Ezekiel and the Oracles against Tyre – Use of Prophecy in the Old Testament

Fellow blogger and political ally, Steve, left a comment pointing me to this article. Thought I might share. It concerns the nature of prophecy in the Old Testament, something which must be understood as we read Matthew and even Revelation. While you may disagree, I would urge you to support yourself in doing so. Also, for a prophecy primer, if you will, read Amos who I find is a key in understanding the roll of an Old Testament Prophet, and thus, the use of prophecy.

The example to consider is from the book of Ezekiel. The middle section of Ezekiel contains a series of what are known as “Oracles Against Foreign Nations” (chs. 25-32). All of the major prophetic books contain these. They are indictments against surrounding nations, often listing their crimes against humanity and sins against God, as a way to universalize accountability to God. They are highly stylized and poetic, but often contain specific predictions of the judgment of God against those nations for their self-sufficient arrogance, pride, and worship of false gods. Often the nations are evaluated specifically in terms of how they have treated Israel as God’s people.

Pick up your bibles, and begin to read,

Ezekiel and the Oracles against Tyre.

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6 Replies to “Ezekiel and the Oracles against Tyre – Use of Prophecy in the Old Testament”

  1. Glad you enjoyed it. It really changed my way of thinking about prophecy. Probably put the final nail in my full preterist coffin.

    Political allies…I like that. Way to emphasize our commonalities (or is it just “commonality”?).

  2. I am a partial preterist and have been since I first started to really study Revelation for myself. I like Fee’s (?) take that the last two chapters are most likely in the far distant future…

    I’m sure, that we set down over coffee, that we might find we agree on a great deal. Or, I would use the power of my rhetoric to make sure you do.

  3. I appreciated this author’s honest evaluation of the prophecy regarding Tyre. I’m sure we’ve all heard much less honest evaluations before, one’s attempting to turn Ezekiel’s prophecy into something it’s not.

    Let’s say, however, that Tyre actually was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. Should we then evaluate this as a true prophecy? Or, should we assume it was written after the fact?

    That seems to be the question for every biblical prophecy that was seemingly fulfilled in the ancient past: Why not assume (when able) that such prophecies were just written after the events they purport to predict?

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