Failed Bible Prophecies: Nebuchadnezzar Did Not Destroy Tyre

The ancient city of Tyre

 In the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 18 “Son of man, Nebuchadnez′zar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre; every head was made bald and every shoulder was rubbed bare; yet neither he nor his army got anything from Tyre to pay for the labor that he had performed against it. 19 Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnez′zar king of Babylon; and he shall carry off its wealth[e] and despoil it and plunder it; and it shall be the wages for his army. 20 I have given him the land of Egypt as his recompense for which he labored, because they worked for me, says the Lord God. –Ezekiel 29:17-20

Gary: Ask any Christian apologist for evidence of the validity of Christianity and they will invariably respond: the amazing accuracy of OT prophecies. These apologists will often add: Not one single OT prophecy has not been fulfilled.

They are wrong.

Ezekiel prophesied that the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar would wipe the city of Tyre off the map. It never happened. Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Tyre but could not breach its walls. The amazing thing is—Ezekiel even admitted his failed prophecy! What was his excuse? Answer: He prophesied that God would make it up to Nebuchadnezzar with the plunder of Egypt. But guess what? That prophecy too failed!

Of course the greatest failed prophecy of the Bible is Jesus’ failure to return to earth as he (allegedly) promised. Come one, Christians! It’s been TWO THOUSAND years! He ain’t comin’ back.

The evidence is overwhelming: The Bible is NOT the inerrant word of an all-knowing god. It is an ancient text containing a mix of historical facts, legend, superstition, religious propaganda, and outright fiction.

The original prophecy against Tyre, Ezekiel 26:

“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar[b] king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with horsemen and a great army. He will ravage your settlements on the mainland with the sword; he will set up siege works against you, build a ramp up to your walls and raise his shields against you. He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and demolish your towers with his weapons. 10 His horses will be so many that they will cover you with dust. Your walls will tremble at the noise of the warhorses, wagons and chariots when he enters your gates as men enter a city whose walls have been broken through. 11 The hooves of his horses will trample all your streets; he will kill your people with the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. 12 They will plunder your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea. 13 I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more. 14 I will make you 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.

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4 thoughts on “Failed Bible Prophecies: Nebuchadnezzar Did Not Destroy Tyre

  1. I remember being at a Bible study back in my Christian days and we were discussing a new testament passage which coincidentally mentioned Tyre (in the sense that it still existed). Someone said “hey I thought Tyre was destroyed, or prophesied to be destroyed and never to be rebuilt.” We found the Ezekiel 26 passage, and thought how strange it was that this prophecy didn’t seem to have come true. And then, like good evangelicals, we assumed there must be a perfectly good explanation – probably a pastor would know – moved on, and promptly forgot about the whole issue as we got on with our lives.

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    1. … as we got on with our … Jesus-filled … lives. Right? You know, like attending church each week, singing carols, praying, reading scripture, witnessing, taking care of the sick and needy. Oh wait! Maybe not that last one!

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      1. Yes not the last one, that’s socialism! And any good Evangelical knows that distorted nationalistic economic theory and policy trump (no pun intended) the words of Jesus.

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