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Angels


 

 

Angels are unseen(by most people) beings created by God. They were put above men. They live in God’s presence and their home is the Kingdom of Heaven(Except for the fallen). They Serve and Praise God. They serve God by helping men, just as we serve God by helping others. They serve as guardians to children. They serve as messengers and are portrayed as powerful, majestic, magnificent beings. 


 

The Archangels:

An archangel is a chief angel. There are usually only considered to be 7 of them. Satan sometimes is considered a fallen archangel. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are always mentioned as one of the 7. Raphael is mentioned in the book of tobit and in the book of Enoch as well as other source. The other four archangels vary depending on the sources. In the Jewish canon Uriel, Raguel, Remiel, Saraqael are the other four archangels. No matter what the source, there seems to be a group of seven of them, and they always stand before God (Revelation 8:2). In the book of Revelation these 7 archangels are the ones that blow the seven trumpets, and pour the seven bowls of the wrath of God on the Earth. Many pictures and art show these archangels as having wings, but there is no mention of them having wings in scripture.

 


 

The Sons of God:

Many people believe all angels have wings, but there are appearances of angels in scripture whom have no wings. They appear as men, but with brilliance and authority. In Matthew 28:2-7 the angel's appearance was "like lightning". The 2 angels who rescued Lot from Soddom and Gomorrah's destruction appeared as men in Genesis 18:1-19:29. The angel of the Lord appeared as a man many times also. These angels were called the "sons of God". They were created just like us (made in the image of God) but were made higher than us to serve God in His kingdom. In Revelation 19:10 John bows down to worship the angel showing him these things but the angel rebukes him and says that he is just a fellow servant like john, his brothers, and the prophets. John mentions this again in revelation 22:8-9. The fallen watchers were probably also considered the sons of God. They were those who were taught men and women medicine, astronomy, make-up, metallurgy, and how to make weapons and war, as mentioned in the book of Enoch.


 

The Four Living Creatures:

In the book of Revelation, in the book of Ezekiel, there are four living creatures mentioned. Isaiah mention creatures flying around the throne of God. Each having 6 wings like in the book of Revelation. But he does not fully describe these creatures and he calls them Seraphim.

In the book of Ezekiel they are portrayed as having 4 faces each. they each had a face like a human, lion, an ox, and an eagle. They had the likeness of a human. They each had four wings, their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf's foot. they sparkled like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. The passage can be found in Ezekiel chapter 1.

In the book of Revelation less is mentioned about their appearance than in Ezekiel. Their appearance is similar but different. Instead of having four faces each, they are mentioned as each having a different face. One with the face of a human, an ox, a lion, and an eagle. Each creature had eyes all over them and each had six wings. The passage can be found in Revelation chapter 4.

 

 


 

Cherubim:

Cherubim are mighty creatures with wings. The four living creatures may also be cherubim. They first appear in Genesis 3:24 to guard the entrance of the garden of Eden after man is driven out. In middle eastern art they are portrayed as a lion or bull's body with eagles wings and a human face. In Egypt the sphinx may be considered a cherubim like creature. In Greek tradition the sphinx is sometimes portrayed with wings of an eagle. In the Greek tradition this creature is considered malevolent, but in Egypt it is considered benevolent but having great power. Both cultures considered this creature as a guardian, usually of a temple of some sort. The oldest cherubim like creature statue was found in turkey and dated back 9500 BC. They have been found in Persian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Turkish, Greek, European, Babylonian empires throughout history. The griffin was similar but had the head of an eagle, just like one of the Four living creatures.

 

 


 

Seraphim:

Seraphim translates as "burning ones". They are mighty angels portrayed by Isaiah as having six wings. Two wings covering their head, two covering their body, and two to fly with. They are mentioned in Isaiah 6:1-7. In the Hebrew bible the word seraph is used as a synonym for serpent. In the book of Enoch the seraph are portrayed as serpents. Satan is also sometimes considered to be a Seraphim. In Christianity they are considered to be the highest choir of the angelic hierarchy. In the Gnostic text "On the Origin of the World" they are described as "dragon-shaped angels". Satan is considered to be a bright one (burning one) and part of the highest choir of angels.

 Seraphim and Cherubim in theology and mythology are portrayed as different beings but sometimes used in conjunction with one another. They may be the same being just differently interpreted throughout time. Since we cannot fully understand all that is in heaven we may never know.

 

 


Psalm 103:20-21

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.

(Angels are obeying servants of God, just as we should be. They give Him praise and do his bidding and his will without question. One day we will be like the angels, Matthew 22:30, at least, those who believe and put thier faith in Christ and do God's will.)


Isaiah 6:2-4

2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

(Seraphs are mighty angels. Here is says they have six wings.)


Matthew 18:10

10 “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

(Every child has a guardian angel, always watching over them. And not just children but all people. Psalm 91:9-16 says that if you love the Lord and make His place your dwelling, He will protect you with His angels.)


Hebrews 1:3-4

3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right had of the Majesty in Heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

(All the angels in Heaven are under Jesus’ authority. He is above them because the Father has given him authority over all things, even the angels. Before Jesus became a man, He was above the Angels. What is significant here is that a "man" in the flesh has been made Lord over all things. So, God truely made His home in, and with men through Jesus, and through His Holy spirit.)


Hebrews 1:14

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? 

(Though angels minister to us, it is God who commands them. They are not our servants, but only serve God in serving us. It is written that the greatest among people serve others. Matthew 23:11) 


 

Hebrews 13:1-2

1 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

(Angels are always watching. You never know when an angel may be disguised as a human being.)


2 Peter 11

11 Yet even angels although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.

(Even though angels are higher than men, they do not judge us or accuse us for our sins. One angel that does accuse us is no longer called and angel, but a demon, and he is known as Satan, the Devil, Lucifer, and the evil one. Angels know that the Lord is judge over all, and that it is not their place to judge unless given the command to do so by the Lord. We also should follow such an example.)