The Gaza Flotilla and Bible Prophecy
By Mike Mickey
A future battle commonly referred to as the battle of Gog-Magog is foretold in Ezekiel 38-39. As I have anticipated and openly predicted for years, the nation of Turkey is steadily progressing toward becoming a participant in that future event which will see a Russian-Arab confederacy attack the nation of Israel in a perceived time of safety.
The nations most believe will be participants in the future Gog-Magog attack are as follows, all of them taken from Ezekiel's prophecy:
* Magog - Most agree this is a reference to Russia.
* Meshech - Most associate this with modern day Turkey, ancient Anatolia, but some say it refers to the Moscow area.
* Tubal - Most associate this with modern day Turkey, ancient Anatolia.
* Persia - modern Iran
* Gomer - eastern Europe or Turkey
* Togarmah - southeastern Europe or Turkey
Having demonstrated Turkey's future role as an active participant in the battle of Gog-Magog described in Ezekiel 38-39, let's turn our attention to an event that is potentially pivotal to Turkey's future alignment with the list above - the Gaza flotilla incident presently a top story in global news.
A May 31, 2010 Associated Press article explained the incident as follows, in part:
Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a botched raid that left at least nine passengers dead.
Before we proceed any further, it's important that everyone grasps that this flotilla was looking for a confrontation with Israeli Defense Forces at the time the raid described above occurred and, immediately upon getting an opportunity to do so, took full advantage of it as video of the incident highlights.
Immediately upon their descent from helicopter, Israeli commandos were beaten with metal rods and chairs by a mob of "activists", up to 50 of whom we're now learning may have connections with global jihad-affiliated groups. Not only that, at least one IDF commando was thrown from one deck of the boarded ship to another, certainly a use of deadly force on the part of the passengers of the boarded vessel. It isn't difficult to see how things quickly got out of hand, but setting the specifics of the flotilla and the raid on it aside for now, I want to get to the meat of this commentary, specifically how this incident is driving a wedge between Turkey and Israel, bringing Turkey closer to its Gog-Magog future than ever before.
Shortly after the incident occurred, Turkey, leading international condemnation of Israel, withdrew its ambassador to Israel and referred to the incident as "state terrorism".
Inside Turkey, as news of the flotilla raid made its way to the Turkish public, the Turkish citizenry's anti-Semitic sentiments spilled over, reportedly turning into rioting in some areas, prompting Israel's Counterterrorism Bureau to issue a statement warning Israelis against travel to Turkey.
The Los Angeles Times noted that the Israeli raid had dealt a blow to Israel's ties with Turkey, acknowledging what has been being documented here for some time now, a noteworthy cool down in Israel-Turkey relations. The Times opened its article as follows:
Longtime ally Turkey recalls its ambassador and calls off joint military exercises as Turks protest the aid flotilla raid. Ties had been deteriorating since the Gaza assault in 2008-09.
Of greater significance as we consider where Turkey is headed in the prophetic future, away from its pro-Western military alignment to its future partnership with Russia and Iran, is the language and tone of statements which have been made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in the wake of the raid. Having referred to the raid as "state terror", "piracy", and a "massacre", Erdogan has come perilously close to suggesting the two nations are on a war footing, warning Israel "not to test Turkey's patience."
Adding to already high tensions between Turkey and Israel, concerns are growing that a future flotilla to Gaza may be accompanied by Turkish warships, Ankara having played a prominent role in the first flotilla's journey to the region to test Israel's resolve where its blockade of Gaza is concerned - a blockade which is necessary, I might add, because anti-Israel forces the world over are relentlessly trying to arm Israel's enemies in Gaza.
In conclusion, the Christian Science Monitor has quoted writer Sami Kohen, a veteran Turkish political analyst and columnist, as saying the following of interest in light of where bible prophecy tells us Turkey is headed in the prophetic future:
"Turkey now is one of the sides in the Middle East conflict. It is quite clearly opposed to Israel. This event is almost a climax in this shift.”
With all due respect to Mr. Kohen, this is only a climax in Turkey's growing hostility to Israel thus far. The prophet Ezekiel tells us armed conflict between Turkey and Israel is ultimately going to occur.
Gog-Magog is on the prophetic horizon.
Can you see it?