If you are anything like me, you have always had a mental picture of angels floating around in the sky or suddenly emerging from a “spiritual realm” in order to rescue or provide aid in time of need. This image is not far from what we read about in Scripture, but neither is it exactly correct.
In response to our cries for help, God often does use angels to provide assistance to those who love his Son, but where exactly do these angelic spirits emerge from? Also, where do they usually reside when they are not working on our behalf? Do they have dwelling places above, or do they surround us at all times? We do not have to guess because the answers are clearly supplied in God’s word!
Upon investigating this subject, I found that angels are not like the unclean spirits. Demons constantly work in the air, all around us (cf. Job 4:15; Matt. 12:45; Eph. 6:12). Angels dwell in the second heaven (commonly called, “outer space”), high above the earth. They are not as high as God’s throne, but they surpass all the principalities of the first heaven.
Since Satan fell from heaven, he has led legions of demons to work within our world, which includes the space below the earth’s stratosphere (cf. Isa. 14:12; Lk. 10:18; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2). This explains why so many people have seen what they perceive to be “aliens” and “UFO’s” flying in the skies above.
While some reports may be nothing more than lies or hallucinations, it is possible that a great number of these incidents are legitimate sightings of demonic hosts at work within our plane of existence. Unclean spirits do, indeed, work freely in this world until the time in which Satan is to be bound – the millennium (cf. Matt. 8:29; Lk. 8:31; Rev. 20:1 – 3).
Angels, on the other hand, reside above us and descend to the earth whenever their rescuing services are required (e.g. Gen. 19:15 – 17; Psalm 91:11 – 12; Matt. 24:21). They act, at God’s command, to save believers in times of hardship and danger. It may require a period of time for them to reach us from heaven or from wherever they were previously sent to work (e.g. Dan. 10:10 – 14). However, we are able to see them with the naked eye on any clear night, for the Bible plainly tells us that angels are stars (cf. Rev. 1:20; 9:1, 2).
Though it contradicts what we are taught about the nature of stars by modern “science”, Scripture is unmistakable on this subject. Scripture also warns us to rule out what are “oppositions of science falsely so called” (1 Tim. 6:20). The novel idea that stars are gigantic flaming balls of gas, comparable to our sun and many times the size of our earth, is a modern innovation and patently false! It is just another lie promoted by the same “scientists” asserting the demonic doctrine of Darwinian Evolution. There is no evidence that stars are actually distant suns with their own solar systems and planets encircling them.
In Judges, the stars came to earth and fought Sisera’s army “from their courses” (5:20). In Ezekiel’s vision of the stars, they appeared with “wheels intersecting wheels”, called “whirling wheels” (1:16; 10:9 – 14). Yet, they are capable of visiting earth in other forms. Before the flood, some stars visited earth for nefarious purposes (cf. Gen. 6:1 – 4; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:4).
Throughout history, stars have been worshipped as powerful, sentient beings (cf. 2 Kings 21:5; 23:5; Acts 7:43; Col. 2:18). In antiquity, they were always recognized as such. Whether they were served as gods or acknowledged as “sons of God”, the true essence of stars was never questioned by the ancients (Job 38:7). This is demonstrable in the Book of Enoch and in a number of other non-canonical Jewish documents, as well.
All stars will one day dissolve, cease to give off light, and fall to the earth (cf. Isa. 13:9 – 10; 34:4; Matt. 24:29; Rev. 6:13). Even in that condition, the stars will not be dead, but transformed into another life form (Lk. 20:36). These spiritual entities cannot be what they are described as in our schools’ science textbooks or in Hollywood productions.
May we recognize the truth about stars, and their mission to assist us in times of trial. When we look up at the night sky, we see more than just another source of light. Those “ministering spirits” offer us peace and security by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:14). Receive his help through the blessed avenue of prayer! – MAH