Angels, friends or enemies?



 

 

Worship to angels?
 

    It is worthy of preoccupation that angels receive nowadays more honor than the Lord Jesus Christ, although the apostle Paul alerted us against this kind of heresy, calling it “worship to angels”  (Colossians 2:18).

    There are songs, books, images, incenses, candles and a big variety of mystical objects available at exoteric shops that stimulate the approach with the angels through the knowledge of their proper names and the search for better knowing the “guardian angel”, based on a misunderstanding of Psalms 91:11 and Matthew 18:10.


    Ignorantly, people give more value to the “contact” with those beings than the approach to the heavenly and true God the Father that brings salvation to all men.

    Those people suppose that through this searching, they will be healed or comforted by a “supernatural miracle” operated by these good angels.
 


 

Ministering spirits
 

    If in some situations the angels eventually help men, in the quality of “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit the salvation” (Hebrews 1:14; Matthew 4:11), certainly they don’t do it by their own, but because of the obedience to the Most High Lord whom they are submitted.

    . In the Eden they looked like policeman to guard the maculated garden.
    . In the desert they looked like waiters to serve the Son of God.
    . In the announcement of Jesus’ arising they looked like heralds.
    . To protect children they look like body-guards.

    There is no merit in the
ir behaviour because they don’t do more then they should do. They are spirits that see what men don’t see.
    Jesus said to Thomas: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
    When a man
believes, he who doesn’t see God physically is worthy of commends rather than all the myriads of angels, archangels, rules, authorities and so on.

    - After all, are the angels friends or enemies in relation to men?


 

 

The angel who wrestled with Jacob
 

Genesis 33:24 says that an angel wrestled with Jacob till daybreak. When the angel saw that could not overpower Jacob, touched him and said: “Let me go, for it is daybreak”.
What kind of angel was that who wrestled with Jacob and was fearful from light?

In John 3:20 it is written: “Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed”.
Would the angel be afraid because his deeds might be exposed by the light from daybreak?

Jacob thought that he had seen God face to face (Genesis 32:30) but he didn’t realize that the true God is not fearful from light because He is light.

 

Who was the angel that wrestled with Jacob? Was he a good or a bad angel?

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If he was a good angel, why was he fearful of daybreak’s light (Genesis 32:26) ?
- If he was a bad angel, then there is a problem because in Hosea 12:3 and 4 it is written that the angel was God.

The place where Jacob wrestled with “God” was called “Peniel” because it means: “I saw God face to face” (Genesis 32:30).
As Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:16 and John confirmed in 1 John 4:12, no-one has ever seen God, then
we can conclude that Jacob saw the angel Jehovah and thought that he was seeing the true God.
 




The birds of the air
 

    In the Parable of the Sower from Luke 8, Jesus associated the “birds of the air” with demons, as we read in verse 12. When it is mentioned “birds of air”, someone could think about those gentle creatures that fly in the heaven, but in this case we know that they mean bad angels ready to pick off the seed sowed on men’s heart.

    Also in Ephesians 6:12 we read that there are “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”! It is interesting that the text does not say “spiritual forces of evil in the hellish realms”, as we could suppose by mentioning “evil forces”.
Thus, not all that comes from heaven is good or beneficial.

    Angels are beings that rule over the “air”. Because of that, we read in Ephesians 2:2 that
'the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work, in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature'. That means that the not reconciled man is under the yoke of bad angels.


 


The pool of Bethesda


    The ministry of O
ld Testament is typified in the Bethesda pool, where angels came down occasionally and stirred up the waters.

    The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease he had (John 5:4).

    Thus, only the “faster” from the disabled people was benefited each time the angel stirred up the waters.

    If the paralyzed man, who was invalid since thirty-eight years, depended on the ministry of angels, he would remain invalid for the rest of his life because there ha
d no-one to help him into the pool when the water was stirred (John 5:7).

    Fortunately Jesus met him and brought solution to his problem, for He came not only to the “fasters”
, but also to the marginalized people who have no-one to help them.

   
The ministry of angels is discriminatory and favorable only to few privileged
élites.
But the ministry of Jesus reached also publicans, prostitutes, leprosieds, robbers and all kind of rejected people, because He had not come to the “righteous” but to the sinners (Matthew 9:13).
 

 


Parable of the lost son


 

 

    The angels are jealous for the gospel that has been delivered to the men, according to 1 Peter 1:12. That felling is increased for the fact that the angels will be judged by the men who serve the true God. (1 Corinthians 6: 2 and 3)

    Angel’s jealous is typified by the feeling of the older son in the “Parable of the lost son” that is related in Luke 15:11 to 32. The older son did not resigned for the benevolence that the father had to the lost son, because the father gave him back all the rights that he had originally and celebrated the back of the lost son with a big feast (verses 22 to 24).

    When the older son came near the house and heard the sound of music and dancing from the feast, he became angry because the father had never celebrated it before, when the older son stood beside him. Now the father celebrated even with the killing of the fattened calf (verses 25 to 27) that was being prepared to a special occasion.

    That is the reason why in Luke 15:10, immediately before the parable, Jesus said that there is rejoicing in heaven in the presence of the angels over a sinner who repents.

    Normally the Christians think that the rejoicing is from the angels over a sinner who repents, but it is clear in this text that the rejoicing is from the Father in the presence of the jealous angels.

    Thus, the correct scene when a sinner repents is the Father celebrating in front of the not resigned angels. It could not be otherwise for the angels are “rivals” in the judgment’s process, as we just read in 1 Corinthians 6:2 and 3.

 


Authors of Old Testament's Law

    In the hidden fight between angels and reconciled men, the failures and weakness of men during their probations provide a "show" to a great auditorium composed by the unfaithful people of this world and the angels (1 Corinthians 4:9). To each human fall, the angels rejoice because the men  loose their authority to judge them in the future.

    Therefore, the angels support for men’s failure moved from an envy’s feeling against those who will have a better ending than they, because it is not to angels that God will subject the world to come (Hebrews 2:2).

    In reality, the angels intend to separate men from the love of the Father, as Paul remarked in Romans 8:38: “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in the creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

 


    The angels constructed a way to condemn and to destroy men through an implacable law given to Moses at Mount Sinai.

    The law is called “ministry of condemnation” by the apostle Paul, who realized that the angels provided through the law a manner to avoid the salvation of men, as he said in 2 Corinthians 3:9.

    In spite of Christians think that the law had been given by God, the Bible says that it had been given by an angel hidden behind a burning bush (Acts 7:30, 35 and 38).

    Angels did it because if the present time they are “a little higher then men” (like Jesus being made in human likeness before He had been exalted - Hebrews 2:7), in the future they will be judged by the men (1 Corinthians 6:3).



    Stephen had the revelation that this law had been given by angels leaded by Melchizedek (Jehovah) and that is registered in Acts 7:30, 35, 38 and 53, as well as in Hebrews 2:2...
    -
an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush (Acts 7:30) and Moses thought he heard the voice of God (Acts 7:31);
    - Moses was sent to be a ruler and deliverer through the angel that appeared to him in the bush (Acts 7:35);
    -
Moses was in the assembly in the desert with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai (Acts 7:38);
    -  you have received the law that was put into effect through angels (Acts 7:53)
.

    Paul confirmed that the angels gave the law in order to bring death and condemnation to the man (2 Corinthians 3:7);   the law was put into effect through angels by a mediator (Galatians 3:19).




A
little lower than the angels
 

    How different from the ambitious feelings of the angels was the attitude that Jesus revealed, for being in very nature God, He did not consider equality with God, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth (Philippians 2:5 to 10).

    Jesus brought a New Covenant, not to condemn the men like Old Covenant’s law, but to save them (John 3:17), for God wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:3). Jesus’ intention to submit himself before the Father certainly conflicted with angel’s intention of competition for the mightiness in heavenly realms.

    According to Hebrews 2:9 Jesus was made a little lower than the angels, but had been exalted and glorified by the Father, and he finally was set above his "divine companions" (Hebrews 1:9).

    When Jesus came back to the heaven, the angels that intended to usurp the dominion during his "absence", had to submit themselves to the exalted Son and also worship him (Hebrews 1:6). In 1 Peter 3:22 it is written: "Christ has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand, with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him".




 


Despoiled of their privileged positions


    Finally, Jesus had been set at Father’s right hand, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given.

    God Father placed all things under his feet (Ephesians 1:20 to 22) for the angels had been definitively despoiled of their privileged positions (Colossians 2:15).

    In fact, the angelic powers and authorities had been disarmed when Christ triumphed over them by the cross.

    Deported from their original place, remained to the angels the capacity of tormenting men, who are still blind to see that their “pseudo-friends” and “protector angels” are in reality their enemies.



 

     

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