© 15 September 2017 Revive Israel Ministries
Reawakened Assyria, ‘Kexit’ and the Coming New Middle East
Many people today consider the Middle East hopeless darkness! However, Isaiah 19:23-25 speaks of a physical highway, connecting Egypt to Israel to Assyria – three nations worshipping together, a ‘blessing’, dispelling the darkness.
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.” - Isaiah 19:23-25
For Israel, God will raise up Egypt and Assyria as a buffer between us and less friendly neighbours!
What Egypt and Israel are is clear! ‘Assyria’ sounds like modern day Syria and so it is easy to conclude the two are the same. However, Syria was only established in the 20th Century, with its capital, Damascus, inside greater Biblical Israel (Genesis 15:18), whose northern border was the Euphrates River.
Assyria was an aggressive ancient empire from Isaiah’s time! The map below shows its larger extent in green and the area in purple its core. So who lives in that area today?
Compare with the map below, showing the habitation of the ethnic Kurdish people, located in present day North Iraq (5 million), North-West Iran (8 million), Eastern Turkey (18 million) and North Syria (2 million):
Map indicating Kurdish populated cities [theKurdishproject.org].
There is clearly a correlation between the geography of ancient Assyria and today’s 30 million plus Kurds, the world’s largest ethnic group without a recognised state. So are there any more indicators which might suggest that the Kurds are the reawakened ‘worshipping’ ‘Assyrians’?
Kurdish historic origins are ambiguous, their territory overlapping that of the ancient Medes and also incorporating that of present day Assyrian Christians. However their current geography, unity and aspirations are clear.
God describes the reawakened end-time Assyria as ‘my handiwork’ in Isaiah 19:25. A different term is used for Egypt, ‘my people’ and for Israel, ‘my inheritance’. Handiwork indicates something created, requiring design, endeavour and a process of formation.
Personally I count myself privileged to have a number of Kurdish friends and await expectantly what God will do amongst them.
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