The Fallen Angels
The Fallen Angels
Long before God created human beings, He created angels; and many varieties of angels exist. In Christianity there are nine varieties; these include, in ascending order, angels, archangels, principaities, powers, virtues, dominations, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim. Angels are supernatural beings who are invisible to us; however, an angel can appear to us in the form of a human or an animal. Most of them are good, but some are fallen angels.
Fallen angels are in opposition to the angels of light, who are messengers of God and protectors of those who serve God's purposes. Fallen angels became the angels of darkness or demons when they allied themselves with Satan, the Devil.
Satan himself was at one time an angel of light, and was called "Lucifer" before he rebelled against God. About one-third of the angels joined him in his rebellion, and became fallen angels. It was Satan who appeared as a snake to the first woman God created, and convinced her to disobey God.
From the Bible:
And there was war in Heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought but did not prevail, and they lost their place in Heaven. The great dragon, called the Devil or Satin, who deceives the whole world, was thrown out of Heaven and down to the earth, and his angels with him.
(Revelation, Chapter 12, Verses 7 through 9)
Angels are mentioned many times in the Bible; and usually each time the specific purpose of an angel is described. Many times the angel has a name, and a purpose that is shown to be good or evil. Simply put, each of God's angels has a part in fulfilling God's plan for a perfect world. And each of Satin's angels, or the fallen angels, has a part in trying to stop God's plan from coming to fruition.
The purpose of Satan and his angels is to destroy what God creates. They cause most of the problems in the world by tempting humans to disobey God's commandments. In addition, they cause us to resort to fighting and war to solve problems.
Satan and his fallen angels use their power to cause destruction and death by the forces of weather, earthquakes, and fire. They also cause death and sickness by diseases and lack of food and water. Their purpose is also to deceive us in regard to knowing the truth and being saved from our sins through Jesus Christ.
What are some ideas that Satan uses to deceive people? The foundation of these deceptive ideas is that human beings cannot actually die. The first man and woman were deceived by Satan who told them that they would not die if they disobeyed God. However, after they disobeyed, their bodies began to age and they eventually died.
Since the first man and woman, the process of dying happens to all who are their descendants. But Satan has continued his attempts to deceive us; he has convinced most people that each of us has an invisible soul that lives on after the body dies.
The theory of the immortal soul took root early and evolved, branching out with many variations. Satan and his angels are at work perpetuating this theory with its many forms. But the truth is that the body is part of the soul, and when the body dies the soul dies. This happens because of the sinful nature of human beings. A person's soul can only become immortal through Jesus Christ. The fallen angels would have us believe anything to the contrary; therefore, they constantly try to deceive us.
The fallen angels tempt humans with worldly pleasures. They try to lure people into a life of sin with addictive worldly pleasures such as sexual perversion, drugs, alcohol, food, and materialism. When people get involved deeply enough with these, they can become oblivious to the truth. In addition, the fallen angels try to keep people from the truth with false religions and false theories such as Atheism.
Why doesn't God destroy Satan and his fallen angels? Why doesn't He destroy anyone who sins? God does not want anyone He creates to obey Him because they fear being destroyed if they do not. Angels and humans are created with independent thought, and God wants those He creates to obey Him because they want to.
God wants us to see the result of sin. Many people don't understand that it is sin that causes our problems. They blame people of other races and cultures. But if they would choose not to sin, the world would be a much better place.
Are the fallen angels immortal? Just as humans lost their immortality, so did the angels who rebelled against God. Humans, however, can receive immortality through Jesus Christ. But Satan and his angels will be destroyed someday, along with all the people who reject Jesus as their Lord and savior.
Someday God will destroy Satin and his angels, but for now they are causing as much trouble as they can. Their main objective is to keep us from the truth by presenting ideas that seem to be true, but are not. These ideas take people on the wrong path where they could end up being destroyed along with Satin and his fallen angels.
From the Bible:
Then he will say to them on his left, "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels."
(Matthew, Chapter 25, Verse 41)
Many people won't become immortal, and will be destroyed because they believed the deception by Satan and his fallen angels. But it is our choice to take the path of deception or not. Satan says we're not really going to die, and that we don't need God. But the truth is that the wages of sin is death, and that we need God's forgiveness to live eternally. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins so that if we believe in Him, we can have eternal life.
How can we overcome the deception by the fallen angels? Many are caught up in the deception created by Satan and his angels because it's what they want to believe. Some have faith in the theory that there is no God, and theories that say people live on in some form after they die.
The theories of natural immortality are developed by imperfect people who don't want to believe that we could be destroyed for eternity. Others, however, believe that our sins weaken us and cause death, and that we need help to overcome sin so that we can have eternal life.
Who can help us overcome sin? There is a saying that sums up the solution to that problem. It says, "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven." Christians are sinners just like everyone else, but they know that Jesus Christ died for our sins. They know that by believing in Him as our Savior, we are forgiven.
Jesus can help us overcome the sins that the fallen angels tempt us with. The fallen angels will be destroyed someday, but those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will live in a perfect world for eternity.
From the Bible:
I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.
(Philippians, Chapter 4, Verse 13)
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