There's an amazing description of Satan in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel where he's called the Prince of Tyrus. Tyre itself was the ancient capital of Tyre and Sidon, or Phoenicia, today Lebanon. I was just checking on the story of John Todd where he says it's a perfect description of Satan, and it certainly sounds like it, the "anointed cherub," etc.
The description of Satan ends on the 19th verse, and beginning the 20th verse the prophet begins to have a message for Sidon--Zidon--spelled with a "Z" here, but still the third most important city of Lebanon. In all these cities there's been constant civil war between different factions and shooting in the streets, a fulfillment of what the Lord says:
"For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side." (Ez.28:23.)--Because they were so wicked. Sidon was a sister city of Tyre, and if there was ever a picture of Lebanon today, (in 1980) that's it!
Why would the Lord call the Devil the Prince of Tyre Unless the Devil himself loved Tyre and ruled over Tyre as its king? It must have been that the King of Tyre was actually Satan-possessed by the Devil himself, and it was a very wicked city and spread its iniquity all over the whole World. Tyre was the World's greatest trading capital in its day, capital of Phoenicia, and the Phoenicians were great traders and sailors and sailed all over the World.
And Tyre was the city which there was such an amazing prophecy fulfilled about. The Lord said He would cause her to be destroyed and she'd be scraped as bare as a rock, and her ruins, timbers and stones would be cast in the midst of the sea, and they would later become a place and for the spreading of nets of fisherman. (Ezek.26.) And not long after the prophecy, Nebuchadnezzar came along on his way to Jerusalem and totally destroyed the city of Tyre.
It had been a very rich city, one of the richest in the world, a merchant trading city, commercial center of the Phoenicians. But apparently they had refused to pay him taxes or something so he destroyed them. They rebelled against him and he completely destroyed the city which stood on a promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. But these sea-faring people, the rich of Tyre and its government and so on, had gotten warning he was coming and had fled to an island that was just a half-mile offshore.
There they later built a completely new city of Tyre, which is the modern city of Tyre today, the one that's still in existence. (Question: There's never been one built on the original site?) No, it was never rebuilt. The Lord said "thou shalt be built no more" and so on. (Ez.26:14,21.)
I think it was something like 250 years later, Alexander the Great came along on one of his great expeditions to conquer the World and the Mideast, and he came opposite the new City of Tyre which was now virtually an impregnable fortress built on this big island offshore. Nebuchadnezzar had given up because he didn't have any boats or navy or anything to get out there. Besides, he was more interested in getting on to Jerusalem, which we know the story of. He had destroyed the old City of Tyre and then gone on and destroyed Jerusalem too.
So Alexander came along and saw this beautiful new city sitting out there on the island with all its riches and gold and silver and jewels and so on, World-famous for being so rich. He didn't have much of a navy either and nearly all of his conquests were land conquests. It wasn't till later the Greeks and Romans developed navies and fought naval battles.
Anyhow, Alexander did a very smart thing, he took the rubble of the ancient city of Tyre--all the old ruins, blocks, rocks and timbers--and he scraped them right into the sea so that he made the ancient site of Tyre as bare as the top of a rock, just exactly like the prophecy predicted. He scraped all the ruins into the sea and built a causeway from the old coast site half a mile out to the new island and conquered it!
So that the modern city of Tyre today, which was once an island, is still in existence and is still connected to the mainland by this causeway built by Alexander the Great, and upon which the fishermen spread their nets to this very day for drying and mending and so on. And that's the story of Tyre: Fulfilled prophecy!
So apparently the Devil at one time had become the actual king of Tyre, because it was considered the richest most extravagant city in the World. He apparently made it his World capital, sort of like the Antichrist is going to do some day. Because this description in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel mentioned by John Todd as a picture of the Devil, goes far beyond what any normal human King of Tyre could have been.
It speaks of him having been in the Garden of Eden, the anointed cherub, next to God Himself. So the Devil must have once ruled Tyre in its glory when it flourished, just like he's going to rule Jerusalem some day. He's probably ruled quite a few cities like that, who knows? He could be ruling New York right now, and some of those places.
He always ruins the city in the end because God always defeats him and always destroys whatever city he has ruled, and he says so in this 28th Chapter. The Lord through the mouth of Ezekiel is prophesying his destruction. And John Todd says that the 28th Chapter of Ezekiel describes Lucifer being created with musical instruments imbedded in his body.
The best way to know what He's talking about is to read the chapter, and that particular part simply says this: "Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, emerald, carbuncle and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets"--that's a musical instrument--"and of thy pipes"--that's a musical instrument--"was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created."
"Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so. Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire."
This could have only been said of the Devil because no human king could have done these things or been this! "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned." It reminds you of the description of Babylon in Revelation, "sinned through the multitude of riches and merchandise" and so on. (Rev.18.)
See, this is what has spread the abomination of Americanism all over the world, the horrors of her music and her clothes and her perverted sex and all the rest, just like America! "Therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness and I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee."
"Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries"--here's your witch covens--by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the Earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people"--all that know thee, like the witches--"shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more." (Ez.28:11-19.)
It sounds like he was really some creature! You can hardly imagine what he looked like, but I've always pictured him as being somebody handsome. Apparently he was like a king bedecked with precious stones and gold and built-in musical instruments. John Todd says, "It's true, as a person who has seen him, it's true!"
He was also king of Babylon in the days of her glory, so apparently Satan has completely possessed these World-famous kings of these World-famous Empires. This must have been a practice of his all down through the ages, that he headed every great World Empire. Because here it is in two specific instances in the Bible: He's called the King of Babylon in Isaiah 14 and the King of Tyre in Ezekiel 28.
He was king of Babylon in its heyday, and king of Tyre in its heyday, but every time, he brings about the final destruction of these cities in a total curse from God upon these cities. Now if that theory is true--and it certainly sounds like these chapters make it pretty clear--he must have possessed one of the kings of Babylon, probably the last one, Belshazzar, the son* of Nebuchadnezzar. [*Note: "Belshazzar's called his son, but he was literally his grandson. You're my son and you're my sons and daughters, even though some of you are grandsons and great grandsons, depending on which generation you got born again. So Belshazzar was actually Nebuchadnezzar's grandson"
Nebuchadnezzar was converted, but his [grand]son Belshazzar was the last king when Babylon was destroyed. obviously the Devil tried to possess Nebuchadnezzar and caused his downfall for 7 years; but because he had acknowledged Daniel and God and his belief in them and repented of his iniquity and came back to the Lord, the Lord restored him. (Daniel 4.)
Let's see how that works: Babylon was one of the first great world empires, and the King of Babylon of course would naturally have been possessed of the Devil if the Devil was trying to run the World, which he always has been.
Assyria was before Babylon, the famous world capital of Ninevah with its giant walls where chariots could ride two or three abreast, and the famous Hanging Gardens of Nineveh. Certainly that would have been a very coveted capital for the Devil, so Shalmaneser and some of those famous kings of Nineveh must have been possessed of the Devil.
Then later came Babylon and its kings, and it became the world empire after God destroyed Ninevah. In every one of these World Empires, apparently one or more of its kings were possessed of Satan himself in his effort to rule the World, but every time God destroyed his Empire and its capital city and its kings. Then he'd go right on to another Empire and build a new one, as he did Babylon.
And then came Medo-Persia. It had one very good king, Cyrus, but it had some bad kings too. So apparently the Devil set up a new kingdom then of Medo-Persia, and they also, by the way, made Babylon their capital.
Egypt was the first world empire or great world power, and it was certainly ruled by the Devil and his demons and their demonic religion, and no doubt Pharaoh was the Devil incarnate! Naturally he would possess the most prominent and powerful enemy of God, as he did in that day against Moses.
And afterward came Assyria. Apparently the Devil built a new Empire with Nineveh as its capital, which God later destroyed for its iniquity. So apparently--I'm saying this as a theory, I've never heard this before--the Devil moved on to Babylon then and built a new Empire and a new gorgeous capital city. I never ever heard this before, but why not?
I was a bit sceptical about what John Todd said because I'd never heard that said before, that this was a description of Satan in Ezekiel 28. Most Bible teachers seem to think it's a rather exalted or exaggerated description of the King of Tyre. But God similarly describes the King of Babylon as Satan, and he describes the King of Tyre as Satan.
Tyre was the head of the great Phoenician empire and it didn't seem to rank in the visions of the prophets as having a place in Daniel's Image or Beasts or Revelation, to rank as one of the major ones. It was sort of between major Empires, between Egypt and Assyria.
The longest of all spaces between the world empires was between Egypt and Assyria, but for some reason God doesn't include Tyre and Phoenicia as being one of the greatest ones. But apparently in the interim, in that gap between the great Egyptian Empire and the great Assyrian Empire, the Phoenicians were the greatest most important people on Earth at that time, great World traders, and their capital was Tyre.
So apparently the Devil moved on after Pharoah was destroyed, and he set up his capital in Tyre and became the king of Tyre. And then when God saw to it that Tyre was destroyed, he moved on to Assyria--Nineveh--another great capital city. That sounds perfectly logical to me that the Devil of course would have possessed the greatest rulers of their day who ruled the greatest World Empires, if he could, and apparently he did quite a few!
Ninevah was the capital of Assyria, and then when it was destroyed he moved on and became king of Babylon. In one place in Ezekiel he's called the King of Tyre, and in Isaiah 14 he's called the King of Babylon. So why shouldn't he have been the king of every one of those great World Empires, or at least one of their Kings, whichever one he could possess?
After Babylon, then came Medo-Persia. It was a dual kingdom, and Cyrus and Darius were the kings. And later on the husband of Esther was the king.--He married Esther, took her as the most beautiful woman in the kingdom when he divorced Vashti--Ahasueras, or Xerxes. Aha! Xerxes! Well, he nearly wiped out the Jews, God's people of the day, at the instigation of Haman, remember? What he did later I don't remember, but the Devil was certainly in control at first, until Esther came along and rescued them--which was not necessarily to his credit, it was God's doing.
But then later, again Babylon was wiped out and the Medo-Persian empire was destroyed by Alexander the Great. Alexander was definitely born under certain supernatural miraculous signs. He murdered his own father to get the kingdom and he swept over the World in the World's most rapid conquest. In only ten years he conquered all the known World, almost miraculously and supernaturally, so he must have had supernatural spiritual assistance. It was absolutely miraculous the way he became the conqueror of the World in only ten years at only 30!
So the world capital became Athens, Greece, and he was its king, and I could certainly believe that Alexander the Great was devil-possessed! But every time, God used them nevertheless, just like He used the Devil from the very beginning. He used the Devil in the Garden of Eden, allowed the Devil to do these things. And every time he got too far and went too far, then He'd destroy him again. And every one of these great World Empires and their capitals and their kings were destroyed.
So quite obviously then he must have moved on to Rome and become the Caesars of Rome for the next thousand years! I'm just saying that if this theory could be true, he would have also possessed the Caesars of Rome then, that's all. (Question: Resulting in what?) In Rome becoming a World power and ruling the whole Earth! And then the Roman Empire was broken up and there was no great World Political Empire, except the Roman Catholic Church.
Well, it always went to his head in the long run. When he became the ruler of the Earth and the most powerful king on Earth and the most powerful Empire and the most powerful city, it seemed to always go to his head and he'd go too far. God would allow him to rule the Earth, just like the Lord's going to allow the Antichrist to rule the Earth, but then he always goes too far. This idea just suddenly came into my mind that I'd never even thought of before! I thought when John Todd mentioned this Biblical reference that he was referring to the passage in Isaiah 14. (Continued in part II)