Lucifer before his fall, before he rebelled against God and was banished to hell... What was he like? We don't have much to go on. The only passage in the Bible that refers to him by name is Isaiah 14:12 (King James version). "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations!"
Isaiah 14:13 goes on to say: "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north."
From these passages we can infer that Lucifer was exceedingly beautiful. He was the son of the morning, or God's morning star. We can also infer that Lucifer was proud and ambitious, desirous of exalting himself above God. Such inferences have led to the often heard warning that "pride cometh before the fall" and one of the most famous declarations credited to Lucifer, "I would rather rule in hell than serve in heaven." That declaration was made in John Milton's epic 17th century poem, Paradise Lost.
So, that brings us back to the question; what was Lucifer like---beyond being beautiful and vain? And of even greater interest; what motivated him, how did he think he could overthrow his maker, how was he able to seduce so many angels into rebelling with him and what is it like to irrevocably alienated from a loving creator?
In my first few blog entries I will restrict myself to speculating, as I did in my novel---The Discordia: A Chronicle of Lucifer's Rebellion Against God, upon what Lucifer was like. He must have been brilliant to behold. He must have reflected God's luminescence more magnificently than any other angel. Very likely, God had blessed him with luxuriant and curly locks of hair, as he would later do with Adam. Lucifer must have had eyes like diamonds, too, and plumed wings and feet so gorgeous they needed no adornment. On his wrist, perhaps, he wore a fabulous ruby bracelet---a priceless gift from God given in appreciation for some splendid task Lucifer had performed for his father.
As the darling of God, Lucifer would also have been much admired and respected by his fellow angels. Lucifer was probably referred to as God's favorite cherub, the apple of His eye, His heart's delight---and not only because of his beauty. Lucifer, seated on the right hand of God, must have been much beloved for his charm, intelligence, his grace and his capacities. Perhaps, as in my novel, Lucifer would please God by counting the stars of the firmament with incredible accuracy and speed. Perhaps, also, he would philosophize with God, and almost certainly he would have asked Him many questions about how and why He created the cosmos.
In addition to being beautiful, intelligent and intimate with God, Lucifer was no doubt, powerful. He would not have had the powers to create, but he could reflect God's glorious light like no other angel, and with the exception of the Holy Spirit and the Son of God, he must have been more at one with God than anyone else, including the archangels: Michael. Gabriel. Raphael. Uriel. That would have made him strong, in a spiritual sense, if no other.
Powerful, intelligent, beautiful, proud, close to God, that generally describes Lucifer before his fall, at least in my estimation. In my next blog I will attempt to characterize him further and address questions and comments from the followers of this blog. More on my novel can be gleaned at www.thediscordia.org