When one looks at history we find many major religions that have been started from apparent angelic revelations! The Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Islam and almost anything new is no exception to this. The whole New Age movement receives their information from Spirit guides through channeling and automatic writing. The psychics also receive their impressions by familiar spirits who would be identified as fallen angels. One could even say Christianity has been started from the angel Gabriel who brought the message to Mary, Joseph and the shepherds in the field. However, neither they, nor the apostles, communed with the angels to get their inspiration for Scripture. Christianity centers on Christ; it's message content does not come from angels.
There are some Christian healing ministries started by angelic visitations. William Branham at the early ages of three and seven had an angel appear to him. In a cave in 1946 this angel appeared and stayed with him giving him the power to discern people's thoughts and illnesses. In his services he would wait for the angels presence before he could start the meetings. Branham was led away from orthodoxy, stating that Trinitarianism was of the devil, that baptism should only be in Jesus' name and he taught that Eve had sexual relations with the serpent. He also taught that denominationalism is the mark of the beast and all denominations would be under the World Council of Churches by 1977. He later proclaimed himself to be the angel of Revelation 3:14, 10:7. Today there are still about 10,000 Branhamites following his teaching after his death. Those who were influenced when he was alive were W.V. Grant, A..A. Allen, O.L. Jaggers, Paul Cain who was a disciple, and Oral Roberts. Many of today's healing evangelists point back to him as a mentor and influence such as Hinn, Copeland and Hagin and other Word faith movement practitioners.
Angels have always been involved in bringing revelation to mankind. They have also been involved in bringing false information. It all depends on which spirit you have made contact with.
42% of Americans believe they have been in contact with someone who has died and almost 15% endorse the work of spirit mediums.
All these and other religions have had communion with angels for their extra-biblical books or are given new revelation for a new interpretation on the Bible. Can the same angel say two different things on the same subject and both of them be correct? Obviously not, yet this is exactly what Islam claims has transpired in the Koran. They believe the Koran was verbally dictated by the angel Gabriel based on eternal tablets that are in heaven. Naturally, if there is a conflict it must be in the Bible and not their own book. However, there is something else operating here that proves it is not the angel Gabriel as they claim.
In their own suras (chapters) it states that God's word cannot change so if an angel several hundreds of years later comes with a different story, which one are we suppose to believe? Take, for example, in the Bible the angel Gabriel's announcement of the Christ to Mary, she is told he would be called the Son of God (which means having the same nature as God) Lk.1:35 also in Mt.1:23 He would be called “Emmanuel”, God with us. This is the same angel that told Mohammed that God has no son, and that God is unable to incarnate as a man. Suras 16 and 26 of the Koran tell us that Mohammed's call was from the Holy Spirit who is supposed to be the angel Gabriel according to Islam. This too presents a problem, as the Holy Spirit according to the Bible participated in the creation of the earth and is God.
Obviously these are two contradictory accounts of a major doctrine, the incarnation and the nature of God. How can God be the author of both accounts? How can the angel Gabriel give differing revelations several hundred years apart of which this quote is from Isaiah 7:14 in the Old Testament, and that God has a Son is mentioned in other books ( Psalms, Zechariah, Daniel ). Gen.3:15 promises the seed of the woman would crush the serpent's head. A Son would be born to a virgin who would be both God and man and He would crush the power of Satan. So this is not some obscure concept developed later on, it is foundational to the Bible.
Ellen G. white of the 7th day Adventist movement was in touch with an 'accompanying angel' (Present Truth, pp. 21-22, 1849) who revealed to her the hidden truths of the Bible. On June 27, 1850, her accompanying angel said, the “time is almost finished .... that the last 7 plagues were going to be poured out before the rapture..” (Early Writings, p. 64).
Numerous other so called Christian churches, some significant, some not so significant, have revelation given by these spirits. An example would be Moses Berg and the Children of God who received some their teaching from contact with spirit guides and angels. They told him of reincarnation and contradicted many teachings of the Scripture even though they used the Bible.
Another example can be found in Mormonism. Mormonism teaches that all souls preexisted as angels that were incarnate on earth (much like Hinduism but more cosmic). It is these that have an opportunity to progress to become Gods over their own planets. They believe that Michael the arch-angel as the Ancient of Days became Adam, the first man on earth. Michael the archangel is Adam. Yet in their writings Adam was a God. If Michael is Adam then when he fell into sin, he became like all the angels that followed the devil and is actually an enemy of God. To the Mormons, Adam fell upward not backward, it was a blessing not a curse. He was able to be like God, who happens to be man.
They also believe that Noah is the arch-angel Gabriel (Joseph Smith taught this), he is next to Adam in the priesthood. (Church News Mar. 12 1994). Luke says it was Gabriel that appeared to Mary and Zecharias. (Doctrine and Covenants 27:7). Did Noah come back from the dead and visit him? Mormons claim Jesus is also the Spirit brother of Lucifer and another angel. It is this Jesus that the Mormons worship and hear from. They also believe that we all were spirit children of Elohim, angels in our pre-existent life in heaven.
The only angel the Bible writes about that wanted to become as God is Satan. We are told specifically not to worship angels in Col.1:18. Obviously, the early church had to address this problem. The appearance of an angel can be awesome and cause fear. John The Apostle mistakenly fell down to worship this creature as recorded in Rev.22:8-9. He is told not to do that, but to worship God only. Mormons worship a God who was a man who previously before that was an angel (Spirit child as they like to put it). In either case it is idolatry, since they are not worshipping the eternal Creator but an angel who incarnated becomes a god after formerly being an exalted man. This is all simply confusion.
Jehovah Witnesses say that Michael the Arch-angel is none other than the only-begotten Son of God, now Jesus Christ. It is this same Michael that became flesh and died for the sins of the J. W. ’s. He was disintegrated after he died and then copied by the Father by memory and raised in spirit again as Michael. This Michael / Jesus came back in 1874 invisibly and then came to the Watchtower headquarters in New York in 1914 to inspect Jehovah’s organization to see if everything is running right. The good news of their earthly kingdom is under angelic direction and support (Watchtower April,1 1972 p.200). While the Jehovah Witnesses has said there is to be no spirit communication “… “the remnant cannot see these agents or ambassadors of the Lord and can have no direct or audible communication with them”(Watchtower Sept.1,1932 p.236). They seem to change their mind when it seems fit “It was a message of the Lord sent through his invisible angels, because without a doubt these are clothed with authority to direct the course of earthly members of God's organization.(Light vol.1 1930 p.106). (In 'Speaking of the angels') - No doubt they first hear the instruction which the Lord issues to his remnant and then these invisible messengers pass on such instruction on to the remnant. “…That does not mean that those who prepare the manuscript for the Watchtower are inspired, but rather it means that the Lord through his angels sees to it that the information is given to his people in due time.” There are many more quotes that can be supportive in this angelic treadmill from God to angels to the Watchtower. (Riches 1936 p.316). The Bible commands us to not seek after spirits but to hear from his Son only. Heb.1:1. While God has used angels to bring messages to mankind and Israel, this is not a normative way, nor do we have a relationship with them. We do not communicate with angels for our revelation. It is through God’s Son the Father is made known and understood, He is the final revelation to all.
During his trial in Scotland, F.W. Franz was asked this question (p.39-40) by the attorney: "...But is there any unique element in association between the belief in the existence of the various ranks of angels and their activities in relation to Jehovah's Witnesses?" Franz replied, "Well we believe that the angels of God are used in directing Jehovah's Witnesses."
Here we find them breaking their own rulings and those of the the Bible regarding having no communication with spirits. This fact is blatantly clear when they used Greber's Translation of Jn.1:1 "a god". Greber and his wife were spirit mediums who received this translation by the words passing before his eyes. The Watchtower supported him as a scholar, running a full page in their Feb.15 1956 W.T. and quoting his translation in 1962 p.5 9/15 1962, The Word p.554, Make Sure of All Things, p.489 1965, Aid to Bible Understanding 1969, the Word p.1134 and1669. Even as late as Watchtower p.640 8/15 1975, they quoted him knowing he was trafficking in the Occult.
So the Jesus of the Watchtower is really an angel, yet they receive revelation not only from him but from other angels (whatever their secret names may be). What is even more confounding is their current opinion on who Jesus is. In 1917 they held a closer to orthodox view that Apollyon in Rev.9:11 was the destroyer whose name is Satan (Finished Mystery). However, in the 1992 Watchtower May1, it said “A plague of locusts, sent forth by Jehovah under a king, the angel of the abyss “ who is none other than Jesus Christ. His names Abaddon (Hebrew) and Apollyon (Greek) mean destruction and destroyer. These locusts picture the anointed remnant of Christians who, now in the Lord’s day, go forth to devastate Christendom’s pastures by completely exposing false religion and proclaiming Jehovah’s vengeance upon it.” We find that it is the “remaining anointed Christians are reinforced by more than 4 million “other sheep” together making up an irresistible cavalry”! (Shades of Joel’s army of the vineyard movement!)
This means the Jehovah Witnesses admittingly are following the angel of the abyss who has deceived them to fight against the Christian Church! Despite the fact that they once believed Appollyon was Satan he is now currently Jesus the king of the Abyss. Once again, the light they claim to follow is getting dimmer instead of brighter; the light of Scripture never changes unless of course the light bearer is Lucifer who is bringing it.
Both Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses have violated the instruction of the Holy Spirit through Paul when in Gal. 1:8 he warns that if we 'or an angel from heaven preaches any other Gospel to you let them be accursed' (doomed to destruction). Not only do they have another Gospel which removes them from having a covenant with God but it is an angel that has delivered it. For the Mormons and J.W.'s, it is the angel 'Jesus' which they have received their instruction from and are speaking about. Yet this is assuredly not the Jesus of the Bible, neither is it the same message.
It is not an angel who said: “I will build my church…” nor an angel who incarnated and died for our sins. These groups need nothing less than a revelation like Peter, in which he said “Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God.” Meaning He is the same nature as the Father. To deny this is exactly what Jude wrote, “Denying the only God and Sovereign, our Lord Jesus Christ.”