TYRE, THE BARE ROCK

Tyre, Lebanon
“The Word of the Lord came to me: “Son of Man, because Tyre said of Jerusalem ‘Aha!’ The gate in the nations is broken and its doors have swung open to me, now that she lies in ruins I will prosper. Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘I am against you, O Tyre…I will make you a bare rock…You will never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord” (Ez 26)

GENERAL INFORMATION
Tyre is a city in the present day Lebanon. It was founded around 2750 BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. The city was an island not far from the shore. It was heavily fortified (with 150 feet high defensive walls). The port of Tyre was one of the best harbors of the Ancient world. Its merchants were the first to venture on the Mediterranean Sea. They founded colonies in Greece, Carthage, Sicily and Spain. They gathered their treasures in the great warehouses built on the island. Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye, produced from the murex shellfish. Purple color was reserved for the royalty and rich noble men. Thus Tyre became famous and rich.
Tyre had many enemies but survived for centuries. It was attacked by Egypt and Babylon but could not be defeated. In 332 BC Alexander the Great laid siege to the city. He built a connection between the island and the land. Thus he conquered and razed it. From that time on, it never regain its former glory.
Jesus visited the area but not the city. He healed the daughter of a Gentile woman (Mt 15:21). Many from Tyre came to hear Him preaching (Mk 3:8). A congregation was founded there. Today most of its population is Muslim with a small but strong Christian community. Recently, the city was badly damaged during the wars between Israel and Lebanon. Tourism is still a major industry but many sites are decaying due to the lack of maintenance and general neglect.

Tyre is not far from Jerusalem. Spiritually speaking, Tyre stands for the devil’s headquarters, for the gathering of the religious unbelievers. The city was beautiful, rich and famous for many centuries. It seems like it will be so forever. But it became foolishly proud. God became angry when Tyre confessed that its prosperity came from the destruction of Jerusalem. That confession became its downfall. God sent Ezekiel to prophesy its total destruction, as a sign and a warning against all the proud strongholds to the end of time: Anyone who destroys a child of God to become rich shall fall for its sake!
The judgment of God came against the city’s mighty walls and towers. In Hebrew, these words mean spiritual covering, protection, promotion and the power of the pulpit. God judges all false brethren and preachers with their dangerous, reckless, so called ‘gospel of prosperity’ that ignores the Cross. It promotes greed and covetousness. The evil spirit of ‘Tyre’ is still active in the churches. The love of money has brought about the ruin of many ‘men of God’. It is ‘the root of all evil’, a spiritual poison, a source of deadly incurable sorrow and regret for many in the church (1Tim 6:9, 10). Be sure of this: God judges all sin! Take a trip to Tyre, Lebanon and see the ruins for yourself!

What is the solution? Repent from all pride and greed! You cannot love God and money in the same time (Mt 6:24)! Choose to worship God! Reject any infatuation with Mammon and its false ‘gospel of prosperity’! Chose loving the Giver above His gifts! Pay your tithes! Be generous with your offerings! Take your cross daily and follow Jesus! Then rejoice always, for you are free indeed!

In Christ I declare:
I love God!
I hate sin!
I give God all the glory for my prosperity, health, success and all the good things in my life!
In Jesus name
Amen!

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