Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Is Satan an angel?

 Angels are robots

Angels are created beings. They do only whatever their creator orders them to do. They are very complex, programmed robots. Different angels have different functions and belong to different Gods. In my earlier posts I wrote about the plurality of the Gods written about in the Bible. In the Bible we read of the angel of the Lord. That statement tells us that there are angels which do not belong to Jehovah. Jehovah is the proper name for the God of Israel. To think of angels as being robots is not at all out of line with the idea we get from the Bible.   
       Angels were created to do certain things, and as pre-programmed robots,           they do those things.  The works of angels, according to Mr. Thiessen, are:
       a) they worship God,
       b) they protect and deliver God’s people: 
       c) they guide and encourage God’s servants,
      d) they interpret God’s will to men,
      e) they will gather together the elect at the return of Christ. 

        This sounds like clear, straightforward, Bible teaching but it does raise a         few questions.

        If God is all-powerful and if he is everywhere at the same time why does         he need helpers?  The common answer that is given, “well, we just don’t                 understand God’s way” is just not satisfying. 
If Jehovah, who is only good, made all the angels, how is it that now, there are good angels and bad angels?  It is here suggested that each of the Gods made their own angels (helpers), and each God programmed his (or her) angels to obey his (or her) wishes.  The angels, whom Satan had fabricated at the time of their creation, were programmed to obey his voice and consequently, work evil for him.  If that approach seems far-fetched and unacceptable, notice the contradiction that Mr. Thiessen, a Mennonite theologian, imposes on the subject of angels.  The angels were created perfect.  This means that every affection of their hearts was directed toward God; their wills were inclined toward God...We must therefore conclude that the fall of the angels was due to their deliberate, self determined revolt against God.   Has any theologian ever done an about face, as fast as this one was done?  First he says that every affection of their hearts was directed toward God and then, a few sentences later he writes, We must therefore conclude that the fall of the angels was due to their deliberate, self determined revolt against God.  Maybe this kind of contradiction satisfies some people when it comes to Bible study.  However, the question remains, what is the real answer, since that one obviously cannot be?
 Bible students have written much about the sons of God of Genesis 6 as being angels.  Some, opposed to the idea, say that the sons of God were the righteous descendants of the line of Seth and that the daughters of men were the unrighteous descendants of the line of Cain.  They continue, saying, that the recorded fact that there were giants in the earth in those days grammatically stands alone.  Those same students declare that that statement is not connected with the fact that the sons of God took as wives the daughters of men.  However, their argument overlooks the next statement in the Bible.  When the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; these were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Geneses 6:4Since when has a person been a mighty man just because he had a godly father and an ungodly mother?!
The point of view that the sons of God, who were the fathers of the mighty men of renown refers to angels seems a bit far-fetched to some. They claim that the statement Christ made about people in heaven proves that angels are sexless.  He said, For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.  Mat. 22:30.  Some claim that this statement made by Christ means that the angels are neither male nor female.  However, Christ did not say that, all he said is that angels do not marry.  Why do they not marry?  This is not necessarily, because they are sexless.  Perhaps all angels are males and so have no one to marry.  It is quite possible to believe that the angels in Genesis 6 were Satan’s angels only and that Satan was planning to thwart the plans of Jehovah.  Since each angel responds to his creator’s voice, it should have been an easy thing for Satan to command his angels to do that.
Following is a quote from the Book of Enoch, which sheds light on the topic of angels.  In the book, the pseudo Enoch calls the angels the guardians of heaven.  Enoch said, they bore me up into the heavens. I entered and walked until I came to a wall built of crystal stones and surrounded by tongues of fire, and they began to strike terror into me...and I heard the voice of the Most High: ‘Fear thou not, Enoch, thou righteous man and scribe of righteousness ... go thou and speak to the guardians of heaven who have sent thee in order to intercede for them. For they should really intercede for men, and not men for them!’  (Say to the guardians) ...why have ye left the lofty holy heavens, slept with women, defiled yourselves with the daughters of men, taken wives unto yourselves and done like the children of earth and beget sons like giants?  Although ye were immortal, ye have defiled yourselves with the blood of women, and beget children with the blood of the flesh, lusted after the blood of men and produced flesh and blood as they do who are mortal and perishable.  This quotation clearly states that, according to the Book of Enoch, it is possible for angels to become the fathers of earthly babies.  Could it perhaps be these angels that Jude is referring to when he said, And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains. Jude 6.
        Satan is not an angel

One of the errors that the church is forced to uphold, because she believes that there is only one God, is that Satan is an angel.  When Satan, one of the Gods, took up arms against Jehovah, the war in heaven took place.  That war is recorded in Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28 and in The Revelation.
Greek and Babylonian mythology has much to say about the various gods and their continual striving with each other.  They had their wars on earth and in heaven.  It seems that these myths were also based on earlier Babylonian stories, (as many Bible teachers say the Bible also is).  The Babylonian story says in part, Then joined issue (to engage in battle) Tiamet and Marduk, wisest of gods.  They strove in single combat, locked in battle...After he had slain Tiamet, the leader, her band was shattered, her troupe broken up.  Some sources place the wars between these two groups at 10,000 to 12,000 years (ago). 
Surely, we would like to throw out stories like this as ancient fiction, but they are not so easily discarded, for in the Bible we also read of God doing battle with Satan and winning the war.  A story like this makes absolutely no sense if we insist on believing that God is Omnipotent and that Satan is merely an angel.  There could be no meaningful contest between two contestants so unequally matched.  The image that presents itself to the mind is that of a professional wrestler in the ring, trying to defend his title against a newborn baby.  I repeat; The Gods spoken of in the Bible are not all that we have been taught to believe they are, and conversely, Satan is not an angel but rather one of those Gods.
Milton, in Paradise Lost, had much to say about the fall of Satan.  Some of it sounds as if Satan fell from heaven in a burning spacecraft.  He trusted  to  have equal’d the Most High, if he oppos’d;  and with ambitious aim against the throne and Monarchy of God rais’d impious war in Heaven and Battel proud with vain attempt.  Him the Almighty power hurld headlong flaming from th’ Ethereal skie with hideous ruine and combustion down to bottomless perdition, there to dwell in Adamantine Chains and penal Fire, who durst defie the Omnipotent to Arms. 
In Milton’s poem, after Satan had lost the battle and, having regained consciousness in Hell notices that the army that had been fighting them has been recalled to Heaven, perhaps because they have run out of ammunition.  But  see  the  Angry Victor hath recall’d his Ministers of vengeance and pursuit back to the gates of heaven: The Sulphurous Hail shot after us in storm...Hath spent his shafts, and ceases now.  
Perhaps this is exactly what Job had in mind when he said, His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Job 26:13   Is it possible that the producers of Star Wars were simulating scenes from ages before modern human history began?
The teaching of the forces of good and evil opposing each other is completely coherent with the Bible’s statements; war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. The Revelation 12:7-9.  Where and why did all this contention begin?  Some Bible teachers say that Isaiah 14:4-23 refers only to the King of Babylon, but many say that the deeper meaning of these verses is about the fall of Satan.  How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!... For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.  Jehovah and his angels are the occupiers of the Mount of the assembly and that war between the two forces broke out because Satan wanted the place where the Lord’s throne is.
If Satan is just an angel how is it that he has a throne?  Michael and Gabriel do not have thrones.  Only potentates have thrones.  A question that can be asked, in all earnestness, is this; is Satan a God in the same rank as Christ is.  Nowhere does the Bible teach that Satan is an angel.  That is merely a supposition the church has handed us because she believes there is only one God.
Satan also said, I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north.  Who is on the mount of assembly?  Common theology has placed God there.  Billy Graham even suggested that the reason there are no stars in the north is because, that is where God’s throne is.  Considering that, according to Church theology, Jehovah is omnipresent, is His confinement to a throne in the Northern hemisphere logical?  Is Jehovah closer to the Northern hemisphere than He is to the Southern hemisphere?
If, during Satan’s temptation of Christ in the wilderness, he would have won the victory over Christ, he could forever after have taken it easy for all the souls of all the people in the world would have been his. True, he has lost his throne in the heavens, but, according to Milton, Satan said, Tis better to rule in Hell than serve in heaven. 
The book of Job starts by telling of the riches and the family of Job.  It continues Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. We notice that, sons of God, is written in plural, and that Satan was among those named as sons of God.   If we look back at one of my first posts, we find that in the Bible, the word for God should really be written as Gods.  We also understand, from the Bible, that Jehovah has only one Son, and yet the Bible speaks of the sons of God, in plural. Does it not seem obvious, than, that there are other gods than Jehovah?  It is interesting that of eight different translations of the Bible that were checked, in this regard, only three leave it as the sons of God.  One of them has a footnote, which says sons of God means angels.  Five of the translations use the word, angels, but as a footnote, they say that in the Hebrew language it reads, sons of God.  This is a good example of how easily Bible translators can shape or reshape theology.  
Perhaps it also shows how ingrained our beliefs are.  We, almost, cannot let go of the ideas we grew up with, although the Bible tells us otherwise, but really, it is time to think again.