Angels

We believe that Angels are intelligent created beings who serve God and Satan. Those who serve Satan will be judged accordingly.

 

Detailed Beliefs

 

We believe that angels are living beings (Psalm 148:2,5; Col 1:16), created before the creation of the heavens and the earth (Gen  1:1; Job 38:6-7; Ezek 28:14-16). Angels were created directly and individually (Job 1:6). They do not procreate (Matt 22:30). Angels are personal (Matt 28:5; 1 Pet 1:12; Heb 1:6) spirit beings (Heb 1:4 Luke 8:2) who are greater in power than man (2 Pet 2:11) but with limitations (Matt 24:36; Dan 9:21-23). They can assume a human form (Gen 18:2).

 

Angels are classified as Archangel (Dan 10:13; 1 Thess 4:16), Cherubim (Gen 3:24), Seraphim (Isa 6:2) and living creatures (Rev 4:6-9). There are both good (Matt 25:31) and evil angels (2 Pet 2:4; Jude 6). Good angels praise and worship God (Psalm 148:1-2; 29:1), rejoice in God’s work (Job 38:6-7) serve God (Psalm 103:20), and the saints (Heb 1:14; Gal 3:19; Acts 12:5-7; Acts 10:1-8), ministered to Christ (Lk 22:43; Matt 4:11) and announced His birth and resurrection (Lk 1:26-28; Matt 21:6). They watch over (Dan 4:17) and control (Dan 10:21) the affairs of the nations. They inflict judgment (2 Chron 32:21; Acts 12:23), bind Satan (Rev 20:1-2) and gather the elect at the end of the age (Matt 13:39-40). Evil angels oppose both saints (Eph 6:12; 1 Tim 4:1-3) and good angels (Dan 10:13). They serve Satan (Rev 12:7), have power to perform miracles (Rev 16:13-14), may indwell (Mark 5:8-13) and control (Mark 9:17; 25) the bodies of the unsaved.

 

Satan is a created angel (Ezek 28:13) endowed with great wisdom and beauty (Ezek 28:12,13)  and of rank comparable to that of Michael the archangel (Ezek 28:14; Jude 9). He fell as a result of pride (1 Tim 3:6) and craves to be worshipped as God (Matt 4:9).  He opposes the purposes and plans of God in his attempts to usurp the place of deity (Matt 4:1-9; John 13:27). Thus he opposes the saints (1 Chron 21:1; Eph 6:10), slanders and accuses them (Rev 20:2; 12:10) and seeks their destruction ( 1 Pet 5:8; Gen 3:1-6; 1 Cor 7:9). He rules over the evil angels (Matt 12:24; Eph 2:2) and through deception (Rev 12:9) controls the unsaved (John 12:31; 2 Cor 4:4; 1 John 5:19). Satan was defeated through Christ’s death (Heb 1:14; Gen 3:15). He will be cast out of heaven to the earth during the Tribulation (Rev 12:9) and be bound during the Millennium (Rev 20:2). He will be released at the end of the Millennium to lead the nations to rebel against Christ (Rev 20:7). He will finally be consigned to the lake of fire with his angels (Matt 25:41).