Q. The Bible refers to Satan as being an angel of light in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15. And in my Nelson’s Student Bible Dictionary it refers to Lucifer as Morning Star and I believe Jesus has been referred to as the Day Star. This is all a bit confusing. First are there Angels of Light that are Angels of God and are good and still exist. Satan was one but fell because of wickedness. Is Satan also the Morning Star and is Jesus the Day Star and how is that meant?
A. In 2 Cor. 11:14 Paul said that Satan masquerades as an angel of light, not that he is one. Satan is a deceiver and that’s one of the ways he deceives us.
Lucifer is a Latin word that means “light bearer” It comes from the Latin translation of Isaiah 14:12 where Satan is called Heylel ben Shakar in Hebrew. Heylel is from a root word that means “to shine” in the sense of foolish boasting or making a show of oneself. It’s really a derrogatory term and is the origin of the title “the shining one”. Ben means “son” and shakar means “dawn”. So Heylel ben Shakar means “shining one, son of the dawn”.
Some translations substitute Morning Star for Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12, while others use Day Star. In my opinion both are incorrect because the focus of the passage is the one we call Satan. What’s more, in the Greek text of 2 Peter 1:19 Peter called Jesus the Phosphoros which can be translated either Day Star or Morning Star. And Jesus called Himself the bright and morning star in Rev. 22:16. Therefore Morning Star and Day Star are both used of Jesus, not Satan. It is confusing, but hopefully this clears things up a little.