It is the year 200 CE in Rome, Italy, and the time is around 23:00—it is a dark night because clouds obscure the moon and stars. Plinius walks in the dark streets of Rome, holding a lantern. A man who has lost some silver coins and is in need of a light to find his valued coins, see Plinius walking with the lantern and calls, “Dear Lucifer, please come to me! I need your help!”
Please explain what is going on here.
The above question is somewhat perplexing, so here’s the answer. Yeshayahu 14:12 deals with the fall of the king of Bavel (Babylon) and says, “How have you fallen from heaven, oh Heilel ben Shachar.” The Hebrew word heilel means luminous and the Hebrew grammatical root or shoresh is H-L-L. The grammatical root H-L-L came to refer to luminous persons, who served as direction-giving beacons in society, just as the stars in the heavens served as direction-giving, guiding beacons. The grammatical root therefore also refers to people who are praised as direction-giving beacons. An illustrious king of a country or empire would be considered such a H-L-L i.e. praise-worthy figure who is analogous to a luminous star in the raqia.
The Hebrew name for a Psalm is teHiLLah (root: H-L-L) and its plural form is teHiLLot and teHiLLim —note the root form H-L-L. The Book of Psalms is the Book of TeHiLLim (root: H-L-L). In Hebrew we say HaLaaL-u-Yah (HaLaaL to Yah i.e. HaLeLuYah, i.e. praise Yah) and the title of the Book of Psalms can, in Hebrew, be rendered as the Book of HaLaaL-songs of praise unto Yah. Arabic is a close sister-language of Hebrew, and we therefore find devout Muslims proclaiming HaLaaL-u-Allah (HaLaaL to Allah) whereas we proclaim HaLaaL-u-Yah (HaLaaL to Yah, i.e. halleluyah).
The Church Fathers Tertullian and, especially, Origen, interpreted Isaiah 14:12 as dealing with the fall of the satan.
The Church father Origen appears to be the first scholar to have linked Isaiah 14:12 with Luke 10:18: In De Principiis, Book I verse 5, Origen wrote:
Most evidently by these words [Isaiah 14:12] is he shown to have fallen from heaven, who formerly was Lucifer, and who used to arise in the morning. For if, as some think, he was a nature of darkness, how is Lucifer said to have existed before? Or how could he arise in the morning, who had in himself nothing of the light? Nay, even the Saviour Himself teaches us, saying of the devil, “Behold, I see satan fallen from heaven like lightning” [Luke 10:18].
Because the popular Latin rendering of the Hebrew word Heilel (morning star, luminous light-bringer) became “Lucifer”, especially when Jerome translated the Scriptures into Latin as the Latin Vulgate, using the Latin term Lucifer for the Hebrew word Heilel, the name “Lucifer” became a popular albeit rather quasi-scriptural and somewhat superstitious “nickname” for “the devil” in popular parlance and “pastor’s folklore”.
Pope Saint Gregory I (Latin: Gregorius I; 540–604), commonly known as Pope Saint Gregory the Great, was Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 590 to 604 CE. He is famous for launching the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome — the Gregorian Mission — to convert the then-pagan Anglo-Saxons in England to Christianity. Gregory is also well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as Pope.
Pope Saint Gregory the Great wrote an epistle to John the Faster. In verse 44 we read:
My brother, love humility, and do not try to raise yourself by abasing your brethren. Abandon this rash name, this word of pride and folly, which is disturbing the peace of the whole Church. How will you face Christ at the judgment, when by this sinful title you have tried to subject his members to yourself? Do not strive for glorious titles such as “Universal Bishop”. If you do such things, you imitate Lucifer, who said: “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will be like the Most High” [Isaiah 14:12].
What does the word lucifer mean? It is simply a Latin word derived from the roots lux (light) and ferre (to carry). It means “light bearer” or “light bringer,” It was used in multiple ways. For example, in Latin anybody carrying a torch or lantern at night is a lucifer—a light-bringer or light-bearer.
In English, the Latin word lux for light evolved into terms such luxurious, luck and lucky. The English term “Luck Bringer” is therefore grammatically similar to the Latin “Lucifer”. In Afrikaans the Latin lux (light) became luuks, lok, loek, geluk and gelukkig. An Afrikaans equivalent of the Latin word Lucifer can therefore be construed as “geluk-bringer” which is, of course, an innocent word.
The term Lucifer is used in Free Masonry as a general term for a bringer of enlightenment and knowledge, and should NOT be construed as inherently “satanic”. Malignant forged documents have been produced in the name of Free Mason leaders, wherein they apparently make hair-raising statements such as “lucifer is God”. These forgeries are widely believed and quoted by under-educated pastors and imams. The irony is that the Frenchman who penned these forgeries in the name of Albert Pike, did so in spiteful bitterness because he was refused membership of Free Masonry, owing to his bad character and criminal record. Yet, great is the power of repentance: when he sensed that he was close to death, he called a press-conference and confessed that he falsified documents under the name of the Masonic leader Albert Pike.
People’s emotional reactions to the term “Lucifer” do not belong to the topic of religion, but rather to the field of psychology.
The idea that “the satan was the angel Lucifer who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven in the distant past” is anachronistic, i.e. the concept is half-true, but the timing is wrong. The satan will be cast out from heaven in the future. Refer to Yeshayahu 24, Revelation 12:12-13, Luke 10:18 and John 12:31. This satan is a parliament of angels who are called the TZEVA HA-MAROM BA-MAROM in the last verses of Yeshayahu 24. They have ruled the nations, i.e. have influenced clashing national psychologies and steered leaders to wars, since the Dor ha-Migdal. Expecting an imminent eschaton and the rulership of the redeemed world by the Dawidic Mashiach, the zealous Dawidide Yeshua bar-Yosef foresaw — in his future perspective — their imminent casting out of heaven, as recorded in Luke 10:18.
The collective satan (the Tzeva ha-marom ba-marom) is led by their leader, thé satan, whose name is SamaEl, according to ChaZaL (Chakhamin Zikhrono Levrakhah).
The above statements deal with depth-psychology and no with star-wars; it is not out there; it is inside.
The cosmology of the TaNaKh and Torah-literature is not dualistic — the present rule of the Tzeva haMarom baMarom was ordained by the Most High; God has no enemies, only agents. In the eschaton, the cosmic civil service will be radically re-ordered; the correct understanding of these facts must be in terms of the depth-psychology of the Adam. Again, it is not external but internal.
One of the great, momentous events of the Geulah Shelemah, is the reckoning (P-Q-D) with the Tzeva haMarom baMarom, and their gathering together to be bound in a Bor:
We-hayah ba-yom ha-hu yifqod YHWH al Tzeva ha-Marom ba-Marom we-al malkhei haAdamah al-haAdamah… Asir al-bor…
Collectively, this “parliament” of Sarim over the nations, is better known by the appellative “satan” i.e. opposition, adversary. Compare the last pasuqim of Yeshayahu 24 with Revelation 20:1-3 to discern this. What is called “they” in Yeshayahu 24 is called “he” in Revelation 20.
Background: Midrash Pesiqta Rabbati 37:1
Tehillim 36:10 declares, “with your light we will see light.” What light is this that Israel awaits? That is ohr Moshiach, which is alluded to when the Torah writes in Bereishith 1:4, “And Elohim saw that the ohr was tov.” From this we learn that HaShem anticipated Moshiach and his ma’asim before the beriah and hid the ohr Moshiach under his kiseh ha-kavod.
The satan said to HaShem, “What is the ohr that you hid under your kiseh ha-kavod?” HaShem answered, “It is the ohr of the one who is destined to shame you and turn you away in disgrace.” Said the satan, “let me see that ohr.” Answered Elohim, “Come and look.” When he saw the ohr Moshiach, the satan trembled, fell on his face and howled in agony, “That is indeed the Moshiach who is destined to cast me and the Sarim over the goyim into GeyHinnom!”