The King of Egypt?
a fierce king shall rule over them
By Craig C. White
Isaiah 19:4 tells us that in the last days Egypt will be ruled by a cruel lord; and a fierce king. These positions may be filled by two separate people.
Isaiah 19:4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
Ousted Egyptian President Morsi seems to fit Isaiah’s description of Egypt’s cruel lord. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was Egypt’s first Islamist president. He is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi believes in establishing an Islamic state in Egypt. He tried to give himself complete authority in the nation of Egypt. The cruel lord mentioned in verse 4 above could describe ousted Egyptian President Morsi in that he was obstinate, stiff necked, and stubborn. He legislated a stern Islamist agenda without compromise which got him ejected. Morsi may fit Isaiah’s description of Egypt’s cruel lord, but he may not fit the description of the fierce king. Below are the Strong’s Hebrew Bible Dictionary definitions of cruel lord and fierce king.
cruel: qasheh, kaw-sheh’
severe (in various applications): – churlish, cruel, grievous, hard ([-hearted], thing), heavy, + impudent, obstinate, prevailed, rough (-ly), sore, sorrowful, stiff ([-necked]), stubborn, + in trouble.
lord: adon adon, aw-done’, aw-done’
From an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, that is, controller (human or divine): – lord, master, owner. Compare also names beginning with “Adoni-”.
fierce: az, az
strong, vehement, harsh: – fierce, + greedy, mighty, power, roughly, strong.
king: melek, meh’-lek
a king: – king, royal.
We should pay attention to the term fierce king. The word translated king in Isaiah 19:4 is a Hebrew word meaning royalty. President Morsi may not fit this description. It could be that we are about to see a King rule over Egypt! I would like to make an observation. Saudi Arabia’s royal family has been very active in Egypt’s reorganization. Perhaps Egypt’s fierce king will come from Saudi Arabia.