There are two kinds of angels in the world. There are real angels of God, and then there are what the Bible calls “angels of light.” Angels of light are not good angels. That term is a reference to the evil angels. Paul warns us that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14, NIV). These angels rebelled against their created purpose; Lucifer—the “ruler of the demons” (Matthew 12:24)—is their leader.
The Fall of Lucifer
Lucifer was an angel—a magnificent being. The name Lucifer means “day star” or “son of the morning.” Ezekiel 28:11-19 describes him before he was fallen, and Isaiah 14:12-17 talks about the fall of Lucifer from heaven. But Lucifer became prideful—he was jealous of God. He thought he deserved to be equal to the Most High. Because of this, he was kicked out of heaven, along with his followers. There is proof that Lucifer was able to draw one-third of the angels into joining his rebellion. Revelation 12:4 says the Dragon’s “tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.” And they were all banned from heaven together. After this, Lucifer’s name changed to Satan, which means “adversary.” In the Bible, he is also referred to by numerous names such as: The King of Tyre, the devil, the Great Dragon, Beelzebub, the serpent, the ruler of this world, the father of lies, the evil one, and a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8), among others.
Not Every Angel Is From God
The ability of Satan and his ministers to transform themselves into ministers of light is a real deception, so it is of the upmost importance that we recognize that not every angel is from God. That’s why 1 John 4:1 instructs us to “test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” We must be vigilant, so we will not fall into the snares of the evil one.
“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him… You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God…. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you…. you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you…out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you…. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground.’”
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’”
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
“Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.’ And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.’”
1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”