Your pastor is not an angel. (part 2)

To answer the question of the angel in Revelation chapter 2 and 3, let us first look at context and right division.  Anyone that has read the book of Revelation cannot deny the distinct Jewish “flavor” of it.  When you compare Rev. 1:10,19 you see that this book is written in the context after the church age: which is also why John has to turn around to see Jesus standing in the midst of the churches (Rev. 1:12).  From this we can conclude that Revelation is a tribulation book written primarily to Jews that will be here after the translation of the church during “the time of Jacob’s trouble.”    Additionally, when you study the word angel(s) through the entirety of scripture you find something very strange.  The word angel always refers to (drum roll please) ANGELS; spiritual beings!  There are only two references that one could possibly “wrest” out of their context to make a man and angel interchangeable: Acts 6:15 and Acts 12:15.

Is there scripture to back up this silly notion that the angel in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 are just that?  Sure.  First look at Revelation 22:16: I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.”  Testify of what things?  The “things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.”  What churches were these things testified in?  Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.  How did Jesus testify of these things?  He sent his angel to deliver his testimony (John 5:39 tells us that the testimony of Jesus is scripture).  With all this in mind, are there really any questions that the angel that Jesus sent in Revelation 22:16 is the angel in Revelation 2 and 3?  Not to me.  But this may not be strong enough evidence for some.  Are there any verses of scripture that speak of the word of God being delivered by angels, especially in a Jewish context?  You bet your bottom dollar!

Here are a few:

Deuteronomy 33:2 ~ “And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.” (Cross-reference)

Psalms 68:17 ~ “The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.” (Cross-reference)

Acts 7:30 ~ “And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.”

Acts 7:38 ~ “This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:”

Acts 7:53 ~ “Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.”

Galatians 3:19 ~ “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.”

Sorry to burst your bubble; I’m sure your pastor is a swell guy and “worthy of double honour,” but he’s no angel.

Of course, you could have just called his mother and asked her and she would have told you the same thing.

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Tony Brown is a born again, right dividing, King James Bible believing, non-fundamental Baptist (in that order). He currently attends Faith Baptist Church in Kearney, Bebraska with his wife, Lisa, and 18-month-old daughter, Brianna. You can read his blog, The Apostolic Baptist, over {here}. You can also follow him on twitter here – @apostolicbaptst.

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Posted on July 21, 2011, in Guest Post and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Heather… there’s a few more passages in Scripture where Angels can be translated humans or spiritual beings. The Greek word for Angels is aggolos translated angels…which basically means messenger.

    Therefore in the letters to the church it basically means that God has sent a messenger. There can be a strong argument that the messenger was actually a prophet coming and giving a prophetic message to the 7 churches…which has strong Jewish overtones of how God normally brought about rebukes within the Jewish history.

    Within this context its right to say that its not speaking of the pastor of the church and indeed the early church in which John is writing to is far different to that of our modern churches. I believe that the Apostles wouldn’t recognise our modern churches as an expression of church within their own context.

    I have been enjoying your posting of late…keep up the good work,

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