When a dozen evangelicals (Jim Garlow – middle on the left side) met with Egyptian President al-Sisi, I was the last one to share, so I chose to share a Scripture (that Rosemary Schindler Garlow had read to me that morning): Isaiah 19:23-25. (A passage known as “The Highway of Hope”) 23) In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24) In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. 25) The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”
I shared that this was prophetic and was someday coming. The three would someday worship the Lord together. But I wanted him to know that in verse 25, God speaks tenderly of Egypt with the phrase “my people.” (Egypt is mentioned more times in the Bible than any other country except Israel.) The fact that God calls Egypt “my people” demonstrates His tenderness towards Egypt. Thus we also want to express a tenderness towards Egypt. The President smiled big, looked directly at me, and – reiterating my point – switched from speaking Arabic through a translator, but spoke perfect English, and said, “If God loves Egypt, then you must love Egypt.”
Then he used a line that he had spoken only one other time during our more than 2 1/2 hour meeting, when he responded to a question re: Iran from (ret) Lt. General (3 Star) Jerry Boykin. He stated (referring to his response): “Did you get that? Did you get that?”
We got it! God loves Egypt. And so do we.
One of the great privileges was meeting the widow of Anwar Sadat. As the President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, an unprecedented diplomatic act, in that it involved Israel and a Arab Muslim nation. Tragically, Egyptian army officers turned on him in 1981 and assassinated him. Visiting his widow was a remarkable experience.