Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;(Joel 3:4)
As we stated earlier, an interesting exercise for Bible readers is to take the geographical predictions of the Hebrew prophets and transpose the ancient place names with modern place names, for example, Amman, would be Jordan, so would Moab and Edom, Elam would be Iran, Persia also is Iran, Assyria would be part of Iran and part of Iraq, Babylon proper is Iraq.
In this end-times scenario, God directly addresses “Tyre and Sidon”, in a menacing fashion, challenging them to take vengeance upon Him if they can. Tyre and Sidon and the “coasts of Philistia ” as the passage relates is the area we know of as Southern Lebanon and Gaza..
Lebanon has been known as the only Christian country in the Middle East. Christianity in Lebanon goes back to Jesus himself, who healed the daughter of a Syro-Phoenician woman in Matthews Gospel , chapter 15.
For centuries, Christian sects such as the Maronites, Melkites, Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholics , Syrian Orthodox, and Protestants constituted the majority in the land of the ancient Phoenicians.
But in our own lifetime things have changed dramatically. Decades before 9-11 woke America to the reality of the international war against humanity that Islam is waging, Lebanon suffered a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” of Christians by Muslims.
Christian villages were assaulted and centuries old christian communities were broken up and or destroyed by well armed and supported Muslim militias, driving many christians out of the country. Mercenaries from across the Muslim world streamed into Lebanon in the 1970’s in order to take part in a Jihad of pillage and murder.
From Southern Lebanon, Through the 1970′s and early 1980′s, the terrorist group , the PLO ,would often launch border raids upon Israel, terrorizing and killing many innocent Israeli’s and others.
The provocations increased until they became intolerable and the U.N. proved impotent to stem the slaughter along Israel’s northern border. In June 1982 Israel launched “Operation Peace For Galilee” , an invasion of Lebanon that stopped just short of Beirut.
There the U.N. stepped in and literally saved Yasser Arafat and the remnant of his shattered army, shipping them off to Tunisia, to live and terrorize for many other days. Israel occupied southern Lebanon, making the area a sanctuary for Christian refugees from the Jihad in Lebanon.
But in May of 2000, Israel voted to withdraw from Lebanon, wearying of the steady casualty count, primarily due to the terrorist activity, of the Iranian/Syrian backed group Hezbollah. As Israel withdrew, Hezbollah became brazen in advancing, thus giving the Arab world the delusion that they had driven Israel out of Southern Lebanon!
Thus Hezbollah , and in particular its spokesman Sayyad Nasrallah, have become “rock Stars” throughout the Muslim world, for being the first to impose defeat on the modern state of Israel.
Nasrallah has become outspoken in his pledge to wipe out the state of Israel, and feels emboldened by his recent “successes”. Hezbollah has actually become a legitimate part of the Government of Lebanon, and has been stockpiling 40,000 rockets to rain upon Israel. Here are some of his statements:
“Palestine, from the sea to the river, is the property of Arabs and Palestinians and no one has the right to give up even a single grain of earth or one stone, because every grain of the land is holy. The entire land must be returned to its rightful owners.”
“Could Israel be wiped out of existence? Yes, and a thousand times yes.”
“If they [the Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”
“[Israel is] a cancer that needs to be removed at its roots.”
“Our weapons, our blood and our rockets are all yours [the Palestinians], too, and we will we stay with you until we can pray with you at the Al-Aqsa mosque in united Jerusalem, capital of all of Palestine!”
Could the Holy God be addressing Hezbollah, when He singles out “Tyre and Sidon”, ie Southern Lebanon, in Joel 3? “ Will you avenge yourself upon me Tyre and Sidon? See how I will avenge myself on you!”
Nasrallah and the terrorist group Hezbollah, which have insinuated themselves into the vacuum of Southern Lebanon by the withdrawal of Israel, have been boasting of their upcoming total victory over Israel and Israel’s God. We will see soon enough how that turns out.
Lebanon itsef has a wonderful future, for it will be incorporated into the renewed state of Israel. I quote Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s article The Arab States In Prophecy by which I have received much inspiration for this work,
“Peace between Israel and Lebanon will come by means of occupation. In Ezekiel 47:13 – 48:29 we are given the boundaries of the nation of Israel in the Messianic Kingdom. The tracing of the northern boundary shows that Israel will encompass all of modern-day Lebanon.”