Thursday, June 14, 2012

Is Satan and Lucifer the Same Person?

Are both Jesus and Satan called as 'Morning Star'?

Question : Are both Jesus and Satan called as 'Morning Star' in the Bible, how could this be as Jesus is God Himself in the flesh? One more question, Is the name Satan and Lucifer pointing to the same person? Thanks.

Answer : Greetings! Satan in Hebrew is 'ha-Satan' which means "the opposer". It is used to denote the highest fallen angelic being who is ever ready to challenger the faith of humans. Totally it is used 10 times mainly and specifically to this particular fallen angel in
Job ch.1–2 and in the same way three times in Zechariah 3:1–2. The original Hebrew term, satan, is a noun from a verb meaning primarily to, “obstruct, oppose,” as it is found in Numbers 22:22, 1 Samuel 29:4, Psalms 109:6. Ha-Satan is traditionally translated as “the accuser,” or “the adversary” (Rev 12:9-10). The definite article “ha-”, English “the”, is used to show that this is a title bestowed on a being, versus the name of a being. Thus this being would be referred to as “the satan”.

Without pointing to the person of the fallen angel directly it is referred generally in 10 instances, of which two are translated diabolos in the Septuagint
[i.e. A Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures that dates from the 3rd century b.c] and "Satan" in the King James Version (1 Chronicles 21:1; Psalm 109:6b). The other eight instances of satan which are referred generally in context without pointing to the fallen angel are traditionally translated (in Greek, Latin and English) as "an adversary", etc., and taken to be humans or obedient angels (Numbers 22:22,23; 1 Samuel 29:4; 2 Samuel 19:22; 1 Kings 5:4; 11:14, 23, 25).

The word 'Lucifer' comes in the King James Version and also in the Contemporary New King James Version which says,
"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!" (Isa 14:12). Even though this Chapter speaks directly to the fall of the human king of Babylon, it is indirectly revealing about the past and the future of Satan who is seen as the one who is working through that human king. Traditionally, Lucifer is a name that in English generally refers to the Devil or Satan, especially in reference to his status as a fallen angel. In Latin 'Lucifer' means "light-bearer" (from the words lucem ferre), from which the English word 'Lucifer' is derived as a noun. It was the name given to the Morning Star, i.e. the planet Venus when seen at dawn.

The word used for 'Lucifer' in
Isa 14:12 in the Hebrew original language is 'hay-lale' which means 'the morning star' and comes from the root word 'haw-lal' which means 'to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish,' which rightly fits the context in which Satan boasts saying the five-I's in the succeeding verses which caused God to thrown him out of heaven. So the right word which should have been used in many translations should be 'O Shining one, Son of the dawn' rather than 'O Morning Star, son of the dawn' which figuratively would show that it means 'to boast or be boastful about' which will rightly fit the context and not confuse the readers.

Wisely the King James translators used directly the Latin word 'Lucifer' in that place of 'morning star' in
Isa 14:12 which is a Old Testament Scripture and thus coined a new word 'Lucifer' to mean Satan in English, so that Jesus who is told as the Morning Star in the following two verses in the New Testament might not be confused with Satan in the Old Testament. We see firstly Peter the Apostle refers Jesus as the morning star by saying, “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,” (2 Peter 1:19), and also secondly Jesus Himself refers to Himself as "the bright and morning star" through John the apostolic revelator's writing in the Book of Revelation. Here is what Jesus said, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star,” (Revelation 22:16), which should not make people to get confused and thus lead people to end up asking, “If Lucifer is the morning star and Jesus is the morning star, then is Lucifer Jesus?” This type of perverse reasoning which is out of line with the original context of the Scripture has made many to become classical heretics in times past.

Jesus called himself not just as the 'morning star', but "the bright and morning star" which in itself is enough for us to see that Jesus is miles ahead of Satan, who is just a created being and not the Creator like Jesus who created everything including Satan himself
(Rev 22:16; Col 1:13, 16-17). Satan was a light bearer and not the originator of it. Jesus did not say, 'I have the light' but said, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12) which shows that He is the orgininator of it and formed it (Isa 45:7). The spiritual light of God has been compared to the physical light in the Scripture by both Apostle Paul and Peter because both the natural and spiritual light have the same origin in God who formed it (2 Cor 4:6, 4; 2 Peter 1:19). God is light and in Him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). Darkness is absence of light and so now the Scripture refers to Satan's power as "darkness" (Acts 26:18). Because of Satan's prideful boasting (Isa 14:13-14), he was thrown out of heaven and has completely lost the light of God's wisdom which he was ordained to bear and shine forth to all created beings (Eze 28:16, 3-5, 17). Satan wants to keep people in his darkness by speaking lies to them in their mind and make them believe it as the truth (John 8:44). All unbelievers are already living in the darkness of Satan's lie (John 1:5; Eph 2:2; 5:8). Those who believe in the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection for them, now escape this darkness and the light of God starts to shine forth inside their heart, but Satan is trying his best to keep people continue in the lie of unbelief (2 Cor 4:4; John 8:24; 9:41). Satan who has the wisdom of this world age which is already coming to nothing (1 Cor 2:6; 3:19), is now acting as the angel of light and is trying to corrupt deceitfully by his craftiness all the minds of people who believe in God with the simplicity of faith in Jesus Christ (2 Cor 11:3, 14). And thus because of his disobedience he will soon be taken in to the pit of prison for a thousand years of Jesus' rule on earth along with his saints, and then to eternal condemnation in hell fire (Isa 14:14; Rev 20:1-3, 7-10).

God did not take the wisdom of this age away from Satan because He never takes back his gifts and calling which he has gifted some one
(Rom 11:29). But one of these days, his end will come soon. But we as believers speak the mature spiritual wisdom of God to those who understand it [i.e. even though it is still in a progressive revelatory unfolding state of mystery] and is still a hidden wisdom to many who have no understanding about it, but we as God's children already experience the message and power of it in our lives (1 Cor 2:6-10, 12-14; Heb 6:4-5). Praise the Lord!

Yes from what we have discussed above, we know that Satan and Lucifer points to the same fallen angel who is acting as the opposer of God's purpose and is also boastful of himself still.

Much Blessings....


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