A superhuman being or spirit worshiped as having power over nature (the physical) or human fortunes; a deity. “A moon god”
Similar:deity, goddess, divine being, celestial being, supreme being, divinity, immortal, creator, demiurge, godhead, daemon, numen, avatar.
Satan, the prince of evil spirits and adversary of God. Satan is traditionally understood as an angel (or sometimes a jinnī in Islam) who rebelled against God and was cast out of Heaven with other “fallen” angels before the creation of humankind.
kings to represent God’s reign on this planet. Of course, we made a terrible mess out of it, and we were subjected more and more to the power of Satan. That power of Satan was dealt not just a significant blow but a fatal blow by Christ in his incarnation.
We’re told, first of all, that God the Father gives to Jesus all authority in heaven and on earth. In his ascension, Christ is seated at the right hand of God, where he is crowned as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. That was a tremendous blow to all worldly or satanic powers, principalities, and spiritual wickedness in high places. So if you ask me who is in dominion over this world right now, I think the New Testament is perfectly clear on that. The one who is in dominion is the Lord. The Lord God omnipotent reigns, and the Lord Christ reigns over this world right now. His kingdom may not be of this world, but it certainly includes this world, and Jesus has all authority over heaven and earth.
Even at this moment, as I’m discussing this question, Satan’s authority and power are limited and subordinate to the authority that is vested in Christ. Christ right now is the king of this earth. His kingdom is invisible, and not everybody acknowledges it. People are giving more allegiance to the prince of darkness than to the Prince of Peace, but that is an act of usurpation on the part of Satan. His power is restricted, limited, and temporal. What has happened briefly is this: The power and authority of Satan has been dealt a fatal blow by Christ. The Cross, the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and the Ascension tremendously weakened any power or authority that Satan enjoyed, but it didn’t annihilate him. That will come later, when Christ completes his work of redemption with the consummation of his kingdom. All things will be brought into captivity to him, and every knee will bow to him, including the fallen angels, who will bow in submission to His authority.
The right Hand of God or God’s right hand may refer to the Bible and common speech as a metaphor for The omnipotence of God and as a motif in art. In the Bible, to be at the right side “is to be identified as being in the special place of honor”.
We already touched on The Presence of God: A voice to Abraham, A burning bush to Moses, As a dream to Joseph…
We touched on Essence of The Creator. A six pack, NOT! We so often ascribe our physical attributes to The Creator for our understanding is limited, So very limited! There is difference physically between the races…
It’s easy to see that people come in all shapes and sizes. Some are short, some are tall, some have red hair, some have brown hair, some have big noses . . . well, you get the idea. It’s an amazing variety of people.
Despite this variety, we tend to group people according to one or more physical features they share in common. These groups are often called “races,” and the features that define them, “racial characteristics.”
Many people treat others differently, depending on these supposed racial characteristics. They believe those differences are more than just skin deep and have implications for their value as human beings, and even their place on the “evolutionary ladder.” Is that justifiable? How many “races” of people are there? How did they come to be, and do these differences justify prejudice?
A Biblical Basis
God’s Word settles this issue. There is only one race of people. This is clear from the history found in Genesis.
In the beginning God created the first man, Adam. Then He created the first woman, Eve, from the man’s side. Adam and Eve were our original parents, made in the image of God. All humans can be traced back to these two people. This is made abundantly clear in Genesis 3:20, where Adam said that Eve “was the mother of all living.”
So, if we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, we should all look pretty much the same, right? How can we explain all the differences in people?
The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11 describes a time when humans rebelled against God by settling at Babel and refusing to spread out in the world. Because of this, God confused their language, and groups of people separated and moved away from one another.
AS A CONSEQUENCE OF BABEL, THE PEOPLE GROUPS BECAME GENETICALLY ISOLATED.
As a consequence of Babel, the people groups could not easily mix. They became genetically isolated, meaning that they married and had offspring primarily within their particular group. As the years passed, each group developed its own culture and ways of doing things. Genetically isolated, certain physical traits became more prominent in each group. These ethnic characteristics are wrongly considered racial characteristics; but there really is only one race, the human race. All of these people were simply people.
Let’s use skin color to illustrate the process.
The pigment primarily responsible for everyone’s skin color is melanin. Ultimately, everyone has the same skin color—we just have varying skin tones. The two forms of melanin are eumelanin (brown to black) and pheomelanin (red to yellow). Their proportion determines skin tone.
So what would cause some people to have very dark skin while others’ skin is lighter? Where they live makes a difference. For example, darker skin on people living in regions near the equator protects them from intense sunlight, reducing their risk of skin cancer. People in higher latitudes where there is less intense sunlight need lighter skin to produce vitamin D efficiently. In each case those who had the characteristics conducive to living in the region stayed and reproduced. Those who didn’t either moved on or died out.
Over many generations, these favorable characteristics would be carried forward in the gene pool, and the less favorable characteristics would tend to fall away. Thus, genetic variability in isolated populations gradually decreases. So today people with very dark skin usually have children with dark skin and people with very light skin usually have light-skinned children.
However, people with “middle brown” skin often have children with a much wider range of skin tones. Why? Because these “middle brown” people groups still have significant genetic variability with regard to skin tone.
Based on our understanding of the inheritance of skin tone, we strongly suspect Adam and Eve were middle brown. This would give the widest range of skin tones in their offspring, from very light to very dark.
Beyond skin tone, other characteristics are used to distinguish one group of people from another. These include straight versus curly hair, thickness of lips, and the shape of eyelids. These features would have developed or become more prominent in various isolated people groups over the generations.
Regrettably, instead of giving glory to God for the differences between us, we fallen human beings use these features as an excuse to judge our fellow man. Why?
Evolution and Race
The problem is that most people, including many Christians, do not base their worldview and values on the Bible. Instead, they ignore God’s truth and adopt man’s ideas and values. This is always dangerous, but it may be most destructive in the area of human origins and its implications for social behavior.
The most prominent view of origins today is called evolution. According to the evolutionary worldview, humans evolved from an apelike ancestor over millions of years. Unfortunately, many have used this philosophy to teach that different people groups evolved at different rates. This allowed them to consider some people groups “less evolved” than others, some “races” closer to apes than others (always putting their own “race” at the top of the scale, of course).
While evolutionary thinking certainly intensifies racist attitudes, evolution is not the cause of racism. The cause of racism is sin. Man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man has existed since the Fall. The very first sin recorded after Adam took the forbidden fruit is Cain’s murder of his brother Abel; and a few verses later in the same chapter, Lamech actually brags about killing a man.
However, evolution has been used as a justification for racism. The late Harvard professor Stephen Jay Gould said, “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859 [the year Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published], but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.”
Evolutionary ideas about the races, taught for many decades, are now so ingrained in some people’s thinking that it is nigh impossible to correct their misperceptions. But in truth all humans are fully human. No group of people is less evolved than another. In fact, the genetic difference between any two people is only about one-tenth of one percent, trivial at best. Interestingly, genetic variation among people within a particular ethnic group is often greater than between members of different ethnic groups!
Scientists involved with mapping the human genome have declared that there is only one race—the human race. Some have even said that the term race is meaningless.
God’s Word is clear. There is only one race.
Acts 17:26 reads, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.”
We can rightly talk about people groups, but only with the understanding that these groups represent what the Bible refers to as “tribes” or “nations.” People do have ethnic and cultural heritages that can be honored and celebrated.
But we are all one blood. Even in the midst of our differences, we are all the same.
The idea of races calls us to ask a serious question: if there are different races, then which race did Christ die for? The answer has eternal consequences.
All human beings are related. We all can trace our ancestry back to the first man, Adam. As descendants of Adam, we are all sinners. As sinners, we are in need of a Savior (Romans 5:12).
Jesus Christ, the Last Adam, was born as a man, as a descendant of Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). Because of this birth, He was able to serve as our Redeemer. He was crucified, died, and rose again. He overcame death, and those who put their faith and trust in Him need not fear death, for they inherit eternal life. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).
In God’s Image we are Created. Amazingly, Images of God painted by Caucasians depict God a Caucasian skin toned. Amazingly, even with the description of angel’s among Man; it is shared that they were blessed with attributes of Man that was in that region…
What do angels look like? Is there any indication in Scripture that they are fair-skinned men who sit on clouds, wear long white robes, and have two large wings? Do we ever find them carrying harps? Though this is the traditional way in which angels have been viewed, there is nothing in Scripture to suggest that this is how they look.
Angels are spirit beings. There is no description given in the Bible of what they look like in their true essence. Although angels do not have a physical form like humans, they do have some type of localized form – they occupy some space. Whatever their normal form is like, it is a form adapted to the unseen spiritual realm. Though the Bible does not comment about their usual form, it does says that there are various types of bodies in heaven as well as upon the earth.
Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another (1 Corinthians 15:39-40).
We cannot make any conclusions beyond this.
Usually Not Seen
In most cases, angels are not seen by the people. In their ordinary activities they are not visible. For example, Balaam could not see the angel standing in front of him in the road.
The donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. Thus the donkey turned off the road, and went into the field and Balaam struck the donkey, to turn it back onto the road (Numbers 22:23).
Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servant would be opened to see the angels around him.
Then Elisha prayed: “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the servant, and he saw; the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:17).
The “chariots of fire” are a term that refers to angels.
Not Recognized As Angels
That angels have no recognizable form can be seen as follows – many times they appeared to people without even being recognized as angels. They looked no different than ordinary men.
Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, “A man of God came to me and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. And I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name . . . The angel of the LORD did not appear again to Manoah and his wife. Then Manoah realized that it was the angel of the LORD (Judges 13:6,21).
Abraham had angelic visitors that looked human.
The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground (Genesis 18:1,2).
Appear As Men
Though angels are sexless creatures, when they appear in Scripture they are always described as looking like men, not women or children. For example, at the tomb of Jesus we are told that angels appeared.
But Mary stood crying outside the tomb. As she cried, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying – one at the head and the other at the feet (John 20:11,12).
Yet Luke describes these angels as appearing in the form of men.
While they were perplexed about this thing, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them (Luke 24:4).
Though angels appeared as men, they were soon recognized by the people as angels.
The two angels that are named in Scripture have names of men – Michael and Gabriel.
Able To Eat
Angels, when they assume a human body, are able to eat. When three angels visited Abraham he prepared food for them.
Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate (Genesis 18:8).
It has been noted that the psalmist wrote of the food of angels.
Humans ate of the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance (Psalm 78:25).
This, however, is not to be taken literally, since angels do not have bodies.
When angels appear, they are always clothed- sometimes in white or very bright clothing.
While they were perplexed about this thing, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them (Luke 24:4).
We find no darkness in them whatsoever as they are representing God – who Himself is light.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, two angels appeared wearing white clothes and having the appearance of men.
They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them (Acts 1:10).
Face Of An Angel
The martyr Stephen was said to have the face of an angel when he spoke to the religious rulers.
And all who sat in the council looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel (Acts 6:15).
The idea behind the phrase, “face of an angel,” seems to be that his face was shining.
Reflect Glory Of The Lord
Sometimes the glory of the Lord shone through the angels.
Then the angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified (Luke 2:9).
Sometimes Different Looking
Though angels usually appear as normal looking men, there are times when they wear special clothing. Daniel encountered such an angel.
I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the roar of a multitude (Daniel 10:5,6).
Never In Subhuman Form
Though angels appear at times in the form of humans, we never find them appearing in subhuman form – they never look like animals, birds, or some other material object. Furthermore, the Bible says that angels have spoken to people out of the cloud and out of the fire, but the angels never identified themselves with either the cloud or the fire.
Identified With Humanity Like Christ
As Christ identified with humanity, by becoming human being, angels, in a similar way as messengers of God, identified with humanity in outward form and language. They, as His messengers, come to humanity in a way that is identifiable.
Medieval art made popular the idea that angels had wings. Though Daniel 9:21 and Revelation 14:6 refers to angels as flying, neither of these passages mentions wings. When angels have appeared to humans in the Bible, there is no indication that they had wings. Though wings are never attributed to angels who have appeared to humanity, two types of angelic creatures – the cherubim and seraphim – have wings. Apart from the cherubim guarding the Garden of Eden after the sin of Adam and Eve, there is no other report of their appearance to humans. They are seen in visions, or are representative figures in the Ark of the Covenant, and the temple. Thus the idea that some angelic creatures do have wings does have some biblical validity. It is not certain, however, that any angel who appeared to humans ever was in a form that included wings.
Angels are spirit-beings whose exact form is never described for us. They have no physical form like humans. When they do appear to humans they appear as men, not women. The concept that they have white skin and play a harp, is not found in the Bible. Two different types of angelic creatures, the cherubim and seraphim, are said to have wings but there are no clear examples of the other angels ever appearing to humans with wings.
Ezekiel 28:14–18 and Isaiah 14:12–17 are the key Scripture passages that support this understanding, and, in the New Testament, in Luke 10:18 Jesus states that he saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. In all three Abrahamic religions, Satan is identified as the entity (a serpent in the Genesis account) that tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and was thus the catalyst for the fall of humankind.
For The LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: God is to be feared above all ‘gods’. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but The LORD – our God with His Word made the Heavens. Honour and majesty are before God: strength and beauty are in The sanctuary of The LORD.
Give unto The LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto The LORD glory and strength. Give unto The LORD the glory due unto Jehovah: bring an offering, and come into His courts. O worship The LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before God, all the Earth. Say among the heathen that The LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: our God through The Word shall judge the people righteously, Amen.
Let the Heavens rejoice, and let the Earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before The LORD: for The LORD cometh, for He cometh to judge the Earth: our Lord shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.