Many commentators on Scriptures are in agreement that Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 14 and Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 28 both contain hidden references to the nature and ways of Satan, the archenemy of all true believers.  Although these chapters were originally aimed at exposing the true nature of two real-life individuals, namely the king of Babel (Yesh 14) and the prince of Tsor (Yech 28), there seems to be a deeper, second-level revelation in both chapters concerning the one who is described elsewhere in Scriptures as “Ha-Satan”, the famous adversary and twister of the truth of Yahweh.

An interesting observation is that the king of Babel is described as “Helel” in Yesh 14:12 (see the translation of “The Scriptures”).  It seems obvious that this word “Helel” is derived from another Hebrew word “Halal” which has the threefold meaning of (1) “to shine, to flash” (2) “to be boastful” and (3) “to praise”.  In each one of these different meanings we have a picture of a certain aspect of the nature of Ha-Satan. 

Satan is the shining or flashing one, the Son of the morning (Yesh 14:12 - the word translated as “morning” literally means “the light that appears with the breaking of dawn” or “enchantment”).  We all know that the light of the early dawn, although very impressive, is quite different from the daylight coming to us directly from the sun at noon.  Perhaps we may see in this figure of speech that the adversary is trying to imitate (and will try to do so even more in future) the true Light who is coming into the world and enlightens every man (John 1:9).  Even at this very moment, many people are being deceived and spellbound and completely absorbed by the impressive “flashing”, and the glorious appearance of the Son of the morning, almost like an “enchantment” in which the masses are being tricked and made to believe that they are following the true Light.  But, alas, he is NOT the true Light and we are NOT to fall for his delightful appearance.  There comes a day, so we are reminded by Y'shua, the true Messiah, when Ha-Satan will be seen (again) falling out of heaven as lightning (Luk 10:18).  He, and those who choose rather to be drawn by the “glory” and the “enchantment” so characteristic of today’s churches, than to be followers of the true Light, will be destroyed from the face of this earth!

Satan is no doubt also the boastful one.  He comes up against the Almighty with arrogance and causes people to do the same.  He would rather see people boasting in their own abilities and achievements than giving Yahweh the esteem that is rightfully His.  He encourages people to put all the emphases on man, not the Almighty.  What people want, what other people think, what the majority of people do, is almost always more important than what Yahweh requires.  That is why Ha-Satan wanted to go up to the heavens and raise his throne above the stars of Elohim (Yesh 14:13).  That is why his heart is lifted up - even to the point where he declares: “I am El; I sit in the seat of Elohim” (Yechezqel 28:2).  This same attitude is described elsewhere as the attitude of the Anti-messiah (2 Thess 2:4; Rev 13:6) and there are many subtle variations of this attitude visible today among those who profess to be “good, solid, church-going believers”.  There is also a very effective “cover-up” for this attitude among the church population of our day.  This very effective and extremely (self-) deceptive “cover-up” is the formula: “I am only seeking the Lord’s will” or “I am only seeking God’s glory” or even “This spiritual achievement is not my own doing, it is only through His power”.  We may do well to remember that the true Elohim is not impressed by nice formulas, but only by true obedience.  The majority of people claiming to be serious about the will and the glory of the Father have no intention whatsoever to show their obedience by adhering to the straightforward commandments of the Scriptures like keeping the Sabbath and getting rid of all traces of idolatry in their lives.

The third meaning of the word “Helel” also seems to be applicable to Ha-Satan: “The praising one” or “the one singing praises”.  As a matter of fact, Yeshayahu 14 makes mention of the fact that this individual was known for “the sound of (his) stringed instruments” (verse 11).  Perhaps, after all, Satan WAS entrusted with the role as “worship-leader” before he was banned from the position he held earlier among the hosts of heaven.  Whatever the case may be, through the ages the deceiver has become famous for the way in which he has utilized the medium of music to manipulate people in a direction AWAY from the presence and true blessings of the Almighty.  We may be certain that this kind of subtle manipulation has also occurred (and is still going on) within the confines of churches.  This is serving as a word of caution to those who are seeking the truth and is not an effort to downplay the extreme importance of music and true praise and worship in the idiom and style set forth in the Scriptures.


Yechezqel 28 is truly an amazing chapter.   Contrary to Yeshayahu 14, where the emphasis is on the dark side and eventually the downfall and destruction of the Satan-like king of Babel, Yechezqel 28 emphasizes the virtues, the many desirable and attractive qualities of the Satan-like prince of Tsor.  In the translation of “The Scriptures” no less than 9 of these virtues may be identified.  Interestingly enough, this chapter also presents us with a list of no less than 9 precious stones (verse 13) which are described as the “covering” of this “prince” when he was in the Garden of Eden.  A careful study of these 9 precious stones and the original meaning of the words used in the Hebrew text reveal an amazing resemblance between the 9 stones and the 9 virtues in the remainder of the chapter.  It will also be noticed that every one of these 9 virtues represents a quality or an attitude which one may identify in modern day churches - in the same way as we have just seen with the threefold meaning of the word “Helel”.  The importance of this revelation cannot be over emphasized.  It is time for all true believers to arise from their beauty-sleep and to stand up against the spirit of the Anti-messiah which has already infiltrated the churches of our day to a large extend.  The enemy will NOT show his true colors.  He will masquerade as a messenger of light (2 Cor 11:14).  He will keep on creating a false sense of greatness and happiness and well-being among those who keep on defying the true words of Yahweh.  This is the true nature of the Anti-messiah!




Which  stone?

Original meaning

What it looks like today


Lifted Up


To raise, to make level

Seeking status, position in the eyes of men




To set free, to depart

Departing from Yahweh’s wisdom in pursuit of human wisdom




To count, to multiply

Counting and desiring money instead of focusing on Yahweh




To be red, to be a man

Catching the eye of the world (like the color red)




To sing praises

Looking for anointing in “things” instead of the Messiah




To make smooth, uniform

Pursuing perfection through means not prescribed by Yahweh




To beat down fortified cities

Boasting in victories but neglecting obedience




To flash, to lighten

Shouting glory and putting up a good show but not knowing the true Light




To move to and fro (like a wave-offering)

Pretending to be “holy” but not prepared to be set-apart


Our adversary is indeed looking extremely good and is even covered (disguised!) by 9 of the 12 precious stones that was supposed to be set in the breastplate of the high priest described in the book of Shemoth (Exodus), also the 28th chapter.  What better way to impress the people of Yahweh than to imitate this very precious item of the garments and make-up of the high priest?  The imitation, however, is not one hundred percent complete.  Satan can only manage to present 9 out of 12 precious stones - 3 stones are missing from his covering!  He is able to display (and introduce subtle changes to) 9 of the qualities that the Almighty has intended for the high priest and those represented by the high priest.  Nevertheless, it seems that he is unable to come up with the remaining 3 qualities.  What are these 3 precious stones or qualities and why is it impossible for Ha-Satan to include these in his almost perfect disguise?  

A comparison of Shemoth 28:17-20 and Yechezqel 28:13 will reveal that the three stones that are missing from the covering in Yechezqel 28 are the Jacinth, the Agate and the Amethyst (according to the translation of “The Scriptures”).  Unfortunately, the various translations of the Tanach (Old Testament) are not in agreement as to the exact stones represented by each of the Hebrew words in the original text.  What is important for us, however, is not the exact identity of the stones but rather the exact meaning of the Hebrew words being used.  One of the most amazing features of the Hebrew language is that all words, even names of people, places, stones, etc. are derived from root words which all have specific meanings and were therefore chosen (to represent  certain persons or places or articles) for specific reasons.

 The first stone not found in the covering of Ha-Satan in Yechezqel 28, is the Jacinth.  The meaning of the Hebrew word that was chosen to represent this precious stone, is most revealing.  The literal meaning of the word combination in Hebrew is “belonging to the Name” or “Reaching for the Name” or “Calling on the Name”!  Do you now see why it is impossible for Ha-Satan to imitate this stone or quality?  He does not belong to the Name!  He does not desire after the Name!  Quite the contrary, he despises the Name of Yahweh and he despises those who call on that Name!  No wonder he despises the Name for it is revealed in Rev 7 and Rev 14:1 that the 144 000 chosen ones will be sealed with this Name, having it written on their foreheads!  That is why the adversary is so adamant in trying to convince “christians” that it is not necessary to (literally) call on the Name of Yahweh, and also the Name of Y'shua, the Messiah (Y'shua fully represented his Father, Yahweh. Therefore, calling on the Name of Y'shua is considered to be the same as calling on the Name of Yahweh).  Are you calling on the Name of Yahweh and Y'shua or is this stone missing from your covering too?

 The second stone not found in the covering of Yechezqel 28, is the Agate.  This word comes from the Hebrew word meaning “to turn back” or “to repent” or “to be restored”.  I am not surprised at all that this stone is not included in the adversary’s covering.  Is it not true that Satan is the master brain behind the popular “gospel” consisting of “as long as you only believe in Jesus, you’re OK”?  As long as people are told to accept Jesus as Savior but not to accept the perfect laws and commandments of the Tanach (Old Testament), the Enemy is quite happy.  Satan would never encourage anyone to turn back to Yahweh and His ways.  All his efforts are aimed at preventing and thwarting the process of the restoration of Yahweh’s people which is one of the main themes of the Scriptures.  According to Scriptures repentance and restoration are always turning back to the ancient paths - it is never portrayed as “feeling sorry about your sins and carry on neglecting certain commandments”.  Do you have this very precious stone in your breastplate?

 The third missing stone is the Amethyst.  It is not easy to establish the exact meaning of the Hebrew combination word, but it seems that the best translation would be: “Brothers together in teaching and training”.  In the light of the fact that the Hebrew word “torah” literally means “teaching”, the name of this stone is most informative.  On the one hand, the name suggests that Ha-Satan is not quite happy about this quality and on the other hand, that this is supposed to be one of the trademarks of the true set-apart ones of Yahweh.  They are supposed to be a true unity - brothers and sisters who stick together and learn together.  Not seekers of a unity that consists only of “smoothness” and “uniformity” (as we have seen in the case of the shoham).  We are not to look for unity with those who oppose the truth - such a unity does not exist.  Our unity is in the Messiah and in the truth and the torah which He advocated (Matt 5:17-19).  Our willingness to be taught and trained by the only One who is worthy to be called “Rabbi” (Matt 23:7-8), our willingness to be truly His disciples, is what will make us complete, with breastplate and all, when the Bridegroom will come for His pure and spotless bride. 

May Yahweh grant us all discernment so that we may be able more and more to identify the spirit of the Anti-messiah in our midst and not be blinded and deceived by the outward beauty of the precious stones which our adversary has chosen as his covering and disguise.