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WAS JESUS AN ANGEL?
Who was Jesus before His human birth? Some say He was an angel. Others being a little more specific say He was a Cherub, that He and Lucifer were brothers and shared a part of the Godhead. But was He?
Let's let the Bible tell us about these beliefs that have been espoused for hundreds of years by various theologians and churches.
First we need to ascertain just what angels really are. It naturally follows that angels were created since all things were created except God. Let's look at the book of John chapter 1.
"In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and The Word was God." (John 1:1)
Here we see two individuals, The Word and God. We know it is two because of the use of the word "WITH". So we have The Word God and God (the one called The Ancient of Days in another scripture).
This verse brings up the question, "In the beginning of what?" The next few verses, in context, show that it is the beginning of ALL creation!
Notice verse 3: "All things were made by Him (The Word); and without Him was not anything made that was made."
Verse 10: "He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not." (That word "world" is Cosmos in the Greek and means "society").
By these verses we have discovered that there were two beings known as God. This word "God" is "Theos" in the Greek and is a Uni-Plural noun, which can mean ONE or MORE THAN ONE. That word "God" is much like any of our family names, such as Jones. There can be one person known as Jones, or more than one known as Jones. For example: Bill Jones, Mary Jones, Billy Jones, Mable Jones...all in one family known as JONES. Do you understand?
These two beings existed before anything was created (made). The one known as The Word (Logos in the Greek, meaning spoken or spokesman) made all things.
Since all angels were created (or made), it follows that The Word MADE the angels. The scriptures show that there are several types of angels such as Cherubs, Seraphs, etc. This article will be long enough without trying to prove every single statement, but if each one who reads this will just study the scriptures about angels for himself, they should be able to see that angels are sent from God (both Theos and Logos) to minister to the human children that God is begetting. See Hebrews 1:14.
I Timothy 6:15-16 shows that only God has immortality! No cherub or seraph was given immortality. This gives a major differentiation between The Word (who became Jesus) and ANY angel.
God (The Ancient One) is quoted as saying (in Hebrews 1:13):
"But to which of the angels said He at any time, sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?"
And also in Hebrews 1:5: "For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He will be to Me a Son?"
Yes God (Theos and Logos) existed before any creating was done, and no angel was ever called the Son of God! Yes, the scriptures do refer to them as the sons of God because He created them, but none were given birth as Jesus was given birth (through a mother). That, God points out, is what HE calls a son.
So many read the Bible and take some metaphor as literal. And others read the bible and take what is a literal statement as metaphor. Metaphor uses "figures of speech" calling something by a different name to FORCE emphasis.
For example in Matthew 23:37, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wing, and ye would not!"
Jesus was using a figure of speech to show how He wanted to protect Jerusalem FIGURATIVELY taking them "under His wing" as a hen does her chicks. This doesn't say Jesus had wings!
In Revelation 12:13-14, "And when the Dragon saw that he was cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."
Here we see a woman (which represents God's church in a figure of speech) who is given two wings of an eagle. This isn't literal. It's metaphor using figures of speech for emphasis!
In Exodus 19:4 is another example of metaphor and figures of speech.
"Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagle's wings, and brought you unto myself."
Whoops! As I read the scriptures, it shows that the Israelites walked to Mt. Sinai! This too, you see, is metaphor using figures of speech to place emphasis on the words being spoken.
Another place some people get confused and think that the resurrected Jesus was again an Archangel is in 1 Thes. 4:16. Let's read that verse.
"For the Lord Himself (and just about everyone agrees that this is Jesus) shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first:"
They might say, "See, that shows Jesus is an archangel. He shouts with the voice of the archangel."
Let's dissect that verse a little. It shows He will descend from Heaven "with a shout". That could or could not be Him doing the shouting. "With the voice of the archangel" doesn't say it is His voice.
We need to understand how Royalty is treated. Have you ever watched as a King, Potentate, or the President enters a room? Doesn't someone ANNOUNCE the arrival of that personage? That, of course, is what is happening here! As Jesus descends, there is a great shout, the voice of the Archangel, announcing Jesus' arrival! Is the Great God Jesus any less than a worldly king or president? Of course not! He is announced as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS by the Archangel. (Rev. 19:16)
Perhaps some will say, "But He was the angel in the burning bush." Here we need to bring out that the word "angel" simply means "messenger". In this verse this "messenger" was The Word of God bringing Moses a message. He told Moses that he (Moses) was to lead the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. He was bringing to Moses a message from God (The Ancient One).
Some say he was a Cherub that covered the Mercy Seat, as Lucifer was. Was he?
In Exodus 25:22 we see one talking to Moses:
"And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune (talk) with thee from above the Mercy Seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony (so He wasn't one of the two covering cherubs), of all things which I will give thee in commandment to the children of Israel."
Here we find out that this one who was sitting ON the Mercy Seat BETWEEN the two cherubims under their outspread wings was the God of the Old Testament who wrote the commandments with His own finger in stone and gave the tablets to Moses for the children of Israel (This was YHVH or The Word God...the Spokesman). This "Lord" in verse one of this chapter is defined in the Hebrew language as YHVH. This is Yehovah, or Jehovah, and we know it isn't God who became the Father, since Jesus said no one had seen or heard God at any time. You can check that in John 1:18 and I John 4:12.
This one who was talking to Moses was The Word (Logos=Spokesman) who later became Jesus.
Nope! Not a Cherub! He was the One who had Cherubims subservient to Him! Of course! He was The Word God!
There is so much more that could be written about this old, old teaching and belief, but even eight newspaper pages wouldn't hold it all.
We all really need to get our nose into God's Word (the Bible) and do as the Noble Bereans did to find out if these things are true! When it comes down to a choice, please don't get caught between a rock and a hard place. Accept what God says and throw away what man says if man is preaching contrary to God's Word.
May God bless your understand through His Holy Spirit.
Pray for understanding and God may give it to you.