Are angels and demons real?

wondering if angels are real?

What do you believe about angels and demons?

Most of us have at least one question that comes to mind whenever people talk about God, faith, or church – that question that makes us unsure of God and if believing in Him makes any sense.


What does god say about demons?

Are there really angels and demons out there? Some of you might be thinking I saw It’s A Wonderful Life and Touched By An Angel. I’ve even been to Angels Stadium in Anaheim and I watched Angels In The Outfield. But come on, do you really believe there are angelic beings? And what about demons? Is there a little devil on your shoulder whispering, “Go ahead, eat that donut!”

Is there an evil side led by a prince of darkness kind of figure? Are there legions of demons doing his bidding, trying to take us out? And are there some good guys in the spiritual realm pulling for us in this kind of spiritual tug-of-war between good and evil? Well, the answer is yes! According to God’s word, they are very, very real. The Bible references angels over one hundred times in the Old Testament and more than one hundred fifty times in the New Testament. Psalm 148 tells us angels were created by God and they will exist forever just like we will exist forever. Now in the early church in the New Testament times, some false teachers began to infiltrate the infant church and they started teaching about angel worship.

an angel with blue eyes and wings

The Bible references angels over 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament.

Angels are God’s servants sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. Hebrews 12:22 says there are thousands upon thousands of angels that God created to help carry out his will. Hebrews 13 talks about how you and I ought to always be welcoming and hospitable to strangers. It even says, who knows? Some of you by doing that may have even entertained angels unaware. There are only three angels mentioned by name: Michael the Archangel, Gabriel who appeared to announce the birth of Jesus, and Lucifer. 

So what do angels do? First and foremost, they worship God. They bring messages from God such as the Christmas story. Like when the angels showed up to a bunch of shepherds to announce, we bring you good news, great joy for all the people for unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, which is Christ the Lord. The Bible also tells us angels throw parties in heaven for prodigals like you and me when we come to our senses and head for home, and for those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. 

The Bible tells us they also help us in times of need. There was a time when Jesus was in the wilderness right before he started his ministry. He’s doing battle with Satan and all these temptations and it says, after it was all done, Jesus was spent. He was depleted so the angels came and cared for him. Who knows how many times you and I have been cared for when we didn’t even know it, comforted, protected when we were weak and depleted? Scripture also tells us that angels will be there at our death. So angels are messengers created by God to worship him, to bring messages from him, and to provide and protect God’s people.

As I mentioned earlier, there is a third angel Lucifer.  Whenever you talk about Satan and demons, I think we have to be careful to avoid two extremes. Some people like to see a demon under every rock, behind every bush, and that kind of thinking can fill us with kind of a fanatical type of fear. The other extreme is to totally dismiss this very real dark side as a kind of silly mythology that gives us a false sense of security. The Bible makes it very clear. It says in Ephesians 6:12 that our struggle is not against humans, it is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Revelation 12:9 gives a brief description of this evil leader, the great dragon, the ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. So where did this formidable, albeit defeated adversary come from? Well, in the Old Testament, we were told that God in eternity past created a wise, brilliant, and beautiful angel who was known as Lucifer. We’re told in Isaiah 14 that this angel became proud mainly because of his stellar good looks and sought to ascend to the throne of God himself. He wanted to be like God and wanted to reign as God. He wanted to be God and we’re told that as a result of his rebellion against God, he and his band of rebellious free-willed followers were cast from heaven forever. When Lucifer fell he took a host of angels with them and ever since they have been God’s relentless and contentious opponents.

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if angels and demons are unseen what should our response be?

It’s important to understand that even though satan aspired to be God, he is not. Not even close, he is not self-existent, he is not sovereign, not omniscient, not omnipresent, not omnipotent, or all-powerful. So who is Lucifer? He is the ultimate liar, accuser, a schemer, and masquerades as an angel of light. Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that demons are ghosts of evil people who have died It doesn’t teach that demons are from some pre-Adamic race or beings from outer space. Scripture seems to indicate that they are a pretty well-organized, corporate empire of evil. I mean just read the headlines and you’ll see the evidence. Their work is evil, divisive, worthless, vile, vicious, and toxic. That’s why it’s so important to know the focus of their dark agenda. Peter reminds us to be self-controlled and alert for our enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

One of the ways to protect ourselves is to be aware of the lies satan is trying to get us to believe. Lies like, if God were really powerful, he would’ve answered that prayer of yours. Or don’t think for one second that God is going to forgive that sin again. Lies that you are worthless, ugly, you’re just a drunk or a pervert. Satan speaks lies that you are a loser, God doesn’t love you, and lie after lie.  He whispers these lies in hopes that we will pull away from our good, good Father.

A.W. Tozier says, “The best way to keep the enemy out is to keep Christ in. The sheep need not be terrified by the wolf; they have only to stay close to the shepherd. It is not the praying sheep Satan fears but the presence of the shepherd.” to me, the dark side has no power over anybody who is hooked up with Jesus Christ, the good shepherd.

Our team has compiled some of the most challenging, difficult, controversial, frequently asked questions we get about faith and Christianity as it relates to life, morality, current events, the end of the world, and more. We will explore these questions in ways that I think you’ll find surprising! Why take on these controversial topics? Because these questions are often roadblocks for people when it comes to faith and Christianity. For more discussions on these topics, you can read Eastside’s Got Questions Blog and check out the series You Asked For It.

Author: Mike Breaux
Eastside Christian Church
Anaheim, CA

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