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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Christians: what would you say to this unfulfilled bible prophecy?

One of the bible prophecies about the city of Tyre... in Ezekiel 26:14, it says:

I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.

Yet this city is not a 'bare rock'. Many cultures have built cities on or near the city - even today it is the fourth largest city in lebanon. In fact, in 126 BC Tyre regained it's independence from the descendants of their invaders (Seleucids).

Update:

No, I mean it has made a false prediction.

Update 2:

Ogmios - could you explain?

Update 3:

Because it says quite clearly that he is talking about the city of Tyre...

Update 4:

Martin S - The city of Tyre had a long history of being put under siege, it was inevitable that eventually it would fall. This is simply an inevitability - anyone could have predicted that, eventually, it would fall. The rubble being thrown into the sea - well, if you're going to raze it to the ground, like so many empires did, where else to put the rubble then the sea?

And nowhere in all that copied gibberish do you answer my question.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The junk answer that Martin S gave came almost verbatim from Josh McDowell's book, Evidence that Demands a Verdict. McDowell grossly misrepresented the facts to the point of lying.

    The fact is that the city of Tyre was on the island (Ezekiel referred to Tyre as being "in the midst of the sea," which clearly refers to the island), not the mainland settlement, which was called Ushu at the time. The island had two excellent natural harbors, which was the reason the island was settled long before the time of Ezekiel, and why Tyre became a maritime power. The mainland city had no significant harbor. McDowell lied about the location of the city of Tyre because it was the only way he could make the prophecy appear to have been fulfilled.

    Ezekiel also made it clear that his prophecy was to be fulfilled in his own time, not several hundred years in the future. He directed his prophecy against Tyre because its inhabitants had cheered the recent destruction of Jerusalem, and he made it clear that Nebuchadrezzar would destroy Tyre because of that (see Ezekiel 26). In fact, Nebuchadrezzar was preparing to attack Tyre when Ezekiel made his prophecy. However, Nebuchadrezzar failed to conquer Tyre, as Ezekiel admitted in Ezekiel 29:17-18. He then prophesied that in compensation Nebuchadrezzar would conquer Egypt and that Egypt would be abandoned for 40 years. That prophecy was also a failure.

    The fact is that Tyre has been an inhabited city for most of the time since its establishment. Both the island city of Tyre and the mainland settlement were rebuilt after Alexander's destruction. Tyre is still an inhabited city despite Ezekiel's prophecy that Nebuchadrezzar would conquer it and make it as bare as a rock and that it would never be inhabited again. In those days wars and the destruction of cities were quite common, so even if Tyre had been destroyed, it would have hardly been surprising.

    For info about Tyre see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyre_(city)#History

    Bible believers will go to any lengths to misrepresent things to make it appear that the Bible is true in everything it says.

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    One of the bible prophecies about the city of Tyre... in Ezekiel 26:14, it says:

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  • 1 decade ago

    Where do people get this utter rubbish?

    The island city of Tyre was well established ages before Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to it. Sure Nebuchadnezzar raised the sister city of Ushu on the mainland but he never touched Tyre.

    Even if you ignore the fact that this was a separate city the prophecy still fails. After Alexander built the causeway enabling him to be the one to finally sack Tyre the city was rebuilt and spread back across the causeway, widening it, and now exists covering the area that Ushu occupied.

    http://www.maplandia.com/lebanon/tyre/

    This prophecy fails however you spin the facts. It only is 'true' if you ignore them.

    So Ezekiel was a false prophet. And so, according to the bible, his book should be expunged from the canon of biblical texts.

  • 1 decade ago

    So-called prophecies are a logical dead-end in themselves:

    If the future is set out in advance (which it has to be if prophets are going to be able to see it ahead of time) our own individual futures are set out for us, so where is the "free will" in all that? What can we do against this preset?

    Besides, prophecies are so vague just about anything could be extrapolated from them.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Wow, some of these answers were long and rambling. It's a good example, yet further evidence of biblical inaccuracy and convenience. Of course things will fall into the sea giving enough time, lol.

    Source(s): :)
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This prophecy is fulfilled in the war of Eze. 25, It will become a rock, Not naturally But because there is no more Arabs in that location. Read Eze Chapter 25, That war prepares Israel for EZE 38 & 39

  • 1 decade ago

    Babylon devastated the coastal city but many Tyrians escaped to an island fortress which withstood attack. Later Grecian attackers scraped all the remaining "debris" and rubble and dumped it into the sea, building a causeway to the island nearly a half mile out.

  • G C
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    No, that city was pushed into the sea. The only prophecy that has yet to come true is that God will make Christ's enemies His footstool.

  • 1 decade ago

    based on your question it is unfulfilled.

    God has fulfilled EVERY on of his promises.

    why not have confidence that he will fulfill this one (or any other) when he KNOWS the time is right.

    have you saught after God? have you accepted his salvation? or are you just looking for an excuse not to accept Gods love and walk blindly into his wrath?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    unfulfilled bible prophecy? You mean it has not been fulfilled yet.

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