“And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered. And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.” (Isa. 23:15-18)
Tyre was the capital of all trade since before records are available, at least 5,000 years, until she was sunk into the sea by an earthquake.
Her sister city to the north was already old by the time she was founded, and she soon became more prosperous due to her fine harbor and the pass that led through the mountains into the land of Aram and from there to the Euphrates River and trade with the known world of that time. This was the first “silk road” of trade to be established across land, though trade along the rivers had been thriving since Noah got off the ark.
The origin of these two cities goes back to the days of Abraham. When Abraham was circumcised, he also circumcised all the men in his camp. This camp was at least three thousand people by that time, as he had already been down into Egypt and enriched in flocks, herds, and the servants to care for the animals. This was in addition to the 318 men in his original quick-strike camel cavalry that he had acquired while he was in service to Nimrod under his father, Terah, who was the chief prince under Nimrod, meaning he was also the head of the army and over all the other servants that were in Nimrod’s court.
When Abraham got into a tiff with Nimrod, Terah resigned his position as chief prince and the entire family moved up to Haran, on the main trade route from the north down into Egypt. It was some time after this that Nimrod was defeated by the forces of Babylon under Chedorlaomer, after which his people called him by the derogatory name Amraphel. Abraham, now without a job and without ties to any other king, became a free-standing rich man of the area, living mainly on the south-western end of the Dead Sea.
Doing the math, there were 12 groups of 25 fighting men each with a 13th man as captain, a commander over 3 groups each, and the 4 commanders under Abraham’s faithful servant and general, Eliezer, king of Damascus, son of Nimrod. 12 times 25 is 300, plus 12 captains, plus 4 commanders, plus Eliezer equals 317 fighting men and their scribe and record-keeper Ino, also a son of Nimrod, for a total of 318 men. Then they each had wives and an average of 10 children each which puts the camp over 3,000 before they ever got to Egypt. It’s no wonder that the land could not support both Abraham and Lot’s flocks and herds so that they had to go their separate ways, especially considering that the drought cycle that sent Abraham down into Egypt five years earlier was still in full swing and the pastures were sparse.
So, with over 3,000 persons, many of the children having reached maturity and starting families of their own, Abraham circumcised a very large number of men on that day.
The trouble started when Esau was born. He refused to accept the education that was available to him, while Jacob embraced it. Unable to read or write, Esau lived by the sword, and when Jacob went to the fields of his uncle, Aram, after Abraham’s death and while Isaac was bed-ridden and blind, Esau brought all the men of his wives families down and drove off all the herds and flocks, leaving the herders and their families to starve. They chose to move to the coast where there was at least the possibility of living by fishing, and the first city was established on the north-eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The proof of this is that both the mother city of Tyre and its inhabitants were circumcised whereas none of the other branches of Shem’s families were. We know that the Egyptians were circumcised at some point from the wall paintings on the tombs, but whether that began before the days of Abraham or after them we cannot say from current data. It was the Egyptians that documented that the Phoenicians were circumcised, but the Philistines are specifically referred to as uncircumcised in both the Egyptian and Hebrew texts, even though they were from the same bloodlines.
So, the inhabitants of Tyre were closely related to the Israelites, as close as first cousins in the days of Jacob, so intermarriage with them was permitted, provided they accepted the God of Israel, and that’s where the rest of the problems started. The prediction to Moses that it would be the other way around actually occurred and was the basis of the split that occurred after the death of Solomon.
Fast forward to the future. Tyre is the north-western-most point of the land of Israel, inside of Israel and part of Israel. Up until the earthquake that took the ports under water, it was the best deep-water port in all of the Mediterranean. With the size of modern vessels, and the prediction that deep-sea travel will become too dangerous in the near future, it will again be the port of choice for the water transport of goods on the coastal areas and rivers of the land masses of Europe, Africa, India and around to China. Hurricanes and typhoons with winds of 300-plus miles per hour will sink any ship that dares to try to cross either the Atlantic or Pacific, stranding the Americas away from the international trade routes for much of the year.
The location of Tyre as the hub of the Y-Road, the New Silk Road that runs on elevated rails at near the speed of airplanes from the tip of Africa to the tundra of Russia and east to Berlin and Hamburg, will result in the construction of huge warehouses, freight-handling facilities, and trans-loading points that will build the area around Tyre up to be the hub of all Afro-Euro-Asia trade. The construction of a centralized computing facility that is capable of handling every transaction in the world, from one egg on up to the taxes of nations, will complete the picture and become the point of focus for all world economic transactions, all done in Israeli shekels backed by gold and silver that can be cashed in for those precious metals on demand. Fixed prices posted on the point-of-sale sites will not go up or down, retaining the value of stored wealth to the second and third generation, engendering confidence in the system, and providing stability to world trade, which will not be hindered by taxes, tariffs or trade restrictions. Trades will be made for a flat percentage on items above a fixed point, with no trade cost for items below a silver shekel, meaning that a person that buys a dozen eggs or a pound of butter will pay no transaction fee, allowing the small traders free access to sell their wares. Others will pay a sliding-scale fee not exceeding 10 percent of the transaction, regardless of size. Trade will flourish, and so will the nations and their people, and Tyre will be the enabler.