`Hubris' is over-weening pride or self-confidence as when a man or state shows itself to be God. We will be looking at some well-known examples from the Old Testament which foreshadow a soon-coming event. And I think it is appropriate that we acquaint ourselves with the historic figures of these prophecies we so often study with the future in mind.
And whilst we are asking God to draw out their import to Israel of old AND to the world in THIS day we should take note of how He warned those ancient people well in advance, over a hundred years before the events, yet they failed to recognize THEIR day and ITS Message. Even with the benefit of history and hindsight, these prophecies should have been more obvious to Israel in their day than they are to us 2,700 years later.
`Grace, grace the capstone cried' (Zechariah 4:7). This end-time Bride is the Capstone that finishes the Building for we are one with Christ, the FULLNESS of the Word. Though we shout the Message from the rooftops, churchmen and women scoff and declare, `We are rich and have need of nothing, we have all of Christ'! And know not that they are Spiritually bankrupt and naked of the blood of the Word'. God's prophecies SHOULD be so very clear to people in THIS day.
First the prophecy of Isaiah 14:1-23 dated about 712BC, `For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob [as proselytes]. And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. [Speaking of the return after Babylonian captivity almost 200 years in the future].
And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, That thou shalt take up this TAUNT against the king of Babylon, [upon his death and the fall of his empire. A contrast between his proud estate in life and his ignominious condition in death. It might be more accurate historically to identify the prophecy with the kingdom rather than the king of Babylon. The same spirit was manifested in each of four successive world empires which destroyed each other yet remained substantially the same]. The taunt says:
"How hath the oppressor ceased! the INSOLENT city ceased! The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked [by which he oppressed], and the scepter of the rulers. (Ironically, the Pope carries this symbol of office). He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing, [even nature rejoices]. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us [because Babylon no longer requires timber for engines of war, ships and construction].
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the DEAD for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. [As the world of the living begins to enjoy repose by the departure of the Babylonian king, so the world of the dead is disturbed by his arrival. Notice, death does not change our station or our attributes, we possess the same nature and honour there as we do here in this life. Remember when the witch of Endor summoned Samuel from the grave? Saul recognized him by her description and although dead, he was STILL a prophet. The ancient pagan kings took to the grave with them food, servants, clothing, ships, and warriors as they imagined might be required in the afterlife. We can see the rationale behind the terra cotta warriors buried in the tomb of the Chinese Emperor, and elaborate accouterments with the pharaohs].
All the dead shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we [to the ancients, the dead were considered just `the weakened']? art thou become like unto us? [The dead, who preserve conscious memory of the PAST (Revelation 6:9-11) are astounded at the fall of one so great].
[Now the Narrator says,] Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the music of thy harps: the maggot is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. [The state of the king's corpse being left to corruption (Isaiah 14:19) instead of being cared for and embalmed, is thought to affect the condition of his spirit in the underworld. It was considered derisive to scatter the bones, or cremate and scatter to the four winds the ashes of the deceased, and analogous to destroying his spirit. So the importance of funerary rites, with careful mummification, elaborate tombs properly situated, and offerings FOR the dead is requisite among the heathen.
NOW we can understand how Ezekiel 39 and Revelation 19 which portray the unburied state of the godless: devoured by wild beasts to become dung on the field, their bones scattered to the winds, the weapons being burned seven years as fuel for cooking and warmth are HYPERBOLE emphasizing the ignominy of their defeat and NOT to be understood literally. If this study achieves one thing, it is to draw this point to our attention as a help in our understanding of the apocalypse].
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [Day Star, or radiant one. Stars were believed to be celestial powers, exercising great influence over human fortunes, and the metaphor extends not only to the brilliant estate and dazzling career of this Babylonian king but to his aspirations to equal or surpass these heavenly potentates such that his fall is likened to the fall of Satan (Luke 10:18)] how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations [or cut them to the ground as corpses]!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ASCEND into heaven, [it was Nebuchadnezzar's ambition to rise above the sidereal powers and equal God, you will recall Daniel 4 where he attributed the greatness of his kingdom solely TO his own ability and FOR his own majesty, when in fact God raised him up as his servant to punish Judah's idolatry. On account of hubris, God caused the king to be insane so that he lived as an animal and ate grass in the field for seven years until he returned the glory to Him.
This spirit of hubris was also in the prince of Tyre, as we'll study in Ezekiel 28:2, 6, 9. Also in `Babylon that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I AM, AND NONE ELSE BESIDE ME; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children' (Isaiah 47:8). Seven hundred years later almost the same words are used by Jesus in Revelation 18:7 of MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT].
I will exalt MY throne above the STARS OF GOD [or highest stars] I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, [the Babylonians believed there existed a mountain, Arula, where the gods dwelled together] in the sides of the north. [The Babylonians placed this sacred Mountain in the north, possibly because the north pole of the sky, as the highest point, was regarded as the abode of deity].
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High [Elyon, used by the Hebrews and the Phoenicians]. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit (or depth of Sheol, as the Babylonians imagined it, below the waters under earth's crust under the mount of the congregation, thus intensifying the contrast between the king's ambition and his real fate.
Verses 13-15 seem to have been in the mind of Christ when He indicted Capernaum. Matthew 11:23, `And thou, Capernaum, which art EXALTED unto heaven, shalt be BROUGHT DOWN TO HELL: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day'. Luke 10:15-16, `And thou, Capernaum, which art EXALTED to heaven, shalt be THRUST DOWN TO HELL. He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me'.
These Words of Jesus were reinspired to Brother Branham when he indicted Los Angeles `...you don't know what time that this city one day is going to be laying out here in the bottom of this ocean. "O, Capernaum," said Jesus, "thou who EXALTED into Heaven will be brought down into hell... for if the mighty works had been done in Sodom and Gomorrah, it would have been standing until this day." And Sodom and Gomorrah lays at the bottom of the Dead Sea, and Capernaum is in the bottom of the sea.
Thou city, who claims to be the city of the Angels, who has EXALTED yourself into Heaven and sent all the dirty filthy things of fashions and things, until even the foreign countries come here to pick up our filth and send it away, with your fine churches and steeples, and so forth the way you do - remember, one day, you will be laying in the bottom of this sea! You're great honeycomb under you right now. The wrath of God is belching right beneath you. How much longer He will hold this sandbar hanging over that, when that ocean out yonder a mile deep will slide in there plumb back to the Salton Sea. It will be worse than the last day of Pompeii. Repent, Los Angeles! Repent the rest of you and turn to God! The hour of His wrath is upon the earth. Flee while there is time to flee and come into Christ."' (Choosing A Bride, 35:3-5).
The men on earth that see thee shall narrowly look upon, and consider thee, saying, "Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?"
All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in the tomb he prepared during his lifetime [because Babylon's fall permitted them to go home from the fields of battle].
But thou art cast OUT of thy grave like a severed branch [or an aborted child who has never existed] and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit [or lowest parts of Sheol because their bodies have not received proper burial]; as a carcass trodden under feet. Thou shalt NOT be joined with them in burial, BECAUSE thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall NEVER be esteemed. [The sense is that the king of Babylon was left on the field of battle with the slain and did not receive the burial due his rank. The loss of proper burial was accounted as producing for the king humiliation in Sheol. There was a correspondence with what happened to the dead person in or outside the grave and what took place in the underworld. And someone who remains unburied lacks even that little peace death can bring men].
Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities [to control subject populations. His offspring too are slaughtered, since from the seed of the tyrant one could expect further crimes and a renewed attempt to seize world power with all its terrible consequences for the inhabitants of the earth, his sons too have to be slaughtered. This was the case with Dathan and Koreh (Numbers 16:23-35), and denominational believers in the end-time will be left `neither root nor branch' (Revelation 2:21-24; 20:5; Malachi 4:1).
It was Cain the Serpent seed who first built cities. A city is a place guarded by waking or a watch. And there were seven watches through the Gentile dispensation, typing cities of refuge for manslayers established under the Old Testament wherein the guilty were protected and could not venture out until after the death of the high priest (Numbers 35:25) who typed the `angel' or messenger to a Church Age. So long as the believers abode in the place where God had chosen to place His Name, the Word for their Age, they were walking in the Light and the Blood of Jesus Christ cleansed them from all unbelief. But men settled in their denominational walled cities, raised new generations. Long after the death of the high priest they knew nothing of the further Light of subsequent Messages and became souls imprisoned by MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT.
Even as God was prophesying slaughter for the children of Babylon who one hundred years in the future would take Judah captive seventy years, He was setting a pattern for Rome and her denominational children who are even NOW being bound by the Holy Spirit like the chaff into the World Council of Churches for burning in the Lake of Fire - Matthew 3:12; 13:24-30, 36-43; Revelation 2:20-24; 14:9-13; 19:20].
For I will rise up against Babylon, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
I will also make it a possession for the bittern [hedgehog or porcupine] and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts'. [Babylon was surrounded by marshes and the country was often inundated by floods, whose violence was reduced by a system of canals. The neglect of these works, after the destruction of the city, would naturally turn the area into a swamp].
Now Satan is not called the god of any other age but THIS age, for it is in OUR day that he truly takes control not only of the governments but of the hearts of men. For when we reject God's revealed Word for our own reason, we accept Satan's word which is the hiss of the Serpent. We make Satan our god. To whom we yield ourselves servants to obey, his servants we are (Romans 6:16).
Hubris plays a focal part in the cosmic battle, yet we didn't know what the word meant. It was Satan's ambition to be like God from the very beginning. Let's read that again. We will just take OUR time.
Isaiah 14:12-15, `How art thou falling from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: [nicolaitanism which God hates, forming a hierarchy of clergy above the Sons of God, taking God's power and the Authority of His Word unto themselves as mediators and dispensers of the Holy Spirit and His goodness and gifts]. I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the side of the north'.
It was Satan's ambition to be worshipped like God. He took one third of the stars of Heaven, Shem's children, preached to them, and cast them to earth by the lie he told (Revelation 12:4). He's now deceived the other two-thirds of them; the churches are apostate, and they know it not.
Now he is ready with a bride by his own knowledge, all painted up in his deceit of big buildings, big denominations, and knowledge of theology to deceive the whole world and become a god, heading up into the person of the antichrist. He is already crowned the vicar of God by his scientific worldly bride, dressed up in pomp of intellectual, religious education. She is religious like Satan and by his interpretation of the Word of God just as Eve was. Carnal understanding like Cain.
Cain didn't want a blood sacrifice. He thought God dwelt in beauty. He offered beauty upon his altar, the fruit of the field. Cain fell before God in worship, offered a sacrifice, obedient in every way, exactly like Abel. Very religious, but without the revelation of the Word which was God's plan from the beginning. God revealed that it was not religion, not an altar, not belonging to church, not making a sacrifice, not being sincere, but by the revelation of His Word.
Notice what this fellow will do shortly. He'll sit in the temple of God, the church, revealing himself to be God (II Thessalonians 2:3-4).
Revelation 13:4-8, 11-12, `And they WORSHIPPED the dragon [Satan] which gave power unto the beast: and they WORSHIPPED the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in BLASPHEMY against God, to blaspheme his Name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven [stars]. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed'.
We are living in the day of man, man's day. This is not God's day. God is not the god of this earth; the Bible says He's the God of Heaven. But this is not God's day; this is choosing day. Either live for today and die; or choose God and live; and God is the Word.
In I Corinthians 4:1-5, Paul spoke of being judged by man in man's day: `Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and STEWARDS OF THE MYSTERIES [or secret purposes] of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful [or worthy of trust].
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be put on trial by YOU, or MAN'S JUDGMENT, yea, I judge not mine own self. [JUSTIFICATION is all of FAITH, the life I live I live by the faith of Jesus Christ and if you have It you will not be contentious. And no man can judge the faith except he who has It. If you don't have It, you're not equipped to be my judge. He that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no MAN].
For I know nothing AGAINST myself; yet am I not hereby justified on that account: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God'.
Now Paul is speaking of the time of the end when Daniel foretold worldly KNOWLEDGE would increase, and men would be ever learning, and never able to come to the faith. The days of the Voice of the angel to the Laodicea Church Age, the `parousia' of the Son of man `when that which is perfect comes', the mystery of God is finished', and Paul's prayer for God's elect answered by `the spirit of wisdom and revelation of Christ coming in to us'. For the Word is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart to prepare the Bride for the day of the Lord, the translation, and eventually, the Great White Throne Judgment when we will judge the world.
Nevertheless, we live in man's day. It's the day when the WORKS and the KNOWLEDGE of man is glorified. The world today is dedicating themselves to the knowledge which came by Satan. Man's day is glorified, not by the revelation of God's Word, but by man's so-called knowledge of It and the world. Hubris!
His works are exalted above God's manifested Word. Like the wisdom Satan gave Eve at the beginning, the wisdom of Satan is exalted to the throne of worship in man above the vindicated Word of God for the hour. Churches prove that by their seminaries. Doctor So-and-so, and teacher So-and-so, and professor So-and-so have exalted their own knowledge (so-called) from Satan, far above the VINDICATED promises of God for THIS day made clear before them. And men fall for it.
Man's theology explains God's Word to the people and makes It of none effect again like it was in the denominational age of Jesus. He said, `You hypocrites, by your tradition (that's their interpretation) you've taken the Word of God and made It of no effect to the people'. And they've done the same thing today. It doesn't have any effect.
Notice, they, the people, exalt him above all that's called God. And the people believe that denomination MORE than they believe God, and God is the Word. They'll believe their denominational creed above the Word, which exalts Satan above all that's called God. And there's only one God, and He is the Word. So he as God, sits in the church proving that he is God, because he's got the people worshiping him.
The god of this age has exalted himself above the true, vindicated Word of God; and he is PRAISED for it. Oh, see that deception. He is praised for it and solemnly believed by the people of this evil age. Now, do you see the god and his servants of this evil age?
According to Malachi Martin in his book, `The Keys of This Blood' (page 259), Pope Paul VI addressed the departing bishops of the Council of Vatican II on December 5, 1965. "He said, that their church had decided to opt for MAN; to serve MAN, to help him build his home on this earth. MAN with his ideas and his aims, MAN with his hopes and his fears, MAN in his difficulties and sufferings - that was the CENTERPIECE of the Roman church's interest".
He says he is making a better world for them to live in by his knowledge APART from the never-failing Word of God. By uniting denominations, and creeds, and science and so forth, he is making a better world for men to live in, and IGNORING the promise of God that the ONLY time the world will be fit to live in is in the Millennium. In my opinion he's made a better world to SIN in.
In Australia, Satan has legalized sin. He's legalized alcohol, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, illegitimacy, abortion, blasphemy, idleness, pornographic movies, juvenile delinquency, gambling, cigarette smoking and moving towards legalizing marijuana. And the churches legislated that women can belong to the church with short hair, wear shorts, cosmetics, jeans, preach and even pastor, which is absolutely contrary to the Word of God. He says it's all right. The SAME lie he told Eve in the Garden. God loves you so much Eve, He surely will not mind if you reject just one little Word.
And she believes him, and she loves him for it. She hates God. Her own actions PROVE she does. She says she loves Him, but she loves Satan. She worships the god of fashion, the god of the world, Hollywood goddesses.
She loves him, but she HATES the true Word of God, which is the ONLY true God there is. Legalizes it: `In the churches our women can do this, that, or the other'. But she's not even permitted to come into the Presence of the Living God unless she's repents.
Satan is the god of WORLDLY beauty. She wants to look beautiful, and he is the god of beauty from the beginning. By his knowledge in science and materials he can create an illusion of beauty for this modern age.
In the beginning, Seth and his children never went the scientific way. They were humble herdsmen, farmers, and so forth. But Cain's children did, inspired by their vicarious father, the devil.
And Satan will soon take his intellectual bride and exalt this great one which is the antichrist, and set him upon a throne, and the whole world will wonder after him. Then Christ will come, for and two cannot exist in the same time. His kingdom will be taken and he will be destroyed, and Christ shall take the throne of His father David and reign on earth for a thousand years, and then present the Church to God without spot or blemish (God of This Evil Age, 17:77-110, 121-126, 159).
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Finally, the king of Babylon came to senses and gave glory to God. Daniel 4:37, `Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all Whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and THOSE THAT WALK IN PRIDE HE IS ABLE TO ABASE'.
Let's now examine the hubris of the king of Tyre:
Isaiah 23:1-18, `The burden of Tyre. Lament, ye ships of Tarshish; for Tyre is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in [harbour]: the rumors you heard in the land of Chittim [Cyprus] were true.
Be still, [Silence!] ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished [or filled].
And by great waters the seed of Sihor, [a canal grain port in Egypt] the harvest of the river, is Tyre's revenue; and she is a mart of nations.
Be thou ashamed, O Sidon: [the mother city of Tyre now bereaved of her children] 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.
When the report reaches Egypt, they shall be sorely pained at the news of Tyre. Pass ye over to seek safety in Tarshish as refugees; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle. [Tyre was originally a series of colonies on the coast of Palestine but the king joined two islands on which he built a fortified city and harbours linked to the mainland by a three quarter mile long causeway].
Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet carried her afar off to sojourn or colonize different lands.
WHO hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the CROWNING city [empire builder], whose merchants are princes, whose merchants were the honoured of the earth?
THE LORD OF HOSTS hath purposed it, to defile the PRIDE of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honoured of the earth.
Pass through thy land as a river, [sail on], O daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength [to force you to pay tribute].
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.
And He said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Sidon: arise, escape to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.
Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian [your traditional enemy] founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: THEY will set up the siege works, THEY will overthrow the palaces thereof; and bring it to ruin [NOT Assyria your traditional foe].
Lament, ye ships of Tarshish: for your home port of Tyre and your strength is laid waste.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the reign of one Babylonian king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall return to her hire, and shall play the harlot [resume her commerce] with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for quality clothing'.
In 841, 803 and 730BC, Assyria received tribute from Tyre, by means of which the city retained a large measure of autonomy but fell to Assyria in 722BC.
In about 715BC, Isaiah prophesied that Babylon would defeat Tyre, as we have just read, and for the reign of one Chaldean king, (70 years from the Battle of Carchemesh to the conquest of Babylon by Cyrus), `Tyre shall be forgotten'. Afterward the Lord would assist Tyre to renew her commercial intercourse with all the countries of the earth, which is compared with the amorous solicitations of an harlot. But her gain was to be `holiness to the Lord'. Paul ministered to the Church in Tyre, who prophesied he should not go up to Jerusalem (Acts 21:3-6). For centuries they generously applied their wealth to the work of the Lord.
Let's read Ezekiel's prophecy of almost 130 years later, just before Nebuchadnezzar II commenced his thirteen-year long siege of Tyre.
Ezekiel 28:1-19, `The Word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 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:
[The ruler of Tyre has been led to imagine himself as MORE than human, and his island city impregnable, like the seat of the gods which was imagined to be a mountain. To Israel this was Mount Horeb and later Zion (Exodus 3:1; I Kings 19:8; Psalm 48:2), to the Canaanites it was Mount Zaphon in Syria, to the Greeks Mount Olympus, to Romans a certain one of seven hills on which Vatican City State is built. The pagan often built artificial mountains or ziggurats as the focus of their worship.
All of these holy mountains were patterned after mountain of God in Eden whence flowed ONE river and source of all life, which parted into four heads symbolized by the four Cherubim. These living creatures were in fact `lively creatures', exhibiting the fourfold nature of God's own Life He is imparting to His Family. The physical attributes of these four are amalgamated and combined with emphasis upon the property of life peculiar to each: the majesty and strength of the lion, the patient and productive labour of the ox (or calf,) the rational and moral nature of man, and the far sight and winged velocity of the eagle. SYMBOLS.
The KIND of Life symbolized by the cherubim was Life most nearly and essentially connected with God - Life as shall be held by those who dwell in His immediate Presence and form the very covering of His throne whether His peculiar dwelling place were in the garden of Eden, the Holy of Holies made by men's hands, the 144,000, or Christ and His Bride. God requires of all who are about Him, the property of Life, and in connection with It, the beauty of holiness].
`Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel (Ezekiel 14:4; Daniel 6:3); there is no secret that they can hide from thee: With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches':
[Tyre's "wisdom" was clearly commercial. Her desire for profit went far beyond acceptable bounds as evidenced by the city's reaction to the fall of Jerusalem, her former ally: `Aha, Jerusalem is broken that was the controller of the north/south trade routes along the coast to the Jordan River: I shall fall heir because she is laid waste' (Ezekiel 26:2). Ironically Tyre's' pursuit of greater achievement, greater glory, and greater profits caused her total loss].
`Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God [to the Hebrews the heart is the intelligence]; Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations [Babylon]: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom [Tyre's beauty was her physical wealth, `beauty of thy wisdom' meant her prosperity attained through wisdom], and they shall defile thy brightness.
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. [The `seat of the gods' in the midst of the sea shall become the grave of Tyre].
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. Thou shalt die the DEATHS of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers [a term of contempt to the Philistines]: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD'.
Ezekiel 28:10, The plural `deaths' (Ezekiel 28:8, 10) should be rendered violent death although clearly it indicates he will die the second death of the uncircumcised. The Phoenicians practiced circumcision whilst the Babylonians did not, so not only would his vaunted power fail him, he would die a dishonorable death outside God's Covenant by those he despised religiously.
Ezekiel 28:1-19 is a prophecy in two distinct parts, an address to the Prince of Tyrus, Ittobalus, and a lamentation upon the King of Tyrus, Satan. Of the PRINCE it is said that he will be slain by the hand of strangers, and the word translated "slain" means "thrust through" with sword or spear: but the KING is to be devoured by fire, and brought to ashes upon the earth. In the first ten verses Ittobalus is represented as exulting in the strength of his sea-girt city, and likening himself, in proud reliance upon his inaccessible dwelling, to the God that sitteth above the heavens: he is ironically told that he is wiser than Daniel, whose fame was evidently world-wide at the time: his presumption is ascribed to his commercial wisdom, and the vast riches he had acquired. But because he had set his heart as the heart of the Most High, therefore the terrible of the nations, that is, the Chaldeans, should come against him; and, when about to be slain by a man, he should at length discover that he was no god. He is a prototype of Paul's "man of sin who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God" (II Thessalonians 2:4.)
The king of Tyrus is Satan.
`Moreover the Word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 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 [a signet or seal used to ensure a document was genuine or complete.
Lucifer was the signet to confirm or seal that which was complete: God's finished creation, with man in his image and after His likeness. He was to GUARD and guide man into the Presence. Unlike the naked innocence of Adam, he was beautifully adorned sealing up the whole measure of perfection, full of wisdom (knowledge), and perfect in beauty. God was speaking to Satan who was in the king of Tyrus circled by beauty, as he had been in the beautiful Serpent in the Garden of Eden. A beautiful seal is echoed in the description of its setting. Brother Branham said `even the curse didn't take away all of his beauty' (Serpent's Seed, 20:146-148)].
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'.
[Tyre, which abounded in material luxuries, is idealized and likened to the earthly paradise created by God. Like Rome, the `eternal city' built on seven hills - the Bible says the riches and luxuries of the world are found in her. And Los Angeles in California with its blue skies and warm climate attracts the wealth and luxuries of the world together with the most beautiful people is the mecca of those who aspire to touch the hem of its illusions.
The word `covering' should be defense or protection, as in a wall or the hedge in a garden. This connection between temple and garden is quite obvious to the Eastern mind, for a temple in the ancient East was not a building but a sacred enclosure surrounding a small shrine. The earliest Semitic sanctuaries were gardens planted in oases where the unexpected fertility of the soil suggested to them the presence of a beneficent deity.
An ancient sanctuary was protected against profanation by an enclosing wall; to this Ezekiel 28:13 alludes in the words `every precious stone was thy defense'. That the wall is said to be built of precious stones is, of course, hyperbole, signifying the preciousness of that within its enclosure. The description has parallels in Isaiah 54:11 `and I will make all your wall of precious stones' and Revelation 21:18-21. For the connection of temple and garden, one may point to Psalms 116:19; 135:2 and 92:12-13 where the courts and house are analogous. The Tabernacle of Witness and Solomon's Temple, preserved the meaning of Eden, the garden-sanctuary: their walls were adorned with figures of guardian cherubim (Genesis 3:24), palm trees and flowers (I Kings 6:29, 32). Out of this wall of stones the serpent was cast.
Some pagan religions have snakes to guard their temple; the association between Lucifer and the serpent is `so close' as deceived the non-elect. Chinese and the Australian Aborigines worship that old Serpent, the Dragon and the standard of the Roman legions was a red or purple dragon. Many church people they can't distinguish between them.
In the Book of Numbers we find the four cherubim represent the Tribes of Israel under Judah, Reuben, Ephraim, and Dan which camped about the Ark of the Covenant and defended the Place of the Presence. In Revelation 22 this same symbolism represents twelve gates in the jeweled walls of New Jerusalem on which are written the names of the Twelve tribes. They are the servants and defense of the Presence which is Christ and His Bride].
Thou art the anointed cherub that protects; 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.
[As the cherubim spread their wings over the ark in the temple on the holy mountain, a type of the garden of God, so the king is described as the protector of this garden of God - Tyre, rising like a mountain from the deep. Lucifer was the `son of the morning'. He walked on earth when it was a burning volcano (That Day On Calvary, 11:1)].
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. [The king of Tyre's perfection was outward only. Vast wealth filled him with conceit and proved it a false show. And it was not until Satan entered into the beast in the garden of Eden and deceived Eve that he was profaned (Genesis 3:14-15.)
[The Pope is the antitype of Lucifer's initial office as the anointed cherubim that protects. Claiming the keys of Saint Peter and wearing the triple crown of authority over heaven, earth and purgatory, he claims to guard and lead men into the Place of the Presence. The Pope's claim is the grossest nicolaitanism. The keys of Peter is the faith of Jesus Christ which is the baptism of the Holy Ghost or new birth which unlocks the Kingdom of God.
When cast out of the Presence, Satan incarnates the Pope in his final impersonation of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who has `the keys of hell and of death' (Revelation 1:18). The `keys of hell and death' are resurrection power, or grace to bring the Bride under such pre-eminence to the Word that the Holy Spirit can again be waved for the resurrection of the sleeping saints in the manifestation the sons of God, to give her translation faith.
This twofold address to the king and the spirit in the king parallels Eve's first encounter with Satan, symbolized as the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, through the medium of the Serpent's body. The Serpent was a man-like creature - great handsome giant of a fellow. It's reminiscent also of the call of Holy Spirit to the churches plural in each Age. For the Message was Life and peace to the little elect and separated church, but condemnation to Satan's great worldly church].
By the multitude of thy slander they have filled the midst of thee with violence [against My revealed Word], 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.
[The lamentation upon the King of Tyrus (Ezekiel 28:11-19) contains expressions which cannot be applied to any mortal and only Satan was upon the Holy Mountain of God, and walked in the garden of Eden, up and down in 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: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. [The prince here personifies Tyre, which being profane, can no longer inhabit this island `mountain of God'.
His wisdom and wealth are not denied. But he also claims to be wise as a god, and more - he claims to be a god. And when a human being is not satisfied with the preceding and wants to deify himself, God intervenes. States do have god-like powers over their subjects but when the state refuses to acknowledge that there may be any power greater than it, anything to which the state itself may be held responsible, that it begins to deify itself and becomes a devil and not a god, and the One God. The UN with its NWO is moving rapidly toward this state of hubris].
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.
[The prince of Tyre has profaned his sanctuary as Lucifer profaned Eden. This fire is the antitype of the flaming sword that kept the way of the Tree of Life in Eden. The evil in the midst of Tyre will be the flame which reduces her to ashes as by their own evil God permitted man to destroy the world in the days of Noah, As the evil within Rome and the USA will kindle the atomic spark in Russia which burns the Vatican, and the USA from the face of the earth, and ignites Armageddon, destroying all life on earth.]
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'.
The `prince of Tyrus' was Ittobalus, or Ethbaal II, priest-king of Tyre which was originally settled as a colony of Sidon (Isaiah 23:12) and later founded colonies of its own, including Carthage. This king made many alliances to protect and extend Phoenician trade.
His claims centered on the impregnability of his island city and the survival of his power. The self-confidence of the king who functions as a symbolic figure for the city state of Tyre, was an attitude of proud defiance against Nebuchadnezzar, and therefore Jehovah.
Jeremiah had proclaimed to Ethbaal among others that Jehovah had set Nebuchadnezzar as king over him (Jeremiah 27:3-8). His defiance of the king of Babylon based on the strength of Tyre, was a defiance of Jehovah as well.
Stunned at Jerusalem's fall, the Jewish exiles imagined Tyre's resistance to Nebuchadnezzar might turn the tide for them. Ezekiel's prophecy is intended to COUNTER this false optimism which opposed God's will revealed through Jeremiah: `after seventy years be accomplished for Babylon, I will visit you, and perform My good work toward you, in causing you to return to Jerusalem' (Jeremiah 29:10). The `Times of the Gentiles' had begun with Nebuchadnezzar's captivity of Jerusalem and the old order HAD to go.
This hubris (pride) when the state becomes god is a type of Rome and the beast.
In the final hubris, the King of Tyrus is Satan incarnate in the `pope out of the USA'. Brother Branham said, `I believe one of these days when the united confederation of church goes together and the new pope is brought out of the United States and put over there according to prophecy, then they'll form an image like unto the beast [Revelation 13]. And I tell you, the true Church of God will be drove together. The real true believers OUT of Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostals, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, whatever they'll be, will go together, cemented by the love of God, that'll make the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ, all the believers [Revelation 18:4]. And agnostics and shallow-minded will be cast to one side; they'll go right on into the confederation of churches' (Acts of the Holy Spirit, 12:87).
Reviewing the seven consecutive visions which came to him one morning in 1933 he said, `Women, given the right to vote, elected President-elect Kennedy - the woman's vote. The wrong man, which will finally be to full control of the Catholic church in the United States; then the bomb comes that explodes her ... No wonder the vision of the Lord says here that I saw it finally come to a spot where she was just one big smoldering heap. She was blown up...' (Hybrid Religion, 6:6; 21:7).
Brother Branham took as his Bible type, Pharaoh Raamses in the days of the Exodus, who didn't know the blessings of Joseph. And the antitype of this natural man who understood politics and military power but was not spiritual, was President Kennedy who, being Roman Catholic, knew not our Joseph, the Lord Jesus Christ. When he took office, could not swear that he believed in freedom of religion (Third Exodus, 19:7-24:3; Church Ages 322:2).
Corrupt politics through the UN and a confederacy of apostate Protestant churches, will cause the United States by military might and her dollar (once it has been refinanced by alliance between International Jews and the Vatican) to exercise all the power that the beast had before it, and FORCE the will and religion of Rome upon the world. The mark of the beast.
According to Revelation 17:3, Rome is controlling this last world power. `So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman SIT upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns'. Another union of church and state as John explains in the remainder of the chapter by expounding the mystery of the seven heads and ten horns, in perfect correspondence to Daniel 2: 40-45 and 7:20-24, which describe the NWO union of East and West - the two legs of the image Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream in THIS day of the ten toes of iron and clay.
According to John 13:27, when the hour of the Prince of Darkness had come, Satan himself entered into Judas, and directed him to his fearful crime. So when the last great masterpiece of the Adversary shall appear, the Antichrist, whose coming, as Paul tells us, is after the working of Satan, and to whom the Dragon shall through organization, give his power, and his throne, and great authority (Revelation 13:1-18), it will be led by Satan incarnate. The beast spreads his influence through the image that was built for him - the World Council of Churches (Church Ages, 192:4-195:1; 234:2 - 237:3).
The King of Tyre is the Anointed Cherub that covereth, and he incarnates the Pope as he incarnate the serpent. After he is cast out from heaven, Satan incarnates this pope from the United States (Daniel 7:20-21; Revelation 12:9-17; 11:7; 13:7-10; 17:8-11). The Gentile dispensation ends with the earthquake of Revelation 16:18 sinking Los Angeles and much of California (Revelation 18:21-23).
This spells the collapse of the US dollar. California contributes around 25% of America's GNP. Business throughout the world is based upon the US dollar and the wealthiest nations have their capital invested in assets in the USA whose value is dependent upon the strength of the US economy and dollar so they CANNOT afford to allow it to collapse and be replaced by a new debt-free currency. It would break them. Therefore there will be an alliance reached between Rome, the International Jews and the USA to refinance the US dollar. As Jacob had to make an alliance with Esau when he was returning to the Promised Land, the International Jews will need to make an alliance with the Gentiles after THEY reach a place of no more repentance, when the 144,000 are returning to the place of their Covenant.
After this earthquake strikes America a deadly blow, Russia attacks, and will invade mainland USA, (and aid an attack upon Israel by the Muslim nations). Through the UN, of which Vatican City State is a member, the Pope (now incarnate by Satan), will bring peace. Revelation 13:4 says, `And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him'? Revelation 17 explains how she rules all the nations of the earth and holds the wealth of the world through her alliance with the world's bankers. Eventually she will control the world's commerce and they'll worship and serve the beast or get nothing.
`The church has NOT recognized her day, like Israel back in her promised land. She doesn't know HOW she got back there. ... National force put Israel in her homeland. National force will put the church in the World Council of Churches. But the Power of God ... "My Word is Spirit and Life" will put the Bride in her place, 'cause she will recognize her position in the Word; then she's in Christ" (Recognizing Your Day and Its Message, 34:192).
`Revelation 13 shows the power of the Roman Catholic Church and what she will do through organization. The whore riding on the scarlet beast distinctly shows her power is the god of force (Satan) and not our God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 17, emphatically shows that she will gain absolute control of the commerce of the earth, for no man can buy or sell apart from her. This is borne out in Revelation 18:9-17 which shows her involvement with kings, princes, merchants, all of whom have to do with Rome and commerce.
In Revelation 13:14, we learn that the beast spreads his influence through the image which was built for him. The image that is made is a world-wide ecumenical council, wherein all the organized churches will get together with the Roman Catholics (they are doing it even now). It is quite possible this union will come in order to stop the power of communism. But since communism like Nebuchadnezzar has been raised up to burn the flesh of the harlot, Rome will be overcome and destroyed. Take note that everywhere the Romish church went, communism followed (Church Ages, 236:1-3).
The spirit that motivated the four dominant world empires - Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Imperial Rome during the times of the Gentiles, is the same spirit that now motivates FALSE Christian Rome. The hegemony of the Roman Catholic church is brought to pass by ORGANIZATION. That is by intellectual reasoning, NOT by Spiritual revelation. That's why God has always cursed organization (Isaiah 8:9-22; Amos 3:3; Matthew 25: 1- 13; I Corinthians 6:14-18; Revelation 2:21-23; 18:4). Organization is man-led, not Spirit-led. God has ALWAYS worked OUTSIDE of organization. As Eve brought death to mankind naturally by exchanging obedience to the revealed Word for intellectual reasoning, so now ORGANIZATION has brought spiritual death, as organization is the PRODUCT of nicolaitanism and Balaamism - separating the people from God by a religious hierarchy and substituting man-made reasoning by adding to and taking from the Word by creed and tradition.
Recall the vision of Daniel. The last part of the image, the last world power was in the feet. That was iron and clay. See the iron is the Roman Empire. But now it is no longer solid iron. Clay is mixed in it. Yet it is there and running world affairs in both the democratic nations and the more despotic ones. The Romish church is in every nation. It is mixed up in it all.
Hubris, `How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her' (Revelation 18:7-8). Exactly parallel to 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'. And the fate of Satan and all of his people, `And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire' (Revelation 20:9-10, 14-15).
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