- They are created beings. (Neh 9:6)
- They are not eternal and omniscient.
- They are endowed with free will.
- The Hebrew word for angel is ‘Mal’ak’ and the Greek word is ‘angelos’, both meaning ‘Messenger’. So in this context, an Angel is described as a messenger of God.
- In popular culture, Angels are always portrayed as winged creature. But in the Bible, only ‘Cherubim’ and ‘Seraphim’ are identified as winged creatures. (Isa 6:2-4, Ezk 1:5-6)
- Within the biblical texts, angels appeared as men most of the time.
- Hebrew 1:14 represents Angels as ‘ministering spirits’ sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.
- Jesus Christ received angelic ministry several times. (Mt 4:11, Luke 22:43)
- They are associated with the final judgment. (Mt 16:27)
- They are also named ‘Sons of God’, ‘Holy ones’, ‘Heavenly hosts’. (Gen 6:2-4, Ps 89:5, Dan 4:13, Luke 2:13)
- They worship God (Luke 2:13, Rev 19:1-3)and attend around God’s throne. (Job 1:6, 2:1)
- They are God’s army. (1 Chron 12:22)
- They are also regarded as evil spirits, unclean spirits and deceitful spirits.
- They are fallen angels who joined Satan in his rebellion.
- They follow Satan.
- In the Old Testament, there is no reference to individuals who are said to be demonically possessed!
- People sacrificed children and unclean animals to appease the demon/demons. (Ps 106:37, Deut 32:17). Such demonic practices are strictly prohibited in the Bible. (Deut 18:10-12)
- In the New Testament, there are several incidents of possession of an individual by evil, demonic spirit.
- Demon possession caused(as mentioned in the Bible):
- Muteness (Mat 9:32, 12:22, Mk 9:17,25)
- Deafness (Mk 9:25)
- Blindness (Mat 12:22, John 10:21)
- Convulsions (Mk 1:26, 9:26)
- Superhuman strength (Mk 5:4)
- Self destructive behavior (Mat 17:15, Mk 5:5)
- Unnatural voice (Mk 5:7)
- The New Testament is very clear about the distinction between physical diseases and demonic possessions. (Mat 4:24, Acts 19:12)Equating demonic possessions as some epilepsy or neurotic ailment is not right.
- There are many incidents of Jesus casting out demons.
- Jesus (for most of the time), did not allow demons to speak.
- Jesus himself was accused of being possessed by a demon. Read more Jesus accused of being possessed by Beelzebub (Prince of Demons)
- Demons are not atheists:
- They know God.
- They knew Jesus and about His divinity even before the disciples could realize it. (Mt 5:13, Luke 4:34)
- They are well aware of their fate. (Mt 5:7, Luke 4:34)
- Mark 5:7 “Swear to God, that you would not torture me.”
- It is possible that they have names. (Mk 5:9)
- They know who God’s servants are. (Acts 16:16-18)
- They know the Gospel. (Acts 16:18)
- “There are no liberal demons, each demon in hell is orthodox, bible believing evangelistic demon.” – John McCarthy
More Bible Study Topics:
- What does Bible teach about Angels?
- Angels by Billy Graham
- Hell in the Bible: What Bible Says about Hell?
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