Me: Will it happen again?
You: Will what happen again?
Me: Will it occur all over again?
You: Pete, do you need another coffee? Wake up!
Me: Yes, I can use another cup. But, it just may happen again.
You: What may happen again?
Me: That some of the good angels now ministering and serving God will also, in the future, rebel against Him.
When I first thought about this topic, I knew, as most of you do, that sin entered the world through one man, Adam. But, there was sin in the universe before Adam, through one angel, named Lucifer. According the Bible, Lucifer’s pride was what caused him to act against God. He wanted to be equal with God which led to a rebellion of him and many angels against God’s throne (Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 28:14).
Wait a minute here! How could Lucifer, whose name was later changed to Satan, lead about one-third of the angelic host in heaven to revolt against God (Revelation 12:3-9)?How could that have happened? How could these angels follow a spirit being who was ambitious for power over them? There are no details given in the Bible, but I will speculate about this here for you to think about. And I will not be dogmatic.
God is the Creator. And He created all of the heavenly host of angels. They were created immortal with positional capabilities. Some angels are cherubs, others seraphim, still others archangels. Who knows if there are other kinds.
But, did God stop creating after these beings were made? No. He then completed fashioning the planet Earth. The angels marveled when God created this jewel (Job 38:4-7).
Why did God create a physical – note, physical – universe? Did God have another plan? Yes, mankind! And, did God tell everyone beforehand He was going to create flesh and blood beings and establish them onto the Earth? He very likely may have.
Did God reveal to every spirit being in heaven that these future set of beings – human beings – would at first be created lower than the angels (Psalm 8:4-5, Hebrews 2:6-7) but later be higher than them (1 Corinthians 6:3)? Very likely.
Or, did God surprise all the host of heaven by doing this? Perhaps. But I believe God told His plan to everyone ahead of time. Do you see where I am going here?
Maybe I have the sequence of events all wrong here, but I can see how Lucifer’s pride may have been bruised by an announcement such as this. And remember, God is all-knowing, (Omniscient), He is all-powerful (Omnipotent), and He is the Creator. And, He had, back then, and still does today and forever, the knowledge of good and evil. He created a garden with a tree of fruit of the knowledge of good and evil within it. Why? Because He is creating!
Was man created due to Lucifer’s rebellion? Maybe. But a reason could also be so that Lucifer would “furtively” tell the angels that the new civilization of humans God planned to propagate on Earth would be weak and would mess up their (the angels’) existence. Perhaps Lucifer stirred them up by saying we humans would be serving them if he were to replace God. Whatever he told them was believed by many angels who subsequently allied with him.
Those angels who followed Lucifer are the demons you read about in the New Testament. The rest of the angelic host now gasp at what has become of them. Why did God allow this to happen?
Also, Jesus Christ said he saw Satan cast down to earth (Luke 10:17-18). Why the earth? Why not another part of the universe where he would be of no influence?
Why? Because God has a plan! He revealed most of it to all of the angels and to the nation of Israel on earth. The plan? That a Savior would be born in the flesh to set things right. That plan has already begun to affect all of mankind now and for eternity.
Satan, now on earth, is bitterly angry at it all. But, the good angelic host in heaven happily await the salvation of mankind soon to occur. But will their joy last for long? Will any of the angels, in the future, repeat what the former cherub, Lucifer, did? Would a Gabriel or a Michael follow suit?
You: So, why, Pete, would you be thinking about angels rebelling in the future?
Me: Well, if we have entered into the kingdom of God as spirit beings, and then angels rebel, could I myself, Peter Caro, be led away by one of them?
You: Peter, you are …..
Me: Or, even worse, would I myself change my attitude and lead a conspiracy against God?
You: I am calling a doctor for you.
(To be continued)