Q. “Who is the angel of the Lord?”
A. The precise identity of the “angel of the Lord” is not given in the Bible. The angel of the Lord speaks as God, identifies Himself with God, and exercises the responsibility of God. In several appearances those who saw the angel of the Lord feared for their lives because they had “seen the Lord.” It is believed that the angel of the Lord is a theophany, an appearance of God in physical form.
The angel of the Lord is never mentioned in the New Testament after the birth of Christ. I deem it important for me to write to you that Hebrews chapter one confirms that Jesus is Superior to angels.
God’s Final Word, in regards to His Son
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
The Son Superior to Angels
For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son. And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits and his servants flames of fire.” But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
To which of the angels did God every say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”
“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”
(Hebrews 1:5-9, 13-14 NIV).
No where in Scripture does it ever state that Jesus was an angel or the he came in the form of an angel. Scripture does confirm Jesus being the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the Author of and Sustainer, and Finisher of Life. He holds all things together by His powerful word. Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus is fully God. He is the very essence of God, possessing all the attributes of God. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. The Triune God, (the 3-in-1 Godhead).
God came in the form of a man because He was the only hope that man had for redemption. No one can exist on the earth without a body, and God does not violate His own laws. Therefore, God came down clothed in flesh to save us from eternal damnation due to the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden. With sin comes a penalty, a debt to pay. God in flesh gave himself as a ransom for all of mankind.
Q. Is there a “Death Angel?”
A. The Biblical concept of an angel of death is not taught in Scripture. The Bible does not teach that there is a particular angel who is in charge or who is present whenever a person dies. The Bible describes angels causing death at the command of the Lord, but nowhere in Scripture is there a specific angel of death.
In both Exodus chapter 12 and 2 Kings 19:35 angel put to death thousands of people, but Scripture does not teaches that there is a specific angel of death.
God alone is sovereign over the timing of our deaths. No angel or demon can separate our souls-spirit from our body (physical death) and, in the case of unbelievers, everlasting separation from God (eternal death). Death is something that occurs, it is not an angel, demon, person or any other being. Angels can cause death, and may be involved in what happens to us after death, but there is no such thing as the “angel of death.”
ANGELS ON ASSIGNMENT
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Ps. 91:11).
The faithful are under the constant care of angels to protect them against danger, hurt, and harm. They have received commission from the Lord to carefully watch over all the interest of the faithful. As a body-guard is a garrison to the body, an angel on assignment is a body-guard to the soul and spirit of the saint. The protection promised is exceedingly broad for it refers to all of our ways and whatever we do. God protects His own as an eyelid protects the pupil.
I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this teaching as much as I have. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to experiencing the future that God has for me. Heaven is my home and I am excited about my glorified body, as well as the place that Jesus went to prepare for me!
Questions: “What’s Angelic About You?” Answer: “Your Destiny is Divine!”
*Scripture references: Ps. 34:7, 103:20; Luke 4:10-11; Heb. 1:14
*Additional Scripture Reference:
Heb. 1:14; 2:7; 2 Sam. 14:17; 20; 2 Pet. 2:11; Ps. 103:20; 2 Thess. 1:7; Ps. 148:2, 5; Job 38:4-7.
Matt. 8:29; 2 Cor. 11:3; 1 Pet. 1:12; Luke 2:13; Jam. 2:19; Rev. 12:17; Luke 8:28-31; 2 Tim. 2:26; Jude 6; Heb. 1:14.
*Source References: Got Questions.org; BibleHub.com; Nelson’s Newly Illustrated Bible Dictionary