What are the different
names for the devil?
Question: What are the different names and titles the Bible uses for God's adversary the devil?
Answer: The original name of the devil was Lucifer, who was originally a 'good' spirit being and one of a class of angels known as Cherubim (Ezekiel 28:14). At one time, according to the Bible, he was one of only two angelic beings whose task was to cover God's glory as he sat on the throne of the universe. Lucifer eventually rebelled against the Eternal and tried to force him off his throne. Needless to save, this attempt was abysmally unsuccessful. Lucifer had perverted his own mind and became the enemy of righteousness. He was thrown out of heaven like lightening and the rest, they say, is history.
Below are only some of the many names and titles the Bible uses to reference the evil spirit we now commonly call Satan. Next to each one, where possible, is its original language (Hebrew or Greek) meaning. Please note that the Biblical reference for each term may not be the only place in scripture where it can be found.
Abaddon (destroying angel), as found in Revelation 9:11
Angel of the bottomless pit, in Revelation 9:11
Apollyon (destroyer), in Revelation 9:11
- Accuser of our brethren (complainer against those who believe in God), Revelation 12:10
Adversary (opponent), 1Peter 5:8
Angel of light (messenger of light), 2Corinthians 11:14
Antichrist (opponent of the Messiah), 1John 4:3
Beelzebub (the dung god, ruler of the demons), Luke 11:15
- Belial (worthlessness), 2Corinthians 6:15
Dragon, Great dragon, Serpent of old, Revelation 12:7 - 9
Enemy (the hateful, hostile one), Wicked One (evil one), Matthew 13:38 - 39
god of this world (god of this age), 2Corinthians 4:3 - 4
Great fiery red dragon (serpent), Revelation 12:3
Lucifer (morning star), Isaiah 14:12
Man of sin (man of offence), son of perdition (son of destruction), 2Thessalonians 2:3 - 4
Murderer, Liar (a falsifier), Father of lies, John 8:44
Power of darkness (power of obscurity), Colossians 1:13
Prince of the power of the air (ruler who has authority over air), Ephesians 2:1 - 2
Rulers of the darkness of this world (world ruler of obscurity in this age), Ephesians 6:12
Ruler of this world (prince of this world), John 12:31
Serpent (snake), Genesis 3:1, 2Corinthians 11:3
Tempter (the tester, one who entices), Matthew 4:3
Thief (stealer), John 10:9 - 10
Thank you for your question regarding the different names the Bible uses for the devil.
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