Ghost Stories (Week 4)
Who are Angels?
Angels are created spirit beings, Cf. Genesis 2:1; Hebrews 1:13-14
Have intelligence, Cf. 1 Peter 1:12
Have emotions, Cf. Luke 15:10
Have will, Cf. Jude 6
What do Angels look like?
Although they do not have physical bodies, they have the ability to take human form. Cf. Genesis 19:1-19; Joshua 5:13-14; Mark 16:5
The look of them brought fear. Cf. Luke 2:8-10; Matthew 28:2-5
They are described as having wings. Cf. Exodus 25:20; Isaiah 6:2; Ezekiel 1:6
Types of Angels:
Cherubim/cherubs are involved in the worship and praise of God. Cf. Genesis 3:24; Psalms 80:1; 99:1; 1 Samuel 4:4
Seraphim (Hebrew, fiery, burning ones) are associated with the prophet Isaiah's vision and are used as instruments of judgement. Cf. Isaiah 6:1-7; Numbers 21:6-8; Deuteronomy 8:15
Michael and Gabriel
Michael the archangel is described as a warrior angel who engages in spiritual combat. The word archangel means “angel of the highest rank.” Cf. Daniel 10:13; 12:1; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7
Gabriel’s name means “God is great.” He is a messenger who was entrusted to deliver several important messages on God’s behalf. Cf. Daniel 8:16; Luke 1:19, 26-38
Purpose of Angels:
Worship and praise God, Cf. Psalm 148:1-2; Isaiah 6:3; Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:8-13
Serve God, Cf. Psalm 103:20; Revelation 22:9
Instruments of God's judgments, Cf. Revelation 7:1; 8:2
Observe mankind, Cf. 1 Corinthians 4:9; 11:10; Ephesians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:12
Reveal information, Cf. Acts 7:52-53; Luke 1:11-20
Aid in leading people to salvation in Christ, Cf. Acts 8:26; 10:3
Help and protect people, Cf. Genesis 21:17-20; Daniel 6:20-23; 1 Kings 19:5-7; 2 Kings 6:13-17; Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 16:22; Acts 8:26; 12:5-10 [led Peter out of prison]; 27:23-24; Hebrews 1:14
Hebrews 1:4, 6
4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
What is our purpose?
Colossians 2:18 Let no one cheat reward, taking delight in false humility and worship you of your of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind
Cf. Revelation 22:6-9
6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”