Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (pronounced Erd’-wan) is at it again. Since he founded his Islamist AKP party in 2003 he and his allies have been winning elections, which then pivoted to grabbing more power. And now he is seeking the ultimate – dictatorial powers not unlike Hitler or any typical ancient king.
It became apparent in the last several years, that Erdoğan, first a prime minister and now the president, was seeking much greater power, viewing himself as the next Ataturk. I wrote about Erdoğan in Daniel Revisited chapter 11, and in this post.
I do believe Erdoğan to be the best candidate to be the goat’s first and prominent horn of Daniel 8. If there is any Turkish politician active today who would be the horn – and I show in DR why it is likely a Turkish leader – it would be Erdoğan. He has the ego, the popularity, and the rage to literally fulfill being the king of Yavan.
And now Erdoğan is doing what he said he would do – try to change Turkey’s constitution. He believes he has the votes to change it. The referendum vote will be on April 16. What would it mean for Turkey? US News & World Report has an excellent article on the topic explaining the details.
What does it mean for the Third Signpost? To me this is the more important question. Just as Daniel 8:20 seems to be telling us the supreme leader and IRGC commanders in Iran are indeed the kings of Media and Persia, i.e. like a king they have absolute power in Iran, so to Daniel 8:21 says the goat is a king. Therefore, to literally fulfill prophecy, the leader of Turkey would have king-like power, and that is exactly what this vote on the constitution would do. Erdoğan would have dictatorial power to dissolve parliament and take over like a dictator.
It isn’t until toward the end of the Second Signpost, in Daniel 8:5, we are introduced to the goat with the prominent horn. He appears “suddenly.” So we know that the “king” will be indeed a king at the end of the Second Signpost, after the ram has run out. Will he become king now, or some time closer to the end of the Second Signpost?
Therefore, the pertinent question is, will Erdoğan rise to dictatorial power now, or later, perhaps as a response to Turkish citizens clamoring for a leader who will save them from the IRGC running all over the east half of their country?
We won’t know either way until it happens. As Jesus said, “Watch!”
If it does happen now, I believe Erdoğan will have not only clinched dictatorial power in Turkey now, he will have clinched his own role in prophecy as the goat’s first and prominent horn, now.