Egypt’s 40 Year Desolation

Q. Your article on ‘confirming the sequence of end time events’ with the Psalm 83 prophecy really interested me. I found that the same nations mentioned in Psalm 83 were also prophesied against in Ezekiel chapter 25-26. In Ezekiel 29 is a judgment against Egypt and in verse 11 it declares that Egypt will not be inhabited for 40 years. I am interested in how this would fit in with the end time events and your thoughts on the timing of the rapture. Could this mean that there will have to be at least 40 more years after it’s destruction till the 7 year tribulation period?

A. The prophecies of Ezekiel 25-26 were fulfilled when Babylon conquered the known world in the 6th Century BC, but Psalm 83 has never been fulfilled in the manner described. While Egypt was given to Nebuchadnezzar as a reward for his efforts to destroy Tyre (Ezek. 29:18-19) there’s no record of Egypt ever being made desolate for 40 years like the previous verses say.  Therefore this prophecy awaits a future fulfillment.  There’s an indication in Zechariah 14:16-19 that this will happen to Egypt during the Millennium. That being the case, it will not delay either the coming of the rapture or Daniel’s 70th Week which follows.

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