The next two chapters of Ezekiel are mainly about the greatness and glory of ancient Tyre. In this prophecy Tyre is also used as an allegory of the greatness and glory of Lucifer before pride overcame him and he became the Adversary of God.
These things are a lesson for us, because we of the called out in this latter day have also become infected with pride; and we have exalted our organizations as idols and rejected any zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God in order to follow another; just like the angels who followed Lucifer did!
Tyre and Lucifer may have been great and beautiful and we may consider ourselves spiritually great and a beautiful bride; but if we are lifted up with pride in ourselves and our own ways, we shall surely be strongly corrected and those who will not sincerely repent will surely be destroyed.
These scriptures declare the glory of Tyre and also apply it to the glory of Lucifer before pride entered in. Consider our own great pride and idolatry of men; which is so great that we will not listen to the Word of God and will insist on our own ways no matter how often we are proved wrong. Physical glory will avail us NOTHING in the resurrection to judgment.
Remember Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall
Beautiful prosperous Tyre by the sea
Ezekiel 27:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 27:2 Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;
27:3 And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.
27:4 Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty.
A great sea port and trading people
27:5 They have made all thy ship boards of fir trees of Senir: they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for thee. 27:6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought out of the isles of Chittim.
27:7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered thee.
27:8 The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy mariners: thy wise men, O Tyrus, that were in thee, were thy pilots. 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers [ship builders]: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.
27:10 They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut were in thine army, [Tyre was very rich and hired foreigners to secure the city and her people were not obligated to that service] thy men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; they set forth thy comeliness. 27:11 The men of Arvad with thine army were upon thy walls round about, and the Gammadims were in thy towers: they hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they have made thy beauty perfect.
Tyre traded with nations to the far ends of the earth
27:12 Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs. 27:13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market. 27:14 They of the house of Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules.
27:15 The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thine hand: they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and ebony. 27:16 Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making: they occupied in thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.
27:17 Judah, and the land of Israel, they were thy merchants: they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm. 27:18 Damascus was thy merchant in the multitude of the wares of thy making, for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of Helbon, and white wool.
27:19 Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in thy fairs: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were in thy market. 27:20 Dedan was thy merchant in precious clothes for chariots. 27:21 Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these were they thy merchants.
27:22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah [India], they were thy merchants: they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold. 27:23 Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad, were thy merchants.
27:24 These were thy merchants in all sorts of things, in blue clothes, and broidered work, and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar, among thy merchandise.
The wealth, glory and fame of Tyre was exalted around the earth
27:25 The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas. 27:26 Thy rowers have brought thee [your ships] into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.
Anciently Tyre fell to Nebuchadnezzar and the city will fall a final time in our day. The following describes what is coming on Lebanon and Tyre in the next few years as the armies of Asia bear down from the east near the end of the tribulation.
27:27 Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.
27:28 The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of [the shippers who are dismayed at the fall of Tyre] thy pilots. 27:29 And all that handle the oar, the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships, they shall stand upon the land; 27:30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes: 27:31 And they shall make themselves utterly bald [in mourning] for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.
27:32 And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea? 27:33 When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise.
This is a prophecy about the latter day fall of Tyre during the third year after the New Europe [Babylon the Great] rises.
27:34 In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall.
27:35 All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at thee, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in their countenance.
Tyre’s fall to the armies of Asia will strike terror into the hearts of many peoples, and after Christ comes, Tyre will never rise again. This is an allegory that Satan with all his wealth and power shall also fall [just after the millennium] and never rise again
27:36 The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more.
The prophecy now refers directly to the proud human prince of Tyre and in allegory to Lucifer; and then finally as a message to all who become filled with pride.
Ezekiel 28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
As Lucifer tried to exalt himself above God, so we have done the very same thing in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia! See Lessons 101 to 106 here.
We have exalted ourselves above any zeal to learn and to keep the Word of God and we decide for ourselves what is right and wrong. Oh yes, we pay lip service to God and his Word, but we do not keep his Word and substitute our own false traditions for the Word of God; and in so doing we make ourselves sovereign and God subject to our own will!
We say that the Sabbath is Holy and then we openly pollute it. We change the days God commanded for the annual Sabbaths, just as others have changed the day of God’s weekly Sabbath!
When we condemn others for changing the day of the weekly Sabbath, we condemn ourselves for changing the days that God commanded us to observe the annual Sabbaths on.
Yes, like Lucifer we dare to say that we sit in the seat of God, and that God put us in our office and that the people MUST follow us and be zealous for us, and most of us then condemn any zeal to follow the Word of God!
28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince [referring to a man] of Tyrus [a representation of PRIDE], Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
We are also men, as was the ruler of physical Tyre! We are NOT God and we should not be followed as if we were God.
It is a terrible LIE to claim that we are to blindly follow men without question! We are to follow men ONLY as they faithfully and zealously follow God! and we are to test and prove out the words of men, by the whole Word of God!
28:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
Because today’s spiritual Ekklesia has set itself up above the Word of God, to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong: We shall be cast into great tribulation.
As Tyre [and Lucifer / Satan] is to be destroyed; so the spiritually called out who become filled with pride shall be rejected by Christ and cast into great tribulation that the spirit may be saved by the correction of the flesh.
28:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. 28:8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
When we are in the tribulation for our own pride and arrogance, and our fears come upon us as events prove that our own ways are wrong; will we continue to insist that we are the sum of all godly wisdom, or will we sincerely and wholeheartedly repent before the Eternal?
28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
We will be afflicted and corrected by strangers for our great Laodicean Luciferin pride.
28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
Here the prophecy elevates from the physical prince to the spiritual king of Tyre; Lucifer/Satan himself directly.
28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him,
In the beginning Lucifer was full of godly wisdom and spiritual beauty just as God’s people should be.
. . . Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Here Lucifer is undeniable identified
28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth [covering the throne of God with his wings]; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire [before the throne of God the Father in heaven].
28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Lucifer was corrupted by his beauty, wisdom and wealth into an overwhelming pride; just as today’s church of God has been corrupted into great pride in their assumed righteousness and imagined spiritual riches.
28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise [riches] they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
28:17 Thine heart was lifted up [PRIDE] because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness [today we like him have become filled with pride because we think of ourselves as having all spiritual knowledge and needing nothing Revelation 3:16]: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Like Lucifer, today’s spiritual Ekklesia is full of iniquities and is blind to our condition because of our pride.
Because we will not listen to the Word of God and exalt ourselves above God and his Word to do as we think best, because of PRIDE: we are rejected by Jesus Christ and by God the Father!
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm [hot for our own ways and cold regarding any zeal for God; equals lukewarm], and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 3:17Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick;
Satan’s end and the end of all the unrepentant proud who have no zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God: is eternal death!
. . . therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
A further prophecy against Lebanon this time against Sidon
At the end of the tribulation Lebanon will be destroyed as a nation and will be ruled over by the millennial Israel.
28:20 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 28:21 Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it, 28:22 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her. 28:23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
There will be no more foreign threats to a united and faithful millennial Israel.
28:24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
The time frame is set here as after the tribulation when Israel is restored.
28:25 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.
28:26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.