ANGELOLOGY

DOCTRINE OF ANGELS (Angelology)                                                      

 

INTRODUCTION:

Angels are a separate order of God’s creation, created all at one time, higher than the sphere of man, and for habitation in the spirit world as the messengers in the service of Jehovah.  They are not subject to man’s command. The word angel in both the Hebrew and Greek mean the same “messenger”  The Hebrew word for angel is “Mal-ak” and the Greek word for angel is “Aggelos”.  If we accept the Biblical revelation concerning angels then there can be no question about the existence of angels.  The Old Testament speaks about angels just over 100 times while the New Testament mentions them about 165 times.

 

Their existence.

The number of angels is “innumerable” (Heb. 12:22; Matt. 26:53; Rev. 7:11)

 

Old Testament:

Abraham ate and conversed with angels (Gen. Chapter 18)

Two angels came to Sodom (Gen 19:1  And there came two angels to Sodom)

Angels execute judgment (II Sam. 24:15-17)

Angel’s who deliver god’s people from harm (Psa. 91:1-11)

 

New Testament:

Angels ministry to Jesus Christ’s birth, life, resurrection, and ascension

Angels told Joseph that Herod was dead (Matt. 2:19)

Angels ministered to Jesus Christ in the wilderness (Mark 1:13)

Angels praising the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:13)

Angels sitting where Jesus Christ body was (John 20:12)

Angels tell men of the ascension and future return of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:10-11)

Angel appeared to Jesus in the Garden (Luke 22:43)

 

Distinct classes of angels.

Holy Angels:

Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Fallen Angels: Angels that left God (Jude 1:6)            Angels that sinned (II Peter 2:4)

 

Rank and order of Holy angels.

                        Cherubim (Ezek. Chapter 1 & 10) Living creatures

Seraphim (Isa. 6:2) standing and praising God

                        Archangel (Jude 9) Michael (the only one designated as an Archangel) fighting the devil

Archangel (I Thess. 4:16) Coming with Jesus Christ, the Rapture

                        Elect Angels (I Tim. 5:21)

 

God uses these angels as His messengers and helpers, as it pleases Him.  Lets look at some of the angels duties:

 

Employment of Holy angels.

Ministering Spirits to the heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:14; Psa. 34:7)

They worship the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:6)

                        They were with Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:43)

They rejoice in the salvation of men (Luke 15:7, 10)

 

Employment of Evil angels.

Evil angels or demons are those that sided with Satan (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:7-9)

War against the Saints (Eph. 6:12)       Prince of this world (John 14:30)

Jesus cast out demons (Matt. 12:22-29; 15:22-28; 17:14-20; Mark 5:1-16)

 

Organizations.

The mention of thrones, dominions, principalities and powers among the invisible things in Col. 1:16 implies rank and organization among the angels.

The Principalities and powers (Eph. 1:21; 3:10; 6:12)

 

Named Angels.

            Gabriel (Luke 1:19, 26)

            Michael (Jude 1:9; I Thess. 4:16; Dan. 10:13)

Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12) his name before he fell and became Satan

 

Angels generally.

The words angel or angels are found 295 times in the blessed King James Version Bible.

Angel 104 times in the O. T.    Angels 13 times in the O. T.

Angel 97 times in the N. T.      Angels 81 times in the N. T.

In the book of the Revelation, the words angel or angels are found 74 times, that is 25% of the 295 times the words angel or angels are found in the Bible.

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