The following article gotten here:
was something that made me think about something some of us have been taught.
Was Lucifer ever the name of the Devil?
We are often told that the devil was once the chief angel named Lucifer, in charge of the heavenly choir or band, and was kicked out of heaven for wanting to be equal to or above God. They use Isaiah Chapter 14, Ezekiel Chapter 28 and Luke 10:18 as their proof text.
Here’s more to consider: Scripture NEVER says that Satan ever lead the heavenly band or choir either. This is from John Milton’s made up story. The name “Lucifer” for the devil is Biblically and historically inaccurate! The devil’s name is Satan.
It is interesting to note that the word “lucifer” was never originally in the Bible. (Is.14:12 KJV) In 405 A.D., Jerome translated the Hebrew and Greek into Latin, the Vulgate. The Hebrew word “Heylel” carries a meaning of “brightness”, symbolic of the morning star.
The King James translators did not translate “heylel”; they just carried the word “lucifer” from Jerome’s Latin. Most Bibles since the King James have discovered this mistake and removed the word “lucifer”. In 1667, John Milton wrote a fictional (that means made up) book, “Paradise Lost” depicting “Lucifer” as an angel that sinned and was thrown out of heaven. The two ideas have grown together over time to the point where the lie has more followers than the truth. Webster’s Dictionary defines “lucifer” as a match ignited by means of friction (as in a dark room), and NOT Satan’s name.
There is NO verse that says Satan is, or ever was, an angel of light. It says, “he SEEKS to disguise himself as an angel of light”. (2 Cor. 11:14)
Isaiah Chapter 14: We must begin by noticing that the whole of Isaiah chapter 14 is a taunting speech, or poetic prophecy of the downfall of the king of Babylon, and NOT Satan. The one to whom this is written is a MAN (Verse 4), the king of Babylon, and NOT a fallen angel. (Is. 14:16)
Most of Isaiah Chapter 14 has a number of figures of speech used to tease the king of Babylon. His ego is taunted. His pride was crumbling, and his kingdom destroyed. There is nothing talking about Satan here. The location of this prophecy is the city is Babylon, NOT heaven. The time of this prophecy is hundreds of years before Messiah, NOT a time frame before Adam!
Ezekiel Chapter 28: The subject is the King of Tyre. Notice that the previous chapter has been about Tyre also. (Chapter 27) The location of this prophecy is the wealthy city of Tyre, NOT heaven. The time frame is the 6th century B.C., NOT a time before human history began. There is NO mention of Satan here either.
The ruler of Tyre (Tyrus) had become proud and though a mere man, thought of himself as a god. Even his wealth and wisdom wouldn’t save him from his ultimate demise and destruction.
Ezekiel 28 has many uses of sarcasm. Thou hast said “I am god, I sit in the seat of God (Verse 2), thou art wiser than Daniel (Verse 3), there is no secret they can hide from thee (Verse 3), thou hast been in Eden (Verse 13), thou art the anointed cherub that covereth (Verse 14), and thou wast upon the holy mountain of God (Verse 14).
Of course, the true meaning would be opposite. He is not god. He is not wiser than Daniel. Secrets can be hidden from him. He was not in the Garden of Eden with Adam. He was not a cherub, or upon the holy mountain of God. This grand speech is still talking exclusively about the king of Tyre. He was a MAN who set his heart as the heart of God. (Eze.28:2) Still nothing about Satan.
Satan’s fall in the book of Luke?: There is another passage sometimes linked with the devil’s fall. (Luke 10:18) Yeshua says, “I beheld Satan as lightening FALL from heaven”. The seventy disciples had just returned from a successful preaching mission. With joy they reported that even the devils are subject to them through the Lord’s name. (Luke 10:17) The sick were being healed, the blind gained sight, the lame walking and the devils were being cast out. The context is speaking about a fall of the devils’ kingdom at that time, NOT before Adam and Eve.
Do you see how man’s tradition has taken precedence over the actual Truth? I have seen occasions where people were ignorantly promoting falsehood, resulting in calling the Truth a LIE!