Turkey becomes partner of China-Russia led security bloc
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
For many years now we have been following the Middle East for events that would possibly signal the closeness of pre-tribulational prophecy events. One of the prophetic events that many Bible prophecy people are looking for is the dramatic Russian and moslem invasion of Israel that is predicted by the prophet Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 39-39, the bible predicts a quick attempt to invade Israel from the north. Ezekiel goes on to detail the main participants in this invasion as being led by Russia (Magog) and Iran (Persia). Another country mentioned specifically in this invasion is Turkey (house of Togarmah). Ezekiel 38 says:
Eze 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee.
While the "house of Togarmah would probably also include Armenia and perhaps Georgia as well. The bottom line is that this verse talks about the modern nation of Turkey and that is the focus of today's Rapture Report.
An interesting headline that grab my attention today has to do with Turkey becoming a "partner" in the Russia-China security bloc called the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The Jerusalem Post is reporting:
NATO member Turkey signed up on Friday to became a "dialogue partner" of a security bloc dominated by China and Russia, and declared that its destiny is in Asia. "This is really a historic day for us," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty after signing a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev. "Now, with this choice, Turkey is declaring that our destiny is the same as the destiny of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries."
China, Russia and four Central Asian nations - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - formed the SCO in 2001 as a regional security bloc to fight threats posed by radical Islam and drug trafficking from neighboring Afghanistan. Since then, Central Asia's former imperial master Russia has watched with unease China's economic expansion in the resource-rich region, with Beijing investing billions of dollars in oil and gas and issuing large loans to local governments.
The interesting thing to note from this article besides Turkey joining the SCO was the interesting statement from Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that Turkey was now looking "East" for it's future. This is interesting because we have been saying for years now in the Rapture Report that one of the things holding up the Ezekiel 38-39 "Gog/Magog" invasion was that the fact that Turkey was still looking to be part of the West. As many of you know Turkey has had many holdups in it's attempt to join the European Union. These holdups have apparently taken their toll and now it looks like Turkey is giving up on the "West" and is now looking "East" for it's future.
This to me is a potentially important development that may show that the forces behind the "Gog/Magog" conflict of Ezekiel 38-39 may very well be taking their final places before the show begins. Turkey has been very hostile to Israel over the past couple of years ever since the Gaza flotilla crisis took place and 9 Turkish terrorists were killed by Israeli commandos. The Israelis for their part were acting within their legal right according to international law to board the flotilla ship "Mavi Marmara" in order to stop the attempted illegal cruise to Gaza.
Turkey's hatred and strong armed responses lately to Israel are just the beginning of Turkey's evil desire to destroy Israel even despite so called "thawing" of relations since Israel "apologized" for the situation. This evil desire will come to a head when the Ezekiel 38-39 conflict erupts and where God supernaturally intervenes to stop the invaders including Turkey. This news article is just further evidence that we are heading towards the fulfillment of prophecy as foretold by God in the Bible.
For students of Bible prophecy we should continue to watch the news for more reports on developments related to the Gog/Magog participants. As we get closer and closer to the Gog/Magog conflict we know that we are also getting close to the Tribulation period which means the pre-trib rapture of the church is even closer! Keep looking up, God's perfect plan for the redemption of man is in full swing and right on track.