For years, Bible teachers and preachers have been looking for Russia to lead a coalition of nations in an attack against Israel as foretold in Ezekiel 38-39.
I haven’t worried about that possibility since Turkey is the real key to that whole scenario since many of the ancient nations mentioned in the prophecy are now incorporated in modern Turkey. Also Turkey has had close ties with Israel for years, has been a close ally of the USA, and an integral part of NATO which traditionally opposed Russia and their allies.
Now I believe that Turkey is in play and that we might actually be witnessing the lining up of a possible Ezekiel 38-39 coalition. Lately, Turkey has been increasingly more radical and Islamist. Also, the Turkish leaders partially blame the USA for the recent so-called coup since the supposed coup leader lives in America and the Obama administration refuses to extradite him.
Worse yet, the relations between Turkey and Israel have been on a downward spiral over the last couple of years following the Gaza Blockade and Turkey’s failed attempt to break it. Then last year the Turkish President called on all Muslims to attack Israel, capture Jerusalem, and establish a new caliphate. Though this summer the two countries attempted to negotiate a reconciliation, the agreement was not an entirely satisfactory resolution from the Turkish viewpoint.
Then there are the recent trips that Russia’s Putin has made to Turkey trying to bring them into their sphere of influence along with Iran and all of the former Soviet ‘istan’ republics. It is the moves that Putin has recently made along with the declining relation ships between Turkey and the USA along with Israel which has caused me to write this update.
Is the Ezekiel 38-39 scenario now in place? No, but the trends listed above are going in that direction. Keep your eye on Turkey, that country remains the modern key to the whole thing. At least 4 of the 7 ancient countries listed in the Ezekiel coalition are now part of the modern country of Turkey. Iran (Persia ) is the other nation to watch. If Turkey and Iran actually get together watch out.
I believe that Russia under Putin is also important as a possible deal maker in getting Shia Iran together with Sunni Turkey. Iran and Turkey are natural opponents, each one wanting to establish their own version of a new Muslim caliphate. Russia already has major treaties with Iran and would like to add Turkey to the mix. As long as Turkey is part of NATO and somewhat close to the USA nothing is going to happen. Putin would like to change all of that and put Turkey in his camp along with Iran. Watch for it, that is where the real danger is.
See my previous article on Ezekiel 38-39 where I identify the modern locations of the Gog and Magog coalition: “-Is ‘Gog and Magog’ Beginning to Line Up?”
UPDATE: See the following article I found after I wrote this post. Pretty much confirms my concerns about Turkey: “Turkey and the Next War”