Is there a difference between demons and fallen angels?
Are demons and fallen angels the same thing? (Spooky Howl) Maaaybe. Or maybe not. Angels, demons, exorcisms welcome to the Halloween edition of the BBQ. So, Christian theologians usually use fallen angels, demons, unclean spirits, evil spirits interchangeably to refer to the same class of evil spirit. But does the Bible always do that? Not necessarily. The Bible does tend to speak of demons as those evil spirits that try to inhabit people, or unclean spirits but they’re not called fallen angels. Is it possible that fallen angel is a different class of supernatural being? Jewish theologians do take this approach and the Bible talks about fallen angels and demons usually in different conversations at different points. Now in the book of Revelation, chapter 12 it talks about the war that broke out in Heaven back before human history began. It says that this war broke out in Heaven and Micheal and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought back. There’s a group of angels on the side of the dragon. but he was not strong enough and they lost their place in Heaven. Fallen. Angels. The great dragon was hurled down that ancient serpent called the Devil or Satan who leads the whole world astray. Satan clearly has angels hurled out of Heaven. They are fallen. Now if we go back to the first book of the Bible in Genesis chapter six we have a fascinating story that’s hard to explain no matter what theory you come up with Jewish theologians tie this in with their demonology their understanding of what demons are. Genesis chapter six verse one. “When human beings began to increase in number on the Earth and daughters were born to them the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful and they married any of them that they chose. Well, sons of God could just mean godly men and the daughters of humans could just mean women and it could be poetic ways of referring to men and women. But sons of God is also a phrase that on occasion is used to refer to angels as those that God has birthed into existence. Sons of God. Is it possible? Sons of God saw that daughters of humans, or daughters of men were beautiful and they took the ones that they wanted “Then the lord said,”
now his reaction is huge to this. The lord said, YAHWEH says “My spirit will not content with humans forever for they are mortal, their days will be 120 years” so he says they can’t live forever, they need to die out and then it jumps right next in verse four into talking about the Nephilim. The Nephilim, who are they? It says
”the Nephilim were on the Earth in those days and also afterward when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. The sons of God having children with the daughters of humans creates the Nephilim. This kind of new race it says “they were the heroes of old, men of renown.” In other words the Nephilim were some kind of super-human race produced by the mating of the sons of God and the daughters of men and if sons of God refers to angels we’re talking about a kind of of horrific, supernatural rape of angels leaving their place and their abode and coming down and somehow creating progeny with human women it’s interesting what happens next this is where the lord says this wickedness has gotten out of hand I regret the whole creation project I’ve got to destroy everything and the flood is what happens next Hm The Nephilim then would have been destroyed in the flood and who are the Nephilim? they are, according to this strand of theology the combination of fallen angel and human. If they were destroyed then their spirits would be half human, half fallen angel. According to Jewish theology, these spirits of the now dead Nephilim are demons and that’s why demons always want to get into a human body they have experienced life in a flesh and blood body there’s no record of a fallen angel trying to get inside, inhabit and possess a human being but a demon always wants to and doesn’t want to live outside a body the spirits of the Nephilim who are the children of the mating of fallen angels and humans could explain what demons really are. Are you tracking with this? It’s wild! Who knows. But kinda fun. If this were true it would explain a couple of mysterious passages in the new testament let me refer to a couple of them 2 Peter and Jude. In 2 Peter chapter two verses four to six and there’s a cryptic passage, that many people just don’t know what it’s referring to it says, “for God did not spare angels when they sinned but sent them into Tartarus.” Some translations say Hell here I think it would be a bad translation Gehenna is the proper word for Hell Tartarus is a Greek word for prison and it’s used only here in the whole new testament as a special place for the special class of angels that sinned in some kind of special way “when they sinned God sent them to Tartarus putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment” and then it goes on actually to talk about the flood Well, if we turn to Jude. Verse four. No, verse six. We read ”The angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling these he has kept in darkness bound with everlasting chains for judgement on that great day.” Two cryptic passages in the new testament talk about some class of dark angel that is not roaming the world freely but actually has been, they over-stepped their bounds. God actually puts limits on the degree of evil that Satan and his angels can do and they sinned in such a way that God said that must never happen again and has taken that class of angel and has put them in a special dark spiritual prison to hold them for final judgement these may be the fallen angels that are the the ancestors of the Nephilim who are the spirits that become demons. Or I could be wrong. and if this isn’t the explaination well, you come up with a better one of course it raises the issue does all of this have any bearing on how we live our lives following Jesus today? but that’s another question.