Here’s How Turkey Lurched from Democracy Toward Dictatorship


The Daily Beast: Turkey’s move to abandon parliamentary democracy and adopt one-man rule fulfills a long-held dream of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who not only expands his powers but also gets a chance to stay in office for another 15 years if, as expected, the current referendum ballot count holds up.

The official Anadolu news agency said the country voted on Sunday 24.3 million to 23.2 million, a margin of 51.1 to 48.8 per cent, in favor of a package of constitutional reforms. But the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said it will challenge well over 1 million ballots which lacked the seal of the election oversight board.

If Erdogan prevails in the end, as many here expect, the result will be a system under which there’s no prime minister, where the parliament will be weakened to the point of being a rubber stamp, and the judiciary will become still more subservient than it is already. more …

Opinion: The Gog Magog (Ezekiel 38-39) nations are making headlines daily.

  • Russia (Gog) Russia Says Trump Is More Dangerous Than Kim Jong-Un (here)
  • Turkey (Gomer) – Erdogan on the Verge of becoming Sultan (here)
  • Iran (Persia) – Ahmadinejad to run for president (here)
  • Somalia – US to send troops for first time since 1993 (here)
  • Sudan – South Sudan drops poisonous gas on rebel-held territories (here)
  • Ethiopia – Ethiopian Aliyah Continues (here)
  • Libya – How much of Libya does Islamic State control? (here)

Psalm 2:1-6 kjv: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

The Psalmist is amazed at the plans of the nations to overthrow the Lord. A plan that will fail. The next three verses gives the Lord’s response:

  • He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
  • Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
  • Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

And that is what will happen when Gog brings 7 nations to try to crush God’s people:

In Ezekiel 38:18-24 God brings a great earthquake that causes confusion to Gog and his invaders:

“I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother.  And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”

God will use this war in miraculous ways:

  • Ezekiel 38:23 To magnify Himself to the nations, that they will know the Lord
  • Ezekiel 39:7    To make His name known ‘in the midst’ of His people’ Israel
  • Ezekiel 39:11  To bury Gog and his attackers in the land of Israel and cleanse the land
  • Ezekiel 39:21  To set His glory among the nations so that all will see His judgment on His people
  • Ezekiel 39:22  So the house of Israel shall know the Lord their God from that day forward
  • Ezekiel 39:28 So Israel will know that the Lord their God sent them into captivity but brought them back from the land leaving none behind.

(Excerpt chapter 7 Blood Feud)