I know that as a child when I heard of Angels who fell from grace I always pictured these ugly, winged, horned, cloven hoofed beings as the Medieval Church used to show…but as I have learned and studied as an ADULT, well, the truth seems somewhat different…
Bear in mind I do not ADVOCATE what they have done, I merely wished to understand the why’s and wherefore’s of what happened…
I was always told Lucifer was in Hades, or slinking about my house waiting to snatch my unwary soul….boy, did I find out some things when this line of inquiry began.
Let’s go back to the beginning, shall we??
Lucifer’s fall from heaven is symbolically described in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-18. While these two passages are referring specifically to the kings of Babylon and Tyre, they also reference the spiritual power behind those kings, namely, Satan.
These passages describe why Lucifer fell, but they do not specifically say when the fall occurred.
What we do know is this: the angels were created before the earth (Job 38:4-7). Lucifer fell before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-14). Lucifer’s fall, therefore, must have occurred somewhere after the time the angels were created and before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Whether Lucifer’s fall occurred a few minutes, hours, or days before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden, Scripture does not specifically say.
The book of Job tells us that, for a time at least, Lucifer still had access to heaven and to the throne of God. “One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Lucifer also came with them. The LORD said to Lucifer, ’Where have you come from?’
Lucifer answered the LORD, ‘From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it’” (Job 1:6-7). Apparently at that time, Lucifer was still moving freely between heaven and earth, speaking to God directly and answering for his activities.
At what point God discontinued this access is unknown…or even if He DID.
People like to call this angel “Satan”…why? (personally, I prefer to give him his REAL name..LUCIFER…’The Morning Star’…)
Well, the definition ALONE should give you the answer. Satan:Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin Satan, from Greek Satanas,
Satan, from Hebrew name, devil, adversary, from an, to accuse, act as adversary.
So…can they be “forgiven” of their sin against God and return??
The Bible does not specifically address the issue of fallen angels having an opportunity to repent, but we can gain some insight from what the Bible does say. First, Satan (Lucifer) was one of the highest angels, perhaps the highest (Ezekiel 28:14).
Lucifer—and all the angels—were continually in God’s presence and had knowledge of the glory of God. Therefore, they had no excuse for rebelling against God and turning away from Him. They were not tempted. Lucifer and the other angels rebelling against God despite what they knew was the utmost evil.
Second, God did not provide a plan of redemption for the angels as He did for mankind. The fall of the human race necessitated an atoning sacrifice for sin, and God provided that sacrifice in Jesus Christ.
In His grace, God redeemed the human race and brought glory to Himself.
No such sacrifice was planned for the angels.
In addition, God referred to those angels who remain faithful to Him as His “elect angels” (1 Timothy 5:21).
We know from the biblical doctrine of election that those whom God elects to salvation will be saved, and nothing can separate them from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39).
Clearly, those angels who rebelled were not “elect angels” of God.
Finally, the Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels would repent even if God gave them the chance (1 Peter 5:8).
The Bible says that the severity of God’s judgment varies according to how much knowledge a person possesses (Luke 12:48). The fallen angels, then, with the great knowledge they possessed, are greatly deserving of God’s wrath.
So, the $40,000 question…why did they do it??
My research has led me to believe WE were the cause of it all.
Yep, you and me…EVERYONE….why?…because, they were FIRST of His creations…His FIRST children….and when He created us, imbuing us with His Divine Breath, and allowing us FREE WILL, He put THEM to serve US…we became FIRST IN HIS HEART.
Some did not like this…after all, what child born into a family likes being supplanted and replaced in the Parents love by an ADOPTED child?
Hence why Lucifer DEFIED God’s command, and why He rebelled against God’s decree. He did not want to BE God, he simply wanted things back to the way they were BEFORE we came around..when He loved THEM best.
And so, in anger, (which ALWAYS seems to be the leading cause of woe) Lucifer thought that if he could destroy God’s creation, destroy their SOUL and make them (us) unworthy to enter Heaven, him and his kind could be BACK in God’s loving grace and light without US to be in the way….to put it into the vernacular..he wanted (and still DOES want) to “bump us off”…..
By giving into sin …anger …hatred …violence …drugs… drinking.. promiscuity… intolerance… judging of others.. saying “there is no God”…we are indeed doing his will..finishing what he started. And in the opinion of THIS simple cleric, the WORST sin is denying God even EXISTS…or, for that matter, that Lucifer even exists.
This was first said by the famous French poet Baudelaire in an unusual short story about meeting the Devil and having a grand old time:
Elle ne se plaignit en aucune façon de la mauvaise réputation dont elle jouit dans toutes les parties du monde, m’assura qu’elle était, elle-même, la personne la plus intéressée à la destruction de la superstition, et m’avoua qu’elle n’avait eu peur, relativement à son propre pouvoir, qu’une seule fois, c’était le jour où elle avait entendu un prédicateur, plus subtil que ses confrères, s’écrier en chaire:
«Mes chers frères, n’oubliez jamais, quand vous entendrez vanter le progrès des lumières, que la plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas!»
(He did not complain in any way about the bad reputation he enjoyed all over the world, assured me that he himself was the person the most interested in the destruction of superstition, and admitted to me that he had only been afraid for his own power one time, and that was the day when he had heard a preacher, more subtle than his colleagues, shout out from the pulpit:
“My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!”
(source: “Le Joueur généreux,” pub. February 7, 1864;)
Oh yes, he IS REAL…so the question remains… are we going to give him the satisfaction of ALLOWING him to lead us away from The Light??
Or do we keep in mind his example, and go the OPPOSITE way HE DID… steer our hearts and minds TOWARDS God, and His eternal promise…
Choice is yours…after all, FREE WILL…the FIRST of BLESSINGS…and the GREATEST of curses, is ours to choose….
Choose wisely…your soul is in the balance….