angels

Posted: May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

These influential messengers of God are supernatural beings who surround God’s throne in heaven. Their work in heaven is to praise and worship God. On earth they are God’s couriers, bringing his word and assistance to people. The Old Testament term “angel of the LORD” was used as a way of describing how God sometimes came to people in human form. 

Michael the Archangel- (who is like God?)
Michael is an Archangel with other angels under his authority. He is first mentioned by name as a prince who will support the prophet Daniel against the Persian king and protect the nation Israel. Michael is later mentioned in a dispute with the Devil over the body of Moses. The bible does not mention what this dispute was, but it does say that Michael left the final judgement of Satan up to God. Michael is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the angel leading other angels in a heavenly battle against Satan and his fallen angels. Michael wins this battle and Satan and his followers are expelled from heaven and cast to earth where they lead the whole world astray

The Angel Gabriel- (God is a warrior)
Gabriel makes three dramatic appearances in the bible: to Daniel, to interpret visions of the future for the distraught prophet in Babylon; to Zechariah, the aged priest on duty in the temple, to announce that his wife would give birth to John the Baptist; and to the young Mary, to announce that she would carry the Christ child. All three appearances are linked to the coming Messiah. Gabriel is also traditionally considered the angel who will trumpet Christ’s return and who holds the key to the bottomless pit at the Last Judgement. Gabriel is linked with many Old Testament events (the finding of Joseph’s brothers, the burial of Moses, the slaughter of the Assyrians) and is linked with the angels Michael, Raphael, and Uriel.

The Angel Raphael- (God heals or God is fearsome)
Raphael visited the city of Nineveh to assist two Hebrews living there in exile according to the extra-biblical book of Tobit. Tobit had been blinded in the course of performing a religious ceremony, and Sarah had been possessed by a demon that prompted her to kill each of her seven husbands on their wedding night before the marriage was consummated. Raphael assumed the name and bodily presence of Tobit’s relative Azariah, and then instructed Tobit’s son Tobias on how to cure both Tobit and Sarah. After Raphael’s intervention, Tobias married Sarah, and Tobit recovered a large sum of money that had been lost.

The Angel Uriel- (God is light or flame of God)
Along with Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Uriel is an angel featured in the pseudepigraphal Book of Enoch. This extra-biblical Jewish writing says that Uriel issued warnings to Noah about the wicked state of human affairs and the coming flood. Speaking with Enoch, Uriel discussed fallen angels, false worship, the fate of wicked astronomy, and even the lunar calendar. In the Apocrypha (another set of extra-biblical writings from the time between testaments), Uriel is the angel who rebuked Esdras for questioning the ways of God. In later literature, Uriel is the angel of Paradise who interceded for Adam and Abel. He is also, reportedly, the angel who wrestled with Jacob at Peniel.

Angels- 21 Quick Facts
1. They are created by God (Ephesians 3:9)
2. They report directly to God (Job 1:6)
3. They are named 273 times in 34 books of the Bible
4. They were present at the Creation (Job 38)
5. They announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds (Luke 2:9-14)
6. Their heavenly work is to worship and glorify God (Revelation 4:8)
7. Their earthly work is to help God’s people (Hebrews 1:14)
8. They were created to live forever (Revelation 4:8)
9.They are spirit beings, not human beings ( Hebrews 1:14)
10. They are numberless (Deuteronomy 33:2)
11. They possess free will (Jude 6)
12. They express joy (Job 38:7)
13. They express longing (1Peter 1:12)
14. They are mighty (Psalms 103:20)
15. They are wise (Daniel 9:21)
16. They move swiftly (Revelation 146)
17. Some are Cherubim- an order of angels (Ezekiel 10:20)
18. Some are Seraphim- six-winged angels (Isaiah 6:1-8)
19. They do not know everything (Matthew 24:36)
20. They will join all Christians in the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22-23)
21. Some are benevolent and some are malevolent

G u a r d i a n   A n g e l s

Exodus 23:20
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.

2 Kings 6:17
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Psalms 91:11
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

Job 33:23-24
Yet if there is an angel at their side, a messenger, one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright, and he is gracious to that person and says to God, ‘Spare them from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for them–

S e r a p h i m

Isaiah 6:1-13
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the door posts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty. Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “For how long, Lord? And he answered “Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, until the Lord has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken. And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”

A n g e l   o f   t h e   L O R D

Isaiah 37:36
Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

2 Samuel 24:16
When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the Lord was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

Judges 13:17-18
Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?”
He replied, “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding.”

Acts 12:23
Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

Zechariah 3
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”
Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”
Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.
The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.
“‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.
“‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

C h e r u b i m

Ezekiel 10:14
Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

Ezekiel 1:1-24
In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin— the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the Lord was on him.
I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning. As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went.Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around. When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome. Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

A n g e l s   T h r o u g h o u t

Hebrews 1:7
In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.”

Luke 2:8-15
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Acts 7:52-53
Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.

Revelation 1:20
The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels[a] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Revelation 5:11
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.

Revelation 7:1
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.

Revelation 8:1-2
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

Revelation 10:1-3
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion.When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.

Revelation 14:6
Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.

Revelation 14:18
Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”

Revelation 15:1
I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed

Revelation 18:1
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

Revelation 20:1-3
And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

Revelation 21:12
It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.


J u d g e m e n t   o f    E v i l   A n g e l s

2 Peter 2:4
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to Tartarus putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment;

2 Peter 2:10-11
This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord.

Jude 1:6
And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

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