"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner-stone
thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy?" Job 38:6,7.
6. How many of these beings did John see around the throne?
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne; . . .
and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of
thousands." Rev. 5:11.
7. What does Paul say of their number?
"But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the
heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels." Heb. 12:22. See
also Dan. 7:10.
8. Are angels of a higher order of beings than man?
"Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels." Ps. 8:5.
NOTES.-There are different orders of angels: "Cherubim" (Gen. 3:24);
"Seraphim" (Isa. 6:2,6); "Archangel" (1 Thess. 4:16; Jude 9). Some of
their names are: "Michael" (Dan. 10:13,21; 12:1; Jude 9); "Gabriel"
(Dan. 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19); "Uriel" (2 Esdras [Apocrypha] 4:1,36; 5:20. See 1
Chron. 15:5); "Ariel" (doubtless of angelic origin. See Ezra 8:16). Michael
means, "Who is like God," and hence is a fit title for Christ. Gabriel
signifies, "The strength of God," an appropriate name for the angel or
being who stands next to Christ (Dan. 10:21). Uriel means, "The light
of God;" Ariel, "The lion of God."
9. Is Christ ever called an angel?
"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring
thee into the place which I have prepared." Ex. 23:20. See verse 23; Acts 7:38; and
margin of 1 Cor. 10:4. "The Angel of His presence saved them." Isa. 63:9.
"Michael the Archangel." Jude 9. See also Dan. 12:1; 1 Thess. 4:16.
NOTE.-Angel means messenger. In Mal. 3:1, Christ is called "the messenger
of the covenant."
10. What is said of the strength and character of the angels?
"Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His
commandments, harkening unto the voice of His word." Ps. 103:20.
11. What description is given of Gabriel in Daniel?
"His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning,
and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished
brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude." Dan.
NOTE.-Similar descriptions are given of God, the "Ancient of days." in Dan.
7:9; and of Christ. "the Son of man." in Rev. 1:13-15.
12. What was the appearance of the angel that rolled away the stone from the
sepulcher at the resurrection of Christ?
"His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as
snow." Matt. 28:3.
13. What shows that the angels sent to Abraham and Lot were real beings?
"And he [Abraham] took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and
set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat."
" And he [Lot] made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did
eat." Gen. 18:8; 19:3.
14. What reason does Paul give to encourage us to entertain strangers?
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained
angels unawares." Heb. 13:2.
15. In his dream at Bethel, what did Jacob see?
"And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it
reached to heaven: and behold the angls of God ascending and descending on it."
16. To whose authority are the angels subject?
"Jesus Christ: who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels
and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him." 1 Peter 3:21, 22.
NOTE.-In Joshua 5:13-15, Christ is called "captain of the Lord's host."
17. In what work are angels engaged?
"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who
shall be heirs of salvation? " Heb. 1:14.
18. What scripture indicates that each child of God has an accompanying angel?
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That
in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in heaven."
NOTE.-Another has said: "Christians who live in the light of God's countenance are
always accompanied by unseen angels, and these holy beings leave behind them a blessing in
19. How is their watch-care over God's people expressed?
"The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth
them." Ps. 34:7.
20. By what means were the three Hebrews protected while in the fiery furnace?
"I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt;
and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. . . . Then Nebuchadnezzar spake,
and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent His
angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him." Dan. 3:25-28.
21. When cast into the lions' den, how did Daniel say he had been saved from death?