Some angels rebelled against God

Jehovah God created the angels as perfect spirit persons.

However, some of them are now called “unclean spirits” or “wicked spirits” because they rebelled against God. (Luke 6:‌18; 8:2) How could this happen? And how did their rebellion affect humankind?

Human parents can train their children to be good, but when the children grow up, they can choose to do bad. Likewise, the angels were perfect when Jehovah created them, but one angel chose to do bad and became Satan the Devil, God’s primary enemy and the enemy of those who love God. (1 Peter 5:8).

The Bible does not reveal the original name of the angel who became Satan. However, the terms used to identify him reveal his personality.

Satan: From a Hebrew word that means “resister,” or “adversary.” In all that he does, Satan resists and opposes God.‌—Zechariah 3:1.

Devil: From a Greek word that means “slanderer,” or “false accuser.” The Devil falsely accuses Jehovah and those who love Him of being wicked.‌—Proverbs 27:11; Revelation 12:‌9, 10.

“Angel of light”: Satan disguises himself and uses deception to increase his influence.‌—2 Corinthians 11:14.

Why did Satan rebel? He wanted to be worshiped, and he let this wrong desire lead him to wicked actions (James 1:‌14, 15).

Matthew 4:‌8-‌10

“The Devil took [Jesus] along to an unusually high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him: ‘All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.’ Then Jesus said to him: ‘Go away, Satan! For it is written: “It is Jehovah your God you must worship.”’”

Other angels joined Satan’s rebellion. These wicked angels, or demons, left Jehovah’s family of loyal angels. (Matthew 9:‌34) Satan and the demons have since misled many people into joining their rebellion. (1 Timothy 4:1)

Do you agree that–with this evidence–Satan is an unseen force behind the world’s problems?


Satan the Devil was created perfect, but he let his desire for worship lead him to rebel against Jehovah. For now, he is “the ruler of this world.” (John 12:31) Along with the angels who joined his rebellion, he misleads people so that they will follow him and live the way he wants.