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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for May 2, 2013
SoVaNow.com / May 02, 2013Ezekiel, Chapter 28
This is a very important chapter because it identifies Satan as the ‘son of perdition’, and tells us what his position was, how he fell and what caused his fall. The thing that caused his fall is the same thing that in part, causes people to fall short today. The very same thing that happened to Satan in the earth age before this one is at the root of all problems today. That’s how important this chapter is to us. In this chapter, he is called ‘the prince of Tyre’ and ‘the king of Tyre’. Satan is very intelligent; he’s very good at what he does. He can deceive most people who do not have the ‘seal of God’; the Word of God in their mind. Satan was created a cherubim by God; he was never born of woman, so, he never had a flesh body. He’s supernatural, and of course, he was still supernatural after his fall, just as he was before he fell, and when he comes to earth in the not-too-distant future, he will still be supernatural and able to perform tricks that are amazing to human beings who see them.
Ezek. 28:1 “The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,” (2) “Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus”, (‘prince’ is a lower office than ‘king’. When ‘prince’ is used concerning Satan, it’s after his fall. Don’t forget what the word ‘Tyrus’ in the Hebrew language means. It’s ‘rock’, but it’s not our Rock; not ‘The Rock of Ages’. Satan is the false rock; he’s imitating the True Rock: Jesus. It’s important for us to know the difference, especially in these last days. “Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up,” (that’s his pride; self-righteousness, and that’s the thing that will bring about his downfall) “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” (don’t let that throw you. Man, as well as the angels are made in the image of God. Satan, although he is a cherubim, he has a body made in that same image; only we will see later that he is much more beautiful than any of God’s other creation. That’s why he’s called ‘a man’ here) “and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:” (See also Isaiah 14:12-16).
Ezek. 28:3 “Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee.” Do you remember how wise Daniel was? With God’ help, Daniel could unravel any secret. So, don’t sell Satan short: he certainly is not stupid. In fact, this tells us that he is wiser even than Daniel. Satan can hear what we say if it’s spoken out loud, but he cannot read our mind.
Ezek. 28:4 “With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures.” How did he do this? By his children, the Kenites, who are still on this earth, putting together the system that will usher in the reign of their father, Satan, when he comes as the antichrist.
Ezek. 28:5 “By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic” (peddlers and their merchandise) “hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:” ‘Heart’ is translated ‘mind’, and is telling us that his mind is full of pride; he’s so prideful because of his riches.
Ezek. 28:6 “Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;” God is saying: “I say this because you claim to be God.”
Ezek. 28:7 “Behold, therefore I will bring strangers” (God’s elect) “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.” Do you know what those swords are? It tells us in Rev. 1:16. It’s Truth; God’s Word. When God’s sons and daughters are delivered up before this one who calls himself ‘Christ’, Satan in his role as Antichrist, and the Holy Spirit speaks the words of Truth through their mouths, those ‘swords’, God’s Truth will cut with both sides. And Satan won’t be so pretty when the Holly Spirit gets through with him.
Ezek. 28:8 “They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths” (die a terrible death) “of them that are slain in the midst of the seas” (the people). What pit is this? It’s the bottomless pit where Satan will be held until the Millennium is almost over. He has already been condemned to die in the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennium, and it will come to pass. Other than Satan and the fallen angels, nobody has been condemned to die yet, because the Great White Throne Judgment is the place for that, and that will be held at the end of the Millennium.
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