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Sender:  I am writing to know where did satan originate from



The Bible never gives a clear account as to the origin of Satan.  It tells us a little about him, and his character, but not where he came from.


Some point to Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezek 28:12-15 as talking about Satan and his origin.  However, when read in context, these passages are clearly prophecies against the king of Babylon and Tyre.  The poetic use of imagery and hyperbole in these prophecies are not unusual.  In fact, the arrogance of Babylon is well demonstrated in the stories of king Nebbudchadnezzer in the book of Daniel. 


The King James translation mentions "Lucifer" in Isaiah 14:12.  Some believe this is a reference to Satan. The Hebrew word translated "Lucifer" is "helel," which means "shining one."  "Lucifer" is Latin for the planet Venus, the brightest object in the sky apart from the sun and moon.  This is a taunt against Babylon, once a "shining star" but now fallen.  It is not a proper name and does not refer to the Devil.


Though there is no clear indication as to Satan's origin in scripture, there is clear indication as to what will happen to him.  In Revelation 20, it tells us that he will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone for eternity.  He will forever be vanquished along with his followers.


John Telgren

P.O. Box 452

Leavenworth, KS 66048


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