Summary: Angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve Him, though created higher than man. Some, the good angels, have remained obedient to Him and carry out His will, while others, fallen angels, disobeyed, fell from their holy position, and now stand in
# 5~ ANGELS -- 1 BIBLE DOCTRINE 8-4-12
Today Lord willing we'll talk and think on "ANGELS". Let me say first of all that the angels are innumerable, there are so many that we would never be able to count them.
Hebrews 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, --
Revelation 5:11 and I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve Him, though created higher than man. Some, the good angels, have remained obedient to Him and carry out His will, while others, fallen angels, disobeyed, fell from their holy position, and now stand in active opposition to the work and plan of God, and are servants of Satan.
At one time all the angels were Gods angels and served Him, but Satan lied to a great multitude of the angels and they believed him, he said he was going to take over Gods Throne and be like the most High, and because of Satan attempting to over throw God, he was cast out of heaven along with the angels that sided with him, they were cast to the earth, to the ground, they were already here before God created man.
Let me remind us that we're talking about the "doctrine of angels" today; I'm trying to show us that Lucifer was himself an angel, and that he led 1/3 of the angels in heaven in rebellion against God, how do we know there was 1/3 ?
Revelation 12:1- 4 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: (Israel)
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
* Israel the woman was to bring forth the man child Jesus.
3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, (Satan) having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. -- (revived Roman Empire)
4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, (1/3 of the angels in heaven) and did cast them to the earth: --- and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Notice Satan and the 1/3 of fallen angels with him were already on the earth and Satan was eager to kill the Child Jesus. -- remember that back in Gen. 3:15 God told the devil that the seed of the woman would crush his head, Satan had been watching and waiting for it to come to pass, Satan knew that what God told him would happen, he had no doubt, so him and his army of demons were waiting and watching.
The devil can only be in one place at a time, so he appoints his angels different territories to observe. Maybe next time we'll read that in Daniel.
* Listen; I want to tell you an easy way to go too the scriptures to do with the Devil.
In Isaiah 13:17-22 we're told about the future destruction of Babylon, and then in Isaiah 14:4-11 he tells of the coming destruction of Babylon's king, which may be a comprehensive picture of all the wicked Babylonian Kings.
* It would be hard to say that this is the Antichrist at the end of the Tribulation although it fits somewhat, but the Antichrist will not be cast down to hell, but be cast into the lake of fire alive along with the False Prophet in
Rev. 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Isaiah 14:4-11 is most likely to do with a Babylonian king or perhaps several of the Babylonian kings in general.
* Beginning in verse 12 of Isaiah 14: the thought changes to Lucifer, who was to be Satan, listen as I read.
12-15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, (this is the only place in the Bible that we find his name," Lucifer") son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! --