See, this is why I still enjoy reading the Worldnutdaily. It just cracks me up what they think is news and how they slant everything toward their intellectually challenged audience. Like how they’ve blown the lid off the fact that there’s a powerful new telescope in Arizona called — cue the scary music — LUCIFER.
The Large Binocular Telescope, or LBT, perched atop the Mount Graham International Observatory in southeastern Arizona, contains an immensely powerful tool that allows humans to observe the faintest and most distant objects in the heavens.
Those objects can be detected with the help of LUCIFER – a beastly set of super-cooled, near-infrared cameras also known as Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research.
The first camera, LUCIFER I, was fitted to the telescope in 2010. According to some reports, LUCIFER II is set to be installed as early as this year.
But why did scientists choose the widely known moniker for Satan when naming the instruments?
And what is the Vatican’s widely rumored involvement with LUCIFER?
Oh yes, we must know the answer to these questions.
WND contacted German astronomers at the Center for Astronomy of Heidelberg University who gave LUCIFER its diabolical name.
Professor and astronomer Andreas Quirrenbach, who also identified himself as a Catholic, told WND there’s a common misconception about the term “Lucifer.”
“The origin of the name is Latin, meaning ‘bearer of light,’” Quirrenbach said. “Whereas today most people may associate the name with a mythical fallen angel, who is also frequently identified with the devil, this is by no means the only and also not the original use of the name.
“In fact the designation ‘Lucifer’ was used in antiquity to designate the ‘morning star,’ i.e., the planet Venus when it is visible in the morning sky. This is the first use of the name, and so its occurrence in astronomy precedes any religious connotations.”
Quirrenbach also told WND, “[T]he only biblical connotation of ‘Lucifer’ is the astronomical reference to the morning star, which in turn is used to symbolize the Babylonian rulers (probably because the Babylonians identified constellations with gods). The downfall of the morning star is then a powerful picture for the end of Babylonian rule over Israel, as prophesied by Isaiah. Several authors have linked the name ‘Lucifer’ in the Bible to the devil, but this is due mostly to a misreading of the relevant biblical verses. However, these misreadings have propagated into folklore.”
But you know how those scientists lie all the time, right?
Mark Biltz is founder of El Shaddai Ministries, a Hebrew roots resource and teaching ministry. He told WND that Quirrenbach’s argument is based on “false assumptions.”
“To begin, there are astronomical references in the Bible from 4,000 years ago,” Biltz explained. “Also, when you go from Hebrew to Latin to English, you do lose much in translation.”
Biltz confirmed that the literal translation of “heylel” is “morning star,” not Lucifer or even Venus, as Quirrenbach suggested. (Biltz noted that the Hebrew word for Venus is, in fact, Nogah.)
“Yet this [Isaiah 14:12] commentary does refer to Satan,” he explained. “In Hebrew, every letter is a picture, a word, a number, etc. You can have multiple valid meanings. So yes it can refer to the king of Babylon, and yes it can refer to Satan, and yes it can refer to a morning star.
And it goes on and on and on like that. This is a news story for them.