Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Hints of the War in Heaven

The Scriptural basis for the war in heaven is - you guessed it - Revelation. Before that, there is very little deviltry in the Bible.

Here are a few mentions: Isaiah 14: 12-20:

12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13: For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15: Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16: They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17: That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18: All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
19: But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
20: Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

Isaiah uses a Hebrew word that means "morning star," which was translated into Greek as ἑωσφόρος, which in Latin and English became "Lucifer":
הֵילֵל ‎ hêylêl
From 1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning star: - lucifer.
In Luke 10:18 we find Jesus saying:
18 And1161 he said2036 unto them,846 I beheld2334 Satan4567 as5613 lightning796 fall4098 from1537heaven.3772
The Greek is σατανᾶν, the Latin is Satanam.

Another passage sometimes cited is in Ezekiel 28:14 - 19:

14 Thou859 art the anointed4473 cherub3742 that covereth;5526 and I have set5414 thee so: thou wast1961 upon the holy6944 mountain2022 of God;430 thou hast walked up and down1980 in the midst8432 of the stones68 of fire.784

15 Thou859 wast perfect8549 in thy ways1870 from the day4480 3117 that thou wast created,1254till5704 iniquity5766 was found4672 in thee.

16 By the multitude7230 of thy merchandise7404 they have filled4390 the midst8432 of thee with violence,2555 and thou hast sinned:2398 therefore I will cast thee as profane2490 out of the mountain4480 2022 of God:430 and I will destroy6 thee, O covering5526 cherub,3742 from the midst4480 8432 of the stones68 of fire.784

17 Thine heart3820 was lifted up1361 because of thy beauty,3308 thou hast corrupted7843 thy wisdom2451 by reason of5921 thy brightness:3314 I will cast7993 thee to5921 the ground,776 I will lay5414 thee before6440 kings,4428 that they may behold7200 thee.

18 Thou hast defiled2490 thy sanctuaries4720 by the multitude4480 7230 of thine iniquities,5771 by the iniquity5766 of thy traffic;7404 therefore will I bring forth3318 a fire784 from the midst4480 8432 of thee, it1931 shall devour398 thee, and I will bring5414 thee to ashes665 upon5921 the earth776 in the sight5869 of all3605 them that behold7200 thee.

19 All3605 they that know3045 thee among the people5971 shall be astonished8074 at5921 thee: thou shalt be1961 a terror,1091 and never369 shalt thou be any more.5704 5769

The word "cherub" is from the Hebrew, and is constant through all four languages:

כְּרוּב ‎ kerûb
Of uncertain derivation; a cherub or imaginary figure: - cherub, [plural] cherubims.

The source of the "war in heaven" as a dramatic scene is Rev. 12:7-12:

7 And2532 there was1096 war4171 in1722 heaven:3772 Michael3413 and2532 his848 angels32fought4170 against2596 the3588 dragon;1404 and2532 the3588 dragon1404 fought4170 and2532his848 angels,32

8 And2532 prevailed2480 not;3756 neither3777 was their848 place5117 found2147 any more2089in1722 heaven.3772

9 And2532 the3588 great3173 dragon1404 was cast out,906 that old744 serpent,3789 called2564the Devil,1228 and2532 Satan,4567 which deceiveth4105 the3588 whole3650 world:3625 he was cast out906 into1519 the3588 earth,1093 and2532 his848 angels32 were cast out906 with3326him.846

10 And2532 I heard191 a loud3173 voice5456 saying3004 in1722 heaven,3772 Now737 is come1096 salvation,4991 and2532 strength,1411 and2532 the3588 kingdom932 of our2257 God,2316and2532 the3588 power1849 of his848 Christ:5547 for3754 the3588 accuser2725 of our2257brethren80 is cast down,2598 which accused2723 them846 before1799 our2257 God2316 day2250and2532 night.3571

11 And2532 they846 overcame3528 him846 by1223 the3588 blood129 of the3588 Lamb,721and2532 by1223 the3588 word3056 of their848 testimony;3141 and2532 they loved25 not3756their848 lives5590 unto891 the death.2288

12 Therefore1223 5124 rejoice,2165 ye heavens,3772 and2532 ye that dwell4637 in1722 them.846Woe3759 to the3588 inhabitants2730 of the3588 earth1093 and2532 of the3588 sea!2281 for3754the3588 devil1228 is come down2597 unto4314 you,5209 having2192 great3173 wrath,2372 because he knoweth1492 that3754 he hath2192 but a short3641 time.2540

According to the Polyglot Bible, Satan's name is of Chaldee origin:

Of Chaldee origin corresponding to 4566 (with the definite article affixed); the accuser, that is, the devil: - Satan.

More on the War in heaven from Wikipedia is here.

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