Ezekiel Chapter 28, Prophecy against, Satan and his Masterpiece

Jul 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Ezekiel, Psalm 83 and Gog & Magog, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Ezekiel Chapter 28, Prophecy against, Satan and his Masterpiece

Ezek. 28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Ezek. 28:2 Son 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:

The “prince of Tyrus” is Papacy, the man of sin, and not Satan for the following reasons:

1. The nations will destroy the “prince” (verses 7 and 9).

2. The “prince” is described as a “man” (verse 2).

3. The “prince” sits in the seat of God (compare 2 Thess. 2:4).

4. Papacy is Satan’s “seat” (Rev. 2:13).

This verse sounds like Isaiah 14:13,14, which does refer to Satan. What is the distinction?

Ezekiel 28 is showing that the spirit of Papacy is the spirit of Satan himself; his spirit is reflected in his system. Satan and Papacy have the same ambitions. The prince of Tyrus sits “in the midst of the seas.” Revelation 17:1 states that the “great whore” sits on “many waters.” In both instances, the “waters” refer to peoples.

In the Book of Ezekiel, Papacy is represented as the city of Tyre and the prince of Tyre. In the Book of Revelation, Papacy is addressed as a woman, a beast, and the city of Babylon.

Ezek. 28:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:

What sarcasm! Papacy has an international, a worldwide, spy network with representatives throughout the so-called Christian world. Papacy is not wiser than Daniel in the true wisdom. The United States restored diplomatic relations with the Vatican in the 1980s. One reason for the restoration was to obtain information that even our CIA does not have access to.

“There is no secret that they can hide from thee [Papacy].” Just as Daniel, the number two person in the Babylonian Empire, the interpreter of dreams, was wiser than the other wise men and no secret troubled him, so Papacy, the international underground system, has “no secret” because of its many informers (Dan. 4:9).

Ezek. 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

Ezek. 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Tyre, a seaport city, had a mercantile fleet that brought riches. Papacy, too, has great riches. Just as it is with a human being who acquires great wealth, so it is with the papal system. With the riches comes a feeling of power, influence, and pride. Examples of Papacy’s “treasures” are manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, icons, architecture, and jewels. Many have donated personal fortunes to the system, adding to its wealth. Although the Vatican has little ground, its power is enormous.

Ezek. 28:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

This verse sounds like Satan, who aspired to mount the sides of the north so he could be like God (Isa. 14:13,14). The characteristics of Satan can be seen in the papal system.

Ezek. 28:7 Behold, 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.

Ezek. 28:8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

In the near future, following the hour of power, God will bring “the terrible of the nations” against Papacy, that is, a communistic, atheistic element. This reference to the Babylonians in the past with literal Tyre is a reference in the future to a non-Christian, foreign element. The destruction will be literal; the Vatican will be sacked and destroyed just before Jacob’s Trouble. God will then put hooks in the jaws of Gog, turning the forces back from

destroying Europe to go down against Israel (Ezek. 38:4). In other words, Russia will invade Europe and despoil the Vatican. Then, through certain circumstances, the attention of Gog will be turned backward to Israel.

Ezek. 28:9 Wilt 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.

The pope claims to represent God. When the pope is slain and the Vatican is completely destroyed, as well as other churches, it will appear as if God has failed in protecting His (supposed) representative Church.

Ezek. 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

The term “death of the uncircumcized” means the system will end in an unforgiven condition of disgrace and humiliation; it will not be given a decent burial, as it were.

Papacy’s mortality will be very apparent. For example, when Jezebel died, dogs ate her so that there was no identifiable place for her remains (2 Kings 9:10,30–37). Death, or the “pit,” is where the entire system will end up (Rev. 17:8).

Ezek. 28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek. 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Note the distinction between “king” and “prince” (verse 2). The “king” of Tyrus is Satan, whereas the “prince” of Tyrus is Papacy, Satan’s masterpiece.

For the sake of comparison, the following parallel texts in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 are set forth. Note: Some of the Ezekiel citations refer to Satan and some to his system, the Papacy.

Ezekiel 28                                                                               Isaiah 14

“I am a God” (verse 2).                                                          “I will be like the most High” (verse 14).

“I sit in the seat of God” (verse 2).                                        “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north”  verse 13).

“Thou art a man” (verses 2 and 9).                                        “Is this the man that made the earth to tremble?”  (verse 16).

“They shall bring thee down to the pit” (verse 8).               “Thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” (verse 15).

“Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom,                            “O Lucifer [shining one, bright morning son of the morning!” (verse 12).

and perfect in beauty” (verse 12). star],

“I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee                       “How art thou cut down to the ground! …

before kings, that they may behold thee” (verse 17).           They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee” (verses 12 and 16).

When originally created, Lucifer was a glorious spirit being, beautiful to behold and perfect.

As an archangel, one of the two morning stars, he was “full of wisdom,” that is, wily and very wise. “Thou sealest up the sum … of wisdom, and … beauty.” In other words, as expressed in the superlative, when Lucifer was created, he was not just perfect but he had beauty and wisdom in abundance.

Ezek. 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

“Eden the garden of God” is heaven. Just as Adam was created a beautiful, perfect human being in a paradise spot here on earth, so on a larger scale, Lucifer was created a glorious spirit being in the great heavens. Stated another way, there was a spiritual Eden in heaven as well as a physical Eden here on earth. Both Lucifer and Adam were created perfect and subsequently sinned and fell.

We do not have a description of the Logos and his surroundings, but they would have been like those here in Chapter 28. The two archangels, the two morning stars, roamed the heavens. The Logos (Michael) was similarly distinguished, although he occupied a more important but less understood role.

“Lucifer,” meaning “bright shining star,” was Satan’s title when he was created, that is, before his fall (Isa. 14:12). As a morning star, he was a “light” of knowledge and beauty. Being superior to the other angels, he enjoyed privileges as an archangel. His only rival was the Logos, the firstborn, who was God’s spokesperson.

“Every precious stone was thy covering.” There were ten precious stones in all, “ten” being a picture of completion. Ornamentation and beauty and various perfections and personality traits are represented by the stones. Lucifer had them in abundance.

Q: Is there a further distinction when the figurative language switches to “pipes” and “tabrets,” musical instruments?

A: Perhaps Lucifer had musical capability, a singing voice as well as the ability to play instruments. The Revised Standard Version reads, “Wrought in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared.” There is no mention of musical instruments. The RSV carries forward the thought of the high priest’s breastplate, where the stones were set in ouches of gold. It is saying that Lucifer’s gold settings were rich ornamentation, elaborately engraved, whereas they were plain in the breastplate. In antitype everything in Papacy is embellished: statuary, ceremonies, etc.

Ezek. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

“The anointed cherub that covereth” means that Lucifer could roam the heavens freely. As an archangel, he had certain privileges above those of the other angels. The “holy mountain of God” is another reference to “Eden the garden of God” in heaven.

As an “anointed cherub,” that is, an archangel (a chief angel), Lucifer was a companion and brother of the Logos, as it were, but the spirit of jealousy, vainglory, and pride in personal glory went to his head. The Logos, or Michael, had all of the same qualities but in the sense of good character. The fact that Lucifer was “anointed” means he had an office—a very high office.

Jesus was still an archangel when here on earth as far as rank was concerned, but he was literally a human being to pay the Ransom price. The Logos merely came to earth on an errand. When here, he still had the authority to call legions of angels to his defense. Hence he was superior in rank and authority, though limited by the flesh.

Lucifer and the Logos were both archangels. Let us consider them one at a time.

The following texts prove that Lucifer was an archangel:

1. Lucifer was an “anointed cherub that covereth” and a “covering cherub” (Ezek. 28:14,16).

2. Isaiah called him, “O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isa. 14:12).

3. Lucifer fell as “lightning” (as a “bright shiner,” Greek astrape) from heaven (Luke 10:18).

The following texts prove that the Logos was an archangel:

1. Jude called him “Michael the archangel” (Jude 9).

2. Jesus returned at his Second Advent with the “voice of the archangel” (1 Thess. 4:16).

3. Michael was “one of the [two] chief princes [plural],” that is, the Logos and Lucifer (Dan. 10:13).

4. Job said, “When the morning stars [plural] sang together [the Logos and Lucifer], and all the [other] sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7).

Lucifer was “born” into his role when he was created. He and Michael were both created as “adult” spirit beings, not babes, and were endowed with these benefits. Spirit beings do not age and grow old as humans do. Adam, too, was created as an adult, being an adult when only one day old. Having great brain-power (wisdom) capabilities, Michael and Lucifer were young only in experience. Michael loved God and daily communed with Him, thus imbibing the Father’s spirit. He was fully submissive to the Father’s will and always trying to learn from Him (Prov. 8:30). Lucifer, on the other hand, used his great talents for vainglory.

How did Lucifer walk “up and down in the midst of the stones of fire”? He moved among the various universes and planes of being. Hence he walked both vertically (among the planes of being) and horizontally (among the planets and stars). He could go from the “top” all the way “down” to materialize as a human being.

God is very great in size. With one step He goes through universes. Normally, the angels are tremendous in size. When they come to this tiny planet, they have to shrink to enter earth’s atmosphere. They probably need more time to get from the space around earth down to earth itself than to cover the trillions and quintillions of miles to get to earth’s outer ionosphere. Here is an analogy: It can take three hours to get to the airport and only two hours’ flight time to travel a much greater distance, say, 2,000 miles. Angels travel faster than the speed of light. God walks leisurely on clouds.

Comment: It is rather incredible that, with these vast realms of the heavens and all this glory, Satan chose to live down here on earth.

Reply: He chose to do so because he saw the potential. He was wise enough to see intellectually that God was beginning something new. Miniature human beings were like the gigantic spirit beings. Since the universe was to be populated by such miniature physical beings, Satan wanted to be like God—completely in control of all the physical beings. Also, Satan had no fear of death and thought he was immortal because no angels had died.

Originally, as a covering cherub, Satan had a great range of communication with God and covered a large area unhampered, being free to roam. The Logos also had great strength, beauty, and wisdom, but only the Logos was the “spokesman” for God. The other angels had to go through the Logos because God was the Emperor and Creator of the universes and the glory of His office and personage was too awesome to be readily intruded upon in prehistoric times. Also, the angels had not yet been tried (not until the years prior to the Flood). Common sense would indicate that the other angels deferentially stayed at a respectful distance from the divine presence unless invited to come closer. Materialization in itself was not wrong for the angels, but to stay here—to leave their first estate—and not uplift humanity, as was their mission, was wrong. Satan and the other fallen angels were not imprisoned in tartaroo until the Flood. However, because of their disobedience, they might have been prevented from returning to heaven during the 1,656 years prior to the Flood. When the Flood came, they fled earth but found themselves locked into earth’s atmosphere (tartaroo). God’s will has always been done in heaven; it is only here on earth that evil has been permitted. In the Lord’s Prayer we pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it has always been done in heaven. Incidentally, the Church will judge just the fallen angels, for the holy angels have already passed their test and will live forever (1 Cor. 6:3; Luke 20:36).

Ezek. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Iniquity was found in Satan when he lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden; he was a liar from the “beginning” (John 8:44). Outwardly, his conduct might have seemed exemplary, but God could read his thinking; that is, before Satan tempted Eve and then Adam, he conjured up certain thoughts in his mind. But as soon as he expressed himself and deceived Eve, he had sinned a sin. Sometimes sinful thoughts go through our heads. If we harbor and feed on such thoughts, acts are the result. Those acts are the committed sins, and such acts incur great responsibility. However, fighting the thoughts in the mind can be meritorious—and is fighting the fight of faith. Fight them with prayer and fasting.

Satan possessed the serpent so it would look at the forbidden fruit. Then the serpent ate the fruit—and lived. Watching the serpent, Eve reasoned, “I am flesh and blood too. Therefore, I can eat the fruit and will not die.” Satan thus used artifice and deceit before speaking to Eve. He was softening her up with doubts. Previously Eve had thought the food was poisonous. Knowing now that it was good for food, she entertained some doubts about what God had told her. Satan reinforced this thinking by telling her the opposite: “Ye shall not surely die” (Gen. 3:4). Angels should be strictly messengers, doing God’s bidding. Satan deflected from this role.

Ezek. 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

To whom or what does the pronoun “they” refer? The reference is to Satan’s merchandise. He attempted to add beauty to beauty, possessions to possessions; he took certain liberties.

God’s instructions should be neither added to nor subtracted from. Self-aggrandizement was Satan’s modus operandi.

A correction in the tense is needed. “I [God] cast thee as profane [corrupt] out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee.” Satan is no longer in the garden of God, no longer in heaven in the presence of God, but is confined to earth’s atmosphere or tartaroo. Satan is called the “prince of this world,” the “prince of the power of the air.” His domain is down here (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Eph. 2:2). When cast out, Satan was prohibited from walking amidst the planets (“stones of fire”).

“By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned.” The RSV reads, “In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned.” Satan’s former wisdom, beauty, power, and prerogatives were corrupted.

Ezek. 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Lucifer became the epitome of pride. His beauty and wisdom went to his head. His wisdom became perverted wisdom. “The fear [reverence] of the LORD [Jehovah] is the beginning of wisdom,” and obedience is the end (or completion) of wisdom (Prov. 9:10).

Ezek. 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

“I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.” “I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.” “The people shall be astonished at thee.” Right down here on earth, in the sight of people, Satan will be actually and literally destroyed. When Satan goes up to the camp of the saints at the end of the Kingdom, the suggestion is that servants of Satan, both human and spiritual, will be deceived (Rev. 20:9). At that time, when Satan leads the opposition, he will be destroyed.

The suggestion is, further, that Satan may materialize when he is loosed in the Little Season (Rev. 20:3). Then he will be reduced to ashes—destroyed, not bound—in the sight of all those who behold him.

During the Kingdom, mankind will be tutored in righteousness and self-control. Those who pass the test at the end of the age will be raised to the status of “kings” (as Adam was)—which is true nobility. In perfection and maturity, they will be kings. Stated another way, the earth will be given to the children of men.

“Thou [Satan] hast defiled thy sanctuaries.” Satan defiled the position or office that he had. Hence he was demoted to earth’s atmosphere where he has been the deceiver, and the other fallen angels are with him. In tartaroo Satan has not manifested any repentance; in fact, he has gotten worse. In Eden he used words, but as time went on, he got so defiled that cruelty and violence developed as well as sexual aberrations, as manifested in the days of Noah.

Satan was not confined to tartaroo until the Flood. For 1,656 years he was allowed relative liberty in regard to mankind, and during that time he did not desire to return to heaven.

His love and interest were on earth. He and the other fallen angels left their first estate, came down here, materialized, and married women. Apparently, they did not realize, until the Flood, that they could not return to heaven. They were enjoying living here, but when the Flood came, they dematerialized and found themselves locked in tartaroo, an area in earth’s stratosphere.

Satan became defiled by the iniquity of his “traffic.” In other words, what he was doing defiled him. He became more and more corrupt in his ways, yet his powers did not diminish.

In the two years of human perfection before Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden, only the Logos was in charge. The Logos walked and talked with Adam and Eve. “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen. 3:8). Then, in the first dispensation (from Adam’s fall to the Flood), the holy angels tried to restrain evil.

Hence there was some buffer between mankind and the forces of evil. But human beings were fallen and weak. When the holy angels were not given a charge over the present evil world, the fallen angels could freely operate—but through spirit obsession, hypnotism, etc.

Comment: It would seem to be great wisdom for something visible to happen when Satan is destroyed and to have it occur down here. Otherwise, some might think he was just in prison again.

Reply: Satan no doubt materialized at least once in the first dispensation as Beelzebub, the prince of demons; that is, he was once in a physical form (Matt. 12:24). Therefore, he may literally appear as an angel of light at the end of this age and then be instantly removed and put in a spiritual prison as a spirit being until the Little Season at the end of the Millennium, when he will be loosed again (Rev. 20:1–3,7,8). In other words, there is a precedent for his materializing in the near future. Here in Ezekiel 28, we read that he will also materialize at the end of the Kingdom. And it would be in that materialized physical form that he would be put to death, and thus his death would be visibly seen.

“Therefore will I [God] bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee.” A “fire” in this context is unlawful ambition, an unquenchable desire for power. The “fire” could also be a literal means of destruction that would reduce Satan to ashes. Compare Revelation 20:9, which says that a “fire” will come down from God out of heaven.

Ezek. 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Those who “know” Satan at that time will be in a proper heart condition and thus regard him as abhorrent. In contrast, those who go up against the camp of the saints will regard Satan as a champion of their cause (Rev. 20:9).

Through Satan’s manipulations, Jesus, the righteous One, was made a spectacle when put to death on Calvary. In retribution, Satan will be made a spectacle when he is destroyed.

Since this event will probably be filmed, it would be appropriate for Satan to be put to death in a physical form. God will not be seen on film, but to see a materialized physical form of a superior being is a different matter.

“Never shalt thou be any more.” Satan will be destroyed forever—with no possibility of a reoccurrence.

Ezek. 28:20 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek. 28:21 Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it,

Ezek. 28:22 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her.

Ezek. 28:23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Chapter 28 should have ended with verse 19, for verse 20 starts a prophecy against Zidon. This prophecy will have a future fulfillment against Sidon, the modern name for Zidon. A maritime power like Tyre, the city is on the Mediterranean coast near the site of Tyre in Lebanon. Tyre, Sidon, and Beirut are strongholds of different factions of Muslim power that hate Israel. Although a past destruction was experienced, the future one will be recognized as a judgment from God (“they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her”). The judgment will occur about the time of Jacob’s Trouble.

Ezek. 28:24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

Zidon will no longer be a “pricking brier” because it will be absorbed by Israel.

Ezek. 28:25 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.

Ezek. 28:26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.

When God fulfills this judgment on Sidon in the future, the people will know that He is Israel’s God. God “shall be sanctified in them [Israel] in the sight of the heathen” (compare Ezek. 39:27).

Verse 26 sounds like Ezekiel 38:11. Israel will be dwelling with unwalled villages when Gog and Magog come down. However, there is a difference in the two verses. Verse 26 is describing the final dwelling safely—after the Kingdom has been established and Israel has been delivered from Gog and Magog, after God’s judgments have been executed.

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