Any historians out there? Someone made the claim:
Ezekiel predicts that Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon will conquer Egypt utterly destroying it, slaying and scattering it’s people, and that it will stay uninhabited for 40 years.
In 568 BCE Nebuchadrezzar tried to conquer Egypt and Egypt survived with no apparent damage.
Aahmes ruled for another generation over a prosperous Egypt and lived to see Nebuchadrezzar die. No Egyptians were scattered or dispersed.
Is this true? Did Ezekiel make that prophecy? And did the prophecy in fact turn out not to happen?
Answer by HeatherReneeB at 1:39 AM on Jul. 19, 2010
Many times prophesies are symbolic. Here is what one commentary I found (on searchinggodsword.org) had to say about Ezekiel 29:11:
"answering to the forty years in which the Israelites, their former bondsmen, wandered in "the wilderness" (compare Note, JEROME remarks the number forty is one often connected with affliction and judgment. The rains of the flood in forty days brought destruction on the world. Moses, Elias, and the Saviour fasted forty days. The interval between Egypt's overthrow by Nebuchadnezzar and the deliverance by Cyrus, was about forty years. The ideal forty years' wilderness state of social and political degradation, rather than a literal non-passing of man or beast for that term, is mainly intended (so Ezekiel 4:6, Isaiah 19:2,11)."
Answer by solamama at 3:46 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
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