5-10 The Devil And His Angels
Matthew 25:41: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart
from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil
and his angels”
This is taken to prove that the devil is a person controlling sinful
1. The devil and his angels are to be destroyed. Everlasting fire
is symbolic of total destruction (Jer. 17:27; Jude v. 7) - note
in passing that these references show that “everlasting fire” is
not to be taken literally and angels cannot die- (Lk. 20:35-36).
2. It was mentioned in the Debate that angels can refer to men
(e.g. John the Baptist, Mt. 11:10; John’s disciples, Lk. 7: 24;
the two spies, James 2: 25), the original word aggelos
being translated and implying a messenger or, by extension, a follower.
3. This verse is describing the judgment at Jesus’ return (v. 31 &
32). If the devil is a personal being, he is destroyed then, but Revelation
20:10 describes the devil being thrown into a lake of fire at the end
of the 1,000 year reign of Christ, which will begin at His return. If
the devil is a person, he can only be destroyed once - either at the end
or the beginning of the 1,000 years. Seeing that Scripture says the devil
is destroyed at both times, it follows that it is not a specific individual
but representative of something or various groups of people.
4. Matthew 25:32 says that the purpose of the judgment is to punish the
wicked men of all nations, the “goats”. Why then is v. 41 saying that
the devil is going to be punished, seeing that , according to popular
belief, he is not an ordinary man?
1. The fire is prepared for the devil and his angels; those “on the left
hand” are thrown into it. It would seem that the devil’s angels are the
goats on the left hand, who are ordinary people guilty of vs. 42-45 -
not visiting the sick or giving to the poor, etc. People who follow the
devil - their evil desires - are guilty of neglecting such things, therefore
they can be described as the devil’s “angels” or followers.
2 We have shown that “everlasting fire” represents everlasting punishment.
The devil and his angles are to be thrown into everlasting fire. Verse
46 says, “these (the unloving men and women of vs. 42-45; the “goats”
of the human nations of v. 32) shall go away into everlasting punishment”.
Thus the devil’s angels are equated with fleshly people who are “angels”
(messengers, i.e. servants) of their evil desires.
3. Matthew 13:38-42 says that those people who are sinners although apparently
still in the kingdom of the Jewish world (vs. 38 & 41) are “tares”
sown by the devil, and they will be punished by eternal fire (punishment).
The tares are plants similar to the wheat - the faithful - but at the
day of judgment there is a division made between the good and bad Christians.
Bringing together Matthew 13 and Matthew 25, we can see that the devil’s
children or “angels’ are the same as wicked men:-
The good seed, the Word, wheat
Sown by Jesus
Sown by the devil
Children of the Kingdom
Children of the wicked one
Enter the Kingdom
Go away into everlasting punishment (death)
(Matt. 25:42-44) Them (people) which
do iniquity wail and gnash their teeth (a reaction experienced