Angels are Real

Angels are mentioned in the Bible over three hundred times. This points to the existence of angels. Because angels are spiritual creatures, they do not marry (Matthew 22:30) or die (Luke 20:36). They live forever. In addition to angels, God created the invisible spiritual world (Colossians 1:16). Due to their spiritual nature, angels may not be visible to the physical eyes but they are certainly visible to the spiritual eyes. While Prophet Balaam failed to see the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword, his donkey did (Numbers 22:23~). When I went to a prayer mountain in Korea, a possessed woman saw me and immediately ran away to the corner. She said she saw an angel of impressive stature standing next to me. She most likely saw the angel of the Lord because the demon that possessed her is a fallen angel and a spiritual being. Angels are must closer to us than we imagine. Moreover, they are always with us.

When were the angels created? God first created heaven and hell and then angels. Following His creation of angels, God created the universe and man. As angels directly witnessed God’s creation of the universe, they were so awed by His wisdom and power that they praised God (Job 38:7). The term angel is derived from the Greek word angelos which means “messenger” or “envoy.” Simply put, they are God’s servants or messengers (Hebrew 1:7; Hebrew 1:14). They obey all of God’s commands but their main duty is to minister to those who will inherit salvation. (Hebrew 1:14). Though devoid of omnipotence and omniscience, angelshave remarkable powers (2 Thessalonians 1:7). They discern good and evil (2 Samuel 14:17), deliver the faithful from danger (Psalm 34:7), prevent wars and disasters (Revelation 7:1), and guide the souls of the believers to God after their death. Because angels have never experienced forgiveness, grace, or salvation, they cannot participate in evangelistic ministry. God has entrusted evangelization only to us man. However, angels rejoice when people inherit salvation (Luke15:10).

There are three categories of angels: warrior angels, messenger angels, and worship angels. Warrior angels engage in spiritual warfare. When the Aramean army was closing in, God sent His warrior angels to rescue Elisha (2 Kings Chapter 6). Also, when one of the warrior angels left heaven with an answer to Daniel’s prayer, he fought the opposing forces (Daniel Chapter 10). Our prayers invite angels who fight for God’s cause. Therefore, we must pray earnestly without feeling discouraged to triumph in spiritual warfare. Messenger angels deliver God’s messages. As we can see in the Bible, they delivered God’s messages to Daniel, Mary, and Zachariah. Guardian angels belong to this category as well. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). Here, “little ones” does not just mean little children. Rather, it means the children of God who trust in Him. Their as in “their angels” denote that angels are assigned to the faithful. All of us have an angel who has been appointed by God to protect us. Even the Early Christians believed in guardian angels (Acts 12:15). However, we must not place angelic protection at a higher priority than divine protection or worship angels (Colossians 2:18).

The last category of angels is the worship angel. The role of worship angels is to praise and worship God. They praised God when Jesus was born (Luke 2:14-15) and even at this moment they are praising Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, in heaven (Revelation 5:11-12). The praise offered to God is a double-edged sword, the most powerful weapon in spiritual warfare (Psalm 149:6). God created man so that He may receive praise from him (Isaiah 43:21). All of us will one day join the angels in heaven and sing the praises of God eternally. If there are video footages of our lives in heaven and God plays them, what would we see? Because we will have gained a purely spiritual perspective by then, we will see something truly extraordinary and supernatural. We will see God continually delivering us from trials and tribulations by sending us His angels and receiving the fragrance of our prayers and praises. We will realize and appreciate abundant grace God has poured forth upon us during our earthly lives. May all of us praise God’s grace and work He manifests through His angels.

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