So much of the world is turning in so radical a way, with head-spinning volition. Considering this, it seems reasonable to me to investigate something so unrelated at first glance, that it becomes centrally related. The following is a narrative, not a study.
Letter to a Counterfeit god
“How you have fallen from heaven,
O star of the morning , son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the ground,
You who have weakened the nations!
“But you said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the remote parts of the north.
‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
“But [in fact] you will be brought down to Sheol,
To the remote recesses of the pit (the region of the dead).
“Those who see you will gaze at you,
They will consider you, saying,
‘Is this the one who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
Who made the world like a wilderness
And overthrew its cities,
Who did not permit his prisoners to return home?’
[From the Prophet Isaiah, Fourteenth chapter, vss 12-17]
There have been many classic theologians, writers and commentaries, such as Tertullian, Milton, and others even to this day, who have linked this passage to the career of Satan on the basis of Luke 10:18.
Questions to myself:
How shall I asses this question? Clearly, to me, if any particular person is pointed to in a historical sense, Belshazzar is preferably designed, the last of the kings of Babylon. He saw a literal hand appear, writing on the wall announcing this last king’s imminent demise and the end of his Babylonian Empire, by God’s immediate decree.
Even so, shall I rule out this passage also being a veiled, double meaning as to Satan’s career of overall destructiveness wrought upon the land and people of the earth? No, I can’t rule out that possibility. I find too many like examples throughout the Scriptures. Plus, Satan often works through willing human agents and will do so till his final day.
One commentary I consulted of our day had this to say:
Isaiah 14:12 Many students of the Bible have felt that the passage which follows applies to Satan (cf Luke 10:18). It is clear from the larger context that the passage addresses the king of Babylon, but that does not rule out a secondary reference to Satan. Many commentators are of the opinion that the arrogance expressed here is satanic, and that the passage correctly represents Satan’s attitude because he was working through the Babylonian ruler. The Hebrew for this expression is translated “Lucifer” (“light-bringer”) in The Latin Vulgate, and is translated this way in the King James Version. But because of the association of that name with Satan, it is not used in this and other translations.
“Some students feel that the application of the name Lucifer to Satan, in spite of the long and confident teaching to that effect, is erroneous. The application of the name to Satan has existed since the third century a.d., and is based on the supposition that Luke 10:18 is an explanation of Is 14:12, which many authorities believe is not true. “Lucifer,” the light-bringer, is the Latin equivalent of the Greek word “Phosphoros,” which is used as a title of Christ in 2 Pet 1:19 and corresponds to the name “radiant and brilliant Morning Star” in Rev 22:16, a name Jesus called Himself. This passage here in Is 14:12ff clearly applies to the king of Babylon.”
I assess the second paragraph, beginning with “Some students feel…”, to be a weak argument of objection. For the sake of avoiding redundancy I list two reasons only.
- The Apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 11:14 says, “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” in reference to false teachers. Throughout the bible evil kings and leaders are sometimes referred to as masquerading angels of light. So, the objection that only Christ is deserving the title of the Morning Star is correct, but considering the counterfeit pretender it doesn’t support their objection of the question at hand.
- Tradition holds that Satan was originally created the Chief angel, an angel of light. But, is tradition alone reliable enough to support a biblical question? Not of its own weight, I think. But supported by even one biblical reference, as above, calls for our attention and consideration.
My primary view is that Christ is King. He is my Savior, my all in all, and my Lord and Savior. He is to me the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end.
The Good News is that Christ, our Savior split time and history in half at His coming, and He remains with us. His virgin birth, death, burial, resurrection and ascension to sit at the right hand of God, gives Him the only authority and power to be the Savior of the world for all who embrace Him.
Therefore, questions such as addressed here concerning Isaiah 14:12-17, I count as something to rest my mind, while at the same time gleaning further knowledge an item well known to me. Satan’s influence over mankind, both now and throughout the history of the world, requires a Salvation intervention outside ourselves. Never has that been so glaringly evident in my lifetime as in the age we now face.
“But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.” ~Habakkuk 2:20
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” ~Philippians 2:9-11
The Lord be with you this Lord’s Day of the week. Each day belongs to the Lord, therefore each day of the week is the Lord’s Day. Remembering this reminds that we are Christ disciples, not just church attendees.
The Peace of Christ be with you, whatever your passing circumstances.