The City of Tyre is Desolate Just as
David J. Stewart
“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O
and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth
his waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of
and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and
make her like the top of a rock.
It shall be a place for the
spreading of nets in the midst of the sea:
for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD: and it shall become a spoil to
right: A modern fishing harbor in Tyre.
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historical evidence which proves the accuracy of the Bible concerning
numerous prophecies. If you want solid evidence that the Bible is truly
God's inspired Words, then all you need to do is open your heart and mind.
Wisdom uttereth her voice in the streets as we read in Proverbs 1:20.
of Tyre (Tyrus) was a thriving Phoenician city in ancient times, a source of economic
abundance and trading. God pronounced judgment upon the city of Tyre. The surviving inhabitants
after Babylon's invasion moved all their possessions and families to a
little isle just off of Tyre. They thought they'd be safe on their little
years after Babylon destroyed Tyre, Alexander the Great of Greece was
determined to conquer that little island. So what Alexander the Great did
was scrape the dust of Tyrus (just as God prophesied in Ezekiel 26:3-5),
using the dust to build a causeway (a road that is raised above water or
marshland or sand) reaching out to that little island where the remnant of
Tyrus thought they were safe. Alexander the Great totally annihilated that
little island and left it desolate
just as God had foretold in prophecy. Right down to the last letter, God's
Word has been fulfilled.
documents that Tyre was destroyed by her enemies, leaving the city a
It was often attacked by Egypt,
Shalmaneser V, who was assisted by
Phoenicians of the mainland, for
five years, and by
Nebuchadnezzar (586–573 BC).
Ezekiel 26:12–14 states that God caused Nebuchadnezzar to
destroy Tyre because its residents gloated over the fall of
Jerusalem. The Tyrians held off Nebuchadnezzar's siege for
thirteen years, resupplying the walled island city through
its two harbours. Later, a king of Cyprus took Tyre using
his fleet in the 370s BC, "a remarkable success about which
little is known," according to historian
Robin Lane Fox.
In 332 BC,
the city was conquered by
Alexander the Great, after
a siege of seven months in which
he built the
causeway from the mainland to
within a hundred meters of the island,
where the sea floor
sloped abruptly downwards.
Tyre continued to
maintain much of its commercial importance until the
Christian era. The presence of the causeway affected water
currents nearby, causing sediment to build up, making the
Alexander used the remains of the old city to build the
causeway from the mainland to the island where the new Tyre
In 315 BC,
Alexander's former general
Antigonus began his own siege of
Tyre, taking the city a year later.
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fisherman cast their nets around Tyrus, just as God prophesied. That ought
to be exciting to you my friend. I mean, if you get on a plane and fly to
Tyrus today, you see fishermen casting their nets in Tyrus. It's a desolate
area. The little island is desolate. God left Tyre desolate, just as the
Bible says in Ezekiel 26:3-5).
Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon was
the first of the nations to come against Tyre. Alexander's forces were
put together from a coalition of Greek city-states. Each of these was an independent
entity and acted as a nation unto itself. Alexander's father, Philip II,
unified (by military force) these city-states and the regions of Thrace,
Macedonia, and Greece proper under his rule - giving Alexander the unified
front he needed to go forth and conquer.
Nevertheless, this was a coalition composed of many nations - and thus
fulfills the prophecy.
A Skeptic once objected to this: "They were COALESCED into ONE NATION" -
so the prophecy is NOT fulfilled there. A reader however has noted:
In fact Phillip II conquered the Greeks. He was seen by many of them
as being a barbaric overlord from the North. On the death of Alexander
they went back to being city states, though with a ruler of Macedonian
extraction over them for the most part. In addition Alexander's
Macedonian army had Cretan mercenary archers, Agrianian mercenary light
infantry, led by their king at the outset, but he died before Tyre,
Thracian mercenaries and Thesallian cavalry. These are in addition to
the fleets of countries that did not like Tyre because of their
dominance of the Mediterranean trading.
Moreover, according to the ancient historian Arrian, author of "Anabasi
Alexandri," (2.20.1-2), Alexander got some help in attacking Tyre. Having no
navy of his own to speak of, he got naval help from his friends in Macedon
and from the Phoenician city-states Aradus, Byblos, and Sidon; ships also
came from Enylos, Soli and Mallos, Rhodes, Lycia, and Cyprus to join in the
fray and help Alexander overcome Tyre [Flem. Tyre, 58]. Each, other than
Macedon, was an entirely separate nation from those in Alexander's land
forces: a sort of ancient Gulf War Coalition.
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of Tyrus was overthrown by Babylon at the time of Ezekiel in the Old
Testament. Ezekiel was captured and taken into Babylon during
Nebuchadnezzar's 2nd invasion. There were a total of three invasions. Daniel
was captured during the first invasion and taken into captivity with the
rich. Ezekiel was taken with the middle-class. Jeremiah remained in
Jerusalem and mourned the destruction (see Lamentations) after the third
invasion in 586 B.C. There are at over 300 Old Testament prophecies telling
us about the first coming of Jesus Christ.
To those who believe, no explanation is
to those who believe not, no explanation is possible!