This chapter has never ceased to amaze me. This chapter foretells of the Nile drying up, Egypt becoming Christian and uniting in a confederation 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, and the first verse is this one:
1 The burden against Egypt.
Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud,
And will come into Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence,
And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
This immediately raises a question:
Is Yehovah really riding into Egypt on a cloud?
Is this allegory?
I try very hard to take the Bible as literally as possible, but it’s hard to do that here. And no, this doesn’t fit with the picture of the the Lord returning with His angels at the end of the Great Tribulation. And, I can say that because of the verses that follow.
During the Millennium, the countries at the headwaters of the Nile will not be allowed to divert the waters of the Nile and cause so much torment and upheaval in Egypt. So, this does not fit with the events of the Millennium. But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
2 “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians;
Everyone will fight against his brother,
And everyone against his neighbor,
City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
3 The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst;
I will destroy their counsel,
And they will consult the idols and the charmers,
The mediums and the sorcerers.
4 And the Egyptians I will give
Into the hand of a cruel master,
And a fierce king will rule over them,”
Says the Lord, the Lord of hosts.
We’re talking about civil war here. Egypt will descend into complete chaos, and they will be ruled by a cruel leader.
In one sense, the fire of this civil war was ignited in January, 2011 in response to the brutal murder of Khaled Said by Egyptian police in June 2010. Egyptians were angry at this horrific killing by the police, and when National Police Day arrived on January 25, it was just too much for the average person. They were angry and took to the streets.
The result was the fall of Hosni Mubarak and political chaos.
Finally, when the dust settled in 2014, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was President of Egypt. And, you can bet that he will remain as president of Egypt until he dies. It’s how they do such things in Egypt.
Is al-Sisi the ‘cruel master’ and ‘fierce king’ of Isaiah 19?
Well, I maintain that the civil war in Egypt isn’t over. The death of Khaled Said and the Arab Spring that swept North Africa were merely the sparks that touched off the conflagration. If the Egyptians were getting enough food to eat, the Egyptians wouldn’t have rioted in the streets and Mubarak would not have fallen.
That’s right. The undercurrent of this uprising was food. The average Egyptian wasn’t getting enough because of rising prices for cooking gas and bread. So, when Khaled Said was murdered by Egyptian police, the outpouring of anger ran hot.
The problem is that malnutrition has only gotten worse as the Egyptian government continues to eliminate subsidies for fuel, food and drinking water. And, water is becoming and ever more serious problem in Egypt.
As it stands right now, only a small part of the Nile actually reaches the Mediterranean Sea, and less and less of it reaches the sea, every year. It is only a matter of time before none of the Nile reaches the Mediterranean. This means that we are already well on our way to the next part of Isaiah 19 occurring:
5 The waters will fail from the sea,
And the river will be wasted and dried up.
6 The rivers will turn foul;
The brooks of defense will be emptied and dried up;
The reeds and rushes will wither.
7 The papyrus reeds by the River, by the mouth of the River,
And everything sown by the River,
Will wither, be driven away, and be no more.
This has never happened. Ever. Yes, there have been a reduction in the amount of water flowing in the Nile. But, it has never ever dried up like this. And, it is something that Egypt fears greatly.
[GRAND ETHIOPIAN RENAISSANCE DAM]
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.