Turkey is to be the leading nation of the Sunni Confederacy during the Third Signpost as written about in my book, Daniel Revisited. The leader of the future Sunni Confederacy is the great single prominent horn of the goat in Daniel 8.
“As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. He came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at him in great rage. I saw him attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering his two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against him; the goat knocked him to the ground and trampled on him, and none could rescue the ram from his power.” (Daniel 8:5-7, NIV, emphasis mine)
Daniel shows us that there are two major traits that the leader of Turkey – who will also be the leader of the new Sunni Confederacy – must have: great political power, and great personal rage. We don’t know yet who the man will be who is to be the goat’s horn. Of course, popular theology says the horn of the goat was Alexander the Great, but this is not possible since Daniel 8:17 and 19 say this vision is reserved for the end time. However, with an end-time fulfillment we indeed do not know who it is.
The emphasized words in the text are “prominent” and “attack…furiously.” The word in the original text for “prominent” is pronounced khaw-zooth’ (Strong’s #2380) and means to be conspicuous in appearance and large. In prophecy, a horn is representative of power, and so a large horn represents great power. The word for “furiously” is marar (Strong’s #4843) and means to be bitter and embittered, usually in a personal way. Esau was “marar” towards his brother Jacob, and the Israelites’ bondage in Egypt was described with “marar.” Typically an attack on one’s person, property or beliefs might make someone embittered.
As I discuss in my book, I explore the field of possible candidates who might be the horn of the goat. Two years ago it seemed that it could be current Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (pronounced ar-doh-wan). Today, it seems more so.
With both presidential elections coming up next month in Turkey, and the developing crisis in Iraq, Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan seems to be in the news more often these days. Many of these current stories have a common theme with earlier stories such as Erdoğan’s handling of the Taksim Square riots: they show Erdoğan’s yearning for more power, his anger, and Islamist zeal.
In Chapter 11 of my book, I wrote of Erdoğan’s accomplishments and ever-increasing popularity. But then his rough and heavy-handed approach to various situations including the Gezi Park protest showed an angry Islamist side to him that hadn’t shown before to that degree. Analysts wondered if that would hurt his political image.
Apparently it has not. A recent article shows he will be the winner of the presidential election where polls show him at 54% vs. his main competitor at 39%. Additionally, he still yearns to change the country’s constitution giving the president more power, simply because he has reached his limit of terms as prime minister. In another article, the reporter speculates if Erdoğan might be the next Ataturk, the man who founded the Turkish republic ninety years ago. As the story says, “Like Ataturk, Erdoğan is now being glorified by his supporters as a savior whom the nation has been waiting for centuries.” The writer then goes on to speculate,
“The question is why Erdoğan wants and needs all this power. Only to ‘serve the nation,’ as he claims? Or merely for the sake of power itself? Or, like Ataturk, to realize a grand project of transforming society according to his own vision? Or all of the above?”
Or, if you know the Third Signpost is coming and Erdoğan just might be the horn of the goat, all this power is necessary for the man who will be the goat’s horn.
About the anger, this story mentions the many “tantrums” of Erdoğan. Here are just a few photos of his many angrier moments. The first photo is of Erdoğan being angry at the Israeli leader back in 2009 for Israel’s handling of the Turkish boat that was headed for Gaza. Look how red-faced he appears. After this, Erdoğan stormed out of the conference where upon arrival back in Turkey he was greeted by a grateful crowd.
The second is a photo of Erdoğan being angry at the Turkish bar association’s leadership. I was tempted to say that he was angrily saying he will oppose any two-horned persian ram, but, no, he was just angry at the bar association’s leadership.
And here is a photo from March 2014 where he is angry at accusations of corruption in his own political party and so he threatens to ban Twitter from Turkey.
You see, Erdoğan thinks he is on an Islamist mission; that his party is doing God’s work, and that his leadership is historically significant. So he is angry at what he calls false accusations, and at Israel for storming a boat. How do you think he might react when something really significant happens, like when Iran invades and occupies the east half of his country? Do you think he might be angry then? Perhaps embittered? If he is angry now, imagine the embittered rage he would vent on his counterattack to any Iranian, Shi’a Muslim invasion of his Sunni nation.
Again, we can’t know who will be the horn of the goat in Daniel 8, but so far Erdoğan is the favorite as far as I can tell.