Is Lucifer an immortal fallen angel?


Many believe that “Lucifer” is an immortal fallen angel. The idea stems from an interpretation of a passage in Isaiah where it says:

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12

Some claim that “Lucifer” is simply anther name for the “Devil” or “Satan” an immortal angel who rebelled against God with a third of the other angels in heaven.

The word “lucifer” in the original Hebrew simply means “light-bearer”. Gesenius, a notable Hebrew scholar, states that the original Hebrew word means “bright star” or “morning star.” The name occurs only once in the Bible – here in Isaiah.

There is nothing in this passage of scripture that supports the widespread view of this being all about an immortal fallen angel. In fact if you read the verses carefully it is actually about the King of Babylon who was to fall – to fall like a star falling from heaven. Consider this verse mentioned before this word “Lucifer” turns up:

“That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!” Isaiah 14:4

This “proverb” was spoken then against this proud King of Babylon who was to be dethroned and stripped of his glory. This, of course, happened when the Medes and Persians conquered the great city of Babylon in one night around 340BC.

If you allow the Bible, Gods word, to be your guide in this matter you will see that this is not a description of a supposed rebellious fallen angel devil – it is a prophecy of the fall of a human king.

For further confirmation of this consider his description as a “man” in verse 16:

“They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;” Isaiah 14:16

For more information on this topic see The true identity of the Devil »