Everyone familiar with the Bible knows it talks about angels and demons. But most would be surprised to learn that there’s no verse in the Bible that explains where demons came from. Christians typically assume that demons are fallen angels, cast from heaven with Satan (the Devil) right before the temptation of Adam and Eve. But guess what? There’s no such story in the Bible. The only description of anything like that is in Revelation 12:9—but the occasion for that whole episode was the birth of the messiah (Rev 12:4-6), an event long after Adam and Eve. The idea of a primeval fall of angels actually comes from church tradition and the great English poet John Milton in his epic Paradise Lost.
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Published on Jan 22, 2014
Michael Heiser (Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) walks through the first three verses of Genesis 1, and discusses biblically possible views of creation, especially focusing on Hebrew syntax. Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
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Seems a pertinent question with so much talk of who is really who and what is what amongst ‘new age’ discussions. For instance, what is the difference between “lucifer” and “satan”? Is there any difference? We heard or read way back that it (“lucifer”) was a reference to the planet Venus amongst other things. We wanted to know for definite so we went off to research. One thing for sure, we’d rather be armed with facts than follow woo-woo from folks living off donations from the gullible who are either easily led, too lazy to look for themselves or who are discouraged from asking relevant questions by these woo-woo spreaders. Give us sources we can check, please!
This is one article from the blogosphere that addresses the actual origins of the word “lucifer”. We might add to this as and when time allows.
Btw, “lucifer” comes from Latin. This article also addresses “satan”.
And an academic paper to get your teeth into.
Update 10/04/15 to include:
Samael is a major demon in Jewish demon lore and Christian demonology. He also plays important roles within occultism. He is credited as being in the heavenly hierarchies as well as being among the fallen angels. In the Chronicles of Jerahmeel Samael is described as being “chief of the Satans.” Even though this work depicted him as being one of the most wickest angels, he is nevertheless said to be an angel in the service of the Lord.
The evil side of Samael is depicted in Jewish lore. He is the angel of death, and collector of Moses’ soul. In the Haggadah Samael is the guardian of Jacob’s brother Esau. This presents Samael as a wicked angel because Esau is wicked only thinking of worldly things and drawn to worship in places of idolatry. Samael in the Zohar is associated with Amalek, the god of the physical world. The text describes Samael as Amalek’s occult name. The Zohar describes Samael as meaning “poison of God.” A. E. Waite in his work The Holy Kabbalah defines Samael as the “severity of God” and also equates him with Satan and the Serpent, Lilith being his bride. In Moncure Daniel Conway’s Demonology and Devil-Lore, Samael, functioning as the left hand of God, is consort of both the voluptuous maiden Naamah and the arch-she-devil Lilith.
Lynn Picknett ~ Lucifer Revised – YouTube
Interview on Red Ice Radio
Excerpt from Mike Heiser book draft outlines what they are
From M Heiser ~
As I noted in my open letter to Zecharia Sitchin, I have challenged him and other ancient astronaut researchers to produce one line of one cuneiform text that demonstrates his ideas about the Anunnaki are really in the Sumerian texts. I want to see one line of one text that says things like the Anunnaki inhabit a planet or inhabit Nibiru, or that the term “Anunnaki” means “people of the fiery rockets, that sort of thing.
Now, I could drone on about Mr. Sitchin’s bogus translations and understanding of the Anunnaki, but I thought of something much better. You don’t need to take my word for any of this. The Sumerian texts are online in English translation and are searchable — even by Sumerian word! I invite you — no, I challenge you — to click on the link below and watch me search the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature right before your eyes for the Sumerian word “Anunnaki.”
Those familiar with either the writings of Zecharia Sitchin or the current internet rantings about “the return of Planet X” are likely familiar with the word “nibiru”. According to self-proclaimed ancient languages scholar Zecharia Sitchin, the Sumerians knew of an extra planet beyond Pluto. This extra planet was called Nibiru. Sitchin goes on to claim that Nibiru passes through our solar system every 3600 years. Some believers in Sitchin’s theory also refer to Nibiru as “Planet X”, the name given to a planet that is allegedly located within our solar system but beyond Pluto. Adherents to the “returning Planet X hypothesis” believe the return of this wandering planet will bring cataclysmic consequences to earth.
Is Sitchin correct – Is Nibiru a 12th planet that passes through our solar system every 3600 years? Did the Sumerians know this? Unfortunately for Sitchin and his followers, the answer to each of these questions is no. But how do I know? ………. Cont’d…..
Updated 9/9/2016 to include:
See also Niburu – Cosmophobia
Nibiru was not predicted for 2012
Here’s the big clincher; Sitchin’s original prediction of the appearance of Nibiru did not coincide with the 2012 date! According to Sitchin, Nibiru is not due to return until 2900! (Though he did say that the Annunaki might return by spaceship when the Age of Pisces moved to the Age of Aquarius sometime after 2090). So Sitchin doesn’t agree with the 2012ers! ( Or at least he didn’t until he started making money off of it; in the months leading to his death in 2010, he went somewhat quiet on the subject).