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Could Angels and Demons Be Fighting Around Us Without Our Knowledge? 

An important principle concerning the composition of the angels is that they have bodies made of spirit, which isn't detectable by the physical senses unless the spirit being in question wishes to be so sensed.  Demons, being fallen angels, are the same in this regard.  According to Hebrews 1:7, God made the angels to be of spirit:  “And of the angles He says, ‘Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.”  The word translated “winds” can also mean “spirits” in the Hebrew from which this was originally quoted, as well as in the Greek.


Also, angels can't have sex with human beings because they are made of spirit.  As Jesus noted about the (good) angels in Luke 22:34-36, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from he dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage; for neither can they [resurrected humans] die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection."  All demons, as well as Satan himself, are fallen angels (Eze. 28:14; Rev. 12:4, 9), and since they
are made of spirit bodies, they can't have fleshly sexual relations with humans. 


To show that angels (and the Angel of the Lord) aren’t seen by people unless they want to be, notice the case of Balaam.  While riding his donkey, the donkey noticed that there was an angel (or the Angel) standing in front of him, but Balaam didn’t.  Notice Numbers 22:27, 31:  “When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick. . . .  Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed all the way to the ground.”  (In this case, however, it should be noted that the “Angel” most likely was the one who became Jesus around 1400 years later, but the principle remains the same since God is composed of spirit as well (John 4:24).  “Angel” means “messenger,” so here the One who became Jesus was the Messenger of the Father).


Similarly, notice that one of Elisha’s servants didn’t see the angelic army around him until Elisha prayed for him to see it (II Kings 6:17):  “Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’  And the Lord opens the servant’s eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”


Since angels and demons can choose to remain invisible, they could fight and we physical human beings wouldn’t know since they live in a parallel spiritual dimension.  Scripture does indeed record that the angels and demons will fight and have fought with one another.  One prominent case, which may have a dual meaning (i.e., it happened in the past and will happen again) is in Revelation Revelation 12:7:  “And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon [i.e., Satan].  And the dragon and his angels waged war.”  They can fight down here on earth too, as recorded in Jude 9:  “But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce a railing judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.”  Similarly, Daniel 10:13 records a conflict between a figure who was evidently a powerful demon, maybe even Satan himself, and Michael the archangel (Daniel 10:13).  So although it can’t be proven directly from Scripture, it’s completely possible that angels and demons could be fighting around us and we wouldn’t know it. 




Eric Snow


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