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Question: "Are there angels among us?"
Answer: Our society has a fascination with the supernatural, and angels receive a lot of attention. We see bumper stickers, jewelry, T-shirts, movies, and tv shows that glorify angels, especially guardian angels. Some people allege having encounters with angelic beings and contend that there are angels among us.
Maybe you have heard the stories: a mysterious man rescues someone in peril, but as soon as the victim is safe, the mystery person vanishes into thin air, to the confusion of the one he helped. A young woman walking alone passes a would-be rapist lurking in the shadows but is not harmed; the foiled attacker later admits he did not bother the girl because of “the two large men walking on either side of her.” A woman is prevented from getting on an elevator by a strange, intense-looking man in white clothes; the elevator doors close, and the elevator immediately plunges down the shaft, killing everyone on board—but the body of the man in white is never found.
Some people swear such stories are true. Others remain skeptical. Some pray to angels and claim to have their requests answered. Still others believe childish imagination and myth are at the root of all angel-talk.
We could interview people all day long about their theories on angels and never arrive at the truth. The exclusive authority on angels is the Bible. Throughout Scripture, we see numerous instances in which angels were an integral part of God’s plan. One verse alludes to the possibility of angels walking among us today: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). The obvious reference is to Abraham, whose angelic visitors appeared to him as mere men (Genesis 18). This verse may or may not confirm that angels are indeed walking among us unawares; “have shown” is past tense, so present-day encounters are not explicitly mentioned.
There are dozens of scriptural examples of angelic encounters, so we know that God can and does use angels to accomplish certain things. What we don’t know for sure is how often angels allow themselves to be seen by people. Here are the basics about angels from the Bible: angels can instruct people (Genesis 16:9), help people (Daniel 6:22), deliver messages to people (Luke 1:35), appear in visions and dreams (Daniel 10:13), protect people (Exodus 23:20), and help carry out God’s plans.
We know that God created angels, and He uses angels in His plan. Angels have a sense of individuality, as some have names (such as Gabriel and Michael) and all have different responsibilities within the angelic hierarchy.
But do they walk among us? If God so chooses to use them in His custom-made plans for us, yes, they absolutely can walk among us doing God’s will. Angels are mentioned in Genesis and in Revelation and witnessed the creation of the world (Job 38:7). God has used His heavenly host from the beginning of time and will still use them at the end of time, according to Scripture. It is quite possible that many people today have met or seen an angel without realizing it.
If angels do walk among us, it is because they are serving a God-ordained purpose. The Bible mentions demons who wander the earth with no purpose other than to destroy (Matthew 12:43). Satan and his demonic force can probably appear physically, much like holy angels can. Satan’s purpose is to deceive and kill. Satan “masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
An important note: angels are not to be glorified or worshiped (Colossians 2:18). They are entities who carry out God’s will, and they refer to themselves as “fellow servants” with us (Revelation 22:9).
Regardless of whether we actually experience angelic encounters, the most important thing is that we experience salvation through Jesus Christ. He is beyond all angels and all humans, and He alone is worthy of worship. “You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you” (Nehemiah 9:6).
"How to Recognize Angels That Walk Among Us"
When we think of angels we think of beautiful beings with wings. This is not always the case; there are angels who walk among us on earth that are real people with a mortal body. These wonderful people seem to be sent from above and are just what we need at the moment we need them. Here are some of the signs that will help you see
who they are.
# Look first at your mother. Not all, but most could get their wings for what they have done for you. The times they stayed up with you all night when you were sick or stood up to your math teacher in high school. Mothers in my book are the closest to God. Speaking of mothers I believe that her prayers for our sake have the greatest power.
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# Talk to little children. They are the littlest angels. They are pure and wise beyond their years and need to be treated with loving care.
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# Listen to their message. All angels speak with a message of truth straight to your heart. That best friend who told you the truth when no one else would is an angel to you..
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# Seek out really good people; people who don't lie or deceive. Totally honest people are angels.
# Remember your dreams, they have meanings. Maybe your father died and speaks to you in a dream and tells you something you need to know. You might want to think of what he told you, he can be an angel now with a heavenly message.
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# Remember that when the student is ready a teacher is provided. The teaching occurs for us at the time we are ready for the message.
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# Open your eyes to perfect strangers. Sometimes they can teach you great life lessons just by watching them. The homeless man on the street can make you appreciate what you have. The special needs child that makes you smile as you watch her accomplish a task. Who is to say they are not angels.
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# Look for miracles that happen every day. Remember the lady that screamed out to you “You are going down a one way street, turn around” and saved your life. That is what I call an angel.
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# Think of your many friends and how many times they looked out for your safety. Remember when they stopped you from making a mistake?
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# Recall the medical help from doctors or dentist. How many times were they moved to do just the right thing to protect you or even spare your life? They are your angels.
# Last we cannot forget our teachers. The lady who taught you read, or spell, her patience was that of an angel for sure. You could not read this now without her help then. In conclusion, we can all be an angel; we can all be the hand of God by helping our fellow man along life’s path.
Recognize Angels That Walk Among Us.
Did you know that there are Angels around us everywhere?
Everyone has Guardian Angels who are with you from birth and
throughout your life. They are also known as Spirit Guides,
Holy Spirit, Ascended Masters, etc. All these terms refer to
the same thing: beings who have evolved beyond the earth
plane. As part of their continuing evolution, they are helping
people here on earth.
Angels vibrate at a different level to us and so it is not
always possible for us to see them or connect with them until
we change our vibration and let them come close to us.
Although you might not see them you may notice their signs,
hear their gentle whispers, feel the nudges they give you to
walk in the right direction on your path in life.
Angels are pure energy and you may sense that they are around
you in the form of chills or goosebumps on parts or all over
your body. This physical sensation is a sign that your guides
are near you. Your angels and guides communicate with you
through your sixth sense. As you know you have five physical
senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touch. In
addition to this you have four psychic senses - the "clairs".
These are clairvoyance (psychic seeing), clairaudience
(psychic hearing), clairsentience (feeling) and
claircognisance (knowing). When you want to communicate with
your angels just poor out your hearts concerns to them and
they will listen. If you ask them a question you will receive
an answer in form of a sign, someone might tell you something
relating to your question, a book might fall down the shelf
for you to read, you might have a dream, or the answer will
come in some other way. The Angels might want to let you know
that they are near you. Notice their signs such as repetitive
thoughts, items returned ot you at unexpected times,
sensations after thoughts (hairs standing on arms, etc),
dreams, clean white feathers in unusual places, ringing in the
ears. Angels are very crafty in terms of getting their message
The Angels will not interfere with your life because you have
what is called free will. Therefore it is important to
remember it is up to you to ask the Angels for the help you
require. Remember to thank them for their assistance.
Gratitude is the key to attracting more of what you desire.
The only time the angels will interfere is if something
happens to you where you might die before your time.
Sometimes we ignore our angels guidance but don't worry, the
angels don't judge anyone and they won't get offended when we
don't listen. They just gently overlook our course of action.
It is important to ensure that the guidance you receive is
from the highest source. Guidance from the light will be non-
directive, respecting free will, loving, focused, consistent,
and will have the highest good at its foundation.
Angels listen to you . They comfort you. They lift you up when
you are feeling down. They cheer you on when you struggle.
They celebrate your success. They truly want what is best for
you. Trust that the angels are always with you.
The key to healing is setting the intention. If it is your
intention to channel healing energy of love and light from the
Angels for the highest good of another then this is what you
The Violet Flame
The violet flame transmutes anything negative that is lodged
anywhere in your spiritual or physical being. When you work
with the violet flame it passes through the clogged spaces
between the electrons and the nuclei. It ejects these
particles of dense substance from your body and dissolves
them. This process transmutes the negative energy into
positive energy and restores it to its native purity.
You can use the violet flame to work on relationships with
friends and loved ones; for forgiveness; to transform anything
in our world; heal past lives as well as this life; use it to
clear energy in your home, you neighbourhood or the planet;
send the violet flame to clear negativity from any thoughts or
comments you have or make.
The violet flame becomes a very powerful tool for us to use on
our healing journey. It is a tool of total transformation. It
was introduced to us by Saint Germain and Archangel Zadkiel
assists us with its execution on earth.
To use the violet flame on yourself you need to first centre
yourself and to breathe regularly. Make sure you do this in a
quiet place where you are not likely to be disturbed. The
violet flame is invoked through decreeing - a unique form of
spoken prayer utilising visualisation and meditation. Call in
Archangel Zadkiel and Amethyst to assist. One of the simplest
decrees to use is: "I AM a being of violet fire! I AM the
purity God desires!" Repeat the decree nine times. Visualise a
violet light engulfing you, just like a flame. It can extend
from beneath your feet to well over the top of your head. See
it flickering around your body from the core all the way to
the outside, transmuting negativity into positivity, and
burning off old karma. You will get the greatest benefit if
you can use the violet flame for 15 minutes a day.
Etheric cords are formed between people, objects and/or
situations where there is a fearful attachment. It is a cord
of energy that attaches from one to another which allows
energy to flow between the two. For example, if you have a
cord attached to a sibling and that person is undergoing a
life crisis then they may be draining you of your energy. You
will feel drained without knowing why. Your sibling is
stealing your energy instead of tapping into their own natural
supply of energy.
We can also drain from others.
Cords are always formed out of fear, never out of love. They
get thicker as relationships deepen and as time passes. It is
the neediness that strengthens them. The cords are usually
attached to a major chakra point.
To get rid of cords on yourself invoke Archangel Michael and
ask him to cut the cords. Visualise Archangel Michael as he
cuts through the cords of attachment. When cutting cords for
others we can do that with our hands. Call in Archangel
Michael to assist and then manually cut through the cords
visualising them being cut as you do the actions. You can
visualise using a sword, a knife, axe, scissors or whatever
feels appropriate to you to sever the connection.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning "Universal Life Force
Energy". The "Ki" part is the same word as Chi or Qi, the
Chinese word for energy which underlies everything. Reiki is a
system for channelling that energy to someone for the purpose
of healing. It was discovered by Dr. Usui in the late 1800's,
a teacher or perhaps dean of a Christian school in Japan.
Reiki is a form of hands-on-healing where the practitioner
channels Divine healing energy into the recipient's energetic
system or aura. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing
radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the
whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit
creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and
feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual
healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has
been effective in helping virtually every known illness and
malady and always creates a beneficial effect.
As the practitioner channels Reiki, the energy directs itself
to where healing is most needed. Working with the various
bodies (a person's aura is composed of an emotional, mental,
physical and spiritual body) Reiki can heal physical symptoms,
mental symptoms and of course spiritual symptoms underlying
Receiving a Reiki treatment involves the client relaxing
fully clothed on a treatment couch while the Reiki
practitioner applies their hands on specific points of the
body, which are gateways to Universal Energy. Reiki
practitioners also work off the body using the energetic field
- the aura. Recipients respond to Reiki in various ways - some
feel an immediate response whilst others may take weeks to
notice any difference. However, in all cases, Reiki is working
at some level.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It
has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order
to learn, use and receive Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not
dependent on any belief at all and will work whether you
believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from Spiritual
Source, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in
touch with the experience of their religion rather than having
only an intellectual concept of it.
What are the Archangels?
They supervise Angels and Guardian Angels. Call whenever you
need powerful help. There is no time and space restrictions so
an Archangel can help many people at the same time. Never
worry that your problem is too small or that the Archangel
will be too busy. Your call for help is what the Angels want
to hear. Each Archangel has different specialities and so you
can call on different Archangels depending on your needs.
The main Archangels are:
Archangel Michael. His name means "he who is God" or "he who
looks like God". Michael is the protector and guide for light
and love. He is the Archangel who releases the effects of fear
from the planet and its inhabitants. He's the patron of police
officers and gives all of us the courage and backbone to
follow our truth and fulfil our Divine mission. Call upon
Michael if you feel afraid or confused about your personal
safety, your Heavenly purpose or making a necessary life
change. You can also ask him to help you fix any mechanical or
electrical problems. In addition, Michael can assist you in
remembering your life purpose, and then give you the courage
to follow through on it. Personally I always invoke Michael
before I start meditating and before I leave the house every
day. Colour is cobalt blue sometimes with a tinge of purple.
Archangel Gabriel. His/her name means "God is my strength". In
early Italian Renaissance paintings Gabriel is portrayed s a
female Archangel, telling Mary of her impending birth of
Jesus. Although later writings refer to this being in
masculine pronouns. She is the messenger Archangel who helps
all earthly messengers such as writers, teachers and
journalists. She brings news of changes and messages. Call
upon Gabriel to overcome fear or procrastination in any
endeavour involving communication or any aspect of child
conception, adoption, pregnancy and early childhood. You can
ask Gabriel to help with ventures of any sort, new businesses,
new home, etc. Ask for help in interpreting dreams. Exudes a
copper coloured energy.
Archangel Uriel. His name means "light of God". Uriel brings
divine light into our lives. He helps dissolve painful
memories and mistakes so that we feel better and more loving.
He will take away burdens relating to the past. He will heal
instantly your heart for any unforgivenessyou hold against
yourself or others. Uriel helps to see love in situations
where we may think none exists. If having difficult
relationshops he can help guide you so you see all the good in
others. Helps in times of disasters such as hurricanes and
floods. Helps protect homes during natural disasters. He helps
us become calm and balanced. He helps us achieve goals and
dreams. Gives us ideas and helps us manifest what we need.
Colour is pale yellow.
Archangel Raphael. His name means "God heals", and he is in
charge of all forms of healing. He helps all those dedicated
to health and well-being; this extends to those who are not
yet active in this field. He looks after the world and the
population. Helps healers and would be healers. Call upon
Raphael for any injuries or illnesses related to yourself or
another (including animals). Ask him to help with your healing
work. In addition Archangel Raphael aids those who are
travelling, so request that he ensures a harmonious and safe
travel. Colour is emerald green.
Archangel Chamuel. His name means "he who sees God". This is
the Archangel of love and the heart. He pours unconditional
love into you and enables you to spread love through
creativity of all sorts. He helps us find our life purpose.
Call upon Chamuel to find a new love relationship, new
friends, a new job, or any lost item. Once your new situation
is found, he'll help you to maintain it and build it. So ask
him if you need help in repairing any misunderstandings in
personal or work relationships. Colour is pink.
Archangel Jophiel. His name means "beauty of God". He is the
angel of wisdom and illumination. He is the patron Archangel
of artists who help to see and maintain beauty in life. Call
upon him before beginning any artistic project. Since Jophiel
is involved with beautifying the planet by cleansing it of
pollution, you can also ask him for assignments to help in
this vital mission. He brings enlightenment and understanding,
health and wealth. He can help you clear out clutter from your
home, work-place or even your life in general. Colour is
Archangel Haniel. His name means "grace of God". Call upon
this Archangel whenever you wish to add grace and it effects
(peace, serenity, enjoyment of good friends, beauty, harmony,
etc) to your life. You can also request aid before any event
in which you desire to be the embodiment of grace, such as
giving an important presentation, being interviewed for a job,
or going on a first date.
Archangel Zadkiel. His name means "righteousness of God". He
commands the angels of mercy, joy and transmutation. Archangel
Zadkiel work on the seventh ray, which is violet, and
represents transmutation and purification through invocation.
Anyone can invoke the violet flame to heal physical bodies,
relationships and deep soul level problems. He transmutes
lower consciousness into higher consciousness.
How Do I Call In My Angels?
Angels vibrate at a higher level than people. In order to
connect to them it makes it easier if we can lift our
vibration to a level that is closer to the angels. We can do
- Playing channeled music or classical music. There are many
different CDs with angel music available. This lifts the
energy of the room.
- Flowers raise the vibration in the room
- Clear your own energy by having a bath or a shower. Water
cleanses away negativity and makes it easier to connect
- Lighting a candle, or incense
- Soft lighting
- Using crystals. Some crystals aid meditation and angelic
- Lighten your vibration by eating healthily with less meat
- Avoid negative people who lower your vibration and lessen
What benefit is there in meditation?
The benefits of meditation include relieving stress, calming
the mind and improving health. When you allow yourself the
time to sit quietly in meditation it makes it easier for your
Angels to communicate with you and for you to 'hear' them in
whatever way they reply. Meditation makes you feel good. It
allows you to create a feeling of peacefulness and balance
making it easier for your Angel to come close.
How do I start meditating?
When you first start meditation it is good to be able to join
a class and explore different ways of meditation with a
teacher who can help you.
To get started on your own:
- Find a comfortable place
- Commit to spending just 5 or 10 minutes a day at the
- Sit with your feet on the floor and your spine straight. Use
a cushion to support you
- Close your eyes
- Breathe deeply, keeping your attention on the breath
- Allow yourself permission to let go of thoughts, cares and
worries (easier said than done - practice is required)
- Perhaps try using a guided meditation on CD which will help
you to relax the body
The following prayer should be spoken, mentally or aloud
before making contact with your Angels. You should change it
so it's one you feel comfortable saying.
I call forward my Guardian Angels and Archangel Michael. I ask
your protection during this meditation and ask please for you
to help me attain my highest purpose and joy. Please protect
me from all fear and negativity and assure that who I intend
comes through as a clear channel for the light. Thank you so
much for your love and assistance. Amen
Ask the Holy Spirit to surround you in a beam of white
protective light. The Holy Spirit immediately responds and
beams down a ray of protective white light. Now imagine
yourself in a beautiful place where you will feel comfortable.
In your mind's eye, look around you, and notice a path. It is
a beautiful path filled with love. This path is very long; it
goes on and on. Keep your focus on this path.
Mentally ask your Guardian Angel to come forth. Express your
interest in wanting to meet him/her. See an illuminated ball
of light in the distance. It may be white or may be a colour.
Notice the colour you see. See it slowly coming closer and
closer becoming aware that the light is getting larger as it
comes closer to you.
You Angel may decide to make itself known to you in a
different way. Just let this happen. Note what the light looks
like as it comes closer. Now your Angel is directly in front
of you. There may be more than one as your other angels,
guides, relatives and pets may want to connect with you.
Greet your Angel. It's not uncommon for Angels to talk to you
in your own voice, so don't discount your inner voice as your
imagination. Feelings of love, encouragement and warmth are
most common markers of Angelic contact.
Thank your Angel for all the times they have helped you,
comforted you and protected you. Mentally invite the
intervention, guidance and assistance of your Angels in your
life from this point onwards. Ask your Angel the name they
wish to be called. Angels' true names are unpronounceable by
us. They will either make up a name or let you choose one. If
you don't get one right away, don't worry. You may get a
colour or a musical note, every contact is different. Just
know that whatever you get is right for you.
Ask your Angel to communicate any message to you. Ask your
Angel any questions you have, one at a time. note the answers.
Don't doubt the information or emotions you are given, just
let your Angel communicate to you in their own way.
Ask the Creator to bless you and your Angel. See both of you
showered by the Light and Love from the Divine.
Thank your Angel for meeting you in this meditation. Let your
Angel know you look forward to contacting them again soon.
Know they are always by your side.
Focus on grounding and centering yourself by picturing the
roots from your feet into Mother Earth. Pause a moment and
open your eyes.
Did you get a name? If not, don't worry, sometimes just
feeling your angel's energy is enough in the beginning
Your chakras are fundamental to every part of your being.
First identified in ancient India (the word chakra derives
from the Sanskrit word for wheel), they are the body's energy
centers through which the life force flows, helping you to
maintian physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance.
Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for life
energy to flow into and out of our aura. They exist in the
energy body known as the etheric body, which is the layer of
energy closest to the physical body. The chakras form a well-
organised system that keeps the life force, or energy,
directed and fluid. When something happens to impede the flow
of life energy, the chakras slow down activity, and energy
becomes sluggish and even stagnant. If this situation is
temporary, the energy resumes its natural flow. If the
situation continues for some time, the chakras need
stimulation to become active again. Our health and well-being
depend on active chakras.
The seven main chakras are described as being aligned in an
ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the
head. Each chakra is associated with a certain colour,
multiple specific functions, an aspect of consciuosness, a
classical element, and other distinguishing characteristics.
Chakras are often referred to as looking like lotus flowers.
Or they are said to look like the blades of a fan in circular
Today, in our highly charged world, full of stress and loaded
with chemicals - which we absorb as polluted air, poisoned
water and an endless range of allopathic drugs - we are in
urgent need of understanding this ancient knowledge about
energy and how it works. It strives to empower people to make
the best choices for health, connectedness, and love. It also
teaches us that we are more than a physical body: we are a
complete energy system that unites all levels of being into an
energetic totality. Knowing how this system works is vital if
we wish to take charge of our lives.
Root chakra - Muladhara (Root or Support)
Located at the base of the spine
Crystals: Ruby, bloodstone, hematite
Qualities: Patience, structure, stability, security, the
ability to manifest your dreams
Life issues: To value the material as sacred, to find trust in
place of despair, to persevere
Angelic presence: Archangel Michael, leader of the heavenly
armies against the forces of evil
Sacral chakra - Swadhisthana (My sweet abode)
Located two inches below the navel and two inches into the
Crystals: Carnelian, tiger's eye, onyx
Qualities: Well-being, sexuality, sensuality, pleasure,
Life issues: To know that who you are and what you do are
enough; to have enough rest, food, exercise, fun and money;
not to link self-worth with what you do or have; to create
healthy boundaries to protect your vital life force.
Angelic presence: Archangel
Solar Plexus chakra - Manipura (Lustrous jewel)
Located directly below the sternum and over the stomach
Crystals: Topaz, citrine, amber
Qualities: Self-worth, self-esteem, confidence, personal
power, freedom of choice
Life issues: To develop a strong and resilient ego; to know
you are worthy simply because you exist
Angelic presence: Archangel Uriel, regent of the Sun
Heart chakra - Anahata (Unstruck)
Located in the middle of the chest
Colour: Green or pink
Crystals: Rose quartz, diamond, peridot
Qualities: Unity, brother- and sisterhood, love, peace,
purity, and innocence
Life issues: To let love be the center of your life
Angelic presence: Archangel Raphael
Throat chakra - Vishuddha (Purification)
Located in the internal and external throat
Element: The ethers, in which all things are contained
Crystals: Turquoise, blue agate, aquamarine
Qualities: Will, communication, creativity, truthfulness,
Life issues: To harness your will, to express your highest
truth, to live creatively
Angelic presence: Archangel Gabriel, messenger of God
Third Eye chakra - Ajna (To perceive, to know)
Located between the eyebrows
Element: The Cosmos
Crystals: Sapphire, tanzanite, lapis lazuli
Qualities: Wisdom, discernment, imagination, intuition,
Life issues: To focus your intelligence; to know who and what
are for your highest good and greatest joy; to distill widom
from your life experiences, both good and difficult; to choose
life, health, joy and fulfillment in every aspect of your life
Angelic presence: The Shekhinah, better known as the feminine
face of God
Crown chakra - Sahasrara (Thousandfold)
Located at the top of the skull
Element: The Cosmos
Crystals: Amethyst, alexandrite
Qualities: Grace, beauty, serenity, oneness with all that is
Life issues: Selfless realisation of your indelible connection
with the greater whole of life; creation of a vital and
resilient spiritual context for holding your life experiences
Angelic presence: The Christ Light
Angelology: Doctrine of Angels, Demons, and Satan
Angels make an appearance on the biblical stage in both
the Old and New Testaments. Who are they? What are their jobs?
Where did they come from? The Bible goes into little detail.
When Billy Graham wrote his book on the subject, he pointed
When I decided to preach a sermon on angels, I found
practically nothing in my library.
Therefore, at the very beginning of our study, it is
important to note that the Bible gives us very limited
information about angels. Therefore, we must be careful in the
conclusions we draw. We have insufficient information to say
much of anything about these beings.
The Hebrew word for angel is mala'ak; in meaning it is
equivalent to the Greek word, angelos from which the English
word is obviously derived. However, in both Hebrew and Greek,
the term simply means "messenger" and was used for both God's
messengers as well as those of a king or ruler on Earth. For a
list of all the appearances of the Hebrew term, look at
Three other terms are found in the Old Testament for
angel. Seraphim (singular Seraph) simply means "flame". It
only shows up twice, both times in Isaiah, and both times in
one chapter: Isaiah 6:2 and 6.
The second term is considerably more common, and is
transliterated into English as "Cherub"; it is these angels
that are described as particularly unusual to look at; Ezekiel
1:4-28 contains the most detailed description we have of them.
Whether this is their normal appearance, it's hard to say.
They reappear in Revelation in virtually the same form. They
appear most frequently, though, as a decoration used in the
temple. For a complete list of all the references to the
Cherubim, look at Appendix Four.
The third term that is generally thought to refer to
angels is found in only a handful of places. It is usually -
though not always - translated as "the sons of God". How to
understand the term is a topic of great controversy,
especially in Genesis 6:1-4, where the reader is told that the
sons of God had sex with the daughters of men:
When men began to increase in number on the Earth and
daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the
daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them
they chose. Then Yahweh said, "My Spirit will not contend with
man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and
The Nephilim were on the Earth in those days - and
also afterward - when the sons of God went to the daughters of
men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men
Three possible explanations for this incident have been
1. The sons of God are the sons of Seth.
2. The daughters of men are the descendants of Cain.
3. The sin in view is the marriage of the holy to the unholy
(see Deut. 7:1-6; Gen. 34:9; Josh. 23:12; 1 Kings 11:2; Ezra
9:14; and 2 Cor. 6:14-18).
4. The lines of evidence given to support this position are
as follows: a) the concept of a holy line seems to have been
established with the distinction made between the genealogy of
Seth and that of Cain; and b) the sin of marriage of the holy
to the unholy becomes a common theme throughout the
5. But, there are some serious problems with this theory of
two human lines: a) the term "sons of God" cannot be
demonstrated to mean "the line of Seth", or a holy line of
people, any place else in the Bible. b) There is no evidence
that the lines of Cain and Seth remained totally separate. The
theory also fails to account for the many other children Adam
and Eve had besides Seth and Cain (Gen. 5:4). c) It cannot be
demonstrated that God had begun working through only one line
at this early period of history. d) The term for "men" used in
this passage is general, with no demonstrated special meaning.
There would have to be some evidence elsewhere in the Bible in
order to legitimately narrow its meaning here to "Cain" or
"the unredeemed". e) Finally, and most damning, is the
underlying false theological presupposition, that a line of
people could be wholly wicked, with no possibility of
redemption. This smacks of both racism and salvation by works
- neither of which is a biblical concept.
1. The "sons of God" are dynastic rulers.
2. The "daughters of men" are commoners.
3. The sin in view is polygamy.
4. The evidence for this view is that magistrates or rulers
are often referred to as gods or the offspring of gods in the
Ancient Near East (Note Ex. 21:6; 22:8-9; and Psalm 82:1, 6).
5. The problem with this second theory is twofold: one,
kingship has not been expressed in any way in this passage or
in the preceding, and two, Scripture does not consider kings
to be the actual sons of a deity, nor does Scripture accept
such designations as legitimate. One of the striking
differences between the kings of Israel and the neighboring
kings of other lands was that Israel's rulers didn't claim
1. The "sons of God" are fallen angels.
2. The "daughters of men" are mortal women.
3. The sin in view is the marriage between supernatural and
4. The evidence for this view is: a) "sons of God", in all
other Old Testament passages, means "angels" (see Job 1:6;
2:1; 38:7; Psalm 29:1; 89:7; Daniel 3:25); b) Jude 6-7, 1
Peter 3:19- 20, and 2 Peter 2:4-6 seem to refer to the
incident as an interaction between fallen angels and people.
Notice that Jude 7 reports that "in a similar way" to what
happened before the flood, the people of Sodom perverted
themselves (they also desired sex with angels: Genesis 19:5);
and finally c) Jesus in Matthew 22:30 says that angels do not
marry; he doesn't say they are incapable of sex; furthermore
he is discussing the righteous angels, not the unrighteous
demons (besides, the point of Christ's argument is that people
will not marry in heaven - he is not intent on discussing the
sexual habits of the angels).
5. The problems with this third theory are, one, that it
gives a somewhat mythological tone to the story, and two, that
there had not been a previous mention of angels in the
Personally, I believe neither of the objections to the
third theory are convincing. The charge that it sounds
mythological is hardly a valid reason for rejecting the
interpretation, while the second one, that angels were not
previously mentioned appears weak: after all, there is a first
time for everything. I believe, therefore, that theory three
has the strongest arguments in its favor, and it seems the
most natural reading of the text.
Only two angels are mentioned by name in the Bible.
Michael - whose name means "who is like God?" - is mentioned
in Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1, Jude 9, and Revelation 12:7.
Gabriel, "soldier of God", is mentioned in Daniel 8:16; 9:21,
Luke 1:19 and 26.
What do we know about angels? Not a lot. We know that
in the Bible they are predominantly male (there are a couple
of references in Zechariah that appear to be feminine: see
Zech. 5:5-10 and 6:4-5). In fact, if the incident in Genesis 6
refers to angels, then they are masculine to the point of
being able to mate with human women. However, the paucity of
feminine angels in the Bible is not sufficient evidence to
conclude that angels are never feminine. After all, arguments
from silence are not particularly convincing, especially when
so little is said to begin with.
We know that angels are frightening, at least
sometimes. Ezekiel gives us a description of the Cherubim in
Ezekiel 1:4-28. A reading of that passage gives us the
following characteristics: their basic form is that of a human
biped (1:5), but they have four faces (1:6) and four wings
(1:6). Their feet look something like those of a calf (cloven
hooves?) and are shiny, as if they are made of burnished
bronze (1:7). The four wings are spread out, one on each of
their four sides. Under each wing is what looks like a human
hand (1:8). Their heads have four faces, one on each of the
four sides (1:10). One face looked human, one resembled an ox,
one a lion, and one an eagle (1:10). As a result of having a
face on each side of their bodies, they didn't have to turn to
change direction; no matter which way they decided to go, they
were already facing that way (1:9, 12). The sound their wings
made was quite loud (1:24). When an angel appears to someone,
often one of the first things he has to say is "do not be
afraid". After Ezekiel's description, we should not be
Yet - despite the description in Ezekiel - Genesis 18
and Joshua 5:13-15, plus most New Testament references
indicate that angels most often take on human form - or have
human form - being indistinguishable from ordinary men. But in
any case, 2 Kings 6:16-17 and Numbers 22:21-35 make clear the
point that angels are not usually visible to human beings at
They serve as God's messengers, to bring information
to his servants (Daniel 10:12-14). They fight for God's people
(Joshua 5:13-15; 2 Kings 6:16-17), and they protect and help
God's people (Psalm 92:11-12)
Where Did Angels Come From?
There is not an easy answer to the question, "where did
the angels come from?" Nehemiah 9:6 records:
You alone are Yahweh. You made the heavens, even the
highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all
that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You gave life
to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
This passage would seem to make clear that the only
uncreated being is God; therefore, the angels are created
beings. However, one will search in vain for any explicit
biblical statement that God created them, or one that explains
when they were created. Some commentators feel strongly that
they were created before the six days outlined in Genesis one.
Others feel just as strongly that they were created on one of
those six days, though there is no way of telling which one.
Unfortunately, the Bible is silent on the matter. Furthermore,
the Bible never explains why an omnipotent, omniscient, and
omnipresent God would ever need angels. But of course he
doesn't need us, either, and never really explains why he
created human beings.
A particularly weird explanation that I invented for
use in a novel, though outlandish, has as much scriptural
backing as any other possible theory: i.e., none. A little
background information in science will be necessary for
understanding my position.
Modern physics has been described as "stranger than
science fiction", as the following quotation from Gary Zukov's
According to the Many World's theory, whenever a choice
is made in the universe between one possible event and
another, the universe splits into different branches.
In our hypothetical experiment we decided to throw the
switch into the "up" position. When the experiment was
performed with the switch in the "up" position it gave us a
definite result (a certain number of clicks in each area).
However, according to the Many Worlds theory, at the moment
that we threw the switch up, the universe split into two
branches. In one branch, the experiment was performed with the
switch in the "up" position. In the other branch, the
experiment was performed with the switch in the "down"
position. Who performed the experiment in the second branch?
There is a different edition of us in each of the different
branches of the universe! Each edition of us is convinced that
OUR branch of the universe is the entirety of reality....
...we are led to the Many Worlds theory in which the
world continuously is splitting into separate and mutually
inaccessible branches, each of which contains different
editions of the same actors performing different acts at the
same time on different stages which somehow are located in the
Not only is this very weird to think about, it could
allow for a very peculiar explanation for who the angels and
the demons are. If the world branches into alternate universes
whenever a choice arises, then it could be that the universe
split in three at the Garden of Eden. In one version of the
universe, Adam and Eve didn't eat of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, in which case they would have remained
sinless and immortal: the angels. In a second version, they
eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but also
manage to eat of the tree of life, and so will live forever:
eternally irredeemable, since Christ can't become one of them
and die - they don't die: so they are the demons. The third
branch is the one we are familiar with, where Adam and Eve
sinned and did not eat from the tree of life. Odd ideas, no
doubt, but no more or less reasonable than any other
explanation. Where the Bible is silent, speculation can take
Where Did the Devil Come From?
Satan is first mentioned by "name" in Job 1:6-7:
One day the angels came to present themselves before
Yahweh, and Satan also came with them. Yahweh said to Satan,
"Where have you come from?"
Satan answered Yahweh, "From roaming through the earth
and going back and forth in it."
Here God asks where it is that Satan comes from;
however, it is not a question of ultimate origins, but of
"what have you been doing lately?" From the story of Job, we
learn that Satan is responsible for bringing misery and
suffering to people. In 1 Chronicles 21:1 we see him active in
tempting a person to sin. The only other place that Satan is
mentioned in the Old Testament is Zechariah 3:1-2, where he is
seen accusing the saints; and of course that is exactly what
his name "Satan" means: "the accuser". In fact, in the Old
Testament "Satan" is always preceded by a definite article,
from which we gather "Satan" is more a designation of his
character than an actual personal name. His actual first
appearance in the Bible is generally assumed to be at the very
beginning, in the form of a serpent, when he convinces Eve to
doubt God's goodness. If this serpent is indeed Satan (there
is no explicit biblical indication that it is), then Satan is
responsible for creating all the misery that exists in our
How Did the Devil Turn Bad?
Since God is not the author of evil, then Satan, as a
created being, could not have begun wicked. What happened to
Some commentators have taken Isaiah 14:12-15 as a
reference to Satan's fall. The King James translation has
contributed to this interpretation by translating 14:12 as
How art thou fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How art thou cut down to the ground,
who didst weaken the nations!
The word "Lucifer" for some reason has been accepted as
a name for "Satan", although this is the only occurrence of
the word in the entire Bible; it was taken over from the Latin
Vulgate, and means simply "morning star" - which is the proper
translation of the underlying Hebrew word. There are several
problems with an interpretation of this passage as a reference
to Satan: First, the person referred to in 14:12-15 is
explicitly said to be the king of Babylon (14:3). Second, he
is called a man (14:16-17). Third, he is said to be dead
(14:9, 11, 19), and fourthly, he is said to have destroyed his
land and his people (14:20). Finally, no other reference to
this passage in the Old or New Testament indicates that Isaiah
14:12-15 should be interpreted as a reference to anyone other
than the king of Babylon, a man filled with great pride (cf.
Daniel 4:28-32; 5:18-30). Instead, all the evidence points to
it being a description of a human ruler. To interpret it any
other way necessitates taking the passage out of context.
The other passage which is mentioned in relation to
how Satan became evil is Ezekiel 28:12-15. Again, the problems
faced by those who wish to interpret this as a reference to
Satan are insurmountable. 28:12 itself identifies the
individual in view: the king of Tyre. If one looks back to
earlier portions of the same chapter, one finds that this king
was guilty of the most incredible pride, a pride not
especially unusual in kings of this time and region. Look at
The word of Yahweh came to me:
"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre,
'This is what the Master Yahweh says:
"'In the pride of your heart
you say, "I am a god;
I sit on the throne of a god
in the heart of the seas."
But you are a man and not a god,
though you think you are as wise as a god.
Are you wiser than Daniel?
Is no secret hidden from you?
By your wisdom and understanding
you have gained wealth for yourself
and amassed gold and silver
in your treasuries.
By your great skill in trading
you have increased your wealth,
and because of your wealth
your heart has grown proud.
"'Therefore this is what Master Yahweh says:
"Because you think you are wise,
as wise as a god,
I am going to bring foreigners against you,
the most ruthless of nations;
they will draw their swords against your beauty
and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor.
They will bring you down to the pit,
and you will die a violent death
in the heart of the seas.
Will you then say, "I am a god,"
in the presence of those who kill you?
You will be but a man, not a god,
in the hands of those who slay you.
You will die the death of the uncircumcised
at the hands of foreigners.
I have spoken, declares the Master Yahweh.'"'"
These words about the king of Tyre could be compared to
those of Suppiluliumas, a Hittite king. At the beginning of
one of his decrees he wrote:
These are the words of the Sun, Suppiluliumas, the
great king, the king of the Hittites, the valiant, the
favorite of the Storm-god....
Just like the king of Tyre, it was common for Near
Eastern kings to picture themselves as gods incarnate. For
instance, the Pharaoh was always, even as late as the time of
Alexander the Great, pictured as the incarnation of the Sun
god Re. Alexander, because it made his Near Eastern subjects
happy (and padded his ego), declared himself to be a god.
In any case, the author of the lament that is then
raised for the king of Tyre in 28:12-16 does not have the fall
of Satan in mind at all. This has not prevented some from
taking the words in verses 12-16 as being absolute proof that
this has to be Satan, forgetting the very context of these
words. Let's look at the objections raised against a purely
human setting for this passage. In verse twelve we are told
that this king was "the model of perfection"; those who wish
to see Satan in this passage argue that this is an indication
of Satan's sinlessness before he rebelled against God, and
since all people are sinners, this statement can hardly be
applied to a human king. But in answer to this, since when
does the word "perfect" when applied to people indicate
sinlessness? Are not many Old and New Testament persons called
perfect? No special significance can be found in the current
use of the term.
Verse 13: "You were in Eden, the garden of God..."
What does this mean? Look back one chapter to Ezekiel 27,
where the trading empire of Tyre is described. In 27:23, Eden
is mentioned as one of the places Tyre traded with. Notice
that all the precious objects with which the person of Ezekiel
28:13 is decked are the items Tyre traded for in 27:1-24.
Please note also Ezekiel 31:9 and 16-18, where, in a message
to the king of Egypt, Lebanon (where Tyre was located) was
I made the nations tremble at the sound of its fall
when I brought it down to the grave with those who go down to
the pit. Then all the trees of Eden, the choicest and best of
Lebanon, all the trees that were well-watered, were consoled
in the earth below [vs. 16].
Eden, because it was the perfect place from which
humans had fallen, was taken into Israelite thought as the
picture of the ideal place; it became a figure for God's
favor. Look at how it is used in Ezekiel 36:33-36, which
speaks of a restored Israel:
This is what the Master Yahweh says: "On the day I
cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns,
and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be
cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who
pass through it. They will say, 'This land that was laid waste
has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying
in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and
inhabited.' Then the nations around you that remain will know
that I Yahweh have rebuilt what was destroyed and have
replanted what was desolate. I Yahweh have spoken, and I will
In verse 15 Ezekiel talks about the king's ways being
blameless since "the day he was created." Obviously, say those
who see Satan here, this refers to the creation of Satan. But
in Ezekiel 21:30 the same word "created" is used of the
Amorites - human beings, not the devil. Isaiah uses it in
Isaiah 43:1 and 7 in speaking of the origin of Israel and in
Psalm 102:18 it is clearly referring simply to birth. Though
the word is used to describe the creation of the universe
(Gen. 1:1), we must be careful to recognize the full range of
So what about the "guardian cherub" of verses 14 and
16? Explain that! Okay. Please look at 1 Kings 6:23-30:
In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of
olive wood, each ten cubits high [approximately 15 feet]. One
wing of the first cherub was five cubits long, and the other
wing was five cubits - ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip.
The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two
cherubim were identical in size and shape. The height of each
cherub was ten cubits. He placed the cherubim inside the
innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The
wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the
other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each
other in the middle of the room. He overlaid the cherubim with
Also notice Genesis 3:24, the only place that mentions
cherubim in association with the Garden of Eden:
After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side
of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing
back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
Genesis 3:24 seems to strike the final blow against an
identification of the personage of Ezekiel 28 with Satan,
because the guardian cherubs were those who came after Satan
had done his foul deed. The guardian cherub cannot be
identified with the devil. Notice too, the characteristic of
the cherub: they guarded the way to the tree of life, or were
decorations at the entrance to the Most Holy Place in the
temple, where the high priest made atonement for the sins of
the people. Likewise, the king of Tyre was guardian for the
livelihood and wealth of countless nations, and he bore
responsibility for his own people's welfare. Notice the
reaction to the downfall of the king of Tyre:
The ships of Tarshish serve
as carriers for your wares.
You are filled with heavy cargo
in the heart of the sea.
Your oarsmen take you
out to the high seas.
But the east wind will break you to pieces
in the heart of the sea.
Your wealth, merchandise and wares,
your mariners, seamen and shipwrights,
your merchants and all your soldiers,
and everyone else on board
will sink into the heart of the sea
on the day of your shipwreck.
The shorelands will quake
when your seamen cry out.
All who handle the oars
will abandon their ships;
the mariners and all the seamen
will stand on the shore.
They will raise their voice
and cry bitterly over you;
they will sprinkle dust on their heads
and roll in ashes.
They will shave their heads because of you
and will put on sackcloth.
They will weep over you with anguish of soul
and with bitter mourning.
As they wail and mourn over you,
they will take up a lament concerning you:
"Who was ever silenced like Tyre,
surrounded by the sea?"
When your merchandise went out on the seas,
you satisfied many nations;
with your great wealth and your wares
you enriched the kings of the earth.
Now you are shattered by the sea
in the depths of the waters;
your wares and all your company
have gone down with you.
All who live in the coastlands
are appalled at you;
their kings shudder with horror
and their faces are distorted with fear.
The merchants among the nations hiss at you;
you have come to a horrible end
and will be no more. (Ezekiel 27:25-36)
In the final analysis, it must be concluded that the
Bible does not reveal where Satan originated. It is enough
that we are told he exists, and that he must be resisted
(James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8-9).
What Do Angels Do?
The word "angel" means "messenger"; that gives some
hint of their primary role. Steven and Paul both state that
the law was delivered to Moses by way of angels (Acts 7:53;
Galatians 3:19). Elsewhere, we find angels delivering messages
to people, for instance to Hagar (Genesis 16:7), Samson's
parents (Judges 13), Mary (Luke 1:26ff), and Joseph (Matthew
One finds them forced into conflicts in Daniel when
they were attacked on their way to deliver a message (Daniel
10:13; an assumption is made here that the prince of Persia is
a demon or Satan. That is possible, but not necessary; if we
can entertain angels unawares - Hebrews 13:2 - it would not
seem impossible that people could oppose and fight them
unaware, also). At the end of time, one sees them coming with
Jesus to establish the kingdom, and we see them at around the
same time in armed conflict with the host of Satan.
What else angels might do is simply not discussed.
They are minor characters in the plot of Scripture.
What Do Demons Do?
Scripturally, one never finds demons taking possession
of places, objects, books, or buildings. Instead, they
associate themselves exclusively with people, except for one
brief instance (Mark 5, Luke 8) when they took over a herd of
pigs which promptly committed suicide en masse.
Consequently, I find it hard to take seriously those
who claim to find evidence of demon activity based on certain
"unwholesome" items in their homes. The only problem with
"unwholesome" items is that they are unwholesome. Demons have
nothing to do with that fact. Furthermore, most evil in the
world is done by people, by themselves. Human beings need no
help from the spirit realm to come up with nasty things to do
to one another.
Demons and Spiritual War
The eyes shifted from side to side, the only
announcement that I was no longer talking to Jeff. "Why are
you there?" I asked.
"Suppose..." said Jeff, though the voice was not quite
Jeff's. There was a lengthy pause. "I suppose I'll have to
"You have no right to be there."
"Where's the Preacher Boy?"
"He's not here right now, and that doesn't matter."
"What authorization do you have?"
"The Lord Jesus Christ died for Jeff's sins. You have
no right to be there."
"Where should I go?"
"That's up to Jesus."
"I was afraid you'd say that."
"Jesus died on the cross for Jeff's sins. You have no
right to be there."
"I wish you'd stop saying that." The expression of
disgust and discomfort on his face was extreme - not exactly
fear, but more as sense of failure and, "I wish you wouldn't
bring up that mistake again."
"In Jesus name, you need to go. If you go, you won't
have to listen to me say "Jesus" any more."
And then the demon was gone and it was only Jeff. This
was the second demon that had been removed, and there would be
at least two more before it was finished, about a week and a
Jeff was a multiple personality, made so by ritualized
abuse and Satanic cult activity as a child. His personality
had fragmented and though the dominant personality had been a
Christian for a number of years, the fragmentation in the
personality still existed. The demons had become trapped among
the fragments and had been hiding for a number of years. Now
they were finally being disabused.
So how could a person that was a Christian have
demons? The situation was unusual in that it was a multiple
personality. Secondly, they weren't possessing the person in
the traditional sense of controlling or dominating. Rather, I
got the impression that they were hiding, as if Jeff were a
house and they had slithered under beds and into closets when
the new owner showed up unexpectedly. Had they known that Jeff
was going to get saved, they'd have vacated long before; now,
they were trapped and terrified of being found out for fear of
what the new owner might do to them. They had been very quiet
for a long number of years.
From my limited experience with them, demons are
rather pathetic, fearful creatures, and to a Christian,
powerless. Their only weapon is illusion - to try to trick the
believer into thinking that they have some power. I felt no
fear of the demon, only great annoyance - the sort of
annoyance one feels when a creditor claims you haven't paid,
but you have the canceled check in your hand. You wave it in
his face and tell him to get the hell away from you. That's
what it's like for a Christian dealing with a demon.
However - and this is critical - if you arrogantly try
to do it on your own, you will fail. It is Jesus, and Jesus
alone who can get rid of demons. You can't do it yourself, and
you have nothing to do with what happens to the demon at all.
You must keep the contest between the demon and Jesus at all
times. You are not using the name "Jesus" as a magic talisman.
The name without the person it is attached to is of limited
value (cf. Acts 19:13-17; the sons of Sciva invoked the name,
but not being Christians they didn't know the one to whom the
name was attached). The person of Christ has to be present.
It's as if you and your good friend "Guido" happened down a
dark alley and some scurvy little thug has jumped out
brandishing a penknife. You just step behind "Guido" and tell
the scurvy thug to take it up with "Guido". Needless to say,
you have no problem. But if "Guido" isn't there, the guy with
the penknife can cut you to ribbons pretty easily.
Christians will get themselves into trouble with, or
be afraid of demons only if (1) they rely on themselves, or
imagine that they somehow have something to do with solving
the problem and (2) they believe the lies that are likely to
come from the demon.
In dealing with a demon, there is no need to ask it
it's name, to converse with it about theology or any other
questions, to defend yourself or someone else. There is no
formula or ritual. Whatever name a demon might give is
meaningless. "Legion" was the name that a group of demons
claimed that wound up in a bunch of pigs (Mark 5:1-20; Luke
8:26-39). You may hear others call themselves "Lust" or
"Destruction" or "Death." They are blowing hot air and
attempting to intimidate. "Destroyer" sounds better than
"Weenie", after all, though something like "Wimpboy" would be
far more accurate a description. Those are not their real
names, anymore than a CB or Internet chatroom handle like
"Biker" or "Funtime Charlie" are real names (in fact, I
suspect the motivation in demons associating with human beings
is primarily entertainment, similar to the enjoyment we might
find in a computer virtual reality simulation). Demons are
pathetic and frankly impotent in the face of Jesus. Demons are
to Jesus what a single match is to the sun. All that you need
to do is keep talking about Jesus, and keep telling the demon
that Jesus wants it to leave. For a Christian, there is no
feeling of pride, no feeling of accomplishment in seeing a
demon vanquished. There are no sparks, no pyrotechnics, no
special effects. It is quiet, bland, and unexciting. And you
will become very conscience of the fact that it is entirely
Jesus and has nothing to do with you at all. As Jesus told the
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even
the demons submit to us in your name."
He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from
heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and
scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing
will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit
to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
It is critical, of course, in the face of a demon
associated with a person, to ascertain that the person does
not want the demon to be there. If the person has no desire to
be rid of the demon, then there's not much that can be done. A
person that doesn't want to be rescued is unrescuable.
In summary, dealing with demons is not exciting. It is merely
irritating. Annoying is the best word to describe it.
Motivation of Satan and Demons
A mistake that some make is to imagine that Satan and
his cohorts are little more than imps or gremlins, delighting
in disruption and attempting merely to cause trouble for
trouble's sake. This is to seriously underestimate them, as
well as to mythologize them and hence make them little more
than things that go bump in the night.
Christians make a mistake if they are quick to blame
every error, every problem in their lives on demon activity.
The fact that you lost your job, or your car won't start is
very unlikely to be due to demons. Far more likely, it's
simply the consequence of living on a fallen planet. Likewise,
when people are evil, it is not because they are demon
possessed, it is because they are human beings and that is the
nature of human beings.
On the other hand, we must be careful not to think
that demons don't exist, or that they are make believe. They
are very real.
In arriving at the motivation of Satan and his
helpers, a few thoughts should be brought together. One, Satan
is aware of his ultimate fate. He can read the Bible the same
as the rest of us, and the news, for him, is much less than
Now, if you as a human being were aware of some awful
calamity that would befall you tomorrow, what would you do?
Obviously, you would try to avoid the calamity, either by
being elsewhere than where the calamity is supposed to occur,
or by altering events to try to prevent the calamity.
Therefore, I would suggest that the primary motivation
for Satan (and the demons) is a desperate desire to avoid the
last judgment. Therefore, whatever Satan or his cohorts do, it
will be done in combination with asking themselves the
question: "how does this further my cause of avoiding God's
judgment in eternal Hell at the end of time?" Demons and Satan
are unlikely to bother themselves with anything that does not
contribute toward their cause.
The hopelessness of the situation does not stop their
struggle; after all, even condemned criminals tied to their
chair in the gas chamber, will hold their breath and struggle
against their bonds. It is a serious probability that the
demons and Satan are no longer entirely sane any longer,
either, making them that much more dangerous and nasty.
The hint that this is indeed the motivation of the
demons and Satan comes in a couple of passages. In 1
Corinthians 2:8 Paul writes that if they had known the
consequences of killing Jesus, they never would have done so.
The irony here is heavy. Satan imagined that in killing Jesus
(and one can see the importance he placed on this event, in
that it is in Christ's betrayal that we have the only
reference to Satan himself taking possession of a person [Luke
22:3; John 13:27]; obviously, he wanted to make sure the job
got done right), he would thwart God's plan; but rather than
thwarting God's plan, he fulfilled it and sealed his own doom.
Knowing that Jesus was a human being, Satan tried to
corrupt him, first, in the temptation in the wilderness
(Matthew 1, Luke 4, Mark 4); Satan knew that Jesus was key,
and that if he could somehow disrupt God's plan, then he could
achieve his goal: to be left alone in peace by God, never to
suffer punishment. When the temptation failed, he then tried
repeatedly to kill him, finally succeeding at Calvary. Like
the disciples, the Jewish leaders, everyone, in fact, Satan
was just as oblivious to Jesus' actual purpose in coming. In
hindsight, it seems hard to fathom how everyone could have
been in the dark; but that they were.
An analogy comes to mind when I think in terms of what
spiritual warfare is like. My wife and I were foster parents
of a little girl named Vanessa. She had come to us at four
months of age on December 17, 1993; she weighed eight pounds
and was classified as "failure to thrive." She had been born
with Heroin in her system, to a mother addicted to the drug
who also drank heavily during the pregnancy. The mother was
fifteen when Vanessa was born. Now, at four months, Vanessa
was dying. The reports to us were that she cried all the time,
wouldn't eat, and hardly ever slept.
When we got her, she was dirty and huddled in a fetal
position; she behaved, not like a four month old, but like a
newborn. But, a remarkable thing happened. She ate when we
gave her food, and she stopped crying when she ate. The first
night we had her, she slept through without waking for a full
eight hours. This, in fact, became her pattern from the first
night on. We fed her regularly, scheduled feedings and she
Two months after we got her, at a regularly scheduled
court hearing to review her case, she was removed from our
custody and placed in the custody of her maternal aunt. Almost
at once, Vanessa got sick, and, since the paperwork was
unfinished, only my wife and I still had the authorization for
having her treated. Moreover, the aunt encouraged us to
maintain contact and let us keep her over the weekends (the
aunt, after all, was only eighteen and had other things she'd
rather do on the weekend). After ten days, the aunt
voluntarily relinquished custody back to us, explaining that
"she couldn't handle it."
Over the next two years, we had varying amounts of
contact with the biological mother, averaging less than one,
one hour visit per month. In fact, from April 1995 through
December 1995 there was no contact whatsoever.
Attempts at family reunification were terminated in
May of 1995 and on February 7 , 1996, the biological mothers
parental rights were finally terminated, freeing Vanessa up
for us to adopt her. The adoption should be finalized by this
time in 1997.
During these two years and two months of ordeal for
us, Vanessa lived a perfectly normal, happy life. She learned
to turn over, to sit up, to crawl and to walk. She called us
"mommy" and "daddy". She never knew her biological family, and
as far as she knew, we were her only parents. She began
talking, went to church, learned Sunday School songs, even
while all this turmoil swirled around her. But she never knew.
And really, it doesn't matter. She is ours now, legally. But
she was always ours, from the moment we first picked her up so
long ago as an eight pound four month old.
Thus, I suspect, it is with us. Much of the turmoil,
the battles between God and his angels and the forces of
darkness occur beyond our knowledge -- in fact, beyond our
ability to comprehend; just as Vanessa could never understand
what was going on around her. And frankly, there was no need
for Vanessa to know. She could do nothing about it, even if
she had understood. Thus for us, the fact that we glean so
little in the Bible about angels and demons and "spiritual
warfare" should give us a clue as to what is really important:
loving each other and, consequently, spreading the good news
about God's love for the human race.
(now-n);Any being dedicated to the cultivation of
inner presence and the elevation of awareness in self and
other selves. This being is called a lightworker and is an
evolutionary step toward a state of "LightBeing"
What's happening in the world?
There is an awakening happening all around the world. And that
awakening involves you and every being that exists on our
lovely home planet, mother earth. We are truly entering a
renaissance of spiritual evolution, an evolutionary process
that proceeds and transcends the physical. Our wisdom stems
from coming to understand how little we conceptually know
about life, god, the universe and everything, and embracing
the fundamental truth of inherent divinity within all life.
What is a Lightworker?
Everyone is a Lightworker whether they know it at all. Just as
truth is truth whether anyone knows it or not. The real
question arises then, "Am I aware of who I am?" Behind all
labels, behind all self created illusions of mind and ego, or
social dogmas and masks, there lies the truth, the answer to
that question. Just as the Sun shines bright both day and
night, it is only the movement of the planet and clouds that
obscure it from view. But the sun is always shining. A
Lightworker is awake to this truth, aware of their true
presence and living in accordance with the divine plan. All
beings that exist are a channel between eternal, formless
heaven and the temporary world of form and illusion, earth.
Why am I here? One does not always need to consciously realize
the answer to this question, but living your life purpose is
achievable in every moment, right now. Sit in peaceful
contemplation, in pure awareness. Allow yourself to be present
in every moment and feel within the depths of your heart for
your inner truth, your guidance. The work is easy and the
burden is light. Your true essence of being is so vast, it is
beyond any concept, any word, thought or form. A Lightworker
then is any being, who is aware of their true non-dual nature,
their eternal "I Am" Presence and acting in accordance with
it. A Lightworker is active in enlightenment, or in
What is Lightworking?
Just as the sun rises each morning, to shine its light into
the world, so it is with lightworking. To walk upon the face
of the planet lightly, light in spirit and bearing, and shine
love, happiness, tranquillity and peace into the world. To
calm the inner turmoil, to just be, and be at one with who you
truly are, to love and honour life as an expression of
divinity, to love all that is, that power some call god, and
of course to love one and other unconditionally. In being true
to the divine presense within all beings, and releasing all
false thought forms, all masks and illusions, is the essence
of lightworking. In this lightworking emanates love,
happiness, joy, faith, hope and inspiration into the inner and
outer world. This not only helps to awaken the lightworker,
but also to awaken others to their own natural state. What can
be called enlightenment, what may be called ascension. A
Lightworkers divine mission then comes to life, as one enters
the flow of creation and maintains the presence of awareness
without being caught up in the turmoil of the creation. This
is done in the service of all. For all beings (self included),
all the time.
What does a Lightworker do?
All life exists for a sacred purpose. A Lightworker, that is a
being, aware of their true presence, their inner awareness and
non-dual nature then becomes a vehicle for divine activation.
This role is a very simple and a natural one. When the
illusionary self is dissolved into the true sense of being,
the IAM presence, a being begins to shine and resonate this
mandala field of pure state bliss. The transition starts from
Lightworker to Light Being. This activation can occur
anywhere, in any situation, in all places, roles and
demographics, from the mother at home to the soldier in the
military, even in the depths of the darkest regions of human
nature this blossoming occurs. It can be slow, or instant. It
has been this way for eternity. For all the people, all the
time. All for one and one for all. This is the effortless
state of being, devoid of all grasping, all seeking. This is
existence under a blue sky, and bright sunshine, exposing all
to the life giving energies of our divine source.
What is the Light Energy?
Light Energy has many names. Some names include, the oriental
Chi, Yin and Yang, the Indian Prana, and the Greek Aether. The
light Energy pervades all. It encompasses all things. It is of
the source, but not the source. It is the flow itself. It is
the essence of all things. The primordial essence of spirit
before it manifest into form. It is from where all things
emanate, and all things return. It is the stuff of stars and
the stuff of souls. We see it, and experience it in this
material world as both form/matter and energy vibration. We
experience it as thought and emotions. All these things are
waves on the primordial ocean, resonating in various
frequencies. All energy is frequency, and all frequency is
harmony. Everything before you now is connected through
frequency. The sounds you hear.. Do Re MI Fa So La Ti DO.. to
the light you see.. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Magenta,
Violet, RED, winding its way up through the frequencies. Even
the course elements of matter are connected to this harmony
H,He,Li,Be,B,C,N. Each is the same, just operating on a
different frequency, at a different harmonic. All is Light..
All is Energy. And its master is divine consciousness. We are
constantly, directing spirit into form, thought, actions and
endeavours. The question arises. "From what level of
consciousness to I create?" This will determine the results
and experiences of life. Each being, operates in various
levels of consciousness. Yet when creation emanates from the
source itself, free from resistance and obstruction, divine
will manifests. Heaven is made manifest on earth. The cards
are stacked for growth and learning. We will be guided by
angels or pushed by demons.
Where do I start?
Being a Lightworker is both very easy and very hard. How hard
is it to be the real you? Are you prepared to let go of
everything? Think of who you will be when all form and
material life is gone. That is the real you. Are you prepared
to forgive and release all? There is nothing you must do, it's
all about what you no longer need to do. To stop hiding, to
face the true awesome reality of who and what you are, free
from all illusions. Are you a thinking, breathing, centered
person? Do you control your ego, or does your ego control you?
Do you live in a state of awareness or reaction? Where are you
looking for your answers? Within or without? These are all
serious questions we must contemplate and come to accept for
ourselves.. To "Know Thy Self" beyond mind, beyond ego, beyond
words is the first and only step.
Is there anything else I can do?
Once the flow of creation is embraced, great energy is
released, life becomes the adventure it truly was meant to be.
What needs to be done, will present itself in every moment.
All that needs to be accomplished, resolved and understood,
will be. Be present, be still within the vortex of creation,
in humble awe. We are all children of the one source, we are
all babes. Take time out, take it easy, awaken and reconnect
within yourself at your own pace. Take nothing personaly.
Meditation, practicing awareness, observing your thoughts and
mind flow are all stages of re-awakening to your true
enlightened nature. Allow it to happen just as a flower opens
itself to the sunshine each day, so too will you blossom when
the time is right. Remember, in this creative experience, this
world of perpetual change and form, everything is a perfect
manifestation in relation to the consciousness that is
creating it. The world is a mirror. Every moment brings with
it a perfect experience that is tailored by you, for you.
Learn from it. For many, this can be a hard truth to face.
Are Lightworkers religious?
Lightworkers are not bound by any religion or ideology. If you
are part of a religious organization then so be it. That's
just perfect for you. But in this world of form, change is
inevitable. Lightworkers are not a religious ideology. There
is a vast difference between spirituality and religion. Many
religions formed to assist the process of re-awakening in
practitioners and adherents. They can all point the way, but
only serve as tools and methods. The tools used to build the
house, are not the house.
What about God?
There is no concept that can define God. That power some call
God is the source of all. It is the over arching divine
consciousness that guides and directs all life in form and non
form. We know God by knowing our true selves. We do not need
to consciously understand, rationalize or define God for God
to be real. Like us, God Just IS. We accept there is great
power in who we are, and the processes of how we each came to
be. Yet each is free to formulate their own interpretation of
what that power is, yet to do so may prove futile. HOwever we
can come to understand aspects of God. LIke the fact that God
pervades each and everyone of us, exists both within us,
around us and is intricately connected to us. God works, with
us and through us and for that we honor and love God through
divine service and existing in a state of least resistance to
God. We honor the process and honor our own role within it. To
see through the illusionary nature of form and see clearly
each and every beings, non dual nature. To see the God aspect
in each other, and to love God.
What about Ascended Masters, Messiahs & Prophets?
Each are free to follow their inspirational hero's and
teachers throughout history. And each should never fear to
question, rationalize, or reason. But realize the ever
changing nature of thought. Go within to the source for
guidance. Believe what you will, but do so in deep
consultation with the inner master. In Spiritual teachings you
will surely find wisdom, in your questions you will find
reason, and in your doubts, you will find learning and growth.
But in awareness you will find the only perspective that truly
Shine on. Love always..