Exploding the Myth of the Fallen Angel
It is remarkable that anyone could teach the pre-adamic theory and pretend it is a Bible based message. There is absolutely no way that they can back up their theory by Scripture, unless they misapply it.
The Bible tells us that the devil was a murderer from the beginning and “never” abode in truth. John 8:44: “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
The Bible also says the devil would masquerade as an angel of light in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed (masquerading as) into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
Is Satan’s Name Lucifer?
My friend let us look at this word Lucifer. It is found only one time in the Bible, which is in the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah in the King James Version. The word is found under #1966 (heylel) in the Strong’s Concordance and means shining one. It comes from #1984 (halal) and means to be clear or to shine. It should never have been translated into a proper noun.
I read Isaiah 14:12 from The Interlinear Bible because it is not a version as is the King James Version, it is a translation, that is, it brings each Hebrew word down as near to the true meaning of the original Hebrew or Greek as possible. It goes along with the word meaning found in the Strong’s Concordance. If you are not familiar with this translation, you will see that you must read the Old Testament from right to left. The translation on the side of the page will assist you in reading it correctly, because the Hebrew translation it is very difficult for some people to read.
Start at Isaiah 14:3 and pay close attention to who was being spoken to. Remember that Babylon was a real place, and the king was a real person in that day. Isaiah is prophesying to the king concerning his fate. The king had dethroned one little kingdom after another by murdering their kings, but he was about to face his judgment.
You must also remember as you read that there are three words translated “hell” in the New Testament, but only one in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word for “hell” is “sheol,” and was first introduced in the Old Testament in Genesis 37:35: “And all his (Jacob’s) sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into sheol (the grave) unto my son (Joseph) mourning. Thus his father wept for him (Joseph).”
We know that Jacob did not think Joseph was in a grave, he thought he had been destroyed by wild beast. Yet he said his spirit was alive in sheol, and he expected to join him there at his own departure from this life. Again Jacob repeats his statement in Genesis 42:38 “And he said, my son (Benjamin) shall not go down (to Egypt) with you; for his brother (Joseph) is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to sheol (the grave).”
In Job 14:13-15, we glimpse a bit of Job’s attitude toward sheol as Job seeks its solitude: “O that you would hide me in the grave (sheol), that you would keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. You shall call, and I will answer thee: you will have a desire to the work of thine hands.”
Sheol is never connected with fire in the Old Testament. It is there sixty-five times and is mistranslated as grave thirty-one times, pit three times and hell thirty-one times.
In 1 Samuel 2:6, Hannah spoke of sheol, but it does not appear that she thought it was the eternal abode of the soul of the wicked because she said, “The LORD (Yahweh) kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave (sheol), and brings up.”
Now keep in mind, as you read, that sheol is the only word translated “hell” in the Old Testament, because I want to establish the fact that sheol is a real place, and not a fire or the grave nor the place that Lucifer rules over. It simply means the unseen state of departed spirits. I have not found all the information that I would like to find on this subject, but the one thing I did find brought comfort to my spirit, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God (Elohiym) who gave it,” Ecclesiastes 12:7.
David says, in Psalm 139:7-8, “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in sheol, behold, thou art there.”
The New Testament has the word “hell” ten times translated from the Greek “hades,” which was substituted for sheol.
Hades came into our Bible from Greek mythology, for the Greek believed that Hades, a myth god, ruled over the underworld.
But the Hebrew “Valley of Himmon” or Greek “Gehenna” appears eleven times, in the New Testament and is mistranslated “hell” every time. The translators made these two words to mean the same thing because they thought sheol and the Valley of Himmon were symbolic to the place Hades ruled over.
Now back to our scripture in Isaiah fourteen. From verse three through verse eight, Isaiah is addressing the people of Israel. Verse nine is addressing the king of Babylon: “Sheol (hell) from below is stirred for you, to meet your coming. It stirs up for you the departed spirits, all the chief ones of the earth whom you have raised up from their thrones. All the kings of nations.”
The word “stirred” comes from number 7264 and means to provoke, quake, rage, shake, tremble, trouble, be wroth. It was translated “moved” in the King James Version of the Bible.
“From below” was evidently added by the translators, because there is no number for it in the Strong’s Concordance, hence this paragraph should say, Sheol is stirred for you, to meet your coming, it stirs up for you departed spirits, all the he goats of the earth.” He goats come from #6260 and #776 in the Strong’s and means leaders of the people of the earth, or chief ones of the earth.
Please notice, “It has raised” in verse nine comes from #6965 and means, among other things, to rise up against. “It” was added by the translator and evidently speaks of the king of Babylon, for he, it was, who had dethroned a multitude of weaker rulers and overran many nations.
Verse ten: “All of them shall answer and say to you, ‘You are made weak as we are, you are liken unto us?” I take the “all of them,” in this verse to mean, all of the kings that the king of Babylon dethroned and slew.
They (the people he had killed) are addressing the king of Babylon as he enters sheol, saying, “Also you are made weak as we are, to us you are likened, Your Majesty goes down into sheol, the noise of your harps (have ceased). The maggots are spread under you and worms cover you. How have you fallen from the heavens? Your majesty goes down into sheol.” They rebuke him with the exalted title “Your Majesty,” which he had chosen for himself. This whole scene is plainly a reproach to the notorious king and has nothing to do with a beautiful angel falling out of heaven. The departed spirits are poking fun at him as they say (v. 12), “Oh shining star, son of the morning, how have you fallen from the heavens, you are cut down to the ground who did weaken the nations.”
Please consider this man’s sin, which is far removed from the angel that was supposed to be so extraordinary in heaven—the Lucifer that some dreamer fantasized. Remember, this passage of scripture must support the fallen angel theory if it is to have any real support. But in no way does it give support to a pre-adamic fallen angel theory.
Yasha says in Luke 10:17-19, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
In this context, Yasha is plainly speaking of mankind raising up against the adversary and taking the throne-rights. These men had just returned with news that the spirits were subject to them when Yasha plainly said, “The adversary has lost his power.” In this, I do not see some angel falling through space to the earth. We fluently use this term when speaking of a dignitary being dethroned or falling from a certain positions. But we never visualize the person falling through space or of them falling off of a stool when we speak of leaders being demoted. Why should we read such a thought into the Master’s speech when he said, “I saw the adversary fall from the heavens”? The language that is used in this chapter is no more meant to be taken literally than an English expression such as, “He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth,” or “Every thing he touches turns to gold,” are to be taken literally.
In this chapter, “Stars of heaven” are plainly speaking of the Israelites. A careful study of Isaiah fourteen reveals that the king was supposed to be in heaven, saying, “How are you fallen from heaven,” and at the same time his goal was to ascend into heaven: “I will exalt my throne above the stars of Yahweh.”
The King was brought down to a grave (v. 11). No one ever puts this beautiful imaginary angel, Lucifer, in a grave with maggots eating away at his flesh.
There were nations that the king weakened before he fell (v. 12), and we have no Bible record of this activity going on before adam (man) was created. But we do have records of this king defeating several small kingdoms and murdering their kings.
In verse fourteen, the king said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.”
A good thing to think of here is, Who teaches that there will be clouds in heaven? The symbolic speech here is that this individual sought to rise above the God of the Israelites. It is not unusual for the Hebrew writers or speakers to use the term “clouds” when they are speaking of people, such as a cloud of witnesses (Heb. 12:1, Jude 12, Mat. 24:30, Mark 13:26, and 14: 62).
In verse fifteen, the king is brought down to sheol. We do not see him here with one third of the angels of heaven following him. Instead, we see the kings and leaders that he had defeated facing him with mockery and ridicule.
I will leave the rest of this chapter for you to analyze, but note who was to be the recipient of this judgment in verses 22 and 25. Also, notice this individual had sons and nephews (v.22): “For I will rise up against them, saith Yahweh of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith Yahweh.”
Verse sixteen plainly calls the king a man (adam). If he was pre-adamic how could he be called an adam?
First Corinthians 15:21 says, “For since by man (adam) came death, by man (an adam) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22.
Isaiah 14:28 dates this prophecy by saying, “In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.”
Literal Translation of Isaiah 14:3-16: “And it shall be in that day Yahweh shall give rest to you from your toil and from your trouble and from your hard bondage which was pressed upon you. You will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon and say, “How has ceased the exactor, has ceased the gold gatherer? Yahweh has broken the rod of the wicked, the staff of the rulers, (who were) striking people a blow in wrath, without turning away. Ruling nations in anger, persecuting without restraint.
“All the earth is quiet and at rest. They break out into singing, yea the fur trees rejoice over you. The trees of Lebanon say, ‘Since you were cut down the wood-cutters will not come up against us.
“Sheol is stirred for you, to meet your coming. It stirs up for you the departed spirits, all the chief ones of the earth whom you have raised up from their thrones. All the kings of nations. All of them shall answer and say to you, ‘You are made weak as we are, you are liken unto us. Your Majesty goes down into sheol, the noise of your harps (have ceased). The maggots are spread under you and worms cover you.
“How have you fallen from the heavens, Oh shining one, son of the morning.’ You who weakened nations are cut down to the ground, for you have said in your heart, I will go up to the heavens, I will raise my throne above the Stars of Yahweh, I will sit on the mount of the meeting in the sides of the north, I will go up over the heights of the clouds. I will be likened unto the Most High. Yet to sheol you shall go, down to the sides of the pit. They who see you shall stare, at you and shall ponder, is this the man making tremble (# 7264, terrified) the world, shaking kingdoms, setting the earth like a desert, its cities torn down, his prisoners he opened not a house?”
One might say, If the above is true, why do men not teach it? My answer to this is, Most ministers teach the theory that they received from their church as pure truth. They feel no need to test it. Think of all the intelligent and educated theologians that take seriously all the instructions their particular organization requires of their ministers. Each goes out into the world as representatives of their particular denomination. All these people are accepted as spiritually wise people, yet they disagree with each other.
Education is necessary and helpful, but if you received your spiritual learning from a book, any book, you would greatly benefit from having an experience with Christ—receiving spiritual understanding by way of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation of the Word (Eph. 1:17). If everyone would get involved in the revealed Word, we would come into a oneness that would break down the walls of separation, or denominations.