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The Tyre treason

First posted: December 5, 2004

 

This article deals with how the Spirit prophesied of a "spiritual treason" that would take place in the latter days before the surge of the latter-rain Revival. This treason has happened in our days, even before our eyes.

 

Index

Rock-solid Tyre

The brotherly covenant

The cowardly handover

The self-interested turn-over

The emancipation retraction

Wild-asses gone "boar"

A lamentation for Tyre

3 out of 4

 

 

 

 

Rock-solid Tyre

In Amos chapter 1, the prophet Amos declares the following:

 

"9Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant: 10But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof." (Amos 1:9-10)

 

Tyre was a Phoenician maritime city on the Mediterranean coast, to the north of Galilee, in what is now Lebanon. According to Josh McDowell's book "Evidence that demands a verdict", the city of Tyre (or "Tyrus") was divided between the mainland and an Alcatraz-like island fortress; this island was made of solid rock. For centuries, Tyre was the trade and commercial center of the world; it was wealthy and powerful. It also held a reputation as an "impenetrable fortress" because of the island's tall walls and the half-mile water separation between the mainland and the island.

 

What is the spiritual meaning of this prophecy? How does it apply to us today? To answer this, we must first understand the spiritual meaning of Tyre and what it means to be a "spiritual Tyrian".

 

The name for "Tyre" in Hebrew is tsor, which literally means "rock". This points to the island's rock foundation and to Tyre's reputation as an impenetrable fortress. As we have shared before, rocks in Scripture are a figure of "spiritual nature", which is "rock-solid strong" in comparison to the soul, which is weaker and vulnerable. Of all the 5 ministries, the ministry most related to "spiritual strength" is the evangelistic ministry, since evangelists are the spiritual conquerors in the Body of Christ; they are the giant-killers who tear down spiritual fortresses and dethrone Amorite kings to establish the kingdom of God, snatching multitudes of souls from the grip of the Amorites and unto the Lord. This is why Peter, the "fisher of men" (Luke 5:10) was named after the Greek word petra, which means, "rock". The fact that Tyre was eventually destroyed and became a place where fishermen spread their nets to this day --- as prophesied by the Lord through Ezekiel (Ezekiel 26:14) --- further confirms the connection between Tyre and the evangelistic anointing.

 

The fact that Tyre was a fortress speaks of "spiritual strongholds". While Amorites establish spiritual strongholds of iniquity, evangelists are called to establish the "fortress of Zion", God's spiritual stronghold on Earth. Once again, the connection between Tyre and the evangelistic anointing can be seen.

 

While "rocks" speak of the evangelistic anointing, they also speak of another anointing in a subtler way. In a sense, it can be said that a "rock" is a large number of earth particles that have integrated into "one cluster". As we have shared before, "disintegration" is associated with the Girgashite spirit of earthliness, meaning that a rock can be seen as earth that has lost its "Girgashite granularity". Despite their "impenetrable oneness", spiritual rocks are able to display an interesting quality: prophetic water can flow out from within them...

 

"Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint" (Deuteronomy 8:15)

 

As we have shared before, Girgashites are emotionally dry people who have a hard time shedding their emotions in love for others; in other words, Girgashites are as "lively" as dry dust. When a Girgashite person is strongly influenced by Amorite spirits of pride, he or she will slowly harden into a rigid clod that resembles a rock without really being a rock. Unlike "spiritual rocks", these Girgashite clods are unable to produce water, since they are nothing but hardened lumps of dried dust. Since "Girgashite dryness" is the direct opposite of "free, emotional, prophetic flow" we can conclude that spiritual "rocks" not only have an evangelistic anointing; they also have a prophetic anointing.

 

The name "Edom" mentioned in Amos 1:9 literally means "red", and, as we shared in a previous article, the color "red" is related in Scripture to the Girgashite spirit. Edom was another name for Esau, Jacob's twin brother, who forsook his spiritual inheritance for a meal (Genesis 25:29-34). As we have shared in previous articles, Girgashites are the spiritual antithesis of the prophetic anointing. When a spiritual "Tyrian" goes "prophetic", he or she turns into a "spiritual rock"; when a spiritual "Tyrian" goes "Edomite", he or she turns into a "Girgashite clod".

 

Now that we have briefly discussed the spiritual meaning of Tyre and Edom, we will study the spiritual meaning of the "brotherly covenant" mentioned in Amos 1:9.

 

The brotherly covenant

The word "covenant" in Amos 1:9 was translated from the Hebrew word beriyth, which is derived from the word barah meaning "to eat, consume". As we have said before, God's judgments consume and produce death, meaning that covenants are acts where you expose yourself to judgments and death; when you enter into a marriage covenant, for example, you are dying to your right to have physical intimacy with any other person on the face of the Earth. When you enter into a covenant, you become bound by a contract, and that contract becomes a law that judges your actions. If you do anything contrary to what the contract declares, you are automatically judged as "guilty" by the contract. A covenant implies that you will allow yourself to be "adapted" to what the covenant declares. When we were born again, we entered into a covenant with God whereby we told Him that we would allow Him to mold or "adapt" us to His Righteous Nature, and, as we have said before, God molds us into His likeness through His transforming judgments.

 

Since "covenants" and judgment are interrelated, we can say that covenants speak of the apostolic anointing, since the ministry most related to making judgments is the apostolic ministry. As we have studied before, the apostolic ministry is connected in Scripture to the concept of "smallness"; when they are walking in the Spirit, apostles have an innate ability to recognize the value of "small" things. This means that the apostolic anointing allows us to see the great spiritual value of our brother and sister in Christ, even if he or she is not clothed with visible, religious "authority". Therefore, when Amos 1:9 speaks of the "brotherly covenant", it is speaking of a pact where the Tyrians were to see their neighbor the Israelites as valuable brothers and sisters. This means that the "spiritual Tyrians" would understand the value of their neighbor, not in terms of his or her religious position in church, but rather in terms of their neighbor's Parent. When you say that someone is our "brother in Christ", you are saying that he has the same spiritual Father that you do, meaning that he can be given the title of "son of God". If that title is not enough for you to value him, you are not valuing the invisible God-potential hidden inside the small mustard seed in front of you, i.e.- your brother in Christ.

 

While the "brotherly covenant" of Amos 1:9 has a spiritual meaning, it is also speaking of a literal covenant made between Hiram, the king of Tyre, and Solomon, son of David:

 

"And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David." (1 Kings 5:1)

 

"10So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to all his desire. 11And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by year. 12And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together." (1 Kings 5:10-12)

[The word "league" in verse 12 was translated from the same Hebrew word beriyth mentioned above, which means "covenant"]

 

Notice that Hiram did not seek a friendship with Solomon because he had heard of Solomon's wealth and power. He sought a friendship with Solomon because he had heard of Solomon's anointing (1 Kings 5:1), and because he knew who Solomon's father was. As we have said before, the true spiritual anointing cannot be "seen" with the natural mind; it can only be "heard" in the Spirit. Those who do not seek to hear the voice of the Spirit cannot discern true anointing, because it is the Spirit Who whispers to our hearts who is walking in the anointing and who is not.

 

Hiram was also moved to seek a friendship with Solomon because he loved Solomon's father David (1 Kings 5:1). Once again, this speaks of how we are to love and value our brother and sister in Christ because we love his or her Father, i.e.- God.

 

"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" (1 John 4:20)

[Notice how this verse emphasizes the fact that we cannot see God in our brother with our natural mind]

 

When Solomon told Hiram that he wanted to build a temple unto the Lord, Hiram rejoiced greatly (1 Kings 5:7-9), and made a covenant with Solomon. Hiram, who loved the God of Israel, gave Solomon all the cedar and fir trees that he desired in order to build the temple; he also gave Solomon 20,000 measures of wheat and 20 measures of pure oil per year (1 Kings 5:10-12). Hiram was committed to seeing the manifestation of God's purposes in the life of Solomon, and he was willing to invest selflessly in order to see that purpose fulfilled. Why? Because he perceived the invisible value of Solomon.

 

The cowardly handover

Amos 1:9 declares that Tyre "delivered up the whole captivity to Edom". As we said above, "Edom" represents the Girgashite spirit that opposes the prophetic anointing. Since Girgashite believers are earthly and mind-oriented, they focus on what is visible and can only perceive what is skin-deep. This means that they are unable to discern true spiritual anointing, and are prone to write off their brethren when they don't see a human title certifying their importance.

 

Since the Church is currently ruled by Girgashite methodologies and structures where spiritual value is based on recognition by human authorities, the latter-day prophetic remnant has remained under the Church's "religious radar". In the midst of these Girgashite structures, God began to raise up "Hirams", men and women with "recognized" spiritual authority within the Church who would be used by God to set up "safe havens" for the prophetic remnant inside the Church while the remnant grew, just as Obadiah did for a short time when Jezebel was persecuting the prophets, even as he worked for Ahab, king of Israel and Jezebel's husband:

 

"3And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly: 4For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)" (1 Kings 18:3-4)

 

These "Hirams" were able to see the invisible value of the prophetic remnant, but, as time went by, they became contaminated by the Girgashite atmosphere they worked around. Therefore, when the time came to choose between the prophetic remnant and their human recognition within the Girgashite structures, they preferred the recognition. As a result, they ended up "selling out" the prophetic remnant to Edom. Just as Edom forsook his spiritual inheritance for a meal, the Tyrian "Hirams" that God had raised up forsook the prophetic remnant, and left the remnant "out in the cold", so to speak. Instead of risking death by testifying as prophets before their Girgashite leaders, they chose to keep quiet, even if that silence endangered the remnant.

 

Of all the 7 evil spirits that we have studied, the one that produces the greatest "fear of dying" is the Girgashite spirit:

 

"14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham." (Hebrews 2:14-16)

 

Notice how the passage above relates the "fear of death" to our "lifetime", which speaks of our earthly, temporary existence. Since Girgashites place their faith on their earthly, temporal existence, they have a well-developed fear of death. They do all they can to prolong the temporal existence they have placed their faith in.

 

When we allow a Girgashite fear of death to stifle our ability to shed our lives in prophetic sacrifice, we allow satan to steal our prophetic calling. This is what happened to Obadiah mentioned above. His name literally means, "servant of God" or "slave of God". As we have said before, the ministry that is most closely related to "slavery" in Scripture is the prophetic ministry. Obadiah had the calling of a prophet (so much so that God even raised up another prophet by the same name, the one who ended up writing the book of "Obadiah"). Being a prophet himself, Obadiah did what he could to save other prophets from death at Jezebel's hands, but the security and stability of his position as "governor of the house of Ahab" (1 Kings 18:3) began to grow on him, and the prophet Obadiah became a coward Girgashite who was afraid to die:

 

"7And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah? 8And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 9And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? 10As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not. 11And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 12And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth. 13Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORDíS prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? 14And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me. 15And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day. 16So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah." (1 Kings 18:7-16)

 

Notice how Obadiah became distrustful of the prophetic voice of the Spirit. If Elijah was telling him to go to Ahab and say to him, "Elijah is here" (v8), why should Obadiah believe that Elijah would not still be there when Ahab arrived (v9-14)? Did Obadiah actually think that the Spirit of God was lying to him? Notice how Obadiah's fear of human authority (Ahab) made him incapable of discerning that it was God, not man, who was speaking through Elijah when he was being told to go to Ahab. Even though Obadiah did not know it, God was testing Obadiah's "prophetic-ness" here. Just as God sends prophets to speak before human authorities at the risk of losing their lives (figuratively and sometimes literally), Elijah was sending Obadiah to speak before Ahab at the risk of losing his life. When Obadiah refused to do so, he failed God's test, and, at that very moment, lost his prophetic calling forever. After verse 16 quoted above, Obadiah is never mentioned again in Scripture.

 

After Obadiah proved that he was too cowardly to fulfill his prophetic calling in life, Elijah gave him human reassurance that he would still be there when Ahab arrived (v15). Only then was Obadiah willing to go to Ahab. It is interesting to me that Obadiah had no qualms about going to Ahab after his own life was insured, even when he was aware of the possibility that Ahab might kill Elijah when he met him. This is a typical example of Girgashite self-centeredness. The Girgashite's mentality is this: "As long as my needs are taken care of, everyone else can go to Sheol, for all I care".

 

Fellow believer, I could give you the names of the many Obadiah's I have personally encountered in real life. As the time for the prophetic remnant's manifestation has approached, many, many Obadiah's have appeared all over the world. I have personally witnessed how these Obadiah's have forsaken believers with the prophetic-remnant spirit, turning them over to the Girgashite structures of Edom in order to preserve their puny ministerial positions.

 

The self-interested turn-over

While some have turned against the prophetic remnant out of Girgashite fear, others have done it out of Amorite self-interest. When David and his men were at Nob, fleeing from Saul, they went to Ahimelech the priest to ask for food. Ahimelech did not know that David was fleeing from Saul (1 Samuel 21:1-2), so he gave David bread that was supposed to be for the priests only. While David was there, one of Saul's servants, Doeg the Edomite, happened to be there that day. Doeg was the Saul's chief shepherd (1 Samuel 21:7). He went back to Saul and told him about how Ahimelech helped David. Saul then went to Nob to kill Ahimelech:

 

"16And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy fatherís house. 17And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD. 18And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod. 19And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword." (1 Samuel 22:16-19)

 

Notice how Saul's servants were afraid to lay a hand on God's anointed, the priests, even if that meant disobeying Saul's command (v18). Why? Because they feared God more than they feared man (at least on that occasion). Doeg, however, saw this incident as an opportunity to gain favor with Saul, so he proceeded to attack the priests, murdering 85 of them (v18)! He then proceeded to murder men, women, children, babies, and even animals with the edge of the sword (v19), as Saul pleasantly watched his order being obediently carried out.

 

Here we can see a spirit of "opportunism", which Webster's Dictionary defines as the sacrifice of principles to circumstances, especially in politics. Doeg the Edomite was therefore manifesting an Amorite spirit, because Amorites like to manipulate and to take advantage of others in order to "rise to the top" and be "kings".

 

As we have said on several occasions, the word for "shepherd" and "pastor" are the same in the Greek language (and in the Hebrew language). Therefore, the fact that Doeg the Edomite was Saul's chief shepherd reveals that the spirit of opportunistic, Amorite betrayal against the prophetic remnant would be commonly manifested in these latter days in people with pastoral positions.

 

The Hebrew word for the name "Nob" is derived from the word nuwb, which means "to bear fruit". As we saw in a previous article, this word (and the concept of "bearing fruit" in general) is strongly connected to the prophetic spirit. Therefore, the priests at Nob represent the prophetic remnant. Doeg the Edomite's presence among the priests at Nob reveals how certain believers will act as if they are part of the prophetic remnant at the beginning, but will later turn on the remnant because of their personal self-interests and their dreams of self-aggrandizement. It is interesting to note that 1 Samuel says that Doeg was "detained before the Lord":

 

"Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul." (1 Samuel 21:7)

 

The word "before" in the verse above was translated from the Hebrew word paniym, which literally means "face". In other words, Doeg was detained before the Lord's Face. As we have said before, God's Glory is in His Face (2 Corinthians 4:6, Revelation 1:16, 2 Corinthians 3:18), and no one can stand before His Face with an unrighteous heart (Matthew 5:8). This means that Doeg was a man who did have a sincere desire to do what is right. This is why it is so difficult to distinguish the "Doegs".

 

Even though these spiritual "Doegs" stand before the Lord's Face, they never complete their respective "Peniel experiences" (Genesis 32:22-32). When Jacob was fleeing from his brother Esau who wanted to kill him, he wrestled all night with the Angel of the Lord until he was transformed from "Jacob the manipulator" into "Israel the righteous man of God" (Genesis 32:28). The name "Jacob" is related to the Hebrew word aqob which means "deceitful, sly, insidious". Remember that Jacob was being crafty when he used red pottage to get Edom to renounce to his spiritual inheritance (Genesis 25:29-34). Jacob had not understood that God had already prophetically given the inheritance to him, not to Esau (Genesis 25:23, Romans 9:13, Malachi 1:2-3). He thought that he needed to lend God a "hand" in order to receive the inheritance, not realizing that all that he was required to do was to go through a "Peniel experience" where he would be exposed to God's judgments and die to self.

 

Doeg was supposed to go through this same process. He was supposed to go from being an opportunistic manipulator to being a righteous man of God. This is why he was detained before God's Face at Nob, just as Jacob was detained at Peniel as he wrestled with the Lord all night. God sent Doeg to Nob on the exact same day that David was there so that Doeg could break free from Saul's structures and join David. Doeg, however, decided to stay a manipulator and did not complete his "Peniel experience". If he had, he would have never returned to Saul. He would have joined David at Nob and become one of his mighty warriors. Instead, he returned to Saul's Girgashite structures of authority, took back his post as Saul's "chief pastor", and betrayed the priesthood at Nob in order to gain favor with Saul.

 

The emancipation retraction

Amos 1:9 declares that the remnant-betraying Tyrians delivered up "the whole captivity to Edom". Why does it speak of a "captivity"? Because, as we have said before, the prophetic remnant's "wild ass", "rebellious" nature has led to it being tied up and left outside of the Church's religious structures. Instead of helping in freeing up the prophetic spirit, the Tyrians have betrayed and exposed the captive remnant to attacks from the Girgashites.

 

In Jeremiah chapter 34, the Lord speaks of how king Zedekiah had made a covenant that would "free the captivity":

 

"8This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them; 9That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother. 10Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his manservant, and every one his maidservant, go free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them go." (Jeremiah 34:8-10)

 

The covenant described in the passage above is a prophetic figure of the Spirit's call to the Church to finally enter into the New Covenant. As we have said before, living under the "Old Covenant" is more than just living like an Adventist. It means believing that God's people are still divided into two groups: "ministers" and "laymen". When Jesus died on the cross, He tore the veil of separation, and gave all believers direct access to the Father. Pastors, however, have a vested interest in making believers think that the Old Covenant separation is still in place and that they, as pastors, have an inherently superior level of spiritual access to God, which makes them worthy of reverence and unconditional submission. By doing so, they are "re-enslaving" those whom God has already set free. The year of jubilee has already been proclaimed, but pastors refuse to face this fact.

 

I could give you names of well-known (and not so well-known) pastors whom I saw preaching messages that seemed to support the liberation and rise of God's prophetic remnant. However, all of them did what Zedekiah did: they eventually reneged on the "brotherly covenant" they had made:

 

"15And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: 16But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids." (Jeremiah 34:15-16)

 

At the time of this writing (December 2004), a clear example of "emancipation retraction" is the current situation in Ukraine. My heart rejoiced when I saw the Ukrainian people standing out in the cold of Kiev for over a week, singing songs in protest against the corruption in their recent elections. I am convinced in my heart that God has great plans for Eastern Europe. God did not bring down the Berlin Wall for nothing! Eastern Europe has a powerful prophetic potential which shall be unleashed in these latter days. Despite the Perizzite, Hittite, and Amorite spirits that have worked for years to hold back that prophetic potential, God's work shall be done in Eastern Europe, and a mighty prophetic movement will rise up in that region which will liberate it from the oppressive spirits that have prevented the flourishing of Eastern Europe's culture and freedom.

 

While Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks of democracy and cooperation with the West, he has slowly been working to veer Russia back to the old days of dictatorial oppression! He is working to reverse the emancipation that God has brought to that region, and has been working to turn neighboring nations such as Ukraine into Russian satellite puppets. Cursed be KGB Putin, Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yanikovich, and any other man who schemes to destroy God's work in that region! And may God raise up brave prophetic men and women in Eastern Europe who will be willing to sacrifice themselves in order to preserve the freedoms already attained! Pray for Ukraine! Pray for Eastern Europe! Don't stand idly as you watch satan trying to oppress Eastern Europe once again! God has many powerful plans and purposes for that region! He wants to reveal His Glory to them.

 

As we shared in a previous prophetic word, God is attacking Russia's Edomite arrogance. God sent 3 judgments in an 11-day period between August 24 and September 3, 2004 to attack the spirit of Edom in Russia. The Russian people are the key to deciding whether or not Russia regresses to dictatorship. If the people fall into Girgashite conformity and Perizzite lameness, they will become prime targets for Amorite domination.

 

I have a strong witness in my spirit that Russia is a nation of evangelists and prophets. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Spirit has led me to mention Russia while speaking of Tyre since, as we said above, Tyre has a strong evangelistic and prophetic component.

 

Wild-asses gone "boar"

As we share in a previous article, "wild asses" are a figure in Scripture of believers with prophetic boldness to confront human structures, along with an evangelistic impartation of strength to tear down Amorite strongholds. "Wild asses" are a figure of the prophetic remnant that will bring the latter-rain Revival. As we saw at the beginning of this article, the Tyrians also have a strong impartation of the prophetic and evangelistic anointings. Tyrians talk and walk like the prophetic remnant, and are in fact a part of the remnant for a while.

 

Unfortunately, the Tyrians are those within the remnant who deviate either out of a Girgashite fear of death and ostracism by "the powers that be", or out of an Amorite desire for self-enlargement. When the former happens, the Tyrians become spiritually weak Girgashite-Canaanites involved in fruitless church activities until the day they turn to dust and are no more. When the latter happens, the Tyrians go from being spiritual rocks full of evangelistic and prophetic anointing to being Amorite-Girgashite clods of compressed dust. Why? Because their evangelistic anointing is changed for "Amoriteness" and they trade in their prophetic anointing for Girgashite conformity.

 

As we have seen before, Scripture portrays Girgashites as "spiritual pigs". When you add Amorite strength and persistence to a "spiritual pig", you get a vicious and untameable pig, meaning that you get a "wild pig" instead of a "wild ass". In other words, you get a "boar". Boars are people who refuse to be tamed by God's Spirit. They lose the vision of the truly spiritual and become focused on earthly and self-centered achievements and goals.

 

Tyrians rejoice in the benefits of the evangelistic and prophetic anointings, and forget the other "male"-ministry anointing: the apostolic anointing. Since God writes "from right to left", anything that is not built on a right-handed foundation of justice and judgments (Hebrews 1:8, Proverbs 25:4-5, Proverbs16:12, Psalms 72:1-2) will ultimately degrade and fail, because only the righteous remain for ever.

 

"He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted" (Job 36:7)

 

A lamentation for Tyre

I personally remember the day a couple of years ago when the Lord spoke to my heart on the "Tyre treason" of Amos 1:9-10. The next day, the Lord led me to watch a well-known preacher from the Los Angeles area on TBN. I had a strong sense of appreciation towards this man because he spoke like a prophet, and he believed in the importance of prophetic prayer in order to shake the Earth's spiritual atmosphere. That afternoon, however, I was appalled as I began to hear this man sound more like one of the many self-serving "pastoral-matriarchy" ministers and not as a bold and selfless prophet of God. The Lord then said these words to my heart, "Son, he is one of the Tyrian traitors I was talking to you about". I was saddened to hear that, and, from that day on, I have not heard another sermon from that man again.

 

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! How sad it is to see your prophetic potential sold off for crumbs of human admiration and religious recognition! How poorly have you failed after you got a taste of God's grace and power! How could you forget that the grace and power you received was given to you because of your humility and selflessness, not because of any inherent superiority over the rest of your brethren?! How sad it is to see you betray the brethren you fought for at the beginning of your trail!

 

"1The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 2Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus; 3And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty." (Ezekiel 27:1-3)

 

"1The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 2Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: 3Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: 4With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: 5By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: 6Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; 7Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. 8They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. 9Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. 10Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 28:1-10)

 

3 out of 4

Amos 1:9 says "For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four". The "3 and 4" phrase is used 8 times in the first two chapters of Amos, once for each region judged. For some time, I asked God, "What is the meaning of this phrase? Why is it repeated 8 times in Amos?" In recent weeks, however, it has become clear that this phrase is strongly related to the latter-day manifestation of the prophetic remnant. In recent weeks, we have received dreams from you where God has stressed the fact that 3 prophetic movements have attempted to bring the latter-rain Revival and have failed. The fourth one, the one starting even as we speak, will not fail, because time is up, and God's prophetic purposes shall be fulfilled. In all 3 movements, and even in the fourth, the "Tyre treason" has worked to stifle the movement, but Amos 1:9 is declaring that the fourth time is the last time. You shall be judged, treacherous Tyre. Just as Alexander the Great laid siege on you for 7 months and overtook you, so shall the prophetic remnant overtake you. Unlike the other 3 movements, this 4th movement is being launched by a prophetic remnant that believes in apostolic judgment word. Through unrelenting judgment word born out of a zeal for righteousness, the latter-day prophetic remnant will send fire against you, and the fire will penetrate your "impregnable" walls, oh Tyre, and it shall consume your Amorite palaces.

 

"But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof." (Amos 1:10)

 

"As a traitor you shall be judged, and you will hinder My work no longer", says the Lord.