Suez Canal In prophecy


    “And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian Sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod” – (Is.11:15).

   “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem – (Zach.12:2).

   And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel” – (Is.27:12).


   The Suez Canal is a major factor in the instability of the Mid-east. It’s a major factor in making Israel a cup of trembling to the world today. God created Israel and the world exactly the way He wanted and placed the mouth of the Red Sea in a strategic place to fulfill end-time prophecy. The Suez Canal is an International Waterway where the ships of the world do their commerce. Big, big money is involved with the shipping through this canal, with the oil tankers of the Mideast oil states, being most important. Oil is the real reason for both of our Persian Gulf wars with Babylon-Iraq. The Suez Canal crisis has already cost Israel two wars and will be a part of the final war of Armageddon just before the Lord Jesus comes back.


    Here at the Suez Canal in the Mideast, at the world’s oldest crossroads, the fates of east and west have stumbled together in war twice in half a century – (in 1956 and 1967). We need to understand the importance of the Suez Canal in order to fully understand end-time prophecies, as Armageddon and the nuclear destruction of the world looms ever closer. The Suez Canal, built in 1864, opened up to Europe a new route to East Africa, South and East Asia and Oceania. By using the Canal, instead of sailing all the way around Africa, resulted in saving up to 6000 miles. This faster turnaround for ships, doubled and tripled their performance and their profits, especially for oil tankers. The Suez Canal is 100 miles long and joins the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. It’s right where Goshen was and where the Israelites dwelt in Egypt.


   Israel became a nation again on May 15, 1948. On that day, armies from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attacked the new state of Israel; but Israel won the war. Tiny David conquered the Arab Goliath once again. In 1956, Egypt seized control of the Suez Canal which had been under international control since 1869. Israel, along with Britain and France, attacked Egypt in October and seized the Canal back, but the U.N. made them withdraw. Egypt was allowed to keep the Canal but was forced to pay 81 million for it.


   The Suez Canal treaty in 1888 guaranteed for all time, freedom of passage through the canal for all ships of all nations in peace and war. Yet despite the treaty, Egypt denied Israel the use of the canal in 1950 – the only nation prohibited from using the canal. So when Egypt seized control of the Canal in July 1956, Israel went to war in an effort to restore control of the waterway.


   The 1956 Suez Canal War was dress rehearsal for the 1967 war. In both wars it came close to detonating WWIII. Israel drove the Egyptians out of the Sinai all the way to the Suez Canal during the 1967 war. The Canal was part of the eastern border of Israel from 1967 to 1979. When Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979, Israel gave all the Sinai land back to Egypt. Egypt closed the canal to all shipping from 1967-1979 and after the treaty with Israel opened the canal to shipping again and it’s been open now for 26 years.


    The events leading up to the final battle of Armageddon will have to include the Suez Canal again. Israel will have to stop the enemy ships from using the canal to attack Israel. The 1956 and 1967 canal wars between Israel and the Arabs are dress rehearsal for Armageddon – amen. But the Lord Jesus will fight for Israel then – (Zach.12:8 and 14:3).


   In (Is.11) we see more concerning the great tribulation and the millennial rule of Jesus Christ. (Verse 10) says that the greater David, the root of Jesse, the Lord Jesus, will reign not just over Israel but the whole world of Gentiles as well. Those who were saved by Christ shall rule and reign with Him because they believed the gospel of the kingdom. (Verses 10-12) shows the recovery of the Jews from their dispersal around the world back to Israel and this is going on today. This is the ‘second time’ (vs.11) not the first return from Babylon but the second time after their defeat by the Romans in 70 A.D.


   In (vs.15) we see the Lord Jesus at His second coming at Armageddon, destroying the ‘tongue of the Egyptian Sea’ (That’s the Suez Canal part of the Red Sea) and with His mighty wind dry up the Red Sea and maybe also the Nile River in Egypt and the Jews will go over dry shod like in the days of the Exodus when Moses and the Israelites were attacked by the Egyptian army and the Lord brought a wind to open up the Red Sea for Israel and then drowned the whole Egyptian army. But certainly the Suez Canal part of the Red Sea can be called a river. At the completion of the 10 plagues of Egypt, God parted the Red Sea and at the end of the Great Tribulation plagues the Lord Jesus will show the same miraculous power to allow Israel to totally conquer Egypt.


   It is written in (Zach.10:10-12) “I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them. And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away. And I will strengthen them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord.” I believe this speaks also of the Lord Jesus drying up the Suez Canal for Israel to go over dry shod into Egypt during the battle of Armageddon.


   Port Said is an Egyptian port at the mouth of the Red Sea on the Suez Canal. Administration headquarters for the Suez Canal are there. Men building the canal founded Port Said in 1859. It is named after Khedive Said who gave the approval to dig. But it is the Lord who really gave the word to build the Suez Canal. It was built because God’s Word ‘said’ it would be built. God’s Word is quick and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword. God created the heaven and the earth by His word. Nine times in (Genesis 1) it is written – “And God said… and it was so.”


   The other port west of Port Said is Alexandria, Egypt. This is where the corrupt Bible text from Origen originated. The vile Vaticanus and Sinaiticus manuscripts of the Catholic Church come from this corrupt Alexandrian text. We have the true Word of God in the King James Bible translated from the ‘Received Text’ which is the infallible, inerrant, preserved Word of God. But I’m drawing your attention to the word ‘Said’ and God’s Word – “And God said; and it was so.” The Suez Canal was built because God would use it to make Israel a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone for all people and be a major cause of Armageddon and Israel will go over dry shod with God’s wind again.


   In (Rev.16:12,16) the true cause of Armageddon is plainly told us – it’s a war over water – the Euphrates river dries up. (See my tract ‘Armageddon - the War over Water’). The water in the Suez Canal will be just another attack upon Israel by destroying her water. Except this doesn’t concern drinking water but shipping water. Ships and shipping lanes are always a main target during war. The world’s armies will surround and lay siege and isolate Israel and then the Lord Jesus comes back as a man of war to save her from her enemies.


   But the great and dreadful day of the Lord has not come yet. It’s because “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy” – (Ps.145:8). We are still in the day of grace and not yet in His day of wrath when the whole world burns with fire – (2 Pet.3:10) and God’s longsuffering is because He wants more to be saved. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” – (2 Pet.3:9).


   The final gospel call is being given today by God’s preachers. (Rev.22:17) says – “And the Sprit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”


   Jesus Christ is the water of everlasting life. This is the most important water that we need to concern ourselves with. Be thirsty for eternal life. “And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely” – (Rev.21:6). You need to be born again of the Hoy Sprit. Repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus in your heart for forgiveness of sins and you will be saved. God loved you so much that He sent His beloved Son to die for you on the cross as your sin offering sacrifice. Don’t reject God’s amazing grace. Believe God’s infallible Word – “And God said… and it was so.”


   Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705



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