Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Angels of God

Hebrews 1:1-8
(1)  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
(2)  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
(3)  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
(4)  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
(5)  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
(6)  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
(7)  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
(8)  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Many people believe in angels, but the majority seem to be ignorant about what the Bible actually says about them. For example, most people don’t even know that every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings (just kidding). Seriously, most of the things you hear people say about angels is not in the Bible, and many times is flat contrary to what the Bible says. Among those that know some things concerning what the Bible says about angels, most do not rightly divide the word of truth on this subject. There is a difference between the ministry of angels toward Israel and the Body of Christ. We must base what we believe about angels on the word of God rightly divided, and not sermons, songs, or TV shows.

The words “angel” and “angels” are found 297 times in the King James Bible. They are used 180 times in the New Testament. The apostle Paul, who wrote most of the NT, only used the words 13 times (just once in the prison epistles). He did refer to the angelic realm with other words such as “principalities and powers."

The Bible has much to say about the spirit world (Col. 1:15-17). In his book entitled, The Spirit World (first published in 1921), Clarence Larkin wrote, “The Scriptures are full of the “Supernatural.” The only cure for the “Materialism” of the present day is to discover what the Scriptures reveal as to the “Spirit” World. The dividing veil is our “fleshly” bodies. The “Heavenlies” are peopled with Spirit Beings. They are of two classes, good and evil. They are classified as “Seraphim,” “Cherubim,” “Angels” (Good and Bad), “Principalities,” “Powers,” “Age Rulers of the Darkness,” “Wicked Spirits,” (Eph. 6:12), “Thrones,” “Dominions,” (Col. 1:16), “Fallen Angels,” (2 Pet. 2:4), “Spirits in Prison,” (1 Pet. 3:18-20), “Demons,” “Seducing Spirits.” 1 Tim. 4:1.”

The Bible mentions three prominent spirit beings by name:

1. Lucifer (Isa. 14:12) – the “anointed cherub” that fell in pride and became Satan
2. Michael (Dan. 10:13,21; 12:1; Jude 1:9; Rev. 12:7) – “the archangel”
3. Gabriel (Dan. 8:16; 9:21; Lk. 1:19,26) – “an angel of the Lord”

The etymology of the word “angel” is simple to trace. It comes to us, like so many of our English words, through French and Latin, but originally from the Greek angelos, signifying a messenger, yet much more because many angels in the Bible bring no message at all. They can be scripturally defined as “ministering spirits” (Heb. 1:14).

In the KJB, the word “angel” is used in reference to the Lord Himself (e.g. Acts 7:30), the spirit of a man (Acts 12:15), but primarily to a distinct and large class of spirit-beings.

Ten basic facts about angels:

1. They were created by God before He laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:4-7)

2. They were created by God to worship and serve Him (Neh. 9:6)

3. They are innumerable (Heb. 12:22: Rev. 5:11)

4. They have personality (they express mind, will, and emotion)

5. They have great wisdom (2 Sam. 14:20)

6. They have great strength (Ps. 103:20; Isa. 37:36; Heb. 2:7; 2 Pet. 2:11)

7. They can make visible appearances, they always appear as men without wings (Gen. 18:1-2; 19:1)

8. They are an organized heavenly host (Dan. 10:13)

9. The angels in heaven do not marry (Matt. 22:30), but that does not mean they cannot procreate (Gen. 6:1-4)

10. They are divided into two main categories: fallen (2 Pet. 2:4) and holy (Matt. 25:31)

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