"I BELIEVE IN ANGELS"Part 1
"For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both"-Acts 23:8
Do you believe in angels? If you do, I want to tell you that you are in good company. The apostle Paul, a Pharisee, divided the council of Pharisees and Sadducees over the question of angels and the resurrection. Knowing that the Sadducees did not believe in either, Paul reasoned and said: "For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both"-Acts 23:8. Paul confessed both: the resurrection and angels. I don't believe in U.F.O.s, life on other planets, cities at the bottom of the sea, in reincarnation, or evolution. But I do believe in angels.
The Bible gives us insight into at least three types of angels: the Cherubim; the Seraphim; and the unnamed variety referred to simply as 'angel'. Consider the splendor of the scene as the 'angel' spoke to the shepherds and said, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people", and as the message was heralded concerning the birth of the Christ child, "suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men"-Luke 2:10,13,14. Here we find a multitude of angels.
The Cherubim is an angel of great power and is observed in scripture as a protector, a defence, a covering or a guard to an opening. This creature is mentioned over forty times in scripture. We first find the Cherubim guarding the way to the tree of life after Adam's sin, "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life"-Gen 3:24. The Cherubim must be a winged creature because Ezekiel noted that "the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh"-Ezek 10:5.
Isaiah was blessed of God to behold 'seraphims'. This creature was most awesome, possessing six wings. Isaiah saw the seraphims above the throne of God: "Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly." -Isaiah 6:2.
The accounts of unspecified angels are numerous and common in scripture, both in the Old and New Testament. Some of them either possessed, or took on, human form as we find the angels that visited Abraham in the plains of Mamre before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah(Genesis 19). The definition of 'messenger' fits their title as we observe them faithfully carrying out their orders from the most High, imparting some spiritual message to unsuspecting mortals.
It seems, by scriptural language, that angels do not procreate no more than the resurrected bodies of the saints, "For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven"-Mark 12:25. Therefore there were a specific number of angels created of God. While the Bible does not tell us how many angels there are, we know that there are at least 72,000 angels for Jesus said, "thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"-Mat 26:53. In that day, one legion of soldiers contained 6,000 men: 12x6,000=72,000.
The power of an angel is awesome. In the days of King David, one angel of the Lord went out, and "smote in the camp of the Assyrians and hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses"-II Kings 19:35. One angel destroyed 185,000 of the Lord's enemies in one night. By simple arithmetic we may logically assume that twelve legions of angels could easily conquer an army of 12,920,000,000. That is almost 13 billion. The earth's total population in 1987 was 5 billion! Indeed, a world unseen is about us, a world just as real as those things that we see and touch. And it is by faith that we behold such wonders for "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." No, I do not believe in U.F.O.s, life on other planets, cities at the bottom of the sea, in reincarnation, or evolution. But I do believe in angels!
Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115.
by His Grace,
Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.