Angels are created beings. Therefore, it is GROSS ERROR to identify Yeshua Messiah as Michael, the archangel. Jesus Christ, who created ALL things, including Michael, is not called Michael, in heaven or on earth. Names of God are VERY important. Yeshua, Jesus, is Almighty God and Creator as well as Redeemer. Yeshua is not to be called Michael in any VAIN IMAGINATION.
No real Christian allows Yeshua, Jesus, to be called Michael in heaven or in earth. That is confusion, and gross error, to say the LEAST. There is NO OTHER NAME of the Redeemer that is acceptable to Christians. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Exo 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
At the name of Yeshua, Jesus, every knee shall bow. No knees will bow at the name of Michael. Michael would be as horrified, as Lucifer would be delighted, if men try to worship him. No faithful angel will accept worship. Lucifer and his demon fallen angels want worship. No faithful angel will EVER accept worship. Yeshua, Jesus, is worthy of, and always accepts worship, and the Father is glorified with the worship of His Son. To identify Michael as Jesus, is a lie of the devil. Michael is not Jesus. Jesus CREATED Michael.
The lie, that Jesus is called Michael, is embraced by heretic pseudo Christian cults such as Jehovah Witness Watchtower. However, though the Watchtower embraces this doctrine of devils, it is usually not easy to get them to admit this. If someone believes in a Jesus, who is Michael the archangel, he might just as well believe in Harvey the 6 Foot invisible rabbit for his salvation. Only God is eternal. But when God created angels the Bible never reveals. If the "us" in Genesis 1:26 is a reference to God's angelic court, then the angels are simply present at the creation; their origin is not explained.
ANGEL is a heavenly messenger who either delivers a message to humans, carries out God's will, protects God's people, praises God, or guards God's throne.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
If no one has ever seen the Father, then it must have been Jesus who appeared before the Old Testament saints. Often he appeared as The Angel of the Lord. (Theophany is a pre-incarnate appearance of The Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua The Messiah.)
The Angel of the Lord appeared before Hagar.
Genesis 16:7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
Hagar identified this Angel as El-Roi, the God who sees. The Bible identifies him as the LORD (i.e. Yahweh)
Genesis 16:13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
The Angel of the Lord appeared before Jacob.
Genesis 31:11: And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
The Angel of the Lord identifies Himself as God.
Genesis 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
At Bethel, this Angel identified Himself as the God of Abraham and of Isaac.
Genesis 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
When Jacob returned to Bethel, he wrestled with the Angel of the Lord.
32:24-28 And Jacob was left alone; and there
wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
(John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: UNDERSTAND - Israel is the name of the Family of God. Israel, are those who by the price of Redemption, of the Blood of the Lamb of God, and the Spirit of Adoption, have the privilege and power to call the Father of The Lord Jesus Christ, our FATHER. And, Yeshua, Jesus is not ashamed to call them brethren who DO the will of the FATHER in Heaven .)
Hosea 12:3 - 4 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;
Hosea identified this Angel as the LORD. (i.e. Yahweh)
Hosea 12:5 Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.
Jacob identified the Angel of the Lord as God.
Gen 32:29-30 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
The Angel of the Lord appeared before Moses in the burning bush.
Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
The Angel identifies himself as I AM.
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Jesus identified himself as I AM.
There are seven instances in John's gospel where The Lord Jesus Christ uses this PROFOUND PROCLAMATION of Who He IS, The I AM, Yahweh, The Lord of Hosts. The Jews Knew EXACTLY what Jesus was telling them. That He is, Yahweh, I AM, the Lord of Host, Almighty God, Creator as well as Redeemer, because they invariably took up stones to attempt to stone Him for blasphemy. We miss most of them in our English Bible, for the translators so often felt that it was necessary to add the word he. IT IS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK TEXTUS RECEPTUS. In one instance the words are translated It is I. But in every case the greek has simply Ego Eimi. I AM.. The Seven Great I Ams, Archibald Campbell, Christian Literature Crusade, page 17.
Here are the seven places where Jesus publicly proclaims that He is I AM. Note: The added words which should be in italics in your KJV Holy Bible are removed here as in the original Greek text, THE TEXTUS RECEPTUS, make the point more vividly.
John 4:25-26 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I AM that speak unto thee.
Using the words I AM, Jesus publicly proclaims that he is the Messiah or the Christ.
John 6:19-20 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, I AM; be not afraid.
After demonstrating that He had the power to walk upon the water, Jesus proclaims that He is I AM.
John 8:24 For if ye believe not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins.
Jesus declares that if you reject the truth that He is I AM, You will die in your sins. That is a polite way of saying you will be damned to the second death of eternal hell.
John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I AM, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
There have been many false Messiahs who would never think of dying for someone else. Jesus proclaims when He has been lifted up on the cross, then we will know that He is I AM. This is because Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would die for the sins of his people.
Isaiah 53:5-6 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (As Abraham PROPHESIED to Isaac, God will provide Himself, a Lamb. Genesis 22:8)
The method of His death is also significant for Zechariah told us that the Messiah would be pierced.
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
John 8:57-59 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Here Jesus CLEARLY proclaims that Abraham knew Him. He then says that He is I AM. The Jews UNDERSTOOD what He said that He is I AM. They thought he was committing blasphemy, and tried to stone Him.
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I AM.
The resurrection from the dead, is the greatest proof that Jesus is the I AM, that is spoken of in the Bible. Many false Messiahs have come and gone, they died, and their bodies remain in the grave. But Jesus is different, for He rose from the dead. He is seated in His glorified RESURRECTED body at the Right Hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; (Hebrews 8:1) ANY MESSIAH WHO DOES NOT BEAR THE MARKS OF HIS CRUCIFIXION IN HIS RESURRECTED GLORIFIED BODY IS A FALSE MESSIAH AND ANTICHRIST.
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
John 18:4-8 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I AM. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I AM, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I AM: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
When Jesus made His proclamation that He was I AM, His enemies fell to the ground.
Moses proclaimed that ONE Angel had the power to forgive sins. This angel possessed the name of God.
Exodus 23:20 through Exodus 23:21 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
Moses did talk to Yahweh face to face. Since no one has ever seen the Father (John 1:18), we have to conclude that he was talking to the Son.
Exodus 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.
The Angel of The Lord appeared before Manoah and his wife.
Judges 13:3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
The Angel said his name was Pilee, here translated as secret.
Judges 13:18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
That same Hebrew word is translated Wonderful in Isaiah 9:6
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Manoah identified The Angel of the Lord as God.
Judges 13:22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
Abraham also saw God. (Remember no one has seen the Father John 1:18!) He was identified as the Word of God.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I AM thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Abraham address the Word of God, as Lord Yahweh.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me?
The Book of Psalms Identifies the Word of God as the Creator.
Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made.
In the New Testament, the creator is also identified as the Word of God.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Revelation 19:11-13 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Jesus claimed to be the God of Abraham.
John 8:52 -58 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.
The Prophet Isaiah saw the Lord. (Remember no one has ever seen God the Father. John 1:18)
Isaiah 6:1-5 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
The New Testament declares that Isaiah saw Jesus in his glory.
John 12:37-41 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
Isaiah 6:10 says: Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Although Jesus appeared as THE Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, He is not an angel. Angels are created beings, the Son of God is eternal.
Hebrews 1:6-8 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let ALL the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Jesus is not Michael the Archangel. For Michael the Archangel and Jesus appear together in Daniel chapter 10.
Daniel 10:21 But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
It is Yeshua Who is speaking with Daniel. (Compare Revelation 1 with Daniel chapter 10)
10 Things God's word tell us about angels?
1) Angels are created beings, created by Yeshua Messiah, Jesus Christ. (Heb 1:2, John 1:3, Col 1:16, Eph 3:9, Phil 2:6, Heb 1:4,5,6,7,8,10,13,14)
2) Angels worship God and Yeshua Messiah, Jesus Christ. (Heb 1:6, Col 2:18)
3) Angels minister to Yeshua and His brethren. (Matt 4:11, Heb 1:14)
4) Only 3 angels have revealed names - a) Lucifer, Satan the devil who lead the worshipping angels who rebelled against God. b) Gabriel - leader of all of the Messenger Servant angels. AND c) Michael - leader of the warring angels. (Luke 1:19,26, Dan 10:13,21: 12:1, Rev 12:7, Jude 9,
5) Angels are under the authority of Yeshua, Jesus. (Matt 13:41, 16:27, 24:31, Mark 13:27,
6) Angels see God face to face. (Matt 18:10,
7) Angels do not marry or reproduce. (Matt 22:30, Mark 12:25,
8) Angels that are with Yeshua are holy. Angels that follow Lucifer, are demons, unholy, and hell is their destiny. (Matt 25:41,
9) Angel of the Lord, perhaps Michael or Gabriel, rolled the stone away from the tomb of Yeshua as the Spirit of Life in Messiah Yeshua brought resurrection life into the body of Yeshua. (Matt 28:2,
10) Angels today, are of 2 kinds, Holy - follow Yeshua in obedience to God the Father, and Unholy, - Demons, followers of Lucifer, in rebellion against Yeshua and God the Father. (Mark 8:38
MICHAEL (Mi' kihl) Personal name meaning, "Who is like God?" Michael is the Archangel who served as the guardian of the nation of Israel (Dan. 10:13,21; 12:1). Together with Gabriel, Michael fought for Israel against the prince (angelic demon principality) of Persia. This angelic Michael figures in much extra-biblical or NON-BIBLICAL literature. When the Father says OK Son, take charge, then Yeshua will stand, and tell Michael to kick them out. That is, Lucifer and his demon angelic followers who have still been trying to get the faithful angels to join in their rebellion. Lucifer and his demons were finished at Calvary. When they are cast out of heaven to earth near the end of the great tribulation, then they will know it for sure. They will come with great wrath, but the REAL Holy Ghost filled redeemed brethren of Yeshua will stand in God's power against them. Alleluia Yeshua!
In Revelation 12:7 Michael commands the forces of God against the forces of the dragon in a war in heaven. Jude 9 refers to a dispute between the devil and Michael over Moses' body.
The Bible Term "angel" is derived from the Greek word angelos which means "messenger." Angelos and the Hebrew equivalent, malak (which also means "messenger"), are the two most common terms used to describe this class of beings in the Bible. In general, in texts where an angel appears, his task is to convey the message or do the will of the God who sent him. Since the focus of the text is on the message, the messenger is rarely described in detail.
Another set of terms used to describe angels focuses not on angels as mediators between God and persons, but on God's heavenly followers. Terms such as "sons of God," "holy ones," and "heavenly host" seem to focus on angels as celestial beings. They worship God, attend God's throne, or comprise God's army. These terms emphasize the majesty, power, and/or acts of God.
A third category of heavenly beings is that of winged angels. Cherubim and seraphim make their most memorable appearances in the visions of Ezekiel (1:4-28; 10:3-22) and Isaiah (6:2-6). Cherubim function primarily as guards or attendants to the divine throne. Seraphim appear only in Isaiah's vision and there attend God's throne and voice praises. All three categories present us with heavenly beings in service to God. The text may focus on the service done or on the God served but rarely on the servants themselves. As a result we are left with a multitude of questions about the angelic host.
Many of the most common questions asked about angels have no clear answers in Scripture. The nature of the angelic host is at best hinted at indirectly.
Angelic Hierarchy suggests that a heavenly "host" (i.e. "army") must have order and that references to archangels (1 Thess. 4:16; Jude 9) and a special class of angels which has intimate fellowship with God such as the seraphim of Isaiah 6:2-6, indicate that angels are organized in a rigidly fixed rank system.
Scripture presents ministry as one of the most blessed of activities. And God himself is directly involved with humanity. Any hierarchy which serves to separate God from humanity by interposing a series of lesser beings should be suspect.
Angelic Appearance, or the appearance of angels varies. Only cherubim and seraphim are represented with wings. Often in the Old Testament angels appear as ordinary men. Sometimes, however, their uniqueness is evident as they do things or appear in a fashion clearly non-human (Gen. 16:7-11; Ex. 3:2; Num. 22:23; Judg. 6:21; 13:20; John 20:12). The brilliant white appearance common to the New Testament angel is not a feature of the Old Testament image.
Guardian Angels are referred to in Jesus' comment in Matthew 18:10 and some passages which assign protective roles to angels (for example, Michael, angelic prince over Israel, Dan. 12:1; angels of specific churches in Daniel 10:13; Acts 12:15; Revelation 1:20; 2-3) imply that a heavenly counterpart represents each person in heaven. This evidence is commonly used to assert that each individual has a "guardian" angel assigned to him or her by God. The term, "guardian angel," however, is not biblical, and the idea is at best only implied in these passages.
The difficulty observable in answering these and many other common questions is obvious. The cause of the difficulty is the assumption that Scripture reveals a complete angelology and if all the passages concerning angels are pieced together the complete picture will be revealed. A careful survey of the biblical text, however, reveals that no such fully delineated angelology is present.
Each of the various types of literature in the Old Testament has its own concerns, and angels appear in the texts in ways appropriate to each. Those books which narrate the great acts of God (Gen., Ex., Num., Judg., 1 and 2 Sam. and 1 and 2 Kings) contain numerous references to angels. In these books, especially at key points, God reveals Himself and acts on behalf of His people. Sometimes He does this directly, sometimes in the person of an angel.
Often the distinction between God's action and the angel's is blurred to the point that they seem to be the same. BUT THEY ARE NOT. God, Yeshua, Jesus, is CREATOR and redeemer. He loves His creatures. All angels, including Michael, are His creatures. All angels including Michael, bow their knee to Yeshua, Jesus. Yeshua is above His creatures. (Gen. 19:13,24; Ex. 3:2,4).
The angel's function as messenger or agent of God is acted out in terms of proclamation: revealing the will of God and/or announcing key events (Gen. 19:1-22; Ex. 3:2-6; Judg. 2:1-5; 13:2-23); protection: ensuring the well-being or survival of God's people (Ex. 14:19,20; 1 Kings 19:1-8); and punishment: enforcing the wrath of God on the wicked among the Jews and the Gentiles (Gen. 19:12-13; 2 Sam. 24:17; 2 Kings 19:35).
In the books of the prophets, angels rarely are mentioned. The most prominent exceptions are the heavenly visions of Isaiah and Zechariah. The reason for the absence is most likely that God is seen as acting directly in relation to His people, and the messengers of God in these books are the prophets themselves.
The books of poetry and wisdom are expressions directed from humanity toward God or from a person(s) to other persons. Thus it is not surprising that angels (who figure in God to humanity communication) play a very small role in these books.
In the New Testament, much of the pattern observed in the Old Testament is repeated. The majority of references to angelic activity are in the narrative books (the Gospels and Acts). The epistles include only some brief references to angels; several books do not mention them specifically at all. Hebrews with its lengthy contrast between Jesus and the angels is exceptional (Heb. 1:3-2:16). The Revelation of John in its visionary nature, apocalyptic style, and reference to angels is comparable to parts of Daniel, Zechariah, and Isaiah.
The basic tasks of proclamation, protection, and punishment are again the focus (Matt. 1:20-24; 4:11; Acts 12:7-11) while references to the nature of angels are very brief.
What is perhaps most remarkable is what the New Testament texts do not say about angels. The time period between Old & New Testaments, under Persian and Greek influences, had seen an explosion of speculation about angels. Angels (or comparable spiritual beings) in detailed hierarchies came to be understood by many as necessary mediators between God and humanity. Knowing the names, ranks, and how to manipulate these lesser spiritual beings enabled one to gain blessings in this life and attain the level of the divine in the next.
The New Testament texts contain no developed angelic hierarchy and does not present angels as semi-independent lesser gods. Angels are not used to explain the existence of evil, nor are they needed as agents of revelation.
Will a Christian this side of glory, allow anyone, to call Yeshua, Jesus, by the name Michael? I think not.
My friend Ron Wyatt, before he died, shared with me some of his understanding of angels. Following this paragraph are things that Ron shared with me about angels. Ron saw angels and spoke with them several times this side of glory. I do suppose the Muslim vandalism of Temple Mount would have killed him, or else he would have died trying to stop it. That is the greatest act of archaeological vandalism in 2000 years. The Lord obviously thought best to take Ron home to glory. We all miss Ron and praise the Lord for the discoveries that the Lord used Ron to bring forth. If you have not seen the video of the "Presentation of Discoveries" and especially the most recent video on "The Ark of the Covenant, " I encourage you to contact Wyatt Archaeological Research, 3413 Greens Mill Rd., Spring Hill, TN, 3714. You may also phone (931) 293-4745.
The following are things that Ron Wyatt shared with us about angels.
What is an "Angel"? The word translated to read "angel" means "a messenger", from "angello", to deliver a message. The angels of God are those created beings who do His will and bidding, as "ministering spirits", and "flames of fire" (Heb. 1:7, 14). PSA 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: We are told that the righteous have angels of God all around them to protect them and help them overcome evil: PSA 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. We are told that children have angels: MAT 18:10 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.
Sons of God -Angels? The angels "...neither marry, nor are given in marriage" (Matt. 22:30) which clarifies the common misconception raised in regards to "the sons of God" in Gen. 6:4. (Read also Matt.19:5, 6, 1Cor: 6:16, and 1Cor.15:39) Some people believe that the "sons of God" were angels who married women and bore children. But 1John 3:2 plainly tells us who the Sons of God are: "Now are we the sons of God..." This next verse shows that God has never called an angel His "son"- HEB 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son,... ?
The "sons of God" spoken of in Gen. 6:4: ...when the SONS OF GOD came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them,... were the descendants of Adam's son, Seth, for it was only through this line that men began to worship the Lord: GEN 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name SETH:... 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: THEN BEGAN MEN TO CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD. Or in other words "to call themselves by the name of the Lord." It becomes apparent that the Sethites, who followed the Lord, were influenced by the provocative dress and behavior of the female descendants of Cain (daughters of men), and married them. 2CO 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what
concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my SONS and DAUGHTERS, saith the Lord Almighty.
These texts clear up exactly who "the sons of God" mentioned in Gen. 6:4 were. Again, when talking about those who are resurrected at His second coming, Christ said: MAT 22:30 For in the resurrection THEY NEITHER MARRY, NOR ARE GIVEN IN MARRIAGE, BUT ARE AS THE ANGELS OF GOD IN HEAVEN. See also Mark 12:25. The very idea that Satan and other fallen angels could reproduce themselves is terrifying!
Satan is an Angel. At some point in time, before man was created, one of the angels, named Lucifer, no longer content with his position of highest among the created angels, wanted more, as is written in this parable about the king of Tyrus: EZE 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:...
While this passage is speaking to this "king", we soon recognize the absolute proof that it refers to Lucifer: EZE 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;.... 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth;... 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will BRING THEE TO ASHES UPON THE EARTH IN THE SIGHT OF ALL THEM THAT BEHOLD THEE. 19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and NEVER SHALT THOU BE ANY MORE.
We learn in Revelation that when Lucifer, or Satan, fell, he took 1/3 of the angels with him: REV 12:4 And his tail drew the THIRD PART OF THE STARS OF HEAVEN, and did cast them to the earth:...7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, THAT OLD SERPENT, CALLED THE DEVIL, AND SATAN, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
It is also here that we learn that the angels are also sometimes symbolically called "stars", as the serpent is said to have cast 1/3 of the "stars of heaven" to the earth. This sheds light on a few other passages where "stars" are mentioned - when speaking about "filthy dreamers" who "defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities", Jude says they are like: JUD 1:13 ...wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. Their fate is here expressed through symbolism. But in this next text, Christ plainly tells the fate of the wicked, as well as the fate of Satan and his fallen angels: MAT 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: It is interesting to note that the "fire" is here said to be "prepared" for "the devil and his angels", not men. This is because Christ died for ALL men, and had they all only accepted His free gift, none would suffer this fate.
But the "fire" is here described as "everlasting"- does it burn forever? Of course not - the word translated "everlasting", "aionios" means "an undescribed duration". Vine, in his "Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words" explains: "The use of `aionios' here shows that the punishment referred to... is not temporary, but final, and accordingly, the phraseology shows that its purpose is not remedial but retributive." The fires don't burn "forever"- they burn until absolutely nothing is left to burn. Remember Sodom & Gomorrah? JUD 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha,... are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Sodom & Gomorrah aren't still burning, yet they are an "example" of the result of the "eternal fire". It is ultimately cleared up in Revelation: REV 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH. The wicked people have "their part" in this "lake" which we learned from Christ, Himself, was originally designated only for the fallen angels and Satan.
Fallen angels who followed Lucifer in his rebellion are Evil Angels, or Devils, or Demons. The angels who rebelled, including Satan, are referred to as devils: JAM 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
These "fallen angels", like the faithful ones, have supernatural powers beyond our comprehension. Just as the good angels are ever working to protect us from evil, the fallen ones are ever working to seduce us with lies and seek to keep us from a knowledge of the truth. They also work constantly to destroy us physically, with illness and other physical harm:
HEB 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, that is, THE DEVIL;
It is Satan and his angels that trouble man, seeking not only to destroy him with physical death, but with eternal death. However, as powerful as all the angels are, they are all limited by God as to what they can do. He allows the fallen ones to do all they can to try to destroy man, but we can pray and in His time, His angels come to our aid. And we are assured the victory. In this next passage, we are told to put on the whole "armour of God"- yet the only "action" we are called on to do is in the last verse:
EPH 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 PRAYING ALWAYS with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
The angels, as God's messengers, are always ready to come to the aid of the righteous. And they will always victor over Satan: JAM 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Christ Sometimes is Called an "Angel" Christ is referred to as "the angel of His presence": ISA 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the ANGEL OF HIS PRESENCE saved them: in his love and in his
pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old; OR the "messenger of His covenant": MAL 3:1 Behold, I will send MY MESSENGER, and he shall prepare the way before me: and THE LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even THE MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts, and "the Angel of the Lord":
EXO 3:2 And THE ANGEL OF THE LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
We know that this is referring to Christ when we continue to read the entire passage: EXO 3: 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, GOD called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 6 Moreover he said, I AM THE GOD OF THY FATHER, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
This passage shows that not only was the entity in the burning bush called the "angel of the Lord', it was called "God", and "I am". The identity of "I AM" is firmly established by the words of Christ, Himself: JOH 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.
There are some serious Bible scholars who believe Michael, the archangel, to be another of Christ's titles. If you can pin them down, all in the Watchtower cult, a.k.a. the "Jehovah's Witnesses", believe that Jesus is Michael the Archangel. The name Michael, in both Hebrew and Greek means "Who is like God". He is referred to in Dan. 10:13 as "One of the Highest Rulers". Jude 9, Matt 17:2 and Mark 9:2 could possibly indicate to some that Michael resurrected Moses. There is no Biblical record of a cherubim or seraphim being used for raising the dead. Daniel 10:21 calls Michael "your (Daniel's) prince", or "One who has dominion":
PSA 145:13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy DOMINION endureth throughout all generations. DAN 4:3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his DOMINION is from generation to generation.
1 Thes 4:16, 17 and John 5:25- 29 tell us that at the sound of His voice "all that are in the graves will come forth... some to everlasting life... the evil to damnation". These passages show that at times, Christ is referred to as an angel, which is simply indicative of one of His Divine offices. He not only IS GOD, the SIN BEARER, our HIGH PRIEST, etc.,- He is the Messenger, in many cases, Who actually comes in Person to deliver certain messages. He is also the Leader of the angels, which is indicative of His office of Archangel, or "One Who is Leader of the angels".
Satan fell because: EZE 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:...
Eve fell because she allowed Satan to convince her that by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree she would become wiser: GEN 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
You and I will fall if we allow Satan to get us on an "intellectual" ego trip. Many so-called "authorities" would have us believe that unless we quote from other "versions" of the Bible we are NOT SOPHISTICATED. Do we believe that being sophisticated will exempt us from the final judgment?
Man on his own is No Match for Satan. Satan deceived one third of the angels: REV 12:7 And there was war in heaven;... 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,... and his angels were cast out with him. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth,...
Satan also deceived Adam who was created a little lower than the angels: PSA 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him?... 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,... Man was created Lower" than the angels, and through the years, we have degenerated to such a degree that science has demonstrated we now use less than 10% of our brain! We are INCAPABLE of withstanding Satan's deceptions by our own strength. We do NOT stand a chance against him and his devils unless we ask for help from the Lord. We are instructed: 1JO 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. MAT 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
ISA 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. If we allow Satanic people to deprive us of the accurately translated Word of God, we have lost the battle with evil. Many such "translators" may be "honest and sincere". BUT, the designers of buildings, bridges and freeways in Kobe, Japan "honestly and sincerely" thought their design would stand against earthquakes of 10 on the Richter scale. When put to the test of a 7.2 quake, they failed. When we are deceived and destroyed, does it help that those who helped in our deception were "honest and sincere"? Our true condition is stated here: JER 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
JER 10:23 O LORD, I know that THE WAY OF MAN IS NOT IN HIMSELF: IT IS NOT IN MAN that walketh TO DIRECT HIS STEPS. 24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
The Bible is filled with many references of "devil possession": MAT 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. MAT 9:32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. MAT 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. MAR 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
If we obey Satan and his angels, they take control of our minds and bodies: ROM 6:16 Know ye not, that TO WHOM YE YIELD YOURSELVES SERVANTS TO OBEY, HIS SERVANTS YE ARE to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
ACT 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
If we act upon the impressions placed in our minds by demons, they will shortly take possession of our minds. If we act upon the Godly impressions placed in our minds by the Holy Spirit and good angels, God will deliver us from our sinful natures and "write" His" law upon the fleshy tables of" our " hearts":
JOH 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
I JOH 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
There are now thousands of "Christians" who claim to be "spirit filled" and so they are. But, we must take care to discern (understand) by which "spirit" they are filled. The quickest way to determine one's loyalty is WHETHER THEY LIFT UP GOD AND HIS SON; or do they TRY TO MAKE US THINK THAT THEY, THEMSELVES, ARE SOMETHING SPECIAL? Do they SUBMIT to the UNQUESTIONABLE AUTHORITY of SCRIPTURE, or BELITTLE SCRIPTURE by THEIR OPINION or by TELLING some "EXPERIENCE" that CASTS DOUBT on the VERACITY of SCRIPTURE?
God will not allow Satan to gain control of the universe, but He did allow Satan to become the "Prince of this world": JOH 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. And he will fight to gain control over us.
Can you and I expect to see Satan for what he really is? YES! If, as most of us believe, Christ's coming is near, we can expect to see some of the most fantastic deceptions the world has yet to see: 2CO 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. The "Christian" world has long pondered the identity of the ANTICHRIST.
SATAN was, is and until his end (EZE.28:18,19) will continue to be the ULTIMATE ANTICHRIST. Is it likely that this most powerful of all the angels (Eze. 28:12-15) would go down to destruction in the fires "prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matt. 25:41) without playing his strongest deception?! NEVER! God did not direct Paul to warn us that Satan would appear on earth as an "angel of light" without reason. He also had good reason to warn us about: GAL 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
These things will happen! Are there people among us who are following the religious teachings of someone who claimed to have received the doctrines directly from "an angel from heaven"? YES. All Moslems and Mormons make this claim for their doctrines. Are their doctrines different than those taught by Christ and His disciples? YES. Will demons actively participate in the last great deception? YES- and not only that, we are told that many will "depart from the faith" because of these very deceptions! Read this carefully!
REV 16:14 For they are the SPIRITS OF DEVILS, WORKING MIRACLES, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
1TI 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS, AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS;
REV 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that HE MAKETH FIRE COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN ON THE EARTH IN THE SIGHT OF MEN.
Don't forget- Satan brought fire down from heaven before! Job 1:12,16. And he will do it again.
MAT 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
We must EXPECT Satan to appear as an "angel of light", and as the ultimate "antichrist", He will appear as Christ. Just imagine if you will- this magnificent being appears on the earth, speaking tenderly as we imagine our Savior spoke. He appears to heal the sick, although he is actually having his devils remove the illnesses which they originally caused. He speaks of peace and love, but something is amiss. He doesn't quite speak exactly what the Bible says, and tells the world that the Bible has been corrupted over the years- and he's here to correct that. He claims he is Christ. He looks like we expect Him to look; he speaks like we expect Him to sound, and EVERYONE seems to agree- HE'S FINALLY ARRIVED! Is it really Him? Wait, doesn't the Bible say He comes in the air, and the righteous MEET HIM IN THE AIR?:
1TH 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Shortly after most of the people are deceived into believing Satan is Christ, the righteous, seeing the real Christ coming in the clouds, shout: ISA 25:9 Lo, THIS is OUR God; we have waited for HIM, and HE will save us: THIS is the LORD; WE have waited for HIM, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Historically, it has been shown that those who claim to be serving the Lord, but are not, blame the true followers of God when Divine judgments fall. Remember the words of Ahab when he met with Elijah: 1KI 18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
Today, disasters are beginning to intensify. This shows that the true followers of God are becoming fewer, while those who give "lip service to the true God", are becoming more numerous. God would have withheld His judgments at Sodom if there had been as few as 10 "righteous" there. Lot's family and servants would have been well over 10, yet of these, only 4 left Sodom and only 3 survived.
A "belief" in the true God isn't enough: 2KI 17:33 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.
A "profession" of faith isn't enough: ISA 29:13 ...the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people,... for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
Why do we brings these things to your attention?
EZE 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live:...
EZE 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THE WATCHMAN'S HAND.