Kansas blogger Joe Heschmeyer, a Roman Catholic seminary student, admits on his blog that he – along with the Pope – worships “Lucifer” who he claims is Jesus Christ.
Nowhere in Isaiah 14:12 does the Hebrew word for “star” – kochba – appear. The modern translations insert the word “star” into the text even though it is not there. The Hebrew word that is there – helel – by a study of etymology and cognates in many languages indicates it is related to the meaning light (e.g., helios (sun god – Greek), hell (light – German), hell (hellfire – English), etc). The AV translators correctly translated helel as a proper name conveying the similiar meaning of “shining one” – using the word for it that was earlier coined in Latin, “Lucifer”.
It is true that there has been confusion about this verse – but God has ended such confusion by giving us the King James Bible. It’s translation of Isaiah 14:12 is deeply resented by Luciferians who claim that it insults Lucifer, their god of light and wisdom, historically associated with the sun god and serpent who they believe was maligned by the Genesis account. Since Isaiah 14 has Lucifer cast out of heaven and thrown into hell – verse 15 – it’s humiliating to their ambitions. The passage refutes the Luciferians so they’ve targeted it for alteration.
They will claim it only speaks of an earthly ruler, and also try to replace “Lucifer” with “morning star”. This makes the passage seemingly about Jesus Christ because of cross-reference to 2 Peter 1:19 and Revelation 22:16.
(2 Peter 1:19) “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”
(Revelation 22:16) “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.“
But Isaiah 14:12 is certainly not about Jesus Christ, it is about Satan’s fall, see:(Luke 10:18) “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.“
So the cross-reference has to be eliminated. To equate Jesus Christ with that being cast out of heaven in Isaiah 14:12 is OBVIOUSLY wrong. To leave the cross-references in place constitutes a mistranslation. That is why the AV is correct and all the other versions that use “day star” are wrong. (Modern translations are myopic and stupid – they destroy all the cross-references that the Holy Ghost was diligent to put into the English AV text).
The priests of the Roman Catholic religion, before it took on an outwardly Christian guise in 313 A.D., have always worshipped the devils of the sun, moon, and stars. It is an ancient pagan cult that never died out – even though many lay Catholics have been kept in the dark and are blissfully unaware of it. These are Thyatira’s “depths of Satan” as mentioned in Revelation 2:24 “But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.” (Thyatira symbolizes Roman Catholicism historically in Church history).
The blogger at “Shameless Popery” is hopelessly naive – he’s actually claiming that it is a harmless thing to sing praises to Lucifer! This shows how subtle the devil is in tricking people into serving him. Romanism has so duped its unsaved followers that they will actually openly worship the devil in song and think nothing of it. And why should they? Their own pope condones the worship of Allah and Buddha.
(Exodus 34:14) “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:”
(Deuteronomy 4:24) “For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.”
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ps – Is the graphic above too harsh? Why are people always quickly offended when we insult a man, but are flippant and insensitive with regard to the offence they cause Christ? The image is a joke – sort of. But doesn’t praising Lucifer and then pretending that that is actually Jesus’ name shows a real lack of fear and respect for our Great King?
pss- Godless Communist agitator Saul Alinsky dedicated his book “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer – I don’t think he actually meant to say Jesus Christ.
Heschmeyer made the claim that Jerome’s Vulgate uses “lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12 for the planet venus, and that as a “quirk of history” Lucifer became a capitalized proper name for the devil in the passage because of the King James Bible’s borrowing of Jerome’s term. So he states that the poem sang to Lucifer by the Pope has nothing to do with the devil since it pre-dates the association: He writes, “Exultet is an ancient prayer (likely dating back to at least the sixth century), back before we mistakenly started treating “Lucifer” as a proper name for the devil.”
This is wrong.
Several early church fathers wrote of Isaiah 14 and said that it referred to the devil’s name Lucifer before he became a fallen angel. This included the heretic Origen:
“Most evidently by these words is he shown to have fallen from heaven, who
formerly was Lucifer, and who used to arise in the morning. For if, as some think, he was a nature of darkness, how is Lucifer said to have existed before? Or how could he arise in the morning, who had in himself nothing of the light? Nay, even the Saviour Himself teaches us, saying of the devil, “Behold, I see Satan fallen from heaven like lightning.”
(Origen “De Principiis”, bk. 1, ch. On Rational Natures)
This was in the third century, long before the poem/song was written.
Around the fourth century St Augustine wrote,
“the Romans made an attempt to dedicate the star which we call Lucifer to the name and honour of Caesar. And this would, perhaps, have been done, and the name handed down to distant ages, only that his ancestress Venus had given her name to this star before him”
(Augustine, “On Christian Doctrine” ch. 21)
Yet in the same book Augustine wrote,
what is said in Isaiah, “How he is fallen from heaven, Lucifer, son of the morning! ” and the other statements of the context which, under the figure of the king of Babylon, are made about the same person, are of course to be understood of the devil;
(ibid, ch. 21)
Augustine and Jerome were contemporaries. Thus clearly the term Lucifer used by Jerome in Isaiah 14:12 was always a proper name that indicated the devil. It simultaneously happened to be a nick-name (e.g., “shiny one”) used to describe the planet that was already named Venus. That is the “quirk” of history.
Augustine also wrote:
A certain one was named Lucifer, who fell; for he was an angel and became a devil; and concerning him the Scripture said, “Lucifer, who did arise in the morning, fell” And why was he Lucifer? Because, being enlightened, he gave forth light. But for what reason did he become dark! Because he abode not in the truth.
(Augustine, Tractates on John, Tr. III)
Another contemporary and rival of Jerome, John Cassain, made the same statements concerning Lucifer being the devil (“Institutes of the Coenobia”, Book 12, Ch. 4, “How by reason of pride Lucifer was turned from an archangel into a devil.”).
Another quirk of history is that around the same time, there was a prominent Catholic Bishop unfortunately named “Lucifer” from Cagliari (who led the rabid faction that was fanatically intolerant toward allegedly heretical “Arians” (who refused to call Mary “God’s Mother”). The fact that this contemporary was also named “Lucifer” shows that the word was in fact a proper name – hence Jerome didn’t use it as a mere adjective either.
There’s the original Hebrew word that means “shiny” and it is used as a name in Isaiah 14:12. The corresponding Latin name for “shiny” in Latin was Lucifer – already used as such in Latin before Jerome come along. This name Lucifer happened to have also been a descriptive nickname at the time for referring to the “shiny” planet named Venus.
The theory that Lucifer is a mistake in Isaiah 14:12 is diabolical. The devil doesn’t want his name associated directly with being cast down into hell, he wants it rehabilitated to be something pleasant. Thus his translators have endeavoured to put the word”star” into the passage even though it doesn’t belong. This eliminates his name Lucifer, and creates blasphemous cross-references to the New Testament passages that refer instead to Jesus Christ.
By this trickery, the term Lucifer is no longer in the Bible identifying the devil – and now clowns like “shameless popery” and Pope Jorge can sing the praises of Lucifer and pretend they are doing nothing wrong.