“Compelling Truth” on “What are angels according to the Bible?”

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The Compelling Truth website posted articles about Angles, Nephilim, Rephaim, giants, etc. and since that is right up my alley I decided to review them since they have some good points but also go astray on others. I parsed my review into one per article and you can find them all here.


The Compelling Truth website posted articles about Angles, Nephilim, Rephaim, giants, etc. and since that is right up my alley I decided to review them since they have some good points but also go astray on others. I parsed my review into one per article and you can find them all here.

One article is What are angels according to the Bible? which notes that Angels “They are an entirely separate type of creature from humans” but technically, I consider them to be or to be very, very close to the same kind as we.
This is because Angels look just like human males—they have no wings or halos (Cherubim and Seraphim are not different kinds of Angles as they all look differently, have different titles, different job functions, etc.)—and mated with humans (as per the Genesis 6 affair). Thus, the article’s claim that “They are as different from us as we are from the animals” is hyperbolic: there seem to be two main differences between us and then 1) they have always lived in God’s presence (except for those who fell) and 2) they have access to other dimensions or realms (which is how they can appear and disappear and fly/float).

It is also claimed that “Angels are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14) and do not have physical bodies” but, as I noted, they look just like human males and mate with humans. The article agrees with the Angel view of Genesis 6 so when it notes, “There are a limited number of angels, and they do not reproduce” I take it to be strictly within the context of that they do not reproduce one with another as in producing offspring that are 100% Angel.
As for Hebrews, v. 13 refers to Angles and so v. 14 rhetorically asks, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” This is from the NASB and note what happens in that version’s v. 7 (which contextually is that upon which vss. 13-14 are following), “And of the angels He says, ‘Who makes His angels winds, And His ministers a flame of fire.’”
So the same chapt is telling us that they are winds and also spirits. Well, the issue is that in both Hebrew and Greek there is a correlation between wind (or breath) and spirit so that the terms ruach and pneuma could go both ways and, as usual, context determines meaning. The fact is that v. 7 is quoting Psalm 104:4 the context of which demands that Angels are being referred to as winds and not spirits (regardless of what any version has: the context wins).
So no, Angles do not take on human bodies when they need to interact with us or any such thing (in fact, the Bible never states any such thing) but they are ontologically embodied.
The article notes, that (note the appreciated qualifier), “it appears that they can take on physical form (Genesis 6:4, 19:1)” but these texts, just like many others which provide any sort of physical descriptions of the, merely describe them as looking like human males and do not even imply that “they can take on physical form.”

The article also notes, “Satan (Lucifer) is still just an angel” but he is not, he is a Cherub (Ezekiel 28:14).

We are also told, “The angels created at the beginning of time are still with God, and the demons that fell at the beginning are still fallen.” I will note that the claim that they fell “at the beginning” is merely a common claim but not biblical. Every indication is that Satan’s fall is recorded in Genesis 3 and the fall of Angels in Genesis 6 which even by young Earth standards is circa one and a half millennia after the creation.

I hope that this review has been instructing and for some related info, see my books (on which I am offering a money saving deal:
What Does the Bible Say About Angels? A Styled Angelology
What Does the Bible Say About Demons? A Styled Demonology
What Does the Bible Say About the Devil Satan? A Styled Satanology
On the Genesis 6 Affair’s Sons of God: Angels or Not? A survey of early Jewish and Christian commentaries including notes on giants and the Nephilim
The Paranormal in Early Jewish and Christian Commentaries: Over a Millennia’s Worth of Comments on Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Satan, the Devil, Demons, the Serpent and the Dragon

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