Saturday, 2 December 2017

Doctrine - The angling angel angle

The angel of light and his ministers of righteousness

When I was an active member in the OAC I was taught that members of the OAC are angels. Their wings are supposedly the word and the deed. The word (father) is spoken by their “Vessel of Blessing” (VOB/overplaced/“owergestelde”). Their obedience to this word (father) is deemed to be the deed (son). By being obedient to the spoken word they would have peace of mind and that would be their supposed halo.

OAC interpretation of an angel

OAC Current Teaching (2 May 2017): “...We must serve the brotherhood, that they can be free from sin. Bring about joy, peace and happiness in their lives and leave them in a peaceful state of mind. The angel of the Lord proclaimed the birth of Jesus to the shepherds and brought a message of good tidings of great joy to all the people; peace on earth and goodwill towards men. [ LUK 2:8-14]...”

OAC Current Teaching (24 July 2017): “...We are the angels of the Lord, who excel in strength because we do His word. We have all put on the full armour of God and are in possession of all the godly qualifications represented by the various items of the full armour of God. [PSA 103:20; EPH 6:10-17]...”

OAC Current Teaching (25 July 2017): “...Angels of the Lord are those whom are born of God; they will overcome the world and the cares thereof for they rely on God, His power and strength. They are powerful men of valour and champions of God whom are strengthened by Him and utilised for His purpose. [JUD 6:12; PSA 103:21]...”

OAC Current Teaching (26 July 2017): “...The angels of God host and reveal the Spirit of God and bring good tidings of salvation. They serve in the name of the Lord and they are the builders of the kingdom of God. Their feet are shod with the gospel of peace. Read and study the contents of [PSA 103]...”

OAC Current Teaching (27 July 2017): “...What is an angel? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? [HEB 1:14] They are God’s angels and ministers authorised by God and sent to bring the gospel of Christ unto those who should be heirs of His salvation. [PSA 103:20-23]...”

OAC Current Teaching (5 August 2017): “...Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! [PSA 103:20-22]...”

An OAC young member wrote: “...according to Sunday school teaching that we received last year,an angel is a person who is being used or sent by the holy spirit to sent or deliver message to people,the msg must be send forward before any accurance cn tym place.remember the is no way we can walk without angels,dream,protest,visions etc comes thru angels to warn or thank us...”

An OAC member wrote: “...You become an Angel when your home is the body of Christ, meaning when it's night and you go to your natural lives like going to work...”

An OACUnderdeacon” supposedly had a vision of the angel Gabriel: “…My vision of Gabriel appeared natural, 3pm in the early hours of the morning. I was not asleep, but when I want to ask him something, he just smiled and disappeared
I was sitting upright in bed, deeply disturbed by my vision three days earlier, and trying to make sense of it,when he appeared
His visit to me was directly linked to his visit to Daniel, many years ago, and later warned of by Christ in Matt 23:15. I still have the proof of what and how it happened on 16 August 1994.
He is Victorian in appearance, with a strong crooked nose,but his distinct hairstyle indicated or proved to me that he was an angel. And the fact that he knew about my vision and the implications thereof…”

Another OACUnderdeacon” wrote: “...Angel is the spiritual gift that is within you
Theophanies are always lives within man from the beginning and man ( living soul) will always being a temple or dormain of these spiritual creatures.
These heavenly host are originated within ( heaven) man and planted through the breath of life that is breathed in our nostrils.
When you read the following statement it shows how did the word of the Lord sitting within us and the host of heaven:
1 Kgs 22:19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left
Only life giving Adam (Gabriel) is able to insiminate or transplant the word of God within you (Virgin Mary) through gospel that was preached to you.
Read: Mk 4:4-8
I believe Gabriel is a spiritual being "theophany" that had appeared in the midst of the vision of Daniel and Zachariah to mention the least. And I've got the verses that proves my comment, but I will text later to prove that Gabriel is the spiritual being.
Daniel 9:21-22 & Lk 1:11, 19
His identity is not transferred to anyone, because same Gabriel appeared to Daniel is the same Daniel appeared to Zachariah, Elisabeth, Mary, and John the Revelator...”

The teachings and the comments above by officers of the OAC completely misinterpret the Scripture. It’s interesting that the OAC would teach that they are angels while they also believe that they are the collective Son of God. According to the Bible there is a clear distinction between angels and the Son of God.

Hebrews 1:1-13 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth;
and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
They shall perish;
but thou remainest;
and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:
but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

The son of man is made a little lower than the angels, yet man is crowned with glory and honour (Psalms 8:4-5). We are called sons of men but angels are never called sons of angels because they don’t marry or reproduce. In the resurrection we become as angels or equal unto angels because we won’t marry nor be given in marriage (Matthew 22:30, Luke 20:34-36). In the heavenly Jerusalem there is an innumerable company of angels as well as the spirits of just men made perfect, two separate groups (Hebrews 12:22-23).

According to Strong’s, the word “angel” in the Old Testament is translated from the Hebrew word mal'âk and is defined as:
to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher): - ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

According to Strong’s, the word “angel” in the New Testament is translated from the Greek word aggelos and is defined as:
a messenger; especially an “angel”; by implication a pastor: - angel, messenger.

Depending on the context, the Bible uses the word messenger(s) to describe ordinary people (Job 1:14, Luke 7:24, Luke 9:52), prophets (Isaiah 42:19, Malachi 3:1) and priests (Malachi 2:7). Therefore context is important because a messenger may be a person sent by another person, or a person such as a prophet sent by God, or a spirit being such as an angel sent by God from heaven.

The word mal'âk appears 213 times in the Old Testament (KJV).
The word aggelos appears 186 times in the New Testament (KJV).

Angels are ministering spirits (Psalms 104:4, Acts 23:9, Hebrews 1:14) and spirits don’t have physical human bodies (Luke 24:39). Angels can take on the appearance of strangers (Hebrews 13:2) or as lightning dressed in snow white garments (Matthew 28:2-4, Luke 24:4). Nowhere in the Bible does it specifically say that angels have wings and it is certain that the angels that appeared to Abraham had no visible wings (Genesis 18-19). Besides, why would a spirit need wings?

  • A cherubim has four wings and four faces (Ezekiel 10:1-21).
  • A seraphim has six wings and he uses two wings to cover his face, two wings to cover his feet and two wings with which to fly (Isaiah 6:1-3).

Angels are greater in power and might than men but do not accuse them before the Lord (Psalms 103:20, 2 Peter 2:9-11). An angel of God is wise and knows all things that are in the earth but angels don’t know everything (2 Samuel 14:20, Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32).

God used an angel to encourage Hagar (Genesis 21:16-20), encourage and feed Elijah (1 Kings 19:4-8), and angels ministered unto Jesus after He was tempted of the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). An angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and allowed the apostles to escape after they were arrested (Acts 5:17-20). Later after prayer without ceasing by the church, an angel of the Lord freed Peter from prison (Acts 12:3-11). An angel of God revealed to Paul that everyone on board the ship would survive the coming shipwreck (Acts 27:21-26). The angels of God serve as divine messengers to communicate God’s messages and they also appear in dreams (Matthew 1:20, Matthew 2:13, Matthew 2:19) and visions (Luke 1:19-22, Acts 10:3-4).

Not all angels can be trusted though (Matthew 25:41, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6) and Paul warns against the worshipping of angels (Colossians 2:18). Taking all of this into consideration, you have to wonder which angel is leading the members of the OAC and why their focus is more on their own works than on the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel;
for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works.

The good news is that there is only ONE Jesus Christ and He is so much better than the angels, and by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they (Hebrews 1:4).

Angels had authority and could pronounce judgements before Jesus came to redeem us.

Luke 1:19-22 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God;
and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them:
and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple:
for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

With Jesus Christ as our Messiah we become heirs of salvation and the angels are our servants because they serve us as ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:13-14).

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Through the name of Jesus which is a name above every other name, we can give instructions to angels because He is so much better than the angels. Don’t you know that we will judge angels (Matthew 25:41, 1 Corinthians 6:3, Galatians 1:8, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6)?

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