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TORCHBEARERS MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL 
BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE
BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH

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CENTRAL TEXT: HEBREWS 1:7, 14
INTRODUCTION:
The subject of Angels is one which many Christians know very little about and so benefit very little from.
The Hebrew word for Angel is Malak. The Greek word is Angelos.  Both words simply mean messenger. These words were everyday words that were used and was very common.
The Word Angels as used in the Bible could refer to (i) Heavenly Messengers of God (Luke 2:13) or Earthly Messengers of God (Rev 2:1, 8,12, 18; 3:1,7,14). This lesson is about heavenly angels.
MAIN LESSON:
A)    THE NATURE OF ANGELS
·         Angels are Created beings (Ps 148:2,5 Col 1:16, Rev 4:11). This means they are dependent on God for survival.
·         The Bible does not clearly show when they were created but they were present when the earth was being created and therefore were created before the creation of the earth (Job 38:6-7)
·         Angels are Spirit beings (Ps 104:4, Heb 1:14). This means that they don’t have physical bodies. But they can take on the appearance of men (Gen 18, Judges 13:1-)
·         Angels are not All knowing, All seeing, All powerful. These are attributes that can only be ascribed to God.
·         Angels are mightier than man. They have a lot of power because they are supernatural beings (Ps 103:20, Heb 2:7, Ps 8:1-4).
·         Angels have the Power of choice but they don’t have the right of choice. They have the power to choose but they don’t have the right to choose anything God has not chosen .
·         All Angels have names but only three are given in the Bible (Judges 13:17), Michael (Dan 12:1-4), Gabriel (Lk 1:19,26), Lucifer (Is 14:12-14).
·         Angels don’t marry. They are a company of beings not a race. They cannot reproduce after their kind (Lk 20:34-36, Mt 22:30, Heb 2:16).
·         Angels cannot be seen with the physical eyes (Col 1:16). This is because they are spirit beings (Heb 1:14, Mt 8:16, Lk 7:21, Acts 19:12).
·         Angels are personalities. This means they possess the quality of or state of being persons. This means that they have will, intelligence and emotions, though they are not moved by emotions (Lk 2:13)
B)    THE ORGANIZATION OF ANGELS
Angels differ in strength and Rank (Dan 10:12-13).
ARCH ANGELIn the Bible, only one arch angel is mentioned, Michael. He is a high-ranking angel (Jude 9, 1Thess 4:16, Dan 10:21, 12:1, Rev 12:7).
CHERUBIMCherubim are warrior Angels (Ezek 10:1-24). They have four wings. Lucifer was a cherub (Ezek 28:14,16). They guard precious things of God (Gen 3:24, Ex 26:1).
SERAPHIMThese are ascribing angels whose duty is to worship God (Is 6:2-7). They have six wings.
MESSENGER ANGELSIn the Bible, Gabriel is the one who handles the Word of God. He imparts understanding and He announces the fulfillment of God’s promises (Dan 8:15-17, Luke 1:19,26). Though Gabriel deals with the major promises of God, there are other Angels who may bring a message from God occasionally.
WINGLESS ANGELS: Not all Angels have wings. Many of them do not have wings. They appear like the sons of men (Mark 16:5, Acts 1:10.)
C)    THE MINISTRY OF ANGELS
        
  TO GOD
·         They worship Him (Heb 1:6, Rev 5:8-13).
·         They serve Him (Rev 22:9, Ps 103:20).
·         They rejoice in what He does (Job 38:6-7. Lk 15:10).
TO BELIEVERS
·         They protect them (Ps 34:7, Ps 91:11, Acts 5:19).
·         They are present at believers’ meeting (1Cor 11:10, Heb 12:22,24, Eccle 5:1-).
·         We are not supposed to worship them (Col 2:18, Rev 22:8-9).
·         They bring answers to prayers (Dan 10:12, Acts 12:5-12).
·         They help in winning people to Christ though they themselves are not permitted to preach (Acts 8:26, Acts 10:3, Acts 5:20).
·         They even desire to look into the glorious salvation that we have (1 Pt 1:9-12).
·         Their ministry in a believer’s life ends when the believer dies and they escort him to heaven (Lk 16:22, 1Kgs 2:1-11).
TO GOD’S CREATION
·         ANGELS WITH SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: There are various Angels in charge of various things in the universe.
·         An angel in charge of fire (Rev 14:18).
·         An angel in charge of wind (Rev 7:1).
·         An angel in charge of waters (Rev 16:5).
·         An angel in charge of the abyss (Rev 20:1).
THEY BRING GOD’S JUDGMENT
·         An angel destroyed the whole of the Assyrian army (2 Chr 32:21)..
·         An angel destroyed people when David sinned (1Chr 21:12-27).
·         An angel struck Herod down (Acts 12:23).
·         Angels struck Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 4:20-25).
CONCLUSION:
Angels are God’s servants who also serve us. We are not supposed to worship them neither are they supposed to worship us. Even though they are there to serve us, they are not answerable directly to us. Also, if we need their services, we are to ask the Father to release them.
Memory Verse:
Hebrews 1:14

Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? (NKJV)

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