Angels

ANGELS—The creation of:

“It is generally supposed that the angels were created at the same time with the visible universe, and that they are considered as comprehended under the general name heavens. That the angels were created at some particular period, we learn from the testimony of Num. xvi, 22, and xxvii, 16, “God of the spirits.” (Heb. i, 7; Col. i, 16): “By Him were all things created . . . visible and invisible, whether they be thrones,” &c.

But that they were created on the first, or on any one of the six days, seem to be asserted (like most received opinions) with more confidence than reason, chiefly on the authority of the repetition in Gen.ii, 1:—”Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them “—unless we are to suppose that more was meant to be implied in the concluding summary than in the previous narration itself, and that the angels are to be considered as the host who inhabit the visible heavens.

For when it is said (Job xxxviii, 7) that they shouted for joy before God at the creation, it proves rather that they were then already in existence, than that they were then first created. Many, at least, of the Greek, and some of the Latin fathers, are of opinion that angels, as being spirits, must have existed long before the material world; and it seems even probable that the apostasy, which caused even the expulsion of so many thousands from heaven, took place before the foundations of this world were laid.”—{Milton}; Six Thousand Illustrations of Moral and Religious Truths: By John Bate; 1905.

The American Tract Society Bible Dictionary Defines “Angel”— “The original word, both in Hebrew and Greek, means messenger, and is so translated, Matthew 11:10  Luke 7:24. It is often applied to an ordinary messenger, Job 1:14  1 Samuel 11:3 Luke 9:52; to prophets, Isaiah 42:19  Haggai 1:13; to priests, Ecclesiastes 5:6  Malachi 2:7; and even to inanimate objects, Psalm 78:49  1 Corinthians 12:7. Under the general sense of messenger, the term, angel is properly applied also to Christ, as the great Angel or Messenger of the Covenant, Malachi 3:1, and to the ministers of His gospel, the overseers or angels of the churches, Revelation 2:1,8,12, &c.

But generally in the Bible the word is applied to a race of intelligent beings, of a higher order than man, who surround God, and whom he employs as His messengers or agents in administering the affairs of the world, and in promoting the welfare of individuals, as well as of the whole human race,

Matthew 1:20 22:30 Acts 7:30. Whether pure spirits, or having spiritual bodies, they have no bodily organization like ours, and are not distinguished in sex, Matthew 22:30. They were doubtless created long before our present world was made, Job 38:7.

The Bible represents them as exceedingly numerous, Daniel 7:10  Matthew 26:53  Luke 2:13  Hebrews 12:22,23; as remarkable for strength, Psalm 103:20  2 Peter 2:11  Rev. 5:2 18:21 19:17.

We are not therefore to put trust in them, pay them adoration, or pray in their name, Rev. 19:10 22: 8-9.

Though Scripture does not warrant us to believe that each individual has his particular guardian angel, it teaches very explicitly that the angels minister to every Christian, Matthew 18:10  Luke 16:22  Hebrews 1:14. They are intensely concerned in the salvation of men, Luke 2:10-12 15:7,10 1 Peter 1:12; and will share with saints the blessedness of heaven forever, Hebrews 12:22.

Those angels “who kept not their first estate,” but fell and rebelled against God, are called the angels of Satan or the devil, Matthew 25:41  Revelation 12:9. These are represented as being “cast down to hell, and reserved unto judgment,” 2 Peter 2:4.”—Original Sources 

Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Questions and Answers:

Q: How do angels differ from ‘man’? Angels are supernatural, ‘spiritual‘ beings who were created in Heaven by God, to do His bidding. They are ‘spirits‘ and do not have a ‘physical’ body, however, they can assume human form. God created ‘Mankind‘ on earth—from the earth, and in His image. The word angel actually means ‘messenger‘, or ‘agent’.

Q: Do people (young or old) become angels when they die?

Q:When we die, will an angel accompany us to heaven?) 2

Q: What is an ARCHANGEL? 2

Q; What is a cherubim?

Q: Are angels immortal?

Q: How do angels travel? A: Supernaturally—> instantaneously!

Q: How many angels are there?

Q: Do guardian angels exist?

Q: How many times are angels mentioned in the Bible A: 289

Q: An important question—Have you caused angels to rejoice?

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