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Chapter 1 - Letter from a Friend

The prophecy of the ancient city of Tyre

'They will destroy the walls of Tyre, and pull down her towers; I will scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock. Out in the sea she will become a place to spread fishnets, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will make you like 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.' Ezekiel 26:4-14

When God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel, it seemed as if the great rich city of Tyre on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea could never be destroyed. Yet the prophecy was fulfilled exactly.

First, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, destroyed the city of Tyre. But Tyre had to wait 250 years for the rest of the prophecy to come true.

The people of that country built a new town on an island a little way out in the sea, and called it 'Tyre.' In 332 B.C. Alexander the Great came to attack this new Tyre out on the island.

Since he had no navy to fight against the island town, he ordered his men to gather all the ruins of old Tyre and cast them into the sea, and so a road was built out to the island. In building the road to the island, they even scraped up all the gravel from the site of old Tyre. The prophecy was right.

What did the prophets say would become of the great, rich, strong, proud city of Babylon?

'Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians' pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there. But desert creatures will lie there.' Isaiah 13:19-21

'Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, a place where no one lives. This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Babylon's thick walls will be levelled and her high gates set on fire."' Jeremiah 51:37,58

The Babylonians thought Babylon could never fall. Its great stone walls were over 90 metres high and 18 metres thick. The city was a mighty fortress. Yet the prophets wrote the messages that God dictated, and these came true - every single word. When we compare the Bible with history we have proof that the Bible prophecies are true.