Turkey and Russia Cozy Up

Once a faithful NATO ally, Turkey has made an about-face during the presidency of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and is headed full-steam into alliance with Russia.  Not only that, Erdogan is inciting Muslims to inundate Jerusalem (particularly Temple Mount) as often as possible to overwhelm the Israeli security forces tasked with keeping the peace on and around Temple Mount.

Indeed, Turkey has cut a deal with Russia for state-of-the-art, Russian-made S-400 missile systems capable of destroying ballistic and cruise missiles on the ground and in the air.  Meanwhile, Erdogan (in an attempt to wrest leadership of the Sunni Muslim world), is calling on Muslims to “defend Palestine just as we defend Mecca and Medina”.  Thus, his call for chaos in the Old City.

But let’s place this all in context.  What we see happening in today’s news is ripped from the pages of Bible prophecy!  First of all, Turkey and Russia (as well as Iran, ISIS, the Syrian government, rebels, Kurds and others) are all engaged in Syria…just a stone’s throw from Israel’s border!  Isaiah 17:1 promises that a day will come when Damascus (Syria’s capital city) will be utterly destroyed.  With it’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, God only knows the catastrophe that could ensue once those fall into the wrong hands.  (I’m not sure there are any “right” hands in Syria right now!)

Once that occurs, look what’s left:  Russia, Iran, and Turkey literally at Israel’s borders.  And where do you think they will head next?

Surmise all you want, but God told the prophet Ezekiel about a very specific war that will take place in the last days.  That is the War of Gog and Magog, described in Ezekiel 38-39.  In those chapters, God identifies the nations that will come against Israel.  They are listed by their ancient names, but guess what modern-day nations are among them!

If you said, “Russia, Iran, and Turkey,” you are correct!  They will be joined by African nations (primarily modern-day Sudan and Libya), and they will invade Israel in an attempt to wipe her out. (I’ve written an entire section of a Bible study about the Northern Invaders.  Check out Terror from the North.)

My friends, God doesn’t give us specific dates and hours for these things and His coming to occur. (Matthew 24-25, Mark 13)  However, He does give us “times and seasons.”  (Luke 12:54-56, Matthew 24:32-34)  We are living in the time and season of His return.

Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 each tell us that when we see the signs of the times taking place, we know the kingdom of God is near.  God’s Word also tells us what to do when we see these signs:

“Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
~Luke 21:28 ESV

“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
~Luke 21:28 NASB

“So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
~Luke 21:28 NLT

Where are you looking, my friends?  Stand…straighten up…lift up your heads…look up…for your redemption is near!

Shabbat shalom!


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