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  • Comparison of Lucifer's Breastplate with 9 stones (Ezekiel 28:13) againts the High Priest's 12 stones (Exodus 28:17-20) (todo) [10] [11] [12]

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Intro

We're going to make a little trip back to the Garden episode between satan (the serpent) and Eve to show how he uses cunning words to work his will in humanity. Can we really imagine that our Father would have taught Eve what evil was? Surely not; therefore, we have to conclude that she knew only good. Additionally, can we imagine our Father taught satan (once a high priest of God) evil? Surely not; therefore, we must conclude that satan himself devised evil. Think for a moment; if an individual breaks the first Commandment, that act exposes the individual to a plethora of evil simply because they have opted to worship another god -- which could even be them selves. In the case of satan, he did worship himself, and his sin was in fact exactly as we've just described. No matter how high a priest (preacher, teacher) is elevated -- even by our Father -- he yet must be submissive to God's Word. Once that priest (preacher, teacher) takes it upon himself to deviate from God's Word, then that individual has placed himself in God's position. That's why satan has committed the unpardonable sin -- making himself as God -- which he will parade for the entire world to see in the near future. Our study will take a little turn today, but I feel compelled to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Someone just may be waiting on this very study.

We must review in detail, a very important Scripture from our last installment which speaks to the foregoing condition: Isa. 14:12-14:

Isa. 14:12 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!"

This is in question form; but not really a question except to the human mind; therefore, He is bringing forth a condition by posing a question: "Just how did satan fall?" The phrase "...cut down to the ground..." documents that satan was once honored with having a very highly elevated position -- which obviously, was given to him by our Father. This Scripture shows that satan's exalted position on high had come to an end and he was therefore relegated to having power over only the earth -- implying that he had somewhat power in the heavenly realm previous to this falling. He yet is our accuser, (Rev. 12). This seems to be confirmed by the next phrase; "...which didst weaken the nations." Weaken the nations? This weakening implies that satan's control in the earthly realm also brought the "nations" (all races of people and their respective kingdoms) down from a higher level, or from one authority to another -- in this case, from God's ruler ship to satan's ruler ship. Therefore, satan's sin was passed to the earthly realm making it as him self -- in a fallen state. This fallen state references the rebellion, the overthrow, where the earth became void (empty), without form (no created beauty as it was originally), and total darkness. This is made no clearer than in Genesis 1 where God said "let there be light" -- not meaning the sun or moon, but His light instead. ((Shekinah Glory of God)) The sun and moon did not show up until the fourth day. Just threw this in to give a small view of why our Father said (replenish --repopulate-- the earth). Satan's control of the earthly realm is also confirmed by a statement he made in Luke 4:5-7:

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him (Jesus), All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

How could satan possible give this power if he did not have it? In fact, he stated that this power (over this world) had been delivered to him! Note that Jesus did not refute this claim.

Another witness to the fact that our Father is not the ruler of the kingdoms of this world today (meaning satan must be) is found in Rev.:

Rev. 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

It is at this trump, the last trump (1 Cor. 15 & 1 Thess. 4) that our Saviour returns; Armageddon takes place and satan is bound for 1000 years, (Rev. 20). It is obvious that unless satan is bound -- rendered powerless -- he will yet have power to resist God. Jesus taught this lesson in Matt. 12:29:

Matt. 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house."

Therefore, satan's authority as the high priest of this world, which he has turned into becoming its god, must be removed.

Let's continue with a closer look at satan's fall.

Isaiah 14:13 For **thou hast said** in thine heart, **I will** (not Father's 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:"

Here we see that satan had access to both the earthly and heavenly realms. Apparently, while on earth during one of his trips (Job chapter 1 fully explains his ability), satan devised the plans that this verse reveals. It was at this moment, when it would seem to have said to him self -- as do generals and under leaders of the rulers of nations do today: "...I will..." that his first sin occurred. It would seem that he viewed the entire domain over which he had been placed and said to himself; "What do I need with God? I'm a god myself?" This kind of political act today is called a coup, or an insurrection or revolt -- like we've seen in recent years in the former Soviet Union, East Germany, etc. So, anytime we refuse to obey God’s will, we therefore, place ourselves in God's position -- blasphemy! This sin cannot be forgiven (except where innocently done or from coercion unknowingly), and I'm sure satan was advised just as Eve was advised; therefore, satan's fate is sealed. Look how satan further compounds his first sin.

Eze. 28:14 **I will** ascend above the heights of the clouds; **I will** be like the most High (take over His office).

We see "I will" five times, meaning grace, which satan has also contaminated with falsehoods -- he is no longer perfect as he was created. So, we now see satan's goal -- to take charge over all the Priesthood of this world -- even God's elect if it were possible, becoming the world's only high priest, replacing our Father's priesthood wherever he can get away with it. He will even fake Christ's Priesthood when he sits in Jerusalem pretending to fulfill the covenant of peace -- reserved for only the Prince of Peace. Let us again document that satan was created perfect, verse 15:

Eze. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Yes, satan was once perfect; he was once a shining reflection of all God's wisdom, knowledge and beauty. Now, note carefully: "...iniquity was found in thee." Iniquity means lawlessness, wickedness, rebellion --both morally and spiritually-- or simply put disobedience and defiance of God's authority.

Here the origin of sin is plainly and openly documented for all to see -- it came from within satan. Therefore, God did not invent evil, He did not teach Eve evil, nor does God teach or coerce anyone to be or practice evil. It's all laid at satan's doorstep. My point in all this is to prove the far reaching consequences of one single sin --satan making himself like God. It could be compared to the tentacles of an octopus, reaching in many different directions. This one sin has caused all the fighting, wars, strife, envying, thefts, lies, sickness, pain, spiritual suffering, heartaches, violence, wickedness, spiritual wickedness in high places of authority -- from religion to politics -- and finally, all ending in death -- both body and soul for multiplied millions of God's children. Therefore, to rid the world of wickedness and to free God's obedient children from satan's death grip, our Father will be forced to kill his own son (satan) and millions of His other children as well. What a trip for our Father! That's what the preaching of this wicked high priest of this world is bringing on humanity -- yet millions, as did Eve, are listening to his message. It astonishes me to see the leaders of this country discount and even snuff out God's influence and teachings -- replacing them with their own solutions. This is blasphemous; and is brought on by their listening to this world's high priest.

Eze. 28:16: "By the **multitude of thy merchandise** (trading in his cunning ways) they have filled the midst of thee with violence, 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 stones of fire? Ah, hah! The perfect ness of God's Presence) Satan's judgment, announced in these verses, will not be consummated until he is cast forever into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10). Here satan's position in God's government is terminated (the stones of fire denotes his former Godly priesthood authority), though he still has access to heaven (Job 1:6). This is why God's true dress code of His priesthood should be of concern to Christians today. At the beginning of the Millennium he will be cast into the shaft of the abyss (Rev. 20:1-3) to be loosed for a short time at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:7-9), and then cast into the lake of fire forever.

Eze.28:17: "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."

Satan is cast out of the heavenly realm to have access there no more in Rev. 12 -- at the beginning of the tribulation. In the end, he will be revealed to the world, even the kings of this world, as a fallen nobody -- a turncoat on his Creator. However, since satan's priesthood here on earth has most people believing that he is red, has a pitchfork, has pointed ears and a barbed tail, and will be totally evil, they will be his "patsies" because his true dress code has been not been learned.

This methodology is no more clearly demonstrated than in the Halloween (hallowed -- reverenced -- eve). The ghosts and goblins, the witches and cobwebs, the treats or tricks (good or evil) are clearly inventions of satan -- not our Father. People seem to forget that satan knows "good" also; but most importantly, makes evil look good and innocent.

He will even be allowed to perform miracles; and because so many people mistake "good" for religion or conversion to some religion, they will be sucked into serving him by his vacuum of "good". He will even be using "...lying signs and wonders..." On the other hand, Satan's earthly priesthood has caused most people to "buy-in" on the rapture doctrine invented in the year 1830 by a mentally sick woman ( Correction: The Rapture or "millions missing" fable was invented by 2 Jesuits Francisco Ribera and Robert Bellarmine ). It is now so entrenched that it will remain a permanent "dress code" of most of Christianity. This doctrine was subsequently brought to America (Los Angeles, the city of angels) around 1900, and from that "revival", it has spread to most all Christian denominations. They simply do not study God's Word -- but listen to happy "reverends".

Eze. 28:18-19: "18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; 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. 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."

Here we are again reminded what led to his downfall; then, we are shown his eternal destruction. A fire comes from within him; and in the sight of humanity, he is reduced to ashes right here on earth. This is a consuming fire, as it was a lake, (Deut. 4:24, Heb. 12:29). And, note carefully, "...and never shalt thou be any more." Never be any more? We have been taught from childhood that the unsaved, along with satan, will spend eternity writhing and wriggling like bacon in an eternal burning hell. To "...never be any more", is like burning a chunk of wood into ashes -- the wood is no more and the ashes disintegrate into dust. However, the smoke of that burning ascends up and never returns; therefore, from this obvious explanation, we can now properly understand Rev. 14:11:

Rev. 14:11 And the smoke of their torment (those who are lost, accept the mark, and worship the beast and his system, vs.10) ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

This verse has two applications: (1) documenting the fate of the lost; and (2) documenting a warning that even though those who do decide to accept the mark and worship the beast (satan) and his system to avoid the beast's wrath, will have no rest day nor night if they do because they become slaves to the system and satan. The last of this verse does not mean these lost souls have no rest because of being in a red hot hell. In fact, in the new world age, there is neither day nor night -- so how can days and nights apply to these lost souls?

Rev. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be **no night there**.

And finally, the only sorrow we shall ever have over lost loved ones is while we are yet here in the flesh. Once this earth age is over, there will be no sorrow, no pain, no more death, (Rev. 21:4). Those who do not make it will be as if they never were. Our study migrated into several directions because the subject matter in the Bible is so intertwined that it is hard to not cover at least some important "side roads". This is quite obvious from the content of the verses which describe satan's fall. My main objective was to show;

  1. what the false high priest of this world, along with his human priesthood, has perpetrated on the people of this world;
  2. how the world has reacted to his religion; and
  3. the consequences of listening to that false priest hood and their messages -- that appear, on the surface, to be good and godly -- just as they did to Eve.

We are born into this world with no evil in our hearts; but along the road of life (at a very early age), we somehow begin listening to a priesthood that, as is now obvious, not from God -- but many times seems like it. It is because of this urging from satan, that we, of our own free will and choice, as did Eve, begin to be disobedient to God's ways. From this point forward, unless there is an intervention of some kind from our Father, we will continue to listen the priesthood whose goal is to bring our souls into the same lifestyle and nature as satan -- listening to someone other that God and His Word. In fact, there is no other inspired word from God.

It is obvious that another installment is necessary to finish our look at the significance in the Priest's Breastplate. This will be our final installment on this subject. We've seen how satan, through his influence on a priesthood that works for him, knowingly or unknowingly, slithers his way into the lives of humanity. Were it not for a chosen priesthood that our Father has set aside for the purpose of being a witness against falsehoods, the religions of the world would have no resistance from God. We who are His witnesses are an election, chosen for the specific purpose of providing a reflection of God's Word (His Light) to a world that has become darkened by satan and his priesthood. We also stand on the firm foundation of His Word that whatsoever is not of God is of satan or man. These are the foundations we saw in the walls and the wall's construction. This wall is to protect that which is within; the undefiled truth coming from our Father -- that those outside the walls -- must take heed in how they are allowed to enter Father's Domain. Rev. 21:27 speaks to this subject: Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time." -- Which were satan's kingdoms. Rev. 22:15 also speaks to the purpose of the wall:

Rev. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

And finally, Jesus Himself, has somewhat to say regarding this message in verse 16:

Rev. 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in **the churches**. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Remember that satan is the false star, (Rev. 8 & 9).

From these Scriptures, it would seem clear that Christ's Priesthood, the true Bright and Morning Star, is where Satan obtained his name -- Lucifer, light bearer -- and also copied the identifier "...son of the morning" from Isa. 14:12. Christ is described as our "day star" in 2 Peter 1:19. It should now be absolutely clear that there is a True Light and a false light; and without proper knowledge, the false light can be easily mistaken for the True Light; and my duty is to show the difference... Another point to remember is that all prophecy regarding satan is given in months or moons; therefore, showing that he is not that light, but a contaminated reflection of the True Light. Satan's fall prevents his nature from duplicating the True Light because he now wishes to transmit his own light, that is, his version of good and evil -- he has become his own god.

This is how Jesus describes this comparison in John 3:19-21:

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

God's True Light (His undefiled Word) shows up all that is not emanating from Him when His messengers proclaim it.

Trouble is there are not many devout messengers anymore; therefore, the evil doers are getting braver by the week. Those who love our Father and His Word, willingly and obediently -- of their own free will -- make their way to the True Light that they may have the sight to see themselves and their lives that they may be sure they are measuring up to God's will and His standards. The calling of God's true Priesthood is as follows:

2Cor 4:5-6 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Note: The breastplate was designed to "...give the light of knowledge of the glory of God." That's the purpose of the twelve stones in the breastplate; a token to the Israelites that the man who wore this breastplate was a direct and anointed representative of God's light of knowledge and the glory of God. It was to be respected with all reverence.

The "pectoral", or the garment which held the stones, making up the complete breastplate, was the crowning glory of the High Priest's regalia; and the most sacred talisman of his office. It was styled as a "spangle", from its sparkling gold and flashing gem stones. Of particular interest is the words "Urim and Thummim". These words express the proper order and positioning of the precious stones in the breast place, plus two hidden stones next to the priest's heart.

Exo 28:30: And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.

This symbolized judgment from the heart not by man. Only when they were in proper order and all twelve displayed, could "Urim and Thummim" be exclaimed to exist. What do Urim and Thummim mean? Light and Perfection -- representative of God's Light and His perfection of which the stones reminded all Israel when the priest was speaking for God.

Therefore, when we see the disorder in the stones in satan's breastplate, as well as the three missing stones (-- one complete row, the third row (2 x 3 = 6) -- shows us that "Urim and Thummim" was and is not present; and that he, therefore, certainly could not represent God's Perfect Light! This great truth is the highlight of this entire study; because unless "Urim and Thummim" was present, God was not present. All Israel's leaders were supposed to know what "Urim and Thummim" meant, and what constituted it; or a fake priest could conceivably deceive the people.

In closing, there is one stone mentioned in the breastplate which must be examined more closely; and that stone is the diamond. This is a mistranslation, or wrong use of a word. There are two obvious reasons why the diamond was not a correct translation: (1) the size would make this stone too expensive. (2) In those days engraving a diamond would have been impossible. In fact, the diamond was so hard that it was used to engrave other stones. The proper name for the diamond is sardonyx or chalcedony, properly translated in Rev. 21.

Jer 17:1 The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars;

From Jer 17:1 H8068 shâmîyr shaw-meer' From H8104 in the original sense of pricking; a thorn; also (from its keenness for scratching) a gem, probably the diamond: - adamant (stone), brier, diamond.

From the other 3 verses H3095 yahălôm yah-hal-ome' From H1986 (in the sense of hardness); a precious stone, probably onyx: - diamond.

Rev 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
Rev 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

It is hoped that this series of studies on the Priest's Breastplate was informative, challenging and enlightening.

Missing Stones Explanation

Ezekiel 28: 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every **precious stone** ((all 12 -- precious stones in the Priest's Breastplate; but, to whom were they precious?))was thy covering ((his breastplate; signet of authority from God, and His knowledge)," -- but something happened -- take note: "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 timbrel and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created."

In view of these particular stones, as they relate to the Priest's Breastplate, we had better take a closer look. It is herein documented that Satan had access to every stone in the breastplate in the day he was created (Tyrus was not created; he was conceived and born of woman). All these stones are included in the Priest's Breastplate. Every serious Bible student should make a comparison study every place where the precious stones are mentioned. They are quite significant as to their contextual meaning. As before shown, each tribe's name was written on its particular stone. In our first installment, we listed the stones as shown in Exodus 28: Sardis, topaz, carbuncle, emerald, sapphire, diamond, jacinth, agate, amethyst, beryl, onyx and jasper. Now, pay close attention:

In Ezekiel 28:13 above, the list is as follows: Sardis, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, emerald, carbuncle and gold. Note that there are three stones missing from the list and gold is added (hum, gold? the world's economy?), plus the arrangement is changed. The stones were set in order according to their encampment in the wilderness. The three missing stones represent the tribes of Gad, Asher and Isaachar -- the entire third row is missing! Three in Biblical numerics is completeness -- so w e see that satan's breastplate is not complete. Nine stones are left; and nine in Biblical numerics is judgment. Do you not now see the value in deeper study? If you will check the tribal listing in Rev. 7, you will see that these three tribes are listed there. You will also note that Dan and Ephraim are missing with Joseph and Levi taking their places. This in and of itself, is a separate discussion, so I'll leave it for later. I just wanted to bring to your attention the complexity of in-depth study that's necessary, which few Bible students do (too much work, I guess), in order to get at the heart of God's Word and rightly divide it; meaning to put it in its proper order or sequence. This is a subject that would be good for our group to take on as a personal assignment in an open discussion on our network.

Let us continue. Just what do the missing stones mean to us? Gad, missing in Ezekiel 28:13, means "fortune or troop" (Strong's No.1410). Its root meaning is to crowd upon or attack or No. 1413 which means to "gash" or as pressing into something. Is not satan the oppressor? It means that to offer our Father true worship, we must do it in the face of much oppression. Satan even took a swipe at the Almighty (his creator) when he had Yahshua murdered (a gash)! In other words, satan is what the Bible defines him to be -- the Adversary! So, this stone had to be omitted.

Next, the tribe of Isaachar is missing in satan's breastplate. From Strong's No.'s 3485 and 5375 we find this name to represent "bringing a reward". Another Strong's No. that figures in this equation is 7939; meaning "payment of contract, salary, fare, maintenance or compensation of benefit".

Under the Breastplate of Messiah, Yahshua, Jesus Christ, we are compensated with eternal life for our allegiance to Him; however, under satan's breastplate, we are compensated with eternal death = the wages (payday) of sin is death. Note carefully what this wicked priest offered Eve: "You shall not surely die..." In this one phrase, satan blatantly calls our Father a liar; and takes it upon himself to "reward" her obedience to him with eternal life! Blasphemy, personified! Can you imagine such gall? What happened to Adam and Eve after this affair? Did they repent? The Scriptures do not say. Also, Adam, at least, was yet alive when God spoke to Noah about the flood, but he is not mentioned.

Third, the tribe of Asher is missing in satan's breastplate. Strange as it seems, Asher means happy (Strong's No. 833, 836) -- which in the deeper sense, means to be straight. However, satan is not straight; in fact, his nature is described as a serpent or serpentine. In its simplest meaning, it means to leave a crooked trail -- one of confusion! Do you know a politician or religious leader that fits this description? The main reason this stone must be deleted from his breastplate is that in reality, its meaning "straight" condemns him!

Satan is not straight (or truthful), he is not right (a divine nature), he is not level (fair and just), he does not give happiness (but pain and death instead). Satan leads souls astray, away from God through contamination of God's Word -- not towards God. He even quotes Scriptures falsely, even to Jesus Himself, (Luke 4). Therefore, this stone had to be omitted.

Now, in closing this installment, remember that satan had access to ALL the precious stones. However, in addition to three being omitted, and by the meanings of these tribes we found out why. Also, the remaining nine stones were rearranged. The rearrangement is also interesting because it shows satan's nature in rearranging God's Word via would be teachers. Oh yes! Satan does wear a breastplate, all right, and he is a priest, but not of the Most High God -- as was and is Melchizedek (which his breastplate proves beyond doubt); and those who cannot recognize the disarray in satan's "priestly attire" now, will surely be "vertigo'd" by him when he gets here. As revealed in these Scriptures, he will pass himself off as the true Christ (Israel's Messiah, who attempts to confirm Father's covenant of peace, so the unlearned will follow him to the abyss where he is destined to go, (Rev. chapters 9, 11, 17, 20). Talk about a great "sucking sound"! My, my. We sure had better learn the priestly dress codes laid out in our Father's Word. Those who are simply Christ's witnesses, also offer salvation through Christ to whom so ever will. Even Aaron had to have attendant priests that helped him carry out his duties, did he not? So, polish up your breastplate and wear it proudly, that it may reflect our Father's Son, our High Priest. Ephesians 6 calls it "...the breastplate of righteousness." That's the same significance Aaron's Breastplate had. In our next installment, we'll delve a little further into the tribes and other things.

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