Are Elohim angels? What are Elohim? We examine Bible passages to come to an exciting conclusion!
The Meaning of Elohim: Biblical Origin
In order to write about elohim and angels, I must first take you to the Christian Bible to lay some groundwork. The passage that states that mankind was “made a little lower than the angels” actually reads in the original language, “to be lessened from the elohim.” In other words, who we truly are only appears to be less than that of the elohim; but what are elohim? That is what I plan to explore...
The word elohim in the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Bible Old Testament, is often translated to mean "god" so it's greater meaning is missed. Elohim is actually plural, making its true translation, "gods." Its importance as a word is apparent as its use begins in the very first verse of the first chapter:
"In the beginning, gods (elohim) created the heaven and the earth."
Passages two and three then read:
"And the earth was without form and void; darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the breath of gods (elohim) moved upon the face of waters."
"And gods (elohim) said, 'Let there be light, and there was light.'"
It is interesting, to us, that this states the human experience on this plane emanated from a source that is plural and not a singular god as some would claim these passages suggest. When we read further, some intriguing metaphors appear. Darkness is mentioned. It nicely represents ignorance or lack of understanding, meaning that light must indicate knowledge or wisdom. We also read about waters. This must be significant. Knowing that waters are sometimes used to describe people (think “sea of humanity”), this interpretation seems to fit nicely when we read that these waters are described as having a face. Putting it together, humanity on this earth plane seems to have manifested out of something plural, enlightened, and part of ourselves. This idea continues in verse 7 when we read on:
"And gods (elohim)...divided the waters of below from the waters that were above..."
"And gods (elohim) said, 'Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry appear...'"
"And gods (elohim) called the dry, 'Earth'; and the gathering together of the waters were called Seas."
Assuming that waters represent humanity in these passages, those of us who are experiencing life on this plane (earth) apparently appeared out of people not on this plane (if these scriptures are correct). We also read there are waters above and below; and some of the waters below are dry (earth). What could that mean? I would take it to represent that some people on this physical earth understand their connection with their source: those waters (people) who are elevated, deeper, and not from this plane. Some are not aware of this. Remaining dry like the earth, they mentally disconnect from their source and are like bottles that feel empty.
Elohim: People in Spirit?
Found over 2500 times within scriptures, elohim seems best to convey the idea of people in spirit who have an influence upon our lives. I have read from others that the elohim were also known as “those who came from the sky.” I guess this makes sense to me, too. The idea of people in spirit watching over humanity and interacting with us like gods, is an idea supported by the New Testament passage found in Hebrews 12:1:
“...we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses...”
To further this idea, we can read in 1 Samuel that when Saul was attempting to contact the prophet Samuel through aid of a woman (labeled The Witch of Endor) who had the ability to conjure spirits, Saul asked her what she saw. She described people in spirit as gods:
“'Do not be afraid, for what do you see?' And the woman replied to Saul, “I see gods (elohim) rising from the earth.' And Saul asked her, 'What does he (Samuel) look like?' And she said, 'An old man wearing a mantle is coming forth.'”
Interestingly, the Witch of Endor's description for people in spirit mirrors Jacob's dream about a ladder being set upon the earth with angels upon it (found in Genesis 28):
“And he dreamed, and behold he saw a ladder set upon the earth that reached to heaven; and he saw the angels of gods (elohim) ascending and descending upon it.”
In the New Testament, we read that the man we call Jesus (Yeshua in the Aramaic) cited an Old Testament passage that defined who these elohim are:
“You are gods (elohim).”
We feel he was plainly explaining the mystery that is found within the Hebrew scriptures. When we read of him speaking to Moses and Elijah in the parable often called, The Mount of Transfiguration, it is simply another story conveying the idea that people in the unseen are speaking with us, and we can communicate with them, too. They are messengers, or angels, who watch and observe what we do, guide us, talk with us, and learn from us at the same time. This is probably why the Bible often describes angels as manlike. People in spirit who are enlightened with wisdom are ever learning, just like us, and helping the whole of humanity to grow in understanding. We are elohim; they are elohim. We are one.
Conclusion About Elohim:
Here is what we are attempting to say: Does this evidence suggest that we created this experience on earth? If so, it was something done with purpose in order to learn. The elohim or “gods” that are referenced in the Bible actually represent people in spirit (including us) who are collectively part of something grander than what we currently comprehend. There is order, and there is control. But in this directed experience, there is also a season of not understanding, a time of not realizing what is exactly going on. This is the dry earth or disconnection mentioned in these passages that explains there is an ordered but temporary time of ignorance. It is always the light of our understanding that overcomes the darkness of our ignorance.