Summary: O Lord of hosts, the King of glory, blessed is the man who trusts in You! ; you shall throughly plead his cause with his oppressors and give rest to his land. Our Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name.
THE LORD OF HOSTS
“For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, who treads on the high places of the earth, The Lord God of hosts is His name.” (Amos 4:13)
‘Thus, says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6).
The Lord of Hosts is the Almighty God, the creator of the Heavens and the Earth and all the host of them (Genesis 2:1). He is a Warrior-God, a conquering King, with strong and victorious energy; mighty in battle with myriad armies of angels at His disposal; and also, the conductor of the beautiful orchestra that is the entirety of all creation. Every atom, every molecule, moves in accordance with His purposes and at His command. He sustains everything by His powerful word. One whose word is power, who rules amidst the armies of heaven and the inhabitants of earth, the Captain of all the armies of heaven and earth. The unity of nature is the will of God; and that as the Commander issues His orders over all the field, so He speaks and it is done.
Hannah, who was barren, called upon this aspect of God’s personhood (1Samuel 1 :11). She cried out to the one who is able to create something from nothing, to whom every cell and atom are called to attention. She knew that her hope lies only with the one whose voice the whole host of heavens and earth must obey. She understood that the command of the Lord of Armies will and must be executed.
By that title, ‘THE LORD OF HOSTS’, the prophets and psalmists (Haggai 2:4, Malachi 3:17, Psalm 24:10) meant to express the universal dominion of God over the whole universe in all its battalions and sections, which they conceived of as one ranked army, obedient to the voice of the great General and Ruler of them all. This contemplates His righteousness and power over both spiritual and physical armies. God's attributes of sovereignty, omniscience & omnipotence are clearly implied by this majestic Name.
What “HOSTS” is HE LORD over?
Who is subject to His commands and orders? God is in complete command and total control of all HOSTS in the Heavens and the whole universe; there are no “troop movement”, so to speak, without His knowledge.
The HOSTS are categorized into 3 divisions:
1.The Heavenly Host,
2. The Earthly Host,
3. The Satanic Host.
1. THE HEAVENLY HOST
This comprises of the following:
- THE 24 ELDERS – They are spirits, a part of the created heavenly host of beings, which have been given positions of responsibility as advisers in the government of God through which He rules the universe. They sit upon twenty-four thrones before the Lord, clothed in white robes; with crowns of gold on their heads (Revelation 4:4).The 24 Elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created (Revelation 4:10). Similarly, the twenty-four elders are responsible for praising God in song, possibly in conducting vast choirs of angels; and also carrying out God's answers to prayer (Revelation 5:8).
- ARCHANGELS AND HEAVENLY PRINCES. They are chief angel created by God, at the top of the angelic hierarchy in terms of power. They lead the other ranks of angels and have a number of purposes they fill, lining the Old and New Testament of Scripture.
In the book of Daniel, Michael is called a chief prince. In Jude, a dispute is recorded between Michael the archangel and the Devil over Moses' body. And in Revelation, Michael commands the hosts of the Lord against the forces of the dragon (Satan) in a war in heaven: "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven" (Revelation 12:7-8).
Angel Gabriel appeared by name four times: twice to Daniel to interpret the meaning of his visions (Daniel 8-9), once to announce John the Baptist's birth to his father Zacharias (Luke 1:11-20), and once to announce the birth of Jesus to Mary (Luke 1:26-38).
These are the only two holy angels mentioned in the scripture.
- -- CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM
Cherubim and Seraphim are winged creatures that appear in Scripture and make their most memorable appearances in the visions of Ezekiel (1:4-28, 10:3-22), Isaiah (Isaiah 6:2-6), and John (Revelation 4:7). Although not specifically called angels, cherubim and seraphim are revealed as living creatures or heavenly beings whose primary purpose is to worship God at His throne.