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Isaiah 23:15


15 And it shall come to pass in that day [yowm], that Tyre [Tsor] shall be forgotten [shakach] seventy [shib`iym] years [shaneh], according to the days [yowm] of one ['echad] king [melek]: after the end [qets] of seventy [shib`iym] years [shaneh] shall Tyre [Tsor] sing [shiyr] as an harlot [zanah].   KJV-Interlinear


15 In that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:    ESV


A little bit of confusion with respect to the seventy years term being mentioned, but it is easily cleared up as it pertains to the final days of history, which will last only seven years.

First, Isaiah wrote these words before the Babylonian Empire rose to power.

Second, Babylon has been used as the symbolism of evil in the world, an evil which is ruled and promoted by Satan.

Third, the phrase, ‘forgotten seventy years,’ is modified by the following phrase, ‘according to the days of one king.’

And fourth, the Bible uses many historical examples to describe the various characteristics and events of the final days of history.

All of that said, now Tyre will be forgotten, which refers to the cessation of its existence. It will cease to be a place of importance. This means that everything that it has come to stand for, namely the economics and the manipulation of the economics of the world, then that human modified structure, will cease. It will collapse onto itself and in effect destroy itself.

Seventy years, according to the days of one king, has to be taken together, for they both refer not only to the seventy years, but also to the typical life span of a single king, or of a single dynasty.

This reference does not designate a single man or woman or person, but to a king, and this passage is very specific in that regard.

The word for king, likewise refers to a single kingdom, or dynasty, consisting of a single king or of a single rulership, which may consist of several kings. But in either case, it is one single rule that is in view here.

Now Babylon is the principle example of evil. The duration of Babylon was seventy years when Nebuchadnezzar began his conquest in the first year of his reign, and from there to the taking of Babylon, by Cyrus, which was seventy years later.

After the fall of Babylon the nations, that were taken by Babylon, would be restored to their liberty and freedom. ‘All these nations,’ says Jeremiah, 25:11, ‘shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.’ Some of them were conquered sooner, and some later; but the end of this period was the common time of deliverance for them all.

Also, the word for king is often times used to refer to kingdoms and visa-versa.

In Daniel the four beasts were referred to as kingdoms but also as four great kings that would rise up out of the earth, again referring to history. We know that those four refer to the Babylonian Empire, the Persian Empire, the Greek Empire and then the Roman Empire. These were to become a succession of empires, which has actually occurred in history.

Nebuchadnezzar founded the Babylonian empire, and he was regarded as its founder, and then he was succeeded by his son Merodach, and his grandson Belshazzar, in whose reign the kingdom terminated, Jer. 27:7: ‘And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son.’ The period of seventy years is several times mentioned, as a period during which the nations that were subject to Babylon would be oppressed, and after that they should be restored to their liberty, Jer. 25:11, 12; 29:10; Jer. 46:26.

This is all historical.

The Tribulation is still future, but it will last only seven years, and from that we know that the number seven is often used to represent the completion of something, and in this case it would be the completion of the Tribulation. It will all be completed during those seven years. Also, we know that the number ten is often used to designate perfection. For example, a beautiful woman is often times referred to as a perfect ten. The combination of the two, are not magic nor some secret code, but simply denote that it is God whose hand is in the unfolding of history.

Thus the seventy refers to the reign of a single king, also the duration of a single dynasty, and that is what will occur in the Tribulation. A single king and a single dynasty will run its full and complete course, but not in seventy years, but in only seven years.

And then we have the song of the prostitute.

The prostitute song can refer to a couple of things.

After a major disaster, the restoration often times occurs to the former levels of prosperity and opulence and adornment with riches and so forth.

And so the prostitute can refer to that restoration to prosperity but she will resume her former habits of suggestive or questionable character. If you get the meaning here.

And the second idea here is to the unrestrained joy and happiness that is freely and openly displayed without embarrassment for all to see and hear, and there is no restraint or timidness in that public display of singing or dancing and such.

And in a way both of these concepts apply.

After the second advent, the world will be restored to a phenomenal prosperity such has never existed before in history. The joy and happiness will overflow with everyone, in that new Kingdom of God. But we also know that near the end of that 1000 year reign of Christ, a huge population will arise in which many will not believe in the Savior, and will rebel instantly when Satan is released from his imprisonment.

Thus the super happiness that will occur in the beginning of the Millennium will give way to a return of the old ways with little or no effort as is the nature of unbelief.

So, history as everyone will have known it, will disappear along with a brief but single evil ruler, but freedom and prosperity beyond what everyone had known, will be restored. But the answer to life is not in disaster or in prosperity for these things can give way to evil. But the answer to life is found in faith in Christ.

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