The Eighth Choir – The Archangels, The seven angels that stood before God in Revelations are considered to be the Archangels. In later Jewish literature the names of angels were considered to have a peculiar efficacy, and the British Museum possesses some magic bowls inscribed with Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac incantations in which the names of Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel occur. Gabriel is generally termed only an archangel, but the expression used by St. Raphael, “I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord” and St. Gabriel’s own words, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God”, have led some to think that these angels must belong to the highest rank; but this is generally explained as referring to their rank as the highest of God’s messengers, and not as placing them among the Seraphim and Cherubim. Apart from Michael, Gabriel is the only other Angel mentioned by Name in the Old Testament. St. Michael is one of the principal angels; his name was the war-cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers. Daniel 12, the Angel speaking of the end of the world and the Antichrist says: “At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people.” Place St. Michael over all the angels; they say he is called “Archangel” because he is the prince of the other angels; others believe that he is the prince of the seraphim, the first of the nine angelic orders. Michael is considered to be the angel of the burning bush through which God spoke to Moses, and has also appeared in the book of Daniel, where God states him as being the highest within the angelic ranks. According to Louis Ginzberg in The Legends of the Jews, Vol.2, p.303, “The Fire that Moses saw in the burning bush had the appearance of Michael, who had descended from Heaven as the forerunner of the Shekinah.” In the Book of Revelation 20:1, it is commonly thought that Michael is the “Angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.” He is usually depicted wearing armor or chain mail and an unsheathed Sword, signifying his role as God’s champion. In Christian tradition, Uriel is also the Angel of Music, The Angel of Poetry and the Angel of Prophecy. Prince of the Archangels and ruler of the Friday angels. In Genesis 28-29, angels not only act as the executors of God’s wrath against the cities of the plain, but they deliver Lot from danger; in Exodus 12-13, an angel is the appointed leader of the host of Israel, and in 32:34, God says to Moses: “My angel shall go before thee.” At a much later period we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 90:11: “For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.” Lastly, in Daniel 10 angels are entrusted with the care of particular districts; one is called “Prince of the kingdom of the Persians”, and Michael is termed “One of the chief princes”; cf. Angels are everywhere the intermediaries between God and man; and Christ set a seal upon the Old Testament teaching: “See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” A twofold aspect of the doctrine is here put before us: even little children have guardian angels, and these same angels lose not the vision of God by the fact that they have a mission to fulfil on earth. Without dwelling on the various passages in the New Testament where the doctrine of guardian angels is suggested, it may suffice to mention the angel who succoured Christ in the garden, and the angel who delivered St. Peter from prison.
Angelology: The Doctrine of Angels
The bookstores abound with books on angels and many claim encounters with angels. The Origin, Nature, and Number of Angels Angels Are Created Beings The Fact of Their Creation That angels are created beings and not the spirits of departed or glorified human beings is brought out in Psalm 148. Angels Are Spirit Beings Statements like, “The angels which are in heaven” and “An angel from heaven” suggest that angels have fixed abodes or centers for their activities. These are the elect angels in contrast to the evil angels who followed Satan in his rebellion against God.17. Further, 2 Peter 2:11 reads, “whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.” The only question here is who is being compared? The major subject of the context is that of the false teachers due to verse 10, some believe the comparison is being made between the “angelic majesties” of verse 10, good angels and evil angels. “25. The Classifications of Angels Paul Enns provides us with an excellent overview of most of the various rankings or classifications of the organized angelic world. Angels who are governmental rulers. Ephesians 6:12 refers to”ranking of fallen angels”: rulers are “those who are first or high in rank”; powers are “those invested with authority”; world-forces of this darkness “expresses the power or authority which they exercise over the world”; spiritual forces of wickedness describes the wicked spirits, “expressing their character and nature. “28. Three other classification of angels remain:. 1. Elect Angels: In 1 Timothy 5:21, Paul speaks of”the elect angels. Special Angels Angels Associated With the Tribulation In Revelation a number of angels are specifically associated with certain judgments that will be poured out on the earth like the seven trumpets and the seven last plagues. The question may be asked, if we are not to worship the angels, or in any way pray to them, what is the value of the doctrine that they are “ministering spirits”? In answer we can say at least that the Scriptural teaching in regard to the ministry of the angels is a beautiful enrichment of our conception of God’s government of the world. In relation to His resurrection, an angel rolled away the stone from the tomb, angels announced His resurrection to the women on Easter morning, and angels were present at His ascension and gave instruction to the disciples. Of course, the ministry of angels occurred at other times, but the question naturally arises, especially in view of our present day fascination with angels, is there biblical evidence these varied ministries of angels continue to function in the present age of the church? Just as people usually do not think of the punitive ministry of angels, so people, in their popular ideas about angels, often ignore the Scripture’s teaching about the deception of Satan’s evil angels. Much of how society thinks today in its enchantment with angels is clearly a product of his masquerade as an angel of light with his angels who also disguise themselves in keeping with his purposes. What about the fallen angels? Evidently, there was a time of grace and testing for the angels before Satan’s fall, but they now remain confirmed in their fallen state just as those who die without Christ will remain in their fallen state to face the Great White Throne Judgment and eternal separation from God. The book of Revelation, a book filled with references to angels, gives us the end result-the final defeat of sin, death, and Satan with his fallen angels, and with paradise regained.