Truth That Matters

"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

MISCELLANEOUS PROPHECIES

The Bible contains various prophecies that do not fall into the categories used on this website. This article lists a few such prophecies.

Tyre

Tyre was an ancient city on the Mediterranean coast (present day Lebanon). In 587-586 BC, God gave a prophecy about Tyre through Ezekiel. The following were the elements of the prophecy:-
  • Many nations would attack Tyre (Ezekiel 26:3)
  • They would destroy her walls and break up her towers (Ezekiel 26:4)
  • They would scrape the dust from her and make her bald like the top of a rock (Ezekiel 26:4)
  • Tyre would become a place for spreading fishing nets (Ezekiel 26:14)
  • Tyre will not be rebuilt (Ezekiel 26:14)
Now look what happened after the prophecy was written:-

Three years later, in 584 BC, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon surrounded Tyre. But before he came, the people of Tyre escaped to an island, a half-mile offshore. After thirteen years of siege, the Babylonians "broke down her walls" and "broke down her towers", destroying the city on the mainland. By that time, the escaped people had re-built the city of Tyre on the island. And because Nebuchadnezzar had no navy, the city on the island remained untouched.

But 250 years later, Alexander the Great took the rubble Nebuchadnezzar's destruction left, and they "scraped her dust", the wood, rock and stubble from the destroyed city, and they built a causeway, like "the top of a rock". They marched on the rubble-causeway, into the island and destroyed it.

And if you travel to site of old Tyre today - you'll see fisherman "spreading their nets" to dry on what was Tyre! Exactly, as Ezekiel prophesied around 586 B.C.! Over 2500 years before it happened!

In accordance with Ezekiel 26:14, Tyre has never been rebuilt (the modern city of the same name is a another location).

Other Destroyed Cities/Countries

Sidon: Ezekiel 28:22-23 predicts a bloody destruction of Sidon. This was fulfilled in the Persian invasion under Artaxerxes III in about 340 BC. About 40,000 people were killed, and Sidon was burnt to the ground.

Petra is an ancient city that lies in Biblical Edomite territory. It was a flourishing city until about 350 AD, after which it slipped into oblivion. This fulfills Isaiah 34:5-11, Jeremiah 49:17-18, Ezekiel 35.

Samaria: Micah predicted (Micah 1:6-7) the destruction of Samaria, an ancient city in central Israel. It was fulfilled in AD 250, when Samaria stopped being a flourishing city.

Egypt was a great civilization before the sixth century BC - the ancient equivalent of a superpower. However, Ezekiel 29:15, written in about 587 BC, predicts that Egypt will be severely degraded and will not rise in power. Shortly afterwards, the Babylonians conquered Egypt, and to this day, Egypt remains a backward country.

The spread of faith in the God of the Bible

After the Tower of Babel incident (~2300 BC) and up to about 50 AD, belief in the true God was mostly confined to the nation of Israel. No doubt there were individuals from all nations who would seek God and find Him. A few ancient non-Israeli believers in the true God named in the Bible are: the Queen of Sheba, that is, North East Africa (1 Kings 10:4), Uriah the Hittite/Turk/Syrian (2 Samuel 11:6), Job from Arabia (Job 1:1) and the wise men from the East who visited Jesus at his birth (Matthew 2:1-2). No doubt there were many others. However, they were scattered individuals. Large concentrations of followers of the true God were concentrated in Israel.

However, during 2300 BC-50AD, God inspired the Biblical writers to predict that this belief in the God of the Bible would spread all over the world.
"From the east to the west, My name shall be great among the nations, and everywhere incense shall be offered to My name; and a pure food offering; for My name shall be great among the nations, says Jehovah of Hosts." – Malachi 1:11
This has been partially fulfilled with the spread of Biblical Christianity all over the world. The complete fulfilment awaits the Millennium.
"Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, I am the Light of the world [not just of Israel]. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." – John 8:12
All over the world, people love Jesus. There are more songs written (and in more languages) about Jesus Christ than about anyone else.
"You [Jesus' disciples] shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." – Acts 1:8
Indeed, the good news about Jesus Christ has been preached all over the world. Some of this spread is documented in the book From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Don Richardson. The image shows indigenous people of Irian Jaya. The spread of belief in the true God, or Biblical Christianity, is an example of fulfilled prophecy.

The preservation of the Bible

he Bible predicts its own preservation in Matthew 24:35, Psalm 12:6-7, etc. Therefore, the remarkable preservation of the Bible is an example of fulfilled prophecy. No other book makes any such prediction about itself that has been fulfilled over thousands of years.

Conclusion

Fulfilled prophecy is a unique feature of the Bible. It establishes that the Bible comes from God, because human authors would never be able to correctly predict events thousands of years in advance.