A long-time NATO ally, Turkey has been led down a different path since the August 2014 election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Steadily since that time, Erdogan has forsaken NATO allies to drift toward the Russian power block.
Recently, Turkey entrenched itself even further with Russia when it purchased the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft defense system, rather than the Patriot air defense system or some other system common to NATO members. As a result, the Trump administration will likely impose sanctions and prohibit the sale of American-made F-35’s and other weaponry to Turkey.
“At this point, Erdoğan seems to be strongly committed to his deepening partnership with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and is unlikely to be swayed by Washington’s positive or negative incentives. Erdoğan has been pivoting Turkey away from the transatlantic alliance and its values, putting U.S.-Turkish relations on a crash course, and 2019 might therefore mark the lowest point in bilateral relations.”~ Turkish leader Aykan Erdemir
Indeed, 2019 may very well be a breaking point between Turkey and their NATO allies.
Friends, as the stage continues to be set for the Ezekiel 38 confrontation, we must be alert and sober in this present age. Our Savior is returning soon, and what a day that will be! However, before that time, God’s Word teaches us to be steadfast in the truth of God’s Word.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.~Titus 2:11-13