After a short break, we’re back on track with this week’s study: “The Origin of Evil Angels!”
1. What is the meaning of the word “devil”?
Several sources will give the origins of the word as coming from the latin Diabolus which means to traduce, wilfully misrepresent, and to present as blameable.
2. What other names are commonly applied to the devil?
In the bible alone there are other words used to speaking in reference to the devil. Satan, an opponent; adversary, one opposed;
Ephesians 2:2 – prince of the power of the air
John 14:30 – prince of this world
3. What experience did Jesus say Satan had had? Who was he before this experience?
Luke 10:18; Ezekiel 28:12 -15
Originally named Lucifer, Satan was made perfect by God. He was set high amongst all the other angelic bodies, given special authority, and special in God’s eye. He was considered blameless in all he did until evil was found in him. Then he had the experience Jesus tells to his disciples, where he saw Satan fall from heaven.
4. What ambition came with Satan’s self-oversetimation? Whose place was he planning to have?
Isaiah 14:12-14, Hebrews 1:2-4
Satan was dissatisfied with who he was in heaven. The authority God already gave him and created him to be wasn’t sufficient in his own eyes, so he became jealous, desiring to be above all the heavens. He wanted be like Christ, the only one like God.
5. By what means did he seek to get Christ out of that place to make room for himself?
John 8:44, Revelation 12:7-8
The bible describes Satan as the father of lies. Going back to the word “devil” meaning to misrepresent, we can understand that Satan’s methods would have been through deception and lying, trying to deceive others into following him instead of Christ. Some of the angels did make the same decision to go against God, and the bible describes the war that took place in heaven between Christ and His angels, fought against the Dragon and His angels. It was in this war that Satan hoped to take over the position of Christ.
6. How many angels joined with the devil in this rebellion against the ways of heaven?
One third of the angels in heaven decided to go with Satan and rebel.
7. To what place were these rebellious ones cast? What planet finally became the headquarters for these fallen ones?
2 Peter 2:4, Revelation 12:9
The disobedient angels were cast into darkness, bound to the earth until God’s final judgement is passed when they will finally be destroyed.
8. What are these fallen ones doing now?
1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:12
Satan and his angels are still roaming around trying to deceive as many people as possible. The texts above remind us how important it is to stay close to God so that we can avoid falling into Satan’s traps, and stay on the path to heaven.