Ezekiel 32 Explained: The Devil And Sheol (Hades) Destroyed

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Brief Summary:

This explanation peaceably shares how Ezekiel chapter 32 speaks on the literal judgement and destruction of both Satan (Lucifer) and Sheol (Hades).

Here we learn that;
• Satan is literally dead, and unresponsive (v4-9, v31-32)
• The underworld (Sheol (Hades)) is destroyed (v15, v17) thus,
• Mankind only go upward before coming back down to this earth (v13)

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Ezekiel 32
King James Version

1 And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Explanation:
Ezekiel 32 deals with total destruction of the Devil (Satan/Lucifer) and Sheol (Hades).

From v.14, the chapter also shows that even after ‘big sinners’ die here, they go upward to the new earth (Isa 65:20) to exist – where it speaks of ‘clear water’; the new earth (Isa 65:20).

2 Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers.

3 Thus saith the Lord God; I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net.

Explanation:
V.3
Satan is hauled up out of sheol (v.2; ‘seas’, which refers to the deep, and in turn the pit), this is parallel with Isaiah 14:19 (‘…cast out…).

4 Then will I leave thee upon the land, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee.

Explanation:
V.4
…cast to the ground…: At this stage Satan has been cast to the ground, and this is accounted for as being after the spiritual fire (judgement) came from heaven at Armageddon, and Satan was cast to the ground (…the lake of fire and sulfur… – Revelation 29:9-10).

Here the birds nest and settle on him as a symbollic fallen tree and this indicates that these were the fallen angels who followed him whom likley endured the same judgement as he (Matthew 25:41).

The beasts are metaphorically gorging on Satan’s ‘forbidden fruit’ – however we know that this is his dead corpse here, as verses 5-6 are morbid and depict him as a dead carcass.

5 And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with thy height.

6 I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee.

7 And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.

Explanation:
V.7-8
After the dead carcass of Satan was described in verses 5-6, here we read a firm confirmation of the cessation of existence of Satan with the phrase ‘…I will blot you out…’ – this phrase speaks of complete removal (Exodus 17:14, Deuteronomy 25:17-19).

As we have read in v3-4 that Satan was cast to the ground, that happened at Armageddon with fire, and he is then described as a dead carcass – such indicates complete removal, and even still there are further supporting verses to come.

8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord God.

9 I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known.

Explanation:
V9.
Again speaks of Satan’s ‘destruction’ and ‘downfall’ on the earth (the lake of fire and sulfur).

10 Yea, I will make many people amazed at thee, and their kings shall be horribly afraid for thee, when I shall brandish my sword before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall.

11 For thus saith the Lord God; The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee.

Explanation:
V11
Here we see that the Messiah (Christ) was appointed to judge Satan at Armageddon.

12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

Explanation:
V12
Here those of the population who followed Satan to encamp and make war on Jerusalem, are confirmed to have been judged by Christ’s angels (Revelation 14:9-10, 18:14).

Those who followed Satan eventually perished, they were spiritually judged and designated as being of ‘lake of fire and sulfur’ status (Revelation 19:20, 20:10).

13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.

Explanation:
V13
Here the pride of Sheol (Hades) is destroyed, and this specific reference may be to Satan himself or those who follow.

The beasts who drink beside many waters who are ‘destroyed’ are the people of the nations who have died on this earth – after they been emptied out of Sheol (Hades), were judged, and reincarnated back to this earth (the lake of fire).

This is said as it then says, the ‘foot’ of man and the ‘hoof’ of beast (literal) will not trouble these judged people that came from Sheol (Hades) after they die.

What this means is that Sheol (Hades) (spiritual places) were destroyed in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14) and that people who die here, never go back there, where those above figuratively walk on them with their feet and hooves.

Instead of going down, people here now go up Tot he new earth (Isaiah 65:20).

14 Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord God.

15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the Lord.

Explanation:
V15
Verse 15 then confirms Sheol Hades (fig. Egypt) is destroyed.

Sheol (Hades) (fig. Egypt)  is conformed as being destroyed (Revelation 20:13), when all who were in it were emptied out and judged (Revelation 20:13, 20:15).

16 This is the lamentation wherewith they shall lament her: the daughters of the nations shall lament her: they shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her multitude, saith the Lord God.

17 It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Explanation:
V17
12.12.15 is the date given and this is a hint and marker that the balance of the passage is post the end (judgement and destruction – 666);

12÷2=6
12÷2=6
1+5=6

=6+6+6 -> i.e. post destruction of the underworld and post Armageddon.

As Sheol (Hades) has now been destroyed, with verse 17 providing such a cue and indication; from here, the way to interpret the Holy Scriptures in this chapter is that ‘pit’/’Abyss’/’Sheol’/’Hades’ is now adapted to and read as ‘the lake of fire (this earth).

18 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.

Explanation:
V18
Verses 18-30 address different nations and degrees of sinners who go to ‘the pit’ with those who are ‘slain by the sword’ – of which both terms are now adapted to ‘this earth’ (the lake of fire, the second death – Revelation 20:10).

19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.

20 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.

21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

22 Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword:

23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.

24 There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.

25 They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: he is put in the midst of them that be slain.

26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living.

27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

28 Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shalt lie with them that are slain with the sword.

29 There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit.

30 There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Zidonians, which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the pit.

31 Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be comforted over all his multitude, even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword, saith the Lord God.

32 For I have caused my terror in the land of the living: and he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that are slain with the sword, even Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord God.

Explanation:
V31-32
Here we read how the ‘dead’ body of ‘Pharoah’ (Satan) that was ‘…laid to rest…’, is to be percieved;

‘as those who come back to this earth are referred to as the dead (instead of the pit, now they go to the second death, here), the literal dead spiritual carcass of Satan that was ‘…laid to rest…’ is ‘comforted’ by the dead bodies of man kind – despite him not having consciousness, though mankind with their bodies of flesh do have breath and consciousness’.

In another place it tells us Satan’s dead spiritual body is likened to ‘a pile of “ashes” (Ezekiel 28:19), much like that of a burned up fallen city which is used to symbolise Satan (Revelation 18:2, 18:8).

The pattern is much the same with regard to the literal judgement and destruction of Satan and Sheol (Hades), with the other supportive references for context on this topic.

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Copyright disclaimers:

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

The Orthodox Jewish Bible Copyright Artists for Israel Intl Used by permission © The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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