Bible Prophecy

The Apple of His Eye

Islamist President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, referred to Jerusalem as the “apple of the eye of each and every Muslim.”

I believe this very intentional mockery of the God of Israel and the Bible.

“Come, O Zion!…for whoever touches you touches the apple of his [God’s] eye…” ~ Bible, Zechariah 2:7-8

“Jerusalem is the apple of the eye of each and every Muslim …” ~ Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. This Time Magazine cover is included in this post to show the prominence Erdogan has attained on the world stage. The Erdogan quote in this post is not from the Time article, and if it appears there, it is coincidental. (Image Source: time.com)

The comment was made in a 2010 speech to the Arab League. However, Yahweh had already laid claim to that term of endearment for Jerusalem, and when he did, he made sure to refer to it as “Zion.”

The word “Zion” drills down a bit deeper because it evokes the identity of Jerusalem as the Jewish Capital, the City of David. No one who hates the God of the Bible will ever call a Christian or Jew a “Jerusalemist.”  Instead, they will call them a “Zionist.” The term “Zionist” is a favorite slur used by the enemies of God.

So, God is not merely saying that the geographical location called “Jerusalem” is the apple of his eye.  He is saying that the geographical location called “Jerusalem” is the apple of his eye as the Jewish Capital!  Therefore, Erdogan’s statement can be construed as both mocking and deceptive.

But even when using the word “Jerusalem” instead of the word “Zion,” Erdogan has to hope no one does their homework, because if they do, they will find that the word “Jerusalem” appears over eight hundred times in the Bible, and zero times in the Koran!!! Jerusalem is the Jewish Capital. Period.

So, is God surprised that Islamist leaders would dare lay claim to HIS capital city?  Of course not.  He foretold this very thing long ago:

I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. ~ Zechariah 12:2

Today, “all the surrounding peoples” around Israel are Islamic, and their leaders are stirring them up with seething covetousness of Jerusalem, a city which is not even in their holy book. You are watching Zechariah 12:2 take shape every night on the evening news!

But God also foretold the outcome of the coming Islamic attempt to annihilate the Jewish people in their own capital, Jerusalem, and then steal it:

On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it [the Jewish Capital] will injure themselves. ~ Zecariah 12:3.

Erdogan has aggressively stirred up anti-Israel sentiment in his nation, and it has now metastasized. Recently, Turkey programmed its F-16 fighter jets to recognize Israeli fighter jets as “foe,” after decades of recognizing them as “friend.” This possibly gives us a glimpse into how another prophecy concerning Turkey will be fulfilled. Continuing on after the verses I posted above, we come to Zechariah 12:4, which states:

On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the LORD. “I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. ~ Zechariah 12:4.

Back in Zechariah’s time, the horse was the primary vehicle of combat. There were, of course, no tanks, Humvees, helicopters, or F-16s. So Zechariah uses the word “horse” to describe vehicles of combat. Notice that he says God “will strike every horse with panic.” He also says God “will blind all the horses of the nations.” The way God might accomplish this today is to make onboard computer systems go berserk– such as the ones that were just reprogrammed in those Turkish F-16s.  This theory is reinforced elsewhere in Scripture too.

Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’ ~ Ezekiel 38:21-23.

Just as Zechariah used “horse” to mean a combat vehicle, here we see Ezekiel using “sword” to mean a combat weapon.  So, God will blind and confuse the combat systems of the invading forces so that they fire upon each other, rather than upon Israel. In verses 5 and 6 of Chapter 38, the prophet Ezekiel spells out very clearly that Turkey will indeed be involved in this invasion of Israel.

Turkey Biblical map compared to modern map

Biblical Gomer and Togarmah (at a minimum) correlate to modern-day Turkey.

Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops — the many nations with you. ~ Ezekiel 38:5-6

So, as Erdogan stokes the flames of war, he is playing right into God’s hands. The nations surrounding Israel will invade her, and Turkey will be involved. God will fight for Israel, as he has done so many times in Biblical history, and so many times since 1948.  He will make the computers of Israel’s enemies go berserk, their radars go blind, and their weapons turn against their comrades. So, it does not matter how Turkey programs its F-16s.  In the end, they are going to shoot each other down.  The Bible is always proven true.

Turkish F-16 fighter jets

Turkish F-16s (Image Source: defenseindustrydaily.com)

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