Angels are very powerful. In the book of Revelations, we read about all of the extraordinary things the angels are going to do on God’s behalf. How is this for a description.
“Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion.” (Rev 10:1-3a NIV)
That is an awesome description of a very large being! I wouldn’t want to tangle with him! In fact, if I saw him, I might even think he was God! We read later on in Revelations that John was so overwhelmed by the angels power and majesty, that he bowed to worship the angel.
“After this, I heard the sound of a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation is from our God. Glory and power belong to him alone. His judgments are just and true. He has punished the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and he has avenged the murder of his servants.” Again and again their voices rang, “Hallelujah! The smoke from that city ascends forever and forever!” Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice that said, “Praise our God, all his servants, from the least to the greatest, all who fear him.” Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a huge crowd, or the roar of mighty ocean waves, or the crash of loud thunder: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and honor him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She is permitted to wear the finest white linen.” (Fine linen represents the good deeds done by the people of God.) And the angel said, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. For I am a servant of God, just like you and other brothers and sisters who testify of their faith in Jesus. Worship God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.” Revelation 19:1-10 (New Living)
You see, even as great and mighty as the angels may appear, they are also created beings. God also made them to worship Him! They were created to bring glory to God. That is why the angel wouldn’t accept worship. He knew that he also was a servant of God.
Satan never learned that.
If you read to the end of the book, you will know the rest of the story.