The Book of Ezekiel – Part 12
Calvary Baptist Church — SOTB — The Book of Ezekiel — Part 12
THE MESSAGE AND PROPHECY
EZEKIEL 26:1 – 28:19
This prophecy can be dated to the 12th year of King Jehoiachin’s reign.
A Judgement against Tyre primarily because of their mistreatment and mocking and scorning of Israel. Tyre was looking constantly to take every advantage of God’s people and in effect were gleeful to see bad things come upon God’s people. They suffered from considerable PRIDE. Also involved in this prophecy are shadows and pictures of both the coming Antichrist and Satan himself.
Tyre was located geographically in the north west of Israel on coastal Island.
The Wealth and Blessings of Tyre:
a) Tyre was a city of Renown. (Eze 26:17)
b) Tyre was a city that had many riches. (Eze 26:12a)
c) Tyre was a city that had beautiful and pleasant homes. (Eze 26:12b)
d) Tyre was a city which appeared to have buildings which were built with great strength attached to them. (Eze 26:11)
e) Tyre was a city which appeared to have good military protection.
f) Tyre was a city in which music was a large part of their culture.
g) Tyre was a city that appeared to be a manufacturer of fine clothing and indeed many of its own citizens enjoyed wearing embroidered garments.
h) Tyre prided itself on being “Mighty or Strong in the sea” (Eze 26:17)
“In many ways it believed itself to be indestructible”
i) Tyre believed itself to be a city with perfect beauty like its King.
j) Tyre was probably constructed from reclaimed land;
hence the emphasis on their borders being in “The heart of the sea” (Eze 27:4)
k) Tyre was probably also a naval port
— It was certainly a great shipping port with trading links which spread out worldwide. (Eze 27:5-6)
l) Tyre was a city that liked the best of everything. (Eze 27:6) “Ivory”
m) Tyre was a city where no expense would be spared
— Even their sailing ships had sails made with fine embroidered linen which was imported from Egypt.
n) Tyre was a city which appeared to seek out and employ some of the then known worlds finest sailors
— Those who probably had served their whole life on the oceans.
This would have cost huge sums of money but again they had to have the best and seemed to be able to afford the best. (Eze 27:9)
o) Tyre was a city which employed foreign soldiers for their defence
— Again these would probably have been some of the best and most capable soldiers in the world at this time.
p) Tyre was a city which had phenomenal riches
— They were blessed economically because of their great possessions of Silver, iron, tin, and lead. (Eze 27:12)
q) Tyre was a city which also traded in goods
— Not just cash. Syria was a strong customer.
r) Tyre was a city which also was concerned about good floor covering for their homes
— They bought and traded fine carpets. (Eze 27:24)
“Chests of rich apparel”
THE PRONOUNCEMENT FROM GOD THAT HE WAS AGAINST TYRUS BECAUSE OF THEIR INJUSTICES TOWARDS GOD’S PEOPLE ISRAEL.
(Eze 26:2) “Tyre’s mistreatment of God’s people”
“God’s pronouncement through Ezekiel that God is against Tyre”
GOD ANNOUNCES THROUGH EZEKIEL THE DETAILS OF WHAT GOD HIMSELF IS GOING TO DO TO TYRE BECAUSE OF THEIR PRIDE IN THEMSELVES AND THEIR HOSTILITY AND OPPOSITION TO GOD’S PEOPLE ISRAEL:
1) God says to Tyre
— I will cause many nations to come up against you — Just as the waves of the sea come up against you. (Eze 26:3)
2) God says to Tyre
— That the walls and towers of Tyre will be broken down and destroyed.
“This is a picture of God striking at the very heart and power base of Tyrus”
3) God says to Tyre
— That he will make Tyre like the top of a rock
— Maybe a reference to a smooth flattened surface where fishermen are able to spread their nets.
4) God says to Tyre
— That it will become a spoil to the nations
— A place where other countries can freely plunder until it is stripped of all its goods and glory. (Eze 26:5b)
5) God says to Tyre
— That her daughters which are in the field will be slain. (Eze 26:6a)
“The thought here appears to be that the towns and villages on the mainland which belong to Tyre will not escape judgement and their inhabitants will be executed by the sword”
6) God says to Tyre
— That he will bring King Nebuchadrezzar from Babylon to carry out God’s punishment upon Tyre. (Eze 26:7)
7) God says to Tyre
— That Nebuchadrezzar’s power is great
and in this instance is a picture of God’s great power of judgement. (Eze 26:7)
8) God says to Tyre
— The Babylonians have great instruments of war and death
and there will be no escape for Tyre. (Eze 26:7-10)
The Babylonians have the following equipment:
Great companies of soldiers
Siege walls to trap Tyre
Axes to break down the towns and walls of Tyre.
Such a large number of horses and soldiers that Tyrus will be overwhelmed.
9) God says to Tyre — The whole episode will be Awful.
People will be trampled with the hoofs of horses.
People will be slain with the sword.
Homes will be destroyed and made ashes and dust.
Timbers and stones from their buildings will be thrown into the water.
Singing and musical instruments will fall silent.
The cry of the the wounded and the slaughter of many will cause the whole Isles to shake.
The princes and rulers will TREMBLE and be ASTONISHED that such a thing could happen to them.
10) God says to Tyre
— There will be great Lamentation. (Eze 26:17)
11) God says to Tyre
— That they will depart
— Literally be completely eliminated. (Eze 26:18)
12) God says to Tyre
— That all that is left of the flattened city will be covered by the sea.
13) God says to Tyre
— That many of Tyre’s inhabitants will go to Hell.
“Descend into the pit”
14) God says to Tyre
— That they will be no more
— They will never be found again and this would strike great terror into the hearts of people. (Eze 26:21)
*** Chapter 26:21 of Ezekiel is an amazing prophecy
— One of the most amazing in the whole of scripture ***
EZEKIEL IS INSTRUCTED TO SING A FUNERAL SONG FOR TYRE
1) God tells Ezekiel to take up a lamentation for Tyre.
2) God tells Ezekiel to tell Tyre that they had boasted declaring themselves to have perfect beauty. (Eze 27:3)
3) God tells Ezekiel to list many of the blessings which in God’s common Grace the people of Tyre had received and experienced
— For which they were NOT Grateful.
4) God tells Ezekiel to remind Tyre how again in God’s common Grace he had allowed them to become a great trading nation with many other countries
— For which they were NOT Grateful.
5) God tells Ezekiel to tell Tyre further details of their Demise and Destruction:
a) Tyre’s leaders (Rowers) have brought them into the sea of destruction. (Eze 27:26)
b) Tyre’s wealth; sailors; men of war; will sink into the sea on the day of Tyre’s downfall.
c) Tyre will shake and tremble at the death of its sailors.
d) Tyre will endure deep mourning; weeping; and emotion at the loss of the cream of their Society.
e) Tyre will be reminded of their past
— At one time their merchandise satisfied many peoples and nations
— But that has all now been shattered into the depths of the sea.
f) Tyre is told that other nations are appalled by Tyre;
other nations Hiss at Tyre;
and other nations treat Tyre as an object of horror.
g) Tyre is told there is no hope of a come back or recovery.
They are finished and will never exist again.
THE PRINCE OF TYRUS LIKENED TO SATAN:
1) The Prince of Tyrus had his heart lifted up. (Eze 28:2a)
2) The Prince of Tyrus said I am God. (Eze 28:2b)
3) The Prince of Tyrus believed himself to be wiser than Daniel. (Eze 28:3a)
4) The Prince of Tyrus thought that he knew all things.
“There is no secret that can hide from thee”
5) The Prince of Tyrus is said to have acquired wealth by his wisdom and understanding.
6) The Prince of Tyrus had a heart that had become proud because of his wealth. (Eze 28:5)
7) The Prince of Tyrus was to be cast down into the pit.
8) The Prince of Tyrus will clearly be shown and have to learn that he is NOT God after all.
9) The Prince of Tyrus is told that originally he was:
the seal of perfection;
full of wisdom;
and perfect in beauty. (Eze 28:12)
10) The Prince of Tyrus is told that he was in the Garden of Eden.
11) The Prince of Tyrus is told about
the glorious stones which he was dressed in.
12) The Prince of Tyrus is told
he was a created being. (Eze 28:13c)
13) The Prince of Tyrus is told
he was an anointed guardian Cherub. (Eze 28:14a)
14) The Prince of Tyrus is told that
he was once on the Holy Mountain of God.
15) The Prince of Tyrus is told that
from the day he was created he was blameless in his ways;
until wickedness was found in him. (Eze 28:15)
16) The Prince of Tyrus is told that
he has sinned and will therefore be cast as profane out of the mountain of God. (Eze 28:16)
17) The Prince of Tyrus is told that
his heart has been lifted up because of his beauty.
18) The Prince of Tyrus is told that
he has corrupted his own wisdom for the sake of his splendour and brightness. (Eze 28:17b)
19) The Prince of Tyrus is told
he will be cast to the ground
— And he will be laid before kings so that they may observe and learn of his downfall. (Eze 28:17c)
“This of course would cause him great Humiliation”
20) The Prince of Tyrus is told that he has defiled the temple. (Eze 28:18a)
21) The Prince of Tyrus is told that God will send a fire to consume him
— The fire will bring him to ashes and those ashes will be seen by a whole watching world. (Eze 28:18b)
22) The Prince of Tyrus is told that
all those who knew him would be astonished at what has befallen him. (Eze 28:19a)
23) The Prince of Tyrus is told finally that
just like the land he ruled, he also was finished
— He would be exterminated
— Recovery was not an option or even possible.
There could be no come back. God’s word on the matter was final.