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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for Aug. 1, 2013
SoVaNow.com / August 01, 2013Ezek. 31:8 “The cedars in the Garden of God” (that’s the Garden of Eden) “could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the Garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.” Why did God give Satan so much? From what we know about Satan, he probably was very good at what he did, and earned it; he probably deserved it at one time, else God would not have given it to him. Oh, how easy it is to fall from grace; even as this one did.
Ezek. 31:9 “I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden” (that means ‘children’) “that were in the Garden of God, envied him.” Satan was so beautiful and so blessed by God that everyone envied him. He was a very beautiful being, and even a ‘good guy’, until pride overtook him, and caused him to think he was greater than God. Then, he decided he could take God’s place.
Ezek. 31:10 “Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;” That’s called ‘pride’, or as we say today, ‘a self-righteous hypocrite’. Remember, God is speaking to Pharoah, through Ezekiel, describing Satan, and comparing him to Satan, saying: “Who do you think you are, compared to a supernatural being like Satan? You are flesh. What do you think about that supernatural one? How did he hold out against Me? Not so well. I’m throwing him in the pit.” This is a prophecy of an event that will happen in the end times—and even future to us, so don’t overlook the message in this for us today. While God is speaking to an earthly king, He is giving us a very good description of the supernatural and Satan’s method of operation, which he will use again when he comes to earth as the antichrist.
Ezek. 31:11 “I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen:” (should be translated: ‘of the nations’) “He shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.” This is referring to what happened at the overthrow, and ‘the mighty one’ is Michael, the archangel; and Michael is going to deal with him, alright. Michael is guarding him at this time, and when the time is right, and God gives the signal, Michael will kick him out of heaven onto the earth, where he will fulfill his role as Antichrist.
Ezek. 31:12 “And strangers” (foreigners) “the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him.
That will take place on the first day of the Millennium, when every knee will bow to the true Messiah; Jesus. Note that it says ‘left him’, referring to the ones who follow him when he comes to earth claiming to be Jesus. Many people living on earth at that time will be deceived by him, and believe he is Christ, come to ‘rapture’ them away. But when they see the real Christ at His second coming, they will bow to Christ.
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