Where Does God Keep Fallen angels?
There are two specific verses of scripture that tell about angels sinning. One verse is on Jude, verse 6. The other verse is in 2 Pet 2:4. Here are those two verses..
Jude V-6, “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds, under darkness for the judgment of the great day.”
2 Pet 2:4, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but having cast them down to hell, delivered them to chains of darkness, being kept for judgment..”
It seems very clear from these two verses that some angels did indeed sin. Jude 6, says that their sin was that they, “did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode.” The word translated “domain” means, “their starting point, or their beginning”. And the word translated “abode” means, “their dwelling place”. And so the sins of those angels was in not remaining in the place that God had originally given them to dwell in.
They evidently were not satisfied to remain at the place in which they “had begun”. And I would have to assume that their original dwelling place was in heaven. The bible doesn’t specifically say that their beginning dwelling place was heaven, but it only seems logical. God ‘s word does tell us this about angels..
“Are they not ALL ministering spirits, SENT OUT to render service to those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14.
Now, those who will inherit salvation, are people that live on the earth. So if angels are ALL ministering spirits, and if they are SENT OUT to render service to people on the earth, then they must have originated somewhere other than on the earth. And so that pretty much leaves only heaven as their beginning abode. We can only speculate as to WHY these angels would want to leave heaven, and dwell somewhere else. Could it be that they wanted to dwell on the earth because they thought that maybe they could “rule” over us here? Did they want more “authority” than they had in heaven? As I said, we can only speculate because God hasn’t chosen to reveal the answer to us.
What God HAS revealed to us is this.. When the angels “abandoned their own abode”, they sinned! Obviously, they were not suppose to abandon their God given dwelling place.
Jude 6, tells us that since these angels sinned, God has kept them, “in eternal bonds, under darkness, for the great day of judgment.” The bible is very clear about the fact that there is a great judgment day that awaits everyone. 2 Cor 5:10 tell us that, “We must ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for the deeds done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” So evidently the angels that have sinned, will stand before that judgment seat also.
But until that time comes, they are said to be, “kept in eternal bonds under darkness.” Now, the verse from 2 Peter 2:4, says it a little differently. It says, “..having cast them down to hell, delivered them to chains of darkness, being kept for judgment.” This verse agrees that they are in darkness, and that they are being kept there, until the day of judgment. But this verse from 2 Peter, uses an interesting phrase. It says, “having cast them down to hell”
That phrase, “having cast them down to hell”, comes from ONE Greek word, and that word is “tartaroo”. It’s a word that is borrowed from ancient Greek mythology, and it literally does mean, “to cast down to hell”. This word, “tartaroo”, is used only this one time in the bible, but it is without a doubt, a word used often in Greek mythology. In Greek mythology, “hell” is called “tartarus”, and that word is a noun. The word “tartaroo”, is a verb and it signifies, “to be cast down to tartarus”.
God is using this term figuratively, to designate His judgment upon the angels that had sinned. You see, angels are not given the opportunity to repent of sin and be forgiven. God doesn’t tell us WHY angels are not given this opportunity, but it’s clear that they are not given any “second chance”, and so their fate is sealed right then and there. On the other hand, we DO have the opportunity to repent of our sins, and to be forgiven of those sins. As a matter of fact, we not only have the opportunity, but we are commanded to repent. God says in Acts 17:30, “Therefore having looked beyond the times of ignorance, God is now declaring that ALL, everywhere should repent!”
Maybe angels, “should have known better”, having been in the very presence of God. We’re not told any more about it though. When angels sinned, they were immediately judged by God, and figuratively speaking, were “cast down to hell”, delivered to chains of darkness.” And this is where they are “kept” for the judgment day. You might wonder WHY, if the angels have already been “judged” by God, what the “judgment day” is all about.
Well, actually all people who don’t believe in Jesus (and not believing, implies not obeying Jesus as well) have already been judged also. We’re told by Jesus, in John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not judged, but he who does NOT believe, has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” The “judgment day”, is better thought as the “day of recompense”. That’s why the verse that we read earlier from 2 Cor 5:10 says, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be RECOMPENSED for the deeds done in the body, whether good or bad.”
Another verse that verifies this is Revelation 22:12, “Behold, I am coming quickly (quickly here means suddenly, Christ is coming suddenly on the judgment day) and My reward is with Me, to RENDER to every man, according to what he has done.” So, the “day of judgment” will actually be “the day of recompense” and a “day of rendering”, where we will all receive what we have coming. And the “judgment day” is also the great “resurrection day”.
“Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when ALL who are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; Those who did good deeds, to a resurrection of life, and those who committed evil deeds, to a resurrection of condemnation.” John 5:28-29.
Where Is The Darkness ?
Jude 6 had said that the angels who sinned were kept in “eternal bonds in darkness.” 2 Pet 2:4 said that those angels were “delivered to chains of darkness.” But where is this “darkness”? We’re not told where this darkness is, but one thing that the bible is clear about, is the fact that “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 So if the angels are being kept in darkness, we can be sure that it is AWAY from God. But the bible simply doesn’t say where this darkness is. All we know is that it’s away from the presence of the Lord. Just like on the judgment day when Jesus will come “with His mighty angels in flaming fire”. (2 Thess 1:7) On that day, Jesus will be “..dealing out retribution to those who do not KNOW God, and to those who do not OBEY the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, AWAY from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power..” V’s 8-9.
Where Is Hell ?
Hell has been “..prepared for the devil and his angels” Mat 25:41. But where is hell? The bible doesn’t say where it is. We know that it’s a spiritual place, but we’re not told where. Where are the angels “kept” as they await the judgment day? Again, we’re just not told. But again, since angels are spiritual beings, they must also be kept in a spiritual place, “in chains of darkness”.
“Chains of darkness” is also a figurative expression. The “chains” simply signify that God Has “kept” them, so that they cannot escape. And the “darkness” signifies “away from the light of our glorious God.
When God has chosen NOT to reveal something to us, I pray that we will be content, and satisfied, NOT knowing. Let us be content with what God HAS revealed to us, and let us keep “busy” doing all that He has told us to do.
“May the grace of Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” 2 Cor 13:14
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Hello to both Jim and Charlie. Our Ladies Bible Study group at Mt. Zion Church of Christ in London, KY is meeting to study Angels. My lesson to teach is on the subject of Fallen Angels. Our study is one of the most fascinating studies I have been a part of for several years. We quickly discovered that we had much to learn and that much is written claiming to be the truth where there are no Bible truths to support the beliefs. So, I certainly agree with your factual article and plan to use it with Biblical support to inform my lesson. I have spent weeks reading my Bible and love your point that we must accept all of God’s word and not that which is popular or easy to fit into our lives. Who am I to think that I know better than God what must be followed when the greatest teacher has spoken and given us exactly what we must do in word and deed? The subject of Biblical Angels appeals to our senses and believers and non-believers can err because it appeals more to our minds, rather than what God tells us. So, let’s take, as you do, His word to build our lessons. Thank you. and I will continue to read your articles to inform my belief since they inform Biblically.
Hi Verla. Thank you so much for your kind comments. It always thrills me to hear that someone is finding good use for some of my lessons. And I agree with you 100% that the subject of angels, is indeed an intriguing subject. And it does indeed make for a very interesting study. But as you’ve said, we must learn to be satisfied with what God has revealed to us, and refrain from making up all sorts of stories regarding what is not revealed. Once again, thank you so much for your comments and may God bless you in your studies of His word.
Thanks for the info brother! I remember reading a really interesting post on the topic of fallen angels and it was talking about how the giants of the Bible (like Goliath) were earthly manifestations of these fallen angels. It was a really interesting topic. Another thing that’s interesting is that even believers can be skeptical a lot of this type of material, but clearly it’s in the word. And if I want to believe the Bible as the word of God I can’t pick and choose the types of things I believe in. Thanks again.
Hi Charlie. I appreciate your comments. You made a point that is SO important; If we want to believe in the bible as God’s word, then we MUST take ALL of it. So many people do want to “pick and choose”. It just doesn’t make any sense does it? “ALL scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof,, for correction, for training in righteousness..”, 2 Tim 3:16. Take that idea of the giants being the result of fallen angels, with a “grain of salt”. Maybe two grains. One would be very hard-pressed to try to prove something like that. Of course I’ve heard it, and given it much thought. But it’s really only conjecture, nothing more. It does make for a fanciful story. If you’re interested, I’m going to write a post about that very subject soon. Thanks again, please visit again, Jim.