Friday, January 26, 2018

Bible Reading Plan thoughts: Prophecy for Egypt

Our daily Bible Reading Plan for today is Isaiah 18-22. Isaiah 19 is one of my most favorite chapters in the Bible. I love God's prophecies and this one at the end of chapter 19 is a great one.

The near future of Egypt is extremely dim. If you read Isaiah 19 it foretells of some dire things for the Egyptian people. The prophetic chapter is easy to read and understand. Toward the end of the chapter, the future becomes gloriously brighter as we read verse 20 to verse 25:

"When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”


Those are the only three nations to be specifically mentioned as existing in the Millennium Kingdom and even more incredible is that each receives a specific compliment from the Lord unique to them. He considers Egypt His people...and why not, Hosea 11:1 reminds us, "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son." He allowed Egypt to shelter His own Son when Herod was chasing Him.

The fact that He calls Egypt back to Himself in the above verses is so wonderful to read. Tears come to my eyes when I read of how specific His plans are and how perfectly they all come together.

There will be a highway...worshipers will flow to the source.


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