Why I Write About Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons
Why I Write about Them
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There is a lot of confusion over what angels and demons are, but they seem to be very popular. Dan Brown wrote the book, Angels and Demons, which really had nothing to do with actual angels and demons, but it was massively popular, especially after being turned into a major Hollywood movie. Actual books about these creatures, though, has seen a resurgence in recent years. Just hop over to Amazon and do a search for supernatural or paranormal fiction. Very few of these books, even the ones written by Christians, give an accurate portrayal.
Somewhere along the way, angels started popping up in my stories. I’m not sure where, and I’m not sure why, but a demon showed up one time, too. Maybe it was a subconscious thing, which is probably true, or maybe it’s because I’m very intrigued by the idea. But then I thought, why not have them show up on purpose? Make them a central part of the story? And now that’s what I do. But why include them in my stories, and why blog about them?
They Show up in the Bible a Lot
If you read the Bible from cover to cover, you won’t be able to go very far without bumping into angels. You have to be on the lookout, though, because they’re not always labeled as angels. There are also many forms and a hierarchy. There are cherubim and seraphim, for example. There are princes and archangels. They don’t all have wings, or at least they don’t have them when they appear in some situations. They are not hiding, though. They’re in plain sight, and then you read verses like this:
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2).
Did you catch that? Some have entertained angels without knowing it? Maybe you. Maybe me. I have to wonder how often I’ve come in contact with an angel, or if I ever have. Call me an angel geek if you want to, but I find that fascinating. I make it a point to pay attention to the appearances and mentions of angels when I’m reading my Bible. There are so many examples, but to name an obvious few:
Cherubims blocked man from entering the garden in Eden
The angel of the LORD appeared to Hagar when she fled from Sarai (Sarah)
Two angels were tasked with destroying Sodom and Gomorrah
An angel wrestled with Jacob
An angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in a flaming bush and then led the children of Israel in a pillar of fire
An angel blocked Balaam’s path and scared his donkey
An angel was sent to destroy Jerusalem after David numbered the people (but was held back)
An angel fed Elijah when he ran from Jezebel into the wilderness
And there are many, many more appearances, and there will be future appearances. You would almost lose the book of Revelation entirely if you took out references to angels.
I’m Really Curious about Where Demons Come From
If speculation has a better illustration than people debating about the origins of demons, I don’t know of one. This one causes so much debate, and yet we still don’t have definitive answers. Or do we?
One, the Bible doesn’t use the term demons; it calls them devils. Now, depending on the translation you’re reading, you might disagree with that. I have zero desire to debate or argue over this one, but my research has led me to trust only one version, which is the Authorized King James Version of the Bible. Maybe I’ll blog about that some time, but I can’t say for sure that I will. Too many people fight about this stuff, and there’s just no need. Back to the main point.
Devils/demons are generally thought to come from fallen angels. This breaks into two schools of thought:
There was a rebellion led by Satan, and the angels that were cast out of heaven with him became devils, or demons if you prefer.
There was a group of angels that rebelled by mingling with the seed of men. Their offspring were the giants mentioned in Genesis six, and the spirits of those giants are actually the demons you read about.
The Fallen Angels
If you choose not to believe that angels rebelled against God, you’re choosing not to believe the Bible. It’s plainly written, although some people might say differently. They’ll even claim to be Bible scholars, and they’ll use anything but the Bible to explain their position. Let’s just let the Bible speak for itself. Here are the words of Jesus on the matter:
“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).
If we just leave that verse alone, it clearly states that the devil has angels. Revelation twelve talks about the dragon (Satan) dragging a third of the stars of heaven down with him. I wrote an entire blog about that, which you can read here: A Third of the Stars of Heaven
Maybe that’s a future event, which some people believe. I think it was a past event but could possibly be referring to past and future. Either way, we do know that Satan was cast out of heaven in the past, and Jesus said he witnessed this according to Luke 10:18. Jude and Peter make it clear that there were some angels who left their first estate and are reserved in chains of darkness.
So angels fell from heaven. At some point, they mingled with the seed of men and created a race of giants. Genesis six is plain on this one. There’s no need to do a bunch of Bible gymnastics to try and make it say something it doesn’t. The “giants in the earth in those days” is not referring to the “ungodly line of Cain.” That’s weird to me. It’s strange that someone would go that far to run from the plain truth of the word of God. What, they were ungodly so their kids became a different race? How do you say that with a straight face?
This leaves us with questions, though? If the angels that fell are reserved in chains of darkness, why are there still devils loose in the time of Christ possessing people?
My Working Theory
Notice that subtitle: “working” theory. I don’t claim to have all the answers, and I continue to study to show myself approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15). In any case, here goes:
There are books, not included in the Bible, that are referenced by the writers of the Bible. For instance, the Book of Jasher and the Book of Enoch. I know, I know. Chad, you’re going into heresy. No, no I’m not. One, this is a theory. Two, I’m not telling you to trust something other than the Bible. I am, however, asking you to think beyond the mental prison imposed by preachers and so-called Bible scholars for far too long.
* Note: I do not advise anyone not fully grounded in scripture to read non-biblical texts. Also, I am not an occultist. Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ, through faith in his death, burial, and resurrection. The information included here is not intended to be taken as scriptural truth, nor do I believe it to be an inspired book of the Bible. It may very well be a total fraud. As the Bible says, let every man be fully convinced in his own mind. I am not the final authority; the Bible is.
The book of Enoch was never included in the canon by the Jewish nation, yet they knew it well. And, again, Jude quoted it. There are some questions as to its writer and authenticity, so take this for what it is. However, it is still an ancient manuscript that I believe supports what I have found in the scriptures. It states that the angels who rebelled are chained in darkness, in an abyss with rivers of fire. So does the book of Jude, just not that specific. So does Peter, just not that specific. It says the giants were the offspring of an angelic group called Watchers. There were two hundred of them.
*Note: Angels serving as watchers over the earth is supported in scripture in the book of Zechariah, chapter one.
The giants consumed everything and became bloodthirsty, devouring humans. The Book of Enoch also says that sin was so rampant at that time that the earth and the people were crying out because of it. God destroyed the world with a flood because of this. The giants killed each other, but their spirits were trapped on earth. They are immortal because of their fathers, but they originated on earth, so they’re in this sort of limbo.
So there you go. Some of those demons MAY be the spirits of those giants.
Have you noticed that giants keep showing up throughout the Bible? Well, it can’t be because they survived the flood. Nothing survived except Noah, his family, and the animals they took with them on the ark. So where do the other giants come from? Again, this is just my theory, but I think angels are still rebelling. Hey, if you’re with me this far, why not hear me out?
Do I have a verse for this? No. Does that mean it can’t possibly be true? No. If you read my blog on Satan’s Mighty Men, you’ll see where I take you through the scriptures and show you that these giants show up at very specific times, and they will make one last attempt to overthrow God’s people before Christ’s return and earthly reign. Read the book of Daniel sometime, and look at the description in Chapter two of the toes of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. It says they will mingle with the seed of men. Um, guys, he’s not talking about humans, or he wouldn’t have said mingled with the seed of men.
I think there has been more than one rebellion, and there are more to come. Have you ever read the book of Job and noticed how many times Satan appears before God? He shows up one time, with the sons of God, and has a conversation with God. They go back and forth about Job, and then Satan goes and kills Job’s children and takes away his livelihood. Then there’s another day, and in strolls Satan with the other sons of God (notice there’s no possible way this is referring to the line of Seth or Cain. Just saying). So Satan went before God more than once.
But will it happen in the future? Remember when I said I didn’t have a verse? I didn’t mean I didn’t have one, period. I meant I didn’t have one that has my theory written out word-for-word. I do have a verse for this theory, though.
In the book of Job, Satan has access to go before God, apparently more than once. That place in Revelation I mentioned earlier? The whole, Satan’s tail drawing a third of the stars of heaven? I think the first five verses of that chapter are referring to the past. Verse six is referring to the nation of Israel during the time of Jacob’s Trouble (the tribulation), and the rest is also future. Here’s an interesting verse:
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).
That verse is a future event, and it says the devil has angels with him. The next verse says there is rejoicing because the accuser of the brethren has been cast down. It says that he accused them before God day and night (Revelation 12:10). Again, if we just read the verses, and leave them alone, they plainly state that Satan still has access to go before God.
I know what you may be thinking: but sin can’t be in the presence of God, right?
I know people have said that, but they say it because they don’t want to believe the difficult truths. Look, when Jesus told a bunch of people they had to eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have life, they left him. It was a difficult truth, and many people depart from the word of God when they’re faced with a difficult truth. So people ask where is God with all of this sin, and well intending preachers say God’s turned his back because he can’t witness this sin. Wrong, the Bible plainly says “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). Someone asks why I can’t go to heaven without Jesus Christ, and people say because sin can’t enter into his presence. Well cut the book of Job out, then, because it flat out says Satan went before him twice.
If we just leave it alone, the Bible answers our questions.
There are definitely fallen angels. I don’t know all of the details, but some of them are reserved in chains of darkness. They had offspring that have been eliminated, but their spirits MAY still be wandering. There have likely been other rebellions, which means some of those fallen angels are still roaming about doing the work of Satan. I’m not claiming to be an expert, and I certainly don’t have all of the answers. Study to show YOURSELF approved, and pray to the Lord for wisdom about these things.
This is all very interesting to me, which is why I study it and write about it, but it’s definitely not the only reason.
Angels and Demons make for Good Storytelling
I love a good story of heroism or a last minute rescue. I’m a sucker for the white knight charging in to save the day when it seems the battle is lost. That’s one of the many reasons I like writing about angels. When the children of Israel, with Joshua as their leader, crossed over Jordan, the captain of the Lord’s host showed up. I love that. They didn’t go into it alone. When Elijah had lost all hope, an angel shows up and feeds him. That’s amazing. Out in wilderness, alone and afraid, he was protected. Jesus was tempted of the devil forty days, and then the angels showed up to strengthen him, just like they did when the time of his death had arrived and he was praying alone in the garden of Gethsemane.
Angels are ministers, and I’m comforted to think that someone with that kind of power might be watching over me. I get excited reading about Jesus’ resurrection, but I’m also glad there was an angel there to roll the stone away. I can’t resist, man. This stuff intrigues me.
But those angels are not just there. The book of Daniel makes it clear that many of them are warring with Satan’s forces. There is an invisible realm with spirits battling each other, and that battle has been going on for a long time. Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened when they were surrounded, and God granted that request. He saw that the enemy was also surrounded by chariots of fire and a great army. Angels carried Lazarus to Abraham’s Bosom in Luke 16, and I think he may have received that personal escort because there were some demons ready to devour him.
Personally, I’m glad I can’t see that invisible world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. And, I’m curious about it. I like speculating on it, so I write about what may be going on.
But then something amazing happens. I create these stories of fantasy, loosely based on the things I’ve mentioned here, and God brings out these amazing truths. I have a book coming out in the fall, Fate of the Redeemed. It’s the sequel to Fate of the Watchman, and really my goal was to pull back the curtain on spiritual warfare and also raise awareness to the situation of persecuted Christians around the world. That was it, but through the writing of this book, I have learned the importance of prayer, forgiveness, faith amidst adversity, and the victory the church has over Satan, death, hell, and all of those demonic forces. By writing about angels and demons, I’ve grown stronger in my walk with God, and I hope that others experience that through reading it.
I’m getting ready to publish my first short story in the Fate series, which was just intended to be a prequel to Fate of the Watchman. Through writing that story of just over 5,000 words, I have learned a great deal about how to react to anger, fear, and temptation. I’ve gained new insight into what the Bible says when it tells us to “try the spirits, whether they are of God” (1 John 4:1). I’ve learned more about what it is to be like Jesus and to handle things and look at things the way he did, and for that I’m very thankful.
Paul says he declared the whole counsel of God. He spoke very often about angels, principalities, and powers. He didn’t hide from difficult truths, and he had a very close walk with the Lord. The scriptures are filled with references to spirits and angels. While I think our focus should always remain on Christ, I believe God put these things in his word for us to learn. We may never have all of the answers to some of the questions of origins and purpose for these superhuman beings, but that doesn’t mean we cannot gain anything from studying what has been revealed to us. The understanding of some things may require that we question the sayings and teachings that have been passed down from generation to generation, and that’s alright. We should not be seeking the truth of men but the truth of God. By learning the deep things of God we learn to have a deeper, more connected relationship with him.
Lastly, my desire is to edify the body of Christ through the things I write. In everything I do, I want to honor my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. People may not always agree with me or my approach, but in no way do I wish to offend. May the Lord bless you as you seek to grow in his grace and knowledge.