1997-10-04 - Angels
The Comprehensive Series, Part 11
Last week we covered the topic of eternity briefly. This led us to the sovereign government of God in which He created Heavenly beings ( Angels ) prior to creating the universe. Angels are mentioned 273 times in the Bible and they are a very large part of God's governing process. The word angel comes from the Greek, meaning "messenger." In this age we can know nothing about the angels through our senses, (sight, sound, taste, touch or smell). Angels move from place to place and are not limited to the tangible physical realm that we understand and that we live in. Truly what we can only know about them is what we read in the Holy Scriptures. Since they are very important I am going to list some scriptures about them along with some facts regarding them. Again I hope this part of my comprehensive Bible study series brings greater depth to your studies through the entire word of God. Amen
The following verses about the government of God is where we left off at last week.
Psalm 103:19-22 Jehovah hath established his throne in the heavens; And his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, That are mighty in strength, that fulfil his word, Hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless Jehovah, all ye his hosts, Ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless Jehovah, all ye his works, In all places of his dominion: Bless Jehovah, O my soul.
Angels Are Created By God
Psalm 148:2-5 Praise ye him, all his angels: Praise ye him, all his host. Praise ye him, sun and moon: Praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, And ye waters that are above the heavens. Let them praise the name of Jehovah; For he commanded, and they were created.
Angels Are Invisible
Hebrews 1:13-14 But of which of the angels hath he said at any time, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation?
Angels have Great Power
Psalm 103: 20 Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, That are mighty in strength, that fulfil his word, Hearkening unto the voice of his word.
We Are Not to Worship Angels!
Colossians 2:18 Let no man rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he hath seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.
There are Vast Numbers of Angels
Hebrews 12:22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels.
Angels do not reproduce but were all individually created By God. There are classes of angels -- good and bad. There are good angels that carry out His desires and will. There are bad angels or demons that work against God's will and do the will of satan. Angels also have grades or ranks and they vary in ability and power.
Michael is the chief angel to the Jews. - Michael means "like unto God."
Chief Angel Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Even Michael the chief angel could not match his power with Satan's power, but called upon the Lord .Jude 9 But Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing judgment, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Michael has angels under him and leads them as a great general leads his army: Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels going forth to war with the dragon; and the dragon warred and his angels;
Gabriel means "man of God " carries news is a messenger Gabriel appears before Daniel
Daniel 8:15-16 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, that I sought to understand it; and, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of the Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
Gabriel appears before Zacharias and announces the birth of John the Baptist and tells of John's calling and service.
Luke 1:11-19 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of altar of incense. And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: because thy supplication is heard, and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall be turn unto the Lord their God. And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to walk in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak unto thee, and to bring thee these good tidings.
Gabriel also announced the birth of Jesus.
Luke 1:26-38 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God. And behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren. For no word from God shall be void of power. And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
God knew of the angels that would remain true to Him. They are called "elect angels."
I Timothy 5:21 I charge thee in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.
All around us are the invisible angels that are ministering to those who are inheriting salvation. They do the will of God. I pray that this small scriptural account of angels enriches your daily study and will help you to behold wondrous things in Gods Holy Word. Amen
In His Service,