In these days of a resurgence of interest in the supernatural, there are many who are curious about, and in fact, intrigued with the celestial and terrestrial creatures who exist in the spirit realm. Theories abound and many concepts seem illusive and contradictory. Some believe that all angels are benevolent creatures of good will. Others are leery, believing that even the “dark” angels can deceptively transform themselves to appear as angels of light.
Fortunately the Bible clearly defines these spirit beings. The Scriptures give us clear definitions of the origin, nature and purpose of angels and demons.
Angels are created beings, created by God for His purposes in an age long before the world existed, as we know it. (Job 38:4-7) We can surmise from the peek into heaven we have in Revelation Chapter 4 that God created all kinds of beings and creatures that occupy the celestial realms, unlike anything we have ever known.
A study of Scripture will tell us that there are apparently three general categories of angels; they have a number of forms; and they have a hierarchy that they abide by. There are Seraphim, (first mentioned Isa. 6:1-2) there are Cherubim, the type of angel Satan was originally created to be, (first mentioned Gen:3:24) and then there are the guardian or watcher type of angels sometimes called teraphim. (described in Dan. 4:17) They were originally created by God to live in the heavenly places with Him, to rule and to reign with Him and to carry out His kingdom business. They have been around a long time.
The purpose of angels before the heavens and the earth were created was to carry out the administration of the kingdom of God. And, as you read through Scripture you find that there are angels that are around the throne, who attend to the King of the Kingdom.
Thre is continuous and perpetual worship to God in heavenly places. And so the Cherubim are there to guard the throne and guard the glory, but they also provide the atmosphere of praise and of worship unto God. The Cherubim angels are in charge of worship, singing, adoration, as well as rulership of the host in the heavenly Kingdom (such as Michael, the archangel)
More will be expounded upon from Scriptures concerning the nature and purpose of angels in later articles but we also need to introduce what the Bible says about the dark angels.
Satan himself was a cherubim before his fall, who, we understand from the Scriptures, had musical instruments literally built into his body. Scriptures say he was the anointed cherub whose body was brilliant, with jewels and sounds and pipes upon it. The Scriptures are clear about his origin and ultimate destination. The following are two sections of Scripture that give us direct insight into where he came from and who Satan really is.
A prophetic word from Ezekiel states this about him:
‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; … The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.
“You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, ‘till iniquity was found in you.
… And you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you…You have become a horror, And shall be no more forever.”
From the prophetic words of Isaiah we read: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.
“Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’ Isa 14:12-16
to be continued…
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