Isaiah – Chapter 19


Prophecies Against Egypt

Verse 1 – The burden against Egypt. Behold, the Lord rises 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.

Verse 2 – “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; everyone will fight against his brother, and everyone against his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.

During much of the eighth century Egypt was at war with itself. But what we remember is when the people of Egypt took to the streets in January 2011, because of the corruption and power of Mubarak’s son.

Verse 3 – The spirit of Egypt will fall in its midst; I will destroy their counsel, and they will consult the idols and the charmers, the mediums and the scorers.

Verse 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.

Verse 5 – The waters will fail from the sea, and the rivers will be wasted and dried up.

Verse 6 – The rivers will turn foul, and the brooks of defense will be emptied and dried up; the reeds and rushes will wither.

The waters of the Nile were the lifeline of Egypt. Its fresh water was due to Egypt’s earlier development of an irrigation system. God’s judgment of Egypt is pictured as a drying up of waters. The farmland would vanish.

Verse 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.

Verse 8 – The fishermen also will mourn; all those will lament who cast hooks into the River, and they will languish who spread nets on the waters.

Verse 9 – Moreover those who work in fine flax and those who weave fine fabric will be ashamed;

Verse 10 – and its foundations will be broken. All who make wages will be troubled of soul.

People who think that God is not in control of every aspect of a nation, only need to read these scriptures and discover different. A nation that continues to oppress the people while the rulers get fat and rich, have a rude awakening coming their way. Even though an individual can truly follow God, the consequences of leadership will still affect them. When a nation keeps kicking God out of everything, the hardships and destruction will be felt by all. Do we honestly think that as a nation we can continue to do the same things that Israel did and not suffer God’s judgment?

Verse 11 – Surely the princes of Zoan are fools; Pharaoh’s wise counselors give foolish counsel. How do you say to Pharaohs, “I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?”

Verse 12 – Where are they? Where are your wise men? Let them tell you now, and let them know what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt.

Verse 13 – The princes of Zoan have become fools; the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also deluded Egypt, those who are the mainstay of its tribes.

Verse 14 – The Lord has mingled a perverse spirit in her midst; and they have caused Egypt to err in all her works, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.

Verse 15 – Neither will there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, palm branch or bulrush, may do.

Egypt was known for her wisdom, but here its wise men and officials were deceived and foolish. Any time we would rather take advise and wisdom from the world instead of God, we become foolish.

Verse 16 – In that day Egypt will be like a woman, and will be afraid and fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He waves over it.

Verse 17 – And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt; everyone who makes mention of it will be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts which He has detained against it.

Verse 18 – In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.

Verse 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 border.

In the day of Christ’s reign, Egypt will worship the One True God. This is only one small reason why we should never say, “That person will never be saved!” God uses whom He chooses to accomplish His purpose and we don’t know that they will eventually turn towards Christ. A country that is ruled by Islam now, will one day worship the One True God. We are to be obedient as Christians and witness to others by living a life that reflects our heavenly Father. We are not responsible for the choices others make, it’s up to them.

Verse 20 –  And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.

Sending the Savior to rescue a repentant nation from an oppressor describes the situation of a future Egypt.

Verse 21 – Then the Lord will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the Lord and perform it.

Making a vow is to be sincere and truly worship God.

Verse 22 – And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.

These calamities that God will send to Egypt will be the means in which the conversion will take place. All nations and all people will one day bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, either in devotion or submission.

Verse 23 – In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.

Verse 24 – In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land,

Verse 25 – whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

“In that day, ” three shall be united as one people. They all three shall worship the same God.

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