Isaiah 19:16-20:6

Feb 15, 2024    Pastor Daryl Zachman

“In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border. And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.” (Isaiah 19:19–20, NKJV)

Sometimes people think that Jesus Christ is only for Christians and Jews. But the truth is that He is the eternal Word who made all things (John 1:1-3); He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16); every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).

Egypt had been a perennial enemy of Israel. And yet on multiple occasions the Jews turned to Egypt for help, but it never worked out. Egypt was like a staff made of reed, and whenever Israel leaned on him, he broke and tore Israel’s shoulders (Ezekiel 26:6-7). But during the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist will attack Egypt, and they will cry out to the LORD. Then He will send Jesus Christ to make war against the Antichrist and defeat him (Rev. 19:11-21). In the millennial kingdom, Egypt will turn to the LORD. They will even erect an altar in the middle of Egypt as a sign and witness to the LORD of heaven’s armies.

Today Jesus calls us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). Some people treat this more as a suggestion than a commandment. Some people seem to be ashamed to share the gospel or think that there is some other agenda the church ought to be pursuing. I don’t know what Bible they are reading! In the future, all creatures great and small will worship the Lord Jesus Christ. Our job is to call them to believe in Jesus now and confess Him as their Lord and Savior. But many will refuse and face Him as Judge later. They will be cast into the furnace of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50). The only Good News God has given us is to proclaim Jesus Christ to a broken and lost world. This is humanity’s only hope!

Do I know Jesus Christ? Am I making Him known?