I was excited to read of the future of some cities in Egypt, while doing a daily read in Isaiah today.
Isaiah 19: 18 reads:
On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan (which is HEBREW) and swear loyalty to the LORD of Hosts. One of the cities will be called the City of the Sun. – HCSB(NIV, NLT, ISV AND DRB and others have the translation “The City of the SUN”)
I often google search Biblical names of places to compare the Biblical names with current names, to read the history, and to find the geography of places that I read about in the Bible, and so I was surprised to see that “THE CITY OF THE SUN” is a name still currently used for a City in Egypt.
I found the City written about in EGYPT TODAY in an Article entitled, “A New Dawn for the City of the Sun?” The Article can be read HERE.
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Egypt Today Article entitled:
“A New Dawn for the City of
the Sun?” July 2012
19- On that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the center of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the LORD near her border.20- It will be a sign and witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, He will send them a savior and leader, and he will rescue them.21- The LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and Egypt will know the LORD on that day. They will offer sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the LORD and fulfill them. 22 - The LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing. Then they will return to the LORD and He will hear their prayers and heal them.23- On that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. Assyria will go to Egypt, Egypt to Assyria, and Egypt will worship with Assyria.24- On that day Israel will form a triple alliance with Egypt and Assyria–a blessing within the land. 25- The LORD of Hosts will bless them, saying, “Egypt My people, Assyria My handiwork, and Israel My inheritance are blessed.”
In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction - ESV (NASB, KJV, ASV, YLT and others have the translation “The City of DESTRUCTION”)
In the time of the major prophets, Isaiah made a reference to the City of the Sun as one of the five cities of Egypt that would come to speak Hebrew. However he made a wordplay on “city of the sun” (’ir hašemeš) by writing ’ir haheres which literally means “city of destruction”.These play of words were a prophetic description later reinforced by both Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The Hebrew name, Beth-shemesh, whereBeth means “house” and shemesh means “Sun” was also used to describe Heliopolis by Jeremiah. He prophesied this city’s fate specifically when he declared that the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, would shatter the obelisks of Heliopolis and burn the temple of the sun in fire.Jeremiah’s contemporary Ezekiel, reinforced this message by saying that the “young men of Aven (or Beth-Aven) would fall by the sword”. Like Isaiah, Ezekiel also made a word play on the original Hebrew name of Heliopolis that was used in the time of Joseph, the city of On.
Indeed, Heliopolis was almost entirely destroyed as described in a Tour Egypt Article and elsewhere, which also shows us that God’s Words will always be fulfilled. All of them. Shouldn’t you therefore prepare yourself to meet the predicted returning Lord Jesus Christ?
18- But what God predicted through the mouth of all the prophets–that His Messiah would suffer–He has fulfilled in this way.
19 - Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
20 - and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah.
21- Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning.
22 - Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you.
23 - And everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people.