Part 7 of 15 –
The Angelic Creatures
“creature” is a created
living being. This includes angels and humans.
Man was originally created lower
than the angels. Upon one’s regeneration, they are “in
Christ,” then possessing the very life of Christ (Col 3:4a) and thereby
positioned higher than the angelic creatures.
As discussed in Part 3, every believer in this age of the pure grace of God has been baptized with a dry baptism into “the body of Christ.” This occurs at the moment they “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and that God hath raised him from the dead” (Act 16:31). Believers saved under “the dispensation of the grace of God” are only eternally “sealed” (Eph 4:30) and secure “in Christ.” Grace believers are “in Christ” and therefore positioned “far above all principalities, powers, mights, and dominions” (Eph 1:21). That is, “far above” the Luciferian heavenly angelic host who currently occupy the positions of rank and authority over the lower heavens and the earth. One day, upon the rapture of “the body of Christ,” its members will physically occupy the heavens in glorified spirit-bodies (like Jesus’ resurrected glorified body), then having rule and authority over the angels and the heavenly realms. In fact, Paul says the angels will one day be judged by members of the “body of Christ” (1 Cor. 6:3).
Lucifer’s rebellion and fall, there now are both good
and evil of the angelic host. There
is no reconciliation or salvation available for the fallen angels who, with
the Devil, are destined for “the lake
of fire.” Yet today they still occupy positions of rank in the heavenly
sphere and over the earth, being titled; “principalities,
powers, mights, and dominions.”
The “angels” (Greek, angělǒs), meaning “messenger,” are the lowest order of the angelic host, and the most recognized. We discuss the others in the next installment. Angels are most concerned with the affairs of living things. These are some Biblical facts concerning angels.
in Hebrew is “malak,”
(Strong’s 4397), a spirit being that is “a
messenger who is dispatched as a deputy” of God.
Angels were God’s created instruments who serve in governing the
heaven and then the earth. The angels not only glorify God in the
celestial (heavenly) realm wherein they rule, but they also serve His purposes
over the terrestrial (earthly) world and its individual regions. They appear
as men (no wings).
As imposters, not only can Satan appear as an “angel of light” (2Cor 11:4), but also his fallen angels can falsely appear as “the ministers of righteousness” (2Cor 11:15). Paul warned that Satan’s evil apprentices show up in the form of false prophets and “false apostles” (2 Cor. 11:13-15). They are deceivers, seducing people away from the pure “doctrines” (1Cor 4:13) of “the faith” (1Cor 16:13) to the “doctrines of devils” (I Timothy 4:1-2; I John 2:18-22). Many today still hold to elements of “the Law” (1Tim 1:5-9) and “works” requirements (Titus 3:5) in order to either “obtain salvation” or for Christians to “gain God’s favor” are “doctrines of devils.” These are commonly promoted from so-called Christian pulpits and accepted by many of their adherents. These conflict with Paul’s “gospel of the grace of God” (Act 20:24) in this day of “the dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph 3:2).
In Revelation we see a religious leader on the scene referred to as “the False Prophet” who will be who will witness to “the Beast” – the Anti-Christ, “LEADING MANY ASTRAY TO TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST” (Rev 19:20). We are told to avoid giving place to the Devil, to flee from all forms of witchcraft and the occult (Leviticus 19:31), This includes books about witchcraft, fortune telling, necromancy (communing with the dead), sorcery, trances, hypnosis, horoscopes, séances, astrology, casting spells, etc. These practices open a door to give the Devil a foothold in one’s life. Just because some thing miraculously came true in accord with the words of a “fortune teller,” this does not mean it is of God – it is of the power of Devils.
warned “the lost sheep of the house
know [absolutely] that ANYONE BORN
OF GOD does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin,
but THE ONE WHO WAS BEGOTTEN OF GOD
(Christ) CAREFULLY WATCHES OVER AND
PROTECTS HIM [CHRIST’S DIVINE PRESENCE WITHIN HIM preserves him
against the evil], and “THE
WICKED ONE” DOES NOT LAY HOLD (GET A GRIP) ON HIM OR
TOUCH [HIM].” (1 John 5:18
above specifically refers to the Anti-Christ not touching the elect of
only power the Devil has toward those who are “born
of God” is deception born of a lie. The fallen angels are still messengers,
but not of the light. None of the
angelic host has been “born of
God.” They are only created
spirit beings and they can never possess the life of God. Lying spirits
are the only remaining tool of the enemy. Sadly, the “spirit
of error (Gk., plane, delusion)” (1John
4:6) is the “LYING” spirit
that deceives many of Gods people.
Many are deceived by deceived religious leaders since they do not “study (the word) to shew thy self approved unto God…rightly dividing the word of God” (2 Tim 2:15). We don’t follow prophets, pastors or priest. Jeremiah 5:31 (NIV) The prophets PROPHESY LIES, the PRIESTS RULE BY THEIR OWN AUTHORITY, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? Sadly, many prefer the words of men to that of the inspired written word of God.
In Old Testament times, angels were sent, actually appeared to, and spoke with several of God’s people. The “Law” was given to men for that time by angels (Galatians 3:19). Angels have protected God's people of the Nation Israel (Psalm 34:7, 91:9-13). Michael the archangel interpreted Daniel’s vision, and the angel Gabriel joyfully announced the conception of Jesus to Mary (Luke 1:26-27). Yet, by contrast, there is no Biblical record of angels of any sort speaking to or appearing to men in the Biblical record after Acts 28 (~AD 61). This was and is the time of Paul’s 2nd imprisonment and “the dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph 3:2) as seen in his latter seven epistles; Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.
were sent as messengers to men in
the time period before
“the dispensation of the
grace of God” (Eph 3:2), that is before Acts 28. People then lacked the
revelation of the mystery of “Spirit
of Christ” dwelling within them as their indwelling life and guide; “Christ
in you the hope of glory” (
Why are there no angelic messengers of God active from Acts 28 to this very today? It is because angels were messengers acting as intermediaries between God and men before Christ’s Spirit came to indwell believers. Paul says we today have no mediators (angels or dead saints) between God and man – Christ is our “one mediator.” “For THERE IS ONE GOD, AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS;” (1 Timothy 2:5)