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The Study of Angels Lesson 2

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Biblical Truths About Angels.

The Moral Classification Of Angels
Faithful angels.
Mark 8:38 KJV 1900
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
1 Timothy 5:21 KJV 1900
21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
1 Timothy
Fallen angels are known as the devil’s angels.
Matthew 25:41 KJV 1900
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:
Revelation 12:9 KJV 1900
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.
The Characteristics Of Faithful Angels.
Their Rank
The Archangel
Michael - His name means “Who is like God”
Isaiah 14:14 KJV 1900
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Michael is mentioned on 4 separate occasions in the Bible.
He helps a lessor - ranked angel get through to answer Daniel’s prayer.
Daniel 10:13 KJV 1900
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Daniel 10:
Daniel 10:21 KJV 1900
21 But I will shew 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.
Daniel 10:
He will stand up for Israel during the Tribulation.
Daniel 12:1 KJV 1900
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
He disputes will Satan concerning the dead body of moses.
Jude 9 KJV 1900
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
He fights against Satan in the heavenlies.
Revelation 12:7 KJV 1900
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Gabriel - His name means “The mighty one of God”
He explains the vision of the Ram and Goat battle to Daniel.
Daniel 8:6 KJV 1900
6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
He explains the seventy weeks to Daniel.
Daniel 9:21 KJV 1900
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Daniel
He predicts the birth of John the Baptist to Zacharias.
Luke 1:19 KJV 1900
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
Luke
He predicts the birth of Jesus to Mary
Luke 1:26 KJV 1900
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
He assures Joseph concerning the purity of Mary.
Matthew 1:20 KJV 1900
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
He warns Joseph about the plot of Herod.
Matthew 2:13 KJV 1900
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
He tells Joseph about the death of Herod.
Matthew 2:19 KJV 1900
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
He announces the birth of Christ to the shepherds.
Luke 2:9 KJV 1900
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Luke
He strengthens Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Luke 22:43 KJV 1900
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
He rolls the stone back at Christ’s resurrection.
Matthew 28:2 KJV 1900
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
He frees the apostles from prison.
Acts 5:19 KJV 1900
19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
He sent Phillip to the desert of Gaza to meet the eunuch.
Acts 8:26 KJV 1900
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
He instructs Cornelius to send for Peter.
Acts 10:3 KJV 1900
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
He frees Peter from prison.
Acts 12:7 KJV 1900
7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
He executes wicked Herod for blasphemy.
Acts 12:23 KJV 1900
23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
He assures Paul on the deck of a sinking ship.
Acts 27:23 KJV 1900
23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
He will sound the trumpet at the Rapture.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 KJV 1900
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:
1 Thessalonians
The Cherubim.
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Genesis 3:24 KJV 1900
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
The description of the Cherubim.
Each has four faces.
Ezekiel 10:14 KJV 1900
14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
The face in front is as a man.
The face on the right is as a lion.
The face on the left is as an ox.
The face in the back is as an eagle.
Each has two pairs of wings.
One pair spreads out from the middle to the back.
The other is used to cover the body.
Ezekiel 10:21 KJV 1900
21 Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
Ezekiel 10:21
They have legs like men, but their feet are cloven like calves feet, which shines like burnished brass.
Ezekiel 1:7 KJV 1900
7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.
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They have four human hands with one located under each wing.
Ezekiel 1:8–9 KJV 1900
8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
They apparently travel in groups of four. the outstretched wings of each cherubim touches those the remaining three companions, so that they form a square. When they move, they move as a group without turning their bodies.
The duties of the Cherubim.
They kept Adam from the Tree of Life after the fall, lest he eat of it and live forever in his sin.
Genesis
Genesis 3:24 KJV 1900
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Prior to his fall, Satan (known as Lucifer) was the chief cherub angel.
Ezekiel 28:14–15 KJV 1900
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Isaiah 14:12 KJV 1900
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Ezekiel 28: 14-15
The Seraphim - The Hebrew word for seraphim means “burning ones”
Isaiah 6:1–7 KJV 1900
1 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. 2 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. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: The whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 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. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
They have six wings. Two are used to cover their face, two to cover their feet, and two used to fly.
The proclaim in a great chorus the majesty of God, crying out: Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.
Isaiah 6:3 KJV 1900
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: The whole earth is full of his glory.
The awesome sound of their mighty praises shakes the foundation of the heavenly temple.
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Isaiah, the great prophet, views all this in a vision. He is immediately convicted concerning both his sin and the sin of the nation Israel.
He is ministered to by one of the seraphim, who flew over to the heavenly altar and with a pair of tongs, picked out burning coal. He then touched Isaiah’s lips and said:
Isaiah 6:7 KJV 1900
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Living Creatures.
Revelation 4:6–9 KJV 1900
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
Revelation 5:8 KJV 1900
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Revelation 6:1 KJV 1900
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
Revelation 6:3 KJV 1900
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
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Revelation 6
Revelation 6:5 KJV 1900
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
Revelation 6:
Revelation 6:7 KJV 1900
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
These special heavenly beings are in some ways similar to both the cherubim and the seraphim, but seen to be in a different class by themselves. Their number seems to limited to four. It has been suggested by many theologians that they now hold the privileges and responsibilities once assigned to Lucifer, before he became the Devil.
John the apostle sees these four standing before the shinning crystal sea in heaven surrounding God’s throne.
They are covered with eyes, both in the front and behind.
Each of the four has a different face.
One has the face of a lion
One has the face of an ox
One has the face of a man
One has the face of an eagle
Each creature has six wings
Without ceasing day or night, they proclaim God’s praise
Revelation 4:8 KJV 1900
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Each of the four living creatures will announce one of the first four great tribulation judgments of the seven sealed judgments of the seven sealed books.
Revelation 6:1 KJV 1900
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
Revelation 6:3 KJV 1900
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
Revelation 6:5 KJV 1900
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
Revelation
Revelation 6:
Revelation 6:7 KJV 1900
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
Revelation
It has been suggested that the faces of both the cherubim and the living creatures are to remind the elect throughout all eternity of the earthly ministry performed by our blessed Lord. These faces correspond to the fourfold gospel presentation of Christ.
Matthew presents Him as the lion of the tribe of Judah.
Mark presents Him as the lowly ox.
Luke presents Him as the perfect man.
John presents Him as the mighty Godlike eagle.
Guardian angels.
Matthew 18:10 KJV 1900
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.
Hebrews 1:14 KJV 1900
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Hebrews
The Bible does not state whether each individual has a specific guarding angel.
Angels associated with hose and chariots.
Zechariah
The Hebrew word Hose means: Tunic or Undergarment.
Revelation 19:
2 Kings 2:11 KJV 1900
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
2 Kings 6:17 KJV 1900
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Psalm 68:17 KJV 1900
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
Zechariah 1:8–11 KJV 1900
8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white. 9 Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be. 10 And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. 11 And they answered the angel of the Lord that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.
Revelation 19:14 KJV 1900
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
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