For some time I have been going against the grain of standard Christianity. I realize that with the use of concordances, Jewish text, and computers, the men of old may have missed some things. Just like Science and the invention of the telescope, we too can see more evident now that the world isn’t flat. Or is it?
Men are not too keen on change. We love the familiar, and when someone tries to teach us something we were taught since the age of time, insinuating it might not be true, we can get pretty bent out of shape about it. For example, I was taught as a child that Satan was in the Garden of Eden and that his name was also Lucifer and that he was a fallen angel. All the stories from the pulpit about him(satan) seemed to fit together, but now, I am not so sure. Let me show you why.
In Hebrew, THE WORD Satan means “The adversary” or “The Accuser.”
We see the word Satan in the book of Job. Satan is someone who walks back and forth through the earth and talks with HaShem. They discuss this man named Job several times and then Satan is allowed to bring all kinds of havoc into his life. But in the last chapter, the passages imply that God allowed the evil, not ha-satan. Let’s read below.
“Then came there to him all his brothers, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over ALL the evil that the LORD had brought on him” (Job 42:11 KJB).
We see Satan again in the book of Chronicles.
“And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel” (1st Chronicles 21:1 KJB).
We read this same story in 2nd Samuel, and it says this,
“And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and He moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah” (2nd Samuel 24:1 KJB).
So which is it? Did Satan entice David or did God?
I’m not sure.
What about this next verse?
“And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon” (1 Kings 11:14 KJB).
God sent an evil spirit to King Saul, and David had to play the harp to get it to leave. God sent a lying spirit in the mouth of his prophets. Yes, they are all His spirits in a sense, and He can do with them as He wishes.
Another word taught to be Satan is Beelzebub. This is an idol god. Do the research. Here are two reference points.
“1. According to 2 Kgs 1:2–6 the name of the Philistine god of Ekron was Lord of the Flies (Heb. Ba’al zeaûḇ), from whom Israel’s King Ahaziah requested an oracle.”, Balz, H. R., & Schneider, G. (1990-). Vol. 1: Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament (211). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans.
2.”The etymology of Beelzebul has proceeded in several directions. The variant reading Beelzebub (Syriac translators and Jerome) reflects a long-standing tradition of equating Beelzebul with the Philistine deity of the city of Ekron mentioned in 2 Kgs 1:2, 3, 6, 16. Baalzebub (Heb ba˓al zĕbûb) seems to mean “lord of flies” (HALAT, 250, but cf. LXXB Baal muian theon akkarōn, “Baal-Fly, god of Akkaron”; Ant 9:2, 1 theon muian).”, Lewis, “Beelzebul”, in Freedman, D. N. (1996). Vol. 1: The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (639). New York: Doubleday.
Isaiah 14:12 KJB, reads,
“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!” The use of ‘morning star’ with reference to Satan is also the same title used for Messiah Yeshua in (Revelation 22:16 KJB)
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star”
Lucifer in fourth century Latin was a name for Venus, the morning star, derived from a term meaning “bright light,” or “to shine brightly.”
Let me give you the exact Hebrew letters of this verse from Isaiah 14:1.
This verse contains no word or name called “Lucifer. This was added to it. The context of Isaiah 13-14 speaks explicitly concerning the king of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar) starting with,
“The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.” [Isaiah 13:1]
And continuing in chapter 14, verse 4 KJB,
“That thou shalt take up this parable against the king of Babylon.” Even Daniel said his kingdom reached to heaven. There is always going to be an anti-Christ in every generation.
The Hebrew word here is Helel הילל (Heh/Yud/Lamed/Lamed) which means “Shining One.“ This has nothing to do with Lucifer. “Lucifer” does not exist in the Hebrew text, nor the Greek translation (The Septuagint), but was derived from Jerome’s 4th century AD translation of this verse into Latin. Lucifer is a Latin name, which could not exist in a Hebrew manuscript, written before Latin even existed.
Many, like me, have been taught teaching that comes from this man named Saint Jerome, about Lucifer. We just assumed that the influential preacher, the well-known evangelist and the charismatic leader on television surely were right! And this is how we get our doctrines and our beliefs. We need to study like the Berean’s (Acts 17:11).
I was taught that Ezekiel chapter 28 was about Satan.
“Again the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty “You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created, They were prepared. “You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:12-14 NASB).
Yes, I was told this is Satan–the fallen angel– a cherub.
As I read this story, I began to study Tyre and his kingship, and you know what? He was a king, and he really did walk among the stones named and also the cherubs whose wings covered the Ark because he built the temple. He also built King David’s house. I also realized that in Ezekiel there are also scriptures that talk about Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and others being in the Garden of Eden. Were they really? No, what the prophet was saying was that their lives were so filled with wealth and good things that it was as close to Eden as you can get. But God was bringing them down.
Allow me to show you other men who Ezekiel said were in the Garden of Eden.
Please try and unlearn false doctrine so you can see truth.
“To whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shall you be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the lower parts of the earth: you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that are slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, says the Lord GOD” (Ezekiel 28:18 KJB).
If you read all of the chapter28 -31 you too will see more truth.
Even though they thought they were gods (These Rulers), he said, but you are not a god but a man! These rulers like Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar were so exalted on the earth and so full of themselves and the kingdoms they built they had to be stripped.
Two of the newer translations word it as if this king Tyre had a cherub that watched over him until he sinned.
NET Bible says, “I placed you there with an anointed guardian cherub; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked about amidst fiery stones” Ezekiel 28:14. GOD’S WORD® Translation says, “I appointed an angel to guard you. You were on God’s holy mountain. You walked among fiery stones” (Ezekiel 28:14).
We have been taught so long that King James is infallible, that we fail to recognize that we have greater means to translate the original today.
We do know from scripture that this king of Tyre existed and that he did indeed build many things including the temple and David’s house.
“Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built David a palace” (2nd Samuel 5:11 NLT).
I have already spoken too long on Satan. I hope your mind is open to learning new things and that you realize, like me, that the more you learn, the less you know. If you have a desire to learn more about Satan, pick up a copy of my teaching books called, Doctrines of Demons.
Crenshaw, James L. Harper Collins Study Bible (NRSV), 1989
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