Der Spiegel: A Masterful Portrayal of the Prominent Horn?

The German magazine Der Spiegel (The Mirror) came out with an issue last month with a very interesting cover. It shows Erdoğan as dominating Turkey as a dictator and his portrayal as a cult of personality, over the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, with two of the six minarets launching like rockets.

Der Spiegel's cover of the recent issue describing Erdoğan as a dictator and Turkey as losing its freedom.

Der Spiegel’s cover of its recent issue describing Erdoğan as a dictator and Turkey as losing its freedom.

The cover art beckons as representing some things about the coming Signposts.

The text of course is in German.  Thanks to Google Translations we can make out some things.  “Brennpunkt Turkei” is “Turkey Focus,” I believe. “Ein land verliert die freiheit” is the caption above the Focus, and is “a country loses its freedom.” The issue calls Erdoğan a dictator, for which Turkey criticized them.

I find the cover art intriguing. The likely secular artists show Erdoğan as dominating the greatest city (Istanbul) in Turkey and the former (and future?) Ottoman Empire. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the greatest mosque in Turkey since its completion in 1616, and built only a quarter mile southwest of the Hagia Sophia mosque (the former church), is shown. It was built with six minarets to show its superiority over the Hagia Sophia and its four minarets. (Today the Hagia Sophia is a museum.)

The artists show two of the six minarets launching like rockets with their reflection in Erdoğan’s glasses.

The cover art was likely meant only as a secular work. However, it seems to take on a new life from a prophetic standpoint, and from my own belief that Erdoğan is the best candidate to be the prominent horn of the goat in Daniel 8:5. What follows of course is all speculation but the imagery is compelling.

First, the way Erdoğan is pictured as rising above and dominating the cultural and symbolic seat of Turkey reminds me of the goat’s prominent horn. Alexander the Great was a foreshadow of all this. Could we imagine Alexander’s face rising above Greece in a similar work of art? I can. The handsome and athletic blond conqueror with his head above Greece, facing east, dominating the Greek Realm, is ready to take on Persia. Likewise the prominent horn of Daniel 8:5, who will likely be the leader of Turkey in the near future, is in the same position on this cover – dominating his country and looking to the east (although technically from the picture he is facing northwest toward Europe but I hope that doesn’t spoil it for you).

There are four minarets remaining on the ground – just like the four horns to emerge once the first prominent horn breaks off. The four horns will emerge from the same goat that the prominent horn came from.

The two minarets being launched as rockets reminds me more of Iran, since Turkey’s rocket forces are negligible compared to Iran’s. And the two rockets – like the two horns of the ram of Daniel 8:4 maybe someday – are being watched by Erdoğan and reflected in his glasses, while he faces east toward Iran.

The bottom line is, I’m not saying outright that the Der Spiegel cover is prophetic. It is merely compelling though, touching on a few points of Daniel 8.  It is a fun cover to look at.

One thing seems to be taking shape, even in the view of German journalists: the Third Signpost is being made ready on the heels of the Second Signpost.

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8 replies

  1. Der Spiegel got it right in this special issue which is all about this subject. (Normal issues of the magazine cover many subjects.)

    The three subtitles on the cover read:
    1. The Dictator: Erdogans politics after the coup
    2. The Kurds: Fight for their own state
    3. Integration: The fear of the Turks in Germany

    (There live several millions of Turks in Germany.)

    Turkey has reacted strongly to this special issue of the magazine. The Turks said it was not just insulting to Turkey, but to all of Islam.
    In a reaction to this, the redaction of the magazine reminded the Turks how many journalists are now imprisoned in Turkey.


  2. Thanks for some background there, Adamant.

  3. With how Erdogan is responding to ISIS now, I really wonder if he was dealing with those who weren’t loyal on both sides, the secularists and those working with ISIS. He amazingly drew or ALL those not loyal to him out in the open. He is not wanting any leader in ISIS to tell him what to do and played a power card against them. Totally seeing now how he is going to let Iran squash them and then counter at a later time.

  4. When did the Greek goat become Turkish?

  5. Phil,
    It never was “Greek.” This word was used by our English translators who had a presumption about prophecy. The word is “Yavan”, one of the sons of Japheth, whose descendants settled around the Aegean Sea. This includes western Turkey. The King of Yavan will be the leader of the Yavanese peoples. Chapter 11 of DR gives a full proof as to this fact, not to mention the great swap of 1924 between Greece and Turkey.
    Why Turkey and not say Macedonia or Albania or Greece? Two reasons – first the nations involved will only be Muslim – that leaves Albania and Turkey. Why Turkey – because it is the military and political leader in the area. Again, chapter 11 of DR gives all the details.

  6. Mark, while I am willing to accept your argument, for your information in Hebrew, the word for Greece is ‘Yavan’, and for the Greek language ‘yevaneet’. Hellenism is ‘heetyavnoot’. So there is certainly going to be a strong resistance to accept Turkey as Yavan, even if your explanation is true.

  7. Howard,
    Thanks for the additional info. This might be a good topic to check out further.
    It may not be too hard to explain. That word, Yavan, appeared in Genesis 10 (vs 2 and 4), written by Moses circa 1400 BC, and mirrored in 1 Chron 1 (vs 5, 7) – for a total of four times at the start. In those days, as archaeologists tell us, Athens was founded around 1500 BC and Thebes in 1300 BC. The people known as “Greeks” were just building city-states and getting organized and may have been the only children of Yavan at that time.
    However, in all the centuries since, the Greeks intermarried with the Macedonians and Illyrians to the north, started colonies on the Turkish coast, Black Sea coast, Italian peninsula, and even as far as Spain all before the growth of Rome as a power. The Yavanese had outposts in places much removed from Greece proper. The children of Yavan mixed with the Turks and with the Albanians and Macedonians. Genesis 10:4 tells us who the sons of Yavan were – Tarshish (Spain), Kittim (Cyprus), Elishah (Ez 27:7 and the isles – Greece proper?), and Dodanim (uncertain) – so Yavan is more than what we think of as Greece, but Greece may be the main player relating to the Hebrews.
    The next we hear of Yavan is among the prophets – once each with Isaiah and Zechariah, twice with Ezekiel and three times with Daniel – all 700 to 900 years later, all intermixed. Where other prophets refer to the land and merchants of Yavan, only Daniel has verses relating to Yavan in the last days. Greece sounds like the traditional translation of Yavan, granted. But in the end times isn’t it possible that Yavan is more than only Greece – but Albania, Macedonia, and Turkey too? And we don’t have too long to wait – whoever arises as the horn on the goat to lead a great army and three other nations against Iran – Greece or Albania or Turkey – we will find out soon. At this point, of the three, only Turkey sounds likely to carry this out, but who knows?

  8. Mark,

    Do a study of Biblical names of tribes and nations. Tell me how many you find that ‘got their names’ from the land they inhabited, as opposed to ‘gave their names’ to the land they inhabited.

    Bare in mind the fact that this was the area where Noah’s ark landed, so all nations began in that local.

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