Thursday, November 10, 2022

Turkey is going to betray HIS BROTHERS!

by Michael C. Garrett

Turkey In Bible Prophecy

I turned on the television on July 15th, 2016, and heard about an attempted coup d'état in the nation of Turkey. I have an internet news story here, it’s from the Reading Eagle. And it reads – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says government working to crush coup attempt. And I’m not going to read the whole article, just a few highlights.
"Dateline ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government was working to crush a coup attempt after a night of explosions, air battles, and gunfire across the capital that left at least 17 dead and scores wounded." 
And I heard on the television at that time that almost one thousand soldiers were arrested – apparently soldiers that were implicated in being a part of that coup d'état attempt. 
"Government officials said the coup appeared to have failed as Turks took to the streets overnight to confront troops attempting to take over the country. However, the sounds of huge blasts continued to ring out in the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul throughout the morning, including a bomb that hit the parliament complex." 1
Turkey is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Turkey is not a member of the European Union. Turkey literally sits at the crossroads of civilizations – and always has. You go north and west of Turkey and you end up in Europe. You go south and east of Turkey and you’re in the Middle East. And you’re right on the edge of the former Soviet Union. Turkey borders Syria and Iraq. All of these major players in the news are located in that area. And Turkey is also mentioned in Bible prophecy – which is why I’m spending a little time talking about it. Turks are not Arabs. Turks are Turks. And we’re going to talk about that. Very quickly, if you would turn to Genesis chapter 16.


Now there are two progenitors which we have spoken of in our online booklet – God’s Promises To Abraham. One is Ishmael. Ishmael was the first son of Abraham, and he is believed to be the progenitor – the father of the Arab people. And then, a brother of Jacob, who is named Esau (twin brothers) also called in the Bible, Edom, is the progenitor – the father of the Turkish people. And even though they are related, they are not exactly from the same gene pool. And, as it says in Genesis 16:8 – speaking about Hagar. And Hagar remember – Sarai wanted her husband Abram to have a child, and she convinced her husband to have sex with her female servant Hagar so that he could have an heir. Well, he did, and they did have a son, and as it says in verse 10 – “Then the angel of the LORD said to [Hagar], …” – this mother-to-be – “…’ I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.’ 11) And the angel of the LORD said to her: ‘Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has heard your affliction.’” – and we believe that Ishmael is the progenitor of the Arab people.

And it goes on to say – this prophecy – verse 12 – “’ He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, …’” – saying, things are always going to be stirred up! ‘Wars and rumors of wars’ as Jesus said about the end-time. Always having a hard time getting along with people. “…’ And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.’” – so, that’s the first time we hear about Ishmael.

Now, chapter 17, verse 19. Here is the beginning of the announcement that Abraham and Sarah were going to have a child together – the future Isaac.

Verse 18 – “And Abraham said to God, ‘Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!’ 19) Then God said, ‘No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him …’” – and the promises God made to Abraham were passed on to Isaac, and Jacob (who had his name changed by God to Israel), and then these promises were passed on to Joseph, and then Joseph’s two sons – Ephraim and Manasseh. “…’ I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. 20) And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes [twelve different tribal people], and I will make him a great nation.’” – and I’ve often said – and I don’t really know that much about Arab history and Arab cultures – but if you went through North Africa and the Middle East (just from this prophecy here) you would probably find twelve distinct tribal groups all who claim Ishmael to be their forefather. And so the prophecy was announced and - according to the will of God – the prophecy has come to pass. “…’ and I will make him a great nation. 21) But My covenant …’” – this very special relationship with these special promises, “…’ I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.’” – like 9-months later.


And then, if you would turn to Genesis chapter 25. We talked about this in chapter 3 of God’s Promises To Abraham. And I think it’s amazing so much of what is written in the Book of Genesis - the very first Book of the Bible – which literally goes back to approximately 1440 B.C. - and the things which we’re reading about in our newspapers and hearing about on our nightly news, we first find out about – we first have hints about the future - concerning the things which we hear about every night on our world news channels, computers, and radios. It says in verse 21 – “Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22) But the children [twins] struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If all is well, why am I like this?’ So she went to inquire of the LORD.” - she probably said, ‘Why are these two babies fighting all the time!?’ “Struggling.” They were fighting – in the womb! Verse 23 – “And the LORD said to her: ‘Two nations [two groups of people] are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.’”

So here we have the introduction of who would become known as Esau – or Edom.

And, if you would turn to the Book of Amos. In the Book of Amos, the first couple of chapters goes into many prophecies about people who live in the Middle East. And the time setting of these prophecies is ‘the latter days,’ the end-times. And, I want you to turn to chapter 1, verses 11 and 12. “Thus says the LORD: ‘For three transgressions of Edom, and four, I will not turn away its punishment, …’” – He’s saying EDOM – remember Edom and Esau, they mean the same thing. “…Because he [and we believe that to be the Turkish people] pursued his brother with the sword, And cast off all pity; His anger tore perpetually, And he kept his wrath forever.’” – and God says in verse 12 – “’ But I will send a fire upon Teman, …’” – now in the Book of Obadiah, we hear the word ‘O Teman.’ Again, referring to the same group of people – Esau/Edom/Teman, and O Teman, or Ottoman

The Ottoman Empire

Now some of you who are history buffs should be very well aware that from circa. 1299 to 1923 the Turkish people were a powerful empire – called the Ottoman Empire! The Ottoman Empire officially began in 1299, and it eventually took over the capital of Constantinople. Now, Constantinople was a part of the Eastern Roman Empire. As the Roman Empire gained great strength, and eventually when the West began to decline, a lot of the rulers and the wealth moved to Constantinople and it became known as the Byzantine Empire. And the Byzantine Empire had a powerful grip on world history and world culture for many centuries. But on the 29th of May 1453, the Turkish people overtook Constantinople – named after Constantine the Great – and renamed it Istanbul. And that’s the name it is today. And the Ottoman Empire was at the height of its power from 1453 to 1566.

For about a century they were at the zenith of their power! And the Ottoman Empire finally ended with the conclusion – basically of World War I. The Ottomans made the mistake of allying themselves with Germany during World War I. And so when the allied forces – mainly by the United States of America and England, the United Kingdom. Remember, “…’ He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, …’” – saying, things are always going to be stirred up! Well, eventually the British forces – basically freed Jerusalem from the Islamic influence of the Ottoman Empire. And this set the stage – eventually because the British people took over control of Jerusalem – for the reemergence of Jewish people starting to move back into Jerusalem. And following World War II you had the establishment of Israel as an independent nation – or the people of JUDAH – the Jewish people – on May 14th, 1948.

So, it’s amazing how many of these stories in history intertwine and have a common thread.

Prophet Obadiah and Modern-day Turkey in Prophecy ~ A Two-Fold Prophecy

And so, the Ottoman Empire – was destined to be great. And here in the Book of Amos, chapter 1, it’s referring to – “…’ Teman, …’” – or O Teman, or Ottoman – the Turkish people – “…’ I will send a fire …’” – basically, ‘I’m going to devour and destroy you!’ And, this prophecy gets more specific if you turn over to Obadiah. Now, this is in a section called the ‘minor prophets.’ That’s what Bible people have called this section of the Bible. And sometimes people think – well because you hear the phrase ‘minor prophets’ it sort of means the prophecies aren’t all that relevant. That would be a mistake to assume that. They’re called the ‘minor prophets’ because the Books are relatively short – as compared to the ‘major prophets’ which are Books like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Those Books are much longer. The Books in the section called the ‘minor prophets’ are short in comparison, but they are jam-packed with information! Quite frankly when I was a student at Ambassador College out in Pasadena, California many decades ago there was virtually nothing discussed about the ‘minor prophets.’ Quite frankly I don’t think they understood it that well. And the years intervening since then I have discovered that nine out of the twelve ‘minor prophets’ – 75% - deal with material, with events at different moments of the prophecies – of the end-times! So, you’re really not going to understand the ‘minor prophets’ unless you understand the Plan of God. And, as I’ve said here – we here at the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ and our affiliated churches – our main theme is to understand the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God. The Plan of God as revealed in the Bible. And the only way you can truly make sense of today’s news – including an attempted coup d'état in the nation of Turkey. 

Which - I think is significant.

President Erdoğan was elected by 52% of the vote. And the Turkish people – for over a century – have basically been a secular type of people. Although they’re Muslim – they really haven’t jumped into it very aggressively. And the military – I’ve heard in those reports – has always viewed itself as ‘the keepers of the secular way of life’ in Turkey. Now, this Erdoğan came into power and he has increasingly shown signs of being a dictator. He has cracked down on newspapers and television. He’s tried to blot out social media. He has eliminated a lot of the Turkish military leaders – or retired them if he didn’t like their attitude. He’s claiming for himself more and more power – all the reports I’ve heard say. And he has started to push a very pro-Islamic agenda. So Turkey, whose been so secular – so secular that NATO had no problem allowing Turkey to become a member – now, under this President Erdoğan, the nation of Turkey is apparently becoming more and more Islamic – as in Sharia law and more stringent in its regulations. And most people thought that this attempted coup d'état wasn’t as organized as well as it could have been. But the military personnel was probably objecting to Erdoğan and his policies and his pushing of his Islamic agenda.

Now that Erdoğan's government managed to reassert effective control in the country – the very next day supposedly 2 - his forces are in control. I had heard some observers at that time suggest that Erdoğan is going to become increasingly more and more Islamic. 3 It’s going to force that nation into more and more of the Islamic corner of the world. Where it has sort of been neutral before, now it’s going to become very much more hardcore Islamic. Which is sort of interesting. The two nations which are ‘pushing’ the Islamic agenda most aggressively in the Middle East are not themselves Arab. And we’re talking about Iran – which biblically speaking is Persia. The Iranian people in the eyes of the Bible are Persian people. Now, they are not Arabs – it’s a different tribe of people. And the Turks – who are related to the Arabs – it appears as if this Erdoğan is now becoming more and more aggressive in his Islamic thought.

Keep in mind – the Turkish government on June 27th, 2016 signed an accord with Israel to restore ties and formalize an agreement for regional stability. And I don’t know all the details – but it looked like maybe Israel and Turkey were going to be sort of ‘friends,’ or at least neutral with each other. However, I heard suggestions that Turkey will probably become more and more anti-Israel – anti-Jewish. 4 Now this is a very important point here! Because in the end-time we are told – Jesus Christ said, ’ But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.’ – Luke 21:20. The ‘time to get out of Dodge,’ to get out of town – He said, ’ Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, …’ – leave! Don’t even wait, don’t even slow down – just get! Because some really bad things are going to happen in Jerusalem – in the nation we now call Israel. And it will probably be a combination of both Arab and Islamic armies alongside a reorganized United Europe – which will be making aggressive military inroads into the Middle East! And at the time of the end many of the Jewish people, when they are about to see their country overran by foreign armies – and I hate to say that. I truly hate to acknowledge that, but that’s what the Bible prophecies say - that Jerusalem and the nation we call Israel and the Bible calls Judah will be subjected to a horrible plight during the end time! And many of the Jewish people in an attempt to escape with their lives will travel to the north hoping to get to Europe and some form of safety, but in order to do so they must make passage through Turkey. Bible prophecies say that Turkey will not accommodate them. But in fact, the implications are that they will round up the Jewish people and turn them over to their enemies. Now, with that in mind – let’s read this prophecy of Edom/Esau/Teman, and O Teman, or rather the Ottoman people in the end time.

Obadiah 1:1 – “The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom …” – talking about modern-day Turkey.

“… (We have heard a report from the LORD, And a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying, ‘Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle’): 2) ‘Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised. 3) The pride of your heart has deceived you, You who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’” – ‘Hey, I’m tough! I’m number one! Nobody’s gonna bring me down!’ An attitude of arrogance. 

Verse 4 – “’ Though you ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down,’ says the LORD. 5) ‘If thieves had come to you, If robbers by night – Oh, how you will be cut off! – Would they not have stolen till they had enough? If grape-gatherers had come to you, Would they not have left some gleanings? 6) ‘Oh, how Esau shall be searched out!’” – meaning, they will be closely examined and pillaged. “…’ How his hidden treasures shall be sought after! 7) All the men in your confederacy Shall force you to the border; The men at peace with you Shall deceive you and prevail against you. Those who eat your bread shall lay a trap for you. No one is aware of it.’” – saying that Turkey, in the end, will receive the same deceit and treachery which they have handed out to other nations.

And here it really gets powerful.

Verse 8 – “’ Will I not in that day,’ says the LORD, ‘Even destroy the wise men from Edom, …’” – the ‘wise men,’ the leaders. Military leaders, political leaders. “…’ And understanding from the mountains of Esau? …’” – and here you see where Edom and Esau are synonymous terms. And down in verse 9, we hear the next term – “’ Then your mighty men, O Teman [or Ottoman], shall be dismayed, To the end that everyone from the mountains of Esau May be cut off by slaughter.’” – now when God inspired the original Hebrew, I don’t know if ‘everyone’ means every single person – but it seems to me that is what it means! So, does that mean the overwhelming vast majority, or does it mean what it says – everyone!? Verse 10 – “’ For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever.’” – once again, to me it sounds like Turkey’s fate is just doomed. Verse 11 – “’ In the day that you stood on the other side – In the day that strangers carried captive his forces, When foreigners entered his gates And cast lots for Jerusalem – Even you were as one of them.’” – it’s pretty clear to me what He’s saying! 

When the people of Jerusalem were trying to escape, you stood in their way, and you teamed up with their enemies. Even though deep inside you are related to them! Remember – Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau. They were twins. And God HAS NOT forgotten that heritage – even though Turkey in the end times will forget it.

Verse 12, is a very powerful verse – “’ But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother In the day of his captivity; Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah In the day of their destruction; …’” – now this is yet to come, folks! 

This is a prophecy for the near future! “…’ Nor should you have spoken proudly In the day of [their] distress.’” – or ‘their destruction!’ Verse 14 – “’ You should not have stood at the crossroads …’” – remember, Istanbul – ancient Constantinople is that gateway between Asia Minor in the east, and Europe. And that’s where these Jewish people will be fleeing! They will be trying to leave the area because they know they’re facing death and destruction. “…’ To cut off those [who were attempting to escape]; Nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained In the day of distress.’” – so, not only do they block them. They help round them up and return them to the enemy!

Now the time setting of this is – the Day of the LORD! 

I have spent much time talking about the Day of the LORD! The Day of the LORD is that moment of time – in yet future history. Now, how far away is it!? I don’t know. Could it be three or four years away!? Yes, it could! Could it be ten or fifteen years away!? Yes, it could! Could it be twenty-five or thirty!? Yes, it could! It will be a horrible day! A day in which God – with Jesus Christ – directly intervenes in the affairs of humankind. And the days which proceed that – in which just all-out worldwide chaos ensues – all throughout the world! Through North Africa, the Middle East, through Europe. And, you don’t even hear about America at this point anymore! It’s apparent that America and England have already been subdued, tamed, or neutered, by this point in time – where they’re no longer a factor in these end-time events! The Day of the LORD – the single most horrific time in the history of mankind.

Verse 15 – “’ For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; …’” – and this is God speaking to TURKEY! “…’ As you have done, it shall be done to you; Your [reward] shall return upon your own head.’” – the way you have treated your brothers – even though you don’t like to acknowledge that – so you will be treated in like manner. Verse 16 – “’ For as you drank on My holy mountain, So shall all the nations drink continually; Yes, they shall drink, and swallow, And they shall be as though they had never been.’” – to us – it once again sounds as though the nation which is known as Turkey simply ceases to exist – and the people of Turkey. The punishment from God is so strong – they cease to exist. 

Verse 17 – “’ But on Mount Zion [referring to a future Jerusalem and the city of God] there shall be deliverance, And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.’” – and I have talked about this theme before which has very seldom been seen in the Bible – that upon the return of Jesus Christ the people of Jacob (the people of America, the United Kingdom, and the former colonies) who physically survive – who are not a part of the Kingdom of God; they have not been resurrected into the Family of GOD – apparently at the very beginning of the Millennium join forces, led and protected by God Almighty and Jesus Christ and by the resurrected King David, and they regather in the Middle East and they wreak vengeance upon all the nations which have surrounded Israel. And they come back to Zion – to the holy city! To New Jerusalem! And they engage in physical warfare causing mass destruction – under the direct command of God the Father and Jesus Christ and the resurrected King David! This is a tremendous story that very few people have ever heard! Most people don’t have the slightest iota of a clue that this story is contained in your Bible! “’ For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.’” – Isaiah 28:10.

Verse 18 – “’ The house of Jacob shall be a fire, And the house of Joseph a flame; But the house of Esau [Turkey] shall be stubble; They shall kindle them, And no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,’ For the LORD has spoken.” 

That’s the majority of the Book of Obadiah – and it’s directly pointing to the future of Turkey!

We think this failed coup d'état attempt has emboldened Erdoğan to become more and more Islamic, and we have seen a change in Turkey 5 to where it’s sort of pro-West, turning to a more pro-Middle Eastern Islamic type nation. Setting the stage for the events of the end time.

Prophet Ezekiel and Modern-day Turkey in Prophecy ~ A Two-Fold Prophecy

If you would turn to Ezekiel 35 – there’s another short prophecy concerning Esau/Edom/O Teman – Ottoman.

Ezekiel 35:1 – “Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2) ‘Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir …’” – Mount Seir is another name for Esau.

Keep your place here in Ezekiel, but turn back to Genesis 32, verse 1.

Again, isn’t it amazing we’re going back to the Book of Genesis to help get a FOUNDATION of an understanding about prophecies that appeared to have been taking shape before 2016?  Understand, we’re not in the end times – and don’t let anyone fool you about that – but we are perilously close, we’re on the cusp, we’re on the edge of the end times! Again, how far away – I don’t know! Could it be three or four years away!? Yes, it could! Could it be ten or fifteen years away!? Yes, it could! Could it be twenty-five or thirty!? Yes, it could! If it is, then most of us need to worry about it! If it’s fifty years away – then don’t worry about it! Because you and I aren’t going to be around – most likely.

“So Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2) When Jacob saw them, he said, ‘This is God’s camp.’ And he called the name of that place Mahanaim [meaning ‘double camp’]. 3) Then Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.” 

Just to get the connection. Seir is yet another name for the people of Esau. Esau/Edom/Teman/O Teman –   Ottoman. 

And there’s yet another name we’re going to cover in Ezekiel 35.

Ezekiel 35:3 – “’ and say to it, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, O Mount Seir, I AM against you; I will stretch out My hand against you, And make you most desolate; …’” – remember what we have just previously read!? We read in Obadiah, seemingly, that Turkey is destroyed and apparently just laid waste! And that no one survives! Now, this is just a stunning prophecy! 

Verse 4 – “’ I shall lay your cities waste, And you shall be desolate. Then you shall know that I AM the [ETERNAL]. 5) Because you have had [a perpetual] hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, …’” – talking about the end-time! 

Verse 6 – “therefore, as I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. 7) Thus I will make Mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it the one who leaves and the one who returns.’” – again, it sounds to us, like a complete and total eradication of the Turkish people!

Now, God – what one word describes God!? If you had to come up with only one word!? L O V E. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8. A very simple Bible statement. And I’ve often tried to say that another synonym of the word love is loyalty. God is love and God is loyalty. And God highly prizes loyalty. And you can see that He does not take kindly – remember He said to Abraham, one of the promises – ‘I will bless them that bless you, and I will curse them who curse you.’ – Genesis 12:3. And here in this situation, Turkey turns treacherous and vicious and cruel towards the descendants of Isaac and Jacob. And in God’s Book, that’s just about the lowest thing you can do! And He says, ‘I will repay you according to your deeds!’ One of the most consistent principles in the Bible is ‘according to your deeds, you will be repaid.’ And because of the treachery that Turkey hands out to the Jewish people attempting to flee for their lives, He says, “’ Thus I will make Mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it the one who leaves and the one who returns.’”

Verse 8 – “’ And I will fill its mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those who are slain by the sword shall fall. 9) I will make you perpetually desolate, …’” – it doesn’t sound like it’s just a battle, and then it’s over. It sounds to us like a permanent curse upon the land that is now known as Turkey. “…’ and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I AM the LORD.’” – and that, ‘I have spoken. And that I have exact upon you a terrible punishment for your treachery and for your disloyalness to your brothers.’ And even church people should keep that in mind! This is a powerful WARNING for everyone! If you turn your back on your brothers, you’re not going to be well received by God on the day of judgment. That’s just the plain simple short form of it! 

Verse 10 – “’ Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them,’ although the LORD was there, 11) therefore, as I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I will do according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; …’” – one again, ‘I’m going to repay you – the anger that you showed, the hatred that you showed to My people – My covenant people – I’m going to show you the same type of anger!’ “…’ and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you. 12) Then you shall know that I AM the LORD. I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against …’” – against WHO!? “…’ the mountains of Israel, …’” – now, who is Israel!? 

The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (who had his name changed to Israel), Joseph, and Joseph’s two sons – Ephraim and Manasseh. As Jacob says in the Book of Genesis, ‘upon these two lads shall my name be placed.’ 

Ephraim – the founding stock of the people of the United Kingdom. 
Manasseh – the founding stock of the people of the United States of America. 

‘Because you have spoken these blasphemous hate-filled things against My people – America and the British people!’ “…’ saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’” – once again, an implication that in the end times the United States of America and England are no longer players. That’s the implication throughout all prophecies. That in the end-time, they are not substantial - been reduced basically to nothingness.

Verse 13 – “’ Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.’ 14) Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate.’” – when will the whole earth rejoice!? 

At the blowing of the SEVENTH TRUMP at the RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST at the RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS! At the very beginning of the establishment of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD upon this earth! That’s when the whole earth will rejoice! This is an end-time event! This didn’t happen in the year AD 67 or 68! This is yet to happen! And at that time – at the end-time – and in the early days of the Millennium ‘I will make you desolate.’

Verse 15 – “’ As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the House of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as …’” 

Now, this next name is Idumea – another name for EDOM. So, biblically speaking – the people of Turkey in prophecy are referred to as Esau/Edom/Teman/O Teman/Seir or Mount Seir, and Idumea. There are six different names, but they all mean one thing – modern-day Turkey. 

“…’ as well as all of Edom – all of it! Then they shall know that I AM the LORD.’”

Those are some powerful prophecies! And the story which broke on July 15th, 2016, I just felt compelled to share this part of the story with you. It’s a story that most people don’t know. Most people in America just don’t have a clue. If you were to walk up to the average man or woman on the street and go, “Can you tell me who Esau is!? Or Edom!? Or Idumea!? Or Seir!? What does the Bible say about them!? And, who are they!?” Well, people would look at you like you’re drunk! “What are you talkin’ about!? That’s all gibberish to me!” And yet, we have just read it in your Bible! □



1) Associated Press, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says government working to crush coup attempt, Reading Eagle, 15 July 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
2) Levin, Ned; Candemir, Yeliz (16 July 2016). "Turkey's Erdogan Reasserts Control After Attempted Coup". The Wall Street Journal. Istanbul. Retrieved, web archive 10 November 2022. 
4) In December 2017, President Erdoğan threatened to break off diplomatic ties with Israel if the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Turkey's Erdogan threatens ties with Israel over Jerusalem issue". Jerusalem Post. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
5) President Erdogan ranked first place in the World's 500 Most Influential Muslims in 2019. Anadolu Agency. President Erdogan ranked world's top influential Muslim. Mehmet, Hafiz, Fatih. 22.10.2018. Retrieved 10 November 2022.

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