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I have heard an interview where a Jesuit exorcist once who said that Lucifer and Satan were different beings. I'd always thought that they were the same.

  • Are both Lucifer and Satan mentioned by name in the Bible?
  • Are they considered the same being or is this just an assumption made by modern Christians?
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You then agreed with the exorcist? (The way you've phrased that makes me think you might have messed something up there... just want to make sure.) –  Nathan Wheeler Aug 24 '11 at 2:03
No not necessarily, I'd just always assumed that they were referring to the same person. However, I realized it was in fact an assumption, I'd never found biblical evidence this is the fact, so that is why I ask the question. –  aceinthehole Aug 24 '11 at 2:10
^ you said you thought they were different, check your question. –  Nathan Wheeler Aug 24 '11 at 2:13
They are different. There are 7 Princes of hell Satan is 1 and Lucifer is another. Look up the 7 princes of hell (Wikipedia) and read about it. –  user1824 Jul 3 '12 at 14:34
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The name "Lucifer" appears only once in the Bible, in Isaiah (KJV), where he alludes to the tale (which we can assume is already known to his Jewish audience at that time) of the great Lucifer having fallen from heaven, being cast down and looked upon with contempt, in order to draw a parallel to the king of Babylon and his kingdom's impending fall.

Lucifer means "morning star", which is used various times and in various ways in the Bible, including by Christ to refer to himself at one point in Revelation. But see Job 38, where it says that when the foundations of the world were laid, "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." I think this is the closest we have in the Bible to a passage equating Lucifer with an angel.

It's important to note that both of these passages are highly poetic in nature, as is the third, the story of the Dragon in Revelation, who is cast out of heaven and makes war with the Church, who is equated to Satan. If the dragon cast out of heaven is the same as Lucifer the Morning Star cast out of heaven, then he is Satan. But it's difficult to say anything for certain, going only on Biblical authority.

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Can you provide specific references to Luciver in Isaiah, and the dragon in revelation? –  Flimzy Sep 17 '11 at 21:00
The word "lucifer" doesn't appear in the Bible at all in its original languages. It is a Latin word, and the Old Testament is written in Hebrew and the New Testament is written in Greek. No angel is given a Latin name, only Hebrew (eg, Michael and Gabriel). Lucifer doesn't mean "morning star", it means "light-bearer". It has a Greek counterpart, "phosphoros", which is actually used once in the NT in 2 Peter 1:19. I provide more detail in my answer at christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/19233/…. –  Huperniketes Apr 10 at 14:19
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Lucifer is a transliteration of the name Morningstar used in the Latin Vulgate. Satan was referred to the Morningstar several times in the Bible. Wikipedia has a good explanation of where the these terms are used in the Bible and what the various contexts are.

We know that the being who is Satan was one of the chief angels who decided he'd rather have the glory for himself that God had reserved as His own.

While the exorcist may have met demons with various names, we know demons are primarily invested in lying, and so I'd take what the exorcist claimed with a grain of salt.

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The only points I'd add is Wikipedia's entry on lucifer is seriously flawed; for one thing, lacking information on the office of "light-bearer" which is what lucifer actually means. I go into more detail in my answer on christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/19233/…. Also, the OP didn't write that the exorcist said demons told him satan and lucifer were different beings. –  Huperniketes Apr 10 at 15:24
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Lucifer was the name of Satan before he was banished from heaven. That was when he was still an angel, and the Morningstar, as Mason mentioned.

This explains it well

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Welcome to the site! I don't disagree, but this answer would be better were you to cite external supporting doctrinal statements to show that this is an official doctrine, and not personal interpretation. For more inf on why I'm suggesting this, see the FAQ. –  David Stratton Oct 13 '12 at 17:24
Ok, I added a link –  Nick Oct 13 '12 at 18:06
@Nick mind summarizing what the article says in a paragraph or two? –  wax eagle Oct 15 '12 at 20:50
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Q. "Are Lucifer and Satan different beings?"

A. Satan filled the king of Babylon with the ambition to have complete domination over the earth, even over “Jehovah’s throne” (1Ch 29:23) and “the stars of God,” the kings of the line of David sitting on the throne at Mount Moriah (by extension, Zion).

This “king,” that is, the dynasty of Babylon, ‘lifted himself up’ in his own heart and was in his own eyes and in the eyes of his admirers a “shining one,” a “son of the dawn.” (In some Bible translations the Latin Vulgate term “Lucifer” is retained. It is, however, merely the translation of the Hebrew word heh·lel′, “shining one.” Heh·lel′ is not a name or a title but, rather, a term describing the boastful position taken by Babylon’s dynasty of kings of the line of Nebuchadnezzar.) (Isa 14:4-21) Since Babylon was a tool of Satan, its “king” reflected Satan’s own ambitious desire.


~ NOTE: I am a dedicated and baptized member of the unified worldwide Christian Congregation of JEHOVAH'S Witnesses.

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