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Pamphlet #8028 Ezekiel chapter 28

Lucifer/Satan was once, in the first earth age, a high priest, but he wanted to be king, even the King of kings, and so he EXALTED HIMSELF above the other "princes" (stars) in that First Earth Age.

We see today how Satan operates his "ship" and how that once he gets her up and sailing along he soon has all the nations of the world, including the Christian nations going to and fro and trafficking their goods and services in his markets which he controls through the power of the four hidden dynasties. Tyrus, which means "rock", was a forerunner, a type which we could SEE, of the one world system that exists in these end times. And our faith has been increased in knowing that our Father said He would completely destroy Tyrus and all the corruption that went along with it, and He did just that, just as He has said He will destroy the New World Order, the beast system of Rev. 13, when Jesus Christ returns.

Now we are going to be given the "inside scoop", to use a little of Satan's market lingo, about the perverted individual behind all the graft and corruption and deceit that entangles and draws people away from God's righteous ways. He is described first as the "prince" of Tyrus and then as the "king" of Tyrus.

Perhaps it should be pointed out that there are some very fine scholars who say that "prince" is to be distinguished as the "type" from the "king" of Tyrus in that the prince was a mere man and the "king" refers to Satan himself. Even so, if the prince is a "type" then all of his characteristics are "types" and apply to Satan anyway. The point is that this entire 28th chapter of Ezekiel is all about Satan and how he became corrupt and how he corrupted the nations and the children of God with his "ship" of Tyrus, both in the first earth age* and now in this one.

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Ezekiel 28:1
The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

[2] Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Next we learn that when Satan was created our Father gave him the honorable position of a "prince", but he eventually became proud and his "heart was lifted up" with self importance and he began to think of himself as more than just a "man", though that is all he was and is. Not only that, soon he will be a "dead man" and cease to exist.

Let's go back in time before this present earth age, before the earth "became" destroyed (void and without form) in Gen. 1:2, to the time of Satan's rebellion in the "world that then was", before it perished (2 Pet. 3:6).

Isaiah 14:12
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!
In the "World that then was" Satan was called Lucifer, which means a bright "morning star"! Again, we will document later in this chapter that when he was created he was given the high position of a "prince", a star among the people. But being a eventually wasn't good enough for him and he wanted to be king. Notice also that he did "prince""weaken" the nations. How? It was by his same "ship of Tyrus" in the world that then was that he did "weaken" them.

Here is want Lucifer wanted:

[13] For thou hast said in thine 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:
Satan wanted to be in total control and sit in the highest seat in the government of God, which is God's own throne!

Here's the definition of "stars" from Strong's Concordance:

Stars = kowkab, ko-kawb', Hebrew 3556; probably from the same as Hebrew 3522 (Kabbown) (in the sense of rolling) or Hebrew 3554 (kavah) (in the sense of blazing); a star (as round or as shining); figurative a prince :- star ([-gazer]).
While we're at it, here are the definitions of "prince" and "king" used in this chapter:
prince = nagiyd, naw-gheed', Hebrew 5057; or nagid, naw-gheed'; from Hebrew 5046 (nagad); a commander (as occupying the front), civil, military or religious; generally (abstract plural), honorable themes :- captain, chief, excellent thing, (chief) governor, leader, noble, prince, (chief) ruler.

king = melek, meh'-lek, Hebrew 4428; from Hebrew 4427 (malak); a king :- king, royal.

Here is the prime root of "melek":
king = malak, maw-lak', Hebrew 4427; a primitive root; to reign; inceptive to ascend the throne; causative to induct into royalty; hence (by implication) to take counsel :- consult, indeed, be (make, set a, set up) king, be (make) queen, (begin to, make to) reign (-ing), rule, surely.

[14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Lucifer wanted to be king, even the King of kings, and so he EXALTED HIMSELF above the other "princes" (stars) in that First Earth Age. We will see that he was judged and found to be guilty as a result of his rebellion and was sentenced to several jail terms before his execution in the lake of fire.
[15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
This happens during the Millennium when Satan is bound in the pit for that 1000 year period (Rev. 20:2).
[16] They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
You see, he is still just a "man". He is no God! He never was! To "narrowly look upon thee" is an expression which means to look upon someone and not think much of them, i.e. to look at them as a debased individual, a "low life". The modern phrase "he's the pits" describes Satan.

Let's return to Ezekiel and continue reading about the prince of Tyre (Tyrus = Tyre).

Ezekiel 28:3
Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
Daniel was made the Prime Minister of Babylon by king Nebuchaddezzar. Daniel 2:48 reads: "Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon". Though you can be sure that Daniel was "wiser than the serpent" yet old king Nebuchaddezzar was influenced more by him who is "wiser" and more "subtle" and "cunning" in the ways of the world than Daniel, such ways as graft and bribery and seduction and buying favors, because even Nebuchaddezzar was "bought off" by the prince of Tyre.
[4] With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
Again, it was not Godly wisdom that got Lucifer riches and gold and silver. He was "wise" in knowing how to "use" people for self gain.
Ezekiel 28:5
By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
He learned how to merchandise through controlling economics and markets and because he profited exceedingly he increased his power base and influence over people's lives and so he exalted himself as one who knows best, better than God, how to rule over others. Make no mistake about it, this is the attitude of socialist liberals. They are "little gods" in their own minds who believe they know better how to run your life and raise your children than you do! They follow Satan's ways, not God's, and they look down upon Christians as being "unenlightened".

Isn't that exactly what Satan accused Eve of being, unenlightened? "Look honey, you don't really believe that Bible stuff (what God told you) do you? I just can't understand why it is that God doesn't want you to have a good time. Your not going to die just because you want to have some fun and maybe fool around a little. Wake up and open your eyes and expand your horizons and let loose and live a little! Quit living in the 'dark ages'. Now come over here, you sweet thing, and take a closer look at this magnificent gift I brought just for you. Do you like it?"

Genesis 3:4
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

[5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

You see? What did I tell you! Liberals think that THEY know what is right and wrong (good and evil). Sorry! Our Father has already determined that which is right and that which is wrong. Ever hear of the laws of God? Well, commandment number one says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before Him" and that includes YOU YOURSELF!
Ezekiel 28:6
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

[7] 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.

Not only is your whole "ship" going to "sink like a rock", Satan, but you as its captain are GOING DOWN with it!
[8] They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
[9] Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
Hey Satan, "Are you still going to tell everyone who walks by you in Millennium and narrowly looks down upon you in the pit, that you are God?" Yeah, right!
Ezekiel 28:10
Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
One thing is for sure, when the Lord GOD "saith it" it shall be "doneth". (The Old English language is a hoot, isn't it?)

Next we will read the sad story of the "king" of Tyrus and learn why the prehistoric age of the dinosaurs was destroyed and even why we are now in flesh bodies watching Satan's "ship" sailing upon the seas in this final generation.
 

Ezekiel 28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

[12] Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

We know that Tyrus means "rock" with a small "r" and the king of Tyrus refers to Satan who we already learned wanted to be "king", like our Rock, who is Jesus Christ. But as it is written in Deuteronomy chapter 32, which is the Song of Moses referred to in Rev. 15 that the overcomers will be singing at the return of Christ, this "little rock" is NOT our Rock: Deut. 32:31 "For their rock is not as our Rock..."

However, this "rock" was once a very honored and esteemed individual by our Father and all of His children too! That would include you and me. There is no mention of Satan having a little red suit and a pitchfork, is there? He is very handsome and very charismatic, a real charmer.

[13] Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;
This verse documents that we are not talking about the literal human king of Tyre. This is all about Satan. This next part of the verse is very insightful if you have eyes to see and are familiar with God's Word.
[13 ... continued] every precious stone was thy 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 thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
First we see that Satan was created just like every other son of God. But, we see that a "workmanship" was also prepared for him. What in the world is that? Here's the definition of the Hebrew word "workmanship".
mela'kah, mel-aw-kaw', Hebrew 4399; from the same as Hebrew 4397 (mal'ak); properly deputyship, i.e. ministry; generally employment (never servile) or work (abstract or concrete); also property (as the result of labor) :- business, + cattle, + industrious, occupation, (+ -pied), + officer, thing (made), use, (manner of) work ([-man], -manship).
Lucifer was given a very important DUTY or POSITION. Do you know what it was? It may surprise some! Notice in verse 13 that "every precious stone" adorned him. This simply means that Satan WORE the "Breastplate of a Priest of God", a very high position indeed! That's right, and verse 14 will show he was "anointed" to this position by our Father. You see, these stones listed in verse 13 are EXACTLY the same stones that the Levitical priests of Israel wore. Let's read the description of the priest's breastplate so we know for sure. (You can compare stone for stone if you like.)
Exodus 28:17-21
And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.

[18] And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

[19] And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

Note to the deeper scholar: This entire third row is missing from Ezekiel 28:13 in Hebrew, but it is supplied in the Septuagint.
[20] And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.
So what do these stones represent?
[21] And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.
So we now understand that this "morning star", Lucifer, was a high priest of God even over the children of God. Think about it!

Let's return to Ezekiel 28 and read more about him.

Ezekiel 28:14
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.
God anointed Lucifer as one of the two "protectors of the mercy seat", which is the seat where Christ sits. So our Father set him very high "upon the holy mountain of God", which is the seat of authority of the kingdom of God. In other words, Lucifer also had a very high administrative position. There is no separation of "church" and "state" in the kingdom of God, for all men who execute civil duties are righteous, "God fearing" men. So the civil and the religious in that sense are united just as Jesus Christ is both King of kings and Lord of lords.

Now notice in verse 14 that Lucifer walked up and down in the midst of the Children of Israel, who are those "stones of fire" we just read of, i.e. God's children. You see, our Father is a consuming fire (spiritually). That's why these stones are called "stones of fire", for they are [represent] His children. Your documentation is found in Hebrews 12:29 "For our God is a consuming fire."

So Lucifer really had it made at one time, didn't he? He had it ALL, as we say, and he was perfect in his ways... for awhile anyway.

[15] Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Uh oh! Something has gone haywire! God created this son, Lucifer, "perfect", which means "without blemish", "undefiled". He created him not only to be beautiful, but also morally upright. That means at one time Lucifer did have honor and integrity.

However, God ALSO gave all of His children FREE WILL, which is the ability to formulate their own thoughts and desires and to give their love and loyalty to whomever they so choose. So Lucifer, once a beautiful morning star, an admired prince of our people, lost his brightness and became Satan, the dark one, the evil one, because he chose to love himself and money and power rather than his Father.

Here are the Hebrew words for "perfect" and "iniquity":

perfect = tamiym, taw-meem', Hebrew 8549; from Hebrew 8552 (tamam); entire (literal, figurative or moral); also (as noun) integrity, truth :- without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole.

iniquity = `evel, eh'-vel, Hebrew 5766; from Hebrew 5765 (`aval); (moral) evil :- iniquity, perverseness, unjust (-ly), unrighteousness (-ly), wicked (-ness).

When he was created, Satan was "tamiym" but he became "evel". The next verse tells us how he became that way:
Ezekiel 28:16
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence,
The NIV reads: "Your great wealth filled you with internal turmoil and you sinned." Hey, he loved THINGS and MONEY! Well now there's a surprise! I've never seen a priest or minister or government official corrupted by the love of money before, have you?
and thou hast sinned:
This Hebrew word for "sinned" is "chata" and it is extremely important that we understand its meaning, for contained in this word is what Satan DID that was so EVIL that it caused our Father to destroy the beautiful prehistoric "world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6) along with the magnificent dinosaurs that roamed the earth.
chat*a', khaw-taw', Hebrew 2398; a primitive root; properly to miss; hence (figurative and general) to sin; by inference to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causative) lead astray, condemn :- bear the blame, cleanse, commit [sin], by fault, harm he hath done, loss, miss, (make) offend (-er), offer for sin, purge, purify (self), make reconciliation, (cause, make) sin (-ful, -ness), trespass.
The proper meaning here is (CAUSATIVE) LEAD ASTRAY. "Causative" as defined by Webster is: (1.) effective or operating as a cause or agent (2.) expressing causation; specif.: being a linguistic form that indicates that the subject causes an act to be performed or a condition to come into being.

You see, Rev. 12:4 declares that Satan drew the third part of God's children away from God, and CAUSED them to fall to the earth, which is a figure of speech meaning he caused them to "fall" from "tamiym", perfection, from the good graces of our Father and from listening to and following Him! Satan "sinned". He LED GOD'S CHILDREN ASTRAY!

Rev. 12:4
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:
That "drawing away" of God's children is the GROSS SIN that Satan committed. It wasn't so bad that he himself became corrupted, for He could have been removed from the scene and life would have continued on as perfect as it was in the very beginning when Gen. 1:1 came to pass and God created this beautiful earth and His sons were happy and delighted and shouted for joy (Job 38:7).

But through his abuse of power, his misuse of the political, religious, and educational dynasties along with the iniquitous trafficking of his "ship of Tyrus", Satan corrupted and caused many, many of God's children to be led astray from the righteous ways of God, and therefore from God. Our Father was VERY angry about all of this and He decided to destroy that which He had created. You can read about that destruction "at His fierce anger" in Jeremiah chapter 4.

So after He judged Satan and sentenced him to death, God then destroyed that first earth age and created this present earth age, whereby all the sons of God would experience life and death in flesh bodies, born innocent of the knowledge of what happened in the world that then was.

Because of His love for His children and in order to give them the opportunity to be "saved" (from the same sentence Satan received, i.e. eternal death) and return unto Him, their judgment, the judgment of their souls, has been postponed until after the 1000 year reign of Christ and His saints. (For a more detailed study of the overall plan of God log unto (Live Link) to->>  "The Plan of God".

Ezekiel 28:16 [..continued]  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.
Satan was REMOVED from office and the "Breastplate of the 12 Stones" was stripped from his vesture and the FIRST JUDGMENT of a "soul" took place. Satan was found GUILTY by virtue of the overwhelming preponderance of the EVIDENCE and his DEATH SENTENCE was pronounced!

We will read in the next verse that there was also more to the sentencing given to Satan by the Judge than just death in the lake of fire. God already stated in the previous verse that because of his wealth and financial dealings he HAS BEEN FILLED with VIOLENCE, which doesn't mean what we normally think of as violence. It is the Hebrew word "chamac" and it means "corruption":

chamac*, khaw-mawce', Hebrew 2555; from Hebrew 2554 (chamac*); violence; by implication wrong; by meton. unjust gain :- cruel (-ty), damage, false, injustice, oppressor, unrighteous, violence (against, done), violent (dealing), wrong.
So Satan became very CORRUPT and drew away God's children, and therefore God put the "fire" to him and "fired him" from all his high positions.

Notice what else Satan did?

Ezekiel 28:17
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:
Oh, he become an egomaniac too! He just thinks he's the greatest and people can't do without his "wise" (liberal) ways. Too many people (1/3 of us Rev. 12:4) told him that he was a great guy and they followed after him and loved the gifts and the wealth he generated with his "ship" of Tyrus.
[17 ..continued] I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Check out this sentencing! Satan is going to get a great big lesson in HUMILITY, though not for his sake, for he has already been sentenced to die, but for the benefit of the other children (our brothers), to serve as an Example and a Reminder to them/us! Remember we read from Isaiah 14 that during the Millennium he will be cast into the pit and everyone who walks by will "narrowly" look upon him, meaning they/we will "look down" on him and see him as the "slime ball" he really is. This will be embarrassing (if it is possible to embarrass such an egotist) and very traumatic for Mr. Ego who was once a big, self-important man.

As the final straw, because of the multitude of his iniquities and his trafficking with his corrupt "ship of Tyrus", this once perfect son of God defiled the very sanctuary, the holy place of Almighty God.

Ezekiel 28:18
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries 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.
Satan is called the "son of perdition" in the New Testament (2 Thes. 2) because he is the son who has been sentenced to perish! "Perish" doesn't mean to be fried for ever and ever as many traditional, non-Bible teaching denominations teach as they blindly follow after the traditions of men. It means he will be "devoured", i.e. consumed, and he shall never be any more!
[19] All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
There are four seals (even 7) in the 6th chapter of the book of Revelation that a person must know and understand and have sealed "in" his or her forehead in this final generation. Those four seals are the knowledge of the Four Hidden Dynasties of Religion, Politics, Economics, and Education/Indoctrination. Those Four Hidden Dynasties are the "powers" Satan misused in the first earth age to bring about his rise to the position of "king", which ultimately caused the destruction of that "world that then was".

If you have understood the corrupt workings of the "ship" of Tyrus and the method of operation of the king of Tyrus, then you should be able to SEE that same "ship" sailing swiftly upon the seas [people] this very day. And the king of Tyrus? He's coming soon in person to take over the helm of that ship, the New World Order, and it will be a time of peace and prosperity for all. Don't get caught up in the wonder of it or you too will believe he is GOD, AS HE WILL CLAIM TO BE, and you will not , as CHRIST said, "endure til the end" and be saved!

You see, most of Christianity is expecting a really evil, murderous individual to show up who will cause much bloodshed and horrendous, frightful tribulation. That is why the Rapture theory, the quick trip out of here, is so popular. It promises to spare their little old flesh bodies from being wounded. But the fact is that the tribulation of the spurious messiah, who is indeed Satan when he is cast to earth from heaven prior to the return of Christ, is "spiritual" warfare and not a war against flesh and blood. That is why we are instructed to put on the Gospel Armor (Eph. 6) and be prepared to stand against the fiery darts of Satan. So not only is the Rapture theory not Biblical, it is based on a false concept of what the tribulation is all about in the first place.

All we need do is continue to remind ourselves that Jesus Christ has foretold us all things. Mark 13:23, "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."

Then too, He has not only told us but He has provided us with "types" in HiStory of how it is and how it shall be. This was best said by the wisest man (besides our Lord) who ever walked under the sun:

Eccles. 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Thank God for this wonderful Book of Ezekiel, which our Father had written for the strengthening of His "watchmen" in this final generation.

This 28th chapter of Ezekiel is one of the most informative chapters in God's Word concerning Satan, for it not only tells us that he was created like all the rest of us, but it tells us how he operated in the first earth age and how he operates today, in this final generation, which if you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you will understand is very much like the way it became in the first earth age right before God destroyed it!

We also learned that the beginning of the end for Satan, who was once an admired prince of our people, all started when he became prideful and full of "self" (ego) and began to think of himself as being the provider to all of God's children. You can be sure he had every opportunity to repent and change his ways and return to the perfect ways of God that he once faithfully followed. But alas, he was judged and sentenced to die, to perish and be no more! That is why he is called the son of perdition!

Through the manipulation of the powers of civil authority and education and religion and the economy, Satan caused 1/3 of God's children to become "liberals" and follow his "systems" in the world that then was (2 Pet. 3:6). But our loving Father decided not to hold judgment for those children who fell away, but rather to postpone it until after His Plan of Salvation was complete and everyone had a fair and ample opportunity to learn through the pain and suffering and death of the flesh, that they will surely die (the second death, which is of their soul) if they continue to follow Satan.

You see, our Father is in complete control and we must come to realize that all governments and nations and peoples exist because of Him, period, and nothing happens unless He has either allowed it or caused it to happen. The Plan of God which is so full of rewards for those who love Him, also many times includes the just chastisement of people and nations. The reason is that His Plan is a Plan of Love, call it "tough love" if you must, designed to bring back His sons to Him, to "salvage" (salvation) them, so that they might escape the same judgment given to Satan, which is to perish. God even gave His only begotten Son as the sacrificial Passover Lamb to atone for the sins of all those who will accept Jesus Christ and believe in Him and follow His commandments.

So when we read of the judgments brought upon the peoples and the cities and the nations of the world we must always remember that it is for one purpose, and one purpose only, "That they shall KNOW that HE is the Lord God".We are now ready to read about the judgment of Zidon.

Zidon was the mother city, which was located along the mainland coastline just a "stone's throw" from the rock island city of Tyrus. God was against this city of Zidon and she was overthrown along with Tyre. Here is a second witness to the demise of Tyre, daughter of Zidon, as recorded in Isaiah 23:

Isaiah 23:4
Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.
Zidon is childless now! Her little offshoot, Tyre, is history, "archive material", "cleanout your locker", "check please", i.e. gone!
[5] As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.
When Egypt hears about Tyre, there will be great sorrow!
[6] Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.
Get out of town and flee to Tarshish, men of Tyre. Now look what's left over there on that little rock island ...
Isaiah 23:7
Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.
[8] Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?
Here's a question for all you inhabitants of Tyre, even for all those reading God's Word! Whose decision was it to destroy this once magnificent merchant's paradise?
[9] The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.
The Lord God of heaven planned it, for a purpose, to abase man's pride and to show how worthless the things are that man considers to be greatness and splendor.
[10] Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength.
Sail on by, O ships of Tarshish. Your harbor is GONE!
[11] He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the LORD hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.
When the LORD gives a commandment against anything or anyone, it's as good as gone! He gave one against the city of Tyrus and it's gone. He gave one against the king of Tyrus (Satan) and he shall perish when his soul is cremated in the lake of fire and reduced to ashes for ever and ever.

Now here is what our Father has decreed for the city of Zidon.

Ezekiel 28:21
Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it,
Why was Ezekiel to set his face "against" Zidon? In other words, why was God angry with this city?

Zidon comes from the root word "Zud" which means "to fish" and so Zidon was famous for its fisheries. The problem is that Zidon also "fished" for the souls of men and used the bait of intoxicating "religion" to "ensnare" the children of Israel into idolatry. Do you know what her biggest contribution was to mankind? It is from Zidon that the sex goddess Ashtoreth, also known as Ishtar and Easter, has come to infect Christianity. Is your church polluted with her symbols of sex and fertility, her "quick like a bunny" rabbits and her Ishtar eggs?  God specifically asked you the question in chapter 20 and He WILL REQUIRE that you answer it. Claiming you didn't "hear" Him ask you won't be an excuse when you stand before Him, for there is no shortage of Bibles in our land, only a shortage of those who will read it and take the time to understand it.

As a reminder, here was the question:

Ezekiel 20:30
Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?
This is real simple. Your fathers started the "Easter thing" among our people (this is just one example of the many traditions they started). Do you continue in their whoredoms or not?  Yes, I keep Easter ____   No, I do not ____.

Here is the record of our fathers seeking and serving the goddess of Zidon.

1 Kings 11:5
For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

Judges 10:6
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him.

How does one who goes to church every week and who does good deeds for mankind forsake the LORD, and not serve Him? By not studying and keeping His Word. If you don't know what He wants you to do then how can you serve Him? You can't. Perhaps you better begin finding and answering His questions.
 
Ezekiel 28:22
And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her.
If our Father left Zidon go unpunished, then they would take that to mean that their sins and their idolatries and their actions are OK and that God doesn't really care. WRONG! He does care, Zidon, so get ready to receive your just rewards. Our Father is completely fair and He is not a respecter of persons. Having a lot of money will not get you acquitted in His courtroom! His justice is justice for all, for He alone is just, and He will execute His judgments in righteousness, according to the Word.
[23] For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her street; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Again, no matter whatever or whomever God uses as the physical means of chastisement, know that the true judgment comes directly from His sword, which is the Word of God (Rev. 1:10, Heb. 4:12). The reason He executes His judgments is so that His children will know that He cares and that He ALONE is their Father to whom they should give their love and their loyalty and their honor, forever and ever.
Ezekiel 28:24
And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
There is coming a time real soon when there will be no more heathen nations round about the House of Israel with their briers and thorns of idolatry that cause nothing but pricking (pain) and grieving (bitterness). At that time everyone shall know that He is the Lord GOD, the One who executed righteous judgment among all the nations!
[25] Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.
There will be a magnificent restoration of the whole house of Israel, Judah included! We will read all about it when we get to chapter 37.
[26] And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.
With "confidence" means safely with securely, trusting in Him. Yes, Israel shall be restored as it is written many times within His Word, and what a marvelous time that will be.

Here is Jeremiah's account:
Jeremiah 23:5-8
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

[6] In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

[7] Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
[7] "So the day will come, the Eternal declares, when men no longer say, 'As surely as the Eternal lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt!' but, they will say ...

[8] 'As surely as the Eternal lives, who brought the descendents of the house of Israel from the north country and!'--- and from every country where I drove them; they shall dwell in their own land." (Moffat)

[8] But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
The Lord our GOD has promised it and it shall come to pass as He has said. The House of Israel along with the House of Judah will be restored when THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS returns, and what a marvelous time that will be for those who love Him.

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