Eze 26:3 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.
Eze 26:4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.
Eze 26:12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.
Eze 26:5 It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD: and it shall become a spoil to the nations.
This is a prophecy by Ezekiel against the city of Tyre at about 567 BC. Tyre was to the sea what Babylon was to the land. The great city of Carthage was simply a daughter of Tyre, and yet at its height, the prophet in the Old Testament declared that this city would be destroyed. There are some very specific prophecies about it. Not many years after this prophecy, the great Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon brought his army to Tyre and laid seige to the city. For thirteen years the city of Tyre withstood his efforts. Finally the walls of the city crumbed beneath the onslaught, and the hordes of the Babylonian army poured into the city and put its remaining inhabitants to the sword. Thousands of the inhabitants had fled into the sea by boat however, to form the new city of Tyre on an island a half mile out in the Mediterranean. Therefore, this prophecy was fulfilled only in part. 250 years later, when Ezekiel was long mouldering in the grave, most of the walls of Tyre still stood jutting into the sky, millions of tons of stone, rubble, and timber: a silent reminder that the prophecy had not yet been fulfilled.
333BC, more than 250 years after the prophecy, Alexander the Great arrived, on his conquest of Persia. To destroy the mighty Persian navy, he decided to seal off all the ports on the eastern end of the Mediterranian. Finally Alexander came to new Tyre, built with impregnable walls a half mile out. He commanded the city to surrender, to which they merely laughed at him. Together with his chief engineer, Diades, he conveived one of the boldest and most daring plans in the history of warfare: They will build a causeway across the half mile of sea to the island of new Tyre. Where would he find the material for such a causeway? The millions of tons of rubble of the original Tyre. True to the prophecy Alexander "layed all the stones and timber and dust in the midst of the water". History tells us that they scraped the very city itself to get everything they could to create this new highway. If you go to the location of ancient Tyre today, you will see that it has became "the place for the spreading of nets".