Felix Manalo: Not an Angel, Not a Bird, Loses Rights to be Called Man
Is Felix Manalo, the founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo, an angel?
What does the Bible say about “angel?”
"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!
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.”
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.”
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.
Going back to the basics, all angels are ministering spirits!
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!
There were fallen angels who left their own habitation.
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.
Through symbols, stars were mentioned to mean "angels.”
The symbolic dragon or Satan by its tail drew a third part of the stars in heaven and cast them to the earth.
This third part of the stars in heaven symbolizes angels called the dragon's angels or Satan's angels.
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.