The Angel of DEATH
We do not include the Angel of Death in our readings as the image of death upsets many people although this Angel does not portray death as an omen as is widely believed.
The idea of an “angel of death” is can be found in several religions. The “angel of death” is known as Samael, Sariel or Azrael in Judaism; Malak Almawt as in Islam; or Yamaraj Yama in Hinduism; and as the reaper’s scythe or in popular fiction.
In various mythologies, the angel of death is imagined as anything from a skeletal figure camouflaged with a sickle, a beautiful woman, or a young child. Although the details vary, the central idea is that a being comes to a person at the time of death, killing or just watching. – In order to then take the soul of the person to the abode of the dead.
This concept the “angel of death” is not taught in the Bible.
The Bible teaches that there is one particular angel who is in charge of death or being present when a person dies. 2 Kings 19:35 describes an angel killing 185,000 Assyrians had invaded Israel. Some also see in Exodus chapter 12, the death of the firstborn of Egypt, the work of an angel. While this is possible, the Bible nowhere attributed the death of the firstborn to an angel. In any case, while the Bible describes angels killing on the orders of the Lord, the Scriptures nowhere teach that there is a specific angel of death. God, and only God is sovereign over the time of our death.
No angel or demon in any way could cause our death before the time that God has determined to be performed. According to Romans 6:23 and Revelation 20: 11-15 Death is separation, separation of soul-spirit of our body (this is physical death) and, in the case of unbelievers, eternal separation from God (eternal death ). Death is something that happens.
Death is not an angel, a demon, a person or any other being. Angels can be fatal and may be involved in what happens to us after death, but there is no such thing as the “angel of death”.