The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 30

Egypt and Her Allies

 

     Ezekiel 30:1 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

 

     Verse 2.

 

     Ezekiel 30:2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day

 

     Woe, be the day.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     For the day is near. In proper context, this is referring to the Chaldean army of Nebuchadnezzar conquering Egypt and remaining that way for the next 40 years.

 

     Even the day of the Lord is near. What is this day of the Lord? It can also be said as the Lord’s Day. Let’s go to Revelation and read from there…

 

    ✡  Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, KJV

 

     The Holy Spirit gives this to St. John at the very beginning of the book. It’s the day that our Lord returns to this earth, the day that all of us will change from flesh and blood bodies into our spiritual bodies. It’s the day that human life ends forever and it’s also the first day of the Millennium.

 

     For many, their chances of getting into the Eternal Kingdom is gone forever and it was by their own decisions made throughout their life. Father and our Lord had nothing to do with it.

 

     For others, it will be the first day of a thousand-year period of instruction and discipline and for the rest, well, most of them will remain in Paradise awaiting the end of that time while a select few, His Elect, will become judges and teachers to those participating in that thousand-year period.

 

     It’s a day that I look forward to with great eagerness. I’ve had scoliosis of the spine since I was a child and I will welcome a pain-free day in my spiritual body.

 

     A cloudy day. Something that is rarely seen in that part of the world because it hardly rains, everything being watered by the Nile River. The implication is that it will, spiritually, be a dark, cloudy, dreary day for Egypt as Father’s punishment begins.

 

     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.

 

     Ethiopia is, of course, Africa, and when they hear of the judgments coming down on Egypt their hearts will sink. But the deeper meaning is that this judgment from our Father will come down on Satan/Antichrist.

 

     Satan has already been condemned to a spiritual death, we read of that in the prior chapter and his ability to tempt the entire world, his ability to deceive people of the truth of Father’s Word will be over because he will be confined to the pit, the abyss, for the length of that thousand years.

 

     The sword spoken of here is both physical and spiritual. Physically Nebuchadnezzar will have many Egyptians killed and spiritually, it is the sword of our Lord and that is His mouth, His words, the truth.

 

     ✡ Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; KJV

 

     And this can be applied to Egypt…..

 

    ✡  Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. KJV

 

     Verse 5.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, This refers to the people, not the countries but for the sake of clarity, Ethiopia, settled by Cush, a son of Ham, was an ally of Egypt.

 

     We can list these by their Old Testament names of Cush, Phut, and Lud. Cush and Phut were both sons of Ham. Egypt was sometimes called “the land of Ham”.

 

     Lud or Ludim was the son of Mizraim, the son of Ham.

 

     ✡ Genesis 10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. KJV

 

     Cush is sometimes rendered Ethiopia and is thought to be a part of Arabia, which lies near to Egypt.

 

     And Phut and Lud are correctly called Lybia and Lydia. All are considered allies of Egypt.  These also shall fall by the sword.

 

     Ezekiel 30:6 Thus saith the Lord; They also that uphold Egypt 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.

 

     Those that are allied with Egypt shall also fall.

 

     Ezekiel 30:7 And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted.

 

     And they shall be desolate. For the same 40 years as Egypt.

 

     Going again to the deeper meaning, does that word desolate ring a bell?

 

     ✡ Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) KJV

 

     Dr. Moffitt, in his studies, correctly treats desolation as NOT being a condition, but rather an entity and it will be the desolator, Satan. This is part of the deception during the five-month reign of Satan/Antichrist and that holy place that he will stand in is known as the Dome of the Rock since there is no longer a Jewish Temple.

 

     Ezekiel 30:8 And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.

 

     When I have set a fire in Egypt. When Father has set a war in Egypt. That’s the purpose.

 

     Destroyed should have been translated as broken….

 

     Destroyed_OT:7665 shabar (shaw-bar'); a primitive root; to burst (literally or figuratively):

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     These messengers will go to them and tell them of the destruction of Egypt. No internet or Wi-Fi back then.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     Have you noticed, in your studies, that there are two spellings for the name Nebuchadnezzar? The other spelling removes the “D” and replaces it with an “R” as in the above verse. It may be a case of using one name when prophecy is proposed and the other spelling in the normal course of things.

 

     No one knows for certain. Who is Nebuchadnezzar? He is the king of Babylon, in reality. Who is the king of Babylon spiritually? Satan. The king of Babel. The king of confusion and that’s going to be pretty important during these end times because if you don’t know the difference between the fake messiah and the True Messiah, you will be deceived.

 

     Satan is that fake messiah because he will stand there telling the world that he is Jesus Christ and he’s a fraud. And his deception will be complete. He will look, act, and speak exactly as one would expect Christ to do.

 

     Ezekiel 30:11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

 

     If it seems that Father is repeating Himself, He is so it must be important that we understand what’s written here.

 

     Ezekiel 30:12 And I will make the rivers dry, 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.

 

     Father will dry up the canals that Pharaoh had built and there will be no more crops to sell.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     Noph is Memphis, the capital of middle Egypt. There will be no prince anywhere other than Satan, the prince of the air.

 

     Ezekiel 30:14 And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No.

 

     Pathros is the upper Egypt area and No, also called Thebes, is the capital of that area. Zoan or Tanis is the chief city in lower Egypt, along with the delta area.

 

     Father is covering the upper, middle, and lower areas of Egypt

 

     Ezekiel 30:15 And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.

 

     Sin is also called Pelusium and it’s a frontier fortress in the northeast of Egypt.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     Some might say that Father is sure putting a lot of punishment on these people, did they really deserve that? Let’s read what Christ said in the book of Luke…

 

     ✡ Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I if it be already kindled?

 

     Imagine that! The Prince of Peace is going to bring fire to this earth, just like Father is doing to Egypt.

 

     Preachers don’t like to talk about this side of Father or our Lord. Might scare the daylights out of the parishioners and they might go to a different church and they'll lose their money, so we’ll just teach them that God is a God of love and everyone will get to heaven.

 

     If you believe that then you might be an embarrassment to our Father. Why? Because He sent this book for you to read and you haven’t taken the time to read it with understanding. You’ve taken the easy route and chose to listen to some ignorant preacher instead.

 

     And what will I if it be already kindled. That means that someone has been spreading the truth of His Word long before He returns. People like Ezekiel and Jeremiah, and Daniel.

 

     ✡ Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

 

     ✡ Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: KJV

 

     Division means disunion…

 

     ✡  Division_NT:1267 diamerismos (dee-am-er-is-mos'); from NT:1266; disunion (of opinion and conduct):

 

     ✡  Root Word_ NT:1266 diamerizo (dee-am-er-id'-zo); from NT:1223 and NT:3307; to partition thoroughly (literally in distribution, figuratively in dissension): KJV - cloven, divide, part.

 

     The controversy is between Satan, the father of all lies and our Lord, who is truth. To partition thoroughly means that there is no chance of merging the two ever. They will always be at odds with each other.

 

     Ezekiel 30:17 The young men of Aven and of Pi-beseth shall fall by the sword: and these cities shall go into captivity.

 

     Aven, which means nothingness, is the same as On and Pi-beseth is called the Bubastis of Herodotus. There was a temple there built in honor of Diana. Bubastis, in the Greek language, means Diana.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     Tehaphnehes is named from the queen of Egypt, Tehaphnes.

 

     Ezekiel 30:19 Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

 

     The whole purpose of the punishment. Idol worship and ignoring our Father being the two greatest sins.

 

     Ezekiel 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,

 

     Here we get back on track with the current prophesies, those in the latter part of the last chapter being at a later date.

 

     In the eleventh year. Of Zedekiah’s reign and Jehoiachin’s captivity.

 

     In the first month. The month of Nisan, which corresponds to the latter part of March and the first part of April.

 

     In the seventh day of the month. This would be on the 29th of March and the day would be a Tuesday.

 

     The year would be 588 B.C. This would be four months before the fall of Jerusalem.

 

     Ezekiel 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 to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.

 

     He has brought Pharaoh down, He has brought Egypt down and no one is going to overturn it.

 

     Roller means a bandage of sorts…

 

     ✡  Roller_ OT:2848 chittuwl (khit-tool'); from OT:2853; swathed, i.e. a bandage:

 

     They will be weak in every aspect.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     What is the root cause of all this anger from our Father? He told them that they could carry on as they have been, and He would watch over them. But the king of the house of Israel, instead of going to our Father for advice and protection, went to Egypt instead.

 

     And Pharaoh said that they would sign a pact of allegiance together and that made Father angry and He’s going to punish Egypt for aligning with Israel.

 

     Ezekiel 30:23 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

 

     Among the nations….. through the countries. The same intent only using different words.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     Father will use whomsoever He chooses to carry out His wishes or commands. Symbolically, Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army represent the king of Babel, which is Satan, but He is going to put HIS sword into the hands of ‘ole Neb in order to punish Egypt.

 

     The groanings of a deadly wounded man. Did you catch that inference? Deadly wounded. The deadly wound of the end time system that Satan has put together for his final deception. Some of the components are right there in that verse.

 

     ✡ Revelation 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. KJV

 

     ✡ Revelation 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. KJV

 

     Satan’s political system will receive that wound, not Satan himself.

 

     Ezekiel 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.

 

     Verse 30.

 

     Ezekiel 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. KJV

 

     Egypt used to be the most powerful country on earth but in this chapter, Father stated that He would bring them down to be a base nation and so they have, even today. They will always be a nation but never again a superpower.

 

     Father has given the king of Babylon all the power and authority he needs to execute His Will. And Satan/Antichrist, the king of Babylon of the end times, will have all the power and authority he needs to try to deceive the entire world.

 

     Satan/Antichrist didn’t TAKE that power; our Father GAVE him that power. And for what reason? To test all of us. To see who has read His Book and who has not. To see who has received His seal in their mind, the seal that will allow them to resist the lies of Satan/Antichrist.

 

     In the book of Daniel, He said that no king comes to power except through Him…

 

     ✡ Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

 

     ✡ Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: KJV

 

     Don’t miss the next chapter.

 

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