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Chapter 7

“The idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence” (Isaiah 19:1)


As we continue to focus on Israel, Egypt and the river Nile, let us turn to some interesting verses that the prophet Zechariah brings to bear: “I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased. And I will
sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again. I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead
and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them. And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shell depart away,” (Zechariah 10:8-11)

Here God credits Himself with having sown Israel among the nations. He also takes the credit for their regathering. As well, Lebanon and Gilead are shown by God to be part of Israel’s homeland. Reuben and Gad once possessed Gilead which is that land directly east
of the Jordan river, and between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. It was the tribal allotments of Asher and Naphtali which once reached well up into Lebanon. I believe that Jordanian control of Gilead will be as short lived as Syrian pretentious to Lebanon. The above scripture shows us also that any influence and control that either Syria or Egypt may presently enjoy will at that time be taken away by God. Zechariah concludes this chapter even as Isaiah concluded his eleventh chapter. A troubled sea and a dry riverbed will be the
hallmarks of God’s dealings in particular with Egypt.

We believe that the whole of Isaiah chapter 19 is a prophetic insight into what will befall Israel, Egypt and our world in the later days. The chapter warrants a careful search, and God willing, we will do just that. It begins by revealing a state of turmoil in the land of Egypt. This we believe is indicative of a common state around the world. Egypt as a Bible type, represents this world. As well as finding a literal fulfillment of prophecy in this chapter, Egypt also figuratively reflects the state of things worldwide.

We wish at this point to take you to the verse that has promoted our heading. “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.” (Isaiah 19:1) This graphic description of turmoil amongst the idols of Egypt has been literally fulfilled. The well-known ‘National Geographic’ magazine May 1985 edition, ran a beautifully illustrated article entitled ‘Journey Up The Nile’ in which they described some of the disastrous consequences which have resulted from the building of the Aswan High Dam. A matter of interest in regard to the above verse is a photograph showing a 21 ton idol’s head hanging from a crane. The article then goes on to reveal that the temples and idols of the Aswan Valley were sawn into 42,050 blocks and meticulously reassembled where they would be safe from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. One of the temples was built by Ramseys II during 1270 B.C. to honour himself and his wife Nefertare as gods of Egypt. This temple and its 67 foot high idols stand today as monuments to fulfilled Bible prophecy. Also moved and reconstruct were the goddess Isis and her temple built during the third century B.C.

Not only were three billion dollars spent in the construction of the ill-fated Aswan Dam but a further seventy million dollars were spent in the moving and reconstruction of the idols of Egypt. It is interesting to note that Jewish Bible commentators believe that the world population is made up of seventy nations. The finance for this mammoth project of moving the idols was mainly raised by UNESCO- an extremely anti Israel arm of the United Nations. Could I be so bold as to suggest that through this venture, the whole world was working
together to fulfill God’s Word: “The idols of Egypt shall be moved at His presence.”

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