Was the devil once an angel? Well, before man’s creation, Lucifer, a cherub, one of the high-ranking angels of God, began to want to be God. He saw himself as sufficient enough to be God and receive worship. In his pride, he rebelled against the Lord. Today, he is known as Satan the devil. What else does the bible say about the fallen angels and what lessons can we learn from their fall?
A fallen angel is one that was expelled from heaven. One-third of the hosts of heaven joined in Satan’s rebellion. They were all cast down from heaven to the earth. These angels are who we refer to as fallen angels today. So are fallen angels demons? Yes, they are. The Bible uses the two terms interchangeably.
The reason is explained in Revelations 12. After Lucifer’s prideful thoughts and coalition with angels who also wanted to be worshipped, there was a war in heaven between Michael the Archangel, his angels, and Lucifer and his fallen angels. Lucifer was defeated, and there wasn’t any room for him and his rebellious troupe in heaven any longer. So they were cast down to earth.
Satan’s fall all began with his pride. The saying ‘Pride goes before a fall’ probably had its origin in Lucifer’s example.
Satan is the chief fallen angel of God. But of all the angels that fell from heaven with Lucifer, there are seven particularly that people feel are of note.
Matthew 25:41 says,
“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.”
We can see from this scripture that hell was prepared for Satan and his demons. However, their mission is to drag as many people as they can with them. Those are the people who Jesus was referring to that stood on His left side, those wicked people who refused to put away sin. They will also be thrown into hell with them
There are certain scriptures that help us understand the nature of Satan and the domain of his authority.
Although 1 Pet 5:8 tells us to be alert because the devil seeks whom to devour, the fact that the devil seeks means that there are people who cannot be devoured. These are Christians, those who worship God in truth and spirit. His domain is limited to the unbelievers who prevail in sin and wickedness.
It is true that the devil tries to make himself look scary and relevant to sow fear in the heart of the believer. However, Colossians 2:15 tells us that Jesus our Savior has made an open spectacle of the devil and his demons so Christians do not need to fear them. Authority over them has been given to believers in Jesus and you simply shouldn’t fear what you have authority over.
“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.”
“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment;”
“And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.”
“He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”
“How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!”
“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.”
From Lucifer’s story, we can see why it’s important that we conquer pride as believers. The devil had an important place in heaven but he became proud of his beauty and greedy for power and tried to turn other angels against God. That was what led to his downfall. When God exalts us, we must learn to stay humble with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Christians also should put on the whole armor of God mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-18, to stand firm against the devil, the fallen angels, and their trickish lies. We already have the victory over them in Jesus, so we fight from a place of victory.
Morning prayers are not a new thing to us, especially as Christians. Morning prayers are a beautiful way to start our day with God, and we can even rank them as the most important conversation we have with God in a day. Every conversation with God is important…