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Angels, Satan, & Demons

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Angels are created spiritual beings.  They have not always existed but are part of God’s creation of the universe and are part of His Purpose.  Angels are “spirits” without physical bodies yet are highly intelligent and are capable of having moral judgment and free will.  The apostle Paul tells us in Col. 1:16,

For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him and in and for Him.

Paul specifically includes the existence of an angelic world by the phrase, “whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities”.  It is reflected in the Scriptures that angels sinned and fell from their positions (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6)  This shows proof that angels have free will and moral judgment and could make choices and decisions of their own.  Also, angels are invisible, however, they have from time to time took on a bodily form to appear to people in Scripture (Matt. 28:5; Heb. 13:2).  We are not able to see angels unless God gives us a special ability to do so.

There are 3 other kinds of heavenly beings.  We can think of these as special types of angels or we can think of these as heavenly beings distinct from angels, but either way they also serve and worship God.

1. The cherubim – They are given the task of guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:34).  God himself is said to be enthroned on the cherubim or He travels with the cherubim (Ps.18:10 ; Ezek. 10:1-22).

2. The seraphim – these heavenly beings continually worship and praise the Lord “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory”(Isa. 6:2-7)

3. The living creatures – Ezekiel and Revelation tell us of other kinds of heavenly beings only known as “living creatures” around God’s throne.  Their appearances are of a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle.  They are the mightiest creatures of various parts of God’s entire creation.  (Wild beasts, domesticated animals, human beings, and birds.)  Just as angels do, these living creatures worship God continually.

God sends angels for our protection.  Some people believe they have their own “guardian angel”.  Scripture does not support the idea of a personal guardian angel for each person, yet it does support that the role of an angel is to protect us here on earth. 

Angels watch us throughout our daily lives.  So be aware and think on these things.  They see when we are obedient to Christ as well as our disobedience.  It can be safe to say that angels rejoice when they see our obedient actions made in secret.  Take comfort in the fact that even though no one may be a witness to your good deed, angels witness our struggles and how much we are striving to be more like Christ. On the other hand, angels can be grieved as they witness our sins and disobedience.

Fallen Angels and Satan

It’s important to know that God did not create the world with evil angels in it.  We know this because in Gen. 1:31 God “saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good”.

Demons are evil angels who sinned against God.  They work evil in the world today.  Sometime between Genesis 1:31 and Genesis 3:1, there must have been an angelic rebellion.  Many angels turned against God and became evil.

The Bible also warns of false doctrine from angels. Not all angels are good. “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14) There are instances where people claim that an angel has spoke to them. We as Christians are warned against accepting any claims that differ from the doctrine of the Trinity, Christ as the Messiah and is fully God, justification by faith alone, and others. One example of this is the Mormon faith in which Joseph Smith claims an angel called Moroni spoke to him and revealed to him the Mormon religion.

Satan is the head of the demons.  He once was an angel of God and held a very high rank.  The sin of Satan was pride and the attempt to be equal to God in status and authority.  But because of his defiance, Satan was cast out of heaven and many angels followed him.  The fall of Satan is written in Isaiah 14:12-15:

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!  How you are cut down to the ground—mighty though you were against the nations of the world.  For you said to yourself, “I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels.  I will take the highest throne.  I will preside on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north.  I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.  But instead, you will be brought down to the pit of hell, down to its lowest depths.”

We should recognize that sinning gives a foothold for some kind of demonic influence in our lives.  Wrongful anger could allow a demon to attack our emotions and possibly increase the anger that is already inside of us.  Paul mentions in Eph. 6:14 that the “breastplate of righteousness” is part of the armor we use to stand against the “wiles of the devil”.  If we have holes or weaknesses in our breastplate of righteousness, then this can make us vulnerable to demonic attack.

Jesus gives all believers authority to rebuke demons and command them to leave.   We have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Cor 10:3-4).  It is important to recognize that the work of Christ on the cross is the ultimate basis for our authority over demons.

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18 Responses to "Angels, Satan, & Demons"

shalom. Prayers & thoughts. 🙂

well written, thank you!

Michele,

just checking in on you, haven’t heard from you in awhile, so i hope all is well on your end. God Bless 🙂

I’m ok. Been going through some stuff. Trying to come to terms with something and write about it soon. Many blessings to you sister. Hope all is well with you!

Hi Michele, yes I also feel very close to you in my heart, you are a dear friend and Sister in The Lord and my desire is to support and encourage you and like you shared because I Love you to warn you if needed but not according to your weaknesses and shortcomings, I have many more then you, only in regards to sin or error in Teaching as confirmed in God’s Truth and I would also value and appreciate your openness to resolve the same if you feel it is needed.

We have walked the same road Michele so I very much understand your desire to reach out to those who are in darkness and help them, my heart is full of compassion for the suffering and heartache you have endured even that which you caused yourself and God’s Love and understanding, mercy and compassion is so much greater then mine and He knows your heart focus better then anyone else, He will help you to plant strong seeds that will bear good fruit in those you are reaching out to, His word meaning Truth never returns to Him void, without fruit.

I Love your heart, it’s beautiful – Anne

Thank you Anne. Your encouragement and love has come a time in my life when I most need it. I will be sharing about what has happened recently to me but not sure when. Love in Christ.

I’m always available for you Michele and please feel free to contact me on my e-mail address anytime.

freedomronanne5@optusnet.com.au

Christian Love Anne.

Thanks Anne. Sorry it’s taken a couple days to get back to you. Just trying to come to terms with a mistake I made and try and write about it. I need to get it out but it’s so hard. Been depressed. But I’m ok. Thank you sister and love in Christ!

Wonderful post!!! Many, many blessings to you…Robin

I am so touched that you were blessed by it. It feel it deep in my heart and I thank you for that. Let’s be a blessing to each other as we explore God’s Word and find new truths we may have never noticed before. God Bless you Robin!!

God bless you as well…

Reblogged this on Freedomborn…set free and commented:
A wonderful message Michele and confirmed fully in the Scriptures, a Power House of Truth. Your sharing brings light into dark places… God bless you greatly as you continue to be faithful to share.

Thank you for the reblog my friend! You rock! lol

A wonderful message Michele and confirmed fully in the Scriptures, a Power House of Truth, Jesus of course as you shared is all our Amour, each piece is attributed to Him in the Scriptures, as an example, His words are Truth and like a Sword they cut away deception, He is The Living Word that is sharper then a sword, there is error in some Translations as we can see below. Without God’s wisdom empowed by the Spirit we cannot understand the written word because it is Spiritually discerned -1Corinthians2:9-16

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. (KJV )

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, IT penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; IT judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account

There were no small particles such as… a, it, is, etc in the early Greek therefore the IT in this Translation is wrong, the Scriptures are referring to Jesus Christ the Living Word John 1:1 as we can see in the K.J.V it is not talking about the inspired written word, which has been taught in error, why is this important, we must always acknowelage Jesus as our Authority first, He is The Truth and our only Teacher and His word must not be added to but sometimes there is man made error which is not meant to deceive and He will show us this too.

Revelation 19:15-16 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the Nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

Thank you again Michael, I have included you in my Blogrole, I felt that your sharing brings light into dark places.

Christian Love from both of us – Anne

Thank you so much for saying “I felt that your sharing brings light into dark places”. It is always my hope to bring some clarity and comfort to those struggling in darkness. You are aware of the other blogs about my life and where I came from. I came from a very dark life that was made by bad choices. The Holy Spirit and my love for Christ has lifted me from that darkness through honest admission of my faults and genuininly asking for forgiveness. God is such a gracious and forgiving God. It touches me greatly that you see that I can help others maybe come out of this darkness. You have such a good Christian friend to me. You point out things you see inside me that I don’t always see and you are perceptive to my motives and intentions in my writings. Anne, youre one of a very few people I consider a friend. The definition of a friend is to lift up others, bring them encouragement and show them that there is light in them, especially to a person like myself that doesn’t always see it herself. Another responsibility of a Christian friend to tell your friends when they are slipping or possibly going down the wrong road and not thinking of the consequences. Thank you again my sister. God puts people in our lives for a reason and I believe God has put you in my life for a reason. And that reason is to encourage and lift up those who need it. God bless you sister and I love you very much in Christ. :=)

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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