We believe that angels are created by God (Psalm 148:5; Colossians 1:16; Job 38:6-7; Ezekiel; 28:13,15). Thirty-four out of the sixty-six books of the Bible make reference to angels. They are described as an innumerable company (Matthew 22:30; Hebrews 12:22; Rev. 5:11). Angels are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14, Ephesians 6:12), and all angels were originally created holy. The angels that did not rebel with Satan remained holy (Mark 8:34). I believe that angels qualify as personalities because they express intelligence (Mark 8:29; 2 Cor. 11:3; 1 Peter 1:12) emotions (Luke 2:13; James 2:19; Revelation 12:17), and will (Luke 8:28-31; 2 Timothy 2:26; Jude 6). They are greater in knowledge and power than man (Hebrews 2:7; 2 Peter 2:4), but both their power and knowledge are limited (Matthew 24:36; Revelation 20:1-3). They are not omnipresent (Luke 1:26; Daniel 10:13). They cannot be redeemed (Hebrews 2:16; 2 Peter 2:7). The scripture speaks on the “assembly” and “council” of angels (Psalm 89:5, 7), and of their organization for battle (Revelation 12:7). Not all angels are the same, and they do not all have the same rank. There is at least one Archangel, Michael (Daniel 10:13; Revelation 12:7; Jude 9), who is also named as one of the chief princes (Daniel 10:13). Gabriel is the special messenger of God’s kingdom program (Daniel 9:21; Luke 1:26). The Bible speaks of thrones, dominions, rulers, and authorities (Colossians 1:16; Ephesians 3:10). The cherubim and seraphim are God’s special attendants to protect His holiness and worship Him (Isaiah 6:1-7; Exodus 25:22; Ezekiel 10:1-5).
Two thirds of the angels God created did not rebel with Satan against God and are referred to as holy angels (Mark 8:38). They are actively ministering to the Lord by worshiping Him (Revelation 5:11), extolling His holiness and glory (Isaiah 6:1-3), rejoicing in His mighty acts (Job 38:6-7), and serving Him (Psalm 103:20; Revelation 22:9). Angels are used to deliver God’s messages and announce important advents (Daniel 9:22-27; Luke 1:11-20). They are used and will be used as God’s instruments of His judgments (Revelation 7:1, 8:2). Angels were active in relation to the ministry of Christ. They announced His birth (Luke 1:26-28; Matthew 2:13-15). They ministered to him periodically throughout His earthly ministry (Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43). They stood ready to defend their Lord if He had called on them to do so (Matthew 26:53). An angel rolled the stone away from the tomb and announced His resurrection (Matthew 28:1-6; Luke 24:5-7) Angels were present at his ascension (Acts 1:10-11). Angels are spectators of what takes place upon the earth, and they rejoice every time someone is born again (1 Corinthians 4:9; Luke 15:10; 1 Timothy 5:21). They serve God’s people (Hebrews 1:14) by protecting them (Psalm 91:11; 2 Kings 6:17; Daniel 6:22), rescuing them (Acts 5:19, 12:6-11), encouraging them (Acts 27:23-25), guiding them (Acts 8:26), and carrying their souls into the Lord’s presence (Luke 16:22). Angels are curiously observing the work of Christ in believers (1 Peter 1:12).
We believe that Satan led one third of the angels into rebellion against God (Revelation 12:3-4; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). These angels are called unclean spirits (Mark 9:25), and demons (Matthew 12:24). The moment these angels rebelled they were immediately doomed to eternal judgment (Jude 6). Some of the fallen angels were immediately confined to hell (2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 9:1-11). Demons are actively opposing God and his purposes, especially in His work of redeeming mankind (Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:4). They are in spiritual war against God’s people (Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8). They cause physical sickness (Matthew 12:22; Mark 9:17). They propagate false religions (1 Corinthians 10:20; Revelation 9:20). They can possess an unbeliever (Mark 1:23-24). They will be involved in eschatological events (Revelation 16:14).
We believe that Satan was originally created holy, and enjoyed the highest honor from God as the anointed cherub (Ezekiel 28:12-15). Because of Satan’s sinful pride, he was cast out of heaven from the presence of God (Ezekiel 28:16-17; Isaiah 14:12-14). Satan is God’s chief adversary; however he is subordinated to and restricted by God (Job 1:7). He has many titles in scripture: he is called the Devil (Matthew 4:1), Satan (Matthew 4:10), the Evil One (John 17:15), the Red Dragon (Revelation 12:3,7, 9), the Serpent (Revelation 12:9), Abaddon (Revelation 9:11), Adversary (1 Peter 5:8), Beelzebul (Matthew 12:24), Belial (2 Corinthians 6:15), the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), the Ruler of this world (John 12: 31), the Prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), the Enemy (Matthew 13:28), the Tempter (Matthew 4:3), a Murderer (John 8:44), a Liar (John 8:44), and the Accuser (Revelation 12:10). Satan rules a kingdom of darkness that is opposed to Christ’s kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13; Acts 26:18). He snatches the Word of God from hearts (Matthew 13:19), and He blinds the minds of unbelievers so they will not see the truth of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). He accuses men before God (Job 1:9-11), and accuses God before men (Genesis 3:1-7). He is the spirit that works in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). He sows thoughts into the heart of men (John 13:2). He tempts by deceit and craftiness (Matthew 4:1-11; John 8:11; 2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:11). He appears as an angel of light and is the energy behind all false teaching (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Satan’s defeat was pronounced in Eden (Genesis 3:15). He was rendered powerless through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross (Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8). At the end of the great tribulation he will be bound for one thousand years in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1-3), and will be released for a brief season for a final conflict with God before being cast into the Lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:1-10).
We believe that all believers are in a spiritual war against Satan (Ephesians 6:11). Believers are commanded to be on alert (1 Peter 5:8), to resist him (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9), and not to allow him any opportunity (Ephesians 4:27). I believe that spiritual warfare can be successfully waged. The Christian can be assured that the enemy can only do what God allows (Job 1:12; 1 Corinthians 10:13), and that the forces of evil have been defeated by the work of Christ ( 1 John 3:8; Colossians 2:15).There is no command in scripture to fight Satan, but when Satan attacks, believers can depend on God ‘s Spirit for victory (1 John 4:4).