Angels have been described as participants in the creation and providential continuance of the cosmos. Though the function of angels is of primary significance, theological reflection and popular piety have placed much emphasis on the nature of angels. Their spiritual nature had been emphasized earlier by Hebrew prophets, such as Ezekiel and Isaiah, in their visionary descriptions. The cherubim and seraphim, two superior orders of angels, are described as winged creatures that guard the throne of God. The use of wings attached to various beings symbolizes their invisible and spiritual nature.
Malevolent beings—demons are fallen angels, ghosts, goblins, evil spirits in nature. These are angels are believed to have fallen from a position of proximity to God—such as Lucifer (after his fall called Satan by early Church Fathers) in Judaism and Christianity—because of pride or for attempts to usurp the position of the Supreme Being. In their fallen condition they attempt to keep humans from gaining a right relationship with God by provoking them to sin. The fallen angels were viewed as the agents of famine, disease, war, earthquakes, accidental deaths, and various mental or emotional disorders. Persons afflicted with mental diseases were considered to be “demon possessed.”
Listen and learn more about angels and demons as Bishop Tudor Bismark teaches.
Title: Angels and Demons Part 1&2
– Bishop Tudor Bismark