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This is P.I.D. 101, a primer in the nature of the spiritual war in which we find ourselves. To wit:
What is the Divine Council?
What implications does the Divine Council model have for Christian theology?
How does this affect our lives?
In a nutshell, the Divine Council is the group of divine beings — seraphim, cherubim, and malakim — who make up the court of God. It’s referenced most notably in I Kings 22:19-23 and Psalm 82.
The rebellion of the fallen angels has taken place in several stages:
The “serpent” in Eden;
The Watchers of Genesis chapter 6, whose interaction with human women produced the Nephilim;
The seventy “sons of God” (bene elohim) who were placed over the nations after the incident at the Tower of Babel.
Those 70 bene elohim became the gods of the nations around the ancient Hebrews: Marduk, Molech, Chemosh, Baal, Asherah, Dagon, and the rest. They are still with us, and their goal is the destruction of mankind.
In addition to his biblical studies, Mike is the author of The Facade, a mind-blowing novel that includes his research in great detail. It’s a great read, and he includes a bibliography with some great sources for further study.
Mike Heiser’s website
The Divine Council study group
Home page for Mike’s novel, The Facade