Who is Lucifer? What is the truth behind the name?
I believe the Scriptures plainly tell us.
Let us look to the Bible to see who he is and, more importantly, who he is not. The Amplified Bible has a note for Isaiah 14:12 that explains this verse clearly,
‘The Hebrew for this expression--"light-bringer" or "shining one"--is translated "Lucifer" in The Latin Vulgate, and is thus translated in the King James Version. But because of the association of that name with Satan, it is not now used in this and other translations. Some students feel that the application of the name Lucifer to Satan, in spite of the long and confident teaching to that effect, is erroneous. The application of the name to Satan has existed since the third century A.D., and is based on the supposition that Luke 10:18 is an explanation of Isa. 14:12, which many authorities believe is not true. "Lucifer," the light-bringer, is the Latin equivalent of the Greek word "Phosphoros," which is used as a title of Christ in II Pet. 1:19 and corresponds to the name "radiant and brilliant Morning Star" in Rev. 22:16, a name Jesus called Himself. This passage here in Isa. 14:13 clearly applies to the king of Babylon.’
The term “Lucifer” could not have been used to designate anyone (let alone Satan) until after the Volgate translation was made. Before that date the person mentioned here was called “light bearer” or “daystar” or “morning star”, not Lucifer.
Satan is trying to weaken the Church– to confuse us. II Cor.11:13-15 says “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” Someone would say, “You see Satan is transformed into an angel of light.” But if you look at your Bible you will plainly see that Satan transforms HIMSELF into a false angel of light. Read it in the Amplified translation to see the meaning of this verse more clearly. It says he is “masquerading as an angel of light....” Paul is saying quite plainly that Satan masquerades as an angel of light, NOT that he IS an angel of light. The Scriptures do NOT say he IS or WAS one. In the same manner the scriptures say Satan, “AS a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8) This scripture does not say he IS a roaring lion, but that he also masquerades as a powerful roaring adversary. He is neither an angel of light nor a roaring lion, but a deceiver and a thief.
You may wonder why I have gone to such lengths to explain these facts to the Body of Christ. I believe the Church has been duped long enough! The only thing that comes out of the erroneous teaching of Lucifer being Satan is Satan’s glorification! He wants to be known as a glorious angel who rebelled against God and has full reign on the earth. It weakens our perception of God’s power and puts God in a power struggle with Satan. I do not believe that for one minute! God is omnipotent and all glorious, and He has given the Church full power over Satan and his hordes. She has to exercise her muscles and start taking her rightful place in Christ.
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