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How Prophecy Is Fulfilled (3 of 6)
Ezra 6:14; Isaiah 61:1-2; Ezekiel 26:3-14; Daniel 9:25; Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 11:12-15, 17:1-3, 9-13; Luke 4:17-21
Destruction of Tyre
(Read Ezekiel 26:3-14)
At first glance it would appear that Nebuchadnezzar would destroy Tyre and before fulfillment, anyone would be confident in predicting how this event would transpire. However, history unveiled this prophecy quite differently than the neat packaging methods that many prophecy experts use today. God did not promise Nebuchadnezzar that he would overthrow Tyre. The first proclamation of this judgment says that many nations will come against it.
Tyre was a very wealthy and very wicked seaport city. Tyre was also so wicked that God called Satan the king of Tyre. It was beautiful and great in splendor on the surface but vile and corrupt to the core and they were lifted up with pride against God. Just as prophesied, Nebuchadnezzar attacked the city, killed those in the fields and began to destroy the walls protecting the city. The inhabitants retreated to the island off the coast and Nebuchadnezzar was unable to reach them or spoil their riches. After Babylon retreated, the city was re-inhabited.
Years later, Alexander the Great began his conquest and built his mighty army out of the nations he conquered. With an army from many nations, he attacked Tyre. Again they withdrew to the island but Alexander would not be deterred. He took every rock, log and even scraped up all the debris he could find and cast it into the ocean to build a bridge to the island. He successfully destroyed and plundered Tyre. If Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed Tyre, prophecy would not have been accurately fulfilled. Instead, one prophecy was fulfilled by two separate events. Looking back it is crystal clear. The prophecy was for Nebuchadnezzar to attack and break through the walls, but the destruction and scraping of the city was given to the army from the nations that would come ...
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