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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
commercial metropolis of the ancient world, even as
Babylon was the political capital. Tyre was the New
York, the London, the Tokyo, or the Paris of the ancient
world. The ancient Tyre, port of the world's shippers
and merchants, gloried
herself
in her beauty, even as
Paris in our time.
Chapter 27 carries on with comparisons to
passages in the 18th chapter of the book of Revelation
referring to a politico-religious leader to come (verses
9-19).
But coming to chapter 28, the theme comes more
completely to the time just now ahead of us, the same
time depicted in Isaiah 14. Ezekiel 28 speaks of the
prince of Tyre, an earthly ruler, of whom the ancient
king of Tyre was a type. God says to the prophet
Ezekiel: "Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus
[actually referring to a powerful religious leader to
arise
sooN,
in our time], Thus saith the Lord God;
Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I
am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the
seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set
thine heart as the heart of God: Behold, thou art wiser
than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from
thee: with thy wisdom and with thine understanding
thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold
and silver into thy treasures [or "treasuries"–
RSV] ... and thine heart is lifted up because of thy
riches: therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because
thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; behold,
therefore
I
will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible
of the nations ... they shall bring thee down to the
pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are
slain in the midst of the seas" (Ezek. 28:2-8).
(Compare with
II
Thessalonians 2:3-4, speaking of
"that man of sin ... who opposeth and exalteth
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