Hi RoseThe other night I asked my husband what his ideas were on the interpretation of :
Jude 1: 6 “ And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” and its close parallel
2 Peter 2: 4 “ For God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;”.
My question was: If the angels that were cast out with Satan, are bound until the great day of judgment, where do the demons come from that roam the earth? He said he wasn’t sure, so together we went to the only true source for all our questions, God's Word.
The key words I focused on common to both verses are darkness, chains, judgment and of course the angels that sinned. From scripture we know that Satan was cast out from heaven because of the sin of pride, and cast down to earth.
Isaiah 14:12&14 “ How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” and 14
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Ezekiel 28:16&17 “…. I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God; and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.”17 “ Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground,”
In Luke 10:18 “ And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”
and Revelation 12:9 “ And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, call the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
He took with him the angels that are spoken of in 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1: 6 as being kept in chains of darkness. So the question arises where exactly is this darkness the fallen angels are being kept in?
Ephesians 6: 12 speaks of us wrestling against “the rulers of the darkness of this world “which to my understanding seems to be saying the demons are “the rulers” of what? “ the darkness” where? “ this world”. We know that Satan is called: “the prince of this world” in John 12:31 and “the god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4
also in Colossians 1:13, Paul tells us through Christ we are delivered from “the power of darkness” and Ephesians says “rulers of darkness” so darkness is spoken of as a place where demons dwell.
Going back to the question of the angels being cast down to hell and delivered into chains of darkness, lets look again at Isaiah 14 where in verse 12 it speaks of Lucifer being” cut down to the ground” and in verse 15 it says he is” brought down to hell” also in Ezekiel 28: 17 it says of Satan that he is ”cast down to the ground” and in verse 18 it says he will be “ brought to ashes upon the earth”.
Isaiah and Ezekiel seem to be using the words hell, earth and ground to mean the same place. So the verses in Jude and 2 Peter seem to be saying that the angels who were cast out of heaven with Satan are the ones “cast down to hell to be kept in chains of darkness until the great day of judgment” they are the “rulers” or “princes” of the “darkness” ( their dwelling place ) of this “world” ( earth, ground or hell ). They rule the darkness but can never leave the darkness for they are chained (kept) in that realm until the great judgment day.
We who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb are delivered from the power of darkness and live in the light of Christ.
My prayer is that all will come to the knowledge of Christ.and live in His light .....Amen
From what I understand 'angel' means messenger of God and can refer to anyone human or heavenly. How do you know the angels mentioned in the Peter and Jude fell with Satan. How do you make the link
My Bible (NASB) does not use the words 'Lucifer' in Isaiah 12 but uses 'star of the morning, son of the dawn' ...why couldnt that passage refer to Adam or even the physical nation of Israel - they both had special places with God which they subsequently lost (I believe)