In The Garden

Q. I will begin by thanking you for the work you put into your web site it has been very helpful and uplifting at times.

I have a question about your gap theory idea. I was wondering how you explain Ezekiel 28:13 ” Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, 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 tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” If Satan fell between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 then how could he have been in the garden of Eden in such splendor until iniquity was found in him in verse 15?

A. First of all let me remind you that the Gap Theory is not mine. It’s been around since the 17th Century.

The context of Ezekiel 28:11-19 is to show the origin and destiny of Satan. In verses 1-10 the Lord had been addressing Ittobaal, the earthly Ruler of Tyre. In verse 11 He turned His attention to Satan, the real King of Tyre. To avoid confusion, the Lord identified him as one who was in Eden (v.13). Ittobaal had never been in Eden. Then He described Satan as the anointed cherub, placing him on the Holy Mount walking among the fiery stones.(v.14) Now there could be no doubt as to whom the Lord was speaking. Finally, He expelled Satan from the Holy Mount of God, hurling Him to Earth. (v.16-17) So it was in His fallen state that Satan confronted Adam and Eve in the garden.

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