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International Standard Bible EncyclopediaANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES
It is evident from the contexts of the various Biblical passages in which the word "angel" appears, that the word does not always represent the same idea. In such passages as Daniel 12:1 and Acts 12:15 it would seem that the angel was generally regarded as a superhuman being whose duty it was to guard a nation or an individual, not unlike the jenei of the Arabs. However, in Malachi 2:7, 3:1 (Hebrew) the word is clearly used to represent men. In the New Testament also, there are passages, such as James 2:25 (Greek), in which the word seems to be applied to men. The seven angels of the seven churches (Revelation 1:20) received seven letters, figurative letters, and therefore it would seem that the seven angels are also figurative and may refer to the seven bishops who presided over the seven churches of Asia. Or the angels may be regarded as the personifications of the churches.
Greek2465. isaggelos -- equal to angels
... equal to angels. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: isaggelos Phonetic Spelling:
(ee-sang'-el-los) Short Definition: like the angels Definition: equal ...
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4756. stratia -- an army
32. aggelos -- a messenger, angel
743. archaggelos -- a chief angel, ie archangel
649. apostello -- to send, send away
1142. daimon -- a demon
32a. aggelos -- a messenger, angel
Strong's Hebrew430. elohim -- God, god
... 1), shrine* (1). angels, exceeding, God, very great, mighty. Plural of
'elowahh; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used ...
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8136. shinan -- repetition
47. abbir -- mighty, valiant
4397. malak -- a messenger
4264. machaneh -- an encampment, camp
Whether the Angels Will Judge?
Shepherds and Angels
The Angels with the Seven vials.
Of the Appearance of the Angels.
Whether the Angels are Incorruptible?
Whether There is Will in the Angels?
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Smith's Bible DictionaryAngels
By the word "angels" (i.e. "messengers" of God) we ordinarily understand a race of spiritual beings of a nature exalted far above that of man, although infinitely removed from that of God--whose office is "to do him service in heaven, and by his appointment to succor and defend men on earth. I. Scriptural use of the word . --There are many passages in which the expression "angel of God" is certainly used for a manifestation of God himself (Genesis 22:11) with Genesis 22:12 and Exod 3:2 with Exod 3:6 and Exod 3:14 It is to be observed, also, that side by side with these expressions we read of God's being manifested in the form of man --as to Abraham at Mamre, (Genesis 18:2,22) comp. Genesis 19:1 To Jacob at Penuel, (Genesis 32:24,30) to Joshua at Gilgal, (Joshua 5:13,15) etc. Besides this, which is the highest application of the word angel, we find the phrase used of any messengers of God, such as the prophets, (Isaiah 42:19; Haggai 1:13; Malachi 3:1) the priests, (Malachi 2:7) and the rulers of the Christian churches. (Revelation 1:20) II. Nature of angels --Angels are termed "spirits," as in (Hebrews 1:14) --but it is not asserted that the angelic nature is incorporeal. The contrary seems expressly implied in (Luke 20:36; Philemon 3:21) The angels are revealed to us as beings such as man might be, and will be when the power of sin and death is removed, because always beholding his face, (Matthew 18:10) and therefore being "made like him." (1 John 3:2) Their number must be very large, (1 Kings 22:19; Matthew 26:53; Hebrews 12:22) their strength is great, (Psalms 103:20; Revelation 5:2; 18:21) their activity marvelous (Isaiah 6:2-6; Matthew 26:53; Revelation 8:13) their appearance varied according to circumstances, but was often brilliant and dazzling. (Matthew 28:2-7; Revelation 10:1,2) Of the nature of "fallen angels," the circumstances and nature of the temptation by which they fell, we know absolutely nothing. All that is certain is that they "left their first estate" and that they are now "angels of the devil." (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:7,9) On the other hand the title especially assigned to the angels of God--that of the "holy ones," see (Daniel 4:13,23; 8:13; Matthew 25:31) --is precisely the one which is given to those men who are renewed in Christ's image. Comp. (Hebrews 2:10; 5:9; 12:23) III. Office of the angels . Of their office in heaven we have only vague prophetic glimpses as in (1 Kings 22:19; Isaiah 6:1-3; Daniel 7:9,10; Revelation 6:11), etc., which show us nothing but a never-ceasing adoration. They are represented as being, in the widest sense, agents of God's providence, natural and supernatural, to the body and to the soul. In one word, they are Christ's ministers of grace now, and they shall be of judgment hereafter. (Matthew 13:39,41,49; 16:27; 24:31) etc. That there are degrees of the angelic nature, both fallen and unfallen, and special titles and agencies belonging to each, is clearly declared by St. Paul, (Ephesians 1:21; Romans 8:38) but what their general nature is it is useless to speculate.
Topical Bible VersesHebrews 1:14
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
2 Peter 2:4
ThesaurusAngels (99 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES. ... Or the angels may
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Gods (310 Occurrences)
Winds (35 Occurrences)
Vessels (210 Occurrences)
Vials (5 Occurrences)
Jacob (361 Occurrences)
Fury (152 Occurrences)
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Bowls (47 Occurrences)
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Bible ConcordanceAngels (99 Occurrences)
Matthew 4:6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,'He will put his angels in charge of you.' and,'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don't dash your foot against a stone.'"
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.
Matthew 13:39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
Matthew 13:41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do iniquity,
Matthew 13:49 So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,
Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.
Matthew 18:10 See that you don't despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like God's angels in heaven.
Matthew 24:31 He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
Matthew 24:36 But no one knows of that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Matthew 25:31 "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
Matthew 25:41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand,'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
Matthew 26:53 Or do you think that I couldn't ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?
Mark 1:13 He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; and the angels were serving him.
Mark 8:38 For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
Mark 12:25 For when they will rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Mark 13:27 Then he will send out his angels, and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.
Mark 13:32 But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Luke 2:15 It happened, when the angels went away from them into the sky, that the shepherds said one to another, "Let's go to Bethlehem, now, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."
Luke 4:10 for it is written,'He will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you;'
Luke 9:26 For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed, when he comes in his glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels.
Luke 12:8 "I tell you, everyone who confesses me before men, him will the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God;
Luke 12:9 but he who denies me in the presence of men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God.
Luke 15:10 Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting."
Luke 16:22 It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried.
Luke 20:36 For they can't die any more, for they are like the angels, and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
Luke 24:23 and when they didn't find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
John 1:51 He said to him, "Most certainly, I tell you, hereafter you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
John 20:12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
Acts 7:53 You received the law as it was ordained by angels, and didn't keep it!"
Acts 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no coming back from the dead, and no angels or spirits: but the Pharisees have belief in all these.
Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
1 Corinthians 4:9 For, I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last of all, like men sentenced to death. For we are made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and men.
1 Corinthians 6:3 Don't you know that we will judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
1 Corinthians 11:10 For this cause the woman ought to have authority on her head, because of the angels.
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
Galatians 3:19 What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.
2 Thessalonians 1:7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, Paul's Second Letter to Timothy
1 Timothy 3:16 Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.
1 Timothy 5:21 I command you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.
Hebrews 1:4 having become so much better than the angels, as he has inherited a more excellent name than they have.
Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did he say at any time, "You are my Son. Today have I become your father?" and again, "I will be to him a Father, and he will be to me a Son?"
Hebrews 1:6 Again, when he brings in the firstborn into the world he says, "Let all the angels of God worship him."
Hebrews 1:7 Of the angels he says, "Who makes his angels winds, and his servants a flame of fire."
Hebrews 1:13 But which of the angels has he told at any time, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet?" and prospered.
Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels spirits that serve Him--whom He sends out to render service for the benefit of those who, before long, will inherit salvation?
Hebrews 2:2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense;
Hebrews 2:5 For he didn't subject the world to come, of which we speak, to angels.
Hebrews 2:7 You made him a little lower than the angels. You crowned him with glory and honor.
Hebrews 2:9 But we see him who has been made a little lower than the angels, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for everyone.
Hebrews 2:16 For most certainly, he doesn't give help to angels, but he gives help to the seed of Abraham.
Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels,
Hebrews 13:2 Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.
1 Peter 1:12 To them it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you, they ministered these things, which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Good News to you by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven; which things angels desire to look into.
1 Peter 3:22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him.
2 Peter 2:4 For if God didn't spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
2 Peter 2:11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, don't bring a railing judgment against them before the Lord.
Jude 1:6 Angels who didn't keep their first domain, but deserted their own dwelling place, he has kept in everlasting bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.
Jude 1:9 Now when Michael, one of the chief angels, was fighting against the Evil One for the body of Moses, fearing to make use of violent words against him, he only said, May the Lord be your judge.
Revelation 1:20 the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lampstands are seven assemblies.
Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Revelation 5:11 I saw, and I heard something like a voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousands of ten thousands, and thousands of thousands;
Revelation 7:1 After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree.
Revelation 7:2 I saw another angel ascend from the sunrise, having the seal of the living God. He cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea,
Revelation 7:11 All the angels were standing around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before his throne, and worshiped God,
Revelation 8:2 I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
Revelation 8:6 The seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Revelation 8:13 I saw, and I heard an eagle, flying in mid heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe! Woe! Woe for those who dwell on the earth, because of the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels, who are yet to sound!"
Revelation 9:14 saying to the sixth angel who had one trumpet, "Free the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!"
Revelation 9:15 The four angels were freed who had been prepared for that hour and day and month and year, so that they might kill one third of mankind.
Revelation 12:7 There was war in the sky. Michael and his angels made war on the dragon. The dragon and his angels made war.
Revelation 12:8 The Dragon fought and so did his angels; but they were defeated, and there was no longer any room found for them in Heaven.
Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was thrown down, the old serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Revelation 14:10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is prepared unmixed in the cup of his anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.
Revelation 15:1 I saw another great and marvelous sign in the sky: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them God's wrath is finished.
Revelation 15:6 The seven angels who had the seven plagues came out, clothed with pure, bright linen, and wearing golden sashes around their breasts.
Revelation 15:7 One of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.
Revelation 15:8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power. No one was able to enter into the temple, until the seven plagues of the seven angels would be finished.
Revelation 16:1 I heard a loud voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God on the earth!"
Revelation 17:1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here. I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who sits on many waters,
Revelation 21:9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, who were loaded with the seven last plagues came, and he spoke with me, saying, "Come here. I will show you the wife, the Lamb's bride."
Revelation 21:12 having a great and high wall; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
Revelation 22:6 And he said unto me, These words are faithful and true: and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angels to show unto his servants the things which must shortly come to pass.
Genesis 19:1 The two angels came to Sodom at evening. Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them. He bowed himself with his face to the earth,
Genesis 19:15 When the morning came, then the angels hurried Lot, saying, "Get up! Take your wife, and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city."
Genesis 28:12 He dreamed. Behold, a stairway set upon the earth, and its top reached to heaven. Behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Genesis 32:1 Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
Job 4:18 Behold, he puts no trust in his servants. He charges his angels with error.
Job 33:22 And his soul comes near to the underworld, and his life to the angels of death.
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Psalms 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
Psalms 78:25 Man ate the bread of angels. He sent them food to the full.
Psalms 78:49 He threw on them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, and a band of angels of evil.
Psalms 91:11 For he will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.
Psalms 103:20 Praise Yahweh, you angels of his, who are mighty in strength, who fulfill his word, obeying the voice of his word.
Psalms 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Psalms 148:2 Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all his army!
Daniel 10:13 But the angel of the kingdom of Persia put himself against me for twenty-one days; but Michael, one of the chief angels, came to my help; and when I came he was still there with the angel of the kings of Persia.
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