Israel, Egypt investigate deadly border incident

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant spoke with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Ahmed Zaki, over the phone on Saturday, discussing the firefight at the border earlier that day, which claimed the lives of three Israeli soldiers and one Egyptian security officer.

The defense chiefs agreed to take measures to “prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future,” according to the statement from the Egyptian Armed Forces. 

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that “an investigation is being conducted in full cooperation with the Egyptian army.”

Both sides provided different versions of the skirmish. The IDF initially reported that at around 2:30 am local time on Saturday its soldiers busted a cross-border smuggling operation. The Israeli army later said that two of its soldiers, one of whom was a female sergeant, were gunned down at a border outpost. It added that a third IDF service member was later killed by “an Egyptian policeman” who had crossed into Israeli territory. The intruder was killed in the ensuing firefight, and a fourth IDF soldier received light injuries, the Israeli army said.

The Egyptian Armed Forces said in a statement that the country’s border security personnel were “chasing drug smuggling elements” when one of Egypt’s security officials crossed the border and “exchanged fire” with the Israelis. Cairo did not explain how its official had entered Israeli territory. 

The Egyptian-Israeli border has remained relatively calm since the countries signed a peace treaty in 1979. An IDF spokesperson was quoted by the media as saying that the last known incursion that ended in casualties occurred around 10 years ago.

We pick up the story in Daniel 11:5–6: “The king of the South will become strong, but one of his commanders will become even stronger than he and will rule his own kingdom with great power. After some years, they will become allies. The daughter of the king of the South will go to the king of the North to make an alliance, but she will not retain her power, and he and his power will not last. In those days she will be handed over, together with her royal escort and her father and the one who supported her.”

Egypt, part of the end-time king of the South?

Let’s now consider what is prophesied to take place “at the time of the end” (Daniel 11:40). The verse continues, “The king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”

At the “time of the end,” the king of the North is the revival of the fourth great kingdom described by Daniel in chapters 2 and 7. For further explanation, see “Middle East Conflict” and “What Is Babylon?

Many times prophecies in the Bible have a dual meaning and fulfillment. There is the first part that has been fulfilled before the first coming of Christ, and there is the second part that is to be fulfilled prior to the second coming of Christ.

We see in Daniel 11 that the first fulfillment of the king of the South came out of Egypt and is now history. Verse 42 shows that Egypt will also be involved with the second fulfillment of the king of the South.

The prophecy indicates that the king of the South will make a fatal mistake. The prophecy in Daniel 11:40 says the king of the North will “overwhelm” and destroy the king of the South. After entering the “Glorious Land” (Israel), Daniel 11 goes on to say, the king of the North “shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels” (Daniel 11:41-43).

Egypt will once again become a subjugated and occupied nation during the end times.

The prophet Isaiah speaks of this: “‘And the Egyptians I will give into the hand of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them,’ says the Lord, the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 19:4). The time of this prophecy is when the waters of the Nile “will be wasted and dried up” and when “the rivers will turn foul; and the brooks of defense will be emptied and dried up” (Isaiah 19:5-6).

These prophecies take place during the end time (Revelation 6:16-178:10-11). Such a time and event as described by Isaiah has not occurred in Egyptian history. To learn more about this future troublous time, see “Wrath of God.”

The prophet Ezekiel also speaks of this time: “For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near; it will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles. The sword shall come upon Egypt, and great anguish shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain fall in Egypt, and they take away her wealth, and her foundations are broken down” (Ezekiel 30:3-4).

The Tribulation is commencing..

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