Q. First I want to say thank you so much for your ministry. I have learned a great deal from you over the years. My question relates to Ezekiel 38 and Ethiopia. I have watched for many years as the pieces for Ezekiel 38 have fallen into place, the most recent of which has been Turkey. One thing I don’t get is why Ethiopia? From what I can tell, Ethiopia still has a Christian majority with only 1/3 of the population Muslim. What would Ethiopia have to gain by partaking in this alliance?
A. The name Ethiopia appears in some translations of Ezekiel 38:5 and in my opinion is not a reference to the current nation by that name. In Hebrew the word sometimes translated Ethiopia is Cush, which means black and probably stands for parts of black Africa. The same is true of Libya. There the Hebrew is Put, a region of northern Africa which includes but is not limited to Libya. By the way, neither of these references include Egypt, which is called Mizraim in Hebrew.