Enemies or Friends of God?

Isaiah 19:23-25

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.  In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.  The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”

This passage from the book of Isaiah is a bit strange and obscure and isn’t studied often.  It is a prophecy that Egypt and Assyria will one day be saved alongside of Israel.  Prophetically speaking, the groundwork has already been laid with a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel in 1979.  Assyria covers parts of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, none of which are friendly towards Israel however.

Jesus instructs us to pray for our enemies and this passage is a testimony as to why.  No person, family, or country is so far gone that God cannot touch them and bring them to salvation.

It is a true testimony to God when people who were hopelessly lost are found worshipping the Lord.  Josh McDowell writes of his father, the town drunk, becoming transformed at the end of his life. The transformation was so apparent that over 100 people in the community gave their lives to Christ in the last 14 months of his dad’s life because they saw what God had done to change the life of the town drunk.

There is no greater testimony to the power of God than to worship next to someone who used to be an enemy.  There is no person who is so lost that God can’t grab hold of them and turn their life around.

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