Q. I heard that Lucifer and Satan are not same, but are two different beings. Also, I couldn’t find the word “lucifer” in the bible except for once in the KJV. Ezekiel 28 says he’s not the devil but a man! (Ezekiel 28:2) Lucifer was innocent in the beginning ( Isaiah 14), but Satan was not innocent in the beginning. John 8:44. Can you help clear this up?
A. Advocates of the New Age Luciferian Doctrine try to make the claim that Lucifer and Satan are not the same, but the overwhelming majority of Evangelical scholars disagree. Lucifer is a Latin word, which means it’s not from the original language of the Bible. It only appears in the King James translation of Isaiah 14:12. Satan is the English transliteration of the Hebrew haSatan which means the adversary, so it’s not his name either but is more like a title or job description.
In Ezekiel 28:2 the Lord is speaking of the human ruler of Tyre. Beginning in verse 12 He shifts His focus to Satan, the supernatural power behind the throne. We know this because the human ruler of Tyre was never in the garden of Eden as Ezek. 28:13 says, and was not one of the cherubim as Ezek. 28:14 says.
Isaiah 14 does not make the claim that Lucifer was ever innocent. Ezekiel 28:15 says he was originally blameless in his ways until wickedness was found in him, but that just means that he obeyed God until he rebelled.
In summary, most scholars agree that Lucifer and Satan are one and the same.