The Proof of the BIBLE
by Herbert W. Armstrong
1958 edition

The BIBLE -- Superstition or AUTHORITY? Did you ever stop to PROVE
whether the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God?

HAVE YOU ever stopped to really prove whether or not the
Bible is divinely inspired by a Creator?
I am going to give you the proof. And I am going to tell the
skeptics how to disprove the Bible, if it's not inspired, and how
to disprove the very existence of God, IF THERE IS NO GOD.

It Dares to Foretell the Future!

Here is a book -- The Holy Bible -- that dares to write out the
future history of this world in advance -- that dares to prophesy
what is actually going to happen within 15 or 20 years to
specific nations, including Russia, the British Commonwealth,
China, the United States, Italy, Turkey, Ethiopia, and many
others -- most of the major nations of this world.
But would you believe it if I told you what this Book
predicts? If I told you what it predicts about your nation? Would
you believe it?
You know, we have gotten away from believing that the Bible
means what it says. We may not be ATHEISTS. We may not ridicule
the Holy Bible. But we are living now in an age of SKEPTICISM. We
are living in an age of doubt.
Most highly educated people, and men of science, assume that
the Bible is not the infallible revelation of a Supernatural God,
and they assume this WITHOUT THE SCIENTIFIC PROOF that they
demand on material questions.
Most fundamentalist believers assume, on sheer faith, never
having seen proof, that the Holy Bible is the very Word of God.
Very few people have stopped to prove whether or not the
Bible is really the inspired Word of God. Very few people TREMBLE
before what it says or regard it as having REAL AUTHORITY.

How Could You Prove It?

Some people seem to think that Jesus' miracles were recorded
to prove His divine Messiahship. But the skeptics don't believe
those miracles ever occurred.
Some people will say answered prayer is the proof of
inspiration. But the skeptic has had no prayers answered. He
doesn't believe that anybody ELSE has.
There is, however, one source of irrefutable PROOF!
The Bible itself purports to be the infallible, divine
revelation of truth, revealed by the very Creator and Divine
Ruler of the entire universe. In your Bible, One is quoted,
claiming that HE is God, speaking in the first person, saying
that He can make and unmake nations, that He can carry out His
judgments over millenniums of time, claiming that He can foretell
infallibly the future of cities and empires, but that no MAN can.

TAUNTING the Skeptics

Skeptics say the Bible is merely the religious writings of a
small ancient Jewish race, groping in the darkness of human
ignorance and of superstition trying to develop a concept of God.
But is it?
WHO IS this, quoted as saying, "I am God, and there is none
like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient
times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall
stand"? One is quoted saying those very words in Isaiah 46:9-10.
Who is this claiming to foretell the future? Is it merely
some ignorant, ancient human with no power to make good his
boast, who wrote this blistering challenge to the skeptics,
recorded in Isaiah 41:21-23? -- "Now the Eternal cries, 'Bring your
case forward.' Now Jacob's king cries, 'State your proofs.'"
Yes, state your PROOFS! "Let us hear what has happened in
the past that we may ponder it, or show me what is yet to be,
that we may watch how it turns out. Yes, let us hear what is
COMING, that we may be sure that you are Gods. Come, do something
or other that we may marvel at the sight. Why, you are things of
naught. You can do nothing at all!" (Moffatt).
There is the taunt of the One quoted as being God, and
quoted in the first person, taunting skeptics, saying, "Why,
you're nothing at all. Come on! Let's hear your proofs that we
may watch whether it turns out. Predict what is going to happen
in the future, and let us watch and see whether you can foretell.
Have you the power to bring it about? Are you a God? Do you rule
the universe? Can you make and unmake nations? Can you pronounce
a sentence or a decree on a nation, and bring it to PASS?" That
is the taunt of the GOD of the BIBLE to the doubter.

Prophecy is the PROOF of God

Prophecy is the proof of divine revelation! If One, in the
Bible, speaking and claiming to be God, can make prophecies and
tell what is going to happen in the future to nations, to cities,
to empires, then if it actually happens in every case, and
without a miss, you'll know that was a real God speaking.
But, if it were some person writing this, some human mortal
writing in ignorance, groping in superstition, making great
boasts, and claiming that he could foretell what was going to
happen to proud cities, to nations, to great empires, and then it
never happens, you know that that man was merely writing make-
believe out of his own imagination.
Yes, prophecy is the proof of God, the proof of the divine
revelation of the Bible. Prophecy is a taunting challenge that
the skeptic dares not accept!
So here is the challenge to the skeptic. How long has New
York City been in existence? About 300 years. About 300 years ago
New York City was a little village. Now it has grown to a great
city of over 8 million population.
Suppose that some human prognosticator made a prophecy that
New York will very soon, inside of 15 years, be totally
destroyed, never again to be rebuilt. Would any human be able to
bring that to pass? Would anybody believe it if someone would
make such a prophecy? Is there ANY MAN on this earth that could
speak with authority, and make such a prophecy about a great city
like New York -- AND BRING IT TO PASS?

The City that CONFOUNDS the Skeptics

Now notice! Over 2500 years ago, there existed a great city
that already, then, was more than 1500 years old. That city was
the mistress of the seas -- of the whole world; it was the
commercial center of the world. It was beautiful, rich, and
stable. That city was ancient Tyre on the Mediterranean. It was
located on the western coastal area of Phoenicia.
In the year of 604 B.C., the nation Judah had been invaded
by the Chaldeans under King Nebuchadnezzar, of the Chaldean
Empire. The Jews had been conquered and taken captive, in a
series of sieges between 604 and 580 B.C. The people of Tyre were
looking with greedy eyes on Judah; and they were laying plans to
go down and take part of the spoil, now that their rival king had
invaded and conquered it.

Can This Decree Be Broken?

We read of Tyre in Ezekiel 26:1-3, the Moffatt translation,
in a little plainer English:
"In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month" -- now
this was in 585 B.C. -- "this word from the Eternal came to me."
Ezekiel was writing this. He was just a mortal man, one of the
prophets. But this man said that the very Word of God came to
him, and he wrote it down.
Now this is what God is quoted as saying -- One who is quoted
in the first person as being GOD, the very Creator, and the very
Ruler of all the universe. He said:
"Son of man, since Tyre has gloated over Jerusalem, 'AHA!
this door into the nations is broken down! It lies open to me. I
shall prosper, now she is laid waste.' Therefore, the Lord, the
Eternal utters this sentence: 'Tyre, I am against you ... I will
bring many a nation against you, -- as the sea brings many a wave.'
Who was this speaking? Was it some ignorant human, or was it
God Almighty who pronounced this fate on this commercial
metropolis, this New York of the ancient world, this great,
proud, mighty city of Tyre, because of its evils, and because it
was threatening to take a spoil of this kingdom of Judah?

What God Said Would Happen

Let us begin with this third verse from the King James or
the Authorized translation, and read on including the fifth
"Therefore, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against
thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against
thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up. And they shall
destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will
also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a
rock. It shall be a place for the spreading of nets [fishers'
nets] in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the
Lord Eternal: and it shall become a spoil to the nations."
Here is One quoted in the Bible as saying, "I am God, I have
spoken it. This is going to happen to that great city Tyre" -- one
of the two greatest cities of the world, as great in the world in
that day as New York or London is today.
I want you to notice these points, in what this One who
claims to be God has said. He said that many nations would come
up against this Tyre, and attack her. But how were they to come?
He said like the waves of the sea. Now the waves of the sea come
one after the other, not all together. These attacking nations
would come one after the other. He said that they would destroy
the walls; they would break down the towers and demolish the
buildings of that city. He said then that they would scrape the
stones, the timbers of the demolished buildings and even the top
soil into the Mediterranean Sea. He said that this city would
become like the top of a rock; it would become a place to spread
the nets on; and it would become a spoil to the nations -- MORE
than one nation -- many nations coming ONE after the OTHER like the
waves of the sea.
For over 1500 years the armed forces of other cities and
nations had attacked this proud city of Tyre, but never had any
army been able to batter down its walls or actually to invade the
city. Now could some mere human mortal, just writing in the
religious works of the ancient Jewish race -- could some mortal man
pronounce such an astounding fate on so great a city AND BRING IT
But let us read on, beginning with Ezekiel 26 -- verse 7 on
through verse 11: "For thus saith God Eternal [here is God quoted
as speaking directly, and in the first person]; Behold, I will
bring upon Tyrus NEBUCHADNEZZAR, the king of Babylon."
This becomes quite a specific prophecy. It tells distinctly
the name of the king and of the nation that God is going to bring
against this city of Tyre, "a king of kings [because he was an
emperor over a number of nations] from the north, with horses,
and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much
people. HE shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the
field ... HE shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with
his axes he shall break down thy towers ... HE shall enter into thy
gates ... and with the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all
thy streets: HE shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy
strong garrisons shall go down to the ground" -- or, "your strong
pillars" as the margin has it, "shall go down to the ground."
Here it is specifically speaking of Nebuchadnezzar, what HE
shall do. But remember God had said that many nations shall come,
not just one, but many nations, one after the other like the
waves of the sea.
Notice! Nebuchadnezzar was not to take all of the debris,
all of the stones, the timber, and the top soil and dump it into
the Mediterranean. God had said many nations would come.

Tyre's FATE Sealed

Let us read on. Notice how this prophecy becomes even more
specific, beginning with verse 12 on through verse 14.

PHOTO CAPTION: These moss-covered, hewn stones were once part of
the fabulous buildings of Tyre -- the "New York" of the ancient
world. Though Tyre had withstood enemies for centuries, God
decreed through the prophet Ezekiel: "They shall break down thy
walls ... and lay thy stones IN THE MIDST OF THE WATER'' (Ezek.
26:12). Those very stones are lying there today!

"And THEY" -- no longer does God say, "and HE." It is speaking of
"they." This would mean OTHER NATIONS to follow Nebuchadnezzar.
"They shall make spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy
merchandise: and they [that means other nations following
Nebuchadnezzar] shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy
pleasant houses: they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy
dust IN THE MIDST OF THE WATER." There it is!
God says, "I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and
the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard. And I will make
thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets
upon; THOU SHALT BE BUILT NO MORE: for I the Eternal have spoken
it, saith the Lord God."
THERE is authority! There is One quoted, speaking in the
first person with great authority, pronouncing a dire sentence
upon a great city of the world at that time. Was there any God
existing who was about to do it?
Notice this prophecy said they would lay the stones, the
timber, the soil in the Mediterranean, and after that, Tyre was
to be completely destroyed and BUILT NO MORE, NEVER AGAIN TO BE
Was this the very Creator God passing sentence? Was the
Ruler of the universe able to bring it to pass, or was this mere
HUMAN conjecture?
Here is the challenge to tell whether or not this Bible is
inspired. There is no other book where you can find one speaking,
saying, "I AM GOD," and speaking to nations and to cities, and
pronouncing sentence in that fashion, and then centuries later
bringing it to pass!
Notice! This same God is telling what is going to happen to
our modern nations today, yes, Russia, Germany, Great Britain,
the United States, Australia, Italy, China, all of the great
nations, and many of the minor nations of the world, pronouncing
sentence on us -- warning of things that are to happen to us in the
next 20 years. Can He do it? Was He able to do what He said about
ancient Tyre?
Is this Bible inspired? Can you prove it? Do Bible
prophecies mean what they say?

It Happened as Prophesied!

Very soon after the prophecy was uttered there was a 13-year
siege by King Nebuchadnezzar exactly as this had been foretold,
as the One speaking and saying, "I am God," said it would happen!
Finally, he took the city. It had never happened before. He
demolished the fortified part of the city which was built on the
shore of the mainland. However, the people of the city fled the
mainland and fortified the other part of the city, which was
originally located on an island "in the sea" (Ezek. 27:4; 28:2),
only half a mile off shore. The original site of Tyre on the
mainland became known then as OLD TYRE, and the city on the
island became known as NEW TYRE.

PHOTO CAPTION: The city of Tyre before the siege by
Nebuchadnezzar. Tyre was a dual city built on the coast of
Palestine and in the sea. Harbors on the coast and on the island
made Tyre a mistress of commerce. (NOTE: To view the drawing, see
the file PROOF1.TIF in the Images\HWA directory)

Many skeptics may say that that prophecy wasn't written in
585 B.C. before this happened, but that it was written after it
happened. How can you prove that Ezekiel wrote it when he said he
There is ample proof of it, but Nebuchadnezzar's invasion is
only the first link in the chain of this prophecy. This prophecy
had said many nations will come like waves of the sea. It
foretold many other things to happen. Only part of those things
were to be done by Nebuchadnezzar, to be brought about by him.

What Historians ADMIT

Let me quote for you a little of the history of these events
from the Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 22 [the latest edition
of the Encyclopedia Britannica] under the article "Tyre."
It says: "Tyre, the mistress of the seas, in the 6th
century, B.C., endured a 13-years' siege from Nebuchadnezzar."
During this siege, Tyre, as already mentioned, was demolished.
Nebuchadnezzar, as we read in verses 7 to 11 in Ezekiel 26,
did everything that was prophesied for him. But, he did not move
the stones, the timber or the soil into the Mediterranean. For
about 250 years after Nebuchadnezzar had invaded Tyre, it seemed
improbable that that prophecy ever would be completely fulfilled.

PHOTO CAPTION: After the siege by Nebuchadnezzar, that part of
Tyre on the island became known as New Tyre. Alexander broke down
the walls of New Tyre. It lies in ruins still visible under the
shallow Mediterranean waters. The area marked "Roman Ruins"
represents New Testament Tyre. Modern Sur is outlined on the
northwestern tip.

(NOTE: To view the first drawing, see the file PROOF2.TIF in the
Images\HWA directory)
(NOTE: To view the second drawing see the file PROOF3.TIF in the
Images\HWA Directory)

Then, after two and one-half centuries, Alexander the Great
came down in his swift march conquering everything before him.
Before quoting the actual history of what Alexander did, let
us first get in mind a clear picture of the geophysical layout of
this once great city of Tyre.
The main part of the city, originally, was on the mainland
of Phoenicia, on the Mediterranean coast. In Ezekiel 27:3, God is
quoted as saying to Tyre: "O thou that art situate at the entry
of the sea." It was on the mainland, but at the entrance to the
sea. It was the chief seaport of the ancient world.
But, just as many cities today are located on rivers, with a
main part of the city on one side, and another part of the city
on the other side of the river, so a part of the city of Tyre was
built on an island, one-half mile off shore. Apparently the
commercial ships put in at docks both on the mainland and on the
Off the south and west shores of the island the sea was very
shallow. The Tyrians had built a huge wall around this portion of
the island, shutting out the sea, and adding many acres of
lowland in a narrow strip around the south and west portions of
the island. The island portion of Tyre was built in this
reclaimed lowland strip, indicated by the shaded portion of the
map. The higher portion of the island, especially in its center,
was used for their pagan "High Place" of idolatrous worship, the
"Temple of Melkart," and the remainder of the original island as
a great public park surrounding the temple.
Because of the small area of the reclaimed lowland, inside
the sea-walls, this island portion of the city was built of
skyscrapers taller than those of downtown Rome today -- that is,
taller than 8 or 10 stories -- possibly 15 or 20 stories high. That
seems incredible today, but such is the historic record! Ezekiel
refers to this lowland strip portion of the city thus: "Thy
borders are in the midst of the seas" (Ezek. 27:4).
After the main portion of original Tyre had been destroyed
by Nebuchadnezzar in the 6th century, B.C., this lowland strip on
the island was built up as the main city. Since a foreign army
had, at long last, proved able to batter down the walls of the
mainland city, the Tyrians built up the island portion of their
city, where the half mile of sea gave them security from attack
by foot soldiers on land.
From that time, the 6th century B.C., the mainland portion
became known as "OLD Tyre," and the island portion as "NEW Tyre."
Now, let me quote for you from the Encyclopedia Britannica
in this same article, "The siege of Tyre by Alexander the Great,
332 B.C." (He had won his battle at Issus, his first great battle
in conquering the Persian Empire, in the previous year, 333 B.C.)
"New Tyre was built on a small island about half a mile from the
mainland upon which the old city stood ... Alexander demolished
[what remained of] Old Tyre, and with the debris built a mole 200
feet in breadth across the strait so that he turned that island
actually into a peninsula and it became therefore a part of the
mainland. The reduction of Tyre was now but a matter of
time ... Alexander ... scaled the city walls. Thus after a siege of
seven months the city was taken, 8,000 of the citizens were
slaughtered, 2,000 later on were executed, and 30,000 sold into

What Skeptics Can't DENY

We quote further from the book, The Bible as History, by
Werner Keller, page 320: "This Phoenician city, heavily fortified
and protected by stout high walls, was built on a small island
which guarded the coastline. Alexander performed here a miracle
of military ingenuity by building a 2,000-foot mole in the sea
out to the island city. To safe-guard the operations, mobile
protective shields, so-called 'tortoises' had to be employed.
Despite this the construction of the causeway was greatly
hindered by an incessant hail of missiles. Meantime his engineers
were on shore building veritable monsters .... These were mobile
protective towers many stories high, which held detachments of
bowmen and light artillery. A drawbridge on the front of the
towers enabled a surprise attack to be made on the enemy's walls.
They were the highest siege towers ever used in the history of
war. Each of them had twenty stories and the topmost platform
towered, at a height of over 160 feet, far above the highest city
"When, after seven months' preparation, these monsters,
bristling with weapons, slowly and clumsily rolled toward Tyre,
the fate of the maritime stronghold, which was considered to be
impregnable, was sealed."
Notice, the PEOPLE of the earth considered New Tyre to be
impregnable. Suppose, as the critics and skeptics try to argue,
that the Book of Ezekiel was written after Nebuchadnezzar's siege
of Old Tyre. What human writer, making a purely human
prognostication and guess, could ever by the wildest imagination
have predicted what actually did happen to New Tyre?
No, but GOD knew what was going to happen!

Still Another Prophecy

Notice, now, still another prophecy about New Tyre: "Thus
saith the Lord ETERNAL: When I make thee a desolate city, like
the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep
upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee; ... thou shalt be no
more" (Ezek. 26:19, 21).
The Moffatt translation makes that a little plainer:
"... when I turn the ocean upon you and the deep waters cover
Mr. Herman L. Hoeh, Dean of Instruction of Ambassador
College, and Dr. C. Paul Meredith, Director of the Ambassador
College Correspondence Course, visited this site in 1957, a year
after I, with my wife and son Richard D. Armstrong, had been

PHOTO CAPTION: The desolate ruins of Roman Tyre which existed in
New Testament times. Not even the Romans were able to build their
city on the original site of New Tyre which, prophecy says, never
can be rebuilt! In the background of this picture lie a few
pillars from the period of Roman occupation.

Our visit to the ruins of Tyre, in 1956, was forced to be
brief. It was then in a military zone, and we were not allowed as
much time as we needed for complete exploration. We were not
satisfied that we had found all that was there.
In 1957, Dean Hoeh and Dr. Meredith had sufficient time to
walk all over the peninsula that was an island before Alexander's
They walked the entire length of the south and west shores
of the present peninsula. They were able plainly to see, in the
somewhat shallow water, out to a depth of some four feet, the
foundations of ancient buildings, building blocks, and pillars --
remains of what had once been the city of NEW Tyre!

PHOTO CAPTION: View of the present-day town of Sur. As
prophesied, fishermen from this town still cast their nets from
their boats onto the wave-washed rock foundations of the ancient
metropolis of Tyre. Though this village borders immediately upon
the ruins of Tyre, it has NEVER been built on the site of that
ancient city.

Alexander the Great, after demolishing the buildings of New
Tyre, demolished this huge sea wall which had reclaimed the
lowland space on which the actual city of New Tyre had been
built. Thus, in complete fulfillment of the prophecy of Ezekiel
26:4, 12-14, 19, 21, referring to NEW Tyre, the city was
destroyed; God turned the ocean upon the city, and the deep
waters cover it to this very day. NEW Tyre has remained from that
day to this LIKE THE TOP OF A ROCK!
The CITY of Tyre was completely destroyed -- both Old and New.
It has never been an important seaport since. It became a site
for fishermen, and is to this day. You can go there, and see the
fishers' nets spread out, still today! God's prophecies are SURE!
However, after Alexander's untimely death, when his kingdom
was divided into the four divisions, the Egyptian division (the
"King of the South" of Daniel 11), the Ptolemys, apparently built
a city on the peninsula -- not where either Old Tyre or New Tyre
had been built -- but probably at approximately the site of the
shaded spot on the map labeled "Roman Ruins" on page 13.
This village again bore the name of Tyre -- though it was
actually a new and different town built near, but in a different
place. As the Britannica article continues: this new city, "with
the marvelous vitality of those early times, recovered in a
comparatively short time. The city passed under the sway of the
Seleucids (198 B.C.), the "King of the North" of Daniel 11, and
the Romans (68 B.C.). Herod the Great endowed it with a temple.
St. Paul spent a week there while the ship 'unloaded her burden'
on his journey from Ephesus to Jerusalem. By the 2nd century it
had become the see of a bishop. With the rest of Syria it passed
into the hands of the Muslims in the 7th century. The Crusaders
captured it (1124), and made it one of the chief cities of their
kingdom of Jerusalem. After the fall of Acre, the Muslims
destroyed it."
Now today, a small new town, called Sur -- in a different
location out on the peninsula, and inhabited by fishermen -- is
erroneously designated as Tyre on some maps; but it is not Tyre.
It is not on the site of ancient Tyre. Ancient Tyre has NEVER

How Skeptics Could Disprove the Bible!

Was the author of this prophecy a mortal man, or God
Almighty? This is one of hundreds of such prophecies, many of
which have already come to pass. Every year, EVERY DAY, yes,
EVERY HOUR that site of New Tyre remains a desolate top of the
rock for spreading of fishermen's nets -- every hour that it
remains uninhabited, and no city is built there, it is SHOUTING
the PROOF of divine revelation of the Bible to skeptics.
And now, just a word to the skeptics. Here is how you can
disprove the Bible, and the very existence of God -- if there is no
God, and IF the Bible is not inspired! Just go over and build a
small city on the site of New Tyre. A collection of a dollar each
from all of the American skeptics alone would be ample. Whoever
inspired Ezekiel 26 dares the skeptics to try to do it.
Now there is nothing to prevent them from building a city
there on the site of New Tyre, except that the Bible they scoff
at says they CAN'T!
Here is living, dynamic PROOF that the Bible is divinely

The Challenge of God Almighty

Ezekiel also wrote about another city, Sidon. Sidon is a
city about 30 miles north of Tyre, on the Mediterranean, still
more ancient. It was the mother city. Tyre was originally merely
one of Sidon's colonies.
Sidon had been declining for centuries while Tyre had been
building up as the great city of the world. In the year 590 B.C.,
when Ezekiel wrote the prophecy, Sidon was in a state of decay.
I want to read to you its present condition from the
Encyclopedia Britannica, the current edition, article, "Sidon."
"Sidon, once the principle city of Phoenicia, now the principle
town of the southern district of Great Lebanon ... is today a city
of 10,000 inhabitants -- the majority of whom are Moslems."
Continuing about Sidon: "History: Older than Tyre and
acknowledged as its mother ... the Philistines destroyed its fleet
and laid the city in ashes. Assyria and Babylonia ... led armies
against her to disturb her peace and loot her treasures ... The
Persian yoke ... supplanted the Babylonian and an injudicious
revolt against Artaxerxes Ochus met with condign punishment."
In 351 B.C., Sidon was absolutely destroyed for its revolt.
But Sidon rose again. Further, the Britannica says: "Unlike Tyre,
[Sidon] submitted without resistance to Alexander the Great."
Some skeptics attempt to explain away Ezekiel's prophecy
regarding TYRE by saying it was not written about 590 B.C.,
before Nebuchadnezzar's invasion and destruction of Old Tyre, but
about 350 B.C. or even 330 B.C. instead. But they fail to take
into account the fact that the same prophet at the same time
wrote prophecies about SIDON. Now suppose Ezekiel's prophecy were
written around 350 B.C., if Ezekiel's prophecy were merely human
speculation, do you think it would have been a logical guess,
about 350 B.C., that Tyre would never be rebuilt but that Sidon,
on the other hand, would remain?
That is exactly what was prophesied!
Now let's turn to the prophecy in Ezekiel 28 beginning with
verse 20: "Again the word of the Eternal came unto me, saying,
Son of man, set thy face against Sidon, and prophesy against it,
and say, Thus saith the Lord Eternal; Behold, I am against thee,
O Sidon ....For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into
her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her
by the sword upon her every side; and they shall know that I am
the Eternal."
Now you will notice that there isn't one word saying that
Sidon was to be destroyed and never rebuilt. God's judgment on
Sidon was not one of utter extinction as it was on Tyre, but
blood in her streets, wounded in her city, the sword on every
side -- a continuously existing city -- but reduced and in constant

PHOTO CAPTION: The harbor of Sidon. Prophecy foretold that the
decaying city of Sidon would continue to be inhabited through the
centuries whereas its prosperous sister-city Tyre would become
desolate. Both prophecies have been fulfilled exactly. No power
on earth has been able to -- or ever shall be able to -- destroy
Sidon! God says so.

Not To Be Utterly Destroyed

No other city on the face of this earth has ever undergone
so much suffering, except the city of Jerusalem. Sidon has been
often destroyed and again rebuilt, destroyed and rebuilt,
destroyed and rebuilt. It is there today with 10,000 population.
How did the prophet Ezekiel -- how could any human being -- if
this were not divinely inspired, have known that Sidon could
continue to exist, suffering all the while, but that Tyre, the
big city, would never be rebuilt? There is every reason why Tyre
should be rebuilt -- wonderful soil all around, water, a wonderful
harbor, every reason in the world why it should have been
Sidon, however, is a city today of 10,000 population. All is
exactly as prophesied. There has been blood in her streets,
wounded in the city, the sword on all sides. The article quoted
in the Encyclopedia Britannica will give you history up till now.
Sidon still lives -- exactly as prophesied. I was there in 1956.
But Tyre suffered utter desolation. No city is there today --
exactly as this prophecy said. Was this divine inspiration, or
was it human guess? How did it happen that whoever wrote this
prophecy prophesied exactly as it was going to happen BOTH TIMES?
those two cities would have indicated the fate at the time the
prophecy was written. Neither in 590 B.C., nor, if the skeptics
would prefer to say it was written about 330 B.C., at that time.

Another Prophecy Defies Skeptics

There is yet another striking prophecy bearing ample
testimony of Biblical inspiration. It is about another famous
city in the ancient world -- the city of Ashkelon.
The prophet Zephaniah lived and wrote about 630 B.C. It was
before the captivity of Judah. He was warning the Jews in the
first chapter of his prophecy of the captivity that was coming.
There is a principle of duality in this book as there is in most
prophecies, a type and anti-type. The prophecy refers literally
to the Jews of that time, six hundred years before Christ; but it
refers also to our time now, in the twentieth century A.D. in the
years just ahead of us. Almost no one understands this type and
anti-type, this duality in the prophecies. You can't understand
prophecy unless you understand it. That is one of the vital keys
to Bible knowledge.
Chapter 2 in this book of Zephaniah foretells the fate of
the nations neighboring on Judah, and hostile to Judah,
especially the sea coast cities of the Philistines: Gaza,
Ashkelon, Ashdod and Ekron.

PHOTO CAPTION: The grass-covered ruins of Ashkelon. Over 2500
years ago the prophets foretold that this once-flourishing city
would be DESOLATE -- and would belong to the Jews today. This has
happened! No skeptic can deny it!

Notice Zephaniah 2:4-7: "Gaza shall be forsaken, and
Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon
day, and Ekron shall be rooted up."
Now verse 7: "And the coast shall be for the remnant of the
house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon."
That has happened! That very territory is today in the
nation that is called modern "Israel."
Observe the seventh verse once again. "And the coast [of the
Mediterranean, in Palestine] shall be for the remnant of the
house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon." The remnant is the
last generation. In other words, the 20th century, right now, in
our time!

Prophecy Absolutely Fulfilled

Turn quickly to Zechariah 9:3-6. "And Tyrus did build
herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine
gold as the mire of the streets. Behold, the Eternal will cast
her out, and He will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be
devoured with fire." There is another prophecy showing what
happened to Tyre. Continuing: "Ashkelon shall see it, and fear:
Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her
expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from
Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited."

PHOTO CAPTION: Photo At Ashkelon archaeologists excavate ruins of
Roman villa. Over 600 years after the prophets foretold the
ultimate desolation of this city it was still teeming with fine
Roman buildings. Then suddenly it was destroyed in 1270 A.D. by
the Moslems! There was no reason for this city to perish -- EXCEPT

"And a mongrel people shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut
off the pride of the Philistines" (Moffatt translation).
All that has happened. In the year of 520 B.C., Zechariah,
under inspiration of God, prophesied that God would smite Tyre
into the sea to be devoured, as happened in 332 B.C. Gaza shall
be "sorrowful, forsaken," but not destroyed. Gaza rebounded -- it
is still there today, a population of 21,000 people. No king has
since dwelt there. Ekron has about 1000 people today. In Ashdod,
a mongrel people abode until 1948 when they were driven out by
the "remnant of the House of Judah" (Zephaniah 2:7).

PHOTO CAPTION: A main street in Gaza. Just recently, Gaza has
again known the sorrows of war. It has often been temporarily
forsaken -- but never destroyed! This city always rebounds with
life as you see in this picture.

From the Encyclopedia Britannica, here are the facts of how
that prophecy has been fulfilled. "With the Moslem conquest after
the 6th century A.D., [Ashdod] generally sank into
insignificance." Mongrel people -- Arab and Philistine -- were there.
The city sank into insignificance.
Remember, "Ashkelon shall not be inhabited" -- "a desolation"
(Zech. 9:5 and Zeph. 2:4).
Notice what the Encyclopedia Britannica says: "Ashkelon, now
a desolate site" -- the same words that God uses in the Bible -- and
further, "protruding from this sandswept terrain, shattered
columns and the remnants of ruined buildings and broken walls
bear ample testimony to a past magnificence."

PHOTO CAPTION: This is Gaza, once one of the chief cities of the
Philistines. Prophecy defies anyone to destroy this city
completely and leave it without inhabitant. Gaza is still a
thriving town. Here you see the shoemakers gallery where cobblers
ply their trade.

You can go to that desolate site of Ashkelon today and see
with your own eyes -- absolute desolation. You can see nothing is
there. Does God Almighty exist? Could any but a divine God, a
Creator, foretell these things and bring them to pass -- all as He
Here is proof that no skeptic can doubt. And God dares and
challenges any skeptic to try to refute these prophecies. If you
can refute them, you can refute the authority of the Bible!

The Fate of EGYPT

Have you read of the playboy ex-king Farouk of Egypt? Did
you know that he was really a foreigner, that he was not an
Egyptian at all? Farouk was an Albanian. And do you know that the
present rulers of Egypt are Arabs, not actually Egyptians? Do you
know this was prophesied in your Bible thousands of years ago?
Prophecy fulfillment is the PROOF of the existence of God
Almighty. It's the PROOF of divine inspiration of the Bible, and
that the Bible is the revelation of facts from God Almighty that
we could not otherwise find out.
Whoever was the real inspiration behind these prophecies of
the Bible knew 2500 years ago the condition Egypt would be in
today, and also the condition of the United States and of Russia,
and of China, and of Britain, and of all of the leading nations
of the earth. He knew then what is going to happen in the next 20
or 25 years.
Notice the amazing facts.
The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel lived some 600
years before Christ. Egypt was then already very ancient. It was
the leader of civilization, of the world at that time. It was far
advanced in science, and arts, luxury and magnificence. It was
the granary of the world with its rich Nile valley. The mightiest
buildings on earth -- the pyramids -- were there.
Those were the proud monuments to Egypt's greatness. Egypt
possessed the longest dynasty ruling on the throne of any city or
of any nation on the face of the earth at that time. Now who
would have ever predicted an end to that kind of prosperity?
Comparatively, it was greater then than the prosperity of the
United States in today's world.
When Ezekiel wrote, Pharaoh Hophra was on the throne, and
his military and commercial successes for 25 years had made him
proudly secure. He had built Egypt to a mighty position in the
ancient world. The historian Herodotus has said in his history,
Volume II, page 169, that Hophra boasted that no god could
deprive him of his kingdom.
When he boasted that, the Eternal God responded. No man
could have foreseen Egypt's downfall at that time any more than a
man can see the downfall of the United States or any other great
nation today. God knew what would befall Egypt. God knows what's
going to befall us today. It's recorded in your Bible.


At that time, Judah had been conquered by Nebuchadnezzar.
The Chaldean Empire was rising. A colony of Jews had been left
behind in the land of Palestine. The rest of the Jews had been
taken captives and slaves to the land of the Chaldeans in
Babylon. This little colony of Jews which had been left behind
wanted to flee down to Egypt.
Notice. They inquired about it from the prophet Jeremiah.
They asked him to consult God about it.
"The word of the Eternal came unto Jeremiah ... Thus saith the
Eternal ... If you will abide in this land [Palestine], then I will
build you ... Be not afraid of the king of Babylon ... But if you
say, we will not ... obey the voice of the Eternal our God, saying,
No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no
war ... nor have hunger of bread ... then saith God, It shall come to
pass, that the sword, which you feared, shall overtake you there
in the land of Egypt ... and there shall you die" (Jer. 42: 7-16).
Now notice Jeremiah 44:29 and 30:
"And this shall be a sign unto you ... that I will punish you
in this place, that you may know that my words shall surely
stand ... I will give Pharaoh Hophra the king of Egypt into the
hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his
life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his

PHOTO CAPTION: The excavated remains above reflect the past glory
of ancient Egypt. Centuries ago mighty Egypt could afford to
construct these grand stone temples and monuments -- today its
people live in poverty. As prophesied Egypt has become the basest
of nations.

Notice. Here is someone quoted in the Bible claiming that He
is God Almighty. He is telling what He is going to do to the
kings of this earth. He claims to make and unmake the kingdoms of
this world.
And it happened!
Pharaoh Hophra was dethroned by Nebuchadnezzar shortly after
that was written. And Ahmoses was substituted as a vassal king by
Did man write this prophecy, or did God Almighty? Whoever
wrote this had the power to make and to unmake nations and
empires. Today, the higher critics seem to have the conception
that the Bible is merely the literary efforts of an ancient,
small, Jewish race, groping in darkness, trying to find a concept
of God. They don't really believe in any God. They don't believe
in any divine inspiration.
Then, who is this quoted, saying, "I am God," and passing
sentence on those ancient city-states, and now on this great
nation of Egypt, and bringing it to pass over a period of 2500

Why Egypt Is a Weak Nation

I want you to notice Ezekiel's prophecy. Ezekiel 29:1-2:
"The word of the Eternal came unto me, saying, Son of man,
set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against
him, and against all Egypt." Now the eighth verse:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord Eternal; Behold, I will bring
a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee. And the
land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know
that I am the Eternal: because he hath said," -- that is, the
Pharaoh had said -- "The river is mine, and I have made it. Behold,
therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers." This is
from the King James or the Authorized translation. Actually the
proper translation is not "rivers," but "irrigated canals." They
had them in Egypt at that time.

PHOTO CAPTION: Poverty-stricken Egypt today. As prophesied, Egypt
has become "the basest of kingdoms."

Continuing: "And," God said, "I will make the land of Egypt
utterly waste and desolate ... Neither shall it be inhabited for
40 years." That 40 years happened in the days of Babylon's
greatness, for Nebuchadnezzar carried the Egyptians captive,
desolated their land and then allowed numerous Greeks to migrate
to Egypt. Historians know very little about what really happened
at this time.
Now notice the 15th and the 16th verses of this same
chapter. "It shall be" -- notice that God said Egypt would continue
Egypt was to exist, but it was to be the basest of the
kingdoms. It had been, prior to God's pronouncing sentence, the
proud lion among the others. "Neither shall it exalt itself any
more above all nations," says God, "for I will diminish them."
Who is this speaking? -- claiming that He can make and unmake
nations? Who can say, "I will diminish thee," diminish the
greatest nation on earth at that time? Was that just some
ignorant, mortal Jew writing?
Whoever wrote it, brought it to pass. It happened. What are
you going to do with that?
I want you to know what actually happened as recorded in
history. This is from the Imperial Bible Dictionary on the
article "Egypt." "The population of Egypt must have been very
large in the earliest times. It has been placed at 7,000,000
under the Pharaohs -- at 7,500,000 (exclusive of Alexandria) in the
time of Nero ..." At the present time, it is about 23,000,000. The
population of Egypt has barely tripled -- think of that -- in 2000
years. And the bulk of the present population represents
DESCENDANTS OF FOREIGN NATIONS. Egypt has not grown like other
nations. It has remained comparatively small.

A Poverty-Stricken Land

Notice Ezekiel 30:10-13:
"Thus saith the Lord Eternal; I will also make the multitude
of Egypt" -- the word "multitude" is rendered by other translations
as "wealth," for the wealth of Egypt is really meant -- "I will
make the wealth of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar
the king of Babylon. He and his people with him, the terrible of
the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall
draw their swords after Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.
And," God says, "I will make the rivers" -- or irrigation canals --
"dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked." That is,
outside or foreign nations.
"And," God says, "I will make the land waste, and all that
is therein, by the hand of strangers," which means outside
nations. "I the Eternal have spoken it. Thus saith the Eternal; I
will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to
cease out of Noph" -- which is Memphis -- "AND THERE SHALL BE NO
EGYPT: and I will put a fear into the land of Egypt."
Egypt would never again be ruled by a native son -- a native
Was whoever wrote that in this ancient book of Ezekiel about
to bring that to pass? That is a "Thus saith the Lord." Is there
any real God back of it? Or was it just a man writing?
Egypt was conquered by Nebuchadnezzar just as the prophecy
said. God set him over the kingdom (Dan. 2:37). God is the
Supreme Ruler of the universe. That is the lesson that the
nations of the earth have FORGOTTEN. That's the lesson that the
peoples of the earth have FORGOTTEN.

The Record of History

I want to quote for you from Rawlinson's Ancient History,
"The History of Egypt," Volume II. Here is the fulfillment of
this prophecy in history. It actually happened!
"Thus," says Rawlinson's history, "Thus perished this
unfortunate monarch, the last of the long line of Pharaohs, which
commencing with Menes had ruled Egypt as an independent monarchy
for about 16 centuries" -- nearly 1600 long years. "Frequent
revolts characterize the period of their subjection to Persia.
But again, and again, the Persians proved their superiority in
the field, and forced the Egyptians to submit to them."
After the Persian conquest, the Greeks dominated Egypt. The
descendants of one of Alexander's Greek generals began a line of
foreign Pharaohs that ruled Egypt until 152 B.C. There has never
been a native Egyptian Pharaoh since. There has never from that
time been a native king ruling over Egypt.
Consider what this record of history means: Egypt was
conquered and ruled by Alexander the Great. Then it was ruled
after that by one of Alexander's four generals, the one that is
mentioned in the book of Daniel, chapter 11, as "the king of the
south." Later, Egypt was ruled by Rome. Then by the Mohammedans.
Then later by the Turks. It has been ruled by the French, by the
British, and finally, it has recently been made a republic, June
18, 1953.
Ex-king Farouk was the king until Egypt became a republic.
Albanian. He was descended from Mohammed Ali.
The Egyptian rulers today are NOT PRINCES and most are NOT
Egyptians. They are native Arabs. God said it would be like that,
NATIVE PRINCE. You can read the full details in Rawlinson's
Ancient History.

It ALWAYS Happens

There was nothing when those prophecies were written to
indicate such a future -- such a future as has happened to Egypt --
as the Bible prophecy said it would happen. Think of it! God
pronounced a fate on the ancient city-state Tyre, never to be
rebuilt. That happened.
On Ashkelon, extinction, never to be rebuilt. That happened.
On Sidon, to be diminished, but to continue to exist. And
that happened. Sidon is a town of 10,000 population today.
Egypt was to continue to exist, but to be diminished, never
again to be ruled by a native son. That happened. The fate of
Babylon was extinction. That happened.
But, how did Ezekiel know, if a mere man wrote all of this?
I ask you, HOW?
Here is a challenge to the skeptics. Skeptics don't want to
have anything to do with prophecy. The skeptics run away from
prophecy because they can't answer it. And the only way to answer
it is to sneer at it and to ridicule it. Skeptics admit that
Egypt, according to the prophecy, was to continue to be a nation
reduced, no longer prosperous, no longer a mighty world-ruling
nation, no longer to be ruled by its own native prince. They
can't deny it. They are able only to run from it!
Who is the real Ruler? Why, God Almighty.

SKEPTICS Can't Disprove the Fulfillment of Prophecy

Every detail of the prophecies concerning Egypt has
happened. This prophecy was not written after the fulfillment,
because the fulfillment has been happening, and has been being
fulfilled right on down through history even to very recent
years! It has been a slow, gradual fulfillment, as prophecy said
it would be.
Even in the time of Christ, there was NOTHING to indicate
Egypt's glory was gone forever, absolutely nothing. Then, Egypt
was still very powerful. Its population over 7,000,000. It was
the breadbasket of the Roman Empire at that time. In the 3rd
century A.D., the Encyclopedia Britannica says that Alexandria,
Egypt, continued some time, esteemed as the first city of the
world after Rome.
Suppose that the Eternal had said that Egypt was to be
totally destroyed, but that Babylon would continue, diminished.
But He didn't. He didn't say that, and that isn't the way it
happened. He said that Babylon would be destroyed. And it was
destroyed! He said that Egypt would continue submerged, as a
minor nation. And it has happened. And never once in 2500 years
has Egypt been ruled from that time by a native Egyptian prince.
Never in world history has any nation been subject to
foreign governments and foreign rule so long as Egypt has been.
Now, I want you to compare what happened to Egypt with what
was prophesied to happen to Babylon and Rome.
Rome was mentioned in prophecy before it even came on the
scene -- all the prophecies about Rome were written even before
there was a Roman Empire. Rome was like iron (Dan. 2:40) -- the
mightiest of all of those ancient nations, the most powerful --
more powerful than Egypt or Greece, or than the Chaldean Empire,
or than the Persian Empire. It happened! But it was foretold that
it would fall.
In Biblical language, Rome was to have a "deadly wound," but
the "deadly wound" was to he healed (Rev. 13:3). Rome was to be
revived seven different times after it fell. It has been revived
and resurrected six times -- under Justinian, Charlemagne, Otto the
Great, Charles V, Napoleon, Mussolini -- and the seventh
resurrection is taking place right now. You are going to live
probably to see it happen in the next few years.
Always, everything that has been previously prophesied in
your Bible for the past centuries has been fulfilled. But there
are many, many more prophecies that are to be fulfilled from this
moment on! We are just coming now to the grand smash climax of
this whole age when there are far more prophecies -- far more
world-shaking events -- to happen in the next 15 or 20 years than
ever happened before in the history of the world!
Why are all these prophecies being fulfilled? -- because God
exists and He has revealed thousands of years ago in the Bible
what He is about to do today!

Babylon and Rome, Too!

Just think of it! The God quoted in YOUR BIBLE did not limit
Himself to foretelling the fate of only some one or two of the
cities or nations of the earth. If these writings were of mere
human conjecture, that might have been done; and by rare
coincidence, the prediction might possibly have come to pass.
But God took every important city -- every nation in the then
known world with which His nation Israel had contact, and
inspired thru human writers the fate of every one!
In most instances, the future decreed was the very opposite
of that which every appearance, at the time, would logically have
indicated! And yet, the events so paradoxically prophesied came
to pass!
Look at this prophecy concerning the world's political and
religious capital, Babylon! At the time it was written any man
would have been thought to be insane to make such an apparently
preposterous prediction for its future:
"And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the
Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and
Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt
in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch
tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses
shall be full of doleful creatures; and ostriches shall dwell
there, and he-goats shall dance there. And the wild howlers of
the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and jackals in
their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come [when Isaiah
wrote], and her days shall not be prolonged" (Isa. 13:19-22).

PHOTO CAPTION: The excavated ruins of ancient Babylon. As
prophesied, this mighty city of the ancient world is absolutely
uninhabited today. Babylon, like Tyre, defies the skeptic to
rebuild its site. God declares, through the pages of the Bible,
that it CANNOT be done!

PHOTO CAPTION: Rome was prophesied to rule the nations centuries
before it became the capital of the Roman Empire. Here you see a
beautiful floodlight picture of the mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian
and his successors. During the Middle Ages it served as a
fortress for the Popes. This centuries-old mausoleum stands as a
mute witness that Rome would continually revive after defeat and
exert its power in the world.

That decree from the Almighty was not delayed. It was
carried out! That sentence has continued for 2,500 years! The
condition described in YOUR BIBLE, written while Babylon was the
world's capital at the height of its might and power and glory,
remains to this day!
I have been there. I saw and photographed the desolation and
a stork's nest. But no man lives there.
I asked the caretaker of the museum now maintained by the
Iraqi government at Babylon if he lived there.
"O my No!" he exclaimed. "No one lives here. I ride here
every morning on my donkey."
"Do Arabs ever pitch tents here?" I inquired. "Never!" was
the emphatic answer. "They have a superstition against it."
How did Isaiah know, 600 years before Christ, that the utter
DESOLATION of that world's capital of his day would become and
remain a total desolation these 2500 years into the future? How
could any mortal man know such things? HE COULDN'T -- UNLESS BY THE
Yes, the GOD of your Bible foretold the future of EVERY ONE
of the important cities -- of EVERY nation. Some were to be
destroyed, never rebuilt -- permanent desolation. Others were to be
destroyed, but rebuilt. Others to continue undestroyed. The
world's greatest nation to be reduced to a minor nation, never
again ruled by a native king. The first world-ruling Empire to be
succeeded by another, until the fourth WORLD Empire -- and it to
fall, and have seven successive resurrections!
NOT ONCE did the prophecies fail!
There is NO OTHER SUCH BOOK! No human writing like this. NOT
ONE of these prophecies ever failed! NO PROPHECY EVER WILL FAIL!
These prophecies PROVE the divine INSPIRATION of the HOLY
But now finally what is the true significance of all this?
Simply this: One third, approximately, of the Bible is PROPHECY.
Only about one-tenth of the prophecies pertain to these cities
and nations of old -- prophecies already fulfilled! NINE-TENTHS OF
Think of it! Almost one-third of YOUR BIBLE is devoted to
revealing to us, today, in advance, what WE are going to live
through during the next ten to twenty-five years!
WORLD" -- of this age -- is upon us. UNDERSTANDING of these
prophecies is being opened! KNOWLEDGE of such things is being
increased -- made available! It behooves YOU to keep listening to
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