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Demons as Fallen Angels

Demons as Fallen Angels

Satan is a fallen angel and is referred to as "the prince of demons" (Mark 3:22).

Therefore, demons are fallen angels as well and under his command.

At times they are referred to as "unclean spirits" and "evil spirits", both ascription's referring to their moral and spiritual wickedness (Matt 10:1; 12:43); (Mark 1:23, 26).

They are also referred to as "principalities and powers" in (Romans 8:38-39), (1 Corinthians 15:24), and (Colossians 2:8-15).

They are able to inhabit people and speak through them (Mark 1:34) as well as to inhabit animals (Mark 5:12).

They seek to cause disease, though not every disease is caused by them (Matt 12:22-24).

They desire to deceive Christians (2 Cor 11:14) to the point of getting worship from them (1 Cor 10:20) and therefore must be firmly resisted (Eph 6:12-18); (James 4:7); (1 Peter 5:8).

We are not to be ignorant of Satan's schemes (2 Cor 2:11).

The bottom line is that demons, like their father the prince of demons, want to thwart the work of God by causing the people of God to sin or do anything that would render them less effective for Him.

They also love to lead the entire world away from the truth in Christ and to destroy them if God permitted (cf. John 10:10).

Their ultimate plan is to overthrow the kingdom of light with the kingdom of darkness and to dethrone God.

The Judgement of Angels By what we have said so far it may seem that we are advocating a kind of dualism between the forces of good and the forces of evil.

This is not so.

The Devil and his angels are completely under the control of God in every respect.

Their ultimate end in the lake of fire proves this (Rev 20:10).

In short, their judgement was secured through the cross and resurrection of Christ for through that great event he has driven out the prince of this world (John 12:31).