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God’s CIA


I am referring to God’s Covenant Implementing Angels (CIA). Realize, long before man was created on Earth, God created millions of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him (Job 38:4-7 stars = angels in Revelation 1:20. Revelation 5:11).

There are three orders of angels mentioned in the Bible:

Seraphim

The Seraphim are the major worshippers around God’s throne crying out continuously, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty! By this, they declare a warning to everyone that they must be as Holy as God to approach Him, and if not, they will be destroyed. (13)

In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the sovereign master seated on a high, elevated throne. The hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs stood over him; each one had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and they used the remaining two to fly. They called out to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord who commands armies! His majestic splendor fills the entire earth!” The sound of their voices shook the door frames, and the temple was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:1–4 NET)(cf. Revelation 4:8)

Cherubim

The Cherubim act as guards,

The Lord God said, “Since man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil, he must not reach out, take from the tree of life, eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God sent him away from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove man out and stationed the cherubim and the flaming, whirling sword east of the garden of Eden to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22–24 NET)

and under-rulers over God’s universe. Lucifer, a Cherubim, was the ruler of planet Earth. (13)

You were an anointed guardian cherub, for I had appointed you. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the fiery stones. From the day you were created you were blameless in your ways until wickedness was found in you. Through the abundance of your trade, you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I expelled you in disgrace from the mountain of God, and banished you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. (Ezekiel 28:14–16 HCSB)  

Angels

There are many types of angels; Archangels, war angels, ambassadorial angels, personal guardian angels, and many others that are specialists within their own ranks. (13)

The Bible gives the names of two of the Archangels; Michael is the General of all the warrior angels in heaven. God’s name, “The Lord of Hosts,” means the God of the heavenly armies and is translated as such in most new translations. The Archangel Gabriel is the ambassadorial angel who reveals God’s purposes and divine decrees by announcing them at God’s appointed times. (13)

These angels gave praise, honor, glory, and loving allegiance to God as they fulfilled their created purpose. Everyone lived, worked, and worshiped in an atmosphere of holy purity, peace, and joy. There was nothing but a heavenly atmosphere with God and all of His creation. This heavenly condition continued for eternal ages until something completely contrary originated in one of God’s major eternal beings. (13)

Unfortunately, one of the ruling angels, or Cherubim called Lucifer, led a rebellion (1), with one-third of the other angels following him (Revelation 12:4). Nevertheless, they were quickly defeated, their authority (but not power) removed, and they were cast out of Heaven (Luke 10:18) (8). Today we know the Cherub Lucifer by the name of Satan (Satan means the adversary or accuser of the brethren – Revelation 12:10).

What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth! (Psalms 8:4-5 NASB95)

Then the race of man was created with positional authority a little lower than God but above the holy angels of God and certainly above the fallen angels of Satan, too (Psalms 8:5. Psalms 82:6. John 10:34) (2).

However, mankind then fell to a position lower than God’s Holy Angels when he ate the forbidden fruit (1) in the Garden of God (i.e., Eden). This action also gave Satan and his fallen angels the authority granted to man by God to rule on planet Earth (Act 26:18) (6).

Jesus then came to rescue us from this situation and give saved mankind, not angels, back the authority of the Name above all Names – Jesus (Philippians 2:9-11. Acts 4:12). Consequently, although the holy angels are very powerful, they only have limited authority to operate in Satan’s fallen world unless we delegate our authority in Jesus’ name by speaking the Word of God in the Name of Jesus.

Realize, Jesus being the last Adam was superior to holy angels, and indeed fallen angels, just as the first Adam before the fall.  However, at the cross, when Jesus took man’s place for punishment, He became positionally lower than the holy angels of God when He became our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).  The penalty for our transgressions was released upon Jesus as our scapegoat (1).  Upon His resurrection, He was restored to be again positionally higher than the holy angels and given back the Glory of God (Hebrews 1:6. Hebrews 2:6-9) (4).  Once again, holy angels serve Him, and since we are His joint-heirs and heirs of salvation, they serve us, too (Romans 8:17. Hebrews 1:13,14). Jesus is the Lord Sabaoth (i.e., Lord of the Angel Armies of Heaven) (Romans 9:29. James 5:4).

However, the holy angels do not just do anything we ask them to do but rather obey the Word of God that we speak in Jesus’ name. This is based on the Authority of the Covenant we have with God the Father by our mediator and Great High Priest (1), the Lord Jesus Christ (Psalms 103:20). That is, they obey the Christ in us; therefore, the more Christlike we are, the more holy angels will minister to and for us (Colossians 1:27. John 14:13,14).

Realize, the Bible includes the Old and New Testaments or Covenants that Christians have with God. Therefore, since angels obey the Word of God spoken by us, that is one reason why it is so vitally important to learn the scriptures by spiritual heart. When you are in an emergency situation (e.g., the car you are driving spins out of control on “black ice”), what comes out of your spiritual heart via your mouth can cause the angels to minister protection to you or NOT. Understand, what comes out of your mouth in an emergency situation is what you have put abundantly in your spiritual heart (Luke 6:45).

For example, if what comes out in this situation is “I am going to die,” then there is nothing for them to act upon. However, if what comes out of your spiritual heart via your mouth are words of our Covenant with God, such as “I will live and not die…” (Psalms 118:17), then protection will be Implemented by the holy Angels of God.

Also, daily Angelic protection can be established in your prayer time (1) by declaring the covenant (1). For example, saying the following to God in prayer: the Angel of the Lord encamps around me and chases all evil away from me; the angels lift me up in their hands, keeping even my feet from being hurt  (Psalms 34:7. Psalms 35:5,6. Psalms 91:11,12).

The Lord’s angel camps around the Lord’s loyal followers and delivers them. (Psalm 34:7 NET)
May they be like wind-driven chaff, as the Lord’s angel attacks them! May their path be dark and slippery, as the Lord’s angel chases them! (Psalm 35:5–6 NET)
For he will order his angels to protect you in all you do. They will lift you up in their hands, so you will not slip and fall on a stone. (Psalm 91:11–12 NET)

There has been much confusion in this area of Angels as Satan would like for us to think that we have always been inferior to angels so that he can bring fear into our lives. Furthermore, he would want us to think of God’s Holy Angels as babies or beautiful women and his fallen angels as fearful formidable foes. The truth is that the Holy Angels of God are mighty and have a decidedly masculine (3) appearance. In fact, when Angels appear in their Heavenly form, one of the first things they say is “do not fear” (Luke 1:12,13. Luke 1:28-30. Luke 2:9,10). However, they can also appear as ordinary humans (Hebrews 13:2).

For an example of their strength, one Archangel (The Angel of the Lord – a.k.a. The Archangel Michael – Revelation 12:7) killed 185,000 men in one night (2 Kings 19:35. Isaiah 37:36). With that correlation, let us analyze what Jesus was saying in the Garden of Gethsemane when He stated that more than twelve Legions of holy angels were available at His request (Matthew 26:53).

(A Roman Legion contained approximately 6000 men) x (>12 Legions) x (185,000 killed by one angel in one night) = >13,320,000,000 men could be killed in one night if Jesus so desired to escape the arrest.

The population of the Earth in 30 A.D. was approximately 300 million, and assuming a night is 12 hours, then the whole population of planet Earth could have been razed in less than 30 minutes by the Holy Angels of God!

That is, even though they sent approximately 600 soldiers plus a crowd of civilians to arrest Him – He could have easily overpowered them and escaped crucifixion if He desired (John 18:3. Mark 14:43). Thankfully, Jesus came to save us and not destroy us (John 3:16-18. Luke 9:51-56). Today, that same number of holy angels could eliminate the Earth’s seven billion population in significantly less than six hours! Remember, there are millions of holy angels and not just twelve Legions.

This is the blessing Moses the man of God pronounced upon the Israelites before his death. He said: The Lord came from Sinai and revealed himself to Israel from Seir. He appeared in splendor from Mount Paran, and came forth with ten thousand holy ones. With his right hand he gave a fiery law to them.  (Deuteronomy 33:1,2)
The prophet’s attendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots. He said to Elisha, “Oh no, my master! What will we do?” He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he can see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw that the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15–17).
God has countless chariots; they number in the thousands. The Lord comes from Sinai in holy splendor. (Psalms 68:17).
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels in a circle around the throne, as well as the living creatures and the elders. Their number was ten thousand times ten thousand—thousands times thousands—all of whom were singing in a loud voice: “Worthy is the lamb who was killed to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:11,12)

Jesus is the Leader (1) of the massive Angelic Armies of Heaven (aka, the Lord Sabaoth (1)).

Even though the angels are very powerful, they are not all-knowing, and we are not to worship them nor do the Holy Angels desire our worship (Ephesians 3:10. Colossians 2:18. Revelation 19:9,10) and we are not to accept from them anything contrary to God’s Word (Galatians 1:8,9).

But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell!As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell! (Galatians 1:8–9 NET)

They were created to serve God, but an angel (Lucifer) invented sin (i.e., disobedience 1 John 3:4. 1 John 3:8) when in a perfect environment. Consequently, the holy angels that did not rebel have been given as servants to Christians. Why? Well, if they will submit to and obey the Words of the Covenant coming from imperfect and frail humans, then they will undoubtedly obey a perfect and all-powerful God (1). 

In fact, one reason God has commanded wives to submit to their husbands is so that the angels will see correct submission to authority modeled (Genesis 3:16. Ephesians 5:22. 1 Corinthians 11:7-10). That is if a wife will resist the desire to rule her husband (a desire that came as a result of the fall of man and woman Genesis 3:16) (7) and submit to the leadership of her husband – who may not even be as capable – she is demonstrating her inward submission to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus the Christ (5). Furthermore, realize Christians will judge God’s Angels for their submission and obedience to the Covenant Word of God spoken by Christians in the future kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:3. Proverbs 17:2).

While we have been given all authority in the Name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s Gifts, we do not usually have the power that angels naturally possess. Consequently, we must co-labor together with the angels sharing our authority and them sharing their power to defeat the enemy! This learning to delegate our authority models correct submission to authority for the angels and keeps us humble. Humble knowing that we have to depend on the whole family of God, including the Holy Angels of God, to be an overcomer.

Lastly, we all have guardian angels assigned to us when we are born (Matthew 18:10). This includes Jesus since He was born the son of man. (Matthew 9:6) The “Angel of the Lord,” or rather the Lord’s angel, is Jesus’, Guardian Angel. (Matthew 1:20;2:13;2:19;28:2) (11)

In summary, angels are very powerful beings that perform or implement the Covenant Word of God and obey us when we voice God’s Covenant Word in Jesus’ Name (Psalms 103:20). They have been sent by God to serve Christians (Hebrews 1:13,14). Furthermore, we must utilize the ministry of God’s Angels to survive and be effective in this fallen world. (Hebrews 2:1-3)

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Topical Index of Hal’s Blogs (1)

(1) Left-click on the underlined phrase to open another article in a different tab with more explanation.

(2)The word translated as angels or heavenly beings in Psalms 8:5 is actually the word “Elohiym,” which is the plural form of the Hebrew word for God, “Elowahh.”  Plural refers to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, the three-in-one God. This same form of the word “Elohiym” is translated “God” three out of the four times it is used in the Bible (2 Chronicles 35:21. Job 20:29. Job 32:2. Psalms 8:5). It is the opinion of the author of this article that it should have been done so consistently here.

(3) There is one reference in the Bible that may indicate female angels (Zechariah 5:9). However, I think these are symbolic references due to the allegorical style utilized in this passage.

(4) At no time did Jesus ever stop being God as He as has always been God, is God and shall always be God, Amen. What is being referenced is the positional authority of Jesus.

(5) Certainly, a wife is not obligated to submit to the husband’s requests that involve or will lead to sin (Ephesians 5:22). In fact, following in sin because of a husband does not excuse the wife (Acts 5:1-10).

(6) The Koine Greek word translated “power” (Strong’s number 1849) is exousia {ex-oo-see’-ah} and is more accurately translated “authority.” That is, Satan has never had His power removed, but rather authority removed when cast out of Heaven and subsequently obtained the authority to rule on planet Earth from Adam when he fell for the sin trap of eating the forbidden fruit. Jesus now has all authority in Heaven and Earth since He conquered sin and Satan  (Matthew 28:18); however, Satan still has the authority to use his power in his World system (Acts 26:18. Ephesians 2:2. 1 John 5:19).

(7) foh-womansdesire-wtj.pdf (1)

(8) Fallen angels are not demons. Demons are the offspring of angels and animals (1).

(9) Mecca, Saudia Arabia – 610 AD, An Angel named Gabriel gives a different Gospel to Mohammad that starts the Muslim Religion. A gospel of works for salvation.

(10) Manchester, NY – 1820 AD, An angel named Moroni gives a different Gospel to Joseph Smith that starts the Mormon/LDS Religion. A gospel of works for salvation.

(11) The indefinite article is not supplied in Koine Greek. Consequently, the translators have the option of supplying one.

(12) Golden statue of Archangel Michael at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine

(13) Hamon, B. (2014). How Can These Things Be?: A Preacher and a Miracle Worker but Denied Heaven! (pp. 21–22). Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image® Publishers, Inc.

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Hal Warren

Hal has been teaching the Bible for over three decades. Presently, Hal desires to honor Jesus Christ through this Internet teaching ministry, thereby glorifying the Heavenly Father, in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. He believes, second to cultivating his relationship with God, that raising his family unto the Lord is the most significant task for him while on Earth. Furthermore, Hal believes that being a successful leader in the church or workplace is no substitute for failing to be a successful leader at home.

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