Ezekiel Dramatizes Jerusalem’s Fall 5 1“Now you, son of man, take a sharp sword, use it as you would a barber’s razor, and shave your head and beard. Then take a set of scales and divide the hair. 2You are to burn up a third of it in the city when the days of the siege have ended; you are to take a third and slash it with the sword all around the city; and you are to scatter a third to the wind, for I will draw a sword to chase after them. 3But you are to take a few strands from the hair and secure them in the folds of your robe. 4Take some more of them, throw them into the fire, and burn them in it. A fire will spread from it to the whole house of Israel. 5“This is what the Lord God says: I have set this Jerusalem in the center of the nations, with countries all around her. 6But she has rebelled against My ordinances with more wickedness than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that surround her. For her people have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes. 7“Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: Because you have been more insubordinate than the nations around you—you have not walked in My statutes or kept My ordinances; you have not even kept the ordinances of the nations around you— 8therefore, this is what the Lord God says: See, I am against you, Jerusalem, and I will execute judgments within you in the sight of the nations. 9Because of all your detestable practices, I will do to you what I have never done before and what I will never do again. 10As a result, fathers will eat their sons within Jerusalem,[N] and sons will eat their fathers. I will execute judgments against you and scatter all your survivors to every direction of the wind. 11“Therefore, as I live”—this is the declaration of the Lord God—“I am going to cut you off and show you no pity, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable practices and abominations. Yes, I will not spare you. 12A third of your people will die by plague and be consumed by famine within you; a third will fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter a third to every direction of the wind, and I will draw a sword to chase after them. 13When My anger is spent and I have vented My wrath on them, I will be appeased. Then after I have spent My wrath on them, they will know that I, Yahweh, have spoken in My jealousy. 14“I will make you a ruin and a disgrace among the nations around you, in the sight of everyone who passes by. 15So you[O] will be a disgrace and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations around you when I execute judgments against you in anger, wrath, and furious rebukes. I, Yahweh, have spoken. 16When I shoot deadly arrows of famine at them, arrows for destruction that I will send to destroy you, inhabitants of Jerusalem, I will intensify the famine against you and cut off your supply of bread. 17I will send famine and dangerous animals against you. They will leave you childless, Jerusalem. Plague and bloodshed will sweep through you, and I will bring a sword against you. I, Yahweh, have spoken.”
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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