Who is Lucifer?
Many people today believe that Lucifer is the devil. This is even taught by many of our pastors.
Lucifer is not the devil. We will see in scripture that Lucifer was Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon.
The scripture in question is: Isa 14:12 (NKJV) "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
We actually need to start in the 4th verse. It says, "That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, . . ." This makes it clear that the remarks made here refer to the king of Babylon and to no other. The thoughts concerning the proverb against the king of Babylon are continuous from this 4th verse through the 23rd verse.
The 4th verse shows the proverb against the king of Babylon and continues through the succeeding verses to tell of his violent acts in the earth against other nations and peoples for which the judgments of God are pronounced upon him and in the 22nd verse he mentions judgments against Babylon.
Let’s look again at the 12th verse which mentions Lucifer who is said to have fallen from heaven as being cut down to the ground who DIDST weaken the nations. This, then, was some judgment upon him for something he had done before this came to pass. Could it then refer to the devil? Could he have weakened the nations while he was still In heaven and then later been cast out of heaven for having weakened the nations? Could he have done any evil work in the earth while he was still a pure angel in heaven? Of course not!
But, on the other hand, the king of Babylon did do these things and became so exalted in his heart that he said he had done all these things with his own hand. The Babylon’s Kingdom was the first universal kingdom that history records, and her king subdued and weakened and brought under subjection other nations. That is why it refers to him who weakens the nations.
The 4th chapter of Daniel, verses 12 and 13, will throw much light on this 14th chapter of Isaiah. In verses 10 to 16 a vision is given to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Let’s read these versus.
Dan 4:10 These were the visions of my head while on my bed: I was looking, and behold,
A tree in the midst of the earth, And its height was great.
Dan 4:11 The tree grew and became strong; Its height reached to the heavens, And it could
be seen to the ends of all the earth.
Dan 4:12 Its leaves were lovely, Its fruit abundant, And in it was food for all. The beasts of
the field found shade under it, The birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches, And
all flesh was fed from it.
Dan 4:13 "I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a
holy one, coming down from heaven.
Dan 4:14 He cried aloud and said thus: 'Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, Strip
off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts get out from under it, And the
birds from its branches.
Dan 4:15 Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth, Bound with a band of iron
and bronze, In the tender grass of the field. Let it be wet with the dew of heaven,
And let him graze with the beasts On the grass of the earth.
Dan 4:16 Let his heart be changed from that of a man, Let him be given the heart of a
beast, And let seven times pass over him.
In the 19th verse Daniel begins to interpret his vision to him and refers to the tree, etc., and in the 22nd verse he says, " it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth."
This corresponds exactly with the 13th verse of the 14th chapter of Isaiah, which reads: "For thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God," etc. Nebuchadnezzar was proud in heart and said the same thing in different words in the 30th verse of the 4th chapter of Daniel after he had subjected all the kingdoms of the world to himself. Listen to him: "The king spake and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of MY power, and for the honor of MY majesty."
In Daniel 4:25 Daniel proclaims unto the king what is the decree of the most high concerning him. "That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."
In Daniel 4:31-33 we find that this judgment actually came on Nebuchednezzar and just how serious it was because that in his heart he was lifted up with pride and exalted himself in his heart even unto heaven to the exclusion of the God of heaven and did not acknowledge Him but said he had done all this with HIS OWN HAND, etc. Thus he fell from heaven (the exalted position he held and attributed this unto himself in his heart) and was cut down to the earth and humiliated beyond any other man that we have any record of.
If the devil ever was an angel in heaven, just when was he cast out of heaven? The 3rd
chapter of Genesis tells us that he was present in the garden of Eden. So how many times
has the devil been cast out of heaven? If the devil was cast out of heaven, then the only
reason he could have been cast out is because of sin, yet we know that it’s impossible for
sin to be in heaven.
1. Psa 119:89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
2. Matthew 6:10 --- Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
The only thing done in heaven is "God's will". So how could sin have been present ?
If the devil did not fall from Heaven, where did he come from?
Isaiah 45:7 reads “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace and create evil;
I the Lord do all the things.
Col 1:16 reads: For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or
powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.