The Book of Ezekiel
The Lamentation of Tyre
As we read and study this chapter I want you to, again, keep Satan in the forefront of your mind. There will be two or three places where the words written here will cry out for you to go to other Books and read the same words there concerning Satan.
Merchandise is the subject and object of this chapter. Satan loves merchandise. Things. Stuff. If he can fill your mind with the desire to get some of the flashy things of this world, he can take your mind off of our Father and have you dedicate your life to accumulating worldly goods.
Forgetting about your spiritual life entirely. Until it’s too late.
This chapter, as was the 26th, concerns Tyrus. The last chapter was about Tyrus the island, while here it’s Tyre on the mainland. But don’t be confused….Tyrus and Tyre are one and the same. The main trade city was on the island while half of a mile away was OLD Tyrus on the mainland.
In the time of Christ, Tyrus was most probably larger than Jerusalem.
Father is going to use an analogy to describe Satan in relation to a ship. That might sound a bit strange to you but that’s how He did it. Ships are easy to understand and relating Satan in that way might make it easier for you to understand how Satan operates.
You could say that this chapter was a parable or even a lamentation, a song of sadness. Don’t forget that Tyrus is another name for Satan, in that the name Tyrus, means “rock” but as stated earlier, Satan’s rock is a fake rock while our Lord is the true Rock.
✡ 1st Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. KJV
Alright, enough said.
Ezekiel 27:1 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
Father talking to Ezekiel. Again, meaning that He is continuing to talk to him.
Ezekiel 27:2 Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;
Start singing a sad song about Tyrus, Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 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.
The city was the center of trade, even worldwide, at this time. Many isles mean from shore to shore or to all places and cities along the coasts. It must have been a beautiful place.
Don’t overlook the words I am of perfect beauty. Satan didn’t just say that about himself, but our Father said it of him as well. When we get to the next chapter, verses 14 and 15 will make that quite clear.
If you look at an overview of what’s going on here, you should see that everything is going along smoothly. Ships coming and going, merchandise bought and sold and traded around the known world. Everyone is making money, everyone is prosperous.
In relation to Satan, his plan during his five-month tribulation period will be exactly the same way. He is going to come in peaceably and prosperously….
✡ Daniel 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. KJV
What is the kingdom? It’s Father’s kingdom. He’s going to try and take it by deception. He’ll take away all debt, all turmoil, and bring in peace and prosperity.
Many people have this idea that when he comes there will be blood running down the streets, war, and death, and it will be exactly the opposite. He will come looking just like our Lord, which will add to the deception. People are expecting blood and carnage but when they see peace and the apparent face of Jesus Christ, they will be taken in entirely.
It’s called the Apostasy and the first ones in line will be Christians and church members because they have never been taught the truth of it all.
Ezekiel 27:4 Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty.
The analogy of a ship begins here. Thy borders are in the midst of the seas which means that he has no limits, no constrictions.
Ezekiel 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.
The cedars of Lebanon are always representative of Father’s people, those that follow Him. In addition, these cedar trees were huge in height and it was necessary for the masts of the ship to be strong and tall to be able to handle the weight and size of the sails.
Spiritually, you could say that it’s Father’s people that make the ship go, that make Satan/Antichrist successful during his time of deception. Why? Because they are spiritually deficient in knowledge. They’ll do it without even knowing it.
They haven’t been taught and they were too lazy to search out the truth for themselves.
Ezekiel 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.
The oaks of Bashan make for very strong oars, very strong wood. Bashan means “fruitful” and you might remember reading of the land of Bashan in 1st Chronicles 5:11, where the children of Israel took control of Bashan after they conquered Sihon.
The company of the Ashurites is a bad translation. The Interlinear has it as “daughters of Assyria” so it should read….the daughters of Assyria have made thy benches of ivory….
We’ll get into this a little deeper when we get to chapter 31 and discuss the term “box cedar”.
The word Chittim refers to the island of Cyprus but it also means “the bruisers”, those that will bruise Satan’s head by knowing and telling the truth of it all.
Ezekiel 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.
This description of the sails tells of how Satan describes and thinks of himself. Fine linen, embroidered, blue and purple representing royalty. Oh, he thinks so highly of himself.
Elishah means “God is salvation” and Satan covers himself with all these deceptions, the fake messiah rather than the True.
Ezekiel 27:8 The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy mariners: thy wise men, O Tyrus, that were in thee, were thy pilots.
Thy mariners propel the ship by rowing. Zidon was a place of fishermen and to continue the analogy, Satan is the fisher of men’s souls.
Ezekiel 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.
Occupy thy merchandise is better translated as “trader of merchandise”. What is it that Satan is trading or selling? The deception that he is the true Messiah. He can’t outsmart the ones with knowledge, but he can the ignorant ones and there are plenty of them to go around.
The caulkers are the ones that make this “ship” float. They didn’t go down to Home Depot and get a tube of caulking, they used cotton rope dipped in pitch, and wherever the planks of the ship began to separate and allow water to come in, they would use a hammer to fill that void with caulking to keep the ship on top of the water.
They are a vital part of Satan’ plan. Think of them as part of the Kenites and the fallen angels of the end times.
Now we get to the nations.
Ezekiel 27:10 They of Persia
That’s Iran today.
and of Lud and of Phut
Lud would be Libya.
were in thine army, thy men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; they set forth thy comeliness.
Comeliness means that there is nothing lacking in their beauty. So, what do we have here? Iran and Iraq are old Babylon and although we don’t hear much from Libya nowadays, she is still important in the overall picture.
Look at what has been happening in Iran and Iraq in the last ten years. The Ayatollah of Iran hates the United States as does the leader of Iraq. Much has happened in that area over the years, not to mention the Persian Gulf War.
This area has been Satan’s stomping grounds for many, many centuries. It’s no wonder that they hate Jacob.
Ezekiel 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.
The Gammadims were valiant men of war, warriors. Arvad was a city for those that roamed about, that went from place to place.
These were all renegade soldiers, merchants of war. These are Christian soldiers fighting for Satan. This is the third time the word perfect has been used to describe Satan.
Ezekiel 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.
The ships of Tarshish were massive vessels that carried grain and such, not only silver, iron, tin, or lead. Do you see one metal missing? Gold. Fairs are outdoor markets or trading places.
Ezekiel 27:13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market.
Do these three names strike a note with you? You can find them in Genesis 10:2…
✡ Genesis 10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. KJV
They were the sons of Japheth, who was the son of Noah and they settled in the area that we now know as Russia and in chapter 38 of this book we’ll find that Meshech is, in the Hebrew, the chief prince called Rosh.
Later on, by the Vulgate, the name would be changed to Russ and finally to Russia. Javan designs Greece, especially the area known as Iberia. Tubal and Meshech make up Albania.
They traded the persons of men or the “souls of men.” They made slaves of them, taken from several countries aforementioned.
✡ Persons_ OT:5315 nephesh (neh'-fesh); from OT:5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental):
If that’s difficult for you to carry through, a breathing creature, it means the breath of life that Father breathes into each of us at the moment of conception. Our soul.
Ezekiel 27:14 They of the house of Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules.
Togarmah is south Russia.
Ezekiel 27:15 The men of Dedan
Dedan was a son of Cush, and he was a son of Ham.
were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thine hand: they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and ebony.
From Africa, of course.
Lest you lose sight of where we are here, the nations that traded with the ships of Tarshish are being defined, as are the goods being bought and sold.
Ezekiel 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.
It was all so beautiful, full of fine merchandise.
Ezekiel 27:17 Judah, and the land of Israel,
The House of Judah and the House of Israel. The Tribes are separated here.
they were thy merchants: they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm.
Minnith means “distribution” and how fitting is that name?
Pannag means “sweet”.
Even today the trading practices and agreements with other countries is being rewritten by President Trump. China has had the upper hand on trade for many, many years, thanks to weak Presidents and a weak Congress.
I can remember, as a child, that it seemed that everything I picked up had “Made in China” written on it. But that’s all changing now, thanks to this President. Oh, how the Democrats hate him for the good that he’s doing for the people in this country.
Why do they hate him? Because it’s near impossible to bring socialism and communism into a capitalistic free market. Socialism needs government control over the people and industry and President Trump is doing the exact opposite.
And we don’t need to worry…the one-world religious and political system is still coming together, still jelling.
I mention this because trade and trade agreements, even back in the time of Ezekiel, affected a world-wide market.
Ezekiel 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.
The finer things of life.
Ezekiel 27:19 Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in thy fairs: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were in thy market.
Javan is where Turkey sits today. Cassia is cinnamon. Have you ever had a piece of toast with butter, honey, and cinnamon on it? Really good.
Ezekiel 27:20 Dedan was thy merchant in precious clothes for chariots.
They were so extravagant that they used precious and expensive clothes to line their chariots with. This Dedan spoken of here is not the Dedan of verse 15 in this chapter. It’s probably a Dedan of Edom or Idumea, still in the south of Russia.
Ezekiel 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.
Kedar was the second son of Ishmael, and it was Ishmael’s bloodline that began the peoples of Arabia. We call them Arabs today.
You’re getting a good education of old nation names corresponding to the names of nations today. Arabians or Arabs will not raise lambs, goats or sheep. Does that put you in mind of the shepherd kings of Egypt?
Ezekiel 27:22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants: they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold.
The subject is still Arabia and occupied should have been translated as “traded”. Sheba and Raamah traded in the outdoor markets and they had the best of spices and precious stones.
With gold mentioned here, let’s bring this into today’s times and call it black gold. Oil. There was a time when the United States bought almost 90% of its crude oil from Saudi Arabia. Jacob was very dependent on Palestine.
We have reduced our need for Persian Gulf oil by drilling for it right here in America, out in the Western states, and it’s done by a method known as fracking. Fracking involves injecting water under high pressure and forcing oil deposits out.
But the process also includes taking that wastewater and injecting it many miles deep into the crust of the earth and we are finding out that this causes many earthquakes where none had occurred previous to fracking.
Ezekiel 27:23 Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assur, and Chilmad, were thy merchants.
Chilmad is near to Bagdad.
Ezekiel 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 Assyrians loved the color blue and embroidered handwork, and these beautiful clothes were packed in cedar chests or boxes during shipment.
Ezekiel 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.
These monstrous ships were a testament to the greatness of Tyrus.
Ezekiel 27:26 Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.
The rowers or rulers, have taken her to the edge of ruin and the east wind is a reference to the wind that blows from Lebanon, is called a levanter. Nebuchadnezzar is poised to bring about that ruin.
Ezekiel 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.
Here is where the rubber meets the road, as far as Satan is concerned. The riches and fairs and merchandise and all the rest are a part of the government put together by Satan/Antichrist in his five-month reign.
When is his day of thy ruin? It’s when our Lord returns to Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 27:28 The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots.
Think of these pilots as the world leaders that want so much to be a part of his system. They want to be kings in his government and they’ll do and say anything to make that happen.
This word suburb seems a bit strange…
✡ Suburb_OT:4054 migrash (mig-rawsh'); also (in plural) feminine (Ezekiel 27:28) migrashah (mig-raw-shaw'); from OT:1644; a suburb (i.e. open country whither flocks are driven from pasture); hence, the area around a building, or the margin of the sea:
Dr. Bullinger’s notes state that when this word is used of a city it means to drive out and about, but when used of the sea, as it is here, it means that the waves are lashing out at the pilots.
Ezekiel 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;
They are going to leave these ships, before they are destroyed, and stand on hard ground and watch it all go down. Is there a comparison to this situation with Tyrus? Yep, in Revelation…
✡ Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. KJV
When Satan/Antichrist’s five-month period is over, then will be his day of ruin.
Ezekiel 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:
Babylon has fallen and all those that were a part of his government and all those that believed that he was the true Christ, they will go through the rituals of mourning by crying and putting dust and ashes on their heads.
What will the rest of us be doing? Dancing in the streets.
Ezekiel 27:31 And they shall make themselves utterly bald for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.
Man, what could have been so beautiful, and satisfying is now crushed by our Lord.
Ezekiel 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?
The parallels between Tyrus and Babylon are there for all to see…
✡ Revelation 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! KJV
✡ Revelation 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. KJV
The great city of Babylon.
Ezekiel 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.
Satan/Antichrist will make it look as though he will share the wealth of these final days with everyone.
Ezekiel 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.
His entire system will collapse.
Ezekiel 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.
There won’t be much time to be afraid because our Lord will descend from the heavens rather quickly. And it will be THEN that Satan’s con will be exposed, and embarrassment will flood the minds of all that participated in that deception….
✡ Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
✡ Revelation 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
✡ Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? KJV
Ezekiel 27:36 The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more. KJV
At the end of the Millennium Satan will have another five-month period with which to tempt those souls that might have overcome during that time. No one gets a free ride into the eternity.
And after that great day of Judgment, he and his angels and anyone else that did not overcome, will walk into the Lake of Fire and never shalt be any more.
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__14 February 2019__