Ezekiel Chapter 30
"Egypt and Her Allies"
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Ezekiel 30:2 "Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day!"
Ezekiel 30:3 "For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen."
Ezekiel 30:4 "And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down."
Ezekiel 30:5 "Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword."
Ezekiel 30:6 "Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD."
Ezekiel 30:7 "And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted."
Now what is Ezekiel to do with this book that is given, that is complete both within and without?
Ezekiel 30:8 "And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed."
On this "day of the Lord", when this prophecy is directed to; the whole world will become aware of our Heavenly Father. The destruction of Egypt as well as all nations, is become they will not exist as individual nations, but as a world wide governmental single body. This world wide system, is referred to as the "religious beast" in Revelation 13, which comes to power after the collapse of the political beast, or the United Nations.
Ezekiel 30:9 "In that day shall messengers go forth from Me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh."
These "messengers" are angles that will come with Satan, at the appointed time, and these "ships" are vehicles of some sort, as recorded in Ezekiel 1. We know that they will receive their power and authority direct from God, at the sounding of the fifth trumpet, as recorded in Revelation 9:1.
When these flying messengers come with the Antichrist, they will rule the world, and the entire world will be in a state of peace and unity. The men and woman will flow to Satan, the Antichrist, and his tribe of Kenites and fallen angels, seeking relief for all their world and family problems. Then also as this verse states, the Egyptians and Ethiopians will also be drawn into the destruction [deception] of the Antichrist.
Ezekiel 30:10 "Thus saith the Lord God; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon."
Remember, this is directed to the end generation, "Woe worth that day" from verse one, or "the day of the Lord". Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the old one world government of Babylon; which Revelation 17:5 says is the type of "Mystery Babylon", the mother of harlots [false religions] of the "one world system" at the end of this earth age. So the King referred to here is the Antichrist, Satan, and he will make the multitude of Egypt follow him. The deception that Satan will give will make Egypt follow gladly.
Ezekiel 30:11 "He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain."
Is this to destroy the land? No! It is to deceive the people of that land. The swords drawn again are the deception, while the dead and slain are the spiritual dead. All the missionary work in Africa will stop in an instant when the Antichrist arrives on the earth.
Those saved and of the elect will know that it is Satan the antichrist who has arrived, however, many missionaries will even be deceived into thinking their "rapture" has arrived. Only they will also be deceived into worshipping the wrong Christ, the king of Babylon.
Ezekiel 30:12 "And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked: and I will make the land waste, and all that is therein. by the hand of strangers: I the Lord have spoken it."
This "wicked" one is Satan, parading as the Antichrist; and those "strangers" are the third of the angelic host that fell with Satan in the first earth age. This is the host, that is identified in Joel 2, and Revelation 9 as the locust army. They are going to be beautiful people, and the world will be glad to give them all they have, for they think it is the Messiah, and his host."
Ezekiel 30:13 "Thus saith the Lord God; I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to cease out of Noph; and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt: and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt."
There will be no idol worship when Satan arrives, because they will all be worshipping the Antichrist [Satan] as their God. There will also be no need of a ruler of any nation, for all nations will be one, and the Antichrist will be in charge of it.
Ezekiel 30:14 "And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and sill execute judgments in No."
"Pathros" is the area of upper Egypt, while "Zoan" is what we call the "Golan Heights" of today. Have you noticed the problems in the Golan Heights lately? This area is the key part of the peace agreements of the middle east, between Israel and her neighbors.
"No" is ancient Egypt, and the heart of it's religious form.
Ezekiel 30:15 "And I will pour My fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of no."
"Sin" is the area of the Suez Canal, and these areas are in the news daily.
Ezekiel 30:16 "And I will set fire in Egypt: Sin shall have great pain, and No shall be rent asunder, and Noph shall have distresses daily."
So we are seeing prophecy coming true daily before us on the nightly news. God says He will corrupt Egypt, and cause much pain in the Golan Heights, and throughout the Sinai area. Look at the great cities of Egypt, and the decay and major problems that are overtaking them.
Ezekiel 30:17 "The young men of Aven and of Pibeseth shall fall by the sword: and these cities shall go into captivity."
Ezekiel 30:18 "At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity."
"Tehaphnehes" was on the Syrian border, and so we see the entire Middle East and Africa, God said, will fall [be deceived] by the sword of deception. It is Satan whom will be allowed to deceive the nations, So that God will be known by the world as Lord, at His return. Egypt's religion, Islam, also will go into captivity, and be an active part of the religious beast of Satan, the Antichrist.
Ezekiel 30:19 "Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the Lord."
When our Lord Jesus Christ returns at the last trumpet [I Corinthians 15:50-52], the whole world will know how they have been deceived. At that time every man and woman that lived in that final time of testing will bow to the Lord. The shame of the Christians who have followed Satan will be great. They have followed after the Antichrist because they were taught to, and their religious forms and false doctrine, that sounded so good, left them defenseless against the lies and twisting of truth by the Antichrist, the Kenites, all false prophets.
Jesus told us to learn the truth, that we not be deceived in that day of deception in Matthew 24:4, Mark 13:5, and Luke 21:8. Most people today just don't believe that the warning is anymore then a joke. God is saying in verse nineteen that this is exactly how it will be. God will allow this all to happen for one purpose. They, Egypt, and the rest of the people of the world don't believe it now, but at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will believe He is the true Christ. When hardship comes in most peoples lives, it will either draw them closer to God, or it will drive them away. We are going to have a time of testing where there is no middle of the road; you will either know the truth in your mind, or follow the Antichrist.
Ezekiel 30:20 "And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,"
Ezekiel 30:21 "Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword."
This prophecy is history which happened four months before the city of Jerusalem was crushed. However, since this is a type of what is to also come to pass in the latter days, keep in mind that these signs are similar to what will happen just prior to the "king of Babylon's" [the Antichrist, Satan's] return in the last days. Store these signs in your mind, so when they happen, you can tie them to the Antichrist's coming.
God is saying in verse twenty one that the rulers of Egypt will be so broken, that her allies won't even try to save her. Why would this be? Because Egypt, as well as the other nations of the world will go into "one worldism". God has declared that Egypt will always be a base nation, so as talks come and treaties come out of those talks, there will be a rebellion. Then even the "Pharaoh" [rulers] of Egypt will find it impossible to hold their nation together.
Even the the twelve tribe's nations of the Arabic world of Ishmael [Isaac's brother, son af Abraham] are parting their ways. Egypt will not be their leader again, because God has said He will take the staff, or leadership from their hands.
Ezekiel 30:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand."
Egypt will be just like the rest of every nation in this world; they will enter into the captivity of the Antichrist's one world religious system. And all nations will submit gladly, and in ignorance.
Ezekiel 30:23 "And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries."
Ezekiel 30:24 "And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put My sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaoh's arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded man."
God has a plan, and the "king of Babylon", Satan, is part of that plan. Just as the historical king Nebuchadnezzar of old Babylon was placed over his world wide empire as God's servant, to test and straighten out the Jews [Daniel 2:37:38], so likewise in these latter days, Satan will also be used as God's servant.
God will strengthen Satan's [the Antichrist's] hand to carry out all the deceptions and wonders he will do. It is through this deceit that not only Egypt, but most of the Christian world will follow him also, thinking him to be the Christ. Those arms are not of guns and bullets, but with words and ideas to deceive. They will form the half truths that make up the ideas and false doctrine to change the word of God, and strengthen the Antichrist's lies.
The "deadly wounded man" that "has groanings" sounds like a contradiction. For a wound
to be deadly, means that the man is dead. However, this is in a spiritual sense, and this "deadly wound" we can read about in Revelation 13:4. There the deadly wound of the political beast appears to be healed. In other words, the one world system political beast will fall apart, and then come to life [be healed] by the Antichrist's coming.
Ezekiel 30:25 "But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of Egypt."
Keep in mind that though this prophecy is against the Egyptian rule, in effect it is world wide. The sword [words] of deception are given to Satan by God, and will be the arms Satan will use. Why will there be no battle? Because the whole world follows and actually believes him to be the Antichrist. All that is, except the elect of God, and those few that have the seal of God [knowledge] from God's Word, in their minds. They are the ones who have prepared themselves for this spiritual battle.
In the end [at the seventh trumpet] all people will come to know Satan for who he is, for God will expose him as just a man. It will be Jesus Christ that will put him away, and make all things right. When Egypt, the longest existing of all nations in the world, falls into the one world system, that is the key to understanding that the Antichrist's coming is at hand.
Ezekiel 30:26 "And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the Lord."
How long will this dispersion occur? Because all nations will become one, with no borders or restrictions, Egypt will become a citizen of a world society, all under one banner and with the Antichrist as their king.
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