(The question of angels)
While I grew up, I lived mostly with my grandparents. My grandmother was a Godly woman. When I was frightened, she would tell me, "Don't worry, your guardian angel watches over you." I can still remember lying in bed on stormy nights, the thunder roiled, I could see the lightning behind my tight shuteyes. I'd scoot down under the sheets and cover my head with the pillow. I always figured my angel did a very good job though, the lightning never hit me and the thunder never ate me up.
As the years moved on, the world grew larger and darker. I suppose my angel took a sabbatical, because life became very difficult. Then when I was fifty-years-old I crossed a bridge where I met Jesus Christ. When I looked back over the bridge at all the dark years, I shook my head in wonder. I never took the drugs, didn't became addicted to the alcohol. I never got into a serious accident. My children always had a roof over their heads, clothes to wear; I didn't even consider welfare as an option. I always kept a good job. How did God do that? Maybe my angel worked over-time. Satan sure did, he chased me down and almost caught me. He's an angel, and he never gives up.
The Angel of Light
God created Lucifer as a special anointed cherub on the very first morning of creation and called him, Light Bearer. How do I know that? The Bible applies a certain principle of name giving to almost everyone recorded there. People's names came from initial events or circumstances associated with them at the time of their birth/creation; this helped to describe the person. Since this is true, let's see what we can find out about the name Lucifer. (Isaiah 14:12 KJV) "O Lucifer, son of the morning!" (NIV) “O morning star, son of the dawn!"
It makes sense then, that God named Lucifer after the creation act that brought him and all the other angels into being at the light of dawn on the very first morning of time. The same light source He would assign to the stars on the fourth day of creation. They, too, would be lights unto the world just as the angels were. God's word says, "An angel of light." If this doesn't convince you, just look at (Job 38:6-7) On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the Morning Stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy. (Colossians 1:15 17) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created for Him and by Him.
This can only mean that Christ the Creator and Lucifer sang in perfect harmony, a duet of praise, while millions of angels shouted their joyous approval, on the first day of creation.
Lucifer Rejects God
Because of his pride and rebellious nature, Lucifer became the leader of the Rulers of Darkness. Oh, imagine God's heart. His beautiful creation rebelled, turned against Him on his very first day. On his very last day, God will send Satan into outer darkness for eternity future, where he will live with all of his fellow beings who reject God's plan of Salvation. For the time being, we are told in (2 Corinthians 11:14), “that Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light“.
How often do we see Satan's works today, God's children turning against Him? Some are trying to strike His name from our coinage, take His name from the public square. There are those who would even make it impossible for Christians to worship Him on His birthday. There's a huge push for the taxpayer to pay for abortions, and the president has signed an order to give government funding to embryonic stem cell research. All of this is easy for the Christian to recognize as the blatant work of Satan and his minions.
Angels, Angels, Angels
Then, we ask, what of the multitude of angels who did not choose to follow Lucifer? God has a plan and a purpose for everything. Certainly, theirs is not to just sing praises in heaven. In (Ephesians 3:6-12) Paul says, Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to the make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Him and through Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Satan and all the Angels in Heaven know their intended mission, from creation to the present time. They are to assist in this process, since Jesus Christ will make it possible. The Bible tells us they've appeared at times to certain individuals, but being primarily spirits, they normally remain invisible. As man's secret helpers for God, they seem to be lights in the world to guide our physical paths. (Numbers 22:23) Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides. This was the story of Balaam and his donkey, and it seems Balaam and the angel had a good conversation. Even the donkey had something to say. Angels work with God in harmony with God's Plan for our lives. (Genesis 24:7) The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father's household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, 'To your offspring I will give this land'--he will send his angel before you… Here, the angel is a guide. (Matthew 26:52-52) "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? Wow, an army of angels, I wonder what that would have looked like? I guess angels have many duties--multi purpose creatures. Why wouldn't they be guardians as well--our physical guides?
The Holy Spirit is our spiritual guide. (John 16:13) But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own, he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. Now, Lucifer, or Satan, as he is so will known, I don't think he is an angel at all.
Lucifer, the Beautiful Cherub
(Ezekiel 28:14-15) You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. I believe God created Lucifer to be our physical Morning Star, "Till wickedness was found in him." Satan, "The god of this age…" (2 Cor. 4:4), that wily old cherub, uses physical toys; drugs, technology, astrology, evolution, humanism, counterfeit signs & wonders and materialism to deceive us. He turns things inside out, upside-down and side-ways--good to bad. He's never lost his beauty, his light is blinding.
Satan has his sights set on us. When we look back over our years of unbelief, our shameful ways--our sin, did our conscience bother us then? ( 2 Corinthians 4:3) And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. Yes, I was perishing. Did I give it much thought? No. Not very much, remember, my angel was busy keeping me safe physically. (2 Corinthians 4:4) The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Now that I'm on Team Jesus, I can almost hear when Satan enters my front door. In these trying economic times, almost all of us have to make adjustments. Some of us have lost jobs, our worry we soon will. We have to keep our focus on our Christian values and principles to be able to tell the difference between what we want and what we need. Satan will certainly help turn these upside down if you let him. We have sliding glass doors that lead to our patio. I'd love to replace them with new French doors. My husband works for a hotel. People aren't traveling so much these days, but he works more hours now than he used to (no extra money--he's salaried), because he has less employees than he used to. Satan keeps coming up with reasons I need the French doors, but what I really need to do is save the $1,000 they would cost. Who knows? We may need that money for food, a mortgage payment or utilities in the future. I just want the doors.
The conversation Balaam and his donkey had with the angel, served its purpose well. But you can't beat a direct conversation with God through prayer, and direction from Christ through His Word. Christ is our spiritual Morning Star (Rev. 2:26 28) I will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. (Rev. 22:16) I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Off-spring of David, and the bright Morning Star.
Grace, Like Rain, Falls Down on Us
Look to the Holy Spirit
Do we still have shameful ways? With the Holy Spirit's help, I pray far fewer, and certainly not the same ones. Are we still sinners? Indeed we are. Like the songwriter says: Grace, like rain, falls down on me; all my stains are washed away. Jesus died and shed his blood to cover them; so I'm as white as snow. Satan knows his time is short so he works harder, he makes his toys more attractive, and his lies are more convincing. He is The Prince of the Air. He has very little use for nonbelievers; they already belong to him. His focus is on us, Christian. Keep in mind, his main objective is to take away our faith in Christ. In Ezekiel, it says Lucifer is the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. We also know he is bound for eternal fire and tribulation and we, the saints, are bound for glory and eternity with Christ.
The saints will take over some of the angel's duties when they return to earth with Christ from their seven-year stay in Heaven. The last, (mankind) will be first in power and authority. The first (angels - cherubim -seraphim) will be last, under man's power and authority in the end. Lucifer didn't totally understand this until the 'Church Age'. Now, he's even more determined to take out his ire on the true Sons of God. Lucifer has no doubt God will keep His promise to throw him into the pit of darkness forever. He's making hay while he can still see the sun.
As for angels, I suppose Lucifer is proof enough that angels, cherubs and seraphim do exist--I've done a study and the Bible is a good reference. Do we have guardian angels? I like to believe we do. I like to believe he's the one who always helps me find the car keys, and my dog's lost toy. I like to believe he's the one who helps me get those jobs done around the house I'm always sure I can't do. Then I always say, "Thank you, God." For He is the supplier of all things, all things belong to Him. However, I guess we'll have to wait until we get to heaven to find out for sure.
In Ezekiel 28: 11-19, there is a change form the Prince of Tyre to the King of Tyre. Ezekiel talks about the king of Tyre as the seal of perfection; he places him in Eden, the garden of God. Most Bible students believe Ezekiel is describing the fall of Lucifer from heaven.
Here are some interesting Bible references on angels.
Male Always his, him, he, (Masculine)
Sons of God Job 1:6, 2:1, & 38:7
Messengers Luke 1:19, 1:26 33, & 2:10
Watchers Daniel 4:13, 17, & 23
Soldiers Numbers 22:21 31, Matthew 26:53
Guides Genesis 24:7, Exodus 14:19
Executioners - Genesis 19:1, & 12 13, Revelation 9:15
Guards Revelation 21:12
Spirits Hebrews 1:14 (Good), Acts 19:15 (Evil)
Physical Human form (Eat), Genesis 19:1, 3 & Psalms 78:25
Heavenly Host 2 Chronicles 18:18, Luke 2:13
Stars Associated with and represent
-Deuteronomy 17:3 Daniel 12:3
-Judges 5:20 Matthew 2:2, 7, 9
-Job 25:5 Jude 13
-Job 38:7 Revelation 1:16, 20
-Isaiah 14:12 Revelation 9:1
-Daniel 8:10 Revelation 12:3 4
Light Physical and Spiritual; Acts 12:7 & 2 Cor. 11:14
Lightening - Luke 10:18; 24:4
Limited Matthew 24:36 (In knowledge)
Great Number Hebrews 12:22
We'll Judge - 1 Corinthians 6:3
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