“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyre, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.”
Wise and “perfect in beauty,” is this being. This passage is not speaking about the actual king of Tyre, as we will see in the next verse.
“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; 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.”
The king of Tyre was not in Eden, but Satan was. The Devil is a musician. He has tabrets (similar to a tambourine) and pipes (wind instruments).
He is beautiful. Satan is not a horned monster, but is beautiful.
The stones mentioned here are the same as those on the priestly breastplate in Exodus 28:17-20. The reason this is significant is found in the next verse.
“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.”
The stones in the Hebrew breastplate are meant to resemble a cherub. Satan is free to wander all places on the earth, including among “stones of fire.” There are many ideas of what these stones are. Some say they are gemstones that sparkle. Others say rhymes are the children of Israel. I will take it literally. Satan walls among the hottest places – like volcanoes, for instance – because heat wouldn’t bother the king of Hell.
“Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
Satan was perfect at creation, like Adam. He eventually sinned, like Adam.
“By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: 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 is the father of violence. because of his sin, he was cast out from heaven and will come to be destroyed by God according to the book of Revelation.
“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”
Satan is prideful and the angel of light. God humbled him as the serpent made to crawl in Genesis, and will humble him again at his final defeat after the millennial reign.
“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.”
This is another reference to the Devil’s undoing and being cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20).
“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.”
Those sinners who will be judged at the Great White Throne judgment will see their king destroyed, and they will follow him to eternal damnation.
The Devil’s influence, which we see every day in the envy, pride, and violence throughout the world, is quite strong right now. As our corrupt world systems oppress people and revolutions begin to take hold, Satan is winning souls to his cause at rates unseen since the days of Noah.
However, all is for naught, because Satan loses.
The end of the story is defeat and damnation. Do you want to follow Satan to the Lake of Fire? He seems beautiful right now. He has immense power – much more than you have.
But he will drag you down with him in the end.
You should join the winning side. Admit that you, like the Devil, are a sinner. Confess your sins to God. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you and to save you.
Satan’s beauty is nothing compared to that of the Savior. Please join me and millions of others in the Lord’s army today.