Will ISRAEL, EGYPT and ASSYRIA be UNITED in the FUTURE?: "In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance." (Isaiah 19:24-25)
Egypt, Israel’s oppressor at the time of the Exodus, centuries later became her ally against Assyria. Isaiah prophesied that God would come in judgment against Egypt, bringing division and defeat. Egypt, with the life-giving Nile River, was a haven for others in times of drought. But “the waters of the river will dry up” (19:5) —a picture of great calamity. However, Isaiah prophesies future blessing for Egypt. He described a time (called “that day” in 19:16, 18, 19, 21, 23–24) when Egypt will acknowledge the Lord and will join with Israel in worshiping Him.
We can observe the conversion of Egypt described in sequence:
- They shall speak the language of Canaan (v. 18a)
- They shall swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts as their King (v. 18b)
- They shall set up the public worship of God (altar & pillar) in their land (v. 19)
- When they are in distress, they shall seek the God of Israel (v. 20)
- The knowledge of God shall prevail among them (v. 21)
- They shall come into the communion of saints (v. 23)
When Egypt and Assyria become partners in serving God Israel shall make a third with them (v. 24); they shall become a three-fold cord, not easily broken. Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria, that is, they will form a triple alliance, enjoying the blessings of Christ’s kingdom. The Savior and a Mighty One (v.20) who brings universal blessing refers to Jesus Christ Himself ruling over Egypt during the millennial kingdom. The highway running from Egypt to Assyria through Israel pictures a time of international peace when Egypt and Assyria will become God’s people.
Thus, prophet Isaiah sees a time when Israel will be a partner and ally of her former foes, and together they will become a blessing to all the inhabitants of the earth. Isaiah promises that one day the God of Israel will be the God not only of the Arab and Jewish nations, but also of the whole world. This was what God had promised many years ago, when He had called Abraham, the father of the nations, to serve Him:
Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Gen 12:1-3)