Ezekiel prophesies against Jerusalem using the picture of charred and useless vine wood to illustrate the current state of the city. Jesus declares himself to be the true vine, telling us we need to abide in him.
Those interested in Bible prophecy might be intrigued by an article in the Jerusalem Post from Thursday, February 19, 2009. It points out a noticeable shift in political focus in Turkey, which has in the past been very western-leaning, but now has an Islamist-led government.
The connection with Bible prophecy is found in Ezekiel 38, where a coalition is formed to attack Israel led by “Rosh” (Russia), but including Persia (Iran) and Gomer (Turkey). This coalition is destined to fail.
For anyone wanting additional information or explanation about Ezekiel 38-39, I’m including a link to my own notes. These were written in July of 2005, when we were studying Ezekiel at Horizon Central.
Finally, there is also a link to a 2005 article from the Middle East Forum, expressing doubt as to whether Turkey can maintain its pro-western tilt.