Ezekiel 26 has the prophet continuing to give the bad news to other nations for their treatment of God’s people. This time, the message is to Tyre. Tyre was located on the Mediterranean coast of Phoenicia, just north of Palestine and was a leading commercial center in the ancient world. The city was in two parts, one built on the mainland coast, the other on an island a short distance offshore. Tyre rejoiced at the fall of Jerusalem, for the way was now open for it to take over the important trade routes that passed through Jerusalem.
That may have looked like a big win for Tyre, but God wasn’t amused. “Because Tyre has said concerning Jerusalem, ‘Aha, the gateway of the peoples is broken; it has opened to me. I shall be filled, now that she is laid waste”. Ezekiel announces that in the years ahead, armies from various nations will overrun both Tyre’s island and mainland portions, leaving it devastated and bare. “I will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. They will destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; and I will scrape her debris from her and make her a bare rock”.
Babylon will be the first nation that God sends against Tyre. The mainland city will be besieged and will suffer extensive damage at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar’s well equipped army. When the city is later destroyed, the enemy will empty the rubble into the sea, forming a road across to the island city, which, in turn, will be overthrown. About Babylonian, Ezekiel says “He will slay your daughters on the mainland with the sword; and he will make siege walls against you, cast up a ramp against you and raise up a large shield against you”.
Coastal cities around the Mediterranean will mourn the loss of this trading giant, on whom they have depended for trade and economic prosperity. Ezekiel describes Tyre as sinking beneath the sea, never to be seen again. “I will bring terrors on you and you will be no more; though you will be sought, you will never be found again“. Strong words from the prohet against another city that God wants to be sure knows that He alone is King and Lord of all!