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Who or what are Angels? Where do they reside? When were they created? Why were they created? And how does GOD expect us to relate to Angelic beings? Since THE BIBLE IS AN INSTRUCTION BOOK on RELATIONSHIPS - we should expect to find the answers to these and other questions within its pages!

What does your Bible say about the composition of Angels:

"Bless YAHOVAH , O my soul! ...WHO makes HIS Angels spirits, HIS ministers a flame of fire." (PSALM 104:1,4 NKJV)

"And the Angel of YAHOVAH appeared to him (Moses) in a flame of fire from the midst of the bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed." (EXODUS 3:2 NKJV)

"And I saw another mighty Angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire." (REV.10:1 NRSV)

Unlike us - Angels are not fleshly, but composed of spirit, and spirit looks like fire, and that fire is very bright - and is compared to the sun in its brilliance.

This isn't surprising as the Holy Spirit was manifested in tongues of fire over the Apostles heads - and Jesus in His heavenly state is described as spirit (I CORINTHIANS 15:45) and fire (REV.1:13-16), and GOD THE FATHER is also described as Spirit (JOHN 4:24) and fire (EZEKIEL 1:26-28).

And why were Angels created? We don't have to guess, the Apostle Paul was inspired to give us the answer:

"But to which of the Angels has HE ever said: 'Sit at MY right hand till I make your enemies your footstool?' Are they (the Angels) not not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?" (HEBREWS 1:13,14 NKJV)

"For HE shall give HIS Angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone." (PSALM 91:11,12 NKJV)

"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones (CHILDREN), for I (Jesus) say to you that in Heaven, THEIR ANGELS always see the face of My FATHER who is in Heaven." (MATTHEW 18:10 NKJV)

Many Christians wonder when the Angels were created? The answer is found in the opening chapter of our Bibles: Angels were created a few days before Adam:

"Then GOD made 2 great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. HE made the stars also." (GENESIS 1:16 NKJV)

This was day 4 of the Creation Week. Throughout Scripture Angels are referred to as STARS:

"Where were you (Job) when I laid the foundations of the Earth...when THE MORNING STARS SANG TOGETHER, and all the sons of GOD shouted for joy? (JOB 38:4,7)

"HE (YAHOVAH) counts the number of STARS; HE calls them all by name." (PS.148:3)

"Praise HIM, all you stars of light!" (PSALM 148:3 NKJV)

"They fought from the heavens; THE STARS FROM THEIR COURSES fought against Sisera (Commander of the Canaanite Army who had engaged Israel in battle)." (JUDGES 5:20 NKJV)

"...Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we (the Wise Men) have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him (Jesus)... And behold, the star which they had seen in the East, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was." (MT.2:2,9)

So according to your Bible, the Angels were created for 2 reasons: to minister to Mankind as GOD led them - and to provide light in the night sky as stars.

The movement of these STAR ANGELS reflects our star-gazing experience:

"And the LIVING CREATURES ran back and forth, in appearance like A FLASH OF LIGHTNING (Shooting Star?) ...When they moved, they went toward any one of 4 directions." (EZEKIEL 1:14, 17 NKJV)

And how would ALMIGHTY GOD have us RELATE to Angels?

"Behold, I (YAHOVAH) send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for MY NAME is in Him. But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak (through Him), then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries." (EXODUS 23:20-22 NKJV)

"Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the Angel who showed me these things (the Book of Revelation). Then He said to me, 'See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the Prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship GOD."

"But even if we (Paul & other Church Leaders), or AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, preach any other Gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed." (GAL.1:8 NKJV)

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, some have unwittingly entertained ANGELS." (HEBREWS 13:2 NKJV)

"Do you not know that WE SHALL JUDGE ANGELS? How much more, things that pertain to this life?" (I CORINTHIANS 6:3 NKJV)

In the color-coded marking system I introduced to you in a past program, I mentioned that we use a brown colored pencil to highlight texts in the Bible about Angels.

What about Satan & His Demons? How are they similar and different from Angels? And how does GOD instruct us to relate to 'the dark side' - which we use a black highlighter to identify in Biblical texts?

The Prophet Isaiah was inspired to write about a rebellious Angel:

"How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, SON of THE MORNING (Job referred to Angels as 'Morning Stars')! How are you cut down to the ground, you who weakened the Nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above The STARS of GOD (Angels); I will also sit on the Mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the North; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like THE MOST HIGH. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit." (ISAIAH 14:12-15 NKJV)

Ezekiel was inspired to add:

"You (Lucifer) were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of GOD. Every precious stone was your covering; the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels & pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed Cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy Mountain of GOD; you walked back and forth in the midst of firey stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you... Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground." (EZEKIEL 28:12-15, 17 NKJV)

The Apostle John had a vision of this same creature:

"And another sign appeared in heaven: Behold, A GREAT FIERY DRAGON having 7 heads & 10 horns & 7 diadems on his heads. His tail drew A THIRD OF THE STARS of HEAVEN and threw them down to the Earth... So THE GREAT DRAGON was cast out, that serpent of old, called THE DEVIL & SATAN, who deceives the whole World; He was cast to the Earth, and HIS ANGELS were cast out with him." (REVELATION 12:3,4,9 NKJV)

Jude, the brother of James, was inspired to write of these servants of Satan:

"And the Angels who did not keep their proper domain (heavens), but left their own abode, HE (GOD)has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day... WANDERING STARS for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever." (JUDE 6,13)

"For if GOD did not spare THE ANGELS who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment..." (II PETER 2:4 NKJV) "THE STARS are not pure in HIS SIGHT." (JOB 25:5 NKJV)

What set these Angels against their CREATOR? With Satan, Scripture says it was pride (he was lifted up with his beauty). It may have been jealousy as well, as these heavenly beings saw the creation of Man in GOD'S OWN IMAGE, and that they had been assigned to minister to us.

So how would YAHOVAH have us RELATE to these rebels?

"...the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to GOD, and I (Paul) DO NOT WANT YOU TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH DEMONS. You cannot drink 'the cup of the Lord,' and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's Table and of the table of DEMONS." (I CORINTHIANS 10:20,21 NKJV)

"For we do not wrestle against flesh & blood, but against PRINCIPALITIES, against POWERS against THE RULERS of DARKNESS of THIS AGE, against SPIRITUAL HOSTS of WICKEDNESS in THE HEAVENLY PLACES." (EPHESIANS 6:12 NKJV)

"Be sober, be vigilant; because YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL walks about like a roaring Lion, seeking whom he may devour. RESIST HIM, steadfast in the Faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the World." (I PETER 5:8 NKJV)

"Therefore submit to GOD. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you." (JAMES 4:7 NKJV)

"...lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices." (II COR.2:11)

"For Satan Himself transforms Himself into AN ANGEL of LIGHT." (II CORINTHIANS 11:14)

Angels are our friends - Demons our enemies - for they move in a destructive manner in relation to GOD and Men. Let us all distinguish between them in the pages of our Bibles, and in our walk in this World, which Satan dominates:

"But even if our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this Age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of GOD, should shine on them." (II CORINTHIANS 4:3,4 NKJV)

Christ said about the Resurrection:

For in THE RESURRECTION, they (Human Beings) neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of GOD in Heaven." (MATTHEW 22:30 NKJV)

"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the Earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. THOSE WHO ARE WISE SHALL SHINE like the brightness of the Firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, LIKE THE STARS forever and ever." (DANIEL 12:2,3 NKJV)

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