ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Bible and Angels-Part 3

Updated on October 27, 2011
GodTalk profile image

I am a Christian pastor who wishes to bring glory to God in all that I do, and to help people through my writing to know Him better.

Source

Their Number and Organization

As we study the angels, we have to acknowledge the fact that they are a highly organized and intelligent creation of Almighty God. I have no doubt that if God were to open our eyes to see these beings, it would astound us as to their number and the role that they play in this universe.

I. Their Number

Although we really don't know how many angels there actually are, from Scripture it can be understood that there are great multitudes. Hebrews 12:22 and Revelation 5:11 both indicate this. The book of Revelation says: "Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands..." The wording here is used to indicate a number beyond calculation. The Greek expression can also be translated "innumerable" or "many thousands." So it is safe to say that the amount is huge.

II. Their Organization

It would stand to reason that since our God is not a God of chaos and confusion, His creation would have order. That is true in all of His universe. And it certainly is true of angels. For instance, the Bible designates Michael as being the Archangel, or chief of angels. (Jude 9; I Thessalonians 4:16). Daniel 10:13 indicates that he is one of several high ranking angels, although he is the only one called the Archangel. Daniel actually calls them "chief princes."

In Paul's epistles we see the angels referred to with governmental classifications. Seven times he calls them rulers or principalities. These designations are used of both the good and the evil angels governing the universe. (Romans 8:38; Ephesians 1:21; 3:10; 6:12; Colossians 1:16; 2:10,15). They are called authorities or powers because of their superhuman authority in relation to the world. The demons are called the world rulers of this darkness in Ephesians 6:12. And Paul refers to the agels as thrones or dominions. This shows their dignity and authority in the rule that God has given them in His government (Ephesians 1:21; Colossians 1:16). We see Peter and Jude speak of them in this way as well in II Peter 2:10 and Jude 8.

The Cherubim are another order or classification of angels found in the Bible. It would appear that they are of very high rank since Satan was a Cherub before he fell (Ezekiel 28:14,16). Their job is to be the guardians of the holiness of God. They guarded the way to the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:24).

The Seraphim are an order of angels similar to the Cherubim. We see them in Isaiah 6 as attendants at the throne of God and agents of cleansing, such as when they cleansed the lips of Isaiah. The prophet gives us a description of them as six-winged human-like figures.

Gabriel is an angel of high rank, though not designated the Archangel. His name means "hero of God." In Scripture, his function was to bring important messages from God to key individuals. He did this to Daniel (8:16; 9:21), to Zacharias (Luke 1:19); and to Mary (Luke 1:26).

Conclusion

From all of this we can see more and more of the power of God who created these wonderful beings called angels. In the next section we will study more about their ministry. They do indeed play a marvelous role in God's plan for the ages. But for now, let us learn something from these beings who spend their existence doing the bidding of God and praising His name. We too are created by God, and our lives should be a continual reflection of His glory and plan. May we, like God's holy angels, demonstrate the glory of God to a world that has forgotten His name.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • GodTalk profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Shirley 

      6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks for the remarks. By the way, you won't become an angel after you die according to the Bible. They are a separate creation from man. But you have a chance of becoming like Christ through faith in His death on the cross for your sins, and His resurrection. That sounds like a better deal to me.

    • Admiral_Joraxx profile image

      Admiral_Joraxx 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      I really dreamed of joining their ranks in the after life. I wonder how I will look like. =) Nice post God Talk. 1 vote up!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)