Egypt is still relevant today contrary to what we should expect going by Ezekiel's prophecy.
"I will bring back the captives of Egypt and cause them to return to the land of Pathros, to the land of their origin, and there they shall be a lowly kingdom. "It shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for I will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore.
Based on Dakes study Bible and other commentaries, they claim that this prophecy has been fulfilled because Egypt was colonized almost continuously from the time of the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mamluks and Turks.
But today Egypt has a President contrary to
There shall no longer be princes from the land of Egypt; I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
Egypt today is also an important player in the middle East and in the Arab league.
1) Is there an issue with the way this prophecy has been interpreted historically. Is there more that we can bring out of the text hermeneutically?
2) Egypt is another name for Ham according to Psalm 105:23, 27 and Psalm 106:22; while pathros means "Land of the South".
i) Is Egypt being used as a symbol for the land of Ham (greater Africa + global south) in Ezekiel's prophecy?
Does the prophecy imply that the ancient Egyptians are still in existence today?
ii) Can this prophecy be used to explain the lowliness of Africa and the global south today?
NB: all scriptural quotations are taken from the NKJV Bible.