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Angels 2017-01-16T01:41:46+00:00

Angels

image1Angels are from higher dimensions and do not incarnate into matter. They are like creator’s messengers and healers. They will always come when asked and help to heal you and send you love. As they come from higher dimensions of love and light they are unable to really feel and understand what it is to be human. They can send us love and healing and help to guide us through certain periods of life. They are essential when it comes to spiritual work as they send vital light and love to help heal our energy bodies, activate the light body and repair its structures. Without their help spiritual transformation would be extremely slow if possible at all.

An angel is a pure spirit created by God. The Old Testament theology included the belief in angels: the name applied to certain spiritual beings or intelligences of heavenly residence, employed by God as the ministers of His will.

The English word “angel” comes from the Greek angelos, which means ‘messenger’. In the Old Testament, with two exceptions, the Hebrew word for “angel” is malak, also meaning ‘messenger’. The prophet Malachi took his name from this word. He was himself a messenger, and he prophesied about the coming of “the messenger of the covenant”, Jesus Christ

The Creator Himself is so powerful and glorious that He cannot be approached in person by human beings. He alone “hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto: whom no man hath seen, nor can see. Angels do not have man’s shortcomings, and can therefore act for God and represent Him when communicating with men and women. They bridge the huge gap between the holiness and perfection of God in heaven and the shortcomings of dying people on this planet. Angels were made immortal (that is, never to die).

An angel is a primarily spiritual being found in various religions and mythologies. In Aimage2brahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding influence. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God’s tasks. The term “angel” has also been diverse to various notions of spirits or figures found in many other religious traditions

God bestowed upon angels great wisdom, freedom, and power and their many appearances in the New Testament are indication of the lead role assigned to them. Both the New Testament and Old Testament refer also to the fallen angels. The Temptation of Adam and Eve presupposes the existence of bad spirits or demons that were cast into hell from which they have no hope of redemption. Angels are purely spiritual or bodiless persons, some of whom behold the face of God and thus are in bliss.

These spiritual beings comprise the celestial court and are called angels (from the Greek for “messenger”) because, according to the Bible, they carry out missions at God’s command. In order to complete these missions, they can at times assume bodily form. According to the Bible, their missions are sometimes of great importance – e.g., the Annunciation.

Like us, the angels are the objects of God’s grace and love. But because, unlike us they are non-bodily creatures, their response to God’s love did not require time and reflection to grow and mature. As soon as they were created and received grace, they had the opportunity to respond to God’s love and thus be welcomed into bliss. While many did so, some did image3not. Perhaps the most significant continuing activity of the good angels is to be the agents of God’s particular providence for mankind.

The Bible says that they are created beings. They were created by God to be angels. They are not people that have ‘become’ angels. Like the rest of creation, they were made by and for Jesus to glorify and praise God.

The Bible also says that angels were created before the earth and they might well have actually had an active part in the creation of the earth. They were certainly excited about it.

God’s angels live in heaven with God and belong to Him. On several occasions, Jesus refers to angels as belonging to God and being in heaven.

There are lots of them! Jesus describes being able to call on 144,000 angels and twice over 100 million angels are described as worshipping God in heaven.

A legion in the Roman army was made up of 12,000 soldiers. So being able to call on 12 legions of angels meant a lot! Ten thousand times ten thousand equals 100 million, but also in the Greek language, at the time these verses were written, ten thousand was the largest number you could have. So ten thousand times ten thousand was a number so big that you couldn’t really imagine it!

Angels are ‘spirit’ beings and don’t have bodies as we think of them. They also seem to be a higher level of creation than man (on earth).image4

Angels are also described as being like winds and fire. In fact, both the Hebrew and G
reek words for ‘spirit’ can also mean ‘breath’ or ‘wind’.

But this doesn’t mean that they are ‘wish washy float’ things! They have thoughts, intelligence (they can speak God’s heavenly language as well as the languages of earth) and emotions.

Angels don’t die, marry or pro-create so, they were probably all created at the same time.

God’s angels also know their rightful place, as created beings of God. They exist to wors
hip and serve God – not be worshipped themselves.

Angels do have free will to make their own choices. Towards the beginning of creation, one of the highest ranking angels, Lucifer – also now known as Satan or ‘The Devil’ rebelled against God and decided he wanted God’s power. There was a great battle and Lucifer and his followers (about a third of all the angels) lost, were punished and thrown out of heaven. They now work against God and his holy angels to try and stop people knowing God.

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Angels (and the ‘fallen’ angels) are not normally ‘visible’ to our eyes. It may be that they can choose to reveal themselves to us (or when God allows us to see them).

Having said that, angels, if allowed by God, can also appear as ‘normal’ men, as described in the Bible when Abraham and his nephew Lot were visited by ‘men’.

Another example is at the empty tomb when Jesus was raised from the dead.

They don’t all have wings! Only certain types of angelic/heavenly beings are described as having wings. Angels also don’t know everything and can’t be everywhere. They serve God and follow his commands.

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As well as being under God’s control we’re told in the Bible, that in heaven Christians will actually judge angels.

But remember that’s only in heaven: we can’t tell them what to do here on earth. The best way of knowing what angels are like here, is by knowing there and our creator, God. And the only way to know God is through Jesus, the Son of God.

The angels often reveal themselves to us with the help of images that we can later on interpret with our rational minds. But in order to be able to perceive the messages we receive from the angelic realms, we need a clear focus of the intuition. We need to be able to read the signs by filtering them with the help of reason and by decoding them.

There are different types of angels with specific tasks. For example a certain group of angels play a huge role in pregnancy and birth. If you tune into a pregnant woman with your Third Eye you will see and feel a huge amount of gold light around her which is the light of these angels. Incarnation into matter is a very hard process for the incoming spirit and these angels are vital for the process.

In the last 20 years a huge number of angels and other beings have begun to help with our spiritual awakening and transformation. Prior to this it was far more difficult to make real progress as the energies needed to transform and activate our energy bodies image6were not here for us. Twenty years ago it was extremely hard for an experienced meditator to have a past life experience. They would have to meditate away from the city for days and have the help of a connector before an experience could occur. Now with the help of so many angels and other beings it has become very easy for even a total beginner to have a past life experience first go. For centuries, most cultures and religions have been fascinated with the concept of angels. They are described by a multitude of religious faiths and cited in many spiritual doctrines. The angels are commonly known as “beings of light” because of their awe-inspiring purity and power. A hierarchy exists within the angel realm. The Archangels are of the highest order, closest to God. The angel you are assigned at birth is an Archangel, however; many different angels work with you throughout your life. In addition, personal spirit guides are often referred to as angels.

Angels are here to help us bring goodness, peace, compassion and hope into our lives. They are pure love, and they remind us that in everyone there exists love. As divine helpers, they act by delivering messages or helping us when in need.

It has been said that the angel’s purpose is to be there when we face critical junctures in our lives. Angels guide us through our challenges and help us to navigate a smoother path. They do not take on all of our
burdens and problems and make them disappear. They guide us toward a certain direction, but ultimately we must choose for ourselves which direction to take.

For centuries, most cultures and religions have been fascinated with the concept of angels. They are described by a multitude of religious faiths and cited in many spiritual doctrines. The angels are commonly known as “beings of light” because of their awe-inspiring purity and power. A hierarchy exists within the angel realm. The Archangels are of the highest order, closest to God. The angel you are assigned at birth is an Archangel, however; many different angels work with you throughout your life. In addition, personal spirit guides are ofteimage7n referred to as angels.

Angels are here to help us bring goodness, peace, compassion and hope into our lives. They are pure love, and they remind us that in everyone there exists love. As divine helpers, they act by delivering messages or helping us when in need.

It has been said that the angel’s purpose is to be there when we face critical junctures in our lives. Angels guide us through our challenges and help us to navigate a smoother path. They do not take on all of our burdens and problems and make them disappear. They guide us toward a certain direction, but ultimately we must choose for ourselves which direction to take.

The angels often reveal themselves to us with the help of images that we can later on interpret with our rational minds. But in order to be able to perceive the messages we receive from the angelic realms, we need a clear focus of the intuition. We need to be able to read the signs by filtering them with the help of reason and by decoding them. They are very varied activities and, as we’ll see, they can sometimes overlap.

God’s Messengers

The word angel means ‘Messenger’ so, not surprisingly, many times in the Bible, God chooses angels to take his message to people.

Probably the most famous time that angels were God’s messenger was when they were used to announce the coming of Jesus into the world – both at his birth and to tell Jesus’ friends that he had come back to life.

The job of telling Mary that she would have a very special baby went to God’s chief messenger, the angel Gabriel.

We’re not told the names of the angels that told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus, or those who announced the resurrection of Jesus, but they also had great messages to tell the world.

The angels opening words ‘Do not be Afraid’ seem to be a common opening greeting from angels when they are bringing good or comimage8forting news.

In many other places in the Bible, angels are used to help God tell his message. In the Old Testament, angels have a part at the two most occasions in the creation of Jewish (and so also the Christian) faith.

In the New Testament, angels help to bring Jesus’ followers to people who don’t know about Jesus. They also can sometimes bring people to Jesus’ followers.

An angel also gives comfort and reassurance to Paul, one of the important early Christians, when he was on his way to Rome to face trail, but got caught in a violent sea storm.

But like all messengers, angels don’t just bring good news to people. In the Bible we see those bringing messages of warnings, telling of judgments and even carrying out the judgments.

In the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah two angels, who appear to have looked like normal men (albeit very handsome and attractive), warn Lot and his family of them judgment and destruction of the cities and help them escape. But the cities, and all the other inhabitants, are still destroyed by God. The story also gives a warning about looking back at what might have been.

One King Herod, who ruled Israel under the Roman occupation and who also opposed God and the early Christians, was judged for speaking too proudly and it was an angel who carried out the judgment.

In the final book of the Bible, Revelation (and a book that features lots of angels!), on many occasions angels are seen carrying out God’s judgment on His behalf.

Some of those scenes seem confusing and scary, and they are! But through them all, angels obey and work for God and God alone.image9

They also show that angels are powerful spiritual creatures, very capable of fulfilling another of their roles as God’s mighty Warriors.

God’s Mighty Warriors 

As we’ve seen above, angels aren’t just nice, kindly beings; they are also the mighty and powerful warriors of God. In fact there’s a dramatic description of a war in the spiritual realm between the Archangel Michael and God’s angels and his rebellious angelic followers.

Sometimes Michael is pictured in art wearing medieval style armor, showing that he is a warrior. There are other times in the Bible when angels are described like an army or with swords, ready for battle.

And sometimes it’s not always the people that see the angels to start with.

Elsewhere in the Bible, angels are described as being at war with spiritual forces that are against them and God.

In the Jewish religion, Michael is the angel of Israel and is referred to as ‘Your Prince’ (because Daniel was a Jew).

This passage also suggests that other angels also have responsibility for different geographical areas. But not all these ‘area’ angels are the holy angels of God, some – rebellious angels that now follow the Devil and his evil plans – control areas to image10try and stop God and his followers. The ‘prince of the Persian kingdom’ attempted to stop an angel of God visiting Daniel for three weeks! But Michael came and helped his fellow angel. These angels then went back and fight the ‘prince of Persia’ again and the ‘prince of Greece’ (one of God’s angels) would come and watch over Daniel and his work.

In the book of Ezekiel, in the Bible, the Devil/Satan/Lucifer is called ‘The King of Tyra’ (an ancient city in what is now Lebanon), showing that he had influence over the ruler of that country during that time.

Angels (both good and evil) have influence over areas and their leaders today.

One of the early Christian writers, Paul, reminds us of this ongoing spiritual battle and that Christians have the ‘Armor of God’ to protect them and help them in this fight. We’ve seen that angels are involved in life here on Earth, but they also like watching events on earth as they happen! We’re told in the Book of Job, in the Bible, that angels saw creation and have been watching ever since.

As well as watching creation, they also watch people; it seems that we’re fascinating to them. Paul describes the angels watching people like we would watch a sports event at a large stadium, or in the ‘Roman Arena’.

Angels also really celebrate when someone becomes a Christian and accepts Jesus into their life.

As well as this ‘general’ watching, it seems that there might be special ‘watching’ class of angel. Angels described as ‘watchers’ are mentioned only once in the Bible in a dream/vision of the Babylonian King that was interpreted by Daniel, a Jewish prophet. The word used for ‘watcher’ comes from the Hebrew for ‘to be watchful’ or ‘on the watch’. It’s a positive, active word or action, not just simply observing. It also describes them in plurimage12al, so there’s more than one.

Some people think that these ‘watcher’ angels could be Cherubim/Cherubs as they are described as covered with eyes, which would be very useful for watching.

So angels have been watching the history of the earth unfold, since the dawn of creation. However, they don’t know what’s going to happen or when Jesus will return to the earth.

Praising and Worshipping God

In the Bible, perhaps the biggest and most important role for angels is praising and glorifying God.

There’s a description of over 100 million angels praising God in Heaven.

Angels we’re also there celebrating the Birth of Jesus. It doesn’t say how many, only a ‘great company of the heavenly host’, but that might have been 100 million.

So for angels, praising God is very important. In fact, in the Psalms we’re told that not only angels, but all of creation (that’s also you and me!) is to praise God.

Guardian Angels

Perhaps the most famous role of angels is as ‘Guardian Angels’. This seems to be a ‘normal’ duty of angels in the Bible – not a big and special role. Several times in the Bible, angels are seen as guardians/protectors and comforters. In these two accounts, the angel gives support and encouragement to Hagar and Elijah.

image13In one famous Bible story, again an angel offers support, and something a lot more, as Daniel is saved from starving lions.

The impact of the work of the angel was so great that it changed the view of an extremely powerful King!

On a couple of occasions in the Bible, angels break Christians out of Jail.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that everyone has a ‘personal guardian angel’. In fact, the Bible seems to suggest that angels are primarily involved with the protection of Christians (‘those who will inherit salvation’ and ‘those who fear him’).

There are only a couple of verses in the Bible that suggests ‘personal’ angels. One seems to be doing with children.

It’s thought that this verse is about angels having a duty of care for ALL children. In the Jewish religion and culture there is an ‘age of accountability’ when children become ‘adults’ and responsible for their own decisions and actions. This is also known as the ‘Bar or Bat Mitzvah’ (which means ‘one to whom the commandments apply’) and is between the ages of 12 and 13.

It is thought that ALL children ‘belong to God’ until this age – when they can decide for themselves whether to follow God or not. During this time, angels have a duty of care over them. You’ll see from the verse that the angels are still in heaven during this time, not here on earth and it doesn’t say that it’s ‘one angel per person’!
The Bible describes what some angels look like but certainly not all of them.

Much more detail is given to certain types of angels than others.image14

In the Bible, angels and angelic/heavenly beings appear to be a-sexual, meaning that they don’t belong to either the male or female gender. However, through the site I refer to angels in the masculine as it’s easier in English to do so!

Below is a table showing the basic descriptions given of angels in the Bible. It’s followed by more detailed descriptions of different angels and angelic beings.

The only other mention in the Bible of an angel being identified with a person is from one of the ‘jail break’ stories mentioned above.

What many scholars think about this passage is that by ‘Peter’s angel’ they meant Peter’s dead spirit! That would explain why they didn’t want to open the door! (Also there’s no way that Peter’s friends would have thought that he would be able to escape a top security Roman prison alive.)

Whether Christians do have ‘individual guardian’s angels’ I don’t know: and I don’t think we can definitely say either way. What is clear, however, is that they always under God’s command.

In the garden of Gethsemane on the night before the death of Jesus, an angel came to comfort him. And then when Jesus was arrested, He makes it clear that angels could have come and guarded and rescued him
– but they were under God’s orders to allow the arrest death of Jesus to happen.

If there was one person that any angel would have wanted to protect, I think it would have been Jesus!

Another way that angels are believed to help people is that they might help to take Christians to heaven following death. (These angels are sometimes referred to as ‘psychopomps’, although they aren’t called that in the Bible.) In fact, this type of angelic activity isn’t really mentioned at all in the Bible. They are only mentioned once in a story told by Jesus about a rich man and a beggar called Lazarus