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4 Be thou
ashamed [buwsh], O Zidon [Tsiydown]: for
the sea [yam] hath spoken ['amar], even the strength [ma`owz]
of the sea [yam], saying ['amar], I travail [chuwl] not, nor
bring forth children [yalad], neither do I
nourish up [gadal] young men [bachuwr], nor bring up [ruwm]
virgins [bathuwlah]. KJV-Interlinear
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the
sea, saying: “I have neither labored nor given birth, I have neither reared
young men nor brought up young women.” ESV
Sidon is the older city to the north of Tyre. Tyre was the powerful economic city and seaport built up on a small island just off shore from the mainland, seemingly impregnable and indestructible. It was wealthy and known the world over, representing the economies of the world known the world over. But more than just economies, it is the managed economies the world over, as by then the entire world will be in a managed state.
Sidon is the mother, as it were, of the daughter called Tyre. Sidon was the model foundation of commerce upon which the city of Tyre was built. Just as the commerce of today is the result of the commerce of yesterday or of the last century, but having been built upon the endless innovations that have occurred along the way.
And now the former is to lament the latter. Sidon is to grieve over Tyre. The foundation of commerce is to grieve over the latter systems of commerce, since the latter is destroyed, bringing down with it, all of the fundamental economics that preceded it.
Therefore, Sidon grieves, and then the seas, out of which the economic empire of Tyre arose, now speak to its own demise.
Neither labored, or birthed, nor reared offspring. And that is the final epitaph of Tyre.
It based all of its wealth and prosperity on the former fundamentals of commerce, but did not innovate any of them. It misused the former principles and mismanaged and therefore produced a false sense of an economic system, that did not grow, but instead crashed not only itself, but the whole economic system worldwide.
Remember that this prophecy is directed at the end times.
During those final seven years, the manipulation of economics will be so great that the whole system will crash.
Recall, from our Revelation study, the massive inflation, massive famines, massive starvation, poor business to extremes, regulations and laws requiring worship of the anti-christ before receiving a license to buy or sell or engage in any form of trade or business.
And here we are receiving an in depth description of those times and their results.
But know one more thing, too, nothing in government occurs overnight, but occurs over long periods of time. And so, the seven year period of the Tribulation is far too short for everything to happen solely within that time frame.
It will be a crashing era, not a developing era.
Many of the false concepts of the Tribulation will have their origins in our dispensation and obviously will be in existence prior to the rapture. We can see many examples in the world right now. Examples that will become more and more common, as time goes on.
They will just be taken to extreme, extremes during the Tribulation, and thus crash the whole system.
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