Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

God called prophets to speak to the people and call them to repentance. He also call the prophets to speak to the nations. Ezekiel 25-30 is one prophecy after another against several nations (Ammon, Moab, Seir, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt). The main section of this chapters focus on Tyre and Egypt.

The Tyre prophecy is divded into three large segments by the concluding refrain at 26:21; 27:36; and 28:19. This lengthy collection surpassed only by the Egygt prophecy raises the question - Why? Tyre and Egypt were the only two nations that had the power to withstand the Babylonian army. Egypt had the military power and Tyre had the economic power. To Egypt and Tyre, Ezekiel pronounces destruction.

It is interesting to look back at history. Tyre and Egypt will fall to the Babylonian Empire, the Persian Empire, the Greek Empire and the Roman Empire. It will be Alexander the Great and his Greek army that completely destroys Tyre. Also, after the Romans conquered Egypt, Egypt will exist even today, but with little power and influence in the world.

Once again we see the Lord God directing the affairs of nations. What is God up to in America today? What is His message to us? Most likely it is to repent or face judgment.

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