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 ANGELOLOGY

(The Study of Angels)

Copyright: 2010 by Reverend Steve Whitters, PhD, D.D.

"Maker of heaven and earth;" "who maketh his angels spirits" (Psa. 104:4).

Perhaps some the the most mysterious beings in God's creation are the Angels.  I say creation because angelic beings are just that, a special Divine creation of Yahweh. Whereas man was created directly, woman was made from man; and the first human beings were given the power of procreation and told to multiply and replenish the earth. Indeed, the animal and vegetable kingdoms, likewise, were created and then gifted to "bring forth, after their kind."

Not so for the angels, however. They possess no powers or commands related to procreation. Apparently, the angels are each and all direct creations of God.

While it is beyond the scope of this brief study to exhaust all that the Bible says of the spirit world, we do include the following information:

The 12 Arch Angels are:

Azr

Chamuel

Gabriel

Lophiel




1. The nature of angels.

According to the scriptures, angels are non-corporeal, finite, celestial (heavenly) beings, formed of a heavenly materiality called "spirit" (Psalm. 104:4).

They are superior to man in intelligence and power (Matt, 18:10; Psalm, 103:20; II Peter. 2:10-11).

They were created prior to the creation of man in the unknown, dateless past (Job. 38:7).

They are best described as a host or company rather than a race (being unable to procreate), and, unlike God, are non omniscient, omnipresent or omnipotent.  The Bible divides the Angels into two distinct classes:  Elect and Fallen.2. Elect angels.

Elect or unfallen angels are those who have remained true to God and are called "holy" or "elect" angels, being sinless, spiritual beings (Mark 8:38; I Tim. 5:21).

Although their home is the third Heaven (the personal dwelling place of God), they have frequent intercourse with earth, fulfilling the Divine will.

They are infinite in number (Dut. 33:2; Psalm, 68: 17), and are apparently organized into:

    a. archangels

    b. angels

    c. principalities

    d. authorities

    e. power

    f. thrones

    g. might

    h. dominions

Two elect angels are referred to in the Bible as archangels: Michael (protector of Israel, Dan. 10:15) and Gabriel (messenger of God who brought the Virgin, Mary, word of the coming of the Christ; Lk. 1:19).

3. The work of angels.

It is clear from the Bible that angels are involved in a number of different ministries, including:

    a. Worship.

They behold God's intimate Presence in worship and rejoice in His works (Mt. 18: 10; Job 38:7).

    b. Performing His will.

They minister on behalf of the Heavenly Father in nature (Psa. 103:20). They influence the nations (Dan. 10: 12). They minister to and for the redeemed ofthe Lord by guiding, protecting and assisting them in the carrying out of God's will (Psa. 91:11; Mt. 4:11; 18:10; Acts 12:15; Heb. 1:14). They also assist the Lord in administering justice to His enemies (II Kngs. 19:35; Acts 12:23; II Thess. 1:6ff.).

    c. Related facts.

        1). As already mentioned, they do not many (Mt, 22:30).

        2). They can assume human-like form and eat, etc. (psa. 78:25; Gen. 18:8).

        3). They are not to be worshipped by believers (Col. 2:18).

        4). They will gather together the elect of God at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Mt. 24:31).

        5). They escort the souls of the righteous dead into the glory world (Lk. 16:22).

        6). They are responsible to God, alone, not the believer (Psa. 103:20).

4. The Angel of the Lord.

The Being identified in the Old Testament variously as: the Angel, Angel of Yahweh, Angel of the Presence, Angel of the Covenant, etc., is to be understood as a "Christophany,' or a visit of the pre-incarnate Son of God during the Old Testament times (Gen. 16:7ff.; Ex. 3:2; Jos. 5: 13ff., Isa. 9:6; Zec. 1:11; Mal. 3:1).

5. Seraphim and Cherubim.

Two other ranks of elect, spiritual beings appear in the Books of Genesis, Exodus and Ezekiel: seraphim and cherubim. It is not certain whether these are literal descriptions of yet another order of angelic beings, or whether they are, instead, symbolic of redeemed humanity, etc. Some scholars believe the cherubim are symbolic of the Divine attributes or of God's ruling over creation. We see the "four living ones" in the Book of the Revelation; they appear to be the same beings seen by Ezekiel the prophet, bearing up the platform on which sat the Throne of God (Ezek, 1 : 26ff. ).

We also see the cherubim in the Garden of Eden, after the fall of man, holding the 'flaming sword' protecting the way to the Tree of Life.6. Fallen angels.

In addition to various ranks and orders of elect angels, the Bible also describes another group of beings who have falen from grace and are under voluntary allegiance to a principal fallen spiritual being: Satan. Unlike elect angels, these beings are sinful (Mt, 25:41; Acts 19:15). Although their number is limited, they are myriad. Just as the elect angels are well organized, so, too, these fallen ones are grouped into a well-oiled machinery of evil (Eph. 6:12; Col. 2:15).

Their fall was, no doubt, in the dateless past, apparently paralleling that of Lucifer (Rev. 12:4). There appear to be two classes of fallen angels: those free and those bound.

One rank of fallen angels has access to the 'heavenlies' (the first heaven, i.e., the atmosphere around us, Eph. 6:12).  It is with these beings that the saints wage spiritual warfare.

The second group of fallen spirits are presently incarcerated in a compartment of the underworld called, 'Tartarus' (II Pet. 2:4). It appears that this group committed a specific sin besides rebellion: cohabitation with earthly women, whose union produced the giants of the Old Testament period (Genesis. 6:4; II Peter 2:4; June 6-7.

The work of all fallen spirits is to oppose the work of God, damn the soles of men and thwart the plan of God for this planet.    a. Demons.

A related term used of fallen angels is demon. The root meaning of the word is not known. Some scholars note the term was used among pagan Greeks of an inferior deity, whether good or bad (Vine). Others quote Plato as saying the word's root means 'knowing' or 'intelligent,' illustrating the fact that the knowledge of demons is superior to man, although inferior to God.

One possible explanation of their origin appears in the non-Canonical book of Enoch, chapter 15, verses 8-10.

7. Now the giants, who have been born of spirit and of flesh, shall can upon earth evil spirits, and on earth shall be their habitation. Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created from above; from the holy Watchers was their beginning and primary foundation. Evil spirits shall they be upon earth, and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called. The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born in earth (I Cor. 15:40).

8. The spirits of the giants shall be like clouds, which shall oppress, corrupt, fall, contend, and bruise upon earth.

9. They shall cause lamentation. No food shall they eat; and they shall be thirsty; they shall be concealed, and those spirits shall rise up against the sons of men, and against women; for they come forth (from them) during the days of slaughter and destruction (Lk. 4:33, 36; Matt. 8:28-34).

Regardless of their origin, like other fallen angels, demons are personal, spirit beings (Mt, 8:29), and can be: unclean (Mt. 10:1), etc.

They are the agents of Satan, extending his evil influence throughout the habitable world (Mt. 12:26; 25:41).

They are often (not always) behind sickness and disease (Mt, 9:35; Mk. 5:4-5). They can enter man as well as beast (Mk. 5:8; 11-13). They know their future judgment is eternal torment (Lk. 8:31).

Demons understand their power to be limited and overruled by Christ and the Spiritfilled saint (Mk. 1:24; Lk. 10:17-20; Acts 19:15).

According to the parable of the Lord Jesus concerning the 'rich fool,' just as the elect angels escort the souls of the righteous to Heaven upon death (Lk. 16), so, too, the demons drag the souls of the lost down to 'hell.'

"Fool, the night-this one-they are demanding the soul- yours+of me" (Lk. 12:20, Gk.).

The demons exercise authority over man in at least two ways: possession and influence.

In the first case, the entire person (spirit, soul and body) is under the control of the evil entity.

In the second instance, any aspect of one's being may be attacked or influenced, yet with the individual still retaining control of their will (Lk. 13: 16).

There are at least seven primary forms of demonology disclosed in the Bible:

1. Divination (Gen. 44:5; Hos. 4:12).

2. Necromancy (I Sam. 28:8).

3. Prognostication (Ez. 21:21).

4. Magic (Ex. 7:11 ).

5. Sorcery (Isa. 47:9-13; Acts 19:19).

6. Witchcraft (I Chr. 10:13; Gal. 5:20).

7. Ventriloquism (occult-type, not "trick;" Isa, 8:19).

All of these occult practices involve trafficking with evil spirits or demons.

    b. Satan. According to the scriptures, the angelic being closest to God, Himself, was named "Lucifer" (Heb. "light-bearer"). Although not a great deal is said of him in either testament, from the Books of Ezekiel, chapter 28, and Isaiah, chapter 14, we learn:

He was in Eden, perfect in beauty, had access to the "mountain of God," led in the worship of Yahweh, and eventually became corrupted because of pride in his beauty. The picture Ezekiel paints for us is that of Lucifer being a worship leader of God, on earth (Ez. 28:15-19).

Who was he leading in worship? Very possibly, this angelic being was chief of many others, leading them in the praise, worship and service of the Triune God.

Isaiah's prophecy tells us that he apparently led a rebellion against God-with the help of other angels who joined him in allegiance-and stormed the very Throne of God. He was summarily dispossessed from the celestial realms, degraded in position, debased in power and damned for eternity.

According to the late. Dr. Glenn E. Tyler (founder and president of International Seminary, Plymouth FL), after the fall of Lucifer and the angels, God created man to "fill the depleted ranks of the fallen spiritual beings." After the fall of man, God then began His plan of redemption to fill up, again, the depleted ranks of angels with an elect group of obedient followers (i.e., the saved of the Old and New Testaments).

There is certainly something to be said for this theory. Indeed, if, in fact, Satan was originally the ruler of planet earth, and this responsibility has been given to man, his rage and hatred toward the human race is easily understandable.

    c. Names of Satan.

He is called:

        1). Abaddon (perdition) & Apollyon (destroyer), Rev. 9:11.

        2). The Great Dragon, Rev. 12:9.

        3). The god of this age, II Cor. 4:4.

        4). Prince of the power of the air, Eph. 2:2.

        5). The old serpent. Rev. 12:9.

        6). Prince of this age, In. 12:3l.

        7). The wicked one, Mt. 13:19.

        8). Belial (vileness), II Cor. 6:15.

        9). Beelzebub (prince of demons), Mt. 12:24.

        10). Satan (adversary), I Pet. 5:8.

        11). Devil (false-accuser), Mt. 4; l.

        12). Liar & murderer, In. 8:44.

        13). The tempter, I Thess. 5:5.

        14). Lucifer 

    d. Activities of Satan.

He is the author of sin, sickness and death (Gen. 5:1-6; Lk, 17:16; Acts 10:38; Heb. 2:14). He ensnares, tempts, blinds, harasses, hinders, accuses and resists mankind (Mt. 4:1; I Tim. 3:7; n Cor. 4:4; 12:7; I Thess. 2:18; Rev. 12:9; Dan. 10:13; Zec. 3:1). According to the apostle John, he holds the world, "like children asleep in his arms" (I In. 5:19). He, and those he motivates, also take away the good seed of God's Word from the human heart (Mk. 4: 15) and sow tares among the wheat (Mk, 13:25). He will give authority to the antichrist (II Thess. 2:9), has the ability (along with his cohorts) to transform himself into an 'angel of light' (II Cor. 11:14-15).

    e. The end of Satan.

The Devil will eventually be cast into the Lake of Fire, to be tormented (along with the demons and unsaved humanity) forever and ever (Rev. 20:10).

Although Satan is a supernatural, spirit being, he is not all-powerful. Though wiser and more powerful than fallen man, yet, he is subject to the saints of God who resist him with the full armor of God (la. 4:11; Eph. 6:10-18).

He is unable to tempt, inflict sickness, death or any affliction upon us apart from the direct permission of the Heavenly Father (Job. 1:10-12; 2:6; Lk. 22:31; I In. 5:18; I Cor. 10:13).

Satan and his hosts (armies) were legally defeated two thousand years ago in the Cross of Christ (Col. 2:15), and the Spirit-filled Church has been given the commission and authority to enforce that victory through the Name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 10:17-19; Mk. 16:17; Mt 12:28; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 12:8-10). It is up to us to take our place.

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The word angel is thought to be derived from the Greek word "Angelos" which means "messenger". In Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other theologies an angel can be one who acts as a messenger, attendant or agent of God.
Throughout the bible it is generally seen that the will of God is usually imparted or carried out by angels.

Angels are spirits without bodies, who possess superior intelligence, gigantic strength, and surpassing holiness.
Angels are composed of ethereal matter, thus allowing them to take on whichever physical form best suits their immediate needs.
They enjoy an intimate relationship to God as His special adopted children, contemplating, loving, and praising Him in heaven. Some of them are frequently sent as messengers to men from on high.

Angels are the essence of love and joy and stem from the Heart of God/Goddess.

 - Now, you will ask why  God/Goddess? Is God a female or male?
 - He is neither and both at the same time. What is referred to us as God is just the Supreme Source of the hole Existence, a Spirit of such a magnitude, so unconceivable, that has no sex and could be both at the same time if it chooses to. So the reference to God/Goddess was just to emphasize that however you choose to call upon him/her/it it's of no importance.

Angels are countless in their number, and flock around the Universe in their millions. Angels are dedicated to serve the needs of all free will entities so that you may experience the same level of unconditional love as they do. Each Angel carries out its assigned task without any hint of hesitation as they take great joy and pleasure in offering their Loving Wisdom and Guidance. Everyone has Angels around them constantly, without exception, and they are eager and excited at the opportunity to communicate with you.

Angels was created with one purpose, the purpose to love and to serve all without condition. In doing so, Angels hold a focus of pure love throughout the Universe and are therefore able to set up a resonance for the vibration of pure love wherever it is needed. You on the other hand, are a free will entity. That means that you have chosen to develop your ability to exist with unconditional love by gaining much experience through many lifetimes and many varied forms of existence. The Angels have been created to counter balance any energies or actions that move in the opposite direction to love so that you will eventually remember your true essence.

In Christian religion and theology an angel can also be a member of the lowest order of the nine-fold celestial hierarchy this is a ranking which comes directly below archangels. A fallen angel is often classed as a devil, like Satan himself; whereas a guardian angel is classed as a human guide or protector. Angels are commonly represented by a figure with wings and wearing a long white robe. They are also sometimes depicted wearing halos which emanate from the angels' head in a glorious wreath of light, serving as a symbol of divine wisdom. Angels do not die or age, they are immortal, created by God and existing since the Creation. Generally they are accepted as being the guardians of souls. Although angels are generally divine, they have been shown to be fallible and prone to sin, particularly pride. One of the most notable examples of this being Satan and his fallen army.

Angels can take on a variety of different forms. In Ezekiel 1:16-21, Isaiah 6:1-3, and throughout the book of Revelation they are described as taking on not only the appearance of men but many fantastical forms. A notable example was the angel who took on the appearance of a burning bush. The image of an angel with wings tends to symbolize the spiritual nature of the being. The purpose of the wings being to allow the angel to travel through the ether as well as being a symbol of divine authority.

Angels are everywhere and you can ask for Angels to assist you with anything you wish. There is no limit! In fact, if no Angel is available for a particular task, an Angel is created as an answer to your wish or prayer, just for you! Yes, the You and the Divine create Angels on request. Angels are God/Goddess making a personal visit, but in a scaled down form. However, the love that they have is just as immeasurable. Remember - Angels are bound by the laws of Free Will. Therefore, they can not assist us in our lives unless we ask them too. So, don’t forget to ask!

 - Here is it again God/Goddess and the same question arises.
 - Angels appear to us with many forms and shapes. Many times the qualities of an Angel are so delicate that they choose female forms or even masculine bodies with female face characteristics. An Angel will appear to us with the form that is best for us.

A Spirit Guide is also a free will entity, but has evolved over what you would consider to be a long time. They are part of a group consciousness of beings that have evolved beyond form into beings of pure light and essence. Although Angelic in nature, Spirit Guides are a free will entity and therefore choose their path of further growth. Spirit Guides are master teachers and are able to travel and navigate through many, many levels of existence. They are here to Guide and teach when you are willing to listen. They are always communicating to you through your thoughts, music, your environment, wherever they need to be in order to get your attention.

Everyone has at least one Guardian Angel, and sometimes two or three. A Guardian Angel is a being that is dedicated to serve and to help you throughout your lifetime. However, the relationship is somewhat deeper than that. Your Guardian Angel was created out of the same essence that makes up your soul. It could be said to be a higher, or essence aspect of yourself. Your Guardian Angel isn't essentially separate from you, it has absolute and unequivocal dedication to you and travels with you on every journey that you as a free will entity choose to make. Your Guardian Angel makes an agreement with your soul to assist it in completing any task it has decided to undertake. This is the reason why Angels have been known to make miraculous rescues from accidents. If a soul has decided to remain focused on the Earth Plane for a given length of time, an Angel will assist in getting someone out of trouble who's 'time is not up'. Angels and their miracles are God's way of remaining anonymous.

An Angel, is complete, unified and centered within the Heart of the Divine at all times. An Angel does not question or contemplate itself, it simply is. In being itself, it is a bundle of God's ever present love and grace. An Angel has been created to serve, love, hold and support those to who it is assigned, and those who ask for Angelic support. Angels are to be found in every corner of the Universe, and in their millions! If you could see Angels with the naked eye, you would be amazed at just how populated the Earth really is. Have you ever felt a breath of cool air brush along your cheek when alone somewhere? That might very well have been an Angel moving aside as you walked into an Angel conference, quite unaware!

So, if you have a Guardian Angel, why do guides make contact with humans? Your Guardian Angel is that part of your eternal being that is holding a vision and focus of you as a unified child of God-Goddess. Your guide, on the other hand, is here to assist you in making easier choices that will help you to grow through experiences with joy and with more ease. Not all guides are permanent, once you have learned all that you can with one guide, another will often take over and take you further. Your Guardian Angel has love and protection to impart, and as such, his or her purpose is to provide you with a reflection of your true nature so that you may never totally forget the essence of the Divine. You could say, your Guardian Angels holds the 'blueprint' of what you truly are in focus so that you may awaken to that ultimate truth. The ultimate being that you are, one that is pure love, that you are God!

There are Angels for just about every function you can think of, and many more! There is no limit to how many Angels you can have in your life and there is no limit to what you may ask for! You can ask Angels to assist you with any project, problem or issue you may have. You may call upon Angels whenever you wish to and for whatever purpose provided that the purpose is not intended to hurt or injure anyone or the Earth itself. Ask the Angels to fill your home with love, ask them to watch over your children at school, ask them to travel with you on long journeys, ask them to sponsor you when you are trying to stop smoking or are trying to lose weight and get healthier. Ask an Angel to take care of your computer or to assist you in resolving an argument with a friend or relative. There is no limit to what you may ask an Angel to do for you. By simply getting used to blessing all that you experience and through asking Angels to be present everywhere on your life, you will begin to embody Angelic qualities in your life. You will be more open to the love and abundance of the Universe. You will begin to experience more joy, health and laughter as you sense the wings of Angels as they fly around every aspect of your life.

Angels Beliefs !

In many religions such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam, it is believed that between God and mankind there are intermediary beings, called angels. They are bodiless entities that perform certain tasks for God and are commonly thought of as the messengers of God. Angels are good spirits, unlike their counterparts the demons. They are usually portrayed as having a human form, being dressed in long, white clothes, surrounded by a bright light and with long, swanlike wings. They were portrayed thus by artist, often on Church command, to alert the faithful that angels are more than human. There are cases, however, where angels appeared as ordinary men and were mistaken as such (the story of Lot, for instance).

In the early stages of mankind, the belief in spirits was universal. The primitive man believed that there were no good or bad spirits. A spirit simply had powers, called manna, with which it could do either good or evil. With the emerging of Christianity and other major religions, the belief in these kind of spirits was condemned, and they became demons. The belief in angels and demons can be traced back to ancient Persian religion where there were two supreme beings: Ahura Mazda and his eternal opponent Angra Mainyu. The first represents good and the second represents evil. Both have followers and servants, angels serve Ahura Mazda, while demons serve Angra Mainyu. Here the distinction was first made between good and evil spirits.

In the Old Testament angels play a prominent role as the messengers from God. Also in the Old Testament the leading demon, Satan, is introduced. However, it was not until the New Testament that Satan was portrayed as Lucifer (actually Satan and Lucifer are two separate fallen angels), the first of the fallen angels to rebel against God. In the New Testament, angels are present at all the important events in the life of Jesus. Here, they became more than just messengers; they are portrayed as the agents of God in bringing judgment to the world.