The Prophecy of Tyre – Ezekiel 26

The Prophecy Concerning Tyre

One of the most stunning fulfilled prophecies found in the Bible (although I don’t believe the prophecy is complete) is that of Tyre. It is today called Sur, and is around 70 miles south of Beirut, in Lebanon.

The prophecy was given in the 6th century BC. Nebuchadnezzar began the fulfillment of this prophecy around 598 BC, as ordain by God (Ezek 26:7). Ezekiel was a contemporary of Nebuchadnezzar, yet his assault on the city was to be only the beginning. For God said He would bring many nations to come against Tyre, like the waves of the sea (Ezek 26:3).

As the prophecy foretold, its 150′ high walls, and its towers were destroyed, and it was literally scraped bare like the top of a rock around 250 years after Nebuchadnezzar besieged it, by Alexander the Great in roughly 332 BC (Ezek 26:4). Of course, this was after Persia attacked the city fortress around 538 BC, then again around 386-384 BC.

In 315 BC, Alexander’s former general Antigonus began his own siege of Tyre, taking the city a year later. Then Ptolemy recaptured the city in 290 BC. It then wobbled between Ptolemaic and Seleucid rule until 125 BC when Tyre proclaimed its independence again.

Enter the Roman Empire

In 64 BC Rome absorbed the last of the Greek Empire, and Tyre, while not directly attacked by Rome, was certainly owned by Rome. Then around 193 AD Pescennius Niger sent warriors of the Moors to attack Tyre. After this, the city maintained relative peace under Roman rule until the end of the 4th century AD when some of the Huns invaded the area.

Then again in the beginning of the 7th century AD King Khusrau II invaded Syria and conquered and destroyed many of the cities of the region. The chaos gave opportunity for the Arabs to move in, and Tyre became the naval base of the Umayyad caliphs. Tyre flourished whilst Damascus was the capital of Islam. When the Abbasid caliphs moved the capital to Bagdad, Tyre went into decline.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders had made their mark around 1124, and in 1291 the Mamluks captured and destroyed the city.

Yes! Wave upon wave, as the waves of the sea, over a period of roughly 900 years at this point, had the nations come upon Tyre, just as God said it would be (Ezek 26:3). Tyre was cast out, and destroyed by fire, just as God foretold (Zech 9:2-4)!

Tyre Today

I have worked with people from Lebanon. I asked one person about Tyre, and he told me it is now called Sur. I asked him if the primary thing about it was fishing. He acknowledged that it was, and was amazed and delighted that I knew so much about his native homeland. I explained to him I had learned what I knew about the area from the Bible, and I was speaking specifically of this prophecy found in Ezekiel. Indeed, Tyre has become a well-known fishing town, a place for “the spreading of nets” (Ezek 26:14). It never has regained the prominent position in world affairs that it once boasted. Nor will it ever.

Although much of this prophecy has been fulfilled, I do believe it is still being fulfilled, and will continue to be fulfilled until Jesus Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God. Too many things have happened in exact detail to deny the validity and veracity of Bible prophecy, yet the city is still “findable”. This only means that God is not done, and as always, He has left a loophole for the skeptics to retain their cynicism, until the appointed time (Ezek 26:21).

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For more information on the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy check out the following link: Prophecy Fulfilled: God’s Hand in World Affairs

The Number of the Beast

“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” (Revelation 13:18 – New King James Version)

Beast of Revelation 13

An excerpt from the booklet,

The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality?

The Number of His Name

What of the mysterious number 666? Many ingenious solutions have been devised to label desired individuals with that number. But what does the Bible mean when it tells us that this is the number of a man?

Before Arabic numerals became accepted in the western world in the 13th century, letters of the alphabet doubled as numerals. Thus all names had numeric value. Most of us are familiar with Roman numerals, where the letters of the Latin alphabet have numeric value. In this system I=1, V=5, X=10, and so on. Greek and Hebrew are the languages in which the Bible was written, and both use a similar system.

The earliest proposed solution to the meaning of 666 is a tradition attributed to Polycarp, the disciple of the same Apostle John who wrote Revelation. This tradition is preserved in the second century writings of Irenaeus. The number 666 is “…contained in the Greek letters of Lateinos (L=30; A=1; T=300; E=5; I=10; N=50; O=70; S=200)” (Commentary on the Whole Bible, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown). Lateinos is a Greek term referring to the Romans. Interestingly, the Greek expression meaning “the Latin kingdom” (h Latine Basileia) also has a numeric value of 666. Greek writers commonly referred to the Roman Empire in this way. The book of Revelation was originally written in Greek, as it was written to Greek-speaking churches in ancient Asia Minor.

Another interesting explanation involves the name of the emperor Nero, who died about 25 years before John wrote Revelation. Though Nero was dead, his rule was nevertheless a type of the end-time Roman system. He was brought to power promising constitutional reforms and a return to the “golden age” of Augustus, but became increasingly cruel and despotic after achieving power. Living in an atmosphere of intrigue and conspiracy, he abused his power and was responsible for the Roman state’s first official persecution of Christians. During his reign most of the Apostles, including both Peter and Paul, were martyred. His name in Greek was spelled Neron Kaesar (Nero Caesar). When the Greek form of his name is spelled out in Hebrew characters, their numeric value also adds up to 666.

The founder of ancient Rome was Romulus, from whose name Rome and Roman are derived. The Latin name Romvlvs is written in Hebrew as Romiith. In the Hebrew language this also adds up to 666 (resh=200, vau=6, mem=40,yod=10, yod=10, tau=400). Thus, in both Greek and Hebrew, the two languages of the Bible, the number 666 is stamped upon the kingdom that derived from Rome.

The years ahead of us will bring the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. There will most likely be special numeric significance to either the name, or perhaps a special title, of the end-time leader of the Beast power. However, it is important to realize that the Roman system is already stamped with 666. That system—and its end-time resurrection—is identified as the Beast.

To view the full booklet just click the link: The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality?

Unrestrained Moral Decline

The Biblical Perspective

The Bible has much to say about such a state of society. Sodom and Gomorrah and the world in Noah’s day both fit the bill. And the Bible also reveals, in both of these examples, how God feels about such a state of affairs (Gen 6:5-7, 11-13, 17; Gen 13:13; Gen 19).

There is one particular verse in the Bible that is very poignant about such a state. In the Book of Proverbs we find that, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.” (Pr 29:18) A clearer rendering might be, “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cut loose, run wild, let it all hang out; but blessed and happy is he who keeps the law.”

I find interesting that in reality you cannot have real prophetic vision without obedience to God (Psalm 111:10; John 7:17; 8:31-32; Daniel 2:19-23), and yet prophetic vision helps us stay focused on God with fear, that we may be obedient. Prophetic vision and obedience walk hand in hand and also bolster each other.

A couple of related verses to Pr 29:18 are Exodus 32:25 and 2 Chronicles 28:19. In Exodus 32:25 we find the situation where Moses went up to receive the Ten Commandments from God and the people became impatient and forced Aaron to craft an idol (Ex 32:1). As the Apostle Paul describes it, “The people sat down to eat and rose up to play.” (1 Cor 10:7). They weren’t playing dodge ball or tiddlywinks, they were involved with revelry and illicit sexual behavior, or misbehavior. They were “unrestrained”, “naked”, and “running wild”.

In 2 Chronicles 28:19 we find a situation where the leadership of the house of Israel had “encouraged moral decline” in not only his own nation, but also in the nation of Judah. This is what we are seeing ever more increasingly in our once-great nation, today. The leadership of society: political, religious, and also the media as well as the educational system, are all contributing to the horrific state of affairs we now see. Abortion? Same-sex marriage? Forced insurance and other corrupt methods of fleecing its citizens? Where to stand up for what is right makes one ever more increasingly a target (Is 59:15). Even many of the inhabitants are so brainwashed by the propaganda machine that they will turn against you if you speak the Truth! Think I’m joking? Go to Youtube to an active video about evolution and just post something like, “Well, I think it might be possible that there is some kind of Creator who started all of this.” or an active video on same-sex marriage and say something like, “If it is okay to be gay, why can’t homosexuals reproduce and procreate?” or an active video on abortion and say something like, “Statistics show that most abortions are proven to be merely a form of birth control, and rarely are the pregnancies caused by rape or incest.” You will likely be called, stupid and uneducated, a homophobic bigot, and a male chauvinist pig, or if you’re a woman, one who has been brainwashed by a patriarchal society.

It is completely insane! Yet, the Bible reveals that before Christ returns mankind will become ever more and increasingly, rebellious against God (Check out, The Great Rebellion Against God). The fact is that there is an unseen realm to reality, and there is an evil god who rules this present age and society, although he can go no further than the Great God allows. Yet, because man chose, and continues daily to choose, this evil god, Satan the Devil, the Eternal God does allow man to reap the consequences of his own choices and actions! (See Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity.)

God speed the Day when Jesus Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God upon this planet!

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Related blogs: The Great Apostasy & More on the Apostasy

More on the Apostasy…

More to consider concerning the great rebellion are Christ’s own words about the state of the world just before His second coming. Notice in Luke 17:26-30 we find that the world will be like it was in the days of Noah before the world was destroyed by the Great Flood, and like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah before they were destroyed by fire and brimstone from the sky. All we need to do is to go back to the Book of Genesis and look at what God says about the state of those peoples, and what they were doing so we can understand that they were in rebellion against God; were extremely wicked.

 
Notice what God says about society before the Great Flood: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.'” (Gen 6:5, 11-13). They were so violent, and perverted, and evil that God had to completely destroy all of them.

 
What about Sodom and Gomorrah? It is interesting to note that Abraham’s nephew, Lot, departed from Abraham with a multitude of servants. Remember Lot and his household and his servants separated from Abraham and moved eastward toward Sodom, whose inhabitants “were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Eternal” (Gen 13:5-13). All Lot’s household and servants, and herdsmen went to live near Sodom, yet only Lot and his two daughters made it out. Even his wife was corrupted by the wickedness of that society. How many of God’s people will escape the corruption of this world, in Truth? This should sober us and give us pause.

Again, “the Eternal said, ‘Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.'” (Gen 18:20-21). As it turned out the men of Sodom were so vile and filled with corruption and violence they actually, literally wanted to rape the angels they thought were men (Gen 19:4-5)! Lot even offered them his two virgin daughters instead, but they were so wicked they didn’t want them; they still wanted to molest the angels. As a result of their wickedness God commissioned His angels to destroy the area. (See: Sodom Rises Again!)

 
These people, as it says in Gen 13:13, “were exceedingly wicked and sinful against God.” The word “wicked” in this verse has to do with being completely lawless; lawless with the intention of being lawless; malicious; contemptible; reprobate. Which is another way of saying they were in complete rebellion against God, and again the verse states that they “were exceedingly wicked and sinful against God.” In other words, they were in direct and purposeful rebellion against God, right in God’s face.

Jesus said this is the way it will be just before He returns to this earth. And we see the beginning of this now here in the US, where God’s laws are beginning to be despised, and the agendas of the immoral are ever increasingly taking a greater hold on society, and the people pridefully “declare their sin as Sodom” (Is 3:9). (See: My Eyes a Fountain.)

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Related posts: The Great Apostasy

There’s something fishy going on around here…. Or is there?

As if the dried up lakes weren’t bad enough, now we have fish being suffocated and boiled right in their own habitat before the lakes, rivers and ponds ever even evaporate! (This article by AP on Yahoo! News has more details.) Across the Midwest United States the heat wave and drought have been wreaking havoc on farmlands and water supplies for weeks now. For more information on the drought see the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

U.S. Drought Monitor

Yet, as we see this phenomenon happening, we have already been warned that it would happen, thousands of years in advance, in a Book that is being ever increasingly relegated to the religious fanatic’s dust bin of coincidental fairy tales and fantasy. The moral state of the United States of America is in steep decline, and God says plainly that tremendous drought, and, yes, even dead fish, will be the result of such rebellion against Him. See Who Controls the Weather?

 

Notice the following verses taken out of the Holy Bible:

Hear the word of the Eternal, you children of Israel, for the Ever-Living One brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; even the fish of the sea will be taken away. (Hosea 4:1-3)

 

It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word “ym”, which is translated “sea” in the verse above, means also “lake, reservoir, pond” and can also refer to “larger lakes and rivers.” (See The Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament – Koehler, Ludwig, Baumgartner, Walter.)

Again God says:

Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver?

Photo from July 10, 2012 near Myric Park, WI

Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the seaI make the rivers a wilderness; their fish stink because there is no water, and die of thirst. (Isaiah 50:2)

And…

 “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, the fish of the sea, and the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land,” says the Eternal. (Zephaniah 1:3)

Yet, these warnings are given to the children of Israel, but who are they? And how do prophecies for those people pertain to us? To learn about the lost tribes of Israel, check out the highly informative booklet: The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy. It may just blow your mind!

 

To gain a better understanding on other key events to watch for in these end-times, check out Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s ReturnThe fact is that there are specific events Jesus Christ said we are to watch for, that we may understand and prepare for the times in which we live! Learn How to Watch World Events!

The Great Apostasy

“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

‎While there have been types of apostasies mentioned in the Bible, and experienced here in the Church in recent years, the apostasy mentioned in the above verse is speaking of something huge – on a worldwide level. It is speaking of the climactic state of affairs just prior to Christ’s second coming. This is important to understand because it clues us in to where we are historically and also because we have traditionally thought, at least some of us that the great apostasy was referring to what happened with WCG here in the last 20 years.

‎It is significant that the word “apostasia” in the Greek has the meaning of “rebellion” or a “defection”. We in the Church of God, or at least I have read into the verse… “falling away from the Truth” feeling that it was implied by the fact of the falling away. Yet, as Dr. Winnail has pointed out in a recent sermon, the verse does not say “from the Truth”, and in various translations it is rendered as something other than the falling away.

‎Moffatt: “It will not come till the Rebellion takes place first of all…”

‎NLT: “For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God…”

‎Cassirer: “For there is no possibility that that day should come until the final rebellion against God has taken place…”

‎RSV: “for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first…”

‎ESV: “For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first…”

See the sermon: The Great Rebellion

See the article: The Great Rebellion Against God

‎The next question is whether this rightly aligns with the rest of Scripture. One thing that is important to understand is that the man of sin is, or actually appears to be, contemporaneous with the great rebellion, rather than coming afterward. According to the Glossary of Morhpo-Syntactic Database Terminology the word translated “and” between the two subjects in the verse in question (unless the falling away comes first “AND” the man of sin is revealed) [Strong’s G2532 kai] the word can be used as a conjunction or a logical connective which “may serve to logically continue a narrative … or to associate two items that, in context, are together the mutual focus of the clause” (Example: “Aquila and Priscilla taught Apollos”).

Again, does the Bible show plainly that there will be a worldwide rebellion against God, above and beyond man’s normal carnal state, which signifies the end of the age? In Revelation chapter thirteen verses two through eight we find that Satan gives the beast his power; the whole world follows the beast and worships Satan; the beast blasphemes God and makes war against God’s elect; the beast is given authority over all nations and people; and all nations and people worship the beast. If that isn’t a worldwide rebellion, I don’t know what is. And to stress the point even further, when Christ returns, the rest of mankind who would not repent of their demon worship, murders, sorceries, sexual immorality and thefts, which also includes the Eastern hordes who come to make war against the beast (Revelation 9:16-21), will ally themselves with the beast at the very end to fight Christ (Revelation 19:19-21).

In the following verses in Revelation chapter thirteen we find a religious figure involved in this worldwide rebellion (Revelation 13:11-18), the previous “beast” being a political figure. This beast, which looks like a lamb, like Christ, has the mouth of the dragon, i.e. Satan; he speaks lies, slander, malicious words, etc…. He deceives the people by lying signs and wonders, causing them to worship the first beast and to receive a mark. (See: The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality?)

These verses show clearly that the end-time rebellion against God is tied directly to religion.

Another point: in Revelation 13:14 I have several resources that indicate that God is talking about His people; the NU Greek Texts omit this information, as does the Received Text. The Majority Text brings this information out about this verse. I personally have a greater confidence that the Received Text is most accurate one, which then brings up the problem of figuring out whether the Majority Text is right on this point. (If you don’t have a clear understanding as to what the differences are between the Greek Texts used to formulate the various English translations of the New Testament, this book is a good place to start.) Christ indicates that only the very elect, i.e. those chosen to become firstfruits, will not be deceived (Matthew 24:24). This indicates that much of the Laodicean era of the Church will be deceived. For we find that many of those of the Laodicean era are “blind” to their own spiritual state, due to self-satisfaction (Revelation 3:17-18). If we are blind, we are incapable of comprehending reality, and if we cannot see reality we are deceived because by default we are looking at and believing something that is not real. As Christ says, we need His product so we are not poor, naked and blind (Revelation 3:18). Yet, does this mean that God’s people will be deceived by this main end-time false prophet? It is truly hard to believe that anyone knowing God’s Truth would be deceived by this individual, although we can certainly easily be self-deceived about our own spiritual state and relationship to God (1 Corinthians 10:12). Yet, if Christ demonstrates that out of all those who know His Truth only the very elect will not be deceived, then many of those who know the Truth WILL be deceived. Perhaps the self-deception of “having it made” can lead to the deception brought on by the end-time main false prophet? Perhaps it will be because of spiritual intoxication (Revelation 17:2) brought about by compromise and self-will? Perhaps due to failing at watching end-time events as Christ commanded us? Perhaps because we’re not keeping oil in our lamps and vessels, and we’re also not cleaving to God as our very life?

Whatever the reasons, I pray that none of us fall into this category. And it behooves all of us to draw closer to God than we ever have before!

Other suggested reading: Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return & Who or What Is the Antichrist?