In the wake of the vast amounts of tragedies we have seen over the last 6 months, both close to home, and abroad, there is a phrase that keeps popping up on social media EVERYWHERE. Especially on Facebook.
WARNING!!! What I’m about to say might shock some of you. You might dislike it. It might cause you to dislike me. You might start thinking I’m a cold, mean, hard hearted person. But, it must be said.
“God gained a new angel today. God got 15 new angels today. Heaven is alive with 27 new angels today.”
Y’all. This isn’t true. When you die, you won’t become an angel. When I die, I won’t become an angel. If my husband’s illness takes him to Heaven, it will not be as an angel.
What can we learn from the Bible about angels?
“Angles are personal spiritual beings who have intelligence, emotions, and will. This is true of both the good and evil angels (demons). Because they are created beings, their knowledge is limited. This means they do not know all things as God does, but do seem to have greater knowledge of humans. Angles are entirely different order of being than humans. Angels will never become, and never were, human beings. God created the angels, just as he created humanity.”
There is so so much information on this subject that it would require a long series to do it justice. So the basic understanding is this.
Heavenly Host-an angelic society encompassing all angels except those that rebel or fall from Heaven.
The Heavenly Host is made up of Angels. These include Cherubim, Seraphim, and Archangels.
Cherubim-In today’s world, the word Cherubim, or Cherub, often brings to mind that precious, angel baby that has chubby cheeks, tiny wing sprouts, and is usually wearing a diaper. That is so far from what a true Cherubim is or looks like. Chapters 1 and 10 of Ezekiel describe the Cherubim.
“The form of four living creatures came from it. And this was their appearance: They had human form, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the hooves of a calf, sparkling like the gleam of polished bronze. They had human hands under their wings on their four sides. All four of them had faces and wings. Their wings were touching. The creatures did not turn as they moved; each one went straight ahead. The form of each of their faces was that of a man, and each of the four had the face of a lion on the right, the face of an ox on the left, and the face of an eagle.” Ezekiel 1:5-10
Clearly very different from the image of the New Year’s baby that usually comes to mind.
Seraphim-Mentioned in Isaiah 6:1-7, Seraphim are the highest angelic class and serve as the caretakers of God’s throne and continuously shout praises: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. All the earth is filled with His Glory.” The name Seraphim means “the burning ones.” The Seraphim have six wings. Two wings cover their face, two cover their body, and two cover their feet.”
Seraphim’s jobs are to take care of the throne and praise the Lord all the time. What a great job right?
Archangels-The word archangel comes from the Greek and means “chief angel.” While it is believed that there are multiple archangels, they are only actually mentioned twice in the Bible. “Archangels are the highest-ranking angels in Heaven. God gives them the most important responsibilities, and they do their work both in the heavenly dimension and in the earthly one. Archangels rule over the universe’s daily operation on missions from God, while also delivering messages from God to human beings.”
So, while the word archangel might only be said twice, we can deduce that there are probably more than 2. We know of many instances where humans have received direct messages from God via angel. Mary, the mother of our saviour, for example.
I know. I know. Get to the point already. But I had to tell you some history to make the good part of the story interesting!
Next, God had to take care of some business. There was a time that Satan had a spot in Heaven. He was called Lucifer, and according to scripture he was beautiful. Anointed and appointed. He was a special cherub and he knew it. And eventually, his pride got the better of him.
“I will ascend above the highest clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:14
And, God wasn’t having any of that. So, He sent Lucifer whom we now commonly call Satan, out. He was sent out of Heaven for forever. But, of course he wasn’t willing to swallow his pride and go alone. He took a third of the angles with him.
And guess what. There is nowhere in scripture that tells us that God decided to to replace the fallen angles with human spirits. He just doesn’t do that. His host was comprised of a certain amount that God decided upon. When a third of them left, that was that. He didn’t make more.
Also, we weren’t created to make up for the loss of the fallen. Angles are entirely different order of being than humans. Angels will never become, and never were, human beings. God created the angels, just as he created humanity.”
One final note. While He hasn’t told me himself, I’m almost positive that God is not a fan of how Victoria’s Secret has chosen to represent His chosen.
Krissy Field is the loud and sometimes crazy wife of one of the best youth ministers around. She is the momma to two beautiful, brilliant children. They live in Texas, where she is a part time Christian counselor, and is very involved in their church and community.
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