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Jerusalem; Fall of Tyre and Babylon in the Day of the Lord

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  Tyre and Babylon and Jerusalem will be the three great rival cities of the enditme during the reign of antichrist both before and after the rapture. The building of these cities will be in timeframe 3 (page 2 for Tyre and Babylon, page 1 for Jerusalem). This study is the study of the fall of these great cities when they fall in the Day of the Lord just prior to Christ's visible return (See chart above).

Tyre - antichrist's political throne and Babylon his commercial and religious throne of his empire
Gray area shows eventual extent of antichrist's empire after he comes to power in timeframe 1
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Fall of Tyre

Past history
  Tyre, pronounced tyr, was an ancient Phoenician seaport. It stood on the Mediterranean Sea in what is now southern Lebanon. Part of the city stood on the mainland and part on an island across a narrow channel. Tyre was an important shipping port, handling goods from Mesopotamia and Arabia. The people of Tyre were noted as sailors as well as for their cultural and intellectual activities.

Egypt controlled Tyre before about 1100 B.C. Tyrians carried on trade for the Egyptians with the peoples of Asia Minor and the Aegean Sea. The city enjoyed its greatest prosperity between 1100 and 573 B.C. Part of that time, Tyre was ruled by Assyria and then by Babylonia. Tyre founded several colonies, including Carthage on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa.

In 573 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia crushed a 13-year Tyrian revolt. Alexander the Great conquered the city in 332 B.C. and built a road from the mainland to the island, creating a peninsula upon which the present town of Tyre--also called Sur--stands. Tyre later became a part of the Roman and then Byzantine (
East Roman) empire. Christian crusaders occupied the city from A.D. 1124 until Muslims captured it in 1291.


World Enclopedia 1998

Contributor: Louis L. Orlin, Ph.D., Prof. Emeritus of Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature, Univ. of Michigan.

Future history and fall according to Ezekiel 26, 27, 28

Ezekiel 26
Tyre - the worlds's greatest seaport city built before the rapture and destroyed in the 'Day of the Lord'
                            
Ezekiel 26:1,2 God speaks judgment against Tyrus for it's role in the 'Day of calamity' (timeframe 2 phase 2 - see chart above) when Israel was attacked and Jerusalem was in the hand of the Jew's worst enemies and they rejoiced saying they would now be replenished by Israel's loss and now they would be the gates for the people.

Ezek 26:1,2

1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:
Notice in Psalm 83 studied in the process of the mass return (timeframe 2 phase 2 - see chart above) Tyrus listed among the confederate group of nations that attacked Israel in the 'Day of Calamity'.

Psalm 83:5-8
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek;
the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
Eze 26:1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:
3 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.
4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.
5 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 the nations.
6 And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.
8 He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field: and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee.
9 And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.
10 By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach.
11 With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.
12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.
13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.
14 And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
15 Thus saith the Lord GOD to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?
16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at thee.
17 And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that wast inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it!
18 Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.
19 For thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;
20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;
21 I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord GOD.

  Tyre was a great city in the past but was never destroyed in the manner spoken of by Ezekiel. To fully understand Ezekiel 26-28 you have to remember that Tyre future as in the past (see documentation above) was two cities. One on the mainland, the other just offshore on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Ezek 26:14 says when Tyre is destroyed it shall be built no more whereas Isaiah 23:15-18 says that after 70 years after its final destruction it will be rebuilt and her merchandise will be holiness unto the Lord. These 70 years would run well into the Millenium reign of Christ and the saints. It is clear from the above scriptures that when the mainland city is totally destroyed it will be rebuilt again after 70 years but the island city will never be rebuilt again.


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Isa 23:15-18
15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.
18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

  It would seem Babylon and Tyre fall around the same time. Babylon is destroyed by what is apparently an atomic bomb dropped on it (see fall of Babylon) while Tyre is destroyed by the wars of antichrist with king of the south (nations confederate with Egypt) and king of the north (another group of nations led by a very powful figure like unto Nebuchadezzar of Babylon - see Daniel 11 page 3 , Gog and Magog )

Daniel 11:40
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.


  It is clear then that Tyre will certainly be overrun by armies as recorded in
Ezekiel 26 above. Besides the destruction of Tyus by these armies nature is seemingly out of control and produces a tidal wave that will overflow Tyus (verse 19). This will be at a time when all the isles shall all shake. The biblical expression 'isles' or 'isles of the sea' always means distant lands not mentioned. This would include the whole world which will shake at the prescense of God. We read in Hebrews 12:26 and Revelations 16:17-21

Hebrew 12:26
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Rev 16:17-21
17  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

See Kingdom on the great geological changes at leading up to and at Christ's visible return.

Ezekiel 27
A grand description of Tyre - the worlds's greatest seaport city built before the rapture in timeframe 3 and destroyed in the 'Day of the Lord'.
1 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
2 Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;
3 And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord God; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.
4 Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty.
5 They have made all thy ship boards of fir trees of Senir: they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for thee.
6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought out of the isles of Chittim.
7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered thee.
8 The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy mariners: thy wise men, O Tyrus, that were in thee, were thy pilots.
9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.
10 They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut were in thine army, thy men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; they set forth thy comeliness.
11 The men of Arvad with thine army were upon thy walls round about, and the Gammadims were in thy towers: they hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they have made thy beauty perfect.
12 Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.
13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market.
14 They of the house of Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules.
15 The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thine hand: they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and ebony.
16 Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making: they occupied in thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.
17 Judah, and the land of Israel, they were thy
merchants: they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith, and pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm.
18 Damascus was thy merchant in the multitude of the wares of thy making, for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of Helbon, and white wool.
19 Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in thy fairs: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were in thy market.
20 Dedan was thy merchant in precious clothes for chariots.
21 Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these were they thy merchants.
22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants: they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold.
23 Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba,
Asshur, and Chilmad, were thy merchants.
24 These were thy merchants in all sorts of things, in blue clothes, and broidered work, and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar, among thy merchandise.
25 The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas.
26 Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.
27 Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the
occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.
28 The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots.
29 And all that handle the oar, the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships, they shall stand upon the land;
30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes:
31 And they shall make themselves utterly bald for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.
32 And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?
33 When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise.
34 In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall.
35 All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at thee, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in their countenance.
36 The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more
Ezekiel 28
  Prince of Tyre and the King of Tyre. Antichrist after the rapture is both a man and satan incarnate. For the full story see Daniel 8 page 4