[Disclaimer: The quote below is taken from the Dictionary of Doctrine website. When I originally posted the excerpt below I purposely did not include a link to the source. The reason for this is that I recognized the materials to be taken from the work of R.B. Thieme, Jr. The Dictionary of Doctrine site provides no attribution that I know of and, knowing that R.B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries is very vigilant in protecting their copyrights, I didn’t want the site to “go away.” I ended out discovering that the owner of the Dictionary of Doctrine site had modified some of Colonel Thieme’s teaching in a way that would have made him apoplectic. I notified some people who are associated with R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries of the existence of the Dictionary of Doctrine site. The site is still there and I have no idea if any action will ever be taken by R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries against it.]
We see angels pop up all the time in movies and television shows but if you check out what the bible has to say about angels you will find that the way they are portrayed is almost always wrong. When I think about angels I always think of beings of great power and beauty and really not at all like little babies with wings as they have often been painted.
I don’t have much to say about this post except I hope those who read it enjoy and benefit from it.
Description of angels 
The Bible reveals the existence of a higher creation, and the Word of God is very lucid on this subject. The word “angels” is used repeatedly throughout the Scripture. Before the canon of Scripture was completed, angels often became visible to members of the human race. The Age of Israel was characterized by the appearance of angels. This world, as well as the universe around us, is filled with angels, and there are untold numbers of these beings.
Many details concerning the angels have been a source of controversy over the centuries, but few have ever been resolved.
Not all angels look the same; some are described as being very beautiful and some are not. Apparently they are all male. Only one sex among angels means that all angels were directly created. This explains in part some of the events of, (Gen 6:1-5). Also we learn from this passage that at one time in history fallen angels had sexual relations with the daughters of men.
The best we can do on the composition of angels is that they seem to have a body, but one which is quite different from ours. Our body is corporeal; theirs is immaterial. From the name “Lucifer,” which is the Hebrew noun “helel,” (Derived from the verb “halal”) meaning “bright and shining one’’ we learn something of the substance of their bodies. The angelic body appears to be composed of light; and since light has content, it could make a definite body and one which could easily become invisible or visible. Their bodies are further differentiated from ours in that wings are often attributed to them. Not all angels have the same number of wings. (Eze 1:6; Rev 4:8) Some angels are super angels in beauty and strength as compared to others. These super angels are called “cherubs.” (Cherubim — plural from the Hebrew) A cherub is not a little baby with wings. He happens to be the most beautiful and most magnificent creature that ever came from the hand of God. Some of the cherubs are actually named: the leader of the elect angels is called Michael; the leader of the fallen angels, Lucifer, or Satan or the devil. These two angels are apparently the most beautiful of all creatures. Lucifer is described in terms that exceed any other Biblical description of a creature. (Eze 28:12-13) No one is more beautiful or more personable than Satan. Of course, that eliminates the usual representation of Satan with a red epidermis, slanted green eyes, a forked tail and a trident. Gabriel seems to be another of the cherubs. He has a responsibility that far exceeds the power of any person in the human race. Gabriel is the one who keeps human dictators or rulers from going berserk, unless it is a part of God’s plan. Gabriel went to the court of Cyrus in Persia to keep him from being attacked by demons. (Dan 10:13 — Gabriel is speaking in this verse)
Nothing in history escapes angelic observation. There is no major event in history that does not have and is not a part of the angelic conflict, from the fall of man to the Second Advent of Christ. Angels were involved in the fall of man, and angels will be involved in the Second Advent. At the Second Advent, angels will follow Christ; (Matt 25:31) angels will be involved in a war; (Rev 12:7) and fallen angels will be removed from the earth during the Millennium. (Dan 7:11-14; Rev 20:1-3)
The Book of the Revelation is a book of angels. There are more references to angels in this book than in any other book in the Bible because the conflict is entering its last stage before the fallen angels are removed from the earth; (Dan 7:12) therefore, the intensity of the angelic conflict is portrayed very clearly.
(Rev 12:4-13) for example, teaches how Satan seeks to destroy the Jews. He has always tried to destroy them, in fact, and when he is not trying to destroy them directly, Satan is responsible for anti-Semitism. The rumor that the Jews are the reason for all the troubles of the world is from Satan. The Samaritans under Sanballat, the Chaldeans, the Persians at one time in their history, the Assyrians many times in their history, the Syrians and even modern races and peoples have subscribed to this idea; that the Jews are the source of all trouble.
Under the angelic conflict, Satan has a battalion of teachers, who teach false Bible Truth to believers, and push false demonic thinking into the souls of unbelievers through the old sin nature — “mataiotes.” (Vacuum — Eph 4:17-19)
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, (The Spiritual life) paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. (1Ti 4:1)
So whether you realize it or not, all the history which you have read and the events of the present are related to angels.
Categories of angels
As far as the angelic conflict is concerned, angels exist in two categories: the elect and the fallen angels. The elect angels, which were always sinless, even before man was created, and are generally designated in Scripture by one of two names: “holy,” (Mar 8:38) and “chosen.” (1Ti 5:21) The fallen angels are divided into two groups: the imprisoned angels, those “who did not keep their own domain,” (Jud 1:6) and the operative fallen angels, generally called “demons.”(Mark 5:12; (1Co 10:20-21; 1Ti 4:1; etc.)
The imprisoned angels were involved in the great revolution and infiltration of the human race of, (Gen 6:1-5). They are locked up in Tartarus, (2Pe 2:4) under the Euphrates, (Rev 9:14-16) and the half-man half-demon descendents in the Abyss. (Rev 9:1-11)
These categories did not always exist. Prior to history, there was a conflict in heaven among the angels and a division ensued. Angels were originally in a state of perfection, just as man was; then, when Satan fell by exercising negative volition toward God and toward grace, a great portion of the angelic structure chose to go along with him. “And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven, (Angels) and threw them to the earth… (Rev 12:4) The angels which followed Satan had the opportunity to live with God, and refused to do so. (They are going to trial against God)
A trial was inevitable because of the essence of God. God is sovereign and dominates creatures; He is perfect righteousness and cannot tolerate anything less than that; He is justice; and righteousness plus justice demands that a trial be conducted. So the trial was first of all based upon God’s righteousness and justice.
God is also eternal life, and He provides eternal life for any creature who, from his own free will, goes the grace way. (Heb 2:2) indicates that angels had a choice of whatever means of Salvation existed for them. All these creatures had this choice in common with us. (And if we do not take the deal, “faith in Christ; and then grow to Spiritual maturity” we will have to take it to trial; and represent OURSELVES before God! (Rev 20:12; (2Co 5:10) I beg you; TAKE THE DEAL!) Angels have souls, which include their volition; they have perceptive ability which is greater than ours; they have some form of conscience, which is brought out by the third chapter of Genesis. They also have self-consciousness, (Awareness of their own existence) and they have faith and emotion. The fallen angels, (and the entire human race) have Satan’s old sin nature, (John 8:38; John 8:41; John 8:44) which distinguishes them from the elect angels.
However long it took, the trial was fair in every sense of the word. God is omniscient He knows all the facts; He is omnipresent He was an observer; He is omnipotent He has the power to execute justice; He is immutable God is incorruptible as a Judge; and He is Truth. (Veracity) Satan was a liar from the beginning of human history; (John 8:44) and those angels who went against God; and followed Satan, followed a lie.
At the end of the trial, Satan and all the fallen angels were sentenced to the lake of fire. (Matt 25:41) In this pre-period of history, the period of angelic creation only, a sentence was passed, but not executed. All during human history, the sentence is suspended. After the end of man’s history, (The end of the Millennium with the destruction of the world and the universe; Rev 21:1) the sentence will be carried out. (Rev 20:10)
Now, we can immediately deduce something from this: if the sentence is pronounced before man was created but not carried out until after man’s history is concluded, then man was created by God to resolve something that happened at the end of that trial. The words “diabolos’’ and “shatan’’ both tell us what happened because “Satan’’ and “devil” are not names for the super angel but titles. His name is Lucifer, Star of the Morning. (Isa 14:12) “Satan” and “devil” means “adversary,” and “accuser” or “attorney’’ — someone who goes to court and appeals. Satan appealed the case. So, by putting together certain evidences which occur throughout Scripture, we can begin to see why man was created.
It is true that man was also created for the glory of God; but that doesn’t explain many other questions, such as, why sin? Why suffering? Why free will? Why establishment? The fact that we are here to glorify God is a generality. When we discover that by means of our old sin nature; we don’t and CANNOT glorify God, (Rom 8:8) we must dig a little deeper for a more detailed explanation. Under the filling of God the Holy Spirit and growth to Spiritual maturity; we can be on the winning side of God’s victory and glorification; (Rev 21:7) but there is only one thing that really answers all the why’s, and that’s the angelic conflict. It’s important for us to understand the angelic conflict, because our existence on the earth after Salvation is directly related to it. So are the Truths, the Promises, the Commands and the Doctrines of Scripture.
 Just so no one gets the wrong idea I would like to mention once again that this is not my original work. I believe that it is based at least in part on the work of R.B. Thieme, Jr who did some brilliant studies on angels and the angelic conflict (I link to his site in the sidebar). I am providing the information here because I firmly believe it is important for it to reach a wider audience.Explore posts in the same categories: Angelic Conflict