Angels and demons: A Biblical Perspective

There is a lot of misinformation in the world regarding the topic of Angels and demons. Hollywood has glorified the supernatural as an all-powerful, unstoppable, unbeatable force, but that is untrue.

As Christians, we have nothing to fear. We serve a God of greater.

“…for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:8

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Ephesians 6:10-12 opens our eyes and awareness to an invisible world that is at work all around us. In this post, we will look at what the Bible says about Angels and demons, uncover their origin and understand their purpose in this world or our lives.

Angels are created beings. As such, they are limited in their capacity and ability. They are not all-powerful, all-knowing, or omnipresent. Job 38:6-7 reveals that Angels witnessed the foundations of the world being set and worshipped God as the universe came into being. 

Q: If God created Angels, did He make demons?

A: God did NOT create demons. They are fallen angels.  

The most notable fallen angel is Satan, or the devil, who was once a great Angel. Isaiah 14:12-14 says he was one of God’s most beautiful angels. His name was Lucifer, which means star of the morning. Isaiah reveals that his beauty led him to covet the praise meant for God.

Ezekiel 28:17 explains how Lucifer was banished from Heaven and “sent to the ground,” referring to Earth. You’ve heard the saying, “Misery loves company?”

“And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” Revelation 12:9

Revelation 12:4 describes how 1/3 of the angels followed satan when he was thrown out of heaven. We have no precise number of how many Angels or demons exist, but we know that there are 2 Angels for every 1 demon!

Throughout the Bible, Angels and demons are referenced by various names or descriptions. However, most angels are unnamed and only described as “Elect angels” 1 Timothy 5:21.

Principalities and powers seem to be used of all angels, holy or fallen, as context gives the proper application; Romans 8:38, Ephesians 1:21, 3:10, Colossians 1:16, 2:10, 2:15, 1 Peter 3:22.

Some angels are referred to as Cherubim (Genesis 3:24, Exodus 25:18, 20) and Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2-7).

Demons are also referred to as evil spirits or devils.

Let’s look at four activities of Angels. (This is by no means an exhaustive list.)

#1 They worship God. Psalm 148:1-2; Isaiah 6:3

#2 To wage spiritual warfare. Daniel 10:10-14

#3 To deliver messages. Daniel 8:16; Luke 1:19; Luke 1:26

The name Angel means “messenger of God.”

#4 To serve the people God saves. Hebrews 1:14

So what is the purpose of fallen angels and demons in this world? Their game plan is simple, and although their techniques vary.

#1 They oppose the will of God. 1 Thessalonians 1:18; John 10:10

#2 Torment creation. Mark 5; 1 Samuel 16:14

As a Christian, you have nothing to fear. Greater is He in you than he that is in this world. So I want to leave you with one more verse to give clarity and build your courage.

16 Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms,” Isaiah 14:16

One day satan and all his devils will be seen as they truly are, and we will wonder why such an inferior, insignificant being caused us to be afraid in this life.

His tactics are fear and intimidation. But as we walk in understanding and truth and remember that greater is He in us than he that is in the world, we have nothing to fear!

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