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A puzzling question about Isaiah 14…Satan or Nebuchadnezzar?

I’ve been reading through Isaiah and came across Isaiah 14. It reminds me of a discussion I had with one guy who told me two things about the “Lucifer” passage:

One: Lucifer refers literally to the planet Venus.

Two: Lucifer is actually a reference to King Nebuchadnezzar and not to Satan.

For years in the Baptist churches I attended, it was accepted that Isaiah 14 referred to the fall of Satan and what led him to rebel against God. And now, this gentleman (whose intellect I respect highly) proposed it was simply about Nebuchadnezzar and the judgment against his kingdom and how he would eventually be humbled.

As I read the passage today, I wondered if perhaps this guy was right. Or, perhaps the judgments against Babylon, Egypt and other nations could be in the distant future. In Revelation, we lean that Babylon will be destroyed and that Satan, possessing the body of the anti-christ, is the head of Babylon. Satan, we learn, will eventually suffer the humiliation of humiliations.

Is this what the passage is referring to or is it indeed simply about Nebuchadnezzar?

I will say that if the passage is simply about King Neb, his ego and arrogance mirror what Satan had when he chose to rebel against God.

What are your thoughts, reader?

Post comments here or e-mail Richard at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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