When in 2013 FM Abdel Fattah al-Sisi acceded to the presidency of Egypt after a massive street protest against Mohamed Morsi, I said, behold Isaiah 19:1.
“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
Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood gained power after the so-called Arab Spring of 2010-2011. Before Morsi, Egyptians lived peaceably with each other. With Morsi, there was chaos. Reportedly, mobs of Muslims even crucified Christians in the streets.
When Al-Sisi toppled Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood attacked police stations. As a result, the government declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organisation, and arrested scores of members. In response to that, Islamists in the Sinai pledged allegiance to ISIS and started an insurgency against Al-Sisi and the Egyptian army, an insurgency that goes on today. “ISIS” vs “SISI”: Egyptian against Egyptian, every one against his neighbour. Kingdom against kingdom.
“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.”
– Isaiah 19:2
Once, Egypt was the Ptolemaic kingdom, 1 of the 4 kingdoms after Alexander the Great: Daniel 8:22. As such, Egypt must be the biblical “king of the south”, Daniel 11:40.
Prophetically, Egypt will fall to the forces of the Antichrist before Israel comes under attack: Isaiah 10:24, Isaiah 19:4 and Daniel 11:42-43.
“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.”
– Isaiah 10:24
“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 19:4
“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.”
– Daniel 11:42-43
Egypt might well have the largest Arab army in the Middle East, but to the west of Egypt is Libya, and to the south of Egypt is north Sudan, aka Cush. Notice, Daniel 11:43 reads, the “Libyans” לבי and the “Ethiopians” כושי shall be at the steps of the Antichrist. Incidentally, the Hebrew word כושי in Daniel 11:43 means “Cushites”; hence, the Sudanese, not the Ethiopians.
When Egypt falls to the Antichrist, prophetically the Nile will be dried up, Isaiah 19:5-6. Ethiopia (aka Sheba שבא), which is predominantly Christian and the headquarters of the African Union, has recently constructed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. This new dam powers Ethiopia’s booming economy, a boom spurred by China’s Silk Road initiative. I find it remarkable that this is the first time ever in history that the river Nile can be turned far away in accordance with the words of Isaiah 19:6.
“And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up. And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither. The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more. The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish. Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded. And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish.”
– Isaiah 19:5-10
“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 sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.”
– Zechariah 10:11
From Isaiah 19:14-15, I gather, the LORD will dry up the Nile, temporarily, to punish Egypt especially her economy.
“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.”
– Isaiah 19:14-15
It might also be that a dried up Nile will enable those Egyptians who are supposed to be on the right hand side of the Nile to cross over. Zechariah 10:11 reads, “the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away”.
You see, everything to the right of the river Nile is holy land, promised to Abram from time immemorial, Genesis 15:18. This is God’s covenant with Israel, to be fulfilled at the appointed time.
“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:”
– Genesis 15:18
“In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.”
– Isaiah 19:18
When the time comes, the LORD of hosts will use the IDF to smite Egypt, Isaiah 19:16-17 and Zechariah 12:6. After that, Egypt shall be healed.
“And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.”
– Isaiah 19:22
Egypt is special to the LORD for 3 reasons.
First, Jesus, Mary and Joseph sought refuge in Egypt when Herod heard of the prophecy of Micah 5:2 and sought to kill all Jewish infants in Bethlehem.
“And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.”
– Matthew 2:13-15
Second, it is said, the author of the Gospel of Mark founded the Church of Alexandria in Egypt, from which the Coptic Church derives.
Third, Ishmael son of Hagar, whom an angel of God rescued from death, Genesis 21:17-21, went on to live and marry in Egypt.
“In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.”
– Isaiah 19:23-25
This explains Isaiah 19:25’s “Blessed be Egypt my people”. This explains why everything to the right of the river Nile will join with Israel and become a part of the kingdom of God, Genesis 15:18.
In addition to that, Egyptian Copts will be reaped (i.e. raptured), Revelation 14. Perhaps not all, but I think certainly some, Isaiah 19:20-21.
“And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it.”
– Isaiah 19:20-21
To my mind, Al-Sisi was put in power to buy time for the Coptic Christians of Egypt and also for those descendants of Ishmael whom are to survive.
In 2015 and 2016, Al-Sisi, who is a moderate Muslim, surprised many by attending Coptic Christmas mass at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. In December 2013, Al-Sisi revealed in an interview that he had received a dream that one day he would rule Egypt. To many in Egypt, Al-Sisi is godsend. Literally. Isaiah 19:1!
But as the rest of Isaiah 19 foretells, in the days ahead, Egypt will face tribulation.