A2. Angels
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1. HOW DOES THE BIBLE DESCRIBE ANGELS?

1A Heb. 1:13, 14 Angels are sent by God to minister totake care of, protect, leadGod's earthly children.

2. ARE ANGELS THE SPIRITS OF DEPARTED LOVED ONES?

2A Gen. 3:24 Angels could not be spirits of departed loved onesthey were in Eden before anyone died. cf. Job 38:3-7Angels were present at the creation of this world; Ps. 8:4, 5man was created lower than the angels. For these reasons, we can be sure that they can't be the spirits of departed loved ones.

3. HOW DID ANGELS COME INTO EXISTENCE?

3A Eze. 28:14, 15 Lucifer was an angel and he was a created beingcompare Isa. 14:12-14so angels were created. Compare Col 1:16Jesus created the angels.

4. ARE ANGELS REAL? HOW DOES THE BIBLE DESCRIBE THEM?

4A Eze. 10:12 Angels are real beings. Compare Gen. 18:1-8; 19:1-3angels sometimes appear as human beings. Luke 24:4; John 20:12; Acts 1:10Angels are often pictured as robed in white/light. Why? Angels are pure, having never sinned. Angels are more beautiful than men. Compare Rev. 18:21; Eze. 1:14; Isa. 37:36angels have far more power than human beings.

5. HOW MANY ANGELS ARE THERE?

5A Rev.5:11 There are more angels than people. Compare Heb. 12:22 where they are described as an innumerable company.

6. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT "GUARDIAN ANGELS?"

6A Matt. 18:10 Jesus spoke as if each child of God has an angel. In Acts 12:15, the believers who were praying for Peter's release, referred to the person at the gate as Peter's angel.

7. WHEN CAN WE EXPECT ANGELS TO PROTECT US?

7A Ps. 91:11, 12 Angels will protect us all the time, especially when we're obeying God's word. They will protect us in all the ways of God's leading.

8. HOW DOES THE BIBLE DESCRIBE THE PROTECTION THAT ANGELS PROVIDE TO HUMANS?

8A Ps. 34:7 Your angel forms a barrier around you to protect you against harm. In Dan. 6:22, the aging prophet spent a night with hungry lions. In the morning Daniel told the king that God had sent His angels to protect him from the lions. When Elisha's servant saw enemy armies surrounding the city, the prophet asked God to open his eyes, 2 Kings 6:16, 17. The servant was surprised to see that there were more angels ready to fight for them than there were soldiers seeking to fight against them. God would rather send every angel to our side, in our war against sin, than to let us come under the devil's control.

9. WHAT PART WILL THE ANGELS PLAY IN THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS?

9A Matt. 25:31 Jesus will bring all the angels with him. How could He leave them behind? These angels had fought for us, gone through all our trials and sufferings with us. Of course they must come. They have a right to share in the victory parade.

10. WILL I EVER MEET MY GUARDIAN ANGEL?

10A Matt. 24:31 Yes. You will meet your angel at the second coming of Jesus.

Michael, the Archangel

By comparing John 5:25, 1 Thess. 4:16, 17, and Jude 9, it appears clearly that Michael is Christ.

See on Jude 9.

"Adventists are about the only Christians who see 'Michael' as Jesus. Consider the following evidence:

"1. The Hebrew word Michael means 'Who is like God?' The only One who is like God is Christ (John 1.1).

"2. The 'prince of the host' or 'Prince of princes' (Dan 8.11, 25) is also 'Messiah the Prince' (Dan 9.25). He is the same as Michael your prince' (Dan 10.21) or 'Michael . . . the great prince' (Dan 12.1).

"3. The word archangel appears only twice in Scripture, once in 1 Thes. 4.16, where Christ comes with the voice of the archangel, and in Jude 9, where Michael is called the archangel." SSLQ Dec 20, 2004