Biblical Prophecy Fulfilled?
Pat interprets a biblical prophecy concerning Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Israel and calls for its fulfillment.
There is a cryptic verse found in the Book of the prophet Isaiah, and many people have read that and wondered exactly what it means.
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day, Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance." (Isaiah 19: 23-25)
Some years ago, I gave the President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, the Prince of Peace award. I was in the Blair House in Washington, and we had a Tiffany Bowl inscribed to him. I quoted from this scripture for Anwar Sadat because he had reached out to make peace with Israel. I want to show you why this is significant.
Civilization started in Iraq. It started in the Tigress-Euphrates valley
at Ur of Chaldes.
So what the Bible is saying is a highway will start down in Egypt and probably follow what they call the Way of the Sea that runs up the coast of Israel and crosses over into the Plain of Megiddo and off into Damascus. This was formerly the typical trade route.
Isaiah says this is a time when all of the nations are going to be living in peace. He didn't say Syria, but he said Assyria. The Assyrian Empire extended from Ur of Chaldes, up the Tigress-Euphrates valley toward Baghdad then across to the Mediterranean, taking in modern day Syria. So Assyria in the Bible included modern day Iraq and Syria.
And in the end days there is going to be a coalition between Iraq and Syria. So the events that are taking place right now are extremely significant. I can see a coalition, a federation. We are not talking invasion, but it could happen. This area right now is stirred up with hatred and bitterness. This would encompass modern day Lebanon, which the Syrians have occupied illegally.
Syria is a creation of one of the big powers, just like Iraq was. Iraq was a keystroke of Winston Churchill. He formed Iraq. It used to be Mesopotamia. And now it's Iraq. And the same thing with Syria. There was a big fight over whether the British or the French would get it, and the French got it. Syria has a ba'athist regime just like Saddam Hussein.
But they will join together. You can see the geography from Egypt through Israel into Assyria. According to the Bible they're going to be at peace with one another.
I would think it would be marvelous if one of the things that the United States insists on is that they make a peace treaty with Israel. We need to tell Syria you are not going to be lobbing shells through your surrogates Hizbollah into northern Israel, but make peace. Then all of a sudden Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel, and now Syria and Iraq would come together under the United States influence. What a wonderful thing this can be and what a fulfillment of Bible prophecy!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.