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    The Fallen Host

    These are angels that have fallen from God's grace. Although rarely mentioned in biblical scripture these beings serve as a warning to the reader of what the wrath of God can bring. Angelologists have a certain interest in these creatures because they have quite an air of shadowy mystery which surrounds them.

    Fallen angels can be split into two main groups namely:

    The angels who sided and allied with Lucifer during the war in Heaven and the fallen Watchers or Grigori.

    In both of these cases the angels tuned on God, their creator, by misusing the free will that had been granted to them by God.

    The War in Heaven

    Generally there is a belief that at some point in time Lucifer joined forces with a third of the divine host in an attempt to place themselves as rulers in the Kingdom of Heaven, by overthrowing God and the faithful angels.

    One theory about the cause of the conflict is that when God created man he called upon all of angelic forces to bow before his new creation. Lucifer at that time being one of the highest Archangels found this too humbling by far and refused to debase himself in this manner and duly asked if "a son of fire should be forced to bow before a son of clay?".

    A similar theory and one very much like the latter suggests that Lucifer should bow before Jesus the son of man. Whatever the reason for the conflict Lucifer appeared to be outgrowing his post as highest of the Seraphim and chief of Angels.

    It somewhat unclear how many angels were actually engaged in the war in Heaven and the exact number of the host open to conjuncture for many.

    n the 15th century though it was estimated that 133,306,668 angels fell from the Heavens in a total of 9 days according to the Bishop of Tusculum (c. 1273), and this was reaffirmed by Alphonso de Spina (c. 1460).
    I am sure that this number astounds even the most open minded. I my self was not surprised by the total figure of the fallen angels, I expected the number to be very big for the simple reason that it is reported that the number of angels is very big and that one third of them fell, so this third should be a very large figure also, but I was and still am very skeptic about the accuracy of this number when I first came upon it.
    There is also a question as to when the war took place. In the Old testament and Hebraic writings there is no mention of Hell or fallen angels. However because of the role that Satan plays in the bible, perhaps the most likely time for the battle to have happened, lies somewhere between the Old and New Testament. Whatever the case, Christ made it clear that Lucifer/Satan is the enemy.

    Indeed Satan is described in the book of Revelation as a creature which takes the form of a ten headed dragon as he does battle with the armies of God, led by Archangel Michael. Another belief suggests that the battle lasted for several days with Satan's armies building great war machines and even gaining a temporary advantage over the divine forces. However, there is a tale of a Final Battle between the two forces where the Angelic Armies will finally crush the fallen for once and for all.

    Revelation 12:7-10 (KJV):
    Michael the Archangel Defeats the Great Dragon

    Revelation 12:7-10:
    A supernatural battle occurs between the Angels of God and the Fallen Angels of Satan.

    The Angels of God prevail:
    1. And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon; and the Dragon fought and his angels,
    2. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven.
    3. And the Great Dragon was cast out, that Old Serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
    4. And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, 'Now is come Salvation, and Strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the Power of His Christ: for the Accuser of our Brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God Day and Night.'

    There's a big question arousing from the fall of the angels, and so much for the ones which followed Lucifer to his rebellion towards God but especially for the Watchers/Grigori.

    Lets say that the angel in Heaven which followed Lucifer they where deceived by him and so they went into war against God and his Angels.

    But the Watchers/Grigori had no excuse to be disobedient as the knew what happened to Adam and Eve when they did so.

    So what was it that made these angels to "chose" to fall?

    Matthew Bunsonsays on this:
    The precise manner and events surrounding the fall of the angels is a matter of much speculation over the centuries. There have been many theories and legends as to how it happened.

    For example, St. Thomas Aquinas (basing himself in part on St. Augustine), proposed that angels were created by God initially with free will to permit them to make a choice to accept or reject him forever.

    As they had been made with natures that were eternally decisive, their decision was irrevocable.

    The Punishment of the Fallen Angel

    The origin of Lucifer - His Beauty and Perfection

    Ezekiel 28-- is careful to point out that Lucifer is a created being. He is not eternal, but limited and finite. Before the fall, Lucifer is perfect... intellectually and physically.

    Ez. 28:13 describes the beauty of Lucifer. "The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created."

    Christian writer Dwight Pentecost wrote:
    "It was not necessary for Lucifer to learn to play a musical instrument in order to praise God. If you please, he had a built-in pipe organ... Lucifer, because of his beauty, did what a musical instrument would do in the hands of a skilled musician... Lucifer didn't have to look for someone to play the organ so that he could sing the doxology... he was the doxology." His name "serpent" means "The shining one."

    St. Paul also describes him as "an angel of light".
    (II Cor 11:14)
    His Place: He was in Eden, the garden of God, on the holy mountain of God.
    Later Ezekiel remarks, "You defiled your sanctuaries." Ez. 28:18

    His Power: Ez 28:14 says, "You were the anointed cherub who covers." He was one of the cherubs that could look upon the glory of God and voice praise and thanksgiving directly to Him. The cherubim were one of the highest orders of the angels and it was over this class of angels that Lucifer was given authority.

    His Pride: Ez. 28:15-18 Iniquity was found in him -- his heart was lifted up because of his beauty -- He corrupted his wisdom for the sake of his splendor.

    The Fall of Lucifer - Where he went wrong
    The 5 things Lucifer wanted:
    Isaiah 14:13-14

    Lucifer wanted God's place. "I will ascend into heaven."
    He wanted to move God off His throne. Lucifer wanted God's position. "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God."

    "Stars" = angels of God.

    Lucifer was never the Commander-in-Chief of the angelic army, but he was a Five-Star General. He was not happy just being in charge of the cherubim; he wanted sole authority over all the angels without submitting himself to the authority of the Creator. He wanted to eliminate God from the scene. He wants to control all the universe-absolute control. "I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north."

    He was no longer happy to be a reflector of his Creator, he wanted to be the originator. "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds." Of the 150 references to clouds in the Bible, over 100 of them are related to the presence and glory of God. Lucifer was saying he was going to take to himself a greater glory than the glory of God.

    He wanted to be responsible to no one but himself. He wanted total independence. "I will be like the Most High."

    Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mount of God (28:16). I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones" (vs. 16) I cast you to the ground (vs. 17) I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you (vs 17) I brought fire from your devoured you. (vs. 18) I turned you to ashes upon the earth (vs 18)

    Lucifer's proud heart was the reason for his fall, and the Bible tells us he did indeed fall, and took some of the angels with him. (Rev. 12:7-12)

    Some believe that Lucifer's fall to earth took place at Jesus' resurrection or ascension.

    What we must remember is that Christ is victorious, but the devil is not a symbol or legend, he is very real. He is an angel turned into a devil by pride. And pride is still a very real temptation that faces us persistently - because Lucifer is seeking to reproduce himself - the most prideful being of all.
    "The Devil sleeps like an animal in the shadow of good works waiting for us to conceive a secret admiration of ourselves."

    How did all this happen?
    • Did God know the pride that would captivate the heart of Lucifer when He created him?
      Yes, since God is omniscient, He knew.
    • Could God have prevented it?
      Yes, since God is omnipotent, He could have.
    • Why didn't He? How could a perfect, holy being fall?
      Lucifer had no sinful world to lure him, no tempter to push him and no innate sinful nature to overpower him. How could the first unholy affection arise in an angelic being?

      The answer lies in the fact that Lucifer was created with a freedom to choose just as we are. God gave angels and people the choice of good or evil. But, even though God permits the devil to do his work in this world, God is still in control.

    Jesus has complete power over Lucifer

    -he defeated Lucifer when he died and rose again for the sins of mankind - .

    One day Lucifer will be bound forever, never again to do his evil work. But until that day, we who belong to Christ are part of the ongoing battle for our very souls.

    Our weapons are the Word of God, being watchful, giving no place to him and resisting him.


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