Ezekiel 28 has another description of Lucifer. The Ezekiel passage was directed to the king of Tyre. Like the king of Babylon, the king of Tyre manifested these character flaws that are rooted in Lucifer himself. Ezekiel outlines Lucifer’s beginning to his fall from heaven.
You were the seal of perfections, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the Garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardis, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, turquoise and emerald with gold. You were the anointed cherub fiery who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of stones.
You were perfect in all your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.
By the abundance of your trading1 you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O Covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings that they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever.
Ezekiel 28:12–19 NKJV
The word trading is speaking of interaction with nations. For the king of Tyre, it was how he came to control nations. For Lucifer, it was through deception that he came to control people, beginning with Eve in the Garden of Eden.
The characteristics of Lucifer are seen manifested in fallen man. They are most prominent in those reigning over people such as kings and governors. Oppressive governments throughout the earth today have control over people’s lives. In those governments this same demonic manifestation can be seen: corruption, oppression, and domination. Can you think of any evil nations today that fit the descriptions of Lucifer?
One point the passages above make is that iniquity was found in Lucifer. Iniquity speaks of lawlessness. Lawlessness originated in Lucifer. Lawlessness is related to rebellion and pride. You could say that these three sins are the “trinity” of evil. All three will be found operating together. In the ministry of deliverance, which we will address in detail in chapter eleven, you will most likely run into these three sisters operating in the life of the person needing to be set free. All demons are lawless; all demons are rebellious; and all demons are driven by pride.
Another point made in these passages is that of corrupted wisdom. Lucifer had wisdom in his responsibilities in heaven, but through pride, rebellion, and lawlessness, that wisdom became corrupted. The wisdom of the world reflects the same problem. True wisdom originates with God. It is God that opens the mind of man to have understanding, but pride, rebellion, and lawlessness produce corruption in wisdom.
A third point we find in this passage is “gaze at you.” To gaze upon refers to idolatry. Idolatry has swept the earth from the very early days of the creation of man when man fell. Mankind began to worship the creation and not the creator as described in Romans 1:18–25.