Sights Unseen

Believers should have no doubt that angels are real, and that their presence in our world is one that can, and certainly does, have powerful ramifications. Even so, how often do we stop and consider their presence around us? Right now, no matter where you are, no matter what you find yourself doing, take a moment to ponder if you are truly alone. Is it possible that much activity is actually swirling around you in that quiet room? Could a battle of sorts even be underway? What are we missing right beneath our noses, just outside our range of perception?

Not all angels are benevolent, as you may be aware. The first of them to turn against their nature was none other than Lucifer, the Devil himself. Early in the creation,¹ Lucifer began to burn with unbridled ambition and pride, and because of this he turned on the Lord, desiring to be like Him and receive worship and power all the same. Events began to unfold then that ultimately lead to he and a third of all the angels being cast from Heaven (Revelation 12:3-4), becoming “fallen” in the process.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12)

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-Michael Casts out all of the Fallen Angels, by Gustave Doré-

While many of these fallen ones were immediately cast into Hell,² others most certainly remained active in our world. Scripturally we can find evidence for this in Genesis 6, in that oh so provocative passage about the “Sons of God” producing giants by human wives….

Yes, friend, fallen angels, as best we can gather from scripture, are present (or at least were at some point) in our world just like the good angels. Though their numbers are not as large are those who serve God, we have no reason to doubt that they lack any of the abilities that their high brethren possess.

Now, just taking the opportunity here to point something out that may otherwise seem a bit off the trail, did you know that Hell, that accursed place of torment and separation from God, was not created specifically for mankind, but rather was originally established for the fallen angels? “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41).

As we have seen before in our exploration of Genesis 6 and related scriptures, the fallen angels appear to have, at least originally, been set on corrupting the human bloodlines, muddying the waters so-to-speak, thereby precluding the possibility for a pure Savior. Ultimately they failed, of course, and because of their actions the world was dramatically changed via the Noahic Flood. Spiritually the world may have changed too. It may be that the majority of those fallen angels were condemned for their actions in those days, being cast into Hell as Jude and 2 Peter mention. Even so, something remained of them that yet lingers today…

You may have already pondered the notion since the start of this post, or perhaps even at some other point in the past: Are fallen angels and demons one and the same? I myself used to believe so. Now though I’m not so sure.

In fact, when we consider the attributes of angels, which certainly extended to their fallen brethren, we can see scripturally that they are vastly powerful spiritual beings, capable of not only manifesting themselves into a variety of forms, but also apparently capable of physical interactions with our world. In fact, we read in Genesis 18:8 of how they have even eaten with us on occasion! Real food for thought there, yes! This selective physicality no doubt played a role in their sireing of gigantic offspring amongst our earliest ancestors, for if they can manifest physically in order to eat then what would stop them from manifesting for other interactions?

Furthermore, ponder on 2 Corinthians 11:

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (verses 13-15)

Apparently the Devil, a fallen angel himself, is fully capable of manifesting himself not only physically but also in forms as appealing and pleasing as an angel of light!

Turn your attention to demons now. What do we know of those dark creatures? Scripturally, almost every time they appear they are described as being in possession of people, spiritually oppressing the afflicted from within their own bodies. Indeed, considering the case of the demoniac that Jesus encounters, the one known as “legion,” it seems almost as though their nature is strictly to possess, pleading with the Lord to allow them to enter a herd of pigs being He was displacing them from the poor man. Do these filthy, and apparently limited, beings still seem synonymous with the powerful fallen angels? I personally think not.

The ancient Jews had a good bead on the subject. Now, as this notion is not found in scripture, we cannot say for certain whether or not it is true, but it is still an intriguing notion. According to the ancient Book of Enough, demons, in effect, are the disembodied spirits of those antediluvian giants, the hybrid offspring of fallen angels and mankind! Though the flood may have “killed” their physical bodies, their spirits remained here, free to roam our world. Without physical bodies of their own, they seek to possess other things, especially (spiritually-) unprotected people. In some cases, what we would think of as hauntings may well be a form of possess as well, with the demons in question taking hold of not some person but rather a place or item.

In any event, the Enochian notion of demons being the disembodied spirits of the children of the fallen angels is one that was popular among the old Jews of Jesus’ day, but for whatever reason it has mysteriously faded for the most part from our culture’s knowledge. Even so, it is intriguing…

Having established that there are both good and evil angels, we now have to understand that these two sides are perpetually at war. Does your livingroom play host to a heated battle between the forces of light and dark? Could your yard be embroiled at this very moment by great swells of forces on both sides? Just because we cannot see it doesn’t make it so. Considering this, I’d like to take a look at Daniel 10:

“And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.” (verses 11-14)

Here we find an exchange in which the prophet, after three weeks of intense prayer and fasting, is approached by a striking being (apparently an archangel, likely Gabriel, as we discussed previously) who informs him that he had heard his pleas and prayers. The figure declares that he set out right away, but that he was stalled in battle for some 21 days by the Prince of the Kingdom of Persia. This reference to the Prince of Persia is most certainly a nod to the spiritual power behind that political faction of the day; perhaps a latent fallen angel even.

There are a few pertinent things to note from this exchange. The first of course is that the angel was aware of Daniel’s prayers and fasting, and it is implied that through these efforts the angel may have even been bolstered, being able to carry on with the battle for as long as Daniel continued his dedications. Secondly, note how the angel makes mention of having came for Daniel as soon as his prayer began twenty-one days hence. The implication only stands to reinforce what we have established previously: angels are not omnipresent and most traverse distances between point A and B as we do.

Going back to the scripture, let’s see where the Chapter ends up:

“Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.” (Daniel 10:18-21)

Isn’t that something?! What we find as this chapter comes to a close is that the angel actually physically touched Daniel! Some content that angels, being spiritual beings, can accomplish no such thing, but this verse seems to indicate otherwise. In any event, we also read here that the angel is returning to his fight with the Prince of Persia, and later that a similar being, the Prince of Greece, shall take its place. If you recall, one rank of angels are known as “principalities” and their responsibilities, as interpreted by several early church leaders, was to oversee the going-ons of nations and people groups. Are the two mentioned here, the princes of Persia and Grecia, a pair of fallen Principalities who still oversee the political motions of their respective domains? I certainly see no reason to doubt it.

All told, this who experience in Daniel should, if nothing else, lead you to the conclusion that there may well be a war going on around you at any moment, being as grand as a large-scale incursion between battalions of unseen beings, or as relatively mundane as a guardian angel keeping watch over you as you sleep, it’s mighty spear pointing with authority towards those dark things that watch you at your most vulnerable.

Remember, just because it is out of sight doesn’t mean it is out of the question. We exist in a reality made of at least eleven dimensions, with only the first four (length, width, height, and time) being readily knowable to us. All those that remain exist in spaces too small or too remote for us to readily comprehend. Likewise, our eyes only perceive a very small strip of the light spectrum. Could these things, good and bad alike, reside in the dimensions we cannot perceive, composed of light which we cannot see? Alternatively, could they instead be something else entirely, something yet beyond reasonable comprehension? One day we shall know, but for now all we can trust is the Word of God and what little it says about these beings of light and fire…

I’ll close with this piece I produced for my (sooner-or-later-to-be-published) book. While there is quite a bit going on, and much more symbolism beyond even that, the relevant point to this series comes in the full-color rendition of a Biblically-accurate reflection of the fallen Cherub Lucifer. God bless.

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Notes

  1. There is a heated debate between many students of the Bible as to when exactly Lucifer fell. Some accept the notion that he fell before the completion of creation, during a period that mysteriously period that is claimed by to have come between Day 1 and Day 2 of the creation week; I myself, for a number of reason, tend to favor the notion that Lucifer did not actually fall until after the creation was complete, perhaps only weeks after the 7th day
  2. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” 2 Peter 2:4; also consider Jude 1:6 – “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”

 

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