Fallen Angels

A third of the angels fell from Heaven. They were cast down with Lucifer.

Lucifer held the rank of “anointed cherub,” and according to what God said of him, he was originally something very special, “the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” Ezekiel 28:12. Because of his beauty and splendour, his heart became full of pride. So much so that he had ideas of usurping the throne of God. Filled with this arrogance and rebellion, God cast him out and down to Sheol, the abode of the dead.

It was not only Lucifer that rebelled, angels did too. When Michael won the battle with Satan in heaven, “that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” Revelation 12:9. Revelation 12:4 reveals that “one third” of the heavenly host were cast out with Lucifer. Satan and his fallen angels.

So we know that not all angels are good. And we know that these fallen angels are in chains and in darkness and will face God’s judgment 2 Peter 2:4. But we also know that they are our spiritual opponents here and now Ephesians 6:12.

Having worked in a Christian setting, I have heard many stories of people who have experienced unnerving supernatural presences. Sometimes in a particular room at home, sometimes when they wake from sleep, and sometimes in nightmares. I remember one person describing a sensation of being physically overpowered and held down in his bed one night by a dark kind of presence. In his terror, he knew to cry out to God. When he did, God intervened. The dark presence instantly left him, as did the physical sensation of being held down. The spiritual climate in the room changed and there was peace. He since became a Christian.

When I was very young, a lovely Christian woman I knew said something to me which I’ve never forgot. She said, “If ever you are in a situation of danger, whatever it is, call upon the Name of Jesus. If it’s all you can do, just call out His Name. There is power in it.” She is right. There is power in Jesus’ Name. Evil spiritual beings are terrified of Him and are subject to Him (Mark 5:6-8). Jesus is “far above all principality and power and might and dominion” Ephesians 1:20.

In acknowledging the existence of fallen angels (and/or demonic presences) we should not be afraid of them, in Christ. “In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him (Jesus) who loved us” Romans 8:37. And He says to us, “Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” Luke 9:19.

Scripture says that God has given His angels charge over us Psalm 91:11, tomorrow’s post will look at this verse, and at the question – do we have a Guardian Angel?

© Article by Birgit Whelan Copyright 2014

 
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~ by Birgit on June 7, 2014.

2 Responses to “Fallen Angels”

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  2. Great post Birgit, thank you. I have quite extensively studied the subject of fallen angels and the demonic entities which they now are. There are many theories about how these entities have interacted with man throughout the centuries from presenting themselves as ‘gods’ in various cultures, to the ‘ascended masters’ of the new age. I think you just inspired me to dust off my blog for a new, long overdue post. :)

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