Who is Satan? What is the devil? In the world of the Christian church, Satan or the devil is God’s greatest adversary. God is in the corner of good and Satan is in the corner of bad. At the present time, God and Satan are duking it out in the spiritual realm. Who is going to win this ultimate battle between God and Satan? Christians will tell you that God is going to win and Satan will be defeated. The problem with this understanding is that when we think like this, we kind of put Satan on the same level as God. Also, superstition and myths have confused many people about whom or what the devil really is. I can tell you with 100% conviction that he isn’t red with pointy ears, a long tail, and a pitchfork. He is also not the ruler of the pagan hell of Christianity. Satan is and has always been a created creature by God. Many people think that Satan was Lucifer an archangel in heaven that supposedly sinned and was kicked out of heaven. This is just another Christian fable created from the deceived minds of men. This is the truth according to scripture;
Genesis 3:1 Now THE SERPENT was more subtil than any beast of the field WHICH THE LORD GOD HAD MADE… Now contrary to popular belief, Satan is actually on God’s side but people don’t understand this truth. Satan was purposefully created to be the “Adversary” which is what the name Satan means in Hebrew. This scripture tells us that God made the serpent. The devil is characterized as the serpent. The devil isn’t a literal earthly serpent and I hope nobody is that naïve to think that this is what God meant. Serpents are sneaky slithery deceptive little creatures. This is the reason why the devil is called a serpent; because of the characteristics and attributes of a real serpent. Satan is a spiritual serpent. For those that think that Satan turned himself in to being evil need to think about this scripture;
Genesis 1:31 And GOD SAW EVERY THING THAT HE HAD MADE, and, behold, IT WAS VERY GOOD. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Did it say that God saw some of the things he made or all but one of the things he made? No, it doesn’t say that at all. We know that God made the serpent and Genesis 1:31 tells us that EVERYTHING that God made was VERY GOOD…. Please let that sink in for a minute.
Do you think that Satan was a bad creation on God’s part? If that’s true, wouldn’t that make God a failure? If a person created something and it went wrong, would we not blame the person for the mistake? This is so simple when we actually think about the things that people say and teach. Man creates something and it is man that is held responsible for its success of failure. God creates something and He isn’t held responsible for its success or failure. This kind of thinking is ridiculous. So why did God create Satan (the serpent) to begin with? Let’s look here;
Genesis 2:17 But of the TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Notice that this tree contains the knowledge of GOOD and EVIL, not just evil. People think that Adam and Eve were created as perfect sinless beings and they chose to sin thus bringing about sin and death. This teaching takes away the responsibility of God to save mankind and puts the responsibility on man to save himself.
Romans 8:20 For THE CREATURE WAS MADE SUBJECT TO VANITY, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Vanity in this scripture means “devoid of truth” and we can easily see how that relates to sin. Mankind was made subject to “SIN”. Humans were never created perfect and that teaching totally contradicts this scripture. When we understand the truth in these scriptures, we will also understand that God is responsible for saving mankind and He will save all of mankind. This is all for a grand purpose perfectly being orchestrated by the Creator of All. You will never learn this from church because the church believes in man’s own will and power to thwart the very plans of God. It is blasphemous to think that we (mere mortals) can outthink and overrule the course of God’s plan for His creation.
We all know that man eats from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which brought about sin and death to all mankind. Do you think it’s interesting that God said this afterwards?
Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, Behold, THE MAN IS BECOME AS ONE OF US, TO KNOW GOOD AND EVIL: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Do you really think that this was a surprise to God? Now remember we are talking about the all-powerful, all knowing, ever present God Almighty. How can anything surprise God? How can we even think for a second that God isn’t in control? Did we forget Genesis 1:26, And God said, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, after our likeness: Do you think that God was just kidding when he said this? Having the knowledge of good and evil was paramount in the process of man having the likeness of God. So how does Satan factor into this grand plan of God Almighty? Satan was purposefully created to be God’s instrument of evil. Some will say that God is perfectly holy and incapable of sinning. Well that is absolutely true, but that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t facilitate evil.
Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and CREATE DARKNESS: I make peace, and CREATE EVIL: I THE LORD DO ALL THESE THINGS. You see, I am not making this stuff up. I’m sorry that you were never taught these things but this is the truth; if you doubt it, look the scriptures up for yourselves. Notice that God says he creates evil and not that he does evil. In order for him to create evil, he needs an instrument to take care of the business of evil. There is no such thing as good without evil. We only understand up in its relationship to down. You cannot understand or see light unless there is darkness.
Now looking back in Genesis 3, we read that the serpent is described as being more subtil; which means intelligent and cunning than any beast of the field. What is the field? This isn’t talking about the literal ground where animals walk. You have to remember that the bible is a spiritual book and we must follow along spiritually. We will not get the true understanding of scripture if we think with our carnal minds. Jesus tells us what the field represents;
Matthew 13:38 THE FIELD IS THE WORLD; Satan’s domain is the world; Job 1:7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, FROM GOING TO AND FRO IN THE EARTH, AND FROM WALKING UP AND DOWN IN IT. So what is Satan’s purpose in searching the earth (world)? Who inhabits the world? Mankind inhabits the world.
Genesis 2:7 And THE LORD GOD FORMED MAN OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. So we know that man was created from the dust of the ground. We (mankind) are dust. We also know that the serpent deceived Eve which ultimately resulted in sin and death. Now that sin and death has entered the world, God curses mankind and the serpent. How did God curse the serpent?
Genesis 3:14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and DUST SHALT THOU EAT ALL THE DAYS OF THY LIFE: Remember that we just read that mankind is dust. So Satan or the serpent was specifically and purposefully created by God to devour mankind. Are you scratching your head yet? Let’s see if this helps;
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, as a roaring lion, WALKETH ABOUT, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR: Satan is not a lion but he devours like a lion. Have you ever watched a lion attack its prey? It is ferocious and the prey has little chance of survival when in the clutches of the lion. That is why Peter admonishes us to stay sober and to be vigilant. The word sober is translated from the Greek word “nēphō” and it is translated in others scriptures at “watch”. Peter isn’t referring to literally abstaining from alcoholic beverages. We are to be calm and collected in the spirit. The word vigilant is translated from the Greek word “grēgoreō” and it also means to be watchful or keep awake. This isn’t talking about the physical. We all physically need sleep but we must always stay spiritually awake because the adversary the devil is going to and fro and up and down in the earth seeking to devour you. It is the carnality of a man that Satan seeks to devour you with.
Romans 8:7 Because the CARNAL MIND IS ENMITY AGAINST GOD: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Every time you submit to the lusts of the flesh (carnally mindedness) Satan has devoured you. The carnal nature of a man cannot serve God because the carnal man is under the law of sin. Satan is doing everything he was created to do and so do we. We (mankind) sin because we were made subject to sin. If we understand that God is in control, it will be easier for us to understand the scriptures. Satan was created by God for the express purpose of creating evil.
The Christian church teaches that Satan was a beautiful glorious archangel named Lucifer who one day decided (with his free will) that he wanted to be exalted higher than God and was kicked out of heaven. They cite these verses to justify this claim;
Isaiah 14:12-14 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. First let me say that the whole teaching of Satan once being an angel in heaven named Lucifer is nothing more than another Christian fable. Satan was never an angel because we already read in Genesis that he was created as a serpent. 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for THE DEVIL SINNETH FROM THE BEGINNING. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. You cannot start off as a beautiful angel of light in the beginning and also sin from the beginning. Satan was created as a serpent in the beginning for the express purpose of deceiving, lying, tempting, etc. All these things are evil and represent sin.
So where did this false doctrine of Satan being the angel Lucifer start? The Lucifer fable was created to justify the ridiculous an unscriptural belief in free will. The belief in free will basically makes the claim that a person is capable of making “uncaused choices” such as in the case of sin. It is believed that for no reason whatsoever, Adam and Eve used their free will to disobey God which led to the cataclysmic fall of mankind. This is not scriptural truth in any way. Satan was not created as an angel named Lucifer and this is nothing but a Christian fairy-tale. The word Lucifer is in the King James Bible because of the deceived uninspired translations of men.
If you look up the word lucifer in a Hebrew concordance, you will see that it was translated from the Hebrew word – “heylel”. We cannot cross reference this with any other scripture, guess why? Because Isaiah 14:12 is the only verse in the entire King James bible that has this word in it. This is the first clue that we might have a problem. In order to find the source of this gross translation error, we must search past the King James Version.
Lucifer is of Latin origin and do you think that it is ironic that there was a Latin translation of the holy scriptures before the King James translation? That Latin translation is called the Latin Vulgate.
Here are some interesting facts:
In the Latin Vulgate, the word lucifer is found in 3 scriptures.
|Latin Vulgate||King James||
|et quasi meridianus fulgor consurget tibi ad vesperam et cum te consumptum putaveris orieris ut lucifer.||And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.||
2 Peter 1:19
|et habemus firmiorem propheticum sermonem cui bene facitis adtendentes quasi lucernae lucenti in caliginoso loco donec dies inlucescat et lucifer oriatur in cordibus vestris.||We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:||
|quomodo cecidisti de caelo lucifer qui mane oriebaris corruisti in terram qui vulnerabas gentes.||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!||
Do you notice the problems here? Remember that I told you that the word Lucifer appears only one time in the King James Bible. The word lucifer appears 3 times in the Latin Vulgate. So why did the King James translators drop the word lucifer completely from the other 2 scriptures and decide to keep it in Isaiah 14:12? They dropped the other two words because they both came from two totally different Hebrew words.
Lucifer isn’t translated from “heylel” in Job 11:17 as it is translated in Isaiah 14:12. It is translated from a completely different Hebrew word which is “boqer” and it means morning. Even the word morning as it is translated in Isaiah 14:12 in the King James comes from a different Hebrew word which is “shachar”. In Isaiah 14:12, why is lucifer used as an adjective in the Latin Vulgate, then magically changes into a noun in the King James? I’m asking these questions to show you the holes in the theology of Luficer the archangel.
What the King James translators have done in this case is a translation travesty. They obviously believed in the Lucifer fable and they seemingly were successful in pulling off one of the greatest translation debacles of all time seeing that many people still believe this lie even today. Lucifer is a latin adjective and it means light-bringing as in reference to the light of the moon. It absolutely has nothing to do with a fallen angel and it is not a noun so there is no need for this word to be capitalized. The Hebrew word “heylel” which is what the King James translators used to render the noun Lucifer comes from another Hebrew word “halal” and it means in the sense of brightness. This word is used in scripture primarily as the word “praise”. If you look at a Hebrew Interlinear of the Hebrew texts of Isaiah 14:12, you will see that another Hebrew word exists that hasn’t been translated into any English word. As it reads in the English, the Hebrew word comes after the phrase “son of the morning” and that Hebrew word is “yalal”. It is used 29 times in other scriptures as the word “howl”. Why is it that we don’t see the word “howl” translated in Isaiah 14:12? You don’t see it because the King James translators completely omitted it because they needed to figure out a way to slide the word lucifer in this verse.
Do you think that I am making this stuff up? Let’s look at Isaiah 14:12 in some other modern translations to see what they thought about O Lucifer;
How hast thou fallen from the heavens, O SHINING ONE, son of the dawn! Thou hast been cut down to earth, O weakener of nations. (Young’s Literal Translation)
How you have fallen from heaven, MORNING STAR, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! (New International Version)
How you are fallen from heaven, O SHINING STAR, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. (New Living Translation)
How you have fallen from heaven, O STAR OF THE MORNING, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! (New American Standard Bible)
None of these translations include the word “howl”, which isn’t necessarily accurate but the fact that they have all eliminated the use of the word Lucifer all together is the most important translation correction.
Here is the best translation I’ve seen of Isaiah 14:12;
How have you fallen from the heavens! HOWL, son of the dawn! You have been hacked down to the earth, Defeater over all nations! (Concordant Version of the Old Testament)
You see the proof in the scriptures. It is time that this lie gets completely exposed for all to see. The teaching of Lucifer the archangel has no scriptural truth to it.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for SATAN HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. [Why is it that bible scholars and theologians have this scripture backwards? They say that Satan started off as an angel of light and then transformed himself into the devil. This whole doctrine of Lucifer the archangel proves this scripture to be true. Satan isn’t an angel of light and if he was, he wouldn’t have to do any transforming. Satan was, is, and has always been that old serpent;
Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, THAT OLD SERPENT, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Now let me show you how Isaiah 14:12 reads in the translation of the Greek Septuagint;
How have you veered from the sky, bringer of morn, that rose so early? He is crushed into the earth that set forth towards all the nations. How art thou fallen from this verse, O Lucifer (Sarcasm)? Where did you go? Is it possible that the inclusion of Lucifer as a noun (person figure – Satan) in the King James Version is a complete fabrication? That is exactly the reason. The theology of Lucifer the fallen archangel from heaven is a complete and total fabrication.
Isaiah 14:12 is referring to the king of Babylon and it never had anything to do with Lucifer who later turned himself in to Satan. Here is the contextual proof;
Isaiah 14:4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against THE KING OF BABYLON, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! [I think it is rather amusing that many Christian believers bring up “context” when attempting to debate the meaning of scripture. I cannot tell you how many scriptures the Christian church uses and continues to teach completely out of context and Isaiah 14:12 is probably one of the biggest examples of a context mishap. Context is by no means the rule which one is to interpret scripture, however, it is important to understand all words used in scripture as it pertains to a certain subject.]
God created Satan the devil, that old serpent from the beginning for the express purpose of carrying out the necessary evil to fulfill God’s ultimate purpose. Remember this;
Genesis 2:17 But of THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. [God had already created this tree of the knowledge of good and evil and this is God’s purpose for man. God is purposefully allowing his creation to have an experience of evil to humble mankind.
Ecclesiastes 3:10 I have seen the travail [experience of evil], which God hath given to the sons of men [all humanity] to be exercised [humbled] in it. [This is a process, God’s process. When God purposes anything, it shall and will come to pass. That is why God can declare the end from the beginning. All is God and all is of God and this is His will and purpose.]
Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, BEHOLD, THE MAN IS BECOME AS ONE OF US, TO KNOW GOOD AND EVIL: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: [Satan is God’s agent, in giving us the experience of evil in order to become like God.]
God the Almighty declares…
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I HAVE CREATED THE WASTER TO DESTROY. Isaiah 54:16
Satan is God’s WASTER…