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Prayer: "Open my heart and mind to understand the greatness of your creation and your creation of angels and what they are and do. Thank you. Amen."

Review the Scripture verses for Lessons 1, 2, and 3 and read each verse 4 times. Review the Points to Remember in Lessons 1, 2, and 3.

Do the test page for Lesson 2.

Read the Memory verse 5 times.


(Luke 2:13-14):

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men."

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Before we start, we ask you this question: Is MAN the only Creation for God in this cast Universe that he created? And what a Universe it is!! (Psa. 19:1) says: "The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth HIS handiwork." In a previous lesson you learned that Heaven is plural; it is "HEAVENS". It staggers our finite minds to think of the vastness of the Heavens and the earth! Is it God-like to have fashioned a Universe, with no other Creation in these Heavenly depths; to love and appreciate HIM and HIS Creation than man? God's Holy Word gives us the answer: THERE IS ANOTHER CLASS OF BEINGS ABOVE MAN. THESE BEINGS ARE THE ANGELS OF GOD THE HEAVENLY HOSTS; THE TENANTS OF THE HEAVENS; THE INNUMERABLE COMPANY OF THE UNSEEN SERVANTS OF GOD. 

From the first Book of the Bible "Genesis", to the last Book "Revelation", Angels of GOD are prominently mentioned 180 times in the OLD Testament and 165 times in the NEW Testament. The Word of God always speaks of them as Supernatural beings.

The Bible teaches that Angels are a class of created beings above man. (Heb. 2:7) "Thou madest him (man) a little lower than the angels;..." When were they created? The Bible gives no definite answer to this, but we know they were a separate creation, probably long before earth was created as recorded in Genesis 1:1. 

When GOD was speaking to Job out of the whirlwind, God gives us a hint of when Angels came into being. 

(Job 38:4-7) "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the cornerstone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" This shows they were in existence when God laid the foundation of the earth. 

NOTE: They were called THE SONS OF GOD; but there is a different "Hebrew" word used here indicating that they were "sons of God" by Creation. We (Christians), on the other hand, become sons of God by the Redemptive work of CHRIST on the Cross. Upon accepting HIM - as our personal SAVIOUR, we become "a NEW Creation" ­ thus, a son of God. 

ANGELS ARE SEXLESS ­ "THEY MARRY NOT, NOR ARE THEY GIVEN IN MARRIAGE." (Matt. 22:30) Therefore, they do not multiply, as the Human race does; but were all created at one time, in the Beginning. Their numbers are very large; Note (Rev. 5:11) "And I beheld and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands." 

The question is often asked, "Do angels have bodies?" The Scripture states that they are spirits. (Heb. 1:14) "Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" We also know that they can appear in visible form, generally in the likeness of a human body. In Heb. 13:1 we read: "Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." 

There is no scripture to substantiate the art form of angels having wings with a halo about their heads; nor do human beings or children become angels when they die. From the Scriptural accounts, we can understand that the angels do have the faculty to appear in human form suddenly; and to disappear in the same manner. The nature of the angelic body is unknown, for it is unrevealed in Scripture. (There are fallen angels which we shall study about, later on.) 

The angels are active today in Heaven and earth (each child of God has his own angel). 

(Matt. 18:10) "For I say unto you, that in Heaven, their angels do always behold the face of My father which is in Heaven." 

Angels have a great deal to do in the "End Times". Take an hour and read in one setting (if possible), the 21 great chapters of Revelation; and particularly notice the activity of the angels which is yet to come.  


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