Angels Help Us Fight The Demons, And We Need To Know About Them Too.Angelic activity.
Angels were the agents in the destruction of the cities of the plain (Gen. 19), an angel destroyed the Assyrian army (2 Kgs. 19), and angels were associated with the birth of Jesus (Matt. 2: 13, ch. 1). The "angel of the Lord" rolled back the stone from the door of Jesus' grave (Matt. 28: 2), and two were present at Jesus' ascension (Acts 1: 10). Angels comforted Jesus and Paul (Matt. 4: 11, Acts 27: 23 ff.). Angels shall accompany Jesus in the Judgment and shall separate the saved and the lost (Matt. 13: 36 ff.)
How about angelic activity today? There are some things we know with absolute certainty. For instance, angels are not to present another gospel or change Jesus' gospel (see "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," also in Archives) in any way (Gal. 1: 6-9). Hence, all the religions which are built on the claim of angelic revelation are wrong!
Two verses which are very intriguing relative to angels' present activity are: Matthew 18: 10, and Hebrews 1: 14. Angels are certainly interested in man (Lk. 15: 10) and some believe angels are presently active, in view of the foregoing verses. Hebrews 1: 14 does apply to this final dispensation (see Heb. 1: 1 ff.). Any believed activity, though, must be governed by the foregoing and presented in harmony with such verses as I Peter 3: 12 and I Corinthians 10: 13. More than this we cannot say (Deut. 29: 29)
There is absolutely no doubt that angels have had an active role and part in the affairs of man. Angels were involved in the giving of the Ten Commandment Law to Moses and are presented as escorting Lazarus to Abraham's bosom (Acts 7: 53, Lk. 16: 22). It is also undeniable that angels have a special interest in man's salvation (Lk. 15: 10). It is also apparent that Jesus' language, "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven" is teaching the existence of a special angelic connection between "these little ones" and angels (Matt. 18: 10)
For sure, any view regarding man and angels in any providential circumstance must not present angels as interfering with man's free moral agency, responsibilities, or acting inharmoniously with the gospel (Jn. 7: 17; Acts 2: 40; Gal. 1: 6-9, I Cor. 13: 8-10)
Angels are intimately woven into the workings of the Kingdom of God and into the core beliefs of the Holy Orthodox Church. Unfortunately, they have also become equally woven into the beliefs and practices of a lot of New Agers and spiritual syncretists—people who might acknowledge our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a "good teacher," as an ascended master, or as the perfect example of "Christ Consciousness," while revering angels as semi-divine guides, protectors, and energy sources. Angels are acceptable to them, while the message of the Gospel is not—possibly because angels can be manipulated to fit in with a spiritual creed that glorifies self-actualization and personal ascendancy, rather than submission, self-denial, and war against the passions.
Judeo-Christian culture has always had an affinity for angels. Unfortunately, misconceptions and misinformation about angels have crept into the thinking of the average Christian today. It is because modern religious beliefs do not retain an Orthodox view of angels that their true nature and purpose have become confused with kitsch refrigerator magnets and new age paraphernalia. You often hear people say things such as, "You're my cute little angel," or "She's an angel in heaven now." Somewhere along the line, the biblical nature and power of angels has became a caricature. For the record, angels aren't cute; they aren't little; and people do not become angels when they go to heaven. (Isn't it odd that so many believe people become angels when they go to heaven? No one seems to think unrepentant sinners become demons when they go to hell!)
The English word angel translates the Hebrew mal'akh, or "messenger of God." The Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament uses the word angelos, and the Latin Vulgate, angelus. Finally, a fusion of the Old English word engel and the word angele gave us the English word we know and use today. In all translations, the original understanding of the most basic purpose of angels has been as "messengers of God."
Angels are supernatural beings created by God—the first (or among the first) creation of God.
They are active spirits endowed with individual personality, reason, free will, and extraordinary intellect.
They are bodiless or incorporeal spirits who have no gender, but can take on human appearance in their interactions with man.
Angels are not limited by space or time, but neither do they possess God's omnipresence.
Because of their purity and single-minded devotion to God, their spiritual powers are superior to man's.
They are immortal and ageless, but their immortality is through the grace of God and not by nature; God alone is immortal by nature.
Just as angels had free will to fall, they have free will to achieve greater perfection and grow in virtue.
They are to be respected and honored, but never worshiped.
They are servants of God, and their very purpose is to serve His will.
Through these God-given powers, the angels are both messengers of God and active participants in His glory, bearing the very name and power of God. If that seems like an unfathomable concept, it should be. Our comprehension of the true nature of God and His Kingdom is so limited we've made the angels into "angelic" versions of ourselves, and therefore more humanly understandable. The opposite should be the case. By reflecting on the attributes of the angels we are, in essence, growing in our understanding of the attributes of God.
The seraphim, cherubim, and thrones together comprise the first hierarchy or first order of angels who exist closest to God, surrounding His throne and offering continuous praise and adoration. They have no direct contact with man, but are the first to receive divine instruction and wisdom which is passed down to man.
The Seraphim—the "flaming" or "fiery ones"—stand closest of all to the Creator. Their burning love for God allows them to exist before Him who is "a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29) and whose "throne was a flame of fire" (Daniel 7:9), and to pass that fiery love on to others.
The Cherubim—literally, the angels of "great understanding" or the "stream of wisdom"—possess the fullness of knowledge and transmit divine wisdom and spiritual insight to the world. In the account of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise (Genesis 3:24), we find the first mention of this rank of angels when the cherubim are posted at the entrance to Eden with flaming swords.
The Thrones. It would be silly to picture God the Father seated on the angels called thrones, but angels of this order are called the God-bearing thrones and have been given grace to carry God within themselves. They glorify and manifest God's justice to the world. As it says in the Psalms (9:4), "Thou hast sat upon a throne, O Thou that judgest righteousness."
The second hierarchy or middle order of angels also have no direct contact with man, but are the governors of space and the visible universe, including the earth. The Pseudo-Dionysius refers to them as the Holy Lordships, which "denotes a certain unslavish elevation, free from all groveling subserviency . . . ever aspiring to the true Lordship and source of Lordship." Their works are power, authority, control, and leadership.
The Dominions are given power over the lesser ranks of the angels. Indirectly they give power for wise leaders and good government, and the ruling of the passions and temptations.
The Virtues are not keepers of morality, but exhibit virtue as understood by the older meaning of the word—as power, virility, or valor.
The Powers are given control over the influence of the devil and act to limit his power and the degree of harm he can cause.
The third order exists in closest contact with humanity, and their activities deal directly with transmitting the divine qualities of God and His will to man.
The Principalities guide the soul towards divine service and cooperation with the angelic hosts in the world. They are the managers of earthly governments, nations, and all peoples, and they teach obedience and service to those in godly authority.
The Archangels, the great heralds of good news, are the most personable of the angelic orders, which may be a factor in their popularity. They have individual personalities and attributes, and most are known by name. Their role is to reveal prophecies, and to transmit knowledge and understanding of God's will.
The archangel Michael is undoubtedly the most famous of the seven archangels. He is called the archistrategos, the chief commander of the bodiless powers and the conqueror of Satan, whom he battled and cast out from heaven (Revelation 12:7–8). He intercedes for the human race and is the defender of the Faith. His name means, "Who is like unto God?" (Daniel 10:13; 12:1).
Three other archangels are identified personally in the Bible: Gabriel ("Man of God"), who was the angel of the Annunciation; Raphael ("God heals"), who is the chief of the guardian angels; and Uriel ("Fire of God"). The other archangels have been identified by name in Orthodox, Oriental, and Ethiopian tradition since the time of the early Church. In Eastern Orthodox tradition they are known as Barachiel, Salathiel, and Jehudiel. In another instance, the sword carried by the cherubim at the entrance to Eden is by legend identified as the archangel Jophiel ("Beauty of God").
Guardian angels are included among the angels of the third order. They act as witness, guide, and counsel to each of us during our life, and they will be present at the Last Judgment to give an account of the conduct of our lives. Too often we take for granted the awesome benefit God has provided us with the assignment of our own guardian angel. Our guardian angel is the constant companion of our life, and has no other desire than to help us achieve salvation.
Angels do not have human earthly features of gender, race and other human physical appearances. However they can use these features when appearing in human form. In other ways they can take the form of human beings once God allows them to appear in the earthly realm.
“The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels,” Luke 20:34-36.
Every time gender is assigned to an angel in the bible, it is male, with a “he, him, etc” male reference. Even fallen angels have such references. And the names we know of relating to some angels are masculine: Michael, Gabriel and even Satan the fallen angel.
However this does not mean that angels are male. Angels do not procreate (have children) and thus do not have characteristics that would give them gender attributes. The male gender references to angels are merely desc
Angels are very powerful, with superhuman strength including over the weather and the environment (land, water, air).
Angels cannot just exercise their physical powers on earth at their own will. They have to receive permission or request from God – whether God’s angels or fallen angels. When they have God’s permission they can fulfill astronomical physical events (good and bad)
“Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word,” Psalm 103:20
“My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king,’” Daniel 6:22
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose,” Acts 16:25-26
Angels are wiser and more intelligent than humans for two reasons. The first is that they have been alive since creation – over six thousand years. The second is that God made them more intelligent than us.
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ,” 2 Corinthians 11:3.
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve,” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.
However angels are not all knowing or omniscient. Only God is omniscient. For instance, if fallen angels were omniscient they would not have plotted the crucifixion of Jesus –bringing total defeat upon themselves.
Some people join cults including Free Masonry in order to understand secrets and mysteries of life. These mysteries are assumed to help them become more powerful, influential, prosperous, etc. They are able to yield themselves to Satan to the point of tapping into the spirit world to receive so called “secrets.” Many receive their earthly rewards BUT they end up loosing their souls to hell.
Smaller cults too promise worldly gain of power, wisdom, fame, wealth and so on. They claim to offer “secrets” that would make the recipient outperform others. Many cults offer charms and spells for business, for marriage/relationships, for politics, health, “wisdom,” and so on. Most differ in methods they use. The methods also differ for each area of “need.”
Angels have the ability to exercise their discretion and choice. That’s how Satan and other angels he convinced chose to rise up against God.
Having this ability of choice does not mean they also have the power to fulfill their wishes. Angels were created with limited authority.
If they had unlimited authority Satan would have destroyed this world long ago – if God’s angels chose not to intervene. Or on a better note God’s angels would have easily decided to capture all the fallen angels and put them away in a secluded area. This will happen at the end of time as God has decided.
So both categories of angels though having a will do not have the power to fulfill their wishes. God’s angels follow God’s orders and fulfill his will.
Fallen angels work along lines of their limited authority. Their authority is established where sin and violation of God’s will is established. It means the hedge of God’s protection has been lifted and they now have access to attack. Violation of God’s will, even in ignorance creates doorways for attacks from fallen angels.
“And that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will,” 2 Timothy 2:26
However even in situations someone is trapped into Satan’s schemes through sin or ignorance God can exercise his mercy and block Satan from lashing out his evil works. God can block Satan from profiting from the doorways. God’s mercy through Jesus is greater than his judgment (James 2:13)
They fight each other from the different camps - God’s angels verses the fallen angels
This is where the real spiritual warfare is waged.
“Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail…” Revelation 12:7-9
“The prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia,” Daniel 10:13
It is strongly believed, among many bible scholars, that Goliath died from an unseen blow of an angel. The sc
We’re forbidden from worshipping or idolizing angels even when God opens the spiritual eyes of any of us to see them.
The typical response was to fall on their faces in fear, awe and adoration when people in the Bible saw an angel. They usually appear glorious when God enables us to see them in their angelic nature.
“I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, Do not do it! I am a fellow- servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” Revelation 22:8-9
“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions,” Colossians 2:18.
Thus although it’s good to know about the activities and nature of angels it is not biblical to worship them, pray to them or to communicate with them in their unseen realm. Our focus ought to be on the Godhead: God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We’re to give all honor, glory, service and praise to God even over the work he fulfills through his angels. Angels are God’s servants working to fulfill his will as he pleases. We worship the Master not the servants.