There exists quite some confusion and misunderstanding regarding so-called fallen angels. Myth and legend have taken the concept of these angels and created many horror stories. Movies and books have been created to give us all a sense of fear and loathing about the so-called fallen, who are portrayed as entities forever cast out of heaven, and in revenge are supposedly running around on the loose, headed by a ruler-devil, fighting against God and humans.
While there is certainly no “Devil” as many perceive, if the Lucifer rebellion is real, it is not anywhere as grandiose and dramatic as many portray, or it involves a time which has long since passed during the times of Christ.
We do not find a systematic presentation of this concept in the Bible, but instead symbology. You find even contradictory accounts. The moment you try to systematize it into the standard image or even the idea of a fallen angel, a pure spirit, in any sophisticated way, you’re forcing the evidence.
Here is a brief history of the concept of Satan. Zoroaster, a Persian prophet, first invented it circa. 600 B.C. The framework of the three modern monotheisms (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) had been erected. An Iranian prophet filled out the Devil’s birth certificate.
Through the Old Testament, the adversary (later translated to “Satan”) was actually not considered some all-evil entity, but a servant of God sent on missions to test and tempt people of God, i.e. Job. Of course, Daniel of the Old Testament doesn’t mention Satan even once, and now doesn’t, either; since there is no such entity now either.
For a couple of centuries before Christ, however, Jewish writers began altering his form, and other demons started showing up in certain scriptures, until blown out of proportion by the times of Jesus and the apostles. Suddenly the stories of these mythologies evolved into a fabricated, all-out war between fallen and good angels, as became popular in the New Testament and popularized even today, a time when superstitions such as this should not be commonplace.
Once formed, the church then taught that pastimes and spirituality outside of orthodox Christianity are a form of Satan worship. This included astrology, ceremonial magic, divination, Gnoticism, rituals of pagan and other religions, etc. This continues even today in Fundamentalism, like the days of the witch-hunts, to the point of paranoia in the reckless pursuit of heresy hunting.
At least things are changing; the official church now views demon possession and Satan as being primarily caused by a force “lurking within all individuals,” not by a living entity attacking from outside. But a great deal of religious intolerance is generated by a key belief of some Fundamentalist and other Evangelical denominations – that the gods and goddesses of non-Christian religions are in fact demonic entities enticing everyone to do evil.
No one has ever seen Satan or any demonic fallen angel, but if you want to find evil, look to those who wish to impose their will or beliefs on others, and you can find them in many religious organizations acting in the name of God: the Inquisition, Crusades, Islamic Jihad, witch hunts, bombings of abortion clinics, Islamic Taliban in Afghanistan. And in this country, we have a senator who said,
The millions of Christians in this country reflect just about every conceivable political point of view. For one highly conservative group to proclaim itself ‘the Christian Coalition’ strikes me as decidedly un-Christian arrogance … We reflect countless races, religions and lifestyles, and we often differ on questions of morality and behavior. The only way so diverse a nation can survive is by all of us practicing a high degree of tolerance. But tolerance is not the way of the Christian right. Its leaders want to impose their one-size-fits-all morality on everyone. It won’t work. When any group tries to impose its values on everyone else, the result will inevitably be resentment, hatred and violence. – Senator Warren Rudman
George Eliot: “The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.”
Some conservative Christians (read: fundamentalists, for example) believe that there are only two supernatural forces in the world: their God and Satan. Some believe that if a person does not worship their concept of God and hold their beliefs, then they must be worshiping Satan; they are, then, by their definition, Satanists. Thus, all Christian denominations whose beliefs differ significantly from their own, and all other religions, are forms of Satanism. Therefore, according to such heresy-hunting folks, Satanists make up perhaps 95% or more of the world’s population. Some people feel that all non-Christian religions are forms of Satanism. This would imply that all Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims – in fact at least 75% of the world’s population – are Satanists, according to views by certain heresy-hunters.
What, then, is the reality of a fallen angel? They are regular or unascendant humans who have not awakened to their true divine reality; it is that simple. Long ago we were celestial angelic beings attuned to divine will. To experience matter, we descended (i.e. “fell”) into material bodies that resembled apes, then in a relatively short time by earth standards, evolved and shed our bodily hair. We have since forgotten this divine reality, and in our attempt to return to divine will and escape from the bondages of the physical realm, we’ve created science, language and religions, all incomplete methods of returning whence we came, which we have long since forgotten.
As one may suspect, some undoubtedly will be inclined to suggest Daniel is a “fallen angel,” as a few have erroneously accused. But Daniel is of course not. All that is in Daniel’s heart since around the time of awakening is compassion, peace, mercy, joy, truth, innocent goodness, divine Love toward others, the wish for this to be shared, and this condition will continue – to eternity. Charity and the goodwill and love of the Lord are what I wish to disseminate to as many as possible, and are the primary motive behind this work. If only one set of eyes is opened as a result, my purpose would be whole. As a messenger and servant OF God, I buoyantly obey in what is commanded according to my Master’s will. Daniel wishes not only to save the lost, but to help in the ascension of those still residing in the spiritual or religious Dark Ages. That means most. If Daniel were a fallen angel, then we all must be.
YOU, unawakened, unascended human, are a fallen angel.
This would be “The Fall” – of man and the angels, as they are one and the same event, in these symbolic terms. We used our free will for selfish purposes by descending into the material, third dimension, and have lost our way by losing our contact with the Creator, resulting in continual reincarnations and attachments to the earth plane. But instead of “eternal damnation,” as many preach, there is the opportunity of reascension back to God and the heavens by attaining the Way of Christ-consciousness, and I am living proof it can happen. The song,
“What if God was one of us … Just a slob like one of us … Just trying to make his way home …” comes to mind.
I suspect that Moses, Enoch, Elijah and other Biblical figures were embodied, reincarnated angels as well, sent back to help straighten out the lost human race in reascending; it is plainly visible in the New Testament that Jesus himself claimed to his disciples that Elijah, a resurrected embodied angel (of the Old Testament) reincarnated into John the Baptist, who was then killed during Jesus’ life, only to reappear transfigured as an angel, along with Moses, with Jesus on a mountain (see Math. 17:1-13). Christ is the highest Angel among angels as Son of God – and one with God, most likely returned several times as well (e.g., as Joshua or even Krishna). Angels, by the way, were routinely identified as “son of man” and “Sons of God” in Hebrew writings.
The concept of fallen angels seems to originate from the mysterious eighth order of angels, the gentle Grigori. The Grigori were created by God to be earthly shepherds of the first humans. Both physically and spiritually gigantic, at least by the standards of the people who later wrote about them, the Grigori served early humanity as vast reservoirs of information concerning the finer points of civilization, and their selflessness was beyond compare. They were also called the Watchers, as it was their job to observe humanity, lending a helping hand when necessary but not interfering in the course of human development.
As the book of Enoch – an important Scripture dealing with the celestial realm of angels, but never canonized into the Bible – describes, God had sent a legion of 200 giant angels to earth in order to watch over and subtly assist man during the beginning of civilization. The error they made was to lust after human women, thereby creating offspring called the Nephilum, who were also giants with angel powers. The result, according to this legend, was the wrath of God in the form of the great deluge of Noah’s Flood, where the earth was to be wiped clean of its corruption, including these creatures; they were imprisoned thereafter in a layer of heaven. At least this is how mythology portrays this ancient episode. The flood story is mythological, there could never have been a worldwide flood, covering all mountains, and modern science proves this.
According to the beliefs of some – those whom I have had to contend with during these numerous personal encounters – the baseless implication is that, “If you are an angelic being in human form,” I must be a fallen angel – or demon – existing in physical, human form. Daniel is not “fallen,” but ascended. I am here to clear the record regarding this matter. Many, now and through the ages, who have warped the truth and reality via mortal misunderstandings, have made the assumption, or have taken the Bible too literally, claiming that fallen angels supposedly “cast to earth out of heaven” (e.g. Rev. 10:15) exist in human form. This is simply an unfortunate, misunderstood fabrication, considering the Bible never said anything to this effect. The story of John’s Revelation is symbolic of the casting out of the demons of the mind.
This is meant figuratively, not physically “on the earth” as in the extremely rare case of the (UN-”fallen”) author. I know of no evil ones who have EVER appeared physically, unless you count mere unascendant humans. Very few – if any – angels of any kind, consciously aware of their being, have actually come forth as I have, and when they did, they were included into Scripture. They are not entities forever cast out of heaven and therefore doing everything they can to destroy humans and do everything possible to perpetuate evil, etc. Of course, the Hindus have known all along that the gods could incarnate to perform duties, something most Christians are completely ignorant of. While not every angel encounter during the 4,000 years of events recorded in the Bible has been documented, perhaps 50 visits total are documented, none of an evil variety. For instance, it is absurd to suggest that the two embodied angels that appeared to Lot to warn him to vacate Sodom before its destruction were fallen angels, or the ones who lifted the stones from Jesus’ tomb, or the one sent to Balaam. Well, they called Jesus a demon as well, so Daniel is in good company.
Daniel of Old circa 620 B.C. to 534 B.C., though largely a saint as I have become, (the key word is BECOME) and who did the best he could, (but “sinned” Dan. 10:15), was also an embodied, actualized holy angel of God coexisting in “two different worlds,” as have I, since October 1999.
Holy gods were angels, but the terminology differed from religion to religion. Daniel had to be careful not to say so when writing his (my) prior book, due to Judaic belief of “One God.” In Daniel, it is stated several times that he was “endowed with the spirit of the holy gods …” Not once, but several times. In other words, angels have god-like powers and dominion, but ultimately we all serve the One, Most High God. Angels are gods, and in fact, we all have the potential to become … angels. Daniel does not seek worship or glory from humans, but honors the Most High.
How is the angelification of Old Daniel determined? Not simply through information recently given, but through distinct clues left behind within the book of Daniel. Daniel of Old did not explicitly say so directly, that he was an angel, but the supernatural incident in the lions’ den and among his companions in the fiery furnace, the common occurrences of fellow angelic visitors, as well as the references to being “Endowed with the spirit of the holy gods,” and “An excellent spirit is in him,” as well as the almost superhuman intelligence (wisdom) he was granted attest to his angelic identity, an identity I know now as congruent with the author, and a fulfillment of the last prophetic line in that book: “But you, go your way, and rest; you shall rise for your reward at the end of the days.” As is promised in Dan. 12:13, the “wise,” and the elite of the apocalyptic group, will be resurrected and “shine as the stars” (stars were identified with angels in the Old Testament) along with the righteous leaders. The villains will also be resurrected and judged accordingly. This “angelification” occurs throughout the Bible, such as the cases of Stephen, Moses, Elisha, Elijah, Jesus and his apostles. Here’s a trailer-hint of future chapters: You also may become a holy, incarnate angel, and I will briefly tell you how I attained the heights, since the giving of example is the best teacher.
What is demonic influence? It is temptation, possession and oppression. Evil is ignorance and discord. Virtue is knowledge, knowing the good, choosing the good by practicing good habits: controlling selfish passions replaced with love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, justice, courage, self-control, compassion, empathy and generosity.
Having a beer, cigarette or rich dessert – while atrocious habits with health consequences, and certainly not to be condoned – are not consequential “sins” when done in moderation. Only when done irresponsibly to where it causes destruction or harm to others does this create negative karma.
Human materialistic pleasure is something to be enjoyed – not abused or employed for destructive use – and only when it is recognized that it is a gift, a creation and blessing from the Creator, Who must be acknowledged as higher, and the highest source of all pleasure, and the One who gave you life and the ability to enjoy it. However, to achieve the highest state of spiritual being, such interests must eventually be conquered, and purged, and carnal desires stripped away.
Metaphysically speaking, good results in oneness, and evil results in a sense of separation.
Angelic/Christ-like perfection is irrelevant to dressing or looking perfect, eating perfectly, or behaving according to cultural or even certain moral expectations of others through fear and doubt. Daniel couldn’t care less what human judgment and shallowness consist of, because it is divine judgment I am subject to, and because the definition of Daniel is “God is my judge.” There is no sense in answering to false charges as these: the seven deadly sins are simply absent at all times in a holy angel, forever purged from his character.
Advanced spiritual perfection has nothing whatsoever to do with fleshly, earthly and cultural matters such as alcohol. Bad for the health? Sure, if done irresponsibly. But the body is temporary and expendable. Bad for society if done recklessly and without regard to others? You bet. That is why Daniel does not condone such behavior, but does not condemn it either, if done responsibly.
Rebellion is sin; anything that tears one away from God, destroys the soul, or that does not proceed from faith is a sin: murder, pride, envy, corruption, neglect, malice, hate, anger, or greed (the correct definition of sin is “off target”). These things you will NOT find in a holy, purified angel expressed in thought or action. And they have become absent in Daniel; words and deeds since 1999 have been pure and righteous, yet that won’t stop people from suggesting the “fallen angel” concept out of ignorance. Such a view is based on cultural “values and morality” which many link to God and the Bible.
A major observation made is: the only ones who ever make an exclamation that the one they are looking at is a “fallen angel” are those who:
a) Take popular culture and scriptural literalism too seriously or because Daniel’s message may conflict with their narrow beliefs, and,
b) Cannot actually see the wings.
c) Attempt to view my past as an indicator of my present condition, ignoring the grace of God given to those who seek and find ultimate truth, repent and pay off bad karma, and change. But I am proof that what one has done in the past bears little relation to what one can become.
d) React according to stereotypes of the saintliness of an angel, which includes the concept that an angel, for example, should not drink.
Such comments mostly originate from individuals overhearing nearby conversations from those who CAN see the angelic spirit, then make the erroneous conclusion that an embodied angel must somehow be “evil,” even though pure in heart. However, this generally occurred only in bars; those who witness me tansfigured or angelified in churches don’t make that assumption … it’s the environment and location. In a bar, their “logic” goes: “angels don’t drink, and if this one does, he must be a fallen angel … what’s an angel doing in a place like this?” (Answer: to seek out the lost.)
And of course, an angel present in a church is deemed to be a “good” angel. The negative reaction is immensely contrasted from those who do see the beauty of the wings and spirit and don’t make such bizarre judgments based on a superficiality such as drinking a beer. Almost all of the Biblical prophets drank wine. Our culture has developed a very prohibitionist attitude toward drinking, smoking, drugs, etc., and therefore views these things as “bad,” linking such behaviors and “morality” to the Bible and God. An angel must do God’s work in any location and situation, for God is everywhere and cares for everyone.
It is very difficult for some people to grasp the concept that there is a positive side and a negative side to every issue. Additionally, I live in a region whose residents are predominantly Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) where the official doctrine, founded in human precept, prohibits consumption of tobacco, alcohol and caffeine (that’s right, even a can of cola!) in order to give a “pure and wholesome” image – as viewed by other humans. Remember what Christ – who drank wine – said?
“Listen and understand: It’s not what enters the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” (Math. 15.10)
It’s what is in your heart that counts; if a behavior is based on love, it cannot be evil. It is when the aspiration of pleasure for pleasure’s sake, a form of idolatry, is exercised at the expense of just pursuits, that this can be called a sin, a desecration of the temple, your body, granted by your Creator.
This quotation from Paul the apostle is (too) frequently used to instill fear and doubt by many evangelical fundamentalists, and something that has been attempted to be applied in a paranoid fashion to Daniel, as you might imagine:
“Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light!” (Corinthians 11)
The fundamentalist comes to such a conclusion by extracting such a quote from the Bible, the “absolute inerrant word of God” (That’s right! Every single word was written by a divine hand sent down to grab Paul’s hand and write exactly The Word! And if you believe that, here’s a bridge for sale.)
First of all, that particular quote was not at all the emphasis Paul was trying to make in this passage. He was trying to warn against ‘false apostles’ who were boasters who challenged his authority, and who were leading their thoughts away from a true devotion to Christ with ‘gospels other than he taught’ during the divisionary startup of the early church. An in-context dialog looks like this:
“…For such boasters are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness. Their end will match their deeds.”
Exactly where did Paul come up with such a concept as an angel called Satan who “disguises himself as an angel of light?” Was he repeating material from other scriptures around at that time? He certainly did this repeatedly. Satan, by the way, meant many things to many people in Biblical times. Its definition meant “adversary,” tempter, serpent, deceiver.
In Isaiah 45:7 it is said:
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil [ra']: I the LORD do all these things.”
On the surface, this verse appears to give a scriptural basis for the belief that God created Satan with an inherently evil nature. However, when we research this passage, a different picture emerges. The KJV does imply that God was the creator of evil. However, this same version also renders the Hebrew word ra’ (translated “evil” in this passage) as “adversity” and “affliction” elsewhere.
Satan and his servants can only “masquerade” as angels of light, according to this quote from Paul, who was dealing with adversaries during the early days of the church. They are NOT angels of light. God is light. There is no light in Satan; otherwise, God would be in Satan. He does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. And he is nothing more than a mythical being.
Accordingly, the affirmatory, “Their end will match their deeds” applied to their works. Paul’s adversarial, boasting ‘false apostles’ should be judged by their fruits. If their fruits were not of righteousness and goodness, their end would come. When confronted by apostle Peter who wished to prevent Jesus’ execution, who said, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you,” Jesus replied, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are a stumbling block for me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but human things.”
So Peter must be “Satan” then, HMM?
If one reads it properly you see that Peter was merely a stumbling block, an adversary. The word “Satan” originally came from the fallen angel “Satanail” which came from the book of Enoch. Satan is also (incorrectly) called Lucifer, which was erroneously linked from a passage in Isaiah. Remember that these references to Satan, the devil, and fallen angels strewn throughout the Bible are largely symbolic. What some are saying about 21st century Daniel all happened to Jesus as well:
For John (the Baptist) came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon;” the Son of Man came eating and DRINKING, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds. (Matthew 11)
Jesus also came casting out demons and doing other good (supernatural) things for others, as Daniel is doing, and the Pharisees said:
… For people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub (Satan), and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons … (Jesus responds here) … how can Satan cast out Satan? … People will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but he is guilty of an eternal sin,” for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3)
The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me …” (John 8:48, 49)
“How can such a man, who is a sinner, perform such signs?” (John 9:16)
“He has a demon and is out of his mind, why listen to him?” (John 10:20)
So it goes with 21st century Daniel. In fact, I’ve even sensed that a few (perhaps two or three) that have actually been praying to me WITH BLASPHEMOUS CURSES! Woe to them! Do they realize what they are doing?
Blaspheming an angel of God and the Holy Spirit!
“And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:31-32) Things never seem to change.
The country in which I reside has one of the highest population levels of fundamentalists and Evangelical faiths that hold these Satanic beliefs of the devil. About 30-40% percent of readers of this book will hold such views to some degree, and about 80% of readers will identify themselves as Christian, which is the main reason Daniel may seem to disproportionately focus on Christian concepts, something to which they can identify with. This quote from a Baptist source will be one that many of you hold:
“Any system of religious belief that denies the literal reality and actual personality of Satan is radically unchristian and unbiblical in nature and clearly under the dominion of the very devil whom it denies.”
This sounds like the Dark Ages. Daniel is not saying the devil doesn’t exist, but merely illustrating that the “devil” exists as created symbology, turned into reality by religions as a scapegoat. The “devil” is merely representative of the darker side of human nature that can crop up from time to time. The above person sounds like a Satan-worshiper looking to defend and glorify this non-existent entity and continue his influence over the mind of many under the guise of light. Far too much power they give to this “Satan.”
This means putting mythical concepts into their true, nonliteral perspective, and the concept of a fearful, deceptive, Satanic-like horde of angels out to destroy mankind is one myth I strongly desire to destroy.