About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Note the word
"oracle' in verse 1. As
I've said earlier in this commentary, I prefer the KJV's wording
instead. The KJV uses the
word "burden" instead. I
like the word "burden" because both the messages of these
prophecies are a burden to the one who speaks them and a burden to those
to whom they are directed.
Some background history
is important here. In the
day Isaiah was writing this prophecy, the southern
Verse 1 tells us that the
Lord God would swiftly come into Egypt
on a cloud. This speaks of
God's judgment on Egypt.
Note in verse 1 that
because of the Lord's appearance into
We also see that the
hearts of the Egyptians will melt in fear by the things that God brings
on them. This is always the
case when God brings severe judgment to any nation.
Verse 2 speaks of
Egyptians fighting against each other.
This speaks of civil war. This
sounds very much like what is happening in Egypt
today in 2013. Whether this
verse is speaking of 2013 or not can't be certain from this verse.
Verse 3 says that
"the Egyptians will lose heart".
They will lose any sense of being able to survive on their own,
so, they will consult the occult. This
obviously would have been the case for Egyptians in Old Testament times.
It's not so much the case now.
That being said, some might suggest that Islam, a false god
religion might fit into this verse.
Many Egyptians consult Allah, which in a Biblical sense, is a
Before we go on we'll
look at a bit of recent history. During
the 1960's Egypt
built what they've called the Aswan Dam on the
Note the place name
"Zoan" in verse 11. Zoan
was the capital city of Egypt
from 1070 A. D. to 665 A. D.. It
was located along the
The rest of verse 11
speaks to the foolishness of the so-called wise men of Zoan, the leaders
of Egypt, including the Pharaoh. The
Bible views all world governments in opposition to God, thus they are
seen as foolish, and, it seems from prophecy that the closer we get to
the end of this age, the more foolish our world leaders become.
I believe verse 12 is
somewhat sarcastic when it says "let them", them meaning the
In verses 14 and 15 we
see that God gives the leaders of Egypt, and maybe all Egyptians, a "spirit of dizziness".
They're like drunks stumbling around in the dark.
They have no direction for their nation.
They're prey to their enemy.
If you look at present
Verse 16 tells us that
the Egyptians will be terrified at the judgment the Lord is putting on
them. They'll be like
shuddering women. This
terminology might not be socially correct today, but such language was
the social norm back in Isaiah's day.
We should realize, though God judges nations and the nations
tremble at His judgment, they seldom understand that what they are going
through is actually from God. They
don't understand that military losses are part of the plan for their
Speaking of military
losses, verse 17 tells us why Egypt
trembles with fear. It is
because of Judah. Remember,
It appears from verse 18
The city of destruction
here is probably in reference to the Egyptian city named "On",
meaning, "they city of the sun".
Verse 19 tells us that in
that day, that is, the day when Israel
there will be an altar, a monument to the Lord in the heart of
Some suggest that the
Great Pyramid of Egypt that is located where Isaiah is speaking of might
well be turned into a monument to God Almighty.
In verses 20 and 21 we
In verse 22 we note that
the Egyptians turn to God because He will strike them with a plague.
This reminds me of the plagues God struck Egypt
with in the days of Moses. The
end result of this judgment, along with the attack of the Israelis is
will turn to the God of the Jews. Obviously this has not happened, so
this must still be in the future.
I believe verses 23 to 25
have to speak to the thousand year rule of Christ on earth.
It speaks of a highway running from Egypt
to Assyria. Assyria would be present
day Iraq. If you understand the
geography, as the text states, this highway must go right through the
heart of Israel.
Isaiah says that both
So we have three nations,
three geographical areas, all given to the Lord God.
If you look at the land mass of these nations, it comes close to
that which God promised Abraham, who God also said would be the father
of many nations. This might just be the fulfillment of God's promise to
Abraham. I can't say that
for sure. I simply say it