A prophecy that Egypt would fall to Nebuchadnezzar
Like the previous two chapters, this is also a lesson about pride.
Tyre, Judah and Egypt were given to Babylon by the one who became Jesus Christ for their pride and we will also be corrected for our pride in this latter day. I recommend a study into pride and the proud for next Sabbath.
Ezekiel 29:1 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, in the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
29:2 Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt:
Egypt is called the dragon of the Nile.
29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.
God brought Egypt up with all its people and allies to fight Nebuchadnezzar; and in this latter day Egypt will be allied with Judah and Israel as the king of the south, and will fall to the New Europe of the king of the north [Babylon the Great] who will be allied with the region’s other Islamic nations.
29:4 But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers [your people] to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.
29:5 And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.
This is dual and for the latter days in its fullness!
29:6 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed [a weak staff that easily breaks when leaned (depended) upon] to the house of Israel.
Judah trusted in Egypt to deliver them from Nebuchadnezzar and in our time the Jewish State will fall and Egypt shall be confounded by Babylon! In this latter day Egypt will fall easily by the hand of the LORD to the Babylon (Dan 11:41-43) of the New Europe!
29:7 When they took hold of thee by thy hand [When Judah relied on Egypt, both Judah and Egypt fell to Nebuchadnezzar and they will both be corrected by the New Europe in this latter day.], thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand [the strength of Judah is ended].
Again Jesus Christ clearly says that it is he who brings the sword against our unrepentant wicked people!
It was the Creator who destroyed the earth and all humanity in the great flood, saving alive only eight persons; it was he who destroyed Sodom for their pride; it was the one who became Jesus Christ that commanded the eradication of the wicked Canaanites as a type of sin; and who killed the firstborn of man and beast in Egypt!
No, Jesus Christ will not tolerate or overlook willful unrepented sin!
The Real Jesus is not like the “tolerant of sin” false Christ of many. Yes, Christ is love and quickly forgives the sincerely repentant; yet HE will never tolerate unrepentant or willful sin.
Just as he destroyed the physical temple twice by his agents of correction; and as he drove the wicked out of the physical temple for our instruction and example; he will drive the sinful out of his Father’s spiritual temple, the wayward brethren of the Spiritual Ekklesia, and reject us into the correction of the furnace of refining fire [See Ezekiel 22] of the tribulation to refine us and cleanse us of our pride and sins.
29:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee. 29:9 And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD: because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it. 29:10 Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia.
This forty years of depopulation appears to have happened when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Egypt for the last time in c 569 B.C., after the apostates of Judah took Jeremiah down into Egypt.
29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years. 29:12 And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.
29:13 Yet thus saith the Lord GOD; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered: 29:14 And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom. 29:15 It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.
Judah trusted in Egypt to save them from Nebuchadnezzar and we trust in our idols of men to save us today. We must all learn to trust in God and not in man; following men ONLY as they are proved to be followers of God.
This is for the latter days
29:16 And it [Egypt] shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
Egypt is given to Babylon as wages for Nebuchadnezzar’s service in correcting Tyre; and in the latter day, Babylon will be given Egypt, along with Judah (Dan 11:40-44).
29:17 And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it: 29:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.
29:20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord GOD.
29:21 In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
In our time during the final 3 1/2 years before Christ comes, Egypt and her allies physical Judah and Israel [the king of the south of Dan 11] will be humbled for their PRIDE and today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will be humbled with them!
Ezekiel 30:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 30:2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
Daniel 11:42 He [the now rising New Europe] shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 11:43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
Ezekiel 30:4 And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down. 30:5 Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.
30:6 Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt [Judah, America and Britain] shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD. 30:7 And they [Egypt and her allies] shall be desolate in the midst of the countries [on the list of countries made desolate] that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted. 30:8 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt [When the tribulation unfolds with the occupation of Judah and Egypt, they will know that the Word of the Eternal has been performed.], and when all her helpers [Allies, including Judah and America] shall be destroyed.
When Ethiopia hears of the fall of Egypt they will be greatly afraid and they will bow before the conquering New Europe, and they shall be afflicted by the New Europe.
30:9 In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.
Here the prophecy is presented as being about Nebuchadnezzar, who was a type of the soon coming final ruler of Babylon. The first time was fulfilled in part by Nebuchadnezzar 2, and the prophecy will be fulfilled in its fullness during the tribulation by the latter day “Nebuchadnezzar.”
30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.
30:11 He [Babylon the great; the New Europe] and his people [allies] with him, the terrible of the nations [many allies with him], shall be brought to destroy the land [of Egypt and her allies Judah and America]: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.
30:12 And I will make the rivers dry, [during the invasion of Nebuchadnezzra the rains were withheld] and sell the land into the hand of the wicked: and I will make the land waste, and all that is therein, by the hand of strangers: I the LORD have spoken it.
The cities of Egypt which fell to Nebuchadnezzar are named and will suffer greatly once again in our time. Those who are full of pride like America, Britain and Judah and today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will be brought low, and later Babylon the Great [the New Europe] will be brought down in its own turn.
30:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to cease out of Noph; and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt: and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt. 30:14 And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No. 30:15 And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No. 30:16 And I will set fire in Egypt: Sin shall have great pain, and No shall be rent asunder, and Noph shall have distresses daily.
30:17 The young men of Aven and of Pibeseth shall fall by the sword: and these cities shall go into captivity. 30:18 At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.
30:19 Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Jesus Christ broke Assyria, and then Judah, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Egypt; by the sword of Babylon in the days of Nebuchadnezzar 2; and he will break Egypt and Judah by the final “Nebuchadnezzar” of the beast of Babylon [the New Europe], this time allied with Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Arab peoples, Psalm 83.
30:20 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
The pride and power of Egypt will be broken; along with the pride and power of Egypt’s allies; America and Judah. Ultimately the pride and power of all the proud will be crushed to contrition: Including today’s apostate Spiritual Ekklesia.
30:21 Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller [splint] to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.
Jesus Christ will break the strength of Judah/Egypt [the king of the south] and empower Babylon the Great [the New Europe] in the end time, just as he did in ancient times.
30:22 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand. 30:23 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.
When Judah/Egypt is humbled before Babylon and all the proud among the nations are likewise humbled: they will turn to the Eternal in sincere repentance at Christ’s coming.
30:24 And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaoh’s arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded man. 30:25 But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of Egypt. 30:26 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.