When you understand that Satan desired God’s position, many questions remain silent. But when it is understood that Satan sought to achieve the likeness of the Almighty, many questions arise. What is the likeness of the Almighty? What’s in the likeness of the Almighty would allow the covering cherub anointed have a superior position to the angels? “I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14); “Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness …” (Gen. 1:26) .Observe that what Satan brought achieve, God gave to man: ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’!
Analyzing generically, lying there in the light of truth, that is, it arises in an attempt to silence the truth.
But even that a lie told often does not become a fact she said by many turns into consensus.
A consensus is observed in this example saying that someone has left written on the door of a church: “Every man wants to be king, and every king wants to be God …”.
The question remains: Everyone wants a kingdom? All the kings want to be a god? We know that generalizing is a risk that affects what is true, and therefore, we can not generalize our propositions.
However, this proverb, to be repeated by many, turned out to become a consensus, it does not correspond to objective reality.
The intent of Satan
Already accustomed to hear that Satan wanted to be like God. Longtime has been spread about the fallen angel who pride led to his fall, this is because, at heart, brought to be equal with God.
Within this same line of thought about what led to Satan’s fall, there are some variants: he wanted to take the place of God; he wanted for himself the worship which belongs to God; he sought a kingdom itself; he wanted to exalt himself taking on all existing power, usurping the basis divinity Throne.
Is this true? Would this be possible? It is feasible to achieve creature be equal to the Creator? Was there any chance of Satan take the place of God? We are facing a real or a concert?
Satan wanted to be equal with God is a consensus, as well as many claim. It remains to verify that the consensus true.
Satan was created by God as all other beings in the universe. It was created and put in the highest position in the celestial order: he was anointed cherub guard, perfect in his ways, beautiful and wise. In the celestial order, he was at the top of the hierarchy (Ez 28:12).
Despite the high position of the anointed guardian cherub was an unbridgeable gulf between him and the Creator, so that in his heart he recognized that God is unattainable and unmatched by appointing him as the Most High.
The creature can never match up to the Creator. Although Satan was at the top of the celestial hierarchy, the distance between creator and creature is insurmountable. The same unbridgeable gap that prevents men as creatures to bear the Creator condition, is the gulf that exists between the angels and God.
The Bible shows that only God is Creator. This is a center that only God is and will be for eternity. At the other extreme, the creatures, which contained countless heavenly hosts and land. For higher it is the creature, it remains creature, and could never overcome the barrier that exists between the Creator and creature.
We must not confuse the hierarchy in the universe: God, angels, men and animals, with the positions: Creator and creatures. About this fact the Bible says:
“For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD “(Psalm 89: 6).
These questions are relevant to the topic at hand: there anyone in the sky that could match up to God? If we consider the sons of the mighty, there would be someone who only it were like God? The answer to these questions is no!
The simplest man knows that it is impossible for the creature match up, or take the lift rather than the Creator.
But from hearing that Satan wanted to be equal with God, created a consensus, and many allow themselves to agree with such an argument, even if unconsciously, that the possibility of Satan to be like God existed.
It’s strange the man, who has limited knowledge, state that it is possible for someone to become the Creator, and is the absurd cumulo that a created being full of wisdom has brought be the Creator Himself.
Moreover, how Satan managed to convince a third of the angels would be possible to thrive in an attempt to alçarem the position of the Creator?
Leaving the side of consensus, the Bible tells us that Satan brought to be like God. Isaiah presents the intention of the heart of Satan: “Thou hast said in thine heart,”
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14).
There is a big difference between pretend to be like the Most High and usurp his place. Satan even ‘owned’ by pride, was fully aware of the unattainable position of its Creator: the Most High. Although sin had settled in nature, Satan was aware that the position of God is unattainable.
Reaching the Inaccessible? How to match up to Peerless? Note that is not feasible, ie, it is impossible to carry out any plan to usurp the position of the Creator.
Based on this evidence, it is impossible for the creature reach the position of the Creator, are the questions: what motivated the idea that Satan wanted to be God? Whose interest that spreading such a consensus? Who favors such a lie?
One of today’s biggest lies is that Satan brought to be equal with God. This lie gave birth to duality: good and evil; God and Satan. This approach behind an equivalence between God, the Creator, and the devil, the creature. Who is beneficial that this lie is propagated?
The Truth About the Father of Lies
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of lies “(John 8:44).
Speaking to religious of his time, Jesus described some characteristics enemy of our souls:
- He was a murderer from the beginning;
- not signed and there is no truth in him;
- When he lies, is something of its nature.
- But it was not always so.
Satan was an angel of the order of cherubim. In other words, Satan was an angel of high position before his fellows. He was named as the Light Bearer (in Hebrew, Heilel Ben shachar, הילל בן שחר; in Greek in the Septuagint, heosphoros).
The Bible describes Satan before the fall as the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. He was in the Garden of Eden Garden of God, and when it was created, was also prepared their ornaments (robes).
He should be the holy mountain of God, exercising the function for which it was commissioned: anointed guard. He had taken the greatest position of the celestial hierarchy, because God established the anointed cherub that position.
However, because they find sin in the anointed cherub, God stripped him of his position, throwing the desecrated out of the lot, and Satan was given the penalty: death!
Before the fall
When God created the heavenly beings, the anointed cherub said, “You are the seal of perfection, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty” (Ezekiel 28:12).
On the spot where the cherub was put, we have “been in Eden the garden of God” (Ezekiel 28:13). The description of the cherubim holding the clothes she wore, she being created on the day he was brought into being “adorned you every precious stone (…) on the day you were created they were prepared” (Ez 28: 13).
To be found in iniquity anointed cherub, he is described as: “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that you were created …” (Ezekiel 28:15).
His mission was: “You were the anointed cherub guard …” Ezekiel 28: 14. But all established by God “… and I have set thee” (v. 14). The routine was his go the hill protecting him: “You were on the holy mountain of God walked among the fiery stones” (v. 14).
After the fall
Satan brought assess some kind of profit mission that played, and fell into sin (Ezekiel 28:16). Because of the iniquity of Satan, God removed the anointed cherub. He was released the holy mountain by becoming profane. By misusing his position seeking an advantage (trade), he desecrated.
In addition to being removed from office for which was commissioned and released out of the mountain of God, the anointed cherub perished. It is the first reference to the wages of sin in the universe: perish, or be separated from the life that is in God: Death!
“From what you cast desecrated out of the mountain of God, and I will destroy you, O cherub shield, between stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:16).
We have that Satan is a murderer from the beginning, that is, it led 1/3 of the angels to death. Then he led humanity to the same condition: being alienated from the life that is in God. All mankind was devoid of the glory of God through the fall of the first Adam.
He abode not in the truth, because God is true. All who are not God, are not true, and so are children of the devil.
The intention of the cherub
Satan is a liar from the beginning, however, the Isaiah prophecy, revealed the true intent of your heart, which corresponded to the truth: “Thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14 : 14).
God points the intention of the anointed guardian cherub heart through the prophet Isaiah. It is shown that the claim was the anointed cherub guard (I will be like), the method (I will ascend above the stars (angels).
“Thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God will exalt my throne; the mount of the congregation will I sit in the far north “(Is 14:13).
What was the real intention of the anointed cherub? He wished in his heart ascend to heaven (since it was established on earth, specifically in Eden), above the stars of God, exalting his throne.
We know that the stars are in heaven. However, the stars of which the former archangel mentioned says the angels of God. The ‘stars of God’ says the whole angelic order: cherub, Archangel and angels. Although a cherub have a rank higher than an angel, he remains angel. Although a cherub is hierarchically superior to an archangel, both cherub, as archangels remain angels.
All the angelic order was in heaven, and the anointed cherub of the guard, which was established to save the holy mountain of God in Eden, brought up to heaven, but wanted to get possession of the sky in a superior position to Angel.
Why he ‘would rise to heaven’? Because he was in Eden performing the mission for which it was established: save the holy mountain traveling on the fiery stones.
But his purpose was to get possession of the sky in a superior position to the stars of God (angels). He wanted to be in a position above (exalt my throne), above the stars of God.
How to achieve a higher position of the angels? To achieve a higher position of the angels, first would need no longer be angel, and move to another category of ‘being’ or ‘existence’. If he ascended to heaven and continue to be cherub, would not have ‘risen’ or exalted his throne, his position in the heavenly order.
As he intended to raise a new position in the celestial order? He wanted to achieve a superior position to the stars of God (angels) sat on the mount of the congregation, we northern ends. What was commissioned to covering cherub anointed protect (save), he wanted to achieve.
At no time we see Satan attempting to find the most high position, since this intent is not feasible to any creature.
He wanted to rise above the highest clouds, the position of likeness of the Almighty.
We see that he wanted to be similar and not equal to God. Be equal with God is not feasible, but for the anointed cherub, be similar to the Creator seemed fully feasible.
Similarity of The Most High
When you understand that Satan desired God’s position, many questions remain silent. But when it is understood that Satan sought to achieve the likeness of the Almighty, many questions arise.
What is the likeness of the Almighty? What’s in the likeness of the Almighty would allow the covering cherub anointed have a superior position to the angels?
“I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14).
“Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness …” (Gen. 1:26).
Note that what Satan brought achieve, God gave to man, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness!
Who cares to lie?
Looking more carefully the biblical fact that Satan brought to be like God, we can identify what is behind the lie that has been disclosed, that Satan brought to take the glory of God, and make clear the truth, because the truth always will be true no matter what is established by consensus.
What the Bible says? Satan brought take the place of God?
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14).
When propagates the idea that Satan brought to be equal with God, man ceases to wonder: what is to be like God? It is the enemy of the interest of our souls that man does not find out what is to be like the Most High.
The Bible shows that it is impossible creature be like the Most High:
“For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD “(Psalm 89: 6).
The answer is straightforward: no one can match up to God. This verse alone shows that Satan brought not be equal to God, as is knowledge of all creatures of God that He is unparalleled.
Satan brought to be like God, and to carry out his intention, had in his heart a ‘good’ plan drawn up. He thought that was enough ascend into heaven above the stars of God, which reach the likeness of the Creator. Ledo mistake! He was cast in hell.
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven above the stars of God will exalt my throne, and the mount of the congregation will I sit the far north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High “(Isaiah 14:13 -14).
Which is not the surprise of all the spiritual forces when God said:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth “(Gen. 1:26).
What Lucifer brought achieve, God has given gracefully to man. He created Adam your image and your likeness.
When we ask what is to be like God, we begin to see the manifold wisdom of God that is revealed to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places through the church (Ephesians 3:10)!
We know it is impossible for all God’s creatures are equal to Him in power and magnificence, however, God established that the man would receive the likeness of Him.
This eternal plan seemed frustrated when mankind fall in Adam, however, through the person of his Son, Jesus, the last Adam, God grants their similarity to those who believe in him.
“However, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come” (Rom 5:14).
Adam was the figure of Christ (the one who was to come), and Christ the express image of God. Through Christ man reaches the fullness of God Cl 2: 9- 10, and are raised the position of children of God.
The position that man attains in Christ is greater than the angels, archangels, seraphim and cherubim, since it will be a matter for the judge angels saved, regardless of the category they belong (1 Cor 6: 3).
To those who are in Christ are to be like Him, very high position compared to the Angels (1 John 3: 2).
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that when he appears we shall be like him; because we shall see him as he is “(1 John 3: 2).
Superior position to God’s Stars
EH Bancroft left recorded the following: “… as a result of pride in their own superiority, he sought to divert to himself the worship due to God alone” Elementary Theology, Emery H. Nancroft, Ed EBR 2001, Page 302, II. . (emphasis added). It is correct to say that Satan wanted the worship due to God, as I say Bancroft?
Satan wanted a position above the stars of God, and it brought appropriating the likeness of God. To carry out its plan effect, he intended to sit on the mount of assembly, in the far north. He wanted to get hold of that for which it was established to save.
For him, being in a superior position to his companions up enough, or climb a new position. But God surprises all the angelic hosts to come down and give his resemblance to men.
Thus, it appears that is a lie to say that Lucifer brought to be equal with God. The pride that went to the heart of Satan made him did not keep their original position (principality), and would attempt to reach a new position, the godlike.
Satan wanted to achieve a higher position, since pride took possession of his heart. As one created perfect in all his ways, represent the perfection of God (perfect seal), full of wisdom, perfect in beauty and have a dress that distinguished him from all the other angels, was attracted to achieve what was commissioned to protect.
He found great because of its beauty. Having focused the radiance that had the wisdom not delivered the fall. He rejected their first (position established by God) to try to make use of a position unknown to him.
The anointed cherub, because of pride, not seen the other angels as companions, before the staring at the top of their rank. Your heart was lifted up because of his beauty, and wisdom that should remove him from pride, was corrupted by the desire for greater position.
The Eternal Purpose
The angelic beings were created through the power and word of God, Let there be, and they came into existence “When the morning stars sang together happily, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38: 7); “Praise the name of Jehovah, he commanded and they were created” (Ps 148: 5).
The angels knew the power and the majesty of God, however, these were unaware of their manifold wisdom.
They were unaware of the eternal purpose of God revealed in the gospel only to converge in Christ all things “De might gather together in Christ all things in the dispensation of the fulness of times, both which are in heaven and that are on earth” (Eph 1:10).
They were unaware of the eternal purpose of God in Christ do the firstborn of all creation “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Col 1:15); “And he is the head of the body, the church; is the beginning and the primogênitodentre the dead, that in everything he might have the preeminence “(Colossians 1:18); “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; For now, the church, the manifold wisdom of God may be known to the principalities and powers in heaven, According to the eternal purpose which he did in Christ Jesus our Lord “(Eph 3: 9 -11).
To lead to his eternal purpose effect, it pleased God create the earth to be inhabited “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens, God himself that formed the earth and made it; he confirmed, did not create it empty, but formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord and there is none else “(Isaiah 45:18).
On earth God created Eden, where the mystery which has been hidden from the eternal ages would be revealed (Eph 3: 9).
Left on the hill protector, the anointed cherub of the guard, in authority and rank superior to other angelic beings.
However, to realize that there was a superior position to the position of angels, which is the likeness of the Almighty, Satan desired for himself.
He left his principality, the position for which it was established and launched in the works sit on the mount of assembly in the far north. The plan seemed feasible due to the pride the covering cherub, who managed to deceive and attract 1/3 of the angelic order “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who had given birth, so that when she gave birth, swallow his son “(Rev. 12: 4).
But it pleased God from time immemorial, according to the counsel of his will give men their image.
The First Man
Man was created in an inferior position of the angels Ps 8: 4 But in Christ Jesus, the last Adam, the man goes to a position greater than the angels.
Man was created by God out of clay. This was the first man, created living soul, being designated natural man and land. All other men are as the first man, natural and earth.
Due to the fall of Adam, all men are born under an inherited condemnation of the first man. All mankind brings the image of the ground.
The Last Man
The last Adam is Christ. It is life-giving spirit, that is, it gives life to those who were made a living soul in Adam.
Jesus Christ man was generated by the Eternal Spirit, the firstborn over all creation (the first begotten of God). While Adam was created, Jesus is the begotten of God. While Adam was creature, Jesus is the Son.
Through Christ, the last man (spiritual and heavenly man), all land men who believe they are born again of incorruptible seed, which is the word of God. These are alive and become as the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45 -49).
“So it is written:. The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit But not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then the spiritual The first man is of the earth, earthy;. the second man, the Lord from heaven is the earthy, such are also the land;. and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly and as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. “(1 Cor 15:45 -49).
The Coveted Position
Satan coveted the most high similarity of position, however, unaware that God himself would undress of his glory, becoming flesh.
As the anointed cherub wanted to climb the possession of heaven greater position than the heavenly beings, the Word was made flesh, assumed the form of a servant and dwelt among men (Phil 2: 6 -11).
However, having resigned himself to take the form of a servant, making himself equal to men, God raised Christ sovereignly. Even after taking the ‘less than’ position angels, Jesus even more humbled, and became obedient unto death, and death on the cross.
Note that Christ the servant position had not robbery to be equal with God, while being God (Phil 2: 7). Note that the condition of the high priest was given by the Father, that is, He gave no hand this function “So also Christ did not glorify himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, this day begotten thee “(Heb 5: 5).
To be glorified by the Father with the glory he had before there world, Jesus acquires spare name which is above all names “And now glorify thou me, O Father, with thyself, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was “(John 17: 5). On returning to glory, Christ leads among men many children to God “For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom everything exists, bringing many sons unto glory, to the afflictions the captain of their salvation” (Heb 2:10).
The eternal purpose is fulfilled when Christ returns to glory bringing many sons to God, as Christ becomes firstborn among many brethren condition and firstborn from the dead.
The image and likeness of God passed on to their children, which are generated from the incorruptible seed, which is the word of God. “And so for now, the church, the manifold wisdom of God may be known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” (EF 2:10).
Satan brought achieve a position, however, unaware of the manifold wisdom of God. Unaware that the elevated position above the stars of God arises from the divine filiation.
The position he craved, is irrelevant to the creature, and yes, the Son, the last Adam, through whom reached the condition of children. Only those who were greeted by children is receiving the high position of being like the Most High (1 John 3: 2; Hebrews 2:10 -13; Rom 8:16 -17).
Mount of the Congregation
“In the mount of the congregation will I sit in the far north” (Is 14:13).
Satan brought achieve a higher position (will be like the Most High), to establish above the stars of God. For this he brought settle up in the far north, the mount of the congregation of God.
What was the mount of the congregation? Or, what was the holy mountain of God? Why was there a need for a protective performing guard duty?
The glory of God was present in Eden, the mount of assembly, in the far north. There was the congregation’s environment, however, the assembly that was established in the holy mount did not belong to the stars of God.
Note that ‘God’s children’ presented themselves before the Lord from time to time (Job 1: 6; Job 2: 1), however, the mount of the congregation that was in Eden was vetoed them. God had been the anointed cherub protector, so that the angels do not obtain access to this mystery in the mount of the congregation.
The mount of the congregation was the glory of God, the same as the priest Ezekiel saw in vision depart from the temple. The glory was upon the cherubim and retreated to the entrance of the temple (Ezekiel 9: 3 and Ezekiel 10: 4); the entrance of the temple, the glory went to the city, and finally, the glory went to the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 11:23).
The same glory will be returning to the temple millennial (Ezekiel 43: 2 -7). When the Lord go forth to battle, his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which will be split in half (Zechariah 14: 4). Note that the presence of God has always been shrouded in mystery, “Then Solomon said, the Lord declared that he would dwell in a dark cloud” (1 Kings 8:12).
We do not know details of what was treated in the holy mount of the congregation, however, know that there was the place where the meeting was given to address the mystery that has always been hidden in God, and that this ‘congregation’ was established without the presence of the angels since the anointed cherub was established to prevent the approach of heavenly beings.
It is noticed that the anointed cherub guard, which was established to protect the mystery, he was tempted to look and saw that he was about to develop.
The conjecture of Satan led him to fall, once wished likeness of the Almighty, to be in a superior position to the heavenly beings.
When God created the heavens and the earth, it was necessary to establish the anointed covering cherub in Eden to prevent access of the angelic hosts the holy mountain. Later, God set cherubim to prevent access of man released from his presence, to prevent them from having access to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24).
The cherubim east of the Garden of Eden and the flaming sword guarded the way of the tree of life of man in sin. Already the anointed cherub, protected the mount of the congregation access of heavenly beings, not having access to hidden mystery.
Satan turned out to conjecture that if he were on the mount of assembly, place accessible only to God, he would achieve a superior position to the celestials (stars of God). Why not be in search of the Highest position, but in a higher position the stars of God, did not see the violence of his intention to bring profane the sanctuary of his Creator Ezek 28: 16.
He was already in a privileged position, the shield, and it was vested with power and authority over others (Zechariah 3: 1 -2; Jude 1: 9).
But pride made him aspire to profit from his guard position (multiplying its trade) (Ez 28:16), and was launched from polluted Eden, to want to have access to the place of the glory of God (Isaiah 48:11).
Two Figures illustrating Intent Anointed Cherub
“When Haman entered, the king asked him: What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor Now Haman said to himself,? To whom would the king delight to honor more than me” (Et 6: 6).
Haman the Agagite, was magnified above all the princes of the kingdom of Ahasuerus (Xerxes). All the king’s officials bowed when Haman passed, as the king will order (Et 3: 1 -3). But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.
The official protested to Mordecai, and he did not hear them. These in turn did Haman know of Mordecai attitude.
Haman to know the behavior of Mordecai, the king proposed a way to raise 10,000 talents of silver, exterminating the people of Mordecai, on the pretext of not meeting the king’s laws (Et 3: 9).
What Haman offered the king was intended as only a personal satisfaction. He was vain, arrogant and selfish. When the king proposed to honor Mordecai, Haman could only see yourself as one who deserved the king’s honor.
Like Haman, the anointed cherub guard was blind because of his beauty, and wanted for himself the honor and position that God please give your children: a likeness of the Almighty.
“But there he was strong, lifted up his heart to be corrupted, and transgressed against the LORD his God, and entered the LORD’s temple to burn incense on the altar” (2 Chronicles 26:16).
King Uzziah was one of the kings of Judah and did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Chronicles 26: 4).
However, having fortified his kingdom with warriors, machines, spears and arrows, his heart was corrupted. He was unfaithful to bring offer incense on the altar of incense in the temple of the Lord (2 Chronicles 26:16).
Note that he was prevented by the priests, described as brave men. These withstood Uzziah and said, “To you, Uzziah, not for burning incense before the Lord, but the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense” II Cr 26: 18.
The priests determined that Uzziah came out of the temple, having been unfaithful. The alert and full, “or is this for you your honor from the LORD God.” Christ became a priest after the order of Melchizedek, God bestow this honor (Heb 5: 5). Uzziah brought offer incense, honor given to the sons of Aaron, which became unfaithful.
Blindness reached the point of it angry with the priests, who were alert about your error. Then leprosy sprouted on his forehead. The priests rushed to his withdrawal from the temple, and he hurried out when he realized that God had injured him (2 Chronicles 26:20).
Similarly, when wanting to sit on the holy mountain to take a position that was not given, Satan became profane. He did not desecrated the place of the glory of God, since, when he found wickedness in him, God laid it desecrated the mountain of God and deprived of his principality (Ez 28:16