Thoughts on what is happening with the Coptic Christians. (Coptic = Egyptian)
…19In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD near its border. 20It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them. 21Thus the LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the LORD and perform it.…
I read this not too long ago when ISIS beheaded the Copts in Libya. It hit me like a truck. There’s something special about the Copts that I can’t quite put my finger on. They’re similar to the Jews in that they stand surrounded…defiant…and yet they don’t flinch. I love and admire them for that. What courage and devotion.
It doesn’t get any clearer than this verse. At some point God gets tired of this and he intervenes. In verse 23 it goes on to say that Egypt and Assyria will be connected, and that the Assyrians will go to Egypt for protection and to worship alongside them. In verse 24 it says that Israel, Egypt and Assyria will be a “blessing in the midst of the earth”.
Both Copts and Assyrians are being persecuted today. How much more tragic for the Assyrians. They barely survived one genocide at the hands of the Ottomans, and now they’re experiencing it all over again.