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For you have said in your heart, I 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.
For many years I have stressed that the Bible is one book with congruent themes throughout.
It is only with this kind of understanding that one can begin to breach the surface in order to understand the deeper things of God. This verse is a shining example of why this is so.
The deeper aspects of God are like breathing in fresh air after being confined to the depths of a garbage heap.
The fourth “I will”
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds“
In the 4th “I will” statement of the satan we have a mystery: The mystery lies in the word “clouds”.
Did you know that God shrouds Himself in “mystery”? He does: take a look at just one place He reveals that:
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Moving on: In regards to the word “clouds”: For this verse, that word seems to be better translated in the singular than the plural. Yet I found only one Bible translation that didn’t translate it into the plural form. It is one of the most literal translations of the Bible that I know: Youngs Literal Translation.
Isaiah 14:14 says
I go up above the heights of a thick cloud, I am like to the Most High.
“Cloud”: What did the satan mean by that? Was it the obvious meaning of ascending beyond the cumulus clouds into the Heavenlies? Maybe, but I think there is more to it than just that.
A dark “cloud”
There are variations of the saying but have you ever heard something similar to “they always seemed to have a dark cloud over them”? In this aphorism there is neither a literal, physical darkness nor is there a literal, physical “cloud”.
It is a phrase that is trying to explain a sort of “presence”.
Well, that seems to be the idea behind this word “cloud” in Isaiah 14:14.
The first use of the Hebrew word found in Isaiah 14:14, which is translated into the English word “cloud”, can be found in Exodus 19:9:
And Yahweh said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you, for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto Yahweh.
It was a sort of cloud, but wasn’t not a “weather” type cloud. There are other Hebrew words to express that.
Other uses of the word “cloud”
Remember when God led Israel out of Egypt? He did so with a ___________ by day. That’s right… a “cloud”. Was it a white fluffy cumulus cloud that you typically see floating in the sky? Probably not.
And then remember in Hebrews? The writer of Hebrews reflects upon being surrounded by a “cloud” of witnesses (Heb. 12:1).
In both of these cases, the word used in the original language was different than the word used in Isaiah 14:14 but I hope you can see that, at least some times, when “clouds” are mentioned it is often much more than what meets the
sky; I mean “eye”. ☺
A “cloud” of witnesses in the Heavenlies
The Scriptures reveal that there is a Heavenly “body” that rule, with Yahweh God, in the affairs of the universe.
Psalm 89:5-6 in the King James Version reads
And the heavens shall praise Your wonders, O Yehovah: Your faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. “For who in the heaven can be compared unto Yahweh? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto Yahweh?
I’ll not take the time and space to reason why at this time but these verses can also be translated this way:
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Yehovah: Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the SKIES can be compared unto Yahweh? Who among the heavenly beings of the gods can be likened unto Yahweh?
As you can see, these verses (among others) indicate that the Bible reveals that there is a substantial assembly of heavenly bodies that influence the affairs of the world. ALL OF THEM ARE UNDER YAHWEH GOD; but nevertheless, they are there, ruling with Him.
So was the devil simply indicating that he would rise above the cumulus clouds to God’s dwelling place?
I don’t think so.
For this fourth “i will” statement, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds“, some commentaries indicate that the satan was simply saying that he was going to rise into the heavenlies and rule over God.
However, I believe it is saying much more than that. I believe that He was indicating that not only is he going to rule over God Himself, but that he will also rise above ALL of the great “cloud of witnesses” including all principalities, powers, and rulers of every sort.
He was claiming victory over each and every heavenly being including God Himself.
An insignificant difference? Perhaps. However, I believe that Isaiah 14:14 helps to reveal the satans hateful, boastful, prideful, rebellious, arrogance that both is and will be his complete and utter demise at the hand of the King of Kings…. Yeshua!
Blessings in Yeshua,
- I 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
- I will ascend above the heights of the clouds
- I will be like the Most High
- Prophetic insights to the “5 i wills” of the satan.
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