During the Egyptian elections last year, one of the Muslim preachers, in support of Egyptian presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi, declared that there will be a global Muslim Caliphate, and its headquarters will be Jerusalem.
I was reminded of this recently, in a couple of posts, and yesterday, as I was reading Isaiah 11, I couldn’t help but notice that God has other plans for the world, and even for those who today follow the Qur’an, Islam’s “holy book”.
When reading about Islam, you often hear them say that Arabic is a “holy” language, and “you really can’t understand the Qur’an unless you read it in Arabic”. The second part may be true, since most Muslim terrorists read the Qur’an in Arabic, but there is nothing holy about the language. Really it is a development of Hebrew, with many other foreign words in it, even in the Qur’an itself.
In the midst of the turmoil in the Middle East, especially Egypt, it is interesting to read End Times prophecies that relate to this nation. God has this to say about Egypt in the End Times;
And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. Isaiah 11:15
Some have speculated that the Egyptian sea is the Nile river. I don’t think so, for the Nile is noted next in the prophecy. Evidently the Nile will be diverted by an earthquake, so that its delta will be dried up.
What I am concerned with, however, is the phrase “the Egyptian Sea”. The Mediterranean Sea is not the Egyptian sea, for there are many nations bordering it. The only sea that is completely surrounded by Egypt is the Gulf of Suez, which is not properly a sea by itself, though it is a part of the Red Sea. If you look at a map of the area, ask yourself which language is primarily spoken on the shores of the Gulf of Suez, and the Red Sea?
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if the “sea” referred to here is the Nile river, the Mediterranean, or the Red Sea and/or the Gulf of Suez. The key thought here is not “sea”, but “Egyptian tongue”. What is the tongue, or language, spoken in Egypt today? What language is spoken by Egyptian sailors on any sea? That would have to be Arabic, wouldn’t it?
While some scholars might suggest that the language referred to here is the language of the Pharaohs, and thus already fulfilled, the context of the entire passage is the End Times, thus the language in question is a modern language, spoken during the End Times. Though Arabic had not even fully developed when Isaiah was written, God knew that it would one day be the centre of the Middle Eastern controversy.
In fact God later inspired Isaiah to identify which language the Egyptians will employ to replace Arabic.
In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction. Isaiah 19:18
The language of Canaan is Hebrew, or Ivrit. The other cities of Egypt may end up speaking Aramaic, or English, or some other African dialect, but it won’t be Arabic.
This prophecy is not only against the Egyptians, but against all who use this language on a daily basis. Notice that the prophecy is against “the tongue of the Egyptian sea”, not against Egypt per-se. Thus we can know that all the speakers of this language will one day soon forsake it. I mean Saudi Arabia on the other side of the Red sea, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Qatar, and Bahrain, etc. will all abandon this language, to the glory of God almighty!
For some two thousand years, Hebrew was a dead language, with only a few Jewish rabbis, and bible scholars studying it. Soon, however, it will be the language of Messiah’s millennial kingdom, and Arabic will be the dead language, as dead as Sumerian!
The Arabs will one day soon attack Israel in the war prophesied in Psalm 83, and they will suffer complete and utter defeat. The world will be shocked at this development, but it will recover, and both the Arabs and Israel will prosper in the ensuing peace. The Arabs will largely turn their backs on the God of the Qur’an, who couldn’t come to their aid when they needed him most, but the other Muslim nations, like Iran, Turkey, Libya, & etc. being racists, will blame the defeat on the Arabs.
This will lead the the next war, the one found in Ezekiel 38-39. These nations, along with Russia, and others, will take their turn. This time Israel will not be able to defeat her foes by herself, and God Himself will intervene on their behalf. When the Muslim armies are destroyed by the hand of God in a tremendous earthquake, and celestial bombardment, the rest of the world’s Muslims will abandon their religion.
While I would hope that many of them would find Jesus Christ, I’m afraid many of them will look to the New Age movement. This will set them up for the reign of the Antichrist.
There are even dangers for those who follow various versions of Christianity, for there are false interpretations of the bible, and there is a popular New Age Christianity, and another Jesus! To the extent that any Church has placed its traditions, or its leaders, over the written word of God, they have abandoned God, and are preparing to support the Antichrist!