Sunday, October 11, 2015

On Ezekiel 29:8-12

Here’s what I can say on the posted “defense” on some so-called “fulfilled Bible Prophecies.”

On Ezekiel 29:8-12
8 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will bring a sword against you and kill your men and their animals. 9 Egypt will become a desolate wasteland. Then they will know that I am the LORD. " 'Because you said, "The Nile is mine; I made it," 10 therefore I am against you and against your streams, and I will make the land of Egypt a ruin and a desolate waste from Migdol to Aswan, as far as the border of Cush. 11 No foot of man or animal will pass through it; no one will live there for forty years. 12 I will make the land of Egypt desolate among devastated lands, and her cities will lie desolate forty years among ruined cities. And I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries.

According to the apologist, “Ezekiel 29:8-12 was penned by Ezekiel “in the tenth year,” which is the tenth year after Ezekiel was taken into captivity-in other words 587 BC. Within a year of Ezekiel recording this prophecy Egypt abandoned Judah, allowing Nebuchadnezzar to destroy Jerusalem. Egypt remained independent for another two generations, but after Cyrus destroyed Babylon in 539 BC, his son Cambysses invaded Egypt in 522 BC, bringing devastation throughout Egypt. Herodotus (Herodotus 3:7-33) describes in detail the destruction of Egypt, the capture of Pharaoh Psammenitus and the devastation of Egypt, as prophesied by God through Ezekiel. Cambysses took Memphis and Sais, even killing the apis bull, shaming the Egyptians. Later, the Egyptians did regain their independence, but they were never again the world power they had been for more than two thousand years before this prophecy.

The date Ezekiel received the prophecy was "in the tenth year," which is the tenth year after Ezekiel was taken into captivity-in other words 587 BC." That's what he said...

Hahaha! Going around the bush but he failed to be direct to his point. There are 2 claims here... 1.) That Egypt was conquered by the Babylonians and 2.) That Egypt became desolate for 40 years. Both claims were not addressed.

Uhhh… well, the claim was that this passage refers to the Battle of Carchemish of 605 BCE., in which Nebuchadnezzar defeated the Egyptian army. But this is absurd, since that battle was before, not after, the siege of Tyre - which concluded around 573 BCE. The prophesy was  received in 571 BCE not 587 BCE (See: Ezekiel 1:1-2).  

Nebuchadnezzar launched an attack against the outskirts of Egypt  but there were no evidence that he conquered it. Also, Pharaoh Amasis remained in power from 568-525 BCE ruling over a prosperous kingdom, which brings to a point that Egypt never became desolate for 40 years. [J.E. Manchip White “Ancient Egypt: Its Culture and History” Dover Publications, 1970 p.200 ]

In other words, Ezekiel goofed out of his prophecy concerning Egypt.

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