Angels, Spirit Beings, Demons, and Unclean Spirits
Angels and other heavenly beings are referred to more than 371 times in scripture
They can appear to you in the dreams, visions, trances and even in the flesh
They seem to move at the speed of thought
Depending on how they show up determines if you get to stay standing are not (Daniel 10)
They can come so cloaked you think they are really human (Hebrew 13:2)
They can come and eat with you (Genesis 18:8) The Lord and two Angels
They can cook you food and feed you even (1Kings 19:5-8) Elijah
However they show up is not any less important either through a dream or vision or in the natural all ways are valid and equally important
Angels have never been commanded by humans only God
Psalms 91:11 For He (God) will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Psalms 103:20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.
Angels discern good from evil
2 Samuel 14:17b for as the angel of God, so is my lord the king in discerning good and evil.
Angels are God’s ministering spirits
Hebrews 1:14 Are they (Angels) not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Angels help, protect, proclaim, bring revelation, guard, minister and execute the will of God.
They sent plagues on unbelieving nations (Revelation 15-16)
They fight against the armies of the Antichrist (Revelation 12, 14)They stirred the waters in the pool of Bethesda (John 5:4)
They opened the prision doors twice in the N.C. (Acts 5, 12)
How many angels are there?
Hebrews 12:22b to an innumerable company of angels
One Third of the angels fell from Heaven (Revelation 12:3-9)
Angels have a choice to serve God or not (Jude 6)
We have personal angels assigned to us from childhood (Matthew 18:10)
Angels are assigned to Nations (Daniel 12:1)
Michael is assigned to the Hebrew people.
What are angels made of? - Celestial composition
Angels are Spirits Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels He says: Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.
1 Corinthians 15:40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
Angels can’t die (Luke 20:36)…. after the resurrection we will be like the angles and will not be able to die
Some angels actually collect our prayers (Revelation 8:3)
Angels have great authority (Revelation 18:1)
Angels fight all wars in heaven (Revelation 12:7)
Angels fly through heaven (Revelation 14:6)
An angel will declare the end of time (Revelation 10:7)
We are not to worship angels (Colossians 2:18 & Revelation 19:10a)
We are not to disrespect angels (1 Corinthians 15:40, 2 Peter 2:10 and Jude 8)
Angels rejoice when someone gets saved (Luke 15:10) Joy in the presence of the angels.
Angels can destroy people and cities (2 Samuel 24:16, 2 Kings 19:35 and Acts 12:23)
The Angel of the Lord will deliver you (Psalms 34:7)
Angels have their own language (1 Corinthians 13:1)
The bible only give us two names of angels: Gabriel and Michael ( Luke 1:11-12,19, Daniel 10:13)
Angels have none of the attributes of God
They are not Omniscient (Mark 13:32) - They don’t know when Jesus is returning
They are not Omnipotent - They can be removed from heaven
They are not Omnipresent - They move from one place to another and are not everywhere at the same time
Angels were created (Colossians 1:16)
Angels were created before the earth (Job 38:1, 47)
There are different sizes of angels (Revelation 7:1)
Angels can speak with a very loud voice (Revelation 7:2)
There are 16 types of Spirit beings in the co - existing spiritual realm:
Angel of His (God’s) Presence (paw-neem)
ANGEL OF GOD
Angel of Eloheim (God)
Exodus 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
✴430. Elohiym, el-o-heem ́; plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrate.
Angel of the Lord (YHWH)
Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
✴3068. YHWH; from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; name of God—the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.
• Can Speak from Heaven to Earth
Genesis 22:11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.”
• Can appear and speak on Earth
Judges 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
i. Highest form of Cherubim
ii. Guard the sanctuaries of heaven
• There must be more than one (sanctuaries)
iii. They have great splendor (Ezekiel 28)
iv. The wisest of all of Heavenʼs creation (Ezekiel 28)
v. The most beautiful of Heavenʼs creation (Ezekiel 28)
vi. They are covered with nine precious stones/eyes (Ezekiel 28)
vii. They are covered with gold (Ezekiel 28)
viii. They walk the closest of any of Heavenʼs creations to God—in the midst of the fiery stones (Ezekiel 28)
CHERUBIM (referred to 91 times in the Bible)
There are at least 7 of them (Ezekiel 9:1-11)
Each has the face of a Lion, Man, Eagle, and Cherub/Ox (Ezekiel 1:10)
They have feet (Ezekiel 1)
They have four wings (Ezekiel 1:6)
Their wings make noise when they fly (Ezekiel)
They fly around the Throne of God
They stand on each side of the Throne of God (1 Samuel 4:4)
They stand on each side of the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant
They are covered in amber like gold
They have higher "Glory" (Hebrew 9:5)
They are in perfect tune with and perfectly follow the Spirit of God (Ezekiel 1:12)
They have an appearance like polished brass or torch
Lighting comes out of them (Ezekiel 1:13)
They guarded the Garden of Eden
Seraphim (referred to 2 times in the bible)
Seraphim translates - Fiery Ones
They surround the throne (Isaiah 6)
They fly around the throne of God
They do not have feet they hover
They attend to God's throne
They continually cry Holy, Holy, Holy
The cry is so loud it shakes the door posts of heaven
They have six wings (Isaiah 6:2)
Watchers (Daniel 4)
They carry great authority
Observe, Report, Judge and sentence and make unchangeable decrees
Rulers / Principalities (arche, ar-khay) Arch angel or chief angel
Inspire kings and peoples to raise or fall
They put kings in their place.
Thrones (Thronos, thron-os)
To control nations or kingdoms
Powers / Authorities (exousia, ex-oo-see-ah)
They move armies or they cause nations to rise above other nations
Ephesians 1:21, 3:10
1 Peter 3:22
Dominions = Master (Kuriotes, Koo-ree-ot-ace)
Regions and tribal issues
Mights = Power (Kuriotes, Koo-ree-ot-ace)
To empower to conquer or throw another nation, tribe, city
Heaven's logistical agents
They boast of God and celebrate His presence (Psalm 103:20)
They excel in strength (Psalm 103:20)
They cause things to happen (Psalm 103:20)
They arrange for things to happen (103:20)
They serve only God's commands/voice (Harkin=sh'mah) (Psalm 103:21)
Like the butler's of God
They minister to God (Psalm 103:21)
They seek to please God (Psalm 103:21)
They fulfill the pleasure of God (Psalm 103:21)
They are witnesses of heaven's intent on earth
Living Wheels or (o-fawn) Owohan
The wheels of Ezekiel Chapter 1 were called "Owphan" or living wheels - apparently they were spiritual beings (Ezekiel 1:20)
These (owphan) living wheels do not turn (Ezekiel 10:16)
They make "great and thunderous noise" (Ezekiel 3:13)
They have numerous eyes
They are the color of beryl stone (most likely aquamarine in color)
They contain coals of fire to purity and for judgement (Ezekiel 10:6)
They appear as a wheel of burning fire below the throne of God (Daniel 7:9)
Ishshah (ish-shaw) Ashiym (naw-sheem)
Winged women who carried the evil woman away to Babylon (Zechariah 5:9)
These winged women come from heaven
They have feathered wings (kaw-nawf)
The wings were filled with the wind - the hebraic word for spirit (ruwach, roo-akh)
Carry the evil woman away to Babylon
Heavenly Spirits (at least 23 kinds)
Deaf Spirit (Mark 9:25)
Mute Spirit (Mark 9:25)
Spirit of Infirmity (Luke 13:11)
Spirit of Stupor (Romans 11:8)
Spirit of Judgement ( Isaiah 4:4)
Spirit of Burning (Isaiah 4:4)
Spirit of Justice (Isaiah 28:6)
Spirit of Deep Sleep (Isaiah 29:10)
Unclean Spirit (Zechariah 13:2, Matthew 12:43)
False Spirit (Micah 2:11)
Spirit of Harlotry (Hosea 4:12)
Spirit of Heaviness (Isaiah 61:3)
Perverse Spirit (Isaiah 19:14)
Spirit of Egypt (Isaiah 19:3)
Lying Spirit (1 Kings 22:23)
Deceiving Spirit (1 Kings 22:21)
Distressing Spirit (1 Samuel 16:15)
Spirit of Ill-will (Judges 9:23)
Spirit of Jealousy (Numbers 5:14)
Spirit of Wisdom (Ephesians 1:17)
Spirit of Revelation (Ephesians 1:17)
Spirit of Grace (Zechariah 12:10)
Spirit of Supplication (Zechariah 12:10)
Evil Spirits, Demons and Unclean Spirits
Evil Spirit (Ra' Ruah)
Teraphim are idols, or household gods they are the lowest form of fallen spirits
Demon (Shedim) (Deuteronomy 32:17, Psalms 106:37) (Seirim, meaning to be hairy)
Unclean Spirit (Tum' ah Ruah)
Nephesh Ra' (Evil soul either human or animal)
Nephesh - means soul or translated living being and is used both for human and animal and is used starting in Genesis.
Evil Spirits, or Demons and Unclean Spirits are not fallen Angels
So if they are not fallen angels then were did they come from?
Genesis 6:1-8 (So began the The hybrid race of man and animal)
Bene Elohim which translates sons of God
There are two schools of thought here,
Bene Elohim is another name for the sons of Seth
Bene Elohim is the name for Angels/ Watcher
This term for angels occurs four times in the Old Testament in the Septuagint version (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) it's meaning is always used as angels of God, never of man.
The of spring of this unholy union of angel and women created a hybrid race called in the hebrew Nephilim which is translated giants.
We find in the scriptures that angels have the ability to appear as men even though they are spirit beings. They are able to perform numerous human functions such as eating food as in their encounter with Abraham in Genesis 18. They are able to perform other bodily functions as well, they can walk and talk among us in such a way that we may not be aware of them unless they reveal themselves, Heb. 13:2 “do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” The angels that came to warn Lot were mistaken for men and were sought out for homosexual use by the men of Sodom. Angels are also able to carry out God's plans on Earth by supplying food for man 1 kings 19:5-7 Mt. 4:11. They are able to execute God's judgment Rev. 7:1, 14:17, inflict punishment upon man Ez.9:1-8, Acts 12:23. There seems to be some change of substance that takes place on Earth that they can become physical, contrary to their original nature. So if they are able to possess a body of a man and can eat and carry out other functions then why not other abilities. The term Son of God is never used of man in the Old Testament, only of angels. (Job.1:6,2:1, 38:7). The only exception is Nebuchadnezzar who said of the one who was in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, was like the Son of God” (Dan. 3:25). This was written in Aramaic and he was probably stating this from his Pagan perspective.
We also see Rephaim and Gibborim
Gibborim means mightiest, valiant, mighty of great stature. (Genesis 10:8)
The Amorites are mentioned more than 80 times in Scripture and They were descendants of Noah's grandson Canaan (Genesis 10:15-16)
In Amos 2:9-10 the Amorites are described to be as tall as cedar trees and strong as oaks!
Enoch and Jasher
Enoch was the 8th from Adam and walked with God so close that he was taken up to heaven and never tasted death!
The book of Enoch was considered scripture by many Jews up in till the counsel of Nicea 325 AD
In chapter 15 of Enoch we see that evil spirits come forth from the Nephilim
1Then addressing me, He spoke and said, Hear, neither be afraid, O righteous Enoch, you scribe of righteousness: approach hither, and hear my voice. Go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent you to pray for them, You ought to pray for men, and not men for you. 2Wherefore have you forsaken the lofty and holy heaven, which endures for ever, and have lain with women; have defile yourselves with the daughters of men; have taken to yourselves wives; have acted like the sons of the earth, and have begotten an impious offspring? (23) An impious offspring. Literally, "giants" (Charles, p. 82; Knibb, p. 101). 3You being spiritual, holy, and possessing a life which is eternal, have polluted yourselves with women; have begotten in carnal blood; have lusted in the blood of men; and have done as those who are flesh and blood do. 4These however die and perish. 5Therefore have I given to them wives, that they might cohabit with them; that sons might be born of them; and that this might be transacted upon earth. 6But you from the beginning were made spiritual, possessing a life which is eternal, and not subject to death for ever. 7Therefore I made not wives for you, because, being spiritual, your dwelling is in heaven. 8Now the giants, who have been born of spirit and of flesh, shall be called upon earth evil spirits, and on earth shall be their habitation. Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created from above; from the holy Watchers was their beginning and primary foundation. Evil spirits shall they be upon earth, and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called. The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born on earth. (24) Note the many implications of vss. 3-8 regarding the progeny of evil spirits.
9The spirits of the giants shall be like clouds, (25) which shall oppress, corrupt, fall, content, and bruise upon earth.
(25) The Greek word for "clouds" here, nephelas, may disguise a more ancient reading, Napheleim (Nephilim).
10They shall cause lamentation. No food shall they eat; and they shall be thirsty; they shall be concealed, and shall not (26) rise up against the sons of men, and against women; for they come forth during the days of slaughter and destruction.
The book of Jasher
We see the book of Jasher referenced in 2 Samuel 1:18 and Joshua 10:13
Jasher deals with the mixing of animals in Chapter 4:18
And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke The Lord, and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.
We see half human and half animal creatures in Jasher 36:31-34
So Nephesh ra can be evil animal souls or unclean spirits
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