To tell the difference, you need to look at their character, not their characteristics. I'm not just playing with words. Characteristics are those things that set them apart as being from the supernatural world. Character defines whether they are good or evil.
Remember that demons are in rebellion against God. Their aim is to scare, seduce, vaunt themselves against man, to lie, to deceive, and to otherwise thwart God's plan for man.
True angels are meant to uplift and exalt God's name and to aid people is following Him. As such, they will not point to their own activity.
If you are seeking information about angels, you will find lots of it on the 'Net. Some will purport to tell you how to get in touch with your own personal angel, to listen to that angel as a "wise guide." But a true angel of God would not exalt his own wisdom, but rather would exalt God. Therefore, if you try to get in touch with your own personal angel, what you are more likely to get is a demon, a familiar spirit masquerading as a personage from history or your own relative that has passed from this life.
The only reliable way to know more about angels is to study them as
scripture portrays them. Again, we recommend Dr. Graham's book which
we mentioned at the beginning of this article.
Dear reader, God loves you and paid a great price to purchase you out of the hands of the evil one, and to redeem you from eternal judgment. He wants you to live in joy with Him. When the angels exalt God, they are honouring His goodness. God is not a tyrant, but a loving heavenly Father worthy of our praise and adoration. As you get to know Him this truth will become more self-evident.
You may hear voices telling you to beware, that God is out to get you and make your life miserable. These voices are not to be trusted. It is the enemy of God and the enemy of your soul trying to keep you from worshipping and trusting God. Don't listen to those voices. Instead, simply ask God to help you read His word, the (Holy) Bible.
If you need help finding a good translation of the Bible to use, I would suggest that you visit your nearest Christian bookstore.
Copyright © , April 2000, 2001, Rick Galbraith, Winnipeg, MB.