Both the Hebrew malakh and the Greek aggelos literally
mean, “messenger”. From the first book of the Bible to the last, these words
occur nearly 400 times. When spirit messengers are indicated, the words are
translated “angels”, but if the reference definitely is to human creatures, the
rendering is “messengers” (Gen. 16:7; 32:3 James 2:25, Rev 22:8. In the highly
symbolic book of Revelation certain reference to “angels may apply to human
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCE WHERE HUMAN WERE REFERRED TO AS ANGELS
Revelation 2:1 “ “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
Revelation 2:8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
Revelation 2:12 “To the angel of the church in Pergammum write:
Revelation 2:18 “To angel of the church in Thyatira write:
Revelation 3:7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
Revelation 3:14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
There were few instances when humans were possibly referred to as angels. Members of the church. To whom much was being expected but were disappointing to God in their Christian characters. One wouldn’t know the reason why John referred to those churches in his salutations to them as angels. However, one will be expecting John to be expecting perfection from them.
DUTIES OF ANGELS
From beginning to end, the holy angels of God followed the earthly sojourn of Jesus with extreme interest. They announced his conception and birth, and they ministered to him after the 40-day fast. An angel strengthened him when he prayed in Gethsemane on his final night as a human. When the mob came to arrest him, he could have called for no less than 12 legions of angels had he chosen to do so. Angels also announced his resurrection and were present at his ascension into heaven – Matthew 4:11, 26:53, Luke 1:30.
Angels minister. Jesus said in Matthew 18:10.
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
There are guiding angels for your children. Be assured that they are protected from alarms and problems!
“Do you think I cannot call on my Father and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
God’s servants are assured of the ever-present, invisible protecting armies, as real as those that surrounded the prophet Elisha and his servant. “He will give his own angels a command concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.” Yes, ‘the angel of God is camping all around those fearing him, and he rescues them – Psalm 91:11, 34:7, Act 5:19 2 Kings 6:15-17.
I have been ministered to many times by angels. Invisible, through I knew it was as a result of God’s intervention of the ministering angels. As a believer, I want to believe that you have been assigned angels ministering to you. We should, however, not worship angels. They are ministering servants to us. In fact the Bible says we shall judge angels.
Some years ago, my daughter was suddenly found under a vehicle that hit her. What prevented her from being crushed to death was no less than the power of God and of course, the ministering angels assigned by God to minister to children.
Apart from a few instances enumerated above when humans in the churches were referred to as angels, there is no other area in scriptures where humans were referred to as angels.
Let me emphasize again that angels are ministering servants. They must not be worshipped. Any attempt to worship angels is idolatry, demonic and the consequential result is hell fire!
At no time did the Bible tell us that one would turn to an angel. After death, there is judgment. You will not be translated at any point in your life to an angel. If you die in Christ, you will be raised up with him on the last day, if you die a sinner, you will go to hell. The choice is yours.
Friend, have you been born again? Where will you spend your eternity? If you want to make decision for Christ, why don’t just pray to Him and ask him to forgive you your sins and you will become a child of God today. Tomorrow may be too late. Get back to us at Answers2Prayer on the internet and you will find rest for your soul.
God bless you!
Rev Debo Adeyemo
No. Humans do not become angels. Angels are spiritual beings with spiritual bodies. The bible pictures them as having wings.
Exod 25:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth [their] wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces [shall look] one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
Eze 10:21 Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man [was] under their wings.
Eze 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.
Eze 1:8 And [they had] the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.
Eze 1:9 Their wings [were] joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
Eze 1:11 Thus [were] their faces: and their wings [were] stretched upward; two [wings] of every one [were] joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.
Our best example of what we will look like is Jesus Himself. Jesus is still a man and always will be. In Him, humanity and divinity come together. We were created in the likeness of God, and perhaps the fact that the Son of God would one day become a man may have been the reason for this.
Jesus remained here 40 days after His resurrection and appeared to many. There is no mention anywhere in the New Testament of Him having wings. I am sure there would have been had this been the case. Certainly, His appearance had changed because the disciples did not immediately recognize Him. I think it is likely the infirmities in His human body had been healed by the resurrection. Jesus bore our sins and our infirmities and at the resurrection we can anticipate being raised free of both.
Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him.
He seemed able to appear and disappear at will. His body could be touched. He retained the marks of His crucifixion because He invited Thomas to feel them. But there is nothing to indicate any likeness other than to that of a man.
1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Note here: "...it doth not yet appear what we shall be... we shall be like him..." This is from a man who knew Jesus both before and after the resurrection. If there is any doubt about what we shall be "..we will be like Him.." should be enough.
Not only will we be like Jesus but we have the assurance that Jesus was made like us.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Jesus makes reconciliation for the sins of His people. Are you one of His people, dear reader? If not; or if you are not sure; answer 'The Savior's Call' in this newsletter.
I think the misconception that they do comes from the following passage: Mark 12:24Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26Now about the dead rising--have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? (NIV)
I think a lot of people misinterpret this passage to mean that the dead become angels, when it says that they become LIKE angels. In context, Jesus is simply saying that those in heaven are not married or given in marriage like they are on earth.
Angels are special servants of God, and are different from human beings. A lot of modern teaching about angels is that they're actually "spirit guides" or that human beings become angels at death. This type of thinking is very common in the New Age movement. However, this type of belief is contrary to Scripture and should not be held up as a Christian belief. I believe that any teaching about angels should be examined to see if it's in keeping with Scripture.
Should we believe that our deceased loved ones become angels? No. Should we have hope that our loved ones who knew Christ will be in God's presence for eternity? Yes.
In His love from your sister in Christ,
We see, in Scripture, that angels have taken the appearance of human beings at times (Genesis 19:1), however, angels are angels and human beings are human beings. Angels are spiritual beings created by Christ Jesus in the beginning (Psalm 148:5; Colossians 1:16), and just as angels do not become human beings consisting of a physical body, a soul and spirit, human beings do not become angels upon their death. Upon the death of one who has turned to God in repentance through faith in Christ Jesus, their soul and spirit immediately go to be with the Lord in heaven ( 2 Corinthians 5:6-9) awaiting the resurrection of their body, at which time, their body (which will be glorified, never to grow old, get sick, or die again), their soul and their spirit will once more be re-united (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54). That humans consist of a body, soul, and spirit is spoken of in (Hebrews 4:12). Also, after the judgment spoken of in (Revelation 20:11-15), we see that the final state of the redeemed of God (the saved) will be to dwell upon the new earth, in a most beautiful city referred to as the New Jerusalem, in glorified bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 21, 22). The final state of the unredeemed (the unsaved) will be to physically dwell in the outer darkness (Matthew 22:13), in the lake of fire (Mark 9:47-48; Revelation 20:15; John 5:29 ).
Jim Futral http://www.biblepath.com (Answers to questions from a Biblical perspective)
The Scriptures do not teach that humans become angels, but they do teach that the children of the resurrection are equal unto the angels (Lk 20:36), and also that the vile bodies of the victorious overcoming blood bought, will be fashioned like unto His (Jesus) glorious body (Phi 3:20,21)
KJV-Luke 20:36, "Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection."
KJV-Phi 3:20,21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
When we are raised to heaven we shall have spiritual bodies like Christ's, not like the body he received from Mary, but the glorious body in which he appears to saints and angels on high. Do we ask what body we shall have? The scripture teaches us that our body shall be like Christ's glorious body.
KJV-1 Cor. 15:51-53, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
GW-1Jo 3:2 Dear friends, now we are God's children. What we will be isn't completely clear yet. We do know that when Christ appears we will be like him because we will see him as he is.
Humans and angels are two different orders of beings. By nature, humans are both physical and spiritual, but angels are ONLY spiritual. One may point this out by saying that while humans HAVE rational spirits, angels ARE rational spirits. This basic nature never changes, even when humans are temporarily without their bodies due to death. Their nature is still such that, in order to be completed beings, they must have bodies. Thus the final destiny of humans is to return to their bodies in physical form in resurrection, while the final destiny of angels is to remain in unembodied spiritual form forever.
The Lord may use one human to aid another thus being said by some that "They Are My Guardian Angel." But it is simply a phrase. True angels are sent from the Lord. They are spirits that take on a form that the Lord wishes them to in order to tend to a particular situation or person on earth to complete His perfect plan. While the Scriptures give no definite figures, we are told that the number of angels is very large (Daniel 7:10; Matthew 26:53; Hebrews 12:22). It appears that all angels were created at one time. No new angels are being added to the number of them already created by the Lord. Angels are not subject to death or any form of extinction; therefore they do not decrease in number. MAY ALL BE BLESSED!
No, humans cannot become nor are they angels. Angels are created by God as He needs them, so there is always a Source. They present themselves "as humans" to blend in with humanity; thus, accomplish their mission, undetected, but they have no gender, nor do they have wings. Michel Angels painted them with wings for the first time in the Sistine Chapel, and his rendition of angels became a part of their appearance, thereafter. But angels are not human nor can they become. There are mysteries God reserves, and this is one of them. Because they were not "born" of Adam and Eve, with original sin, they are holy entities God creates as His emissaries, sending them to our aid as God deems.
Here's my answer to your question on Answers 2 Prayer
You’ll never be an angel
Though sometimes it’s hard to tell,
For you have ways becoming and
You’d play an angel well;
But God made you uniquely -
Only one you’ll ever find -
I’ll know you up in Heaven,
You’ll still be a friend of mine.
God made a lot of angels and
He gave them certain tasks.
A warrior, and a messenger -
They fly whene’er He asks;
But we were made a different way
With wills to call our own, and
We decide with our free will
Our everlasting home.
I read about the cheribim -
(Ezekiel told it well!)
Gabriel, the messenger,
Michael making war on hell.
But Jesus was still Jesus
When He rose up from the grave,
We will know and recognize Him
In the land of endless day.
You’ll still be you - I’ll still be me
A million years from now;
No telling what the Lord will have
For us to do...Somehow
I’m glad, although I know we’ll change
With bodies just like Jesus,
But I’ll still know you and see you
Just the way that Jesus sees us!
Joan Clifton Costner
"We will be known as we are known" I Cor. 13:12
"Masterpiece created in Jesus" Eph. 2:10
"To us gave He power to become the Sons (daughters) of God." John 1:12
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