Chapter 28 records the lament over the king of Tyre. The prince, or ruler, of the city at that time was Ithobaal II. He headed up in himself the arrogance and pride of the city, claiming to be divine (verse 2) and wiser than Daniel (verse 3). Verses 11-19 show that Satan and demons were behind the power of this king. Finally, in verses 20-26 there is recorded the judgment of Zidon, which was located some 20 miles north of Tyre. The final two verses in this chapter record the prophecies of the future regathering and restoration of Israel, after enemy neighbor nations shall have disappeared.
Chapters 29--32 predict the judgment against Egypt. Egypt was to be reduced to a second-rate kingdom. This judgment was fulfilled after Nebuchadnezzar's invasions in 572 and 568 b.c. Egypt has never recovered its former glory, and ever since Nebuchadnezzar's invasion Egypt has played a lesser part in world history. This is fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy in chapter 29:15, that Egypt would be "the basest of kingdoms.".
Chapter 29:1-16 covers the period January, 586 b.c., six months after Jerusalem fell, and 15 years before Nebuchadnezzar invaded Egypt. In this vision Egypt is pictured as a crocodile.
Chapters 29:17--30:19 cover the period April, 570 b.c., 16 years after the fall of Jerusalem. Chapters 30:20-26 cover the period April, 586 b.c., three months before Jerusalem fell.
Chapter 31 covers the period June, 586 b.c., one month before Jerusalem fell. Egypt was warned to take heed to the fate of Assyria, which was more powerful than Egypt, yet it had fallen to Babylon.
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