s we all watch
the news and see the images coming across our screens concerning
Egypt and the Middle East (ME), we may wonder how this fits into
Bible Prophecy and what effect this could have on the ME region.
Because the Bible is very clear that Israel will be surrounded
by Arab (Muslim) enemies who are set on her destruction, we can
deduct from this event and the cascading events to come, that in
fact, Egypt will become a radicalized Islamic nation that Israel
will have to contend with in the not to distant future. Tunisia
has become radicalized already and
Jordan is ready to follow.
All of this points to the Prophet Ezekiel's vision in Ezekiel
36-39 whereby Israel will be attacked by her enemies that
surround her. Interesting that Turkey has become radicalized as
well not too long ago. As well we should remember that Gaza is
now a terrorist haven and a Iranian satellite proxy state. At
the writing of this report Israel has been attacked from Gaza by
As we watch these events unfold we should not be troubled
because of them. These prophetic signs that have taken place
over the last 60 years only point to one thing, Yeshua's return
is close at hand. [John 14:1 and John 14:27]
The Lord has asked us to watch and be ready. In
fact, He scolded the people of His day for not being ready and
Let's read together what the scriptures have to say
about watching and being ready:
Luke 21:36 NKJ
Watch therefore, and pray always that you
may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come
to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no
need that I should write to you.
For you yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
For when they say, "Peace and
safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains
upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
But you, brethren, are not in
darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
are all sons of light and sons of the
day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as others
do, but let us watch and be sober.
answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will
be fair weather, for the sky is red';
in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is
red and threatening.' Hypocrites!
You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you
cannot discern the signs of the times.
ready and watchful. Learn how to read the signs that God is
providing on a daily basis. The spirit of prophecy is to
encourage the listener. Understanding what time it is on God's
timeline will encourage you to continue to run the race right
through the finish line! Study to show yourself approved.
We hope our ministry is an encouragement to you and
helps you in your walk with Christ! Please take a minute to read
the article below on Israel and Egypt.
Egypt, but for brief moments in history, has always been a great
antagonist of the people of Israel. This saga really began some
1700 years before Christ when Joseph was sold into slavery by
his brothers, was wrongly accused and left to rot in an Egyptian
jail. If it were not for God’s supernatural deliverance he would
have perished there! His rise to power was phenomenal as was his
leadership skills. He not only saved Egypt from starvation but
he delivered his family and the known world as well and thereby
guaranteed the existence of the Jewish people and the Messianic
line of descent. If it were not for God’s supernatural
deliverance Israel would have perished!
As time went by a Pharaoh arose
“who knew not Joseph” and literally enslaved the Jewish people,
murdered their babies and threatened the nation with extinction.
God went before them and provided a deliverer in the person of
Moses. He brought Israel out of Egypt with great signs and
wonders by his hands. If it were not for God’s supernatural
deliverance Israel would have perished!
When the children of Israel got to
the Red Sea the Egyptians had them cornered. There was nowhere
to go and so, once again, by a miracle, in response to Moses
outstretched arm, the sea parted and Israel escaped unharmed on
dry land. If it were not for God’s supernatural deliverance
Israel would have perished at the hands of the Egyptians!
Throughout history, up until the
present day, Egypt has resolutely set itself against the purpose
of God concerning the Jews and has tried, time and time again,
to destroy them. In 1967 the now famous Six Day War of June
broke out. Abdul Nasser of Egypt, with overwhelming military
strength and backed by Russia, sought again to destroy Israel
and the Jewish people. Once again a miracle of God happened and
Nasser’s army was not just defeated but it was humiliated by the
Israeli Defense Force, as were the other Arab armies that
attacked Israel. Israel’s victory was breathtaking and stunning.
Actually, if it were not for God’s supernatural deliverance she
would have perished!
The same was true of 1973 when,
emboldened by Russia, again, and by various allies in the Middle
East, Egypt attacked Israel on its holiest day of the year, Yom
Kippur. (The great Day of Atonement) The surprise factor was
complete and devastating. Even some of Golda Meir’s Generals and
advisors thought that the “game was over.” But they were wrong.
Israel snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and survived. If
it were not for God’s supernatural deliverance Israel would have
1978 and the Camp David Accords peace has characterized the
relationship between Israel and Egypt. Ambassadors have been
exchanged and even tourism has flourished between the two
countries, albeit mainly because Israelis have gone to visit
Egypt! This peace, though shaking the Arab world, broadened out
in time, to include Jordan. Sadly though, both nations are not
ruled democratically thus leaving room for discontent and anger
to arise and boil over. They are dictatorships and thus
requiring a heavy hand to suppress resistance and opposition.
This in turn breeds radicals and these have mushroomed in the
form of the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups opposed to the
regime. The “main street” is filled with anger. Mubarak’s
relationship with Israel has been fully exploited thereby
turning him into a traitor for some and gathering public
sentiment against him.
Now this anger against the regime
has erupted and threatens to engulf Jordan and possibly even the
Lebanon. Even though the opposition to Mubarak’s government is
driven, to some degree, by a more secular component of society,
it does increasingly include the Muslim Brotherhood whose
leaders were in league with Bin Laden when he attacked New York
on 9/11. Sadly, all the reports coming out of Egypt confirm our
worse fears and that is, that many demonstrators are filled with
rage against Israel and therefore, on this question, they agree
with the goals and vision of the Muslim Brotherhood. They in
turn are in league with Iran and together desire the total
destruction of Israel.
It is now a matter of time before
President Mubarak falls from power and he will be replaced with
populist leaders and a regime that, more than likely, will be
more democratic but undoubtedly more hostile to Israel. With the
passing of time we could see the Egyptian Embassy closed in Tel
Aviv and Egypt returning to its age old position of hostility
and antagonism. This in turn means that Israel will truly be
encircled by a state sponsored terror network that will have the
means to engulf it. If it were not for God’s supernatural
deliverance Israel will perish!
Though biblical scholars are
pondering what all this upheaval means, it is true that the God
we serve “watches over Israel day and night”. However, the
Prophet Ezekiel envisages a day that has yet to arrive, when an
alliance of Middle East nations will attempt, one last time, to
destroy Israel and remove the Jews finally and forever from the
land of promise. (See Ezekiel 36-39) Egypt will be among them!
In Ezekiel’s time nation states were not so well defined as we
have them today and so thus, when the Prophet speaks of
Ethiopia, Put and Libya he is talking about the whole region of
Northern Africa. This region, in concert with many other
nations, will swoop down upon Israel to destroy her. Israel will
be overwhelmed and helpless! But the God of Israel will step in
again and deliver her by amazing judgments that will leave the
world astonished. If it were not for God’s supernatural
deliverance Israel will perish!
All this is to say pray, yes as
never before because the picture rapidly developing in the
Middle East today is approximating more and more to the picture
painted by Ezekiel and indeed the other Prophets including
Daniel and Zechariah. At the very least the stage is being set
and those who know their God will see it and “do exploits.” But,
it will take commitment and determination because following
after the heart of God will always cost everything. Prayer, Paul
reminds us, is hard work. (Colossians 4:12)
if it were not for God’s supernatural deliverance we would all
perish because Jesus said, “Watch therefore, and pray always
that you may be counted worthy and to escape these things that
will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke
21:36) Makes one think doesn’t it?
However, this is not the end of
the story. Egypt is destined for glory! She gave shelter to the
Christ child and thus preserved his life. (Matthew 2:13-15) She
historically attacked the Messianic line but in the end gave
protection to the Messiah. God has not forgotten this and thus,
in the end, in the Messianic age, she will be united gloriously
with Israel and Assyria and become a highway of blessing!
(Isaiah 19:18-25) If it were not for the grace of God we would
Rev. Malcolm Hedding
ICEJ Executive Director