The Truth About The Devil

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

So let's talk about a subject that is not referred to much in the church today.  Let's talk about the devi;.

First of all, how much has been taught about the one who has a goal to rule in darkness and stop the Ecclesia from doing its destiny?  In truth, not much.  And in that truth, there is not a lot of truth! 

You see, we have given a lot of fantasy to a creature and its beginnings, without even examining the word of God.  In all honesty, there has come a teaching culture of the devil that is full of error, falsehoods, and in fact, not based on the bible!

Let’s look first of all at what is taught about the devil being an angel at one time and leading the worship of heaven. 

As you study this topic, you would be very surprised to realize that even the subject of the devil, aka Satan, is about a creature who used to have the name of Lucifer.

But is that totally true?  Emphatically, no!

In this study, it is hoped that you will be ignited in your spirit to become once again, a Berean who seeks truth in the word and in the teachings of the culture of the body of Christ.  In this moving to know the written word, you may realize that your theology is being tested.  But again, my goal here is to provoke you into researching the language of the word and how much we have to move forward for gaining the truth that will give us even greater momentum for the future.

The word “Lucifer” is used in the King James Version and it is only once.  By the way, I would like to point out that this is the only translation to use the name of Lucifer.

In Isaiah 14:12, it says – “How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!  How are thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”

The Hebrew word for “Lucifer” is helel, from the root word of Halal, meaning “to bear light”.  However, the King James Version translators did not use this word of the Hebrew language because of the term not fitting into their understanding of what they had been taught.

So the translators took the name of Lucifer from the Latin Vulgate translator Jerome, who was an Arian Monk.  This is the man who translated the bible in the fourth century AD that is known to us today as the Latin Vulgate.

Here is a little history about Jerome. Interestingly enough, Jerome was part of the Arian sect of monks that believed that God and Jesus Christ were not equal and that, according to their teachings, Jesus Christ didn’t always exist with God.

In that time of Jerome’s life, there was an enemy of Arianism named Lucifer, a bishop in the region of Cagliari (1).  Lucifer would come to the gatherings of the Arian’s, disrupt their meetings and councils with the teaching of Christ and God being one and being equal.  Lucifer was an envoy of Pope Liberius, and was actually commissioned by the pope to intervene with the emperor of Rome (Constantius II) who was also a member of the Arian Brotherhood. 

Due to the vehement speeches by Lucifer against the emperor and his false beliefs, as well as that of the Arian Brotherhood, Jerome made a decision that would impact the world even today.  He surmised that he would make the name of Lucifer so detestable, that no one would want to name a child with this title.

So Jerome changed the writings of the Latin Vulgate about the king of Babylon to that of Lucifer, and thus started the inference that Lucifer was the original name of the devil. (2)

Now if you look at the context of Isaiah where today people teach that Lucifer is the name of the devil, you will discover that this whole chapter has been taken out of context.

Let’s take a look at this writing from the English Standard Version (ESV):

Isaiah 14:4-16

You will take up this taunt against the King of Babylon; “how the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased!  The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers, that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows, that ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.  The whole earth is at rest and quiet; They break forth into singing.  The cypress trees rejoice at you, the cedars of Lebanon, saying, ‘Since you were laid low, no woodcutter comes up against us.’  Sheol beneath is stirred up to meet you when you come; it rouses the shades to greet you, all who were leaders of the earth; it raises from their thrones all who were kings of the nations.  All of them will answer and say to you; ‘You too have become as weak as we!  Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, the sound of your harps; maggots are laid as a bed beneath you, and worms are your covers.  “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!  How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms,…”

If you look at the first verse that I have scribed here (verse 4), you will see that God is telling Isaiah to “take up this taunt against the king of Babylon.”  And then God says to Isaiah, “
how the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased!”

This scripture clearly shows that God’s wrath was raised against the king of Babylon because this king had designated that he himself and his laws would be regarded as true law above all other decrees.

As a reminder, here is the story of the king of Babylon that God Almighty kindled His wrath against – Belshazzar.

During a drunken feast, Belshazzar called for the golden and silver vessels that had been taken from Solomon’s Temple by Nebuchadnezzar and brought to Babylon.

In his drunkenness, Belshazzar starts to praise, with the vessels from the temple, “the gods of gold and silver, brass, iron, wood, and stone.” 

The bible tells us that after this, a hand appeared and then a finger wrote the following on the wall of the royal palace:

מנא, מנא, תקל, ופרסין
Mene, Mene, Teqel, Parsin

This phrase, in the Aramaic, gives a measure of finances. 

Mene means (to count).

Teqel (from the word Shekel) means to weigh.

Parsin, from the root meaning “to divide”.

Since none of the Kings advisors could interpret the phrase, the queen mentioned Daniel as a man who was strong in these matters.  When the king sent for Daniel, as we know, Daniel gave the translation.

Daniel 5: “This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; 28 Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

That very night King Belshazzar was slain, and Darius the Mede became king. (3)

Now let’s continue with the study on our subject and go again to Isaiah 14.

This potentate spoke out and said in verses 13 & 14, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high. I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

I want to quickly point out this verse that says, “I will ascend to heaven…”

If Satan was already there in the time frame of what is being discussed, (by the instructors who teach about Lucifer) why would Satan say this? I submit to you again that by teaching that this scripture in Isaiah is about Lucifer, we are promoting false ideas and teachings.

As we continue with Isaiah 14, realize that as a result of either his narcissism, pride, ego, or all three, the monarch with the self-glorification would eventually see and experience his kingdom collapsing.  Here Isaiah is prophesying that even in the grave, there will be from Sheol creatures to make fun of him and mock him (Verse 16).

Now notice here in Verse 16 a very important clue to who this is talking about!  It says a “Man”, and the inference here is that they will die and be buried.  And after this, there will come a time when worms will eat their body.

Again, I want to bring to your attention, that Isaiah is giving a prophetic word.  It is not about a Lucifer of the past tense, but a king in the future.

It was in this context that Isaiah is referring to the king of Babylon as the Day Star.  It is about depicting in Hebrew the once shining star diminishing into nothingness.

Please notice in this scripture that it says the “man” will die.  Now if this were Satan, then that would be an impossibility as he has a celestial body that cannot die.  In fact, it says that the man’s body will be eaten by worms.  Yet, that would give a point of view of having flesh.

Secondly with these verses, notice that it says the king once ruled a city of gold.  Yet, according to the word of God, the devil rules a kingdom of darkness.  So this very scripture is clearly not referring to a spirit being of Satan’s realm.

If you were to do a history lesson, you would discover that Ancient Babylon was known as the “Golden City”.  This was due to the fact that in Babylon, the palaces (three of them) were adorned in gold from the treasures that Nebuchadnezzar and his armies had brought to the city.

Now let’s go on to the other topic that I wish to bring out here about the devil.

Was he an angel in the beginning?  NO again.

You see, much of the “traditions” of the devil being a fallen angel, come from this term of him first being called Lucifer.

But let’s examine scripture a bit here to find out more of the one who is the destroyer.

John 8:44

44You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

1 John 3:8 

"Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil."

Now notice that the word says here in both scriptures, “the beginning.”  That means from its origination, start, initializing.

It’s like when John said, “In the beginning was the word…”  It means that at the very outset of all things, there was the spoken word of God.

Proverbs 1:7 says, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

What that means is that in order to get knowledge, or as some say wisdom, you must first have the fear of the Lord.  That is the reverential love, awe, and care for God that is so strong you never want to make Him unhappy.  And in this beginning, this first start, you have gain of heavenly ideals.

So “in the beginning” is about knowing that something had a start and in that start there was a condition that was created that put it in place today.

But if we look closely at this statement of “in the beginning”, we can see that there is a difference of opinion with basic doctrine that is from the church’s teachings.  As I read “from the beginning”, as it says in the John 8 and in I John 3, obviously it would seem to mean that at the creation of something.  But in truth, the traditions of man have come into the church and truthfully taught a doctrine for centuries that contradicts the simple statement of “From the beginning.”

The Greek word that is being used in 1 John 3:8 is Arkee.  It means “From the inception of origin.”  This is important to acknowledge. 

If Satan, as has been taught in the church for a very long time, was indeed an angel at one time, then that would mean that as an angel, he had a language that was not full of lies.  Does that not make sense?  And yet, back to John 8:44, this scripture is saying that the language of the devil has always been “to lie.”

Ironic, don’t you think, that his “native tongue” is lying?  The Jerusalem bible states that “… he was never grounded in the truth.”  I submit to you that if Satan was ever an angel, then in his inception he would have to have stood for truth at one time.  But again, it does not say that in the bible.  It says there is no truth in him.

If we look at what is taught in the church, in seminaries, and in bible colleges, let alone on television, we see many people teaching that Satan was in the beginning a cherub that covers.

It has even been taught that Satan, as Lucifer, held the most prized and grandest of positions in heaven among the angelic hosts.  But in this teaching, there also came a time when Satan rebelled and led other angels in a battle for dominion of the heavenly places.  And because he lost that battle, he was cast out of heaven and became the evil devil of today.

Now realize that this fundamental lesson is taught worldwide.  And the tragedy here is that most of those who speak of these occurrences have never truly taken the time to research what they are teaching. 

Now don’t get me wrong.  I used to be one of these teachers as well.  Many times I would speak of the angel that fell, or of the rebellion of heaven.

But when I started to become an investigator of the teaching of the devil, I was so surprised at my errors.

To make a further point here of wrong teaching, let me show you a dramatic difference with what Jesus Christ said of the devil and what mankind in the church says of the devil.

As I brought to attention earlier in John 8:44, Jesus Christ said that Satan was a murderer from the beginning. 

Not only that, but John wrote in regards to the beginning of Satan, that “the devil sins from the beginning” – I John 3:8.

Now if what I read in the bible is truth, then we should believe that Satan was evil at the very start of his time. 

Before you get upset, realize that I am not saying that God makes evil.  But let’s look at what God says from his own word about the enemy of our destiny.

In Isaiah 54:16, we read – “Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy;”(ESV)

Upon investigating the Hebrew language about this ravager (some translations say waster), I have discovered that this creature is in fact the devil, and that he is created with a definite purpose. 

In the beginning of this scripture, I have included where it says, “I have created the smith…”.  Then it finishes with “produces a weapon” to complete his work.

I was surprised to read that this is about the devil.  It further comes to a more specific detail when you read the story of Job.

It says in Job 32:1 that Job was righteous in his own eyes.  That means that he was actually a man of pride about being righteous according to his understanding. 

Now let me go further in this with surprises, okay?  Have you ever considered how Job became persecuted?  It was actually God’s idea!  Whoa!

Remember when God sees Satan and says “where have you been?”  And Satan tells him that he has been walking up and down in the earth.  I find that interesting that he does not say he was flying around, but walking.

And then God says, “Hey, have you considered checking out my man Job?”  Of course I am paraphrasing here.  And when God then says, “hey – that guy hates evil and fears me.”  Satan gets satirical back at God and says, “yeah.  It makes sense that he would fear you.  You always have a hedge around him and everything he has.”

Then Satan says, “I can remove this pride that the guy has and make him curse you as well if you will let me” (again with the paraphrasing).  And then the war to correct Job and get him cleansed from pride begins.  And it is the enemy of God that does it.  But notice here that God allowed it! 

Perhaps that was because God knew the potential for Job and using the ravager to get things corrected would be the best testimony for creating humility and success in a man’s life.

So we see here by all of this interaction with God and the devil, that the final authority or say belongs to God.  So I wonder if this is what is meant in the word when it says that we are to be perfected as saints?  Just a question that I will still seek out in order to answer for myself.

Now if I learn this correctly, the enemy known as Satan has always been evil from the beginning, a murderer from the beginning, but also – from the beginning he has always been a dragon.  But that is for another study.

Please realize that the reason for bringing up this subject and trying to put truth where there has been error and fable is due to the principle of spiritual warfare.

The enemy works by deception.  And when he has legal ground for the deception to operate, it is usually founded on false teachings, false doctrines, and false understanding. 

When this operative choice comes into his hands, he uses the error to gain a momentum to attack and to counter what the blood bought saints of God would try to bring into the arena of battle.

Realize that the enemy uses false teachings as a means to gain power over many people.  And he uses the false teachings as a “court” document to show God that he has a legal right to do what he does, because the people have a false or wrong perspective and acceptance of who he is.

When we declare falsehoods, the enemy uses them to defeat us.  The teachings that have error, in truth strengthen the enemy.  But when the facts are presented and accuracy is maintained, it brings about an end to what the enemy has done in our generations of today and of the past.  And then the people can expect victory in every avenue of approach to what, as an army, we endeavor to do.

Now there will be those who will say, "What about Ezekiel and the mentioning of the King of Tyre?"  That will be for another study.

God Bless You In Jesus Christ's Name!!

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