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Satan-King of Empires Part l
First Published August 1980
There's an amazing description of Satan in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel where he's called the Prince of Tyrus. Tyre itself was the ancient capital of Tyre and Sidon, or Phoenicia, modern day Lebanon.
Why would the Lord call the Devil the Prince of Tyre unless the Devil himself loved Tyre and ruled over Tyre as its king? It must have been that the King of Tyre was actually Satan-possessed by the Devil himself. Tyre was the World's greatest trading capital in its day, capital of Phoenicia, and the Phoenicians were great traders and sailors and sailed all over the World.
Apparently the Devil at one time had become the actual king of Tyre, because it was considered the richest, most extravagant city in the World. He apparently made it his World capital, sort of like the Antichrist is going to do some day in Jerusalem. This description in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel goes far beyond what any normal human King of Tyre could have been.
It speaks of him having been in the Garden of Eden, the anointed cherub, next to God Himself. So the Devil must have once ruled Tyre in its glory when it flourished, just like he's going to rule Jerusalem some day. He has probably ruled quite a few cities like that, who knows?
He always ruins the city in the end because God always defeats him and always destroys whatever city he has ruled, and he says so in this 28th Chapter. The Lord through the mouth of Ezekiel is prophesying his destruction.
The best way to know what He's talking about is to read the chapter, and that particular part simply says this: "Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, emerald, carbuncle and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets"--that's a musical instrument--"and of thy pipes"--that's a musical instrument--"was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created."
"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."
This could have only been said of the Devil because no human king could have done these things or been this. "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned." It reminds you of the description of Babylon in Revelation, "sinned through the multitude of riches and merchandise" and so on. (Revelation18.)
"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. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness and I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee."
"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. 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." (Ezekiel 28:11-19.)
It sounds like he was really some creature. You can hardly imagine what he looked like, but I've always pictured him as being somebody handsome. Apparently he was like a king bedecked with precious stones and gold and built-in musical instruments. Some who have actually seen him confirm that this description is true.
He was also King of Babylon in the days of her glory, so apparently Satan has completely possessed these World-famous kings of these World-famous Empires. This must have been a practice of his all down through the ages, that he headed every great World Empire. Because here it is in two specific instances in the Bible: He's called the King of Babylon in Isaiah 14 and the King of Tyre in Ezekiel 28.
He was King of Babylon at its peak, and King of Tyre at its peak, but every time, he brings about the final destruction of these cities in a total curse from God upon these cities. Now if that theory is true--and it certainly sounds like these chapters make it pretty clear--he must have possessed one of the kings of Babylon, probably the last one, Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar. (Note: "Belshazzar's called his son, but he was literally his grandson.)
Nebuchadnezzar was converted, but his grandson Belshazzar was the last king when Babylon was destroyed. Obviously the Devil tried to possess Nebuchadnezzar and caused his downfall for seven years; but because he had acknowledged Daniel and God and his belief in them and repented of his iniquity and came back to the Lord, the Lord restored him. (Daniel 4.)
Because of Nebuchadnezzar's faith in Daniel, and therefore in God, God let him repent and saved him. Nebuchadnezzar died in glory, as still King of Babylon, and did not live to see its destruction. God spared him because he repented, he apparently got rid of the Devil. But under the great king that followed Nebuchadnezzar--Belshazzar his grandson--Babylon fell to the Medo-Persians.
Let's see how that works: Babylon was one of the first great world empires, and the King of Babylon of course would naturally have been possessed of the Devil if the Devil was trying to run the World, which he always has been.
Assyria was before Babylon, the famous world capital of Nineveh with its giant walls where chariots could ride two or three abreast. Certainly that would have been a very coveted capital for the Devil, so Shalmaneser and some of those famous kings of Nineveh must have been possessed of the Devil.
Later came Babylon and its kings, and it became the world empire after God destroyed Nineveh. In every one of these World Empires, apparently one or more of its kings were possessed of Satan himself in his effort to rule the World, but every time God destroyed his Empire and its capital city and its kings. Then Satan goes right on to another Empire and builds a new one, as he did Babylon.
Then came Medo-Persia. It had one very good king, Cyrus, but it had some bad kings too. So apparently the Devil set up a new kingdom then of Medo-Persia, and they also, by the way, made Babylon their capital.Egypt was the first world empire or great world power, and it was certainly ruled by the Devil and his demons and their demonic religion, and no doubt Pharaoh was the Devil incarnate. Naturally he would possess the most prominent and powerful enemy of God, as he did in that day against Moses.Afterward came Assyria.
Apparently the Devil built a new Empire with Nineveh as its capital, which God later destroyed for its iniquity. So apparently--I'm saying this as a theory, I've never heard this before--the Devil moved on to Babylon then and built a new Empire and a new gorgeous capital city. I never ever heard this before, but why not?
Tyre was the head of the great Phoenician empire and it didn't seem to rank in the visions of the prophets as having a place in Daniel's Image or Beasts or Revelation, to rank as one of the major ones. It was sort of between major Empires, between Egypt and Assyria.
The longest of all spaces between the world empires was between Egypt and Assyria, but for some reason God doesn't include Tyre and Phoenicia as being one of the greatest ones. But apparently in the interim, in that gap between the great Egyptian Empire and the great Assyrian Empire, the Phoenicians were the greatest most important people on Earth at that time, great World traders, and their capital was Tyre.
So apparently the Devil moved on after Pharoah was destroyed, and he set up his capital in Tyre and became the King of Tyre. And then when God saw to it that Tyre was destroyed, he moved on to Assyria--Nineveh--another great capital city. That sounds perfectly logical to me that the Devil of course would have possessed the greatest rulers of their day who ruled the greatest World Empires, if he could, and apparently he did quite a few.
Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, and then when it was destroyed he moved on and became king of Babylon. In one place in Ezekiel he's called the King of Tyre, and in Isaiah 14 he's called the King of Babylon. So why shouldn't he have been the king of every one of those great World Empires, or at least one of their kings, whichever one he could possess?
After Babylon, then came Medo-Persia. It was a dual kingdom, and Cyrus and Darius were the kings. And later on the husband of Esther was the king.--He married Esther, took her as the most beautiful woman in the kingdom when he divorced Vashti--Ahasueras, or Xerxes. He nearly wiped out the Israelites at the instigation of Haman. The Devil was certainly in control at first, until Esther came along and rescued them--which was not necessarily to his credit, it was God's doing.
Later, again Babylon was wiped out and the Medo-Persian empire was destroyed by Alexander the Great. Alexander was definitely born under certain supernatural miraculous signs. He murdered his own father to get the kingdom and he swept over the World in the World's most rapid conquest. In only ten years he conquered all the known World, almost miraculously and supernaturally, so he must have had supernatural spiritual assistance. It was absolutely miraculous the way he became the conqueror of the World in only ten years at the age of thirty.
So the world capital became Athens, Greece, and he was its king. God used them nevertheless, just like He used the Devil from the very beginning. He used the Devil in the Garden of Eden, allowed the Devil to do these things. Every time he got too far and went too far, then God would destroy him again. Every one of these great World Empires and their capitals and their kings were destroyed.
If this theory could be true then the devil would have moved on to Rome and possessed the Caesars of Rome for the following thousand years, causing Rome to become a World power and ruling the entire Earth. The Roman Empire was then broken up and there was no great World Political Empire, except the Roman Catholic Church.
Well, it seems when Satan became the ruler of the Earth and the most powerful king on Earth and the most powerful Empire and the most powerful city, it seemed to always go to his head and he'd go too far. God would allow him to rule the Earth, just like the Lord's going to allow the Antichrist to rule the Earth, but then he always goes too far.
So apparently the Devil has been possessing the greatest kings of the earth down through the ages, some more than others. His possessing the Caesars of Rome was manifested by persecution. Just like God uses the Devil, He created him for that purpose no doubt, as His enemy and the enemy of His people, to try them and test them.
If there hadn't been an opponent, an opposing side, God's people would never have been tried and tested and given any opposition to have any kind of a battle to have to call on God to help them, and it's in this that God gets the glory. He allows Satan to lead the opposition and to try and test and persecute His people, but then they call on God and God always gets the victory and always defeats the Devil and always destroys his kingdom and his power and his empire and his capital and his kings. Every one of those great World Empires persecuted the people of God.
When the Caesars of Rome came along, one after the other, there were ten great persecutions under the Roman Empire during that thousand years--which began shortly before Christ was born, only 44 B.C. Christ was born in 4 B.C., which means the Roman Empire was born, you might say, just exactly 40 years before Jesus was born--and that's a very Biblical number God uses a lot.
God allowed the Caesars to arise and rule the world to bring, actually, peace on earth. At the time of Jesus' birth there was peace on Earth because one World power ruled the whole World and there were no wars and no battles. Rome ruled the world and there was no opposing power.
Part ll Continued tomorrow