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The Daystar (Lucifer) Is Jesus

June 18, 2015 – When Jesus was twelve years old, as told in Luke 2:41-52, he engaged in theological discussions with the rabbis of Jerusalem – the best theological minds – "and all that heard him were astonished at his understanding." His parents chided him for wandering off. Young Jesus stood his ground, rebuking them for not realizing that "I must be about my Father's business." What could be clearer? As a boy Jesus knew from his mother that he was Israel's messiah and God's Son. He was brilliant. He started preparing himself at an early age.
Jesus studied the Scriptures carefully and thoughtfully. He considered questions of interest to rabbis. Naturally Jesus focused on allusions to the messiah. He used prophecy to direct his efforts to make himself ready. The boy talked to God in the silence of his mind. In the privacy of an anonymous life, he practiced producing miracles.
The messiah's career ends Israel's oppression by foreign peoples. He fills the world with the light (knowledge) of God. He shines a light as bright as the Sun. The light kills and blinds. The soldiers of an invading army are blinded by the light.
Liberation and Light are his two great missions.
Lucifer is a name taken from the Greek Phosphoros, meaning light-bearer. Lucifer (like Jesus) is the bearer of an especially bright light. The Greeks represented Lucifer as a man bearing a torch. His is the name they gave to the brightly shining morning star, or daystar, our planet Venus at dawn.
The exceptional height and brightness and sudden fall and disappearance of the daystar with the dawning of a new day symbolized for Isaiah the sudden downfall of an evil political star, the King of Babylon. The evil pretender will fall when Israel is redeemed from captivity; when the messiah comes.
"For God will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land; and the stranger shall join himself with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob" Isaiah 14: 1. At this time the wicked King of Babylon will fall from great heights. The fall of the daystar is linked (in Isaiah 14) to the coming of the morning sun: the messiah.
The portrait of the high, proud ruler destined for a fall is borrowed from Isaiah 14 by Daniel and Paul. A prophecy of Isaiah against the complacent King of Babylon to come true with Israel's full and final Redemption, with new Biblical prophecy turns into the doomed man of evil, the anti-Christ.
The King of Babylon, the daystar of Isaiah 14, is high and mighty. Kings serve him; the whole world looks up to him, but he is destined to fall suddenly and dramatically when Israel is redeemed. The King of Babylon is the original model of the man of evil whose coming is confidently expected by Paul in the persona of the anti-Christ, the man of sin.
Daniel 4 speaks of a tree that reaches to heaven, whose fruit is abundant. The whole Earth feeds from its goodness. That tree is suddenly cut down. That tree, says Daniel, is Nebuchadnezzar , whose forces, in destroying the First Temple, showed no fear of God. Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel writes) had yet to learn the lesson that God raises up whom He chooses and brings down the mighty that proud men might learn that God alone rules the universe.
The man of sin is called by St. Paul, "the son of perdition." He is the anti-Christ. He is the one that Christ will overthrow with the Second Coming. The man of sin is central to the "mystery of iniquity" that according to Paul was at work undetected even as he spoke. This mystery, said Paul, will not be solved until Christ comes again.
"Let no man deceive you," writes Paul in Second Thessalonians II: 2, "for that Day (the Second Coming) will not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."
There will be a falling away from faith. Christians in large numbers will lose belief in God; and then the man of sin will be revealed. The surprising revelation of the identity of the hidden man of sin solves the Mystery of Iniquity. The man of sin is responsible for the Iniquity that remains hidden from Paul. Redemption brings his fall from greatness and grace with the surprising -- it is a mystery -- disclosure of his name and his crime.
Paul makes the appearance of the anti-Christ a condition for the Second Coming of Christ. There won't be one without the other, says Paul; any more than our sun will rise without obliterating the morning star.
The anti-Christ is a face of Lucifer, the morning star. The morning star shines high and brightly in heaven until it suddenly falls and disappears with the coming of dawn and the Sun. The sudden eclipse of the morning star is part of the process of sunrise. It is no less an organic part of the process of Redemption. God crushes Lucifer in the Final End.
Lucifer is the anti-Christ. He is the morning star. Jesus is the lone bright star of the Age of the Gentiles that shines high in heaven whose light is put out by the light of Redemption.
According to Paul in Second Thessalonians II, the anti-Christ "exalts himself above all that is called God ... so that he as God sits in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God." This imagery is drawn from Isaiah 14: 12-14.
To continue with the language of Paul: "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only He who now letteth will let until he be taken out of the way. And then shall the Wicked One be revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders." II Thessalonians 2: 7-9
The mystery of iniquity "that doth already work" is the sanctification of human sacrifice by faithful and good Christians. The mysterious performer of iniquity is impulsive Jesus of Nazareth. By his rashness in the context of exceptional intimacy with God, Jesus became the mysterious man of sin.
The man of sin is Satan. The man of sin is Lucifer. He is like the daystar. His identity is revealed in the end of days as he falls suddenly from the high heavens to the bottomless pit.
What bad act might already have been performed in the unfolding story of Christianity before Paul wrote his Epistle? The Crucifixion of Jesus is human sacrifice, and it is sinful in the eyes of God.
So falls the King of Babylon. So falls Lucifer in all his glory. So falls the wicked oppressor of Israel. Thus Satan is finally crushed by God. So falls Jesus to the bottomless pit.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground that didst cast lots over the nations! And thou saidst in thy heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God will I exalt my throne... I will be like the Most High.' Yet thou shalt be brought down to the nether world, to the uttermost parts of the pit." Isaiah 14:12-15
It is his fate. He is not messiah until he has exposed the man of sin whose weak light is confused with sunlight.
God does not tolerate human sacrifice. He does not approve of its sanctification in the image of Jesus on the Cross.
Jesus considered his course in the Garden of Gethsemane shortly before officers came to arrest him. Three times he had declared to his apostles his coming death and Resurrection. He had presided over a Ritual Passover Meal (Seder) where he instructed his followers to eat his body and blood ritually as bread and wine in remembrance of his human Passover sacrifice. He was in his own eyes the innocent lamb.
The sanctification of the ritualized ingestion of a man's body and blood in a religion that condemns cannibalism is extraordinary. Jewish prophets speak for a religion in which God is alone in heaven and on the altar of God.
A presumptuous man let his personal greatness and the greatness of the moment go to his head. Jesus was in too much of a hurry to finish his job. He was too deeply committed to people and promises he had made to turn back when God told him to turn back. Jesus decided despite last minute doubts to push ahead in his present course. He knew – he figured it out -- that, God willing, his plan would work.
Those last minute doubts were spoken commands by the indwelling voice of God. Jesus must at the last minute turn around. He was called to bring a new written law, the work of many years. The messiah (like Moses) needs years of quiet living to produce a worthy written law.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus encountered terror of death. By that terror he was invited to appreciate that he was not a god. Jesus let the insight slip as he went ahead with his plan. The inner voice told him to nurture his simple humanity; to make failure the foundation of a new approach to his mission.
Jesus planned properly. His figuring was correct. God gave Jesus help through the ordeal of the crucifixion and Resurrection. Doubt (distance) entered into relations between Jesus and God for the first time on the cross. Jesus felt forsaken, yet God was a loyal helper.

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