Angels are the messengers and most physically present of the spiritual beings in the eternal world of the Elohiym. The word used in the Old Testament is Malak, pronounced mal-awk’ and means to dispatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of God. They serve the Elohiym, though obviously not in absolute perfection, as conveyors of thought and action. They are not gods. They are protectors of the Elohiym and mankind. They are not described as having wings, halos, harps, or having the appearance of the orthodox portrayal as commonly seen in paintings and other representations. Angels can appear in flying vehicles or on terra firma and are often in some form of brilliant uniform. There are at least 2 ranks of angels with the archangels being superior in rank. Satan was, of course, an angel, apparently of very high rank though in earlier times he attempted to take over the throne of the Elohiym. Angels appear almost 200 times in the Bible so the entries in this section deal with those references that relate to appearances in the sky, vehicles, and close encounters.
The concept that man was made “a little lower than the angels” as stated in Psalms 8:4 is based on a mistranslation. The word angel is taken from the same word as Elohiym. Therefore, this is properly rendered ” a little lower than the Gods”. This is repeated in Hebrews 2:5 and in this case, ‘angels’ is properly translated. However, a statement that shows the angels were not given the high level of responsibility bestowed upon man prefaces this. This puts the ranking of angels in limbo until the true nature of man is clearly stated by Yhovah in Psalms 82: 6, I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Jesus quotes himself in emphasizing this fact in John 10:34, Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” In Luke 20: 36 he speaks on the nature of man after his spiritual change, ” Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” 1 Corinthians 6:3 Paul states, ” Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” It seems that the angels rank at least equal to man but are not the children of God and will be judged by men after a spiritual change. This, of course, is up to the opinion of the reader. An interesting perspective on this can be found in Hebrews, chapters 1 and 2.
An Angel Calls From The Sky
21:17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. An angel is calling to Hagar from the sky.
22:11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
An angel is calling to Hagar from the sky.
22:15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time.
An angel is calling to Hagar from the sky.
Angels and Jacobs Ladder
28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
This is known as Jacob’s Ladder. Angels are ascending and descending from the sky. Ladder = staircase. “on it” was added.
The Burning Bush
3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Angel Beaming Up
13:20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar.
A gleam of light beams up into the sky and an angel ascends in the beam. Flame comes from the word ‘ lahab ‘ meaning to gleam like a sword.
21:16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
An angel is floating in the sky.
Thousands Of Angels
68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
The Angel Gabriel Flies Swiftly
9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
The angel Gabriel flies swiftly. Luke clarifies his standing: Luke 1:19. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.