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WHAT ABOUT FEMALE ANGELS?
Contextual Bible Scripture refers to all the angels as ‘the sons of God.’ Of course they are not literal sons; this merely explains their gender in close affiliation with their Creator.
Contrary to the false portrayal of angels by paganism and the media industry, God created only male angels. Daniel 9:21 refers to “the man Gabriel,” and of course, we know of the archangel Michael, who is the commander of God’s angelic army. In the apocrypha or non-Biblical books, angels called Raphael, Seth, Jeremiel, Uriel, Sariel, Jeremiel, Samael, and Raguel are also mentioned. However, Bible Scripture does not mention the possibility of ‘female’ angels, nor does Scripture really describe a single encounter with a ‘female’ angel, because female angels simply do not exist.
So, “why did God create angels with the 'necessary tools,' as they are capable of having sex with humans, as described in Gen. 6?” We just do not know. Bible believing, Scripturally born again believers of Jesus Christ will rest in what God did reveal through the full context of His Word, because the “entirety of His Word is Truth,” (Ps. 119:160.) True believers will never intentionally misinterpret or add to the Word to make up their own facts about angels, or anything else.
· Someone wrote to me saying that the Bible does indeed refer to female angels — and the person quoted one verse from the whole of Scripture, Zechariah 5:9, “There were two women, coming with the wind in their wings… They had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket, [with the “woman” named ‘Wickedness’ incarcerated inside,] and carried it forth [not away] to the land of Shinar, [Babylon — which describes the world system of evil and idolatry.]”
The truth about this once-off reference, (always be wary of once-off verses and references that does not fit into the full context of Scripture,) to what seem like female angels, is that God’s angel gave a prophetic vision. As all other prophetic visions, this one also consisted of symbolic images. E.g., Daniel sees a lion, bear, leopard and dragon come from the sea (chapter 7,) and John sees a perverted leopard rise from the sea empowered by a dragon, (Rev. 13,) which were all allegories of bad spirits that came from the stormy political world to control the end-time inhabitants of earth.
Throughout Scripture, God clearly identified angels as the ones who ministered the visions.
In Zechariah 5-11, the interpreting angel is also clearly identified, and he explained, (v. 6,) “[This vision] is a basket going forth… [Spreading evil.] This is the resemblance, [an example of what is in the basket, being disseminated] throughout the earth…” Something very bad, (Wickedness,) is “carried forth” by very bad agents, (on stork’s wings not angelic wings,) all over the earth... I will not speculate about the identity of the specific type of evil, (the “woman” named “Wickedness,” incarcerated in a basket.) What is clear, is that the intention of the vision is to show that “Wickedness” was “carried forth” to “a house in the land of Shinar [Babylon as the zenith of evil,] to be set there on [a pedestal,] (v. 11.)
God’s holy angels will never carry forth evil to exult it to rule over the earth. This Old Testament metaphor, the “woman” named 'Wickedness' carried forth by “two women” on “stork’s wings,” seem to be the same as the metaphor of 'Mystery,' the “woman that rides the scarlet beast,” which represents the idolatrous, New Testament church system in control of the world’s political system, (Revelation Chapters 17-18.)
It is significant that these “women” are on “stork’s wings.” Storks build their nests high up on platforms to overlook the area, and storks are known to care well for their young. That these spirits carrying forth Wickedness to “a house” to be set on a pedestal (v. 11) means that they will shelter and take good care of Wickedness in her evil growth “throughout the earth,” (verse 6.)
These “women” on “stork’s wings” are not ‘female angels.’ In Scripture, ‘female’ spirits always have great spiritual significance, which either refer to the kingdom of darkness, or to God’s Kingdom of Light. The same principle applies to Old Testament references to Old Israel, called a ‘spiritual woman,’ God’s “unfaithful wife,” (Isa. 54:5; Hos. 2:2,) compared to the bride of Christ, (the Lamb’s wife,) which is also a metaphorical “woman,” (Rev. 21:9.)
Wherever evil is described, ‘female’ spirits always refer to the kingdom of darkness, not to the “gender” of the spirits. For instance, the ‘woman’ Jezebel in Rev. 2:20 is not really a “female” spirit that enters into sinful women, but spirits of false prophecy, sexual immorality and idolatry that enter into both male and female leaders of the “corrupt church.”
So, if one reads Zech. 5:9 in context, it becomes clear, the “two women with wings like a stork,” which carried forth the basket with the “woman” called “Wickedness” inside, are not female angels. The entire vision is presented in symbols of the unrepentant deeds of Wickedness among God’s Old Covenant people, Old Israel, which proliferated and spread either the Jews themselves, and/or their sinful paganised beliefs and practices throughout the whole world.
The notion of holy female angels is a pagan doctrine. Neither the Hebrew Scriptures, (the Old Testament,) Rabbinic literature, or traditional Jewish liturgy, nor New Testament Scripture declare that God created female angels.
ARE ANGELS IMPORTANT TO US PERSONALLY, OR WERE ANGELS ONLY FOR ‘BIBLICAL TIMES’?
The entire truth of the Bible assures us of the irrefutable fact that the angels of God are always near to guard, help, protect, strengthen and carry us. Sadly, those denominations, (such as the Calvinist Reformed Churches, Methodist Church, etcetera,) which reject the Holy Spirit’s gifts such as tongues, (which they ridicule as ‘glossolalia,’) prophecy, healing, and the supernatural work of the Spirit, (they allege the Spirit’s miracles and gifts were only for ‘the time the apostles evangelized the earth,’) also reject the paranormal ministry, and even the existence of the holy angels of God!
However, God still sends His angels to us with messages of warning and guidance, (Mt. 2:13.) They still speak in some of our dreams. They definitely still fend off danger or pull us out of harm’s way. They still open spiritual and physical prison doors and bring us out of great calamities, (Acts 5:19,20.) Often, they still rescue us from the clutches of death itself, (Mt. 26:53.)
After Jesus withstood the temptations of the devil in the wilderness, “the devil left Him, and angels came to minister to Him.” All God’s promises in Ps. 91 is still a reality for every true disciple of Christ. God declared in verses 10-13, “No evil shall befall you… For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone…”
Hence, we may boldly accept that God sends His “lights” to minister God’s truth, salvation, deliverance, protection, comfort and healing to all Jesus’ sincere believers! Yet, we become so easily discouraged and fearful. If only God would open our spiritual eyes to focus on Him as the omnipotent God of all creation, the One Who “holds our times in His hand!” If only God would enlighten our carnal minds to understand His immeasurable might and incredible power in, and through His holy agents, who inhabit His unseen spiritual world, how strong and spiritually unconquerable we would be in Him!
DO WE ALL HAVE PERSONAL “GUARDIAN ANGELS?”
We should always focus on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Sole Provider and Protector and never focus on the angels of God as such. Yet, it is wonderful to know that angels are the ministering servants of God, and so, Scripture does indicate that God assigns a ‘personal’ angel to every ‘little child’ [or] sincere believer, “who always see the face of the Father Who is in heaven,” (Mt. 18:10.)
Although Scripture does not state this emphatically, we can accept that these angels are ‘personal’ guarding angels of the highest rank. Such angels are indeed “the servants of God,” whom He “sends forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation” - that is, the sincere believers of Jesus, (Heb. 1:14.)
SHOULD WE CONSULT, COMMAND, WORSHIP AND REVERE ANGELS?
Scripture teaches that angels were created for God to minister primarily to God. The holy angels live to worship and obey God Alone. The psalmist declared in Ps. 103:19-22, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His Kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels… who do His Word, heeding the voice of His word.. you ministers of His, who do His pleasure.”
As holy angels are mighty, spiritual beings directly under the command of God Alone, we should respect the angels. Nevertheless, there are many who jest about angels; insult, belittle and revile (or slander) angels, and degrade the holy angels of God to the state of pathetic little creatures that shoot arrows at lovers! Peter warned against this type of disrespect towards the awesome, holy angels of God in 2 Pt. 2:9-11, and he wrote, “…[Such people] are presumptuous… and not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not…” (Jude v. 8-9.)
When angels minister to humankind, (and they do, ‘for He shall give His angels charge over you…’) they will only minister according to the directions of God and no one else, (Rev. 5:11.)
God forbade us to pray to, (consult,) and worship anyone and anything except Him Alone, as that is active idolatry, (Ex. 20:1-5.) Consequently, contrary to what false teachers say, human beings cannot consult or command God’s holy angels in any way! If we meet preachers or anyone else who are ‘in charge’ of his or her ‘personal or guiding angel,’ we should flee from that person, because the truth of Scripture states that holy angels worship God and are under His charge. Therefore, holy angels will not and do not obey human beings directly, (Rev. 22:8-9.)
If you believe you have command over a ‘guarding angel,’ ‘familiar angel,’ or any other kind of ‘friendly’ angel, you were deceived by Satan, who can change himself into the image of an angel of light to make you believe that you are in contact with a holy angel, while you are actually under the deception and control of a dangerous demon, (2 Cor. 11:14.)
The enemy of humankind’s soul, Satan, is a master of deception, and he will, and does abuse our lack of knowledge and our disobedience to Scripture to get hold of our souls. Consequently, God commanded us “not to believe every spirit, but to test the spirits, to see whether they are of God… By this you know the Spirit of God, (and the true nature of angels.) Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, [referring to supernatural spirits not to humans, who can confess anything.]”
Whenever you meet a supernatural being who wants you to believe that he (or she) is a holy angel, obey the Word of God and “test” the spirit immediately “to see whether he is of God.” Remember that God’s holy angels never draw unnecessary attention to themselves. They live to glorify, worship, and obey the Lord Jesus Christ alone, (Heb. 1:6.)
COULD IT BE POSSIBLE THAT JESUS IS ACTUALLY CALLED LUCIFER AS SOME DENOMINATIONS TEACH?
Contrary to common misconception, the Lord Jesus Christ is not an angel but God Himself. Paul wrote in Col. 2:9, “In Him, [Jesus,] dwells [present tense; meaning resides, stays, have a home, inhabits, has settled permanently,] all the fullness of The Godhead [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] bodily.”
1 Tim. 3:16 agrees, “God was manifest in the flesh,” or ‘God came to live on earth in the form of the Man Jesus Christ.’
Throughout all the eons, Jesus Christ has been the “Word” of God, being God Himself. The author of Hebrews testified, “God, Who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past [the Old Testament era,] to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days [the New Testament era] spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed Heir of all things, through Whom also He made the worlds; Who, being the brightness of His glory and the express Image of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…”
Hence, Jesus is neither the angel “Lucifer, the morning star, the [false] light bringer,” nor “Michael the archangel,” as some Charismatic churches, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists and others allege.
From the full context of Scripture, it is absolutely impossible to confuse Jesus with the devil.
So, what is happening here?
Wikipedia, the factual online encyclopedia explains, “Lucifer (/ˈluːsɪfər/ or /ˈljuːsɪfər/) is the King James Version rendering of the Hebrew word הֵילֵל in, (Isaiah 14:12.) This word, transliterated hêlêl or heylel, occcurs only once in the Hebrew Bible and according to the KJV-influenced Strong's Concordance means "shining one, morning star, Lucifer". The word Lucifer is taken from the Latin Vulgate, [the Roman Catholic Bible,] which translates ֵילֵלas lucifer, meaning "the morning star, the planet Venus", or, as an adjective, "light-bringing". The Septuagint renders הֵילֵל in Greek as ἑωσφόρος (heōsphoros), a name, literally "bringer of dawn", for the morning star. In this passage Isaiah applies to a [human] king of Babylon [and a ‘star’ or angels as described in Job 38:4-7) the image of the morning star [angel] fallen from the sky...”
Actually, this “morning star” from the Hebrew Scriptures, described in Isa. 14 and in Ezek. 28 as a most perfect, most intelligent, most beautiful, and most powerful angel of God, who fell from glory, and thus received the name Lucifer from the Roman Catholic church, meaning the “[false] light bringer;” a name, which, according to the context of these passages, can never be equated to Jesus God!
Simply reading one of the verses in these passages is enough to clarify this deliberate and most blasphemous confusion between Lucifer the devil and His Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. Isa. 14:12, “How you have fallen from heaven, [the Lord Jesus said he saw Satan fall from heaven as lighting, Lu. 10:18,] O Lucifer, [the false light bringer,] son of the morning, [all the angelical sons of God, those who chose to fall from glory too, were created perfect in a time before God created the earth.] How were you cast down to the ground…”
Two other verses are found in the New Testament, (Rev. 22:16 and 2 Pt. 1:19,) where the “morning star” supposedly equates to “Jesus.” However, as God Himself, Jesus is not a ‘first-creation’ or ‘morning’ angel, (Job 38:4-7.) Since Pentecost, Jesus indwells all true, New Covenant believers as the temple of God the Holy Spirit. Angels or “stars” can never compare to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in any way. These two New Testament verses fit nowhere into the full context of Scripture. Therefore, in my opinion, these verses were either mistranslated, twisted or added to deliberately confuse “Lucifer” with Jesus.
IS ‘THE ANGEL OF THE LORD’ MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL?’
The Old Testament term, “the Angel of the Lord” can be confusing when we do not view these verses in the entire context of Scriptural truth. Uncontextual interpretations of Scripture are the roots of all the different church denominations or divisions of Christianity. I promise you, dear reader, if we would all seek God’s face in earnest prayer, asking Him to lead us “into all truth,” God would show us the Scriptural and historical context of every Christian doctrine, form, and norm. In this way, denominationalism, legalism, and churchism would fall away, and believers would really become “one (in The Truth, Who is Jesus Christ Himself,) being of the same mind…”
As God revealed Himself frequently as ‘The Angel of the Lord’ in the Old Testament, we look at only one such example, as all these instances, read in context, affirm exactly what Ex. 3:2-5 declares, “And the Angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush… So when The Lord [Yehowah in Hebrew] saw that Moses turned aside to look, God [not Michael the archangel] called to him, ‘Moses, Moses!’…”
Just by reading this verse, it becomes clear that undoubtedly, The Angel of the Lord is not Michael, but God Himself. The heavy debate over this and other such passages, is totally unnecessary.
So, why would God call Himself “the Angel of the Lord” while He is not an angel?
Under the Old Testament covenant, “none could see God’s face, for no man could see Him and live,” (Ex. 33:20.) Consequently, instead of showing humanity His face as He did in the New Testament era through the Man Jesus Christ, (in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells [present tense] bodily,) God revealed Himself to humans in the Old Testament in the form of “the Angel of the Lord.”
WERE ELIJAH AND JOHN ‘ANGELS,’ AND WAS JESUS GOD’S ANGELIC MESSENGER ?
New Testament John the Baptist was not a supernatural ‘angel’ but the human ‘messenger’ or preacher that went before Jesus to prepare the way for His miraculous ministry, (Mark 1:1-3.) Holy angels are God’s supernatural, spirit messengers, (Heb. 1:7, 14.) Jesus, the Truth, Life, Light and Way, was, is, and always will be The Message, The Word of God, and The Gospel Himself, not the messenger! That is why, when John saw Jesus, he brought God’s Message of Salvation to the Jews, saying, “Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29.)
There will never be another human “messenger” such as John the Baptist, who was merely a type (not the earth-bound human spirit, reincarnation, or resurrection) of Old Testament Elijah, who prepared The Way for Jesus, The Message. Jesus said of John, “[Just as Elijah the preacher or human messenger did,] John will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. John will also go before [God Jesus] in the spirit, [not as Elijah himself, but in the way, purpose, or mission of Elijah,] and power, [the anointing of the Holy Spirit] of Elijah to turn… the disobedient to the wisdom of the just to make ready a people prepared [to accept the New Testament Christ,]” (Lu. 1:16-17.)
Hence, the so-called ‘angelic’ “Elijah-spirit,” now allegedly living in the ‘hyper anointed,’ ‘mediating,’ five-fold ministers of the Charismatic/Pentecostal Movement, causes complete chaos. Despite the fact that the human spirits of the deceased are either in heaven or in hell, there can never be another Word, Message, or Gospel of Salvation, Redemption, Blessing and Holiness — Who is Jesus Christ Himself, for Whom to ‘prepare the way.’ Additionally, there can never be a ‘second’ outpouring of the Holy Spirit or a ‘second’ Pentecost as these people allege. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came once and for all to indwell all His sincere believes as His spiritual temple on earth, “until the end of the world,” (Mt. 28:19-20.)
In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, (which, according to those Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses who rewrote the truth of Scripture to ‘annihilate’ the certainty of eternal heaven and hell,) Jesus said, “No, [even if a human spirit from heaven should go to their lost family,] they will not repent. For if they do not hear Moses and the prophets, [the Old Testament Scriptures,] neither will they be persuaded though one rises from the dead.” (Lu. 16:27-31.)
Jesus proclaimed that He does not speak to humanity through the human spirits of dead prophets or ‘ancestors,’ but through His living, Scripturally born again, Spirit and Word filled disciples, whom He Personally commissioned to preach His Gospel to the world!
The ministry of ‘John the messenger, who went before the Lord to declare Him as The Message,’ will never be required again. John the Baptist was beheaded like a mere human and was buried like a mere human. He will be resurrected at the return of Christ like any other sincerely believing disciple of Jesus.
After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, the one and only requirement concerning the spreading of ‘The Message,’ is to obey the commission of Christ Himself, Who commanded all His sincere disciples to preach “this” Gospel [or Message] to the whole world, making disciples of those who believe in Jesus, sincerely accept Him, and follow Him personally; to baptize these believing disciples, and to teach these disciples everything This Message, (the Word of God, or Christ Himself and not church doctrines,) has said! (Mt. 28:19-20.)
Confusing supernatural angels with John the Baptist and Elijah, so-called “post-ascension angelic messengers” made blasphemous statements concerning the Being of God, as well as the supernatural being of angels. God’s holy, paranormal angels can never be God. Neither can supernatural angels be human. However, this “Elijah-turned-angel” doctrine clarifies the confusion of the Old Apostolic Church and all her sister churches, (Pentecostals and Charismatics are also falling into this trap,) who believe their pastors, preachers, and ‘priests’ are hyper anointed gods, christs, and ‘angels.’
IS JESUS OR MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL THE “CAPTAIN” OF GOD’S ANGELICAL ARMIES?
Again, we only have to look at what is really written in Scripture to clarify this confusion.
Scripture declares in Joshua 5:13-15, “When… Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand.
“And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or for our adversaries?’ [Joshua obediently ‘tested’ the origin and meaning of the spirit.]
“So he said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’
“And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshipped Him, and said to Him, ‘What does My Lord [‘Yehowah’ in Hebrew] say to His servant?’
“Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy.’ And Joshua did so.”
Clearly, Joshua had a face-to-face encounter with Jesus Himself, the Commander-in-Chief, (the King not merely a captain,) of His angelical armies! Joshua had to take off his sandals because He was standing on holy ground, just as Moses did at the burning bush. Nowhere in Scripture did God ever require his servants to take off their shoes in reverence to one of His angels.
In addition, Joshua would never have worshipped a ‘mere’ angel, as explained in Rev. 22:8-9, “When John saw and heard these things, [which the angel revealed to him,] he fell down to worship before the feet of the angel… Then the angel rebuked him, saying, ‘ See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant… Worship God…”
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