Now HERE is an interesting chapter. And, I say interesting because it appears to talk about the future… while still referring to Egypt… or, at least a country LIKE Egypt…
Hmmm… What country would Israel have gone into exile to that Israel might want to ask for help from and depend on…
1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek Jehovah!
If this is the future, does this mean that Israel depends literally on the Egyptian army for help? An army that Israel defeated TWICE already?
Could it be that there is another country in the future that has taken the place of Egypt? Could it be that the reference to Egypt is an analogy for another country that isn’t, and cannot be, mentioned in the bible because it didn’t exist until now? Could this be a country in which, like Egypt, the Jews had gone into exile? And, that in the last days, was very, very strong and very powerful? A country that Israel was used to turning to for help?
Could this be the US?
It sounds very, very plausible.
2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evil-doers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.
Now, who are the evil-doers here?
No. Israel is the one being saved – although, it is possible that many in Israel (in locations where there are lots of evil-doers) will die. The passage in Zechariah that says:
Zechariah 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, Jehovah is my God.
Is God judging the evil-doers here?
I really, really do not want to believe that. But, if it’s true that this is talking about Israel… we may just have to accept this.
However, I DO believe that this will be a time of judgement for those who did not follow God like they said that they would. America has claimed to be one nation under God. Well, if so, America has also been doing evil in the name of God.
Furthermore, there is no country on earth that has done more to corrupt the world than the US. Our television shows and our movies have attacked the moral fabric of every country in the world.
I have lived in many, many places in the world and am a personal witness to this.
But, let’s take another look at what could be an analogy for the US:
3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit: and when Jehovah shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall stumble, and he that is helped shall fall, and they all shall be consumed together.
Israel will turn to the US for help, and the US will fall – is doomed to fall.
Unless this literally is Egypt.
4 For thus saith Jehovah unto me, As the lion and the young lion growling over his prey, if a multitude of shepherds be called forth against him, will not be dismayed at their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so will Jehovah of hosts come down to fight upon mount Zion, and upon the hill thereof.
5 As birds hovering, so will Jehovah of hosts protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it, he will pass over and preserve it.
But, in the midst of all this destruction, God will protect Jerusalem. So, if you see something begin to happen – something that looks like Gog and Magog – get up to Jerusalem. It’s the only safe place that God has promised would BE saved.
6 Turn ye unto him from whom ye have deeply revolted, O children of Israel.
7 For in that day they shall cast away every man his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.
8 And the Assyrian shall fall by the sword, not of man; and the sword, not of men, shall devour him; and he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall become subject to taskwork.
9 And his rock shall pass away by reason of terror, and his princes shall be dismayed at the ensign, saith Jehovah, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.
This sounds a LOT like the Ezekiel Tetrad. It describes the return of Israel to the Lord and the destruction of Israel’s enemies.
But, it adds the Assyrian.
Is this really Assyria? And, do we need to add Assyria to Gog and Magog? (And indeed, the list of those who are in Gog and Magog WOULD include large parts of what once was the Assyrian empire.)
OR, are we getting this all wrong. Could this chapter have been talking about the time when the Assyrians came to conquer Jerusalem and failed? Could it be that we got excited about a future prophecy only to realize that it’s a prophecy that has already been fulfilled?