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Turkey in Bible Prophecy
Magog Made Easy!
By Craig C. White
Turkey has sent ground troops into Syria. Jeremiah 49 tells us that Turkey will enter Syria and then destroy Damascus. After Turkey destroys Damascus; Turkey will then lead the armies that are fighting in Syria today into Israel. The invading forces will be defeated by the hand of God.
Bible prophecy teachers say that Magog in the Ezekiel 38 prophecy refers to Russia. But from my house I can’t see Russia! That view of the Magog prophecy came about by transcribing the word “chief” (or the Hebrew word “rosh”) to mean Russia. Transposing Hebrew words into English phonetic equivalents is not proper Bible prophecy interpretation technique. That technique is not used elsewhere to interpret Bible prophecy. Rosh means first or primary. Magog is a man who settled in the land of modern day Turkey. Magog was the most prominent prince in Turkey. In today’s terms Magog is the primary ruler of Turkey. I feel comfortable calling him the Prime Minister.
Eze 38:1-3 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
Verse 2 above tells us that Gog is the LAND of Magog. Magog is the “chief prince” (or most prominent ruler) amongst his brothers Meshech and Tubal. So Noah had a son named Japheth who had a son named Magog who settled in Turkey. Gog is a shortened version of Magog. Gog is the LAND where Magog and his brothers settled. Gog is Turkey, Magog is Turkey’s leader. You now know more than your pastor!
Gog (Turkey), map credit: www.blueletterbible.org
Map of Gog (Turkey): The land and cities of Magog and his brothers. It may be a little difficult to find all these names, but they are there. I found Gog, Magog, Mesech (Meshech), Thubal (Tubal), Gomer, Ashkenaz, Riphath, Togarma (Togarmah), and Thiras (or Tiras) west of Istanbul. The generations of Noah are also listed in 1Chronicles 1:5-6
God will fight against these invaders with the forces of nature! God will turn this Turkish led coalition of nations back home by sending them great earthquakes, exceedingly heavy rain, and disease. God will cause every soldier to kill his fellow soldier.