Are there really Angels, Satan, and Demons?

 

This sermon is on Satan, Angels, and Demons. It describes the devil, the station of the angels,

the fall of the devil and his angels from Heaven.

 

Satan

Most experts believe that Satan (Lucifer) was a Cherubim angel while a few believe him to be an Archangel. Regardless of which level of angel he was, he had been given great authority in Heaven and on the first Earth. God had appointed Lucifer to reign over the first Earth. It is during this time that there were large creatures (dinosaurs) that roamed the Earth and the Earth was inhabited by soulless mankind. It was also during this time that Lucifer rebels against God and there is a war in heaven. Satan is cast out along with his warrior angels. They proceed to destroy the Earth. God decided to end the chaos and total destruction to the surface of the planet resulted. Satan and his angels remained on the destroyed surface.  Sometime later, God recreates the Earth in Genesis 1:3. Satan is ruler of the Earth and the pain and suffering of mankind is his work. Revelations describes how Satan rule will come to an end.

 

The angel that we refer to as Satan was originally called Lucifer. His name as described in the Old Testament book of Isaiah was Morning Star. Lucifer (or Morning Star) was God’s favorite angel and he gave him the power of free will and had appointed to full authority over the first Earth. He was very handsome / pleasant to look at and shined (henceforth the name Morning Star).  Isaiah 14, verses 12 -19 describes how Lucifer fell from heaven when he willed to be God. Ezekiel 28:12 also describes his glory and fall.

  

Demons

Demons are some of the most destructive and violent angels that fell with Lucifer as he was cast out of Heaven. Some were so violent that God had to lock them in Hell pending the final judgment to prevent destruction of the universe.  They have extreme hatred towards God and towards humans. They cause harmful and bad things to happen to people on Earth. In the book of Job, it is mentioned that Lucifer and his angels had tried to get to Job but could not because God had built a barrier around Job and his family. It was after God removed that protection was Lucifer able to affect Job.

 

War in Heaven (Fall of Lucifer – Satan)

Lucifer and his followers (angels) revolted against God. There was a great war in heaven. Lucifer and his angels were cast out of heaven. Some of the angels were bound and locked up in Hell. Others accompanied Lucifer back to his dominion and now roam the Earth causing pain and suffering to humans. The following is from the Amplified Bible:

 Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels went forth to
battle with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought.

But they were defeated, and there was no room found
for them in heaven any longer.

And the huge dragon was cast down and out; that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity

the world over;  he was forced out and came down to the earth,

and his angels were flung out along with him”

 

Revelation 12:7-9 KJV

 

Angels

There five most well-known types of angels in lowest to highest order are: Angels, Archangels, Ophanim, Cherubim’s, and Seraphims.  

 

Angles are the lowest form and they carry out the work of God.

 

Archangels are in command of legions of angels. There are three archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. Lucifer was in command of the warrior angels. When Lucifer and his followers (angles) fell from heaven, many of the angels had to be bound by God to prevent them from destroying the universe. Archangels are mentioned in the book of Daniel and in I Thessalonians 4:16 and Jude 1:9.

 

Wheels (Ophanim) are described as being wheel shaped and having eyes in their rims. Ezekiel described them as, "When they moved, the others moved; when they stopped, the others stopped; and when they rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them; for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels." (see below)

 

Cherubim are near the throne of God. They have four faces: one of a man, ox, lion, and eagle. They have eight wings; they are full of eyes, and have the feet of an ox. Cherubim are considered the elect beings for the purpose of protection and they guard the throne of God. (see below - Also see Revelation 4: 6-8).

 

Seraphims are the highest order of angels that were created. They stand near the throne of God. Isaiah 6:1–3 describes the Seraphim: "I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne … 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.  They are recorded as constantly saying '"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.”  

 

 

Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament  that was above the head of the cherubims 
there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance  of the likeness of a throne.

And he spake  unto the man clothed  with linen, and said, Go in between  the wheels,  even under the cherub, and fill  thine hand  with coals  of fire  from between  the cherubims,  and scatter  them over the city.  And he went in, in my sight. Now the cherubims stood  on the right side of the house, when the man  went in; and the cloud  filled  the inner court.

 

Then the glory  of the LORD  went up  from the cherub, and stood over the threshold  of the house;  and the house  was filled  with the cloud,  and the court  was full  of the brightness  of the LORD'S  glory. And the sound  of the cherubims' wings  was heard  even to the outer  court, as the voice  of the Almighty God  when he speaketh. And it came to pass, that when he had commanded  the man clothed with linen, saying, Take  fire  from between the wheels,  from between the cherubims;  then he went in, and stood  beside  the wheels. And one cherub  stretched forth  his hand  from between the cherubims  unto the fire  that was between the cherubims, and took  thereof, and put  it into the hands of him that was clothed  with linen:  who took  it, and went out.

 

And there appeared  in the cherubims  the form  of a man's  hand  under their wings.

And when I looked  , behold the four  wheels  by the cherubims,  one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel  by  another  cherub:  and the appearance  of the wheels  was as the colour of a beryl  stone. And as for their appearances,  they four  had one  likeness,  as if a wheel  had been in the midst  of a wheel. When they went  , they went  upon their four  sides;  they turned  not as they went , but to the place  whither the head  looked  they followed it; they turned  not as they went. And their whole body,  and their backs,  and their hands,  and their wings, and the wheels,  were full  of eyes  round about,  even the wheels  that they four  had.

 

As for the wheels, it was cried  unto them in my hearing, O wheel. And every one  had four  faces:  the first  face  was the face  of a cherub,  and the second  face  was the face  of a man,  and the third  the face  of a lion,  and the fourth  the face  of an eagle. And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw  by the river of Chebar. And when the cherubims went, the wheels  went  by them:  and when the cherubims lifted up  their wings to mount up  from the earth, the same wheels  also  turned  not from beside  them. When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.

 

Then the glory  of the LORD  departed  from off the threshold  of the house,  and stood  over the cherubims. And the cherubims  lifted up their wings, and mounted up  from the earth  in my sight:  when they went out, the wheels  also were beside  them, and every one stood  at the door  of the east  gate  of the LORD'S  house;  and the glory of the God  of Israel  was over them above.

 

This is the living creature  that I saw  under the God  of Israel  by the river  of Chebar;  and I knew  that they were the cherubims. Every one  had four  faces  apiece,  and every one  four  wings;  and the likeness  of the hands  of a man  was under their wings. And the likeness  of their faces  was the same  faces  which I saw  by the river  of Chebar,  their appearances  and themselves: they went  every one  straight  forward.

 

Ezekiel 10: 1-22 KJV