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What Does the Bible Say About..Tyre and Satan?

If you believe Satan was never cast from heaven and that Satan and Lucifer are not one how do you respond to Isaiah "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!" and the story in Ezekiel of the King of Tyrus (Satan) having been in Eden and having been an angel that sinned. What is your response to this, e-mail me your answer.


Please see What Does the Bible Say About..Lucifer? and What Does the Bible Say About..Lucifer? (2) for my explanation that the Isaiah passage that mentions Lucifer is about the king of Babylon and not about Satan.

Where in Ezekiel 26-28 does it say the king of Tyre was an angel? Ezekiel 28:2 says he is a man, not an angel or Satan. The reference to Eden does not necessarily imply that he was in the Garden of Eden at the beginning. The context shows that the passage is talking about the king of Tyre, whose realm at one time was quite extensive, even to modern Iraq. The reference to Eden is symbolic of his kingdom stretching as far as the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Certainly he was a man who sinned in opposing God and his people. That is why these three chapters are about the destruction of the city of Tyre and its king. (If the king represents Satan, what does the city represent? And why should it represent anything except the city and king of Tyre?) There is no reason in this text or later in the Bible to believe that this passage refers to anyone but the human king of Tyre and not Satan.

In Ezekiel 28:16 the reference to a “guardian cherub” or “covering cherub” may be to the one doing the action, rather than the king of Tyre. “In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and the guardian cherub drove you out from the midst of the stones of fire.” (Revised Standard Version) This actually seems to make more sense, and removes any possibility that he is calling a man an angel.