Israel's Enemy to the South 


“So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians; and they will each fight against his brother and each against his neighbor, city against city and kingdom against kingdom.” (Isaiah 19:2). 

The prophet Daniel's final and lengthiest vision, spanning three full chapters, is found in Daniel chapters 10, 11 and 12.  The future end-time fulfillment of Daniel's full-length vision is announced right in the passage itself: Daniel 10:14 says, "Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days."

Daniel and his companions were standing on the bank of the Tigris River around 535 B.C.  The prophet had been fasting for three weeks (vs. 1-4), and then he saw the Man clothed in linen, whose majestic appearance caused Daniel to faint in fear.  Chapter 10 then addresses the collision between good and evil angels--encounters that will no doubt become more prevalent during the last days.  When righteous angels, under the guidance of Michael, the Prince of the Host, move in the affairs of men and travel throughout the earth, they encounter resistance from the demonic forces.  Sometimes only the Prince and Priest, the Man in linen, can demand compliance and push on through the trouble spot.

The forty-five verses that comprise chapter 11 portray the ongoing struggle between political leaders of the north and the south. Commentators have applied most of chapter 11 to historical events, jumping from century to century across the span of time to find points of fulfillment.  The meaning and fulfillment of this chapter has produced many interpretations. Therefore, the king of the north has been assigned to various powers over the centuries--Syria, Turkey, Russia and Europe, to name a few.  However, after many years of consideration, it is our view that this chapter is completely to be fulfilled as modern end-time events--the latter days; and it is believed the entire chapter portrays conflicts between two adjoining nations--Egypt, the king of the south and Israel, the king of the north.

Daniel's prophecy predicts internal strife in Egypt (11:5), as does the prophet Israel in chapter 19, verse 2, with a turnover of power to a strong military commander. In recent times, Egypt has undergone significant sea changes in policies and leadership, and currently a former Chief of Egypt's Armed Forces--Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is in power.  Sisi played the leading role in ousting President Mohammed Morsi after an uprising against him in 2013. He seems to be on the path of continued good terms with Israel (v. 6). However, prophecy predicts there will continue to be an internal struggle in Egypt for control of that nation as final events begin to unfold, leading to more change-over of power and the eventual dismissal of the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel, with the renewal of military strife between Egypt and Israel.

"But from a branch of her [Egyptian] roots one shall arise [new dictatorial Egyptian leader, more radical in his views against the state of Israel] in his place, who shall come with an army, enter the fortress of the king of the North [Israel], and deal with them and prevail. And he shall also carry their gods [religious/precious articles] captive to Egypt, with their princes and their precious articles of silver and gold [spoil]; and he [Egypt's new leader] shall continue more years than the king of the North [Israel's leader at that point--possibly Netanyahu]," Daniel 11:7.

With the exception of the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Israel is now surrounded by Jihadists. This produces a near total Iranian hegemony over the region.  The last days will bring with it prophetic events that will forever change the landscape of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, launching widespread Islamic hatred against Israel from surrounding countries, and with it a massive assault against Israel.

In turn, Egypt and Israel will clash.  Egypt will undergo tremendous upheaval during the last days. As already stated, this is found in Isaiah 19. The prophet proclaims, "In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the Lord Almighty raises against them. And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the Lord Almighty is planning against them," Isaiah 19:16-17.

Egypt as a place, and as a nation, is one of the most frequently mentioned national names in the Bible. From the time when Abram went down to Egypt in a famine, to baby Jesus' flight to Egypt, it spans Genesis, the Gospels and all the way into the book of Revelation. It is full of meaning, but not always the same symbolism. Egypt became a byword among the Israelites, and its prominent place in Scripture is not easy to ignore.

Egypt was a place of great importance in the Bible, and influenced the Israelites. In the beginning it was simply a place with lots of food, where they could rest in comfort while waiting for God to prepare the promised land for them, but it grew into a place of captivity and oppression. God turned it into a sign of His faithfulness to His people, when He led them out of Egypt, but it remained a stumbling block for them, as they remembered the food and good things of Egypt.

As the end-time moves into its beginning stages, events in Egypt will come into focus. Civil strife between Egyptians will escalate, and internal turmoil will cause additional changes in Egypt's leadership. Egypt's peace accord with the Israelis will dissolve, as their enemy to the south will rise up against the king of the north (Israel)--the epicenter of Bible prophecy. Daniel 11 continues to reveal various skirmishes between the king of the south (Egypt) and the king of the north during the appointed times of the end.




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