In Isaiah’s lifetime ancient Babylon was not the world power it would come to be in the days of the prophet Jeremiah, a hundred years later. This makes Isaiah’s prophecies about Babylon even more remarkable. In this chapter he prophesies and allegorizes the death of Babylon’s last king, King Belshazzar. Within these prophecies of Belshazzar’s death are parallel revelations about Lucifer, that arch angel who came to be known as that dragon of old, the Devil, and Satan. By verse twelve Isaiah intensifies his revelations about Lucifer, making it obvious to most that no mortal can fit the descriptions; it all corresponds to Ezekiel 28.
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