Isa 14:12 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!
The NIV translates this verse a little differently:
“How you have fallen from heaven, O MORNING STAR.
This really disturbed a gentleman in an online discussion forum several years ago. He was a huge advocate for the KJV, not just any KJV, but the 1611 KJV. His claim was that the 1611 KJV is the only “true word of God”.
His protest was that the NIV change “Lucifer” to “MORNING STAR” which is, of course, a reference to “Jesus Christ” in Rev 22:16:
Rev 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.
This he saw as blasphemy, a blatant perversion of the text. I am not sure why he didn’t have a problem with the following statement: “… son of the morning”, which is also found in the 1611 KJV, but he didn’t seem to be bothered by that.
I think his biggest problem is a common problem. Most believers have been taught to believe that this reference to “Lucifer” is a reference to Satan. And we have been taught to believe that Satan is God’s arch enemy, a fallen angel, and the king of hell.
But have we been taught correctly?
I have come to see “Satan” very differently over the last several years. I address that is some of my older studies where I look at the connections that I see in scripture concerning “the serpent” (that is satan, the devil), the “tongue” ((of the)) “wicked” (who have THEIR PART in the lake of fire which is THE SECOND DEATH) and the “carnal mind” and that which has “the power of death”.
I find it all very fascinating!! And while I might still see satan, the devil, the serpent, that old dragon as “a fallen angel”, it’s not the type of “fallen angel” most people are thinking of.
You can read my studies on it elsewhere, but the following is the reply of a good friend of mine made to this complaint about the NIV. I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me… back then and again now as I dig through the dust and pull out some of these old studies and posts that I have saved over the years.
Lucifer = “light-bearer” (in relation to the King of Babylon)
Ever notice Jesus was to “look upon” as TWO STONES and that “This child” IS SET for THE FALL (FIRST) and THE RISING (((AGAIN))) of many in Israel?
He was to look upon as unto (two stones) the Jasper and the sardius
1) a sardius, a precious stone of which there are two types, the former is called a carnelian (because flesh coloured) and the latter a sard
How thou hast FALLEN (in relation to the former)
Acts 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
The LIGHT IN THEM was DARKNESS (a paradox)… IF the light that is in you be darkness which shows exactly that (in accord with Paul) which said he was a Jew (after THE FLESH) which is OUTWARD (verses INWARD)
Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
In Paul is a “pattern” of the longsuffering of God (who walked in darkness/ ignorance) of God
As Paul considered himself a “light bearer” but…
Acts 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
After He FELL to the earth (how thou art FALLEN) the light he thought he had was nothing in comparison (he found himself persecuting the Lord he thought he was doing service for)
Pride is “the devils condemnation” and pride cometh BEFORE a FALL (Just as with Nebby) and God was ABLE to HUMBLE HIM and restore him just the same.
Job 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
Acts 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
Just like here (the same)
Dan 4:27 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
He extols him on his ways (which are judgment) which was exactly what is shown in Paul
John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
So the two stones even speak of those in Him (at least HID in Him) even as those which SAY they are JEWS but DO LIE (even as Paul spoke of MY LIE) and Jesus made them of the Synagogue OF SATAN (whose light is darkness) and it speaks OF THEIR FALL (blindness IN PART) and their RISING AGAIN (and both are IN Christ) in whom they are CONCLUDED even as He is to look upon as TWO STONE (one after the flesh) through which Christ after the flesh came) and one after the Spirit (the Jasper) which is the first foundation stone (the BUILDING OF the wall of it) and He that SAT and that to which HER light was LIKENED TO (which she had) which is the newest of stones (not after the flesh) but after the Spirit.
These things I see summed up in Him and shown throughout scripture in various ways after their similitudes.
Another follow-on reply:
Here’s morning stars (plural)
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Then here… compare
Isaiah 14:13 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
Luke 20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts
They which draw others after themselves (same concept… he draweth a third of the stars out of heaven)
Isaiah 14:20 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.
Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
You can tell why this person is one of favorite study partners. We take an almost identical approach to the scriptures in the way we study them. What a blessing to find someone else who “speaks the same language” (so to speak).
All Blessings in Christ, as always!