Isaiah 14: 12-15. “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! 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
This, to me, is one of the most dramatic events recorded in scripture. Fascinating on so many levels, it would seem that Satan had a kingdom before God created Adam. I’ve spent some time studying that out, and perhaps at some point I’ll offer it to you here. I want to stay on track however, so that study will wait for another day.
In this passage, the fall of Lucifer (Light Bearer) is symbolic of the fall of the ruler of Babylon. (Here’s another little rabbit-trail. In days gone by, a long wooden matchstick used for lighting fires was called a lucifer)
Lucifer was and is a real being, not just a made-up fairy tale used for scaring children into being good. Satan, we call him today. Evil in its purest form, if one can use pure and evil together. Perhaps unadulterated evil would be more to the point. The language which describes him is used of Satan (Luke 10:18; Rev. 12:8,9), who spiritually energized the founder of Babylon, Satan’s great seat, from which the world has been corrupted.
Pride was Satan’s great sin, and caused his downfall; so with Babylon (v. 13), the boasting purpose of the king who was to defy God in heaven and rule over the entire earth (“the north”), and to rival God’s power (v. 14). Yet Babylon’s doom is Sheol, and the sides (or corner) of the pit, in contrast to the entire earth.
Pride will always bring us to ruin. Antichrist will have a short time of apparent victory, but then he will face the wrath of God.
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Don’t be guilty of having a haughty (proud, full of self, boastful, judgmental,thinking one’s self higher and better than others) spirit. Pride and a haughty spirit will bring destruction and defeat.