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Evil Angels (Satan’s Helpers)

In Angels on April 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

There is a class of angels, “spirits of devils, working miracles” in the earth. (Rev. 16:14) The mission of this satanic host is to “deceive the whole world.” (Rev. 12 : 9)   These evil spirits were once sinless angels in heaven, of the same nature and equal in power and glory with the holy beings whom God now uses as His messengers to this earth. But they united with Satan in his rebellion against the government of God, and with him were cast “as profane out of the mountain of God.” (Ezek. 28: 16)

At the creation, the dominion of the earth and all it contained was given to man. To the first pair God said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1 : 28)  Of the dominion of the earth David said, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath He given to the children of men.” (Ps. 115 : 16)  But when man sinned, he lost this dominion. ‘Paul says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey?” (Rom.6:16)  And in 2 Peter 2 : 19, we read, “For of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” In yielding to Satan, man became his servant. And in becoming the servant of Satan, man lost his dominion of the earth, and it passed into the possession of his conqueror.  Paul speaks of Satan as “the god of this world.” (2 Cor. 4:4) Our Savior three times refers to him as “the prince of this world.” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11)

At his creation, Adam was placed in dominion over the earth. But by yielding to temptation, he was brought under the power of Satan. ‘Of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.   (2 Peter 2 : 19) When man became Satan’s captive, the dominion which he held, passed to his conqueror. Thus Satan became ‘the God of this world.’ (2 Cor. 4:4)  He had usurped that dominion over the earth which had been originally given to Adam.  Although Satan is the “god” and “prince” of this world, and “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2), his rule is not for the betterment of his kingdom or the benefit of his subjects. Of his work on the earth we read, “Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”(1 Peter 5:8)

Satan’s assistants in all this warfare are the angels who joined with him in rebellion against the government of God and were cast out of heaven with him.  We are told in Scripture of their confederacy and government, of their various orders, of their intelligence and subtlety, and of their malicious designs against the peace and happiness of men.”  Against all these Paul warns us as follows: “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:11, 12)

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