The Devil and his Angels

The Devil’s Angels.

The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him” Revelation 12:9

We can begin to understand the visionary language used in the final book of the Bible. If the devil and Satan are personifications of sin, that is, are words used to represent sin, then what of the devil’s angels?

The word ‘angel’ comes to our language from the Greek word ‘aggelos’, and means basically ‘a messenger’. On most occasions these angels are messengers from God, but some are messengers from, and to, man himself. The devil’s angels are merely messengers of the devil, or messengers of human nature, messengers that reflect our mortality. The apostle Paul used exactly this term.

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” 2 Corinthians 12:7

When Jesus trained his small group of followers, he gave them power to heal sickness.

When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there … The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’
“He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.‘ Luke 10: 8, 9, 17-19

Jesus here associates the demons (which are again equated to sickness) with satan, and the connection is logical, since sickness was one of the things introduced to mankind by the ‘fall’ of Adam from his perfect created state.
Jesus saw a time when not only sickness and disease would be abolished, but all the sin and evil summed up in the name satan would be removed. For when the devil, or satan, is destroyed, then the demons will also cease to exist. At that time, when the Kingdom of God has been established, human nature will be restored to its original state, and illness will be a thing of the past. The Book of revelation concludes with a picture of that time.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21: 3, 4

What It All Means.

It is clear that the Bible speaks of the reality of satan and of devils.

But it can be seen that what the Bible pictures by these terms is significantly different to what the churches today teach regarding them. The Bible clearly teaches that we are tempted by our own lusts, and that we are individually responsible for actions when tempted. We cannot place the blame for our sins on some outside ‘being’ that tradition conjures up. “Well, it wasn’t my fault — the devil tempted me!”. The Bible never allows us to put the blame on someone else.
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3: 23

Our devil is inside ourselves; it is in our minds, and in our hearts. If we accept this situation, then we can start to get our devil under control. We must ignore the powerful impulse we each have that urges us to seek our own satisfaction. Instead, we can turn our back on fleshly thinking and seek the spiritual help available from God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was tempted just like we are tempted, and therefore he is able to help us
when we ask for help.

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15: 56, 57

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    Hi Jason, thank you for this information, it clears lots of things up for me. However I was wondering the same question Lisa had back in June. Who is Lucifer?

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    Hi Lea, The origin of Lucifer was from the Latin word “lucifer” which meant “light-bringing” and was the word used in the Latin Vulgate translation of Isaiah 14:12. In the Latin language it referred to such things as the moon and the brightest stars. In this instance, the translators of the KJV chose to transfer the word from the Vulgate to their English translation without translating it into English. All modern versions translate it correctly as “Day star” or “morning star”. The Latin Vulgate also used the word “lucifer” in Job 11:17 (the meaning there being “the light of the… Read more »

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    In regard to whom the Serpent is in Genesis, and alluded to in God’s taunt against the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:1ff (v.13) is described in full within John’s Revelation (12:9), in revealing the Dragon. The Serpent of old was a created “”beast of the field”” endowed with special beauty, abilities and status “”until iniquity was found in him.”” The Serpent of old (i.e., the devil, the Satan) was not created as an angel, but was allowed to appear before the “”sons of God”” regarding Job, and tempted Jesus in the wilderness in Matthew 4. The Evil One has… Read more »

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    The reason Satan isnt responsible for introducing sin is simply because Adam ate the forbidden fruit- or more importantly- disobeyed God. Sin and Death would not have entered the world if he had refused his wife’s invitation to eat. However, the REAL personage of Satan has been denounced and is reserved for judgement. Satan is in many of the O;d Testament scriptures: Gen (obvious); Job (Jehovah spoke right to him and he responded as a person talking boldly about his strolls in the earth and being up to no-good); Psalms (refers many times to the “”wicked one””); Ezekiel (Takes care… Read more »

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    That is absolutely correct..

    Lisa
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    Hi Jason. Thanks for your detail explanations. but there’s one more thing i still need to know and understand.. If Satan is a formed of human dark thoughts because we are on the low level of existences..So who is the Lucifer that is being called as the Fallen Angel and what is the relation between him and sin. Jesus died and resurrected and then destroyed death. and who is the AntiChrist who’ll come to the world and will be destroyed killed by Jesus in His 2nd Coming? is Lucifer the AntiChrist, what makes him dangerous towards human, if human himself… Read more »

    KB
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    Oh Yeah, I almost forgot…Who is the God of this world if Satan is just a word that describes adversary? Certainly not our thoughts…please explain..

    KB
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    Also, back to Eden. Who or what was the reptile who seduced Eve into trangressing the law? If it was only Eve’s thoughts that tempted her, then why give a reptilian being credit by way of analogy at all? Why not just say SHE had an epiphany and decided to eat the fruit to prove to Adam that nothing would happen to them? Thank you in advance for your consideration.I will post more questions as they come to me.

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    “And also, just to be clear, you are saying that there is nor has there ever been an evil being who tempts mankind into sin…there is only God and our minds at war here. when I say mind, I mean our thoughts and nature. Please explain the scripture that states, Woe unto the inhabitants of the earth for the devil has come down among you..Im terrible with quoting scriptures by chapter and verse as well as verbatim, Im paraphrasing here, but I know that’s scriptural. Who is HE? And why is time of the essence to him as he “”knows… Read more »

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    Hi Jason. Thank you for the article..I have a question or two and would appreciate your thoughts or understanding regarding the matter of Noah and the flood. I think I may already know the answer to this, but just for clarification, please explain to me the PURPOSE of the flood. Then explain to me How could Noah (a known sinner in the form of a drunkard) be spared from destruction when Jesus Christ had not yet been born or sacrificed as the ultimate atonement for the sins of all Mankind. In other words, If Noah and his offspring were sinful,… Read more »