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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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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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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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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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This could probably be a lengthy answer, but it would be better to summarize one core belief, which should easily answer the remainder of your question. Jehovah's Witnesses believe by a number of scriptural proofs that Christ himself is an angel, the highest ranking one, and he is the primary means that through which the speaking between God and man occur. ...


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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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The Four Living Creatures in Revelation are also described in Ezekiel 10, when he has a vision of the Cherubim - which are either heavenly beings and/or angels depending on who you ask: And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the ...


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I have been rereading many texts I thought I knew well, and finding new surprises. Revelation 9:11 (ESV) says: "They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon." And, we may not know until all things are revealed what the true roles of the angels actually are. But here is another ...


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I don't think angels can be promoted from one order to another within the 9 orders. Simply because they are in that specific order by their very nature. Just like a dog can't be a cat or a Rose can never be Lilly. Also note that they are helping us to save our souls because God wanted them to do that, not to get "promotion" in their Job. After the end of ...


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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael? None! In fact the Bible declares quite the opposite. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? —Hebrews 1:5 (AV) The quotation in verse 5a comes from Psalm ...


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The Bible does not give a specific account of when Satan and the fallen Angels were ejected from Heaven, but we are given some clues as to a timeframe. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the ...


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Dr. A Cohen, in his commentary on the Pentateuch explains the cherubim in Exodus 25: 18, as follows: Apart from the mention of wings, there is no description offered of these emblematic figures. The Talmud, by a popular derivation of the Hebrew word, asserts that the cherubim had the faces of children. There is therefore a possibly very old ...


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Within Christianity, the belief that humans become angels seems to stem from a misinterpretation of Jesus' words: For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. (Matthew 22:30) And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to ...


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Hebrews 1 has the answer to "Are they spirits?" 7: And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 13: But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of ...


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I have been one of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 30 years. Here is a short answer in my own words: The bible sometimes says things that God did, but really means that he was the 'architect' of that action but had a 'laborer' actually do that action. For instance: Genesis 1:1 says that God created the heavens and the earth. But later in the bible (Colossians ...


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I'm pretty sure Wesley and Calvin did not actually believe that Jesus is Michael. Those two quotations you gave only show that in the verses they referred to, Michael typifies Christ, just as in many other places. Ie. Jonah typified Christ, or "you may refer Jonah in his being in the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights as the person of Christ, who died ...


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First, it is not clear to me that angels sing. Many Christians assume they do, but I'm not so sure. Take the Christmas story in which an angel of the Lord breaks the news to the shepherds that a Savior was just born in Bethelehem (the city of David). Immediately after that announcement, ". . . there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavely ...


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The short answer is no. There are many reports of people "seeing" Heaven or Hell and coming back, but as for entering, there is no return. That being said, Heaven and Hell are spiritual states (at least before Second Coming/Apocalypse) and not physical places; so, in theory, being in Heaven or Hell would rule out "presence" (in a non-physical sense) on ...


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Hebrews 2:16 NASB says: [16] "For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham." This verse is in the context of Christ's incarnation as a human to provide a way of salvation. The "help" not given to Angels but given to mankind implies Angels have no savior for redemption.


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The record of creation in Genesis is a record of the creation of the physical universe and has nothing to do with the creation of the spiritual realm. As it was recorded in Job, the angels sang for joy when the foundation of the world was laid, and its is a basic principle that before building a house or any structure,laying a foundation is the beginning ...


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You may not agree with me, but your question conflates a number of issues we need to unpack and reframe. If you bear with me I will try to explain why and perhaps in the process provide an answer to your question. If I infer correctly from the paragraph that follows your question (in bold print), you are wondering if any Christian thinkers have ever used ...


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As far as I know, angels are different beings from us as they do not procreate. Matthew 22:29,30 says: Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Because they do not procreate, ...


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When Abraham's servant went to find a wife for Isaac (Gen 24), he had angelic influence (no mention of the angel physically accompanying him). The angels who came to escort Lot and his family out of town were corporeal as they ate dinner (Gen 19:3). In Matthew 2:13, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream. However, an angel was able to physically kick Peter ...


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In 1 Corinthians 10:19-20 (NIV), Paul writes: Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. This indicates that all idol worship is actually worship of demons (fallen angels). 2 Kings ...


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It is the belief of both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox that, yes we can. In Orthodoxy, there is even a prayer to your Angel. O Holy Angel, keeping guard over my wretched soul and my passionate life, do not forsake me, a sinner, nor depart from me because of my incontinence. Do not give the evil enemy room to overcome me by force of this mortal ...


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Perhaps I am reading these scriptures wrong, but I draw a different conclusion from these: 1st Peter 1:3 through 12 KJV 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, ...


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I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses. It sounds like you are asking if we believe that angels will walk up to us and give us messages from God. That is not one of our beliefs. Here is an excerpt from one of our publications: No longer do these mighty angelic ones appear visibly in behalf of Jehovah’s servants on earth, as when they delivered the apostles ...


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The philosopher Mortimer Adler who converted to Christianity at the end of his life and was inspired by the Thomistic tradition, wrote intellegently and eloquently on what he called 'The Great Idea of Angel'. It proved to be the most popular of his 'Great Ideas' series. The book's outline is available on line here. Both book and a DVD of an interview with ...



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