And a third of the stars fell from the sky. What were these stars, and why did they fall? Well, these stars were the angels, those angels that let pride get the better of them, and failed to serve our Lord and follow His will. They decided they would rather reign in Hell than serve in Heaven, and so their fate was sealed. They plummeted from Heaven, and have no chances for redemption or salvation.
It seems pretty incomprehensible why these angels would do what they did. Why would they reject God in that way, and why do they have no chance of forgiveness? Why are we so different than these fallen angels, and why is it that we do have not just one chance but many chances for forgiveness, redemption and mercy, at least until that unforeseen moment of death, at that moment our fate is sealed as well, in one way or another.
The angels are far superior in intellect, and they possess a knowledge of God much more complete than ours. They exist outside of space, time and matter, being purely spiritual in nature. They knew the repercussions of their actions, and freely chose what they did, and so they suffer this truly righteous justice. They are miserable creatures, choosing pride and selfishness, and prefer misery rather than goodness, light and love. Free choice, they exercise free choice, and prefer there own will and desire over the Creator's. Even if in the end, their own will renders their destruction.
Some theologians speculate that we will occupy the spaces among the choirs left empty by these fallen angels. I ponder that sometimes and think about the multitude of angels that exist. Each one of us gets a guardian angel, and so there is at least one angel for every human soul ever created past, present and future. There are also multitudes of angels making up the nine choirs that possess other duties and carry out other missions and munitions of our Lord. They are literally God bearers to the world, both the material and immaterial, the seen and unseen, and they carry forth the ever evolving creative works of the Father now, and forever. That a third fell, is very significant, that they fell with full knowledge and understanding of what their fate would be is evidence of the power of pride and vice. It can be overpowering in its destruction. If it persuaded angels in this way, how much more effective is it against us mere humans - we are so inferior intellectually to these beings, how do we stand a chance?
Well, we have something they do not have. Our material aspect unites us with Christ and therefor to the Father in very unique and miraculous ways, a union the angels marvel at. A union some fell over. The incarnation means everything to us, because through the incarnation God becomes a human being, so that we, human beings could become God-like. We are then privileged even further with the awesome gift of the Eucharist. We eat the body of Christ and take him into ourselves, and thereby we are united physically with Him, and with each other. It is quite mind blowing really.
No wonder some of the angels fell, they were denied such unity with God. God elevates the weaker and more inferior creature - us, above the angels with this act. He loves us, he marvels at us, and that infuriates the fallen ones, and so they work for our destruction, and they are winning many souls. Influencing so many to deny Christ, and therefor deny and reject the Father of Creation, and that in so doing, they deny their own eventual divinity and unity with the Creator and Father of all, through Christ his son.
So many of us certainly don't see it this way. We don't take the time or make the effort. We prefer own own way, much like these fallen angels. We proclaim the desire to be angels one day, yet fail to recognize or distinguish what kind of angel, but our actions betray us. We can't grant ourselves salvation, though so many of us blasphemously proclaim just this and do so, all the time. We do not determine our redemption, we are not our own eternal judge, Christ is. We mock Christ with these types of proclamations of our own assumed salvation and the assumed salvation of others. We assume the same pride that caused those dark angels to fall, and it will cause our own fall as well. Those who reject the divine, will never be angels, they will forever be tormented by them though. Those who love and serve God and His will, they will not become angels either, they will be elevated over these beings - and be Saints, the friends of Gods, much more than servants.
A third of the stars fell from the sky. There are many more angels than humans, we are all eternal. How many humans will fall, and reside with those fallen stars forever. Let's work to minimize those numbers as much as we can. It seems a pretty vast amount may be lost and fall, the angels had the benefit of infused divine knowledge, we do not. And what has been given to us to remedy that, most discard and reject. How indeed, do those souls stand a chance.