â€œSon 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.â€ (Ezekiel 28:12)
This prophecy against the King of Tyre is very similar to the prophecy given over a century earlier against the King of Babylon (Isaiah 14:3-28). Both are ostensibly addressed to earthly kings, yet both are impossible to apply to any mere human monarch. In both instances, it becomes obvious that an evil spiritâ€”in fact, none other than Satan himselfâ€”had possessed the bodies of these kings. Thus God, through Ezekiel, is here speaking primarily to Satan.
Satan had been â€œfull of wisdom, and perfect in beauty,â€ but he became proud instead of thankful. â€œThine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the groundâ€ (Ezekiel 28:17). He had been â€œthe anointed cherubâ€ on â€œthe holy mountain of Godâ€ (v. 14), the highest of all the mighty cherubim, covering the very throne of God. But â€œthou 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 fireâ€ (v. 16).
Satan, the covering cherub, had been â€œcreatedâ€ (v. 13), but he was not content to serve his Creator. When he sinnedâ€”probably refusing to believe that God was his Creator, desiring Godâ€™s throne for himself (Isaiah 14:13)â€”God cast him out, saying, â€œThou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in theeâ€ (Ezekiel 28:15).
Yet he still refuses to acknowledge God and has since persuaded multitudes of men and women to assume that they, too, can be â€œas godsâ€ (Genesis 3:5). This belief can onlyâ€”if they persistâ€”result in their eternal ruin. HMM