SPOILER ALERT! Erdogan is the Antichrist!
In Ezekiel 38:13 the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon all identify a Turkish ruler as the Antichrist! Or as the bible puts it; Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish all identify Magog as being the Assyrian!
By Craig C. White
Grab your thinking caps kids. This is going to get thick! In Ezekiel chapter 38 Turkey invades Israel. Three nations ask the invaders “Have you come to rob Israel?” The identity of these nations has long been debated. I am going to tell you who they are but this commentary isn’t about their identity. It is about the question they ask and who it identifies.
In the verse below three nations ask the ruler of Turkey “Art thou come to take a spoil?” That means “Have you come to plunder Israel?”
Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
These three nations are listed as Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish.
Sheba and Dedan were brothers (Gen 25:3). Sheba and Dedan come from Arabia. You have probably heard of the Queen of Sheba. The Queen of Sheba came from southern Arabia or what we know today as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dedan settled in northern Arabia or what we know today as Saudi Arabia. Two nations identified one to go!
Now let’s identify the merchants of Tarshish. Tarshish is the rock island fortress off of the coast of the ancient city of Tyre. Jonah fled there when he tried to hide from God. The city of Tyre is in southern Lebanon. Tyre is called Sur today. The name Tyre and the name Sur mean rock. The merchants of Tarshish are from Lebanon. For a full exploration of Tyre along with its rock island fortress named Tarshish please read my commentary titled “Who were the Merchants of Tarshish?”
Like I said before, this commentary is not about the identity of these nations. This commentary is about the question they ask. They ask “Have you come to plunder Israel?” or “Are you here to take a spoil?”
The word spoil or the term to take a spoil is used a lot in the bible. To take a spoil means that you take your enemy’s possessions after you have conquered him. The bible records the actions of many nations as they spoil their defeated foes. In the bible Israel spoils several nations and several nations also spoil Israel.
Now here is the spoiler alert! When it comes to spoiling Israel; this is the end time action of the man we call the Antichrist! The Antichrist will invade Israel and rob them of their possessions. The Antichrist will spoil Israel!
There are several prophecies about the spoiling of Israel. Most of these prophecies have already been fulfilled by the Assyrian Empire, the Babylonian Empire, the Grecian Empire, and the Roman Empire. But most of these prophecies also refer to yet another end time invasion into Israel conducted by the next World Empire and led by the Antichrist.
When our three nations ask the Turkish ruler “Have you come to take a spoil?” they are recognizing bible prophecy written about the end time spoiler of Israel. In simple terms, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon are recognizing this Turkish ruler as being the Antichrist! Today Turkish President Erdogan fills that role.
Here are some important verses about the end time spoiler of Israel. In the following verse the hypocritical nation is Israel. The Prophet Isaiah predicts the Assyrian invasion into Israel led by the Assyrian King Sennacherib in 701 BC. Isaiah also predicts the future invasion of Israel by the coming Antichrist. Notice that he will take a spoil!
Isaiah 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
The Prophet Daniel also predicts the spoiling of Israel. This prophecy was already fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BC who represented part of the Grecian Empire. The verse below also predicts the exploits of the coming Antichrist.
Daniel 11:24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
In the future a Turkish ruler will lead an invasion into Israel. Three nations will declare that he is the end time conqueror of Israel spoken about in the bible. They will ask “Have you come to conquer and then to plunder Israel?” “Have you come to take a spoil?” By asking this question they are identifying the Turkish ruler as the Antichrist.
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon all understand bible prophecy. They all recognize that the future Turkish ruler is the person who the prophets have predicted would spoil Israel. They all recognize that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. So should we!