The King Who Fell From Heaven
“Hell from beneath is moved for you to meet you at your coming: it stirs up the dead for you, even all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto you, Are you also become weak as we? are you become like unto us? “Your pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
“How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
“They that see you shall narrowly look upon you, and consider you, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms,” Isaiah 14:9-16.
Please consider, this man’s sin (the king of Babylon) is far removed from the angel that some dreamer fantasized falling from heaven and that was supposed to be so extraordinary before he fell. Remember, this passage of scripture and one other in Ezekiel 28 must support the fallen angel theory if it is to have any scriptural support. But in no way does either of them give support to a pre-adamic fallen angel theory,
Please notice verse sixteen of this text, “They that see you shall narrowly look upon you, and consider you, saying, Is this the ‘man’ that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;…?” This verse is supposed to be describing the fall of an angel. Yet this scripture says he was a man. The word translated “man” here is found in the Old Testament close to a thousand times, but never once was it translated angel. Would I be presumptions if I assume the earthshaking events in the above scripture were the destruction of earthly kingdoms?
Though I do not find the word “sheol” in Ezekiel chapter 29, I feel it should be included in this message inasmuch as it is used to support the fallen angel theory. Actually there are three chapters, Ezekiel 26, 27 and 28, that records the prophecies that were given to this man. These prophecies were written about 590 BC; this would be more than a hundred years later that Isaiah wrote his famous prophecy. Ezekiel left us quite a history of this king and his great city that was destine to sink beneath the waves and there to sleep forever in its watery tomb. I will quote a portion of scripture, which I feel will be sufficient to clarify this statement. Ezekiel 28:1-19: “The word of Yahweh came again unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto the prince (ruler) of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord Yahweh; Because your heart is lifted up, and you have said, I am Elohiym, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas.
“Yet you are a man, and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of Elohiym: Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: With thy wisdom and with thine understanding you have gotten thee riches, and have gotten gold and silver into thy treasures. By your great wisdom and by your traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches.
“Therefore thus saith the Lord Yahweh; Because your have set your heart as the heart of Elohiym; Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and you shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. Wilt thou yet say before him that slays thee, I am Elohiym? but you shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slays thee. You shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord Yahweh.
“Moreover the word of the Yahweh came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord Yahweh; you sealed up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. You have been in Eden the garden of Elohiym; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created.
“You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of Elohiym; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
“You were perfect (integrity) in thy ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you.
“By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of Elohiym: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.
“You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of you, it shall devour you, and I will bring you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold you.
“All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at you: you shall be a terror, and never shall you be any more.”
Ezekiel’s prophecies are filled with symbolisms, which is not unlike the prophecies this prophet gave to other kings who were reigning in his lifetime.
As a child, symbolism was part of our culture, so maybe I have an advantage over a few other folks in reading it. I was fortunate enough to have a neighbor that was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he lived on easy street, everything he touched turned to gold, he ate high on the hog and spent Christmas and Thanksgiving in Pig Heaven. I imagine he lived out his life in luxury, that is, if he didn’t kill his goose that laid the golden eggs.
Evidently this king was put in a very strategic positioned and was blessed abundantly, but as he began to prosper pride and greed took over. Verse fourteen tells us that this man was positioned, not only as a king, but as a spiritual leader also; therefore, his failure touched the lives of many people. He was in a position that made them vulnerable to his scheming; he quite obviously took advantage of it.
It seems pretty evident that this man’s deeds were done while he was in the flesh; inasmuch as he lived among people who were astonished at him and he was brought down to ashes before them.
Symbolism can be quite difficult to understand, but not nearly so difficult to understand as it would be for me to place, this king of Tryus and the scenario described above in heaven, unless we can figure out a way to have this sinning angel falling after Adam and Eve were created and switch the fall to taking place on earth instead of in heaven. Scripture makes it pretty clear that the Garden of Eden was made as the home of Adam and Eve and was definitely on earth.
The Fall of Satan
Luke 10:17-19 is describing an action that took place when the seventy disciples, which Yasha had sent out without purse or script, came back to give the Lord a report of their success.
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
And Yasha said unto them, “I beheld satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
In this context he is plainly speaking of mankind raising up against the adversary and taking their throne-rights. These men had just returned with news that the spirits were subject to them. Yasha’s response was, “The adversary has fallen before you; he has lost his position.” I do not see some angel tumbling through space toward the earth. We use the term “falling” (from certain positions) fluently and never visualize the person falling through space or of them falling off of a stool when we speak of leaders being dethroned or demoted. Why should we read such a though into the Master’s speech when he said, “I saw the adversary fall from the heavens?” The language that is used in this chapter is no more meant to be taken literally than an English expression such as, “Saddam Hussein has ‘fallen’ from his exalted throne,” is to be taken literally.
Stars of heaven in Isaiah 14 is plainly speaking of the Israelites, and a careful study of this chapter in the King James Version, suggest to us that this king was in heaven, “How art thou fallen from heaven,” at the same time his goal was to “ascend into the heavens.” This is clearly speaking of an exalted position, and has nothing to do with the Kingdom of Heaven.