From light to darkness: how Lucifer became Satan

Is there a real devil or is the devil merely a personification of the concept of evil?  The Bible tells us that Satan’s existence is just as real as the existence of people on Earth. To help us understand how he came to be who he is today, God gives us two detailed accounts of Satan’s origins in the Old Testament (OT). In these two accounts, Jehovah also lets us know the ultimate end of the archnemesis of the household of God.

The first account is in Isaiah 14 where God tells a proverb about Satan’s ultimate defeat:

 4 …thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! 5The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. 6He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

This is a parallel prophecy of the fall of Belshazzar, last king of Babylon, and the fall of the spiritual entity who held him up–Satan.  Satan started all false religion and one of his great accomplishments was at Babel which became Babylon.  The ideas started there continue today.  Those who know God’s truth know that false teachers love to babble on because their doctrines are from Babylon.  The oppressor is Satan.  One day he and his earthly rulers will have their power taken away.  Satan loves to devour people in his unrelenting anger and that’s how he rules over the nations.  But one day the persecutor will be persecuted by God and no one one will stop it.

7The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. 8Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.9Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. 10All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? 11Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. [Isaiah 14]

When Satan is finally defeated, the whole earth will rejoice, including nature.  Even the trees will be safe.  In hell, the kings of nations who are there will see Satan being cast into the lake of fire where they are and will be amazed at how weak he really is in that he suffers the same fate as them.  Even the noise of Satan’s music industry, which predominates the airwaves of our world, will be silenced.

 12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!13For 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:14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.16They 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;17That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? [Isaiah 14]

Lucifer, a name that means light-bearer, was so puffed up that he thought he could dethrone Jehovah in heaven and rule over his fellow angels.  Instead, God made his domain hell and one day mankind will see that although Satan talks a good game to boast about himself, to deceive people, and to make them fearful by his threats, his power will not even come close to Jehovah’s power.  The destroyer will be destroyed.  The one who makes people his spiritual prisoners will be imprisoned.

The second detailed account of Satan’s origins in the OT is in Ezekiel 28:

12Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.14Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.15Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Jehovah tells us Lucifer was a created being among the class of angels called cherubs.  God created him with perfection.  Lucifer “sealest up the sum”, which is to say he was the pattern and example of perfection in his physical form, in his actions, and in his wisdom.  He was clothed in gems and precious metals of many colors.  Having a coat of many colors is symbolic in the Bible of God’s blessing and favor.  God created him with the ability to craft musical instruments like no one else to make beautiful music.  Is it any wonder that he controls the secular music industry and that they worship him? 

Jehovah created him to be an anointed cherub that covered the throne of God with his wings as symbolized in the ark of the covenant.  He was one of the highest ranking angels.  But all angels, like men, were created with a free will.  Lucifer became prideful because of his position, beauty, and good works.  He chose to sin and became sin’s originator.

16By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.17Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.18Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.19All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. [Ezekiel 28]

Lucifer became Satan in his rebellion against God.  When he chose to rebel against the Most High, he enlisted 1/3 of the angels [Revelation 12:4] to start a war in heaven in an attempt to take God’s throne so he could rule the universe–a war they lost and they were kicked out of heaven [Revelation 12:7-9] since they did not keep their first estate, leaving their own habitation.  Some of them are roaming around freely while others are reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day [2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6].

You can also notice in this passage that Satan is a merchant, a trafficker.  He has all kinds of sin to sell and often uses violence to promote his goods in his trafficking.  He also has “sanctuaries” throughout the earth where people worship at altars of their iniquity.  His sanctuaries of sin include mosques, pagan temples, false churches, your local adult video store, and secular radio stations, among other things.  But one day Satan’s wickedness will end and God will give him a perp walk before the rulers and sinners of the Earth before he is destroyed by fire.

So what good is it to follow Satan?  Compared to God, his power is useless and he’s such a loser.

–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–

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  1. Have you ever wondered how a Latin word “Lucifer” got into an english translation of an ancient Hebrew text? The word Lucifer came into the common vernacular through Jeromes Latin Vulgate, AD 400, by the time the KJV translators got around to their english translation, it had become “popular” to believe that this passage was speaking about Satan, so the translators left it in untranslated, they did know the meaning of it however, the original 1611 had a margin note which read “or daye starre” I know you are a big KJV supporter, how do you feel about the KJV translators leaving “Lucifer” in untranslated?


    1. Greg I know that you’re not asking the question because you really want my opinion. You jump at opportunities to tear down the kjv, the true word of God, at every opportunity you can, much like the pharisees and sadducees asked Jesus questions concerning the Mosaic law when they already had their opinions formed. Nevertheless, for the sake of those who hold to the kjv and will face such questions from people like you who hate it, I’ll answer. But before I do, let me point out the legacy of those who cling to the new “versions” of the Bible, which are counterfeits. They have given us preachers who don’t believe in hell, preachers who attack the virgin birth, churchgoers who believe everyone is going to heaven, the “emergent” churches, and the “seeker-sensitive” churches who preach a different gospel than the true gospel.

      In your zeal to try to tear down the kjv, you overlooked the oldest manuscript of Isaiah found among the Dead Sea Scrolls that pre-dates the Vulgate. It has the same Hebrew word, “helel” as found in the Received Text used by the kjv. The word means “bring light” or “bring praise”–a description of Lucifer’s responsibilities. “Lucifer” means “light bringer”. The kjv translators compared scripture with scripture and it became clear that Isaiah’s passage spoke about the devil’s fall when they look at what Jesus said when he saw satan fall like lightning from heaven and what it says in Rev. 12.

      I don’t believe you about the “margin note” in the original 1611 kjv. I believe it’s something you picked up from one of the false teachers you cling to. Lucifer is the perfect word to use to let all readers know the subject of the passage, and that’s why the translators used it.


      1. Harry – You have definitely got the wrong guy. I think the KJV is a fine translation, that God has used mightily, but it is in fact, just a translation, there were several good english translations prior to the KJV and there are good translations after the KJV. The KJV translators themselves don’t believe as many KJVonlyists do, in fact they went as far as to say that “a variety of translations is good, yea necessary for the finding out of the sense of scriptures.” I have said this often, but it bears repeating here, if folks would read “The Translators to the Readers” which at one time was printed with the KJV, it would stop 98% of KJVonly foolishness.

        Let’s see what mainline “cults” use only the KJV. The Mormons, the 7th Day Adventists as well as the Jehovah’s Witness’s prior to the printing of the blasphemous “New World Translation” I believe Harold Camping uses the KJV as well. (calls for the end of the world this month)

        I’m no enemy whatsoever of the KJV, it is absolutely God’s Word in 17th century English, mightily used of God, the problem? Myself and scores of other folks can’t understand this venerable old translation.

        I also love the KJV and fully support anyone that uses and can understand this ancient translation, I am not opposed to the KJV translation, however I am adamantly opposed to KJVonlyism. My pastor would use nothing but a KJV, you have strayed far from the reservation as it relates to my opinion and understanding of the KJV translation.

        Btw, Happy 400th KJV!!!


      2. There were definitely several good English translations before the KJV and they were good because they were faithful to the Textus Receptus (TR) manuscripts. The newer versions not so much. All newer versions are founded on Alexandrian manuscripts–manuscripts that were discovered in a trash heap in Alexandria, Egypt. These manuscripts were found to be edited by Origen and others. I.e. they added in words and took out words. Then Westcott and Hort and Nestle and Aland came along with Greek translations that added more words and took out more words. All of these men injected their new age universalist neoplatonist socialist thinking into their texts. So now we see the results of their false doctrines in churches that cling to the newer corrupted versions. At the time kjv translators wrote their “translators to the readers,” the TR was more widely known and accepted. Westcott, Hort, Nestle, and Aland came along and changed all of that.

        The fact that Mormons and others twist the scriptures is not a reflection on the kjv or its foundation, the TR. It’s a reflection on the men themselves. However, the false doctrines espoused in churches I mentioned in my previous reply to you is not only a reflection of the men, but also a reflection of the corrupted manuscripts used for the new corrupted versions of the Bible. No amount of argument presented to the contrary will change these facts. The corruption has seeped in so much that even John MacArthur, who clings to the NKJV, is now saying we as Christians should think of ourselves as slaves and not servants. This thinking is to prepare us for the new authoritarian socialist universalist world order being established now.

        Why is it that so many people can’t understand the kjv? They are not willing to put in the time to pray to God for understanding, compare scripture with scripture, meditate on the word, and study the word. They try to lean to their own understanding or read the Bible like it’s every other book written by man’s knowledge or fleshly wisdom and faulty imaginations. The meaning of the words of God are understood by the Spirit of God. But wait, there’s more! The words of the kjv aren’t too difficult because the “difficult” words are defined within the kjv by the context in which they are used, by words used near the “difficult” words to define the difficult words, and by similar words used in similar verses within the Bible. A good concordance will reveal this. The idea the kjv words are too difficult is just a marketing ploy to get people to forsake the genuine words of God to embrace the corrupted versions.

        And no amount of comments anyone leaves here will change this or change my mind about the kjv being just as useful and relevant today as it was 400 years ago.


  2. The KJV is not difficult to understand.
    Any words that are hard to decipher are easily looked up to gain meaning.
    The more I read it the more I gain perspective and understanding. I guess that is the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who I always pray to guide me in understanding each time I open my bible.


  3. I always give KJVonlyists credit, you guys do stand up for the Word of God, of course only as it appears in the KJV, but nonetheless, I give credit where credit is due.

    One final thought on the subject. The whole entire purpose of any translation (of any sort, not just the bible) is to convey a message contained in a language that is unfamiliar to a targeted audience into a language that the targeted audience can understand.


    1. If a translation is founded on the TR, I’m all for it. And you’re right about what a translation is, but the Bible is the word of God which makes it Satan’s target. Lucifer, since his fall, has counterfeited everything God does. When Moses did miracles in front of Pharaoh, so did Lucifer’s priests Jannes and Jambres. We know Jesus is the Light, but Luciferians call Lucifer the light. And Satan has counterfeited God’s word also, which the Bible warns us about. In 2 Corinthians 4:2, Paul lets us know the word of God can be handled deceitfully. In 2 Thessalonians 2:2, he told the saints not to be disturbed by letters that were circulating as if they were from the apostles.

      In this age when the Bible is under attack by college professors, false preachers, the secular media, and others, it pays to be prepared to defend God’s word and to know the history of all the manuscripts to flush out the counterfeits.


  4. Allison – I was reading through the comments and I noticed yours, and I realize that you are basically calling me a liar. I can assure you that the KJV translation is hard for me to understand, I wouldn’t lie about such a thing, and this is the translation that I was reared up on, so I am somewhat familiar with it. Please understand, as I have already clearly and truthfully stated that the KJV is a fine translation that God has mightily used, but when I come to passages like 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 I truly have no idea what God’s Word in the KJV translation is trying to convey to me.

    I have been so very blessed and am thankful to have other translations that have been faithful to the word of God and put the ancient texts into translations that I can read and understand, I must believe that God wants me to be able to understand His Word so that I might also be able to seek His will in my life as well.

    Please be respectful and gentle with others that for whatever reason, be it lack of education or unfamiliarity with English, have a difficult time understanding 17th century English, I know for myself that I struggle with comprehending English now.


    1. The idea that other translations “have been faithful to the word of God” is a fallacy. If you examine them closely, you will find that they omit words, add words, and swap out words to replace them with other words that are not synonymous with those replaced. The controversial book “New Age Bible Versions” and others give solid, reliable facts about this. Anyone who doesn’t acknowledge this obvious fact just hasn’t done their homework or is outright deceiving themselves.


  5. Look, Greg, we’ve had this kjv argument before so I’m not going down this road with you again, so I’m not displaying your comment. No matter how many comments you leave to promote the use of the new counterfeit versions of the Bible, I’m not changing my mind about the kjv. Attack Gail Riplinger all you want, but when you do a comparison of the Bible versions for yourself, in the end Riplinger is correct in her research. In your attacks on her, you’ve just regurgitated everything you came across over the internet and you didn’t check into firsthand sources or verify what you saw. She has already responded to her detractors.

    I really don’t care how much research anyone does if they still come to the wrong conclusion. So you studied translations 2 years. Big deal! There are scientists who study evolution decade after decade and even when their science has ginormous holes in it, they still cling to evolution. Your research is the same way. You approached it without an open mind and with a hardened heart, so you drew the conclusion after your research that nothing is wrong with the new versions. And you’re wrong. You know very well in my series of posts called “war of words,” I presented the facts with a list of sources for anyone to check that shows how distorted new Bible versions are. Anyone who can’t see it has deceived themselves.

    You have contempt for the kjv, which is obvious in various comments you’ve left on my blog about it. Ridicule the word of God all you want but the Lord Jesus said his word will last forever and not one jot or tittle of it shall pass away. If it bothers you so much that I love the kjv, go somewhere else and flatter them all you want for thinking like you. Last I checked, most churchgoers love the newer counterfeit versions of the Bible so you shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever finding someone to spout off with against the kjv.

    And Allison never called you a liar. She simply stated what she does when she studies her Bible. There was no attack on you whatsoever from her. It’s your guilty conscience gnawing at you. But Jesus did say “from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” And if anyone looks at all your comments you’ve ever left on my blog, your words prove that you despise the kjv and the kjv is the word of God. So, really, what does that say about what’s in your heart?


  6. Cf:

    1) “I really don’t care how much research anyone does if they still come to the wrong conclusion.”

    2) “Your research is….approached…without an open mind and with a hardened heart.”

    This is circular. You are right and anyone with doubts is a ‘liar’. How’s that for open-minded? I don’t know what was wrong with your life that being saved by Jesus did nothing to lessen your anger but they say there is none so rabid as a convert. Your a zealot Harry. Your prating squeezes the life out of life itself.


    1. HeathenJack,

      You do what so many critics of the truth do–take quotes out of context so you can put your own spin on it. Then you present assumptions that have nothing to do with the Bible. There’s nothing wrong with having anger against sin, including when people attack or misinterpret God’s word for their evil ends. You only criticize me because you hate the truth I share because I share truth in defense of God’s word which has proven time and again throughout history to be true.


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