This chapter has never ceased to amaze me. This chapter foretells of the Nile drying up, Egypt becoming Christian and uniting with Israel and Syria.
No, it’s more than that.
It’s positively mind blowing.
Actually, there really are no words to adequately describe how incredible all that is, from the viewpoint that we have today.
Furthermore, since this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled, we must assume that it is in our future. AND, since we are in the last days, there isn’t much future left for us to see all this happen. So, Isaiah 19 MUST play a part somehow in the Ezekiel Tetrad.
(Unless someone can prove to me that it has already happened?)
It’s just so hard to imagine how all this will come about. But, our failure in imagination is no barrier to God’s will. God said that He would do this, so it will be done.
Let’s get into the chapter.
1The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.
2And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
We’re talking about civil war here. Egypt will descend into complete chaos.
3And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
4And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
Could this have been Hosni Mubarak? Or, will someone else arise?
Mubarak was certainly cruel and fierce. But, was he cruel and fierce enough?
Or, will we see someone else take control of Egypt who is even worse!
5And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.
6And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.
7The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.
As you can imagine, this has never happened.
But, it is something that Egypt fears greatly.
What am I talking about?
People that are upstream diverting the waters of the Nile river.
In fact, Egypt has made it very clear to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo, that they are not to take too much (or ANY) water from the Nile.
So far, Egypt has been able to threaten the use of force. And, since Egypt has the biggest army in the region, Egypt’s threats are taken seriously. However, should Egypt’s army lose its effectiveness, you can imagine what would happen.
Well, you don’t have to imagine it. The bible talks about it right here. The moment that the Egyptian army loses its ability to force countries to keep from taking water from the Nile…
That will be the moment when the Nile starts to dry up.
And, if a drought happened?
What if a volcano or earthquake diverted the headwaters of the Nile?
What does it mean in verse six: “And they shall turn the rivers far away”?
Will someone put up a series of dams?
It’s certainly something interesting to think about.
8The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.
9Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.
10And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish.
11Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?
12Where are they? where are thy wise men? and let them tell thee now, and let them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.
13The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof.
14The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.
15Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.
So, as the Nile dries up, Egypt starts to fall apart.
16In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.
17And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it.
Egypt will be afraid of Israel?
To a certain degree, Egypt already IS afraid of Israel. But, I’m not sure that ‘terror’ would be an accurate description of what she feels now. Something changes… or happens, to make Egypt afraid of Israel.
Could it be that Israel really does have nuclear weapons? And, could it be that they are forced to demonstrate their willingness to use them?
That would make ANYONE afraid.
The possibility that Israel will somehow be involved in some kind of nuclear war is very disturbing.
As of this writing, it is possible that Israel may feel forced to us nuclear weapons against Iran’s own nuclear weapons development program. The Iranians have already begun weapons development in the Fordo bunkers, south of Tehran. Currently, these bunkers are more than 200 meters under ground, and able to withstand any conventional attack.
Will Israel use a nuclear weapon against Iran?
Only time will tell.
18In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.
19In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD.
Five cities will become followers of God? Christians?
VERY interesting, even incomprehensible.
20And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.
21And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it.
22And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.
Seriously? Egypt will become a Christian nation? Really?
Well, the Lord said it, so it must be so. The fact that we have trouble imagining it does not change its inevitability.
It is going to happen.
23In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
24In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:
25Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.
What a glorious picture.
Incomprehensible and completely fantastic.
May this day come soon.