“In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a savior, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.” Isaiah 19:19-20 (KJV)
This once obscure prophecy in Isaiah has been receiving much attention lately in mainstream Christian circles. Dr. Mark L. Bailey, the President of Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas Texas uses it to prove his belief that today’s Egyptian Revolution, which began in February 2011, will lead to a rejection of Islam in Egypt and a national acceptance of Christianity. Pastor Rob Bell, part of the growing emergent church movement and Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids Michigan, quotes this prophecy in his book “Love Wins.” Pastor Bell uses Isaiah’s prophecy to prove his belief that the salvation of mankind will be much broader in scope than most Christians expect. However popular this once obscure prophecy has now become, both of these men see the “altar” and “pillar” of this prophecy as something that will be erected in the future. Neither of them see the Great Pyramid as the important tool that unlocks this prophecy. Nor do they see the beautiful Divine Plan of the Ages displayed (but hidden for now) in its passage system. But without the Great Pyramid, this prophecy falls flat.
The concept that God would save people who don’t believe in Jesus, as this prophecy states, is diametrically opposed to Christian evangelical beliefs. The fact is, this small but now increasingly powerful prophecy does not fit anywhere in the theology of mainstream Christianity. Whether taken individually or within the text of the entire chapter of Isaiah 19, some imaginative juggling of modern church doctrine is required to accommodate the powerful concept of the salvation of the Egyptian people. Fortunately for us, this problem is not a problem with our understanding of the scriptures and the Ransom for All. Bible Students have seen the Great Pyramid as the missing piece of this prophetic puzzle for almost 150 years.
This article is the first in a ten part series on the Great Pyramid of Egypt and its fulfillment as the key element of the prophecy in Isaiah 19:19-20. The Great Pyramid is indeed the most beautiful and comprehensive witness to the LORD of Hosts and we will examine it in detail in future articles. For now however, let us examine this prophecy thoroughly by examining thirteen keys in this scripture. By doing so, we will lay a sure foundation for our faith and for the future articles.
“In that day” – This is a prophetic “time-stamp” indicating the time when this prophecy will be fulfilled. The day referred to is the day spoken about in the previous eighteen verses; the End Times; when God will reveal himself to the world through his mighty power. This is a prophecy that is not relevant to any other time in history but today.
“an altar” – Some scholars have dismissed the Great Pyramid theory because it is certainly not an altar for animal sacrifices. However, at the end of the Jewish Age, Jesus’ Ransom sacrifice obsoleted animal sacrifices, making were no longer necessary to provide atonement for sin. Therefore, actual animal sacrifices can not be indicated here. Rather, the use of the word “altar” indicates that the Great Pyramid will indeed be a meeting place between God and man but where the sacrifices of a meek and contrite heart will reinitialize mankind’s individual relationships with the heavenly government during the Millennial Age Kingdom of blessing for all. Psa. 51:10-13
“LORD” Jehovah. The Creator of the Universe whose attributes are Wisdom, Justice, Power and Love and who has a just and loving plan for mankind.
“in the midst of the land of Egypt” – The first of two geographic conditions fulfilled by the Great Pyramid; a) It sits between the ancient division of Upper and Lower Egypt, and b) It sits in the middle of the geodetic focus of the Nile Delta’s natural quadrant. Amazingly, the base diagonals of the Great Pyramid enclose the Nile Delta in a perfect 90° quadrant. See Diagram below. (see diagram)
“a pillar” – The use of the hebrew word “matstsebah indicates that it will be a “memorial stone” and it will have a commemorative purpose. This same word is used in the Bible to commemorate both a Covenant and a person, Gen. 31:44-48, 35:20. Speculation on the purpose of this “memorial stone” is not necessary since later in the same verse it indicates it will be “to the LORD.” This “memorial stone” is to commemorate God, who claims to be the Creator of the Universe.
“at the border” – This is the second of two geographic conditions fulfilled by the Great Pyramid. While each condition would seem to contradict the other as a feature of any building, the Great Pyramid fulfills both prophetic requirements elegantly. The Great Pyramid is in the village of Giza which means “border” in Arabic. Therefore it sits in both the middle of Egypt and at its border.
“it shall be” – A reiteration of “In that day” in v.19, pointing to a future date (today) when the prophecy will be fulfilled.
“a sign” – the use of the Hebrew word “owth” indicates the Great Pyramid will be a signal, a metaphor that will point to the Lord of hosts, God, the Creator of the Universe.
“a witness” – the use of the Hebrew word “ed” indicates that the Great Pyramid will be a “testimony” or “recorder”. It will have a story to tell.
“unto the LORD of hosts” – Literally, this phrase means the “unto the self Existent Jehovah who is in charge of armies.” If the Great Pyramid is to fulfill this prophecy, it must be a signal, a testimony/recorder that not only points to the mighty Creator of the Universe but also tells his story…the same story he told in the Bible.
“in the land of Egypt” – Does this refer to the literal land of Egypt or symbolic Egypt…the world of mankind? Both, it has double significance as indicated by the inclusiveness of v.25 later in the chapter.
“they shall cry unto the LORD” – Today we see very few turn to God for help. This refers to a future time when mankind’s hearts will be turned to God, Zeph. 3:8-9. God will then use the Great Pyramid as a teaching metaphor to demonstrate his plan of salvation…set in stone in early times.
“savior” – Another prophetic “time-stamp” which indicates the day in which this prophecy is to be fulfilled…the day when the Savior (Jesus Christ) will deliver the whole world of mankind from the bondage of sin and death.
In less than two verses, the Prophet Isaiah answers the questions; Who, What, When, Where and Why of this prophecy in journalistic detail.
What: A Memorial Stone.
When: In the End Times.
Where: In the middle and border of Egypt.
Why: To witness of God’s plan for mankind.
How: Through metaphor, similar to Jesus’ Parables and the book of Revelation.
The Great Pyramid is prophesied to be a physical device, a metaphor that will demonstrate God’s wisdom and power recorded in ancient times in the Bible and promised to be revealed in our modern day. The Isaiah prophecy reveals the Great Pyramid to be an ancient metaphor that God promised would speak to His people in modern times. God promised that the Great Pyramid would not come alive and speak until our day. He also promised that the Great Pyramid would reveal something about His character. The message of the Great Pyramid is revealed to be both sublime and powerful and has had a life-changing effect on all people who understand its sacred meaning.
While God is powerful enough to create the Universe, he is also small enough to pay attention to us as individuals and live in our hearts. In the coming articles, we will examine how intricately God communicated details of his Divine Plan of the Ages in this wonderful monument through metaphor.
Other Interesting Bible References: Job 38:3-7, Psalm 118:22-24, Isa 28:16, Jer 32:20, Zech 4:7, Matt 21:42-44, Mark 12:10, Acts 4:11