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Our Human Composition, Bodies Of The Angels, Marriage Unions, Woman With Seven Husbands And Levitical Law, A Sexual Desire Amongst Rebellious Angels, Free Will And Personal Choice In Heaven, Satan Azazel And Fallen Angels, Esau's Bowl Of Soup, Fallen Angels Give Birth To Giant Nephilim, Important Lessons From "City Of Angels", Forgiveness Of Sins Through Faith In Christ, We Don't Get What We Really Deserve, Wisdom Of God, Be Content With What We Have And Watch Out For Materialism, Judgement Of The Fallen Angels, Angels Share Some Traits With Humans, Angels Are Vulnerable To Temptation, Angels Possess A Degree Of Free Will, God Sometimes Purposely Chooses To Limit His Power To Achieve A Goal, God's Ways Are Past Finding Out
Some time ago, a Christian woman wrote to me regarding some questions she had concerning the spiritual hierarchy of the Angels. After sending her my response, in which I suggested that she read certain of my articles, she wrote back to me and asked the following interesting question:
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If angels do not have physical bodies, how do they experience sexual desires? I am hoping that when we are changed in Heaven, we will only feel the kind of pure, agape love that is God, and not be subject to the physical functions of our bodies.
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As I thought on this matter, the Lord was faithful to bring certain Scriptures to mind. It is always a comfort to me to know that I do not need to have all of the answers. God, by His Holy Spirit, will provide what is needed when the time arrives. Based upon the various Hebrew and Greek words which are used in the Bible, some Christians believe that we human beings are really comprised of three different components; that is, our physical body, our life-giving spirit, and last of all, our seat of emotions and desires, which constitutes our personality, or soul. Assuming that this is correct, if we consider the following verses, it does not appear that Angels possess the first component; that is, a body of flesh and blood:
"For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."
Matthew 22:30, KJV
"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
John 6:63, KJV
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
1 Corinthians 15:50, KJV
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12, KJV
As you can see, not only are we told that Angels do not possess a body of flesh and blood, but we are also told that neither can they participate in marriage. Exactly what is meant by marriage? According to the Biblical definition, a marriage is not really consummated until a man and a woman are united in the flesh; that is to say, when they become one flesh through sexual union. This seems to be what Jesus was indicating in the following verses where He in fact is quoting from the Book of Genesis:
"And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
Matthew 19:4-6, KJV
"But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
Mark 10:6-9, KJV
"And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
Genesis 2:23-24, KJV
If there is no physical union -- or sexual relationship -- between a man and a woman following their actual marriage ceremony, then this can often, but not always, be indicative of a lack of spiritual, emotional and mental unity as well. As the old saying goes, if a marriage is on the rocks, quite often the rocks are in bed. At any rate, the reason why Jesus answered in this particular way in the previous verses, is because His Jewish enemies were attempting to trap Him in His words by presenting Him with the story of the Jewish woman whose husband had died. As you may recall, she then proceeded to marry each of the man's six brothers one by one as the previous one died -- and obviously engaged in sex with each one of them -- as was her right to do, and their obligation to perform, in accordance with the Levitical Law.
While this practice may seem strange to us today, you need to understand that the continuation of the Jewish race by way of childbearing was very important to the Lord at that particular time in history. Jesus' answer must have both astounded and perplexed His crafty enemies, as it continues to do with many people today as well, due to its cryptic nature.
It makes perfect sense then, that if Angels do not possess a body of flesh and blood as we know it, then as Jesus said in the previous verses, they cannot possibly participate in the sexual union, or marriage. As I explain in such articles as "The Book of Enoch: Truth or Heresy", "Nephilim: The Giants of Genesis", and "The Judgment of Angels, Demons and Men", while Angelic Beings cannot normally engage in the act of sex as a result of the restrictions which God has instituted, it does not necessarily mean that none of them have never wanted to.
In fact, quite to the contrary, if you take the time to read the aforementioned articles, you will discover that certain rebellious Angels most certainly did. In other words, even though they may not possess a flesh and blood body as we do, because they apparently do possess the other two components which contribute to what makes us human, one of which is the seat of emotion and desire, it would seem that the longing to experience sexual pleasure does exist, as well as the ability and will to choose. You may also want to read "Free Will and Personal Choice" and "Love and Light, or Rod and Wrath?", in addition to the aforementioned articles.
As I make clear in some of the previously-named articles, just as we on Earth have the will to choose, the Angels in Heaven likewise have the same privilege to some degree. If this were not true, then our adversary Satan -- or Lucifer, the former lightbearer as he is also known -- would not have had opportunity to rebel, as we learn in the Book of Isaiah, as well as in the Book of Revelation. Neither would a third of the Angels decide to follow him in his rebellion against God, as we see happening in the Book of Revelation as well. Neither would Azazel and the rest of the rebellious Angelic horde have gone against the Lord, descended to the Earth on Mount Hermon, and then engaged in sexual intercourse with human women, as we find mentioned in the Book of Enoch, as well as in chapter six of the Book of Genesis.
Because of God's restrictions regarding experiencing sexual pleasure in Heaven -- why would procreation even be needed, being as they were already immortal? -- those Fallen Angels together -- which numbered two hundred -- made a collective choice to come to Earth and experience sex here. In a word, just as hungry Esau chose to sell his birthright to Jacob his brother for a bowl of pottage -- or lentil soup -- those foolish Angels likewise despised their birthright and unique status in Heaven, and forsook their Celestial Habitation for a pound of human flesh and a brief moment of lust and carnal fulfillment. Consider the following verses:
"And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright."
Genesis 25:29-34, KJV
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
Jude 1:6, KJV
"And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.' And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the names of their leaders: Semiazaz, their leader, Arakiba, Rameel, Kokabiel, Tamiel, Ramiel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqiel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel. These are their chiefs of tens."
Book Of Enoch 6:1-8
"And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones."
Book Of Enoch 7:1-6
While I do not agree with the vast majority of things which come out of Hollywood, or unHolywood as I prefer to call it, some years ago I did see a movie which appears to have been inspired at least in part by the aforementioned events. In the movie called "City Of Angels", actor Nicholas Cage stars in the leading role as an Angel who is enticed by the beauty of a human woman. Due to his curiosity, and his desire to know what it is like to be fully human, Cage makes the fatal choice to pay the price by forsaking his Heavenly Abode, and his state of immortality. Casting himself down from a tall building, his character plunges into the world of flesh and blood humans with a few scratches and bumps on his suddenly transformed body. From this point of the movie, he begins to explore his new feelings and sensations, which ultimately culminates in a sexual relationship with the woman who first caught his attention.
While I do not agree with everything which is contained in the movie, I do feel that the ending is quite appropriate, being as it conveys three important lessons. The first of these is that we will each have to account for and pay for our personal sins. Of course, if we have accepted Christ in our lives, there will be room for Forgiveness and Mercy will be shown. Consider the following verses which reveal God's great Mercy:
"And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not."
Nehemiah 9:17, KJV
"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them."
Psalms 103:8-18, KJV
"The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy."
Psalms 145:8, KJV
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Isaiah 1:18, KJV
"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV
"The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet."
Nahum 1:3, KJV
"And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil."
Jonah 4:2, KJV
"And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil."
Joel 2:13, KJV
"Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins."
Acts 5:31, KJV
"Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:"
Acts 13:38, KJV
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."
Acts 26:18, KJV
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"
Ephesians 1:7, KJV
"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Ephesians 4:32, KJV
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:"
Colossians 1:14, KJV
If there is one thing which is evident in the Scriptures, it is that as a result of Christ's Sacrifice, none of us really get what we truly deserve as a result of our sins. Consider the following verses and be grateful:
"And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth."
Job 11:6, KJV
"He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities."
Psalms 103:10, KJV
"If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?"
Psalms 130:3, KJV
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Ephesians 2:8-9, KJV
"Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:"
2 Timothy 1:8-10, KJV
The second important lesson is that our Heavenly Father is both wise and just, and He always knows what is best for us, even when we don't know, but in our foolish pride think that we do know. I discuss this issue in "Beholding the Evil and the Good" and "Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Chastisement". Following are some additional verses regarding God's Wisdom, and how He executed His Plan of Salvation:
"Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:"
Daniel 2:20, KJV
"Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:"
Luke 11:49, KJV
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"
Romans 11:33, KJV
"For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe . . . But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God . . . But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:"
1 Corinthians 1:21, 24, 30, KJV
"Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."
1 Corinthians 2:6-8, KJV
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:"
Ephesians 3:9-11, KJV
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Timothy 1:17, KJV
"To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."
Jude 1:25, KJV
"Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."
Revelation 7:12, KJV
The final lesson is that we should be content with whatever we have in this life and not desire more than what God deems we need to have. I discuss this latter point in more detail in such articles as "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God", "Do You Want Love and Light, or Rod and Wrath?" and "Parable of the Sower: Salvation and Service". This important lesson is apparent in such verses as the following:
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also . . . No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Matthew 6:19-21, 24, KJV
"And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away."
1 Corinthians 7:31, KJV
"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4:11-13, KJV
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Hebrews 13:5, KJV
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."
1 Timothy 6:6-11, KJV
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
1 John 2:15-17, KJV
At any rate, just as Nicholas Cage's angelic character in the movie "City of Angels" eventually learns his lesson in a very tragic way, and must still pay the penalty for his sins against God by living out the rest of his mortal life in the flesh without the woman he loves, in the previous verse set we see that Jude tells us that those Angels which rebelled against the Lord by coming down to Earth in order to engage in sex with human women, also await their final judgment. In fact, the Apostle Peter appears to briefly mention the same point as well, as we see by the following verses:
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
1 Peter 3:18-20, KJV
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;"
2 Peter 2:4-5, KJV
You will find this same topic discussed more at length in a few of the aforementioned articles. The main point I wish to emphasize from the aforementioned movie, as well as from all of the previous verses, is that while Angelic Beings may not possess a flesh and blood body in Heaven as we understand it, they obviously still possess at least some of the same desires and human traits as we do. It stands to reason that if we humans are made in God's image, as per the verses that are found in the Book of Genesis; and if Angels are likewise made in God's image and thus look a lot like us, then there must be some common traits between us. As I explain in such articles as "Satan: His Origin, Purpose and Future", "Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires" and "Leviathan: An Ancient Dragon of the Sea?", this clearly includes pride. Thus, it becomes apparent from the previous sources that Angels are vulnerable to temptation and sin. This includes temptation that is of a sexual nature.
As we have already discussed, in addition, Angels must have some degree of free will and personal choice, as otherwise, it would never have been possible for the Fallen Angels to make the foolish choice that they did when they knowingly chose to rebel against the Lord, and corrupted the people of the Earth with Angelic DNA. In similar fashion, the Book of Revelation confirms this very same point when it describes how Satan and a third of the Angels wage a war against the God of Heaven, and are thus cast out. We must conclude from the Scriptural evidence then, that similar to ourselves, the Angels must choose to remain faithful to the Lord; not as a result of being forced to, but because they actually want to do this. Tragically, as we have already seen, Angels do not always do that. There are rebel Angels who have their own agenda.
As I have mentioned before, one thing which we can learn from all of the previous information, is that while God the Father is all-powerful, there are certain instances where He apparently chooses to not execute His full power. There are some things which He seems to let happen -- even wicked and evil things -- if they will in some way advance His Divine Program. Surely He could have prevented those Fallen Angels from making the choice that they did. Surely He could have prevented them from polluting the human gene pool. Surely He could have kept Adam and Even from making the wrong choice in the Garden of Eden. Surely He could have stopped the evil Jewish religious authorities from turning Jesus over to the Romans. He obviously let all of these events occur. However, when Satan starts causing too much trouble in the final Book of the Bible, He cast out him and his rebellious cohorts. So who knows the mind of God? Consider these verses:
"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding."
Isaiah 40:28, KJV
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9, KJV
"Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number."
Job 9:10, KJV
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"
Romans 11:33, KJV
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