The King of Tyre Ezekiel 28:11-19
A very good statement of the orthodox position is at http://www.gotquestions.org/King-of-Tyre.html. Here is an exerpt:
However, some of the descriptions in Ezekiel 28:11–19 go beyond any mere human king. In no sense could an earthly king claim to be “in Eden” or to be “the anointed cherub who covers” or to be “on the holy mountain of God.” Therefore, most Bible interpreters believe that Ezekiel 28:11–19 is a dual prophecy, comparing the pride of the king of Tyre to the pride of Satan. Some propose that the king of Tyre was actually possessed by Satan, making the link between the two even more powerful and applicable.
The author says, ” In no sense could an earthly king claim to be “in Eden”…”. Adam was in Eden and an earthly king since he was given dominion by God over “every living thing that moves on the earth.” If being given that dominion does not qualify to make Adam an earthly king, I’m afraid nothing could! So, an earthly king could claim to have been in Eden and the author’s assumption (or at least this part of it) is false.
The author says, “…or to be “the anointed cherub who covers…”.” God created man as the acme of His work. He was created “in His image”; the most beautiful of all earthly beings; he was set apart from all other beings by one thing: into his nostrils God breathed the “breath of life”. This statement of Adam’s creation is in chapter 2. In his being, Adam carries the gift of life; a type of life that no other being has: spiritual life.
The carnal Adam is the cherub carrying–covering–the spiritual essence imparted to him as something to nurture and mature with the same selflessness and loving-kindness God had shown in giving carnal Adam paradise in which to live and the perfect mate and the imperative to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Thus, the covering cherub, the cherub with a mission to protect and serve: the elder shall serve the younger. If the reader will check out the etymology of the word cherub and angel, you will see for yourself the assumption is called into doubt! So much for the author’s second assumption!
The author says, “or to be “on the holy mountain of God.”” Where or what is the “holy mountain of God.”? The passage in Ezekiel places Eden on the holy mountain of God. and refers to the “King of Tyre” as walking back and forth in it. Again the only king in it was Adam!
The author goes on to say, “Before his fall, Satan was indeed a beautiful creature (Ezekiel 28:12–13
). He was perhaps the most beautiful and powerful of all the angels. The phrase “guardian cherub” possibly indicates that Satan was the angel who “guarded” God’s presence. Pride led to Satan’s fall. Rather than give God the glory for creating him so beautifully, Satan took pride in himself, thinking that he himself was responsible for his exalted status. Satan’s rebellion resulted in God casting Satan from His presence and will, eventually, result in God condemning Satan to the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:10
The author cites Ezekiel 28:12-13 as proof text for his assumption that “Before his fall, Satan …” when in point of fact that text makes no mention of Satan at all. He builds upon that assumption with, “He was perhaps the most beautiful and powerful of all the angels.”
Lets see, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/angel?&o=100074&s=t
, gives these definitions for angel:
3. a messenger, especially of God. 4. a person who performs a mission of God or acts as if sent by
God: an angel of mercy.
So, just because one is referred to as an angel does not necessarily mean that one is: one of a class of spiritual beings; a celestial attendant of God. To assume so is to place oneself in the land of speculation every bit as far as I am right now. Difference? I am not creating a pre-existent domain where, “Satan was the angel who “guarded” God’s presence.”
Guarded God’s presence from what? How could a contingent, created, being, no matter how beautiful and knowledgeable possibly guard an omnipresent being? I mean how could a pre-fall Satan possibly be on guard everywhere God is all at the same time? And! Why would an omniscient, omnipotent God need a guard anyway?!
Pride led to Satan’s fall; Pride led to Adam’s fall, he was not deceived!
I am working to keep the word of God consistent as the revelation of God to man, containing information about Who God is and who man is. As well as accept that Jesus was telling it just like He meant it when He was asked why he taught in parables: Mark chapter 4:10
And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables. 11*
He answered them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, 12
so that‘they may look and see but not perceive,and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.’” (From http://www.usccb.org/bible/mark/4
Question: If we are saved then why must we study to show ourselves approved?
I leave it here for now.