Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Spirit World Part 3 "Seraphim and Cherubim" by Ps Michael Podhaczky

When it comes to angels, there are two another classes of spiritual beings that have been called angels. But are they really angels? We are not sure, but they are usually classified under this heading. However, there are differences between the two.

The word used to describe these beings is seraph, and it means, ‘burning,’ so seraphim are the plural of word and means, ‘burning ones.’  It would appear that they emit a brilliance of the glory and purity of God. This would seem to be to such an extent that they appear to be on fire. The only place that they are mentioned in the Bible is in Isaiah 6:1-7.

Some of the things that we know are that; 
  • Each has a face, hands, feet, six wings: 6:2
  • They were in worship as purified servants for effective worship and service: 6:3
  • They carry out their ministry with deep humility and reverence: 6:2-3
  • They praise and proclaim God’s perfect holiness and also surround God’s throne: 6:3
  • They seem to fly around the throne of God constantly declaring worship Him by declaring His holiness: 6:2,6
  • As they sang God’s praises, the posts shook: 6:4
  • They give the impression to do some sort of priestly duties regarding cleansing and the holiness relating to the altar of God: 6:6
The other classification of spiritual beings is what is called Cherub or the plural Cherubim. Although the etymology of the word is unknown, it has been proposed that it may mean ‘to cover’ or ‘to guard’, but this is a guess. They are mentioned many times in the Old Testament but only once in the New Testament at Heb 9:5.
The first time they are mentioned in the Bible protecting God’s holiness: Gen 3:24.They were also on the Ark of the Covenant: Ex 25:17-22; 1 Kings 6:23-28; 8:6-7; 1 Chron 28:18.
In Ezekiel’s visions he went on to describes the Cherubim (although he saw four in the visions, there could be more we do not know), who carried the throne of God: Ez 1:15-21; 10:9-13,15-19; cf. also 1 Sam 4:4; Ps 18:10; 80:1

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Spirit World Part 2 "Angels" by Ps Michael Podhaczky

What are your views of angels? As one reads the Bible, it soon becomes evident that angels do exist. The term angel was introduced as a general, sweeping umbrella turn of phrase for a number of spiritual beings. So, what are angels? Here I will need to define some terms, to try to unravel what we mean by "angels". These spiritual beings are sometimes called angels; cherubim, seraphim, and the four living beasts of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Here we will deal with the general idea of angels.

The word for angel basically means a messenger. The word can also relate to people as messengers (Job 1:14; Is 42:19; Mal 2:2:7; 3:1; Lk 7:24; 9:52; Rev 1:20). The first time that an angel as a spiritual being is mentioned is in Gen 16:7 and the last time is in Rev 22:16.[1] They are created to be messengers for God, Rev 2 and 3. Jesus said that they were called the angels of God, Jn 1:51. They are spiritual in nature, not having a physical body, Heb 1:13-14; 13:2.

They live in heaven, even though at times they may appear on earth, Matt 18:10; 22:30; Lk 2:15. There are countless numbers of angles, Matt 26:53 (a legion is about 6000); Heb 12:22. According to Jesus, angels do not get married and have children: Matt 22:28-30; Mk 12:25. They are not to be worshipped, Col 2:18; Rev 19:10; 22:8,9. There is much more that could be said on this topic, however make sure that you consider what you see and hear on this subject carefully in the light of the biblical evidence.

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over

[1] Williams, Rodman J. Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective. In One Volume. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992), 1, 169.