Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Truth About Angels


Angels have become very popular in our culture.  The common picture of an angel is usually a beautiful female, dressed in lovely robes and of course having wings.  People rely on their “Guardian Angel” for protection.  Some even worship them and pray to them.  But what does the bible say about angels?  Some people may be disappointed when they learn the truth about angels.  Here are a few myths busted by using a KJV bible – God’s holy word.  And since He created them, I guess He knows the truth about them.

Myth 1

 All angels are “good”.  Not so.  Evil angels exist and are at work in the world today.  Satan was the most beautiful of the angles and took 1/3 of them from heaven.   

 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
King James Version (KJV)
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Myth 2

  Angels are female.  Not so.  Every reference to an angel in the Bible refers to angels as a man.  They appear as men to most people and have male names. (angels can also appear as other items too)

Luke 1:10-12
King James Version (KJV)
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

Luke 1:27-29
King James Version (KJV)
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

Acts 12:6-8
King James Version (KJV)
And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

 Genesis 16

And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

Genesis 22:10-12 (King James Version)


11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

And the ass saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
 Myth 3

Angels have wings.  No mention of this at all.  They just suddenly appear.  Seraphim and Cherubs have wings-not angels.

mentioned in Isa. 6:2, 3, 6, 7. This word means fiery ones, in allusion, as is supposed, to their burning love. They are represented as "standing" above the King as he sat upon his throne, ready at once to minister unto him. Their form appears to have been human, with the addition of wings.

a word signifying, both in the Hebrew and Greek, a "messenger," and hence employed to denote any agent God sends forth to execute his purposes.
But its distinctive application is to certain heavenly intelligences whom God employs in carrying on his government of the world. The name does not denote their nature but their office as messenger  These superior beings are very numerous.  As to their nature, they are spirits (Heb. 1:14), like the soul of man, but not incorporeal.  As finite creatures they may fall under temptation; and accordingly we read of "fallen angels." Of the cause and manner of their "fall" we are wholly ignorant. We know only that "they left their first estate"  They are possessed of superhuman intelligence and power  They are not to be worshipped

plural cherubim, the name of certain symbolical figures frequently mentioned in Scripture.
And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
Exodus 25:19-21 (in Context) Exodus 25 (Whole Chapter) Other

And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

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.

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
 Myth 4

 Angels come to us today.  Evil angels may be but God’s angels do not.  They cannot be told apart.  We just have to use scripture to know God does not use angels today.  They are His messengers to the Jews.  We do not need them.  We can go boldly to the throne through Jesus to the Father.  Romans through Philemon are the books directly to believers today-the church the body of Christ.  Few references to angels at all in Paul’s epistles. Paul, who is the Apostle to us, gives a warning:

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.