Isaiah 19 Egypt in Prophecy, Part 5
The next 3 verses of Isaiah 19 troubled me (i.e. Brother George) for weeks. To get the [jest of the]
context we will read [the next] 5 verses, notice as we read that we have 3 more references to “In
That Day” – the Day of the Lord’s Second Presence. (Beginning at Verse 18, as taken from the NAS
Verses 18-22 “In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of
Canaan and swearing allegiance to the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.
In 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. And it 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. Thus 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. And the LORD will strike Egypt, striking but
healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them.”
Verse 21 (highlighted in red) shows what happens after the trouble, after the [Lord strikes in order to
heal, referred to in Verse 22]
[It is by or through God’s striking and subsequent healing of Egypt that he] will [be] revealed
(made known) in all his fullness to Christendom in the Kingdom – with the TRUTH of His character
and Plan, and Christendom will finally know the true understanding of the Lord – “In That Day”-
referring to [the] period of Kingdom blessing when they will offer “sacrifices and make a vow” of
consecration to righteousness and will perform it.
We now come back to Verse 18
“In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and
swearing allegiance to the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.”
Verse 18’s reference to “In That Day” also seems to refer to the Mediatorial Reign of blessing for it
speaks of five cities in Egypt “who will speak the language of Canaan and will swear allegiance to
Speaking the language of Canaan would seem to refer to speaking or proclaiming the language
of the Kingdom [the truth] when they will swear, or vow allegiance to the Lord which as we saw
in Verse19 will be [during] the time the Great Pyramid will be a witness to mankind.
But what puzzled me [first] for weeks was, what was meant by the “5 Cities in Egypt” or
Christendom, who would speak (comprehend, i.e. understand) this language of Canaan – and then it,
adds, “One will be called the City of Destruction.” [What is the significance of this?] We’ll come
back to this shortly.
The second troubling portion had to do with Verses 19 and 20, which we [all] recognize refers to the
Great Pyramid of Giza.
“In that day there will be an altar (a memorial stone) to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt
and a pillar to the LORD near its border.”
In our past studies in Volume 3 of the Studies in the Scriptures Series, we have seen how the Great
Pyramid [indeed] is the memorial referred to and how it is [as stated, located] in the Midst of literal Egypt
and at the same time at its Border. [Likewise] we see how the Great Pyramid [as a collaborative
witness to the written testimony] is the Bible in Stone – a memorial outlining for us the plan of
But in [our] study we have [also been made aware of] how all the rest of this 19th chapter regarding
Egypt has a symbolic meaning and is a prophecy regarding Christendom.
So what could this altar be that’s in the middle of Christendom and at the same time at its
border? We’ll come back to this too shortly.
Let’s consider the first puzzling question.
WHAT is pictured by 5 cities in the Kingdom that will speak the language of Canaan?
In addition to this question, notice the difference in translation of the last phrase as found in the NE
“When that day comes there shall be five cities in Egypt speaking the language of Canaan and
swearing allegiance to the LORD of Hosts, and one of them shall be called the City of the Sun.”
In one instance it is called the “City of Destruction”, and in the other the “City of the Sun.”
Almost all translations have a marginal reference or footnote saying it is one or the other. Commentators
can’t be sure which is correct for some ancient manuscripts have it one way – some the other.
The difference amounts to a tiny extension of one line in one Hebrew character.
It would seem reasonable that the correct translation should be “City of the Sun” because the
context is referring to the time of enlightenment in the Kingdom when man will “swear allegiance
to the Lord.”
But still what are these 5 cities that will speak forth the language of the Kingdom?
We probed various possibilities but nothing seemed to gel. But then one day we were reading the 3rd
Volume where Bro. Russell brought out how the Great Pyramid had 5 Cornerstones – 4 base
cornerstones plus one top cornerstone. While reading this quote we recalled the scripture of 5 cities
speaking the language of Canaan. We wondered – 5 cities – 5 cornerstones. Could there be a
But how could 5 cities equate with 5 cornerstones? We decided to look up the word for “cities” in
“Cities” Strong’s # 5892; a place guarded by a Watch
The word “cities”, according to Gesenius, (Hebrew Chaldee Lexicon) a place guarded by a Watch
Our heart leaped. That was the Answer!
The 5 cities were really referring to 5 places, which were guarded by 5 watchtowers – the 5
cornerstones of the Pyramid.
[Read Verses 18 and 19 again].
Verse 18 “[When that day comes] there shall be five cities in Egypt speaking the language of
Canaan and swearing allegiance to the LORD of Hosts, and one of them shall be called the City of
Verse 19 “[When that day comes] there shall be an altar to the LORD in the heart of Egypt, and
a sacred pillar set up for the LORD upon her frontier.”
Note that Verse 18 is immediately followed in the next Verse (19) by reference to the Great
Pyramid, which has 5 cornerstones.
What do cornerstones picture? Recall who where the cornerstones of Christendom in Isaiah 19:
“The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly; the princes of Memphis (Noph) are deluded; those
who are the cornerstone of her tribes have led Egypt astray.”
If you will recall, Memphis was the foremost sacred city of Egypt with its many shrines to their Gods,
typifying Christendom with its many false Gods or systems of worship. Thus the Princes of Memphis
pictured the religious leaders of Christendom, those who were to be the Cornerstones to the people,
having the responsibility of watching over, guiding, [and] directing the spiritual welfare of Christendom;
instead they went astray with false doctrine.
Who will be the cornerstones in the Kingdom arrangement [“When that day comes”]? Surely not
these unfaithful and deluded guides, but rather, Jesus and the Church! Pictured by the 4 base
cornerstones (four cities) and the one top cornerstone, which will be called the "Watchtower of the Sun"
[or “City of the Sun”], all five cornerstones guarding, [guiding] and watching over mankind as it were –
to help and see that all will conform to the angles or principals of the Kingdom arrangement.
To be continued.
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