Most of us have heard about “fallen angels” even though the Bible does not literally support it. If you research “fallen” you will only find one reference to an angel in Is.14:12, which is a prophecy of something to come. This scripture refers the “the Shining One, the Morning Star.”
“How you have fallen from heaven,
O star of the morning, son of the dawn! NASU
(The KJV adds the name Lucifer, but there is no such name in the most correct manuscripts).
The reason this verse is still future is because Rev. 12:9 is still future.
9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
“The fallen angels” refers to those mentioned in Jude 6 and 2Pe.2:4.
And angels–those who did not keep the position originally assigned to them, but deserted their own proper abode–He reserves in everlasting bonds, in darkness, in preparation for the judgement of the great day. Weymouth. This seems to be a free will decision to abandon (desert) their own dwelling place and because they did,
2 Peter 2:4
For God did not spare angels when they had sinned, but hurling them down to Tartarus consigned them to caves of darkness, keeping them in readiness for judgement. Weymouth
Because of their own actions, God cast them out of Heaven; they didn’t fall, they were thrown out!
What sin did they did commit to cause this? For those who may not know we can find that answer in Genesis.
Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God (angels) saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. NASU
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also later. That was when the sons of God had sexual relations with the daughters of human beings. These women gave birth to children, who became famous and were the mighty warriors of long ago. NCV
The offspring of these angels were/are the Nephilim. Goliath was a Nephilim, a member of a super race of people, continually evil, mighty warriors and famous men of renown. Nimrod was another. This is the sin that these particular angels committed. They have been in Tartarus ever since the Flood.
As you will soon see Peter is no longer quoting Joel in 2 Pe 3:3, but he does tie “The Last Days” to “the day of the LORD.” If you have read my book or some of my blog posts you know that the day of the LORD is Yahweh’s day, not the day of Christ or the day of the Lord Jesus. In Joel as well as the rest of the Old Testament through Malachi, when God, who is The Holy Spirit, wanted YHWH mentioned the word LORD in all capital letters was used.
Unfortunately when the New Testament translators referred to the day of the LORD they did not put the word in all caps, but as Lord, which has caused much confusion. All one really has to do is look back and see what a time calamity the day of the LORD is when the day of the Lord Jesus is a time of rejoicing.
2 Pe 3:10 says But, the day of the LORD will come like a thief, and then (sometime later) the heavens will pass away with a loud noise and the elements will be dissolved with fire and the earth and everything that is done on it will be burned up…..waiting for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God.
Old Testament prophets didn’t know anything about The Gathering Together, the episunagoge, of the church of God. They didn’t know there would be a Church of God, or that salvation would be available by undeserved divine favor, because God kept it secret from them. If He had not kept it secret from them, the devil would never have allowed Jesus Christ to be crucified and die! (See 1 Cor 2:8).
2nd Thessalonians 2 tells us implicitly in verses 2-3 that the day of the LORD will not come unless the departure, the apostasia, comes first. “And then (and not until then) will the lawless one be revealed!” The revealing, apokalupto, the unveiling of the False Prophet, an Antichrist, marks the beginning of the Great Tribulation and the day(s) of the LORD. The Departure, the Gathering Together, marks the end of salvation by grace.
No one knows when the last days will be or the end times, but we should all live like they are here now since none of us are promised tomorrow. When I say we should live like these are our last days I mean operating the ministry of reconciliation like there was no tomorrow. We are our friends’ and acquaintances’ last best chance to believe in Christ as their Savior. Romans 10:9 and 10 is the number one best scripture for persuading someone to be saved and how to be saved. Let us not be weary in well doing.