TURKEY - Approves Sweden’s NATO Membership

Arno Froese

The Turkish parliament voted to approve Sweden’s NATO membership bid, bringing the Nordic country one step closer to joining the military alliance after months of delays.

The outcome cleared a significant hurdle for the Nordic country’s accession into the military alliance, with Hungary now set to be the only member state that has not yet ratified Sweden’s accession. 

Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership in May 2022 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier that year. Finland joined NATO in April 2023, doubling the alliance’s border with Russia, but Sweden has faced numerous delays in its path to accession. 

Following [the] Turkish parliamentary vote, Swedish Prime Minister Kristersson said Sweden was “one step closer to becoming a full member of NATO.” 

The US Ambassador to Turkey Jeffry Flake reiterated the sentiment in a post on X, saying “Sweden’s accession to NATO is a critical step in strengthening the alliance” and that he “greatly appreciate the Turkish’s parliament’s decision to approve Sweden’s entry into NATO.” 

-www.cnn.com, 23 January 2024

Arno's Commentary

For the NATO alliance, Sweden’s membership is significant, particularly in view of Russia’s initiation of war against Ukraine. 

Sweden is one of the super-successful countries. They became a member of the United Nations in 1946, and entered the European Union in 1995.

Religiously, Sweden’s population is 57.6% Lutheran, with 33.5% indicating no religious affiliation. Life expectancy is 82.8 years, and per capita GDP stands at $54,800 (2020). The nation is universally recognized for their economic success, particularly in building trucks; Volvo is the second largest truck manufacturer in the world, behind Daimler-Mercedes. That is quite an accomplishment for a country with a population of under 10 million.

Turkeys’ population stands at nearly 84 million, and the country is 99.8% Muslim. But life expectancy is only 76.5 years.

This is another brick in the great European project. However, Turkey has not yet ascended to EU membership. While it joined the EU Customs Union in 1995, it has been waiting for European Union accession since submitting its bid in 2005.

A significant reason for the delay in attaining EU membership is the understanding that Turkey does not belong to Europe. 

Guided Istanbul Tours writes the following:

When Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and the temple destroyed in 586 BC, many Jews were dispersed outside of Israel during the Jewish diaspora.

Later Asia Minor/Anatolia (now Turkey) became home to numerous Jewish communities. A Hellenistic kingdom called the Seleucids settled 2000 Jewish families in Phyrigia and Lydia in 240 BC. Paul’s family was probably settled in Tarsus.

Within two decades after Jesus, the gospel spread northward to Antioch, a city located in southeastern Turkey. Here the believers were first called Christians. For the rest of the first century, the land of Turkey became the center for the growing Christian movement.

More significantly, the seven churches that received the seven letters, as recorded in the book of Revelation, are located in the territory of modern-day Turkey.

In summary, we believe this is the continuation of building blocks towards an ever-increasing amalgamation of nations, aiming in the direction of global government.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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