The Togarmah Prophecy
Vol: 73 Issue: 24 Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Turks continue to mass troops and warplanes along its shared border with northern Iraq and has already launched a number of cross-border incursions into that country.
Turkey is after members of the PPK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party) that the Turks have declared to be a terrorist organization. Ankara blames the PKK for the deaths of more than 30,000 people since the group launched its armed campaign for an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey in 1984.
US sources said the Turks have flown sorties 20 miles inside Iraqi air-space and have killed 34 Iraqi Kurds.
The sorties were in retaliation for a PPK strike against Turkish soldiers along the border that left twelve of the Turks dead.
Turkey, which has NATO’s second biggest army, has deployed as many as 100,000 troops, backed by tanks, F-16 fighter jets and helicopter gunships, along the mountainous border in preparation for a possible large-scale strike.
(For the purposes of comparison, the US has about 130,000 troops inside Iraq for the surge and the Pentagon says the US can’t sustain that troop level longer than April before we run out of eligible replacements.)
The modern Kurds are the descendants of one of the most ancient nations of the Middle East. Ethnically, Kurds are neither Arab nor Persian. Kurdistan, the land of the Kurds, is spread among several modern states: northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, northeastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and small parts of Armenia.
There is no exact figure to the Kurdish population because each state has tended to downplay the number of Kurds within its own borders. Nevertheless, according to various estimates, the Kurdish population is estimated to range between 25 to 30 million. Out of an estimated six thousand different human languages, Kurdish ranks 40th in importance.
This makes the Kurds the fourth largest ethnic people of the Middle East. In the Old Testament, Kurdistan was called Nineveh. It was the Ninevites, or modern Kurds, to whom Jonah was sent by God to preach repentance.
Jonah didn’t much care for the Ninevites and balked at God’s command to go testify to them. As far as Jonah was concerned, if they were all going to hell, well, too bad.
Fortunately for the Ninevites, God insisted. When Jonah hopped a freighter to escape, God sent a storm and Jonah told the captain it was because of him. The captain pitched Jonah overboard, where he was swallowed by a ‘great fish’ where he survived for three days before being regurgitated on shore.
Jonah went to Nineveh where the king received his message by ordering the entire nation to repent in sackcloth and ashes for forty days. The Ninevites were among the few Gentile nations in history to be singled out by God for national repentance.
The ancient Ninevites eventually merged with the Gutti tribe, forming the Medes, who, together with the Persians, made up the Medo-Perisan Empire that replaced the Babylonian Empire.
That is how old the Kurdish people are as an ethnic nation. The Kurds can trace their ancestry back to the dawn of civilization. They played a major role in shaping the dawn of human civilization.
It would appear that God has a role for the descendants of Nineveh to play in unfolding Bible prophecy for the last days, as well.
Turkey is one of the “wild cards” when it comes to figuring out the role it is to play in unfolding Bible prophecy. Although a majority-Muslim state governed by the Turkish Islamist Party, the Turks have traditionally allied themselves with the West since the conquest and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in 1917.
Turkey is the only Muslim nation in the Middle East to have formal diplomatic relations with Israel. But according to the Prophet Ezekiel, Turkey (Togarmah) turns its back on the West, allies itself with the Islamic confederation led by Iran (Persia) and is a participant in the Gog-Magog War.
This has always been something of a conundrum to Bible prophecy scholars, some of whom, having made the mistake of making Bible prophecy fit with current events, have concluded that Togarmah must refer to Armenia or Cimmeria (part of modern Russia). Togarmah couldn’t be Turkey.
Turkey is a NATO ally and a supplicant for membership in the European Union. Its government is officially secular, despite the fact it is governed by the Turkish Islamist Party.
What would it take to drive Turkey into an alliance with Iran and ultimately, the Russians?
Vindicating the Founding Father’s decision to place foreign policy in the hands of the Executive Branch instead of the Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed Turkey to the brink of war by insisting that the Congress declare the Turkish massacre of Armenian Kurds more than ninety-two years ago to be an act of ‘genocide’.
Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. But it took place in 1915, when the Ottomans still ruled Turkey. Two years later, the Ottomans were defeated by the Allies and its empire carved up into pieces. The guilty have already been punished. So making such an official declaration serves no purpose apart from infuriating the modern Turks.
It was a boneheaded move by what has to be the most boneheaded Congress in living memory. There are all kinds of historical crimes Nancy Pelosi could have decided to make right, instead.
What about the conduct of the British during the Revolutionary War? How about the fire-bombing of German civilians in Dresden in the closing days of World War II?
If Nancy just wanted to make the papers, why not choose some historical catastrophe that people have heard of?
Or better yet, why not pass a resolution about some present-day historical catastrophe, like the genocide ongoing in the Darfur region of the Sudan? Or North Korea’s death camps?
It seems counter-intuitive. The US has combat forces in Iraq battling al-Qaeda. The one reliable ally there from the beginning has been the Iraqi Kurds. Our only other reliable ally in the neighborhood is Turkey.
The genocide declaration pits one of our allies against the other — with us in the middle — over a ninety-year old historical incident that doesn’t involve the United States at all.
Why stir up a hornet’s nest, right there — and right now?
It is obvious that the Democrats clearly intended to stir up that hornet’s nest to try and misdirect attention away from the continuing progress being made in Iraq. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and their colleagues in the House and Senate have made opposition to the conflict in Iraq their defining political issue.
They have bet all their political capital on the invasion of Iraq being a Republican-sponsored catastrophe. John Kerry made it the centerpiece of his campaign in 2004 and, despite his being such a personally-flawed candidate that even many Democrats couldn’t vote for him, it brought him to within a relative hair’s breadth of victory over George Bush.
Two more years of trumpeting catastrophe in Iraq won them narrow majorities in both Houses. They declared these narrow majorities as ‘mandates’ to withdraw from Iraq, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid famously and flatly declaring, “The war is lost.”
Except now, it appears that the war is not lost — in fact, we are winning. All of the news from the battlefield has suddenly turned around. Casualties from terrorist attacks are down 70% since June. Most of al-Qaeda’s senior leadership has been captured or killed. Osama bin Laden’s latest video release all but declares al-Qaeda’s defeat in Iraq.
And out of the blue, the Democrats suffered an attack of conscience over an event that took place during the Coolidge administration, committed by a government that was defeated and overthrown two years later, (one which had nothing whatever to do with the US before or since), forcing them to pass a resolution that they knew would enrage Turkey to the point of fury.
The Big Picture is bigger than the perfidy of the Democrats, but it provides another object lesson in the Law of Unintended Consequences, particularly as to how they relate to unfolding Bible prophecy. It is also a lesson in how God anticipates the freely made decisions of man and preemptively factors them into the prophetic outline.
The West’s alliance with the Turks is precarious because it is politically unnatural for either side to sustain. The biggest threat to the Turkish regime comes from Kurdish separatists within Turkey collaborating with those in Iran and Iran.
Turkey’s natural allies would be Iran and an independent Iraq, whose regimes are similarly threatened by their own Kurdish separatist movements.
The problem is, America’s natural allies in the region are the Kurds in both Iraq and Iran. At the same time, because of our alliance with the Turks, we are forced to be on both sides at once.
The Democrats only wanted to hurt George Bush’s government (which, oddly, they don’t see as their own and therefore own no allegiance to).
The only reason Pelosi pushed the Armenian Genocide Resolution was to stir up the Turks and exploit their war with the Kurds to diminish US military successes in Iraq.
But the net effect is to add to the momentum driving the Turks into the waiting arms of the Gog-Magog alliance, as Ezekiel prophesied.
The Law of Unintended Consequences brings all these events together to produce the Big Picture in the precise configuration prophesied for the last days.
There is something else to be learned from our observations, as well. The moment somebody brings up ‘predestination’ in a conversation, somebody else will bring up an objection to the effect that ‘predestination eliminates free will’.
Each of these disparate events were individually predicated by an act of somebody’s free will.
The Kurdish commander who launched the attack that killed twelve Turks. The Turkish government officials who massed 100,000 troops along the Iraqi border in response. The individual US lawmakers who supported the Genocide resolution.
Each acted according to his own individual free will, but the exercise of that free will was foreknown and factored in by God to fit His pre-ordained plan.
” . . .for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure . . . yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. ” (Isaiah 46:9b-10,11a)
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
If end-time prophecy isn’t the combination of human free will and Divinely predetermined outcomes, then I don’t understand what ‘predestination’ means.