Isaiah 19 Intro
It is interesting that Jesus lived for a short time in Egypt shortly after His birth (Matt. 2:13-18), and then Isaiah 19 prophesies that Jesus will, “in that day” (typical Scriptural reference to “the end of the age”), enter Egypt, deliver her from “the oppressor” (aka the Antichrist), and “thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day.” In my opinion, Jesus is revisiting and singling out this specific country which was once a refuge for Him when He was an infant. Egypt has a special place in His heart.
Isaiah 19 Commentary
Isaiah 19:1 states: “Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt; the idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.” This chapter begins with setting the tone that it’s events takes place “in that day,” meaning the season of the Lord’s return.
Isaiah 19:2 then describes an Egyptian civil war will then take place (a case could be made that Egypt experienced this in 2013-2014, however a bigger civil conflict will occur in the future as well, as their country is continually not stable). The Egyptian civil war in 2013-2014 could be likened to “birth pangs” before the actual labor of end times events, as Jesus speaks of.
Isaiah 19:3-4 then describes that following this civil war, the spirit of the Egyptian peoples will be downcast. Following this civil war, they will be oppressed, seemingly by a foreign nation. All this oppression, both internal and external, is leading Egypt somewhere in a spiritual sense.
Isaiah 19:5-10 then outlines that the Nile will dry up, which in turn severely affects their economy, because Egypt’s economy is intimately tied to the Nile River. Vs. 15 says “There will be no work for Egypt.” So we see yet another internal stressor that is affecting Egypt. However hope is coming around the corner…
Verses 16-24 have six different instances of the phrase “in that day,” referring to the season of the Lord’s return:
- Vs. 16-17 – “In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He is going to wave over them. 17 The land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the Lord of hosts which He is purposing against them.”
- Vs. 18 – “In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.”
- Vs. 19-20 – “19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. 20 It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.” Because of all the oppression from internal crises as well as external crises, they will cry to the Lord in prayer and the Lord responds by “sending them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them!” A case could be made that Jesus is spiritually delivering them, but the terminology “in that day” typically refers to Jesus’ physical return to earth throughout Scripture, at which time He combines spiritual and physical deliverance and physically sets captives free from oppressors!
- Vs. 21-22 – “Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.” Once again it is reiterated that the Lord is seen as both the One who causes their discomfort which causes a cry in their spirits, but also is the One who heals their spirits!
- Vs. 23 – “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.”
- Vs. 25 – “In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.” This is truly miraculous. We see Egyptians, Assyrians and Israelis worshiping the Lord together in harmony! Two of Israel’s long time enemies, the Egyptians and Assyrians are now walking in harmony on the earth together! This is the time period when all of Israel is saved, most likely beginning at the beginning of the Millennium, after the Lord’s return. Of course, we strive for a revival and unity of believers NOW, on earth, as it is in heaven!! God is releasing it now and this revival will reach it’s full culmination upon the Lord’s return!! Hallelujah!!