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.
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.