Satan-Lucifer is described in Scripture and in tradition as, if not second-in-command to God, at least one of the highest-ranking “Archangels of the Presence” before his “fall” or metaphysical degeneration.
For certain reasons, I am interested in ascertaining his name before his decadent metamorphosis.
I know for a theological certainty Satan-Lucifer was originally-primordially among the twelve “Angels of the Presence”, those closest to the Godhead; and in Hebrew ha-satan means “prosecutor”, viz., prosecutor and accuser of Adamic mankind before God in God’s “heavenly royal court.” Thus pre-fallen Satan-Lucifer had a Viceroyal and Justiciar ambiance before his fall, as a high-ranking functionary of Divine Justice, believe it or not; additionally even a little bit of the “secret police chief” and “spymaster” about him too… In the Book of Job, Satan reports soldier-like to God in Heaven and is implicitly licensed by God as His “Prosecutor-Agent” against the sins of Adam-kind and as the Inquisitorial Tester of man’s spirit and loyalty to God–there is no dualistic conceptualization of Satan here as of a different essence of Evil, a sort of independent anti-God, but only as a sharp-witted high-ranking courtier and spy-scout of God, if over-zealous in his accusations against man before Divine Justice…
The transition conceptually from the Satan of the Old Testament to the Satan of the New Testament is honestly radical and I am interested in the history here… How does the grim but God-sanctioned spymaster and punisher of mortal sin, an operative licensed by and working under the directions of Yahweh, in the Old Testament…become the ontologically separated, schizophrenically scissored from God absolutely and quintessence of sheer Mega-Evil in the New Testament?
In any case, as to his name before he fell, I have studied the matter decently, and here are my results:
~Akatriel, Hakathriel, or Akrasiel=“Angel of the Crown”; Heb. “kether”=Crown; numerologically=“666”
[Yes I know “Hakathriel” is my username–it should not be over-interpreted and is only my nod to the prelapsarian, paradisial Golden Age we all long to return to in our present post-Edenic selves…]
~Seraphiel=“God’s anointed seraph”; Chief of the Seraphim
~Cherubiel=“God’s anointed cherub”; Chief of the Cherubim; Aquinas says Satan is an ex-High Cherub
~Sariel, Suriel, Suriyel, or Saraqael=“Officer of God”; “Angel of Sanctification”; “Angel of Death”
~Sorath=“Dark Face” of Metatron; “solar arch-daemon”; numerologically=“666”
~Samael=“Prince of the World”; Metatron’s “Shadow”
~Metatron=Archangelomorphic Logos–extremely close to God
~“Angel of the Presence”
~“Angel of the Lord”
~“Angel of Glory”
~“Angel of the Face”
Any other stimulating, pertinent suggestions or ideas?