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Find the answers to the following important questions about angels
· Who are the holy angels of God?
· How many angels are there, and is it possible to fit the notion of cute little ‘cherubs’ into God’s description of the angels?
· How can we know that God created all the angels and that they are not gods?
· Do humans become angels when they die; watching over their loved ones from heaven?
· Do angels cry, or show other ‘human’ emotions?
· Do angels procreate in heaven?
· What about female angels?
· Are angels important to us personally?
· Do we all have personal guardian angels?
· Should we consult, command, worship, and revere angels?
· Could it be possible that Jesus is actually called Lucifer, (the light bringer,) as some denominations teach?
· Is ‘The Angel of the Lord’ Michael the archangel?’
· Were Elijah and John ‘angels,’ and was Jesus God’s ‘Angelic Messenger?’
· Is Jesus the “captain” of God’s angelical armies, or is Michael the archangel?
WHO ARE THE HOLY ANGELS OF GOD?
The Eternal God had created all the spiritual beings or angels in an era that existed long before physical time, described as ‘everlasting.’
Jesus, or God Himself, the High Priest Melchizedek, is “King of righteousness, King of Salem, (King of Peace,) and He is without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but, [by becoming a human being,] made like the [physical] Son of God…” (Heb. 7:2-3.) In Job 38, the angels are called “the sons of God.” Thus, just as God Himself, angels are supernatural and also immortal. The angles had been there, for all eternity without time, long before God created the earth as the “morning stars” all “shouted for joy,” that day when He [God Himself] “laid the foundations of the earth,” (Job. 38:4-7.)
Contrary to some teachings, physical “stars” or planets did not exist when God made the earth, and lifeless planets certainly cannot shout for joy! Additionally, we can be certain that the angels did not create heaven and earth, as some teachers allege. God declared in the Book of Job, “...I [God Himself] laid the foundations of the earth… when the morning stars, [those bright spiritual “lights,” who were present with God at the dawning of time,] sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy...”
James also called God “the Father of lights” in reference to these “morning stars,” (“morning” pertaining to those who were created at the dawning of God’s entire creation,) who shouted for joy at God’s creation of earth. (Jam. 1:17; Job 38.)
The Matthew Henry’s Commentary explains, “[The angels are called morning stars in this passage,] because they were the first to be created [by “the Father of lights” or by the Father of these “morning stars”] — even before the [physical] lights [the sun, moon and stars,] which God commanded to shine out of the darkness of this lower world, the earth, that was without form and void. These [“morning stars or lights”] are the “sons of God,” because they bear much of His image, [in resemblance and character,] and they “shouted for joy when God laid the foundations of the earth,” though it was not made for them, but for the children of men, [who were also created in God’s image.] Though it would increase their work and service, yet they knew that the eternal Wisdom and Word, [or God Himself,] Whom they worship, (Heb. 1:6,) would rejoice in the earth, and that much of His delight would be in the sons of men, (Prov. 8:31.)”
These holy, or completely sinless spiritual beings, whom the God of the Bible calls “lights,” “morning stars,” or “angels,” live in heaven with Him. The Bible speaks of only one archangel, Michael, and we suppose that Gabriel is the ‘chief’ or ‘commander’ of all the messenger angels.
Besides God Himself, angels are the most powerful beings in the universe; intelligent and free-willed entities of the highest rank in God’s creation, but they are not God, and thus, angels cannot create anything. All the holy angels of God were created to worship God Alone. As His supernatural servants, the holy angels of God execute His power and His authority on earth according to His will alone, (Heb. 1:6-7; 14.)
God’s “lights,” just as God Himself, are invisible, unless, for a specific reason, God commands them to show themselves to human beings, (Heb. 1:5-14; Acts 12:7-10.)
Unlike Hollywood-films, which portray God’s holy angels as beings who long to partake in physical lusts, they are exalted high above the sinful nature and fleshy desires of humanity.
Holy, supernatural angels are the paranormal soldiers, messengers and sentries of the living God.
Angels, fallen angels too, can move as quick as lightning, (Lu. 10:18.)
They are as fast as the wind, (the messenger angels,) and as powerful as fire, (the combat angels — Heb. 1:7, 14.)
In fact, seraphs are angels of a very high rank according to Jewish Scripture, and the word “seraphim” literally means, “burning ones.” According to Isa. 6:1-8 and Rev. 4:8, seraphs live very close to God and cry continually to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory!”
In unseen, and for humankind mostly in unknown ways, God’s holy angels execute God’s will in every situation on earth - where and as He Alone commands. Oftentimes, in cataclysmic circumstances, they remain quiet bystanders when, for reasons unknown to us, God chooses to stay His hand from Divine intervention.
HOW MANY ANGELS ARE THERE, AND IS IT POSSIBLE TO FIT CUTE LITTLE ‘CHERUBS’ INTO GOD’S DESCRIPTION OF THE ANGELS?
The holy, all-powerful, angelical ‘strike force’ of Jesus Christ is neither cute, nor cuddly, nor bored. Jesus’ angelical troops are to be respected as immensely powerful, supernatural beings, who function under the direct control of their all-powerful Commander-in-Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s holy armies are invincible and number “more than those who are with them,” (the forces of darkness.)
Someone asked how many angels God created, and whether God created each angel individually, or whether God simply ‘cloned’ one angel. Well, John wrote in Rev. 5:11-12, ‘Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angles around the throne… the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands…’
The actual number of angels are never mentioned in the Bible. Still, if one thinks how majestically God created the heavens and the earth, and everything in it, it is certainly no great feat for God to create ‘billions’ of angels individually without resorting to ‘cloning,’ or any such sinful human technique. There is no darkness or sin in God.
The prophet Isaiah proclaimed God’s pronouncement concerning Himself and His “multitude” of angelic armies, “’To whom will you liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal?’ asks the Holy One. ‘Lift up your eyes on high and see Who has created these things. Who brings out their [angelical] host by number; He calls them all by name. By the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is overlooked,’” (Isa. 40:25-26.)
According to this passage, God counts the angels meticulously, and therefore, He created them individually. He knows every angel warrior by name, and He calls and care fore each one individually.
Jesus said in Mt. 26:52-53, “Put away your sword, for… do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” Most Bible scholars believe Jesus referred to more than 72,000 angels!
Jesus is “the Father of LIGHTS, in Whom there is no variation or turning.” It is Scriptural fact that, originally, all the angels were created as all-good creatures of God’s eternal light and truth. To think, therefore, that God would pervert His own perfect creation by ‘cloning’ or even ‘corrupting’ the angels is simply unmentionable. However, as human populations number in the billions, I think we may believe that God created billions of angels to minister to us all.
2 Kings 6:17 testifies, “And Elisha prayed… And behold, the young man saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Some of the angels, such as those, who were mounted on fiery horse-drawn chariots all around Elisha, (most likely seraphim,) are immortal guards who also protect the way to the Tree of Life, (or to Christ Jesus Himself,) with ‘flaming swords,’ as described in Gen. 3:24.
Scripture also speaks of huge, mighty, avenging warriors who can stand “between earth and the heavens with drawn swords in their hands,” (1 Chron. 21:15-16.)
God’s holy angels are forceful protectors and wardens, who stand one-on-one at the “four corners of the earth,” holding back the evil forces of devastation, (Rev. 7:1.)
A gigantic angel even “set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars, that there shall be delay no longer, and that the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets,” (Rev. 10:1-3.)
So, in the light and truth of contextual Scripture, little ‘baby’ angels, or cute little ‘cherubs,’ who shoot ‘little love arrows’ at people, do not exist. The insulting myth of ‘bored, naughty, playful angels, drifting on fluffy white clouds,’ is a pagan concept, which does not relate to the powerful, holy angels of God in any way.
HOW CAN WE KNOW THAT GOD CREATED ALL THE ANGELS AND THAT THEY ARE NOT GODS?
The Lord Jesus Christ is God Himself, Who created all the angels, the universe, and everything in it, (Heb. 1:1-4.)
The context of New Testament Scripture leaves no room for error concerning this most important truth.
Paul wrote in Col. 1:16, “[Jesus, as God Himself,] is the IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” [Read Jn. 1:1-3 as well.]
The prophet Ezekiel, (in chapter 28:13b-14,) also spoke of the mighty “anointed cherub who covers,” whom God had “created.”
The Spirit Filled Bible explains, “Jesus is the firstborn of all creation, [meaning God Himself lived long before creation, as He has no creator or genealogy, and everything that exists came into being through Him,] because, among Hebrews, the firstborn son was especially favored by his parents. He inherited the leadership of the family and a double portion of the property upon his father’s death. To give more explicit proof of Jesus’ role as “the firstborn of all creation,” Paul depicts Him as Mediator [between man and God,] Agent, [of salvation and redemption,] and Goal of all things. This includes declaring His authority, [as Creator of the universe] above all negative cosmic powers [or Satan and his demons,] which are also subjects of His creation, although they fell from their first [perfect] estate. Paul’s reference point is Gen. 1, [where Jesus Christ, Creator of the universe and the Holy Spirit were active in the Genesis creation here on earth.]
Moreover, ALL God’s holy angels WORSHIP Jesus!
When John, in Rev. 22:8-9, wanted to worship the angel, the angel said, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant... [you serve God in the physical realm and I serve Him in the spiritual world,] worship God.”
DO HUMANS BECOME ANGELS WHEN THEY DIE; WATCHING OVER THEIR LOVED ONES FROM HEAVEN?
In God’s Holy Book, (His contextual Word of Scripture,) human beliefs, doctrines, and myths mean absolutely nothing.
The “entirety of God’s Word is truth,” and His Truth is all that matters, (Ps. 119:160.)
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself declared that angels are not dead people who lived ‘good’ lives on earth; innocent little children who died and supposedly became cupids, dead Roman Catholic ‘saints;’ ‘sweet,’ ‘good,’ or ‘holy’ people living on earth, or even the Scripturally born again human spirits of deceased believers, who are already residing in heaven with Jesus, (Lu. 20:34-36; Mt. 25:41.)
God created the angels as a totally different species from humankind. While humans are living on earth, they have to remain in their physical bodies, and ALL of them are “lower than the angels” on God’s creation-scale, (Heb. 1:7,14; 2:6-7.) This means, holy angels are citizens of the ‘higher or spiritual plane’ and therefore, they are of a different ‘substance’ than physical human beings, who are citizens of the ‘lower world’ here on earth. As a result, God, the only Creator, created all the spiritual ‘lights’ or angels first. Then, He focussed on making humanity as the crown of His physical creation here on earth to manage all the animals, insects, trees, plants, etc.
Neither living humans nor the human spirits of departed people can become angels; and angels can never become human beings or human spirits. However, when born again believers of the Lord Jesus Christ die, their departed human spirits become “like angels” in heaven. This means that in heaven, the departed, disembodied human spirits of sincerely born again believers have become citizens of the ‘upper’ or spiritual world, and thus they became ‘equal to angels,’ being on the same spiritual level as the angels before the throne of God, (Mt. 22:30; Lu. 20:36.)
Although the human spirits of the Scripturally born again departed and the angels are on the same level before the throne of God in heaven, humans spirits will remain disembodied until the resurrection of the dead in Christ. At that moment “[Jesus] will descend from heaven with a shout, [not AS an archangel but] with the voice of an archangel, with the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will be [physically] raised imperishable. Then, in the twinkling of an eye, the physically alive in Christ shall be transformed, [into physical/spiritual beings, resembling Christ’s glorified, resurrected body, Jn. 20:26-27], and they shall be caught up with the resurrected saints to meet the Lord in the air,” (1 Cor. 15:51-53; 1 Ths. 4:17.) The M.H. Commentary explains, “[Jesus] will descend [physically] with great pomp and power — with the shout of a [conquering] King, and in the power and authority of Almighty God, accompanied with innumerable companies of angels [under command of Jesus’ war general Michael, the archangel.]”
Disobedient people who died without ever accepting, and following the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour, will remain disembodied human spirits entombed in eternal hell until the “second resurrection,” (the resurrection of those who will not live with God in heaven,) to face the Great White-throne judgment of God, (Jn. 1:12-13; Mt. 25:41; Lu. 16:24; Rev. 20:11-15.)
However, according to the Word of God, even born again, living but departed human spirits in heaven know nothing about the affairs of those who are still living on earth; “nevermore will [those who have died physically] have a share in anything done under the sun!” (Isa. 8:19, Eccl. 9:5-10.) For this reason, God views human attempts to communicate with, and consult with supernatural spirits or the human spirits of the dead as the sin of idolatry. Living human beings should consult God in all their perplexities and needs. Should we try to consult or contact the dead, we will only contact deceiving fallen spirits or demons, who are masquerading as the spirits of the departed, (Deut. 18:10-12; 1 Cor. 10:14, 21.)
The departed have finished their lives and works here on earth.
For them, life on earth as we know it, is over for all eternity. Therefore, all of humanity is “destined to die once,” thereafter, to face “the judgment” of the Almighty Creator God, (Heb. 9:27.)
DO ANGLES CRY, OR SHOW OTHER ‘HUMAN’ EMOTIONS?
I am aware of the fact that holy angels do have emotions such as holy joy, which has nothing to do with the hysterical, unholy, and ungodly laughter that manifests among Charismatic believers, (Lu. 15:10.) Angels also worship, make music in heaven, and sing songs of praise to God, (Rev. 5:8-11; 7:11-12.) Angels are also inquisitive about the holy revelations of God, (1 Pt. 1:12.) However, when I researched the notion that holy angels do cry, I could not find a single Scripture to verify such a possibility. Where Scripture states that angels cried with a loud voice, etc., it does not mean they were crying tears but instead, they were shouting out loud. In Rev. 21:4, John clearly tells us that, in God’s heavenly kingdom, no one, (neither God Himself, nor holy angles, nor the human spirits of the deceased in heaven,) ever weep – or suffer, or die.
The truth of Scripture refutes teachings that equate human emotions, frailties, and especially sinful actions to God’s holy angels, turning them into emotional beings who cry, giggle, laugh hysterically, play pranks, etc.
Angels are inhabitants of God’s ‘higher or superior,’ spiritual world. It is most presumptuous to perceive God’s holy angels in human terms. God warned us not to be “proud and think above that which is written… [which] makes us differ from one another [in belief and Scriptural doctrine,]” (1 Cor. 4:6-7; Heb. 2:10.) When we meet angels who show unholy or simply human emotions, and do unscriptural or unholy things, we can be certain we have encountered unholy angels.
I share the following as a testimony to this fact.
It happened during an exceptionally sorrowful time in my life. For a while, overcome by incredible shock and dismay, I simply gave up living. Struck down en stripped of everything dear to me, I surrendered myself to the Lord and asked Him to end my life. That bitter cup was the one misery I thought I would never be able to bear. By the grace of God, I never stopped talking to Him during that seemingly endless and hopeless tribulation, and He gave me the strength to keep on wrestling with Him, intent on not letting go until He answered me, (Gen. 32:24-30.)
Then, one day, while I was tearfully speaking to God, an angel suddenly stood beside me. I could not see him, but I ‘knew’ or ‘perceived in my spirit’ that he was standing next to me. Strangely, he did not startle me. It seemed as if he had been there all the time, but solely for my benefit, chose to reveal his presence at that specific moment. His presence was awesome, but amazingly, I was not afraid.
The angel knew I would not accept his presence and “believe every spirit” without “testing the spirits to see whether they are of God,” as commanded in 1 Jn. 4:-1-4. Before I could ask him to identify himself, he spoke ‘into my mind’ saying, “Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.” This is the Scriptural declaration, which only “spirits who are of God” can utter – while human beings are capable of stating anything, (verse 3.) Thus, when a spirit cannot speak through a human vessel, antichrist spirits, by themselves, do not confess that “Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.”
As my human spirit perceived what was happening, it did not enter my mind that the angel came to ‘take me home’ as I have requested of God. Instead, I thanked God for sending the angel, expecting him to deliver a special message or bring some form of encouragement, but he did not utter another word. He did he attempt to reach out to me, or comfort me. He was neither sympathetic nor apathetic. He was not aloof, yet not emotional either. He just stood there like an immovable anchor in a dark and stormy sea until the peace of God had flooded my distressed soul.
I slowly realized that the angel did not come to show allegiance to me personally, but to show his continual protection over me in obedience to God alone. Clearly, God did not command him to bring me a prophecy, remind me of Scripture, or to fly me off to heaven. The angel simply manifested his presence to emit the greatness of God, Who has always been, and Who always will be in complete control of everything we might experience in this life.
Then, just as suddenly as he came, the angel disappeared into ‘nowhere,’ but I knew he did not leave me. He only stepped back into the unseen spiritual world, as he is perfectly capable of watching over me from ‘out there somewhere.’
That day, the angel did not remove my terrible affliction. He did not lift me up to carry me over the raging seas. Yet, in some unexplainable, marvelous way, his mere ‘physical’ presence did a great miracle for me. God’s healing finally began to crack the cage incarcerating my deeply wounded soul, that day when the angel revealed himself to me.
In many ways, that encounter with God’s angel also left me a changed person, just as Old Testament Jacob, who wrestled with God that night at the Jabbok and limped after the angel left him at daybreak. The Spirit Filled Bible explains Jacob’s encounter with God at the Jabbok as follows, “Jacob’s limp symbolizes that character transformation costs God’s people in terms of ego death… Personal character transformation is an important element of Jacob’s encounter with the angel.”
Regardless of the tendency among traditional church denominations to deny the manifestation and even the existence of angels (and demons,) it remains a Scriptural, as well as a practical reality that spirits do appear, speak, and propel many of the thoughts and actions of human beings.
DO ANGELS PROCREATE IN HEAVEN?
Disgustingly, someone actually wrote to us saying, “Angels have sex in heaven, as they were created with the necessary tools, according to Gen. 6! They do multiply themselves, as there are female angels as well as males. In Mark 12:25, Jesus spoke on the marriage covenant; He did not say that angels are male only and do not multiply themselves.”
No, Jesus discussion in Mt. 12:25 centred on the question whether husband and wife will continue their marriage covenant in heaven. Jesus refuted this notion, because born again human spirits will be LIKE angels, who "NEITHER marry, [to have sexual relations and multiply,] NOR are given in marriage, [are united by marriage covenant,]" because neither angels nor departed human spirits procreate in heaven! Jesus did not say that born again believers will become angels in heaven. He said they will become LIKE angels, therefore they will have no need of a marriage covenant!
God commanded His material creation on earth to multiply after their own kinds. However, for HUMANS, our most holy God created the marriage covenant to multiply and raise Godly families. HUMANS, who are still "LOWER" than the angels while living one earth, (Lu. 20:36,) need to marry, but there is no such need in heaven. Angels remain a different species from departed human spirits, as explained in Hebrews chapters 1 and 2. The holy angelic race is incomprehensibly higher and drastically different from the human species. In heaven, however, human spirits and angelic spirits have one thing in common: they do not marry or have sex, as they have no need to multiply!