As Egypt is heavy on our hearts especially at this time of demonstrations for liberty, the prophecy in Isaiah 19 that he gave from the Lord concerning Egypt comes to mind. It is an encouraging chapter about the future of Egypt and its people
I began to think about how God had raised up a great leader among the Egyptians, Moses, who cried out to Pharoah the words given him by the Lord God Almighty, “Let My people go.” Let them go from their bondage and servitude. Let them go from the callous idols and witchcraft practices that were polluting the people of God for hundreds of years.
Now, thousands of years later, Egypt is crying out, “Let our people go!”
I heard a report tonight from an expert on Middle Eastern affairs saying that although the attempt at democracy/freedom/liberty is a good thing there must come forth a “leader” who will help bring these people to the desired end that they are crying for. I thought how much like Moses, whom God chose to lead His people out of oppression and into Liberty. In the first section of Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 19 he speaks forth the condition of Egypt and ultimately its future ….the end times.
This is part of a commentary on Egypt of ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ based on Isaiah 19.
“What is the future of Egypt? The Lord has much to say about that actually, and Egypt plays an important role in End Times Bible prophecy, in the days before the return of Jesus Christ; and Isaiah chapter 19, which describes a very difficult, violent and economically disastrous future for Egypt in the last days, and even worse oppressive leadership than it has ever had in the past….but there is also hope, there is good news — very good news — in Egypt’s future as well. The God of the Bible loves the people of Egypt. He is determined to get their attention and draw them into a personal relationship with Him through faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Hebrew Prophet Isaiah speaks of this divine love for Egypt.”____Joel Crosenberg
So it appears that what is happening in Egypt right now is the beginning of sorrows for them, (and not only them but eventually globally). Isaiah says in v. 1, that Egypt is a burden lifted up as the Lord rides in swiftly to deliver justice against the sorcerers, wizards and mediums. He says He is handing over the people of Egypt to cruel taskmasters (remember the Hebrew slaves and how cruelly they were treated in the book of Exodus,) Now they will be ruled over with an iron hand. They who are crying out for democracy and freedom will be led into a captivity within their own borders. Isaiah goes on to say much more about the stroke of the hand of justice of the Lord in righteous indignation. He says that Egyptian will rise up against Egyptian, and nation against nation and the leaders against the other leaders, brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. The waters of the Nile shall fail. This declares certain famine for these people, as the Nile is the source of their crop productions.
Recall that in the book of Genesis, the sons of Jacob had gone down into EGYPT because of the great famine in Israel as Egypt had food due to Joseph’s spiritual relationship with Almighty God. Now there will be famine in Egypt. All these things God has purposed against Egypt, says Isaiah 19:17.
But here-in lies the good news as prophesied by Isaiah that I want to pray for the Egyptian people. Isaiah says in v.19, “ In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the Lord at its borders.”
I read a commentary that said that this had been accomplished in the late hundreds century but there are many sides and layers to prophecy and Isaiah goes on to say..” And it will be a witness to the Lord and they will cry out to the Lord BECAUSE OF OPPRESSORS and He will send them a savior, even a mighty one and he will deliver them.” That reminds me of what the expert said. They will need to raise up a LEADER to lead them out of oppression.
Isaiah…”And the Lord God will make Himself known to them and they will heed and cherish the Lord God and will worship Him.”
“ And the Lord shall smite Egypt, smiting and healing, smiting and healing and they will finally return to the Lord God and He will listen to their entreaties. V.25. Whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt My people and Assyria, the work of My hands and Israel, My Heritage.”
So I pray what the Lord says about Egypt. Blessed be Egypt, God’s people. He will lead them out in due time of the oppression and they will worship the Lord God Almighty and He will be satisfied with them. Amen.
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MG, this is a very interesting blog. I was just listening to Focus on the Family a few weeks ago and they were interviewing Dr. Michelle Youssef. Dr. Youssef is also a studier of the Middle East. He is from Egypt and has family and friends in the middle of this crisis. This was a very interesting interview, so interesting that I wrote Dr. Youssef’s name down to later look him up on his websight. He also referred to Isaiah 19 several times during this interview. To see Isaiah 19 begin to unfold is amazing. God is amazing. I know the Israelites were amazed to watch God’s hand moving in Egypt as they waited for the parting of the Red Sea. I am amazed as I watch God’s hand moving in Egypt and throughout the rest of the world, as we wait for the parting of the Eastern Sky. God’s Holy Word is so exciting and amazing. I feel so blessed to be a child of God and be able to see the things that are written in the Bible. A difficult time yes, but praise God for the Light at the End of the tunnel.. Praise God for the Hope God gives us as we rely on Him during these end days. Praise God for his Son Jesus Christ! Praise God!!
Opps : It’s Dr. Michael Youssef not Michelle. His website is pretty interesting. It discusses that when his mother was pregnant with him, she wasn’t in good health and thought about abortion. A preacher came and told her that her child would be used by God. So she decided aganist her thoughts of abortion. God has been working in her child ever since. Check out his website for more information. He also has a book : Isalm, Terrorism and Your Future.
One more correction.. Isalm, Terrorism and Your Future is actually written by Isaac Ben Abraham. Dr. Youssef had it on his blog.
The latest uprising in Egypt representing so many young adults awakens my thoughts to the ‘Copic CHRISTIANS of Egypt’. I have often held the habit of praying for Christians around the world daily. Yet, so often, miss the mark.
Jesus and his family are such a part of the history of Egypt. As CF mentions Michael Youssef and his Mother and decision to allow Michael to fulfill his destiny. Likewise, Mary and Joseph allowed Jesus to be birthed and live on earth and live out His earth destiny that spans to many marks in history. One being Jesus and his family traveling to Egypt and living there for a time. So many of us understand the love we have for a place, home, and land that we so cherish as part of our childhood. Jesus’ heart expanded Grace and Mercy to all homeland areas and beyond.
Chicken farmer, “…as we wait for the parting of the Eastern Sky…”
Yes, “the parting of the Eastern Sky”….Read with me John 14: 1-4, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.’ Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Matthew 24:26-28 “So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert, ‘don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here, ‘don’t believe it! 2)7 For as the lightening flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 28) Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”
“In Egypt, for example, a Tuesday http://www.onenewsnow.com article reports that Muslims associated with the revolution have attacked two Christians and left eleven dead. And it is U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf’s opinion that this is eleven too many. The Republican Virginianis proposing a bill that would “call for a special envoy to protect Christians.”
Read more on this: http://www.examiner.com/christianity-politics-in-national/congressman-proposes-law-to-protect-persecuted-christians
Thank you for sharing this and thanks that U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf is taking action and providing a means of action for believers to try to help other persecuted believers.
CF, most interesting and Star War type scripture you have posted. Can you imagine any of us not looking when someone yells, look at this movie, look at this person, look at this beach, look at this big fish????
Chickenfarmer, what does this scripture mean?
Also, checked the website and enjoyed the very informative blogs by Michael Youssef.