Is Felix Manalo, the founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo, an angel?
What does the Bible say about “angel?”
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
"All" angels are "ministering spirits" that minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. None of them was recipient of the honor of being called "Thou art My Son" thus separating our Lord Jesus Christ in being from all angels!
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
There is absolutely no angel recipient of the honor of being called "Thou art My Son" and being told to "sit at My right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”
What we have just done is establish hierarchy in the work of salvation: Jesus Christ is above all angels or ministering spirits. This necessarily means that the work of salvation must be aligned to Christ and his teachings.
Not an Angel
Back to Felix Manalo of the Iglesia ni Cristo, can he be rightly called or referred to as an angel – using any part of the Bible?
Firstly, Manalo was born as a man, with flesh and bones, married twice, became a preacher of several false churches, (Christian Missionary Alliance, Seventh-Day Adventist, Colorum, Iglesia Metodista Episcopal, Presbyterian Church) and later established his own church with his erroneous teachings especially concerning himself as someone "sent" of God!
Loses Biblical Right
Is Manalo the “Last Messenger of God?”
This act of misrepresentation and presumptuousness pretending to be "the last messenger" of God in the last days stripped off Manalo every right to be biblically considered as "man!”
Presumptuous persons are called in the Bible as "natural born beasts.”
II PETER 2:10-12
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
** Not the Angel from the East**
The verse in the Bible that woefully motivated Manalo and cohorts to painstakingly assert that Manalo is an angel is the mention of an “angel ascending from the east.”
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
But this angel from the east, as we have proven in my earlier blogs, sealed not Filipinos but the "saved" among the twelve tribes of Israel. This then makes it impossible for Manalo to be the mentioned angel ascending from the east.
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Going back to the basics, all angels are ministering spirits!
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
**Not a Spirit
Manalo is not a spirit! He cannot be an angel!
But let us examine their invented explanations about "angel.”
Notice their confused and muddled doctrine about angels. An issue of their official organ, the Pasugo, explains that an angel is not a being but a function!
[Note: The editor-in-chief (Isaias Samson Jr.) was excommunicated middle of this year because of charges against him from within the Iglesia ni Cristo.]
Because they cannot deny that Manalo is a human being, they assert that “angel” is not a nature or a being but a function! How cunning! They perfect deceit and evasion just so they could present Manalo as an angel!
**Angels don’t marry
After some exchange of words in television and in radio between the ministers of the INC and me (your servant), they said that the word "angel" is not only a function but a state of being which can either be "spirit" or "man.” Their Pasugo stated it.
This attempt only shows their erroneous interpretation of the Scriptures and the weakness of their stand that Manalo is an angel.
For one, an angel of God does not marry! Manalo married twice!
34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
There were fallen angels who left their own habitation.
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.
Still, I would not say that Manalo is an angel - as one of those who left their own habitation!
Manalo cannot, in any sense, be an angel of God or a fallen angel because both are spirits in nature! The safe conclusion is, he (Manalo) is not the angel mentioned ascending from the east!
The Bible uses symbolic terms, uses every figure of speech to relay or picture the truth. Hence, trees like olive tree is figuratively spoken of to represent two people: the Israelites as the good olive tree and the Gentiles as the wild olive tree.
THE ROMANS 11:24-25
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
Through symbols, stars were mentioned to mean "angels.”
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
The symbolic dragon or Satan by its tail drew a third part of the stars in heaven and cast them to the earth.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
This third part of the stars in heaven symbolizes angels called the dragon's angels or Satan's angels.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
We are sure that the third part of the stars in heaven are stars symbolic of angels. Why so? Because not a single star - if it is a literal star - can be contained in the planet earth. So, how much more the third part of the billion stars in heaven?
Stars are symbols of which in reality are the beings of angels. Nowhere in the Bible is it mentioned that angels - "all of whom are spirits" - were used to symbolize any other being, let alone Manalo!
How can a spirit, "unseen" or in human terms "invisible," symbolize something visible like Manalo?!
Considering all these things, an honest student of the Bible and an honest teacher of the word of God will never interpret that angels can be humans or that humans can be angels!
More to come, God willing.
May God bless you.
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