Ezekiel Chapter 28
"The Prince, and the King of Tyre"
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Ezekiel 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:"
This will happen at Christ's return, and then in the millennium age all people will see Satan for what he really is. The little man that deceived the whole world. When Satan comes as the Antichrist, he will look like a man, because that is what he is. He will not reign as a spirit, but as a person [man].
Ezekiel 28: 3 "Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:"
Remember in Daniel 1:20, where Daniel was found to be ten times wiser in all matters, by King Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar was king of the world at that time, for the world was in a one world government [Babylon].
Ezekiel 28:4 "With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:"
Daniel could foretell all hidden dreams and secrets, and that is why we should not sell Satan short. What ever Daniel could do, so can this prince of Tyrus, for Satan "art wiser than Daniel". Remember, as long as plans are in your mind, they are hidden from Satan. Satan cannot read your thoughts like God.
These treasures gathered unto Satan are being gathered now, because they are gathered by his children; the Kenites.
Ezekiel 28:5 "By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:"
Because of their ability to gain all their riches, Satan and his children, the Kenites, have become full of pride.
Ezekiel 28:6 "Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;"
This is because Satan is claiming to be God.
Ezekiel 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."
These "strangers" from all the nations are all the men and women of God that will stand and prophecy against Satan and his system, and expose him for the fake he is. The sword that these "strangers will use is the Word of God. Christ's tongue, or words written in our Bible, is the sword that will be used. The people of God will have the cloven tongue, in which, when the Holy Spirit speaks through them it will be like it was in Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost. Then every man will hear in his own language and dialect, the words that are spoken.
Ezekiel 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."
Satan and his system will not look so good when the Holy Spirit reveals Satan to the world. When the elect of God are speaking, all mankind will hear in their own language, and there will be no need for an interpreter to understand what is said. It is at this time only that you can ever commit the unpardonable sin, but none of God's elect will do that, because they know the truth.
The "pit" is where Satan is going to be taken at the end of this earth age; at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The "death" is the death of the souls in the lake of fire, at the end of the Millennium age, following judgment.
Ezekiel 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."
Satan is already sentenced to die, no one else been sentenced to to this date, to this spiritual death of the soul. This death can only be carried out by God, for only God can kill the soul.
Matthew 10:28; "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Which is able to destroy both the soul and body in hell."
Many Christians today have a destiny, and at the appointed time, will stand against Satan, and his system. The battle that will take place in these end times will be a spiritual battle, of principalities and powers in dark spiritual places. It is not a war of guns and tanks, but of words and concepts; of ideas and doctrines of deception. God's armor for those who stand is His Word, and only in that Word will we find the words and strength to fight of Satan's fiery darts, as spoken of in Ephesians 6:10-20.
Ezekiel 28:10 "Thou shalt die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.' "
Ezekiel 28:11 "Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,"
Ezekiel 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."
We have now changed Satan's position from the "prince of Tyre", to "king of Tyrus". The "king of Tyrus" was his position before his fall, in the first earth age. God is telling Satan, "I made you this way", God must have loved Satan at the time of Satan's creation, to give him such perfect beauty, and full of wisdom. Prior to the fall, Satan was in good standing with our heavenly Father.
God gave Satan the highest position of any creative being; that of protection the mercy seat himself. Once Satan's pride and vanity took control of him, he departed from God's plan for him, he set his mind on being the "King of Kings" and assuming the role of Jesus Christ, the only begotten on the Father.
Ezekiel 28:13 "Thou hast been in Eden the Garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the Sardis, 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 thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created."
Do you remember the serpent in the Garden of Eden; and the "tree of good and evil"? Those were two of the names given to Satan, and they are also recorded in Revelation 12:9. Also don't overlook the term, "in the day that thou wast created." This points to the fact that Satan is not an eternal being, with infinite powers; thus there is no possibility of this creature ever becoming God, or having been one. However he is "full of wisdom, of a man."
Ezekiel 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."
Now we know this one in Eden has to be Satan, and not Adam, for a cherub has never lived in the body of a man. Back in the thirteenth verse there are ten precious stones mentioned , and each of these stones are on the breastplate of the of the high priest. Before Satan's fall, he sat in an extremely high position, of responsibility.
Satan was anointed by God to fill that high position. It was not an accident of God that Satan sat in that position, for Satan was created and anointed for that position; and he failed.
The position of the "cherub" is to protect the mercy seat of God. "Coverth" means to guard, in the Hebrew text. God is saying that "I set you there on mine own altar, and you walked before me." It is because of Satan's vanity that he turned against God, and this caused Satan's sentence of death. It was because of this sentence that God also allowed for His own Son to die, to pay the price of all sin, so those who fall from God's grace, can return to His.
Ezekiel 28:15 "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."
Satan was perfect in every way, until he stopped loving God. Satan's focus then turned from serving God, to serving himself. Doing things his way. God created all souls, and gave them the right to choose. He has the right also to receive our love and respect, so we should take the time to tell him we love Him.
Ezekiel 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."
This is the over-throw from the world that was, the first earth age. God told Satan that he was to be removed from the altar of God.
Ezekiel 28:17 "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of the brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee."
Satan's heart and was lifted up in self pride. Satan must have received much praise, like we see those pompous, self righteous fools on TV. talk shows. Satan believed his own lies, and self righteousness took control of him. Brightness, wisdom, and beauty can be the downfall of any person, if they don't realize that everything they have, is from God. God should get all the glory in all that we do, and have.
Jesus Christ is coming back to earth very shortly to carry out this judgment that God put on Satan. Then the whole world will see him for what he is.
"Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; 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."
"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."
Satan had every chance for salvation and he rejected God. He tried to strive to gain control and rule as God. He sinned over and over, and his pride kept growing; because of this God said that He is going to set a fire within ["in the midst"] of him, to devour him. Satan will be the first to walk into the lake of fire on that final day, at the close of the Millennium.
Revelation 19:20 "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
This is known as the second death in the manuscripts. It is not the death of the physical body, but the soul. the warning has been out on the earth since man's beginning, however, like Satan, man strives to do it his own way. This striving to reach God in any form, but God's way, is what is called religion. God's way is "reality. There is only one way to God, and that way is through the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord, and our belief, repentance for our sins, and our faith in God; that He will do what His Word promises.
Ezekiel 28:20 "Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,"
When hell's fire consumes Satan and his followers, God's people are not going to be astonished when it happens. This is because it will then be blotted out of all memory. It will be just as if Satan and all the lost souls had never existed.
Ezekiel 28:21-22 "Son of man, set thy face against 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."
Ezekiel 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."
"Zidon" means "one who entraps". Zidon was a sister city to Tyre [Tyrus], and God is prophesying against her.
Ezekiel 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."
God will be glorified when He is in the midst of Zidon, because God's judgments will fall upon Zidon, and all her people will know it. God is always sanctified when the power of the true God is revealed. Keep in mind that this is not in Historical reference, but in a prophetic sense. When the "king of Tyre" [Satan] is destroyed, and Zidon will be turned to ashes also. "Zidon" represents all those people who entraps God's people, and leads or deceives them into following the Antichrist, and his system.
Ezekiel 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."
This is the time of the final conflict, when the sword of the Lord is delivered by Jesus Christ in the final day of this age. Jesus Christ will bring vengeance and make all things right, on that "day of the Lord". The whole world will see His return, and those that went whoring after the Antichrist will see the shame that they have done. Many will be deceived by the rapture theory
It is here that the house of Jacob comes to know who they are, and God will be praised for it. They will all know they came from the twelve tribes of the natural seed of Jacob. There will be no more confusion, or deception.
Ezekiel 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."
This hasn't come to pass yet, in part yes, but not permanently. It shall come to pass through the restoration of God's people. That will occur when Jesus Christ sets up His kingdom on earth for the Millennium age. Then the whole world will know who the Lord God is.
He is going to set a fire within ["in the midst"] of him, to devour.
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