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The Bible actually does indicate that angels have wings, as both cherubim and seraphim are angels. In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his ...


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The Nephilim are a subject of much debate. There are a number of views on what they were, the two prominent views being the Sethite view and the Angelic view. Both are an opinion on who or what the "sons of God" are. The Nephelim are most notably mentioned in Genesis and seem to be a driving decision to send the Flood of Noah. The Nephilim were on the ...


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No. The general accounts of men, angels and the interaction between the two makes a pretty clear distinction that they are different KINDS of beings. Both are created by God but each has a different purpose and different destiny. We understand some things they do not. They are not bound by some of the physical limitations we are. One interesting note is ...


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The concept of guardian angels and praying to them to protect one is deep rooted in the Catholic Church. Many other churches and Christians also believe in existence of guardian angels based on the following Bible references: Psalms 91:11 (NLT) For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. This gives the idea that God will ask ...


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Lucifer and his angels do indeed appear to have independent will. Revelation 12 describes the fall of the angels: Revelation 12 7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was ...


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Job 38:4-7 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? ... When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?" "Morning stars" and "sons of God" appear to be references to angels. (One could debate this, of course.) If they sang and shouted when the Earth was created, and according to Genesis 1 the Earth was created ...


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Angels There are only two angels mentioned by name in Scripture: Michael, the archangel, mentioned in Daniel 10 (and also in Jude). He is described as fighting the prince of Persia. Gabriel, who announced the birth of Jesus to Mary in Luke 1. Here Gabriel is being an angelos quite literally - a messenger. Other Angels appear in the OT (One to Manoah in ...


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Luke 20:36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels Suggests: no


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None of the major branches do. All they say is that it is a large number, and most say that there are more than all humans who have ever existed: A Protestant view: (Drawing from Scripture only) While the Scriptures give no definite figures, we are told that the number of angels is very great (Daniel 7:10; Matthew 26:53; Hebrews 12:22). It ...


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Aquinas asks: Whether the will of the demons is obstinate in evil? (Summa Theologica 1.64.2). He considers several arguments in favour: That demons have intellect and could therefore choose to be good again. That God's infinite mercy exceeds the finite malice of the demons. That the demons' chief sin was pride, but they no longer have anything to be proud ...


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Based on the following scriptures, I would say the answer is no. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. MATTHEW 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into ...


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There is much negative information on the internet on this subject making it very difficult to earnestly study it and where the belief that the Archangel Michael is Jesus Christ originated. The Jehovah's Witnesses surely inherrited it from Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the movement that led to the formulation of the Jehovah's Witnesses. He equates ...


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Apparently, some in New Testament times were familiar with some such incidents, and did not find it unlikely that it would happen, as related in the book of Hebrews: Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.


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Samson's father Manoah did not recognize the Angel of the Lord until after he and the angel sacrificed to the Lord (Judges 13:16) The angel of the LORD replied, “Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the LORD.” (Manoah did not realize that it was the angel of the LORD.)


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Here is a Christian perspective based on the New Testament. Yes, angels can and did sin. In 2 Peter 2:4 (A.V.), it is written, For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; Hopefully that settles the matter.


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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19, NIV) I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. (1 Timothy 5:21, NIV) The core difference is ...


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According to this websitesite, the change occurred gradually over time, as the representation of the human form in art changed. In the middle ages, artists rarely painted distinctly masculine characteristics on their subjects: …what modern viewers and artists perceive as “feminine” angels in many famous medieval European paintings were not ...


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This may be an issue of semantics. Here is my impression: Satan sinned prior to Adam and Eve sinning, as Richard indicated in his answer (which you linked). At that time he "fell" in the sense that DTest was asking about in his question. (i.e. "fell from grace".) However, after Satan's initial sin, he appears to have still had access to the realm where ...


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Well, Jude 9 says: But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" From that verse, it would seem to be hard to equate Michael and Jesus. The only other reference to "archangel" I know of is in 1 Thessalonians 4:16: ...


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The Bible has many descriptions of angels, and in some cases they obviously appear as men, because they are mistaken for men. The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to ...


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Thomas Aquinas cites Psalm 148 in STh Ia 61,1 (Whether the angels have a cause of their existence?), holding that the word "they" in verse 5 refers to all of what is listed earlier in the psalm: Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host! 3 Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! 4 Praise him, you highest ...


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I have always wondered if in the afterlife humans can decide to become angels No. Angels are entirely different than humans, created for a different purpose. what is the difference between an archangel and an angel Archangels are simply angels with a higher rank.


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Actually, this is more Kabbalah than Christianity and has further roots in the occult and other non-Christian mysticism and folklore (Rumpelstiltskin comes to mind, which is a decidedly non-Christian story). The idea that knowing the name of a beast/demon/whatever gives you dominion over it came from the idea that naming a beast/demon/whatever showed your ...


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You are right to be very skeptical: This section contains a list of Certified Mediums who have completed the Mediumship Mentorship Program facilitated by Doreen Virtue. See what Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says about mediums. The Catholic Church has a document on "New Age" that talks about exactly this phenomenon: 2.2. What does the New Age claim to ...


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By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God's grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors. CCC 828 Some angels have been recognized as ...


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You are correct that the Bible does not consider angels to look like babies with wings. Angels sometimes appear in human form, or in some inexplicable and terrifying guise. Also, Cupid/Eros is part of classical mythology - and he is more typically an adolescent rather than a baby, though both images are possible. Generic "flying baby" images may represent ...


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I agree with Wayne Grudem who cites 1 Tim. 2:5 in answering this question. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (1 Ti 2:5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society. Based on this we see clearly that Christ is the only mediator between Christians and ...


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Technically, "angel" (from the Greek Angelos) is a job function, not genus and species. Angelos means messenger - they deliver messages. If the messenger is unable to communicate, it doesn't really seem up to the job of delivering a message. The angels recorded in Scripture all clearly had the ability to converse with the people to whom they were sent - ...


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There is a passage in Revelation, chapter 12, verses 3 and 4, which may be the only passage to tell us the proportion of the angelic host to have fallen from their exalted state in heaven: "Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept away ...


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The Seventh Day Adventist view The SDA view is well articulated here: Amazing Facts: Who Is Michael The Archangel? The primary arguments involved are: There are appearances of the preincarnate Christ with titles of “Angel of the LORD”, “Angel of His Presence” and “Angel of the Covenant”. The meaning of angel has a wide range of interpretations (it ...



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