Were one third of the angels kicked out of heaven?
It is commonly accepted that Satan was cast out of heaven to the earth, and that demons are the angels that were cast along with him. Many believe that one third of the angels fell with Satan.
So where does this information come from? Does the Bible support it? The book of Revelation provides the best answer to these questions.
Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.
His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. 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.
Here we clearly read about a clash of forces in the heavenly realm — an angelic battle with Michael and Satan as opposing commanders. The forces of evil were defeated in this conflict and were hurled to the earth.
So where does the one third come from? It is commonly believed that verse 4, in which the dragon’s tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky, refers to the angels. This is the only passage that refers to this event, but stars are a common symbol for angels.
So it is clear that Satan and his angels were cast from heaven. It may have been one third, if this interpretation of Revelation is right.