Stars, Idols and Demons
Appendix III of
"Our Creator's Revelation to Mankind"
What is of peculiar interest and somewhat of a mystery is how the term “host of heaven” is used in the Bible. The word “host” is usually used as a military term to describe a great army. However, when the Scriptures speak of the “host of heaven”, it refers to angels or stars (Nehemiah 9:6, 1Kings 22:19, Luke 2:13). But “stars”, while they usually refer to those celestial luminaries that dot the night sky, they are sometimes synonymous with the “angels”. Perhaps this term is used in this manner because both have their abode in heaven, but maybe there is more than meets the eye.
Let us then take the time to examine those Scriptures that pertain to this heavenly host and see if there is a reason for this particular usage.
Perhaps this term is used in this manner because both have their abode in heaven, but maybe the interchangeability of terms is more than just coincidence.
Lucifer was one of the angels of the Lord's host, but he fell from his exalted position and was cast out of heaven. There is no doubt that his fall was related to him wanting to be “like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14). He coveted the worship that was due only to God and even tempted Jesus in the wilderness to, “fall down and worship” (Matthew 4:9) him.
The angels, however, were originally created to do the will of God, carrying out His commands (Psalm 103:20-21). They worshipped God (Hebrews 1:6), and were ministers of them who would be heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). But Lucifer said within his heart “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God ” (Isaiah 14:13). The “stars of God” evidently refer to the angels in this passage, and Satan sought to usurp the command that God had over them.
When God laid down the foundations of the earth on the “ third day” of creation (Genesis 1:9-13), “the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:7) The angels (morning stars) then must have been created before the “third day” when God caused dry land to appear (Psalm 104:1-5). Perhaps then, these “morning stars” were created on first morning of the first day when “God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Stars emit light, and Paul refers to Satan as “an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14), so on that first day, maybe the light that God created included more than visible light.
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