When you complete this lesson, you’ll see from the Bible who the angels are and how some angels who rebelled against Jehovah God are responsible for the suffering and evil we see in the world.
Although many people have been taught that angels used to be humans, this idea does not come from the Bible. In fact, God’s Word teaches that the angels were created long before humans. For example, when God created the earth, the angels “began shouting in applause.” (, footnote) Later lessons will explain the Bible’s wonderful hope for people who have died.
Very good. The angels are a unique creation of God. They are not humans who have died and been raised to life in heaven. The next lesson will explain what happens to people when they die.
“[Jehovah] will give his angels a command concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.”—Psalm 91:9, 11
“Angels . . . carry out [Jehovah’s] word, obeying his voice.”—Psalm 103:20
“I fell down before [an angel’s] feet to worship him,” wrote the apostle John. “But he tells me: ‘Be careful! Do not do that!’”—Revelation 19:10
Summary of Section 1
Angels are powerful spirit persons created by Jehovah God. They have individual personalities and carry out God’s commands.
The Bible does not reveal the original name of the angel who became Satan. However, the terms used to identify him reveal his personality.
“The Devil took [Jesus] along to an unusually high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him: ‘All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.’ Then Jesus said to him: ‘Go away, Satan! For it is written: “It is Jehovah your God you must worship.”’”
Although Jehovah God has ultimate authority and power, he is temporarily allowing Satan to rule the world. The reason God is allowing this will be explained later in this course.
The Bible agrees with your answer. Satan the Devil is “the wicked one.” The Bible also calls him “the ruler of this world.” () However, Satan’s rule is only temporary—Jehovah has promised to destroy Satan and undo all the bad effects of his rebellion. () Later in this course, you’ll learn how and when God will do this.
Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.
Review 1 of 3
Pick the expression that correctly describes the angels. They . . .
Can choose how they will act
Are identical to one another
Exist only to serve humans
Were previously humans
Review 3 of 3
Compare these two Bible teachings: (1) Everything that God makes is good; (2) Satan is evil. What should we conclude from these two statements?
God did not create everything
The angel who became Satan was perfect when he was created but later chose to rebel
The Bible contradicts itself
Jehovah has allowed Satan the Devil, his principal enemy, to continue to exist until now. What is the best explanation for this?
Jehovah doesn’t have the power to destroy Satan
Jehovah uses Satan to test people
Jehovah is waiting to get rid of Satan
- Angels are spirit persons created by Jehovah God
- Some angels rebelled against God. Their leader, Satan the Devil, temporarily rules the world
In Lesson 2.3, “Why Did God Create Humans?,” you’ll see how we fit into God’s purpose.