Why is there a common belief that angels only fell once, with all decisions final? The passage in Revelation 13:7-9 doesn’t fully convince me of a singular, definitive fall of angels. There are significant issues with this interpretation.

The Bible, intentionally vague on this topic, suggests an alternative perspective. It seems more plausible to consider that beings like angels, the ‘sons of God’, and other celestial entities, endowed with free will, could fall at any time. Historical precedents for such falls are indicated in Genesis 3 and 6, and the possibility of their recurrence remains. These beings likely maintain their heavenly status and duties until the prophesied Great War in Heaven.

Hence, the actions attributed to the ‘sons of God’ in Genesis 6 might still be happening. Perhaps they are ongoing.

Ultimately, the Bible doesn’t limit God as we tend to. Our theological understanding requires greater flexibility to accommodate the divine mysteries that are God’s alone to know.

What we don’t know CAN hurt us if we act like we know it.


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Find him everywhere: Find him everywhere

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