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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
Apparently he planned to put himself in place of God, over
the universe!
But finally, as the context returns again to the human type:
..Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell [Heb.
sheo/],
to the sides
of the pit" (verse 15).
From that point, the thought returns to the human king. Lu–
cifer was the supreme masterpiece of God's creative power, as an
individually created being, threatening, as a Frankenstein mon–
ster, to destroy his own maker - and assume all His powers to
rule the whole universe.
His rebel rule was
NOT
a government based upon the prin–
cipie of !ove - of giving, of outgoing concern for the good of
others, but based on
SELF-CENTEREDNESS,
on vanity, lust and
greed, on envy, jealousy, the spirit of competition, hatred, vio–
lence and destruction, on darkness and error, instead of light and
truth, on ugliness instead ofbeauty.
Look now at the other biblical passage describing this su–
preme angelic creation of God, in Ezekiel 28.
Lucifer a Created Being
Actually, the entire concept in chapter 26 speaks of the ancient
great commercial city of Tyre.
lt
was the commercial metropolis
of the ancient world, even as Babylon was the political capital.
Tyre was the New York, the London, the Tokyo, or the Paris of
the ancient world. The ancient Tyre, port of the world's shippers
and merchants, gloried
herselfin
her beauty, even as Paris in our
time.
Chapter 27 carries on with comparisons to passages in the
eighteenth chapter of the book of Revelation referring to a poli–
tico-religious leader to come (verses 9-19).
But coming to chapter 28, the theme comes more completely
to the time just now ahead of us, the same time depicted in lsaiah
14. Ezekiel 28 speaks of the prince of Tyre, an earthly ruler. God
says to the prophet Ezekiel: "Son of man, say unto the prince of
Tyrus [actually referring to a powerful religious leader to arise
sooN,
in
our time], Thus saith the [Eterna!] God; Because thine heart
is lifted up, and thou hast said, 1 am a god, 1sit in the seat of God,
in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though