"It was He that gave some to be Pastors." Eph 4:11

Monday, March 28, 2011

And What About Angels?

Angels- what a fascinating subject to share with you today! There have been thousands of books written about “angels”, hundreds of movies made on the subject, and many stories have been told about personal experiences with them.  I am going to share with you the truth about angels that is found only in the Holy Scriptures of God’s Word. I mean, after all, He is their Creator and His (God)opinion is the only opinion that should count.

Since we already know that angels exist (which, they DO exist), let’s discuss three different areas today on the topic of angels. First, who and what are they? Secondly, where do they exist?  Thirdly, what is their purpose for existing?
Who and What Are Angels?
Angels are spiritual beings that were created by God. They have a spiritual body and they CAN appear in physical, bodily form in the earth. The Bible is full of examples where angels appear to people and deliver a message from God or assist man in some way.  So yes, an angel can appear and talk to you. However, I must add that according to the Bible, there are only specific reasons why an angel would do that (I will address this in my third point). There are giant massive angels and yet, many times they appear to us in normal human form. They are beautiful, glorious beings and they are holy by nature.

     They do not marry, nor do they have children. They are not human beings that have died and then are turned into angels by God. According to scripture, God DOES NOT turn people into angels.  Therefore, our dead relatives are not angels on the earth watching out for us. If our relatives made it to heaven, then that is where they are to remain. The Bible is very clear on this point. There are only two places that we go when we die, Heaven or Hell; not wandering around the earth, lost or reincarnated. According to the Bible, there are THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANGELS.  There is the Archangel, which is the most powerful of all the angels.  The Bible names one of them as Michael, God’s Chief Archangel of Battle. He is a very powerful angel that defeated Lucifer (Satan) and cast him out of Heaven.  

Next are the Cherubim. The Bible calls Lucifer a Great Guardian Cherub. When Lucifer was cast out of Heaven by Michael, the Bible says he took 1/3 of the stars (angels) with him. We know that 1/3 of the angels revolted with Satan to fight against Michael/God.  That is where “Fallen Angels” or Demons come from.  They were all defeated and cast down to the earth!

 Lastly, there are the Seraphim. Not much is mentioned about them except that they are seen flying around the Mighty Altar of God. In the Book of Hebrews, chapter twelve, it says that in Holy Jerusalem (Heaven), there are an “innumerable company (too many to count) of Angels.” 

Secondly, where do angels exist?
There are two worlds that God has created, the natural world and the spiritual world.  We obviously live and exist mainly in the natural world.  However, the spiritual world is very much a reality as well(this is a topic for a later day), and angels exist there. However, on occasion they crossover into our world to carry out a mission from God. The Bible tells us that Heaven is full of angels and many surround the throne of God worshiping Him continuously crying out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!” What a beautiful image don’t you think?  They also roam the earth’s plain as they constantly are ascending and descending between Heaven and Earth.

Thirdly, what is the purpose of their existence?
This is the perfect place to address the question, “Do we have a guardian angel?” The answer is, Yes and No.  Psalms 34:7 says, “The Angel of the Lord camps around those who fear God and He delivers them! The word “fear” means to love, respect, and serve God. Those of us who serve God are guarded by His holy angels and are delivered (helped and saved) by them. Those who do evil or reject God have no such luxury! 
All children have guardian angels as well. In Matthew 18:10 the Bible says, “See that you do not look down on one of these ‘little ones’ for THEIR ANGELS in Heaven always see the face of God. “ In other words, do not hurt or harm little children because they have been assigned powerful angels that are constantly reporting to the face of God Himself!!  WOW!! For all of those who have abused and hurt children, there is a day of judgment coming!! 

Now, as far as each person in the world having a specific guardian angel, the Scriptures do not teach that. God protects us with angels but it doesn’t appear that he assigns specific angels to specifiy people for their entire lives, especially those who are evil and perform wickedness on the earth.  But, that shouldn’t matter to us, because if we love God and worship Him, then all around you, all the time, He has angels that “camp” around you (stay close by). Those angels are there to protect you and perform the work of God with respect to your life. 
     I want to address a very dangerous and deceptive teaching that is out there concerning angels.  leaders in the Occult, New Age, magik, and Voodoo world teach that angels are here to be our “spirit guides," and that they are here to guide us in life.  THAT IS A LIE!!! The only spirit guide you should ever listen to is the Holy Spirit who lives inside the “born again Christian.” God is the only one who knows your purpose and your direction, and He will decide when to use angels to help us and bring us a message. We are to NEVER PRAY TO AN ANGEL. We only pray to God, please be very careful! The Bible says in II Corinthians 2:11 that Satan masquerades as an “angel of Light.” 

The last thing I want to say concerning this topic is that in the spiritual world, there is a tremendous war taking place.  We call it “spiritual warfare.”  The Kingdom of God is warring against the Kingdom of Satan. God’s Holy angels are at war with Satan’s fallen angels.  The two sides are fighting for the souls of mankind. Your soul is precious to God and He is fighting for you!! If you have not made God your personal savior, please do so today. Contact me and I will lead you in a simple prayer that will change your life forever. Well, again I must stop at some point. This is another subject that I could probably write a book on. So, until my next blog, be careful how you treat strangers, because the Bible says you might be entertaining an angel without knowing it!! 

In God’s Love and Mine – Pastor Rick

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