"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Ezekiel 28 – no satan here

By brotheryochanan

a man not a satan

It was Tyre’s purple-dyed textiles, worn throughout the ancient world as a mark of royal rank, that brought fame and fortune to the city. One gram of pure purple dye was worth ten or twenty grams of gold, so it is not surprising that some of the most beautiful sarcophagi of the necropolis belonged to the wealthy purple dye manufactures of Tyre. Tyre had 2 sea ports, north and south and was a chief center of sea trade. Ezekiel was written between 593 and 565 B.C


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, l 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: Specific reference to ‘yet thou art a man’. First we have to realize that God never created satan, satan is a hebrew word and nothing else. shtn means adversary when translated to english (not a proper noun), so we really have to read what this chapter says about the King of tTyre from this angle. Also this is an inferred situation, satan, devil or lucifer is never mentioned here. When a word or phrase is repeated it is for emphasis sake. The author is saying, pay special attention to this, it has huge relevance.

Ezekiel 28:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel, there is no secret (H5640) they can keep from thee. (Christians like to think this is satan being wiser than Daniel, but lets look at a Daniel passage) “Daniel 2:28 But there is a God in heaven thatreveals secrets,(H7328 mysteries) and makes known to the King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;” A different word for secret is used in Ezekiel. Ezekiel used satham, to keep closed, the context here are secrets that a King would know as opposed to secrets that God reveals. The secret talked about in Ezekiel pertains to earthly knowledge and not, as in Daniel, heavenly God revealed knowledge. Notice the word ‘they’ which refers to a group of people, so the inclination is about man’s knowledge, this is supported also in the next verses.

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

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.
Tyre was a sea port with 2 docks, north and south = traffic, trade and wealth.
God would never say to satan that his wisdom and understanding has gotten himriches. Satan doesn’t care about gold and silver (riches) he wants people. And how is traffic going to make satan rich? Again we can clearly see that the point of these verses are not pointing to satan but to the King of Tyre, a human.

Ezekiel 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shaft be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. The prophet has restated that the subject here is a man for the second time and with emphasis also about NOT being a god. You can argue that satan is not a god but look at the attributes christianity has given satan, he can certainly mimic a god, which in my opinion is pretty good stuff for a fallen angel.

Ezekiel 28:10 Thou shaft die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
The King of Tyre shall die as a man. Angels cannot be killed by man or men or an army even, this is not an angel, angels cannot die because they are sinless.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation (form of poetry expressing grief.) 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.
and thus begins the poem… perfect also means complete, complete in beauty. Kings had a luxurious lifestyle, plenty of everything and Kings were also supposed to be wise, experienced and educated.

Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God,
Satan is inferred to have been in the garden of God, now, these following verses talk about pharaoh of Egypt.

Ezekiel 28:13 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. Created here refers to the King of Tyre’s ascension to the throne. During ceremonies and perhaps just out of habit since royal purple was manufactured here, dressing to the 10’s may not have been uncommon to the king of Tyre, since, he thought pretty highly of himself, centered at the commercial center of the jewish world.

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. The anointed Cherub that covers is talking about Tyre when it had a much better relationship with Israel, God’s people, in fact, Solomon asked Hiram to help in the building of the First temple in: 1 Kings 5 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. The holy mountain of God is Zion and Zion is in jerusalem, it is the mount of God on earth. The Stones of fire refer to the Breastplate of Jewels in the ephod of the priests garment which represented the tribes of Israel, when the conqueror walked amongst the land he conquered, which Nebuchadnezzar plainly did, he metaphorically walked amongst the children of Israel and thus amongst the breastplate of Jewels which represented the 12 tribes of Israel. It’s a poem or lamentation, poetic imagery – not stones of fire, literally.

Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect (Strongs H8549: complete, whole, entire, sound, BUT nowhere is perfect used) in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, (formed, prepared) till iniquity was found in thee. (the arrogant pride of being super rich)
The Hebrew word “tamim” translated “perfect” means “perfect, plain, whole, complete” Noah was a “just man and perfect” (Gen. 6:9 – same Hebrew word, “tamim”), but there is no question of his being an angel or satan) This verse says, that the King of Tyre – the prince of Tyre previously – was sound as in sturdy, well made when he was birthed, then the following says until iniquity was found; that iniquity was pride and pride took the King of Tyre over and he became a different person. The Hebrew word, “bara” translated “create” means “to be prepared, formed, created.” The same word is used for the creation of “people” (Psa. 102:18) and the Ammonites (Ezek 21:30). These passages talk of the prince of Tyre being crowned King of Tyre.

Ezekiel 28:16 by the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence and thou hast sinned.
Once again satan cares nothing for merchandise, merchandise is something that mankind likes. God would never say to satan, if satan existed, your merchandise is the reason you are filled with violence, no, again this talks of human reaction to wealth and greed.

Angels cannot die they are created immortal and immortal beings cannot die. What brings death is sin. God created angels to obey him perfectly and thusly why he made them to be immortal. God does not create flawed beings that go haywire, and persuade 1/3 of the angels who also are flawed to join him who are already imbued with immortality. Its a ridiculous theory and one way to support this theory is to infer that this chapter refers to satan. Prophetic books always point forward not backward. Ezekiel Chapter 25 is prophecy against Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia. Chapter 26 is a prophecy against Tyre, chapter 27 lamentation for tyre and chapter 28 Tyrus’s pride and ruin; Chapter 29 begins Egypt’s pride and desolation; 30 is a lament for Egypt and chapter 31 parable of the cedars of Lebanon – a lot of nations are represented here. You have to ask yourself, why would God choose here to do a little stroll down memory lane in chapter 28 and in the middle of all this talk about earthly nations throw in a bit about satan?

The King of Tyre was really a conceited fellow and marveled in his own works, ignored the God of Israel and was judged like a man under the judgment of God; like other puffed up rulers.

 

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