The prophet speaks through the Holy Spirit and affirms that even though Israel has been scattered throughout the countries of the world, they will be returned to their land in the future, it is already happening, Israel was recognized as a nation in 1948, and since then, the people have been returning.
One positive thing to dwell upon, the Jewish people made known to the nations of the ONE GOD, Adonai-Elohim-YHVH” and through the migration of the Jewish peoples to different parts of the world, we now have the Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Falashim, people groups which make up most to the Jewish peoples today. These people groups have introduced many varieties of foods, customs, and ways of worship in today's Judaism, many are also Messianic believers.
Bad news for Egypt, just as the Israelites were scattered among the nations, the Egyptians will also be scattered among the nations for 40 years, Egypt will be desolate and people-less, for this period of time, this will probably happen during the millennium. The Egyptian people will come back after that time, but Egypt will never be a prosperous country. Since the fall of Egypt after the time of Passover, Egypt was conquered by the Babylonians, the Greeks, and Romans. Even today, there are Egyptians living in many countries in the world, but Egypt has never been left completely without people and animals, at least not yet.
Yet a good note to ponder on, Egypt opened its doors to receive young Yeshua with Mary, and Joseph when they were fleeing from Herod. There are quite a few believers in Egypt today, making up the “Coptic Church." My wife and I visited Egypt in 1999 and it is indeed an interesting (yet poor) country. The food is fantastic!
Yeshua tells his talmidim about the “end times” and we all know and have read this chapter, of “wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, etc. As we look around today, we can be certain that we are living in these “end times” for sure, yet the end is not yet...we still have a way to go. We have heard of many “false-Messiahs” leaders claiming to be “Jesus” yet we know better than believing on them. When Yeshua returns, the “Whole World” will see him returning, what will modern satellite cameras, etc.
Verse 15 is interesting; It talks about the “Abomination of Desolation” set up in the Mishkan, the “Holy Place” in the third temple. This takes us back to Hanukkah, reminding us of Antiochus Epiphanes, who set up a “Statue of Zeus” in the Holy Place. The future Anti-Messiah, a second “Antiochus” will also set up a statue, perhaps of himself, and command all to bow down and worship it.
Verse 31: "He will send out his angels with a great shofar, and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Many allude to this passage as "Yom Teruah" or "Rosh Hashanah." The future ingathering of all believers in Messiah Yeshua, all "born again" believers, from one end of the earth to the other. Could this passage correspond with 1 Thess. 4:16, which speaks of the same event, yet using different words? "the Rapture" as it is well known. The sounding of the "Great Shofar" is known as "Yom Teruah." this is the first of the fall feasts on the Hebraic calendar.
Yet scripture also states that no one knows the day nor the hour that event will occur. If it is indeed "Rosh HaShanah" or "Yom Teruah" then we know the time of the year, yet we do not know the precise year nor do we know the precise hour that event will occur. Yet we should be ready at any time, at any day. It could be tomorrow, it could be Rosh HaShanah 2023, or 2024, or any Rosh HaShanah of the future if that is the time that the LORD has in mind, yet only HE knows.
Therefore, the example of a thief breaking into a house is used by Messiah. If we know when the thief is coming, we will be ready, but since we do not know, we still need to be ready and watchful. How can we be watchful? May we be walking according to the Spirit of God, occupied in good works, being faithful in our attendance in God's House, and in fellowship with other believers.
Final words; "May you be ready, may we all be ready, at any time, anywhere, when the shofar blows, upward we will go, to meet the LORD in the air, and follow Him back down, to Jerusalem bound, to live with the LORD for a thousand years, without pain, without fear."