Gunn – Speaker of the Five “I Wills” – Isaiah 14:12-16

The Speaker of the Five “I Wills” – ISAIAH 14:12-16

By Gunn

In the study of Satanology there is perhaps no passage that has received more attention among dispensational scholars than Isaiah 14:12-16. Dr. Chafer devotes six pages to the theme of Satan’s five “I wills,” and then repeatedly refers back to this section throughout the remaining sixty-two pages of his study on Satanology. The vast majority of dispensational scholars reviewed by the author of this paper concur with Dr. Chafer that Isaiah 14:12-16 expresses the proud boast of Satan that brought about his fall from heaven. There is no doubt in this writer’s mind that the egotistical, arrogant, independently-minded assertion of these verses expresses the very heart of the first of God’s creatures to commit sin. However, it is the studied conclusion of this author that the primary reference in the passage under consideration is not to Satan, but rather to the eschatological ruler of Babylon, an exceedingly wicked man who will seek to dominate the political, religious and commercial control of the cosmos during the first half of the tribulation period. This nefarious individual, styled “the great harlot who sits on many

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