August 30, 2007

Turkey's newly elected president and the Turkish military get off to a shaky start

Abdullah Gul, the newly elected president of Turkey, had a very shaky first encounter with the staunchly secularist Turkish army when the top brass broke with tradition and failed to salute him at a military ceremony.

Gul who is deeply mistrusted by the hardline secularists in Turkey, a primarily Moslem state, was elected president despite strong objections by the army because of his political Islamist past.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

The election of an Islamist to president of Turkey is a precursor to an End Times scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy.

When the ruling Islamist-rooted political party in Turkey first nominated Abdullah Gul for the presidency in April 2007, the opposition parties boycotted the vote and the army warned that it could and it would intervene to defend Turkey's secular order. Hardline secularists in Turkey backed by the Turkish military suspect Gul and his political party of harboring ambitions to undermine the separation of state and religion and they fear that with Gul in the presidency, the way to the end of the present Turkish government has been paved. When the leaders of the Turkish military pointedly failed to give the customary salute start to President Gul, who is also commander and chief of the armed forces, it became very clear it would not be an easy start to Gul's presidency because of his Islamist past.

Bible prophecy describes a scenario for the Last Days which includes Turkey as a major player in an Alignment of Nations that rise up to destroy the Jewish state of Israel. Ezekiel 38:2, 6 lists four names that are four names of the four-way division of modern-day Turkey in Biblical times. Meshech and Tubal, verse 2 and Gomer and Togarmah, verse 6 are today Turkey who in the Last Days align themselves with a number of Arab and Islamic nations who desire to destroy Israel.

An Islamist-Turkish president does indeed set the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.