1. OF what family does Paul speak in
"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." Eph. 3:14,15.
2. By what name are the members of this family called?
"Now there was a
day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the Lord." Job 1:6. "Behold, what manner of love
the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of
God." 1 John 3:1.
3. By what name are those composing the family in heaven commonly known
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the
throne." Rev. 5:11.
4. Did angels exist before the death of any of the human family?
"So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of
Eden cherubim." Gen. 3:24.
Cherub: "A creature of a sacred and celestial nature."-Gesenius.
5. Who witnessed the laying of the foundations of the earth?
are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner-stone
thereof; when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" Job 38:6,7.
6. How many of these beings did John see around the throne?
beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round
about the throne; . . . and the number of them was ten thousand times ten
thousand, and thousands of thousands." Rev. 5:11.
7. What does Paul say of their number?
"But ye are come unto mount
Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and
to an innumerable company of angels." Heb. 12:22. See also Dan. 7:10.
8. Are angels of a higher order of beings than man?
"Thou hast made
him a little lower than the angels." Ps. 8:5.
NOTES.-There are different orders of angels: "Cherubim" (Gen. 3:24);
"Seraphim" (Isa. 6:2,6); "Archangel" (1 Thess. 4:16; Jude 9).
Some of their names are: "Michael" (Dan. 10:13,21; 12:1; Jude 9);
"Gabriel" (Dan. 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19); "Uriel" (2 Esdras [Apocrypha]
4:1,36; 5:20. See 1 Chron. 15:5); "Ariel" (doubtless of angelic
origin. See Ezra 8:16).
Michael means, "Who is like God," and hence is a fit title for Christ.
Gabriel signifies, "The strength of God," an appropriate name for the
angel or being who stands next to Christ (Dan. 10:21). Uriel means,
"The light of God;" Ariel, "The lion of God."
9. Is Christ ever called an angel?
"Behold, I send an Angel before thee,
to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have
prepared." Ex. 23:20. See verse 23; Acts 7:38; and margin of 1 Cor.
10:4. "The Angel of His presence saved them." Isa. 63:9. "Michael
Archangel." Jude 9. See also Dan. 12:1; 1 Thess. 4:16.
messenger. In Mal. 3:1, Christ is called "the
messenger of the covenant."
10. What is said of the strength and character of the angels?
the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do
His commandments, harkening unto the voice of His word." Ps. 103:20.
11. What description is given of Gabriel in Daniel?
"His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of
lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet
like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the
voice of a multitude." Dan. 10:6.
NOTE.-Similar descriptions are given of God, the "Ancient of days." in
Dan. 7:9; and of Christ. "the Son of man." in Rev. 1:13-15.
12. What was the appearance of the angel that rolled away the stone from
the sepulcher at the resurrection of Christ?
"His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment
white as snow." Matt.
13. What shows that the angels sent to Abraham and Lot were real beings?
"And he [Abraham] took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had
dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree,
and they did eat." " And he [Lot] made them a feast, and did bake
unleavened bread, and they did eat." Gen. 18:8; 19:3.
14. What reason does Paul give to encourage us
to entertain strangers?
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares." Heb. 13:2.
15. In his dream at Bethel, what did Jacob see?
"And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top
of it reached to heaven: and behold the angls of God ascending and
descending on it." Gen. 28:12.
16. To whose authority are the angels subject?
"Jesus Christ: who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;
angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him." 1
Peter 3:21, 22.
NOTE.-In Joshua 5:13-15, Christ is
called "captain of the Lord's
17. In what work are angels engaged?
"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them
who shall be heirs of salvation? " Heb. 1:14.
18. What scripture indicates that each child of God has an
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for
I say unto
you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My
Father which is in heaven." Matt. 18:10.
NOTE.-Another has said: "Christians who live in the light of God's countenance are always accompanied by unseen angels, and these holy
beings leave behind them a blessing in our homes."
19. How is their watch-care over God's people expressed?
"The angel of
the Lord encampeth round about them that
fear Him, and delivereth them." Ps. 34:7.
20. By what means were the three Hebrews protected while in the fiery
"I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have
no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. . . . Then Nebuchadnezzar
spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath
sent His angel, and delivered His servants that
trusted in Him." Dan. 3:25-28.
21. When cast into the lions' den, how did Daniel say he had been saved
"My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they
have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me."
22. When surrounded by the Syrian host, what did Elisha say, and for
what did he pray, to encourage his frightened servant?
"And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they
that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee,
his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young
man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and
chariots of fire round about Elisha." 2 Kings 6:16,17.
23. What does the psalmist say of the chariots
"The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels."
24. By what means were the apostles delivered from prison?
of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and
brought them forth." Acts 5:19.
25. How was Peter delivered later?
"The angel of the Lord came upon
him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side,
and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off
from his hands. . . . And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee,
and follow me. . . . They came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the
city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and
passed on through one street; and forth with the angel departed from
him." Acts 12:7-10.
NOTE.-"What we call physical law is no obstruction to angelic
ministrations. Bolts and bars and prison gates disappear at their volition, and dungeons like palaces shine in
their presence. No place can be
so dismal, no cavern so deep and dark, no Inquisition cell so hidden and fetid, no fortress so strongly guarded, that they cannot find quick and easy access, if a child of God is there."-
"Footprints of Angels in
Fields of Revelation," by E. A. Stockman, pages 74, 75.
26. When Elijah was about to take a forty days' journey, how was he
strengthened for it?
"And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched
him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that
meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God." 1 Kings
27. After His forty days' fast and temptation in the wilderness, how
was Christ strengthened?
"Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered
unto Him." Matt. 4:11.
28. How was Christ strengthened while suffering in the
garden of Gethsemane?
"And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven,
29. Are the angels interested in the plan of salvation?
"Which things the angels desire to look into." 1 Peter 1:12.
they interested in the conversion of men? "Likewise, I say unto you,
there is joy in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10.
whom are we said to speak?
"Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou
shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to
sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore
should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?"
32. For what must men give account in the judgment?
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they
shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Matt. 12:36. See
also Eccl. 12:13,14.
33. Out of what will they be judged?
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books
were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and
the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works." Rev. 20:12.
34. What shows that the actions of men are recorded?
"And the Lord harkened, and heard it, and
a book of remembrance was
written before Him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon
His name." Mal. 3:16. See also Isa. 65:6; Jer. 2:22.
35. In the judgment how many angels minister before God?
stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten
thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened." Dan. 7:10.
angels are our ministering spirits, and our lives are
open before them, it is reasonable to infer that they make the record of
our lives. Then when the books are examined, they will of necessity be
present, to minister before God.
36. What does Christ promise overcomers?
"He that overcometh, the same
shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out
of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and
before His angels." Rev. 3:5.
37. What protection has God promised His people during the seven last
"There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh
thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep
thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou
dash thy foot against a stone." Ps. 91:10-12.
38. When Christ comes, who will come with Him, and what will they do?
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father
angels." "And they shall gather together His elect from the four winds,
from one end of heaven to the other." Matt. 16:27; 24:31.
39. Where will all the saints then go?
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught
up together with them in the clouds, to meet
the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thess. 4:17.
NOTE.-We shall then have the privilege of seeing and conversing not
only with the good and blest of all ages, but with the angels who have
ministered to us during our earthly pilgrimage.
O, MAY Thine angels, while I sleep,
Around my bed their vigils keep;
Their love angelical instil,
Stop every avenue of ill!
May they celestial joys rehearse,
And thought to thought with me converse.
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