Friday, September 4, 2009

The son of the morning

The post I made yesterday got me thinking about something that I think most people probably don't realize. Something that even most professing Christians don't realize.

What is it?

Lucifer can be seen. As in visibly, with your eyes...and without drugs. You just have to check the sky early in the morning before the sun rises, or right after the sun sets in the evening. 'Lucifer' is what is known in the Bible (Isaiah 14) as the 'morning star' that has fallen from heaven. We know the morning star (which is the same as the evening star) today as the planet Venus.

Venus is the brightest 'star' in the sky. The term 'Lucifer' loosely translates as 'lightbearer', or 'shining one'. In context, the passage in Isaiah 14 is referring to the King of Babylon, but the description is nonetheless an allegory for an actual supernatural (and perhaps astrological) event.

Throughout the rest of the Bible, the morning star is a reference to Jesus. In Isaiah, the reference to 'Lucifer' falling from heaven can thus be interpreted (at least) two ways:

  • The devil, who masquerades an as angel of the light (2 Corinthians 11), falling from heaven.
  • Jesus, who was from heaven but came down to Earth, where he was eventually executed. Jesus resurrected though. Venus may 'die' every morning after sunrise, but it 'resurrects' again in the evening.
I prefer the first explanation. The second explanation could still make sense though, if for no other reason than the fact that references to Jesus being the morning star come later in the Bible.

Sometimes I wonder if the devil originally came from Venus long ago. It's not a 'belief' I have per se, but it is something I wonder about in light of the description from Isaiah 14.

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