Angels (Part Three)

This writing will consider some questions about specific angels.  Let’s consider –

The Angel of the Lord

“The Angel of the LORD” or “The Angel of God” appears several times in the Old Testament (Genesis 16:7-14; 21:17-18; 22:11-18; 31:11, 13; Exodus 3:2-5; Numbers 22:22-25; Judges 2:1-4; 5:23; 6:11-24; 13:2-25; 2 Samuel 24:16 cf. 1 Chronicles 21:15-17; 1 Kings 19:5-7; Isaiah 63:9; Zechariah 1:12; 3:1; 12:8).  Who is this mysterious angel?  This angel seems to be called “God” and “LORD” or “Jehovah” (Exodus 3:2 cf. 3:4; Judges 6:12 cf. 6:14, 16, 20); though, it is also possible that this is language of agency.  This angel seems to call himself “God” (Genesis 31:11 cf. 31:13; Exodus 3:2 cf. 3:5); though, it is also possible that this is language of agency.  This angel is named “wonderful” (Judges 13:16-17 cf. Isaiah 9:6-7).  Some believe that this angel received worship (Joshua 5:14); though, such is not clear.  Many infer that this messenger was no ordinary messenger, but the pre-incarnate Christ.  I will only say, “Perhaps.”

Guardian Angels

Many think that an angel is assigned to each person to watch over him.  Does the Bible teach this?  It is true that angels are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).  However, I know of no passage which teaches that each of us have a specific guardian angel assigned to us.  Some have appealed to Matthew 18:10.  This certainly does teach that angels have a role in caring for us.  Does it teach that there is one angel assigned to each of us?  Such is not clear.  Others have appealed to Acts 12:15.  However, this reports what those in the house thought.  It does not necessarily endorse this view.  Some believed that one’s guardian angels could assume the form of the one to whom he was assigned (McGarvey, A Commentary on Acts).  Do we each have a guardian angel?  I will only say, “Perhaps.”

The Death Angel

Some believe that there is a death angel who comes to separate the spirit from the body at the time of death.  Does the Bible teach this?  Angels can certainly kill (Exodus 12:23 cf. Psalm 78:49-51).  Angels carried the beggar, Lazarus to Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:22).  However, the Bible nowhere clearly teaches that there is a death angel.  There is so much that we do not know.  There is so much that has not been revealed.  Let’s just make sure that we are right with God before we die.

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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