Angels

Angels are mentioned many times in the Bible. In Hebrew and Arabic the primary term for angel is malakh, malaika, or malak meaning to send. Angels are known to be messengers. Angels are also known as celestial spirits. The Bible refers to the angels as the heavenly host. There are different orders of angels. Archangels are superior or higher ranking angels. There are three higher archangels who are commonly referenced in scripture, they are Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel. Their names are important. The name Michael in the Hebrew means, “Who is like unto God” or “Who is equal to God?” Michael has been depicted from earliest Christian times as a commander, who holds in his right hand a spear with which he attacks Lucifer or Satan, and in his left hand is a green palm branch. At the top of the spear there is a linen ribbon with a red cross. The Archangel Michael is especially considered to be the Guardian of the Orthodox Faith and a fighter against heresies.

Raphael means “God’s healing” or “God the Healer.” Raphael is depicted leading Tobit (who is carrying a fish caught in the Tigris) with his right hand, and holding a physician’s alabaster jar in his left hand. Jehovah has seven compound names which reveal him as meeting every need of man from his lost state to the end. One of these seven names is Jehovah-rapha, the Lord that heals. Gabriel means “Man of God” or “Might of God”. He is the herald of the mysteries of God, especially the Incarnation of God and all other mysteries related to it. He is depicted as follows: In his right hand, he holds a lantern with a lighted taper inside, and in his left hand, a mirror of green jasper. The mirror signifies the wisdom of God as a hidden mystery.

Cherubims are angelic beings or symbolic representations thereof, mentioned frequently in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament. The word cherub (cherubim is the Hebrew masculine plural) is a word borrowed from the Assyrian kirubu, from karbu, “to be near”, hence it means near ones, familiars, personal servants, bodyguards, courtiers. It was commonly used of those heavenly spirits, who closely surrounded the Majesty of God and paid Him intimate service. Hence it came to mean as much as “Angelic Spirit”.

A seraph or Seraphim, is one of a class of celestial beings mentioned once in the Hebrew Bible, Tanakh or Old Testament in Isaiah. Later Jewish imagery perceived them as having human form, and in that way they passed into the ranks of Christian angels. In the Christian angelic hierarchy, seraphim represent the highest known rank of angels. Isaiah (6:13) records the prophet’s vision of the Seraphim:

Isaiah 6:1-3 says,
I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and His train filled the Hekhal (sanctuary). Above Him stood the Seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.”

In the vision the seraphim cry continually to each other, ‘”Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.” The foundations of the thresholds of the Temple were moved by the sound of their voices.

So we know many things about the celestial beings. We know they were created and are of different orders. We are also told they are immortal and that they worship God. Angels are not to be worshiped and they so not marry. They are obedient to God and have knowledge and interest in earthly affairs. Angels are mighty, holy and innumerable and will be judged by men according to 1 Corinthians 6:3. Angels can take the form of men. There were many different functions of the angels listed in the Bible such as, guarding the tree of life and as a medium to the prophets. Angels are also known to be ministering spirits.

After the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the book of Matthew 4:11, we are told: Behold the angels came and ministered unto him. The angel of the Lord announced the birth of Christ to Joseph in a dream. The angels were present during the passion of Christ, also at the tomb and at the ascension. They will be with Christ at his second coming and they will be present at the judgment.

The Bible also gives reference to fallen angels in Job 4:18, Matt. 25:41, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 6, and Rev. 12:9.

Isaiah 14:12-16 says this in reference to Satan,
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations. For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee and consider thee saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?

In Isaiah 14:24 you will find Gods oath to Lucifer and his ultimate demise.
The Lord of hosts hath sworn saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand!

In conclusion, we know there are good angels and bad angels. God’s angels do his bidding and the devils angels will do his. God gave man the free will of choice, who’s ministering voice are you listening to? Will you spend eternity in heaven where the angels continually cry, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY to the Lamb or will it be with Satan and his fallen angels in pits and outer darkness of hell. Please accept Jesus now and listen to the host of angels, as they sing holy unto the Lord.