Angles - Part 1
- Here is a study of angels.
Most of the source is Coptic church websites,Catholic
Encyclopedia, Kaniyamparmabil achan's Bible
interpretation and some from protestant websites. I
have used [ ] to denote they are from protestant
websites. I am not sure if our church teaches that
way. Hopefully some priests like Moolayil achan and
Fr.Biji or learned people like Dr.Babu Paul etc read
this and correct or add to this. Hope this is helpful
Who are they?
What are their numbers?
What are their ranks and types?
What are their duties?
Are their guardian angels?
What does the Bible teach about them?
Was Satan an angel and why did he fall?
1) Who are the angels?
"Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of
Angels are spirit beings who serve God. In the Old
Testament angels are spirits created by God and
subordinate to Him. They worship Him as members in His
court (Daniel 7:10)and serve Him by intervening in
human affairs, bringing divine messages (Genesis 22:11-12),
protecting and aiding his people (1 Kings 19:5;
and smiting their enemies (2 Kings 19:35).
In the New Testament the Greek word for angel is "angelos"
Whereas in classical Greek an angelos was a messenger who
represented the one sending him and who enjoyed the protection
of the gods.
In the Old Testament "malak" was used for both human
messengers and angels.The Septuagint translators used angelos
for malak when they understood it to refer to angels.
[Warning , we should not worhip angels. Let no man beguile you
of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of
angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen,
vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,"(Col 2:18 )
When John, during his vision of things to come, fell down to
worship the messenger what was the angel's response?
Rev. 19:10 "And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he
said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant,
and of they brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of
We should worship God and God alone. To do otherwise
breaks the first two commandments.]
NEXT--->The Nature of Angels
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