I have been asked this question many times. It always goes something like this:
- Isn’t the message of the harbingers the most important message to America today, don’t you agree?
- Isn’t the message of the 69th week of Daniel the most important message to our generation, don’t you agree?
Isn’t the message of the four blood moons the most important message in the world today, don’t you agree?
I do not know if these were meant to be rhetorical questions or not, but the answer to each one is:
Of course not!
But the one question I was never asked is what do you think then is the most important message in the world today? Since this is my blog I will take this opportunity to answer that question.
The answer to that is the same message for the last two thousand years: Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so or as Jesus so eloquently put it: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
We need to realize that prophecy will be filled. The evidence of filled prophecy in the Bible leaves no doubt that the rest will be filled. Lessons from Tyre for example show how exacting filled prophecy can be. There were several prophecies written about Tyre and they were all filled, just not at the same time. [i]
- Many nations would come against Tyre. The siege of Nebuchadnezzar took place within a few months of Ezekiel’s prophecy. The city of Tyre was besieged by Nebuchadnezzar, who did major damage to the mainland as Ezekiel predicted, but the island city remained primarily unaffected. Regarding the prediction that “many nations” would come against Tyre, the historical records surrounding the illustrious city report such turmoil and war that Ezekiel’s prophecy looks like a mild understatement of the facts. After Nebuchadnezzar’s attack of the city “a period of great depression” plagued the city which was assimilated into the Persian Empire around 538 B.C. (Fleming, p. 47). In 392 B.C., “Tyre was involved in the war which arose between the Persians and Evagorus of Cyprus” in which the king of Egypt “took Tyre by assault” (p. 52). Sixty years later, in 332, Alexander the Great besieged Tyre and crushed it (see below for further elaboration). Soon after this defeat, Ptolemy of Egypt conquered and subjugated Tyre until about 315 B.C. when Atigonus of Syria besieged Tyre for 15 months and captured it (Fleming, p. 65). In fact, Tyre was contested by so many foreign forces that Fleming wrote: “It seemed ever the fate of the Phoenician cities to be between an upper and a nether millstone” (p. 66). Babylon, Syria, Egypt, Rome, Greece, Armenia, and Persia are but a sampling of the “many nations” that had a part in the ultimate destruction of Tyre. Thus, Ezekiel’s prophecy about “many nations” remains as a historical reality that cannot be successfully gainsaid.
- The inhabitants of the villages and fields of Tyre would be slain.
- Nebuchadnezzar would build a siege mound against the city.
- The city would be broken down and the stones, timber, and soil would be thrown in “the midst of the water.” In his dealings with Tyre, Alexander asserted that he wished to make a personal sacrifice in the temple of Heracles on the island city of Tyre. Apparently, because the Tyrians considered their island refuge virtually impregnable, with war machines covering the walls, and rapidly moving water acting as an effective barrier from land attack, they refused his request. Upon receiving their refusal, Alexander immediately set to work on a plan to besiege and conquer the city. He set upon the task of building a land bridge or cause way (Siculus calls it a “mole”) from the mainland city of Tyre to the island city. Siculus stated: “Immediately he demolished what was called Old Tyre and set many tens of thousands of men to work carrying stones to construct a mole” (17.40). Curtius Rufus noted: “Large quantities of rock were available, furnished by old Tyre” (4.2.18). This unprecedented action took the Tyrians by complete surprise. Fleming noted: “In former times the city had shown herself well nigh impregnable. That Alexander’s method of attack was not anticipated is not strange, for there was no precedent for it in the annals of warfare” (p. 56). And yet, even though this action was unprecedented militarily, it was exactly what one might expect from the description of the destruction of Tyre given by Ezekiel hundreds of years prior to Alexander’s actions. The mainland city was demolished and all her stones, timber, and soil were thrown into the midst of the sea.
- The city would become a “place for spreading nets.” George Davis, in his book Fulfilled Prophecies that Prove the Bible, included a picture of Syrian fishermen under which the following caption appeared: “Syrian fishermen hauling in their nets on the probable site of ancient Tyre, which perished as predicted by the prophet” (1931, p. 11).
- The city would never be rebuilt. From this twelfth-century A.D. text, then, we learn that by that period of time the city known as ancient Tyre lay completely buried beneath the sea and a new city, most likely on some part of the island, had been erected.
The we can look at the prophecies about Jesus, where he would be born, how he would be born, how he would die and if all these and more were filled in His death, burial, and resurrection, why not the ones about His second coming and His judgment?
But if all the bad news about prophecy coming to pass and judgment coming there is good news, which is the Gospel. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus to save sinners like me. Prophecy will be filled but judgment can be avoided if we turn to Jesus for salvation but this comes with a warning. We may think all good people go to heaven. We cannot stop at John 3:16, we must continue reading:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:17-19)
God would never condemn a person to hell. That is right; we do it to ourselves when we reject the gift of salvation Jesus offers. How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? (Hebrews 2:3)
From the sermon The Most Important Message In The World. You can listen to the whole message here.
[i] The information about Tyre is edited from the Apologetics Press website the article about Tyre. https://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=13&article=1790 accessed 30 July 2014.