Angels, demons, devil, Sarah Palin and the Bible, are for real

  

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It is often also non surprising to me that people who are closed to be led by the Holy spirit, to Pentecostalism, peaking in  tongues seem to instead openly too prefer the demonic spirit of drunkenness.Why?

To some persons no other issue tends to divide the church and evoke as much deep seated emotion as the question of alcohol use as well , but only for the alcoholics now too, for in general,   clearly the issue of gay marriages, but note esepcially speaking in tongues, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and Healing, gifts of the Holy spirit, impartation, cause more discussions and oppositions too, as the Anglican Church splits, and as the latests net exposes about the Todd Bentley Florida revival has clearly shown,

Do see also

http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/09/10/the-witchhunt-against-the-pentecostals-backfired/

http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/the-nomination-of-republican-vice-president-sarah-plain-has-certainly-sparked-interest/
http://thefocusonthefamily.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/religious-topics-of-interest/
http://thefocusonthefamily.wordpress.com/2008/08/26/disturbing-trend-sensationalized-religious-postings-bashings/
http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/07/05/laying-of-hands-impartation-breathe-of-the-spirit-anointings-anointed/
http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/06/13/what-is-the-general-christian-sentiment-towards-pentecostalism/
http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/bad-pastors-bad-d
http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/betrayers-of-jesus-christ/
http://groups.msn.com/HolySpiritCome

 

Survey of Bible Doctrine: Angels, Satan, Demons

By: Sid Litke , Th.M. (Bio)

The Doctrine of Angels

I. The Existence of Angels

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      1. 34 books (of 66 total) refer to angels.

      2. Christ taught their existence (Matt.8:10; 24:31; 26:53 etc.).

      1. Angels were created by God (Ps.148:2,5; Col.1:16). Only God had no beginning (1 Tim.6:16).

      2. Angels were created before the world and man (Job 38:6,7).

      3. Angels were created holy (Ezek.28:15; Jude 6).

  • A.. The Bible assumes their existence.

    B. The Bible describes their creation.

II. The Nature of Angels

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      1. They have intellect (Matt.28:5; 1 Pet.1:12).

      2. They have emotions (Job 38:7; Luke 2:13; 15:10)

      3. They have will (Jude 6).

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        a. An angel can be in only one place at one time (Dan.9:21-23; 10:10-14)

        b. Although they are spirit beings, they can appear in the form of men (in dreams – Matt.1:20; in natural sight with human functions – Gen. 18:1-8; 22: 19:1; seen by some and not others – 2 Kings 6:15-17).

    • 1. They exist as spirits – not with material bodies (Heb. 1:14).

      2. They cannot reproduce (Mark 12:25).

      3. They do not die (Luke 20:36).

      1. They have more knowledge than man (Matt.24:31; Luke 1:13-16) but less than God (Matt.24:36).

      2. They have more power than man (2 Pet. 2:11; Acts 5:19) but less than God.

  • A. Angels are personal beings.

    B. Angels are spirit beings.

    C. Angels have communicable attributes in a degree greater than man but less than God.

    D. Angels are organized and ranked. One “archangel,” Michael is named (Jude 9). There are also “chief princes” (Dan.10:13), “seraphim” (Is.6:1-3) and “cherubim” (Gen.3:22-24).

III. The Ministries of Angels

    A. They worship God. Angels are continually involved in praising God (Rev.4:6-11) through describing His attributes (Is.6:3) and singing praises (Rev.5:8,9).

    B. They ministered to Christ. Angels announced His birth (Luke 1:26-33; 2:13), protected Him (Matt.2:13), strengthened Him (Matt.4:11; Luke 22:43), and explained to men His resurrection (Matt.28:6) and ascension (Acts 1:10,11).

    C. They carry out God’s government. Angels are God’s servants (Ps.103:20; Heb.1:7) and messengers (Luke 1:19; 2:8-14). They can be involved in controlling nature (Rev.7:1; 16:3,8,9), nations (2 Kings 19:35), and Satan and demons (Dan.10:13,21; 12:1). They will perform future judgment for God (Matt.13:3a; Rev.15:1; 16:1-21).

    D. They protect God’s people. Angels are sent to serve believers (Heb.1:14). They protect the godly (Ps.34:7; Dan.6:20,23), oppose our enemies (Ps.35:4,5) and are specifically assigned as guardians of individuals (Matt.18:10). They are God’s agents in answering prayer (Acts 12:7) even bringing physical provisions (Gen.21:17-20; 1 Kings 19:5-7).

    E. They assist believers at death (Luke 16:22; Jude 9).

The Doctrine of Satan

I. The Existence of Satan

    A. Seven Old Testament books and every New Testament writer refer to Satan.

    B. Jesus referred to Satan (Matt.13:39; Luke 10:18; 11:18).

II. The Personality and Names of Satan

    A. Personality – He has intellect (2 Cor.11:3), emotions (Rev.12:17) and will (2 Tim.2:26.

    B. Names – He is called Satan, the Devil (slanderer), Lucifer (son of the morning), Beelzebub (Lord of the flies – Matt.12:24), and Belial (lawless – 2 Cor.6:15), the evil one (1 John 5:19), the tempter (1 Thess.3:5), the prince of this world (John 12:31), the god of this age (2 Cor.4:4), the prince of the power of the air (Eph.2:2), the accuser of the brethren (Rev.12:10), and angel of light (false light – 2 Cor.11:14), a serpent (Rev.12:9), and a dragon (Rev.12:3).

III. The Nature of Satan

    A. He is a created angelic being. He was created as part of the angelic realm (Eph.6:11,12; Ezek.24:18) and was the highest in rank of them all (Ezek.28:12-14).

    B. He is an enemy of righteousness. He is a murderer (John 8:44), a liar (John 8:44), and accuser (Rev.12:10) and our adversary (1 Pet.5:8).

    C. He is a limited creature. He is limited by God (Job.1:12). He is not God’s equal (1 John 4:4). He is not omniscient, omnipotent or infinite in any way. Believers with God’s help can resist him (James 4:7).

IV. The Fall of Satan

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        a. Cast out of the mountain of God (v.16, cf. Rev. 12:4)

        b. Cast to the ground (v.17)

        c. Consumed by fire (v.18, cf. Rev.20:10)

    • 1. His privileges – Free access to the garden of Eden (v.12) and to God’s holy mountain (= God’s presence – v.14)

      2. His rank – “Cherub” (vs.14,16)

      3. His judgment –

      1. The imagery of a “star” and “falling from heaven” (v.12) suggests a supernatural fulfillment. “Stars” (v.12,13) are symbolic of the angelic realm elsewhere (Job 38:6,7; Rev.12:4).

      2. The five “I will’s” of vss. 13 & 14 are literally true of Satan and only metaphorically true of Babylon’s king. This ultimate form of pride (“I will be like the Most High” – v.14) fits the New Testament description of Satan’s fall 1 Tim.3:6.

  • Key Passages – Ezekiel 28; Isaiah 14

    A. Ezekiel 28:11-19 is a prophetic lamentation over the “King of Tyre” who is described in language that fits Satan’s fall and not a mere human king. Satan is distinguished form the human ruler of Tyre in 28:2 (“prince/ruler”) and called a “king” in 28:12 (Not even Israel’s rulers were called “King”). Though Tyre had a human “ruler”, Satan was the real “King” behind that wicked kingdom.

    B. His attributes – Moral perfection (v.12) Sinless at his creation until his fall (v.15)

    C. His appearance – Perfect in beauty (v.12b,13)

    D. Isaiah 14:12-15 also seems to describe Satan’s fall. Satan is manifest here by the king of Babylon. As in Ezekiel 28, Satan is pictured here as the real “king” behind the wicked human kingdom of Babylon.

V. The Activity of Satan

    Satan is seeking to oppose God’s plan by promoting evil in every way possible.

    A. Indirect Activity – He works indirectly through the world (in which he has great freedom and power – John 12:31; 1 John 5:19) and the flesh (Gal.5:19-21). The world, the flesh and the devil are not three separate enemies of the Christian. Rather Satan works through the evil world system (1 John 2:13-15) to exploit the fleshly nature that still wars within us (Rom.7:18; Gal.5:19-21).

 

 

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        a. He tempted Christ (Matt.4:1-11).

        b. He attempted to thwart Christ’s work (John 8:44; Matt.16:23; Luke 22:31).

        c. He possessed Judas to accomplish the betrayal (John 13:27).

        a. He blinds their minds to hinder their understanding of the gospel (2 Cor.4:4).

        b. When the gospel is heard or understood, he tries to hinder its effect (Luke 8:12).

        c. He uses persecution (Rev.2:10) and false religions (Rev.2:13) to hinder the effect of the gospel.

        a. He tempts believers (to pride – 1 Chron.21:1-8; to materialism – John 2:15; James 5:1-7; to immorality – 1 Cor.7:5; to lie – Acts 5:3; to discouragement – 1 Pet.5:6-10; to be unforgiving – 2 Cor.2:10,11 etc.).

        b. He hinders the ministries of believers (1 Thess.2:18; Rev.2:10).

        c. He promotes false teaching among believers (1 John 4:1-4).

        d. He promotes anger, bitterness and division (Eph.4:26,27; 2 Cor.2:5-11). Note: See the supplement – “Satanic Activity and Spiritual Warfare” for more information on how Satan and his demons work and how we must respond.

    • 1. In Christ’s ministry

      2. In unbelievers

      3. In believers

  • B. Direct Activity – He works directly by deception, temptation, attack and possession.

The Doctrine of Demons

I. The Existence and Nature of Demons

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      1. The evidence – It is clear that Satan has a following of like beings (“Prince of the demons” – Matt.12:24; the Devil and his angels – Matt.25:41). Demons are described throughout the Scriptures (Dan.10:10-20; Matt.10:1; Eph.6:12).

      2. The time – At the fall of Satan, many angels followed him in that rebellion (demons are fallen angels). A third of the angelic host seem to have fallen with Satan (Rev.12:4 – the imagery of Satan as a “dragon” and angels/demons as “stars”).

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        a. They are deceitful (1 Tim.4:1-3; 2 Cor.11:13-15).

        b. They are immoral (Gen.6:4; Jude 6,7).

    • 1. Demons are by nature the same kind of spirit beings as angels. They are personal, intelligent beings.

      2. Demons are morally wicked (“unclean spirits” – Matt.10:1; “evil” – Luke 7:21; “wickedness/darkness” – Eph.6:12).

      3. Demons are invisible but also able to appear (Satan – Zech.3:1; Matt.4:9.10; Demons – Rev.9:7-10; 16:13-16).

      4. Demons have great intelligence. They knew Christ’s identity and power (Mark 1:14,34; 5:6,7). They know their own future judgment (Matt.8:28,29). They can attempt to predict the future (Acts 16:16). They’re knowledge is not infinite. They learned it through thousands of years of experience and observation.

      5. Demons have great strength (Mark 5:3; Acts 19:16; Rev.9:1-11).

  • A. Their Creation – God created demons as part of the angelic realm originally (Col.1:16).

    B. Their Fall –

    C. Their Nature –

II. The Activity of Demons

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      1. They cause physical ailments (dumbness – Matt.9:32,33; blindness – Matt.12:22; convulsions – Matt.17:15-18; Mark 9:20; self-injury – Mark 5:5; 9:22).

      2. They cause mental disorders (withdrawal, nudity, filth, irrational behavior – Luke 8:27-29; suicidal mania – Mark 9:22).

      3. They inflict problems upon believers as well, if allowed by God (Job’s troubles – Job 2:7-9; Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”: – 2 Cor. 12:7).

  • Demons are involved in carrying out Satan’s evil plans (2 Cor.11:15). What Satan is said to be doing (see above) is their work directly.

    A. Demons promote idolatry (Lev.17:7; Deut.32:17; Ps.106:36-38). This activity is blatant in primitive cultures.

    B. Demons are active in hindering the spiritual progress of believers every way they can (see Satan’s activities). They are deliberate and organized in these attempts (Eph.6:10-12).

    C. Demons promote false teaching (1 Tim.4:1).

    D. Demons can possess and afflict people (see supplement).

    E. Demons promote selfishness and division in the church (James 3:13-16).

Recommended Reading and References

Fred Dickason, Angels, Elect and Evil. Chicago: Moody Press, 1975.

http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=388

  

anyone who does not believe that evil sprits exists clearly are very self revealing, they do show more about themselves even as to how spiritual, and morally ignorant they themselves now are.. so now in desperation they have to falsely bash Sarah Palin , who rightfully believes in Jesus Christ, Evil Spirt, the bad witches too, to falsely try to deny, cover up their own ignorance, lack of spirituality and morality still . But it is a futile, vain approach, for they themselves have been spotted as to who they really now are.. and what they unacceptably try to do.. falsely ABUSE OTHERS NEXT TOO.

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http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/sarah-palin-said-barack-obama-off-base/

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  1. List of Links about spirits and the spirit world:
    All the spirits in the Bible.

    New Testament.: A overview of spirits mentioned in the New Testament.
    All the spirits in the Bible.Part.1. Old Testament.: A overview of spirits mentioned in the Old Testament.
    Can astrology save a person from trouble?: The answer is no! Find out why.
    Can a born-again Christian be demon-possessed?: The answer is no! Find out why.
    Bible studies about God the Holy Spirit. Part.1.: Bible study.
    Angels in the Bible.: Overview.
    Symptoms of Demon Possession: Bible study.
    Do not love the demons!: Bible study.
    How to stop a demon from entering your soul: Bible study.
    Demons and mental problems: Bible study.
    How to deal with evil thoughts from the Devil and his demons: Bible study.
    How a person can become demon possessed: Bible study.
    Demons, how to deal with them!: Casting them out; and more.
    How to deal with Satan, the Devil: Bible study.
    Can an evil spirit and the Spirit of God possess a human at the same time?: The answer is no! Find out why.
    Demons are to be cast out by the Spirit of God: Bible study.
    Why Demons are sometimes, in a place of Religion: Bible study.
    Demons and other evil spirits in Exodus: Book study.
    Demons and other kinds of evil spirits in the Gospel of Mathew: Book study.
    Demons mentioned in the Gospel of Mark: Study.
    Demons and other evil spirits mentioned in the book of Acts: Book study.
    Some things that the book of Job has to say about Satan.: A faith builder!
    Michael the archangel fighting with the Devil: Bible study.
    Satan’s tricks and how to deal with them!: Large Bible study.
    What to do when casting out a demon: Bible study.
    Tricks that Satan may use, to harm the Church: Bible study.
    Satan’s tricks and how to deal with them!: Bible study.
    The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: Part.1.
    The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: Part.2.
    Satan tried to kill God the Son: before the Incarnation : Bible study.
    Satan possession: Not “demon possession”, but “Satan possession”!
    Some things that the book of Job has to say about Satan.: Bible study.
    Some things that the Bible has to say about mediums, psychics and witchcraft: Bible study.
    Some information about Satan and his kingdom: Basic.
    Should a person spend a lot of time talking to a demon that he is about to cast out?: The answer is no! Find out why.
    Demon worship in The Old Testament. : Part.1.
    Spiritual rulers of darkness: Bible study.
    The help of Angels: Bible study.
    All the spirits in the New Testament: Up to the book of Hebrews; so far.

    List of Links about Divine healing, Spiritual gifts, miracles and more:
    Health, wealth, and a long life!: Short Bible studies on all three.
    An overview of Prophecy in the church: Bible study.
    Divine healing and the local church: Also, has 18 reasons why there is Divine healing!
    Does a demon need to be cast out, for a person to be healed?: Bible study.
    Some Problem texts on Divine Healing, and their answers!: A real faith builder!
    Tongues, Apostles, and Prophets are for today!: A Bible study, plus some answer and question.
    Church services: what should they be like: Church services should have the spiritual gifts working in them!
    Divine healing is not just at the hands of the Apostles!: Bible study.
    God’s healing for Children: Bible study.
    Healing and the Lord’s Supper: Bible study.
    Healing Now!: A Handbook ON DIVINE HEALTH AND HEALING.
    How often the gifts of the Spirit, are to be used: Every church service and more!
    How to Appropriate Divine Healing: “How to” Bible teaching!
    What the book of Genesis has to say about Divine healing: Book study.
    Some facts about VISIONS from God: Bible study.
    Why some Christians are ill: Study.
    What the book of Genesis has to say about Divine healing: Book study.
    18 reasons why there is Divine healing!: Bible study.

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  2. Mankind lives in a physical, tangible, material world, which is influenced by the invisible, spiritual world around us. This spiritual world is just as real in our day as it was when the Lord Jesus walked the face of the earth nearly 2,000 years ago. Glimpses into this spirit world are revealed from time to time throughout the Old and New Testaments. It is only here that we can factually learn about angels, demons and Satan himself. Sadly many have been misinformed about these, especially those involved in the occult. There is a great need to set the record straight regarding these and the related, especially in our hour, with its present angel craze, channeling and a belief in spirit guides. Without writing a thick volume on angels, demons and Satan, let’s proceed with some answers from the only reliable source that God has given mankind — the Bible.

    What Does the Bible say about Angels?
    God’s angels are described as:

    Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Heb 1:14)
    All of the angels were created by Jesus:

    For by him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (Col 1:16 )
    The Lord Jesus created all of the angels. This even includes Michael the archangel, which some cults wrongly think is Jesus!
    Angels are powerful spirit beings:

    God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. (2 Th 1:6,7)
    Yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful , do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. (2 Pet 2:11)
    Angels do not marry and have baby angels:

    At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (Mat 22:30)
    Since angels are created beings there are no baby angels , in spite of all the pictures you might have seen that show otherwise. Artists that draw fat, little, baby angels do this without any Biblical support at all.
    God’s angels worship Jesus:

    And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him [Jesus].” (Heb 1:6)
    God’s angels obey Him:

    Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. (Psa. 103:20)
    God’s angels praise Him:

    Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. (Psa. 148:2)
    God’s angels refuse to receive worship:

    Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev 19:9,10)
    And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” (Rev. 22:8,9).
    Dear reader, it is vitally important that you worship ONLY the true and living God. NEVER would an angel or any servant of God ever direct you to worship an angel, any person or creation itself.
    Angels attended Jesus after the devil’s temptations:

    Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Mat 4:11)
    Jesus could have been delivered by legions of angels from his cruel death on the cross:

    Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels ? (Mat 26:53)
    Angels were present after Jesus rose from the grave:

    But Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. (John 20:11,12)
    Angels can guard the righteous:

    For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (Psa. 91:11)
    Angels can bring deliverance:

    My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king. (Dan 6:22)
    But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. (Acts 5:19)
    God executes His Judgment through angels:

    He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility — a band of destroying angels. (Psa. 78:49)
    Angels will be used to find everything that causes sin and all who do evil (the unsaved):

    The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. (Mat 13:41)
    Angels will thrown people into the fiery furnace:

    This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 13:49,50)
    When Jesus returns He will come with angels:

    For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. (Mat 16:27)
    Angels will gather the righteous at the point of the rapture:

    And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Mat 24:31)
    And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. (Mark 13:27)
    Upon their death, angels carry the righteous to their home in the afterlife:

    The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. (Luke 16:22)
    Angels observe the servants of God:
    For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. (1 Cor 4:9)
    Angels will be judged by Christians:

    Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! (1 Cor 6:3)
    There are only two angels that are specifically given names in the Bible. The angel Gabriel is one and he is always bringing a message:

    The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. (Luke 1:19)
    In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, (Luke 1:26)
    (Gabriel is also mentioned in Dan 8:16; 9:21.)
    The only other angel named in Scripture is Michael.

    The archangel Michael (Jude 9) is a warring angel, but there are other archangels too (Dan. 10:13). Yet in the future, Michael and his angels will fight against Satan [the dragon] and his angels:

    And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 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. (Rev 12:7-9)
    Children all have personal angels that appear before God. Though the words guardian angels are not found in this verse, such can be understood from Jesus’ teaching:

    See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. (Mat 18:10)
    Angels can appear as people undetected:

    Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. (Heb 13:2)
    An angel of God appeared to an unsaved man and accurately told him how to learn about God’s salvation:

    One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God , who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: (Acts 10:3-5).
    This is a key passage, for in it we learn that an angel from God will always promote the message found in the Holy Bible! The unnamed angel in the above passage did this by telling Cornelius how to find Peter, one of the Lord’s disciples, who could tell him the truth about salvation. See Acts 10:43. When a “spirit guide” communicates a message, we can unmask the veil by learning what such a spirit being says about the Lord Jesus and the salvation he provided for all of mankind when he shed his precious, cleansing blood on the cross. If such is denied in any way or would promote any unscriptural message or practice, then that spirit being is a demon trying to deceive people. Hence, there exists an incredible need to know the Bible to safeguard against such. The end result of the angelic visitation to Cornelius was Biblical salvation for him and all of his household!
    Angels are immortal:

    And they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:36)
    One solitary angel of God will seize Satan, the great deceiver, and throw him into the Abyss during the 1,000 year reign of Christ:

    And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended (Rev. 20:1-3).
    During the Perfect Age, angels will be stationed as guards at the twelve gates entering New Jerusalem:

    It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. (Rev 21:12)
    There are multitudes of angels in heaven in joyful assembly:

    But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, (Heb 12:22)
    Some people in Jesus’ day did not believe in the existence of angels like in our day:

    The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. (Acts 23:8)
    False teachers can be involved in the worship of angels, which is always forbidden:

    Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. (Col 2:18)
    It is also important to know that you should NEVER CALL ON AN ANGEL for guidance, deliverance, etc. To do so will open yourself up for spiritual deception. According to the Bible, we should ONLY call on God. We are also to TRUST ONLY IN GOD for deliverance, NOT AN ANGEL. While it is true that God might deliver us with angels it is still God who is our Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, etc. God commands his angels what to do and they obey Him.

    What Does the Bible say about Demons?
    At least some of the angels that sinned long ago have been bound and put away:

    For if God did not spare angels when they sinned , but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; (2 Pet 2:4)
    And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home — these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. (Jude 1:6)
    It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” (Rev 9:14)
    Pagan religions “sacrifice to demons”:

    They sacrificed to demons, which are not God — gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear. (Deut. 32:17)
    They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. (Psa. 106:37)
    Thousands of demons grouped together inside one person begged Jesus:

    The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” (Mat 8:31)
    A Christian has spiritual authority to drive out demons:

    He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. (Mat 10:1)
    Some people know this as “exorcism.” Note: a wooden cross and/or holy water is NEVER used, in the Bible, to drive a demon out of a person.
    Some spirits (demons) are more wicked than other ones:

    Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation. (Mat 12:45)
    Jesus cast out demons or evil spirits:

    The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching — and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” (Mark 1:27)
    For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. (Luke 8:29)
    Jesus drove out demons by the Spirit of God:

    But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God , then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Mat 12:28)
    Demons know Jesus is the Son of God, unlike some people:

    Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” (Mark 3:11)
    Evil spirits can speak through a person! In our dark day, some might call this by the New Age term “channeling” and the person with the [evil] spirit a “channeler.” Devotees of “spirit guides” need to ponder what Scripture says about a spirit being speaking through a person.
    A fortune teller might be possessed by a demon spirit:

    Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone … (Acts 16:16-19)
    When the demon spirit was cast our of that girl, her special powers to predict the future were totally gone. This was also apparent to the owners of that slave.
    Unlike some people, demons believe there is a God and “shudder”:

    You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder. (James 2:19)
    Mary Magdalene had seven demons in her before she became a Christian:

    When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. (Mark 16:9)
    And also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out (Luke 8:2)
    Evil spirits can torment people:

    Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed. (Acts 5:16)
    Worshiping demons will be a characteristic of the end of this age:

    The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons , and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood — idols that cannot see or hear or walk. (Rev 9:20)
    Evil spirits in John’s vision looked like frogs:

    Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (Rev 16:13)
    This does not mean that a frog is a demon!
    Demons can perform miracles:

    They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. (Rev 16:14)
    NOTE: Demons can produce miracles! See our other article entitled, Miracles — Two Sources. Not all spirits are from God. Some spirits are deceitful and are trying to mislead us:

    The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (1 Tim 4:1)
    There are many ways in which demons can deceive people, but the more common ones are through occult involvement, Ouija boards and seances. Dear reader, don’t ever dabble with such, even out of curiosity or amusement. If you have already, ask God to forgive you and renounce all such behavior.

    What the Bible says about Satan:
    The devil has one general goal for you, your family and friends — “to devour”:

    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet 5:8)
    The preventatives cited are clear and twofold: (1) We must be self-controlled. (2) We must be alert to his clever schemes.
    Do NOT give the devil an opportunity to tempt you or lead you away from God:

    And do not give the devil a foothold. (Eph 4:27)
    Satan tempted the Lord Jesus by quoting Scripture which mentioned angels:

    “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ” ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” (Mat 4:6)
    The devil can quote Scripture! This is a disturbing but important truth to know about our chief, spiritual adversary! To make matters even worse, false teachers can do the same! Therefore, we must make sure Scripture is not used out of context. To do this we must consider the verses before and after the verse in question. Also, when trying to arrive at the proper interpretation of Scripture, we must consider all verses on any given subject.
    Satan can transform himself into looking like an angel from God:

    And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:14)
    This shows that the devil can disguise his appearance to appear as an angel of God. This explains alleged visions in Mormonism, Catholicism and Seven-Day Adventism. The crux of the message found in these visions contradict the other visions found in these other groups! In other words, the visions in Mormonism contradict visions in Catholicism which also contradict the visions in Seven-Day Adventism. Since God does not change (Mal. 3:6; Jam. 1:17), it is impossible for the source of these visions to be God, especially since they have an unscriptural message!
    If even an angel from heaven would declare a salvation message different from that found in Scripture, that angel is not only wrong but accursed for doing so:

    But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! (Gal 1:8)
    Dear reader, don’t believe any plan of salvation that varies from the message found in Scripture, even if an angel named Moroni allegedly came to a person named Joseph Smith, Jr. or a personage claiming to be Mary appeared and declares that she is “the way” to God, as occurred at Fatima, Portugal. Scripture clearly declares Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Since Jesus is Mary can’t be.
    Satan’s Final End Is Everlasting Torment:

    And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Rev 20:10)
    Eternal fire beyond the grave was prepared for “the devil and his angels”:

    Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Mat 25:41)
    The same fire that will claim the devil and his angels will also torment people who die in a spiritually lost condition. Dear reader, do not be deceived: There is no reincarnation! The ultimate authority on all spiritual matters, Lord Jesus, taught a judgment and an afterlife in either the kingdom of heaven or eternal fire, but not reincarnation. Also, there is no Purgatory or annihilation of the wicked, according to Jesus. He taught there are only two roads, two gates, two destinies and two groups of people.
    Because there are false teachers, deceitful spirits, visions and dreams from the devil, miracles performed by demons, etc. we are advised to do the following:

    Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
    Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Th 5:21)
    Our standard is the Word of God, which is used for testing all teachings (2 Tim. 3:16,17). It is in the Bible alone that we can be made “wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15).

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  3. Who is Satan? Who is Lucifer? Who is Beelzebub?”

    In many cultures, including ancient Middle Eastern cultures, people were not given names such as “Bob” or “Harry”, they were given names that had a meaning. For instance, Abraham means “father of a multitude”; Isaac means “He laughed”; Sarah means “Princess.” It was common to change a person’s “descriptive” name at various times in his life. For instance, Sarah’s earlier name was Sarai, which means “mockery” — because it was considered extremely embarrassing for a woman to be barren.

    “Lucifer” comes from the Latin word luciferos, which means “light bearer”, i.e., someone who carries a light. “Satan” means “the Accuser.” These and Beelzebub are some of the names for the Devil.

    “Who or what is the Devil?”

    Lucifer, the Devil, was the model of perfection (Ezekiel 28:12):

    most perfect
    most wise
    most intelligent
    most powerful
    most knowledgeable
    being ever created. (Ezekiel 28:15) — PERIOD!

    Ezekiel 28:12-15 [12] “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ” `You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. [13] You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. [14] You were anointed [specially selected] as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. [15] You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.

    As a result of sin, Lucifer became the most corrupt, most evil creature in existence.
    God drove Lucifer out of paradise.
    Satan corrupted his own wisdom.
    Although Satan’s wisdom is now corrupt, he is still very wise.
    God punished Satan by bringing him to a terrible fate.

    Ezekiel 28:16-19 [16] Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. [17] Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. [18] By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. [19] All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.’ ”

    It is important to understand that Satan will never cease to exist.

    Ezekiel 28:19 “you have come to a horrible end and will be no more” seems to say that God will cause Satan to cease to exist. Many people take solace in this to justify their own refusal to accept Christ: “See, the Bible says that God will destroy sinners. Since I won’t exist anymore, why should I care?” This is clearly not the case. “you … will be no more” means Satan will not have influence. He will not have power. His ultimate fate is that he will spend eternity being punished in Hell.

    Matthew 25:41 “Then he [Jesus] will say to those on his left, `Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

    It is important to notice that in this passage Jesus will be speaking to those humans who did not accept Him, not to Satan — but the fire is eternal and it was prepared for Satan.

    “Can Satan or demons perform miracles?”

    Yes! Satan and demons are supernatural beings. All supernatural beings are not bound by the laws of nature (hence, the term supernatural).

    Here’s an interesting proof from Robbins, Rossel Hope. The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology: (Kids, don’t try this at home!)

    Exodus 7:8-12 [8] The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, [9] “When Pharaoh says to you, `Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, `Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.” [10] So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. [11] Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: [12] Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.

    Usually, when this story is told the emphasis is on the fact that Aaron’s staff won. How did the sorcerers (“magicians”) transform their staffs??? Did they pray to the God of their slaves? Hardly likely! They weren’t even impressed! They had to already be hooked into some serious power to know they would be able to do miracles ! There are only two sources of that kind of power: (1) God and His angels and (2) Satan and his demons.

    Let’s be clear that when the text says “magicians” it is not talking about illusionists like David Copperfield. It is talking about sorcerers, i.e., people who tie in to occult demonic forces. Technically, there is a difference between “magic”, such as card tricks, sawing a woman in half, etc., which involve misdirection, sleight of hand, trick props, etc., and magick, which means getting involved with the occult, i.e., “secret arts”.

    God generally prohibits Satan from performing miracles.

    Usually, God will not allow Satan to perform miracles, for four reasons:

    If Satan routinely performed miracles, too many people would not try to resist his ways because they would be looking for the benefits of miracles.

    God performs miracles on the basis of faith. Most people can’t get God to perform a miracle because they don’t have enough faith. If Satan routinely performed miracles, most people would have faith that miracles can occur.

    If Satan routinely performed miracles, many people who sincerely want to follow God would be misled.

    God generally has used miracles as a ‘seal of approval’ to show that a prophet, pastor, etc., has God’s approval. It would be very confusing if evil people could frequently do the same things.

    “Does Satan know the future?”

    Isaiah 44:6-7 [6] “This is what the LORD says– Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. [7] Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come– yes, let him foretell what will come.

    Isaiah 48:3,5 [3] I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. [5] Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, `My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’

    Satan knows the Bible — including the prophecies.

    Satan does know the Bible; he quoted Scripture to Jesus in Luke Chapter 4 and Matthew Chapter 4. Therefore, he knows those future things which God has revealed through His prophets.

    Satan also can predict the future from past trends, just like lawyers, accountants, financial analysts, etc.

    Satan can predict the future. However, predicting the future does not require supernatural knowledge or powers. On a regular basis, people ask lawyers, accountants, and many other experts to predict the future:

    “The jury is going to find you guilty. They’re likely to give you somewhere between eight and twelve years.”

    “Sales in the next quarter will be about $100,000.”

    “This stock will pay about $5 per share.”

    “Your medical treatment will cost about $4,700.”

    “In your [medical] condition you have about a year to live.”

    “We’ll strike oil at about 18,000 feet.”

    “This stock is overvalued; it’s selling for a lot more than it’s worth. The price has got to fall pretty soon.”

    “The Fed has increased the prime rate. Interest rates are going to increase and credit will tighten.”

    “Your mother, your aunt, both your grandmothers, and your older sister have had breast cancer. You probably will get breast cancer.”

    See the article on The Post-Rapture Economic Collapse

    All these types of predictions are based on historical trends. Satan is smart, knowledgeable about history (he was there when it happened), and wise. He knows how to ‘read’ people, i.e., interpret body language, recognize fear, lust, etc. If humans can recognize historical trends, so can Satan and his demons.

    Satan has access to ‘insider information’ which sometimes enables him to predict events in the near future.

    Because Satan and his demons are non-corporeal spirits without physical bodies, they can go places and see things that the average person can’t.

    For instance, let’s say Smith wants to buy some stock. He goes to a ‘psychic’ and asks what he should buy. The psychic goes into a trance and contacts the spirit world and asks a ‘spirit guide’ what stock Smith should buy. Other spirits hang around some lawfirms, investment banking firms, accounting firms, etc., where greed, arrogance, pride, jealousy, office politics, divisiveness, etc., are common. In the course of hanging around such places, the second group of spirits learns ‘insider information’, such as upcoming corporate mergers, etc. The first spirit contacts the second group of spirits, who provide the information. The first spirit then furnishes the information to the ‘psychic’, who passes it on to Smith. Smith uses this information about the future, and makes a substantial amount of money.

    Acts 16:16-19 [16] Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. [17] This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” [18] She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. [19] When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.

    WARNING !!!

    Obviously, going to a psychic with that type of connections sounds like an easy way to make a quick buck! It is important to understand that this type of conduct can have horrible, eternal consequences:

    Deuteronomy 18:10-12,14 [10] Let no one be found among you … who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, [11] or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. [12] Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. [14] The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.

    Galatians 5:19-21 [19] The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; [20] idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions [21] and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Mark 8:36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?

    We cannot initiate direct contact with good spirits.

    Many people get “sucked into” occult practices by saying “I will only contact good spirits.”

    God has prohibited us from initiating contact with the spirit world. Therefore, good angels will obey His laws and not respond to attempts by us to make direct contact. If we attempt to make any contact with the spirit world, evil spirits will take advantage of this sin and contact us, claiming to be good.

    God does send angels to us in response to our prayers, but they normally do not make direct visible contact, like demon spirits.

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    “Who created the Devil?”
    Jesus created Satan.

    John 1:1-3 [1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He was with God in the beginning. [3] Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

    It is clear that “the Word” is another name of Jesus:

    John 1:14a The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

    “If God is supposed to know everything, how could He have been so wrong about Lucifer?”

    Matthew 26:21-25 [21] And while they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” [22] They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?” [23] Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. [24] The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” [25] Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “Yes, it is you.”

    God wasn’t wrong about Lucifer. God knew up front exactly what Lucifer would eventually do, just as He knew what Judas Iscariot would do.

    The devil and demons are angels who rebelled against God.

    Revelation 12:7-9 [7] And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. [8] But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. [9] 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.

    These fallen angels have chosen to do evil, and they seek to ruin the lives of humans.

    1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

    John 10:7-10 [7] Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. [8] All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. [9] I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. [10] The thief [i.e., the Devil] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

    Note: There is only one Devil — Satan. However, there are many demons.

    Satan must ask God’s permission to tempt someone.

    Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.”

    God sets limits on what Satan can do.

    1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

    Mankind is caught in the midst of a spiritual war with the holy God and His loyal angels on one side and the evil Satan and his demons on the other.

    Ephesians 6:11-12 [11] Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. [12] For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    Revelation 12:7-8 [7] And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. [8] But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. [9] 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.

    If we resist the Devil, he will flee.

    James 4: [7b] Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    We do not have the power to resist the Devil on our own.

    Jude 9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

    To resist the Devil we must put on the “full armor of God.”

    Ephesians 6:11-18 [11] Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. [12] For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. [13] Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. [14] Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, [15] and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. [16] In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. [17] Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. [18] And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

    Although God allows Satan to tempt us, He always provides a way out.

    1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

    Satan knows the Scriptures and will try to misuse them to suit his own plans.

    As described in Matthew 4:3-10 and Luke 4:3-12, during the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, Satan quoted Him Scripture several times. Jesus replied each time with additional Scriptures refuting Satan’s attempts to take things out of context or only use part of a section.

    Satan tries to stop people from studying the Bible.

    Satan tries to stop people from studying the Bible. You should develop a plan of study, e.g., 20 minutes a day starting at 7:00 a.m.

    There are spirits that can induce sleepiness — they normally will do this when you first start a study program. If you talk to people who are new to Bible study, they will routinely say “I try to study, but I keep falling asleep.” This is one reason that it is better to start studying in the morning than in the evening.

    Satan will raise all sorts of distractions, e.g., telephone calls, things you need to catch up on, etc. This is another of his tactics. When someone first starts studying the Bible, all sorts of little distractions suddenly start to show up. Many of them are legitimate, just not terribly important. This is another reason why early-morning Bible study is recommended.

    Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and his fallen angels so men may eternally have the best life possible.

    John 10:10 The thief [i.e., the Devil] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

    John 3:16-17 [16] “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

    1 John 3:8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

    It is important not to misinterpret passages such as 1 John 3:8a. It does not mean that a person who sins from time to time will be condemned. It means those who make a regular practice of sinning, those for whom sinning is a way of life, will be condemned.

    The outcome of the spiritual war is already determined. Jesus conquered Satan and his demons and death and sin for all eternity by His sacrifice on the Cross. He proved it by coming back from the dead.

    Revelation 1:17-18 [17] When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. [18] I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

    ‘Hell’, ‘Hades’ and ‘the Lake of Fire’ — a word about terminology.

    It is important to draw a technical distinction in terminology.

    On the word “Hades”

    Strong’s Greek Concordance Number: 86

    Romanized spelling: haides

    Pronounciation: HAH-dace

    Meaning: ‘Hades’ or the place (state) of departed souls: — (the) grave, hell

    Some English versions of the Bible translate the Greek word haides as “Hell” and others translate it as “Hades”. Theologians and translators who consider the temporary holding place of the damned to be “Hades” consider the term “Lake of Fire” to be synonymous with “Hell”. Theologians and translators who consider the temporary prison to be “Hell” call the Lake of Fire the Lake of Fire. And, of course, there is some overlap in use of these terms!

    Examples:

    Revelation 1:18b [NIV] “And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

    Revelation 1:18 [KJV] I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

    Revelation 1:18c [NKJV] “And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

    Revelation 1:17-18 [LVB] When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead; but he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! Though I am the First and Last, the Living One who died, who is now alive forevermore, who has the keys of hell and death–don’t be afraid!

    Ultimately, the devil and his demons will be punished in the Lake of Fire for all eternity.

    Matthew 25:41 “Then he [Jesus] will say to those on his left, `Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

    Jude 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home–these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

    2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment

    Satan won’t be the boss of Lake of Fire.

    Many people, including most Christians, believe that even after the White Throne Judgment of Revelation, Satan will be the “boss” of Lake of Fire. There is no basis for this in the Bible. Satan will be just one more spirit being punished forever.

    Also see:
    Major Christian Doctrines
    The Relationship Between God and Man
    Reincarnation — Satan’s Second-Biggest Lie

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    RECOMMENDED READING

    Alnor, William. UFO’s in the New Age; Extraterrestrial Messages and the Truth of Scripture. (c) 1992 Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan (out of print)
    This is an extremely well-researched, well-written and objective Christian Research Institute book by a former investigative reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper who now serves as a contributing editor for The Christian Research Journal. Alnor substantiates the strong ties between the activities of “space aliens” and activities historically attributed to demons.

    Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters. (c) Collier Books, Macmillan Publishing Books, Riverside, NJ

    Lewis is considered the most original Christian theologian of the Twentieth Century. This fictional work gives a clear insight into the tactics demons use to tempt and deceive men and destroy lives. This work particularly shows how most demonic attacks are not direct assaults, but rather, ‘side’ attacks.

    W A R N I N G ! ! !
    Studying about Satan and demons can become very intriguing. It commonly starts with general curiosity and an attitude of “I don’t have to worry, since this stuff obviously is baloney.” It then leads to “Hey, I’ll try a few of these things. I know nothing will happen.” Demonic spirits need this type of activity in order to interact with humans. A number of people have reported that when they began occult activities such as Ouija boards, Tarot cards, etc., nothing happened, but over time spirits started contacting them. These spirits start out pretending to be benevolent but over time they gradually start exerting control over the “experimenter.” Many people fool themselves with things like “I’ll only contact good spirits.” As pointed out above, good spirits will not violate God’s law by participating in human-initiated contact with the spirit world.

    As far as trying to exert influence over people’s lives is concerned, demon spirits will not wait for a person to attempt contact. Even general activities such as extensive studying about demonic activity, or investigation of “the paranormal”, etc., will lead to demonic attempts to influence and control the person doing the studying or investigation.

    For the most part, in this web site I urge you to check out my answers against the Bible, against well-regarded biblical reference books, etc. However, when it comes to information about Satan, demonism, the occult, etc., please don’t check it out thoroughly yourself. If you want to check it out, please check out the few references I have provided and leave it at that.

    When you do study specifically about Satan and his tactics, you should be “prayed up” and “put on the whole armor of God:”

    http://www.godonthe.net/evidence/satan.htm

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  4. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT ANGELS, DEMONS AND SATAN?

    I. Angels

    A. The existence of angels

    1. Jesus believed in their existence. He taught that the angels which watch over our children, always behold the face of the Father (Matt. 18:10). He also believed that the angels would gather the elect at the second coming (Matt. 24:31).

    2. The apostles believed in their existence.

    a. Paul taught that believers would one day judge angels (1 Cor. 6:3).

    b. Peter believed that many angels had once sinned (2 Peter 2:4).

    c. Jude considered this to be true also (Jude 6).

    B. The nature of angels

    1. They are created beings (Col. 1:16) (Ez. 28:14,15).

    2. They are spirit beings (Heb. 1:14) (Ps. 104:4).

    3. Though they are spirit beings they have appeared to men visibly, and even in human form (Gen. 19:1,5)(Luke 1:26)(John 20:12). Yet they are not glorified human beings or the spirits of the departed (Heb. 12:22,23).

    4. Angels do not marry (Luke 20:35,36).

    5. Angels do not die (Luke 20:35,36).

    6. Angels are greater in power and might than human beings(2 Peter 2:11)(Ps. 103:20).One angel killed 185,000 Assyrians in one night (Ish. 37:36).

    7. There are various rankings of angelic beings.

    a. There are Archangels (Jude 9)(1 Thess. 4:16). The term archangel means, the first in rank or power of the angels (Strongs Concordance).

    b. Other rankings of angels are called Authorities, Powers and Principalities (1 Peter 3:22)(Eph. 6:12). Also there are angels called Seraphim. These angels also surround the throne of God, each having six wings, crying “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord” (Is. 6:1-3).

    d. Other angels are called Cherubim. These angels also surround the throne of God. They are called The Living Creatures (Ez. 1:5,6)(Ez. 10:15,20)(Rev. 5:6). They have the appearance of a man, yet they have four faces and four wings. There are also four wheels with each of the four faces, the color of beryl (green). The rim of each wheel is covered with eyes (Ez. 1:15-21). It’s interesting to note that Satan was a Cherub (Ez. 28:14).

    8. Angels are not proper objects of worship (Rev. 22:8,9).

    9. All the angels are commanded to worship Jesus (Heb. 1:6).

    10. The number of angels? They are an innumerable host (Rev. 5:11)(Matt. 26:53)(II Kings 6:17)(Ps. 68:17).

    C. The ministry of angels toward believers

    1. They minister to the heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:14).

    2. They protect those who fear God (Ps. 34:7)(2 Kings 6:17).

    3. They deliver God’s servants (Acts 12:7-11).

    4. They give direction to God’s servants (Acts 8:26) (Acts 10:3).

    5. They comfort God’s servants (Acts 27:23,24).

    D. The ministry of angels toward unbelievers

    1. They can bring God’s judgment and destruction (Gen. 19:1,13).

    2. They can bring a pestilence (II Sam 24:15-17).

    3. They can bring sudden death (Acts 12:23).

    E. The ministry of angels in the life of Christ

    1. They announced His conception (Matt. 1:20-21).

    2. They announced His birth (Luke 2:10-12).

    3. They ministered to Him after His temptation (Matt. 4:11).

    4. They declared His resurrection (Matt. 28:5-7).

    5. They will accompany Him at His second coming (Matt. 25:31) (2 Thess. 1:7,8).

    II. Demons

    A. The origin of demons of devils

    1. The word translated devils or demons refers to supernatural demonic or evil spirits (Strongs Concordance).

    2. Since angels are good spirit beings, demons are evil or fallen spirit beings. Satan is an angel that sinned against God. He is called the “Prince or Ruler of demons” (Matt. 12:24). Jesus said, that “everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). There were many angels that fell with the devil (2 Peter 2:4).(Jude 6). Notice (Rev. 12:9) the devil is cast out with “his angels”. Demons then, are fallen angels.

    B. The cause of the fall of these angels

    1. They kept not their proper domain (Jude 6).

    2. They sinned (2 Peter 2:4).

    3. They fell by pride (Is. 14:12-15).

    C. The work of demons

    1. They oppose the purposes of God (Dan. 10:10-14).

    2. They afflict people (Luke 13:16)(Matt. 17:14-18).

    3. They battle against God’s people (Eph. 6:12).

    4. They seek to inhabit the physical bodies of human beings

    (Matt. 17:18)(Matt. 15:22).

    D. Can a Christian be demon possessed?

    1. What does the scripture teach? It declares an absolute No!

    a. If you are born of God, you don’t practice sin, becauseyou keep yourself, and the wicked one does not touch

    you (1 Jn. 5:18). The word touch means to grasp or lay hold of you (Strongs Concordance).

    b. Paul tells us that Jesus has delivered (rescued) us from the power (the influence or authority) of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son (Col. 1:13).

    c. If we are in Christ we are positioned far above all principalities, powers, mights and all dominions

    (Eph. 1:20,21).

    d. We have all authority over Satan’s supernatural power (Luke 10:19).

    e. Jesus Christ in us, is greater than anything or anyone in this world (1 Jn. 4:4).

    f. Jesus can’t live in the same temple as Satan, as light and darkness can’t dwell together either (2 Cor. 6:14-16).

    2. Why do people believe this erroneous teaching?

    a. Because it’s easier to seek a quick deliverance from a demon, than the long term answer of putting off the flesh and true discipleship.

    b. Because people believe others’ experience and testimony instead of the testimony of the Word of God.

    E. The judgment and destiny of demons

    1. They are going to everlasting fire with the devil (Matt. 25:41).

    2. They know this is their destiny (Matt. 8:28,29).

    3. Satan knows the same (Rev. 12:12).

    III. Satan

    A. The existence of Satan or the devil

    1. Jesus believed he existed (Luke 13:16) (Luke 22:31).

    2. John believed he existed (John 13:27).

    3. Peter believed he existed (Acts 5:3).

    4. Paul believed he existed (2 Cor. 2:11) (2 Cor. 11:14).

    B. The position and nature of Satan

    1. He is the prince of this world (John 12:31) (John 16:11).

    2. He is the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4).

    3. He is the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2).

    4. He is called Beelzebub, (a name of Satan, Strong’s Concordance), the ruler of demons (Luke 11:15).

    5. He is called Lucifer, (the morning star), (Is. 14:12). Stars are often used figuratively to describe angels

    (Rev. 1:20), also compare (Rev. 12:3,4) with (Rev. 12:7,9) and (Rev. 9:1,11). Lucifer is a fallen angel (Is. 14:12-15).

    6. He is called the anointed cherub, (an angel), that was corrupted by his pride of wisdom and beauty(Ez. 28:12-17).

    C. The personality of Satan

    1. He is set forth as a murderer, liar and sinner (John 8:44) (1 John 3:8).

    2. Masculine personal pronouns used to describe him (John 8:44).

    3. Notice the conversations revealed between God and Satan (Job 1,2) and the temptations of Christ (Matt. 4:1-11). Each testifies to the fact that he is a real person.

    D. The power of Satan

    1. He has greater power than unbelieving human beings. He takes them captive at his will (2 Tim. 2:25,26) (Eph. 2:2).

    2. He blinds men’s eyes from the truth of God’s Word (2 Cor. 4:4).

    3. He controls completely the whole world (1 John 5:19).

    4. He can resist God’s angels in their work for Him (Dan. 10:1-13).

    5. He heads a kingdom which is hostile to the kingdom of Christ (Acts 26:18) (Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43) (Col. 1:13).

    6. He has the power to do signs and wonders (2 Thess. 2:9,10).

    7. He has only limited power, only as God allows (Job 1:10-12).

    E. The character of Satan

    1. He is our adversary (1 Pet. 5:8).

    2. He wants to devour us (1 Pet. 5:8).

    3. He is our enemy (Matt. 13:39).

    4. He accuses us before God (Rev. 12:9).

    5. He slanders God to men (Gen. 3:1-7).

    6. He is continually soliciting men to sin (Gen. 3:1-6). (This is done through temptation, lies and condemnation).

    7. He is very subtle (Gen. 3:1) (Eph. 6:11).

    8. He misuses Scripture (Matt. 4:6).

    9. He seeks to undo God’s work (Mark 4:15).

    F. Our attitude toward Satan

    1. Don’t be ignorant of his devices (2 Cor. 2:11).

    2. Be assured you have all authority over his power and influence (Luke 10:19).

    3. Be assured he has been conquered by Jesus Christ and stripped of his weapons (Col. 2:14,15) (John 16:11)(Heb. 2:14).

    4. Resist him in faith (1 Pet. 5:8,9).

    5. Submit yourself to God, resist him and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

    6. Don’t give any place to the devil in your life where he might tempt or condemn you (Eph. 4:27).

    7. Put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:11-18).

    G. Satan’s destiny

    1. He is under God’s perpetual curse (Gen. 3:14).

    2. His judgment is sure (John 16:11).

    3. The lake of fire awaits him (Matt. 25:41) (Rev. 20:10).

    http://www.calvaryag.org/disciple/disc2/disc27.htm

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  5. Angels, Demons and Satan
    St. Gabriel the Archangel
    “Fortitudo Dei”, one of the three archangels mentioned in the Bible. Only four appearances of Gabriel are recorded:
    In Dan., viii, he explains the vision of the horned ram as portending the destruction of the Persian Empire by the Macedonian Alexander the Great, after whose death the kingdom will be divided up among his generals, from one of whom will spring Antiochus Epiphanes.
    In chapter ix, after Daniel had prayed for Israel, we read that “the man Gabriel . . . . flying swiftly touched me” and he communicated to him the mysterious prophecy of the “seventy weeks” of years which should elapse before the coming of Christ. In chapter x, it is not clear whether the angel is Gabriel or not, but at any rate we may apply to him the marvellous description in verses 5 and 6.
    In N.T. he foretells to Zachary the birth of the Precursor, and
    to Mary that of the Saviour.
    Thus he is throughout the angel of the Incarnation and of Consolation, and so in Christian tradition Gabriel is ever the angel of mercy while Michael is rather the angel of judgment. At the same time, even in the Bible, Gabriel is, in accordance with his name, the angel of the Power of God, and it is worth while noting the frequency with which such words as “great”, “might”, “power”, and “strength” occur in the passages referred to above. The Jews indeed seem to have dwelt particularly upon this feature in Gabriel’s character, and he is regarded by them as the angel of judgment, while Michael is called the angel of mercy. Thus they attribute to Gabriel the destruction of Sodom and of the host of Sennacherib, though they also regard him as the angel who buried Moses, and as the man deputed to mark the figure Tau on the foreheads of the elect (Ezech., 4). In later Jewish literature the names of angels were considered to have a peculiar efficacy, and the British Museum possesses some magic bowls inscribed with Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac incantations in which the names of Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel occur. These bowls were found at Hillah, the site of Babylon, and constitute an interesting relic of the Jewish captivity. In apocryphal Christian literature the same names occur, cf. Enoch, ix, and the Apocalypse of the Blessed Virgin.
    As remarked above, Gabriel is mentioned only twice in the New Testament, but it is not unreasonable to suppose with Christian tradition that it is he who appeared to St. Joseph and to the shepherds, and also that it was he who “strengthened” Our Lord in the garden (cf. the Hymn for Lauds on 24 March). Gabriel is generally termed only an archangel, but the expression used by St. Raphael, “I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord” (Tob., xii, 15) and St. Gabriel’s own words, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God” (Luke 1, 19), have led some to think that these angels must belong to the highest rank; but this is generally explained as referring to their rank as the highest of God’s messengers, and not as placing them among the Seraphim and Cherubim (cf. St. Thomas, I, Q. cxii, a.3; III, Q. xxx, a.2, ad 4um).

    What Does the Bible say about Angels?
    God’s angels are described as:
    Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Heb 1:14)
    All of the angels were created by Jesus:
    For by Him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (Col 1:16 )
    The Lord Jesus created all of the angels. This even includes Michael the archangel, which some cults wrongly think is Jesus!
    Angels are powerful spirit beings:
    God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels. (2 Th 1:6,7)
    Yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful , do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. (2 Pet 2:11)
    Angels do not marry and have baby angels:
    At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (Mat 22:30)
    God’s angels worship Jesus:
    And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him [Jesus].” (Heb 1:6)
    God’s angels obey Him:
    Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word. (Psa. 103:20)
    God’s angels praise Him:
    Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His heavenly hosts. (Psa. 148:2)
    God’s angels refuse to receive worship:
    Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev 19:9,10)
    And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” (Rev. 22:8,9).
    It is vitally important that we worship ONLY the true and living God. NEVER would an angel or any servant of God ever direct you to worship an angel, any person or creation itself.
    Angels attended Jesus after the Devil’s temptations:
    Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him. (Mat 4:11)
    Jesus could have been delivered by legions of angels from his cruel death on the cross:
    Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels ? (Mat 26:53)
    Angels were present after Jesus rose from the grave:
    But Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. (John 20:11,12)
    Angels can guard the righteous:
    For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (Psa. 91:11)
    Angels can bring deliverance:
    My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king. (Dan 6:22)
    But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. (Acts 5:19)
    God executes His Judgment through angels:
    He unleashed against them His hot anger, His wrath, indignation and hostility — a band of destroying angels. (Psa. 78:49)
    Angels will be used to find everything that causes sin and all who do evil (the unsaved):
    The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. (Mat 13:41)
    Angels will throw people into the fiery furnace:
    This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 13:49,50)
    When Jesus returns He will come with angels:
    For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done. (Mat 16:27)
    Angels will gather the righteous at the point of the rapture:
    And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Mat 24:31)
    And He will send his angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. (Mark 13:27)
    Upon their death, angels carry the righteous to their home in the afterlife:
    The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. (Luke 16:22)
    Angels observe the servants of God:
    For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. (1 Cor 4:9)
    Angels will be judged by Christians:
    Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! (1 Cor 6:3)
    The archangel Gabriel is one of those angels specifically named in the Bible, and he is always bringing a message:
    The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. (Luke 1:19)
    In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, (Luke 1:26)
    (Gabriel is also mentioned in Dan 8:16; 9:21.)
    Another angel named in Scripture is Michael.
    The archangel Michael (Jude 9) is a warring angel, but there are other archangels too (Dan. 10:13). Yet in the future, Michael and his angels will fight against Satan [the dragon] and his angels:
    And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 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. (Rev 12:7-9)
    Children all have personal angels that appear before God:
    See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father in heaven. (Mat 18:10)
    Angels can appear as people undetected:
    Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. (Heb 13:2)
    An angel of God appeared to an unsaved man and accurately told him how to learn about God’s salvation:
    One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God , who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: (Acts 10:3-5).
    This is a key passage, for in it we learn that an angel from God will always promote the message found in the Holy Bible! The unnamed angel in the above passage did this by telling Cornelius how to find Peter, one of the Lord’s disciples, who could tell him the truth about salvation. See Acts 10:43. When a “spirit guide” communicates a message, we can unmask the veil by learning what such a spirit being says about the Lord Jesus and the salvation he provided for all of mankind when he shed his precious, cleansing blood on the cross. If such is denied in any way or would promote any unscriptural message or practice, then that spirit being is a demon trying to deceive people. Hence, there exists an incredible need to know the Bible to safeguard against such. The end result of the angelic visitation to Cornelius was Biblical salvation for him and all of his household!
    Angels are immortal:
    And they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:36)
    One solitary angel of God will seize Satan, the great deceiver, and throw him into the Abyss during the 1,000 year reign of Christ:
    And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended (Rev. 20:1-3).
    During the Perfect Age, angels will be stationed as guards at the twelve gates entering New Jerusalem:
    It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. (Rev 21:12)
    There are multitudes of angels in heaven in joyful assembly:
    But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, (Heb 12:22)
    Some people in Jesus’ day did not believe in the existence of angels like in our day:
    The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. (Acts 23:8)
    False teachers can be involved in the worship of angels, which is always forbidden:
    Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. (Col 2:18)
    It is also important to know that you should NEVER CALL ON AN ANGEL for guidance, deliverance, etc. To do so will open yourself up for spiritual deception. According to the Bible, we should ONLY call on God. We are also to TRUST ONLY IN GOD for deliverance, NOT AN ANGEL. While it is true that God might deliver us with angels it is still God who is our Rock, Fortress, Deliverer. God commands His angels what to do. They obey Him.

    What Does the Bible say about Demons?
    At least some of the angels that sinned long ago have been bound and put away:
    For if God did not spare angels when they sinned , but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; (2 Pet 2:4)
    And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home — these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. (Jude 1:6)
    It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” (Rev 9:14)
    Pagan religions “sacrifice to demons”:
    They sacrificed to demons, which are not God — gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear. (Deut. 32:17)
    They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. (Psa. 106:37)
    Thousands of demons grouped together inside one person begged Jesus:
    The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” (Mat 8:31)
    A Christian has spiritual authority to drive out demons:
    He called His twelve disciples to Him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. (Mat 10:1)
    Some spirits (demons) are more wicked than other ones:
    Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation. (Mat 12:45)
    Jesus cast out demons or evil spirits:
    The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching — and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” (Mark 1:27)
    For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. (Luke 8:29)
    Jesus drove out demons by the Spirit of God:
    But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God , then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Mat 12:28)
    Demons know Jesus is the Son of God, unlike some people:
    Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” (Mark 3:11)
    A fortune teller might be possessed by a demon spirit:
    Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone … (Acts 16:16-19)
    When the demon spirit was cast our of that girl, her special powers to predict the future were totally gone. This was also apparent to the owners of that slave.
    Unlike some people, demons believe there is a God and “shudder”:
    You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder. (James 2:19)
    Mary Magdalene had seven demons in her before she became a Christian:
    When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. (Mark 16:9)
    And also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out (Luke 8:2)
    Evil spirits can torment people:
    Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed. (Acts 5:16)
    Worshiping demons will be a characteristic of the end of this age:
    The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons , and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood — idols that cannot see or hear or walk. (Rev 9:20)
    Evil spirits in John’s vision looked like frogs:
    Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (Rev 16:13)
    This does not mean that a frog is a demon!
    Demons can perform miracles:
    They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. (Rev 16:14)
    NOTE: Demons can produce certain miracles! Not all spirits are from God. Some spirits are deceitful and are trying to mislead us:
    The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (1 Tim 4:1)
    There are many ways in which demons can deceive people, but the more common ones are through any occult involvement, ouija boards, séances, spiritualism, witchcraft, and especially devil worship (Satanism).

    What the Bible says about Satan:

    The Devil has one general goal for you, your family and friends — “to devour”:
    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet 5:8)
    The preventatives cited are clear and twofold: (1) We must be self-controlled. (2) We must be alert to his clever schemes.
    Do NOT give the Devil an opportunity to tempt you or lead you away from God:
    And do not give the devil a foothold. (Eph 4:27)
    Satan tempted the Lord Jesus by quoting Scripture which mentioned angels:
    “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ” ‘He will command His angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” (Mat 4:6)
    The Devil can quote Scripture! This is a disturbing but important truth to know about our chief, spiritual adversary! To make matters even worse, false teachers can do the same! Therefore, we must make sure Scripture is not used out of context. To do this we must consider the verses before and after the verse in question. Also, when trying to arrive at the proper interpretation of Scripture, we must consider all verses on any given subject.
    Satan can transform himself into looking like an angel from God:
    And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:14)
    If even an angel from heaven would declare a salvation message different from that found in Scripture, that angel is not only wrong but accursed for doing so:
    But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! (Gal 1:8)
    Satan’s Final End Is Everlasting Torment:
    And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Rev 20:10)
    Eternal fire beyond the grave was prepared for “the devil and his angels”:
    Then he will say to those on His left, Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Mat 25:41)
    Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
    Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Th 5:21)
    Our standard is the Word of God, which is used for testing all teachings (2 Tim. 3:16,17). It is in the Bible that we can be made “wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15).

    http://www.holygrail-church.fsnet.co.uk/Angels&Demons.htm

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  6. How a person can become demon possessed

    By John Chopores

    1. By not having control over his/her spirit. Cf.

    PRO 25:28 He that {hath} no rule over his own spirit {is like} a city {that is} broken down, {and} without walls. (KJV)

    1CO 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. (KJV)
    2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a [1]sound mind.

    2. Mind on wrong things. Cf.

    COL 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (KJV)

    MAT 5:8 Blessed {are} the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (KJV)

    MAT 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV)

    3. By not keeping his/her body in the will of God. Cf.

    1CO 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring {it} into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (KJV)

    That is, “I continually keep my body under.” This is another way of saying; “I always bring myself into the will of God.”

    4. Not filling life with the things of God. Cf.

    MAT 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (KJV)

    (Matthew 12:43-45 KJV)

    (43) When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. (44) Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth {it} empty, swept, and [2] garnished. (45) Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last {state} of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

    5. Having Sin(s) not taken care of.

    SinSinS is the door by which a evil spirit usually enters cf.1 Sam.16:14&15;28:15;Judges 9:23,24; 16:2,20;Prov.14:14;Lu 11:24-26(see Gspd).

    (1Samuel 16:14-15 KJV)

    (14) But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. (15) And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

    (Judges 9:23-24 KJV)

    (23) Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech: (24) That the cruelty {done} to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.

    PRO 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man {shall be satisfied} from himself. (KJV)

    6. The worship of false gods. Cf. 1CO 10:20 But {I say}, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. (KJV) [The Greek word for “fellowship” is “koinonos”, it means; “a partner, associate, comrade, companion”.
    (Deuteronomy 32:17-20 KJV)

    (17) They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new {gods that} came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. (18) Of the rock {that} begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. (19) And when the Lord saw {it}, he abhorred {them}, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. (20) And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end {shall be}: for they {are} a very froward generation, children in whom {is} no faith.

    7. Not having his/her will, in line with the will of God! Cf. 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

    1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God [1]abideth for ever.

    [1]3306. meno, men’-o; a prim. verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):–abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own. “To remain, abide, dwell, live.” [CWSD. PAGE. 959.]. The Greek word is in the Present tense, so, “keep abiding”.
    “abideth”, in God, as well as shall live “for ever”!

    1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    8. Not having faith in the true God! Cf. Deu 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. Mat 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

    http://members.tripod.com/~free384/index-14.html

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  7. Just for a start.. Good Angels seem to have the ability to materialize in a body, unlike the devil and the fallen angels, Good Angels when talking to a human often do take on a recognizable form of a Human being, a man, I know since I have talked to one directly on earth too..

    There really next is no need to read much more into the Bible than what has been already written, said, for what has been said even in the book of Revelation is simple and clear enough..

    If you do really want to do a more proper study I would refer you to the “law of first mention”.. the first time a word is referred to in Chronological order in the Bible it sets the full context of the word’s meaning for the rest of the Bible… redefined rightfully the word “man” and ” Spirit” firstly as per the Bible
    (Gen 1:26 KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    (Gen 1:27 KJV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    (Gen 2:7 KJV) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

    Man firstly is defined as body, soul and Spirt as God is also a Body, soul, spirit.

    Secondly angels differ from Cherubims,

    (Gen 3:24 KJV) So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

    the angel of the LORD, God

    (Gen 16:7 KJV) And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

    (Gen 31:11 KJV) And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.

    (Gen 48:16 KJV) The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

    And the angel of the LORD, God is generally accepted by some as Jesus himself and not always Gabriel?

    A complete study of Angels referred to in the Bible would be great..

    “Angels in the Bible
    The information on this page is not meant to be an exhaustive study on angels. The contents are a broad overview on the subject in the Bible.
    All references to scripture are from KJV version.

    Occurences of references to “angel” or “angels” in the Bible
    Old Testament – 117 times in 108 verses.
    New Testament – 182 times in 172 verses.
    How angels are referenced (names)

    the Angel of the Lord
    the Angel of God
    his angel
    an angel
    mine angel
    an angel of God
    angel from heaven
    strong angel
    angel of the bottomless pit
    (Apollyon|Abaddon)
    mighty angel
    holy angels
    the devil and his angels
    the archangel
    Michael the archangel
    Michael and his angels
    Gabriel
    angel of Light
    (referring to Satan)

    What is God’s purpose of angels?
    There are many tasks that angels perform. They deliver messages, are sent to explain the meanings of visions, give direction and guidance, protect, warriors, worship and praise, and to carry out God’s discipline.
    An angel also appeared to Balaam’s ass and not Balaam to get his attention! (Numbers 22:22)

    Do angels have wings?
    In my search of the Bible using e-Sword Bible Software, (an EXCELLENT FREE program!) there is no reference to angels specifically having wings although they are said to fly. In many verses, it is said that an “angel appeared” not specifically “flew”. If they can just appear, would they need wings?
    However, cherubims and seraphims are mentioned as having wings.
    Here are a few links that have information on the subject of cherubims and seraphims.
    Cherubims
    The Two Witnesses and the Cherubims
    The Cherubims of Glory

    How many angels are there?
    While searching for the answer to this question, I found that there were only a few scripture references about numbers of angels.

    Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? ~Matthew 26:53

    Dan 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

    Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

    The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. ~Psalms 68:17

    In the first verse, after Jesus is arrested and one that was with Jesus cut off the ear of one of the servants of the high priest. Jesus said that he could pray to his Father and he would send 12+ legions of angels. A legion is said to consist of 3,000 to 5-6,000 men—36,000 to 72,000 angels.
    In the remaining verses, there are thousands upon thousands of angels – innumerable.

    There are only 2 angels that are specifically called by name – Michael and Gabriel.

    Michael
    But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. ~Daniel 10:13

    But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince. ~Daniel 10:21

    And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. ~Daniel 12:1

    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. ~Jude 1:9

    And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, ~Revelation 12:7

    From these few scriptures we can see that Michael is a warrior. In Daniel, a “messenger” was sent to Daniel to tell him of things to come. The messenger was delayed by the kingdom of Persia and Michael came to help him. Michael also fights against the “dragon” in heaven.

    Gabriel
    And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. ~Daniel 8:16

    Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. ~Daniel 9:21

    And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. ~Luke 1:19

    And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, ~Luke 1:26

    In the above scriptures in Daniel, Daniel had a vision and sought to know the meaning of it. Gabriel was sent to Daniel to tell him of the meaning of the vision. Gabriel came again to Daniel while he was praying to tell him of times to come. Gabriel flew swiftly away.
    Gabriel also appeared to Zacharias to tell him of the great news that his wife Elizabeth will bear a child and they are to call him John. When Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant, Gabriel was sent from God to Nazareth to tell Mary of the most wonderful news! Jesus! He also told her of the great news of her cousin Elizabeth who was going to have a child also!

    There is another occurrence in the Bible where there is a reference to an angel’s name.
    And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? ~Jdg 13:17

    And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? ~Jdg 13:18

    In the above scripture, an angel is sent to Manoah and his wife to tell them of the son they will conceive – Samson.
    The response of the angel when Manoah asked of the angels name was that of a mystery! The word “secret” (Hebrew) means wonderful!

    We are not to worship angels.
    And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD. ~Judges 13:16

    Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, ~Colossians 2:18

    And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. ~Revelation 22:8
    Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. ~Revelation 22:9

    In the first verse, the angel that appeared to Manoah told him not to offer a burnt offering to them, but unto the Lord.
    Paul writes a warning to the church at Colosse not to worship angels.
    In Revelation, the angel tells John not to worship at their feet.

    Worship God!” http://www.angelslight.org/bibleangel.html

    Now supposedly to some the Angels don’t have a gender, because Jesus+ said that when we are in heaven we also will be like the angels, God, the Holy Spirit too, who do not marry and do not have need marriage. We are not just a pure spirit but we do have a real body and dwell eternal with with God. God always uses the male gender terms in describing the heavenly beings, and the only mention of the woman is with Eve and Mary, There is absolutely no Bible truth, reference that Mary now is the Queen of the Angels, The archangels in the Bible, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel (there are three others not named there) all appear to be possessing what one might term masculine characteristics for they are not only the messengers of God, but also warriors against evil as well. Some people say that angels must be all male because the sixth chapter of Genesis as well as the Book of Jude claim that the fallen angels took women and fornicated with them, producing offspring that are the mythical giants in ancient stories. We see also in the sin of Sodom that wicked men found angels visiting the house of Lot in the wicked city and believing them to be men demanded to have sex with them, and were immediately struck blind. As in the visit with Abraham, angels appeared as men and shared a meal with him. Although angels have no need of food. [Genesis 19]

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