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LUCIFER: The spirit of Antichrist!
Is Lucifer the Devil?
Let me start out by saying I am a born-again believer. I was raised in the traditional Christian church. Whether it is because of my own "dump all evil in the same box" mentality or whether this subject was never really taught and covered in the church, I have believed that Lucifer, because he was cast out of heaven, was the Devil named Satan.
I spent an entire day reading every verse about Lucifer and also those regarding the Dragon, the Serpent, the Devil, Satan, and the god of this world. Lucifer's name is only found once in very few versions of the Bible and he is called "star of the morning (helel), son of the dawn" in the original text. The results of my study were startling in that it appears most evident that Lucifer is the "angel of light", the spirit of antichrist that is now in the world, and the coming Antichrist, who attempts to mimic the real "bright and morning star" (Jesus)!
Who or What is the Devil?
Before we get to the startling scriptures, let’s first talk about who the Devil is. We clearly see him identified in Revelation 12:7-9 states, “And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. And the dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
Next, I did a study on the word “dragon”. We see in Revelation 13:1 the angel of the Lord stood on the sand of the seashore. And John “saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.” First of all, this isn't a literal "sea". In Chapter 17:15 this sea is described as the peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.
We see the fate of the antichrist and false prophet in Revelation 19:20 into the Lake of Fire. However, we also see the fate of the dragon (aka Satan) being bound for a thousand years at the same time. Ultimately, the dragon’s final destination is shown to be the Lake of Fire also, where the Antichrist and false prophet are in Revelation 20:10...a thousand years later.
Let’s now go to Isaiah 27:1, which states, “In that day, the LORD will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, With His fierce and great and mighty sword, Even Leviathan the twisted serpent; And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.” We know the beast of the sea has seven heads. Psalm 74:14 states, “Thou didst crush the heads of Leviathan”. For a pretty graphic description of Leviathan, read Job 41! The study of Leviathan was fascinating!
Speaking of "crushing heads", what was the curse on the "Serpent" in Genesis 3:15? "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Who is Lucifer?
Rather than focus on who the Devil is, let’s now turn to Lucifer. First, we must look at the definition of the name Lucifer (a proper Latin name inserted into the original text by the Catholics). It is really the Hebrew word helel (hay-lale’); the morning star. The only scripture that names Lucifer is Isaiah 14:12: “How you have fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the dawn!” The proper translation states, “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn!” We know that “star” in the Bible sometimes means “angel”. So we can confidently say that 'Lucifer' is an angel. On the other hand, we also know Jesus is called "bright and morning star", but He is God (see hub Who Do You Say That I AM?).
Because it appears helel (aka 'Lucifer') might actually be the spirit of antichrist, I started studying! 2 Th 2:7 states that “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work”, and seems to align with 1 John 4:3 which states “this is the spirit of antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.” Here we see "lawlessness" and "antichrist" aligned.
Well, if we read from the beginning of Isaiah 14, we will see that the words and characteristics spoken to the “star of the morning, son of the dawn”, are indeed being spoken to THE KING OF BABYLON (verse 3). Did you know that the Great Harlot that rides the Dragon beast is representative of the City of Babylon?
What are the characteristics spoken of about the King of Babylon in Isaiah 14?
Vs. 6 states he subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution.
Vs. 13 states he will raise his throne above the stars (angels) of God.
Vs. 14 states he will make himself like the Most High.
Now, let’s look at some of the consistent characteristics of the Antichrist in three other books of the Bible:
Daniel Chapter 11
Vs. 3 states a mighty king will arise, and he will rule with great authority and do as he pleases (lawlessness).
Vs. 16 states he has destruction in his hand.
Vs. 33 states he will persecute the saints; they will fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder.
Vs. 36 states he will exalt and magnify himself above every god, and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods.
2 Thessalonians 2
Vs. 3 states that he is a man of lawlessness, the son of destruction.
Vs. 4 states he opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
Vs. 2 states the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
Vs. 5-6 state he has a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies against God, His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
Vs. 7 states he will make war with the saints and overcome them.
Vs. 12 states the false prophet will make the earth and those who dwell in it worship him.
Abaddon/Apollyon = 2nd Beast (Antichrist)
Now that we’ve seen these passages in Isaiah, Daniel, 2 Thessalonians and Revelation are talking about the same person (the Antichrist), let’s look at just three more characteristics listed in these passages that would lead to the possible conclusion that the angel of the abyss [bottomless pit] of Hades, Abaddon (Hebrew)/Apollyon (Greek) is the second beast, the Antichrist as foretold. THIS IS HIS BIBLICAL NAME.
Revelation 17:8 states “the beast that you saw was and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go to destruction.” This beast is clarified in verse 11, it states "And the beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth (king) and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction." So, we know this beast is the second beast, not the dragon.
HERE'S THE BIGGIE: These two verses, Revelation 17:8 and 11 use the word "perdition" in the KJV! What does PERDITION mean? It is from the Greek word #684 apoleia (ap-o'-li-a) [do you see the root of the Greek name Apollyon?], which means ruin or loss; damnable, destruction, die, perdition, X perish, pernicious ways, waste.
Did you know the Antichrist is also called the "son of perdition"?
2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV) "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;".
Compare to the (NAS) "Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,"
Isaiah 14:15 states helel (the star of the morning) is thrust down to Sheol (which is the same as the Greek word Hades), to the recesses of the pit. Now earlier, we saw that the dragon and his angels were thrown down to the earth. Well, we know helel is an angel and that the second beast is given power by the first beast, the dragon (Satan).
Abaddon/Apollyon is defined as “the destroyer”. He is the king of the abyss of Hades, a destroying ANGEL. We could then also say, he is the "angel or 'son' of perdition". Contrary to the "sons of God" that procreated with human women, the Antichrist has no desire for women (Daniel 11:37). Some think this means he will be a homosexual or asexual, but if you read my hub Islam and Revelation, your eyes will be opened to what this means! I believe 'Lucifer' (the Antichrist) is indeed the angel of destruction, Abaddon/Appolyon in the flesh!
Lucifer/Abaddon/Apollyon in the flesh? Well Isaiah 14:16 states that 'Lucifer' (aka king of Babylon, the City called the Great Whore in Rev 17:5) is a MAN who made the earth tremble, shook kingdoms, made the world like a wilderness and overthrew its cities. The word MAN here is from the Hebrew word #376: iysh (eesh); a great man; a champion; a mighty man (a person) from 582, which is a mortal man. We read in Revelation 11:7 that "the beast that comes up out of the abyss [bottomless pit] will make war with them and overcome them." This is speaking of the two witnesses, who are killed by the Antichrist! Therefore, helel is an angel of Satan, the dragon, but is not Satan (the dragon) himself; the dragon is the beast that comes up out of the "sea" in Revelation 13:1.
If you enjoyed this hub and wish to know more about Lucifer, I invite you to read my hub Is Lucifer the Devil?