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Basic Truth #5

The agent of the Revelation is not a celestial being.

Revelation 1:1 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.

  • The Greek word for angel is aggelos, which means "a messenger, minister, or pastor."
  • Revelation 1:20 says, "The seven stars are the angel [aggelos, or messengers] of the seven churches [the Greek says 'congregation'] . . . ."
  • Each of the seven letters in Revelation, Chapters 2 and 3, was penned to "the angel."
  • The Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:12, "Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into." The clear implication is that angels are unable to comprehend the things of the Spirit. Why? Because they are not
    creatures of choice. They have no mortal body to contend with. Since they have never succumbed to sin or been tempted, they have no need of redemption. With that in mind, celestial angels would not be the angels of the congregations spoken of in Revelation, Chapters 2 and 3.

Therefore, the agent of the Revelation is a God-called, Holy Ghost-filled preacher. Revelation of God's truth is revealed through the Spirit, yet God uses human instrumentality to bring it to men.

The above excerpts are from the following study materials:

The Book of Revelation Explained, Volume 1
by Earl R. Borders