Last week, in response to the blog on angels, I got this email from a reader (I am paraphrasing to protect her privacy):
“My son was recently diagnosed with cancer. The entire situation understandably has produced stress. I read your blog if angels are real and if one sees a white feather. One morning as I was getting dressed I needed to get something from another room and I turned on the light and my eyes looked at a white feather in front of my feet. What a reminder that our Heavenly Father watches over us and has it all planned out.” This made me think of this wonderful Psalm:
Psalm 91:4 says “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
God works in ways that we simply can’t fathom. All purpose is God’s purpose. If he can use a feather to direct you to himself, he will!
My wife Janet shares two experiences from her past with whom she feels that angels were intervening in her life . The first was when she was a teenager and at a very busy intersection as a pedestrian. She found herself almost hit by a speeding vehicle. “The car was so close that I could see the license plate was just a few feet a way from me.” All of the sudden, with no warning, she found herself hurled many feet safely out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, which surely would have hit her and caused serious damage. The other experience happened when she in college when she was lying in bed of her pitch black dorm room. She was gently grieving that night because she was unable to attend the funeral of a close friend of hers who was a mentoring Christian woman. In her tears, she felt the physical kiss of an angel, and looked up and saw a glorious light in human form leaving her room!
Both of these experiences have had lifelong impact on Janet, and made her belief in angels even more authentic. We all need to be on the watch for “angel activity” in our lives. One more tangible way that God tries to fill the finite/infinite gap that we all know about.
Bottom line: Whether we know it or not, angels help take care of us- physically and mentally!
Angels are under direct command from Jesus– Matthew 13:41-42 In these verses, as Jesus explains the parable of the Wheat and Weeds, we see another function of angels. Here, at the end of the age, there will be judgment. Jesus will send out his angels, who will throw the unbelieving evildoers into the fiery furnace, where they will be burned in the fire (vs. 40), and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Note here that angels are under direct commands from Jesus. Matthew 24:31 Jesus will send his angels with a loud trumpet call to gather Christians (Jesus’ elect) from one end of the heavens to the other, when Jesus comes again to earth a second time. Matthew 16:27 Angels will accompany Jesus at the second coming to help reward each person according to what they have done. Matthew 26:52-54 Jesus was being arrested and Peter took out a sword to fight. Jesus said, “Put your sword away; do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than 12 legions (a legion= 6000 soldiers; so 72,000 angels) of angels?”
Angels are not meant to be worshipped; they are fellow servants– Revelation 22: 9-11 John and the angel– John authenticates that he was an “eyewitness” to these visions. In response, John, in awe, falls at the feet of the angel to worship the angel. With proper humility, the angel defers worship to the only One truly worthy of adoration, saying, “Worship God!” The first of the ten commandments is “You shall have no other gods before me” in Exodus 20:3. Are there people, ideas, goals, or possessions that occupy the central place in your life, crowding God out? Worship only him. The angel also tells John that he (the angel) is a fellow servant. Even angels understand their place.
Angels discern good and evil– 2 Samuel 14:17, 20 “ the king (David) is like an angel of the Lord in discerning good and evil…the king has wisdom like that of an angel of the Lord.”
Michael is the one of the princes of the angels– Daniel 10:12-14 A messenger angel sent to help Daniel with his visions was delayed by Satan (called the prince of Persia) for 21 days, and it was when Michael, one of the chief princes who helped the messenger, that he was able to come. Daniel 12:1 Michael, is a great prince angel, who protects God’s people from Satan.
Gabriel is a key messenger angel– Luke 1:11-20 Gabriel, an angel of the Lord, appears to Zechariah. Gabriel tells Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth will have a son named John. Luke 1:26-28 God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, to a virgin (Mary) pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
Be nice to strangers– Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Angels can take on human form anytime they want to. This is exemplified best in the Old Testament book of Genesis 18 and 19:
In these chapters, for the first time we see the interaction of angels with men and women. We see at least ten key characteristics of angels as they interact with people on earth ( Abraham, Sarah, Lot, Lot’s family- specifically his two daughters, and wife, and the Sodomites). Take the time reading these great chapters in Genesis.
In the next blog, we will enter into a new topic: evil, sickness, and suffering. Stay tuned!