We have established that angels are created beings, they are spiritual beings, they have supernatural powers that humans do not have. They watch over and guard people,churches and nations. They are God‘s messengers. Billy Graham called angels, God’s Secret Agents. There are Holy Angels and unholy angels. Which leads us first to a discussion about the angel Lucifer, which that name means “light bearer”. Lucifer found it within himself, of his own free will, to rebel against God, and thus became Satan, which that name means, “an adversary”. Thus Lucifer fell from his position as an Cherub angel, or possibly even an Archangel, commentators have varying views on this. . Lucifer led other angels in his rebellion and they are known as fallen angels, since they also fell from their positions of glory, fallen angels are also known as demons. Satan is also called by other names:
1. “the god of this age” 2 Cor 4:4
2. “the ruler of the kingdom of the air” Eph 2:2
3. “a murderer and a liar” John 8:44
4. Abaddon and Appollyon (destroyer) Rev 9:11
5. “Beelzebub, the prince of demons” Matt 12:24
6. “that ancient serpent….the accuser of our brothers” Rev 12:9
Satan can be resisted (James 4:7) and defeated: Matt 4:1-11; Eph 6:16
A common question is “when did the angels fall?” They fell sometime between creation and satan tempting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. That is as close as it can be narrowed down. I will give my opinion as to when the fall of the angels took place, this is my opinion and it only an opinion. I think the fall happened between Gen 1:1 and Gen 1:2.
The History of Creation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
In verse one we see God creating the Heavens and the earth. In verse 2 we that the earth is without form and darkness was on the face of the deep. God is a God of order, not chaos, and verse two seems to be to be describing a chaotic state. Something happened between verse one and two that shook the foundations of the earth. I think it was an angelic rebellion and war in heaven. Lucifer at one time was a Cherub and led others in the worship of God. God is light and dwells in unapproachable light, yet it is recorded that darkness was on the face of the earth, satan is always represented as darkness. Satan and his rebellious angels were cast from heaven to earth. I think that is the darkness that is being mentioned here, the darkness of the satanic angels. Again, that is my opinion, and nothing more and nothing less.
The evil angels try to separate believers from God, oppose the Holy Angels in their work, whatever power the evil angels have over man and nature is limited by God. Basically, they are on a leash. Note in the book of Job, even satan was limited in the way that he was allowed to attack Job.
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