A very important event happened recently, but it received little coverage in mass media reports to Americans. Previous blogs at this website have warned that Turkey’s status as a NATO ally was increasingly in doubt due to Turkey’s warming relations with Iran and Syria. That reality has now been openly acknowledged by President Obama.

The link below reports that President Obama personally warned Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan that Turkey’s status as an ally is in jeopardy. It notes that Turkey voted against the UN sanctions against Iran, it has been increasingly hostile to Israel and its slide into Iran’s embrace prompted Obama to tell Turkey’s leader that the White House and Congress are wondering “about whether we can have confidence in Turkey as an ally.”  Obama further warned Turkey’s leader that if Turkey expects to buy more US arms, it “must” change its policies regarding Israel and Iran.

We will have to wait to see if Turkey changes its policies to rejoin the NATO/western alliance or whether it betrays NATO and embraces Iran (and the rest of the Gog-Magog alliance of Ezekiel 38). Turkey is essentially “on probation” as a NATO member right now.

While Turkey (which I see as Edom in general and the Edomite clan of Teman in particular) is not mentioned in Ezekiel 38:2-6 as a member of the Gog-Magog alliance, Ezekiel 38:6 includes the phrase, “…and many people with thee,” which allows for other nations not mentioned to be part of the Gog-Magog alliance. The obscure biblical book of Obadiah may offer us a clue about Turkey’s future. Obadiah is a prophecy about the Edomites, and the words “In that day” in verse 8 and the reference to the “day of the Lord” in verse 15 argue that this is a latter-day prophecy. My previous writings have identified Turkey as the Edomite clan of Teman as the previous name of Turkey was the Ottoman Empire and the consonants of the words “Ottoman” and “Teman” are identical. Obadiah 8-10 specifically warn the Temanites in the latter days that they are in great danger of being “cut off” by God due to their “violence against their brother Jacob.” Many NATO nations are descended from the ancient ten tribes of Israel so many NATO members are the modern nations of Jacob in today’s world. Turkey seems poised to betray or “do violence” to the nations of Jacob by betraying its NATO brothers if it allies itself to Iran.

Turkey’s future is now in its own hands. However, Obadiah 8-10 and 18 warn Turkey that it faces national ruin if it abandons “its brother Jacob” (Edomites are descended from Esau, the brother of Jacob–Genesis 36:1). If Turkey abandons the other modern nations descended from Abraham (not only the Israelite nations of NATO, but also the Israelis of the modern tribe of Judah and the Ishmaelite nations of the Sunni Arabs), it may be devastated in the years ahead of us. The book of Obadiah hangs like a sword of Damocles over the head of Turkey. Turkey’s decision about which alliance to join in the latter days will determine if Obadiah’s sword of Damocles falls on them.