2 Peter 2:5-8 MSG - God didn’t let the rebel angels off.

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Where does that mental picture come from? Maybe from a painting you’ve seen, or possibly a movie. Do you know that Scripture doesn’t always depict an angel as having two wings? We see six-winged and four-winged angels even more than angels with just two (Isaiah 6:2, 6; Ezekiel 1:6; Revelation 4:8). We see angels adorned in white and in light, but truthfully, our perception of angels often comes more from the depictions we’ve seen in art or film than from the word of God.

The name “angel” comes via ecclesiastical Latin, from the Greek word angelos or the Hebrew word malakh , both meaning “messenger.” Angels are pure spirit, in other words, they have no physical bodies. Angels do, however, take on human form sometimes, as clarified by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica, and as you can read more about in the book of Tobit, for instance.

I find it helpful to go back to the Bible as our obvious primary source to get a more accurate picture of what angels are, what they do, and the purposes they serve. Let’s look at just two of the hundreds of passages in which Sacred Scripture attests to the presence – and activity – of angels:

Satan or the Devil is often portrayed as some guy in a red suit with horns, a pitchfork, and a tail. 1 This cartoon-like caricature is often mocked as being made up. Is this what Satan looks like? Is he real?

According to the Barna Group, the majority of Christians do not believe that Satan or the devil actually exists. 2 However, according to an AP-AOL news poll, up to 97% of evangelical Christians believe that angels exist. 3 Contrary to the beliefs of many, Satan is not the opposite of God—an anti-god. According to the Bible, Satan is a created being, having been created by God as His most powerful angelic helper. So, Satan is an angel who rebelled against God.

The Bible says that Satan was created by God as a cherub, the most powerful of God's angelic beings. 4 Some time after his creation and before the creation of mankind, 5 Satan rebelled against God and took one third of the angels (now referred to as demons) with him into rebellion. 6

Where in all of the scripture is there expressly described the scenario of Lucifer deceiving other of God's heavenly host and causing them to rebel along with him against God ? I know Jesus said He saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I know in Genesis 6 that there were angels who left heaven because they fell in lust with women of earth. Scripture expressly writes of Lucifer and the secret desire of his perverted heart and mind to take Gods' place. And I know that Jude writes of angels not keeping what he calls, " their first estate ". But is there some set of scriptures which actually provide an express narrative of Lucifer deceiving and causing other angels to rebel against God?

I have no doubt that the story of the fall of Satan and the angels who followed him has been added to by many teachers, preachers, and writers to a point far beyond the clear teaching of scripture. In fact, I can think of no verse that specifically speaks of the fallen angels as being deceived into following Satan. However, although God does not give us a detailed account of the events surrounding the fall of the angels, the scriptures do not leave us without any clues.

Admittedly, the Bible does not tell us a great deal about this event. God evidently does not feel that we need to know a lot about it. It is sufficient for us to know that the spiritual battle we fight goes much further than the problems we can see with our own eyes. May the Lord bless you as you strive to please Him.

Where does that mental picture come from? Maybe from a painting you’ve seen, or possibly a movie. Do you know that Scripture doesn’t always depict an angel as having two wings? We see six-winged and four-winged angels even more than angels with just two (Isaiah 6:2, 6; Ezekiel 1:6; Revelation 4:8). We see angels adorned in white and in light, but truthfully, our perception of angels often comes more from the depictions we’ve seen in art or film than from the word of God.

The name “angel” comes via ecclesiastical Latin, from the Greek word angelos or the Hebrew word malakh , both meaning “messenger.” Angels are pure spirit, in other words, they have no physical bodies. Angels do, however, take on human form sometimes, as clarified by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica, and as you can read more about in the book of Tobit, for instance.

I find it helpful to go back to the Bible as our obvious primary source to get a more accurate picture of what angels are, what they do, and the purposes they serve. Let’s look at just two of the hundreds of passages in which Sacred Scripture attests to the presence – and activity – of angels:

Where does that mental picture come from? Maybe from a painting you’ve seen, or possibly a movie. Do you know that Scripture doesn’t always depict an angel as having two wings? We see six-winged and four-winged angels even more than angels with just two (Isaiah 6:2, 6; Ezekiel 1:6; Revelation 4:8). We see angels adorned in white and in light, but truthfully, our perception of angels often comes more from the depictions we’ve seen in art or film than from the word of God.

The name “angel” comes via ecclesiastical Latin, from the Greek word angelos or the Hebrew word malakh , both meaning “messenger.” Angels are pure spirit, in other words, they have no physical bodies. Angels do, however, take on human form sometimes, as clarified by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica, and as you can read more about in the book of Tobit, for instance.

I find it helpful to go back to the Bible as our obvious primary source to get a more accurate picture of what angels are, what they do, and the purposes they serve. Let’s look at just two of the hundreds of passages in which Sacred Scripture attests to the presence – and activity – of angels:

Satan or the Devil is often portrayed as some guy in a red suit with horns, a pitchfork, and a tail. 1 This cartoon-like caricature is often mocked as being made up. Is this what Satan looks like? Is he real?

According to the Barna Group, the majority of Christians do not believe that Satan or the devil actually exists. 2 However, according to an AP-AOL news poll, up to 97% of evangelical Christians believe that angels exist. 3 Contrary to the beliefs of many, Satan is not the opposite of God—an anti-god. According to the Bible, Satan is a created being, having been created by God as His most powerful angelic helper. So, Satan is an angel who rebelled against God.

The Bible says that Satan was created by God as a cherub, the most powerful of God's angelic beings. 4 Some time after his creation and before the creation of mankind, 5 Satan rebelled against God and took one third of the angels (now referred to as demons) with him into rebellion. 6

Where in all of the scripture is there expressly described the scenario of Lucifer deceiving other of God's heavenly host and causing them to rebel along with him against God ? I know Jesus said He saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I know in Genesis 6 that there were angels who left heaven because they fell in lust with women of earth. Scripture expressly writes of Lucifer and the secret desire of his perverted heart and mind to take Gods' place. And I know that Jude writes of angels not keeping what he calls, " their first estate ". But is there some set of scriptures which actually provide an express narrative of Lucifer deceiving and causing other angels to rebel against God?

I have no doubt that the story of the fall of Satan and the angels who followed him has been added to by many teachers, preachers, and writers to a point far beyond the clear teaching of scripture. In fact, I can think of no verse that specifically speaks of the fallen angels as being deceived into following Satan. However, although God does not give us a detailed account of the events surrounding the fall of the angels, the scriptures do not leave us without any clues.

Admittedly, the Bible does not tell us a great deal about this event. God evidently does not feel that we need to know a lot about it. It is sufficient for us to know that the spiritual battle we fight goes much further than the problems we can see with our own eyes. May the Lord bless you as you strive to please Him.

Who are angels? It's in the Bible , Hebrews 1:14, NIV. "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?"

How many angels are there? It's in the Bible , Revelation 5:11, NIV. "Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand."

Angels can appear in the form of ordinary people. It's in the Bible , Hebrews 13:2, NIV. "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."

The influence of Bosch on Bruegel is clearly felt in this painting; note the many fantastic figures with fish-heads and bodies of shrimp.

The central figure in the golden harness is the archangel Michael who, with his allies, is fighting the insurgent angels. The trumpet sounds, both in heaven and on earth.

The rebel angels had, according to John's Revelation, joined a dragon. Thereupon Michael c.s. had cast the rebels to earth.

Where does that mental picture come from? Maybe from a painting you’ve seen, or possibly a movie. Do you know that Scripture doesn’t always depict an angel as having two wings? We see six-winged and four-winged angels even more than angels with just two (Isaiah 6:2, 6; Ezekiel 1:6; Revelation 4:8). We see angels adorned in white and in light, but truthfully, our perception of angels often comes more from the depictions we’ve seen in art or film than from the word of God.

The name “angel” comes via ecclesiastical Latin, from the Greek word angelos or the Hebrew word malakh , both meaning “messenger.” Angels are pure spirit, in other words, they have no physical bodies. Angels do, however, take on human form sometimes, as clarified by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica, and as you can read more about in the book of Tobit, for instance.

I find it helpful to go back to the Bible as our obvious primary source to get a more accurate picture of what angels are, what they do, and the purposes they serve. Let’s look at just two of the hundreds of passages in which Sacred Scripture attests to the presence – and activity – of angels:

Satan or the Devil is often portrayed as some guy in a red suit with horns, a pitchfork, and a tail. 1 This cartoon-like caricature is often mocked as being made up. Is this what Satan looks like? Is he real?

According to the Barna Group, the majority of Christians do not believe that Satan or the devil actually exists. 2 However, according to an AP-AOL news poll, up to 97% of evangelical Christians believe that angels exist. 3 Contrary to the beliefs of many, Satan is not the opposite of God—an anti-god. According to the Bible, Satan is a created being, having been created by God as His most powerful angelic helper. So, Satan is an angel who rebelled against God.

The Bible says that Satan was created by God as a cherub, the most powerful of God's angelic beings. 4 Some time after his creation and before the creation of mankind, 5 Satan rebelled against God and took one third of the angels (now referred to as demons) with him into rebellion. 6

Where does that mental picture come from? Maybe from a painting you’ve seen, or possibly a movie. Do you know that Scripture doesn’t always depict an angel as having two wings? We see six-winged and four-winged angels even more than angels with just two (Isaiah 6:2, 6; Ezekiel 1:6; Revelation 4:8). We see angels adorned in white and in light, but truthfully, our perception of angels often comes more from the depictions we’ve seen in art or film than from the word of God.

The name “angel” comes via ecclesiastical Latin, from the Greek word angelos or the Hebrew word malakh , both meaning “messenger.” Angels are pure spirit, in other words, they have no physical bodies. Angels do, however, take on human form sometimes, as clarified by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica, and as you can read more about in the book of Tobit, for instance.

I find it helpful to go back to the Bible as our obvious primary source to get a more accurate picture of what angels are, what they do, and the purposes they serve. Let’s look at just two of the hundreds of passages in which Sacred Scripture attests to the presence – and activity – of angels:

Satan or the Devil is often portrayed as some guy in a red suit with horns, a pitchfork, and a tail. 1 This cartoon-like caricature is often mocked as being made up. Is this what Satan looks like? Is he real?

According to the Barna Group, the majority of Christians do not believe that Satan or the devil actually exists. 2 However, according to an AP-AOL news poll, up to 97% of evangelical Christians believe that angels exist. 3 Contrary to the beliefs of many, Satan is not the opposite of God—an anti-god. According to the Bible, Satan is a created being, having been created by God as His most powerful angelic helper. So, Satan is an angel who rebelled against God.

The Bible says that Satan was created by God as a cherub, the most powerful of God's angelic beings. 4 Some time after his creation and before the creation of mankind, 5 Satan rebelled against God and took one third of the angels (now referred to as demons) with him into rebellion. 6

Where in all of the scripture is there expressly described the scenario of Lucifer deceiving other of God's heavenly host and causing them to rebel along with him against God ? I know Jesus said He saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I know in Genesis 6 that there were angels who left heaven because they fell in lust with women of earth. Scripture expressly writes of Lucifer and the secret desire of his perverted heart and mind to take Gods' place. And I know that Jude writes of angels not keeping what he calls, " their first estate ". But is there some set of scriptures which actually provide an express narrative of Lucifer deceiving and causing other angels to rebel against God?

I have no doubt that the story of the fall of Satan and the angels who followed him has been added to by many teachers, preachers, and writers to a point far beyond the clear teaching of scripture. In fact, I can think of no verse that specifically speaks of the fallen angels as being deceived into following Satan. However, although God does not give us a detailed account of the events surrounding the fall of the angels, the scriptures do not leave us without any clues.

Admittedly, the Bible does not tell us a great deal about this event. God evidently does not feel that we need to know a lot about it. It is sufficient for us to know that the spiritual battle we fight goes much further than the problems we can see with our own eyes. May the Lord bless you as you strive to please Him.

Who are angels? It's in the Bible , Hebrews 1:14, NIV. "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?"

How many angels are there? It's in the Bible , Revelation 5:11, NIV. "Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand."

Angels can appear in the form of ordinary people. It's in the Bible , Hebrews 13:2, NIV. "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."



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