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Egypt Will Fear Israel… God’s Will

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Egypt/Nile River, Isaiah, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2019 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:17 The land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the LORD of hosts which He is purposing against them.

Who and where is the land of Judah? Judah is a son of Jacob/Israel from Genesis. The lineage of Judah becomes the Tribe of Judah (Genesis 46, 49).  Jesus is from this tribe and is called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). This tribe is synonymous with the southern kingdom in the day of Isaiah. It is modern day southern Israel, the area which shares a border with Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

From previous verses in Isaiah 19, we know the Nile River is dry during this time. The text does not say if the cause is by drought or if water is being withheld by a dam or whatever. Time will tell. The following is food for thought in the event the waters of Nile are restrained by the dam.

Aswan Dam

Recently as 2009, Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has stirred controversy with comments about Arab citizens and Egypt. Liberman once suggested Egypt’s Aswan Dam might be bombed. In 2008, he told Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President at that time, “Go to hell!”

Now if Israel is threatening to bomb the Aswan Dam, this would most certainly cause fear, dread, and terror. The concept of the verse is reeling in terror. This would effectively flood and wipe out Egypt.

…because of the purpose of the LORD of hosts which He is purposing against them.

God is the One imposing fear on Egypt. Granted, God has many options at His disposal in regards to stirring up fear. He has plagues, weather, darkness (Exodus) just to mention a few.  I am not suggesting or claiming to know the mind or purpose of God. It does not say. The scenario is worth noting in today’s geo-political climate. God can absolutely plant an idea or emotion into the mind of a country’s psyche (see Ezekiel 38, 39 with Gog; note Pharaoh and his hardened heart in Exodus).

There is also the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). As of April 2019, the dam is about 2/3 complete. The dam is expected to be finished in 2022. Egypt is expressing concern about their neighbors in Ethiopia up river withholding water. The Egyptians are discussing “dire humanitarian consequences” of the completion of the GERD. Ethiopia expects to block 19.5 trillion gallons (74 billion cubic meters) of Nile River water behind the dam. The Nile River is the definitive source of life for Egypt. This is an insane amount of water not going to Egypt.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1470516/middle-east

Plausible scenario: Egypt wiped out and flooded by waters withheld by destruction of the Aswan Dam. Nile River goes dry in Egypt by waters withheld by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

See the link below for articles related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

https://paulthepoke.com/?s=grand+ethiopian

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Isaiah 19:18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.

There are all kinds of speculation and conjecture as to the symbolism or meaning of the five cities noted in this verse. Some commentators are looking for a hidden meaning. Some are seeking spiritual significance of the number five. Some are allegorizing the number of cities.

I am going to take God at His word and believe that He says what He means. There will be five cities in Egypt where those residents will speak Hebrew. Hearts in Egypt will change. Those people in those five cities will be committed to the God of the Bible.

One of those cities is named. The name of that city is debated with legitimate scholarship, not speculation or allegorical interpretation. The argument lies in which text. Here are the considerations.

The Hebrew text has עִיר הַהֶרֶס (’ir haheres, “City of Destruction”; cf. NASB, NIV).

The Qumran scroll 1QIsaa (Dead Sea Scrolls) and some medieval Hebrew manuscripts read   עִיר הָחֶרֶס (ir hakheres, “City of the Sun,” i.e., Heliopolis). This reading also finds support from Symmachus’ Greek version, the Targum (Aramaic translation of the Bible), and the Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible).

FYI, Heliopolis is located in northern Egypt on the Nile River where it branches into multiple rivers and streams.

I trust at some point in the future this city name will be clarified and make sense.

Make no mistake. God is in control. Egyptian hearts will turn to the Hebrew God of the Bible.

Predestined: A Dry Nile River

Posted in Egypt/Nile River, Isaiah, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2019 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:5-7 And the waters of the sea will be dried up, and the river will be dry and parched, and its canals will become foul, and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up, reeds and rushes will rot away. There will be bare places by the Nile, on the brink of the Nile, and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched, will be driven away, and will be no more.

This prophecy was written approximately 2,800 years ago. There is not any record where the Nile River has dried up since this was written. The prophecy is quite a statement. The Nile River is predestined to go dry.

The notion of a dry Nile is also noted in… 

Zechariah 10:11b …And He will strike the waves in the sea, so that all the depths of the Nile will dry up…

Ezekiel 30:12 And I will dry up the Nile and will sell the land into the hand of evildoers; I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it, by the hand of foreigners; I am the LORD; I have spoken.

God states this is His will.

God does not say what causes the Nile River to go dry.

How is this going to happen? There is the obvious answer of drought. Outside of the Nile River, Egypt is not a hospitable place. It is desert and nothing grows there. It would take a drought in central Africa in the highlands of Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile.

Humanity is exerting its will to control the waters of the Nile River. Human intervention does not always result in its desired intention. History is littered with ecological disasters at the hands of humanity. Countries across Africa and the Middle East threaten each other with limited access to water.

A possibility is the Aswan Dam in southern Egypt. The waters behind the dam could be withheld.  Ironically, the primary purpose of the dam is to manage flooding of the Nile River.

There is also the matter of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam construction continues on the Nile River. Construction of the dam is located in northwest Ethiopia. When finished, the GERD will be the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa. As of the Spring of 2019, the project is estimated to be completed in 2022. Once finished, it estimated to take 5-15 years for the reservoir to fill to capacity.

As a trend, the levels of the Nile River are receding in recent times. This is due to countries up river in central Africa who are using more of the water as a resource. As of December 2006, the following statement was issued by NASA based on satellite imagery. “Several African basins, such as the Congo, Zambezi and Nile, show significant drying over the past five years.”  A February 2010 headline from a newspaper in the Sudan read, Nile River Volume Decreases, The Problem To Local Communities.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Ethiopian_Renaissance_Dam

God can use the free will of humans to achieve His purpose. It does not mean He will.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 2022 Completion Date

Posted in Egypt/Nile River, Isaiah, Prophecy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 18, 2018 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:5-8 The waters from the sea will dry up, and the river will be parched and dry. The canals will emit a stench, the streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; the reeds and rushes will rot away. The bulrushes by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile and all the sown fields by the Nile will become dry, be driven away, and be no more. And the fishermen will lament, and all those who cast a line into the Nile will mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.

Yes, the Bible says the Nile River will go dry. This is part of the end time scenario leading up to the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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December 2018: Metal and Engineering Corporation (Metec) has been fired from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Metec is military run company. The main contractor for GERD project is Italy’s Salini Impregilo.

Salini Impregilo had filed complaints against Metec. As a result, the former chairman of Metec and other leaders were jailed for corruption with dam project.

“We have a plan to generate power from the first two units within the coming two years and then probably the dam will be completed in the year 2022,” Kifle Hora, GERD Construction Manager.

Click on video link for additional analysis and geography

Ethiopia is starting to reap the benefits of the GERD project. Ethiopia made $37 million during the first nine months of last year. The country exported 190 MW of power. Along with the Gilgel Gibe 3 project, Ethiopia is estimated to export more than 10,000 MW. Experts believe Ethiopia economy has the ability to export over 45,000 MW.

https://allafrica.com/stories/201812180552.html

BIG TIME $$$ is on the table. Do you think Ethiopia and neighboring consumers of the energy care if Egypt suffers the consequences of modern conveniences that electricity brings???

Is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam the reason for the Nile going dry in the end times? Will God use a drought or a combination with the dam? Time will tell. One thing is for sure, at some point in the future the Nile River will go dry. Economic calamity and social unrest will follow in Egypt. These events are the precursor to the return of a Savior. The story ends well…

Isaiah 19:20 It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.

Trend Update: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, January 2018

Posted in Egypt/Nile River, Isaiah, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , on January 4, 2018 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:5-8 The waters from the sea will dry up, and the river will be parched and dry. The canals will emit a stench, the streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; the reeds and rushes will rot away. The bulrushes by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile and all the sown fields by the Nile will become dry, be driven away, and be no more. And the fishermen will lament, and all those who cast a line into the Nile will mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.

Yes, the Bible says the Nile River will go dry. This is part of the end time scenario leading up to the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) construction continues on the Nile River. Construction of the dam is located in northwest Ethiopia. When finished, the GERD will be the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa. As of the summer of 2017, the project is estimated to be 60% complete. Once finished, it estimated to take 5-15 years for the reservoir to fill to capacity. There is no definitive timeline for the completion of the project.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Ethiopian_Renaissance_Dam

Egypt is calling for an independent third party to assist with negotiation of water rights for the Nile River. Egypt is admitting previous talks have failed. The World Bank is looking to be an intermediary in the discussions. The Egyptians have concerns about water loss. Proposal of dam in southeast Egypt is now in the works.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/egypt-ethiopia-sudan-gerd-shalateen-dam-water-talks-dispute.html?

 

Is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam the reason for the Nile going dry in the end times? Will God use a drought or a combination with the dam? Time will tell. One thing is for sure, at some point in the future the Nile River will go dry. Economic calamity and social unrest will follow in Egypt. These events are the precursor to the return of a Savior. The story ends well…

Isaiah 19:20 It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.

 

 

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Trend Update: Sudan Calls Russia For Help, December 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet…

And we have some movement on Magog’s southern front…

Genesis 2:13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush.

This is the first mention in the Bible of the land south of Egypt. The Hebrew word is Cush. It is translated as Cush or Ethiopia in the biblical text. It is a land in the southern Nile River valley. This is modern day Sudan.

See video link below for analysis and geography.

November 2017: Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to Sochi for a meeting. Sudan is asking for Russian protection against American aggression. The Sudan president is not exactly a choir boy in need of protection. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes.

al bashir“We are thankful to Russia for its position on the international arena, including Russia’s position in the protection of Sudan. We are in need of protection from the aggressive acts of the United States.” -Sudan President Omar al-Bashir

Bashir wants an arms deal with the Russians.

“We are currently launching a program to modernize our armed forces and we agreed with the defense minister that Russia will contribute to this,” Bashir indicated.

There was also a grain deal. Russia will sell 1 million tons of grain to Sudan.

“Sudan is a major buyer of our grain. We expect to increase the volume of grain sold to your market up to 1 million tons,” Vladimir Putin stated.

Beyond the grain, there is more to the story.

“Prospects are in place not merely in the hydrocarbons sector but also in the electric power industry and peaceful nuclear development.” -Russian President Vladimir Putin.

http://tass.com/economy/977080

http://www.france24.com/en/20171123-sudan-president-bashir-asks-putin-protection-aggressive-us

 

Russia has been in ancient Put or Libya since March 2017.

https://paulthepoke.com/2017/03/20/trend-update-russian-special-forces-in-libya-march-2017/

For those of you not familiar with the narrative, Ezekiel 37 has already happened in the mid 20th century. I would encourage all to read Ezekiel chapters 38-39. It appears to be on the verge of happening in the 21st century.

Magog’s gang is now complete and assembled, as promised by Ezekiel roughly 2,600 years ago…

 

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Trend Update: Isaiah 19:5-8 Nile River Dries Up

Posted in Isaiah, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:5-8 The waters from the sea will dry up, and the river will be parched and dry. The canals will emit a stench, the streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; the reeds and rushes will rot away. The bulrushes by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile and all the sown fields by the Nile will become dry, be driven away, and be no more. And the fishermen will lament, and all those who cast a line into the Nile will mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.

Trend update June 2013: Egypt and the Nile River

Here is an article that was published the other day. In light of Isaiah 19, this is curious at the least. Prophetically, the Nile River drying would be the next thing to happen in Egypt if Isaiah 19 is being fulfilled before our eyes. I don’t think it is any stretch to say there is social and political upheaval across Egypt. Isaiah does not say what causes the Nile to go dry. It could be drought. It could be this dam. It could be a combination of the two. It could be something else. The end result of Isaiah 19, a Savior and Champion is sent to bring eventual peace in the region and ultimately to the world. At any rate, this is an interesting read in light of Scripture. These are interesting times in our world.

‘No Nile, No Egypt’, Cairo Warns Over Ethiopia Dam

Shadia Nasralla

CAIRO | Sun Jun 9, 2013 2:42pm EDT

CAIRO(Reuters) – Egypt’s foreign minister, vowing not to give up “a single drop of water from the Nile”, said on Sunday he would go to Addis Ababa to discuss a giant dam that Ethiopia has begun building in defiance of Cairo’s objections.

Speaking to Egypt’s state news agency MENA two days after the Ethiopian government flatly rejected a request from Cairo to halt the project, Mohamed Kamel Amr said Egyptians view any obstacle to the river’s flow as a threat to national survival.

“No Nile – no Egypt,” he said, highlighting the pressure on the Egyptian government, whose popularity is wilting in the face of economic troubles, to prevent the hydro power plant cutting already stretched water supplies for its 84 million people.

Last week, Ethiopia summoned the Egyptian ambassador after politicians in Cairo were shown on television suggesting military action or supporting Ethiopian rebels – a mark of the threat felt in Cairo from the plan to dam the Blue Nile, the tributary that supplies the bulk of water downstream in Egypt.

“Egypt won’t give up on a single drop of water from the Nile or any part of what arrives into Egypt from this water in terms of quantity and quality,” Amr told MENA, noting that Egypt has little rain and is effectively desert without its great river.

Speaking at a news conference, he declined to detail the action Egypt might take next but noted Ethiopian assurances that Africa’s biggest hydro station would not cut water supplies.

“We have a plan for action, which will start soon,” Amr said. “We’ll talk to Ethiopia and we’ll see what comes of it.

“Ethiopia has said it will not harm Egypt, not even by a liter of water. We are looking at … this being implemented.”

Countries that share the Nile have long argued over the use of its waters, repeatedly raising fears that the disputes could eventually boil over into war. Egypt, struggling with a shortage of cash and bitter internal political divisions following a 2011 revolution, called on Ethiopia to stop work after engineers began diverting the course of the Blue Nile late last month.

The possible downstream effects of the $4.7-billion Grand Renaissance Dam, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, have been disputed and full details are unclear.

While letting water through such dams – of which Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia already have several – may not reduce its flow greatly, the filling of the reservoir behind any new dam means cutting the river’s flow for a time. Evaporation from reservoirs can also permanently reduce water flowing downstream.

Now 21 percent complete, the new dam on the Blue Nile will eventually have capacity of 6,000 megawatts and is central to Ethiopia’s plans to become Africa’s leading exporter of power.

Sudan, which borders Egypt and Ethiopia and also gets much of its water from the Nile, said it supported the project.

“The Grand Renaissance Dam brings many benefits and blessings for us,” Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman told reporters in Khartoum.

He gave no details, but Sudanese officials have said the dam will enable Ethiopia to export power to Sudan, a country with frequent outages and one of its closest allies in Africa.

(Editing by Alastair Macdonald, Tom Pfeiffer and Kevin Liffey)

 

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