What was the original name of Satan? Since the name “Lucifer” is practically an impossibility as explained later, what was the name of Satan originally?
The two oldest religions in the world are that of El and Bel (aka Baal).
El is a name used for the GOD of the Bible, the Creator of the universe.
Bel, who is probably Satan as shown later in this article, is the false god that opposes El or Elohiym, the GOD of Abraham.
Almost every religion originates from these two religions as you will read in the article at this linkand as seen in the book at this link. Ironically, many of the good leaders in the Bible are named after El, including DaniEL, SamuEL, MishaEL, NathanaEL, IsraEL, AbEL, GabriEL, ELisha, ELijah, ELeazar, ELisabeth, EzikiEL, and more.
Furthermore, many other prophets who were used to write Books of the Bible and other leaders in the Bible are named after GOD’s other name “Yehovah” or “Yahweh” which is shortened to “Yah” in some places (which is also sometimes a shortened version of “Yahoo”). In other words, if you read these people’s names in the original Hebrew (instead of the anglicized version), you will notice their names incorporate “Yah” in them. Some leaders with this characteristic include EliYAH (Elijah), JeremiYAH (YirmeYAHu or Jeremiah), IsaYAH (YeshaYAHu or Isaiah), ZechariYAH (Zechariah), ZephanYAH (Zephaniah), ObadYAH (Obadiah), MicaYAH, (Micah aka Micaiah), AbiYAH (Abijah), UrYAH (Uriah), AhazYAH (Ahaziah), AzarYAH (Azariah), YAHaqob (Jacob), HananYAH (Hananiah), BerechYAH (Berechiah), and NehemYAH (Nehemiah).
Many of the evil people in the Bible are named after Bel like JezeBEL, BELshazzar, BAALhanah, BELa (similar to modern BELle or BELla), BAALpeor, BAALmeon, BAALim, BAALberith, and others.
Is this why we say “reBEL” (i.e. re-BEL)? Isn’t it also ironic that Satan was the first Rebel?
Almost every religion in the world has descended from either the beliefs of the Bible or that of Babel.
That being said, here’s an interesting final theory. As I said earlier, the name “Bel” is presumably a name for Satan or the Devil. Some actually teach that “Lucifer” was the name of Satan before he fell, but that’s impossible. First of all, “Lucifer” is a Latin name which was chosen by Jerome, the Catholic author of the Latin Vulgate Bible, long after Satan’s fall into sin, and that name is only used once in the entire Bible. Ironically, Jerome had a friend named “Lucifer”. Secondly, the name “Lucifer” isn’t even appropriate for Satan as I have carefully shown in the article at this link. Now think through the other two angels whose names we know in the Bible. One is the archangel named MichaEL. The other is called “GabriEL”. Now think about what the Bible says about Satan in Revelation 12:
“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. … And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” – Revelation 12:4, 9
It appears Satan took a third of the angels with him. If we presume that Michael and Gabriel headed the other two-thirds, then we have an interesting possibility emerge.
The name “Belial” in Hebrew
What if Satan’s original name was “Belial”? That name is used twenty-seven times in twenty-six verses and in every instance, you could substitute the name “Satan” and it would work. A quick study of its twenty-seven uses in the Hebrew will confirm this fact to any Bible scholar.
In Hebrew, Belial looks like the photo in this article. Keep in mind the name of GOD or “El” is pronounced “ale”. Thus, the name Belial contains “Bel”, “Yah”, and “El” and its pronunciation would be “Bale ee Yah El”. Keep in mind that “Belial” is an English translation of the Hebrew manuscript which includes the “Yah” (i.e. BeliYahEl). In other words, the English matters not since it is but a translation of the Hebrew. Only the Hebrew symbols and their actual sound in the Masoretic Text matter.
This is all just a theory, of course, but it would be interesting to think that the original archangels were possibly MichaEL, GabriEL, and BeliEL. Also, why would a name used for a person who is seemingly evil throughout Scripture seem to have GOD’s name included in his name (i.e. “Yah” and “El”) unless it was someone who started out good and turned evil (like Satan did).
Along those lines, I leave you with verses that contain the name “Belial” in them. Imagine for each if you were to replace the name “Belial” with Satan.
- Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; – Deu 13:13
- Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. – Jdg 19:22
- Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel: – Jdg 20:13
- Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. – 1 Sa 1:16
- Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD. – 1 Sa 2:12
- But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace. – 1 Sa 10:27
- Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him. … Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. – 1 Sa 25:17, 25
- Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart. – 1 Sa 30:22
- And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: – 2 Sa 16:7
- And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. – 2 Sa 20:1
- But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands: – 2 Sa 23:6
- And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. … And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died. – 1 Ki 21:10, 13
- And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them. – 2 Ch 13:7
- And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believes with an infidel? – 2 Cr 6:15