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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for March 7, 2013

SoVaNow.com / March 06, 2013
Ezek. 26:7 “For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar King of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies” (a gathered host), “and much people.” (8) “He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field; and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee.” From history we know that Nebuchadnezzar conquered Sidon and took some of the smaller cities along the coastline. Alexander’s men moved rocks and dirt to form a ramp all the way to the island and that allowed him to conquer the island of Tyrus, itself. The deeper meaning of this is that Nebuchadnezzar actually becomes a ‘type’ of Christ. Who is “King of kings”? Christ, of course. What does the ‘north’ represent? It represents God’s altar which is in the north side of the Temple. And what about this word ‘companies’? It means ‘a gathered host’. When Christ returns, who comes with Him? A host of His saints. When Christ returns and every eye sees Him, the deceived people will instantly know that this one who has been claiming to be Jesus, is a fake. Every knee will bow to Jesus (Philippians 2:10, 11); even those who have followed the false one thinking he was Christ.

Ezek. 26:9 “And he shall set engines of war” (battering rams) “against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.” Satan, Tyrus of the end times, will come against the ‘walls’ of people’s minds with his ‘engines of war’; his lies and deception, and he’s going to be successful.

That is, except against those who know that he is really Satan, and not the real Christ. He will not break down their towers; their faith. It’s a spiritual battle. Satan is fighting a battle for the souls of man and God is fighting to save them from Satan.

Ezek. 26:10 “By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach.” ‘Breach’ means a hole in the wall. This is the way Nebuchadnezzar would overrun the city. Notice that Nebuchadnezzar becomes a ‘type’ of Christ in these verses, because Christ will come in the heavens, with a noise that will actually crack the Mount of Olives, and flatten the city of Jerusalem to prepare the way for the Millennium reign of Christ.

Ezek. 26:11 “With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword,” (Satan has a ‘sword’, and it’s his lies; deception. Satan cannot kill anybody when he comes as the antichrist, because God has forbidden him to do that.

His lies will cause people who believe him to lose their souls, and they are dead spiritually. The ‘sword of the Lord’ is God’s Truth, and it does not mean that the people are physically killed; the Truth does not slay (kill) people; it brings people out of confusion) “and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” When Satan goes into the Lake of fire, as God has already sentenced him to do, the world will be free of him forever.

Ezek. 26:12 “And they” (Nebuchadnezzar and Alexander) “shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses;” (houses of pleasure) “and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.” Remember, Tyre was an island. The water in the end times represents people. In Revelation, it says that the one-world system will rise from among the people. When Christ returns, we immediately enter the Millennium age.

The earth will have been ‘shaken’, and the city of Jerusalem will be turned to sand and cleansed from the abomination o Satan’s evil presence there. Christ will be ruling there with an iron hand; we are in His presence, in our new spiritual bodies, and have no need of riches or merchandise.

Ezek. 26:13 “And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.”

They won’t be making merriment any more in Tyre-it has been taken captive. There is no merriment; no commerce.

That’s the way it will be for Satan’s system at the end of the tribulation.



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