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Does Isaiah Prophesy Civil War In Egypt?

By Joel Richardson – “With all eyes on the upcoming U.S. elections, few are paying attention to an astounding fulfillment of biblical prophecy that is beginning to unfold right in front of us all. With all of the changes taking place in the Middle East and particularly Egypt, many Egyptian Christians are paying very close attention to the prophecies of Daniel 11 and Isaiah 19.

News reports out of Egypt show that despite the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood’s victory in the presidential elections, there is a dark storm brewing that portends a conflict between the old guard military (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces: SCAF) and the Brotherhood and her supporters.

Just before the elections, SCAF dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament, claiming that roughly one-third of Egypt’s MPs had been illegally elected, effectively hamstringing the Brotherhood even before they came to power.

But newly elected Islamist President Muhammad Mursi has struck back by issuing a decree overruling the military’s decision. On Monday, MP supporters of Mursi violated a court-ordered decision to uphold the SCAF’s decision and entered parliament.

SCAF immediately convened an emergency meeting to consider its response, and the Supreme Constitutional Court announced that its rulings are final and binding.

The conflict has also lit up the Egyptian social media sites, with politicians and commoners alike lashing out at one another.

In the midst of what looks as though it may become a long-term national conflict, many Egyptian Christians are considering the relevance of a prophecy found in Isaiah 19 concerning the state of Egypt in the last days just before the return of the Messiah. This passage, unlike any other in the Bible, describes in great detail the future sufferings and glories of Egypt in the unfolding of the Lord’s future prophetic calendar.

In the years, and perhaps even months ahead, according to Isaiah’s prophecy, Egypt will experience civil war-like conditions:

‘I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian – brother will fight against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom. The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing.’ (Isaiah 19:2-3)

This prophecy is also seen to flow together with Daniel 11, where the prophet follows the transition from the historical Medo-Persian Empire (11:2) to the Alexandrian Greek Empire (11:3), to the death of Alexander in 323 B.C. and the division of his empire among his generals (11:4). The prophecy then goes on to detail the intrigue, conflicts and battles that took place throughout Alexander’s former dominion for roughly the next 150 years (11:5-34). In a broad overview of this period of Greek history in the Middle East, a large portion of Daniel’s prophecy is focused upon the historical conflict between the infamous Antiochus IV Epiphanes (the eighth king of the Seleucid Kingdom in the north) and King Ptolemy VI who ruled over Egypt in the south.

The Seleucid Kingdom in the north included the region of modern-day Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran and even Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Ptolemaic Kingdom ruled Egypt and portions of modern-day Libya and Sudan.

All scholars also agree that Antiochus IV Epiphanes is perhaps the most significant type of the Antichrist in the whole Bible.

And so, in the later portion of Daniel’s prophecy, the historical events and wars that took place between Antiochus IV in the north and Ptolemy VI in the south, bleed into a powerful end-time prophecy concerning the Antichrist from the region of Turkey, Syria and Iraq (the King of the North) and Egypt (the King of the South).

Some teachers have argued that the King of the North is not a reference to the Antichrist, but his enemy. This view, however, make little sense and is fraught with contradictions, as it turns the flow of the entire chapter on its head, casting Antiochus IV as both a type of the Antichrist and also a type of the Antichrist’s greatest enemy. As such, most responsible interpreters throughout church history have understood the last days’ king of the north to be a reference to the Antichrist. This view was held by the early church theologians such as Hippolytus, Lactantius, Jerome and Theodoret of Cyr as well as many renowned modern commentators such as C.F. Keil, S.P. Tregelles, Clarence Larkin, Gleason L. Archer Jr., G.H. Lang, F.F. Bruce, Arthur Pink, Edward J. Young and Stephen M. Miller.

In my new book, ‘Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist,’ I examine this often-forgotten prophecy in careful detail and discuss how it sheds profound light on events to soon come in the Middle East.

Next, Daniel’s prophecy informs us that Egypt will first engage the Antichrist’s northern coalition, resulting in a fierce reprisal and the complete subjugation of Egypt:

At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. … He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. (Daniel 11:40, 42)

We are also told that both Libya and North Sudan will willingly submit to the Turkish-led Antichrist’s forces:

He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission. (Daniel 11:43)

Finally, in the midst of many ongoing regional skirmishes and wars, the Antichrist will establish the headquarters of his regional authority, or ‘caliphate,’ in Jerusalem:

But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him. (Daniel 11:44-45)

Like Daniel, Isaiah also described the coming subjugation of Egypt by the Antichrist:

‘I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them,’ declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. (Isaiah 19:4)

But despite the sobering and grave warnings of what is coming to Egypt, Isaiah also prophesied concerning a powerful spiritual awakening and prayer movement with many Egyptians turning to the Lord:

The LORD will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the LORD, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them. (Isaiah 19:22)

As Isaiah’s stunning prophecy concludes, both Egypt and Assyria are seen to be greatly blessed alongside His people Israel in the Messianic Kingdom:

The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.’ (Isaiah 19:25)

In the days to come, Egypt will be profoundly sifted. But out of the sifting will emerge a strong people fully committed to Jesus. Understanding these things now, the Church must remember our Egyptian brothers and sisters in prayer. Come, Lord Jesus, to Egypt!” Source – Joel’s Trumpet.

  1. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    07/11/2012 at 8:35 PM

    Thank you, thank you, and again God Bless Joel Richardson! I had asked this very question a few weeks ago, and this answers it totally. I knew the king of the north was Turkey and the king of the south was Egypt, I just couldn’t put it together how Turkey would end up the head of the caliphate, with Egypt claiming the muslim brotherhood would be. This totally answers all questions, and we are very close. I am glad to know that there will be a part of Egypt that follows Christ. That is good news. Thank you again.


  2. 07/12/2012 at 11:04 AM

    Reblogged this on When The Pieces Fit. . . and commented:
    Here is a very interesting post by Joel Richardson on some of the recent events in Egypt and how they seem to be a fulfillment of end-times prophecy. Joel concludes that the Antichrist is being referred to in Daniel 11:36-45 (and, he is probably correct); however, the only issue that brings that conclusion into question is the last part of Daniel 11:45, “And he will pitch his tents … at the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet, he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” If this is the Antichrist, how does he “come to his end” in other Bible prophecies? The Antichrist is also the “false prophet” of Revelation 19:20, which states, “And the beast was siezed, and with him the false prophet …; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.” To be thrown “alive” into the lake of fire does not seem to fulfill Daniel 11:45, “come to his end.”


  3. 07/12/2012 at 12:27 PM

    Jack, Jack…. you almost did it. Let it go. C’mon over, get in, the water’s fine.

    “Thrown alive” vs. “come to his end”? It reminds me of someone describing their opposition to killing lobsters by boiling, “they’re killed while they’re still alive” (I literally read that somewhere).

    Take care, Kurt


  4. ICA
    07/12/2012 at 1:22 PM

    Even if the physical body is dead, would we not all agree that the soul is still very much alive? Or should we believe that when the body succumbs to death that the soul likewise is immediately annihilated? Where would the justice be in that? Having said that, I see no conflict between Ezekiel’s description, Daniel’s description, Paul’s description and John’s description of Antichrist. They all describe the same event in a different way, through their own lens or angle, namely, his end.

    Ezekiel and Daniel both reveal when and where Antichrist comes to his end — in Israel:

    Ezekiel – Ezekiel 39:4, “You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.”

    Daniel – Daniel 11:45, “And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.”

    Paul and John both reveal when and how — by Christ Himself at His Coming:

    Paul – 2 Thess 2:8, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”

    John – Revelation 19:11-20, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True … his name is the Word of God … I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence… These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.”


  5. Willard
    07/12/2012 at 2:54 PM

    Also it is stated in other places of scripture that the Paul and John events you mentioned indirectly also take place in Israel – The feet of Jesus will land on the Mount of Olives and the armies will be gathered in Israel as well surrounding Jerusalem


  6. ICA
    07/12/2012 at 3:02 PM

    When the pieces fit … ;)


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