Turkey – a case study
Throughout the Bible we find evidence that there are guardian spirits set over nations. We see names like Egypt, Babylon, Libya, Assyria, Ethiopia and find there is a connection to a spirit of the land.
Daniel heard the messenger angel say he had to fight the prince of Persia on the way. There is a whole realm that we humans are largely blind to. Scripture clearly says that these very spirits have been exposed and disarmed through the work Jesus did on the cross.
The unredeemed are however very likely to be under the powers of the air, these spirits that seek worship and allegiance as idols.
It is a fascinating study to see the patterns of submission in a nation’s ruler under the ancient spirit of the land.
Scripture appears to have a strong connection between the human ruler and the spirit guardian. Psalm 149 alludes to this, where the worship of God is connected to binding kings.
In nations with little presence of reformed Biblical thinking we often see that the power to rule is concentrated in one person; a king, president, tyrant, dictator or military leader. This is a weakness, because a human being doesn’t have the strength to handle these powers and quickly comes under the spirit of the land. Often the person and the spirit have similar ambition. A ruler may change personality under the influence of the principality. It is often evident when a ruler is stripped from his or her power to rule. Then, all of a sudden you rediscover the human.
The nation of Turkey has a rich story. Much of it is tied to conquest and the growing of an empire. There are many historic sources that show these ambitions.
So when this nation moves from embracing a model that to some extent has checks on the governing power to grant dictatorial power to one man, the stage is set for a principality to enter main stage.
Today’s development in Turkey is best understood by discerning the ambitions of the principality over the land. The Word of God is clear. Unredeemed men and women are under the influence of the spirits of this world.
Turkey is in dire need of our prayers, a spiritual awakening and Biblical reformation.