Introduction

Our loving God wants all of us who are his creation to believe in him, to seek him, to find him, and to know him. To reach this goal he chose to communicate to us through his Word, the Bible. And he had the prophets write down his Word for all of us to read. His Word enables us to believe in him. The Bible made predictions far into the future before they happened. The scriptures prophesied about hundreds of specific events that would take place hundreds of years in the future, and all of them came true. This can only be from God.

Do you really know of any other religion that has been able to predict the future on many things that have not yet occurred? Only the Bible has done this with over 1,000 prophecies with 668 being successfully fulfilled, perfectly without error. This is something that no mortal man can do. That alone should tell you that there is a God and that he is ever so powerful. God did this to show all of us that he is the true God and there is no other. Consider this, wouldn’t you think that God would want his Word to stand higher than any other book in the world? Of course he would! And if someone would look, he would find that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, having sold around 5 billion copies to date. God is in control, for it is written:

Isaiah 46:9-10

Remember the former things, those of long ago;
   I am God, and there is no other;
   I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
   from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
   and I will do all that I please.’

Table of Contents

Introduction
…..Isaiah 46:9-10
A Prophecy Against Tyre
…..Ezekiel 26:1-21
…..Ezekiel 26:3
…..Ezekiel 26:6
…..Ezekiel 26:7
…..Ezekiel 26:12
…..Ezekiel 26:4
…..Ezekiel 26:5
…..Ezekiel 26:19
…..Ezekiel 26:14
…..Quote from J. Vernon McGee, author of "Thru The Bible"
A Prophecy Against Petra
…..Jeremiah 49:13-18
…..Jeremiah 49:18
Summary
…..Isaiah 45:19-21
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A Prophecy Against Tyre

Ruins of the City of Tyre

Ezekiel 26:1-21

In the eleventh month of the twelfth[a] year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, because Tyre has said of Jerusalem, ‘Aha! The gate to the nations is broken, and its doors have swung open to me; now that she lies in ruins I will prosper,’ 3 therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves. 4 They will destroy the walls of Tyre and pull down her towers; I will scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock. 5 Out in the sea she will become a place to spread fishnets, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. She will become plunder for the nations, 6 and her settlements on the mainland will be ravaged by the sword. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

7 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar[b] king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with horsemen and a great army. 8 He will ravage your settlements on the mainland with the sword; he will set up siege works against you, build a ramp up to your walls and raise his shields against you. 9 He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and demolish your towers with his weapons. 10 His horses will be so many that they will cover you with dust. Your walls will tremble at the noise of the warhorses, wagons and chariots when he enters your gates as men enter a city whose walls have been broken through. 11 The hooves of his horses will trample all your streets; he will kill your people with the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. 12 They will plunder your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea. 13 I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more. 14 I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.

15 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Tyre: Will not the coastlands tremble at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan and the slaughter takes place in you? 16 Then all the princes of the coast will step down from their thrones and lay aside their robes and take off their embroidered garments. Clothed with terror, they will sit on the ground, trembling every moment, appalled at you. 17 Then they will take up a lament concerning you and say to you:

“‘How you are destroyed, city of renown,
   peopled by men of the sea!
You were a power on the seas,
   you and your citizens;
you put your terror
   on all who lived there.
18 Now the coastlands tremble
   on the day of your fall;
the islands in the sea
   are terrified at your collapse.’

19 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I make you a desolate city, like cities no longer inhabited, and when I bring the ocean depths over you and its vast waters cover you, 20 then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, and you will not return or take your place[c] in the land of the living. 21 I will bring you to a horrible end and you will be no more. You will be sought, but you will never again be found, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

Let's go over these remarkable predictions in detail.

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Ezekiel 26:3

therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves.

586 BC Nebuchadnezzar II attacked Tyre

539 BC Persians attacked Tyre

332 BC Alexander the Great attacked Tyre
Soon afterwards Ptolemy of Egypt attacked Tyre & held it to 315 BC

315 BC Alexander's former general Antigonus attacked Tyre

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Ezekiel 26:6

and her settlements on the mainland will be ravaged by the sword. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 26:7

“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar[a] king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with horsemen and a great army.
History shows Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the mainland area of the city seen on the right. The city of Tyre consisted of the mainland area (right) and the island area (left) and the ocean was between them.
A diver swimming among the ruins of Tyre.

Ezekiel 26:12

They will plunder your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea.
Alexander the Great had his army take the stones, timber and rubble from the mainland area on right and throw them into the sea in order to build a land bridge to the island to attack it.

Ezekiel 26:4

They will destroy the walls of Tyre and pull down her towers; I will scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock.
Bare rock of ancient columns out in the sea of the old city of Tyre with the skyline of a nearby modern city next to it in the background.

Ezekiel 26:5

Out in the sea she will become a place to spread fishnets, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. She will become plunder for the nations,
A fisherman out in the sea spreading his fishnets on the rocks of Tyre to dry.

Ezekiel 26:19

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I make you a desolate city, like cities no longer inhabited, and when I bring the ocean depths over you and its vast waters cover you,
Ocean waters covering the City of Tyre in current day.

In approximately A.D. 1170, a Jewish traveler named Benjamin of Tudela published a diary of his travels. A man can ascend the walls of New Tyre and see ancient Tyre, which the sea has now covered, lying at a stone’s throw from the new city. And should one care to go forth by boat, one can see the castles, market-places, streets, and palaces in the bed of the sea.

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Ezekiel 26:14

You will never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.
As to this day, the Old City of Tyre has never been rebuilt.
The city next door to the Old City of Tyre has never expanded to the ruins.

Quote from J. Vernon McGee, author of "Thru The Bible"


If an atheist wants to disapprove the Word of God, I suggest that he do more than stand on a street corner and blab about the fact that he doesn't believe in God. I challenge him to go over to the ancient site of Tyre and rebuild the city. However, I warn him that others have tried to do it and have failed.

In fact, there is a ready-made city, the rock-hewn city of Petra, that is all ready to be moved into. The only problem is that God said it would not be inhabited. Anyone can try to start a colony there, but he won't succeed. A German unbeliever took a group of people to Petra and tried to start a colony, but it didn't last long.  You won't succeed either, friend.  God said that Tyre won't be rebuilt and that Petra won't be inhabited.

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A Prophecy Against Petra

Jeremiah 49:13-18

13 I swear by myself,” declares the Lord, “that Bozrah will become a ruin and a curse,[a] an object of horror and reproach; and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”

14 I have heard a message from the Lord;
   an envoy was sent to the nations to say,
“Assemble yourselves to attack it!
   Rise up for battle!”

15 “Now I will make you small among the nations,
   despised by mankind.
16 The terror you inspire
   and the pride of your heart have deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks,
   who occupy the heights of the hill.
Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s,
   from there I will bring you down,”
declares the Lord.
17 “Edom will become an object of horror;
   all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff
   because of all its wounds.
18 As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown,
   along with their neighboring towns,”
says the Lord,
“so no one will live there;
   no people will dwell in it.

The prophet said that Edom, a long-time enemy of Israel, would be destroyed. Edom's capital city, Petra, was carved out of a mountain side and had great natural defenses.  (The captial city was called Petra in Greek language and Bozrah in Hebrew language).

Despite its formidable protection, it was destroyed and the kingdom of Edom no longer exists. Today, Petra is part of Jordan. The city was conquered by the Romans in the year 106 AD but flourished again shortly after that. A rival city, Palmyra, eventually took most of the trade away and Petra began to decline. Petra gradually fell into ruin.  Archaeologists have uncovered 15% of the city.  The vast majority, 85%, is still underground and untouched.

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Jeremiah 49:18

As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown,
   along with their neighboring towns,”
says the Lord,
“so no one will live there;
   no people will dwell in it.
The ancient City of Petra remains empty as of today.
No one lives there.
A ready made place of residence, uninhabited.
The Theatre of Petra.
A German unbeliever took a group of people to Petra and tried to start a colony but failed.
God said no one will live there. Ancient words ever true.

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Summary

Isaiah 45:19-21

19 I have not spoken in secret,
   from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
   ‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the Lord, speak the truth;
   I declare what is right.

20 “Gather together and come;
   assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
   who pray to gods that cannot save.
21 Declare what is to be, present it—
   let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
   who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
   And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
   there is none but me.

Psalm 106:9 - He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;‌‌ he led them through the depths as through a desert.

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P.S.  -  The Bible talks about being a Christian. If you want to learn how to truly be one, then please read our article on that - How To Become A True Christian And Be Saved.

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