Lucifer is a lie

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I have been taught that Lucifer was once the greatest angel in God’s Heaven. That he was a winged being that played multiple musical instruments before the Creator, having the power to make incredible sounds so as to create an atmosphere of worship. However, at some point of decision, he became prideful in his role and decided that he was better than God. Subsequently, after an intense spiritual battle in the heavenly realms, Lucifer lost his fight against the Almighty and was thrown down to Earth. This ‘fallen’ Angel now roams around the globe like a roaring lion, manipulating others to also rebel against God. Lucifer is also known as the Devil.

Well as cool as this imagery may (or may not) intrigue, it’s all hog-wash; a false doctrine; a half-truth!!! THAT IS BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE REFERENCE TO THE WORD LUCIFER IN THE BIBLE… and IT has nothing to do with what we have been taught!!!

For the biblically minded, this single verse containing the word “Lucifer” is located in Isaiah 14:12… where, as any good theologian knows, we need to unpack the contextual background around any passage so as to gain fuller understanding:

So… if you read Isaiah 13, you’ll find poetic language re the nation Babylon causing mass destruction upon the House of Judah (i.e. the two tribes of Israel): an obviously difficult time and dark moment for the people of Israel. However, Isaiah asserts that Babylon’s day would come to an end being judged by God.

Moving on, the reader then comes across the following verses in Chapter 14 (that contain the word “Lucifer”)… where we are taught that Isaiah now wants to shift our thinking as he talks about the angel Lucifer:

Isaiah 14:12-15     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.

After these few verses, Isaiah then continues in chapter 14 (and into chapter 15) how the other nations will also be judged by God, especially the nation Moab.

Can you see how the “Lucifer” context doesn’t make sense? It doesn’t make sense that Nebuchadnezzar is on his war conquest, battling the nations, killing those who challenge him, taking the world bit by bit… and then the writer decides to change tact and talk about an angel called Lucifer who lives in the Third Heaven… followed by continued poetic language about how other nations are going to be also judged by God. Yes, it appears that this “Lucifer” doctrine seems completely out of context within the surrounding themes of nations and war.

This is because the word “Lucifer” actually means “Opposition”. It is a word used to personify the ‘essence’ of Babylon. A way of describing how the nation Babylon has soared into the heavenly skies… like an Eagle having predatory dominion over the other birds in the air... Yes, this metaphor is very similar to today’s modern version where coincidentally the United States of America also has the symbol of an Eagle: a mighty nation lifting itself high above all other nations… a great nation esteemed in the heavens, ruling the skies with authority and power. However despite Babylon being determined in purpose, its arrogance has been measured by God. In other words, the nation is in “opposition” to God’s will. Hence, the writer Isaiah personifies the word “Lucifer”, stating that the nation Babylon is in “opposition” to God’s will.

With this in mind, please reread the verses in question again… but this time, keeping in context what Isaiah is intending to talk about. That is, language that is associated to the nation Babylon:

Isaiah 14:12-15     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.

Now these verses within Chapter 14 makes complete sense. Isaiah is describing the nation Babylon as being full of arrogance as it ploughs through the nations “opposed” to God’s way. King Nebuchadnezzar’s adherence for world domination has been weighed, where he has been found wanting, thinking that he himself is God.

Now some may contend the above argument, and for some reason quote passages like Ezekiel 38 & 39… But once again, you’ll see that these passage are about the King of Gog: a physical person ruling a nation on Earth who is challenged by Ezekiel to change his ways (or suffer the consequences from God). In other words, it has nothing to do with an Angel called Lucifer. And still others may quote Revelation 13’s dragon: but again, this particular passage is about the “rebellion” within the Third Heaven… there is absolutely no mention of a character called Lucifer.

And so there it is!!! THE DOCTRINE OF LUCIFER IS NOT THERE!!! AT ALL!!!

However, there is a qualifier that needs to be said, because I am not saying that the doctrine of ‘fallen angels’ is not there. Every doctrine is normally shaped from some truth in reality… especially as scripture definitively acknowledges that there were/are/will be those in the First, Second and Third Heavens who will choose to “oppose” God. These are the ones who choose to “rebel against” what God desires for mankind: these are the Sons of God who “reject” immortality; those whose ‘spirit’ is “against” what God is achieving.

So… for more clarity on: What is a devil? Who is this character Satan? And are there actually demons? All is revealed in next following blogs...