interest in angels has really increased in the last few years.
Unfortunately, some web sites and books contain very little factual
information about angels. This is unfortunate, since the facts about angels
are more interesting than the "fantasized " accounts any day!
Although the bible refers to angels in many ways, for now, we will
consider three forms of angels:
Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to
you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who
is in heaven.
the nine orders of angels, only
archangels and angels (the lowest
categories in the hierarchy) are
traditionally said to interact with man
and woman in the course of daily life.
In some cases, the angel serves only as
a messenger, but in others, the angel
lingers in visible form, taking
responsibility for the well-being of
individuals in trouble, guarding them
from harm, offering them sustenance, or
leading them out of danger.
know that all children have what we could call guardian angels, as
explained by Jesus in the following Bible verse.
Appearing as an Angel "
"Angels as God's
Who Remain in God's Presence ."
Appearing as an Angel
many times in the bible. Most translations refer to this as the
"Angel of the Lord. "The first example
occurs in Genesis, chapter 16 where the Angel of the Lord
appears to a servant of Abraham (the person whose story the Bible is
relating at that time). How do we know this angel we meet in verse 7 is
actually God. We have two sources of evidence. First, if you read the
language, it sounds like God. After all, a normal (or angelic) person
would not say " I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that
they shall not be counted for multitude” (verse 10). The second reason
we think the Angel of the Lord is God, is
because the servant says so in verse 13. Now, we admit that if this was an
isolated incident that our argument would seem weak -but meetings of this
type occurred many times.
said, we realize that it is possible to get the wrong idea that the angels
and God are about the same - only looking different because they are
taking on different forms. This is a illogical jump in thought that the
Bible does not support. It is one thing for God to appear as an angel and
it is something quite different for
be an angel.
I bring you good tidings of great joy
are first and foremost messengers; in fact, the word angel is derived from the
Greek word for messenger. One of the most frequently painted scenes in Christian
art ~particularly favoured during the renaissance ~is the Annunciation. As
chronicled in the Gospel of Luke, it was Gabriel who announced to the Virgin
Mary that she would give birth to the child of God. In many Annunciations a
ribbon like banner unfurls, emblazoned with the words Ecce Ancilla Domini
("Behold the handmaid of the Lord"), taken from Luke's account.
cherub is not a cupid, although they often look much the same; in fact, in
purely visual terms, they are frequently indistinguishable. But their
meanings are as different as spirituality and sexuality. Cupid, the Roman
god known as Eros to the Greeks, is a symbol of sensual love. Portrayed as
a male child or adolescent, he often carries a bow and arrow, which are
emblems of love's power; he is also frequently blindfolded, because love
is blind. A cherub, however, has quite another meaning. Cherubim (the
original plural form of cherub) rank as the second highest group in the
celestial hierarchy and are the first angels mentioned in the Bible: in
Genesis cherubim with a flaming sword guard the Tree of Life in the Garden
of Eden. Cherubs rarely wear anything more than flowers, and the form they
take is that of putti (Italian for "little boys") ~the plump,
rosy-bottomed male figures used as decorative elements in both religious
and mythological art. Adoring cherubs often worship the young Christ.
visible thing in this world is put under the charge of an Angel.
Not Forgetful To Entertain Strangers,
For By So Doing
Some Have Unwittingly Entertained Angels...