THE PRESENT INHABITANTS OF HEAVEN
Of all the supernatural beings mentioned in the Scriptures, it is the angels who are constantly depicted as being identified with heaven. When the angel of God called to Hagar in the wilderness, we read that this call was heard “out of heaven” (Gen. 21:17; also of the angel commanding Abraham in Gen. 22:11, 15). When the angel appeared at the time of the vision which Jacob had at Bethel, he saw a ladder reaching to heaven on which the angels of God were ascending and descending. Often the angels are called “the heavenly ones” (Ps. 29:1) or “the heavenly host” (Luke 2:13). When the angelic host had finished their song to the shepherds, we read that “the angels went away from them into heaven” (Luke 2:15). It was an angel “from heaven” that rolled away the stone at the tomb where our Lord was buried (Matt. 28:2; see also Luke 22:43). Our Lord Himself often spoke of “the…
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