The king of Babylon is Lucifer

Isaiah Bible Background

Old Testament: Isa 14.3–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 13–15 on September 28, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

It seems to be universal that people believe Isaiah 14 pictures Satan. However, if you read the whole chapter, you will discover something:

It shall come to pass in the day the LORD gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:

“How the oppressor has ceased,
The golden city ceased!”

– Isaiah 14.3–4

Keep reading and you will discover that all of it is about the king of Babylon. People see the language as describing Satan, but reading the context will straighten up the issue.


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