In the online sermon “The Wages Of Sin Is Death“, the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) claims that “the king of Tyre lived before he came to earth” citing Ezekiel 28:11-17. If you read all of Ezekiel chapters 27 and 28 though, it is clear that a parallel is drawn between the fall of the king of Tyre and the fall of Lucifer from heaven.
The King of Tyre as a person, is rebuked specifically for his sinful ways in chapter 27. Chapter 27 enumerates King Tyre’s specific sins. King Tyre’s fall from grace, mirrors Lucifer’s fall from heaven. In Chapter 28, Ezekiel is sent by God to declare to King Tyre how shameful his fall is, and how similar it mirrors Lucifer’s. In Chapter 28, we see King Tyre’s unfortunate fall paralleled to that of Lucifer’s. The WMSCOG cites only Chapter 28 in an attempt to argue that “we were angels in heaven”. If read out of context, one could be confused as to who Ezekiel is speaking about when he addresses King Tyre in Chapter 28. When we read the entire Bible, and in this case, Chapter 27 first, we clearly see that King Tyre is addressed in Chapter 27, and that Chapter 28 is actually a parallel to Lucifer, and does not represent King Tyre himself. This is illustrated best in the table below.
It is important not to take Scripture out of context, for otherwise it could be twisted to mean anything. As the Apostle Paul’s says 1 John 4:1, we must “test the spirits to see whether they are from God”.
|King of Tyre||Lucifer|
|27:36 You will become a horror, and be no more forever.||28:19 You have become a horror, And shall be no more forever.|
|27:11 They made your beauty perfect.||28:12 Full of wisdom and perfect beauty.|
|26:20 then I will bring you down with those who descend into the Pit…||28: 8 They shall throw you down into the Pit…|
|27:3 Tyre…merchant to the peoples…||28:16 By the abundance of your trading…|
|27:15 …ivory tusks and ebony as payment…
27:16 They gave you your wares emeralds, purple, embroidery, fine linen, corals, and rubies.
27:22 …all kinds of precious stones, and gold.
|28:13 …Every prescious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold…|
|27:33 …With your many luxury goods and your mechandise…||28:4 …You have gained riches for yourself, And gathered gold and silver.|
By failing to read and fully examining the Scriptures, the WMSCOG has concluded the following:
“In the above verses, we can see that the angels, who became proud and tried to raise their throne above the stars of God, finally committed sin and were punished by God. Through the case of the king of Babylon and the king of Tyre, God shows us how grave sin we committed in heaven before we came to this earth”. © WMSCOG English WATV.org – Accessed on 04/09/2011.
Thus, it is clear that Ezekial 27 speaks about the downfall of the city of Tyre, while Ezekial 28 is drawing a parallel between the king of Tyre and Lucifer’s fall from grace. The reasons for the downfall of the city and the king of Tyre are the same. Therefore, there is no clear Biblical support for the theory that the king of Tyre ever existed as an angel.