Prophecy about TyreA Prophecy about Tyre - Tyre, an ancient Phoenician city of wealth and economic power apparently had become so proud that God decided to humble it.  He foretold its downfall through Isaiah.  After a thirteen year siege (586-573 B.C.), the prophecy was fulfilled when King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city on the mainland and forced its submission.  A remnant of the city endured, however, on an island a half-mile off the coast and survived another two and a half centuries.  But a second prophecy about Tyre from Ezekiel, and an encounter with Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., sealed the city's fate.

 

"The oracle concerning Tyre.  Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is destroyed, without house or harbor; it is reported to them from the land of Cyprus.  Be silent you inhabitants of the coastland, you merchants of Sidon; your messengers crossed the sea and were on many waters.  The grain of the Nile, the harvest of the River was her revenue; and she was the market of nations.  Be ashamed, O Sidon; for the sea speaks, the stronghold of the sea, saying, 'I have neither travailed nor given birth, I have neither brought up young men nor reared virgins.'  When the report reaches Egypt, they will be in anguish at the report of Tyre.  Pass over to Tarshish; wail, O inhabitants of the coastland.  Is this your jubilant city, whose origin is from antiquity, whose feet used to colonize distant places?  Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?  The Lord of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty, to despise all the honored of the earth.  Overflow your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish, there is no more restraint.  He has stretched His hand out over the sea, He has made the kingdoms tremble; the Lord has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds.  He has said, 'You shall exult no more, O crushed virgin daughter of Sidon.  Arise, pass over to Cyprus; even there you find no rest.'  Behold, the land of the Chaldeans - this is the people which was not; Assyria appointed it for desert creatures - they erected their siege towers, they stripped its palaces, they made it a ruin." (Isaiah 23:1-13, NASB)