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What Was the First Purpose of the Angels?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:59
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By David E. Thompson

Of course God knew what He was going to do with angels in regard to His entire program. However, the first revealed purpose of the angels was apparently the worship of God (Neh. 9:6; Job 38:7; Psalm 148:2; Rev. 5:11-12).

What is the first known contact of a good angel with humans?

The first contact of a good spirit being with humans is a contact made with Abraham in Genesis 18:1-2. One of the persons involved was “the LORD” (18:1, 3, 13) (a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ) and the other two were angels (Gen. 18:22, 19:2). All three appeared to Abraham in human form. It is clear that the Lord spoke with these angels about the Divine plan (Gen. 18:17ff.).

What is the first known contact of an evil angel with humans?

The first known contact of an evil spirit being with a human is a contact made with Eve in Genesis 3:1-6. In this case, the angel was Satan and he appeared in the form of a serpent that could talk.

What will be the final destiny of all evil angels?

The final destiny of all evil angels will be eternal fire as stated in Matthew 25:41.

What will be the final destiny of all good angels?

The final destiny of all good angels is the Throne of God which is in heaven as stated in Revelation 5:11.

What are the two main classifications of angels?

We may biblically observe that there are two main classifications of angel:

Classification #1—Unfallen angels. These are angels who have remained holy throughout their entire existence. These are God’s angels, His host, His ministering spirits, and His holy angels (Psalm 103:20; 104:4; Mark 8:38).

Classification #2—Fallen angels. These are the angels who have not remained holy, but rebelled against God (Jude 6; I2 Peter 2:4).

The terms “unfallen” or “fallen” have nothing to do with the angel’s capability to visit earth; rather, these are terms that describe the angel’s position and relationship with God. Unfallen angels and fallen angels are classifications that have to do with the angel’s moral character as it relates to God. These terms do have application to an angel’s privileged ability to visit the Throne of God. God will not tolerate any rebellious angel at His throne.

When were these two classes of angels formed?

When God initially created angels, He created all of them with His classification of being “very good” (Gen. 1:31) and being “blameless” (Ezek. 28:14-15a). This classification of all angels continued “until unrighteousness was found in ” the angels (Ezek. 28:15b). The primary sin that caused the fall of angels was pride (Isaiah 14:13).

The angels who fell were not content with their God created, exalted state, but proudly desired greater authority and higher rank. This self-exalted proud rebellion was that which determined the classification “ fallen angel.” The specific time of the angelic fall is not known. We do know that this angelic rebellion occurred before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1, Ezek. 28:13).

There are some theologians who believe that the words “formless,” “void” and “darkness” found in Genesis 1:2 indicate that the angels had already fallen and were disrupting the earth. The Bible does not specifically say exactly when they fell. But we do know that very early in the creative process of God, Satan led approximately one third of the angelic host into proud, arrogant, defiant rebellion against God (Rev. 12:4).

Is it possible for an angel to fall today?

Could an unfallen, holy angel sin and rebel against God today and fall? The answer to this question is, no! It must be realized that angels do not procreate, so no angel is the offspring of another angel. Angels were created directly by God and as a result had no sin nature. The angels who fell did not fall from any inherited sin nature, but from a distinct angelic holiness that was directly related to God.

The angels were not tempted by any outward solicitation to evil because the entire environment was filled with the glory of the Holy God. As a result of this, the decision to proudly and inwardly rebel against God was a one-time angelic decision. Once an angel made his decision to submit to God in a perfect environment, this decision was cemented forever.

A key passage that gives us good insight into this matter is Luke 20:36. Here it is explicitly stated that there will come a time when believers will inherit certain angelic characteristics. One of the characteristics is that it is no longer possible for a believer to die. Physical death is a one-time experience for the believer. Now death is a penalty for sin (Rom. 5:12; 6:23).

Once a believer has died and has been raised, he will no longer be subject to death, which means he is no longer capable of sin. He is “like angels,” not capable of dying and not capable of sinning. The angelic principle of honoring God with a one-time decision and thus being in a favorable relationship with God is very biblical, very theological, very practical and applicable.

For example, believing on Jesus Christ is a one-time decision that forever establishes one as a child of God and guarantees everlasting life (John 1:12; 3:14-15). One decision to believe on Jesus Christ puts one in a favorable relationship with God forever. So it was with the angels. One decision to honor God or rebel against God put the angel in a positive or negative state forever.

What is the moral and theological problem that exists as a result of the reality of fallen angels?

The moral problem concerning fallen angels is simply this: How was it possible for an angel of God to fall when angels had no sin nature and no sinful temptations, and were living in a perfect environment at the throne of the Holy God with nothing to tempt them?

For a human, this matter is not so problematic because Adam and Eve had a specific tree that could tempt and test them (Genesis 2:17). But a problem does arise when one realizes that angels were perfectly holy, existing with a perfectly holy God in an environment that offered nothing to tempt them. Dr. Chafer well said, “Evil began with the lapse of an angel.

That lapse was followed by a multitude of other angels (Rev. 12:4). The same lapse was enacted by the first man and transmitted to his race in the form of a depraved nature. Tracing backwards over this historical sequence, it is possible to recognize that the race was injured in the sin of its federal head, that the federal head was tempted by an angel who first sinned in heaven, and that a multitude of angels sinned under the influence of the same original sinner.

Thus far no insuperable problem arises; but it is difficult, indeed, to go one step further and assign a reason why an unfallen, untempted (that is from without), highly enlightened angel, who stood in the immediate presence of God and who must have comprehended the difference between moral light and moral darkness, should have chosen the darkness. How can the birth of moral evil from the womb of moral good be explained?”

“The lapse of an unfallen angel at once gives rise to two important theological questions, namely: (a) How could a holy God permit any creature to sin? And (b) How could an uninfluenced, unfallen angel sin?” (Systematic Theology, Vol. 2, pp. 28, 31). The great moral problem as to the existence of evil stemming from a perfectly created angelic being is one that no finite mind will ever fully resolve. However, there are eleven biblical and theological observations we may make concerning this matter:

1) God is majestically, absolutely and perfectly holy at all times.

2) God is in no way directly or indirectly responsible for angelic or human sin (James 1:13).

3) God did create angels with a real personality with the capability of making choices.

4) God knew about and anticipated, from all eternity, the fall of angels and their influence on the world because His redemptive plan was fully known before the world was ever created (Eph 1:4).

5) Angels, who fell, did not fall as a result of an inherited sin nature like humans, but fell from an exalted position of original angelic holiness given directly to the angel by God . This is one reason why one decision determines an angel’s status forever. Humans have inherited a sin nature, given directly to them by parents, whereas angels had a holy nature given directly to them by God.

6) God could have created angels so they couldn’t fall. He could have created them as robots without any possibility of potential rebellion. However, in order for a creative work of God to be able to meet His quality control standard of a “very good” classification, the angelic being needs to have some type of will (Gen. 1:31).

7) Some angels did not fall, proving angels did have a God given ability not to sin or else all angels would have sinned. There were angels who did not leave their first estate or domain (Jude 6), indicating they did have a choice.

8) Fallen angels are responsible for evil, its development and temptations, which have caused all humans to fall. Humans were created good, but were placed in an environment that offered evil because of fallen agents.

9) God is able to demonstrate His grace to sinful man through the fall (Ephesians 2:7-8).

10) God is able to demonstrate His wrath through the fall (Romans 9:22).

11) God is able to ultimately glorify Himself through the fall (Jude 24-25).

Again we cite Dr. Chafer, “Sin is not in God as it is not in any part of His original creation. The decree of God anticipated all that would ever be; yet sin originates, not in the divine decree, but in the free act of the sinner. Sin is not in the constitution of creatures as they come from the creative hand of God, else He could not predict, as He does, its course and end. Evil must run its course and make its full demonstration that it may be judged, not as a theory, but as a concrete actuality” (Ibid., pp. 31-32).


Pastor David E. Thompson is pastor/teacher at Texas Corners Bible Church in Kalamazoo,  Michigan with a nationally syndicated radio show reaching all across the United States. Pastor Thompson may be classified as a true systematic Bible expositor and communicator of God’s Word.  He carefully expounds books of the Bible in a way that is contextually, exegetically, grammatically, historically, and theologically accurate to the text and relevant to the time. He is also an very skilled in New Testament Greek.

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  • Man

    Do people really believe in angels?

    Fairies are true tooo :)

    • Psp

      Particles appearing out of nothing and slamming into each other is a fairytale so you and every athiest and scoffer out there is the ones believing in fairytales!! Got it smartasses?

  • goastdale

    2Thess 2:10..because they received not THE LOVE (Agape)of the truth, that they might be saved. 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

    123’s of true Christianity v popular & damnable heresies

    #1 “ONE” not triune: ……PART 4 & 5 HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE FOR THE ONE GOD TO TALK TO?? Who was Jesus praying to??!?…. The real question should be … How does having multiple different persons keep this one God/being/entity from praying to himself?! (The trinitarian “schizophrenic” “god-head”) The Trinitarians want to have their cake and eat it too as the saying goes. On the one hand they need to say they only worship one indivisible God being/ entity but on the other hand they feel the need for some reason to keep Jesus or God from praying and talking to himself by dividing him up into different persons!?! It never occurs to them that that since there is only one indivisible God to pray too and Jesus is that indivisible God come in the flesh that he would need to talk to himself as to show us how to live, suffer, pray and die for our/ flesh) benefit not his!?!….. So while Trinitarians are quick to complain that God was not talking to himself at Christ baptism or in Gen “let us” they ignore the logical demands of their own theology! If Jesus is the ONE GOD in flesh and the Father is the SAME ONE GOD in heaven then Trinitarianism demands THE ONE GOD is talking to HIMSELF the same “being”! Claiming that God is multiple different persons as the reason for why God is not talking to himself (because God is three different “selfs”) only demonstrates that what they really worship is in fact not a ONE GOD who talks to himself but three different god “selfs”/ and they all talk to each other! When they speak about who God was talking and praying to, they are quick to say “the other person, NOT HIMSELF!” But if you ask them how many gods do they pray to then they will say “ONLY ONE”!?! They expect you to believe that those three different persons are THE ONE GOD-BEING” which is like calling three different cars “THE ONE VEHICLE” (they are text book examples of prov 26:12)
    Mark 12:28…Which is the first commandment of all? 29. …Hear, O Israel; THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD: 30. And ………..this is the first commandment….. 31. And the second is….. IF YOU CAN’T GET THIS “FIRST OF ALL COMMANDMENTS” RIGHT, ALL THE REST OF YOUR “FAITH” AND PREACHING ON LOVE & SIN IS MOOT

    “WHO” it was (what person) that came “IN THE FLESH”, IS THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE “ANT-CHRIST”! Even Islam claims Jesus was the Jewish messiah/Christ who was to come in the flesh) they all deny “WHO” it was (what person) that came (to be the Christ) in the flesh!?!…….To deny the father is to deny the son because they are one and the same person that came in the flesh!
    JOHN 14: 8-20 ….Note Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: …: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, … the everlasting Father ….The son, father/Holy Spirit are all the same person, NOT like two different persons working together even as “one flesh” ….The “oneness” between Christ and the father is not comparable to a man & his wife, for only a fool would say “When you have seen me you have seen my wife, how sayest thou then, Shew us your wife?” Notice they asked to see THE FATHER and the response was Jn 14:9 ..“HAVE I BEEN SO LONG time with you, and yet hast THOU NOT KNOW ME, Philip…..Now image some fool trying to claim that statement if you asked to see his wife!?!!? You want to see the FATHER but have I been with you but you don’t know me!?!?!
    Jn 14 continued….…………..17. Even THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH; (Jn 14:6 I AM the way, THE TRUTH,) whom the world cannot receive, .. for HE DEWLLETH WITH YOU, (present tense/standing next to them in the flesh) and SHALL BE IN YOU… (future tense “In them”) 18. I will not leave you comfortless: I WILL COME TO YOU (future tense “In them”) Note: The spirit of Christ is the sprit of God and the holy spirit that is why Christ said “I will come to you” (to comfort them, because Christ is the comforter). The spirit was standing next to them in flesh… ….latter it would come to them to be inside of them (inside of their flesh as the spirit we are given)…..that is why. he would send the spirit…… However, Jesus himself here makes the point that the same person who was the HOLY SPIRIT that would come was standing next to them but lets them know “I will come to you again to be Inside of you”
    The whole point to Gal 3:20.a mediator is NOT A MEDIATOR OF ONE, (HEIS) but GOD IS ONE. (HEIS) again, point blank, identifies the number of persons of God! The “but” points out the contrast between multiple persons in a mediation party v the “one” of God. God is not like a mediation party with multiple different persons. …..”the express image of his person” ( the person of God; singular not plural).Any attempt to lay claim otherwise is willful ignorance and delusional nonsense
    TRINITARIANS CONFESS JESUS /THEY ARE NOT POLYTHEIST BUT ARE MONOTHEIST LIKE A LIAR & THIEF WHO “CONFESS” THEY DO NOT LIE OR STEAL The simple fact is that just because you confess or deny that you are in an adulterous relationship and denounce all forms of adultery has nothing to do with whether or not it is in fact adulterous! .. …A rose by any other name is still just a rose AND calling it a water lily does not change the definition of what a water Lilly or a rose is either!…No, Trinitarians confess & preach literally …”ANOTHER JESUS” 2 Cor 11:4
    - Like a thief in your house caught stealing your things insisting he was not there stealing “I CONFESS I am NOT stealing”. You just do not “properly understand” what he is doing/saying. Further, since you never had a “proper understanding” of what he is doing/saying you have no business accusing him since you do not even know what you are talking about in the first place. It is with and in your own ignorance that you base your “false accusations” & “ad homonym attacks” against him…… Ridiculous of course it is ……2Thess 2:11; Titus 1:16; 2Tim 3:5;
    …… should have given you a hint, harking back to Satan in The garden…God said you will die…Satan comes along and states no you will be more WISE……today .God said He is one; but Satan’s children come along and say no three is more WISE and humble in the face of God’s grandeur only “a mystery” that can be understood “in faith”. God uses head and right arm to explain the distinctions between father and son.. However, the Trinitarian heretics say to the effect: “NO, that is just a figure of speech, or that is not what God really means. What God is really saying is that God is three different persons”. Fools, hypocrites and blind guides, God said he was One and by your traditions and vain imaginations have taken the words of God and made them of no effect, refashioning God into your image!
    You can download the complete FREE book from

    #2 SECOND COMING Thou Fool! “I come quickly” so “Hold fast
    till i come”… NOT …“in another 2000 yrs I might be coming soon any time now, so hold fast”!?! …those that deny the second coming of Christ in the war of AD70 are practicing a damnable heresy in denying the lord that bought them ( 2Peter 2:1-2 ;2Tim 4:8/ you cant love an appearing you deny& the context is the 2nd coming not the first)… Mat 7:23..”I NEVER KNEW YOU” …..Mat 10:33. But whosoever shall deny me before men……..sound familiar?…. If I said I am coming to your house in this generation when these things happen but no one knows the day or hour what fool would think I might be coming in 2000 years latter!?!? ..2 Tim 4: 4. And
    they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be TURNED UNTO FABLES.
    2Thess 2: 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    or Revelation The First Gospel of The Kingdom

    #3 There is a sharp contrast between THREE groups :
    (1) “PREDESTINED DAMNED” who were NEVER written in the book of life ………..Rev 17: 8 WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, …as contrasted …EPH 1: 4. According as he hath CHOSEN US in him BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD
    (2) “MANY CALLED”= ONLY and ALL SAINTS (those who come to Christ) are written in the book of life … Philippians 4:3… ……Rev 21:27; (Only saints are Called and elect; Rom 1:6-7 et al) This is THE CHRUCH and ONLY these can have their names blotted out of the book of life ….….Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and CHURCH of the firstborn … WHICH ………are WRITTEN in heaven,
    (3) THE FEW CHOSEN: Those saints who were alive in group #2 who are now physically dead. They died “faithful” these are the FEW that were chosen faithful…….Rev 3:5. ……; and I
    will not BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, (Ps 69:28) …. These are the FEW that are CHOSEN and now that they have died and are saved then “once saved THEY CAN NEVER BE LOST”
    Predestination….its true..its all true…download here Most true Christians go to hell

  • Gordon

    Can we say it in a simpler way, that angels have freewill just like humans? Freewill lets us move towards God or walk away from Him. To walk away from Him is to walk away from His holy light; the end result is a dark countenance.

  • eatmorevegetables

    I think an important distinction should be made in your writings between the human ‘time-bound’ nature we are experiencing (at least right now) and the eternal ‘outside of time’ nature that angels possess. It may also be of interest to you to contemplate the uniqueness each angel possesses and to consider that the ‘fallen’ may have been predisposed to apply their influence in the material world more so than heaven, and thus those angels would automatically see their ‘role’ as being ‘down on the ground’… an angel that turns its focus away from God and the heavenly in favor of focusing (angelic focus is probably infinitely more intense than human obsession) on the earthly, could by definition qualify as an angelic rejection of God.

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