What’s The Bible Say About Fallen Angels

And God Saw That It Was Good

Be sure to check out my blog post on angels.

Some say that God created both good and bad spirits in the beginning, but the Bible is pretty clear that everything at the beginning was good. In the book of Genesis, God affirms the goodness of all that He created. It wasn’t until the fall of Satan that anything negative was mentioned. There are different opinions on what these foul spirits should be called. Some say demons. Some say fallen angels. Some say Nephilim. Some say a disembodied race of pre-Adomites. I don’t think we can know for sure every type of being that God created, but we can be sure that God is over all.

Revelation 12:7-8 says that Michael and his angels waged war against Satan and his angels. Jesus even called the foul spirits “Satan’s Angels” in Matt 25:41, when He was talking about the original purpose of hell. From these passages it would also seem that Satan is the leader of all fallen angels.

Names Given to Satan

  • Satan — is probably most well known
  • Abaddon — Hebrew for “destruction”,
    • Angel of the bottomless pit
    • Apollyon — Greek for “destroyer”
    • King of the Bottomless Pit
  • Accuser
  • Adversary
  • Angel of Light (a being Satan can transform into)
  • Belial
  • Deceiver
  • Devil
  • Dragon
  • Enemy
  • Evil One
  • Father of Lies
  • Lawless One
  • Liar
  • Lucifer
  • Murderer
  • Power of Darkness
  • Prince of the Power of the Air
  • Ruler of the Darkness
  • Ruler of this World
  • Serpent of Old
  • Fallen Star
  • Tempter
  • Thief
  • Wicked One
  • Beelzebub — “Prince of the demons
Demon — שֵׁד shêd, shade; from H7736; a dæmon (as malignant, to spoil):—devil. 

So it would seem that Satan is the ruler of all demons and is also himself referred to as a demon. Below are a few other names fallen angels or demons go by:

  • evil spirits
  • unclean spirits
  • Eph 6:12 … (rulers, powers, world forces, spiritual forces)
  • Dan 10 – Prince of Persia

Are Demons Still Here Today

Many believe that demons are a thing of the past. Some say they were dealt with by Jesus and His disciples and they no longer exist. This is a lie from the enemy himself. If Satan can deceive the modern world into believing that he is not real then people cannot properly defend themselves against him. Paul tells us that we struggle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Satan is alive and well in America today and he has the kingdoms and powers of this world under his thumb.

This should not cause us to fear. We must educate ourselves about the enemy. We have to learn what methods he uses to make us stumble. We can defend ourselves with the armor of God mentioned in the book of Ephesians 6. Christ has already won the war and we can walk in His authority.

"These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” - Mark 16:17

The Battle Plan

  • James 4:7-10 – we all like the phrase, “Resist the devil and he will flee,” but what about the rest of the passage? Below you’ll find the key to defeating any fallen angel.
    • submit to God
    • come close to God
    • Cleanse your hands
    • purify your hearts
    • be miserable mourn and weep
    • humble yourself