I was reading in Ezekiel 28 today, and God is talking to Ezekiel and giving him messages to tell the kings of the other countries who have ignored Him. One of the them is the King of Tyre, a neighbor to Israel. In the message for the king of Tyre is a double message. It is commonly seen as both a description of the human king of Tyre, and of Satan. It says:
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 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.’ ”
This is one of those passages that seems to hold a double meaning, much like the passage in Isaiah that describes how the virgin will have a child, and He will be called Emmanuel. This one in Ezekiel points to the fact that, if we see it as Satan, he was an angel, with a lot of power. He became prideful, wanted to take on God, and lost. He was thrown to earth, and is destined to be destroyed.
I just know with so many people’s questions about Satan, this passage isn’t discussed much, but is one of the core passages used by theologians to understand Satan. Obviously, it is first describing a human king. But it seems to have the second meaning as well. Just thought I’d throw it out here since I was reading it today.