Q: #90. Who is Lucifer?
A: Lucifer, which means (light-bearer) or (morning star), is used only once in the Bible (Isa 14:12). The verses in (Isa 14:12-17) are describing the king of Babylon, however, most agree they are also describing Satan. When these verses are coupled with (Ezek 28:11-17), which are describing the king of Tyre, and also appear to parallel Satan, we get a picture of Satan’s fall from Heaven. (Also see: Lk 10:18, Rev 12:8-10)
We do not know when this fall occurred, but it appears to me that it may have been after God created the world (he was in the Garden of Eden before he he fell: Ezek 28:13). However, it was probably before man was created since he tempted Eve to sin in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3).
Apparently, after his fall from Heaven, Lucifer’s name was changed to Satan, which means “adversary.”
Ok, now for the fun stuff. (PLEASE keep in mind these are only things to think about, not fact!)
Some believe that Lucifer was one of three archangels, or leaders of all the other angels (Michael and Gabriel being the other two). Michael is the chief guardian angel, Gabriel is the chief messenger angel, and Lucifer was the chief worship angel. This hypothesis about Lucifer is based on (Ezek 28:13) which says tabrets (tambourines) and pipes were prepared in him (or a part of his body).
Something I personally find it very fascinating is that in (Job 38:4-7), where God is talking to Job about when He created the world, verse (38:7) says, “the morning stars sang together.” Who are these “morning stars” (emphasis on the plural: “stars”)? Lucifer’s name means “morning star.” Jesus is also called the “morning star” (Rev 22:16)(Rev 2:28). Could it be that they were singing together at one time? As I said, I just find it fascinating :-).
Could this also bolster the theory that Lucifer was a worship angel? IN ADDITION, here is something for those of you who have heard me ask the question elsewhere on this site “Can you find a place in the Bible that says angels sing?” (I know of no place, unless….) If Lucifer IS a fallen angel, if his name means morning star, and if the morning stars were singing…
Finally, let me give you a glimpse of what it is like to be me :-). As I was pondering this study last night, here is what came into my head. Let’s say Lucifer was a worship angel. Let’s say he was one of three archangels. Most believe that when Lucifer fell, he took one third of the angels with him (Rev 12:4). What if the one third of the angels that fell with Lucifer were the worship angels he led? Is that why the Bible doesn’t show any angels singing? Yeah… this is the kind of stuff that goes through my head on a regular basis.
PLEASE, don’t take any of these wild theories as any more than that. It is just meant to be fun stuff I am throwing out there.