The Reading: Isaiah 14:12-15
“You said in your heart, ’I will … I will …’” (v.13) RSV
Not all angels are good! It is recorded in scripture that Lucifer was a leading angel who, as his name implies, was an angel of light. However pride got the better of him. He was cast out of heaven and fell like a star to earth. His sin was to be in love with his own beauty and power. He desired to usurp God: “I will ascend to heaven; above the star of God I will set my throne on high” (v.13).
He continues to operate, often masquerading as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), but he is in fact the Prince of darkness. When he ‘fell’ he took with him a host of other angels. Lucifer is now Satan/the Devil, and his fallen angels are demons.
The aim of these evil spiritual creatures is to destroy humans and the good earth that God has created. They deceive and undermine faith and obedience. There is therefore a very real unseen (spiritual) battle going on of which we are mainly unaware. However, its effects upon us are considerable.
This battle is well described for us in the book of Daniel. There we read of Michael fighting against the Prince of Persia. The conflict lasted 21 days (Daniel 10:13), before Michael prevailed and was able to come to Daniel.
Although “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8), he is (in Christ) a defeated foe. Jesus tells how he saw “Satan fall like lightening from heaven” (Luke 10:18). We are on the winning side. As we fight the good fight, we do so with all the angels and archangels. As it is written, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7).
Thank you for your great victory O Lord over all the hosts of darkness. Keep me in that victory by your mighty hand. Amen.
1 Note the victory Christ won over the evil ones.
2 How do we resist the devil?