“King of Tyre” and the one directing the “King of Babylon”


The Prince of Tyre, as Opposed to the King of Tyre
Since we understand from the context of the King of Tyre that God is speaking about Satan, how do we understand the “Prince of Tyre”? These are 2 different individuals: one of the is the “Prince of Tyre”, and the other is the “King of Tyre”. To further understand the role of Satan as described in the prophetic books, and to draw a distinction between “King” and “Prince”, it is important that we look at Isa. 14:13-14, which says,”
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High
The context is the prophet is told to “take up this proverb against the King of Babylon” and yet it’s clear He is not talking about “the King of Babylon”, but who is ‘directing’ the KIng of Babylon, which is,(vs 12)
“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!”
We see in both the instances the same pattern of prophetic interpretation: the “King of Tyre” and the one directing the “King of Babylon” are one in the same. He is talking about Satan, although “Satan-The Opposer”, was once “Lucifer-The Light Bearer”. We must understand God DID NOT ‘create’ evil, everthing He created was good. Because this “cherub” dared oppose God, he was cast out of heaven, and Lucifer(Light Bearer) became ha-Satan(The Opposer) who influences both the “Prince of Tyre and the “King of Babylon” to oppose God.
Since we have been taken in this direction in regards to the “King of Tyre”, what does it say about the “Prince of Tyre”?(Ezek. 28:2)
“He is a man, and not God, yet he exalts himself as God”.
Furthermore,
“thou hast said , I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas;
We find this same figure in Dan. 11:37,
“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
Moreover, it also says,”(vs 45)
And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him”.
Antichrist-Figurative Understanding of the Prince of Tyre
To understand the Prince of Tyrus, we have already established that it is to be “Figuratively” understood; since we have in the same passage understood the “King of Tyrus” figuratively. The “Prince” is a “type” of the Antichrist; “The King of Tyrus”(Satan) is “empowering him”, so that he may ‘appear’ to men as “God”, though he is just a man. 2 Thess. 2:3-4 says,”
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 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, shewing himself that he is God.
Satan empowers him;(Rev. 13:4)
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?
This is the same dragon who is called Satan, and bound by the angel for a thousand years,(Rev. 20:2)
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.
To draw the inference to the Antichrist from the Ezek. 28:14 passage, we see:
1) There is no correlation to a contemporary king(Ithobaal III),
2) Ezekiel has described Satan, and his creation, rise and fall, which certainly did not occur during his immediate lifetime(or shortly thereafter), rather occurs in the timeless dimensions of God(before the Garden of Eden),
3) There is a subordination of “Prince(man)” to “King(Satan)” in Ezekiel, just as in Isaiah which compares to “King of Babylon(man)” to Lucifer, who empower him, just as in Revelations the “dragon(Satan)” empowers the “Beast(man)”
Conclusion
So we see then, that the “Prince of Tyrus” can rightly be called the “Antichrist”.
I JOHN {2:18} Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have
heard that antichrist shall come, even now

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