Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict. Part 5. The reason for the differences of rank and wings among the angels.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Point 1. Definition.
The angelic conflict is the result of the fall of all angelic creatures with at least one third ending up in opposition to God, which began with the fall of Satan and continued until all angelic creatures had made a decision for or against God.
Angels are created beings, PSA 148:2,5, and while they are superior to us by creation, we have in common with angels the structure of our souls; the two are very similar.
He is the son of the morning, the anointed cherub - EZE 28:14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there.”
Doctrine of angelology - today the seraphim are the highest ranking angels above the cherubs.
One of the most shocking things for most believers to ever hear is that the cherub angel called the devil is not interested in getting people to sin. He is vitally interested in getting you to perform human good.
2CO 2:11 in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
Satan is interested in performing all the good he can and eliminating the bad.
Immorality is embarrassing to him because he is the ruler of this world.
Satan’s plan is to get human beings to produce as much human good as possible and to infiltrate the plan of God with human good, and the only way he can do so is to persuade believers to perform human good.
He cannot do this to a believer who has a knowledge of doctrine, but to a believer who is ignorant of doctrine and therefore a sucker for human good every time.
Human good appeals to approbation lust and self-righteousness.
As far as most believers are personally concerned, the only contact the devil will have with them will be the fact that they performed an X amount of human good to help the devil clean up his world.
Government, morals, education, art, commercialism, vast enterprises and organizations, and religious activity are included in Satan’s plan to deceive the human race.
God’s plan for the human race is not to clean up the devil’s world; it is to offer salvation to the unbeliever and knowledge of doctrine to the believer.
Adam was created perfect in the garden of Eden, but he fell, and now anyone who believes on TLJC actually becomes greater than Adam who was created perfect.
We now have the very righteousness of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the eternal state, the difference between the perfection of Adam in the garden and the perfection we will all enjoy is the fact that we have all received a nature that cannot sin, 1JO 3:9, whereas, Adam, even though he was created perfect, could sin.
1JO 3:9 No one who is born of God sins, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1PE 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God.
Adam was created perfect, he fell or sinned against God, and a higher category of humans came into existence called the children of God.
Heylel, the son of the morning, the anointed cherub, was created perfect and was the highest ranking angel at that time.
Just like Adam was created perfect and he fell, and anyone who follows God will become greater than Adam, so certain angels were rewarded a higher rank than Satan after his fall - the seraphim, angels with 6 wings.
As a result of the pre-historic angelic conflict certain elect angels received blessings and rewards which are comparative to our escrow blessings in time.
In the Old Testament, we have TLJC appearing as a theophany - an O.T. manifestation of TLJC in bodily form. When He appeared in the Old Testament, He was called the angel of Jehovah.
The highest ranking ones are called seraphim.
A seraph is an angel with 6 wings.
Because of the character and nature of God, He is righteous and just and immutable, we are forced to the conclusion that, just as members of the human race are rewarded for their faithfulness to TLJC, so the angels were given awards for doing something similar to living in the plan of God for their life.
There is a special group of angels who in eternity past made the right possible grace decisions for our Lord and therefore differ in glory, 1CO 15:40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another.
The highest rank under the theophany of Christ is the seraphim who have six wings.
Next are the cherub ranked angels who have four wings.
Then the cherub angels who have two wings, Exo 25.
The fourth category of angels are the wingless angels.
The seraphim have six wings, ISA 6:2.
One of the seraph angels is known as the king or arms, who is used to bring special messages and announcements, ISA 6:7.
REV 5:2 - he is known as the strong or powerful angel. He is clothed with a cloud which represented the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
ISA 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.
ACT 1:9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
1TH 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
REV 10:1 - the seraph angel has a rainbow over his head which represents the faithfulness and the integrity of God in protecting and perpetuating the human race as promised in GEN 9:13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
His face was like the sun which represents God’s grace provision for disaster.
His feet like pillars of fire represent the believer’s wall of fire.
In the seraph rank, we also have the officers of arms.
REV 14:15 - the seraphim serve as messengers between God the Father and God the Son in the administration of certain historical events such as the seven last plagues.
MAT 6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
Full of eyes within is a reference to the uniform of wisdom or the maximum perception of Bible doctrine.