(Please read the Bible verses on your own using the King James Bible)
The first time the word, “angel”, is mentioned in the Bible is Genesis 16:7 where the “angel of the Lord” is mentioned. But, before we can discuss who the “angel of the Lord” is let’s figure out what exactly an angel is.
First, the Bible says they are spirit beings in Psalm 104:4, a verse referred to in Hebrews 1:7.
Secondly, they appear as men to us on earth; Luke 1:26 with Daniel 9:21. Revelation 21:17. Notice in the events preceding the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; Genesis 18:1-22,19:1-16 that two men are then referred to as two angels and they lead Lot and family out of Sodom.
Third, none of them are spoken of as having wings. People have gotten confused because Seraphim and Cherubim have wings and careless teachers refer to them as angelic beings but they are not angels, they are living creatures as per Ezekiel 1:1-14 and Ezekiel 10:1-15 with verse 15 referring to what he saw back in Ezekiel 1. Read Revelation 4:6-9. Angels, on the other hand, always appear as men.
In fact, people would think they were men if they saw them in many instances. Read Acts 12:13-15 and Hebrews 13:2. I don’t think you would have an angel over for a glass of water at your door and be unaware that you were dealing with someone special if they looked like the creatures described in Ezekiel, do you?
There are winged women in Zechariah 5:9 but they are not said to be angels but are said to be carrying something wicked into the plain of Shinar.
Often times, people refer to Satan as a fallen angel. But, even though Satan is said to be able to appear as an angel of light in 2 Corinthians 11:14, he is a cherub as per Ezekiel 28:14-19. We know that the cherubim are not to be mistaken for angels. Just because Satan leads angels in rebellion in Revelation 12:7,9 doesn’t necessarily mean that he is one himself. What is missing from the cherubim is something from the reptilian order. But, note this reference that most would link with Satan in Job 41 describing what we might think of as a dinosaur or dragon and look at how Isaiah 27:1 links Job 41 with Revelation 12. The covering cherub has been thrown down and is not present with the other four in either Ezekiel or Revelation.
But, back to Angels. An angel is an appearance of someone who is someplace else. Read Acts 12:15 again. Now, read Matthew 18:10. But, there is something else about angels that is interesting. In Genesis 6:2 and 6:4 we have “sons of God” messing with human women. They are not keeping their place and their offspring are abnormal people called giants. The sons of God are also mentioned in Job 1:6; 2:7; and 38:7. Notice two verses of interest in Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4. These verses seem to have a connection with those verses in Genesis 6.
A great many Bible teachers believe that angels are appearances of these sons of God and yes, Revelation 12 shows us that there are rebellious angels and Psalm 78:49 shows us that there are evil angels, but, of course, we know from Genesis 6 just how evil these angels could be.
Now, a great many people have said that devils are fallen angels but there is a problem with that. Angels appear as a man and a unit of measurement unites the two in Revelation 21:17. Yet, literally thousands of devils can fit into one man as per Mark chapter 5 and these devils are all manifestations of THE DEVIL as we will see as we read Mark 5:1-18 very carefully. Note the words and phrases; unclean spirit, Legion, all the devils, unclean spirits, and, finally, the devil.
So, devils are not fallen angels without a bit of a stretch and some shrinkage. What is the angel of the Lord or an angel of the Lord? Would it be an appearance of God or, as some of the old time preachers would say, a representative? Let’s examine three times where the Bible and Bible persons equate an angel of the Lord with God Himself and since Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) as the preincarnate Lord Jesus Christ.
But, before we do that, let’s go to Exodus 3:2. Now, let’s move to Judges 2:1 and see what this angel of the Lord said that He did. Now, see Exodus 13:7,8; Deuteronomy 8:2 that God did this. This angel of the Lord IS God. But, we worship God and we are told not to worship angels in Colossians 2:18. But, if an angel is an appearance of God, in the form of the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ then this would make more sense. Now, let’s look at Gideon’s dilemma in Judges 6:22,23. Then, let’s go to Judges 13:1-22. Remember why they were afraid from Exodus 33:20.
My conclusion is that the angel of the Lord or an angel of the Lord is the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ. An angel is an appearance, a representative. Yet, an angel can kill 185,000 Assyrians as per 2 Kings 19:35 and blind a bunch of perverts as in Genesis 19.
1. There are no angels with wings in the Bible. Angels are not cherubims or seraphims which are different creatures entirely.
2. Angels are appearances or representatives of someone. Perhaps they are connected to Hebrews 12:23.
3. The angel of the Lord is the Lord Jesus Christ before He came in the flesh or what we call the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ.
4. Devils are not fallen angels.
5. Satan is not an angel but a reptilian cherub. He can only appear as an angel to deceive you.