Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Power Behind the Kings, Rulers and Kingdoms

A friend of mine recently suggested that I listen to Chuck Missler's teaching on Genesis. Usually the Lord lets me know that I am not to be influenced by the teaching of others because the Holy Spirit is my teacher. Rarely does He let me read religious books other than the Bible and even less frequently does He let me listen to sermons. But for some reason I felt I was supposed to listen to at least part of Missler's program on the computer. I listened to the first part and understood why I was supposed to. It opened my eyes to something I had never heard nor understood before before.

Ezekiel 28:11-19 NIV

11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:“‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden,the garden of God, every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper,lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings[b] were made of gold ; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence,and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. 18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.’”

Now I've probably read that passage no less than fifty times in the last thirty years and, like many other things in the Bible, really didn't understand it. Presumably Ezekiel is prophesying to the king of Tyre. But upon closer inspection he cannot possibly be speaking to the king of Tyre. Obviously the king was not in the Garden of Eden. Ezekiel is prophesying to the power behind the king - satan. Now read it again with that in mind. Makes sense doesn't it!

Isaiah 14:12-17

12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. 16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: “Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, 17 the man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?”

In Chapter 14 Isaiah was initially prophesying regarding Babylon. However, this part of the passage is obviously directed to someone else - satan, the power behind Babylon. Now it makes sense, doesn't it?

In that teaching Chuck said that there were other passages like this in the Bible. So next time you run across something like this that you cannot understand from a human viewpoint, look at it from a spiritual perspective and see if it makes more sense.

1 comment:

  1. This is a comment that one of the readers of my blog sent to me as a response to the above message.

    The Old Testament passages can be difficult. When we encounter terms like the 'prince of Persia' the 'prince of Meshach and Tubal,' and others like it, we know that these are high angelic personages. God is the true king of heaven and earth and the high angels governing specific geographic areas are like princes. So in Daniel, Christ is called the 'Prince of princes' to indicate his higher stature beyond the angels. The "King of Tyre" is also a angelic prince, but isn't given the normal prince designation by Ezekiel in favor of his specific function to govern Tyre. Tyre was Canaanite, so he would actually be one of the spiritual princes of Canaan. We know Canaan was evil, so this prince would be known for evil and eventually destroyed. Tyre and Sidon escaped the
    wrath of God for a number of centuries after the command to Moses and Joshua to destroy the Canaanites, but they eventually succumbed to judgment.

    The reason these angels are called princes may be that they are also originally "sons of god" and would ultimately participate in inheriting God's creation when God turns everything over to his Son. Of course, many, if not all of the 'sons of god' went astray into evil and have lost all of their original hope of
    whatever inheritance they had.