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January 14, 2016

NOT TO THE ANGELS

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak” (Hebrews 2:5)

The world to come is not subject to the angels but to the one who is superior to angels, and He is Lord Jesus Christ. It was that world in the Old Testament period, where angels had to do the disposition of the Law, and mediate between men and God. Angels visited Abram (cf. Genesis 18:2). They helped the children of Israel in their battles. When the phrase is written as “the angel of the LORD” it fundamentally meant pre-incarnate Jesus.

“And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses” (2 Kings 19:35)

A mighty angel Michael fought with the devil for the body of Moses, and said to the devil “let the Lord rebuke thee”.

“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee” (Jude 1:9)

Some teach an error that Jesus was Michael the angel but the description in Jude 1:9 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 show that Jesus was not the Michael the Archangel. Jesus was eternally with God, and He was the begotten Son of God, and as the Lord proclaimed He and the Father are one.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1)

A messenger from God said to Daniel, “….Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words” (Daniel 10:12)

It was Michael, the archangel, who fought with the angel of darkness, the representation of the Persian world power, which prevented the messenger for twenty one days from God visiting Daniel (Twenty one days are a period of time when Daniel was mourning for three weeks).

“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia” (Daniel 10:13)

For a certain period of time in the New Testament period until Jesus was born angels mediated between God and men. Angel Gabriel gave glad tidings to Zechariah that Elizabeth his wife will have a son, and because he did not believe he was made dumb until John, the Baptist was born to them. (cf. Luke 1:19, 22). Angel Gabriel visited Joseph and said to take Mary as His wife, even though she was pregnant because the baby in her womb was Holy one, the result of the overshadowing of Holy Spirit on her (cf. Luke 1:26). The angel of the Lord visited shepherds and gave them the good news of the birth of Lord Jesus (cf. Luke 2:9-11)

However, Lord Jesus being superior to angels and obedient even to the point of death on the wretched cross, and offered Himself as sacrifice, once for all on behalf of us, to redeem us from the bondage of sin and hellfire, the Father gave all the authority to Him.

The world to come was future, when Jesus and Paul were on this earth, and it meant primarily the age we live in i.e. the Church Age, and it secondarily meant the millennial kingdom, and thereafter. Although Church came into existence on the fiftieth day after the resurrection of Jesus, it came into present form much later as One New Man with Jews and Gentiles one in Him. (Ephesians 3:3-6). Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the church.

After the second advent of Jesus, He will the rule the earth from the throne of David, and will continue to have His authority over all, whether it be in heaven, or in earth. He will judge the quick and the dead. Whoever confesses Him as Lord and believes in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day will have everlasting life.

The LORD, therefore, did not subject the world to come to angels. Those who are born again will rise from the dead, and those who are alive, when He comes, will be caught up to Him to be with Him forever and ever. This is the first resurrection. All those who are not saved will rise at the end of the age to be judged at the Great White Throne to be cast into the burning ‘lake of fire’ along with death and hell, and Satan.

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