Q. In Isaiah 14:12 why is Lucifer referred to as the son of morning? I am reading the NKJV. Thank you for your help.
A. Lucifer is a word of Latin origin that means “light bearer”. It comes from an early translation of the Hebrew phrase “Heylel ben Shachar” in Isaiah 14:12 where it’s used in reference to Satan. Heylel means “shining one”, in the sense of being boastful, and ben Shachar means “son of the dawn”. In 2 Cor. 11:14 Paul said this is a disguise Satan wears, masquerading as an angel of light in order to deceive us.
In the Bible light is often used to symbolize spiritual knowledge and understanding. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12) In the end times, after the Church is gone, Satan will use his disguise to deceive those who are left behind into believing that it is he who brings light to the world, and not Jesus. Some scholars refer to this deception as the Luciferian doctrine.