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Who Are the Fallen Angels?

The Old Testament has what Dr. Michael Heiser called Three-Tiered Council Structure.[1] Yahweh is on top; there is none like HIM, He is the creator of everything, including all the celestial and human beings. Second are the gods, they are not like our God, for they were created by Jehovah. We spoke about these gods in our previous article. The third and lowest level, in the Old Testament are the angels. Angels are more of a job description, for they are God’s messengers. 

In the supernatural world there is also an even lower category, very common amongst us; those are demons. We will also talk about them in future articles on this series; but let’s get back to the fallen angels. The fallen angels showed up in Scripture in Genesis 6. We know those were fallen angels because Jude speaks about them when he states, “And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day.[2]Peter also speak of them when he states, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment…”[3] In both occasions Jude and Peter are referring to the angels in Genesis 6 who corrupted themselves by having sex with the daughters of man. The word angel in both of these portions of Scripture is the Greek word, ággelos; meaning, “Messenger, one sent to announce or proclaim.”[4] The word Angel here is the Hebrew word, malʾāḵ“A masculine noun meaning a messenger.”[5]

There is something to consider here. What we know for sure is that all of the angels that engaged in having sex with women are no longer with us. In the Book of Enoch, The Watchers, he specifically tells us that there were 200 angels that engage in this iniquity. Enoch, who is quoted by Jude, also confirms what Peter and Jude said about these angels. Both Jude and Peter tell us that they are in chains and in a place of great darkness until judgment. 

So, we could conclude that either there were only 200 fallen angels and, if that is so, they are no longer amongst us. Or, if there are more than 200 fallen angels; the ones who did not engage in Genesis 6 are still around. Nevertheless, Jesus did not send the disciples to cast out fallen angels; he specifically sends them out into the world to cast out demons. Luke 9:1 tells us, “And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons…”[6] I can’t conclude that there are no fallen angels amongst us with certainty because Jude 1:3-4 tells

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (ESV)

I am convinced this is a reference to Genesis 6; I am also convinced that the union of fallen angels and women is not producing giants anymore but is producing a thing that looks physically normal… a thing that looks just like us. In the next article we will talk more about these fallen angels and, about their giant babies… the Nephilim.

To be continued…

[1] The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Jud 6.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 2 Pe 2:4.

[4] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[5] Warren Baker and Eugene E. Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), 613.

[6] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Lk 9:1.

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