Angels

21/06/2017

The role of angels

Revelation 12.7 : "And there was war in heaven, and Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought...."


Definition : Latin "angelus" means messenger to be heavenly intermediate between God and man. Angels are creations of God, His servants charged with executing His will.


Colossians 1.16 : "For in him were created all things that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, thrones, dignities, rulers, authorities, all created by him and for him."


Angels are not divine. They are heavenly creatures who worship and serve the Lord. They form the heavenly court of God and make him Glory. They are distinct from God with different functions. They play an important role in the visions and their missions mentioned in the epistles are numerous. Angels rejoice at the conversion of a sinner. They intervene in a service for the believers, in particular in the protection or to help us.


Revelation 7.11 : "And all the angels stood around the throne, and the elders, and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne, and worshiped God."


Men must not love the creatures of God. What can be heard about the "guardian angels" should not be diverted to idolatry. Like men, they are servants of God. They are not our servants, they are companions of service for believers reserved for salvation. Note that the angels who protect children continually see the face of God.


Revelation 22.8 : "It was I, John, who heard and saw these things, and when I heard and saw, I fell at the feet of the angel who showed them to me to worship him, but he said to me, "Make sure you do it! I am your fellow-servant, and that of your brothers the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Adore God." 


If the angels were divine, they would accept to be worshiped gold, they refuse to be loved because they themselves worship their creator: God. They carry messages to the servants of God and are probably engaged in an invisible battle with the fallen angels. The Word does not teach worship or even pray, the action of angels is reserved only for believers.


Hebrews 1.6 : "And when he brought into the world again the first-born (Jesus), he said, Let all the angels of God worship him."


They are spirits, distinct creatures endowed with exceptional powers. The Bible tells us about different angels with particular functions and figures such as: cherubim; the seraphim; the archangels. Their number is not specified, but is defined as: "myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands"


1 Peter 3.22 : "Who is on the right hand of God, since he went to heaven, and the angels, the authorities, and the powers, were subjected to him."


God is holy and the angels are not all powerful. The first damned angel was Lucifer (the bearer of light) because he had sinned in his rebellion, dragging 1/3 of the angels (the fallen banished from paradise) who had rallied his cause. Jesus Christ our Lord has never sinned by his holy nature.


2 Peter 2.4 : "For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them into the abysses of darkness and set them aside for judgment."


Angels are ambassadors of God. Although they are on another plane, these spiritual beings can make themselves visible and communicate in an audible way. They bring God's messages, blessings or curses. In some cases the Bible defines its appearance as "The Angel of the Lord".


Exodus 23.21 : God says of the angel, "My name is in him."


Angels are superior in strength and power to humans, they serve God and do not die. Angels encamp around those who fear God and tear them out of danger. It is a service for believers, it cares for us in all areas and protects us from harm.


Acts 5.19 : "But an angel of the Lord, having opened the doors of the prison by night, brought them out, saying," Go, stand in the temple, and tell the people all these words of life."


Angels can have various roles and missions. But Paul warns us against the tricks of the Devil because he can disguise himself as an angel of light. Paul warns us: "When an angel from heaven announces another Gospel than that of Jesus Christ, let him be accursed!" The scriptures affirm that our guide is the Holy Spirit, if a person claims to be in communion with an angel, not recognizing Jesus Christ made flesh as Lord and Savior, we can conclude that he is a deceiving angel, in other words therme: a demon.


Acts 12.23 : "At that very moment an angel of the Lord smote him, because he did not give glory to God, and he died, gnawed with worms."


Conclusion: angels are superior in strength and power to humans. They are not all-powerful, they remain submissive to God. We find in the book of Revelation twenty-seven different references to the activities of the Angels. They had an important role in the life of Jesus. These powerful spiritual beings are our protectors and companions of service by the grace of God alone. Angels are not omnipresent, omnipotent, or omniscient. They can not be worshiped. They remain inferior to Christ in strength and dignity. All our prayers therefore come back to the Lord of hosts, creator of the universe, in the Name of his only Son Yahushua! To him Glory and Honors!


Psalm 148.1 : "Praise the LORD, praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the high places, praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his armies!" Amen!