Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Angels-Flying Babies or Supernatural Bad Dudes?

Angels are Bad Supernatural Dudes Not Flying Babies

What angels are not-
Angels are not cute babies like on the package of Angel Soft toilet paper wrapper.
I saw an old ad for Angel Hair toilet paper.  I do not think angels would want their hair used for our modern use of toilet paper.
Angels are not uncle Bubba or aunt Claudine who died and now have wings in Heaven.
Angels are a separate order of creation.
Angels are supernatural bad dudes

                     Angels existence and function are told by the testimony of Christ-

Angels are listed in the Old and New Testament and many historic  ancient Hebrew texts.
Jesus Christ new and taught of their existence in Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.", and Matthew 26:53 “ Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” So angels are reporters to God and protectors when asked by Him.
In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus says angels escorted Lazarus from Earth to Abraham’s bosom (Heaven).
Luke 16: 22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.”

Even the Son of God received ministry from angels-
In Matthew 4 it records angels ministered to Jesus.  Matthew 4:11 “Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.”

                                   What or who are angels?

They were created before Creation time according to Job 38:6-7.
They had eternal existence after their creation.

There are “elect angels”.  These are God’s angels who remained loyal to the Father.
1 Timothy 5:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
21  "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality."

There are reprobate (doomed for eternity) angels who followed Satan in the fall and cannot receive redemption as they once were before the face of God but chose their doom in following Lucifer.
Revelation 12:4 “And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.  And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.”

The fallen angels will be cast into eternal punishment.

Matthew 25:41
41   “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;”

                            There are two orders of heavenly angels-

Cherubim angels guard and protect the holiness of God.

Genesis 3:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 “So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”
The description of cheribum angels were depicted in the statues of the two angels watching the mercy seat as part of  the Ark of The Covenant which held the stone tablets of the Ten commandments.
Exodus 25:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20  “The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat.”

Here is a description of actual cherubim and their physical movements.  Again these are bad dude supernatural creatures, not silly babies with wings on a cloud.
Ezekiel 10:15 “Then the cherubim rose up. They are the living beings that I saw by the river Chebar. 16  Now when the cherubim moved, the wheels would go beside them; also when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels would not turn from beside them. 17 When the cherubim stood still, the wheels would stand still; and when they rose up, the wheels would rise with them, for the spirit of the living beings was in them.”

Seraphim angels have to do with the worship of God before His throne.
They are described as having six wings.

Isaiah 6:1-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Isaiah’s Vision6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said“ Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,“ Woe is me, for I am ruined.  Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

Angels have an order in a military type of ranking.
They are bad dudes not babies with wings on clouds.
They are not effeminate creatures.
They appear as fire, and other supernatural descriptions capable able of great warfare.

Revelation 12:7 says "And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war," Yes the good angels won.

In 2 Kings 19:35 "Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead."
That is right. One angel in one night dusted 185,000 of the enemies of God's people.

At the birth of Christ when the Heavenly Host of angels came to the shepherds on the hill this is what was said Luke 2:10 "But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;" They angels were not there only to spread the message. The shepherds had to be comforted and calmed down to hear the good news in their realistic fear.

The shepherds had every reason to be "sore afraid". These warrior angels were life takers. Don't you know that Yaweh Himself had the greatest security detail ever sent as His Son, The Lord of Glory, The King of Kings, the Author Of Our Salvation was entering in to the world, birthed and incarnated to reclaim His world and implement salvation over the power of sin? All the powers of evil clamored for the death of this child.

So please stop thinking about flying babies, effeminate harp players when

you think of angels.

The Bible warrior angel is the kind I want my King to send in our distress and when loved ones and myself are in harms way.

Thank you Lord in your providence for the ministry of angels.

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