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which didst weaken the nations!" A better translation
here is: "How art thou, who didst weaken the nations,
cut down to the ground." The RSV translates it: "How
you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations
low!" This the former Lucifer did through the human
political-military leader in his power-spoken of in the
first 11 verses.
The name Lucifer means "Shining star of the
dawn," or "Bringer of light," as God first created him.
Now continue: "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will
ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the
stars [angels] of God."
Notice, Lucifer had a throne; he was a ruler. His
throne was on earth, for he was going to ascend into
heaven. Continue: "I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation [God's heavenly throne], in the sides of the
north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will
be like the most High" (verses 13-14). Actually, it is
plain that Lucifer had nothing less in mind than
knocking the Creator God off his throne and becoming
supreme God himself.
Apparently he planned to put himself in place of
God, over the universe!
But finally, as the context returns again to the
human type: "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell
to the sides of the pit" (verse 15).
From that point, the thought returns to the
human king. Lucifer was the supreme masterpiece of
God's creative power, as an individually created being,
threatening, as a Frankenstein monster, to destroy his
own maker-and assume all his powers to rule the
whole universe.
Literally this prophecy is speaking of a war in
heaven to occur in our present time described in
Revelation 12:7-9: "And there was war in heaven: