This prophecy of Ezekiel describes a devastating invasion of Egypt, where the country and cities were ravaged and left desolate for a period of 40 years, and the Egyptians taken captive, with only a small remnant left.
I have researched ancient history extensively for my work, and never came across any mention of this historical episode concerning Egypt, so I assumed at first it was a prophecy still to be fulfilled. But then I discovered Displaced Dynasties by Jim Reilly, a four- book examination of ancient and Egyptian history:
“In 565 B.C. Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon invaded Egypt, demolished every temple in the country, slaughtered most of the population & exiled all but a remnant of those who survived. For twenty years Egypt was left without a resident pharaoh. Temple worship ceased. For another twenty years, following the arrival of the Persians under Cyrus the Great, sporadic restoration activity was underway throughout the country. This rebuilding continued under Cambyses, following his 525 B.C. expedition to Egypt, and into the reign of Darius I. Much of this information is derived from two eyewitnesses to the event, the biblical prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah, who discuss the invasion in seven chapters of their respective books.
“There is but a single problem with this history. According to Egyptologists it never happened. The denial is based on an Egyptian history which places Manetho’s 26th dynasty in the time frame 664-525 B.C., leaving no room either for a twenty year interregnum or for a twenty year rule by the Persians prior to 525 B.C. Amasis, the penultimate Saite dynasty king, ruled throughout the critical forty year period (570-526 B.C.)
“But historians are wrong. The fault lies in the Egyptian chronology on which the traditional history is based. That chronology, throughout the relevant period, is in error by 121 years! Saite dynasty dates need to be lowered by that amount, moving the dynasty to a position overlapping the first Persian domination of Egypt.
“Four books are dedicated to proving this proposition.”
The entire four books are posted online. Modern historians revise history specifically to cast doubt on biblical history and biblical prophecies. In these last days, God is bringing to light truth again, glorifying Himself and His Word.