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Contrary to mass belief, Satan and Lucifer are two different names and are not the same exact entities. This is the current misconception that many Bible believers have come to know for many generations already.

Lucifer is actually the angel of God that He named in heaven as one of the most, or perhaps the most perfect angel ever created. It was only when Lucifer was cast down from heaven that his alternate entity was known as Satan. Lucifer was banished because of his pure egoism, not to mention his pride that was regarded as his greatest sin. Hence by theory, Lucifer is the first one to have committed sin.

Lucifer is the name of an angel whereas Satan is the name given to the devil. It is said that Satan has lived in the Spirit world for more than 6,000 years. In this regard he has not yet been visible to human beings. It is however foretold that he will make himself visible soon by appearing physically in the world and will call himself the Beast, a very remarkable being that will proclaim himself as God.

Lucifer is not the opposite of God because he was also a creature made by God. He can thus be more likened to Michael the Archangel, in terms of position. On the other hand, Satan connotes more on the idea of an opposing resistance.

The misconceptions between Lucifer and Satan, as the exact same entity or name, started with the misinterpretations of the Gospel by various sectors. Lucifer is a name that was mentioned only once in the KJV or King James Version of the Bible, specifically in Isaiah 14:12. But in Hebrew, the literal translation for his name would mean ‘to shine’ or ‘to bear light.’ In the said gospel, Lucifer was likened to the parable of the King of Babylon wherein he was seen as someone who wanted to rule over all making himself similar to God. This monarch would be depicted as a man who will see the collapse of his dominion. He will die like a man, eaten by worms and his grave being walked upon. This could not be Satan because Satan has no physical form. He is a spirit that lives in the dark Spirit world, postulated to be somewhere between heaven and earth (just below heaven).

Summary :
1.Lucifer is the highly favored angel created by God whereas Satan is his name when he was thrown away from heaven.
2.Lucifer is an angel of God whereas Satan is the name of the devil.
3.Lucifer is not the exact opposite of God whereas Satan is a name that pertains more to opposition.
4.Lucifer has a physical form whereas Satan does not have any.


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  1. 1) Lucifer is a Latin name, which means it originated in Rome. How could it have a literal meaning of “to bear light” in Hebrew texts. Two different languages, not much in common between them.

    2) Bible verses to reference this? I’d like some, please.

    • You are correct. It’s a Latin name. And actually in Latin his “name” before he “fell from grace” was Luxbel which means “Beautiful light” in Latin. But after that it was changed to “Lucifer” which means “Ferocious light” or “Light from sulfur” (hence the association with sulfur in hell and around devils, demons, etc..). While “Satan” or Shaitan is simply Adversary in Hebrew and Aramaic.
      And then you have a third character know as The Serpent. Totally different from the first two. Yet so many people love to worship triangles so they made those three characters into a triangle, sometimes referred to as The Infernal Triangle, as opposed to the other known as The Supernal Triangle.

      • this whole article is way off and so are most the responses, Satan the individual originates from various characters given the title satan which is hebrew for obstacle and in the Old Testament Satan or the satan characters were servants of god who tested or accused christians. the name Lucifer was given to the character Satan through a MISinterpretation of Isaiah 14 in its latin interpretation where the name Lucifer ( the morning star) was used as the best latin word for the name of a Cannanite deity also Is.14 was a taunt to the king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar ( not helel) because he had recently been defeated by Cyrus the Great of the Persian Empire, it had nothing to do with fallen angels or anything divine and all the phrases that hinted at divinity were analogy not allegory . so even though the whole concept of Lucifer is merely a product of poor interpretation( made by Origen) and modern myths and not actual biblical scripture Lucifer and Satan are none the less the same character . and during medieval times where Church Fathers and their made up stories which they preached as true to the bible , they often said that Satan and his Angels were in a place called the foggy air which is a place between heaven and earth where the fallen can still mess with humans a bit but not much .

        sooo

        1. Lucifer was never an angel of god in the bible it wasnt until fairly recent christian myths most of which were influenced by FICTIONAL works such as Dante’s Inferno and Miltons Paradise Lost

        2. Lucifer means Light Bearer and was the name of a Roman deity who represented the morning star used to replace the name of the Cannanite deity of the morning star in the Latin translation. The name Satan was originally a title for any beings who were obstacles/accusers or testers in the bible and then it became the proper name of an individual who worked for god , he didnt rule hell or anything like that , Hell isnt even in the bible its also a product of church father BS and modern fictional stories.

        3. Satan is not in opposition to God except in revelation where he will over step his boundries and be defeated by michael and since revelation is a prophecy of the future those events have not taken place so right now Satan is still in control of the world under the employment of God

        4. Lucifer/Satan do not have physical forms and even in the modern myths surrounding the character , him and all other divine beings including angels and demons are incorpeal beings and are often described as only being able to commit 2 of the 7 sins , Pride and Envy because the rest of the sins are tied to physical desires.

        5. oh and most those names like Samael , Eremiel and so on are fairly recent and are not in the bible most of them were made up in fictional works so stop placing significance into them.

        • the roman empire was start satans role on earth lightgiver ie]lucifer is as his name donates is light satan is oppressor they are separate entities he is also gabriel satan is michaael war is between them and christ is him that survives saviour the left hand god creator constantine destroyed truth for greed power keep accusors earthly empire intact so far he has managed thisl light giver has win over satans darkness he shall be saviour light will survive nero was satan and he can be seen overtakeing earth at this time light bearer will win i know this if a lie is poweful enough and made into bible which was edited beyond truth then that is what people believe it is man made followers light bearer will have light inside them it is knowledge of truth followers usurper satan will have darkness within its that simple world order has return truth soon the battle has begun in earnest

        • I love how you stress Dante‚Äôs Inferno being fictional as if the books of the Bible aren’t. Hilarious, thanks for laugh.

        • I liked your comment, Yes God created Evil, and Satan is following God’s Plan for God’s Purpose.

      • You have no idea what you are talking about. This article is completely wrong and makes no sense.

      • The name of Lucifer before it was lucifer is not the argument of this discussion. This is what turns people away from reading forms like this. When people think they know the answer to every topic. What ever the language was when adam was created; and what ever the holy spirit told the writer his name was, it was so. Everything after that has all gotten twisted.

      • Satan is the Serpent, the Dragon and the Devil. Lucifer is but a Myth.

    • I agree with the others here saying the Old Testament (Hebrew) “Lucifer” is probably from the Isaiah reference to Helel.
      I understand the Hebrew word was not “Lucifer” but that is what is used in many modernish Bibles for the Isaiah 14:12 verse. The New Testament is very convoluted over Lucifer and Satan, so I thought we were referring to the two separate entities from the Old Testament modernly translated as Lucifer and Satan, or Helel the Light-bearer/Morning Star, and HaSatan the Accuser/Opposer.

    • The truth is Lucifer is a hero because he knew God was and is EVIL. Knowing that he was no match for EVIL Jehovah Lucifer stood up to God for us. Lucifer is love and God is hate.

  2. You’ve done well with your analysis, but pride alone wasn’t Satan’s downfall. Pride alone is just pride. It was his action that made God cast him and the nephil (fallen angels) that followed him out of heaven. One slight error and to answer Nina’s question, Lucifer isn’t written in the original Hebrew. Lucifer was the name of the king of Babylon. The Catholic Church changed the word in the Vulgate to Lucifer from Helel. Lucifer wasn’t his name. It was Helel, which means brightness. Think of the names of the other angels, ending with “el”. Helel is also the word for the morningstar. He was the morning star, and now he’s the adversary/opponent.

  3. Sorry, the Catholic Church changed the name to Lucifer as a way to translate the name Helel into Latin. My mistake. It doesn’t really change what I said, but wanted to correct my mistake.

  4. You guys got it all wrong, me and my homeboy Lucifer smoke fat blunts and chase tail together all the time

  5. Thialfi,

    You did some good research, but some of it was flawed as well and you didn’t go very far with the rest. If Isaiah was talking about Nebuchadnezzer, he would have wrote that name and not Helel. It is originally Helel there. The term “king of Babylon” is given in some prophecies to mean a future person, not a person from the past. Explain with your logic about the plague of locusts having hair like angels but their master was Apollyon, which is “destroyer” in Greek and is usually meant for the Devil. What about that plague corrolating with Numbers 13:33 where the word “giants” is the Hebrew word “nephil”, which really means “fallen”. How the “nephil” were described like grasshoppers, just like in Revelation 9. Do you have an explanation for the serpent really being Satan, as is written in Rev. 20:2? How could God say that the seed of the serpent and the seed of Eve would be opponents of one another if Satan wasn’t a real fornation. While Sawtawn can mean “stumblingblock”, the most apt meaning is “opponent”. I agree that we form our thoughts about Satan from some of those old religious paintings and are erroneous. I would point out though that Jesus described a Hellish place in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Both were with God with only a gulf (kasmah in Greek which does mean gulf or chasm) dividing them, but Lazarus was in the bosom of Abraham while the rich man wasn’t so fortunate. The rider of the white horse is the Beast, and the Antichrist human being. The Antichrist will die. It says when Satan is kicked down here, the bottomless pit will open. That will be the future Hell. Satan is named Death, and Hell will follow him. As is written in the early chapters of Job, Satan was pretty much allowed to go where he wanted, which is why God had to ask him where he was. If Satan was in a place called Hell somewhere under our feet, then God wouldn’t need to ask him where he was. I agree with your opinion about the faulty doctrine of Hell.

    • Helel is not a person , jeeze your making the same mistake as Origen did when he interpreted Isaiah 14 as a commentary about Satans fall from grace . Helel is the hewbrew word for Light bearer and the latin word for Light bearer is LUCIFER, Isaiah was using analogy, the morning star is the King Nebuchadnezzer which rises to the ” heavens ” and then falls every day very simple analogy shouldnt be this hard to understand. Isaiahs taunt was written against Nebuchadnezzer because the King banished the Jews from babylon and so when he was defeated by Cyrus of Persia Isaiah taunted him. thats that.

      And in Numbers is referring to the world before the great flood, the Nephil were sons of god who mated with mortal women and their offspring were giants and when those giants were killed tthey became ghosts who tormented mankind, these “ghosts” have no relation to “Satan” the only character who remotely resembles Satan is a Son of God named Mastema who asks God to not destroy all of the Ghosts because he uses them to test mankind, so God leaves mastema a few giant ghosts and gets rid of the rest

      Another mistake you are making is interprating the Old testament with the New Testament , the use of Babylon as a term in prophecies like how its used in Revelation by John is the only time it is used, until later church father work which is not truely valid in the biblical canon.

      also you are getting all the different translations mixed up, Apollyon is a GREEK work probly used in the greek translation, the word helel and lucifer are essentially the same word and they are not people just words for the morning star aka Light bearer .

      you really need to read Henry Angsar Kelly’s SATAN: A Biography , and maybe you should take some courses in biblical canon like i did , ive taken the courses History Satan and History of God. idk where you are getting your info but its just not right .

      • I’m not denying there wasn’t wisdom with the translation of Helel to Lucifer, but that has to do more with the definition “morning star”. How does Nebuchadnezzer fit with “light bearer”? Because he’s like a falling star? That’s a huge stretch at best. You can’t name me one other instance where any prophet changed the name of a person in order to help taunt him. Just about all names mean something in Hebrew. Why would Isaiah taunt Nebuchadnezzer when he prophesied that the Jews would become captive of him? God told him to warn the Israelites of what’s to come unless they changed their ways that they would be taken to Babylon, but would someday return. Wasn’t Nebuchadnezzer just fulfilling prophecy? It says he would be put down to hell in the sides of the pit. What pit? The bottomless pit? The same one that John described is opened when Satan is kicked down here and spends a thousand years inside? What pit was designated for Nebuchadnezzer?

        What Greek translation? There is no Greek translation. The NT was originally written in Greek since Greek was a universal language in those days. What you did with the “nephil” absolutely makes no sense either. How does “nephil” and “giants” come together being that nephil means “fallen”? In Numbers it describes the nephil as being grasshoppers. In Rev. 9, the plague of the locusts describe them as having hair like angels. Who are they? Apollyon is the Greek word for Devil, and he is their master. A third of the angels fell, hence they are the nephil or nephilim. The plague of the locusts is the plague of the fallen angels. They have hair like angels, but aren’t God’s angels anymore.

        God allows Satan to tempt us to weed the unfaithful from the faithful. Only the election of grace have been permanently judged among our creation so far because they were judged innocent. To what does their innocence comes from? What did the rest of our creation do and when did we do it, considering the election of grace were judged before this life? The angels are done making their allegiance. With free will, those that remained faithful won’t fall for future Helels or become future Helels. That is why God allows Satan to tempt our creation. He doesn’t want to take away our free will. He didn’t want to give us all a pass to allow this cycle to repeat over and over again. He created this age with His Son as the way out of eternal damnation and to have everlasting life. You don’t have to believe in Jesus to get to heaven, but do in order to have everlasting life. At the end of this age, the mystery of God will be finished. The decision will be put upon our whole existing creation. The next age is one final chance. The Dead are those that live their life wickedly and/or making the wrong choice. They will be given their “lives” back and Satan tries to tempt them again after he is released from the same pit Isaiah was talking about. Those that follow Satan try to make war with the saints, but God stops them and ends that age. Then the books are opened and judgment is given. Only Satan and the fallen have been permanently judged guilty.

  6. Isaiah 14:3-20. Lucifer wasn’t an angel. Isaiah was speaking in metaphor against a particular Babylonian monarch. Whether (the) Satan was an angel is open to interpretation. He is a djinn according to Muslims. He is “the accuser,” not “adversary.” He appears in some of the oldest Hebrew literature (Job), as part of an older oral tradition, which probably extends outside of Hebrew origins. In fact, some postulate that the Satan is of Zoroastrian origin.

    It’s just rude those who claim this is fiction, however. You don’t know that anymore than you know who wrote Beowulf.

  7. There is written of a future king of Babylon which Satan will be referred to as. In most cases, Satan’s name meaning is “adversary/opponent” and in only several instances is traced back to “persecute” more accurately. He is the opponent and has and will persecute our creation. Job was one of the first examples of that. Job was most likely written by Moses who also wrote Genesis through Deuteronomy, and most of the cases in Genesis Satan’s name meant “adversary”. Also, the original word for Lucifer was Helel, which many angels’ names ended with “el”. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael to name a few. The saviour of the Muslims that comes does the same things that Satan does in the Bible. He will cause the beheadings of the infidels is just one example. Their Satan is the complete opposite of the Judeo-Christian Satan, which will lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy that Christians will be killed in the name of God.

    • They are being Killed at this very moment. Wake-Up you Blind Christians. anyone that believes in a Trinity are following Devil Doctrines. The Lost Sheep can hear are Lords voice and Know We are Fighting against SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS in HIGH PLACES. Those Christians Dieing are Fulfilling the Word of God, As believing in His Name they are Saved. Praise the Father and Son’s Holy Names and let Their Kingdom Come. Satan is Real, Lucifer is a Myth.

  8. Instead of having all this complicated religious debate that sadly most people won’t understand, why not just say simply wether Satan and lucifer are one and the same beings who along with Thier names once stood for differAnt things. I’ve never heard of this helel stuff. What I dot don’t get I there was once one original bible why don’t we keep that instead of all this damn differAnt ones. It just confuses people and makes them not want to give a fuck. It might be hard to understand and it might be in a differAnt language but what the hell kind of right did we have to ever recreate the bible to our convience? I’m so interested in all this, but I just want the damn truth. I don’t want to read 20 differAnt types of bibles written by differAnt people of differAnt
    Times and places. I just want the original thing to read in it’s original format and I will learn the damn Hebrew
    Or Latin language myself. How I interpret it is up to me alone just like everyone else should instead of debating Thier opinions being right or wrong. I’m probably not going to ever read the damn bible or any bibles until I Freakin die then I can just ask myself.

  9. This entire conversation is just high sounding hocus-pocus which originated from the worshippers of Satan, who don’t want to admit who they worship. This is just more Satan Spin, which has been going on for millennia – put out by Satan/Lucifer, the ETs, and all others who are his minions. The Great Deceiver continues to deceive.

    I wouldn’t waste time with all these other sources (which S/L is behind). Check with the Source: The Only God – the creator of the cosmos. It’s in His Word, the Bible, which people who don’t read it have many opinions on. That’s another thing … the Bible clearly says that those who are not in a relationship with Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) have no hope of comprehending His Word. Yet, the deceived do it all the time.

    Hint, hint: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

  10. In a literal sense, Satan is connected with the planet Saturn, the Adversary. And Lucifer is connected with Venus.

    Samael is Mars.

    Michael the Archangel is alternately the Sun, and Mercury. Michael as the psychopompos, the guide of the living to the Underworld and of the dead into rebirth and heaven, is exactly comparable to Mercury. Both Michael and Mercury are heavenly scribes as well.

    The War in Heaven has an astronomical basis.

    The Virgin Mary is the Moon — and is the Holy Spirit also as the Moon. Eve is the Earth. Adam is the First Man (Michael the Archangel’s reflection in Man) and Adam is the Last Man (the seventh) Jesus Christ. Michael is the Heavenly Warrior who rules Heaven during the Day and Jesus Christ is the other side of Michael, the human side, who rules the Earth during the Night — at least who blesses the Earth during the Night.

    • I know there are astrological associations with the mythos and lore, and celestial bodies. I admit I don’t know enough of the rest to comment though.
      I was just pointing out it is clear in the Old Testament names and usages that Satan and Lucifer are quite different beings, and as with many things biblical, the church that evolved to what we have today has shorthanded many of the meanings and oversimplified or excluded a lot for a certain dogmatic perspectives.
      I agree with you on Lucifer being the Adversary, or Accuser. Ha-Satan does not seem opposed to God at all, but an accuser that tests man for God’s sake.
      http://www.becomingjewish.org/2012/01/21/satan/
      Lucifer on the other hand means son of morning, light bringer or morning star. Lucifer is associated with being cast down for pride against the Lord, whereas Satan seems haughty towards Man. http://bible.cc/isaiah/14-12.htm

      In the new testament, you have Satan used interchangeably with Lucifer though it seems, but then the New Testament was more suseptable to Roman council’s dogmas of inclusion and exclusion, and wasn’t as mystically specific as the ancient Hebrew of the Old Testament I think.

      You seem well versed and I am not questioning you on any of what you said, and appreciate your explanations. I would need to study more to really know and understand better. It seems clear we both agree that in the context of ancient scripture, Lucifer and Satan are two different aspects, referred to quite differently.

  11. Lucifer is the Morningstar, or Lightbringer, the proud Angel that challenged God.
    Satan is God’s left hand, not his opposite, the spirit that tests man…
    Very different, neither evil, both forces of nature.
    Pride and guilt both have their place in our growth I think, but both can be very destructive.

  12. Hi, it seems everybody is disagreeing about stuff they don’t even
    research, but yet they are so confident..for one example, i saw the
    word nephil or nephilim to mean fallen angel..wrong..just google it
    to see it is the offspring of fallen angels and human women..also
    Sorry to tell you this..you aint going to heaven..period if you dont
    except Jesus.

  13. Two different entities.

    Lucifer kicked out of Heaven – doesn’t matter why – at dawn of time, either concurrent or after creation of Adam. Satan, ha-Satan, Satanael, the Devil was a well-known creature for 6,000 years and is mentioned as Satan in the earlier Hebraic biblical texts. Ezekiel and Isaiah both would have been familiar with him. If they meant Satan and not Morning Star/Lucifer, they would have said Satan, or ha-Satan, or Satanael, or anything with the letters S-a-t-a-n in them. As it stands, Satan is never once mentioned in either the Book of Ezekiel or Isaiah.

    Satan is, however, around from Genesis to Revelation. Job being the most prominent, but also lurking in the Garden of Eden (the Serpent), and as the inducer of God to challenge Abraham’s faith by asking him to sacrifice Isaac (given in fuller detail in Jubilees), and also in Matthew and Luke as the tempter of Jesus in the desert. Indeed, God and Satan’s relationship can hardly be described as adversarial, since Satan is obedient to God.

    Finally, in John, when Satan is defeated, it is mentioned, “And he lost his place in Heaven.”

    He did? He was in Heaven this whole time? Not only that, it says, “And his lost his place in Heaven along with his angels.”

    This is a very simplistic textual analysis, but exactly how many times was Satan kicked out of Heaven? And don’t you have to be an angel to be kicked out? So if Satan is an angel, and since the Bible is the true word of God, doesn’t that mean – according to a Revelation of events yet to come – that Satan currently resides in the Heavenly Choir, doing God’s dirty work?

  14. I still don’t get why the fuck God would create Satan.

  15. He didnt created satan, as he also didnt created your hell.

    He created you and gave you a oportunity to join him or get antoher path. Satan is the rebilion angel, he didnt created him, he created lucifer, but people change, and also their spirit.
    Now he wants to live in darkness and spoil makind, you can see him as a deep shadow, satan now is the son of the morning, dark, before light.

    The one that was bright, now is a shadow.

    Its called freedom to choose.

    Respect the lord.

  16. Personally i think that Satan was Lucifer in the begining , but, when he was cast dawn he received the name ‘Satan’, which means ‘the adversary’, and lost the old name ‘Lucifer’ which means the bringer of light. And i also think that after his fall another angel received the name ‘Lucifer’.

  17. Thanks to Satan we became like our creators: SMART!
    We shall show a little gratitude to him.

  18. for me Satan still remains the Bringer of light!

  19. Abraham had two names at one time in his life.
    His birth name was Abram but when God chose to make a covenant with him God gave him a new name…Abraham.

    Lucifer is actually a good name. That’s who Satan was in the beginning. The most beautiful angel.

    When he thought he was so much better than God and let his foolish thinking take over and fell from grace he became Satan…the devil.
    It’s not really all that hard to comprehend.
    I don’t think Satan wants to be called Lucifer now!!!

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