At this time many students of the Bible look with great intrigue at what God is doing in the nation of Egypt. It is interesting that in these last days the eyes of the world return to where the the eyes of the world began, in places such as Egypt, Babylon & the Garden of Eden (modern-day Iraq) and Jerusalem. Surely the events of Egypt are but tributary to the great river of prophecy flowing in our time. Below are a few articles I recommend for your time and viewing. You might get out your King James Bible and read along.
Bible prophecy buffs are abuzz over the recent developments in Egypt, and how the unfolding events might have some scriptural significance. Beyond the mundane and obvious questions explored in the mainstream media, (like who will replace Mubarak, or what does this all mean for oil prices?), bible prophecy scholars search the ancient texts for revelation concerning Egypt’s collapse in the wider perspective of prophecy. How does Egypt’s collapse fit in with what seems to be the setting of the stage in the Middle East; a stage that startlingly resembles a future foretold in the bible?
Teachers and students who have spent any time in the book of Isaiah might immediately be drawn to Isaiah 19
And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom. 3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. 4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts. Isaiah 19:2-4 (KJV)
Some of that sounds eerily close to today’s headlines doesn’t it? At least the part about neighbor fighting against neighbor does. Will the popular uprising’s plans be brought to nothing? Will a worse and more cruel ‘king’ than Hosni be brought to rule over Egypt? The developing story seems to be long from over. If one reads further into Isaiah 19, and if this is in fact a future prophecy laid out in advance, the immediate outlook is grim indeed for this ancient nation. To be fair, chapter 19 does ultimately end with a redemptive healing in store for the Egyptians. The whole chapter has to be read together in sequence to fully appreciate the context, and there are some surprisingly vivid details revealed.
Ezekiel 29:15 states of Egypt;
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do. Isaiah 19:15 (KJV)
New York Times #1 bestselling author and Christian advocate for Israel, Mike Evans, recently wrote in one of his newsletters:
“It is reminiscent of another time: It was the third year of his presidency. He ran on hope and change, and that’s what the world got. He was a weak democratic president who the bad actors of the world did not fear, but rather saw his presidency as an opportunity to advance their wicked agendas.
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, once said to his wife, Empress Farah, “Who knows what horror will come upon the earth if this president (Jimmy Carter) has his way. I fear the Russians will invade Afghanistan, Iraq will invade Iran, and my beloved country will be turn into an Islamic terror state.”
It appears history is repeating itself in Egypt as hundreds of thousands of protesters flood central Cairo defying yet another order of a nationwide curfew and demanding that President Hosni Mubarak step down. Yet, President Obama continues to orchestrate the same swan song that an earlier president, Jimmy Carter, played for the last Muslim dictator-ally thirty years ago.
Carter said Sunday that this was not a revolution orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and that Mubarak would have to leave. It appears that Carter is as blind to reality today as he was during the Iran crisis 30 years ago. ”
Recent Pew Research polls of the Egyptian populace state that 77 % agree with whipping and the cutting off of hands for robbery; 84 % favor the death penalties for Muslims who change religion; 82 % think stoning for adultery is a good idea. At least half the population of Egypt thinks Hamas is a favorable group. [The sand of Egypt is a fertile ground for Sharia Law, I assume].
(Story from Examiner.com).
For other information, I invite you to view a video by Joel Rosenberg. http://www.joshuafund.net/index.php/media/the_joshua_fund_blog/what_does_bible_prophecy_say_about_the_future_of_egypt/
It is also important to remember that even if these are “pro-democracy” demonstrators, democracy is simply government by the people. Despotism and violence, even if committed by politicians elected by the people, can be called “democracy.” The present-day danger of this movement might mean that Islamic radicals would be empowered through free elections. We as Christians ought to be in prayer for both our brothers and sisters in Egypt & for the peace of Jerusalem.