Road To Tribulation 7 – The Terrorization Of Egypt

Egypt: A year of protests. Jan 25, 2012

I. Current Egypt.

A. Opening Video Comments. Only one year ago, on January 25, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo to voice their anger against corruption, poverty and repression in a demonstration called “Day of Wrath.” These protests were inspired by the Tunisian protests earlier that month that saw the ouster of President Zine Abidine Ben Ali on January 14 and the beginning of the Arab Spring uprisings. The date of the Arab Spring was December 17, 2010 – December 2012. The video shows the instability that currently exists in Egypt, as well as in neighboring Arab countries. Such instability will be prevalent when the “Isaiah 19 Proclamation Against Egypt” comes into play.

B. The Arab Spring (Arabic: الربيع العربي‎) was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. It began in response to oppressive regimes and a low standard of living, starting with protests in Tunisia From Tunisia, the protests then spread to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain, where either the ruler was deposed (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, and Ali Abdullah Saleh) or major uprisings and social violence occurred including riots, civil wars, or insurgencies. Sustained street demonstrations took place in Morocco, Iraq, Algeria, Iranian Khuzestan,Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Sudan. Minor protests took place in Djibouti, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara.

C. This Isaiah 19 prophecy is of exceptional interest because of its amazing climax: the judgment of God on the Egyptians is followed by their repentance and conversion, by manifestations of God’s grace to them, and by their incorporation in the people of God, along with their bitter enemy, Assyria, and the chosen people, Israel, who had suffered so grievously at the hands of both. (Expositor’s Bible Commentary Old Testament, Abridged Edition).

D. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening (Bill Salus).

II. Contemporary Egypt. 1

A. These are the days when the Bible is its own best commentary. Imagine the Prophet Isaiah, whose ministry spanned between 740-701 B.C., standing on the streets of Cairo during the Arab Spring, speaking in front of a mainstream news camera declaring: “The Arab demonstrators have swiftly moved from Tunisia eastbound into Egypt! Egyptians are fighting other Egyptians. The military is being pelted with hundreds of Molotov cocktails as brothers are bludgeoning each other, and neighborhoods are riddled with unrest. The streets of Cairo are filled with violence and civil strife! It’s a very dangerous situation here in Tahrir Squire.”

B. The events of the Arab Spring seem eerily reminiscent of what Isaiah predicted centuries ago.

1. Text. Isaiah 19:1-2 – 714 B.C. – New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 The pronouncement concerning Egypt:
Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
2 “So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will fight, each against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.

2. Commentary.

a. Is it possible that Isaiah was foretelling of a prophecy intended for modern times? Will more unrest befall the world’s most densely populated and powerful Arab state? This article will take a close look at the judgment prophecies concerning Egypt in Isaiah 19 in relation to Psalm 83.

b. From Isiah’s time forward, there were at least three devastating judgments found in Bible prophecy. These three judgments are as follows”

(1) PAST Prophecies. The Babylonian Judgment, described in Jer 42-44, Ezek 29:18-19, 30:10, and elsewhere.
(2) NOW Prophecies. The Israeli Defense Forces, mentioned in Ps 83 and Isa 19.
(3) LAST Prophecies. The anti-christ during the “Day of the Lord,” referenced in Ezek 30:3-4, Daniel 11:42-43, Joel 3:19, and elsewhere.

c. Among all of Egypt’s prophecies, the most important spiritually speaking for Egyptians, is undoubtedly concerning their national conversion. When all is said and done there will be a remnant of Egyptians that survive to reside in the one-thousand year Messianic kingdom. This is great news for the Egyptians because, as this article points out, events in Egypt seemingly take a severe turn for the worse in the near future.

3. Text. Isaiah 19:24-25 – NASB – 714 B.C.

24 On that day Israel will be the third party to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of armies has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

4. Commentary.

a. These verses identify Egyptians as “My people.” This is not a classification that presently applies to Egypt, because the nation hosts about 80 million Muslims, which constitutes about 95% of its population. To be called “My people” requires a belief in the true God, Yahweh, of the Bible, rather than the false God, Allah, of the Koran. Therefore, this is a title that will be bestowed on Egypt in the Messianic Kingdom. This means that Egypt will have a national conversion to accept Christ sometime prior to the commencement of the millennium. This can be deduced from the realization that only true believers in Christ can enter into that future dispensation.

b. Concerning Egypt’s existence during the Messianic kingdom era, Ezekiel explains that the nation of Egypt will be the lowliest of all the kingdoms present on the earth at that time.

5. Text. Ezekiel 29:15 – NASB – 588 B.C.

15 It will be the lowest of the kingdoms, and it will not raise itself above the nations again. And I will make them small so that they will not rule over the nations.

6. Comment. It appears that the above prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. Clearly, Egypt today is not the lowliest of kingdoms on earth. In fact, Egypt’s army, which is ranked 18th among world armies is the most powerful among the Arab states. The next closest Arab army in the region is Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 28th. There are nearly 83 million people living in Egypt, and comparatively only about 27-28 million in the Arab state of Saudi Arabia.

III. Egypt’s Past Prophecies. 2

A. Overview – Ezekiel. The past Babylonian judgment against Egypt occurred in 568 B.C. when King Nebuchadnezzar marched upon the country in order to replenish his military budget and arsenals. He had endured a tiring, but successful campaign against Tyre, in modern day Lebanon. Ezekiel identifies the king’s military motive for us.

B. Text. Ezekiel 29:18-20 – NASB – 588 B.C.

18 “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre; every head had a bald spot and every shoulder was rubbed raw. But he and his army acquired no wages from Tyre for the labor that he had performed against it.” 19 Therefore this is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am going to give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. And he will carry off her wealth and capture her spoils and seize her plunder; and it will be wages for his army. 20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor which he performed, because they acted for Me,” declares the Lord God.

C. Overview – Jeremiah. Chapters 42-44 of Jeremiah brazenly warned the Jews at the time not to flee to Egypt in order to avoid this impending confrontation with King Nebuchadnezzar. However, many of His people refused to follow His instructions and migrated into Egypt. As a result, scores of them were killed during the Babylonian conquest of Egypt.

D. Text. Jeremiah 42:19 – NASB – 588 B.C.

19 The Lord has spoken to you, you remnant of Judah, “Do not go to Egypt!” You know for certain that I have admonished you today.

IV. Egypt’s NOW Prophecies. 3

A. Developments in Egypt since the Arab Spring of 2011 are preparing this Arab state for the fulfillment of prophecies issued in Isaiah 19:1-18. These ancient predictions could culminate soon in Egypt’s participation in the Arab-Israeli war under the banner of the “Hagarenes” (confederate Arab nations against Israel) which are described in Psalm 83. As such, a study of Isaiah 19:1-18 will be undertaken at this time.

B. Text. Psalm 83:6 – NASB. – Unknown Date.

The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites;

C. Before exploring Isaiah 19, it is important to recognize that these Isaiah prophecies might lead into, or somehow be related to, the Psalm 83 war, but they could also be independent from Psalm 83. Egypt’s role in Psalm 83 is the most controversial of the ten member confederacy that is found in Psalm 83:6-8. Consider the reasons for including Egypt in Psalm 83. If Egypt is included in Psalm 83, and if Isaiah 19:1-18 relates to Psalm 83, then these Isaiah prophecies concerning Egypt should be treated as NOW Prophecies.

V. Denunciation Against Egypt. 4

A. Text. Isaiah 19:1 . NASB – 714 B.C.

1 The pronouncement concerning Egypt:

Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.

B. Comments.

1. The very first sentence speaks about a judgment that is intended against Egypt. The judgment is from the Lord and it happens quickly, like a swift cloud moves through the windy sky. Before addressing the typological significance of the swift cloud it’s important to understand that the Lord never renders random judgments upon the nations. In this case, Egypt has done something deserving of divine judgment. The clue to Egypt’s guilt appears to be described in Isaiah 19:16-18, and is relative to something between Israel and Egypt. Egypt’s foul play toward Israel will be discussed in the commentary of those verses.

2. The significance of the “swift cloud” that makes the “idols” of Egypt “totter” is that when Egypt’s judgment occurs, it doesn’t appear to be a long drawn out process, and it adversely affects the spiritual bedrock of the entire country, which today is predominantly Islam. Cloud cover creates darkness beneath it. Darkness alluding to a nation’s religious conditions depict a country’s spiritual blindness. Egypt’s history at the time of the Hebrew exodus saw a similar scenario of the Lord riding into Egypt on a swift cloud.

Exodus 14:19-20 – NASB – 1491 B.C.

19 Then the angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Therefore the one did not approach the other all night.

3. In addition to the above Exodus 14 passage, clouds in relation to spiritual matters are found in 1 Thes 4:17, describing Christians being caught up into the clouds during the Rapture. Also, in Ex 19:9, the Lord visited Moses via a cloud, and in Ex 24:15-16, after six days of cloud over Mount Sinai, the Lord called out to Moses from the clouds on the seventh day. These are just a few biblical instances of where clouds are used as a typological representation of a deep-seated spiritual matter.

C. Text. Isaiah 19:2 – NASB – 714 B.C.

2 “So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will fight, each against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.

D. Comments.

1. This is another prophetic verse that does not appear to have found fulfillment. Because the idols of Egypt are tottering, and the heart of the country is melting in its midst, severe civilian unrest begins to occur. This civil strife quickly burgeons into a civil war, but does not stop there. Ultimately, kingdoms begin to clash with each other. In this instance “kingdom against kingdom” appears to allude to a regional conflict. Presently, there are three predominate kingdoms in the region: Jewish, Arab and Persian, and observably they are all mostly at odds with each other.

a. Most Arab countries don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, and want the Jewish state to give up large portions of land for one more Arab state called Palestine.

b. Most Arab countries are genuinely concerned that Iran wants to attain a nuclear weapons program in order for her (Iran) to control the balance of power in the Middle East.

c. Iran (Persian) is threatening to wipe out the Jewish kingdom off of the map.

2. Isaiah 19:2 predicts a regional conflict in Egypt’s future. We see in Isa 19:16-18 that this conflict appears to be between the Arab and Jewish kingdoms.

E. Text. Isaiah 19:3-4 – NASB – 714 B.C.

3 Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confuse their strategy,
So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead,
And to mediums and spiritists.
4 Furthermore, I will hand the Egyptians over to a cruel master,
And a mighty king will rule over them,” declares the Lord God of armies.

F. Comments.

1. If this prophecy is for our times, then these verses imply that when the swift judgment comes, the Egyptians will consult their Muslim clerics and imams, but to no avail. Their Islamic counsel fails in the midst of the deteriorating matters, which ultimately makes Egypt susceptible to the takeover of a cruel dictator.

2. Some commentaries suggest that this cruel master was the Assyrian king Esarhaddon, who conquered Egypt in 671 B.C. Another candidate is the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar in 568 B.C. The antichrist is yet another possibility, since he is involved in the LAST prophecy against Egypt in Daniel 11:42-43. But, it could even be an Egyptian leader that turns into a ruthless dictator, rather than a foreign national like Esarhaddon, Nebuchadnezzar, or the Antichrist.

G. Text. Isaiah 19:6-10 – NASB – 714 B.C.

H. Comments.

1. These five verses will be commented on collectively. At the time of Egypt’s swift calamity, the economy entirely collapses. The fishing and textile industries, that have historically been Egypt’s mainstay, will go bankrupt. Tourism could be added into these passages, as well. Although tourism was not a big source of revenue for Egypt during Isaiah’s time, it has been so throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

2. Isaiah concludes by saying, “All who make wages will be troubled of soul.” That statement sums up Egypt’s economic predicament. Egypt experiences an utter economic collapse. Egypt’s economy is already heading in that direction rapidly. They are reliant upon foreign aid from Saudi Arabia, America, Turkey, and elsewhere, now more than ever before. The Arab Spring may have brought changes politically but, as of yet, it has not improved Egypt economically.

I. Text. Isaiah 19:11-15 – NASB – 714 B.C.

J. Comments.

1. To understand Isaiah’s chastisements in these verses, it is important to note that in the ancient world, Egypt was known for its superior wisdom. But, Isaiah warned them not to count on her wise men to save the nation from the coming destruction. Also, their wisdom was foolishness compared to the foolishness of the Lord Almighty, who was planning the onslaught. No one in Egypt would be able to do anything to avert the destruction. Neither the leaders, nor the populace, could hold back God’s judgment.

2. These comments illustrate that at the time that the Isaiah 19 prophecy was issued, the pinnacle people and places would be affected by this judgment. No Egyptian seems to escape the powerful grasp of Isaiah’s burden against Egypt.

K. Text. Isaiah 19:16-17 – NASB – 714 B.C.

16 On that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in great fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of armies, which He is going to wave over them. 17 The land of Judah will become a cause of shame to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in great fear because of the plan of the Lord of armies which He is making against them.

L. Comments.

1. Up until these telling verses, we have only been able to ascertain the adverse effects of Isaiah’s prophecy, but now we get a clue to the underlying cause of Egypt’s judgment. Isaiah starts by attributing all the events of Isa 19:1-15 to the consequences of Isa 19:16-17, by saying, “in that day.” In essence, at the time that Egypt’s wisdom fails, religious leaders falter, the economy collapses, and Egypt is ruled by a harsh dictator, the country will be likened to a fearful woman that has become terrorized by Israel (Judah).

2. This implies that Egypt has confronted Israel, and in the process provoked a powerful retaliatory response from the Jewish state. More than likely, this confrontation finds association with Egypt’s military participation in the Psalm 83 war. These verses say that Egypt is not terrorized by Babylon, or by the the antichrist, but by Judah. This implies that Isa 19:1-18 is not addressing the PAST prophecies with the Babylon conquest, or the LAST prophecies relative to the antichrist invasion of Dan 11:42-43, but rather it seems to speak to the NOW prophecy of Psalm 83, the final Arab-Israel war, which appears to be imminent.

3. Recalling that the Lord doesn’t render random judgments, it makes sense that if Egypt seeks to disavow its current peace treaty with Israel, and confederate with the Psalm 83 Arab states and terrorists populations in order to destroy the Jewish state, “that the name Israel may be remembered no more” (Ps 83:4), that Egypt will be judged! Egypt seeking to curse Israel will provoke the curse-for-curse in kind clause of Gen 12:3 to come back against Egypt.

4. If the nuclear equipped IDF (Israel Defense Force) that is presently ranked # 11 among world armies gets provoked into a war with Egypt, then the odds are that the Egyptians will be terrorized by Judah to the point that they resemble the fearful woman of Isa 19:16.

M. Text. Isaiah 19:18 – NASB – 714 B.C.

18 On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of armies; one will be called the City of Destruction.

N. Comments.

1. Again, Isaiah prefaces his prophecy by saying that “in that day,” five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan, which is Hebrew. This implies that Israel will annex five cities that are presently under Egyptian sovereignty when the prophecies spelled out in Isa 19:1-17 take place. When the IDF defeats the Egyptian army again, then it is possible that they will take more Arab territory.

2. According to Gen 15:18, the land that is Arab occupied, and is known as Gaza, West Bank, Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, and the Sinai Peninsula, is identified as the Promised Land for the exclusive use of the Jewish people. It is possible that the five cities that Isa 19:18 identifies will be located east of the Nile, and will be acquired after Egypt’s defeat in Psalm 83.

VI. Summary. 5

A. Somewhat similar to the way that Jordan will tremble and be toppled, Egypt will be terrorized and partially toppled. The NOW prophecies of Jordan and Egypt result in Israel expanding territorially. Israel appears to take much of Jordan, according to Jeremiah 49 and Zephaniah 2, and at least five cities in Egypt in Isa 19:18. Isaiah says one of those cities will be called, “The City Of Destruction. This could imply that it was destroyed by Israel, before being taken over by Israel.

B. Presently, Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel, but according to the NOW and LAST prophecies identified in this article, this peace deal is temporary. Someday Egypt, along with Assyria, will possess a permanent peace treaty with Israel, according to Isa 19:24-25. However, between NOW and then, Egypt will be terrorized according to Isa 19:16-18.

C. Text. Isaiah 19:22-25 – NASB – 714 B.C.

22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to their pleas and heal them.

23 On that day there will be a road from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

24 On that day Israel will be the third party to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of armies has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

D. Comment. The two great warring nations of Isaiah’s time are to reach a lasting peace with each other during “that day” of Christ’s reign (27:13; cf. 2:2–4). Israel, “in that day,” will become what God intended her to be—a blessing to the rest of the world (Gen. 12:3; 42:6; contra 1:2) (MacArthur Study Bible). The road in verse 23 extends from the western to eastern borders of the promised land of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 15:18-21).

VII. About Israel.

Jerusalem is one of the world’s oldest cities. Dominion over Jerusalem has changed hands dozens of times and the city, along with the Holy Temple, was destroyed twice – once in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon and again in 70 CE by Rome.

From 70 CE until 1948, Jerusalem was controlled by a series of empires. In modern history, dominion over Jerusalem was held by the Ottoman Empire from 1516 until the beginning of the British Mandate in 1917.

On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly approved the Partition Plan, granting the Jewish people dominion over part of Jerusalem for the first time in 2,000 years. There is a street in Jerusalem known as Kaf-Tet B’November, which literally means November 29, honoring this momentous date.

Jerusalem was reunited, and the Old City was restored to Jewish hands, in June 1967, as an outcome of the Six Day War. Israel celebrates this reunification on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) each year on 28 Iyar in the Hebrew calendar (May-June).

Jerusalem is the capital city of the State of Israel with more than nine million residents. Of those, 64% are Jewish, 34% are Muslim and 2% are Christian.

Jerusalem, and more specifically the Temple Mount, is destined to be the home of the Third and Eternal Holy Temple.

VIII. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase. The following footnotes of Bill Salus are a product of the years of dedication that Mr. Salus has poured into his study of Biblical prophecy.
1. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 149-152
2. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 152-153
3. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 153
4. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 154-161
5. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 161

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