Friday, December 16, 2011

The city of Tyrus.

As we have seen Tyrus was a beautiful seaport, and the center of the commercial world, which trades and does commerce with the nations of the world.Let's continue 22 "The merchants of Sheba and Raamah were your merchants. They traded for your wares the choicest spices, all kinds of precious stones, and gold. 23 "Haran, Canneh, Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assyria, and Chilmad were your merchants. 24 "These were your merchants in choice items--in purple clothes, in embroidered garments, in chests of multicolored apparel, in sturdy woven cords, which were in your marketplace. 25 "The ships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise. You were filled and very glorious in the midst of the seas. 26 Your oarsmen brought you into many waters, But the east wind broke you in the midst of the seas. 27 "Your riches, wares, and merchandise, Your mariners and pilots, Your caulkers and merchandisers, All your men of war who are in you, And the entire company which is in your midst, Will fall into the midst of the seas on the day of your ruin. 28 The common-land will shake at the sound of the cry of your pilots. 29 "All who handle the oar, The mariners, All the pilots of the sea Will come down from their ships and stand on the shore. 30 They will make their voice heard because of you; They will cry bitterly and cast dust on their heads; They will roll about in ashes; 31They will shave themselves completely bald because of you, Gird themselves with sackcloth, And weep for you With bitterness of heart and bitter wailing. 32 In their wailing for you They will take up a lamentation, And lament for you: 'What city is like Tyre, Destroyed in the midst of the sea? 33 'When your wares went out by sea, You satisfied many people; You enriched the kings of the earth With your many luxury goods and your merchandise. :34 But you are broken by the seas in the depths of the waters; Your merchandise and the entire company will fall in your midst. 35 All the inhabitants of the isles will be astonished at you; Their kings will be greatly afraid, And their countenance will be troubled. 36 The merchants among the peoples will hiss at you; You will become a horror, and be no more forever.' " ' " (Ezekiel 27:22-36).

All of this greatness, all of this power, all of this glory, all of this wealth, all of this commerce is going to cease. The Lord is going to bring it all to an end.

Israel always wanted to be like other nations. (1 Samuel 8:5) However the problem is if you don’t learn anything from the history that tells why those nations were destroyed you are boomed to repeat it.

Ezekiel prophesied this warning to people of Tyrus century’s before now God gives Christ this revelation to show to John. In Revelation, chapter eighteen, the Bible speaks of the destruction of the commercial system of Babylon/Jerusalem in the great tribulation period. God is finally bringing an end to commercialism that has preyed upon the weakness of man. These are many parallels between Ezekiel 27 and Revelation 18. Tyrus was at one time, the center of the commercial activity of the world. (27:8-21) Babylon/Jerusalem was the center of the commercial activity of the world. (Rev. 18:12:13)

Tyus claimed 'I am perfect in beauty.' (27:3) Babylon/Jerusalem “glorified herself.” (Rev. 18:7)

The merchants said, “What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?” (27:32) In Rev. 18:18 the merchants cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What is like this great city?

The mariners, and all the pilots of the sea threw dust on their heads while walling and weep, because they have been made rich by bringing the merchandises. (27:30-32) The merchants threw dust on their heads while wailing and weep over the rich wealth that are lost. (Rev. 18:19) Their kings will be greatly afraid, And their countenance will be troubled. (27:35) The kings of the earth will stand at a distance for fear of her torment. (Rev 18:9-10)

Tyre will fall into the midst of the season the day of its ruin. (27:27) Babylon/Jerusalem will be threw into the sea. (Rev 18:21) The greatness, and glory of Tyrus, would be no more . (27: 36) The greatness, and glory of Babylon/Jerusalem will be no more. (Rev. 18:21-22)

The message against Tyre was given in the year 586 B.C., just after the fall of Jerusalem. The name Tyre means "rock." It was built on an island rock about half a mile from the main-land. Unlike other Phoenician cities, it formed a little kingdom in itself. Hiram, king of Tyre, built a house for David in Jerusalem. (2 Sam. 5:11) This same Hiram brought materials to Jerusalem to build the temple. The wood was hewn in Lebanon, taken to the sea, and sent in floats over seventy-five miles to Joppa. ( 2 Chron. 2:16)

He also furnished sailors for Solomon's navy when it went from Ezion-geber to Ophir for gold. (1 Kings 9:26) Tyre again supplied cedar wood for the building of the second temple. (Ezra 3:7-8) Tyre citizens were merchant traders and abounded in wealth.

Here in Ezekiel, however, is a picture of the greatness of Tyre, and of its fall. How well equipped was this city! How widespread was her trading and how valuable her goods! Yet "thy riches, thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy marines, and thy pilots, thy entire company, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee . . . shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin." Knowledge is power. And interior knowledge of scripture brings great power. Israel knows what was written in Ezekiel, about Tyre any why. They also know there was nothing wrong with wealth after all God really blessed her as a nation. But when wealth is made into a minister called legalized extortion on the backs of other people by the Temple Priests of all people Jerusalem was headed to doom.

The more I read the Bible the more I understand that fleshly Israel stocked up a long list of reasons as to why she was headed to destruction. In Malachi 2:1-9, the people of Israel, and in particular their priests, were guilty of having “corrupted” the covenant that God had made with them. She treacherously departed from God her husband. Jeremiah 3:20 Surely as a wife treacherously departed from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.

She backslides on God and played the harlot. Jeremiah 3:6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. She became murderers. Isaiah 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

She turned her Messia over to be put to death.. She made wealth out of legalized extortion. And the list goes on. It is times like this that I say thank you Lord for it is only by your grace that I am not in their place.