Are Angels and Demons Among Us?

1 Kings 19:5 – And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.”

Throughout the story of Elijah, there is the appearance of both angels (1 Kings 19:5,7; 2 Kings 1:3, 15) and demons or “gods” (1 Kings 19:2, 20:10, 20:23), including named demon gods like Baal and Asherah.

There is only one true God, Yahweh, the Creator of Heaven and earth (2 Chronicles. 15:3; Jeremiah 10:10; John 17:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 1 John 5:20–21) and all other “gods” are no more than powerful angels, spiritual beings who can do supernatural things (Exodus 7:11-12) but are “nothings” when compared to Yahweh (Deuteronomy 32:21; 1 Samuel 12:21; Psalms 96:5; Isaiah 37:19, 41:23–24, 29; Jeremiah 2:11, 5:7, 16:20; 1 Corinthians 8:4, 10:19–20).

The Old Testament clearly states that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 4:35,39, 6:4–5, 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:2; 2 Samuel 7:22, 22:32; Psalms 86:8–10; Isaiah 37:20, 43:10, 44:6–8, 45:5,14,21–22, 46:9) and the New Testament is in full agreement (John 5:44; Romans 3:30, 16:27; 1 Corinthians 8:4–6; Galatians 3:20; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 1:17, 2:5; James 2:19; Jude). The Bible also teaches that there is no one like God (Exodus 8:10, 9:14, 15:11; 2 Samuel 7:22; 1 Kings 8:23; 1 Chronicles 17:20; Psalms 86:8; Isaiah 40:18,25, 44:7, 46:5,9; Jeremiah 10:6–7; Micah 7:18), thus, claiming to be like God is a satanic lie (Genesis 3:5; Isaiah 14:14; John 8:44). 

However, demons (fallen spirit beings) may also pose as gods and elicit worship, possibly even through counterfeit signs, wonders, and miracles. This is precisely what happens in the book of Exodus and is also the backdrop for Elijah’s ministry in a spiritual war against these counterfeit demon gods working through a godless king and false prophets.

These “gods” are very powerful fallen angels and other spirit beings who rebelled against God. They revile the real God and want to replace him with gods. Practically, this means that there are incredibly powerful demonic spirits, with names such as Baal and Asherah who are center stage in life of Elijah, along with other named demon gods such as Chemosh, Molech, Brahman, Jezebel, Allah, Mother Earth, Mammon (money), and Aphrodite (sex), that are wrongly worshiped by multitudes as gods. One major theme of the Bible is that God creates and Satan counterfeits. False gods are behind false religions led by false teachers who perform false miracles – all schemes to lead people astray from the real God to the false gods. 

Read the verses in today’s devo to learn more about the appearance of angels and demons throughout the Bible as well as the fact that there is only one God and no one is like Him.

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