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. It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
We have seen some incredible events in the last several months, a successful revolution in Egypt and much of the middle east in social upheaval. These recent revolutions have been largely led by the young people of these nations. Their dissatisfaction with their status quo has been fueled by the internet over the last several years and communicated and organized by the social network phenomenon. When people get a whiff of a better life, there is no stoping their desires to attain that life. That brings us to the underlying reality below the surface of these social changes, actually it brings us to the underlying real purpose of these events. The Bible clearly teaches that the Lord raises up political leaders and brings them down to fulfill His ultimate purposes. What is the real purpose behind these revolutions? Unbeknown to the participants, the Lord’s plan in these nations is spiritual awakening. In today’s scripture passage the Lord describes a prophetic day when the Assyrians and the Egyptians would worship together. When Isaiah spoke of Egypt and Assyria, he was speaking of the entire middle east. Could that be possible? Absolutely! Just as the iron curtain fell in a day, followed by an incredible season of evangelism and church planting, the middle east is beginning to swing it’s doors open which will result in one of the greatest harvests of souls our world has ever seen. The Lord will make “the Assyrians” and the “Egyptians” a sign and a wonder to His amazing grace.
What an amazing time to be a Christian. We have all wondered what it would have been like to live on earth when Christ was here, or maybe during the Great Awakening at one of George Whitefield’s meetings, or maybe at the Azusa Street Revival. Any of those times would have been great, but this season could prove to be the greatest spiritual upheaval our world has ever seen. What should I do, look up your redemption is drawing near.