So Lucifer is the chief of all our enemies. So, what are exactly up against? What powers does a fallen angel have exactly? I know most of us would like to be comforted by the thought of a fallen angel being fallen so in some way their power has been revoked. I hate to inform you that this is not true.
12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing in my way for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.Daniel 10:12-13 NASB
In this we see that even an angel, Gabriel to be exact, can be held up by fallen angels. These ones at the time were among the Persian people. It took Michael to cut a path for Gabriel. This means that Gabriel toiled with them for twenty one days.
This means that fallen angels retain their strengths and abilities. A chilling and frightening thought. Michael was able to defeat them… but I have an even more unfortunate verse for you…
9 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him an abusive judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”Jude 1:9 NASB
Michael does not over power Satan there, he issues a rebuke from God the father. Now Lucifer does not over take him either. So we can have some assurance there but I think Jesus is the only one able to take on Lucifer and have assurance of victory. Thank goodness we are protected by him.
Now lets look at some key verses not particularly about fallen angels but angels in general and we can exstipulate some abilities they have.
First thing to remember is God created all the angels. They are thus weaker than God because he made them all. Easy to forget, at times we place angels in a godlike state and we will find that the ancients did just that later.
36 for they cannot even die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.Luke 20:36 NASB
Angels are immortal beings. They cannot die like us. So all these action movies and stuff where you see people fighting and killing angels, not possible. It is hard to imagine beings who are immortal but they certainly are. This will go to their wisdom. They can live a thousand lifetimes and still live more. This means they would have an understanding of people and how we react to things. They would know how to lie, how to bluff, how to intimidate, how to seduce, how to pretty much anything.
2 “Who is this who darkens the divine planJob 38:2-7 NASB
By words without knowledge?
3 Now tighten the belt on your waist like a man,
And I shall ask you, and you inform Me!
4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
5 Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the measuring line over it?
6 On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
They were there when God laid out the plans for the earth. They were most likely made sometime between verse 1 and verse 2 of Genesis Chapter 1. That is also when Lucifer had his rebellion most likely. We cant be sure though so I wont go into that now. However, this means they have been here since the start of earth. They have had a lot of time to learn things. Think of how much we learn in our lifetimes. Now surmount that to… all lifetimes. You see they would be incredibly intelligent. Far far far more intelligent than us. Items we made and invented would certainly be, well, they would know how to use it. They most likely created things far beyond us.
21 while I was still speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering.Daniel 9:21 NASB
Angels are very fast. Gabriel was not there at the time he started his prayer. However he was by the time of the offering. Now we don’t know where he traveled from but we can assume it was a great distance. We can assume fallen angels are just as fast. Keep that in mind. Also they react to prayers or rather rituals? I am not sure but if they do that would explain why people can do summonings and they respond to them.
He makes the winds (angels) His messengers,Psalms 104:4 NASB
Flaming fire His ministers.
Angels can be ethereal beings and physical being. They can reach though solid objects and touch you. I don’t understand this completely but here is my loose understanding of it. They can exist in a hyperspace. Spaces that have more dimensions than we do. So there could be gabs in solid objects we cant see and they can turn so to speak and reach through them. I could be totally wrong though. However they displayed some interesting abilities when it comes to solid objects and going through them. Mainly jail cells…
19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and leading them out, he said, 20 “Go, stand and [p]speak to the people in the temple area[q]the whole message of this Life.”Acts 5:19-20 NASB
They did this without keys, so they can work a lock. Surely that means any device they can work with. I am not sure how advanced of technology they can do this with but they did it with Roman locks so that is something.
They have been shown to kill in the Bible. Sometimes times in great numbers. So they show signs of having super strength, super intelligence, and they are incredibly wise. We have a very powerful enemy in the fallen angels.
Now for some good news. One third of the angels fell. That means they are outnumbered 2 to 1. However, most of all, they are subject to Jesus. That’s right. They cannot act unless Jesus allows them to. Even Lucifer himself is subject to God. As much as he would like you to think he is not. Remember that always.
Knowing these things will help you understand why people fell for the things they did and why they could pose as the things they did. They may have other powers not listed but they are not God like, they can appear as such because of trickery. Most likely they have entire divisions focused on mere trickery. Lies.
With this understanding of the fallen angels abilities and how they operate through lies alone we can look more specifically how they handle humans. Adam and Eve is a great place to start because today he offers us the same deal. Next time on The Heart Of Darkness.