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June 12, 2009

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9589DBS NYC Yellow Taxi Cab w/ The Brooklyn Bridge & Statue of Liberty (4.5") 9589DBS New
1201SLB Chubby School Bus w/ IC Sound & Light (4.75") 1201SLB New
1201SLT Chubby Trains w/ IC Motor Sound and Light (4.75", Asstd.) 1201SLT New
12809W Greenlight Muscle Car Garage - Pontiac Trans Am TTA Hard Top (1989, 1:18 scale diecast model, White) 12809 New
12810M Greenlight Muscle Car Garage - Pontiac Trans Am GTA Hard Top (1989, 1:18 scale diecast model, Maroon) 12810 New
11203/06 Greenlight Pace Car Garage - Chevrolet Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car (2006, 1:24, White/Red/Blue) 11203/06 New
11208 Greenlight Pace Car Garage - Chevrolet Corvette Daytona 500 Pace car (2007, 1:24, White/Red/Blue) 11208 New
18205R Greenlight Corvette Collection - Chevrolet Corvette Hard Topr (2007, 1:24, Red) 18205 New
18205YL Greenlight Corvette Collection - Chevrolet Corvette Hard Topr (2007, 1:24, Yellow) 18205 New
27630/48 Greenlight Black Bandit Series 3 (1:64, Asstd.) 27630/48 New
28630/48 Greenlight Muscle Car Garage - Hobby Collection Series 3 (1:64, Asstd.) 28630/48 New
29620/48 Greenlight County Roads Series 2 (1:64, Asstd.) 29620/48 New
90338BK Jada Toys Dub City - Mercury w/ flames (1951, 1:18 scale diecast model, Black) 90338 New
90075 Jada Toys Dub City - Ford GT (2005, 1:24, Asstd.) 90075 Restock
6631 Jada Toys Heat - Cadillac Escalade SUV Police (2002, 1:24, Black) 6631 New
6632 Jada Toys Heat - Cadillac Escalade SUV Fire Dept. (2002, 1:24, Red/ Black) 6632 New
5631 Jada Toys Heat - Cadillac Escalade Police (2002, 1:24, Black) 5631 Restock
5632 Jada Toys Heat - Cadillac Escalade Fire Dept. (2002, 1:24, Red) 5632 Restock
90844AR Jada Toys Kustom Kings - Chevy Stepside Tow Truck (1955, 1:24, Asstd.) 90844AR Restock
90844IT Jada Toys Kustom Kings - Chevy Stepside Tow Truck (1955, 1:24, Asstd.) 90844IT Restock
20101 Jada Toys - Hot Rod Peterbilt Truck (1:32, Asstd.) 20101 Restock
23152 Jada Toys Road Rigz - Peterbilt 387 Americann Flag Hualer Tractor Trailer (1:32) 23152 New
23156 Jada Toys Road Rigz - Peterbilt 387 Hualer Tractor Trailer (1:32, Red) 23156 New
23268 Jada Toys Road Rigz - Kenworth T2000 Hualer Tractor Trailer (1:32, orange) 23268 New
90261 Jada Toys Dub City - Peterbilt 379 Oil Tanker Truck (1:32) 90261 Restock
P7308/999A Mattel Hot Wheels Indy Car Series (2009, 1:24, Assted) P7308/999A New
P7301/999A Mattel Hot Wheels - Formula F1 Indy Car Serries (3", Asstd. A) P7301/999A New
51105IPR RC2 Johnny Lightning - Plymouth Superbird Harrd Top (1970 1:24, Purple) 51105IZ New
51105ISV RC2 Johnny Lightning - Ford Thunderbolt Hard Top (1964, 1:24, Silver) 51105IZ New
50298B RC2 Johnny Lightning JL Cars - 40th Anniversary R2 (1:64, Asstd.) 50298B New
AMM917GN Round 2 ERTL Authentics - Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS454 Hard Top (1971, 1:18 scale diecast model, Green) AMM917 New

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God and the Art of Toy and Diecast Marketing
God Revealed through Prophecy (part 3 of 4)
By Lu Su

My assistant Winnie goes on vacation and suddenly things don't get done in the office. New arrival letters don't get sent out. Paper jams in printers are suddenly three hour projects. I get engaged in conversations with telemarketers .Winnie, if you are reading this, we're all glad you've returned -especially me.

It's been awhile, but this is the 3rd installment of a four part series called God Revealed through Prophecy. If you just walked in, this article will probably not make any sense unless you can peruse over part 1 (the intro) and part 2 (the background).

If a person came up to you and said that he or she was God, you probably would be skeptical. One very reasonable question you would ask is, "Can you prove it?". If God is outside of time, he certainly could prove it by foretelling the future accurately. But he would have to do it 100% accurately. We are on the subject of God revealing himself through prophecy. These are the words of the LORD that were spoken through the prophet Ezekiel.

 1 In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, because Tyre has said of Jerusalem, 'Aha! The gate to the nations is broken, and its doors have swung open to me; now that she lies in ruins I will prosper,' 3 therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves. 4 They will destroy the walls of Tyre and pull down her towers; I will scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock. 5 Out in the sea she will become a place to spread fishnets, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD. She will become plunder for the nations, 6 and her settlements on the mainland will be ravaged by the sword. Then they will know that I am the LORD.

 7 "For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with horsemen and a great army. 8 He will ravage your settlements on the mainland with the sword; he will set up siege works against you, build a ramp up to your walls and raise his shields against you. 9 He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and demolish your towers with his weapons. 10 His horses will be so many that they will cover you with dust. Your walls will tremble at the noise of the war horses, wagons and chariots when he enters your gates as men enter a city whose walls have been broken through. 11 The hoofs of his horses will trample all your streets; he will kill your people with the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. 12 They will plunder your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea. 13 I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more. 14 I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.

 15 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Tyre: Will not the coastlands tremble at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan and the slaughter takes place in you? 16 Then all the princes of the coast will step down from their thrones and lay aside their robes and take off their embroidered garments. Clothed with terror, they will sit on the ground, trembling every moment, appalled at you. 17 Then they will take up a lament concerning you and say to you:

" 'How you are destroyed, O city of renown,
       peopled by men of the sea!
       You were a power on the seas,
       you and your citizens;
       you put your terror
       on all who lived there.

 18 Now the coastlands tremble
       on the day of your fall;
       the islands in the sea
       are terrified at your collapse.'

 19 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I make you a desolate city, like cities no longer inhabited, and when I bring the ocean depths over you and its vast waters cover you, 20 then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, and you will not return or take your place in the land of the living. 21 I will bring you to a horrible end and you will be no more. You will be sought, but you will never again be found, declares the Sovereign LORD."-Ezekiel 26:1-21

I remember in college my suite mates and the inhabitants of the suite across the hall from us, often went to dinner together. But to be more accurate, I think I should say that we often went to the cafeteria together. There probably should be some minimum qualifications established, before something can be considered "dinner". Anyway, it was always a long process to round up eight people. Someone was bound to be on the phone, doing homework, or watching Seinfeld. It was like a twenty minute process to get people out of the dorm. One reason why it took so long is that someone would suggest, "Lets go get dinner" and there would be absolutely no reaction from the listeners. So I developed this little catch phrase to encourage people that I meant business. If they weren't moving fast enough, I would say, "I have spoken."

Try my special catch phrase this week. Whenever you make a statement add "...I have spoken" to the end of the sentence. What you will see is that this particular phrase is ineffective -unless side splitting laughter from your spouse is the goal. But when someone with power and authority says the same catch phrase, it no longer becomes funny. Only someone with absolute power could speak in a manner and tone found in book of Ezekiel.

The prophecy above is all about the total destruction of Tyre. Definitely not a feel good type of narrative. But it is the fulfillment of all the details that makes this particular prophecy interesting.

In 585 BC, just two years after besieging and destroying Jerusalem, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon sent his troops south towards Tyre. As mentioned previously, during this time Tyre is located primarily on the mainland (next to a river). Tyre was the most fortified city in the entire region, with massive walls and moats to help dissuade marauders in the area. Normally, any city that was bold enough to put up a fight against the Babylonians, were lucky if their walls were not breached within that same year. Jerusalem held out for 18 months. Tyre was under siege for thirteen (13) years before the Babylonians were successful in breaching the walls and entering the city.

seige-of-tyre

At this time, the Babylonians had the most powerful army in the world. The Phoenicians had the most powerful navy in the world. But before the Babylonians arrived to Tyre, many citizens (probably the ones with means) departed the main city in favor of the island located just half a mile from the mainland. The walls of this island city were said to be 150 feet tall. I am sure that the walls on the mainland were even taller, thicker, and more numerous. However with the greatest army in the world marching towards your city, given the option of mainland or island accommodations, I think people with influence and affluence probably opted for the island.

tyre-island

When the prophet Ezekiel gave this doom and gloom prophecy for Tyre, he was in one of two places. He was either in Judah where King Nebuchadnezzar's army was laying waste to all the cities in Judah; or Ezekiel was already a captive in Babylon. So when Ezekiel makes these prophetic statements about Tyre, "From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.", "He will set up siege works against you, build a ramp up to your walls and raise his shields against you. ", "He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and demolish your towers with his weapons."; Ezekiel was an eye witness to these events. But to predict (prophesy) that Nebuchadnezzar was going to come and conquer, was not an impressive at all; because Nebuchadnezzar was already conquering anything in his way.

But here are the declarations in the prophecy that are interesting.

1. O Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves.
2. They will destroy the walls of Tyre and pull down her towers;
3. I will scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock.
4. Out in the sea she will become a place to spread fishnets.
5. They will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea.
6. I will make you a bare rock.
7. You will become a place to spread fishnets.
8. You will never be rebuilt.
9. The coastlands tremble at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan and the slaughter takes place in you.
10. I will bring the ocean depths over you and its vast waters cover you and I will bring you to a horrible end and you will be no more.

Notice that the text reads "nations" not "a nation" will come up against Tyre. The Babylonians were the first nation to come against Tyre. And they were successful in their siege. They did destroy the walls and pull down her towers. Now the Bible records the fulfillment of part of the prophecy. But the trouble about using the same source (the Bible) to prove the claim (the prophecy) is that people will can argue that Ezekiel wrote the prophecy AFTER Tyre fell and either he or some who assembled the Bible just back dated his work. But notice that most of the prophecy wasn't fulfilled by Babylonians. At this point #3 through #10 had still not been fullfilled.Baby lon certainly didn't scrape up all her rubble and make Tyre a bare rock. They had no incentive to do something like that. Show me in history what conqueror goes through the effort of destroying a city, conquer its inhabitants, and then invests time and energy to clean up his mess? I've not encountered any Eco-friendly conquerors.

I want to bring to your attention in two separate statements there is a reference to "a place to spread fishnets". With most of us not being skilled fisherman, this statement may escape some of us. Back then, fishing nets were not made with strong and durable materials like we have today (i.e. nylon monofilament). Back then, many fishing nets were made from simple twine. Consequently nets back then had to be frequently repaired. Where do you repair a net. It's very difficult to mend nets in a boat. And wives now and back then get super annoyed if you want to make it a home project and spread your smelly fishing net all her living room. The place fish nets got repaired was on dry land and by the ocean.

History tells us that after conquering Tyre, Babylon went further south and conquered Egypt. However, he did not pursue the inhabitants of the island. So for about the next 200+ years, the inhabitants and survivors of Tyre, had peace and autonomy.

alexander

So the fulfillment of #3 through #10 occurred when Alexander the Great enters the scene. Alexander's siege of this city island occurred in 332 BC. Please realize that 332 BC is well after the Ezekiel's time (over 200 years). Ezekiel has long passed away when this event occurs.

Like the two empire that proceeded Alexanders's, Alexander strength was in his army. He lacked having a navy that could get his army to the island. So how does the most powerful army get to the island half a mile away from the main land? Alexander decides to build a land bridge all the way to the island. Constructing a bridge to go that far is going to take a lot of building material. -more than your local Home Depot or Lowes Home Improvement Center can supply. How many Home Depot stores would you have to throw in to the ocean to make a half a mile land bridge? Well back then, there were no Home Depots around; but all around him on the mainland was debris from the last conqueror. Alexander takes the timber and rubble and hurls it into the sea.

The island inhabitants determine that a land bridge to them is NOT in their best interest. So they give Alexander's engineers a hard time. They send ships with archers and catapult to discourage people from extending the land bridge (causeway). To protect his men, Alexander constructs two tall towers and wraps them in rawhide, so flaming arrows or burning pitch didn't burn up his towers. Furthermore, his towers were filled with archers and both towers had this new type of catapult called a tension catapult that could hurl things harder and further. The island inhabitants who citizens of the Persian empire, weren't just being idle while this land bridge was being built. In one bold attack on Alexander's forces, they weighed the back of the ship down -so the front of the ship came out of the water. They then rammed this ship in between the two towers and ignited all the fuel that was packed into the front of the boat. Both towers, along with Alexander's catapults burned down that same day. Alexander had set backs and even abandoned his first land bridge and started building another one -but this time from a different angle. If you didn't catch the PBS Special on Alexander the Great which includes the siege of Tyre, I suggest you rent it. PBS did an excellent job. it's called "In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great"

Alex_Great_mobile_siege-tower

7 months later in July of 332BC, the land bridge was completed and Alexander's men stormed the fortification and fulfills #9. After Alexander captures Tyre, he crucifies almost all the men of military age, and sold the women and children into slavery. At this particular time the prophecy is complete and Tyre ceases to be. One source says thousands of men were crucified. Another source says 4000 men were crucified. This act then caused verses in Ezekiel 26:17 -18 to come true.

Here is a satellite shot of what what the area looks like now.

LebanonTyre

References: Josephus, Antiquities 11.305, 313-346; 12.1, 8,11
                  War 2.360, 487-488; 5.465; 7.245
                  Apion 1.183-185, 194, 200; 2.35-44, 72.
                 Arrian, Campaigns of Alexander.
                 Plutarch, Life of Alexander. 
                 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_the_Great

 

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