Angels, Part 1

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Angels, Part 1

We have spent a number of weeks learning about children in the Bible, and I trust it has been helpful. This week we turn to a new topic, “Angels.” We know that angels are heavenly beings superior to humans who serve as attendants and messengers of God, or as guardians for people on earth.

Angels appear in the Bible from the first book of Genesis to the last book of Revelation. The Bible is the best source of knowledge about angels. We will learn certain facts about angels from the Bible, for we know that there have been many myths and imaginary tales told about angels down through the ages. The image from Valentine’s Day is a typical example of the cherub, a type of angel, being mistakenly characterized as a match-making, cute little baby with wings and a bow and arrow. There are numerous and interesting accounts of angels appearing to individuals in Scripture. In the weeks ahead, we will look at some of these and gain a greater insight into their ways and their work.

The only angels who are named in the Bible are Michael; Gabriel; and Satan, the fallen angel. Satan has a number of other names, including the devil and Abaddon. Others may cite to the Apocrypha, where two other angels are mentioned: Raphael and Uriel. Looking at Michael, Gabriel and Satan, all three of these are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. Angels, in general, are mentioned in the Bible almost 300 times.  Now, maybe you have a question about angels, such as, “What are they like? Do we really have a guardian angel? Or how can we recognize an angel?” It is a subject that is not talked about often, but they do exist and have had an influence on many lives throughout history. Perhaps if you have a question about angels you would like to email us at allan@galcom.org or tim@galcom.org and we will seek to get you an answer. However, we will not deal with questions such as the classic one, “How many angels can fit on the head of a pin”!

There are questions about angels, such as, “Are there good and bad angels? How long do they live? What do we know about guardian angels? Do they actually fly around to different places? What was the greatest honour given to an angel? Are there different levels of angels? What is their main purpose? How many are there? Do they all look the same? What are their characteristics?” As we mentioned, angels are spiritual beings superior to humans in power and intelligence. In Psalm 8 we read, “For Thou hast made (man) a little lower than the angels…” The term “angel” actually means “messenger,” typically a messenger of God who does His bidding. Psalm 103:20 says, “Bless the Lord, ye His angels that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.” The appearance of an angel, or angels, most often produced shock, awe and fear in those who witnessed such a manifestation. Although, in some instances, they were perceived as regular human beings and only after the fact recognized for what they really were.

Well, there is a lot to learn about angels and I hope you will find these next few weeks informative and interesting as we delve into the Biblical truths about angels and how this information should affect our lives. Until then, may the Lord richly bless you as you walk with Him.

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