Egypt – Bible Prophecy interpreted by Walter Kaiser (via) Koinonia

A very interesting article from Koinonia (biblical-theological conversations for the community of Christ HOSTED BY ZONDERVAN AND FRIENDS).

Posted: 15 Feb 2011

Kaiserw Recently I was asked by a friend who leads a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) class to offer my thoughts on the recent activities in Egypt, and to comment specifically on Isaiah 19, which the class was studying. Here’s what I told the class. What do you think?

Yes, I believe the Isaiah 19 passage is most relevant. Verses 16 to 25 place the coming events “in that day” six times (vss 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, and 24).  Since the prophecies to the foreign nations are bounded by chapter on the first advent of Christ (Isa 7-12) and the second advent of Christ (24-27), chapters 13-23 fall between those two end pieces in position and apparently in time as well.  That is why I also stress the eschatological phrase “In that day.”

After the Civil Disaster of 19:2-4, the economic disaster of 19: 5-10 (as a result of the Aswan Project in 1970), and the Intellectual Disaster im 19:11-15, a bridge passage of vss 16-17 has the Egyptians afraid of Judah for the first time in her history, which cannot be other than the events of the six day war in 1967.

However, the text turns to the distant future of “In that day” in vss 18-24 and gives five new works of God’s salvation and deliverance for Egypt: (1) Revival will break out in Egypt’s five cities, one being “City of the Sun,” otherwise known as Heliopolis (18), (2) a monument will be erected like our statute of Liberty to remember the great Egyptian Spiritual Revival (19) at the country’s border, (3) the nation of Egypt will be oppressed and apparently given a cruel leader, but God will replace him with a “savior,” much as he did in the book of Judges (21), (4) God will once again strike Egypt with a plague of some sort, but he will heal them as well and the Egyptians will turn to the Lord (22), (5) there will be a highway between Egypt and Iraq (Assyria) so that Iraqis, Egyptians and Israelis will worship together in that day (23) and (6) words of blessing formerly used exclusively of Israel are now used of Egypt, “My People,” and Iraq, “My Handiwork,” and Israel “My Inheritance.”

Tremendous!! So, I expect a cruel leader to come out of this revolt some time, but God will replace him with a “Deliverer” for the Egyptians.  In the meantime, Revival will break out all over Egypt with five cities experiencing unusual blessing of God – so much so that a tourist’s memorial is set up to remind all who come to that country in days to come of the great work of God in their midst.  None of this has as yet taken place, but what a day it will be when it occurs.

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Note, just as the factions fought each other in West Pakistan vs East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) with the outcome that since 1970 15 believers are now at least 500,000 !!    Will this happen in Tunesia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon?  What other nations in the Arab nations will join them?   These are days in which God is moving is sure and definite ways….

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dr. Kaiser has written over 40 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; The Messiah in the Old Testament; and The Promise-Plan of God; and coauthored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Dr. Kaiser and his wife, Marge, currently reside at Kerith Farm in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Dr. Kaiser’s website is www.walterckaiserjr.com.

[Note: Image of the protestor was found here. – AR for Koinonia]

5 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. Noclegi
    feb. 25, 2011 @ 20:00:05

    Amazing post. Thx a lot. I will back here soon.

  2. ChunTze Charn
    mai 29, 2011 @ 17:14:49

    There are about 7 or so messianic prophecies in the first 11 chapters of Isaiah alone (I stopped counting after that). It is a common mistake in studying the Bible especially the OT narratives to think that it was about us today. It was about God speaking to the ancient Israelites through Isaiah. Isaiah warned the Israelites of their continued unfaithfulness, of impending judgement, and also gave comfort and encouragement if they turned from their sin. This is repeated over and over again. The messianic prophecies concern the promise of Jesus Christ, a holy seed (Chp6), a shoot from a dead stump, a branch (chp 11). A child will be born, and a Son will be given. He will establish his kingdom from then on and through eternity(Chp9). There will be peace in the hearts of all who believe (Chp 2/9/11). He (Christ) will be the chief among the mountains (Chp2) and will teach us his ways his ministry) (chp2). All nations will stream to it (ie, he will include the gentile nations) (chp2). The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him (Chp11).

    The present events in Egypt / Syria have absolutely nothing to do with the events recorded in Isaiah. Those events came to bear 2 thousand years ago! A few hundred years after Isaiah.

    Christians all of the world continue to be misled by these false teachings. Perhaps it adds spice and excitement to their lives. The kingdom of God is within you, Jesus tells us in Luke’s Gospel. One cannot see/find it by our „careful observation” because the Holy Spirit dwells in all true believers and are united in his kindgom.

    Blessings.

    ChunTze

    • rodi
      mai 29, 2011 @ 21:12:28

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment. Each of our personal beliefs (based on our collective understanding of prophecy) colours our labeling of false prophecy. There are divergent eschatological views, but only one way to God-through His Son Jesus Christ. Understanding,or being 100% correct in our interpretation of prophecy is not (per se) a Salvation issue. Therefore, as much as we ‘all’ wish to know everything here and now,we cannot. I look forward to that day when God will give us perfect understanding.
      Blessings to you too

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