What are Angels and Demons?

Angels & Demons

Angelic beings have and continue to gain much attention and fascination in our society. There are many bizarre and dangerous teachings when it comes to the angelic, which clearly ignore the clear teaching of Scripture. Angelic beings are not eternal as they are created beings (). The Scriptures speak of angels worshipping God during creation (), so it would seem probable that God created them on the first day of creation (cf. ). They are distinct from mankind as they are they do not contain physical bodies because they are spirits (), and they are not bound by the same kind of limitations. The Bible speaks of angelic beings in two categories: the elect angels and the fallen angels.

 

ELECT ANGELS
The elect angels () are those angels that did not rebel against God. They are holy and obedient to their creator. These angles whose number is innumerable () can be identified by at least two different classes: (1) Cherubim and (2) Seraphim. The Cherubim guarded the entrance of the Garden of Eden () and appeared above the Ark of the Covenant (). Their role seems to be one of power and protection. The Seraphim are only mentioned in (cf. ). In addition to this the Bible speaks of various ranks of angels (). Only two elect angels are mentioned by name in the Scriptures – Gabriel and Michael. Gabriel is a special messenger (; ) and Michael is an archangel and appears to have the highest rank among the angels (; ; ).

 

FALLEN ANGELS
Demons are fallen angels. They were a part of the original creation of angels, but they rebelled against God and were removed from the glory of heaven (). This demonic host is also divided into ranks (). The chief leader of this demonic host is Satan (the accuser) otherwise known as the Devil (slanderer). In Jesus calls him a “murderer” and “the father of lies.” Before his fall, it would seem that he was one of the highest angels in rank () and possibly an equal to Michael. His fall was due to pride (cf. ) and is outlined in (cf. ). The people of God are warned to be aware of Satan’s ongoing schemes and devices ().

16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

And he made a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half was its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth.

Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”

16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.”

Daniel 9:21

21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice.

19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.

Luke 1:26

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,

But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 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.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

14 You were an anointed guardian cherub.
I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God;
in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 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.

18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.