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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
There are definitely two types of angels mentioned in the Bible that have wings - cherubim and seraphim:
“The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be” (Exodus 25:20).
“And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was ...
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:
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
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 ...
It would make sense angels have wings if you are to accept that cherubim and seraphim are indeed angels. I don't. You are hard pressed to find anything in Scripture that indicates they are. It just isn't there. C andS beings are not messengers, comforters or have any attributes of the other angels except to say they worship and obey God.
The common accounts ...
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
Key to answering this question is that no mainstream Christian denomination thinks they are actually worshipping any person other than the Triune Godhead - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
From the outside, however, accusations are often made in this regard.
To the uninitiated, veneration of the Saints can look like worship.
To the ...
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 intended ...
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.)
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 offer?
Michael the Archangel is depicted in the Bible as a warrior and leader of angel armies:
Daniel 12:1 (ESV)
At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose ...
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 attain ...
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 ...
In Heaven: A History (1995: Yale University Press) the authors, Drs. Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang, state that Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) had a pivotal role in bringing about a changed view of heaven, including the idea that angels are humans who have died and gone on to heaven, rather than a separate race of pre-created beings as mainstream ...
The Bible Dictionary distributed with LDS editions of the Bible contains a fairly complete doctrinal explanation of the LDS view of angels. A few key points:
Angels are of the same race of creation as humanity, distinct from mortal humans by being in a different phase of the eternal lifecycle:
These are messengers of the Lord and are spoken of in the ...
The two most common explanations for the delay are:
To make an accommodation to the kingdom or guardian of Persia
To resist an evil intended by or suggested to the rulers of Persia
Accommodation to Persia
The view of an accommodation to Persia can be found primarily in church fathers like Jerome, Theodoret, and John Cassian. This view typically ...
"Where in the Bible does it say that Lucifer was one of the angels or an archangel?"
“Lucifer” is actually a Hebrew word when translated means “shining one.” The Septuagint uses the Greek word that means “bringer of dawn.” That is why some translations render the original Hebrew “morning star” or “Daystar.” But Jerome’s Latin Vulgate uses “...
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 heavens,...
I’ll try to answer the question from a Catholic perspective and, additionally, provide some supplementary information about what has been mentioned in the comments.
The general answer to the question is “no”. First, God is Almighty, both before and after His revelation to us. So you can’t exercise power over Him. We can do wonders in Jesus’ name, but only ...
According to LDS doctrine, it's not so much that men or angels "become" one another, as that they are the same order of creation.
From the same reference, under Angels, we read:
There are two kinds of beings in heaven who are called angels: those
who are spirits and those who have bodies of flesh and bone. Angels
who are spirits have not yet obtained ...
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.
Some angels have been recognized as saints ...
As close as I can understand these Scriptures they apply to the fallen Angels:
Revelation 12:7 through 9 NKJV And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent ...
Of course. God does not have one oekonomia for Orthodox Christians and another for non-Orthodox.
The Orthodox doctrine of guardian angels is witnessed in the Old Testament as well as in the teachings of Jesus, both of which precede the foundation of the Christian Church. The Psalms witness:
He shall give his angels charge over thee, to guard thee ...
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 ...