled landscape of the Middle East.

Should we be shocked? No! Most scholars agree that Turkey is the modern-day country of Gomer referred to in the Bible. Specifically, Turkey is one of the countries listed in the Bible as part of the huge force prophesied (in Ezekiel 38) to attack Israel in the War of Gog and Magog. This development makes crystal clear the fact that what God has said will happen, will happen, no matter how unlikely, or even impossible, something may look from the human perspective. Literally as little as a few days ago, it was difficult for many to envision Gomer/Turkey being a part of such an invasion, but not now.

Another huge piece of the endtimes puzzle has just clicked into place with a solid THUNK, my friends.