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Ernest Voneberstein wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Where in the Bible can I find where God tested his angels, just the three that are mentioned in the Scriptures?


  { Where in the Bible can I find where God tested his angels? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Ernest —

You said:

  • Where in the Bible can I find where God tested his angels, just the three that are mentioned in the Scriptures.
My colleagues can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe you won't be able to find it in the Scriptures. This is an oral tradition, small "t", that has been passed down to us from the Early Church Fathers.

I've been trying to find some quotes for the past hour, but have come up short.

This is what I said in another posting:

St. Michael is known as the prince or head of the Angelic choirs as can be attested to by Scripture:

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

(Revelations 12:7-9)

Many Early Church Fathers believe the test which brought about this confrontation was God's wish to have all holy angels he created, give praise to his plan of salvation by honoring and serving Mary who would give the Eternal Father something, he could not have by Himself, an incarnate Son — Jesus.

Satan and those who were prideful, basically said, "I'm a pure spirit and you want me to serve and honor a mere human? I will not serve!"

Michael in Hebrew means "Who is unlike to God", but this is not to be understood as a title, but as a reply to Satan, who would not serve God as he wished.

St. Michael's reply to Lucifer was:

"Who is unlike to God?" kind of like saying, "How dare you?"

Maybe one of my colleagues can find a passage from one of the Early Church Fathers that confirms this test was based on the Incarnation of the Son in the Blessed Virgin Mary and the angels that would not serve.


Mary Ann replied:


There is something in the Psalms and I think in Wisdom literature about the rebellion of the angels. There are also some allusions to the tradition in St. Paul's writings.

Mary Ann

John replied:

Hi, Ernest —

There are actually some passages in Isaiah and Revelation that talk about the Angels rebelling.


Mike Aquilina responded via e-mail:

Hi, Ernest —

See Parente's good book on the subject; it's in there. You can also find the cites in the Ancient Christian Commentary volume on Revelation.

Mike Aquilina

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