My, How You’ve Fallen! (Part 4) by Carl W. Mann, II
Isaiah 14:12 (KJV) “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!”
There is much to be studied and shared concerning the spiritual realm. Many refer to the spiritual realm as something that is other-dimensional, mysterious, or imaginary; but, to those whose spiritual eyes have been opened to the marvelous Grace of God, the spiritual realm is merely the “water” in which we live as if we were fish in a large aquarium to be viewed by those who dwell in the reality of the spiritual.
Last week we discussed how Satan began the sin of “fashioning” idols by imitating God creating Adam. Satan has desired to equal, or outdo, God in everything. However, he will NEVER be equal to God. Satan is NOT God!!
This brings us back to today’s Scripture. The past three weeks’ discussions were necessary to appreciate what God recorded in Isaiah 14:12. In his attempt to be equal with God, Satan did not stop at attempting to “fashion” gods. He also manipulates, motivates, and mutilates mankind by imitating God’s ability to raise up leaders and to bring down leaders. Such was the case in Isaiah 14.
Lucifer means “Light-bearer.” If you have viewed old black & white, cowboy movies, you may recall that matches were referred to as “lucifers.” I find it interesting that where Lucifer was once associated with bearing God’s Glorious Light, he is now associated with fire!
The primary focus of Isaiah 14 is a metaphor for the king of Babylon. You see, it was an Ancient notion that the kings of the Orient were reincarnations of Divinity. I’m sure Satan started that “lie,” and was quick to maintain its continuance as an affront to God, and as a desire to be glorified by the rulers who would allow him to be their god.
Because these kings would make claims to being divine, AND they were influenced and “fashioned” by Satan, they were often referred to as “Luminaries” or “Light-bearers.” Therefore, they would aspire to exalt their thrones “above the stars of God.” The kings of Babylon were demonically opposed to Israel. For centuries, they fought and despoiled the people of God.
The Book of Daniel records the ultimate fall of Babylon with the fall of Belshazzar in Daniel 5:30. I believe that it was Belshazzar’s fall that is depicted in Isaiah 14 as the people of God rejoiced because the wicked ruler had fallen. All the nations that the king of Babylon bullied rejoiced at his fall!
BUT, there is an overriding spiritual connotation to Isaiah 14! As Satan watched what God did to his “minion,” Belshazzar, he also got a glimpse into his future fall! The Spirit behind Babylon was NOT destroyed when Belshazzar fell. Satan continues to influence and “fashion” gods that he will exalt in the worldly system to persecute the Children of God.
The Spirit of Babylon was behind every pogrom carried out against Israel and his offspring. Past leaders of evil like Adolph Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stalin, etc. were under the influence of the “king of Babylon.” Present day leaders who are motivated to do evil are operating under the influence of the “king of Babylon.” The Antichrist will be the embodiment of Satan – AND, he will fall!
As we study Isaiah 14, we discover that Satan will ultimately be cast down from his “Pompous Perch,” and will be placed in the lowest part of Hell – for a season. Remember, as you read through this Chapter, Scripture is “Spirit and Life;” therefore, there is a spiritual and a physical application present.
Isaiah 14:4-11(KJV) “That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. 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. 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. 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. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee” (Emphasis Added).
I love the way the Revised Standard Version speaks, Isaiah 14:4 (RSV) “you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: “How the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased!” (Emphasis Added). When God moved upon Isaiah to write this Chapter, He was “taunting” Satan by showing him what would be the end of his “minion,” AND what his end would be since he is the “king of Babylon.” God was purposeful to make sure that Scripture would record his Title as “king” with a SMALL “k!”
God created Hell for Satan and his devils (Matthew 25:41). However, because of the influence of sin, and the Originator of Sin, Satan, many are willing to enjoy the “pleasures of sin for a season” and choose to dismiss God and His Precepts. Therefore, many will enter into agreement with the “king of Babylon,” be elevated into high political leadership, and will discover that their fame and fortune was fleeting. Like the rich man in Luke 16:23, they will find themselves in Hell after they die only to realize that their “kingdoms” were short-lived, and their earthly reputations will have no affect on their Hell-bound position. Nonetheless, their “fallen natures” will continue to encourage them to vie for preeminence, while waiting for the opportunity to exact revenge upon the one who deceived them – Lucifer!
Thus, when Satan is cast into Hell (at the end of the Great Tribulation), as recorded in Revelation 20:1-3, and as prophesied in Isaiah 14, many wicked rulers who died and went to Hell previously, will be waiting for Satan to cast taunting remarks, and hatred at him.
Isaiah 14:16-17 (KJV)“They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, 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?” (Emphasis Added).
The New Living Translation states, Isaiah 14:16-17 (NLT) “Everyone there will stare at you and ask, ‘Can this be the one who shook the earth and made the kingdoms of the world tremble? Is this the one who destroyed the world and made it into a wasteland? Is this the king who demolished the world’s greatest cities and had no mercy on his prisoners?’”
Instead of ending up being exalted and praised for all his accomplishments, Satan will end up being taunted and reminded of the high place in Heaven that he once held. He will be cast out of the Highest Heaven into the Lowest Hell! All that are there will say, “My, how you’ve fallen!”
Before Satan is cast into the Abyss of Hell for 1,000 years, he will have to stand back helplessly as God brings an end to the “great city of Babylon” – Revelation 18. The “Seat” of Satan’s authority will be destroyed and his evil minions will be destroyed with it!
While we are encouraged NOT to rejoice when our enemies fall, God allows all of Heaven to rejoice when Satan’s “Seat” is destroyed. Revelation 18:20 (KJV) “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”
ALL the saints through the ages have endured hardship, persecution, execution, and isolation at the hands of the “king of Babylon.” The Old Testament saints were victorious while looking to a “city whose builder and maker is God.” We New Testament saints are victorious as we “Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.” We have been assured of a certain, glorious end!
I believe Jesus had this in mind also as He was taunted at Calvary. Matthew 27:39-43 (KJV) “And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God” (Emphasis Added).
Jesus kept His eyes focused on His Father, AND He knew that “Sunday was coming!” When Jesus rose from the dead, all the evil hoards could say was, “My, How You’ve Risen!” Everyone will be saying that about Jesus FOREVER!