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