The Color Black

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What is the meaning of black in Scripture? What is its relationship with Satan the devil?

Black is, of course, the darkest color in the Bible. It lacks brightness or a hue, and although it absorbs light, it does not reflect any back. Scripture states that God is light (Psalm 104:2, 1John 1:5) and that Lucifer's name, given him by his Creator, means "light bringer" or "morning star" (Strong's #H1966 in Isaiah 14:12). The universe was initially created not to be dark or black but rather to be filled with light (both literally and figuratively, see Revelation 21:23 - 24, 22:5).

When Lucifer chose to sin, however, he turned the light within himself to black (which God determined beforehand would be a consequence of disobedience - see Isaiah 45:7). He became the first dark 'thing' that had ever existed (John 8:44) when he committed spiritual suicide.

In the physical universe, a black hole is a celestial object whose massive gravity pulls in all matter, including light, yet itself remains dark. Lucifer became a spiritual version of this physical phenomenon when he took all the light God gave him and turning it into darkness.

In Western cultures darkness symbolizes death and mourning. People sometimes wear dark clothes when they are mourning the death of someone they love.

Appearances of the Color Black

The English word "black" is recorded 18 times in 18 King James translation verses. It is found the most both in the books of Song of Solomon and Jeremiah (3 each) followed by Leviticus, Zechariah and Revelation (2 each).

This color can symbolize the location of the dead (Job 3:5, 10:21 - 22) or where some evil spirits will spend eternity as punishment for their rebellion.

Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever (Jude 13, KJV).

Similiar references to black include "dark," "darkness," and so on come from a variety of original language sources (Strong's Concordance #H380, #H2821, #H3648, #H5508, #H6937, #H7835, etc.). It can represent famine in general, mourning and sorrow, or a period of time when no revelation (spiritual light) comes from God.

Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up (Jeremiah 14:1 - 2, KJV, see also Lamentations 5:10).

My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat (Job 30:30, KJV, see also Jeremiah 8:21, 14:2).

Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them (Micah 3:6).

Black can signify punishment that is eternal for disobeying God (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30), a place of temporary restraint for disobedient angels (2Peter 2:4) or Satan, his ways and the power of evil (Acts 26:18, 1Thessalonians 5:5).

Natural objects referenced as being colored black include hair, marble, skin, the sky, the sun and the sun and moon together (Leviticus 13:31, Esther 1:6, Job 30:30, 1Kings 18:45, Proverbs 7:9, Joel 2:10).

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black (Matthew 5:36, KJV).

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood (Revelation 6:12, KJV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of Black

The third of the four horsemen of the apocalypse rides a black horse (Revelation 6:5 - 6). The rider represents the famine conditions God will allow Satan, who will visibly rule the earth in the End Time, to bring upon all humanity.

Black can symbolize the deceitful treatment of Job by his friends (Job 6:16) and God's judgment (Zechariah 6:2, 6). It can also symbolize affliction, calamity, adversity or suffering for one's sins (Lamentations 4:8, Job 3:5, 30:26, Psalm 107:10, 143:3, Isaiah 5:30, 8:22, Joel 2:6, Zephaniah 1:14 - 15, Revelation 16:10).

The Bible is clear in its condemnation of occult practices such as witchcraft, fortune telling (soothsaying), consulting the dead through mediums (channeling), sorcery, astrology and alike (Deuteronomy 18, Leviticus 19:31, 20, Acts 19:18 - 19 and so on). These practices are collectively known as black magic.

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