Yes he does. I know a lot of unbelievers, so-called believers, and those who profess to be so educated love to nuance tiny bits of information that they come to know and act like they’ve solved an entire mystery, but they ultimately look foolish when the whole picture comes to focus. I’ve heard many on the net who think they know so much say that the Hebrew word “Satan” just means “opponent” or “persecute” and that’s that. Like there is only the definition and not the being. Their desire to prove that their disbelief is founded in the Bible itself shows their ignorance. There are a lot of names of actual people in the Bible that also have a definition. Just because the name has a definition, that doesn’t mean the being doesn’t exist. Jesus’ real name in the Hebrew was Yeshua (or Y’shua), which means “God saved”. There’s a definition and yet Jesus/Yeshua really existed. Even most “educated” atheists now admit that Jesus existed, which they used to put forth that He did not. The land of Israel has a definition from two Hebrew words. Put together, the words mean “God will prevail” or “He shall rule as God”. Mary’s real name “Maria” means “bitter” in Hebrew. My name Jesse in the original Hebrew is pronouned (yee-shah-ee), which means “God exists”. My name has a definition, but I’m also living and breathing. Satan does mean “opponent” and also in other instances in the OT means “persecute”, and yes he exists as an actual physical being. His name wasn’t always Satan.
Some will say his name used to be Lucifer, while again some who think they know so much will say the original Hebrew word there was “Helel”, which means “brightness” or “lightbearer” is all there is to the name. It’s only a definition about a former king of Babylon. I will prove this is nonsense later. It’s true that the original Hebrew word there in Isaiah 14:12 was Helel, which means “brightness”. It’s true that Isaiah was speaking about a king of Babylon, but was this a king of Babylon from the past? Long before God created us, and our souls are much older than our bodies, He created the angels. One of them was named Helel. He was the angel of light. The light bearer. He was also the morning star. Lucifer is the Latin translation of Helel. The Catholic Church translated the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament into Latin with the Vulgate. The King James Version is the English version of the Vulgate. There was some wisdom with the Catholic Church translating the word Helel into Lucifer, because it says “Oh Helel/Lucifer, son of the morning…” Lucifer was also the Latin word for the morning star. Pretty good wisdom with the translation, even though I would have personally left it at Helel. Helel committed a great crime in the eyes of God, so God sentenced him to everlasting punishment. God decided to hold off that punishment because He needed Helel still. While the angels pledged their allegiance to Helel’s plot or God, our creation has not fully made that decision yet that God is satisfied with. Good thing for most of us. As I said, our souls are much older than our bodies. God is using Helel to weed out the unfaithful from the faithful in this age, and will again at the end of the next age as well. That is what Rev. 20 is about. The next age. The reason Helel is going along with God’s plan is because his hatred for our creation and the day we were created is unlike anything we have ever seen from man. Imagine the examples of hatred men have showed and think about how he must hate all of us. He wants to take as many of us down with him as he can. He knows there is no way out, so he’ll take his outrage on us since he cannot take it out on God. After God made His decision about what to do with Helel and our creation, He also changed his name to Satan. He used to be the angel of light and the morning star, now he’s the opponent/adversary, and has and will persecute our creation. In some cases in the OT, Satan can mean “persecute”.
Now to the king of Babylon part of this story. True there have been many kings of Babylon, but there will also be one more king of Babylon in the future. In Revelation it reveals that the future king of Babylon will be Satan. Isaiah was talking about the future king of Babylon and explained how he fell when he was an angel of God. It’s actually all pretty simple if you know the original definitions and not decide you know everything when you actually know little. Prophecies throughout the Bible are written in the past tense because those prophets were taken into the future to see those things. Those things they saw were the past to them, not to us. This causes a lot of confusion to even the most educated Christians of all denominations. Again, it’s pretty simple if you’re willing to not blind yourself and examine possibilities as to what certain things can mean.
Revelation 20:2 shows that Satan is a being that will one day be in the bottomless pit. This is probably the biggest prophecy of the future that people have interpreted that was sometime in the past. The bottomless pit was described as something that can be seen, and his stay was supposed to be for a millennium. There isn’t at this time any visible bottomless pit. This prophecy was written two thousand years ago, which means Satan must have been released a thousand years ago if they are correct. Obviously they are not. The bottomless pit will be opened when Satan and the fallen angels (the nephilim) are kicked down to Earth by Michael and his angels.
French poet Charles Pierre Baudelaire said “the greatest trick the Devil pulled off was convincing the world that he didn’t exist”. Great quote and almost true. The greatest trick Satan played has yet to be played. The greatest trick Satan will ever play will be to convince the world that he has their best interests at heart. That he’s a humanist. That he is our god. That will be the greatest trick the Devil will ever play.