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February 2, 2006

Angels

Filed under: Bible Studies,Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 10:27 pm

What do Angels look like, and how do they act?

  • Hebrews

    1:7 And of the angels he saith, who maketh his angels spirits,

    and his ministers a flame of fire.

    God is in direct control of the angels. They are not always the same.
    Sometimes they have wings, sometimes they are like fire. It is most likely that those who are
    termed angels are not confined to any specific form or shape, but assume various forms and
    appearances according to the nature of the work they are required to perform and the will of God.

    God makes them:

    • sit down: Judges 6:11
      And there came an angel of the Lord and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah.

    • stand: Isaiah 6:2

      Above it stood

      the seraphims (Angelic creatures)

    • like women: Zechariah

      5:9 Then

      lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and behold there came out two women, and

      the wind was in

      their wings, for they had wings like the wings of a stork…

    • like men: Genesis
      18:2
      And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo three men sttod by him.

    • like spirits: Psalms 104:4 Who
      maketh his angels spirits

    • like fire: Psalms 104:4 His
      ministers a flaming fire

    What do Angels do?

    The definition of an Angel: Aggelos: messenger, to bring a message,
    announce, proclaim.

    Rev
    1:1
    The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to
    show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified
    it by his angel unto his servant John:

    In this verse it explains the beginning of the book of Revelations. God
    gave it to Christ, Christ gave it to his angel, the angel gave it to John, and John gave it to the churches.

    Rev
    17:1
    And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven
    vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither, I will show unto thee the
    judgement of the great whore that sitteth upon many water.

    In this verse the angels are going to take John to show him what is going to
    happen to Babylon.

    (Whore is frequently used in the bible to describe someone

    someplace that is really depraved, really bad.)

    Rev

    29:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels, which had

    the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come
    hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

    Once again the angel is a messenger, in this case talking about the pure and
    holy Christian Church.


    Are angels also protectors?

    Psalms 91:11-
    12
    (This section of Psalm is talking about the safety
    of those who trust in God)

    For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy
    ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

    • Evil spirits may attempt to injure you, but they will not be able to.
    • Angels defend and preserve you. Evil cannot conquer them.
    • When necessary, they will turn your steps out of the way of danger.
    • They will suggest to your mind more prudent ideas, profitable designs,
      and religious purposes.

    HOWEVER

    • You cannot reasonably expect protection if you aren’t walking in the way
      of obedience.

    • “Thy ways” are the paths for us, which God has provided through the
      Word. The “way” of sin is not “Thy way” and thus we will be out of fellowship with God and will no longer be guaranteed the angels protection.

    Does each person have a guardian Angel?

    Matthew 18:10
    (Jesus is talking to the disciples about how a man
    should become like a little child, humble before God.)
    Take heed that ye despise
    not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always
    behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven.

    It seems here that Jesus Christ himself is saying that every person has a
    guardian angel and that these angels always have access to God.

    • These guardian angels have immediate access to God to receive
      instructions as to how you are to be managed or taken care of.

    • Remember, this is if you are following God’s ways; If you are in
      fellowship with him. There is no mention of guardian angels for the ungodly.

    What else can the Angels do?

    The angels are also workers for God:

    Matthew
    13:41-42
    The Son of man shall send forth his angels and they shall
    gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast
    them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    They can also fight like soldiers:

    Matthew 26:53

    (Jesus speaking) Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray
    to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than 12 legions of angels?

    (a legion is between 4000 and 6000, which means at least 72,000 angels.)

    Revelation

    12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought

    against the dragon: and the dragon fought and his angels.


    How important are the Angels?

    Angels are used in many ways in the bible; they work directly for the Lord.
    So they are in direct fellowship with God. This alone makes them extremely important beings.

    Psalms

    8:5(Talking about man) For thou hast made
    him a little lower than the angels, and has crowned him with glory and honor.

    For now, as long as we are in our eartly bodies, here on earth, we are not
    as good or righteous as the angels. We still sin and go against the will of God. Angels, however, work directly for and with God, so they are “highr” than we are. However, notice that we are still crowned with glory and honor. Why else would Jesus have died on the cross for us?

    Psalms 148:2

    (Talking about who should praise God)
    Praise ye him, all of his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

    The angels too must praise God. Even though they are heavenly beings, they
    are not as important or Holy as God Himself.

    Hebrews 1:4
    (Talking about Jesus Christ) Being made so much
    better than the angels, as he hat by inheritance obtained a more excellent name
    than they.

    It is widely believed that angels help the Lord God (Genesis
    1:26
    says: “Let us make man in our image”)
    and many believe that angels are
    actually in God’s council of the Most High. However, Jesus is more than important than angels.

    Hebrews

    1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the
    world, he saith, and let all the angels of God worship him.

    This verse proves that God says the Jesus is more important than the angels.


    Do angels know everything?

    Matthew

    24:36(Jesus is talking about the rapture)

    But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.


    How many angels are there?

    Daniel
    7:10
    A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A
    thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before
    Him.


    Summary:

    A most merciful, kind, loving, watchful God has provided angels to guard,
    defend, and provide for His children.


    Last edited on 3 Nov 98

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