I got delayed in writing the final post in this series on angels. If you are joining us now, you may want to see the true/false quiz in the first post. Perhaps some of the answers surprised you. In these posts I’ve explained the quiz answers and want to finish up in this post.
Are there good and bad angels? Yes. Bad angels may more frequently be thought of as demons. Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 are chapters that can be interpreted to refer to the original fall of Satan. Satan was apparently at one time a good angel that rebelled and took other angels with him. Yet, even if one does not interpret these chapters that way, others verses in the Scriptures give us clues and hints. For example, I Timothy 5:21 refers to “elect” angels and other verses refer to “holy” angels (Mark 8:38; Rev. 14:10). If there are elect or holy angels, there must also be non-elect or non-holy angels. In addition, Rev. 12:9 and Matthew 25:41 refer to Satan and his angels. While Jude 6 and II Peter 2:4 refer to angels that sinned and “did not keep their positions of authority and abandoned their own home.” The deduction from these references is that there must have, at some point, been a fall of the angels.
Is there redemption for the angels who sinned? No. Several verses indicate that there is no redemption for these fallen angels. Their destiny along with Satan is the Lake of Fire (Jude 6; II Peter 2:4; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
Christians shall judge angels in a future day. True. But we really don’t know any details. I Corinthians 6:3 states “Do you not know that we will judge angels?”.
Well, I think I’ve addressed all the quiz questions and hope this might have been of interest during the Christmas season when we tend to think about angels more often.
Will you ever encounter an angel? Not likely, and if so it will probably happen when you least expect it. In the Bible, angel encounters tended to occur around critical times in redemptive history, and were not routine or every-day occurrences. Individuals who received a visit from an angel were also afraid and surprised. In other words, they were not expecting it.
The angelic world adds to our sense of mystery about life under God and the unseen spiritual world. Yet we should not let this distract us from the Lord Jesus Christ. Angels are servants who can help us but they have limitations. They are not God and we should not impose divine attributes on them. They should ultimately point us towards Christ, not away from Him.