What are the devil’s names? 

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The Devil’s Names

The Devil is known by a variety of names across different cultures, religions, and mythologies, each reflecting unique aspects of his persona. In Christianity, “Satan” is one of the most widely recognized names, originating from the Hebrew term “śāṭān,” meaning “adversary” or “accuser.” Satan was the fallen angel who rebelled against God, embodying the ultimate antagonist in the cosmic struggle between good and evil. Another prominent name is “Lucifer,” derived from the Latin word “lux” (light) and “ferre” (to bring). Lucifer is considered the pre-fallen name of Satan, representing his former glory as a bearer of light before his fall from grace.

The concept of “the devil” or Satan is rooted in various religious and cultural traditions, and different names and titles have been attributed to this figure throughout history. In the Christian religion, several names and titles are associated with this fallen angel. This exploration will delve into some of the prominent names and references found in the NKJV Bible.

1. Lucifer: The Fallen Morning Star

The name “Lucifer” is often associated with the devil and is derived from the Latin Vulgate translation of Isaiah 14:12. The NKJV, in Isaiah 14:12, refers to Lucifer as the fallen morning star: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!”

2. Satan: The Adversary

Perhaps the most common name for the fallen angel in the Bible is “Satan.” It is used to denote the adversary or accuser. In the Book of Job, Satan challenges Job’s loyalty, and in Matthew 4:10, Jesus rebukes Satan during the temptation in the wilderness.

3. The Slanderer

The term “devil” is used to describe the evil one who slanders or accuses. In Matthew 4:1, Jesus is led into the wilderness to be tempted by this fallen angel, who attempts to deceive and tempt Jesus with various offers.

4. Beelzebub: The Lord of the Flies

Beelzebub is mentioned in the New Testament, and it is often interpreted as another name for the fallen angel. In Matthew 12:24, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub, to which Jesus responds with a powerful rebuke.

5. Abaddon/Apollyon: The Destroyer

In Revelation 9:11, the fallen angel is referred to as Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek. This name emphasizes his destructive nature: “They had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek, he has the name Apollyon.”

6. Dragon and Serpent: Symbolism of Power and Deception

In Revelation 12:9, this fallen angel is described as the great dragon, the serpent of old, symbolizing power and cunning deception: “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.”

7. Father of Lies: Deception

In John 8:44, Jesus refers to this fallen angel as the “father of lies”: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.”

8. Prince of the Power of the Air: Ephesians 2:2

In Ephesians 2:2, this fallen angel is described as the prince of the power of the air, highlighting his influence over the world: “in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.”

Conclusion

The devil’s names in the Bible encompass a range of titles that emphasize various aspects of this dark and evil angel—ranging from the fallen morning star to the prince of deception. These names are embedded in the religious narratives, contributing to the theological understanding of good and evil in Christian tradition.

Additional Resources:

See list of references of Names of Satan in the King James Version Bible

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