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Summary: Questions about angels answered by scripture.

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ANGELS

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.

-Cherubim

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)

-Seraphim

a.Only mentioned in Isaiah where they continually worship God (Isa 6:2-7; 6:3)

-Living Creatures

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?

-Ps 91:11-12

-Matt 18:10 and Acts 12:15

6.Angels Do Not Get Married

-Matt 22:30; Luke 20:34-36

7.Do Angels Have Wings, halos, and harps?

-The Bible teaches that angels do fly [Revelation 14:6], but nothing is said about wings. Cherubim and seraphim were special classes of angelic beings which did have four wings [Ezekiel 10:20-21].

-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.


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