Essay about Mary's Angelic Encounter in the Bible
The Bible contains many stories of people having an encounter with angels. An encounter alludes to an unexpected meeting. The word “angel” is a transliteration from the Hebrew word “mal’ak” in the Old Testament (Strong’s H4397) and the Greek word “angelos” in the New Testament (Strong’s G32). Both words mean “messenger” and describes one who executes the plan and will of the person whom they serve.
God created an innumerable quantity of angels.
For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him. (Colossians 1:16, …show more content…
Some theologians state angels abide in three heavens: first, second, and third heaven. Holy and fallen angels dwell in the first heaven; the atmosphere above the earth. Dr. Janet DiPietro stated in Angelology, “Fallen angels cannot dwell in the second and third heaven because those heavens are close to God. Satan and a third of the angels were kicked out of heaven.” The second heaven is the stellar realm of stars and heaven. The third heaven is beyond the telescope. Some holy angels abide on earth to minister to mankind for the work of redemption. In the Old Testament in Genesis, Jacob dreamed of a ladder between heaven and earth where he saw angels ascending and descending. The ascending and descending on ladder is an affirmation and confirmation of the covenant that God made with Abraham. God said He will be with Jacob until He fulfills the Abrahamic Covenant.
And behold, I am with you and will keep (watch over you with care, take notice of) you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done all of which I have told you. (Genesis 28:15, AMP)
In the New Testament, Jesus informed Nathaniel that angels ascend and descend upon the Son of Man. (John 1:51) Jesus’ reference to Jacob’s dream advocates Him as the Messiah, the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one can enter into heaven except by Him. (John 14:6) The fulfillment of God’s covenant is indicative of Jesus dieing on