OTHER HEAVENLY BEINGS (part 1)

CHERUB – CHERUBIMS

My intent is to give as complete a picture of heavenly beings as possible, using the only reliable source we have–Scripture. One day, Lord willing, we may get to go to be with these spiritual beings, and have a form even more glorious than theirs. Heaven is an unimaginably glorious place. The cherubim were not chubby naked babies like one sees in today’s pictures – there is no glory to that.Baby AngelsThe true cherubim were obviously so magnificent in form that they were selected by God to decorate the various tabernacle items?

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ABOUT ANGELS 7

One very interesting fact about angels is found in Matthew 13:37-42.  Notice that angels have another job besides being messengers.

He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

 OBSERVATIONS ABOUT EACH VERSE:

37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; {{has to have started sewing the seed on Pentecost}}

38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; {{Good seed and tares have to have started on Pentecost}}

39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

  • {{Satan sowed his seed from the beginning of the kingdom on Pentecost}}
  • {{HARVEST: has to be the after the end of this world – 2nd coming}}
  • {{REAPERS: also has to be after this world ends – after Jesus comes again}}

40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.{{He notes that this is “in the end of this world”}}

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; {{If this event happens before Judgment, then none of the evil that was in his kingdom will be judged}}

42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. {{Again, if these souls are cast into the Lake of Fire before the Judgment, they have no judgment.}}

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. {{And once again – this can’t be before Judgment for all of us will stand in Judgment and bow before Jesus – Rom 14:11}}

Another instance where the angels work for the departed souls is found in Luke 16:20-22.  “And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

We cannot speculate whether angels carried the rich man to hell (torments). We do know that angels that sinned were in hell in 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6.  We know also that His angels will have work at the second coming – after he judges them – so that they are fully qualified to enter the eternal habitations (1 Cor. 6:3).

Angels are able to transport all souls from this world to the next (Matt. 24:31). “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

WHO IS LUCIFER IN ISAIAH 14, AND WHO IS THE KING OF TYRE?

Isaiah 14:12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

OT: Hebrew #1966 heylel (hay-lale’); from OT:1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning-star:

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THE FALL OF BELSHAZZAR

Isaiah Chapter 14 contains great prophecies of the destruction of the Babylonian Empire and the restoration of God’s people Israel to their land.  It is quite possible that the chapter also contains prophecies that would find ultimate fulfillment in the New Testament, in the Lord’s Church, which is spiritual Israel (Gal 6:15-16; Heb. 12:22-23).  But there are several verses that explicitly foretell God’s judgment of one of the kings of Babylon, who was Belshazzar.  Isaiah 14:4-6 says, “That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.”

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QUESTIONS ABOUT LUCIFER

The origin of the word “Lucifer” appears to be included in a literal translation in the Latin Vulgate which (word) Wycliffe {and/or others} transliterated and included in the first English translation of the Bible (published from 1382-1395 AD).

According to Webster’s dictionary the origin and etymology of “Lucifer” is from Middle English, and is defined as 1) the morning star, 2) a fallen rebel archangel, and 3) the Devil. The word ‘lucifer’ is originally a Latin word which is literally translated as “bright, shining or clear.”  It was first known to be used in English before the 12th century.

According to an article in Wikipedia under the title of “Fallen Angel,”[i]The fall of Lucifer finds its earliest identification with a fallen angel in Origen (182-254 A. D.)… (in) the image of the fallen morning star or angel (and) was applied to Satan both in Jewish pseudepigrapha and by early Christian writers…”

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