The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet 1777 Plan of God kc 3-1

 Satan WORE the "Breastplate of a Priest of God"

Have you ever been to a museum
and walked through a display of life size replicas of dinosaurs?

What awesome creatures they must have been.

As you wonder and wander through the display you cannot help feel like you are in another world,
a world age of long, long ago, when the earth was quite different.

Then you realize they are all gone, extinct!

What really happened to them?

Remember we learned earlier that God created all of His sons,
including you and me,
even before the creation of Gen. 1:1?

Well, we are given a detailed account of the description
and the activities of one of those sons.

His name was Lucifer, which means "morning star",
a title of great honor as we shall see.

Remember also we read from Job 38:7 that at the creation of this beautiful earth,
the "morning stars" formed the chorus as they sang together
while all the rest of the sons of God cheered for great joy.

Lucifer was among those morning stars who sang.
(Job 38:7 "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?")

You can be sure there was great ceremony and rejoicing
for we read of great heavenly ceremonies in the Book of Revelation
and we all look forward to the Great Wedding and the ceremonial feast.

Let's read about this "morning star", Lucifer, in the Book of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 28:12 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.
Tyrus means "rock" with a small "r" and refers to Satan
who we will see wanted to be like The 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,
he is NOT our Rock: Deut. 32:31 "For their rock is not as our Rock..."

However, this "rock" was once a very honorable
and esteemed individual by our Father and all of His children too!

[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 everyone else.

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". See if you can figure it out.

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 you!
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 as the stones that the Levitical priests will wear.

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 a "protector of the mercy seat",
which is where Christ sits
(there are only two cherubs that cover the Ark of the Covenant),
and set him high upon the holy mountain,
which is the seat of authority of the kingdom of God,
i.e. he also had a very high governmental position.

There is no separation of "church" and "state" in the kingdom of God,
for all men who execute duties are righteous men.

So the civil and the religious in that sense are united
which is why we read that Jesus returns as King of kings and Lord of lords.

AND Satan walked up and down in the midst of Children of Israel,
who are those "stones of fire" we just read of in the last verse,
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 His children.

Your documentation is found in Hebrews 12:29 "For our God is a consuming fire."

So Satan really had it made at one time, didn't he?

He had it ALL, as we say.

Now read this next verse about him.
[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 if you take the time to look up this word in your Strong's Concordance
you will find it means "without blemish", "undefiled",
i.e. He created him not only to be beautiful, but also morally upright,
and so at one time he did have integrity.

However, God ALSO gave all of His children FREE WILL,
which we will discuss in more depth at a later time.

So Lucifer, once a beautiful morning star,
lost his brightness, his light,
and now became Satan, the dark one, the evil one.

Here are the Hebrew words for "perfect" and "iniquity", respectively.

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.

`evel, eh'-vel, Hebrew 5766; or avel, aw'-vel; and (feminine) avlah, av-law'; or owlah, o-law'; or olah, o-law'; 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.

Here's what caused him to become that way:

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:
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 money before, have you?

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them {the ancient Israelites} for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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