Ezekiel – Chapter 32

Verse 1 – And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, on the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: ‘You are like a young lion among the nations, and you are like a monster in the seas, bursting forth in your rivers, troubling the waters with your feet, and fouling their rivers.’

Though Pharaoh thought of himself as a strong lion, in God’s eyes, he was nothing but a monster (crocodile).

Verse 3 – “Thus says the Lord God: ‘I will therefore spread My net over you with a company of many people, and they will draw you up in My net.

Casting a net over a lion or a crocodile is how hunters capture their prey, and that’s what God intends to do.

Verse 4 – Then I will leave you on land; I will cast you out on the open fields, and cause to settle on you all the birds of the heavens. And with you I will fill the beasts of the whole earth.

Verse 5 – I will lay your flesh on the mountains, and fill the valleys with your carcass.

Verse 6 – ‘I will also water the land with the flow of your blood, even to the mountains; and the riverbeds will be full of you.

Verse 7 – When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.

I will cover the heavens – destroy the empire. Make the stars dark – overwhelm all the dependent states. I will cover the sun – the king himself.

Verse 8 – All the bright lights of the heavens I will make dark over you, and bring darkness upon your land,’ says the Lord God.

The darkness in this verse recalls the exodus plague of darkness against Egypt as well as the darkness that will accompany the Day of the Lord.

Verse 9 – ‘I will also trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries which you have not known.

The fall of Pharaoh represents the fall of world power before the sovereignty of God.

Verse 10 – ‘Yes, I will make many peoples astonished at you, and their kings shall be horribly afraid of you when I brandish My sword before them; and they shall tremble every moment every man for his own life, in the day of your fall.’

Verse 11 – “For thus says the Lord God: ‘The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon you.

Verse 12 – ‘By the swords of the mighty warriors, all of them the most terrible of the nations, I will cause your multitude to fall. They shall plunder the pomp of Egypt, and all its multitude shall be destroyed.

On this coming judgment on Egypt, all people and animals will be destroyed. They should remember their history when God slayed the firstborn of all those who didn’t have the blood of the lamb on their door posts (Exodus 12:29).

Verse 13 – Also I will destroy all the beasts from beside its great waters; the foot of man shall muddy them no more, nor shall hooves of beasts muddy them.

Verse 14 – The I will make their waters clear, and make their rivers run like oil,’ says the Lord God.

There will be so few man and beast left that they won’t muddy the waters with any activity. There will be significant sadness and heaviness in all the land.

Verse 15 – When I make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country is destitute of all that once filled it, when I strike all who dwell in it, then they will know that I am the Lord.

Verse 16 – ‘This is the lamentation with which they shall lament her; the daughters of the nations shall lament her; they shall lament for her, for Egypt, and for all her multitude,’ says the Lord God.”

Egypt in Sheol

Verse 17 – It came to pass also in the twelfth year, on the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

Verse 18 – “Son of man, wail over the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down to the depths of the earth, her and the daughters of the famous nations, with those who go down to the Pit:

And here, God reminds Egypt that yes, there is an after-life, but not the one they believed for.

Verse 19 – ‘Whom do you surpass in beauty? Go down, be placed with the uncircumcised.

The reference to the uncircumcised is referring to uncleanness and vileness. A reminder to Pharaoh that his death will be one of shame and defeat.

Verse 20 – “They shall fall in the midst of those slain by the sword; she is delivered to the sword, drawing her and all her multitudes.

Verse 21 – The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with those who help him: ‘They have gone down, they lie with the uncircumcised, slain by the sword.’

Did you notice that the ones already in hell speak? A lot could be debated about that one statement, but just think about it for a moment.

Verse 22 – “Assyria is there (hell) and all her company, with their graves all around her, all of them slain, fallen by the sword.

Verse 23 – Her graves are set in the recesses of grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who caused terror in the land of the living.

In the grave, all of God’s enemies are condemned in judgment; they experience the fate they so quickly imposed on others.

Verse 24 – “There is Elam and all her multitude, all around her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who have gone down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth, who caused their terror in the land of the living; now they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.

Elam was a nation of fierce warriors from the region east of Assyria. They were conquered by Nebuchadnezzar and eventually rebuilt themselves and became part of Persia.

Verse 25 – They have set her bed in the midst of the slain, with all her multitude, with her graves all around it, all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword; though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit; it was put in the mist of the slain.

The Persians had their coffins, which the dead were kept with balms and spices, in the midst of places provided for them. King Elam was placed with the slaughtered captains.

Verse 26 – “There are Meshech and Tubal and all their multitudes, with all their graves around it, all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living.

Meshech and Tubal were territories located in the eastern region of Asia Minor, now eastern and central Turkey.

Verse 27 – They do not lie with the mighty who are fallen of the uncircumcised, who have gone down to hell with their weapons of war; they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities will be on their bones, because of the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

Verse 28 – Yes, you shall be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and lie with those slain by the sword.

Verse 29 – “There is Edom, her kings and all her princes, who despite their might are laid beside those who are slain by the sword; they shall lie with the uncircumcised, with those who go down to the Pit.

Verse 30 – There are the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Sidonians, who have gone down with the slain in shame at the terror which they caused by their might; they lie uncircumcised with those slain by the sword, and bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.

Verse 31 – “Pharaoh will see them and be comforted over all his multitude, Pharaoh and all his army, slain by the swords, ” says the Lord God.

Verse 32 – “For I have caused My terror in the land of the living; and he shall be placed in the midst of the uncircumcised with those slain by the sword, Pharaoh and all his multitude,: says the Lord God.

Those that are uncircumcised in the heart, are slain by the sword of Divine justice. Their iniquity is upon them, and they bear their shame for ever.

Ezekiel – Chapter 31

Egypt is Cut down Like Assyria

Verse 1 – Now it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his multitude: “Whom are you like in your greatness?

Verse 3 – Indeed Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon, with fine branches that shaded the forest, and of high stature; and its top was among the thick boughs.

Ezekiel compared Egypt to Assyria, calling Assyria a great Cedar tree. Just like Assyria, Egypt took pride in its strength and beauty, this would be its downfall.

Verse 4 – The waters made it grow; underground waters gave it height, with their rivers running around the place where it was planted, and sent out river-lets to all the trees of the field.

Verse 5 – ‘Therefore its height was exalted above all the trees of the field; its boughs were multiplied, and its branches became long because of the abundance of water, as it sent them out.

Verse 6 – All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs; under its branches all beasts of the field brought forth their young; and in its shadow all great nations made their home.

Verse 7 – ‘Thus it was beautiful in greatness and in length of its branches, because its roots reached to abundant waters.

Verse 8 – The cedars in the garden of God could not hide it; the fir trees were not like its boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like its branches; no tree in the garden of God was like it in beauty.

Verse 9 – I made it beautiful with a multitude of branches, so that all the trees of Eden envied it, that were in the garden of God.’

Verse 10 – “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have increased in height, and it set its top among the thick boughs, and its heart was lifted up in its height,

Verse 11 – ‘therefore I will deliver it into the hand of the mighty one of the nations, and he shall surely deal with it; I have driven it out for its wickedness.

The trees represent Pharaoh and they would be cut down.

Verse 12 – ‘And aliens, the most terrible of the nations, have cut it down and left it; its branches have fallen on the mountains and in all the valleys; its boughs lie broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the peoples of the earth have gone from under its shadow and left it.

Verse 13 – ‘On its ruin will remain all the birds of the heavens, and all the beasts of the field will come to its branches –

Verse 14 – ‘So that no trees by the waters may ever again exalt themselves for their height, nor set their tops among the thick boughs, that no tree which drinks water may ever be high enough to reach up to them. ‘For they have all been delivered to death to the depths of the earth, among the children of men who go down to the Pit.’

This is a warning that no nation can stand on its own strength. “All that drink water” means mighty princes to whom wealth and prosperity flow. Assyria’s fall was decreed in order that the mighty ones of the earth might learn not to exalt themselves in pride or rely on themselves.

Verse 15 – “Thus says the Lord God: ‘In the day when it went down to hell, I caused mourning. I covered the deep because of it. I restrained its rivers, and the great waters were held back. I cause Lebanon to mourn for it, and all the trees of the field wilted because of it.

The deep, the source of Assyria’s prosperity, was made to mourn, being dried up instead of giving forth its waters, its glad abundance.

Verse 16 – ‘I made the nations shake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down to hell together with those who descend into the Pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the depths of the earth.

All that heard the noise of this great nation’s destruction trembled. The king and the kingdoms, as a dead man to the grave, that drank the waters, enjoyed great power, riches, and glory.

Verse 17 – ‘They also went down to hell with it, with those slain by the sword; and those who were its strong-arm dwelt in its shadows among nations.

All those who were loyal and faithful to Pharaoh, who were slain for their wickedness, go to the Pit.

Verse 18 – ‘To which of the trees in Eden will you then be likened in glory and greatness? Yet you shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the depths of the earth; you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude,’ says the Lord God.”

All the pyramids built to make the Pharaoh’s comfortable in their after-life is debunked by that theory by God in theses verses. God tells them they all end up in hell with the multitude of their wicked subjects.

Ezekiel – Chapter 30

Verse 1 – The word of the Lord came to me again, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Wail, ‘Woe to the day!’

Verse 3 – For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, it will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.

A day of trouble – clouds. The time when God will reckon with the heathens – Gentiles.

Verse 4 – The sword shall come upon Egypt, and great anguish shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain fall in Egypt, and they take away her wealth, and her foundations are broken down.

Verse 5 – “Ethiopia, Libya, Lydia, all the mingled people, Chub, and the men of the lands who are allied, shall fall with them by the sword.”

Verse 6 – ‘Thus says the Lord; “Those who uphold Egypt shall fall, and the pride of her power shall come down. From Migdol to Syene those within her shall fall by the sword,” says the Lord God.

Verse 7 – “They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste.

Verse 8 – Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I set a fire in Egypt and all her helpers are destroyed.

Verse 9 – On that day messengers shall go forth from Me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great anguish shall come upon them, as on the day of Egypt; for indeed it is coming!”

Messengers go forth from me in ships – ships can ascend the Nile up to Syene or Essuan, by the cataracts; and when Nebuchadnezzar’s vessels went up, they struck terror into the Ethiopians. They are represented here as the “messenger of God.”

Verse 10 – ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will also make a multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

Verse 11 – He and his people with him, the most terrible of nations, shall be brought to destroy the land; they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

Verse 12 – I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked; I will make the land waste, and all that is in it, by the hand of aliens. I the Lord, have spoken.”

The Nile has many canals and when it was time for the Nile to overflow, it watered the land. But God said He would dry it up so that would cause famine and death.

Verse 13 – ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will also destroy the idols, and cause the images to cease from Noph; (Noph – Memphis, now Grand Cairo) there shall no longer be princes from the land of Egypt; I will put fear in the land of Egypt.

Verse 14 – I will make Pathros desolate, set fire to Zoan, and execute judgments in No.

Verse 15 – I will cut off the multitude of No (a populous city located at one of the mouths of the Nile),

Verse 16 – and set a fire in Egypt; sin shall have great pain, No shall be split open, and Noph shall be in distress daily.

Verse 17 – The young men of Aven and PiBeseth shall fall by the sword, and these cities shall go into captivity.

Verse 18 – At Tehaphnehes the day shall also be darkened, when I break the yokes of Egypt there. And her arrogant strength shall cease in her; as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.

Verse 19 – Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt, then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ‘ ”

Verse 20 – And it shall come to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month, that the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 21 – “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and see, it has not been bandaged for healing, nor a splint put on it to bind it, to make it strong enough to hold a sword.

This message came in 587 B.C. while Jerusalem was under attack from Babylon. Judah had rebelled against Babylon and made an alliance with Egypt in spite of God’s warnings (Jeremiah 2:36, 37). The Egyptians turned and ran when Nebuchadnezzar’s army turned on them. This defeat was what Ezekiel meant when he said that God had broken the arm of Pharaoh.

Verse 22 – “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Surely I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, both the strong one and the one that was broken; and I will make the sword fall out of his hand.

Verse 23 – ‘I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them throughout the countries.

Verse 24 – ‘I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put My sword in his hand; but I will break Pharaoh’s arms, and he will groan before him with groanings of a mortally wounded man.

Verse 25 – ‘Thus I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; they shall know that I am the Lord, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt.

Verse 26 – ‘I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations an disperse them throughout the countries. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.’ ”

God destroyed Egypt’s military superiority and gave it to Babylon. Many times, we don’t see right away the purpose of God letting a nation rise to power and then calling judgment on it. We don’t have to understand everything in order to be obedient. Our God is sovereign and is in charge of everything. We should never forget that any nation that comes against Israel, He will destroy! Zechariah 14:12 – And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

Ezekiel – Chapter 29

There are seven prophecies in chapters 29-32, all dealing with Egypt.

Egypt to Be Desolate

Verse 1 – In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt.

Egypt had great treasures, a flourishing civilization, and world-renowned military power. Unfortunately, it was also evil, egotistical, idolatrous and it treated slaves cruelly. They are about to receive what is due.

Verse 3 – “Speak, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Pharaoh king of Egypt, O great monster who lies in the midst of his rivers, who has said,  ‘My River is my own; I have made it myself.’

“My River” – My kingdom, power, riches, and forces, all the strength and glory of Egypt.

Verse 4 – But I will put hooks in your jaws, and cause the fish of your rivers to stick to your scales; I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, and all the fish in your rivers will stick to your scales.

Verse 5 – I will leave you in the wilderness you and all the fish of your rivers; you shall fall on the open field; you shall not be picked up or gathered. I have given you as food to the beast of the field and to the birds of the heavens.

Verse 6 – “Then all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

“Staff of reed” – an inefficient and faithless ally. The Egyptians had made a half-hearted attempt to assist the Jews when Nebuchadnezzar came against Jerusalem, but when he turned on the Egyptians, they turned and ran. In other words – God corrects His own, but if you come against His children, you are against Him.

Verse 7 – When they took hold of you with the hand, you broke and tore all their shoulders; when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their loins shake.”

Verse 8 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will bring a sword upon you and cut off from you man and beast.

Verse 9 – “And the land of Egypt shall become desolate and waste; then they will know that I am the Lord, because he said, ‘The River is mine, and I have made it.’

Verse 10 – “Indeed, therefore, I am against you and against your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from Migdol to Syene, as far as the border of Ethiopia.

The Nile was Egypt’s pride and joy, life-giving river cutting through the middle of the desert. We do the same thing when we take all credit for a career, houses we build, or any success of building anything. Statements like this are prideful. Too many times, we take for granted what God has done in and through us. We couldn’t even draw a breath unless God permitted it. God gives the talent; the wisdom; and the opportunities, to accomplish what we do and have, and we should never forget it.

Verse 11 – “Neither foot of man shall pass through it nor foot of beast pass through it, and it shall be uninhabited forty years.

Verse 12 – “I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate; and among the cities that are laid waste, her cities shall be desolate forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and despise them throughout the countries.”

Verse 13 – ‘Yet, thus says the Lord God’ “At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the peoples among whom they were scattered.

Verse 14 – “I will bring back the captives of Egypt and cause them to return to the land of Pathros, to the land of their origin, and there they shall be a lowly kingdom.

Verse 15 – “It shall be the lowest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for I will diminish them so that they will not rule over nations anymore.

Verse 16 – “No longer shall it be the confidence of the house of Israel, but will remind them of their iniquity when they tuned to follow them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.” ‘ ”

Verse 17 – And it came to pass in the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came tome, saying,

Verse 18 – “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his army to labor strenuously against Tyre; every head was made bald, and every shoulder rubbed raw; yet neither he nor his army received wages from Tyre, for the labor which expended on it.

Verse 19 – “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Surely I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he shall take away her wealth, carry off her spoil, and remove her pillage; and that will be the wages for his army.

Verse 20 – ‘I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor, because they worked for Me, says the Lord God.

Verse 21 – ‘In that day I will cause the horn of the house of Israel to spring forth, and I will open your mouth to speak in their midst. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.’ ”

Nebuchadnezzar had finally conquered Tyre after a 15 year siege (586-571 B.C.). He then went south and conquered Egypt. Ezekiel placed this prophesy here to describe who would bring punishment to Egypt. God used Nebuchadnezzar, an evil man, as His instrument of judgment on Tyre, Judah, and Egypt, which were evil nations themselves. When Babylon didn’t recognize God’s favor, He judged them too!

Ezekiel – Chapter 28

This prophecy is against the prince of Tyre, who was worshiped as a god. Their glory, is the glory of pride. Ezekiel might be making a broader spiritual application, speaking about Satan, whom the people were really following. There is no grey area when it comes to following Christ. We either live for Him or we live for the devil, no in-between.

Verse 1 – The word of the Lord came to me again, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because your heart is lifted up, and you say, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, in the midst of the seas,’ yet you are a man, and not a god, though you set your heart as the heart of a god

Verse 3 –  behold, you are wiser than Daniel! There is no secret that can be hidden from you!

Daniel, an important official in Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, was already renowned for his wisdom. Daniel proclaimed that his wisdom came from God, but the king of Tyre thought he was a god.

Verse 4 – With your wisdom and your understanding you have gained riches for yourself, and gathered gold and silver into your treasures;

Verse 5 – By your great wisdom in trade you have increased your riches, and your heart is lifted up because of your riches,”

Verse 6 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have set your heart as the heart of a god,

Verse 7 – behold, therefore, I will bring strangers against you, the most terrible of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and defile your splendor.

The king of Tyre believed he got everything by himself and didn’t acknowledge a Divine providence. He also believed because he got everything all by himself he could keep it all by himself, and had no need for any foreign help.

Verse 8 – They shall throw you down into the Pit, and you shall die the death of the slain in the midst of the seas.

Verse 9 – “Will you still say before him who slays you, ‘I am a god’? But you shall be a man, and not a god, in the hand of him who slays you.

Verse 10 – You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hands of aliens; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God.’ ”

The foreign army that would attack, was none other than Nebuchadnezzar’s army. This happened in 573/572 B.C. The uncircumcised are the pagan idolaters as opposed to the covenant – people.

Verse 11 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 12 – “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect beauty.

Verse 13 – You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.

Verse 14 – “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.

Verse 15 – You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.

These verses have double reference. The prince of Tyre was also anointed as a sovereign priest-covering or protecting the minor states, like the cherubim with outstretched wings covering the mercy-Seat. As the cherub was in the temple on the holy mountain, so the prince of Tyre was presiding over the island – city, rising like a mountain from the deep. Like Satan, the prince of Tyre was found to have sin, wickedness, and evil in him.

Verse 17 – “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. (Revelation 12:7-12).

Verse 18 – “You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you.

Verse 19 – All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever.” ‘ ”

Revelation 20:10 – And the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Judgment on Sidon

Verse 20 – Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 21 – “Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against her,

Verse 22 – “and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Sidon; I will be glorified in your midst; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I execute judgments in her and am hallowed in her.

Sidon was another famous seaport, located about 25 miles north of Tyre. God charged the city with contempt.

Verse 23 – For I will send pestilence upon her, and blood in her streets; the wounded shall be judged in her midst by the sword against her on every side; then they shall know that I am the Lord.

Verse 24 – “And there shall no longer be a pricking brier or a painful thorn for the house of Israel from among all who are around them, who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.”

Verse 25 – ‘Thus says the Lord God: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob.

Verse 26 – “And they will dwell safely there, build houses, plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.” ‘ ”

This promise that God’s people will live in complete safety has yet to be fulfilled. This promise will have its ultimate fulfillment when Christ sets up His eternal Kingdom, but for now, they are still surrounded by their enemies.

 

Ezekiel – Chapter 27

Verse 1 – The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Now, son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre,

Verse 3 – “And say to Tyre, ‘You who are situated at the entrance of the sea, merchant of the peoples on many coast-lands, thus says the Lord God: “O Tyre, you have said, ‘I am perfect in beauty.’

Verse 4 – Your borders are in the midst of the seas. Your builders have perfected your beauty.

Ezekiel describes the port of Tyre as a beautiful ship and this beauty was the source of Tyre’s pride. God is not against our finding pleasure or satisfaction in our successes; He is against arrogant, inflated self-esteem that looks down on others. (Read James 4:13-17).

Verse 5 – They made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; they took a cedar from Lebanon to make you a mast.

Verse 6 – Of oaks from Bashan they made your oars; the company of Ashurites have inlaid your planks with ivory from he coasts of Cyprus.

Verse 7 – Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was what you spread for your sail; blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah was what covered you.

Verse 8 – “Inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen; your own wise men, O Tyre, were in you; they became your pilots.

Verse 9 – Elders of Gebal and its wise men were in you to caulk your seams; all the ships of the sea and their oarsmen were in you to market your merchandise.

Gebal, a town of Phoenicia near the sea, had experienced workmen, skillful on their trades.

Verse 10 – “Those from Persia, Lydia, and Libya were in your army as men of war; they hung shield and helmet in you; they gave splendor to you.

Verse 11 – Men of Arvad with your army were on your walls all around, and the men of Gammad were in your towers; they hung their shields on your walls all around; they made your beauty perfect.

Verse 12 – “Tarshish was your merchant because of your many luxury goods. They gave you silver, iron, tin, and lead for your goods.

After having given an account of the naval and military equipment of Tyre, Ezekiel now speaks of the various places and peoples with whom they traded, and the different kinds of merchandise from those places.

As we continue in this chapter, we see that Tyre had access to everything they could possibly need or want. They thrived on their ports and the trade industry. I’m sure everyone worked and lived as though it would never end, but they forgot the most important, the God who gave it all to them!

Verse 13 – “Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders. They bartered human lives and vessels of bronze for your merchandise.

They trafficked in slave trading as if they were mere merchandise.

Verse 14 – “Those from the house of Togarmah traded for your wares with horses, steeds, and mules.

Verse 15 – “The men of Dedan were your traders; many isles were the market of your hand. They brought you ivory tusks and ebony as payments.

Verse 16 – “Syria was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made. They gave you for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidery, fine linen, corals, and rubies.

Verse 17 – “Judah and the land of Israel were your traders. They traded for your merchandise wheat of Minnith, millet, honey, oil, and balm.

Verse 18 – “Damascus was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made, because of your many luxury items, with the wine of Hebon and with white wool.

Verse 19 – “Dan and Javan paid for your wares, traversing back and forth. Wrought iron, cassia, and cane were among your merchandise.

Cassia – The inner bark of an aromatic plant..

Verse 20 – “Dedan was your merchant in saddle – cloths for riding.

Verse 21 – “Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your regular merchants. They traded with you in lambs, rams, and goats.

Verse 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.

Sheba – Sabaean, the richest country of Arabia, what is now called Yemen or Arabia Felix. Raamah – closely connected with Sheba, whose seat is supposed to have been in the neighborhood of the Persian Gulf.

Verse 23 – “Haran, Canneh, Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assyria, and Chilmad were your merchants.

Verse 24 – “These were your merchants in choice items – in purple clothes, in embroidered garments, in chest of multicolored apparel, in strong twined cords, which were in your marketplace.

Why do you think God had Ezekiel say and then write all this down? God didn’t want any misunderstanding of why judgment came. He reminded them that He knew and saw how prosperous they were. He saw every detail of their activities, all the while never giving Him any acknowledgment. He wanted to make sure they knew what all they had before judgment came, and why judgment had come.

Verse 25 – “The ships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise. You were filled and very glorious in the midst of the seas.

Verse 26 – Your oarsmen brought you into many waters, but the east wind broke you in the midst of the seas.

Verse 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.

Verse 28 – The common – land will shake at the sound of the cry of your pilots.

Verse 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.

Verse 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;

They will abandon ship as it sinks, and stand on the shores and cry out for all the merchandise is lost.

Verse 31 – They will shave themselves completely bald because of you, gird themselves with sackcloth, and weep for you with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.

Verse 32 – In their wailing for you they will take up lamentation, and lament for you, what city is like Tyre, destroyed in the midst of the sea?

There is another description like this one in the Book of Revelation chapter 18. Babylon the Great is destroyed in one hour. It sounds identical to what we’ve just read.

Verse 33 – ‘When your waves went out by sea, you satisfied many people; you enriched the kings of the earth with your luxury goods and your merchandise.

Verse 34 – But when you are broken by the seas in the depths of the waters, your merchandise and the entire company will fall in your midst.

Verse 35 – All the inhabitants of the isles will be astonished at you; their kings will be greatly afraid, and their countenance will be troubled.

As the people stand on the shores and watch the ships being swallowed up, it will place great fear in their hearts.

Verse 36 – The merchants among the peoples will hiss at you; you will become a horror, and be no more forever.’ ” ‘ “

Ezekiel – Chapter 26

Tyre is the capital of Phoenicia, just north of Israel. Part of their city was on the coastline and part was on a beautiful island. Judgment came to Tyre because when Judah and Jerusalem fell, they no longer were in competition for the trade that came through and they rejoiced and gloated. Nebuchadnezzar attacked the city, but it took him 15 years because the city’s back side lay on the sea, so fresh supplies could be shipped daily.

The Destruction of Tyre

Verse 1 – “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,

Verse 2 – “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.’

Verse 3 – “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.

Verse 4 – ‘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.

Alexander the Great built a causeway to the city and finally destroyed Tyre in 332 B.C., thus Ezekiel’s prophecy was fulfilled. After the Romans became the dominant world power, they rebuilt Tyre, sort of.

Even though this message came to Ezekiel in 586 B.C. and many years had passed, it still was true. Sometimes judgment is a long way off in the future, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to come. From the beginning, God’s word tells of His Kingdom and the Messiah coming to rule and reign the earth. We don’t know the day or the hour, but it will come to pass. We are not to be slack in well dong, but keep looking for His return.

Verse 5 – ‘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.

It was not until Tyre’s conquest by Alexander the Great that this prophecy was fulfilled and all the villages were slaughtered by the sword.

Verse 6 – ‘Also her daughter villages which are in the fields shall be slain by the sword. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.’

Verse 7 – “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.

Verse 8 – ‘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.

Verse 9 – ‘He will direct his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers.

Verse 10 – ‘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.

Verse 11 – ‘With the hooves of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, your strong pillars will fall to the ground.

Verse 12 – ‘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.

Verse 13 – ‘I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more.

Verse 14 – ‘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.

Alexander threw the rubble of the mainland city into the sea until it made a bridge to the island. Then he marched across the bridge and destroyed the island in 332 B.C. Today the island city is still a pile of rubble, a testimony God’s judgment.

Verse 15 – “Thus says the Lord God to Tyre: ‘Will the coast-lands not shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded cry, when slaughter is made in the midst of you?

Verse 16 – ‘Then all the princes of the sea will come down from their thrones, lay aside their robes, and take off their embroidered garments; they will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, tremble every moment, and be astonished at you.

Verse 17 – ‘And they will take up a lamentation for you, and say to you: “How you have perished, O one inhabited by seafaring men, O renowned city, who was strong at sea, she and her inhabitants, who caused terror to be on all her inhabitants!

Verse 18 – Now the coast-lands tremble on the day of your fall; yes, the coast-lands by the sea are troubled at your departure.” ‘

Verse 19 – “For thus says the Lord God: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like cities that are not inhabited, when I bring the deep upon you, and great waters cover you,

Verse 20 – ‘then I will bring you down with those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth, in places desolate from antiquity, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you may never be inhabited; and I shall establish glory in the land of the living.

The land of the living – the land of the true God, as opposed to the land of the dead, to which is gathered the glory of the world. The overthrow of God’s enemies shall be accompanied by the establishment of His true Kingdom, where Jesus Christ rules and reigns.

Verse 21 – ‘I will make you a terror, and you shall be no more; though you are sought for, you will never be found again,’ says the Lord God.”

This is literally true. There is not the smallest vestige of the ancient Tyre, that which was erected on the main land. Even the ground seems to have been washed away.