Monday, January 28, 2013

The Burdens of Egypt and Syria

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
Isaiah 17:1

The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
Isaiah 19:1

Isaiah's work is a collection of prophecies that were given over a lifetime of ministry.  As a result, whole sections of the book are devoted to specific situations that God wanted him to  address in his day.  For instance, Isaiah 7:1 to 9:7 refers specifically to what is often called the Syro-Epraimitic crisis.  Isaiah 5, proclaimed during a feast, addresses the backslidden condition of the people.  Another large section of the book of Isaiah reveals judgments on nations surrounding Israel for their ignoring God and their wicked treatment of the people of covenant, Israel.  While many of these prophecies have been partially fulfilled, some have not.  Therefore, they make up a body of work that speaks to the world before, during, and after the tribulation.  For instance, Isaiah 17:1 mentions that Damascus shall cease from being a city.  Since this has never happened and God is never wrong, we can conclude that this will soon come to pass before the Day of the Lord begins.  This same series of burdens hints about circumstances in the last days that seems to include current news.  Look at Isaiah 19 as an example.

The nations mentioned in these two chapters, Syria and Egypt,  are in the news nearly daily over the last few weeks and months.  This current news seems to suggest that parts of these prophecies are nearing their fulfillment.   Isaiah's prophecies also remind us of one other important point.  God is sovereign.  The LORD sent a Jewish prophet to give a word to nations other than Israel or Judah.  Not only are the saved under His power but all of those who refuse, reject, and rebel against GOD are also under His power.  These nation's, for the most part, follow ideologies that are at odd's with the Almighty, yet HE alone is God.  All creation must someday answer to the Creator.  

Syria's destruction is so swift that the land is destroyed in only a day.  Read Isaiah 17:14, "
And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us."  Current media reports could give us a picture of why such a quick and decisive strike takes place.  Consider the following:

Israel Syria Strike: Chemical Weapons Transfer Could Bring Israeli Military Attack, Official Warns
Iran threatens 'axis of resistance' if West attacks Syria | The Australian

Israel Threatens to Strike at Syrian Chemicals Weapons
Hizbullah Sets Up Bases Near Syrian WMDs - Middle East - News - Israel National News
US reluctant to step in vs. Syrian chemical threat, urges neighbors to cope

Iran actively weighs Syrian-Israeli clash. Iron Dome posted in N. Israel
Analysis: Israel on high alert over Syrian... JPost - Middle East

A WMD strike would definitely trigger such a response.  So would a preemptive strike. Lots to pray about and a reminder to share the love of Jesus while we can!

Add to this the tension in the nation of Egypt and one might think we were nearing the fulfillment of this section of scripture fulfilled with a coming regional war like the one outlined in Psalm 83, Zephaniah, Obadiah, and other places. It sure sounds like Egyptians are at the throat of Egyptians!

Egypt's Morsy declares curfew in 3 cities, vows 'justice' for those behind violence -

Riots over Egyptian death sentences kill at least 32 | Reuters
Egypt's leader declares emergency after clashes - Yahoo! News

Keep looking up!  The King is Soon2Come!  Blessings

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