THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY! - PART 1
By: Don Boys, Ph.D.
In this first of three columns on angels, I will discuss Good Angels with the
following two columns dealing with Bad Angels and Ugly Angels.
It is obvious that good angels are messengers of God who are ministering spirits,
sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Heb.
1:14). In fact, angel means messenger and they are often
seen in the Bible as delivering messages from God. They are seen throughout the Bible and
are mentioned 297 times in the entire KJV. They informed Mary of Christs
impending birth; announced His birth at Bethlehem; one stirred the pool at Bethesda; one
ministered to Christ in the Garden; another opened the prison door to release the
disciples; one smote King Herod because he did not give God the glory; another stood by
Paul during a storm; angels were active in the various actions in Revelation; and John
fell at an angels feet in Revelation 22:8 to worship the Lord.
Angles rejoice over sinners who repent and trust in Christ (Luke 15:10). Moreover,
Christians will judge angels according to I Cor. 6:3. However, angels are not to be prayed
to, loved, or communicated with. They are not all powerful or all knowing, nor can they be
everywhere at the same time. They never replace God! Angels are ministers of God who watch
and protect Christians (Ps. 91:11).
Angel protection is an interesting, informative, and inspiring subject. The first
mention of angels is in Gen. 16:7 where an angel found and directed Hagar and her infant
son to safety. In Dan. 6, Daniel gives credit to an angel sent by God to protect him from
the lions. There have been numerous accounts that are very similar where Christian
missionaries have been protected by a crowd of angels. It almost always takes place on the
mission field where God-haters sought to kill a missionary family yet stopped their
assault and fled. Later, it was revealed that the attack stopped because a huge crowd of
armed men with swords were seen surrounding the home or the mission compound! In one such
case, a village chief and leader of the intended killers, became a Christian a year later
and informed the missionary why they were not killed.
It is affirmed by some that everyone has a specific angel to watch over them and they
point to Peters release from prison by an angel and when just-released Simon Peter
arrived at the gate of the home of the mother of John Mark, the Disciples refused to
believe it was he. They said It is his angel (Acts 12:14). It might be
so but we should tread lightly to establish a teaching on so little Scriptural
The Scripture indicates that angels, being spirits, are invisible but can take the
appearance of humans. On two occasions, angels, appearing to be humans, ate with Abraham
and later with Lot. The people of Sodom thought the two angels were men; moreover, God
warns us in Heb. 13:2 to be hospitable since for thereby some have entertained
Almost all sketches depicting angels show them with wings but the Bible never says that
angels have wings. In Daniel 9:21 we read about an angel "coming in swift
flight," but that doesnt mean that an angel must have wings to be able to fly.
It is possible that angels have wings although it seems to be irrelevant.
Alternatively, there are creatures called cherubim (Lucifer seems to
have been one), which do have wings as revealed in Ezekiel chapter 1. However, the Bible
never says that cherubim are angels. The cherubim are similar to angels from what little
Scripture we have about them. That may indicate that angels also have wings. In fact, many
believe that cherubim and seraphim are angels. We cannot be authoritative when the Bible
is not clear; often we indulge in pious speculation without much positive benefit.
Some artists have speculated, without any scriptural authority or suggestion, that
angels are naked babies. Afraid not. Neither are they the spirits of departed
Babies that die do not become angels. They die and go to Heaven. And I hate to prick
your balloon but a ringing bell does not mean another angel got his wings no
matter what Jimmy Stewart said in the movie Its a Wonderful Life.
Angels are often spoken of in connection with harps. Is that myth or reality? John the
Apostle reveals that they do play harps. (See Rev. 5:8; 14:2, and 15:2.) But do they sing
along with playing the harp? It seems the answer is negative. They say but
dont sing. After all, since angels dont sin, have never been redeemed, do not
possess the Holy Spirit, and are not children of God (creatures, not children), what do
they have to sing about?
Christians have something to sing about!
Dr. Don Boys is a
former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, author of 14 books, frequent guest
on television and radio talk shows, and wrote columns for USA Today for 8 years. His most
recent book is ISLAM: America's Trojan Horse! His new eBook, The God Haters is available
for $9.99 from www.thegodhaters.com.
He is a new columnist for Ether Zone.
Dr. Don Boys can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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