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Plain Truth Staff
Today, is not Egypt the most heavily populated nation in the Middle East? Yet in your booklet "Proof of the Bible" you quote Ezekiel 29:15 to show God said that He would diminish the Egyptians and make it a base kingdom. Has this prophecy been broken?
The Bible means what it says. Today, Egypt is populated mainly by Arabs, not Egyptians. The Egyptians, upon whom God pronounced this curse, are called Copts today. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Copt! in Egypt — not the Arabs — are the racial representatives of the ancient Egyptians. In the article "Copts" the Encyclopedia acknowledges: "... the Copts have undoubtedly preserved the race of the Egyptians as it existed at the time of the Arab conquest in remarkable purity." Further proof of this is found in the book The Nile by E.A. Wallis Budge. On page 331, he States: "The Copts are direct descendants from the ancient Egyptians." He further admits, on page 333: "The Coptic language is, at base, ancient Egyptian. Many of the nouns and verbs found in the Hieroglyphic texts remain unchanged In Coptic... " Notice how this ties in with the prophecy of Ezekiel 29:15. First of all, God said he would diminish the Egyptians — nor the Arabs who later invaded the country. When this prophecy was written by Ezekiel there were approximately 7,000,000 Egyptians or Copts. Today, there remain only one million. There are seven time! fewer Egyptians today than there were when this curse was pronounced. And not only chat! Only one out of every twenty-four inhabitants of Egypt is a true Egyptian! The rest are Arabs, the descendants of Ishmael, Abram's son. In their own country the descendants of the ancient Egyptians are outnumbered twenty-three to one by Arab foreigners who have come in and taken over the country. This prophecy further states that the Egyptians shall no more rule over the nations. This has been strikingly fulfilled! Almost every political office in Egypt is filled by an Arab. Gamal Abdel Nasser, ruler of Egypt, is an Arab. The Copts not only do not rule over the nations — they don't even rule in their own country. They were prophesied to be a base kingdom, a low, subservient people. Most of the Copts are scribes or handicraftsmen and in those capacities they serve the Arabs. They are low in every sense of tile word — even in their work. Most of the Copts have adopted a form of the "Christian" religion. In a Country that is almost entirely Moslem, this has caused them constant persecution. They are sneered at because of their religion. They are looked down upon because of their occupations. They have become a people cursed by God. As a final clincher, Ezekiel prophesied that the Egyptians would return, after being led into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, into the land of Pathros (verse 4). Pathros is in Upper Middle Egypt. The majority of the Copts live in UPPER MIDDLE EGYPT! There is even a village named Coptos located 25 miles northeast of Thebes. This prophecy has been fulfilled, point by point — exactly as Ezekiel prophesied! THE SCRIPTURE CANNOT BE BROKEN!