Isa 19:1-25 The burden against Egypt: Behold, Jehovah rides on a swift cloud and comes into Egypt. And the idols of Egypt shall tremble at His presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in its midst. (19:2) And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians; and they shall fight each man against his brother, and each against his neighbor; city against city, kingdom against kingdom. (19:3) And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it, and I will destroy its wisdom. And they shall seek to idols, and to the enchanters, and to the mediums, and to the future-tellers.
This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled as, in the history of Egypt, the Nile has never dried up. Egypt was a relatively stable country for decades, until the uprising and overthrow of their former President Husni Mubarak in 2011.
The uprising in several Arab nations was dubbed the Arab Spring and welcomed by Western Nations as a move towards democracy. When reading this prophecy we come to realize that this uprising was and is God moving on a swift cloud into Egypt. We also see that this unrest was just the beginning and that the worst is yet to come! The drive for democracy by the masses resulted in them receiving a government consisting of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian economy is in dire straights and the revolutionaries are displeased with the ultimate result of their revolt, which will lead to more and greater strife.
Mubarak was removed in only 18 days and with relatively little bloodshed, when compared with Libya and the conflict in Syria, but this prophecy foretells of conflict between brother and brother, neighbour and neighbour, city against city and ruler against ruler. Thus we should expect growing polrization within the Egyptian populace and ultimately conflict comparable to Libya and Syria where cities are contested for by opposing armed factions.
(19:4) And I will shut up Egypt into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, says the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts. (19:5) And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall fail and dry up. (19:6) And rivers shall be fouled; the Nile of Egypt will languish and dry up; the reed and the rush shall decay. (19:7) Bare places shall be at the Nile, by the mouth of the Nile, and everything sown by the Nile shall dry up, driven away, and be no more.
The outcome of this conflict will be that Egypt is given into the hand of a cruel leader. If not enough, the Egyptian economy will be totally ruined mainly due to the River Nile drying up. Now this may sound impossible, but do an internet search on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Upstream authorities say that their intended use of water will have no real impact on countries downstream, however experience teaches that once having a strategic resource and needing the fruits from that resource people are quick to adapt their views regardless of the detriment to others. Some people in the know say that the dam may actually save the Nile because the primary reason for building the dam is to generate hydro electricity. They argue that rainfall in the catchment areas of the Nile is declining quickly due to deforestation. It is hoped that the dam will reduce pressure on the forests to produce energy. From this prophecy we know that the Nile will dry up, regardless.
(19:8) The fishermen also shall mourn, and all who drop a hook into the Nile shall wail, and those who spread nets on the waters shall droop. (19:9) And the workers in fine flax, and the weavers of white cloth shall be ashamed. (19:10) And her foundations shall be broken, and all who make wages shall be sad of soul.
(19:11) Surely the rulers of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counselors of Pharaoh has become brutish. How do you say to Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings? (19:12) Where are they? Where are your wise men? And let them tell you now, and let them know what Jehovah of Hosts has planned against Egypt.
(19:13) The rulers of Zoan have become fools, the rulers of Noph are deceived; they have also caused Egypt to go astray, the chief of her tribes. (19:14) Jehovah has mixed a perverse spirit in its midst; and they have caused Egypt to go astray in all its work, like a drunkard staggers in his vomit.
(19:15) And Egypt shall have no work that the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.(19:16) In that day Egypt shall be like women; and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of Jehovah of Hosts, which He shakes over it.
Confirmation that the economy of Egypt will be totally brought down. The leaders and the people are confused, not knowing who to listen to or who to co-operate with: the West, Sunni or Shi’ite Muslims. Regardless of whom they follow or with whom they choose to form alliances, the downfall of Egypt is a Scriptural fact.
(19:17) And the land of Judah shall be a terror to Egypt; everyone who mentions it shall be afraid toward it, because of the purpose of Jehovah of Hosts, which He has purposed against it. (19:18) In that day five cities in the land of Egypt shall speak the language of Canaan and swear to Jehovah of Hosts; one shall be called the City of Ruin. (19:19) In that day there shall be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at its border to Jehovah. (19:20) And it shall be for a sign and for a witness to Jehovah of Hosts in the land of Egypt. For they shall cry to Jehovah because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a deliverer, and a great one, and will deliver them.
From this portion of the prophecy we should realize that the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty will be nullified. Note the use of the phrase “the land of Judah shall be a terror to Egypt”. Reference is made to the land of Judah, not Israel or simply Judah, which serves to confirm that Israel is currently not inhabited by the tribes/kingdom of Judah, also referred to in the Books of Kings as the Southern Kingdom. This use of words clearly confirms prophecy relating to the future return of the true tribes of Israel and clearly illustrates that, at this point, when Judah becomes a terror to Egypt, the true Israelites will still not have returned.
Given the Israeli “policy” of reactionary tit-for-tat attacks or reprisals against attacks on its citizens and territory and attempts at hegemony in the Middle East together with her allies, we should firstly expect the demise of the peace treaty, followed by Egyptian support for groups opposed to Israel, which support would include allowing Egyptian territory to be used as a harbour for such militants and a springboard for such attacks. Actual aggression by Egyptian armed forces against Israel cannot be ruled out.
In this time the Egyptians will be sorely oppressed. First by their Muslim rulers and then by the Antichrist, which oppression will be worse than that brought about by their previous rulers.
But in this time, the Egyptians will come to their senses. The descendants of Ishmael among them will remember that they too are the descendants of Abraham and that Israel is ultimately their brother! In this time they shall seek the God of Abraham and they shall find Him and acknowledge Him to be Lord until they too are delivered from the Antichrist by the Messiah.
(19:21) And Jehovah shall be known to Egypt, and Egypt shall know Jehovah in that day, and shall offer sacrifice and offering; and vow a vow to Jehovah, and repay. (19:22) And Jehovah shall strike Egypt; He shall strike and heal; and they shall return to Jehovah, and He shall hear them and shall heal them.
Further confirmation and description of Egypt’s return to God.
(19:23) In that day there shall be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria shall come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and Egypt shall serve with Assyria. (19:24) In that day Israel shall be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the land; (19:25) whom Jehovah of Hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be My people Egypt, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.
At the coming of the Messiah Egypt and Assyria, arch rivals of Israel for almost all time, will be bound together as friends with Israel and there will be free passage from Egypt through Israel and into Assyria and Israel will be a blessing to all. God will call the people of Egypt and Assyria His people, the work of His hands, and Israel His inheritance!
What a great day? Thus we need to realize that Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts are ultimately a waste of time and resources, because they are contrary to what prophecy predicts will happen and needs to happen before the return of the Messiah. The results of these efforts will only bring a temporary solution until the tremendous blitz which will usher in the seven year Tribulation.
We need to pray for the Believers in Egypt that God will carry and guide them until His great day arrives.