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Discovery Magazine 4/1/2010

What Was the Name of the Devil When He was an Angel?

Dear Digger Doug,

What was the name of the devil when he was an angel?
—Brock Enloe, Enterprise, AL

 

Dear Brock,

That is a very thoughtful question. We know that the devil is evil and that he wants to tempt us to join in his evil army. In fact, the Bible explains that the devil is like a roaring lion walking around the Earth seeking people he can destroy (1 Peter 5:8). We also know that in the end, he and his angels will be thrown into a lake of fire that God has prepared for them (Revelation 20:10). But we do not know much about what he was like before he chose to rebel against God. We don’t know if he had a different name, then, either. Some people believe that Isaiah spoke of the devil when he wrote about Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12). But when you read that chapter, you can see that the name Lucifer is talking about the king of Babylon. In some places in the Bible the devil is called Satan, the Evil one, and the Accuser. He is also called the “god of this age,” meaning that most people are following his wicked ways. There is one thing, however, that we must always remember. Even though Satan is powerful, as long as we obey God, then God will help us defeat Satan and “crush him under our feet” just like God promised the Christians in Rome (Romans 16:20).



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