2God created two worlds, a physical world in which we live, and a spiritual realm which is invisible to us.Colossians 1:16. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
3Heavenly Beings Cherub (Plural - Cherubims) Cherubim and a flaming sword were placed at the east of Eden to deny man access to the tree of life - Genesis 3:24There were two gold images of Cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant - Exodus 25:18-20Images decorated the ten curtains of the Tabernacle (Exodus 26:1) and the vail that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place (Exodus 26:31)David received a vision of The Lord riding on a Cherub – II Samuel, Chapter 22 & the 18th. Psalm
4Heavenly Beings Cherub (Plural - Cherubims) There were two gold images of Cherubims that stood in the oracle of the Temple that were ten cubits (approximately 15 feet) tall with a wing span of ten cubits (I Kings 6:23-28). They were carved from olive wood and overlaid with gold. There were also carvings of cherubims on the doors to the oracle and the temple (I Kings 6:31-35).Ezekiel saw cherubim in a vision – Ezekiel Chapter 10
5Heavenly Beings Seraph (Plural - Seraphim) The Hebrew word, seraph, is used four times in the Old Testament. It means fiery or burning one. It is used as an adjective most of the time. It is translated fiery twice in Numbers Chapter 21 to describe the serpents that God sent to punish the Israelites. It is also translated fiery in Isaiah 30:6 to describe flying serpents which seem symbolic of the treachery that came out of the land of Egypt.But in Isaiah Chapter 6, Seraph is used as a noun and is translated there as seraphim.
6Heavenly BeingsAngelFrom the Hebrew word Malak which means ambassador or messenger and Greek word Aggelos which means messenger.Most commonly known of the heavenly beings. Angels are mentioned at least 109 times in the Old Testament and 180 times in the New Testament.
7Angels Angels have names. There is Michael the archangel (Jude, Verse 9 and Revelation 12:7).We all remember Gabriel who spoke to Daniel and who also foretold the birth of John the Baptist to Zacharius and the birth of Jesus to Mary. While they probably all have names, they are not revealed to us. In Judges 13:18, the angel who announced the birth of Samson to Manoah, would not divulge his name saying it was a secret.
8Where did angels come from? Misconception – Angels are those who have preceded us in death.Angels were, as everything and everyone elsecreated by God - Colossians 1:16,17;Psalms 148:1. Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.2. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.3. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.4. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.5. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.Acts 12:And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.Galatians 4:14. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
9God created angels in spiritual form, they never were of the flesh –Psalms 104:4. Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:Angels were with God when he laid the foundations ofthe earth. Therefore their creation preceded man's –Job 38:4-74. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.5. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?6. Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;7. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
10The Spiritual Nature of Angels Misconception - According to Genesis 6:2, angels took the daughters of men for wives.Angels are spiritual in nature, not flesh, and they haveno need of marriage –Luke 20:35. But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:36. Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.Genesis 4:25. And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.26. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.
11The Spiritual Nature of Angels Misconception - Jesus was Michael, the archangel, come down in the flesh (Jehovah's Witnesses doctrine).Hebrews 1:4. Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.5. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?6. And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.13. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?I Thessalonians 4:16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
13Angels are spiritual beings with spiritual bodies Angels are spiritual beings with spiritual bodies. They seem to be able to appear as anything they want, or not be seen at all as in the case of Balaam in Numbers Chapter 22.If they are ever referred to as any certain gender, it is always masculine. They are described as men, which also would lead you to believe that they appeared as adults.There is no record of an angel appearing as a woman or an infant. Although angels fly, there is no record in the scriptures of them having wings.Zecharian 5:7. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.8. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.9. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.10. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?11. And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
14Sometimes, you wouldn't recognize an angel if you saw one –Hebrews 13:2. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.Other times they were obviously easy to recognize –Genesis 32:1. So Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.2. When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is God's host." And he called the name of that place Mahanaim.An angel appeared to Moses in a burning bush - Exodus 3:2
15They sometimes appear as men wearing white apparel –Matthew 28:2. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.3. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.(Also see John 20:12; Acts 1:9-11)Sometimes they carried a sword, like the angel waiting on Balaam (Numbers 22:31), the angel sent by God to Joshua at Jericho (Joshua 5:13,14), and the angel sent by God to Jerusalem (I Chronicles 21:16).
16Cherubim are very distinctive - Ezekiel 10:8. The cherubim appeared to have the form of a man's hand under their wings.14. Each one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, the second face the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.21. Each one had four faces and each one four wings, and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
17Seraphim are very distinctive also - Isaiah 6:1. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.2. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.3. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!“Revelation 4:8. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.9. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,John had a similar vision and recorded it in Revelation 4:8-9
18What do angels do?Misconception – We have guardian angels to keep us from harm.Jesus was the only man in the scriptures to have afull time guardian angel -Psalm 91:11. For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.12. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.(Also Matthew 4:6)Matthew 18:Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.John 19:For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.Exodus 12:46 - Passover lambI Corinthians 5:7 - Jesus our PassoverI Peter 1:Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,An angel warned Joseph of Herod's plans to kill the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:13). Angels ministered to Jesus after his temptation (Matthew 4:11), and as he prayed on the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:41-44).
19Angels are messengers. That's what the word angel means Angels are messengers. That's what the word angel means. The times that God sent angels to give a message or a sign to His people are too numerous to cover in this lesson.These births foretold by angels:Ishmael - Genesis 16:7-11Samson - Judges 13John the Baptist - Luke 1:5-13Jesus Christ - Luke 1:26-33Angels announced the birth of Jesus and directed the shepherds where to find Him (Luke 2:8-18). The archangel will announce the return of Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 4:16).
20Sometimes an angel was the bringer of death. That was purpose of the angel waiting for Balaam in as he was on his way do to what God had told him not to do (Numbers Chapter 22).God sent an Angel to destroy Jerusalem and the other cities of Israel when David sinned by number the people (I Chronicles Chapter 21)Herod was struck dead by an angel in Acts 12:20-23
21Sometimes Angels Were God's rescue squad delivering His people from harm. Angels led Lot and his family out of Sodom(Genesis 19:15,16).An angel saved Hagar and Ishmael from dying of thirst in the wilderness (Genesis 21:15-19).It was an angel that stopped Abraham from sacrificing Issac (Genesis 22:10-13).An angel protected Shadrach, Meschach, and Abeb- nego from the fire (Daniel 3:23-28).An angel protected Daniel from the lions (Daniel 6:22).An angel led Peter out of prison a couple of times (Acts 5:19,20; 12:7-10).
22Angels are God's army. Lead by Michael, they fought the Devil and his angles in Heaven (Rev. 12:7-9).They have chariots (Psalms 68:17).These chariots stood ready to defend Elisha from the Syrians (II Kings 6:17).One angel destroyed the Assyrian army (185,000 men) to protect Jerusalem (II Kings 19:34,35).
23Angels Have Acted As God's Burial Detail Deuteronomy 34:5. So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.6. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.Jude9. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
24Angels Conduct the spirits of God's People To Their Final Rest Ecclesiastes 127. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.Luke 16:22. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
25God's HarvestersAngels will be God's harvesters at the end of time (Matthew 13:39). They shall gather up the saints (Matthew 24:31), and take vengeance on all others(II Thessalonians 1:7,8).
26The Relationship Between Angels and Men Both were created by God – Colossians 1:16Man was created a little lower than the angels – Psalms 8:4-5; Hebrew 2:7Angels are “greater in power and might” than men –II Peter 2:11Yet it was man that God gave dominion over the EarthHebrews 2:5. For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.Psalm 8:4-8
27Angels will be judged by man I Corinthians 6:2. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?3. Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
28Angels, like man, were created to be servants of God Revelations 19:10They minister along side the “heirs of salvation” -Hebrews 1:13. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?14. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
29Men and angels are to obey God's commandments - Psalm 103:20. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.Ecclesiastes 12:13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
30Angels are not to be worshiped by men. Colossians 2:18. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,Revelation 19:10. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.Manoah mistook the Lord's angel for the Lord and was about to offer a sacrifice to him, but the angel refused - Judges 13:15-19
31Some angels have sinned and are under punishment II Peter 2:4. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;Jude6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.But we know of no plan of salvation for the angels.
32Yet angels are concerned about the salvation of man - I Peter 1:12. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.And there is rejoicing among them when one repents -Luke 15:10. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.