Stars, Idols and Demons
Appendix III of
"Our Creator's Revelation to Mankind"
What is of peculiar interest and somewhat of a mystery is how the term host of heaven is used in the Bible. The word host is usually used as a military term to describe a great army. However, when the Scriptures speak of the host of heaven, it refers to angels or stars (Nehemiah 9:6, 1Kings 22:19, Luke 2:13). But stars, while they usually refer to those celestial luminaries that dot the night sky, they are sometimes synonymous with the angels. Perhaps this term is used in this manner because both have their abode in heaven, but maybe there is more than meets the eye.
Let us then take the time to examine those Scriptures that pertain to this heavenly host and see if there is a reason for this particular usage.
Perhaps this term is used in this manner because both have their abode in heaven, but maybe the interchangeability of terms is more than just coincidence.
Lucifer was one of the angels of the Lord's host, but he fell from his exalted position and was cast out of heaven. There is no doubt that his fall was related to him wanting to be like the most High (Isaiah 14:14). He coveted the worship that was due only to God and even tempted Jesus in the wilderness to, fall down and worship (Matthew 4:9) him.
The angels, however, were originally created to do the will of God, carrying out His commands (Psalm 103:20-21). They worshipped God (Hebrews 1:6), and were ministers of them who would be heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). But Lucifer said within his heart I will exalt my throne above the stars of God (Isaiah 14:13). The stars of God evidently refer to the angels in this passage, and Satan sought to usurp the command that God had over them.
When God laid down the foundations of the earth on the third day of creation (Genesis 1:9-13), the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:7) The angels (morning stars) then must have been created before the third day when God caused dry land to appear (Psalm 104:1-5). Perhaps then, these morning stars were created on first morning of the first day when God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis 1:3). Stars emit light, and Paul refers to Satan as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), so on that first day, maybe the light that God created included more than visible light.
Nevertheless, sometime after their creation, and most certainly after the sixth day when everything was declared very good (Genesis 1:31), Satan rebelled. The moment he sinned, he was cast out of heaven. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning ! (Isaiah 14:12) When Lucifer sinned, Jesus said He, beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven (Luke 10:18), and in the book of the Revelation he is seen as a star fall from heaven unto the earth (Revelation 9:1).
We are also told that one third of an innumerable company of angels (Hebrews 12:22) chose to rebel with him. John saw this great wonder in heaven, and behold a great red dragon And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven , and did cast them to the earth And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him (Revelation 12:3-9).
Not only are the angels said to be innumerable (Revelation 5:11), but so are the stars (Genesis 15:5, Jeremiah 33:22). The individual stars that fill the heavens, those globes of fire , if you will, in some passages of Scripture are synonymous with the angels (Job 38:7, Isaiah 14:13, Judges 5:20, Revelation 1:20).
Perhaps this is what is meant when the Lord told Satan, thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire (Ezekiel 28:14), after all, are not his angels a flaming fire (Psalm 104:4)? Are not stars also globes of flaming fire? When the Lord Jesus Christ returns, He shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power (2Thessalonians 1:7-9). We are also told that those who follow Satan shall, be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels (Revelation 14:10)?
Seeing that the demonic realm desires worship, and realizing the connection between the starry host of heaven and angels, we begin to wonder why, in the early history of mankind, did man give himself over to worship the host of heaven . Was this host just the stars that God created on day four? Or was there more to this than meets the eye?
It appears that Satan and his hosts were actually being worshiped in the guise of these celestial bodies. Perhaps each angel had been given a star to inhabit and at that time this was the only way the demonic realm could receive worship.
Many, from ancient times, have given themselves over to worship the host of heaven rather than the Lord of hosts. It is also clear, that the Gentile nations fashioned idols to represent the host of heaven, which they believed were gods. It then leaves no question in this individual's mind as to why devils are behind the worship of every idol, for they are for the most part personifications of the host of heaven.
Israel was commanded to be separate from the idolatry of the Gentile nations. In fact, Israel was commanded to destroy certain nations because they were so irreparably wicked in all their ways, but instead they, were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols : which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils , And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood (Psalm 106:35-38).
Some might say, that was then, this is now, but a thousand years later nothing had changed. When the apostle Paul took his ministry among the Gentile nations, he told them, What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils , and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils (1Corinthians 10:19-20).
Anthony Keaton, hi idols were created to hold to something that can be seen and felt as a purpose to humanize our beliefs. Where in accepting Christ as Lord of Lords comes from the faith of a mustard seed that God gave to us when we were created. The word of God says that faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Satan is the Father of lies and was here before man was created. Satan thought himself to be like God and wanted to be worshipped as God! God the Father created Satan and kicked him out of heaven because of his Rebellion against the creator! God cast out Satan to the Earth where he decieved Adam and Eve and continues to decieve the people's of the world which includes the Native American people. Even as a Christian no man is immune to the cunning of the devil, but we have Victory in Christ who defeated the devil at the CROSS!! Shedding his Blood for you and me!! A Blood sacrifice once and for all mankinds sin! Take care my friend and God Bless you and your journey towards the truth.
I'm confused about why would these angels come with Satan when they know that it was Almighty Father was the one who created them? I used to think that heaven is a place of all holiness and godliness, but why was Satan felt that enviousness and rebelliousness?
Evidently the angels and man had a free will to make certain choices. However, with this comes the possibility of making bad choices. Satan's sin was that he thought to be like God (Isaiah 14:12-15). This is the same lie he perpetuated to man, that they also could be as gods (Genesis 3:5). In the text, "gods" is in the plural, so it is likely that the other fallen angels believed this same lie.
I think it possible that when the angels were created (likely on day two of creation) that, although the Lord God had created them, they chose not to believe that God was their Creator and perhaps thought that He was just another being that appeared prior to them. Pride had filled Satan's heart and he desired to be worshipped like Him.
Although when Satan sinned, he was immediately cast out of heaven, he somehow still has access to God as we have seen in his conversations with God concerning Job (Job 1-2). God is omnipresent and the psalmist declared that if he made his bed in hell, that God was there. (Psalm 139:8) For now, Satan is the god of this world roaming about seeking whom he may devour.
Angels were the first creatures to be tempted, with some sinning.
My question is, when Lucifer was cast to earth and one-third of the host of heaven was cast down with him, are the people on earth the one-third that were cast to earth? or were people already on the earth and now Lucifer (satan, the devil) is who we must overcome to return to God?
The host of heaven is the fallen angels or demons who chose to rebel with Satan and are thereby called "his angels". "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Revelation 12:7-9) People would have been on the earth at that time. After God had finished creating all things He pronounced them all "very good". Satan would have rebelled some time after that and was cast down to earth where he instigated the fall of Adam and Eve.
Jesus said, "be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1 John 5:4-5)
Would like learn more about idols, reason why is, I come from and native apache indian background where they worship idols of wood, stones, feathers, pollens, sun, animals, moon, stars, lighting and fire and so forth, and Medicineman and soothsayers apache ladys say its was given to us apaches from God, the same God that created the earth, and Im confused with that and the Bible says different but I wanted to change from that and worship the true God of Heaven. THANKS
It is interesting of all the gentile nation, although they have an animistic view of life, amidst their pantheon of worship, they will find hidden a High God, or Creator. Although not much is known about Him, and little attention is given to Him, He is still there.
Wilhelm Schmidt, the great philologist and ethnologist, gives an excellent summary of the nations of antiquity:
"As external civilization increased in splendor and wealth, so religion came to be expressed in forms of ever-increasing magnificence and opulence. Images of gods and demons multiplied to an extent which defies all classification. Wealthy temples, shrines and groves arose; more priests and servants, more sacrifices and ceremonies were instituted. But all this cannot blind us to the fact that despite the glory and wealth of the outward forms, the inner kernel of religion often disappeared and its essential strength was weakened. The results of this, both moral and social, were anything but desirable, leading to extreme degradation and even to the deification of the immoral and antisocial. The principal cause for this corruption was that the figure of the Supreme Being was sinking further and further into the background, hidden behind the impenetrable phalanx of the thousand new gods and demons.
But all the while, the ancient primitive religion still continued among the few remainders of the primitive culture, preserved by fragmentary peoples driven into the most distant regions. Yet in their condition of stagnation, poverty, and insignificance, even there it must necessarily have lost much of its power and greatness, so that even among such peoples it is much too late to find a true image of the faith of really primitive men. It remains for us, by dint of laborious research, to put gradually together from many faded fragments a lifelike picture of religion." (The Origin and Growth of Religion: Facts and Theories, p. 289-290, 1931)