“. . . suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west . . .” Daniel 8:5, NIV
Our world is on the path to the Second Signpost, while the Third Signpost is being made ready. While on this path, we see many smaller events but every once in a while a great and significant event comes along. The referendum vote on Turkey’s constitution this past Sunday was such an event – this is indeed major.
This news report says, as many others do, that the “Yes” vote (as in, YES let’s change the constitution) has won 51.4% of the votes cast, after all votes have been counted. Though the results will not be official for another twelve days or so, and opponents are crying fraud, the state of emergency has been extended yet again for three months. This will probably mean that Erdoğan will continue to suppress dissent so the “Yes” outcome can be “official.”
So what does the vote mean, and why is it major to the Signposts and Bible prophecy?
This past Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, Turks voted for eighteen amendments to their country’s constitution. This webpage and this one offer summary explanations of all eighteen points. This site has detailed wording changes of the constitution. Here are the more important points and why they are significant:
1) Amendment #3, Article 76 revised – The requirement to serve in the armed forces before being in parliament is being removed and replaced with the requirement that no one who was in the armed forces can ever be in parliament. This is a continuation of Erdoğan’s efforts to completely remove any influence in politics by the armed forces. They were the mainstay of Kemalism up to the time of Sledgehammer (Feb. 2010). Kemalism and Sledgehammer are both explained in Daniel Revisited (pp. 225-226). Parliament will no longer allow any veteran to have a say in government. Kemalists are secular and were the most powerful opponents of Turkey becoming more Islamist. With Kemalists removed from power, Turkey will slide further into Islamism at an accelerated rate.
2) Amendment #8, Article 104 revised – The president, i.e. Erdoğan, is free to appoint ministers in his cabinet of his choosing without parliament or anyone having a say. He would be free to appoint Islamic fundamentalists without any Kemalist opposition. These minsters would lead and set the tone for the various government offices. He is also free to issue edicts, like the US president’s executive orders, except the Turkish president’s edicts have the full force of law unless parliament expressly acts to void it or change it.
3) Amendment #12, Article 142 revised – The president can decree states of emergency at will but must be approved by the non-Kemalist parliament. During times of war (as would occur during the Second Signpost if Iran invades eastern Turkey), states of emergency can continue indefinitely.
4) Amendment #14, Article 159 revised – The president gets to partially stack the highest federal court where 4 out of 13 judges are personally hand-picked by the president. In other words, in any major decision where a majority constitutes 7, 4 would be hard-over Erdoğan supporters.
5) Amendment #17, Article 21 created – The president gets these new powers, for whomever wins the presidential election on November 3, 2019. All these new powers, including the prime minister’s powers (the position of prime minister is being eliminated), take effect on that day. The president becomes essentially king of Turkey, and thus king of Yavan. It is assumed at this point that Erdoğan will win. He will be allowed to serve constitutionally until 2029 (see Timeline).
6) Amendment #18 – The president is no longer “neutral” to any political party, but becomes the leader of his own party. For Erdoğan that means taking up leadership again of his AKP which he founded bac in 2001.
Already being allowed to bend rules and push his influence on Turkey’s government and society, it is likely that these new powers would allow Erdoğan to push further for Turkey becoming an Islamist state, ready to take on the aggressor of the Second Signpost.
Just as the “kings” of Media and Persia (of Daniel 8:20) are the supreme leader and the IRGC commanders who as a group have all the power in Iran (just like kings), so too whoever wins the election for Turkish president in 2019 will have great power in that country. He will declare war and states of emergency with oversight from a parliament that is run by his own party and has no more Kemalists.
At this point, the only way Erdoğan would NOT be the first and prominent horn of the goat is if he doesn’t win the election or isn’t around to run.
No single man leading Turkey since the days of the Sultans leading the Ottoman Empire will have such a concentration of power. And when the first election for president comes in 2019, Erdoğan, being by far the most popular and persuasive politician in Turkey, is almost assured to win.
So this is why the referendum vote and the transfer of greater power to the president is significant to the Signposts. The winner of the election will likely be king of Yavan. And so the goat’s horn may very well appear in November 2019.
Another part of the Signposts is falling into place. God help us all.