Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 29

Chapters 29 thru 32 cover prophecies against the country of Egypt and the Pharaoh.

Yechezk'el 29:1-2 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth of the month, the word of the L-RD came to me saying, "Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt.

Judgment on Egypt - Seven prophesies

The corresponding seventh Hebrew letter to this chapter is Zayin- focal point of sustenance and struggle.

Yechezk'el 29:3-6 "Speak and say, 'Thus says the L-rd G-D, "Look, I am against you, Pharaoh, king of Egypt, The great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, That has said, 'My Nile is mine, and I myself have made it.' "And I shall put hooks in your jaws, and I shall make the fish of your rivers cling to your scales. And I shall bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, and all the fish of your rivers will cling to your scales. "And I shall abandon you to the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers; you will fall on the open field; you will not be brought together or gathered. I have given you for food to the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the sky. "Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the L-RD, because they have been only a staff made of reed to the house of Israel.

Monster - Some versions state dragon or sea serpent. The Nile was known for its crocodiles. The Egyptians worshiped the crocodile. The Hebrew word is "Tanniyn" - some believe that this word could be best translated as dinosaur.

A "reed" is not very sturdy. It can only hold up very small birds. In his pride Pharaoh was taking all the credit for creating his kingdom. Sheeesh! Do you take all the credit for what you have in your life? Do you look down on others that are not as successful in this world as you? Instead try thinking: "There but by the grace of G-d go I." Many of those that are first in this life will be last in the next.

Putting hooks in a persons jaw was a very cruel method used by some of Israel's captors to take them away in captivity. It was also mentioned how HaShem can handle the leviathan in the book of Job. G-d would do the same to Egypt.

Job 41:1-10 "Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord? "Can you put a rope in his nose? Or pierce his jaw with a hook? "Will he make many supplications to you? Or will he speak to you soft words? "Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him for a servant forever? "Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your maidens? "Will the traders bargain over him? Will they divide him among the merchants? "Can you fill his skin with harpoons, or his head with fishing spears? "Lay your hand on him; remember the battle; you will not do it again! "Behold, your expectation is false; Will you be laid low even at the sight of him? "No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him; who then is he that can stand before Me?

Yechezk'el 29:7-9 "When they took hold of you with the hand, you broke and tore all their hands; and when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their loins quake." 'Therefore, thus says the L-rd G-D, "Look, I shall bring upon you a sword, and I shall cut off from you man and beast. "And the land of Egypt will become a desolation and waste. Then they will know that I am the L-RD. Because you said, 'The Nile is mine, and I have made it,'

"They will know that I am the L-rd" is repeated over again.

Yechezk'el 29:10-12 therefore, look, I am against you and against your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from Migdol to S'venah (Syene) and even to the border of Ethiopia. "A man's foot will not pass through it, and the foot of a beast will not pass through it, and it will not be inhabited for forty years. "So I shall make the land of Egypt a desolation in the midst of desolated lands. And her cities, in the midst of cities that are laid waste, will be desolate forty years; and I shall scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands."

Again we see that pride is the downfall of the Egyptians. Many think that certain blessings from G-d came from their own hands or effort alone. All good things on the earth, the seed, the water, and what it provides, come from the L-rd. Egypt worshipped many gods including the Pharaoh, who in his pride, considered that all his wealth and power was his doing. Israel had looked to them as an ally.

Yechezk'el 29:13-16 ' For thus says the L-rd G-D, "At the end of forty years I shall gather the Egyptians from the peoples among whom they were scattered. "And I shall turn the fortunes of Egypt and shall make them return to the land of Patros (Pathros), to the land of their origin; and there they will be a lowly kingdom. "It will be the lowest of the kingdoms; and it will never again lift itself up above the nations. And I shall make them so small that they will not rule over the nations. "And it will never again be the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing to mind the iniquity of their having turned to Egypt. Then they will know that I am the L-rd G-D."' "

They never again became as great a nation as they had been at this time. For Israel to turn for help to another nation instead of HaShem was sin. Today many turn to America or to the nations for help instead of the L-rd. What about you? Do you turn to the government for help instead of HaShem. If we do this is sin. We can say G-d bless America, but does America's leaders bless the one true G-d. Governments, leaders, and man will fail us, only the Messiah Yeshua won't. The L-rd turned over Egypt to N'vukhadretzar (Nebuchadnezzar) of Bavel (Babylon). If this country continues on its current path, whom will it be turned over to?

Yechezk'el 29:17-21 Now in the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the word of the L-RD came to me saying, "Son of man, N'vukhadretzar (Nebuchadnezzar) king of Bavel (Babylon) made his army labor hard against Tyre; every head was made bald, and every shoulder was rubbed bare. But he and his army had no wages from Tyre for the labor that he had performed against it." Therefore, thus says the L-rd G-D, "Look, I shall give the land of Egypt to N'vukhadretzar (Nebuchadnezzar) king of Bavel (Babylon). And he will carry off her wealth, and capture her spoil and seize her plunder; and it will be wages for his army. "I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor which he performed, because they acted for Me," declares the L-rd G-D. "On that day I shall make a horn sprout for the house of Israel, and I shall open your mouth in their midst. Then they will know that I am the L-RD."