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ANGELS AND DEMONS

posted 12 Jun 2012, 13:30 by Wybrand Conradie   [ updated 13 Jun 2012, 03:34 by Arinda Conradie ]

ANGELS AND DEMONS

Angels and demons are spiritual beings created by God. Angels are created by God to be messengers and serving spirits for Himself, and after the fall of some angels, to be soldiers of the Almighty. 

The origin of demons

Demons were original angels of God.  They, with Lucifer, conspired to be equal to God.  They were the same angels as the holy angels, but full of envy and selfish ambitions (Isaiah 14:12-17).

The anointed cherub

This is a description of a being of the highest order which were created by God. And his name is Lucifer. He was the seal of perfection – not one of God's creatures was more prefect than him. He was full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. It looks like nobody was more beautiful or wiser than him.  His covering exists of every possible precious stone. He was in heaven the master musician and worship leader (Ezek. 18:13-19). 

The fall of Lucifer

He is the author of sin. He was the first being to become disobedient to the will of God. You must remember modesty, submission and serviceableness, always goes the honour beforehand in the kingdom of God. Modesty means to humble yourself and that you must die. “And being found in the appearance of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8).

Satan fall down to the earth (Luke 10:18): “And He said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”. 

Satan was filled with valance. That is why he is a murderer, a thief and a destroyer (John 10:10). 
Satan was conceited because of his beauty. He has lost his beauty because of his glory. He contaminated his residence through his unrighteousness.

Satan and his angels

It is known that Lucifer had taken a third of the angels with him when he fell.  These fallen angels of Satan are
known as demons.  Their aim is still to take the authority and position of God over.  Their desire is to be worshiped.  The only way to get it, is through lying and deceit.

Those who are locked up with chains

It looks like Satan and his demons are limited to the planet earth. Some of them have freedom of movement as far
as humans give them permission, and some others are locked up in chains. Only at the end of time and the
beginning of the thousand year of peace, all of them will be locked up (Rev. 20:1-2). 

Those who are bound up know:
“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement” (2 Peter 2:4). 

“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their abode, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgement of the great day”
(Judas 1:6). 

Here we see a group of angels who did not keep them to the territory they were limited to. They left their own residence. It is them that are locked up in chains and cast into hell. Satan and his demons were only thrown out of heaven and cast down to earth later, when Jesus conquered. 

Satan will be bound and finally be cast into the pool of fire, where he will burn forever. 

Here are three Greek words for hell: 
  1. Gehenna
  2. This is the pool of fire which is for the devil and his demons, and for all people who's names are not in the book of life of the Lamb. This place is not yet occupied (Math. 18:9). 
     2.  HadesIn
          Hebrew it is Sheol, which means the place of the dead. Formerly it existed of two places, which had been
          separated by a big cleft. The one place is known as the place or torture and the other as paradise.
          They could see one another, but could not go over to one another.

When Jesus died, He descended to the lower parts of the earth (Acts 2:27), disarm the authority and power,
and went through paradise. When Jesus was resurrected, He awakened all the OT dead saints.
When He ascended, He took them with Him to heaven. “Therefore He says: When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive , and gave gifts to men.” (Eph. 4:8-9). Now this “He ascended” what does it means but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Hades is only a place of torture, where those who had not been saved is going when they die and wait for judgement day.

      3.  Tartarus
            It is noted only once in the Bible. It looks like a jail right at Hades where some of the demons
            are locked up (2 Peter 2:4).

Who are these angels?
They are a group of angels that left their spiritual form and adopted the form of human. It looks like they contaminated the human race and seduced them, and that was the cause of giants and the birth of awful beings. This can be the reason why God wiped out all humans on the earth and locked up these angels and start a new beginning after the flood.

The line of action of demons

1.  Seed of doubt (Gen. 3:1)
2.  Direct contradiction (Gen. 3:4)
3.  Openly deceiving (1 John 2:16)

The rank of demons 

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). 

Principalities

The Greek word is archo. It means to be first in political ranks or power. It looks as if the devil has an authority council who rules under him over all the demonic world. 

Powers

The Greek word is exousia and means to have power, freedom and the authority and the right to do something.
This is a group of demons with delegated authority and they are liable to the principalities.
This division is equal to the department of law and order in an evil government that ensures that the system works. 

Evil spirits in the air

The Greek word is pneumatikos and means wind. It refers to the invisible spirits which activate all that is wicked, unclean, immoral, murderous and breaking off. They are the workers of unrighteousness – evil spirits that activate seduction, mockery and uncleanness in the world of today. 

The area of demons

Satan has only dominion where there are human beings and only as far as they allow him. So they are on the earth
and in the atmosphere. Their areas include the kingdoms of this world, the world system of this present age
(Rev. 12:9-12; Eph. 2:1-2; Luke 4:5-6; John 12:31; 2 Cor. 4:4). 

In this present age their areas are as follows: 
  1. The kingdoms of the world 
  2. The continents of the earth
  3. The sub-continents of the earth
  4. The nations of the world
  5. The cities of the world
  6. The individuals on earth.
They want to rule over religion, politics, the economy, educational systems, justice, the military or families and individual's lives. 

Against who or whom do the demons conduct war?

Conducting war against Christians: 
  1. Personal attacks (Eph. 6:12) 
  2. Personal accusations (Rev. 12:10) 
  3. Personal pursuit (Rev. 2:10) 
  4. Freshly sin (Eph. 4:27). 
 Conducting war against the church: 
  1. Prevention of repentance (Luke 8:12) 
  2. Produce false ministers (1 Tim 4:1) 
  3. Causes discord (1 Cor. 2:10-11) 
  4. Prevent simplicity (2 Cor. 11:3) 
  5. False propaganda (Luke 4:39) 
  6. Giving illness (Luke 4:39). 

What is our protection against demons?

  1. To wear the whole armour of God (Eph. 6:13-17): 
  2. Girded your waist with the truth 
  3. Breastplate of righteousness 
  4. Put onto your feet the willingness to spread the gospel 
  5. Shield of faith 
  6. Helmet of salvation 
  7. Sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. 
To flow in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7-11): 
  1. Word of wisdom 
  2. Word of knowledge 
  3. Faith 
  4. Gift of healing 
  5. Working of miracles 
  6. Prophecy 
  7. Discerning of spirits 
  8. Different kinds of tongues 
  9. Interpretation of tongues. 

To be a demon-conqueror, you have to:

  1. Know who you are in Christ 
  2. Live in obedience to God 
  3. Work with the Holy Spirit 
  4. Confront temptations with the word of God (Math. 4:4-10) 
  5. Use the Name of Jesus Christ 
  6. Confess the power of His blood. 
All the power of Christ is to our disposal through the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ disarmed the principalities and powers through the cross. Having disarmed them, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them (Col. 2:15). Through us these evil spirits are now conquered. 

The secret to conquer Satan is to be submissive to God and to resist the devil If we do that, the devil will flee from us (James 4:7). 

There are three other things that also makes us conquerors over Satan and his demons: 
  1.   Through the blood of Jesus 
  2.   Through the word 
  3.   Through surrendered lives. 

Angels

The character of angels

Mentioning of angels:
Angels are mentioned 32 times in the books of Moses. In the OT they are mentioned 108 times. 

Historical Scriptures:
The work and service of the angels are mentioned 37 times in Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings and Chronicles. 

The poetic books:
Angels are mentioned in Job 4:18 and in the Psalms where they are portrayed as servants of God by protecting and preserving His servants from danger.

The prophetic Scriptures:
In Daniel the names of two Angels are mentioned, namely Michael and Gabriel. And a third is mentioned in Isaiah, namely Lucifer.

The New Testament:
Angels are mentioned 165 times in the NT, of which 65 times they are mentioned in the book of Revelation.

The reality of angels

Angels are a reality and are spirits created by God. They have form and substance. The word angel means messenger.

1.  Angels are immortal: 
“... nor can they die any more, for they are equal to the angels and are the sons of God, being sons of resurrection” (Luke 20:36). 

2.  Angels are of a high rank and order:
Because they are stronger and more powerful and have more freedom of movement than humans.

3.  Angels are intelligent beings:
“... but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that is in the earth”
(2 Sam. 14:20). 

But there are things angels do not know about:
1.  The time of the second coming of Christ (Math. 24:36) 
2.  The salvation plan (1 Peter 1:12)  They also cannot understand it, because they were not     part of the fall.
3.  The thoughts of man (1 Cor. 2:11). They are not omniscient.

Angels are: 
1.  Holy beings (Mark 8:38) 
2.  Angels are countless (Hebr. 12:22; Job 25:3; Luke 2:13-14) 
3.  Angels are strong/powerful (2 Thes. 1:7; Rev. 18:1; Ps. 103:20) 
4.  They are invisible but can appear (Num. 22:22-31) 
5.  They don't get married (Math. 22:30) 
6.  Angels are joyful (Luke 15:10) 
7.  They are not to be worshipped (Rev. 22:8-9; Col. 2:18). 

Division and rank of angels

There are some order and rank amongst angels. It shows their position and grade of authority (Col. 1:15-16).

1.  Heavenly hosts (Luk2:13) 
2.  Cherubim (Gen. 3:24) 
3.  Seraphim (Is. 6:1-3) They are the protectors of the holiness of God. 
4.  Living beings (Rev. 4:8) 
5.  Michael, the archangel (Dan. 10:13) He is the protector of Israel. 
6.  Gabriel, the head messenger (Dan. 8:15-16; Luke 1:11-19) He brings revelation of future events. 
7.  The holy messengers and keepers (Dan. 4:13-23).

Functions of angels

God gave them the following responsibilities: 
  1. They are worshippers (Rev. 7:11; Is. 6:3; Rev. 5:11-12) 
  2. They show people direction (Gen. 24; Acts 8:26; Acts 10:3-5) 
  3. Angels give protection (Ps. 91; Dan. 6:16-23) Daniel in the lion's den; his friends in the furnace; Paul in the storm. 
  4. Angels supply information (Acts 7:53) 
  5. Angels accompany us to heaven (Luke 16:22-23) “So it was that the beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom”.
  6. Angels carry out judgement (1 Chron. 21:14-15; Acts 12:21-23; Math. 13:38-42) 
  7. Angels bring provision (1 Kings 19)
  8. Angels provide war heroes (Rev. 12:7-9; 2 Kings 16:17; 2 Kings 19:35)
  9. Angels bring encouragement (Dan. 9:21)
  10. Angels create opportunities (Hebr. 13:2). 

What do angels know?

According to 2 Samuel 14:20 they know a lot: “... but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that is in the earth.”
  1. Angels know God personally 
  2. Angels know demons 
  3. They know the humanity of mankind (Job 38:6-7) 
  4. They know about the resurrection (Math. 28:2-6; Acts 1:10-11;  1 Cor. 15) 
  5. Angels know God's intentions (1 Peter 1:10-12) 
  6. They know the service of the church (Rev. 2:3; 1 Tim. 5:21) 
  7. Angels know God's judgement (Rev. 12:7-12; Jude 1:6-8). 

The service of angels

“Are they not ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebr. 1:14). 

Angels and prophesy

God revealed Himself through prophets and then through His Son Jesus Christ. Angels are often messengers of God through whom He revealed Himself. 
  1. Angels bring warnings.  They brought the news of Isaac’s birth and announced the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. 
  2. Angels ascend and descend (Gen. 28:12)
  3. They visit a very strong man (Judges 13:3-8)
  4. This angel appeared as a man.
The following things happened:
  • He commanded that God be served with offerings 
  • The angel did not reveal his name 
  • He did not eat with them 
  • The angel told them how to bring up the boy.

  • Angels speak to people (Zech. 1:9-17) and he had to write it down.
    Angels carry out the word They help that God's word comes to fulfilment. What man must do. Man must ask God. As soon as we made our needs known to God that is similar to His word, God sends His angels to make it true in our lives. Man must confess the word: “Bless the Lord, you, His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of Him, who do His good pleasure” (Ps. 103:20-21). When our lives are in agreement with the word of God, angels react on that – specifically when we have faith in the power, the plan and the intentions of God.

Angels and Jesus

The life of Jesus from the beginning to the end was filled with the presence and activities of angels. Jesus expected the angels all around Him. 
  1. Angels proclaimed Jesus as Leader. Zechariah did not believe Gabriel. Why do you think God stroke him with muteness? So that he will not loose his blessing – John the Baptist – by confessing the wrong things (Luke 1:11-19).
  2. Angels proclaimed His coming (Luke 1:26-28)
  3. Angels proclaimed His birth (Luke 2:8-13)
  4. Angels protected Him as a child (Math. 2:13-21) We saw Joseph's immediate reaction to the dream, as if it was normal.
  5. Angels supported Jesus' ministry “Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him” (Math. 4:11). “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven and strengthening Him” (Luke 22:43). “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (Math. 26:53). Jesus gave Himself voluntarily TO DIE FOR US.
  6. Angels was actively involved with His resurrection “And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightening, and his clothing as white as snow” (Math. 28:2-3).
  7. Angels proclaimed His second coming “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of glory” (Acts 9:1-11). 

Angels and the book of Revelation

We read more about angels in the book of Revelation than in any other book of the Bible. In Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 you can see that the seven churches had their own personal angel. Maybe there was an angel assigned to each church to protect, lead and reveal the will of God to them. 

Angels around the throne of God

“All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying: Amen! Blessing an glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honour and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 7:11-12). 

Angels carry out judgement

Warnings and consequences (Rev. 14:9-11) 
Seven bowls and hale judgement (Rev. 16:2-21) 
The scarlet women and the beast (Rev. 17) 
The fall of Babylon (Rev. 18). 

In chapters 16, 17 and 18 of Revelation, the angels are actively involved with what happens. 

Angels and men

Which type of people do angels attend to? 
  1. People who knows God and serve Him (Dan. 6; Acts 10:2)
  2. Those who need special help (Acts 5:19-23)
  3. People have personal angels:  For you personally:   “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Ps. 91:11). To be near you: “... the angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them” (Ps. 34:7). There is enough for all: “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand time ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened” (Dan. 7:10).