LUCIFER’S DESIRE TO BE GOD (1)
Lucifer’s ungodly desire led to his destruction.
1) Lucifer, most definitely, did not have a smidgeon of what he was driving himself into when he summoned all the anomalous presumptuousness dwelling in his foulness to effect the Scriptural documentation of “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). It was an unprecedented, boldacious and sacrilegious intrusion into the Divinity of the Trinity. Surprisingly many Bible commentaries fail to see this prophecy as having revealed the Devil’s name as Lucifer, to whom the doom is fittingly directed. The following Bible commentators have helped me a great deal in my researches, but on Lucifer of Isaiah 14:12, I have to disagree totally with them.
Satan the loser
*John Gill “How art thou fallen from heaven… This is not to be understood of the fall of Satan, and the apostate angels, from their first estate, when they were cast down from heaven to hell, though there may be an allusion to it;” and also, “O Lucifer, son of the morning! alluding to the star Venus, which is the phosphorus or morning star, which ushers in the light of the morning, and shows that day is at hand; by which is meant, not Satan, who is never in Scripture called Lucifer,”
*From Barnes Commentary, the thirteenth verse does not agree that Lucifer of Satanism is meant. “I will ascend into heaven – Nothing could more strikingly show the arrogance of the monarch of Babylon than this impious design. The meaning is, that he intended to set himself up as supreme; he designed that all should pay homage to him; be did not intend to acknowledge the authority of God.”
*Jamieson, Fausset and Brown’s Commentary hardly believes the verse relates to Satan. “Lucifer—“day star.” A title truly belonging to Christ (Re 22:16), “the bright and morning star,” and therefore hereafter to be assumed by Antichrist.”
*Does Keil & Delitzsch Commentary sees the prophetic utterance as Satan’s doom? “Lucifer, as a name given to the devil, was derived from this passage, which the fathers (and lately Stier) interpreted, without any warrant whatever, as relating to the apostasy and punishment of the angelic leaders.” I do not see it so.
“I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18).
*From Adam Clarke’s Commentary: “And although the context speaks explicitly concerning Nebuchadnezzar, yet this has been, I know not why, applied to the chief of the fallen angels, who is most incongruously denominated Lucifer, (the bringer of light!) an epithet as common to him as those of Satan and Devil. That the Holy Spirit by his prophets should call this arch-enemy of God and man the light-bringer would be strange indeed. But the truth is, the text speaks nothing at all concerning Satan nor his fall, nor the occasion of that fall, which many divines have with great confidence deduced from this text.”
This is the English Annotations on the Holy Bible stand of Matthew Poole. “O Lucifer; which properly is a bright and eminent star, which ushers in the sun and the morning; but is here metaphorically taken for the high and mighty king of Babylon. And it is a very usual thing, both in prophetical and in profane writers, to describe the princes and potentates of the world under the title of the sun or stars of heaven. Some understand this place of the devil; to whom indeed it may be mystically applied; but as he is never called by this name in Scripture, so it cannot be literally meant of him, but of the king of Babylon, as is undeniably evident from the whole context, which certainly speaks of one and the same person, and describes him as plainly as words can do it.”
What is scripturally clear is that a reading between the lines of God’s protocol will unmask the leader of the first coup d’etat, Satan the Devil, to be the one whose true sobriquet is Lucifer. Like my Pastor, Reverend Chris Okotie, will always say, everything goes back to Genesis; so to Genesis chapter three we start this exegetical trip of exposing Lucifer – I have always told him, “I’m going to expose you!” At the commitment of the original sin, God’s main object of judgement was the nailing of the evil spirit behind the serpentine meandering intrusion of God’s house: Eden. God did not go to Satan directly, He went to Adam who pointed to his wife, who in turn confessed in verse thirteen, “The serpent beguiled me and I did eat.”
Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
Read part 2 here