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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice ... and the cedars of Lebanon,
saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us"
(verses 7-8).
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want to interpose an interesting bit of information right
here. The cedars of Lebanon, biblically famous, are almost totally
cut down. Only one small clump of these trees remains, high in
the mountains. 1 have seen and photographed them. However,
perhaps the finest specimen of the cedars of Lebanon surviving on
earth are on the Ambassador College campus in England. We
have prized them highly.
lt
is interesting to see that this prophecy,
written sorne 500 years a.c., should record the fact that these
beautiful and stately trees should have been so largely felled.)
This passage in lsaiah 14 speaks of the doom of this coming
king at the hands of the glorified, all-powerful Christ.
lt
refers to
him as Satan's chief political ruler and military destroyer, totally
deceived by Satan in the years very shortly ahead of us.
Then, coming to verse 12, this human earthly type of Satan
the devil suddenly transposes to Satan himself- the former arch–
angel, Lucifer:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the
morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations!" A better translation here is: "How art thou,
who didst weaken the nations, cut down to the ground." The RSV
translates it: "How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid
the nations low!" This the former Lucifer did through the human
political-military leader in bis power - spoken of in the first
eleven verses.
The name "Lucifer" means "Shining star of the dawn," or
"Bringer of light," as God first created him. Now continue: "For
thou hast said in thine heart, 1will ascend into heaven, 1will exalt
my throne above the stars [angels] ofGod."
Notice, Lucifer had a throne; he was a ruler. His throne was
on earth, for he was going to ascend into heaven. Continue: "1
will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of
the north: 1 will ascend above the heights of the clouds; 1 will be
like the most High" (verses 13-14). Actually, it is plain that Luci–
fer had nothing less in mind than knocking the Creator God off
His throne and becoming supreme God himself.