1 Peter 3:18-20 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and
preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of
Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
Who are these "spirits in prison"?
Hebrews 1:7 "And of the angels He says: "Who makes
His angels SPIRITS And His ministers a flame of fire."
Hebrews 1:13-14 says: "But to which of the angels has
He ever said, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your
footstool? Are they not all ministering SPIRITS, sent forth to
minister for those who will inherit salvation?"
Angelic beings are referred to as "spirits" and "sons of
God", so then could it be speaking of
fallen angels in prison?
Several passages speak of a rebellion and fall during the "days of
Genesis 6:1-8 "Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on
the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of
God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took
wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, "My
Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days
shall be one hundred and twenty years." There were giants on the
earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the
daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty
men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of
man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the
earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, "I will destroy
man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast,
creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made
them." But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD."
The term "sons of God" is only used when speaking of angelic
Job 1:6 "Now there was a day when the sons of God came
to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them."
Job 2:1 "Again there was a day when the sons of God came to
present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present
himself before the LORD."
The sons of God that presented themselves before the Lord were clearly
Job 38:7 "To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its
cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy?"
During the creation of the earth, no humans existed, only the sons of God,
the angels, were present and shouted for joy.
Angelic beings, sons of God - not sons of men - saw the daughter of men and
desired them and furthermore they had children with them! The result of this
union were the giants, a race of beings that God had not created but were
instead a product of an ungodly union between angels and men. This happened
during "the days of Noah".
II Peter 2:4-5, 9 "For if God did not spare the angels who
sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of
to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved
Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood
on the world of the ungodly;….. the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out
of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of
Jude 1:6 "And the angels who did not keep their proper domain,
but left their own habitation, He has reserved in everlasting chains
under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and
the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves
over to fornication and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an
example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
During the times of Noah, angels "left their own habitation" and
went after "strange flesh", after the daughters of men. They are
now "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness waiting for the judgment
It is very clear that Jesus preached to the angels in the Abyss. Jesus went and preached, or made a proclamation to these angelic beings.
So why did Jesus preach to these fallen angels imprisoned in the Abyss? It
would indicate by these passages that Jesus was preaching "deliverance to
the captive angels". If there had been no deliverance for them, why would
Jesus have bothered to preach to them? Was there a possibility that they would
repent and be forgiven?
Philippians 2:6-11 "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
It seems likely in this verse that those "under the earth" refers
to these angels imprisoned in the Abyss.
1 Peter 3:18-20 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in
the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto
the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the
longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,
wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
It is important to note that the term here "sometime"
means "once" or "formerly", and implies that these spirits
might no longer be disobedient, some may have repented in earnest, but it is
clear in Rev 9:1-11 that a great many do repent, " And there came
out of the smoke locusts [fallen angels] upon the earth: and unto them was given
power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that
they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither
any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
they are tormenting the godless.