The nature of the serpent has two aspects. There was a physical being which became possessed by a spiritual being. The prophecy (Seed Promise) concerning the serpent is dual in nature, shifting between the curse directed at the natural creature known as the serpent and the spiritual being which possessed the serpent. In this very fashion, there are two key passages in the prophets which shift between a person (king) and the spiritual being which directs them.
Isaiah 14:4-23 is directed at the king of Babylon. Yet Isaiah is able to see the deep mysteries beyond this world. Isaiah catches a glimpse of the power which directs the king of Babylon, the wicked one himself. As Isaiah prophesied judgement upon the king of Babylon, he prophesied a parallel with the ultimate judgement of Satan and one whom Satan possesses.
Some of the language is intensely personal. It seems as if the inhabitants of hell are moving aside to make room for the new arrival as God brings a mighty one down to the grave. The inhabitants of the realm of the dead question this new arrival asking, “Has the mighty one become as weak as us? Is this the one that actually made the kingdoms of the earth to tremble with fear?” Within verses 12-14, the language goes deeper than just a prophecy against a king. Here we have the introduction of a heavenly creature which covets the throne of God.
12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
For centuries, Bible scholars have rightly seen the original fall of Satan here. As the sin that drives the king of Babylon is revealed, we also see the sin that will drive the end times antichrist. It will be a desire to exalt himself above the very throne of God which is equated to a mountain. But we also see that they could not have this lust for power, were it not for the devil poking, prodding, and manipulating these kings to usurp the authority of God.
One thing that seems to be overlooked by most is the location in which Satan (or Lucifer) is standing at the time this sin originates in his heart. This angelic creature is standing on the earth at the time the sin of pride enters his heart. Otherwise, why would he proclaim his ambition to ascend into heaven, to ascend above the clouds, if he were already in heaven? As a heavenly being, Lucifer was not confined to heaven. He was free to walk on the earth. As he examined the earth, he decided he wanted to have a throne just like God’s. So he purposed in his heart to ascend into heaven above the clouds and establish his throne and be like the Most High. This declaration is directly linked to his destruction in the prophecy in Isaiah.
This angelic creature ascends into heaven with the intent of establishing a throne, but the prophecy declares him as fallen from heaven. Ultimately this creature will be brought down to hell, yet the passage embodies the original fall from heaven as he is described as a heavenly body. Strong’s places “light-bearer” as the primary definition which is translated Lucifer in KJV and NKJV. Most newer translations render the passage “Day Star, Son of Dawn”. The point here is that the depiction is a beautiful star falling from heaven all the way down beneath the earth to hell.
Ezekiel 28 is another passage which is directed at an earthly king, but also at the power behind him. 28:1-10 is an oracle against the prince of Tyrus depicting a man full of pride who considers himself equal with God. 28:11-19 is another oracle against the king of Tyrus but this one is more descriptive of a fallen angelic being than of an earthly king.
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 12 "Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: "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 was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14 "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. 16 "By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. 17 "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you. 18 "You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you. 19 All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; You have become a horror, And shall be no more forever."
Here is contained a description of a beautiful anointed cherub appointed with the position of being a covering. Here we are reminded of the ark of the covenant. God told Moses to build the ark after a certain pattern which was shown to him in the mount. The ark was to have a mercy seat above it with two cherubim on either side with wings that spread out – literally covering the seat of mercy. So this anointed cherub which covered most likely covered the throne of God with his wings. This creature also was upon the mountain of God, which we know to be equated with God’s throne. He also walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire in his perfection.
Again I point to a truth that is overlooked. Notice that this creature walked in the garden of Eden while still in his unblemished form. This cherub was not confined to heaven, but was free to come to earth, specifically on the sixth day of creation. Contrary to the gap theory, which postulates that angels rebelled resulting in a cataclysmic judgement whereby God reformulated the earth during the six days of creation, we must understand that Satan did not rebel until after the sixth day of creation.
Sidenote: Many old earthers will try to point to the condition of the earth in Genesis 1:2 to try to prove that there was a previous judgement upon an angelic race which left the earth in a state of chaos. This is true speculation as there is no evidence to support this. The best way I have found to counter such a claim is to point out this passage in Ezekiel 28 showing the devil in his unblemished form walking in the garden of Eden.
As in Isaiah 14, the pattern is the same. This angelic being (son of the morning/anointed cherub which covers) was permitted to come to earth. He walked in the garden of Eden. His heart was lifted up with pride because of his own beauty. While here on earth, he decided to ascend into heaven and set up a throne beside God’s throne. As he ascended, God already knew what he had said in his heart. God banished him from the mountain of God, casting him out of heaven like an unclean thing. This amounted to the destruction of the anointed cherub since all that was holy in him was now gone. Now his destiny is to be played out here on the earth in plain sight for all to see. Note that in both passages the destruction prophesied has some portion which is yet to be fulfilled. In Isaiah it is fulfilled by a death sentence in hell. In Ezekiel it is fulfilled by a dreadful end.
Revelation 12: 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The book of Revelation ironically gives us more information about Satan than any other book in the Bible. In Genesis, we have hardly any information about Satan. Throughout the Old Testament, we have a few scant references which must be pieced together. In the gospels, we have more information when Jesus begins preaching, but still we don’t have the whole story. When we come to Revelation, which is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we also have revelation concerning the enemy of Jesus Christ. The age old struggle which has gone on behind the scenes is portrayed in a heavenly vision in Revelation 12.
Here we find an important detail. Satan is called “that serpent of old”. This takes us back to the garden of Eden. Our conclusions regarding the serpent being possessed by an enemy of God are not unfounded at all. They are completely validated here in Revelation. Also, the destruction of Satan as outlined in Isaiah and Ezekiel are proven to be accurate. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire as well as the one whom he possesses.
A brief summary: On the sixth or seventh day of creation, one of God’s most beautiful cherubs which covered His throne came to earth to walk in the garden of Eden. His heart was lifted up because of his own beauty. He decided to ascend into heaven and establish another throne in an attempt to be like God. Because of this sin, he was cast out of heaven as quickly as he ascended up. God destroyed his beauty as he was cast out. His heart was now corrupt and opposed to God. He entered back into the garden of Eden appropriating the craftiest animal he could find. He opposed God’s plan for mankind by tempting Eve. While he continues to oppose God as an enemy even to this day, his destruction is foretold and sure.
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