Isaiah 23:15-18 by Pastor Don Moore
Isaiah 23:15-18 Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot: “Take a harp, go about the city, you forgotten harlot; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that you may be remembered.” And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire, and commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. (18) Her gain and her pay will be set apart for the LORD; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for fine clothing.
This prophecy covers a 70 year period of time. Israel played the harlot with idols and many problems came from this. Verse 18 states that the wealth of the wicked will be set apart for the Lord, for the Kingdom of God on the earth. Evil will prosper, but evil has victory only for a time.
God is sovereign and there is a law regarding wealth. God always balances the scales. If you believe by faith, God will prosper the work of your hands. There will at one point be an exchange of wealth and even in these tough economic times God will help you to find opportunities to prosper. He can give you a God idea that will bring sustenance and bless you. Bring the tithe into the storehouse and that will bless those who are in the House, and they will receive a portion of the wealth of God.
The Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament. Currently we are still writing the book of Acts.
To claim any Old Testament or new Testament promise we need to discern who is God talking to. What is God talking about? and Who is He saying it to? In verse 18 the only criterion is that the treasures will be for the gain of THOSE WHO DWELL BEFORE THE LORD.
We looked up Tyre on a map in our Bibles to find out where it is located.
Tyre is near the top of this map on the seaport (in the area of Phoenicia). Babylon (only in History) was a city which is located in Iraq, and was under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar. Tyre would be located in Lebanon, in the Lebanon region beyond the Northern Border ordained by God to Moses as the boundary for Israel.
Tyre was a port in the Babylonian Empire. Jerusalem and Tyre were part of the region the ancients called Assyria. The Jews were sent into dispersion for 70 years because they played harlot with local idols. Daniel details those 70 years for those brought to Babylon.
Daniel 1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
Tyre and Sidon were also conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel 2 covers the dream of Nebuchadnezzar that Daniel’s interpretation which covers the history of the area, from Nebuchadnezzar’s time until the end times.
Daniel 3 covers the image of gold that Nebuchadnezzar built, the fiery furnace.
Daniel 4 is the dream of Nebuchadnezzar that showed that he had puffed himself up in pride and would become insane for a time until he realized that God was in charge.
Daniel 4:34-37 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?” At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.
Daniel 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand.
Belshazzar messed up big time. He was the grandson of King Nebuchadnezzar. They were drinking wine at a feast and he made the following bad decision.
Daniel 5:2-3 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
They drank from consecrated vessels of the Temple, drank from what was given to God as holy and sanctified. What is given to God is sanctified and this was very disrespectful to God.
Daniel 5:4-5 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
The handwriting on the wall. No one could or would interpret the words, so they sent for Daniel.
Daniel 5:24-28 Then the fingers of the hand were sent from Him, and this writing was written. “And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEK: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”
The Holy Spirit gave the interpretation to Daniel. The gift of the Spirit is always in operation when we line up with the Holy Spirit. None of the king’s people could interpret this heavenly language. Even non-believers can witness the truth of the Gospel. God holds us accountable and expects us to treat Him and His things with respect.
Daniel 5:29-31 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
While the gifts and callings of God are not revocable, the blessings of God are revocable – and Belshazzar’s disrespect of God cost him his kingdom.
We then skipped to Daniel Chapter 9:1-2 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
Here are words about Darius – the Mede/Persian ruler. From the time of the dispersion the clock began to run. Daniel was aware of the prophesies and had counted. Now they have been in Babylon 70 years. Daniel understood the times and the seasons. In our fleshly minds we have an emergency and expect God to act instantly. We feel we need to have our blessing NOW, but NOW may not be the time for things to be restored. God looks at the Kingdom principles, not our immediate, fleshly desires.
Faith helped Daniel and the others to pass through this period of time and line up with God’s timing. God made the schedule. He knows when it is time to take you to your next destination. God knows about you, your circumstances, resources and success, so He can sustain us. In the meantime we want to shore ourselves up to be workmen rightly approved, doing our work and our due diligence.
Pastor Don shared that the enemy used to make him feel like he had wasted so much time – that he should have begun doing God’s work when he was 24, but he messed up and started being a pastor much later. God knew what was happening in Pastor’s life and has redeemed the time, the shame and guilt for the past was the devil’s way of keeping Pastor Don off the battle field. The Lord leads, satan pushes. People are fallible and will beat you up. At the age of 24 Pastor Don realizes now that he would not have had the maturity to deal with the trials that came with pastorship. God has a schedule that will help you to learn to deal with your inner skeptic and to build up your resolve so that you can weather storms that come with your tasks. God’s timing is perfect. Daniel had read the prophet Jeremiah.
Daniel 9:3-5 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.
Daniel prays and fasts, notice he doesn’t say they sinned, but WE sinned.
Daniel 9:6-10 Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You. “O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.
Daniel recognizes God’s mercy and forgiveness.
The conclusion is Daniel 9:18-19 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
You can get far calling on the mercy of God, much further than calling on your own stuff. You need faith to know that God is God. How can you say God is good when something bad happens? Your faith helps you to realize the goodness of God in the midst of the mess. Know that God is good. That God keeps His Word. When you are in a situation know that God will do what’s best with your situation, that God is covering you.
Jeremiah 29:9-10 For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the LORD. For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.
This is the prophecy and Word of God that Daniel held onto that let him know that the time in Babylon was over. Daniel realized the 70 years were up and that something good was coming. God takes what is wicked and turns it to good. Many take Jeremiah 29:11 out of context,
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
They forget that this verse is in context of the 70 years of captivity, and that the wicked prospered seemingly for a time, but God still was there with a future ad a hope. Verse 11 is followed by
Jeremiah 29:12-15 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. Because you have said, “The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon”—
Jeremiah 29:11 is said with the heart of humility because God has restored Israel out of captivity. When God rescues us from something don’t remember the pain of it and keep reproducing the error. God has fixed a prophet for them in Babylon. When things are not working find a Daniel in your Babylon to return your attention to God.
Jeremiah 29:16 therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king who sits on the throne of David, concerning all the people who dwell in this city, and concerning your brethren who have not gone out with you into captivity—
Not everyone will choose to leave their captivity.
Isaiah 23:15 Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:
The seventy years – Tyre was in Babylon and Daniel realized it was THAT DAY.
Isaiah 23:17-18 And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire, and commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. Her gain and her pay will be set apart for the LORD; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for fine clothing.
Seventy years and their life is up, for they played harlot. God placed them in captivity and returned the Jews to their home so that the Jews could eat of the good of the land. They were to go back and rebuild the Kingdom. God restored Israel. Nehemiah was given letters, gold and silver to finance the rebuilding of the wall. The people had not labored in vain.
There is greatness locked up in every believer, and God will help to restore them to the glory that God has planned for them, but they need to put their faith and trust in God and God’s perfect, sovereign plan.
Praying your day is blessed.
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