In light of the recent news of the rioting and violence that is currently going on in Egypt, the Spirit of the Lord led me to Isaiah 18 and 19. I can honestly say I hadn’t ever seen a clearer, more direct prophecy regarding the end times as this one.
To my surprise, Pam Sheppard had already written about Egypt as she pertains to the endtimes over a year ago. The Word of God says out of the mouths of two or three witnesses let every word be established.
The above is Professor Gamal Zahran, head of the Department of Political Science at Port Said University in Egypt shared that the younger generation in Egypt are being taught to ‘hate Israel,’ so much so that they will be willing to lay down their lives if need be to bring Israel down.
Surely, with Egyptians making very inflammatory and threatening statements such as what we read above, God is going to break Egypt.
Clearly, the Lord wants His Remnant to keep a close eye on Egypt. All the other attacks that has followed are merely smoke screens to get many off focus on what is going on.
With that being said, below is the blog Pam wrote over a year ago regarding Egypt and the end times.
THE BREAKING OF EGYPT
By Pamela Sheppard
In the second month of 2011, we have seen Egypt’s endtime prophetic destiny begin to unfold, manifesting before the eyes of the world.
Check out the prophecy of Isaiah 19:
“The burden of Egypt. Behold, the Lord RIDETH upon a swift cloud,and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbor; city against city and kingdom against kingdom. 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. 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 of hosts.”
Did we not see the underlined portion of Isaiah’s prophecy transpire right before our eyes on public television???
Is this “cruel lord,” the fierce king” Hosni Mubarak (former president of Egypt) or is this cruel one Mubarak’s replacement, current Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi? With Mubarak forced to resign, the rest of this prophecy declares that “things are going to get a lot worst.”
Read the entire chapter for yourself: Isaiah 19.
I believe that it is very important that we watch Egypt, for as the prophecy continues to unfold, we may get a sense of how long it will be before the Lord returns. Certainly not the hour, the day or the month, but we may be able to know “the year” by “watching Egypt.”
What stands out for me is that Isaiah prophecied that after the revolution recently fought by neighbor against neighbor in the public square, the fighting, though quieted now, will spread—from internal fighting that spread even beyond the borders of Egypt into “other kingdoms.”
Besides catastrophic, environmental upheavals, Isaiah also declared in the rest of the chapter that Egypt shall be taken over “by Canaan.”
Who is present-day Canaan?
According to the New World Encyclopedia, present day Canaan is Israel. Canaan is an ancient term for a region approximating present-day Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, plus adjoining coastal lands and parts of Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Canaanites are mentioned extensively in the Bible, as well as in Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptian texts.
According to the Bible, the land of Canaan was the “promised land” which God gave to Abraham and his descendants. The Canaanites themselves, however, were considered to be the implacable enemies of the Israelites, who practiced adecadent and idolatrous religion. Contemporary archaeologists, however, see much continuity between the Canaanite population and the early Israelites,with whom they shared a common language and customs.
So if this is an endtime prophecy, then Isaiah has predicted that present dayEgypt shall be taken over by present day Israel.
Whether it be a gradual infiltration or an out-and-out invasion, Isaiah says that the seizure shall be so complete, that Egyptians in five cities will end up speaking the language of these “Canaanites.” As to the language of Canaan, I again quote the New World Encyclopedia: ‘The Canaanite language refers to a group of closely related Semitic languages. Hebrew was once a southern dialect of the Canaanite language,and Ugaritic, a northern one. Canaanite is the first language to use a Semitic alphabet, from which most other scripts derive.’
In other words, Egyptians are going to end up speaking Hebrew!!!
The infiltration seems to be an invasion, almost as God’s continued retribution against Egypt’s 400 years enslavement of the people of Abraham, delivered by Moses.
Here is the scripture:
“The Lord hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit. Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail,branch or rush, may do in that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which he shaketh over it. And the land of Judau shall be a terror untoEgypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts, which he (the Lord) hath determined against it.” (verses 14-17)
What really stands out for me in Isaiah 19 are verses 19-25 that refer to the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It seems to me that this outstanding event MUST take place immediately AFTER the end of the age when the Lord comes back to earth with the departed saints and those who are alive at His coming.
Just before the Lord returns, Egyptians “shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppression that they will receive at the hand of Israel and the Savior will be sent to the Egyptians to deliver them.”
This prophecy of Isaiah causes me to wonder whether or not the Anti-Christ is an Israelite. More on that in the future.
For now, I focus my attention to Isaiah’s prophetic words: “in that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord.”If the Lord comes and delivers Egypt “in person,” then this is a prophecy that will transpire AFTER the Lord comes back.
So logically speaking, if we watch what happens in Egypt as prophesied by Isaiah, then we can get a sense of when the Lord is coming back. How long does it take for a country to be so overtaken that the captives end up speaking the language of their oppressors? The answer to that question will determine whether you and I are alive when the Lord returns. From a personal perspective, what REALLY strikes my attention is that the Lord intends to break Egypt in order to heal Egypt.
He broke Egypt in the days of Moses, yet the Egyptians were not healed at that time. However, when the Lord descends to rule all nations, He will have pity on the Egyptians. Where salvation and deliverance are concerned, the process is the same: God breaks in order to heal. To resist the breaking is to delay the healing. There are so many believers in God the Father who resist God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. For example, Muslims go directly to the Father, call Him “Allah,” and relegate the Lord to the role of prophet and teacher, denying His divinity.
AN EXCERPT FROM “THE NEW IDOLATRY” (CONCERNING OLD TESTAMENT EGYPT)
If we are to understand the overall consequence and symbolic meaning of the 10 plagues that descended upon Egypt, we need to understand who the Egyptian gods were and what the Egyptians believed was the authority and power of each of the gods that they worshipped. To these gods, prayers were invoked and sacrifices were made for centuries. The whole picture becomes understandable when we realize the extent of the identification of the demon gods with the land, the water and the sky of Egypt.
In his book, “The Invisible War,” the late Donald Grey Barnhouse paints an impressive picture of God’s message within the plagues, for with each of 10 judgments, God made the demon gods as nothing:
1. “The first of the judgments was upon the waters of Egypt. Not only the Nile, but the other waters of the lands, even the water that was drawn for use in the houses, and which was kept in wooden vessels and stone jars, turned to blood, and for seven days the whole land was in this horror, with the fish dying and the rivers stinking. (Exodus 7:19-25.)
In order to comprehend the loss of face that this plague must have been for the gods of Egypt, we must realize how important and numerous were the gods of the river. Osiris, one of the chief gods of Egypt, was first of all god of the Nile, He together with his companion, the mother god, Isis, and their child Horus, were human-headed gods, among the many that had heads of birds, beasts and reptiles.”
2. The first plague was an insult to gods like Khnum, theguardian of the Nile. Hapi was identified with the great original gods who were believed to have created the world, regarded as the maker and molder of everything within the universe. Imagine the horror and frustration of the people of Egypt as they gazed at that which was formerly beautiful only to find dead fish lining its shores.
Dead fish lined the shores of Arkansas, a significant state within the bible belt of both traditional religion and the charismatic movement. (Bible Belt is an informal term for an area of the United States in which socially conservative evangelical Protestantism is a significant part of the culture and Christian Church attendance across the denominations is extremely high.)
Likewise, the next nine plagues proved the emptiness of the powers of the gods of Egypt:
3. Plague 2: The land was covered with an abundance of frogs, mocking the Egyptian god Hekt—who had the head of a frog—a god who was said to be the creator of the world. Amulets and scarabs were worn by Egyptian women to protect them during childbirth, bearing the image of Hekt for protection. Even the involuntary slaughter of a frog was often punished with death.
When the hundreds of thousands of frogs died, their decaying bodies created an awful stench throughout Egypt. The people had to gather the decaying bodies of the frogs and put them into heaps.
Plague 3: Known for its rich soil and its crops of onions, garlic, leeks, melons and luscious fruits of all kinds, the god of the earth called Geb was rendered powerless, unable to exterminate the sand flies and fleas. The priests could no longer duplicate their magic of former days as they were distracted by the constant itching. In fact, this particular plague was especially horrendous for the priests, for they were required to shave their heads everyday, and wear a single tunic, so that no lice could come upon their bodies.
Plague 4: The swarms of flies had a religious significance due tothe sacred scarab among the gods of Egypt. Deification of the scarab beetle is still seen in Egypt today. Amon-Ra was a god known in many forms, a real mockery to his power. However, most often, he had a head of a beetle. Imagine the confusion that covered the land at the arrival of swarms of insects worshiped as sacred into their homes. The plague of the swarms had yet another humiliating facet to it. This is the first plague in which God made a distinction between His people and the Egyptians—the swarms staying away from the land of Goshen where His people resided. The swarms came upon the Hamites in Egypt, but their slaves went untouched.
Plague 5: The fifth plague was against the domestic animals of Egypt. Horses and cattle were not only beloved but they were also considered sacred. In fact, the Egyptians worshiped many animal-headed gods. For example, the god Apis had a head of a bull and had been worshiped in Egypt since around 3000 BC.Hathor was a cow-headed goddess of the desert, a woman with the head of a cow. She was considered the symbolic mother of Pharaoh himself. Khnum was the ram-god while Bast was the cat goddess of love. Once again, the disease bypassed the herds of cattle belonging to the Israelites.
Plague 6: Against the bodies of the Egyptians, painful boils affected the knees, legs, and the soles of the feet. Because of the boils, Pharaoh’s magicians couldn’t stand. Tainted with the disease themselves, the magicians and the priests were unable to carry out their religious duties. Certainly, this particular plague mocked Serapis, the god of healing, for like leprosy, this disease was incurable. Also, this incurable disease was an affront to Imhotep, the god of medicine and to Thoth, the ibis-headed god of intelligence and medical learning.Plague 7: This wonder must have inspired terror to the hearts of the Egyptians when a great storm occurred in a nation that rarely received any rain at all. Besides rain, the sky poured down both hail and fire.
Where was Shu, the wind god” Where was Nut, the sky goddess? Why couldn’t they protect the land from these horrendous outbreaks that were supposed to be under their command?
Plague 8: Rather than summarize, here is a direct quotation:
“There seems to have been a long interval between some of the earlier plagues, but the eighth followed hard on the seventh. Locusts were brought into the land. It would appear that this was a new thing for Egypt. Locusts have been known in otherplaces, but now the dread scourge of western North Africa and of western Asia was to come into the land of the Nile where it had not been known before. Every grain and twig and leaf that hadescaped the fire and the hail was now taken by the locusts.Where was Nepri, the grain god? Where was Ermutet, goddess of childbirth and crops? Where was Anubis, jackal-headedguardian of the fields? Above all, where was Osiris, great head of the Hamitic trinity, who was also an agricultural god? The people of Egypt lost all faith in their gods.”
Plague 9: The mockery of the great god Ra was saved for last. Believed to be the god of the Sun, there was no sign of Ra when the Almighty God turned off all light. Other gods were not left out. Ptah was believed to have created the moon, but the moon was darkened. Tem was the god of sunset and Shu was the godof sunlight and air. Once more, God made a division between His people and the Egyptians. Though Egypt was dark, God’s people had light in their dwellings.
Plague 10: This one can stand for them all because it was the most memorable, the death of the first born of Egypt, both human and animal. The importance of the firstborn was focused in the right of inheritance because the firstborn received a major portion of a family estate when the father died. So the death of the firstborn crippled a family both legally and emotionally.
The firstborn of God’s people were spared as long as they had blood on their doorposts. Where there was blood on the door, there
was no death in the house and the death angel “passed over” them, a symbol of what the Lord Jesus Christ was to be and to do at the cross, a redemption where, in order to reveal to the universe that the victory over death was complete, the Holy Ghost invaded the very dust of the earth at the Lord’s resurrection and took out a select sample of old testament saints, giving them resurrected bodies. (Matthew 25:51-53)
Complete conquering over death is predicted to occur at the Lord’s second coming to rescue and deliver the rest of His people from the grave, and changing those who are alive from mortality to immortality. Consequently, I perceive some basic principles that can be gleaned from an exploration of how God delivered His people out of the hands of Pharaoh to understand how He will also deliver the elect out of the hands of the Antichrist when He opens the 7 vial and the 7 seal judgments outlined by the Apostle John in the book of Revelation. These judgments or plagues are listed in the 8th chapter: earthquakes, the sea becomes blood, 1/3 of the creatures of the sea die, 1/3 of the rivers and waters arecontaminated, darkness with 1/3 of the light turned off of the moon, the sun and the stars, locusts that torment the unsaved only for 5 months, 1/3 of men killed by war.
Endtime plagues certainly bear noticeable similarities to the 10 wonders that came upon Egypt, i.e the contamination of water, weather disturbances, death of sea creatures, darkness, and death, with God’s people being protected. The 20th verse of Revelation 9 hits the nail on the proverbial head for those who practice idolatry in end times:
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, silver, brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (Rev. 9:20, 21) When we consider the four horsemen riding on various colored horses, chemical warfare is foreshadowed. (Rev 6:1-8)
The word for “pale” in the Greek is “chloros”, an offshoot of our English word “chemical.” The rider of the pale horse—death—will destroy ¼ of the world’s population. The red horse of war, the black horse of famine and the pale horse of death are obvious. However, who is on the white horse? Some believe him to be Christ. However, I believe that he is the Antichrist, mimicking the true Christ who shall also come on a white horse.(Rev 19:11-16)
We should not be surprised because the Antichrist is seeking to win the world by counterfeiting Jesus and drawing people to worship him and the devil. In fact, it stands to reason that the Antichrist could be a professing Christian himself.
This is what “The New Idolatry” is all about—-how the spirit of the Antichrist has and will continue to delude professing Christians.
D.G. Barnhouse, The Invisible War, The Panorama of the Continuing Conflict Between Good and Evil, Zondervan Pub. pg 203
Ibid, pg. 205-212.
Ibid, pg. 209