Rick O'Connor
The Things Of The Kingdom And The Things Of The Name
God In Manifestation


Their nature, relationship to the Father and an indication of our hope.

Ephesians 3:14-16 - From the Father the whole family is named - in heaven as well as earth cp. Job 38:7 - the angels are God’s sons, shining glorious people.

What are angels? The real meaning of the word ‘angel’ is shown in James 2:25 “messengers” = Gk angelos (usually rendered angels). So this is precisely what the word means. Same in the Old Testament.

1 Samuel 25:14 - Hebrew ‘messengers’ (Malak - cp. OLD TESTAMENT Book Malachi) - see Malachi 3:1 cp. Matthew 11:10. The word therefore describes their work rather than what they are by nature. Luke 7:24 – “messengers” of John (Gk angelos).

Jesus himself sent out angelos (human “messengers”) Luke 9:52. In Luke 1:19 Gabriel was a messenger sent forth to speak to Zechariah, then to Mary, v26.

They are God’s messengers to us. We can be thankful that God has opened a means of contact for mankind. Genesis 18:1-5 - they are in their form as men - that Abraham thought they were men is clear, as Hebrews 13:1-2 establishes. Rather than they looking like us, we look like them, Genesis 1:26-27 (God = Elohim and speaks of the angels). v26 is God in manifestation; v27 God as the author of the creative power. We are in the form of God, as the angels also (James 3:9).

God cannot be seen by man until he receives a change in nature, 1 Timothy 6:15-16; Revelation 21:1-4 - these verses have their fulfillment at the end of the Millennium. Matthew 18:10 - angels do look upon their Father. Ultimately if we are faithful the same privilege will be ours, Matthew 5:8. There cannot be a greater blessing than this.

Their Function Described

Hebrews 1:4 - Christ is greater than the angels; v5 they are sons of God in a similar sense to the way we become sons of God. Jesus is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON; v7 His angels are spirit beings - immortal, powerful, glorious; v14 they are preparing us for the salvation God desires to bestow upon His children who are responding to His work.

See also Psalm 103:20-21 - mighty in strength, doing according to His word in which they rejoice. Psalm 104:3-4 (“wind” in v3 = spirit” v4) - the basis of Paul’s comment in Hebrews 1. To minister in aid and protect (flame of fire) cp. 2 Kings 6:9-17 - a visible sign of their function as an army to protect Elisha.

Proverbs 15:3 - a description of the angels, cp. 2 Chronicles 16:7-9 show that angels are present as Yahweh’s eyes. Truly God does have OMNISCIENT COGNISANCE but His angels are where his servants are. As messengers they engage also in communication to God as well. If your heart is toward God trouble may come upon you but will NOT overwhelm you. Psalm 34:1-9,15,19,22 - progression of ideas, v7 the principle. (Cp. Elisha’s deliverance, 2 Kings 6). What God did to Sodom was just. God did it for Lot’s sake, for Abraham’s sake and for our sake.

Genesis 11:11-13, 24-29 - the angelic help Jacob received.

Genesis 32:1-2 - supported by seeing God’s army camp and his own, v3 messengers (malak); v9 his prayer. God gave his answer in a contest. vv24-29 Jacob’s changed name to Israel - if he prevails with angels need he fear men. v30 God is seen in others who manifest Him – angels yes and ourselves if we will let Him, cp. Hosea 12:4-6.

Angels’ names express:

Angels in Daniel

Daniel 3:19-25 (a son of the gods) - the angel of God had preserved His servants v28, (as in Psalm 34:7).

Daniel 6:19-22 - shows similarly an angel of God preserving Daniel. In serving God we will be saved if we are faithful - the angels work on our behalf if it is to our eternal benefit.

Another aspect of the work is shown in Daniel 9:20-23.

Daniel 10:2-3, 10-13 - shows that the angels - manipulate circumstances, v20-21

1 Timothy 6:15-16 - A principle which can and should be applied.

Genesis 32:30 - what Jacob saw was a manifestation of God – true of others as it is of angels, 1 John 1:1-2.

What God is, He has made His angelic children. Exodus 33:17-23. God is again showing Himself through an intermediary.

Genesis 18:17-22 - shows an angel revealing God. Also

Genesis 22:11-15 - the angel speaks in the name of Yahweh as a promise.

Where did the angels come from?

Genesis 3:22 tells us something of their origin. The angels have also been put in circumstances of trial. Before their immortality they were put to the test. But now they are beyond the power of death, Luke 20:33-36.

2 Peter 2:4 - these cannot be “the spirit beings, the angels of God”, as God’s angels are deathless, they cannot sin. There is an allusion to the mythology of Tartarus - a comparison with Numbers 16 shows it very likely to be Korah, Dathan and Abiram who by an earthquake were cast down alive into the pit, compare Jude 6.

Very shortly we will meet our angel, Matthew 18:10-11.

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