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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Baby Angels Cliparts II

Facts About Angels

An angel comes from the Greek word, angellos, which means "messenger."

Angels are mentioned about three hundred times in the Bible. The first description of an angel appears in Genesis 16:7, the last in Revelation 22:16. The angel is portrayed at the beginning as carrying a message from God, and in the closing chapter of scripture as carrying a message from Christ.

ANGELS HAVE NOT ALWAYS EXISTED, BUT WERE CREATED PRIOR TO ADAM. Only four angelic beings are mentioned by name in scripture: Michael and Gabriel (Holy): Lucifer and Abbadon (Fallen). "And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created by Him and for Him." (Colossians 1:15, 16)

They belong to another world we know little about. The Bible tells much about what they did, but little about who they are. How long were they created before man? Exactly how many kinds of angels are there? If they're invisible spirits, then how do they sometimes become visible bodies? What is the purpose of each kind of angel?

There are a very great number of angels.

The Hebrew language had no word for "million", so when speaking of angels, they expressed a million as "a thousand thousands (which is a million) and ten thousand times ten thousand (a hundred million)". "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living god, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect." (Hebrews 12:22,23)

They spend their time serving and worshiping God.

They surround God. Because Jesus is God, they surround Jesus.

ANGELS LIVE IN CLOSE AND CONSTANT COMMUNION WITH GOD, CONTINUALLY PRAISING HIM. If man were the only creature giving praise to God, how little glory He would receive from His creation. "And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this for certain? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years,’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God: and I have been sent to speak to you, and to bring to you this good news." (Luke 1:18,19)

They have great power -- apparently more powerful than humans.

They are spirit beings, but may sometimes appear to us.

There are different classes of angels or heavenly creatures: Cherubs (Gen. 3:24, Ps. 18:10, Ez. 10:1-22), Seraphs (Is. 6:2-7), Archangel (Jude 9, Dan. 10:13, Rev. 12:7-8, 1 Thes. 4:16), and living creatures (Ez. 1:5-14, Rev. 4:6-8).

GOD’S ANGELS ARE HOLY (SINLESS) BY CHOICE. Angels are spoken of more in the New Testament than in the Old Testament. "For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:37,38)

GOD SENDS THESE ANGELS to watch over those of us who believe in Jesus Christ. ( Psalm 34:7, Psalm 91:11-12, Matt 18:10 )


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