Continuing my adventure on the study of angels, it is wise to use the bible as our present source and guide on these heavenly creatures. What I’d like to focus on in this post are the characteristics of an angel. What are they made of? What does the “man after God’s own heart” have to say about angels?
Angels are considered heavenly beings. They are immaterial, meaning that they are not bound by the physical laws of Earth. In fact, according to the book Angels by Dr. David Jeremiah, they could be made of fire and wind. Why fire and wind? Well the Lord says in Ezekiel 13:13 “In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain…” In both Hebrew and Greek, the term spirtit means “breath or wind”(81) So, let’s look at another scripture:
The Lord will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. Isaiah 11:15
Or what of fire?
His body also was like the beryl and his face as the appearance of lightning and his eyes as lamps of fire…(Daniel 10:6 KJV)
This could all be speculation of course. When I think of wind I think of normal cool winds blowing on my skin from across the ocean waters, or perhaps a warm wind on a nice Spring day. When I think of fire I think of hot stove, forest fires, hell, etc. Does that mean an angel is nearby? Or are the winds and discussed in biblical passages a bit more forceful and spiritual than that? Hmmmm.
Finally, David, the Harpist, the Psalmist, the young one who slayed Goliath had something to say about angels. I like how Dr. David Jeremiah desribed how David would sit underneath the stars and contemplate on the Lord and His ways. David says:
“What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou vistest him? For thou has made him a little lower than the angels and hast crowned him with glory and honour”-(Psalm 8:4-5 KJV)
David seems to have latched on to a hard truth here. Even with all the talk about about the angels and how God has made them inumerable, heavenly and of wind and fire, the Lord is still mindful of us and visit us as well. In fact, He sends angels to us in many different forms, much like has in the past.
What do you think? Do you think is far too much speculation? Have you found more scriptures on this?
*Next, we will discuss angels appearing to some and not all. Angels in visions, dreams, and reality as well as angels in fiction…see you soon!