Hearing the Voice of God – Part Twenty-Three
The Bible tells us that God sends angels at times to deliver messages to His people. God speaking through such a supernatural occurrence is a more uncommon way for us to hear God, but when angels speak we should listen to what they say.
God can and will speak to us in every way that He has spoken in the past. I choose to believe God speaks through angels, because of the clear evidence in the Bible which I believe to be the true Word of God.
Today’s culture is fascinated with the topic of angels because it is searching for supernatural and spiritual meaning. We have TV shows, magazine articles, and books taking the topic of angels quite seriously, but most reveal a very poor grasp on what the Bible really teaches about angels. This only adds to the confusion of who holy angels really are and what they do.
Angels are messengers of God and servants of God and are described in Hebrews as spirits to help and care for those who are to receive His salvation (Hebrews 1:14). They are God’s messengers to protect, provide, proclaim God’s truth or carry out God’s judgments. They are spiritual beings created by God to serve Him and humankind.
Let me begin by saying there are many incidences of angels appearing in the Bible. In both the Old and the New Testament angels were commonplace. Many times angels appeared to guide, comfort, and provide for God’s people as they performed certain tasks. Sometimes they intervened in the affairs of nations or helped people in times of suffering and persecution.
An angel shut the lions’ mouths when Daniel was thrown into their den. An angel appeared to Mary telling her she would bear a son. An angel rolled away the stone from Jesus’ tomb. Cornelius was visited by an angel who told him to send to Peter. As a result, Peter was instrumental in leading Cornelius and his whole household to Christ,
Although holy angels are the messengers of God, the Bible tells us there are also other angels — demons of darkness. God’s holy Angels remain obedient to God and carry out His will, but the fallen angels fell from their holy position and now try everything to thwart God’s purposes here on earth. In his book, “Angels,” Billy Graham describes how some of God’s created angels fell:
“Few people realize the profound part angelic forces play in human events … Satan, or the devil, was once called ‘Lucifer, the song of the morning.’ … When the angel Lucifer rebelled against God and His works, some have estimated that as many as one third of the angelic hosts of the universe may have joined him in his rebellion. Thus, the war that started in heaven continues on earth and will see its climax at Armageddon with Christ and His angelic army victorious.”
God’s holy angels war against the fallen angels on our behalf. And, often the fallen angels win a battle or two such as when Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormons, experienced a deceptive angel of darkness (Galatians 1:8), not one of God’s angels. The devil, we are told in the Bible, masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). This is why we need to know the Word of God, so we can discern between the real and the counterfeit.
Regardless of our culture’s fascination with angels, we should never contact angels, pray to them, or worship them. In addition to not contradicting the Bible., any action of holy angels will glorify God and be consistent with His character.
If you are a Christian, according to the Bible, you have angels looking out for you. God created angels to help accomplish His work in this world, and they watch over Christians and will assist us because we belong tho God. Psalm 91:11 says, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
When Peter was released from prison by an angel and arrived at the door of Mary’s house, the believers meeting there could not believe it was Peter in person but said, “It must be his [guardian] angel” (Acts 12:7-15). Jesus told His followers earlier that those with childlike faith would have the services of angels, “… their angels have constant access to My Father” (Matthew 18:10 LB). As a believer, God provides angels for you because He loves you and will speak comfort and protection to you through His messengers.
You may not be aware of the present of angels around you and you cannot predict how they will appear. This explains the verse in the Bible that says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). Just because you have never seen an angel does not mean angels are not present with you.
Although Angeles are spirits, they make themselves visible when needed. There have been angelic sightings all over the world.
John G. Paton, pioneer missionary in the New Hebrides Islands, told a thrilling story involving the protective care of angels. Hostile natives surrounded his mission headquarters one night, intent on burning the Patons out and killing them. The Patons prayed all during the terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see that, unaccountably, the attackers had left. They thanked God for delivering them.
A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Jesus Christ, and Mr. Paton, remembering what had happened, asked the chief what had kept him and his men from burning down the house and killing them. The chief relied in surprise, “Who were all those men you had with you there?” The missionary answered, “There were no men there; just my wife and I.” The chief argued that they had seen many men standing guard — hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords in their hands. They seemed to circle the mission station so that the natives were afraid to attack. Only then did Mr. Paton realize that God had sent His angels to protect them.
Many Christians can recall those times when they were in danger and were miraculously spared. Could it be that, although they saw no angels, their presence helped avert tragedy? Is God trying to get our attention and remind us of His goodness towards us?
Even if we never see an angel physically, we should be aware of how close God’s ministering angels are and sense their presence so we can face each day, trusting God to care for us. Moreover, be sure to be kind to strangers as they could be angels sent from God to speak to you!