Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

Stars of Heaven

As John watched the dragon, he saw its tail dragging a third of the stars of heaven. Then it threw them into the earth. These "stars of heaven" would be spirit beings with certain heavenly positions assigned to them by God. They were not part of the original dragon-like rebellion against God. At the time of earth's creation, they were among the "morning stars" who sang together, the "sons of God" who shouted for joy. (Job 38;7) The interest that the angelic stars have in the affairs of man is indicated in the victory song of the ancient prophetess Deborah. In her song commemorating the defeat of certain enemies of Israel, she said: "They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Cisera." (Judges 5:20)

However, long before the Israelites became a nation, yes, even before the great flood of Noah's time, certain of the star-like sons of God were seduced by Satan the dragon. In effect, his tail dragged them from their appointed positions in heaven and diverted their attention to tempting earthly pursuits. Even as the serpent directed Eve's attention to the forbidden fruit, thereby whetting her appetite so that "she saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired" (Gen. 3:6); so, also, did the dragon entice as many as he could of the "stars of heaven", the angelic "sons of God." He thus dragged them from their Divinely-ordained stations and hurled them into the earth, into close proximity with the daughters of men. But, why were women a temptation to angels?

To appreciate this, it is necessary to realize that there is as much variety in the spirit world as there is in the physical world. There are various levels of intelligence, strength, and capabilities among the conscious creatures of earth; the same is true of the conscious creatures of the third heaven, the spirit world. Many of the spirit beings are comparable to the lower animals; though by their very nature they are more powerful than man, yet demons do not have the mental capacity that man has. There are other spirit beings that are very similar to man. Man is the highest of the earthly creatures. The Bible speaks of the first man Adam as "the son of God." It also calls certain of the angels the "sons of God." These are among the highest of God's heavenly creatures. They have a special affinity for man. But there are no female angels; there is no marriage or sexual capacity bestowed upon the heavenly spirits. However, they were at one time able to transform themselves to appear as men with all the physical abilities of men.

When God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness," the heavenly sons of God, "the morning years", rejoiced. But later, when Satan dragged some of them down to man's earthly, physical level, they envied the men for the pleasures of women. A third of the angelic stars of heaven, the spirit sons of God, succumbed to such physical temptation. Of these the Bible record says:

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply or the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose."

"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them. The same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." (Gen. 6:1, 2, 4)

God put an end to such perversion at the time of Noah's flood. Centuries later, the Apostle Peter revealed that those angels that sinned during the time of Noah were cast into prison-like pits of gloom called Tartarus, where they are awaiting judgment. (I Pet. 3:19, 20; II Pet. 2:4) The Christian writer Jude corroborates Peter's testimony. (Jude 6)

Those angelic sons of God, having been ensnared by the temptations into which the Satanic dragon lured them, have never been permitted to return to their heavenly positions. They were confined somewhere beneath the earth's surface, there to await release for the coming great day of Judgment. So, when John says the great fiery dragon in heaven, he was being shown scenes from the ancient vast. He was permitted to observe the devil in action. He watched the serpent's deceptive tail weaving its way among the star-like angels of God. He saw a third of those stars of heaven being caught off guard. They, being entrapped by temptation, rushed to the earth to fulfill their unrighteous desires. They followed the step-by-step path to sin which is described at James 1:13-15. Thus, temptation, which is the powerful tail of the Satanic dragon, dragged them from their God-given assignments and hurled them to the earth.

That was one of the major acts of the Satanic, dragon- like organization of spirits who are opposed to God and all righteousness. In this brief vision, the Apostle John is not shown every act perpetrated by the seven-headed, ten-horned devil. But what he did see, he wrote down for our benefit. John's attention is focused primarily on the drag- on versus God's woman.

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