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Friday, November 20, 2009

Does the Definition of "Archangel" Help Indicate Whether There is More Than One?


Since Jehovah is a God of order, it would stand to reason that His vast angelic family is organized. -1 Corinthians 14:33. The scriptures tell us that the foremost angel, both in power and authority, is the archangel (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 9) and under the Archangel's authority would then be seraphs (Isaiah 6:1-3, 6, 7), cherubs (Psalm 80:1; 99:1; Ezekiel 10:1, 2), and angels (Genesis 19:1-26).

The prefix "arch," means "chief" or "principal," and implies that there is only one archangel, the chief angel; in the Scriptures. Further implying that there is only one archangel is that the word "archangel" is never found in the plural.

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