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repentance.? Dante represents the angels that are nearest to God, the infinite source of life, as ever advancing toward the springtime of youth, so that the oldest angels are the youngest.

(c) They execute God?s will ? by working in nature.

<19A320> Psalm 103:20 ? ?Ye his angels? that fulfill his word, Hearkening unto the voice of his word; ? 104:4 marg. ? ?Who maketh his angels winds; His ministers a flaming fire,? i.e., lightning. See Alford on

<580107> Hebrews 1:7 ? ?The order of the Hebrew words here [in <19A404>Psalm 104:4] is not the same as in the former verses (see especially v. 3), where we have: ?Who maketh the clouds his chariot.? For this transposition, those who insist that the passage means ?he maketh winds his messengers? can give no reason.?

Farrar on <580107>Hebrews 1:7 ? ?He maketh his angels winds?: ?The Rabbis often refer to the fact that God makes his angels assume any form he pleases, whether man ( <011802>Genesis 18:2) or woman ( <380509>Zechariah 5:9 ? ?two women and the wind was in their wings?), or wind or flame ( <020302>Exodus 3:2 ? ?Angel? in a flame of fire?; <120617>2 Kings 6:17). But that untenable and fleeting form of existence, which is the glory of the angels would be an inferiority in the Son. He could not be clothed, as they are at God?s will, in the fleeting robes of material phenomena.? John Henry Newman, in his Apologia, sees an angel in every flower. Mason, Faith of the Gospel, 82 ? ?Origen thought not a blade of grass nor a fly Was without its angel <661418>Revelation 14:18 ? an angel ?that hath power over fire?; <430504>John 5:4 ? intermittent spring under charge of an angel; <402802> Matthew 28:2 ? descent of an angel caused earthquake on the morning of Christ?s resurrection; <421311>Luke 13:11 ? control of diseases is ascribed to angels.?

(d) by guiding the affairs of nations;

<271012> Daniel 10:12, 13, 21 ? ?I come for thy words? sake. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me? Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me? Michael your prince? 11:1 ? ?And as for me in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him?; 12:1 ? ?at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who standeth for the children of thy people.? Mason, Faith of the Gospel, 87, suggests the question whether ?the spirit of the age? or ?the national character? in any particular ease may not be due to the unseen ?principalities? under which men live. Paul certainly recognizes, in

<490202> Ephesians 2:2, ?the prince of the powers of the air? the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience.? May not good angels be

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