Q. I just love your ask a Bible teacher feature. Here’s my question: in Isaiah 14:13 which lists Lucifer’s ” I wills”, what does the third one mean? It sounds pretty specific.
A. Isaiah 14:13 says, “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:”
In the third I will Lucifer was promising that he would sit as king when the heavenly host was gathered, and that his throne would be on the “sides of the north”.
Some say this reference to the sides of the north is paralleled in Psalm 48:2 where it refers to Jerusalem. It’s the only other place in the Bible where that exact phrase appears.
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”
If so it would mean that Lucifer was saying that he’d become King of the Earth. But Paul spoke of a heavenly Jerusalem (Gal. 4:26) and in Hebrews 12:22 we read, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.”
Here the heavenly Jerusalem, Mt. Zion, and the city of God (the Great King) all speak of Heaven. This is the same place in Heaven where the 2nd group of 144,000 representing the Church stand with the Lord before the Great Tribulation begins. (Rev. 14:1-5) We know this because been purchased from among all of mankind, not just Israel, and they’re singing a new song at the throne of God just like they were in Rev. 5:9.
To me it makes more sense to view this third “I will” in light of the 5th one, “I will make myself like the Most High”. In Genesis 14: 18-19 where this phrase first appears, it speaks of God as the possessor of the heavens and Earth. Lucifer knew he could never the Creator of the heavens and Earth, but if he could possess them he could fulfill his pledge to be like God.