Summary: Questions about angels answered by scripture.
A. WHAT ARE ANGELS?
1.Created Spiritual Beings.
-Angels have not always existed, God created them. (Neh 9:6)
-They were created to bear the message of God, protect the people of God, implementing the judgement of God, and offering worship to God.
-They are spirits which are sometimes given temporary physical bodies to do specific jobs. (Heb 1:14, 13:2)
2.Other Kinds of Heavenly Beings.
a.Guard the entranced into the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:24)
b.God is frequently said to be enthroned on the cherubim or to travel with them as his chariot. (Ps 18:10; Ezek 10:1-22)
c.Their figures covered the mercy seat over the Ark. (Ex 25:22; 18-21)
a.Only mentioned in Isaiah where they continually worship God (Isa 6:2-7; 6:3)
a.They appear like a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle
b.They are the mightiest representative of various parts of God’s creation
c.They worship God continually
d.Rev 4:8; Ezek 1:5-14
3.Rank and Order Among the Angels
-Scripture indicated that there is rank and order among the angels.
-Michael is called the “archangel” in Jude 9
-One of the chief princes in Daniel 10:13
-Angles have been identified by their name
4.Angels are Not Omnipresent (can be everywhere at one time)
-Evidence of this is in Luke 1:26, Dan 10:12-14
5.Do People Have Individual Guardian Angels?
6.Angels Do Not Get Married
7.Do Angels Have Wings, halos, and harps?
-Nothing at all is said in the Scriptures about angels having halos and harps.
8.When Were Angels Created?
-They must have been created before the 7th day of creation (Gen 2:1)
9.Do Christians Become Angels When They Die?
-This in mentioned no where in scripture
-In fact, the Bible says we will be glorified with Christ because we have been purchased by his blood – that is a claim that angels cannot make.
10.Who Is “The Angel of The Lord” or “The Angel of God”?
-God the Son or God the Father (Gen 31:11,13)
B.OUR RELATIONSHIP TO ANGELS
1. We Should Be Aware of Angels in Our Daily Lives
-Angels see our joys and struggles. They also see our descisions.
-Sometimes we entertain them unawares(Heb 13:2)
-They are sent by God to protect us(Ps 91:11-12)
2. Cautions Reguarding Our Relationship to Angles
-Beware of receiving false doctrine from angels (Gal 1:8)
a. Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14)
b. Those declaring to have received some further revelation from God (ex. Mormons) should be reguarded as false prophets.
-Do Not Worship Angels, Pray to Them, or Seek Them
a. Worship of Angels was one of the false doctrines being taught at Colossae (Col 2:18)
b. John in the book of Revelation was told not to worship angels (Rev 19:10)
c. We are not to pray to angles: Jesus is our mediator to God; not angels.
d. It is not wrong to ask God to send his angles to protect us; but it is wrong to seek angels- This will draw our minds off of God and to his creation.
-Do Angels Appear to People Today?
a. Scripture gives us no compelling reason to rule out the fact that some have seen angles in today’s times.
b. However, we should use extreme caution in receiving guidance from an angel should such an unusual event happen. Why?
·Demons can appear as angels of light (2 Cor 11:14)
·Any appearance of an angel-like creature does not guarantee that it is from God
·No Angelic creature can give authoritative teaching that is different from the Bible
-Do not get so preoccupied with angels that you fail to give glory where glory is due.
-Is it wrong to posses pictures, figurines, or jewelry of angels?
a. When you look to it as your help. Ex: Some wear an angel around their neck or in their pocket for good luck.
b. When it becomes nothing more than a collectors item marketed in different worldly styles so that people will buy it because they don’t have one like that.
c. When the image is used to portray anything other that the Biblical purposes of angels.
d. When angel jewelry becomes something you use only to accessorize an outfit.