And it came to pass in the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, because Tyre has said against Jerusalem, ‘Aha! She is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste.’ “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre 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 spreading nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ says the Lord God; ‘it shall become plunder for the nations. Also her daughter villages which are in the fields shall be slain by the sword. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.’ “For thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people. He will slay with the sword your daughter villages in the fields; he will heap up a siege mound against you, build a wall against you, and raise a defense against you. He will direct his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. Because of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, the wagons, and the chariots, when he enters your gates, as men enter a city that has been breached. With the hooves of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. They will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your timber, and your soil in the midst of the water. I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more. I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken,’ says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 26:1-14)
His Word Is Still True
Prophecy is one of the greatest proofs of the veracity of the Bible. These are not mere guesses or conjecture. Bible prophecy is the word of God seen in its fulfillment, the force of its argument is confirmed year after year, and the clear evidence that can be seen with the eyes. Ezekiel writes about the many nations surrounding Israel and reminding the people of God those who deal harshly with His people will be punished. The city of Tyre was no exception. Judgment would come hard upon these people as her strongholds would be destroyed with many nations coming against her. Originally, the city was inland. Nebuchadnezzar is named as one of the kings who would cast battlements against the city razing it to the ground. One of the remarkable parts of the prophecy is when the ruins of the city are cast into the sea.
When Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, he came to Tyre and laid siege to the city for thirteen years. When the city fell, the inhabitants fled to a small island about one half mile from the coast. The people were secure on their island fortress until the arrival of Alexander the Great in 333 BC. Refusing to capitulate to Alexander, the Greeks took the ruins of the old city of Tyre and threw them into the sea building a causeway gaining access to the city walls. After a seven month siege, the city fell in July 332 BC.
It would seem improbable when Ezekiel wrote the prophecy about Tyre the events would unfold in exact detail. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the word of God is true to every detail. The city ruins were cast into the sea and her foundation was scraped bare. In any generation, travelers will marvel at the causeway that remains – leading out to the ruins of the tiny island; and there in plain sight are nets spread across the rocks. Ezekiel’s prophecy remains fulfilled today.
Looking at the Bible through the evidence of present truth should impress upon the reader that everything else in the Bible is true. Fulfilled prophecy is of the highest caliber of proof to the message of God. If what is said about Tyre is shown to be true in every detail, everything else in the Bible will find its fulfillment in the words God spoke to all men. There is a man called Jesus who is the Son of God. Sin is real. Salvation is real. Hope is promised and truth is absolute. There will be a day of reckoning and judgment. Nothing is to be left out when we read the Bible. Believe it and obey it. The grace of God infuses its pages with the promise that His word is true.
To declare a thing shall come to be, long before it is in being and then to bring about that very thing according to the same declaration – this or nothing, is the work of God. (Justin Martyr)