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The Pronouncement about Tyre

2024-05-20T08:06:48-04:00November 25th, 2020|Isaiah|

One of the great cities of the ancient world was Tyre. It is believed to have been in existence as far back as the time when Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt in the great exodus, approximately 3,500 years ago. Several Hebrew prophets wrote about Tyre – including Isaiah, Joel, Zechariah and Ezekiel most extensively. This article will primarily focus on Isaiah.

Situated on the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea in what is now Lebanon, Tyre became the most prominent of a confederation of Phoenician cities, not the least of which was Sidon. But unlike the great plundering powers, Tyre did not set out to conquer other peoples militarily. It became dominant through commerce and by serving as an international port and terminal for overland trades routes. And because its seacoast craftsmen mastered the science of shipbuilding and navigation, Tyre was able to establish trading posts and colonies throughout the Mediterranean. It is believed the Phoenicians may have circumnavigated the continent of Africa and even crossed the Atlantic in their galleys. Because of her renowned seafaring prowess and business acumen over the centuries the city-kingdom of Tyre became fabulously wealthy. It could be said that the Tyrians were the first globalists.

The Valley of the Vision

2020-11-30T12:58:05-05:00November 22nd, 2020|Isaiah|

This article was originally published in 2011 and has been slightly edited and updated.  As the Watchtower’s commentary on Isaiah notes, although Jerusalem was situated on a hill it was also surrounded by higher hills, making the city itself a valley in comparison. And because Jerusalem is the focus of prophecy, much of which was originally conveyed to the prophets by means of inspired visions, [...]

A Gift Will Be Brought to Jehovah

2020-11-13T08:09:48-05:00November 13th, 2020|Isaiah|

The 18th chapter of Isaiah opens with these words: “Ha for the land of the whirring insects with wings, which is in the region of the rivers of Ethiopia! It is the one sending forth envoys by means of the sea, and by means of vessels of papyrus upon the surface of the waters, saying: ‘Go, you swift messengers, to a nation drawn out and scoured, to a people fear-inspiring everywhere, a nation of tensile strength and of treading down, whose land the rivers have washed away.’”

What is the land of the whirring insects with wings and what is the message of the envoys God commands them to send forth? And who are the fear-inspiring people and the nation of tensile strength to whom the messengers are sent?

Over the years that I have studied prophecy I have revisited the 18th chapter of Isaiah many times to ponder it’s possible meaning. It remains maddeningly inscrutable. What seems clear, though, is that, the prophecy is intended to apply to the ultimate success of God’s purpose at the conclusion of the present system of things.

And what is God’s purpose?

As all of Jehovah’s Witnesses know, God’s grand, over-arching purpose is to bring forth a new creation composed of 144,001 humans that will ultimately be reborn into immortal, incorruptible spirits. Jesus is, of course, “the firstborn among many brothers,” as Paul described the Christ.

 

The Coming Rise & Fall of Babylon

2022-09-03T10:13:20-04:00November 5th, 2020|Isaiah|

. This article was originally published July 11, 2011. The sudden overthrow of Babylon stunned the ancient world. The event is one of the centerpieces of Bible prophecy, having been foretold by Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel - the reason being, Babylon had been an unwitting instrument in the hand of Jehovah to smash all the nations surrounding, including the kingdom of Judah and [...]

Here I am! Send me!

2020-10-19T06:02:14-04:00October 18th, 2020|Isaiah|

I saw Jehovah sitting on a lofty and elevated throne, and the skirts of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were standing above him; each had six wings. Each covered his face with two and covered his feet with two, and each of them would fly about with two. And one called to the other: “Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of armies. The whole earth is filled [...]

Woe to the Watchtower Society!

2023-09-03T20:27:32-04:00October 17th, 2020|Isaiah|

  This is a slightly edited repost of an article originally published in January 2011 Upon his final pilgrimage to Jerusalem Jesus denounced the Pharisees with a scathing series of “woes.” Ultimately, on that same occasion, Jesus condemned the holy city of Jerusalem itself, saying to the Jews: “Look! Your house is abandoned to you.” Jerusalem had fulfilled its purpose. It had received its promised messianic [...]

Ancient Prophet with a Message for Jehovah’s Witnesses

2020-10-06T09:48:59-04:00October 6th, 2020|Isaiah|

__________________________ This material was originally posted in 2010. Beginning with this article I will be editing, revising, and perhaps expanding upon previously posted articles with added video commentary. The Watchtower rightly points out that Isaiah is an ancient prophet with a modern message. Indeed, the message contained in the ancient prophecy of Isaiah is of the utmost relevance for the Watchtower Society and [...]

Their horses are swifter than leopards

2020-09-16T13:37:44-04:00September 12th, 2020|Commentary|

Saturday, September 12 How long must I ask for help from violence, but you do not intervene? —Hab. 1:2. Habakkuk lived during a very difficult and challenging time. He was deeply saddened because he was surrounded by wicked, violent people. When would their wickedness end? Why did Jehovah take so long before acting? All Habakkuk saw was injustice and oppression practiced by his own countrymen. He [...]

You Have Ruined the Covenant of Levi

2020-09-02T14:40:30-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Commentary|

Wednesday, September 2 No man can come to me unless the Father, who sent me, draws him. —John 6:44. We can play a part in helping others learn about God, but we do not play the most important part. (1 Cor. 3:6, 7) Jehovah is the one who draws people. In the end, each individual will respond to the good news based on his or her heart condition. [...]

Jehovah is His Name

2023-02-08T15:22:05-05:00August 31st, 2020|Beliefs|

QUESTION: Jehovah's Witnesses teach that everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah (YHWH) will be saved. The name Jehovah is "an invention" by a Spanish Dominican monk of the Roman Catholic Church back in the 13th century (according to the AID book). There are many indications of a Masonic connection with the early Bible Students. Jehovah is the most important person in Freemasonry. In the [...]

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