The Downfall of Tyre 26 1In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2“Son of man, because Tyre said about Jerusalem, ‘Good! The gateway to the peoples is shattered. She has been turned over to me. I will be filled now that she lies in ruins,’ 3therefore this is what the Lord God says: See, I am against you, Tyre! I will raise up many nations against you, just as the sea raises its waves. 4They will destroy the walls of Tyre and demolish her towers. I will scrape the soil from her and turn her into a bare rock. 5She will become a place in the sea to spread nets, for I have spoken.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “She will become plunder for the nations, 6and her villages on the mainland will be slaughtered by the sword. Then they will know that I am Yahweh.” 7For this is what the Lord God says: “See, I am about to bring King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, king of kings, against Tyre from the north with horses, chariots, cavalry, and a vast company of troops. 8He will slaughter your villages on the mainland with the sword. He will set up siege works against you, and will build a ramp[A] and raise a wall of shields against you. 9He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and tear down your towers with his iron tools. 10His horses will be so numerous that their dust will cover you. When he enters your gates as an army entering a breached city, your walls will shake from the noise of cavalry, wagons, and chariots. 11He will trample all your streets with the hooves of his horses. He will slaughter your people with the sword, and your mighty pillars will fall to the ground. 12They will take your wealth as spoil and plunder your merchandise. They will also demolish your walls and tear down your beautiful homes. Then they will throw your stones, timber, and soil into the water. 13I will put an end to the noise of your songs, and the sound of your lyres will no longer be heard. 14I will turn you into a bare rock, and you will be a place to spread nets. You will never be rebuilt, for I, Yahweh, have spoken.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 15This is what the Lord God says to Tyre: “Won’t the coasts and islands quake at the sound of your downfall, when the wounded groan and slaughter occurs within you? 16All the princes of the sea will descend from their thrones, remove their robes, and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, tremble continually, and be appalled at you. 17Then they will lament for you and say of you:   How you have perished, city of renown, you who were populated from the seas![B] She who was powerful on the sea, she and all of her inhabitants inflicted their terror.[C] 18Now the coastlands tremble on the day of your downfall; the islands in the sea are alarmed by your demise.”   19For this is what the Lord God says: “When I make you a ruined city like other deserted cities, when I raise up the deep against you so that the mighty waters cover you, 20then I will bring you down to be with those who descend to the Pit, to the people of antiquity. I will make you dwell in the underworld[D] like[E] the ancient ruins, with those who descend to the Pit, so that you will no longer be inhabited or display your splendor[F] in the land of the living. 21I will make you an object of horror, and you will no longer exist. You will be sought but will never be found again.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.
IX. Accuracy in Prophesies The Bible contains numerous prophecies. This would be the ultimate test of inspiration. If the Bible was a man... Read More
IX. Accuracy in Prophesies The Bible contains numerous prophecies. This would be the ultimate test of inspiration. If the Bible was a man-made fairy tale or good "self-help" book it would not be able to accurately portray the future. True prophecy is a declaration of future events such as no human wisdom or forecast is sufficient to create. Due to its very nature, prophecy must be a divine revelation. H.W. Everest gave the criteria for true prophecy as follows: 1. The event must be beyond the power of man to foresee 2. It must be demonstrated that the prediction was written before the event 3. The language of the prediction must be unambiguous and unmistakable 4. The prediction must have a clear and demonstrative fulfillment The Bible lays out a test of a true prophet (Deut 18:9-22). If the prophecy does not come true, it is not from God (Deut 18:22; 2 Peter 1:19-21) (example: Jer 28:1-17). The purpose of a fulfilled prophecy is so that we may believe (John 14:29). 1. Prophecies about Israel (Deut 28:1-64) 1. Israel to have a king (28:36) – fulfilled in Saul 1050 B.C. 2. To be defeated and carried away into bondage and there serve idols (28:25, 36, 41, 49) – fulfilled in Assyria (722 B.C.), Babylon (597 B.C.), Rome (70 A.D.). 3. Cities to be destroyed (28:52) – archaeology illustrates that this happened many times (e.g. Lachish destroyed by both Assyrians and Babylonians) 4. Great sufferings would accompany siege (28:53-57; Jer. 19:9; Ezek. 5:10) – notice what happened during a Syrian siege (2 Ki. 6:24-31); a Babylonian siege (Lam. 2:20; 4:10); a Roman siege (Josephus documents these same conditions – Wars, Bk. 6, Ch. 3, Par. 4) 5. To be scattered and sold again into Egypt (28:64, 68) – Josephus 2. Tyre in Prophecy (Ezek 26) This was written in about 592-570 B.C. Its fulfillment continues even to this day. Shortly after this was written, Nebuchadnezzar led the Babylonians in besieging the city of Tyre. After a long siege, some of the people fled to the island city nearby; Nebuchadnezzar left the mainland city in ruins. During the Greek Period (332 B.C.), Alexander built a causeway to the island city using the ruins of mainland Tyre. After a 7 month siege, they breached the 150 foot high wall on the island and took the city. The island city has had a small population over the centuries consisting mostly of fishermen who “spread their nets” on the ruins. To this day the mainland city has never been rebuilt. 3. Babylonian Prophecy (Dan 4:30; Jer 50-51; Isa 13:17-22) The city of Babylon was one of the great cities of the ancient world. Babylon covered about 200 square miles and had 17 miles of walls wide enough for chariots to ride on. There were 250 towers and 8 gates. The hanging gardens were considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Babylonian empire maintained world supremacy between 626 and 539 B.C. Long before Babylon came into power Isaiah penned the prophecy regarding its destruction (written about 740-700 B.C.). Jeremiah also described the downfall of Babylon (written about 627-585 B.C.). In 539 B.C., Cyrus the Mede captured the city of Babylon without even breaking down the walls. Herodotus (a Greek historian, 484-425 B.C.) reports that “Cyrus had his men to divert the water which flowed under the city walls around the city. The invaders then went in under the city wall and surprised the Babylonians who were having a drunken party.”4 The Persians made their capital at Babylon for a while, but it eventually declined in importance. Alexander the Great came there in 331 B.C. intending to make it the capital of a new commercial empire. This was not to be, however, because he died at Babylon in the grip of some sudden and mysterious disease in June of 323 B.C. The city’s decline continued and the Parthians stripped the city of its substance in 124 B.C. The last mention of Babylon is on a tablet dating from 10 B.C. The ancient location of Babylon today consists of only desolate ruins. 4. Messianic Prophecies There are 332 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The prophecies about Christ were written centuries before He was born. List of some of the prophecies: 1. Micah 5:2 (fulfilled Matt 2:1-6) 2. Gen 49:10 (fulfilled Heb 7:14) 3. 2 Sam 7:12-14 (fulfilled Luke 1:32; 3:31) 4. Isa 7:14 (fulfilled Matt 1:21-25) 5. Zech 9:9 (fulfilled Matt 21:1-9) 6. Zech 12:10 (fulfilled John 19:34,37) 7. Isa 53:9 (fulfilled Matt 27:57-60)
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