For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph 6:12

Angels   -  good and bad

Archangel Michael - looks after Israel. In a Victorian representation in Goodrich, HerefordshireArchangel Gabriel - God's chief messenger, in a Victorian representation in Goodrich Church window.

 

 

With the New Age movement has come a considerable interest in Angels, which can be unhealthy.   

 

The angels of God always seek to avoid interest in themselves, seeking that all honour and worship should go to God.  

Satan, however, craves attention since he rebelled against God in order to attempt to become like God.   

Satan was created as a beautiful angel but since his fall has become "the father of lies", so an ill informed seeking after experiences of angels can be very dangerous.

There is a hierarchy in Heaven

God

The Creator -  in three persons

Father        Yeshua        The Holy Spirit

Are all Gods the same? - See God's Name

 

Archangels

Gabriel - - God's messenger - - Stands before God

Michael - - Head of God's armies - - The great prince who champions the Israelites

Lucifer - - Angel of Light      who fell - - known as Satan, the Devil, the Serpent, etc

        K'ruvim        Cherubs

  Beyond human comprehension   -   Guarded Eden with flaming swords   -   depicted on the Mercy Seat(not chubby little angels depicted like cupid)

Serafim "The burning ones"  -   concerned with the Glory of God 

Angels Malakhim  (Hebrew)      -   Angelos  (Greek)     -   messengers (in English) "I am thy fellow servant" said the angel to John in his revelation experience.   (Rev 22 v8)

Fallen angels - - Angels of Light

Coventry CathederalIt is not stated directly, how many angels rebelled with Lucifer and are now engaged in his purposes of resisting the will of God  and His angels and perverting the faith and walk of God's people.   However, Revelation 12 v4 speaks of one third of the stars being swept down from heaven to earth by the tail of the great red dragon.

(For useful insights into Angels, see Jewish New Testament Commentary on Jude / Y'hudah )

 

Demons are something different

 

 

 

Angels   -  good and bad - warfare in Heavenly regions

Dan 10:13  The prince of the kingdom of Persia * prevented me from coming for twenty-one days; but Mikha'el, one of the chief princes, came to assist me; so that I was no longer needed there with the kings of Persia.

What can we find out about these good and bad spiritual beings that are in conflict?

Angels

The messenger angels sometimes appear in the powerful, winged, white robed form, but at other times they appear as ordinary men (normal to the country and context in which they appear.   They are only ever male  -  God created a fixed (large) number and they do not procreate and they do not die.   They were created perfect (God could not do otherwise), having a free will,  intelligence and emotions.  They are entrusted with  strength and authority.
 
Angels can ......
Reveal, guide, provide, protect, deliver, strengthen, encourage, assist, answer prayer and attend the righteous dead.

Angels can not .....
Call God father, preach the Gospel, be redeemed, indwell man, act in their own power, become human, judge men, receive worship, reveal anything contradictory to God's word.   Angels are not omnipresent.
"I am thy fellow servant" said the angel to John in his revelation experience.   (Rev 22 v8)


Other appearances /interventions of Angels
You could try noting which references illustrate which attribute of angels.

Gen 16:7, Gen 21:17, Gen 31:11, Exo 3:2, Exo 33:2, Gen 48:6, Num 22:22, Judges 6:12, Judges 13:2, Judg 13:18, 2Sam 24:16, Daniel 6:23, Psalm 34:7, 1Kings 19:5, 2Kings 19:35, 2Kings 6:17, 1Chron 21, 2Chron 33:21, Zec 1:9, Matt 1:20, Matt 28:5, 16:27, 18:10, 20,20, 24:31&36, 25:41, Luke 1:13 &26, 4:10, 15:14, 22:43, 24:23 Acts 7:53, 12:5, 10:4, Rom 8:38, 1Co 6:3, 11:10, 1Th 14:6, Heb 1:6, 12:22, Rev 1:1, Rev 1:20, 2:1, 3:5, 5:11, 7:1&2, 8:2 & 13, 9:14&15, 12:7 &9, 15:1

Dan 10:5  when I looked up, and there before me was a man dressed in linen wearing a belt made of fine Ufaz gold.  His body was like beryl, his face looked like lightning and his eyes like fiery torches; his arms and feet were the colour of burnished bronze; and when he spoke, it sounded like the roar of a crowd. Who or what was this man?

Same for Ezekiel 43:6 ? An angel in a vision or a vision of an angel ?

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

Confusion between appearances of God and angels.

Gen 18:1  YHVH appeared to Avraham by the oaks of Mamre as he sat at the entrance to the tent during the heat of the day. He raised his eyes and looked, and there in front of him stood three men.
Gen 32:25 - Man? Exo 3 - God, Judg 13 - Angel
Remember - Angels acting as messengers do not always speak in reported speech but relay exactly God's words (including the first person singular) - this does not mean it was God speaking.

There are several occasions in the Bible where it is not clear if people have met with an angel or with God, for example Hoshea 12 v2-5.

The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah; he will punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he grasped his brother's heel; as a man he struggled with God.
He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor.
He found him at Bethel and talked with him there-- the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name of renown!

Is the Hebrew was ambiguous? No: the words are perfectly clear; Malakh meaning angel and Elohim meaning God. The ambiguity is in the writing.
Why? - It is almost as if there is little practical difference between the awe, seriousness, and importance of meeting with one of God's messengers and meeting with God himself.
But also, God's messenger angels come to relay words from and it seems that they often quote Him directly in the first person singular. (without "")

Did an angel wrestle with Jacob on God's behalf?

Gen 32:29 Then the man said, "From now on, you will no longer be called Ya`akov, but Isra'el; because you have shown your strength to both God and men and have prevailed."

 
Theophanies - theological term used by theologians about pre-incarnate appearances of Jesus.
(Could be open to discussion)
Hebrews 5:6 KJV  'As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.'
Hebrews 5:6  CJB ' Also, as he says in another place, "You are a cohen forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek."'
Heb 6:20  Heb 7:17 Heb 7:21 Psa 110:4 

Note - Cohen is the Hebrew behind priest - pl Cohenim and Malki derives from king (melekh) and tzedek is a righteous one. He appears in Genesis 14:18  

Malki-Tzedek king of Shalem brought out bread and wine. He was cohen of El `Elyon [God Most High],  so he blessed him with these words: "Blessed be Avram by El `Elyon, maker of heaven of earth. and blessed be El `Elyon, who handed your enemies over to you." Avram gave him a tenth of everything.
What do you make of this story and this character ?
How did God have a priest who was not under the Abrahamic covenant ?

Apparently, the Hebrew doesn't say "Avram gave him" but "he gave him" so the giving could have been in the opposite direction. Could it be Avram returned all the stuff he had recaptured, ("everything"), and received ten percent of it as a reward.
This story has been used as a call to tithing but this could be unjustified.

(Shalem or Salem is from the same Hebrew root as in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) and also shalom (peace) )

 

Fallen angels - - Angels of Light - the dark side

Archangel and the Devil - Sir Jacob Epstein - Coventry Cathedral, UK

Lucifer - Ha Satan (the satan - the adversary) - the devil - the serpent - the dragon

Eze 28:12  "Human being, raise a lament for the king of Tzor, and tell him that Adonai says: 'You put the seal on perfection; you were full of wisdom and perfect in beauty; you were in `Eden, the garden of God; covered with all kinds of precious stones—carnelians, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphires, green feldspar, emeralds; your pendants and jewels were made of gold, prepared the day you were created.
You were a keruv, protecting a large region; I placed you on God's holy mountain. You walked back and forth among stones of fire.
You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you. " 'When your commerce grew, you became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned. Therefore I have thrown you out, defiled, from the mountain of God; I have destroyed you, protecting keruv, from among the stones of fire.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While the angels of God always seek to avoid interest in themselves, seeking that all honour and worship should go to God,  Satan craves attention since he rebelled against God in order to attempt to become like God.    Satan was created as a beautiful angel but since his fall has become "the father of lies", so an ill informed seeking after experiences of angels can be very dangerous.

"The devil made me do it."
See the list below, of what angels can and cannot do. The devil can not make you do anything. His culpability is limited to tempting Adam and Eve to bring sin into the world, so that we all have to be delivered from it and then to resist it.

The devil is not omnipresent or omnipotent - He is not the dark side equivalent to YHVH God, but a created being with ideas above his station.

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

It is not stated directly, how many angels rebelled with Lucifer and are now engaged in his purposes of resisting the will of God  and His angels and perverting the faith and walk of God's people.   But Revelation 12 v4 speaks of one third of the stars being swept down from heaven to earth by the tail of the great red dragon.

Where are they and what are they up to? Going around the earth spreading evil desires and corruptions of God's truth - but in the unseen dimension.
 
(For useful insights into Angels, see Jewish New Testament Commentary on Jude / Y'hudah )

Satan (or ha satan -meaning the Adversary) is given over forty names in Scripture, depicting different aspects of his nature.   Satan is mentioned in seven books of the Tanakh and all the books of the New Testament.

Satan is also referred to as,  "the ruler of this world",  "prince of the powers of the air" and  "the god of this age" 

Mat 4:8  Once more, the Adversary took him up to the summit of a very high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory, and said to him, "All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me."

Jesus did not dispute the truth of this. But it was a misuse of scripture and Jesus did not fall for it.

So the nations of the world belong to the satan and he can give it to those who will do his will.
Principalities - that we wrestle against - not Wales, but these princes like the Prince of Persia. (the principality behind Islam)
Doesn't this explain how "power corrupts" rulers?
Does not this also refute the idea of "Christian nations"? We Christians are aliens in hostile territory - guerrilla warriors? But with the good angels on our side.

With the exception of those who are involved in the occult, Satan appears to be happy that people remain unaware of him or believe in one of his fictional appearances.  
The pantomime devil in a red suit with horns, working as proprietor of Hell.   This Hell is  the place to which bad people go to suffer various amusing torments, according to your taste in humour.
Apart from the error of seeing only other people as bad and destined for Hell, this picture overlooks the fact that Satan is among the first to be hurled into the "lake of fire and sulphur"; he is not its proprietor.  
Mephistopheles, the suave tempter who gives Faust back his youth in exchange for his soul.
This fiction overlooks that our souls are not for us to sell.   Satan will see them condemned anyway as long as he can keep us from receiving salvation through Jesus. Satan has no need to give us anything.


The Gates of Hell ?

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
It should not be assumed that Hell is the home of Satan and co, although it will be his final destination. According to Strongs, the word translated as Hell is - "properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell." Was Jesus using the term similarly to the Jewish use of Heaven as alternative to God?

Remember - Gates are defensive - not aggressive. It's not the gates of Hell attacking the church, but the Church seeking to rescue people in bonds behind those gates.

Satan and his angels can not .....
Create anything  (they can only pervert God's creation), indwell a man in the way the Holy Spirit can, force you to take a course of action you are not willing to take, they are not omnipresent, are not able to read your mind (They are able to use  thousands of years of experience of fallen human nature to predict your thoughts - unless you are living a Holy Spirit filled life, which Satan just cannot comprehend), they do not have power over people (they act mostly by influencing people to act on their evil desires).    God has no new revelations contrary to scripture, for angels to bring us.

Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Satan and his angels of light can .....
Appear to people, appear glorious and benign, influence us by dropping in ideas and feelings which are a perversion of God's creation, sow seeds of doubt ( "Hath God said . . . . ? in Genesis 2) and sickness  (these are his "fiery darts" against which we are to use the shield of faith of Ephesians 1 v6, see below) 
 
Those who have met with an "Angel of Light", whilst outside the will of God and without checking the experience against God's revealed word have been led into error.   Major religions (inc Islam) and deviant sects have come into being through revelations from angels.    The New Age fad for spirit guides and having ones own angel guide lays people open to being led into possession by an evil spirit. (See demons below) Genuine angels would never override an individual's free will.   
(New Age belief and liturgy also includes "Christ in you - the hope of glory", perverted from Col 1:27 but not meaning Jesus the Messiah, or the Holy Spirit, but a spirit that dwells in you) (see also the last paragraph below)

Demons

Satan's forces include Demons who are disembodied evil spirits  - not angels
(notice their desire to inhabit people - or even a herd of pigs Mat 8:29  They screamed, "What do you want with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?"

Their main interest is in preventing people trusting in Christ, and causing those who have trusted to slide back into unbelief.   They will encourage anything that harms the Church -  self righteousness, legalism, political correctness, zeal for works etc.
 
Where did demons originate and what are they?

In Genesis 6:1-5 we read the following, in the run-up to the story of Noah and the flood.

In time, when men began to multiply on earth, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. said, "My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years." The N'filim were on the earth in those days, and also afterwards, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; these were the ancient heroes, men of renown.
saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only.

The mysterious Nefilim can be a source of fruitless controversy, but there are some clues about them in extra-biblical sources. Nehemia Gordon and Dr Miriam Brand discussed this material in one of Nehemia's programmes
The book that comments on the Nefilim is the Book of the Watchers (Quoted in Jude) that is part of the Book of Enoch.
Sons of God - Bnei Elohim - is a term usually used of Angels in Hebrew scripture.
Nefilim were born of the forbidden union between angels and human women. They were the mighty men. The root of the name, "Nefilim" is "fall" so they are fallen ones more than giants. So the context of this passage suggests they were a source of evil, and the book of watchers says they taught men and women skills for evil.

Watchers, for whom the book is named, appear to be angels as the Hebrew / Aramaic, Irin / Irim means "awake ones" and angels never sleep.
The reason these angels mated with human women was not just lust, but in order to have (create) children. Angels (only male) are immortal and need not reproduce as humans do to replace themselves.
God punished this transgression and limited human lifespan to 120 years, so that the Nefilim would not be immortal and continue passing forbidden knowledge to mankind. (Also, the Flood followed this incident ) So the Nefilim died out, but their immortal spirits did not die and they became disembodied spirits, seeking bodies to live in - they became demons.

Spiritual Warfare
Some Christians are keen on what they call spiritual warfare, but victory over the devil is not a matter of constantly casting out demons or extravagant prayers against Satan.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke thee."

It is not our role to destroy Satan's armies - they were defeated at the cross, and their destruction is scheduled for a time yet to come.   
We do not fight Satan - Jesus defeated him - we just have to resist him.  

Our job is to keep praying about something until God's angels do the fighting; as Daniel did. (Daniel 10 v9-21) But Daniel was given a small clue about the spiritual warfare that is going on in dimensions that we can not see.

So, if the armies of angels are doing all the fighting - in the unseen realms, what is there for us to do ?

Revelation 5:8 When he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down in front of the Lamb. Each one held a harp and gold bowls filled with pieces of incense, which are the prayers of God's people;
And we must continue to stand against the evil forces - so we need Armour.

Eph 6:11  Use all the armour and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary.
For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. 
So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing.Therefore, stand!

Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
put on righteousness for a breastplate,
and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom.
Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.
And take the helmet of deliverance;
along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God's people.

Before  ascribing sickness to satanic attack, we should be certain our problems are of our own making through abusing our bodies.   Let us not credit  Satan with  power he does not possess.

But

Christians can fall for the deception of trying to communicate with angels.
Called “The Angels Talk: The Message Board that Connects You to Your Angels,” the device is used to communicate with spirits. If it looks like a Ouija Board to you, that’s because that’s exactly what it is.

Also, in 2019, PulpitandPen reported that some charismatics are using “Christian tarot cards.” Christalignment,

Flakey stuff https://www.ask-angels.com/archangels/

Wikipedia on archangels Michael and Gabriel are recognized as archangels in Judaism, Islam, the Baha'i Faith, and by most Christians.
Raphael—mentioned in the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit—is also recognized as an archangel in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael are venerated in the Roman Catholic Church.
The named archangels in Islam are Jibrael, Mikael, Israfil, and Azrael.
Jewish literature, such as the Book of Enoch, also mentions Metatron as an archangel, called the "highest of the angels", though the acceptance of this angel is not canonical in all branches of the faith.
Some branches of the faiths mentioned have identified a group of seven Archangels, but the named angels vary, depending on the source. Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael are always mentioned; the other archangels vary, but most commonly include Uriel, who is mentioned in 2 Esdras.

Terry Law's book goes on to discuss authority in the spiritual realms and the fact that it is only we humans that appear to have a problem with authority.   He explores the problems that arise from this, and how the Holy Spirit works with angels.  He also draws out lessons for our walk.   There are also appendices on other questions you may have about angels. 

That includes our media - and the world we live in !

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

Extensively Updated 27/03/20

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