Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; | Isaiah 14:11-16
Lucifer has to be one of the most misunderstood words in Christendom. In church we were told that Lucifer, Satan and The Devil are the same entities. Actually, Lucifer is only mentioned once in the Bible and it’s not talking about the devil. When Lucifer is mentioned in Isaiah 14 it is being used as a title because the word Lucifer comes from the Latin origin meaning “light bearer”. The first part of the word is “Luci” from the Latin lux or lucis, meaning “light” and the second part “Ferre” meaning “bringer” or “to carry”. The reason this word is being used in this scripture is because this chapter is addressed to the king of Babylon as a prophecy or warning of his fate for enslaving Gods people. This chapter speaks not of the ambition and fall of Satan, but of the pride, arrogance, and fall of Nebuchadnezzar. There is also an analogy being used as the text says “O Lucifer, son of the Morning”. This analogy is mocking the king of Babylon and basically saying that his fall would be like the fall of the planet Venus. Each morning as the stars and planets shine in all their glory the planet Venus is the brightest light in the morning sky until the rising of the Sun, and then Venus loses his seat thus being cast out of Heaven. In the text there is no mention of a Satan or a Devil, but verse 16 says plainly “Is this the man that made the earth to tremble”, the key word being “man”. The Bible is full of astrological references from Genesis to Revelation. It ranges from talking about the Zodiac to calling out Orion, Pleiades, and other constellations by their names.
The reason that most Christians associate the word Lucifer with Satan is because of the fall. Kings and gods were falling and being cast down all throughout the Bible. I’ve also heard many Christians say that Satan was the chief musician or worship leader in heaven. This is not true either. Many people connect dots that aren’t even there, and we believe it just because it’s what we were told and it becomes accepted as tradition. They
get this from Ezekiel chapter 28 which is actually speaking about the King of Tyre.
Again, Satan is not God’s enemy. Satan does not think that one day he will overthrow God and take His throne like we were told in Sunday school. In reality, Satan is OUR enemy. Revelation 12:10 refers to Satan as the accuser of the brethren when it says “the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night”. This goes back to the book of Job showing the Satan figure appearing before God and bringing up accusations against Job. The word Satan means adversary and many people have played the role of a Satan much like the Apostle Peter.