Hebrews 13:2

 "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers,  for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."

New International Version

Why is it, we can get certain concepts so entrenched in our minds, that it is next to impossible to change them even when presented with factual information to the contrary?

Could it be that we just don't like the idea of having been mistaken, or misinformed in the past? 

Or, might it be that the new information means we will now have to look into other accepted concepts to see if they too are not altogether valid?

I once heard a broadcaster say: "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." And, oh how true that is!

I don't know if it has something to do with ego, or laziness, but there seems to be a type of "mental inertia" prevalent in human beings. We resist change.

The subject of Angels is a very good example of what I am talking about. Whether it's old testament Hebrew, or new testament Greek, the word Angel does not really refer to any type of being. 

Instead, it refers to a job description. A title. And, that job description may conclude once the job is over.

The Hebrew word translated into angel in the old testament is Malak. It means to "dispatch as a deputy, a messenger"

 In Malachi 2:7 it refers to a man, a human being, a priest: 

"For the priest's lips should 
keep knowledge, and they 
should seek the law at his 
mouth: for he is the messenger
[Malak] of the LORD of hosts."

In Exodus 23:20 we see the same word, Malak, translated as "angel" and is referrring to a spirit being being dispatched as a messenger, a deputy: 

"Behold, I send an Angel[Malak] 
before thee, to keep thee in 
the way, and to bring thee into 
the place which I have prepared."

Two different beings. 
 Man and spirit being 
[This is what they are]

 Both are "Malak"[angel]. A job description: messenger, or deputy.  This is the job they are both doing.

I am aware of nowhere in the Bible where, what is stereotypically thought of as "regular angels", as having wings. 

However, the type of spirit beings called Seraphim have six wings (Isaiah 6:2), but nowhere are they referred to as messengers, or deputies. Cherubim are very special spirit-beings that do have two wings; and, on occasion, they have been used as messengers (angels), or deputies. (Genesis 3:24) .

There is a category of life far above man. Ancient man referred to them collectively as the "Mighty Ones", or the "Strong Ones".  They are the Elohim.

However, a specific, single, one of them is the Almighty Father of the rest. 

 The One who created all the others. But, even the least of them are mightier than man, and are referred to as the Elohim in the Hebrew language.

Within this category of Elohim, are Sons and Daughters of the Almighty Father. There are also other created beings, still mighty, but created as a lower life form than the Children of the Mighty Father. Messenger (angel) is just one of the job descriptions that exist among the Elohim. Others are simply referred to as THRONES, PRINCIPALITIES, POWERS, ELEMENTS, DOMINIONS.


1)" For by him were all things created, 
that are in heaven, and that are in 
earth, visible and invisible, whether 
they be thrones, or dominions, or 
principalities, or powers: all things 
were created by him, and for him:" 
(Colossians 1:16)

2) "For I am persuaded, that neither 
death, nor life, nor angels, 
nor principalities, nor powers
nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, 

nor any other creature, 

shall be able to separate us 

from the love of God, 

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

(Romans 8:38)

3) "And to make all men see what 
is the fellowship of the mystery
which from the beginning of the 
world hath been hid in God, 
who created all things by Jesus Christ:

To the intent that now unto the 

principalities and powers in heavenly 

places might be known by the church 

the manifold wisdom of God,

According to the eternal 

purpose which he purposed in 

Christ Jesus our Lord:" 

(Ephesians 3: 9-11)

4) " Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." 

(Ephesians 6:11)

 What follows are three links to videos related to this subject. By clicking this first LINK you will be taken to a video. Please give the video time to load. You may have to click the "Load" button, or download it to your desktop.

To continue with next level information on this subject geared toward the spiritually mature, click this second LINK to be taken to an hour and forty six minute video that can be downloaded free as a QuickTime movie, or a 15 minute preview can be watched online right now.

For those mature enough to handle concluding information in a way God would approve of, and not use it to be judgmental, here is a third  LINK that will take you to a video on the last level of the fellowship of the mystery. 

Some of these videos need to be downloaded and viewed from your desktop as a QuickTime movie. Most have a 15 minute preview that can be viewed on line without downloading the entire video.

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