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· Is Lucifer the devil, or could he be Jesus as some allege?
· “How have you fallen from heaven, o Lucifer, son of the morning…”
· Is it possible that God created the devil to be evil?
· Hell was made for the devil and his angels, not for humanity
· What is hell really like according to Jesus Creator God Himself?
· What about purgatory, nirvana, reincarnation, soul sleep or annihilation?
· Did Jesus go to hell, where He was tortured by demons to atone ‘more fully’ for humanity?
· Did Jesus preach the Gospel to human spirits and demons in “prison?”
· Did Jesus save human spirits from hell and took them to heaven?
· Where is Hades and what is Sheol?
· Do Jews believe in heaven and hell?
· Where was or is “the bosom of Abraham?” (Lu. 16:19-31.)
· What is hell really like according to Jesus Christ, Creator God Himself?
The Following is, in part, an Extract of the Free Book, Relationship Versus Religion
Relating article: Extra Scriptural Revelations of Heaven and Hell
IS LUCIFER THE DEVIL, OR COULD HE BE JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, AS SOME ALLEGE?
Jesus, the Son of God, is Almighty God Himself, [although most Christians say He is “merely the Mighty God,” not “the Almighty God,”] Who declared triumphantly, “[I Am] coming [bodily] with clouds… [The “clouds of heaven...” (Dan. 7:13,) ...Just as “He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight, the same Jesus, will so return in like manner as you saw Him go [bodily] into heaven,” Acts 1:9-11.)] And every eye will see [Me come back,] even they who pierced Me… [The temple-adhering Jews who crucified Jesus.] I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End… Who Is, and Who Was, and Who Is to Come, the Almighty… He Who lives and was dead… and I Am alive forevermore. I have the keys of Hades [the grave or abode of the dead and the spiritual dead without Christ,] and of [physical] Death…”(read Rev. 1:7-19.)
Jesus, Most Holy God, the Creator of everything “very good,” (Heb. 1:1-3,) can never be evil or become evil. Christ Jesus does not merely shine or bring light; He Himself IS Light. In Him there is no darkness, lies, deception, or any other form of sin.
From the context of Hebrew Scripture, (our Old Testament,) and New Testament Scripture, it is clear that Jesus created everything and everyone — angels included, (Heb. 1:1-2; 6-14.) Thus, Jesus, Creator God and His angelic creatures, (of whom some fell into sin and became demons,) are two completely different ‘species’ - said in all reverence to our indescribable, Most High God. Hence, Jesus can never be compared to any of His angelic creatures. Heb. 7:3, “[Jesus is] without father, without mother, without genealogy; having neither beginning of days nor end of life…”
Nevertheless, some, like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists, twist Scripture grossly to teach that Jesus is the Archangel Michael. Others, both ancient and modern, preach that Jesus is “the True Lucifer, Son of the Morning!”
The mere thought of aligning our omnipotent God with any of His creatures, is total blasphemy. However, to allege that Jesus is a fallen creature of God goes way beyond every form of sin against our Most Holy God!
So, why all the noise about Jesus being Lucifer, son of the morning, the bright morning “star,” etcetera?
This is simply a worthless dispute about the Divinity of God, which comes directly from the mouth of the devil. If anything can be said about the name or description of Lucifer (the light bringer) in Isaiah Chapter 14 and Ezekiel 28, it is the fact that these Scriptures describe Lucifer or Satan as the bringer of all false light — which has nothing to do with The Light, Jesus Christ Himself.
Jesus created Lucifer (Deceiver or false light bringer,) Satan (Adversary or Accuser), Abaddon or Apollyon (the Destroyer,) Beelzebub (Ruler of demons or Lord of the flies,) Belial (Worthless,) Leviathan (Great Snake,) Beast, or by what other name one chooses to call the devil, as a perfect, free-willed angel, “an anointed cherub,” who ruled in [pre-Adam] “Eden” on earth, as described in Ezk. 28:13-19. “You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering… emerald with gold.. [everything] was prepared for you on the day you were created…” Jesus made this angel such a mighty ruler that he decided to test his power against the Almighty. Lucifer’s incredible kingdom in this mystical pre-Adam “Eden” was not enough anymore. He became dissatisfied with what he had. As billions of his followers through the ages, this perfect angel wanted to own, experience and control more than what God had intended for him to have. He wanted to be God, and had the audacity to commit mutiny against the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth. Ezekiel 28:17 teaches, “Your heart [‘anointed cherub’] was lifted up because of your beauty, [Satan is (or was) one of the cleverest, most beautiful creatures of God; not the ugly devil as depicted by theologians.] You [yourself] corrupted your beauty… and [your] wisdom for the sake of your splendour, [but Almighty Jesus] cast you to the ground… [for He shares His Godhood with no one else.]”
“The Prophet Isaiah teaches on the origin of all evil in Chapter 14:9-18, [and the prophet Ezekiel Chapter 28, (KJV of the Bible,)] “Hell from beneath is excited about you to meet you at your coming [or to join those in hell…] How have you fallen from heaven, o Lucifer, son of the morning… For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars [or angels] of God… I will be like the Most High…”
HOW HAVE YOU FALLEN FROM HEAVEN, O LUCIFER, SON OF THE MORNING…”
In ancient Hebrew Scripture, the devil is perceived as a mighty, evil being called Ha-Satan. In many Christian denominations, like in Rabbinical Judaism, the devil or Ha-Satan (The Adversary) is no longer viewed as a real spiritual being, who influences the whole world against God, (1 Jn. 5:19.) They see Ha-Satan as human adversaries, who act solely on their own ‘bad’ insight and decision without any spiritual influence whatsoever. That’s why, in both Rabbinical Judaism and many forms of Christianity, the devil and sin do not really exist.
Researching any topic of Scripture (and everything else) always remains a case of contextual interpretation. The truth can never be found in only one situation, happening, or even just one chapter or a few verses from the Bible.
The factual Wikipedia Encyclopaedia Online, not affiliated with any denomination, states the following, “Early Christians were influenced by the association of Isaiah 14:12-18 with the devil, which had developed in the period between the writing of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, also called the Intertestamental Period when the Deuterocanonical books were written... [This was before the Roman Catholic Church under the rule of the Roman Caesar Constantine formally structured the written Scriptures into the Bible during the 4th century A.D.]
The Prophet Isaiah teaches on the origin of all evil in Chapter 14:9-18, [and in Ezekiel Chapter 28, KJV of the Bible,] stating, “Hell from beneath is excited about you to meet you at your coming [to join those in hell…] How have you fallen from heaven, o Lucifer, son of the morning… [Jesus said He saw the devil fall from heaven like lightning, Lu. 10:18.] For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars [or angels] of God… I will be like the Most High…”
Does this Lucifer, the fallen angel, sound like the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth, Christ Jesus?
Although some preachers try to confuse the believers of Christ by teaching verses and portions of Scripture out of context, Jesus’ Name never was, and never will be Lucifer — not before the fall of this once holy angelic creature of God, or after the devil’s expulsion from heaven. (Jesus said He saw the devil fall like lightning from heaven; Lu. 10:18.)
Neither is Jesus, Almighty God Himself, a ‘star,’ (Col. 2:9; Heb. 3:1-3, etc.) Jesus is the Creator God of all the physical stars in the sky, as well as all the angels referred to as ‘stars,’ (Rev. 12:4.) In Rev. 9:1, Apollyon, the “fallen star,” is the keeper of the bottomless pit filled with demonic beings. So, “stars” in Scripture usually refer to angels, fallen angels too, not to God — except in a few ‘strange’ places, where it seems Jesus’ Divinity is attacked by Bible translators, who tried to make Him into an angel, (Rev. 12:4.) In Rev. 22:16 Jesus supposedly said, “[I am] the bright morning star [Lucifer, the fallen angel??]” And in Rev. 2:28, “...I will give him the morning star?” [What happened to the indwelling Holy Spirit; God Himself? What can a fallen angel do what Jesus cannot do?] 2 Pt. 1:19, “...Until the morning star rises in your hearts?” The indwelling Holy Spirit does not ‘rise in our hearts;’ Jesus Himself fully baptizes every sincerely born again believer with the Holy Spirit, Who abides in his spiritual temple, the body of Christ, “until the end of this world,” (Mt. 28:19-20.)
So, where does this Christ Jesus turned devil blasphemy come from? At the time when Jesus’ early believers connected the writings of the Apostles with Jesus’ teachings in the four Gospels, this rebellious angel was not called “Lucifer” yet. The passages in Isaiah chapter 14 and Ezekiel chapter 28 merely described the awesome power, which God allowed this particular angel to rule in Eden in a time long before Adam was created.
The prophet Ezekiel described this ‘anointed cherub’ as follows, “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you…” Ezekiel wrote in 28:15-17. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you [yourself] have corrupted your [own] wisdom by reason of your brightness…”
Some allege, this does not describe the birth of all evil, but relates to a mere human being. Well, no human being have been ‘perfect in all his ways’ since Adam fell in Eden — except the Man Jesus Christ. We know that Jesus led a completely sinless life on earth, as He was/is the Perfect Lamb of God, Who laid down His life for all humanity. The passages in Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14, truly illustrated the birth of all evil, and therefore has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus, Who is God Himself, (Col. 2:9.)
What’s more, these passages also have a multilevel fulfilment, starting with the origin of evil, that day when Jesus’ perfect angel ‘lifted up his heart because of his beauty,’ which, after Adam’s fall in the Garden, culminated in physical bad human rulers and other Satanists, typified by Isaiah and Ezekiel as “the King of Babylon” or “the King of Tyre.”
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT GOD CREATED THE DEVIL TO BE EVIL?
Others, too, have produced a terrible deception from Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14, alleging that God is the Author of evil. However, God did not create Satan to be evil and to do evil. According to the full context of Scripture, God created everything - the angel described in these passages especially - totally perfect, (Gen. 1:31 and in Ezek. 28:15-17.)
Nevertheless, God created all the angels as free-willed beings with highly intelligent thought-processes.
The Scriptural assumption that Satan wilfully decided not to remain holy and subjected to God does not imply that God was responsible for Satan’s fall, just as God was definitely not responsible for mankind’s fall in the Garden in Eden.
Ezekiel wrote in chapter 28 that this “beautiful cherub” was “created perfectly”, but “he [himself] corrupted his wisdom” through his own iniquity. This proves that God created Satan as an ingenious, imaginative being; very capable of corrupting the great wisdom that God had entrusted to him. James also wrote in 1:13-17: “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God, for God is incapable of being tempted by what is evil and He Himself tempts no one, but everyone is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust… Every good and perfect gift is from above…”
Satan’s sin, which humanity inherited from him at the fall in Eden, is actually a state, position or place he chose for himself.
The sin that Satan intentionally thought up and executed against God does not, as such, consist of particular sinful acts like stealing or lying, although sin was born from the seed of the devil’s discontent, pride and rebellion. The Greek word hamartia, used to describe sin, means ‘from sin’ or ‘from the being of sin,’ and hamartanö means ‘to miss the mark and not to share in the prize’: Jn. 8:44; Rom. 3:23. The word ‘sin’ actually means a state, position, or place of sin; from which particular sins like idolatry, disobedience, etc. flow. Acts of sin, which all transgress God’s Moral Law, (such as lies, slander, hatred, murder, deception, fornication, adultery...) are mere symptoms of the terminal spiritual illness called hamartia and hamartanö – the state or position without God.
Satan placed himself in this position of hatred and disobedience towards God and became a wicked power with indescribable endurance to continue in sin. A self-willed force filled with dimensions so dark and deep, they are mainly inconceivable to humans, (Rev. 13.) To this day, Satan remains an overflowing volume of evil that never regrets his destruction, as he is in a place or position of sin, which will never turn to anything that is good: Jn. 8:44; 10:10; Rev. 20:10.
Satan’s mighty perimeters are only stayed by God’s almighty hand: 2 Ths. 2:6,8.
That dreadful day when the beautiful, mighty cherub conceived and executed his act of rebellion against the almighty God, he became the personification of sin.
Satan is sin and sin is Satan: 2 Ths. 2:3-13; 2 Cor. 11:14, 13-15.
He knows all that is good, because he was once the holy angel and he knows all that is bad, because he deliberately became the embodiment of evil. The problem is that he hardly ever manifests himself as totally evil. Though he never does any good without the intention of using it for bad, he usually acts the part of the holy angel.
Satan is a spiritual being. When he became the embodiment of evil in prehistoric Eden, (before humanity existed,) sin only lived on a spiritual level inside of him. Consequently, he wanted to extend his might and domain. He wanted God and all the other angels to submit to his evil authority. He wanted to rule the universe. “For you said in your 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… I will be like the Most High.” - Isa. 14:13-14.
To execute this inconceivable rebellion, Satan convinced a third of the angels to commit mutiny against God. John described this conflict in Rev. 12:7-9: “There was war in heaven: Michael, [the commander of God’s angelic armies: Dan. 10:13; Jude 9], and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. The great dragon, that old serpent called the devil and Satan, which deceives the whole world, was cast out into the earth… His tail drew a third of the stars (or angels) from heaven, and cast them to the earth…”
If we ignore the fact that the Bible was not written entirely chronologically, one could understand why some denominations believe that Rev. 12 describes an angelic war that will only occur at Jesus’ return. But Rev. 12 actually describes Satan’s initial fall from heaven, as Rev. 20:10 explicitly states that with the last battle Satan “will be cast into the lake of fire,” not onto the earth. Satan and his demons will never be cast out of heaven again; they were chucked out of God’s holy city in an age before time, before humanity lived on earth. Their next and final destination will be the lake of fire, so vividly described in Rev. 20:10, “The devil, who deceived [a third of the holy angels as well as billions of human beings,] will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
It seems that the battle of Rev. 12, when Satan and his evil legions were cast out of heaven, was fought in a time eons before Genesis, for in the beginning of Genesis we already know the old serpent of Rev. 12:9 as the devil and Satan.
One thing we can never doubt, the archangel Michael and his armies had no difficulty in casting Satan and his demons out of heaven. Jesus Himself said in Lu. 10:18, “I [Myself] saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
When Satan’s onslaught against God’s throne came, God was unshakable. Unmoveable. Unstoppable. Even so, His holy kingdom of light, peace and righteousness was forever divided between good and evil. In that prehistoric day wickedness was born. Darkness and obscurity were brought into being. Violence, separation, expulsion, rejection, and punishment took form.
Since that dreadful day, God’s creation is subjected to the destruction of the evil one, as he can never accomplish anything against the Most High God Himself. The devil lives throughout all the millennia to torture, bully and humiliate the defenceless, and to maim and slaughter the mute and the weak; but God Jesus became a man to fully atone for humanity’s lost state of sin without Him, and to bring eternal life to all those who would choose to accept and follow Him, (Jn. 10:10; 1:12-13.)
HELL WAS MADE FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS, NOT FOR HUMANITY
It was necessary for God to restrict the liberty of these rebels, who can move at immeasurable speed and do mighty deeds of evil. It is not clear whether the devil had a way of escape from his dreadful decision to “corrupt his own wisdom,” but we know that Satan and his followers, now called demons, were already sentenced in a time before Adam lived in Eden. Some are already being punished; others are still free to spread their poison and to inject their evil everywhere on earth. Peter wrote in 2 Pet. 2:4, “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for [final] judgment… [He will not spare spiteful, unrepentant humanity.]” Nevertheless, the multitude of fallen angels that are still unchained, remain the sworn adversaries of all creation, especially of humankind, and they are constantly at war with us, (1 Pet. 5:8; Eph. 6:11-18.)
One thing we should understand clearly. God did not make hell or the lake of fire for His human beings, but for the devil and his demons, (Mt. 25:41.) However, should humanity choose to embrace the lies and ways of the evil one, they will certainly accompany him to his final destination of eternal torment.
Should we try to turn God’s entire Word into an allegory instead of believing Jesus’ own descriptions of eternal hell, or twist hell into something temporal, “through” which our loved ones can “pray us into heaven,’ (Purgatory,) or a mere annihilation after death, because hell supposedly does not exist, we fool ourselves, thinking we can annul the everlasting Word of God Himself.
God did not strip the devil of his might and power that day when Jesus saw them fall from heaven. God only demoted him from his holy position to his current state of inescapable darkness and dread, where his only prospect for the future is eternal punishment in the lake of fire, as prophesied in Rev. 19:20.
The Bible does not explain why God did not incarcerate the devil and all his demons, (2 Ths. 2:8; Rev. 13:13-14; 2 Pt. 2:4. ) Maybe Satan dared God to prove that, if He had other creatures that were able to choose Him willingly, they would all love the devil’s darkness more than God’s light. This is mere speculation. A Scriptural fact is that God gave all of His spiritual and mortal creatures a free will with their intellect.
God does not wish to violate that free will, (Deut. 30:19; Jn. 1:11-13; 1 Cor. 14:32-33.)
In the end He will punish all sin and He has a million ways to persuade us to do good instead, but generally speaking, God will not actively prevent our wrong decisions and actions, (2 Pet. 3:9-10; Jn. 16:13; Jn. 1:12-13; Heb. 1:14; Rom. 6:23.)
What’s more, if God does not punish unrepentant sin, He is not the just Judge, Whom Scripture declares Him to be. God rules His Kingdom “with a sceptre of righteousness,” not with a rod of slavery, (Heb. 1:8.) If God diminishes the ability of His beings to make their own choices on this side of the grave, He changes them into robots. If He strips them of their free will, He enslaves them. God never intended to be honoured by the dead, or to be served by unwilling slaves: Mt. 22:32; Rom. 8:14-15; Heb. 2:14-15.
The fact that Jesus endowed His creatures with a free will and intellect, greatly clarifies the suffering and brokenness of our divided earth, (Rom. 2:14-16; Jam. 1:13-17.) For now, God still allows humans to do whatever we choose, be it good or evil, although He will not allow us to sin boundlessly and endlessly, as our wrong decisions always affect other humans, and the rest of His creation as well, (Mt. 23:32-33; 2 Pet. 2:2-9.)
Still, God even allows us to choose our own eternal destiny by exercising our free will: Deut. 30:19; Jn. 11:25-26.
This emphasises our awesome responsibility to seek God’s will for every aspect of our lives – although, on this side of the grave, the other free-willed people with whom we share this divided earth are capable of causing us many problems and sorrows, (2 Ths. 3:2-3; 1 Pet. 4:12-13; 2 Tim. 3:12; Heb. 11:24-27.) God allows them to do that, because “He is longsuffering with us, not willing that anyone should perish but that all [by their own choice] should come to repentance,” (2 Pt. 9.)
The devil wilfully chose his state of sin. Humankind also chooses either to live in sin or to serve God in the liberty of Christ, (Deut. 30:19; Jn. 1:11-3; Rev. 22:17.)
The Holy Spirit “is not a spirit of slavery to put us once more in bondage to fear”.
He leads us into all righteousness if we allow Him to do so; He “guides us into all truth” if we so choose, but He never forces us to love and follow Him, (Jn. 16:13; Rom. 8:14-15; 1 Cor. 14:32-33.) Pushing humans into submission and driving them along the path of life are the main characteristics of the unmerciful angel of sin, not of Christ Jesus our Lord.
The just and righteous God must, however, always act justly and righteously.
As a result, He will ultimately punish all unrepented sin, and He made hell for this purpose, (Rev. 20:11-15.)
Who are Satan and his demons really?