Angels - Some Are Not What You Think They Are.
The angel of the ETERNAL,
and Hagar. (Genesis 16:7-13)
Angels - Some Are Not What You Think They Are.
What you may think they are, and why you would think so.
There is a profound statement in the [New Testament]™, a professed statement, alleged to "Jesus Christ", that some have assumed or misunderstood to mean that he was claiming that [formerly married people], or angels, or both do not have gender:
(Mark 12:19-25) (KJV) 19Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 20Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. 21And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. 22And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. 23In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. 24And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 25For when they shall rise from the dead [formerly married people], they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
There are a surprising number of misconceptions about the nature of angels. For example, there is a humongous chasm in spirits having gender differences and spirits having sexual relations. This essay will take an in-depth look at angels, from both the Hebrew Scriptires [OT], and the so-called [New Testament]™ perspectives.
Note that in the Hebrew Scriptures [Old Testament], we indeed find that angels do have gender differences:
(Zechariah 5:9-11) (NKJV) 9Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were two women, coming with the wind in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven. 10So I said to the angel who talked with me, Where are they carrying the basket? 11And he [the male angel] said to me, To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.
This Scripture clearly shows that angels have gender differences, some are male, and some are female. The two angels who are carrying the basket are female. The angel that is talking is male. Therefore, when righteous humans are awakened from the dust of the earth, they will be spirit beings that will retain their gender. They will be just as are the angels in this respect.
In general, angels act as messengers and carry out orders, whether of protection, guidance, or of destruction.
Usually, when you think of angels, what comes to mind? Is it those beautiful winged spirit beings? However, followed by almost the same thought, you think of the fallen angels better known in the [New Testament]™ as 'devils' or 'demons'. If the following appears to be subliminal advertising, you are on the right track. The word 'devils' only appears four times in the King James Version of the [Old Testament], but it is listed fifty-one times in the [New Testament]™. In fact, the singular word 'devil' does not even appear in the Hebrew Scriptures [OT]. Yet, it is meticulously embedded within the [New Testament]™ a stunning sixty times.
With all of this negativity in church atmospheres every SUN-day, it is a good thing that we have the [Old Testament] angels to assure us of protection from all of those wicked 'devils' in the [New Testament]™ book of deception, who are just roaming the earth seeking to wreak havoc on mankind.
Angels Of The "Old Testament" Are Not Named!
However, if you have read widely on this site, you know that whatever you read in the [New Testament]™ must correspond with the Hebrew Scriptures (OT), otherwise it is nothing more than the product of the church of Rome! The word angel is no exception.
First, this article will describe the characteristics of the angels of the Hebrew Scriptures. Then, it will compare the same against the angels of the [New Testament]™. If the attributes of the angels from both "Testaments" do not match, then the angels of the [New Testament]™ are nothing more than "devils'" in disguise.
Surprisingly, in contrast to the [New Testament]™, the angels of the Hebrew Scriptures are not known (in Scripture) by their names because they are not given.
The only place in the Hebrew Scriptures that organized religions turn to in their defense of angelic names is in the book of Daniel. There are two individuals mentioned who need to be addressed for whom they really are. They are Gabriel and Michael respectively.
What about Gabriel?
Gabriel is only referred to in two places in the Hebrew Scriptures:
(Daniel 8:15-18) (NKJV) 15Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the [#H2377] and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16And I heard a man's voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, "Gabriel, make this man understand the [#H4758]. 17So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, "Understand, son of man, that the refers to the time of the end."  18Now, as he was speaking with me, with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright.
In this passage, Daniel is having a vision, a dream while sound asleep. The first English word "vision" comes from the Hebrew word "chazow" (Strong's #H2377 'khaw-zone' from Strong's #H2377 'khaw-zaw') and they mean "a dream, revelation, or oracle; mentally to perceive specially to have a vision of." Gesenius adds "specially a vision from 'God' respecting future events, a prophetic vision."
The second English word "vision" comes from the Hebrew word "mar'eh" (Strong's #H4758 'mar-eh' from #H7200 'mar-eh') and they mean "the thing seen, an appearance whether real or mental, to see, literally or figuratively." Mar'eh means, "to see, but it could either be literally or figuratively." However, verse eighteen specifically states that Daniel was having this vision in a deep sleep! Thus, he only saw the man figuratively in a dream.
Meaning of the Word Man.
Thus far, we have discovered that Daniel was in a deep sleep and having a vision; we will repeat the verses with a focus on the word MAN. The words that have a strike through such as make, are NOT in the Hebrew and have been added by the King James boys;
(Daniel 8:15-17) (NKJV) 15Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance [#H4758] of a MAN [#H1397]. 16And I heard a MAN's [#H120] voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, "Gabriel,
makethis manunderstand the vision." 17So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, "Understand, son of man [#H120], that the vision refers to the time of the end.
In verse 15, the English word "appearance" comes from the Hebrew "mar'eh", as explained above, showing that the "one with the appearance of as man" is part of the total vision.
The first English word "man" in verse 15 comes from the Hebrew word "geber" (Strong's #H1396 "gheh'ber" from #H1397 "gaw-bar'") and they mean "a strong valiant man or warrior; generally a person simply." Gesenius adds for #H1397 "a man, Homo Sapiens, [as] opposed to 'God' compare (Job 4:17)."
The first English word "man" in verse 16 comes from the Hebrew word "'adam" (Strong's #H120 "aw-dawm'" from #H119 "aw-dam'") and means "to show blood in the face, i.e. flush or turn rosy, ruddy i.e. a human being."
In verse 16, I marked through the words make and man to show these words are not in the actual Hebrew. They were probably added by the King James Boys to make sense to them, by trying to force the text to show a difference between Gabriel and a man.
The English word "man" in verse 17 is also #H120 "'adam," a human being.
Gabriel the Angel?
The other Hebrew Scripture concerning Gabriel is:
(Daniel 9:21) (NKJV) Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the MAN (#H376) Gabriel [#H1403], whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to FLY (#H3286) swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.
Two defining clarifications are needed here. In verse twenty-one, Gabriel is designated as being "a MAN." This English word "man" is from the Hebrew word "iysh" (Strong's #H376 "eesh" is from #H582) and means "man as an individual or a male person, a contraction of #H582 [simply] meaning a mortal in general" and thus differing from the more dignified #H120."
The other word, which needs to be clearly defined in Daniel 9:21, is the English word "FLY." It comes from the Hebrew word "ya'aph" (#H3286 Strong's) and means, "to tire (as if from wearisome flight)." The Hebrew word "ya'aph" is used ten times in Scripture and is translated nine of those times as "tired" or "weary." AND NOT "fly."
In addition, Gesenius [a Hebrew Scholar, in his Lexicon] makes a statement about translating the word "ya'aph" into "fly."
In Arabian, it means, "to go swiftly, to run." In the Hebrew "To be fatigued, wearied out compare: (Jeremiah 2:24). In (Daniel 9:21), others following LXX [Septuagint], Theodoret, Vulgate, and Syriac translate it "flying" [using] a different root, but this is unsuitable."
Therefore, "ya'aph" does not mean, "to fly through the air."
Besides that, angels do not become tired or wearisome!
The Companion Bible has two notes on the word "Gabriel":
2. Note for (Daniel 9:21) states for the word 'Gabriel', "This prophecy is not given by a 'prophet', but by an angel or hierophant (who shows sacred things) to a prophet. It is therefore a most transcendent prophecy.
Before we let a 'Christian' "scholar" of The Companion Bible stampede us into a hasty decision let us first do our homework:
1. In the note for (Daniel 8:17), there is no Scriptural proof of his statement, so the scholar tries to back it up by the [New Testament]™.
2. In the note for (Daniel 9:21), the scholar first states that a prophecy is not given by a prophet. That is true, as a true prophet just does not make stuff up, it is revealed to him by the ETERNAL, a vision from the ETERNAL, or one of the ETERNAL's angels. So far so good, but then, he states an angel or a "hierophant" revealed this prophecy. Mr. Webster's states that a "hierophant" (her-o-fant):
a. in ancient Greece, was a priest of a mystery cult.
b. is a person confidently expounding, explaining, or promoting something mysterious or obscure as though he was appointed to do so.
The Etymology is (LL hierophanta (Gr) hierophantes [hieros] (see hiero-)+phainein, to show or see fantasy). Therefore, this time the scholar backs his statement up by saying it is a Greek, mystery cult priest that produces a fantasy.
Gabriel the Man.
The English word "Gabriel" comes from the compound Hebrew word "Gabriy'el" (Strong's #H1403 "gab-ree-ale'") and means "a man of 'God'.
The first part of the compound word is "Gabriy'" and is derived from "geber" (Strong's #H1397 "gheh'-ber) and "gabar" (Strong's #H1396 "gaw-bar'") which means "a valiant man or warrior; generally a person who is strong and will prevail."
To review, the word "man" in verse fifteen of Daniel 8, comes from (#H1397); and "man's" in verse sixteen comes from (#H120), Adam, a human being referring to a man's voice. The former usage is referring to the one having the appearance and voice of a man (Gabriel). The latter indication (verse 16 with man in italics) is referring to Daniel! In addition, the word "man's" in verse sixteen, which is regarding the hearing of a man's voice, comes from (#H120), Adam, a human being. Adam comes from (#H119), Adam, to show blood in the face or to turn rosy. The verdict is that all of these individuals are human.
The second part of the compound Hebrew word is (#H410), "el" to be mighty, which comes from (#H352), "ayil" anything strong. Ayil is from the same as (#H193), "uwl" to twist (as being rolled together) to be strong. Regarding the use of "el" in this scripture, keep in mind that "el" is usually used as a prefix or a suffix used to denote powerfulness. It is a characteristic of a divine nature when used with a root word, as in the "Living God" "Chay El" (Hosea 1:10).
What about Michael - (OT)?
The world's organized religions claim that in (Daniel 12:1), the archangel Michael is revealed and named. To begin with, the word "archangel" does not even appear in the Hebrew Scriptures. Archangel only appears twice in the [New Testament]™, and the compound word originally comes from Latin,. Now, this just happens to be the language of the "Catholic mass." In addition, the word arch is a feminine form of the word arc. Therefore, Michael has a feminine connection, which will be revealed in a future related article.
Arch is also used in geometric terms, the shape of a crescent moon, a pagan symbol! It is used as the top of tall, slender windows and doors, which are also pagan symbols, a "phallic"!
The name Michael appears thirteen times in the Hebrew Scriptures. The word is (#H4317), Miyka'el, and means "who is like 'God'" This is the same name (and meaning) of nine other human Israelites found in the Hebrew Scriptures. "Miyka'el" comes from (#H3588), kiy, which means "casual relations of all kinds." This would not seem applicable to an angel of the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN. Additionally, Miyka'el comes from (#H410) which has already been explained in the section describing Gabriel.
The Michael of the book of Daniel is mentioned three times: in (Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:21, and Daniel 12:1). In this section of Daniel, the time period is that the Jews were still in captivity of the kingdom of Persia, which was post-Babylon. In each of these three verses, Michael is referred to as a prince. This word is (#H8269), sar, which means a head person of rank. Sar comes from (#H8323), sarar, which means to have dominion. Regarding angels, the word dominion will come back to haunt "Christians" before the end of this article.
Since the Almighty CREATOR shares His power (dominion) with no one else, then this Michael must mean a human prince. Additionally, sar is used in four hundred twenty other places throughout the Hebrew Scriptures to refer to flesh and blood mortals. Notice two places where Sar is used:
(Joshua 5:13-15) (NKJV) 13And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, Are You for us or for our adversaries? 14So He [sar] (#H8269) said, No, but as Commander of the army of the ETERNAL I have now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, What does my Lord say to His servant? 15Then the Commander of the ETERNAL's army said to Joshua, Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy. And Joshua did so.
(Isaiah 9:6) (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince [sar] (#H8269) of Peace.
All through the Hebrew Scriptures, the CREATOR of the universe refers to His angels just as they are, angels. There is no logical reason for the ETERNAL to call these spirit beings by any other word, man or prince, particularly in only these five instances (referring to Gabriel and Michael).
To cover the verses in Daniel mentioned above, take note that Daniel was praying as to when the captivity would be over and the ETERNAL sent Michael (a man who is like 'God') to tell him. Since Daniel and Michael were both captives in Persia it stands to reason that in (Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:21) Michael might have to fight Persians to get to Daniel with the explanation from the ETERNAL, and then fight his way back to where he was residing.
The other named angels of the worldly religions are Raphael, Uriel, and in Islam Izra'il. However, these alleged angels are not mentioned in either the Hebrew Scriptures or the [New Testament]™. Raphael and Uriel are found in what is called the Apocryphia Raphael is mentioned in the book of Tobit (a book that is embraced by Catholics). Uriel is found in the book of 2 Esdras. As far as Izra'il is concerned, he is the Islamic archangel of death. By the way, Izra'il is not named in the Koran, but is found in non-Koranic mythology.
ETERNAL's Angels Not to be Known.
Most importantly, the ETERNAL has provided a detailed account where the names of His angels are not to be known in this age. The entire chapter of Judges 13 reveals this crucial clarification.
The angel of the ETERNAL visits Samson's future parents (Manoah and his wife) not once, but twice to announce the upcoming conception and birth of their own son. In both visitations, the angel refused to tell Manoah and his wife his name, and he gave the reason why!
(Judges 13:6) (NKJV) So the woman came and told her husband, saying, A Man (#H376) of the ETERNAL came to me, and His countenance was like the countenance of the Angel of the ETERNAL, very awesome; but I did not ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell me His name.
In this verse it can be seen that the angel was a male angel, for Man in "A Man of the ETERNAL" is translated from (#H376), iysh, which simply means the male gender. In this application, iysh is explicitly speaking of a male angel of the ETERNAL.
Additionally, in this (first) visit, the angel did not reveal his (own) name to Monoah's wife. However, during the second visit to both Manoah and his wife, the angel of the ETERNAL absolutely refused to tell them his name, even when pressed by Manoah to do so.
(Judges 13:17-18) (NKJV) 17Then Manoah said to the Angel of the ETERNAL, What is your name, that when your words come to pass we may honor you? 18And the Angel of the ETERNAL said to him, Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?
(Judges 13:17-18) (KJV) 17And Manoah said unto the angel of the ETERNAL, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? 18And the angel of the ETERNAL said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
The KJV in verse eighteen translates the word wonderful as "secret." Secret comes from (#H6383), piliy or paliy, remarkable, which comes from (#H6381), pala, which means to keep separate. Therefore, if this angel's name was not to be known by righteous Manoah and his wife, who were about to be granted a miracle; why would the ETERNAL change the plan later regarding Gabriel and Michael? This scripture clearly shows that at least for now, angels' names are to be pala (#H6381), a secret, to be separate, unknown to the human vocabulary!
What Is An Angel Of the ETERNAL Like?
In the Hebrew Scriptures the word for angel is (#H4397), "mal'ak" which means, "to dispatch as a deputy, or a messenger specifically of the ETERNAL." Pay close attention for there are characteristics here that are almost totally overlooked by most people. These attributes need to be remembered when they are later compared to those of the "so called" angels of the [New Testament]™.
Once an angel of the ETERNAL receives an order, unless it is afterward modified by the Almighty SOVEREIGN before being carried out, the angel will fulfill the order, as ordered, undeterred. It is like a laser guided missile that is fired and cannot be taken back. Nothing, except the ETERNAL, can stop the angel from the objective in mind.
One example when the ETERNAL changed an angel's mission is in (Exodus 32:7-14). The Israelites made and worshipped the golden calf and our CREATOR decided to destroy them. However, Moses pleaded with the ETERNAL to spare their lives, which He did. Another example of the ETERNAL Savior changing His mind, and showing compassion, and change an angel's orders after they were originally given:
(2 Samuel 24:15-16) (NKJV) 15So the ETERNAL sent a plague upon Israel from the morning till the appointed time. From Dan to Beersheba seventy thousand men of the people died. 16And when the angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the ETERNAL relented from the destruction, and said to the angel, who was destroying the people, "It is enough; now restrain your hand." And the angel of the ETERNAL was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
Regarding chastisement or any order, unless amended by the ETERNAL, angels are admonished to fully carry out their original orders. Bear in mind that angels are strictly forbidden to change their orders themselves. One example where an angel of the ETERNAL fully executed his orders is found in:
(Isaiah 37:36) (NKJV) Then the angel of the ETERNAL went out and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses, all dead.
Angels also carry out functions of compassion and protection. One example of this is in (Exodus 23:20-22) where an angel was deputized to do a particular job.
(Exodus 23:20-22) (NKJV) 20Behold, I send an angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21Beware of him and obey his voice; do not provoke him, for he will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in him. 22But, if you indeed obey his (the deputized angel's) voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
Another act of the ETERNAL's compassion through an angel is the time Hagar was greatly helped and comforted in the wilderness with her son Ishmael in (Genesis 16:7-9). In addition, the CREATOR promises that His angels will protect people who earnestly seek Him (Psalms 91:9-12). However, here is a word of warning: If you vow a promise to the Almighty, you had better keep it, or face the wrath that will be sent by one of His angels, notice:
(Ecclesiastes 5:4-6) (KJV) 4When thou vowest a vow unto the ETERNAL, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin: neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should the ETERNAL be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
Three Types Of Angels Of the ETERNAL CREATOR.
Since the Hebrew Scriptures do not specify rank, type is a better word to use to describe different angels. The ranking of angels is a [New Testament]™ (man-made) invention that we will discuss later. Every angel of the CREATOR is as equally important as any other. Only their functions distinguish their differences. One type of angel found in the Hebrew Scriptures is the seraphim. They are described in:
(Isaiah 6:1-2) (NKJV) 1In the year that King Uzziah died, I (Isaiah) saw the ETERNAL sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
(Isaiah 6:6) (NKJV) Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.
A seraph is (#H8314), "saraph" and means "burning (from their copper color)." The word saraph comes from (#H8313) which is "to be on fire," no doubt to denote brilliancy. According to Isaiah, seraphim are positioned above the throne (in opposite rows) and aid the ETERNAL. They have a face, a voice, feet, and hands. Seraphim realize that a human is cleansed before serving, as was the case regarding Isaiah's unclean lips (Isaiah 6:1-9).
Another type of angel described in the Hebrew Scriptures is the cherub (plural is cherubim). There are two forms of cherubim mentioned: those alive who serve the Almighty SOVEREIGN, and those depicted in (two and three-dimensional) artwork as directed by the ETERNAL. The latter would include artwork on the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle.
The word cherubim is (#H3742), "keruwb." Cherubim (who are also brilliant) are described in (Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10). They have four wings and four faces (one face on each side of their head). They turn not, but simply move toward the direction they wish to travel. They are able to accomplish this because one of their faces is always turned to the direction they wish to travel.
Their four faces are very intriguing, not only because of the physical description, but also for the personality trait that goes with each face.
(Ezekiel 1:10-11) (NKJV) 10As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man: each of the four (angels) had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle. 11Thus, were their faces. Their wings stretched upward; two wings of each one touched one another, and two covered their bodies.
A closer analysis of the Hebrew word for each of their four faces will shed light on the cherubim personality traits. From the above scripture, the first face, man, comes from (#H120), Adam, and means ruddy, the face of a man. The word Adam comes from (#H119), which is to show blood in the face. Thus, the front face of the cherubim is that of a man, for man was created in the image of the ETERNAL.
On the right side of their head, cherubim have the face of a lion. In this application, lion is (#H738), "ariy," which means "that cherubim can be destructive." Ariy comes from (#H717), "arah," "to pluck."
On the left side of their head, cherubim have the face of an ox. This word is from (#H7794), "showr," which is defined as "a bullock as a traveller." Showr is from (#H7788) and (#H7789), "shuwr," "to travel about in order to spy, survey, or travel around for inspection." Therefore, you can always rest assured that you are NEVER alone!
The last of the four faces of the cherubim is that of an eagle. That word comes from (#H5404), "nesher," and means "to lacerate." It is quite apparent that the primary function of the cherubim is to guard and protect, for they spread their wings outward on both sides of the ETERNAL's throne. In (Genesis 3:24), cherubim were placed at the east of the garden of Eden with a flaming sword to guard the tree of life.
If the three-dimensional artwork depicting the cherubim in the inner sanctuary of the Temple, King Solomon built, is an indication of their size, then they are very huge:
(1 Kings 6:23-26) (NKJV) 23Inside the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high. 24One wing of the cherub was five cubits, and the other wing of the cherub five cubits: ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. 25And the other cherub was ten cubits; both cherubim were of the same size and shape. 26The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was the other cherub.
On a smaller two-dimensional scale, cherubim were made for the "mercy" seat that was positioned on top of the ark of the covenant that contained the Testimony given to Moses (Exodus 25:17-22). It is also stated that the ETERNAL Himself rode on the back of a cherub (2 Samuel 22:11 and Psalms 18:10).
The other angels of the ETERNAL are the rest of those mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures, which are not seraphim or cherubim. It is interesting to note that in these OT scriptures, in almost every verse where an angel is referred to, it is specified as being an angel of the ETERNAL or the Almighty. This means that those angels are loyal and chose to follow the SOVEREIGN of the universe rather than the adversary, which some angels did when "Lucifer" rebelled (Isaiah 14:12-15).
Angels Of the [New Testament]™ Are a Motley Crew!
Going back to the beginning of the article regarding the alleged "Jesus Christ's" statement:
(Luke 20:35-36) (NKJV) 35'Jesus' answered and said to them, The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of "God," being sons of the resurrection.
Since this is stated in two other gospels (Matthew 22:30 and Mark 12:25), then there is a grave [New Testament]™ contradiction, in the book of Luke. Notice carefully what happens when Gabriel visits Mary to announce her upcoming impromptu pregnancy.
(Luke 1:26-29) (KJV) 26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from 'god' unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28and the angel came in unto her, [#G1525] And said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the 'Lord' is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled [#G1298] at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
The phrase the angel "came in unto her" or "he knew her," as well as "he knew his wife" were common phrases which specifically meant to have sexual intercourse! However, the intercourse in the Hebrew Scriptures was between male and female humans; not between spirits and humans, which is what (Luke 1:28) states.
The English words "came in unto her" come from the Greek word "eiserchomai" (Strong's #G1525 ice-er'-khom-ahee) and means, "to enter." #G1525 comes from "eis" (Strong's #G1519 ice) and among its meanings are "into, to enter (indicating the point entered), in, and unto. [It is] often used in composition with the same general import, but only with verbs (etc.) expressing motion [such as in and out]." #G1525 also comes from "erchomai" (Strong's #G2064 er'-khom-ahee) and among its meanings are "a principle verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses, the others being supplied by a kindred ... act, to come or go (in a great variety of applications), to come enter, fall out, and grow."
Realistically, the context from which this verse comes from is an ancient heathen custom where temple virgins were impregnated by priests, such as was done in Egypt previously. These Egyptian priests were known as "fathers of the god." In fact, Gabriel's name also means, "divine husband."
Verse twenty-nine states about Mary that "she was troubled" about the approach and the action that had been taken of her. The words "she was troubled" come from the Greek word "diatarasso" (Strong's #G1298 dee-at-ar-as'-so) and means "to disturb wholly, i.e. agitate (with alarm)." #G1298 comes from "dia" (Strong's #G1519 dee-ah') means "a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional)." #G1298 also comes from "tarasso" (Strong's #G5015 tar-as'-so) and means "to stir or agitate." Therefore, to say "she was troubled" is putting it lightly.
How the ETERNAL Brings About A Human Birth.
To find out how the ETERNAL brings a human life into the world by a special miracle, particularly someone who will is righteous, two examples follow.
2. The other example is the birth of Samuel by his parents Elka'nah and Hannah in (1 Samuel 1:9-20). In this case, Hannah prayed for a son and vowed to dedicate him to the ETERNAL as a servant. Elka'nah knew his wife (she conceived) and in due time she bore a son and named him Samuel because she asked for him from the ETERNAL (verse 20).
With both of these miracles from the CREATOR, the pattern is that both children were planned for well in advance; they were both fathered by their own human fathers; and the children were greatly desired.
They were not the product of some mythological chaos where a shameful act was forced upon a virgin who had little choice in the matter of being taken advantage of by a spirit being that came in unto her! Wake up and use common sense; almost every mythological birth, whether Roman, Greek, Egyptian, or Indian (Hindu), was the result of the rape of some helpless virgin by some overpowering "god." Remember now, that 'jesus' was quoted at the beginning of this article by stating that spirits do not have sex!
Returning to the Gabriel of the [New Testament]™, he (Gabriel) visits Zacharias to announce the birth of John the Baptist in (Luke 1:11-20). However, something out of character happens here as the result of a simple question. Take note of what Zacharias asks:
(Luke 1:18-20) (NKJV) 18And Zacharias said to the angel, How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years. 19And the angel answered and said to him, I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of 'God', and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. 20But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.
As the result of a simple question from Zacharias, Gabriel (according to the church of Rome) TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF to strike Zacharias with muteness. First, this is not consistent with what should have happened. For in (Genesis 17:17-21) Abraham asked the ETERNAL Himself the exact same question. The CREATOR did not rebuke Abraham, but compassionately explained what would take place one year later, the birth of Isaac, although Abraham was laughing in glee when his question was answered!
The other problem with Gabriel rebuking Zacharias is that it was not Gabriel's place to make the decision to do so; it would have been "God's," but Gabriel called the words that were questioned his (Gabriel's) words. Angels of the ETERNAL CREATOR of the Hebrew Scriptures have a full set of orders that come from the Throne, and cannot be changed except by the Almighty Himself. The accounts in Luke surrounding Gabriel are totally "off base" compared to what the ETERNAL CREATOR would have commanded.
Additionally, Gabriel in the [New Testament]™ is not mentioned as being an archangel. However, in uninspired other literature he is.  Other things worth noting about the [New Testament]™ angel Gabriel is that he is an angel of great importance in "three major organized" worldly religions.
In Islam, Gabriel is held in very high esteem. He is recognized in that faith as the angel who gave Muhammad the Koran and who allegedly took Muhammad to heaven on the Night Journey. This journey consisted of two phases: First, Gabriel took Muhammad to Jerusalem where the prophet prayed at the site of Solomon's temple with Abraham, Moses, and "Jesus."
Afterward, they (Gabriel and Muhammad) ascended to heaven where "God" commanded that men should pray fifty times a day. However, Moses suggested to Muhammad to return to "God" and request that the number be reduced. The result is that Muslims are required to pray only five times every day. It should be noted that the Night Journey that Muslims accept without question is a contradiction to what the "Christians" believe from their [New Testament]™ doctrine. For (John 3:13) says that no man has ascended to heaven.
The Jews also consider Gabriel an angel of extreme importance (via the Apocrypha). It seems impossible for three major religions (each with different beliefs) to employ the same angel! The ETERNAL CREATOR of the universe does not operate on a mercenary or exchange student (angel) program!
The book of Luke is the only place where the angel Gabriel is mentioned in the [New Testament]™. The book was written almost 175 years after its alleged events took place by the author Luke, who not only lacked first hand knowledge of what he was writing about, but he was also a Syrian from Antioch, which was the northern frontier of Palestine.
Gabriel, by the way, has his own Feast Day, March 24th and most religions honor him as the trumpeter on the last day. This violates the first two Commandments of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21). The ETERNAL SOVEREIGN does not share His prestige with any one else, as already shown. Also, the observation of a Feast Day for an angel or any other individual violates the ETERNAL's Command (Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32) that we are warned to not add or take away from what our SOVEREIGN has commanded us to observe.
What about Michael - ([New Testament]™)?
In the [New Testament]™ the word Michael (Strong's #G3413) is mentioned two times: once in (Jude 1:9) as the archangel, and in (Revelation 12:7) with no title. As revealed earlier, the Latin word arch is the feminine of arc. The American College Dictionary defines arch as, "a curved structure resting on supports at both extremities used to sustain weight...." In other words, arch is a (crescent moon shaped) half circle opening, which represents a feminine characteristic. This will be explained in more detail in an upcoming article in a future issue. (Jude 1:9) should raise a red flag to anyone seriously reading the context:
(Jude 1:9) (NKJV) Yet Michael the archangel, in contending [#G1252] with the devil, when he disputed [#G1256] about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The ETERNAL rebuke you"!
Michael and the "devil" are arguing over a situation that is a closed matter. The ETERNAL Himself buried Moses (Deuteronomy 34:5-6). Besides, angels of the ETERNAL do not waste time debating with the "devil." They are too busy carrying out their orders from the Throne Room.
To prove that these two individuals were arguing, the defining of some words here would be a benefit. First, "contending" (from (Jude 1:9) comes from (#G1252), "diakrino," to separate, withdraw from or oppose. Diakrino comes from two other words: (#G1223), "dia," the channel of an act; and (#G2919), "krino," to distinguish or decide. Regarding the body of Moses, what was there to decide?
Secondly, the word "disputed" of (Jude 1:9) comes from (#G1256), "dialegomai," to say thoroughly as in an argument. Dialegomai comes from two words: the same (#G1223) from above, and (#G3004), "lego," to lay forth in relating in words a set discourse. There is not one verse, in the Hebrew Scriptures, which show where an angel of the ETERNAL ever argued with anyone, especially the "devil." The other place Michael is mentioned in the [New Testament]™ is:
(Revelation 12:7-8) (NKJV) 7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon (#G1404); and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
1. The angels that are with Michael are spoken of as his (Michael's) angels. In the Hebrew Scriptures, there is no reference where one angel owns or has the loyalty of other angels.
2. The Greek word for Michael's (good) angels is the same Greek word for the dragon's (#G1404) angels.
In the [New Testament]™, that word "angel" comes from (#G32), "aggelos," "to bring tidings; a messenger." Aggelos comes from two other very important words: (#G71), "ago," "to lead, to bring, to drive, or to induce (to lead away)"; the other word is (#G34), "agele," "a drove, as in a herd or group."
Therefore, according to the Greek rendering, the angels of the [New Testament]™ are messengers that drive the masses (of people) away! Away from what? The angels of the [New Testament]™ are to lead the people away from the ETERNAL CREATOR's truth found in the Hebrew Scriptures (OT) that were inspired long before the error-riddled inconsistent [New Testament]™ was conceived. The [New Testament]™ is a mixture of the "knowledge of good and evil," (with much more evil than good) and is equivalent to the other tree in the center of the Garden of Eden which, is the tree of death!
This is quite pivotal because the shepherds of "Christianity" have committed the same abomination by leading their flocks away from the truth in droves. (Ezekiel chapters 13 and 34) severely warn the priests and ministers of today's organized religions who have led their flocks away from the ETERNAL's Commandments. These false prophets are also warned and held accountable in (Jeremiah 23). If you are doing that, then this is your warning.
As mentioned before, there is no indication of the rank of angels in the Hebrew Scriptures. However, somewhat in contrast, the [New Testament]™ does classify angels in this manner. However, the ranking of angels is a fabricated scheme that will shortly be pointed out. There are two [New Testament]™ verses "Christians" stand on to defend their classification of [New Testament]™ angels:
(Ephesians 3:10) (NKJV) To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of "God" might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.
The rank of "principalities" is from (#G746), "arche," "a commencement or chief in various applications." The rank of "powers" is from (#G1849), "exousia," "privilege, force, capacity, freedom, or superhuman," to name a few applications. The is other verse "Christians" use to rank their angels:
(Colossians 1:16) (NKJV) For by him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether "thrones" or "dominions" or principalities or powers. All things were created through him and for him.
The rank of "thrones" is from (#G2362), "thronos," "a stately seat, power, or a potentate." Shockingly, the other rank of "dominions" is from (#G2963), "kuriotes," "mastery, as in a governing ruler." What is intriguing is that "kuriotes" is from (#G2962), "kurios," which means "supreme in authority, as controller." Kurios just happens to be the same Greek word in the [New Testament]™ that "Lord" as in "Lord Jesus Christ" comes from, which is (#G2962), kurios!
Therefore, if "dominions" is a [New Testament]™ rank of angels (as xians claim), then they and j-sus have the same power, authority, and status! This is polytheism in the [New Testament]™ and violates the first two Commandments of the Ten as stated in (Exodus 20:3-5). That is, to have no other gods except the ETERNAL; this includes "Jesus Christ" and the synonymous "dominions (angels)" that share the exact same word with j-sus.
However, largely, the classification of ranking angels is a human invention aside from the [New Testament]™. This has been achieved by three major religious faiths. Chronologically, it began with the Babylonian religion of "Zoroastrianism."
The hierarchy of angels can also be found in Jewish literature that is in the Jewish apocalypses (in the books of Enoch and the Ascension of Isaiah).
However, the most recent and widely accepted division of angels has come to us through the ages by the founding fathers of the church in Rome and in medieval angelogy. According to Man, Myth, and Magic, page 102 states:
In the 5th century AD Dionysius the Areopagite, now generally known as Pseudo-Dionysius, put the Christian angels in order. To the seven orders linked with the seven heavens, he added the Seraphim and Cherubim from the Old Testament to make a total of nine orders, a satisfactory total as the number of the Trinity three times repeated.
He arranged them in three choirs or hierarchies. The highest were the Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones, who spent their time in contemplation of the Almighty. Next came the Dominions, Virtues, and Powers, who ran "God's" universe. Third were the Principalities, Archangels, and Angels, who busied themselves in carrying out the orders of their superiors. St. Augustine believed that angels had material bodies, but Pseudo-Dionysius said they were purely spiritual in nature, and this was approved by St. Thomas Aquinas."
Therefore, it can be clearly seen that the rank of angels was the concoction of men, and whatever the ETERNAL CREATOR of the universe had to say about it did not matter!
The Gender of Angels Has A More Profound Meaning.
As this article began with the proclamation that angels do have gender, additional scripture regarding the woman in the basket will now be introduced:
(Zechariah 5:5-11) (KJV) (Tanakh) 5Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me: Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. 6And I said: What is it? And he said: This is the measure (basket) that goeth forth. He said moreover: This is their eye in all the land, 7and, behold, there was lifted up a round piece of lead, and this is a woman sitting in the midst of the measure. 8And he said: This is Wickedness. And he cast her down into the midst of the measure, and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. 9Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there came forth two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork; and they lifted up the measure between the earth and the heaven. 10Then said I to the angel that talked with me: Whither do these bear the measure? 11And he said unto me: "To build her a house in the land of Shinar; and when it is prepared, she shall be set there in her own place.
The angel speaking in this passage is describing a number of things other than the fact that angels have gender. This passage states that two female angels carried the Wickedness within the basket away. These female angels had wings like that of a stork.
It is evident that these two women (female) angels are not angels of the ETERNAL CREATOR for the following reasons:
1. They are not seraphim, for seraphim have six wings; they cannot be cherubim, because those angels have four wings. These two female angels that are mentioned in this scripture, have two wings
2. There is no other supporting passage in the Hebrew Scriptures that state that any of the ETERNAL's angels (male or female) have wings of this sort; that being wings like a stork (not to be confused with the number of wings).
Earlier in this article, it was shown that in essentially every Hebrew Scripture where one of the ETERNAL's angels is mentioned, it is labeled with the distinction as being an angel of the ETERNAL or The Almighty. The two female angels carrying the basket of Wickedness do not have that privileged designation. They are escorting this Wickedness, which also happens to be female, to the land of Shinar so that a house can be prepared for her (Wickedness). Angels of the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN would not escort wickedness of any nature; therefore, these two female angels must be fallen (wicked) angels themselves.
Two words of importance within this passage need to be defined to set the stage for part two of this series. The word "house" comes from (#H1004), "bavith," "a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) or following." Bavith comes from (#H1129), "banah," "a primary root word to build, or to set up."
The other word of extreme importance is the word Shinar, the place to which the female angels were escorting this woman of (called) Wickedness. Shinar is the land that would later become better known as BABYLON!
Are We To Judge The Angels?
Of course, no discussion of angels in the [New Testament]™ would be complete, without mentioning this claim by the 'self appointed' Apostle Paul, that you are not only to judge the world, but the angels as well! Lets see what he has said about this matter:
(1 Corinthians 6:2-3) (KJV) 2Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
I can not think of a more presumptuous, preposterous, nor arrogant statment as that. He's really outdone himself with that one. Let's examine this statment a little closer and see what the Hebrew Scriptures [OT], has to say about who will judge the world:
(Psalms 9:7) (NIV) The ETERNAL reigns forever; He has established His throne for judgment.
(Psalms 96:10) (NIV) Say among the nations, "The ETERNAL reigns." The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.
(Psalms 98:9) (NIV) let them sing before the ETERNAL, for He comes to judge the earth.
(Ecclesiastes 3:17) (NIV) I said to myself, the ETERNAL will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.
(Ecclesiastes 12:14) (NIV) For the ETERNAL will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
(Ezekiel 7:4) (NIV) I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will surely repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that I am the ETERNAL.
That covers all of the earth, and everyone and everything on it! There are literally scores of similar statements in the Hebrew Scriptures [OT], expressing the same sentiment. Now however, lets see who will judge the angels:
(Psalms 82:1) (NLT) A psalm of Asaph. The ETERNAL presides over heaven's court; He pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings:
(Psalms 82:1) (Aramaic Bible in Plain English) The ETERNAL stands in the assembly of the Angels and among the Angels He will judge.
(Job 21:22) (KNOX) The ETERNAL that passes judgement on His angels needs none to instruct him!
(Job 21:22) (NRSVCE) Will any teach the ETERNAL knowledge, seeing that He judges those that are on high?
(Job 21:22) (NIRV) Can anyone teach the ETERNAL anything? After all, He judges even the angels in heaven.
Did that surprise you? It shouldn't have. To think otherwise, you'd just be spitting in the face of the ETERNAL CREATOR and SOVEREIGN of the universe!
Some have contended that spirit beings are not able to die. This might be conjecture as there is no scripture that states such. An angel's body is made up of a spiritual substance, which makes them immortal (Psalms 148:1-6), but not eternal (Ezekiel 28:17-19, Malachi 4:1-3).
Ezekiel begins an interesting discussion that initially seems to be about the King of Tyre, but the end of verse 12 shows that the context is speaking of Lucifer (Satan), the leader of fallen spirit beings:
(Ezekiel 28:11-15) (NKJV) 11Moreover the word of the ETERNAL came to me, saying, 12"Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, 'Thus says the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN: You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13You were in Eden, the garden of the ETERNAL. Every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14You were the anointed cherub who covers. I established you. You were on the holy mountain of the ETERNAL. You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.
The devil is being discussed in these verses because he was the one who walked in the midst of the stones of fire at the throne of the ETERNAL on His holy mountain. Verses 18 and 19 of the same chapter state that the ETERNAL will make the devil into ashes and that he will be no more:
(Ezekiel 28:18-19) (NKJV) 18And I [the ETERNAL] turned you [LUCIFER] to ashes upon the earth, in the sight of all who saw you. 19All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you. You have become a horror, and shall be NO MORE forever.
This certainly is a strong statement that the devil will be put to a final death (destroyed) even though he is made of spirit. So there should be no doubt that this goes for all angels who sin, no matter who they are.
Unlike you, angels were created as spirit beings. Moreover, they have been given the ability to choose to obey or not, the Law of the ETERNAL and His Commandments, just as you have. Shouldn't you obey the Laws and Commandments the ETERNAL has given you, the way He wants you to obey them? Willfully, cheerfully, with all your heart, and all your soul? With love and respect for all He has done, and is doing for you? Or Should you obey the church in Rome and her proselytising daughters with their so called [New Testament]™ "False Idol" and his lying [apostles, deciples, ministers, priests, deacons, etc.], not to mention the "Self Proclaimed" apostle Paul, with his 'baal' worshiping, polytheistic 'multi-godhead' trinitarian opinions, all telling you that all you have to do is believe? Really? Is that all you have to do? Think about it.
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Note: There is only One, ETERNAL CREATOR and SOVEREIGN of the Universe, and HE does not share His power with any other being (WEB): (Deuteronomy 4:35; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 2 Samuel 7:22; Isaiah 42:8; Isaiah 48:11; and Hosea 13:4).
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 Wind is from (#H7307), ruwach, exhalation, a region of the sky; Wings is from (#H3671), kanaph, an edge or extremity; a wing or flap: from (#H3670), kanaph, to project laterally. Thus, these were angels, but they were female.
 To see the explanation of the vision see the article: 'Does Daniel Nine Prove 'Jesus' Is The Christ?'.
 All Hebrew and Greek words and numbers that we use that state Strong's are from Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible, Dictionaries of The Hebrew And Greek Words of The Original; by James Strong; Riverside Book and Bible House; Iowa Falls, Iowa ISBN *0-917006-01-1.
 All Hebrew words and numbers that we use that state Gesenius are from Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament; by H. W. F. Gesenius; Baker Book House Company, PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI, 49516. ISBN: 0-8010-3736-0.
 The Companion Bible being the authorized version of 1611 with STRUCTURES and Critical and Explanatory Notes with 198 Appendixes; Zondervan Bible Publishers; Grand Rapids, MI, 49506.
 All true prophecy is transcendent (tran' sendent) because it transcends the limits of possible physical experience and comes only from the Ancient of Days.
 Do not get lost, we are not trying to disprove there are angels, but only to show that the angels have gender and that they are not named.
 Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary; Merriam, Webster, Inc., Springfield, MA; 1985, pg., 100.
 The American College Dictionary; Random House; New York; 1964; pg., 64.
 Op. cid. Strong (#H4317).
 Double footnote: Unger's Bible Dictionary, by Merrill F. Unger; Moody Press, Chicago; 1985, Third Edition; pg., 238.
See the article: 'Does Daniel Nine Prove That 'Jesus' Is the Christ?'.
 Op. cid. Unger pgs. 70-71. The Apocrypha is a set of fourteen books named by Jerome in the Greek Septuagint which do not belong in the Sacred Canon. The Apocrypha was written after the "Old Testament" Canon was closed; it is rejected as inspired scripture because of many flaws.
 Man, Myth, & Magic: The Illustrated Encyclopedia 0f Mythology, Religion and the Unknown; Marshall Cavendish; NY, 1995; vol. 1, pg., 101.
 The Concise Encyclopedia Of Islam, by Cyril Glasse; Harper Collins Publishers; San Francisco; 1989 by Stacey International and C. Glasse; pg., 202.
 Webster's dictionary defines dispatch as "a prompt settlement; quick riddance; promptness and efficiency in performance or transmission; an important official message sent with speed."
 Webster's says "the word is better understood as an individual appointed as a substitute with power to act." When the Almighty SOVEREIGN gives an order or a mission to one of His angel's, he will execute the order with precision, efficiency, and speed.
 Op. cid. Unger; pgs. 996-997 under "Seraphim."
 One cubit is approximately eighteen inches. Also, see (2 Chronicles 3:8-14). Ten cubits would be roughly 15 feet.
 See the article: 'Eden In The Beginning'.
 The word "resurrection" is of Egyptian origin and is not found in the Hebrew Scriptures: "The King's Chamber in Cheops' Pyramid is thus an Egyptian 'Holy of Holies.' On the days of the Mysteries of Initiation, the candidate, representing the solar god, had to descend into the Sarcophagus, and represent the energizing ray, entering into the fecund womb of Nature. Emerging from it on the following morning, he typified the resurrection of life after the change called Death. In the great Mysteries his figurative death lasted two days, when with the Sun he arose on the third morning, after a last night of the most cruel trials. While the postulant represented the Sun, the all, vivifying Orb that 'resurrects' every morning but to impart life to all, the Sarcophagus was symbolic of the female principle. This in Egypt; its form and shape changed with every country, provided it remained a vessel, a symbolic navis or boat, shaped vehicle, and a container, symbolically, of germs, or the germ of life." From The Secret Doctrine, vol. 2; by H. P. Blavatsky; The Theosophical Publishing House; Wheaton, IL; 1888; pg. 462. As an additional note: The Egyptian word "resurrection" found its way into the [New Testament]™ through the Latin Vulgate. From Isis Unveiled, vol. 2; Theology, by H. P. Blavatsky; The Theosophical Publishing House; Wheaton, IL; 1877; pg. 496. Editors Note: The Hebrew Scriptures use other words to indicate a person rising from the dead; such as to rise up, to come up, to sprout, or spring forth.
 The Women's Encyclopedia Of Myths and Secrets, by Barbara Walker; Harper Publications; SF, 1983; pg. 331 (Gabriel).
 The Illustrated Bible Dictionary; Inter-Varsity Press; Tyndale House Publishers; Wheaton, IL; 1980; vol. 1, pg. 532.
 The Encyclopedia Britannica; 11th Edition; 1910; vol. 2; pg. 5.
 Op. cid. Glasse, pg. 301 (under Night Journey).
 The New American Bible; World Catholic Press; 1970; by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington D.C., revised 1986; pgs. 1720-1.
 Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia; 3rd Edition; Viking Press; 1968; NY; Columbia University Press; pg. 392 (Gabriel). In addition most religions give Gabriel the exalted of be the being the trumpeter an the last day.
 Op. cid. Britannica; pgs. 5-6.
 Op. cid. The American College Dictionary; pg. 48 (Angels).
 Ibid., pgs. 5-6.
 Op. cid. Unger; pg. 1017 (Shinar).