Political events that have been developing in Egypt over the last few weeks have drawn the attention of the world upon that nation. It is always interesting – and important for the Christian – to examine such things in the light of God’s word. Bible history of course has a lot to say of Egypt and the role that nation played in the history of Israel in Old Testament times.
But the Bible has more to say about Egypt than just to record historical events. It very clearly points to a role played by Egypt in the events that will revolve around the Antichrist and continue even until the time of the end, Daniel 11:40. While, at this point, the immediate future for Egypt may involve great uncertainty, the word of God reveals to us the infallible purposes of the Sovereign God of Heaven whose counsel regarding that nation will be carried through. God declares “the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:10)
Before addressing specific prophecies about Egypt it might be useful for us to remember that the spread of democracy – as is developing in Egypt and other middle-eastern states – is the system of government that will be in place at the end of the age. The vision of Daniel in Chapter two describes the dilution of autocratic governmental power from Nebuchadnezzar’s day to the time when the ten kingdom confederacy will usher in the reign of the Antichrist. It is this diminution of power that makes each kingdom inferior to the previous. Democracy will be the mark of the final phase of human kingdoms before Christ returns to establish His autocratic kingdom upon the earth. The democratization of eastern Europe in recent years; and the same process now working in other areas that constitute the ancient Roman Empire, is to be watched with interest by the Christian.
- Click here for a map of the old Roman Empire and watch the process of its re-emergence!
- BBC news story on the democratization of the middle east.
- Another interesting review of the wave of unrest in the middle east. For follow-up news stories, Click here.
Daniel’s view of Egypt
Daniel 11:5-45 describes very interesting political and military events developing in Egypt that leads to the emergence of a vile person (Daniel 11:21) the Antichrist, the man of sin the little horn seen in Daniel 7:8, and Daniel 8:9.
The background to these prophetic events is the four-fold division of the Grecian Empire in the wake of the death of Alexander the Great. This is specifically referred to in Daniel 11:4. The southern division, or kingdom is Egypt as is clear from Daniel 11:8.
At Daniel 11:5 there is a sudden transition to the future and the events that usher in the Antichrist and the return of the Lord Jesus. This ‘telescope effect’ – a sudden zooming forward to consider events that are still future to our own day – is also seen in Daniel 7:7-8 and Daniel 8:8-9. In the verses that follow reference is made to various kings of the south (Egypt); their conflict with successive Kings of the North (the Syrian division of Alexander’s empire); and the political intrigue and shenanigans that will go on between those two kingdoms. Israel will be caught in the ‘cross-fire’ of these struggles, as Daniel 11:14, 16 make clear. The glorious land of Daniel’s people will be robbed and also consumed in this power struggle.
Antichrist will rise in the Kingdom of the North (Daniel 11:21), usurping power there – he later faces the military might of a legitimate King of the North in confederacy with a King of the South, Daniel 11:40. At the time of the end Egypt will still be playing a role in the events that climax in the return of the Lord Jesus to destroy Antichrist.
Other prophetic references to Egypt
Isaiah 19:18-25 describe a remnant from the nation saved in that day – the day of day of Christ’s appearing. Zechariah 14:16 refers to a remnant of the nations allied with Antichrist that are left as Christ returns in flaming fire to take vengeance on His enemies. Clearly, Egypt being on the ten Kingdoms of Antichrist is included as Zechariah 14:18 makes plain! The context here is the millennial earth and Egypt is specifically referred to by name. Sadly, it is still seen to be the seat of some opposition to the rule of Christ and paying a price for that hostility. Other passages like Joel 3:19, Ezekiel 29:1-16, Jeremiah 46:1-26, etc may also contain future implications for Egypt even as the prophets describe a more immediate instance of Divine judgment.