The King of Tyre: the Guardian Cherub Who Betrayed

 Main reference: Ez 28

What kind of entity is the king of Tyre, the guardian cherub (verses 12-14)? A cherub, as can be seen in Ezekiel 1 and 10, was one of the four living creatures in Revelation 4.The four living creatures are archangels, and they each command many eyes, that is, spirits (refer to Rv 4:8). They form the army of heaven. The king of Tyre has received the spirit of the cherub, and calls himself a ‘god’, and even ‘God’ (verse 2, KSV). He gained wealth by his wisdom, and because of his splendor, he grew proud and pretended to be God (verses 28:4-6).

Verses 12-18 describe the king of Tyre as follows.

‘You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries.’

The king of Tyre was blessed by God, but because of his pride, he went from being good to evil. He has desecrated his sanctuaries with his sins and dishonesty.

The king of Tyre thought that God’s spirit was with him, and mistook himself to be God, and became prideful. The truth, however, was that God wasn’t with him, and thus, he was lying when he said that he was a god, and even God himself. When the king of Tyre was deserted and expelled by God, the cherub angel of Eden who sinned came to him, and thus he became the guardian cherub who betrayed. When he was of God, he was the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty; he was in Eden, the garden of God, and adorned with every precious stone; he was anointed as a guardian cherub, ordained by God, and walked among the fiery stones; and was blameless from the day he was created.

What happened in Eden was back in the time of Adam; this king of Tyre came much later. Back in Eden was a cherub that walked among the fiery stones. This cherub, that is, one of four living creatures, is the serpent who betrayed God. In Revelation 12:9 and 20:2, it says that this serpent was the dragon, Satan, the devil.

Inside of Shinchonji, there was a person, one of us at that time. He was ordained like the king of Tyre, like the cherub in Eden. He, however, became prideful and staged a coup d’état, and desecrated the ‘New Light’ Temple (now ‘True Light’). His pride attracted the spirit of the prideful cherub to come upon him, and thus he himself became the guardian cherub who betrayed. He created a sect (division) and left Shinchonji (refer to 1 Jn 2:19; Jude 1:19). What happened all the way back in the past has happened again. If the spirit (i.e. of the guardian cherub who betrayed) comes on a person, the person’s actions change to that of the spirit’s.

We, Shinchonji, are a kingdom that has overcome with the truth. Even in wars throughout the history of the world, people have fought to the last drop of blood for the sake of the nation and the people. Today, we also must fight with our lives and overcome. We also must complete our duty as God’s kingdom and priests. Otherwise, we don’t have the qualifications to become the citizens of heaven; it will have been nothing but giving lip service. Whether we live or die, we belong to God; and it is through God that we can live (Rom 14:8). Let’s be created in God’s image and likeness, be fruitful and increase in number, and be the citizens of heaven that subdue and rule over the earth.