Tyre (Tyrus) was an ancient Phoenician seaport, once viewed as the Queen of the Sea. Its inhabitants were at one time friendly towards God’s people, the Israelites. However as her prosperity grew, she became proud and started to mistreat God’s people. Because of this, God foretold doom for the city.
In 591 BC, the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 26:4, 5, 12 and Ezekiel 26:7-12 prophesied its destruction, even naming that it would be by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.
It also foretold a long-term prophecy where this great city would eventually lose much of its importance and become a place where fishermen woulddry their nets.
About 500 BC, Zechariah 9:3-4 foretold that Tyre would be destroyed by being cast into the sea.
Why two prophecies at different times? It is because Tyre was an interesting city situated on the Mediterranean Coast with part of the city on the mainland and another part on an island.
Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the part on the mainland after a 13 year siege. As the inhabitants faced certain defeat they took their valuables and escaped to the island part. Nebuchadnezzar fulfilled the prophecy by the earlier prophet Ezekiel.
At about 300 later date in 332 BC, Alexander the Great took all the ruins and debris on the mainland and build a half-mile causeway or land bridge to the island part and in a siege that
For the historical details, please see the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Encyclopedia Americana or visit this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyre,_Lebanon
Today, at this location, there is a sizable village or small city where fishermen dry their nets just as foretold by the prophet Ezekiel in 26:5.
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