They like the wind, render themselves invisible [wind is one of the few things in the natural world unseen by the eyes of men]; so angels are one of God’s creatures capable of passing beyond the ability of man’s senses. A good example of this is, “And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses,” [2 King 19:35], The angel had moved unseen, carrying out the judgment of God swiftly and quietly serving as a minister of fire [judgment].

His ministers [angels] a flame of fire,” fire here, as most always in scripture, speaks of Divine judgment, and this verse as a whole informs us that angels are often the executioners of God’s wrath, “And the men [angels] said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it” [Genesis 19:12-13].

The angels have rapid speed, and they can fly, “Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time evening oblation,” being caused to fly swiftly touched me about the time of the evening oblation,” [Daniel 9:21]. “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven,” [Revelation 8:13]. We are told we will be as the angels. “For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

[Mark 12:25]. This means that we shall fly also.

I have always been envious of the birds being able to take wing and fly unhindered in the sky. I look forward to having the privilege of flying in the glorious abode of the saints, as well as enjoying all of heaven’s other amenities.

Angels appear to be ageless, because the angel of Gabriel that appeared to Daniel above, during his prayer is the same angel that appeared to Zacharias and Mary six-hundred [600] years later. See Luke 1:18- 27.

Angels have their own individuality as with Gabriel just mentioned, and Michael mentioned in Daniel 10:13 and Revelation 12:7.

The angels are ministering servants to the children of God, who are the joint heirs with Jesus Christ: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” [Hebrews 1:14].

The angels are not the heirs of God as the Children of God are, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ,” [Romans 8:17]. They are ministering servants to God’s elect; they are servants, not heirs as the children.

The angels are numerous: “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round, about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,” [Revelation 5:11]. The elect angels are innumerable; like the elect children they serve.

The angels excel in strength: “Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His Word,” [Psalm 103:20].

Angels don’t sing: we never read in the scriptures of angels singing. In Job 38:7 “When the morning stars sang together, and all the Sons of God shouted for joy.” These angels were there in the morning of creation. They are called the sons of God. They shouted for joy but they did not sing. In Luke 2:13-14, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” angels were praising but not singing praises. In Revelation 5:11-12, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and. the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands; “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” ‘Saying with a loud voice,’ but not singing. The privilege of worshipping in song belongs to the saints only. Only the redeemed “sing.”

The angel of God, refers to the Divine Word, The Son of God, the Uncreated Angel of God, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature: “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him,” [Colossians 1:15-16]. A few examples are, “And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou say anything unto him; for now I know thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” [Genesis 22: 11,12]. “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions mouth, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, I have done no hurt,” [Daniel 6:22]. “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God,” [Daniel 3:25]. The Angel [Son of God] appears here, as well as other places, in the theophanic form; that is God [Son of God] appeared in the form of a man.

There are evil angels. Satan is the chief of these: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, unto everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels;” [Matthew 25:41]. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.” [John 8:44]. He is king, “the prince of the power of the air; “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience,” [Ephesians 2:2].

At sometime in the history of the world these evil angels fell. They were ‘disobedient,’ “For if God spared not the angels that sinned but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” [2 Peter 2-4]. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day,” [Jude 6] “They kept not their first estate” or principality [margin Jude 6], but left their own habitation whatever this was these angels ‘left it.’ Whatever this may mean or imply, we don’t know, neither can anyone tell us. It was ‘their habitation’ they left: not heaven that is God’s habitation. We do not always understand God, but happy are we if we believe God, and we do not allow our human reason to cause us to disbelieve His Holy Word.

Satan and his angels are subject to Jesus, “And when he was come to the other side into the country of Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce so that no man might pass by that way. And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time”? [Matthew 8:28-29]

May God Be Merciful To Us All,

Elder Kenneth W. Clevenger Cameron, Missouri | Print This Page

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Volume 67 - Number 4 | April 1999