Since the riots began in Egypt, one of the most frequent searches that has brought people to this blog is some combination of “Egypt,” “riot” and “prophecy.” In addition, I have been approached several times by people wanting to know if there is anything about the riots and the resignation of Mubarak in Biblical prophecy. It’s obviously a subject that a lot of students of the Bible are interested in.
The answer is not quite so simple to sum up.
We’ve looked before into the multiple ways any given passage of Scripture can be interpreted. There is the P’shat, or Plain Sense; the Remez, or “hint” of a deeper, spiritual, prophetic, or allegorical interpretation; the Drash, in which we “dig” deeper to understand the personal meaning of the text to us; and the Sod, or “secret,” esoteric, or kabbalistic meaning. I’ve also recently reposted an article I wrote a while ago showing how there can be multiple fulfillments of the same prophecy in preparation for the series I’m about to do now.
In short, there is no prophecy in Scripture that says anything so plainly as, “And there shall be great riots, and a despot shall be deposed to pave the way for the Antichrist.” Scripture only gives us that level of plainness on a few, specific threads of prophecy, like the general outline of the 70th Week, for example. Even in regards to an event as central to all of history as the Messiah’s sacrifice, we have only a couple of passages like Isaiah 53 that lay it out plainly; everything else is embedded in hints of past events like the Bindings of Isaac, the Feasts and the Exodus, or Psalms that originally referred to David’s plights and expectation of rescue. Yeshua’s own disciples were often confused even when He tried to explain His mission plainly because they had their own expectations built upon the seemingly much more plain prophecies of the Messiah’s triumph over the nations–and everyone who has ever tried to tell a Jew about Yeshua has run into the exact same point of confusion.
What this means is that we need to be very careful about bringing our own prophetic expectations and preconceptions in when trying to understand the times in which we live. Simply because we can see the red sky in the morning and can recognize the signs that our King’s return is close at hand does not mean that every single event that appears in the news is prophetic in nature. Joking aside, there was no reason to regard the Gulf oil spill as a fulfillment of the second trumpet of Revelation 9:8-9, as some started trumpeting it. In the same way, there is no direct reason to believe that Mubarak’s resignation–which, while astounding in how swiftly events unfolded, was hardly unique in Middle-eastern history–fulfills any specific prophecy.
And I say yet because, as I will show in this series, it is possible that Mubarak’s resignation could–let me repeat, could–lead into a scenario described in the Bible. It could also veer off into unknown territory. We aren’t in the 70th Week yet (despite the prognostications of some that I will be getting around to debunking in due time), so we do not have a firm timeline of events to go by just yet either. At least not one that this author has been able to determine yet.
In the near term, Mubarak’s resignation does have significant political importance for Israel, the United States, and the whole world, which is why I jumped on passing along the details as I learned of them. In retrospect, this was probably a mistake. The truth is that the last four years of my life have been devoted to yeshiva, to working on my book and the Hebrew Root website, and most importantly and time-consumingly, to learning how to become a husband and a father. I simply have not had the time to keep up on the news as well as I once did, and while I’m getting caught up, I cannot reach the level of expertise that many others have without sacrificing my first calling, which is teaching the Word.
Therefore, as I lay out the prophetic Scriptures regarding Egypt, I am going to do my best not to make predictions. I will lay out some possible scenarios, and I will undoubtedly succumb to the desire to link to news of the day that seems to tie in, but I trust that my readers will take all such speculation with a grain–or block–of salt.
- Blast From the Past: On Multiple Fulfillments of Prophecy (returnofbenjamin.wordpress.com)
- Carter’s Protege (returnofbenjamin.wordpress.com)
- Egypt Events: Bible Prophecy Update By A Popular American Christian Minister (alligatorfarm.wordpress.com)
- Protests and Rumors of Riots (returnofbenjamin.wordpress.com)