AN OVERVIEW OF DECONSTRUCTING LUCIFER
Introduction – Why Write This Book
The three reasons why I wrote this book and why I believe it is important:
– Understanding the problem of evil in the world and how to respond to questions about it.
– A desire to share the truth about this important topic.
– A love for understanding and presenting the mysteries of the Word of God.
Chapter 1 – Lucifer Rising
A summary of the traditional story of the fall of Lucifer, including his conditions before and after the fall. Discussion of the modern proliferation of story of Lucifer within both religious and secular groups is provided.
Chapter 2 – The Labyrinth to Lucifer
An intense study of the word translated as “Lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12. In the process, the reader is taken on a labyrinth of sorts through the translational history of “Lucifer” to illuminate the underlying meaning of the original Hebrew word and how it was translated by each subsequent language.
Chapter 3 – The “Lucifer Primer”
The reader is taken on a quest to discover the original connection made between Isaiah 14:12 and Satan as a fallen angel. Important early Jewish sources, as well as early church Christian commentaries, are scoured in order to find the person with which the story of Lucifer originated.
Chapter 4 – The Proliferation Intensifies
A continuation of the quest began in the previous chapter, including how the story of Lucifer was greatly expanded upon by subsequent early church commentators such as Tertullian and Origen. Included is an examination of how the Roman Catholic Church christened the Latin translation of St. Jerome and the commentary of St. Augustine on the fall of Lucifer.
Chapter 5 – The “Fall” of Satan
Analysis of the key passages used to explain the fall of Lucifer from heaven, including Revelation chapter 12 and Luke 10:18. The traditional interpretation is provided, followed by an examination of the context of each passage. An exciting new interpretation of each passage is presented.
Chapter 6 – Apotheosis Denied
Examination of the key passage of Isaiah in which the fall of Lucifer is first mentioned in the Old Testament. Through analysis of the passage’s context, the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional interpretation are discussed. The top ten difficulties to resolve regarding the traditional interpretation are presented.
Chapter 7 – The True Morning Star
A continuation of the examination of Isaiah chapter 14, concluding with a simple yet profound application of the passage to the King of Babylon. Was Isaiah esoterically addressing the power behind his throne in his prophetic taunt?
Chapter 8 – The Anointed Cherub?
Examination of the key passage of Ezekiel chapter 28, including some of the most bizarre interpretations of the prophet’s words. Through analysis of the passage’s context, the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional interpretation are discussed. Was Ezekiel esoterically addressing the anointed cherub, the power behind the throne of the King of Tyre?
Chapter 9 – The Adversary and His Kingdom
What do the scriptures actually present regarding the characteristics of Satan and his kingdom? The spiritual aspects of his kingdom are presented, including a detailed study of the sin of the fallen Watcher angels and the origin of demons.
Chapter 10 – The Adversary’s Origin and Future
A comprehensive presentation of the true origin of Satan. His roles as identified in scripture are examined, including a tester, an adversary, and a deceiver. The future agenda of Satan and his kingdom, as well as his final future fate, bring the book to a climax.
Chapter 11 – The Problem of Evil
The final chapter features a presentation of the natural consequences of the traditional story of the fall of Lucifer with respect to the problem of evil. How does the Christian answer the extremely important questions regarding the problem of evil in the world? The reader is left with a new perspective of the sovereignty of God in allowing evil to exist in the world.