We are told in the Bible that as many as a third of the angels, rebelled against God. They followed Satan, who was one of the highest ranking angels that God created, when his arrogance drove him to rebel and to seek equality with God. Perhaps the most descriptive, though somewhat symbolic, passages regarding the fall of these angels is found in the book of Isaiah.
Shining morning star, how you have fallen from the heavens! You destroyer of nations, you have been cut down to the ground. You said to yourself:" I will ascend to the heavens; I will set up my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of the gods' assembly, in the remotest parts of the North. I will ascend above the highest clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." (Isaiah 14:12-14)
These fallen angels are what we call demons. When Ephesians refers to “rulers, authorities, powers of darkness, and spiritual forces of evil,” it is speaking of these fallen angels. As a result of their rebellion, God has condemned them to a final judgement, which has not yet occurred.
He has kept, with eternal chains in darkness for the judgment of the great day, the angels who did not keep their own position but deserted their proper dwelling. (Jude 1:6)
Whether this passage refers to all demons, which are somehow eternally chained, but still have influence and impact on our world today, or if this refers to a specific set of demons who committed some uniquely heinous crimes, and are thus being held over until judgement seems unclear. Regardless, their arrogance and opposition to their Creator has left them without hope of redemption and merciless in their hatred for humanity, whom God chose to offer redemption through His only Son, Jesus Christ.
This is why, I have attempted to portray the demons bewilderment and rage at God’s offer of grace to humanity. Here is an excerpt from Restoration’s Journey that illustrates this tension.
The demon snorted, cursed, and limped to the car. “He does not care about you, Adiya. He only cares about His precious humans. They reject Him at every turn.” He pointed in the direction of the trees where Ima hid. “Yet he still offers them hope. Such forgiveness—He will never show you.” – Restoration’s Journey