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Is there an angel of death?
What is the difference between soul and spirit?
Doubt- by visitor Charles

Is there an Angel of Death?

Shannon writes:

Hi,
Do you have any information regarding the angel of death?

Is he an angel of God? Or is he a demon?

I always thought that when Jesus died on the cross He conquered death and that meant that He was in charge of who is to die.

I've been told that when you're about to die there is an angel waiting to take you to your final destination. True?

   
Biblebell's reply -
Despite what you might have seen on TV shows, there is no specific individual angel who is known as "The angel of death".

There are Bible verses which indicate that God SOMETIMES uses an angel as His agent to cause death & destruction, but those verses do not state that it is some *special* angel who is used for that purpose. Moreover, in those Bible verses that speak of God using an angel to bring about death & destruction, it was always done against a GROUP of people. The column alongside gives some examples.
   And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. As he was destroying, the LORD looked and relented of the disaster, and said to the angel who was destroying, "It is enough; now restrain your hand." And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
1 Chron 21.15

The LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.
Exod 12.23
THE DESTROYER known as Abaddon or Apollyon is bound in the Abusso. He is not free to act upon people living on planet earth...   And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. Rev 9.11
Shannon writes:
Is he an angel of God? Or is he a demon?
   
Biblebell's reply -
In every Biblical case that I know of, the angel God used to exact death & destruction was an *elect angel*. As noted above, there is nothing to indicate that God always used the same angel for this purpose.

By the way, there is NO Biblical evidence to say that a fallen angel is the same as a demon. IMHO, a demon is a separate & distinct category of spirit beings.
   
Shannon writes:
I always thought that when Jesus died on the cross He conquered death and that meant that He was in charge of who is to die.
   
Biblebell's reply -

I know you already know this, but I must still make it a point to say that EVERYBODY dies...
  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Rom 5.12

It is appointed for men once to die, and after this the judgment. Heb 9.27
Yes, Jesus conquered death. However, this has nothing to do with whether or not Satan or a fallen angel or a demon may attack & kill you. Read Job 1.12 & Job 2.6. Those verses and many others clearly show that NO spirit creature has EVER been allowed to attack one of God's people without God's permission. (However, if a person voluntarily opens himself or herself to spiritual attack, God will very likely permit it to take place. But that is a wholly different issue from that which you asked about.)

The fact that death has been conquered does not mean that it has as yet been eliminated.
  Then comes the end, when Jesus delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 1 Cor 15.24

{At the White Throne Judgment, after the Millennium...}
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire... Rev 20.14
Shannon writes:
I've been told, that when you're about to die there is an angel waiting to take you to your final destination. True?
   
Biblebell's reply -
The verse given alongside gives evidence that you are correct.
  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried. Luke 16.22

What is death?

We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become something new by ceasing to be something old. This seems to be close to the heart of that mystery.

I know no more now than I ever did about the far side of death as the last letting-go of all, but now I know that I do not need to know, and that I do not need to be afraid of not knowing. God knows. That is all that matters.

Frederick Buechner

What is the difference between soul and spirit?

Vicky writes -
Is there a difference between your soul and spirit?
   
Biblebell's reply -
Per 1 Thes 5.23, a person is a tri-unity of spirit, soul, body. An animal has a soul and a body, but no spirit.
  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thes 5.23
  • A person's body is that which interacts with the physical world. It is the *residence* of a person's soul & spirit.
  • A person's soul is the physical life principal -- that which gives life to one's physical body; that which interprets physical stimuli {sight, sound, touch, taste, odor}; that which is the seat of emotions {love, hate, fear, anger, and so forth} relative to beings & objects in the physical realm .
  • A person's spirit is the spiritual life principle -- that which gives life to a person in the non-physical realm of God & angels; that which perceives & interprets non-physical stimuli {faith, "intuition," "premonition," and so forth}; that which is the seat of emotions {love, hate, fear, anger, and so forth} relative to beings in the non-physical realm {God, angels, cherubim, seraphim, demons, etc.}.
   
A body's spirit & soul are so closely related that they are somewhat like 2 sides of the same coin. Thus, in Heb 4.12 the Bible uses separation of one's soul from one's spirit as being a well-nigh impossible task. Therefore, "soul" and "spirit" are often used interchangeably in the Bible.   For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 4.12
God HAS a soul {Jer 5.9} whereas God IS Spirit. {John 4.24}   Shall I not judge for these things? says the LORD. And shall not My soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Jer 5.9

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4.24
When the spirit departs the body, that person is dead {Jam 2.26}. The same is true with respect to the soul {Gen 35.18} -- because they are so closely inter-related that when one leaves the body permanently, so does the other.   For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2.26

And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. Gen 35.18
A person's body is a machine made of chemicals. It is electro-chemically powered. Thus, when the soul/spirit departs the body, that body can still be made to function by heart-lung machines & so forth. Nevertheless, unless the soul/spirit return to that body, it is just a functioning hunk of meat {brain-dead is the worldly expression}.   The LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Gen 2.7 

Vicky, I just barely scratched the surface of this complex but interesting question that you sent me. I would love to write an in-depth study on this, but my present state of health does not permit it.

Visitor Charles writes about salvation and doubt

Charles writes -
Hi, I think your website about doubt is right on target. You tackle the issue head on. An issue that so many believers are afraid to admit.

I think there are many reasons why we as believers are afraid to admit our doubts. Some reasons may be...

  • Not wanting to disappoint God.
  • Thinking that God will be upset for our lack of faith.
  • Not wanting to disappoint fellow believers or even our family members.
  • Wanting to stay strong to help others who may not know the Lord, so they can see our faith and joy in the Lord.
  Editor's Note. Further down on this page I'll provide a link to the article that Charles refers to.

Also, wherever Charles referred to Bible verses, I have quoted those verses in the panels alongside.
But when we face doubts we don't "feel" like we can be effective witnesses or examples for the Lord. But we don't walk by sight (feelings) but by faith.

What God said in his word is true about us whether we doubt or not. God said it that settles it.
  For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Cor 5.7
My pastor said Fact, Faith, Feelings. Always in this order.

I think 1 John 5.12-13 is written to believers so they wouldn't doubt, but grow in their faith or continue to believe. This faith is a faith to faith walk.
  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5.12-13
We need to let God's Word sink in and renew our minds with the word and all the truths that God wants us feed on and grow on. After all He is the author and finisher of our faith.

He has got us across the finish line, now we need to walk in the daily victory He has already given us.
  ...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith
Heb 12.2a

The Lord knows our weakness and sympathizes with them all. He knows all about us, our thoughts, our heart, our attitudes, everything.

  • I believe the Lord wants us to be honest with Him with our weaknesses. He knows them anyway, and enjoys when we share them with Him. He enjoys our fellowship and time with Him.
  As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame. He remembers that we are dust.
Ps 103.13
  • I think the enemy will do everything to discourage and cause God's children to doubt everything.
  • I think the enemy wants us to be confused, doubting and living in fear.
  • I think the enemy tries to skew our perception of God and make us afraid of God.

The enemy is a Liar and always has been.

  [Jesus said...] When the devil speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
John 8.44c
Jesus always said, "Fear not. Don't be afraid."

The Lord is same yesterday, today and forever and is still saying the same thing. "Fear not. I'm with you. I will NEVER leave you or forsake you."
  [Jesus said...] Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14.27

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Heb 13.8

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deu 31.6

Now I myself have occasionally battled with doubts. The doubts only get stronger if you entertain them (think/dwell) on them.

  • If you mull on a lie from the enemy [or even your own wrong thinking, or wrong teachings from well meaning Christians], after a while it will give birth to something worse (stronghold).
  • But we're told to take every thought captive to obedience of Christ.

Are our thoughts praiseworthy, lovely, pure ... as Philippians 4.8-9 says? Do they bring praise to God?

  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philipp 4.8-9
I think the enemy will try to attack our emotions as well. But the fruit of the Spirit is joy, peace, love, patience, gentleness -- not fear, condemnation, doubts, confusion, or any other negative thing.   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal 5.22-23

When I was teenager I would have doubts about whether or not I'm saved. It was a time in my life when I felt strong for the Lord.
I enjoyed telling others about the Lord in my school.
I always wanted to witness and share Jesus. I would write letters to my family quoting all kinds of Scriptures from my little red New Testament Bible that I got at this church. Sharing with them the Lord and about all His might and Power.

But I would have doubts occasionally. At one time they became intense and I started to get depressed. My brother laughed at me. He would say if anyone should not be having doubts, it's you.

But soon after I would find myself doubting again and going through the same questions...

  • Was my prayer sincere enough?
  • Did I believe strong enough?
  • And on and on. -->
This made going to church difficult. Especially when they would ask if you wanted to be saved. So I tried avoiding going to church.

Last week I started attending church again and went to church today and even struggled with doubts when the pastor asked if anyone had never asked The Lord into their life or invited Him into their life.

I was tempted to raise my hand when the pastor asked people to raise their hands so that he could pray for them about being saved. I did not raise my hand but I wanted to. Just to make sure.

I think doubt can become a stronghold in a Christian's life. But as we renew our minds to the truth, the Lord will set us free. I think these things can take time.
I also think God is patient with us and gentle with us. He sympathizes with our weaknesses.

I'm a believer who really can't put his finger on exact time or date when The Lord brought me into the Kingdom of Life -- when He made me *born again*, a new creation.

I've tried to make dates after dates, thinking this will be the date. But then I feel bad, thinking what about the other times -- were not those times before just as sincere?

I've tried to think back. This can sometimes cause even more problems, because you start rehearsing the past. Like a broken record. It is not healthy. -->
I know I'm not the only Christian who doesn't know the exact time or date, month, year I was saved... but I know the Lord saved me 2000 years ago.

The time I was converted is kind of a mystery for me. I know when I was a teenager, I became very on fire for the Lord. Maybe it was then during that time frame. But I'm not totally sure. But when I walk by faith, I am encouraged. When I hold on the word, I'm encouraged.

I think doubt is weapon of the enemy. I think we shouldn't give it the time of day.

Thank You for your honest website, Charles
Here is the link to the article about doubt that Charles referred to in his comments.

If you want to read comments on doubt by another visitor, Click HERE
  If you would like to add your own experiences and comments to this page, please send Biblebell an email. Be sure to include the word *doubt* in the subject line of your message.

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