Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Personal... Turkey In Prophecy

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A MONTH AGO I wrote, taking a glance at our Google Search Console many of our readers would like answers. One of the queries was “is obidiah talking about modern-day turkey”? In this Personal, let us look into God’s living word – the Holy Bible – for the right answer.

Just what is ahead for modern-day Turkey? From His living word, let us identify TURKEY.

In Genesis, Isaac’s son Esau received a special blessing, and he would go on to be the progenitor of the Edomites. Notice –

“And Esau said to his father, ‘Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me─me also, O my father!’ And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. 39) Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:

‘Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, And of the dew of heaven from above. 40) By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall break his yoke from your neck’” – Genesis 27:38-40.

And, with no ambiguity – “ … Esau is Edom. 9) And this is the genealogy of Esau the father of the Edomites …” – Genesis 36:8, 9.

Notice this from Dr. Herman L. Hoeh from his The Origin of the Nations!
“ … we find Amalek, the name of a city in Turkestan in Central Asia (from Paul Hermann’s SIEBEN VORBEI UND ACHT VERWEHT, pg. 451). Egyptians used to call the Amalekites Amu. In Turkestan is the River Amu today! In Bible times the Edomites inhabited Mt. Seir (Gen. 32:4). In Turkestan is the Syr Darya — the River of Syr or Seir.

The leading Turkish tribe is the Ottoman. The prophecies referring to Edom or Esau mention Teman as the leading tribe in these latter days (Obadiah 9). The conclusion is inescapable. The Ottoman Turks are the sons of Teman. Merely the vowels in spelling have been changed over these past millenniums. From Central Asia, the Turks or Edomites moved into Asia Minor. That is where Esau's children live today! Turkey controls the "crossway" of the nations — the Dardanelles (Obadiah 14).

How clear, ESAU OR EDOM IS TURKEY today!”
Now, it should be pointed out that Esau’s brother Jacob was later known as ISRAEL – see Genesis 32:28. So, the breaking of his brother Israel’s yoke from around his neck certainly happened centuries ago, yet the blessing of ‘the fatness of the earth, And of the dew of heaven from above’ surely came during the Ottoman Empire – also known as the Turkish Empire, was an empire that controlled much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries.

Here is some information from Minister Michael C. Garrett:
“ … if you would turn to Genesis chapter 25. … 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. … 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. Now some of you who are history buffs or are 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.” 1
Sadly, there are a great number of Protestants who try and tie modern-day Turkey in with Togarmah of Ezekiel 38.

“Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops ─many people are with you” – Ezekiel 38:6.

In the article "Gog and Magog In Prophecy" I write –
““GOMER (the firstborn of JAPHETH) was the first to settle central Europe, but at the End of the Age we find his descendants in Asia — in the Far East. In Ezekiel 38:1–6 we find GOMER associated with MAGOG, MESHECH, TUBAL, PERSIA, ETHIOPIA (eastern CUSH, of the Hindu KUSH), PHUT in India and Ceylon (not as the KJV states as Libya). This means that GOMER and all his bands long ago became Asiatic powers, and they are still Asiatic powers at the End-Time.” (Martin, E.L. Dr., Prophetic Geography and the Time of the End, 1992. Internet Edition. Retrieved 22 Feb. 2022).

Any biblical map will show that the descendants of Japheth migrated north and northeast into the territories occupied today by Russia and the Oriental races. Therefore, this prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 38 shows us that it is RUSSIA …”
Certainly, the Turkish people could be involved in Ezekiel chapter 38, but Togarmah they are not.

In fact, Ezekiel chapter 38 is not for our time. And neither is it a prophecy of the Messiah returning to destroy the Turks! As a false prophet, Rabbi Yekutiel Fish emphatically states, “We are now in the month of Shevat on the eve of the Messiah. Next year, 5783, will be a Jubilee year and will usher in the Messiah.” 2

Concerning Ezekiel 38 – Gog and Magog, The Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries have a sermon on our YouTube channel:

No! And friends, any person that tells you they know when our Lord Jesus Christ is coming, RUN! –

’ But of that day and hour NO ONE KNOWS, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only’ – Matthew 24:36.

Friends, this is speaking of the Millennium.

Minister Michael C. Garrett wrote of this. Revelation 20:7-8 speaks of this same time during the Millennium:
“Concerning WHY Satan the devil and his horde is released for a short season Revelation 20:3b … because immediately he goes out to the four corners of the world – And will be DESTROYED. And dead bodies will be piled high when the “Great White Throne” resurrection occurs. ... Revelation 20 ... Verse 7-8 – to Gog and Magog (Siberia, China, Russia area) to gather them together to battle against the beloved city of God and of the saints. A THOUSAND YEARS OF PEACE WILL BE INSTANTLY SHATTERED WHEN SATAN IS LOOSED! It will demonstrate… people AFTER a thousand years, multiple generations (possibly 25 generations), they may hear people like you and me resurrected, many hundreds of years before, they may hear us say, “Well, you know when Satan lived upon this Earth, it was very difficult for people to obey God, because he caused so many troubles.” And after a while, some of those people are going to say, “O’ come on! That’s like saying grandpa said he had to walk 6 miles to school through the snow. I don’t believe he had to walk 6 miles through the snow. It wasn’t that tough. It really wasn’t that bad!” Well, people will have become a little immune, or thick-headed in their skulls about that Message. And then at the end of the Millennium, when this horrible monster called Satan and his associates called demons are let loose, they INSTANTLY plunge the world into crisis again! It will be like, “See what I mean!?” 3
What about this false prophets erroneous teachings that Numbers 24:24 is prophesying a Turkish battle!?

Notice the following from the Prophet Moses –

“’ And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people IN THE LATTER DAYS’” – Numbers 24:14, KJV.

“’ But ships shall come from the coasts of Cyprus [Kittim], And they shall afflict Asshur and afflict Eber, And so shall Amalek, until he perishes’” – Numbers 24:14, NKJV.

“He uttered his oracle: ‘Ah, who are these assembling in the north, 24) invaders from the region of Kittim? They will lay waste Assyria; they will lay Eber waste: he too shall perish utterly’” – Numbers 24:23-24, NEB.

“’ But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim, And they shall afflict Asshur and shall afflict Eber; So they also shall come to destruction’” – Numbers 24:24, NASB – Key Word Hebrew/English Study Bible.

“’ Big ships from the coast of Kittim will afflict Assyria and afflict the other bank – but it, too, will be forever destroyed’” – Numbers 24:24, The Torah.

Notice this commentary from Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
24. ships shall come… Kittim] Ships from the side of Kittim. The clause has no verb, and, if the text is right, it must form the subject of the following verb ‘shall afflict,’ the intervening ‘and’ being disregarded. … Asshur will itself be destroyed by invaders from the west. There is, however, no support for this in history, …” 4
Truly, Numbers 24:24 is speaking of a Western-based naval force. This never has yet occurred in history – this is a prophecy for the future.

Let us also notice this prophecy

“For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. 3) They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 4) They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more’” – Psalm 83:2-4.

Taking ‘crafty counsel’ certainly sounds a lot like the plotting of terrorism – ‘that the name of Israel may be remembered no more’! Just who is that “Israel”!?

Sadly, the greater majority of our peoples around the world DO NOT properly understand just who is Israel today – the house of Israel – concerning Joseph’s two sons Ephraim and Manasseh.

Be sure to read, if you haven’t already, Minister Garrett’s book God’s Promises To Abraham. We also have chapters 1 thru 3 in audio:
“’ The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth’” – Genesis 48:16.

So, having Israel’s name placed upon the two lads makes them prophetically “Israel”. As we teach, Manasseh represents the founding stock of the people of the United States of America. And Ephraim represents the founding stock of the people of the United Kingdom – see also Judah’s Scepter and Joseph’s Birthright by J.H. Allen, 1943.

Again the prophecy of Psalm 83 –

“For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: 6) The tents of Edom [the Turkish people] and the Ishmaelites [Saudi Arabia]; Moab and the Hagrites [modern-day Iraq]; 7) Gebal [Lebanon], Ammon [Jordan], and Amalek [Turks]; Philistia [Palestinians] with the inhabitants of Tyre [Lebanon]; 8) Assyria [Germany] has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot [think Jordan] – Psalm 83:5-8.

Notice that they consult together with one voice to get rid of Israel. And one of the nations they consult with is Amalek – modern-day Turkey. So this prophecy speaks of an alliance involving Arab, Turkish, and European nations to make a destructive deal!

Ultimately, what will happen to Turkey!?

Turkey will come to fully support a confederation of Islamic nations – of the lands of North Africa and the Middle East. Yet, it will continue to fornicate with Europe. The coming leader of this Islamic confederation of nations will certainly be an Antichrist, yet biblically will be known as the king of the South – cf. Daniel 11:40.

Notice this two-fold prophecy -

“’ AT THE TIME OF THE END the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North [a final United States of Europe] shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41) He shall also enter the Glorious Land [Palestine], and many countries shall be overthrown; but these [initially] shall escape from his hand: Edom [which is Turkey], Moab [which is Iraq], and the prominent people of Ammon [or Jordan]. 42) He shall stretch out his hand [the ‘king of the North’] against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape’” – Daniel 11:40-42.

Now, Turkey is basically to the north of Jerusalem. Iraq is basically to the east of Jerusalem. Jordan is basically to the southeast of Jerusalem.

Remember, initially, Turkey, Iraq, and Jordan, are spared military conquest. But after this mechanized force – representing a final United Europe – comes into the Middle East like a ‘whirlwind’ taking over and occupying many countries – many Arab countries, many Islamic countries – then the people of Turkey, Iraq, and Jordan, they decide – “No, we’re not going to put up with that! We’re going to counterattack!” – or rather they’re going to attempt to counter-attack, because as it says here – “’ But news [of what they’re planning] from the east and the north shall trouble [the king of the North]; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.’” – so there is a massive counterattack against areas such as Turkey, Iraq, and Jordan.

Turkey – which Prophet Obadiah is prophesying about – will come to support the soon-coming civic leader of a final United States of Europe.

Prophet Daniel in chapter 11 verses 40-43 shows us that Edom (Turkey) will initially escape the wrath of the final European king of the North. Prophet Ezekiel shows us that Egypt and her allies, including Arabs, will be DESTROYED! Notice this end-time prophecy –

“’ For the DAY is near [speaking of the Day of the Lord], even the day of the LORD is near; it will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles. 4) The sword shall come upon Egypt, And great anguish shall be in Ethiopia, When the slain fall in Egypt, And they take away her wealth, And her foundations are broken down’” – Ezekiel 30:3-4. Continue reading to verse 12.

Notice none of these verses mention Edom [Turkey] being destroyed at that time. This utter destruction of Turkey will come later.

Again, Minister Garrett –
“ … just for a reference – a time setting – note verse 15 [Obadiah 1] ‘the Day of the LORD upon all the nations is near.’ This is an end-time prophecy! Let’s pick it up at Verse 8 – “’ Will I not in that day,’ says the LORD, ‘Even destroy the wise men from Edom [remember, Edom, Esau, Turkey, they all mean the same], And understanding from the mountains of Esau? 9) Then your mighty men, O Teman [Ottoman], shall be dismayed, To the end that everyone from the mountains of Esau May be cut off by slaughter.’ 10) ‘For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever. 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 VERY CLEAR what He’s talking about – the sack of Israel (modern-day Israel) and Jerusalem, forces being carried off, and Edom (Turkey) has a direct hand in it!!” 5
Edom wants JERUSALEM destroyed! Consider the following prophecy

“’ Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, ‘Raze it, raze it, To its very foundation!’ 8) O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, Happy the one who repays you as you have served us! 9) Happy the one who takes and dashes Your little ones against the rock!’” – Psalm 137:7-9.

These verses constitute a prophetic end-time declaration. In fact, it is even a dual prophecy for this end-time. Edom (modern-day Turkey) will play a major role in the overthrow of Israel and Jerusalem – and Turkey will suffer utter destruction for her betrayal.

Yes! My friends, it is sad to report that modern-day Turkey will suffer a mighty destructive blow for its actions in helping destroy their brother JUDAH – the modern-day nation of Israel. And, it’s possible they participate in this ‘crafty counsel’ because of what Israel will surely do to Iran (still, in our view, the number one terrorist-sponsoring nation) when Iran/Syria attacks and causes grave damage to Israel. Of which I warn will occur in the sermon “’ Blow the Trumpet!’”

Here again, are some two-fold prophecies involving Edom [modern-day Turkey] –

“’ Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because of what Edom did against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them,’ 13) therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘I will also stretch out My hand against Edom, cut off man and beast from it, and MAKE IT DESOLATE from Teman; Dedan shall fall by the sword. 14) I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know MY VENGEANCE,’ says the Lord GOD” – Ezekiel 25:12-14.

“’ Edom also shall be an astonishment; Everyone who goes by it will be astonished And will hiss at all its plagues. 18) As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah And their neighbors,’ says the LORD, ‘No one shall remain there, Nor shall a son of man dwell in it” – Jeremiah 49-17-18.
“There’s no equivocation against that comment. Obadiah 1:8-9 – “’ Will I not in that day.’” – the end-time trauma. The Day of the Lord. God eradicates all of TURKEY! In the end-time when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ get out of Judah, flee, and when a lot of the Jewish people see their torment coming, are going to attempt to leave what we call ‘Israel’ today. Many are going to head north and try and cross Turkey over into Europe. And the Turks will NOT allow them. The Turks will round them up and sell them or kill them. Horrible end-time trauma comes upon the nation of Judah; modern-day Israel. Verse 15 – The Day of the Lord is the single MOST PROPHESIED event in all of the Bible!” 6
Even After War, All Is Not Lost

Like all others, salvation will be available for our Turkish brethren. Yet, because of how Turkey betrays the physical nation of Judah – modern-day Israel – along with its collusion to help destroy the modern-day house of Israel (the United States of America and the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth Nations). The LORD God has destruction coming for Turkey first.

After all these prophesied military battles, the utter destruction and chaos, this ‘great tribulation’ will end. So says our soon-coming Savior and Commander In Chief –

’ Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; …’ – certainly an indication that the atmosphere will be thick with volcanic ash towers or even radioactive dust and ash! An atmosphere thick with a ‘nuclear winter’!? “ … ‘the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’ - Satan and his demons will be expunged from the atmosphere of the earth.

And then He says – Verse 30 – ’ Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.’

Our Lord Jesus Christ is saying there will be a great time of end-time ‘tribulation’ – and immediately after that ‘the sign’ of Jesus Christ coming will appear in outer space. And we describe it this way - when the throne of God, when New Jerusalem, begins to return to this earth, at some point, it will be a little small light in the night sky. And the next night it will be a little brighter – like the star Sirius. And then, it becomes more and more obvious – and people will look up and go, “What is that!?” Now, most of the people of the world will think it is – and they really will – an invading alien force.

In fact, in the Book of Revelation, John wrote – “the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every [bond] man and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, [think of such places as the Cheyenne Mountain Complex], and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!’” – Revelation 6:15-16.

Verse 31 – ’ And He [Jesus Christ] will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect [His saints] from the four winds, from one end of heaven [the atmosphere] to the other.’

And Jesus continued, giving us an example of what the Apostle Paul speaks of in 1 Thessalonians 4:15, ‘we who are alive’ – verse 40 – ’ Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.’ – When the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES BEGIN, THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS HAS ALREADY OCCURRED! The saints are protected! Because they’re not flesh and blood any more. Their eternal spirit beings – members of the Family of GOD. The FIRST SIX of the SEVEN TRUMPETS are a progression of the end-time trauma – the end-time ‘tribulation.’ And the SEVENTH TRUMP of the seven trump’s is indeed, directly related to the concept of the resurrection of the saints. The blowing of the SEVENTH TRUMP! And following that, in the Book of Revelation – Chapters 15 & 16 – you read about the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES. The SEVEN LAST PLAGUES ARE EQUIVALENT TO THE DAY OF THE LORD.

So, here the resurrected saints have already ascended into the clouds to be with Jesus Christ and what would be considered ‘low earth orbit’ with the future New Jerusalem waiting to come down to the EARTH.


“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, … ‘Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’” – Acts 4:8, 12.

What happens to our innumerable Turkish brethren who have not heard this MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE? What happens to our peoples around the world who will not seek the LORD our God or will not heed the WARNING from the soon-coming end-time prophets!? –

“’ But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and YOU WILL FIND HIM if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30) When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you IN THE LATTER DAYS, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice 31) (for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them’” – Deuteronomy 4:29-31.

What about those who were born and died long before our Lord Jesus Christ came to the earth to save all mankind!? What happens to them!?

Sadly, this world’s Christianity teaches that unless one professes belief in Jesus prior to the first death, then salvation is lost. And, it is perhaps because of this great gulf between their teaching and that of ours, that the majority of Catholics and Protestants alike label us as blasphemers, hate-mongers, and even Beelzebub. 7

The Church of our living God teaches that God the Father is only calling a relatively few during this present evil age.

“Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of Truth, that we might be a kind of FIRSTFRUITS of His creatures” – James 1:18.

Recall, our Master, Savior, and Elder Brother teaches, ’ No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; …’” – John 6:44.

’ For many are called, but few are chosen’ – Matthew 22:14.

“ …’ narrow is the gate and difficult is the Way which leads to [eternal] life, and there are few who find it’ – Matthew 7:14.

Now, would a loving and merciful God condemn all those who God the Father has not called out of this present evil world!? Sadly, the majority of our Catholic and Protestant friends alike teach – yes.

The LORD our God’s living word teaches that unless a person has committed the unpardonable sin they will be judged in a future era of time.

So, our dear Turkish brethren – the Islamic Republic of Turkey (for the nation is now majority Sunni equivalent to Iran, with an identical tyrannical ruler as that of Iran) you are not condemned to suffer forever for what you do not properly understand.

Friends, those uncalled in this dispensation – meaning this 6,000-year rule by mankind; which includes the vast majority of mankind from all ethnic groups, including those who have long been dead – will be offered the tree of Life. An opportunity for eternal salvation! And nearly all will accept it!

You’ve heard of the ‘Great White Throne Judgment’!? It’s a glorious truth that so very few people appear to understand. The judgment God is speaking of is in the Book of Revelation.

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, [both] small and great, standing before God [speaking of God the Father here], …”

So, the dead, now resurrected, standing before God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

“ … and books [the Holy Bible] were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. …”

And this shows us that most all in that judgment are going to find eternal life!

“ … And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” – Revelation 20:11-12.

Now if they repent they will be given a chance to accept the blood of Jesus Christ, even then, over a thousand years ahead of us – in the resurrection! □


1) Garrett, M.C., Turkey is going to Betray His Brothers! 2019, pgs. 4, 5, 6.
2) Berkowitz, A.E., Prominent Mystic: Next year will be the final Jubilee, year of Messiah’s arrival, Israel365News, 12.1.22, Retrieved 12.12.22.
4) Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, The Book of Numbers, Cambridge University Press, 1901, pg. 142.
5) Garrett, M.C., Prophecy Series – The Last Crusade, 2019, pgs. 16-17.
6) Garrett, Notes Concerning the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day, 24.
7) See my Personal… WHO is the HEAD of this Website? I speak of this very thing.

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