The name, Lucifer, means “day star,” or “son of the morning.” But his name was changed to Satan when he was kicked out of heaven. Lucifer was a magnificent being, but pride overtook his heart, and sin cost him everything.
Lucifer is one of three archangels mentioned in Scripture, the other two are Michael and Gabriel. He was created by God just as all angels were, but his role was different from the other angelic hosts. Lucifer was referred to as the “covering angel.” Just as the cherubim covered the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant, Lucifer was established by God to be the angel of worship, one whose ministry surrounded the heart of heaven. Lucifer was created to dwell eternally in the throne room of heaven, in the very presence of God.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mount of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire (Eze 28:14).
Lucifer had been an amazing being to behold:
Thou has been in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created (Eze 28:13).
To dwell in the awesome presence of a perfect and holy God Lucifer had to be perfect. There was nothing ordinary or plain about his appearance. Adorned with gold and precious stones, he truly fit the name, “Son of the Morning.” He was a step above the other angels, not only in appearance but also in intellect. Lucifer’s wisdom far exceeded that of other angelic beings. He understood the ways of God.
Lucifer had wisdom, beauty, ability, perfection, and yet he wanted more; he wanted to be worshiped like God. But God does not share His glory, nor does He permit another to receive worship. So when Lucifer made his move he was removed from the presence of God. Cast out of heaven like a bolt of lightning. He was stripped of his beauty, his position, and his rights to heaven. Satan’s constant attempt ever since has been to oppose the mighty plan of God. He even attempted to tempt Jesus to sin and worship Him and to do that you have to be extremely arrogant, pompous, and downright stupid.
Isaiah 14 reveals the fall of Lucifer from the heights of heaven, which resulted in his status as the creature that he is today:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine 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, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, everyone in his own house.
But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? And his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” (is 14:12-27).
Lucifer’s name, “son of the morning,” was given to a far more deserving individual, the Son of God. Jesus Christ is called the ‘Bright and Morning Star’ (Rev 22:16). Today, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, dwelling in the presence of the Almighty. Christ’s words hold true, even in the account of Satan:
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Matt 23:12).
The following scriptures are exactly what Satan did that got him banished from heaven and will spend eternity in the lake of fire:
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love he world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the yes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (1 Jn 2:15-17).
Some say that you can’t lose your salvation once you have it, I beg to differ, Satan lost his. This is what Paul, or whoever the author of Hebrews says:
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted for the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb 6:4).
That means you can’t place yourself above Jesus, exalt yourself, and expect to live in heaven. As Jesus said directly above in Matthew 23:12.